Time will explain art journal spread

** 1/19/18 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **

Hello, my crafty friends! I’m so stoked to share my first project for the Blank Page Muse Inspiration Team! Our January challenge going live tomorrow is Color Play: Use Turquoise, Silver and Sparkle. I had THE best time creating this art journal spread in one of my favorite color combos of blue/turquoise and silver, and of course, the added sparkle made it even more fun! But I have a confession to make… I have no photos of this project while it was in progress and am absolutely sick. I’m the proud owner of a ‘bad’ disk which doesn’t make me very happy. So I’m going to take you through detailed steps and I know you won’t have any problems whatsoever following along! ;)


1. Starting with two blank pages in your art journal, cover both sides with white gesso and let dry.
2. Using your finger, smear a tiny bit of distress glaze in a vertical fashion on both sides, let dry a bit and then buff with a clean dry tissue.
3. Using a brayer, apply acrylic paint in a vertical fashion over both sides, let dry and lightly buff (with a baby wipe – I used one for each side) over the areas where you put the distress glaze. This will resist the paint somewhat and give you a very cool ‘streaky’ effect – and leave paint residue on the baby wipe that you can use to smear upward and downward out to the edges to cover the pages.


4. Brayer some white gesso on a craft mat and use it as ‘ink’ to randomly stamp the chain link and the crackle on both sides. Let dry.
5. Splatter turquoise ink with a fan brush over both sides and let dry.
6. Dribble silver embellisher in a vertical fashion down both sides and spritz with just enough water to make it thin enough to run. Let dry.
7. Randomly stamp some text in black permanent/solvent ink on both sides and let dry.


Your background is finished and now start embellishing the pages! ;)
1. Stamp the mannequin form and sentiments in black ink on white cardstock. Fussy cut mannequin, and cut the sentiments in strips and line the edges with a black marker.
2. Stamp the wings in black ink using a stamp positioner, then again in watermark ink over top the black, and apply sparkly embossing powder. Fussy cut the wings.
3. Adhere the mannequin form to the page with 3-D foam tape and add flat-back pearl embellishment. Tuck the wings on each side of the mannequin form and adhere, and tuck a ruffled cheesecloth skirt under the bottom of the mannequin form.
4. Adhere sentiment with matte medium gel.


4. Moving to the opposite page, adhere crocheted lace scrap and a cluster of flowers.
5. Dab white gesso around the edges of the flowers and let dry.
6. Brush some matte medium gel to the centers and edges of the flowers and apply clear glitter. Let dry.
7. Adhere sentiment strips with matte medium gel.
8. Splatter black gesso mixed with a tiny bit of water onto both sides with a fan brush (shielding whatever elements you don’t want to splatter) and let dry.
9. TA-DA! Love the finished spread! ;)


Proud to enter this art journal spread into the following challenges:
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #21 – Anything Goes
Country View Challenges: January Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #156 – Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog: #34 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #103