Spectacular Tea for Me and You: A Delightful Art Journal Layout

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Tea for Two: Me & You

Have you ever noticed that tea is one of those beverages that people choose to drink when they share their heart? I have had all types of conversations over tea, ranging from friendly chit chat to outpourings that resulted in gut-wrenching sobs. Tea is comfort in a cup, like that best friend that you run too with the listening ear. It soothes and calms a agitated spirit not to mention that is has so many health benefits. The only downside I can find to tea is that it makes me spend a majority of my day in the bathroom.

 

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Creating the Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

After this, I have two more layouts to share in my Tea Art Journal. I really enjoyed creating the texture on this layout and I especially like the focal color. The paper collection used on this layout was the Graphic 45 Bird Song. And because I never throw anything out, I used several leftover stamped images from my craft table. Don’t those gesso splatters remind you of snow? I tried something different this time and used a wing die-cut as a stencil.

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Tea Inspiration

The Mad Hatter is a huge inspiration for tea parties everywhere. When my daughter gets a little older I am hoping she will enjoy tea so that we can have tea parties together. Maybe, she will let me throw her a Mad Hatter themed birthday party some year. Oh, the possibilities are endless!!

Have you ever attended a themed ‘Tea Party?’





Ranger Ink Dylusions Ink Spray - Vibrant Turquoise by Dyan ReaveleyChallenges Entered:

A Little Bit More Time to Craft: #44 Anything Goes

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STAMPlorations: Mixed Media May Challenge

We Love to Create: Challenge II Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Creative Artiste: #26 Anything Mixed Media Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: Splats

 

My Surahi Pot Collection

 

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My Surahi Pot Collection

*NOTE: Since writing this post I have found out that these beautiful engraved brass pots are called ‘Surahi‘, a drinking vessel used to store water.

I started my collection two years ago when I was browsing a local antique market with my hubby. It is no secret that I love pretty conversational pieces originating from the Middle East so when I saw this beautiful brass pot labeled ‘Indian Wine Pot,’ I knew I had to have it with a price tag of only $18. Of course, I would have preferred to walk out with the larger version as well for $27, but I was on a budget so the smaller size would have to do. My wonderful husband didn’t discourage me especially since he decided to buy a higher priced ticket item. When I got home I was so excited to display my authentic ‘Indian Wine Pot’ that I purchased for a bargain. Or so I thought.

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Who Hit the Jackpot? I DID!!!

Almost a year later, I made my weekly visit to Goodwill  and guess what I found? Yes! Another authentic Indian Surahi!! Not only was it in excellent shape but it was a good inch or so taller than the one I already owned.  I turned it upside down to look at the price knowing that it didn’t matter because I was leaving with it in my possession no matter what. It read $5.97! I couldn’t believe that I discovered an amazing deal especially in a small, country town where everyone is pretty much into Primitive Decor (willow trees, barn stars, sheep and Americana). I was seriously trying not to do a little jig where I was standing. Looking around around me, I couldn’t believe all those people had walked by that shelf and not given that lonely, gorgeous pot the time of day. Later on while checking out, one of the employees at Goodwill who knew me, commented on how I always buy the most unusual things. I’ll take that as a compliment.

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Not Just Once, But Twice!

Here we are almost another year later and I made a spontaneous visit to Goodwill. I say spontaneous because at the moment we are trying to become debt free on our house. Not to mention, that my husband will be unemployed within the year so we have cut all unnecessary spending. So, I am in Goodwill and I found this amazing set: 6 miniature wine cups, a tray and a pot. The whole set cost less than my original antique find! Considering that I had not stepped foot in Goodwill for almost 6 months and that they rotate out their shelves so frequently, it is a wonder that I showed up when this particular item was out. I guess it just really wanted to come home with me.

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Inspiration for Collection

I am not sure why I am so drawn to these pots, but I imagine it has something to do with my love of Indian Decor and tea (as it resembles a tea pot). My tea pot collection is inspired mainly by Asian Pottery but I love the beautiful, long spouts that these pots have. And isn’t that engraved brass so elegant?

What kinds of collections do you have?

Are any of them globally inspired?

If you enjoy Indian decor you may also like these book reviews:

Marrakesh By Design

The New Bohemians

You & Me the Perfect Blend: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

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You & Me = The Perfect Blend

This sentiment describes my friends  to a ‘T’. We are the perfect balance for each other. What one of them lacks I make up for and vice versa. I have not lived many places in my life but with each place I have lived I made a friend for life.

Growing up, I met my best friend at church. She was home schooled and I was not. She was always the rational one and I was the risk taker (as risky as you can get without being a actual risk taker). She would always listen as I babbled and plotted mischief. As we got older she became a bit bolder and started scheming on her own. We would dream about our lives together as we got older and joked about being ‘Sisters’ in the convent (even though we aren’t Catholic). To this day, she is one of the smartest people I know and has a huge heart!

Moving to New York as a newly wed I didn’t know a soul except for my husband. This crazy woman in our church with a little girl of her own was determined to make friends with me. She would invite me to do ‘something’ with her and then took me to the laundry mat where I would sit in her hot car and watch her 2 year old sleep while she changed the laundry in the machines. We would drive all around town and back because she didn’t plan out her route before leaving the house. A few times we got caught in a bad section of town full of shady looking individuals because she was too busy talking to me instead of focusing on where she was going. Despite her impromptu take on life, she is the most giving and genuine person I have ever met. I know without a doubt that she always has a listening ear and plenty of honest advice.

At the time, I would never have chosen to spend my free-time gallivanting about town on fruitless errands because I am an organized individual. But those hours of ‘wasted’ time were not a waste because those were the moments that bonded us together for life. I love being reminded of the blessings that a good, healthy friendship can provide.

Mixed media Art Journal Layout

Some layouts take a while to meet expectations and this layout was no exception. I struggled to find the right focal image and embellishments. After a while of playing around I settled on the above layout leaving a lot of the background texture exposed. I couldn’t bare to see it all covered up.

I used gel medium and a stencil to create background texture along with paints, stamping and paper scraps.

Tea Inspiration

I like the focal image on this layout because it reminds me of one of my friends that always shared a cup of tea with me. She is the same age as my parents but since my parents were not in the area she became a mother-like figure to me. We spent hours drinking tea and crafting together. She always provided words of wisdom over those cups of tea. Oh, how I miss my friends! I think I could fill a tea cup with tears when if think of all the wonderful times we have had. I am praying that at this present place in my life that God sends me another one of these life-long friends. I don’t know who she is but I am waiting and ready with my tea pot!

If you don’t have this ‘Tea for Two’ Stamp set, go get it! It is elegant, versatile and so cute!





Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle

Love To Create: #10 Anything Creative/ Mixed Media

Mixed Media World: Anything Mixed Media Goes with a Twist

Memories Are Time: Mixed Media Tag

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Memories Are Time Mixed Media Tag

It has been a while since I sat down and made a tag just for fun but that is what I did this week. I was inspired to work with my new Eye Lattice Stencil by Stencil Girl. They sent me a few stencils for a guest post later on in the year but I couldn’t resist playing around ahead of time.

I reached all of my goals for this project by using my lattice stencil in the background, Sassafras stickers (that I have had for years!) to embellish and a few die cuts that have been sitting on my desk. It feels great to use old stuff up!

Well, this is a short post. Hope you have a great week!

Kate

Challenges Entered:

Tag Tuesday: Anything Goes

 

 

Too Much Tea: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

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Too Much Can Be Too Much

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” But like everything there needs to be a balance. I tend to have a problem in this area especially when it comes to food and hobbies. When I make a dessert I find myself thinking about it non-stop until I eat it. At first, I convince myself all I need is a taste. Of course it doesn’t end there. After that initial taste I want some more. Around the time I have consumed my second helping is usually when I begin feeling yucky. I can hear my husbands voice in my head telling me “You are going to be sick,” followed by, “I told you so.” I hate to admit it but he is almost always right.

When it comes to my hobbies I can become consumed to the point of insomnia. Reading books or searching the internet for ideas always get my creative wheels turning. But then I don’t force them to shut down. I lose sleep and that effects my whole day when I am tired. Recently, I have been thinking about how much better my relationship with God and even my marriage would be if I put my all consuming thoughts and energies into relationships instead of into things that won’t count for much in the end. Does this happen to you?

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Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

I stuck with earth tones for this journal layout with the exception of the bright yellow flower. My background papers have been stained with Distress Stain and layered.  I really enjoy working with Distress Stain especially this color because it makes everything look old. And isn’t this little Asian cutie adorable?

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Tea Inspiration

Too much tea? I think not! I drink 3 quarts of tea a day and I never tire of it. Hot tea or Kombucha are the only drinks that I consistently consume. I know, I should be drinking water but I it isn’t tasty.




Challenges Entered:

Happy Little Stampers: May Mixed Media-Splats

MMMC#36Badge

Mixed Media Monthly: #36 Put a Stamp On It

Art Journal Journey: Elegance and Grunge

Altered Book Lover: “T”

Book Review: Marrakesh By Design

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Go Global

Global decor is something that has always fascinated me, when as a little girl my Mom took me to Pier 1 imports for the first time. I remember she bought a beautiful Asian bolero to ‘dress-up’ a dress she already owned. (This was back in the day when Pier 1 sold clothing) Right then and there, after browsing their globally inspired merchandise,  I knew what I wanted my house to look like. I wanted beautifully embroidered linens with sparkly accents, ancient-looking bronze vessels, exotic knick knacks, intricately carved wood furniture and vibrant splashes of color everywhere! I wanted my home to look like a Middle Eastern Souk (without the snake charmers).

Marrakesh My Way

If you have been to my house you know that I am a huge fan of Bohemian and Indian Decor many because they are full of the vibrant color palettes, geometric patterns and various textures that I admire. I have added a lot of these fun features to my living room that you can see in my Living Room Tour.

Throughout the years (and several living spaces later)  it has taken me a while to find those pieces to give my home that ‘global’ look. I love so many elements of the many different decor styles yet I have found it difficult to incorporate them into my space without it looking like a collection of mismatched junk. The art of decorating takes a skillful eye, which seems to have passed me bye.

As most newly weds, we didn’t have a lot of money so we furnished our home with hand me downs and massed produced pieces from the local furniture stores. It was easy to find something that I liked but never anything that I LOVED that would help me achieve the look I was ultimately going towards. After 10 years of marriage we have finally installed internet into our home which in turn has broadened the amount of choices for home decor and furniture. I have found myself spending way too much time looking at decor blogs, ethnic online stores, Pinterest and Face Book decor groups. All of these resources have helped me find my own sense of style. Now that I know what I like I am attempting to find these items at yard sales and bargain stores.

The Book Review: Marrakesh By Design

Marrakesh by Design by Maryam Montaque  was every bit amazing as I imagined it to be from the cover images. The book started out with a overview of Morocco’s architectural history. At first I didn’t think I was going to like this but as I continued to read I found the background very helpful in understanding the origins of the different design features that I find so appealing.

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The Colors of Morocco

The book devoted several chapters to key colors found in every Moroccan palette. It then divided up living spaces so one can easily zero in on ideas for particular rooms of choice (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc…). The photography was beautiful and featured many zoomed in, detailed pictures which I found to be very inspiring. My favorite photos were those featuring stacks of colorful rug and linens from the souks of Marrakesh and the stacks of beautifully hand painted tile. The author even includes a brief overview of a few of the local trades in her home town of Marrakesh.

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DIY Inspiration

At the end of each chapter a inspiration page gives ideas on how the reader can incorporate the look and what type of items to use. The author includes a little of her story and inspiration for writing this book.

My only disappointment with this book would be the appendix and list of resources. I visited several online resources from the book and found a few to be non-existent and others to be extremely expensive. If you are like me and you love garage-saleing and a bargain, you are not going to find anything affordable using this books appendix.

If you enjoyed this review you may be interested in a similar book I recently reviewed, The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney.

It’s A Keeper

I loved this book so much that I decided to leave it on my wish list (in anticipation for my up coming birthday).

I have had this book on my Amazon Wish List for over a year, along with a bunch of other interesting looking decor books that I have never read. Recently, I discovered my library can get any book I request so I decided to start borrowing the books on my wish list instead of having them sit there for years and wait for them to never be bought. 😉 If I find any I still want after reading through them, I keep them on the list.

Do you have any ‘must have’ decor books that inspire you? I am always looking for new books to add to my list. I would love to hear of any suggestions you might have.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

Keep Calm and Put the Kettle On: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

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These Days are Worth It…Snot and All

Art journaling can be very fulfilling especially when looking back at completed journals. Flipping through previously made layouts and still finding them enjoyable gives me a sense of accomplishment. I would love to say that everything I have ever put my hand to has turned into a work of art…but as we all know that is far from true. These days I find it difficult to get myself into the right frame of mind to create. With a little person consuming my daylight hours I find myself mentally exhausted by the time I am ‘free to play.’ But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thinking back to the years that I prayed fervently for another baby only to have one taken away is a ever present reminder of my many blessings, particularly the three that call me “Mommy.” So, when I get a little discouraged that the things that I want to accomplish in life are on hold, I think back to the blessings and grief that I have experienced. I try to make the most of my play time, knowing that the day will come when I wish I was back in this moment wiping her runny nose, cuddling her fevered little body and sitting on the hard floor till my butt becomes pins and needles because she wants me to sit RIGHT next to her. These are the days to cherish and remember. In a way, I need to “Keep Calm and Put the Kettle On.”

Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

The background colors in this mixed media journal layout remind me of a globe, mostly because of the blues and greens. These tend to be the colors that I frequently come back too most in my art work. Something about those cool tones draw me in. What are your favorite colors to work with and why?

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Tea Inspiration

I am not really sure what beverage the individual in this photograph is holding or if there is even anything in her cup at all but since I am interpreting this photo I think she IS holding a hot cup of her favorite, fragrant tea! Probably the same tea that is in my cup at the moment. I have been drinking this tea for years ever since I found it in my local supermarket. It is amazing in a cup of hot tea or brewed in Kombucha tea.

If you try it, let me know. I would love to hear your opinion.



Challenges Entered:

That’s Crafty: Bright

Craft Stamper: Take It Make It: May

Welove2Create: Challenge 9 Anything Creative/ Mixed Media Goes

MMMC#36Badge

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: Put a Stamp on It

Crafty Creations: #340 Anything Goes

 

Afternoon Tea: A Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

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Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

More to share from my mixed media ‘Tea’ themed art journal. This background was fun for me to make. The background texture was made using a stencil and Semi -Gloss Gel Medium. I added the gel medium after covering the book pages with a gesso wash. By adding a little silver Distress Stain over top the semi-gloss gel it adds a nice shimmer effect.

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Yummy texture, right?

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Mason Jar Love

Aren’t these Mason jars adorable? I store loose tea in mason jars so I thought these would be fitting in my ‘Tea’ journal. In fact, I store almost everything in mason jars….homemade kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, leftover food, you name it. What neat ideas have you come up with or seen for Mason jars?



Challenges Entered:

A Bit More Time To Craft: #43 Anything Goes

A Perfect Time To Craft: #5 Open Challenge

Simon Says: A Hint of Pink

Love2Create: Challenge 9 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Mixed Media World: #24 Anything Mixed Media Goes With a Twist

The Chinese Tea House: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

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A Mixed Media Journal Layout with an Asian Flair

Hello! Today I am sharing one of my favorite pages in my ‘Tea’ themed art journal. My favorite part of this mixed media art journal layout is the origami paper I used in the background. I loved that I was finally able to use my much hoarded stack of origami paper that  I have been holding onto for a while. I always struggle when it comes to cutting up pretty paper. What are your favorite stacks of hoarded paper? I would love to read your responses. Just leave a comment.

I also enjoyed the way the background turned out. The various paints all blended together nicely, creating a soft hue with a rainbow of colors.

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Tea Inspiration

You already know that I LOVE Tea! Aside from the fact that I drink and collect tea I associate tea with places that I would love to visit. In a global setting, tea makes me think of things such as Chinese Tea Houses, tea ceremonies, Darjeeling tea plantations in India, tea rooms throughout Europe and a critical piece of history when it comes to The Boston Tea Party. Isn’t tea fun? It is so much more than just a drink. So, for this art journal layout I chose the setting of a Chinese Tea House.

Asian Projects

Crafting Asian themed projects is a favorite of mine. Here are a few previous makes that you may be interested in checking out.

A Little Asian Box

Asian Tag #3

Bird Song Canvas

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Here are a few of the items I used in crafting this layout:

Challenges Entered:

Art Journal Journey: Magical Mystery Tour

Crafty Creations Challenge: #340 Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes

We Love 2 Create: Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Tea With the White Rabbit: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

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Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

I started a tea themed art journal a while back and I just got around to finishing it. Tea is my favorite beverage and somewhat of a obsession. That is why I decided to dedicate a whole art journal to Tea. You can see my Tea Pot Collection and Tea stash HERE. And you can check out a few of my favorite tea themed projects: British Tea Canvas and “Tea,Madam?”

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Art Jounrnaling about Tea

I started by collecting all sorts of Photos, quotes, stamps and stickers that I had with a Tea theme. For the journal I used a old manual with a leather cover that I found at a yard sale. I then prepped my journal and started creating.

Don’t Give Up

When I started this page I liked the background but hated everything that I tried to put on it. To my eye, nothing seemed to look right. This page was one of the first started but the last one completed. I just kept working on my other layouts and eventually this one came together. There was at least one page that I had to rip out of the book because it was unable to be rescued.

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I used these adorable stamps for the teacups.

Ink Sprays used:


Challenges Entered:

Happy Little Stampers Challenge: Mixed Media- Sprays

A Inky Mess: Challenge #10 Anything Mixed Media or Altered Art

STAMPlorations Theme and Sketch Challenge: Stamps and Wings

 

 

 

Home Is Where the Heart Is: Mixed Media Art Journal Page Using a Paper Towel Technique

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Mixed Media Art Journal Page

I recently started a new art journal without any particular theme in mind. You can see the cover Here. The first page started out with a industrial/steampunk theme but as ir progressed, I just went with whatever felt fun at the time. I love making journals with a particular theme so mismatched pages and such are a bit out of my comfort zone. This mixed media art journal page happens to be one of my favorite pages in the journal thus far. I went out of my comfort zone and tried a new technique which is not amazing or anything, just new to me.

Paper Towel Recycle/Technique

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So, I started out with this as my base. Stenciling and WOW! Embossing, Sunny Yellow  made the checkered texture. Gesso and Distress Paint are also added. Here is the stencil I used and by far, one of my favorites.

For the paper towel technique, I used a used paper towel from my desk that was previously used to sponge up excess paint, ink, glue and maybe the occasional booger from my daughters nose.

I glued the paper towel down and then added some Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray, Lemon Zest and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Pumice Stone.

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After I added the paint and spray I started layering my scrap paper and photograph. There is stamping in the background and to top it all off I added some pretty microbeads which are so cool but so easy to loose. If you haven’t tried microbeads you should. They add such fun texture to your project.

Challenges Entered:

The Artistic Stamper: Backgrounds

mixedmediachallenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stamplorations: Stencil Sunday #90

Love to Create: Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes plus Optional Yellow

Creative Artiste Challenge #25: Anything Mixed Media Goes

 

 

 

 

Corsets: The Price of Beauty; Mixed Media Tag

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I always enjoy layering items together and this tag was no exception. I really love how the background came out and how all the little elements tie together. My favorite part about it though is the color combination. Vibrant and bright!

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Corsets VS Comfy

I have to say, corsets can be a thing of beauty. What woman doesn’t love the idea of having the ideal waist measurement, magically achieved all due to a piece of clothing. When shopping for clothes I have found myself wishing I lived in a time when intricately hand crafted dresses and hats were made specifically for a individual and not mass produced. The fabrics and details are definitely lacking in today’s clothing industry. But…

I love my comfy jeans (that are not really jeans) as they are stretchy and they fail to leave pressure marks on my abdomen. But I also love being feminine and dressing like a lady. Wearing dresses with tight undergarments to “suck it all in” seem to always make me a little more confident and in turn make me feel prettier. Or perhaps that is just the Spanx keeping me from my usual slouching position.

Every time I see a movie or photograph of women from the previous eras, I cannot help but admire their clothing and at the same time think of all the damage these women did to their bodies in the name of proper etiquette and beauty.

Here are a few such health issues:

Although I love the clothing of many historical periods in history, I am thankful to God for placing in this century. Clothing, sanitation and medical practices have come so far and I know that I am enjoying the benefits of all of these advancements. I also know that God made each each one of us unique and individual. If he wanted us all to have a 20 inch waist he would have cut us all from the same mold. Aren’t you glad he didn’t?

Above is a picture of a corset dress by Angela Clayton. She makes all her period costumes. I have spent a lot of time browsing her site and watching her YouTube Videos. Believe me…if you like period clothing her blog will be pure eye candy.

Challenges Entered:

That’s Crafty: Outnumbered

A Perfect Time To Craft: Anything Goes

Take It Make It Challenge: Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes

Hop into Spring with Mixed Media Tags

Mixed Media Easter/ Spring Tags

 

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Here are a few more Spring tags. The backgrounds are made using stamping, ink sprays and Distress Inks. The roses were made using the Tim Holtz Pine Cone Die. I used a few die cuts and some tissue tape in the background as well. All the items I used are below.


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This tag has a bit of vintage lace in the background that was sprayed to achieve the colors I wanted.

More Spring Project Inspiration on My Blog.

Click on the picture to view the Spring themed Project.

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It Begins With a Vision:Wendy Vecchi Mixed Media Tag

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Mixed Media Tag Using Wendy Vecchi Stamps

I don’t pull out my Wendy Vecchi stamps often but when I do, I wish I played with them more. This tag is not a recent make but as I am working on some new things I thought it would be nice to bring back some older projects. The background was made by blending Distress Inks: Broken China, Tea Dye, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays and stamping. The main stamp set I used was An Eye for Art. I stamped my images, colored them with distress inks and sprays and then layered my elements. Some time ago I made another tag, Be Yourself Wendy Vecchi Tag, using a different set of Wendy Vecchi stamps.

Wendy Vecchi Stamps

Here are a few inspiring Wendy Vecchi Stamps that are on my Wish List.  Aren’t they beautiful! I just love all the vintage lace and such.






“Tea, Madam?”

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Mixed Media Lynne Perrella Card

Lynne Perrella just happens to be my most favorite stamp designer over at PaperArtsy. Her stamps are vintage, unique and very fun to color. I color all my images using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

All I do is use the marker on a non-stick mat, add some water to the  Distress Markers and my paint brush and then I paint my image. Just make sure you are using a Archival Ink Pad as this keeps your image from bleeding as you paint. These  Ink Pads by Ranger are my absolute favorite!

I used embossing, stamping and spray inks in my background. A few of the embellishments are vintage trinkets that I received from a friend.

Don’t you just love that tea cup on her head? If only I could get away with wearing a hat like that!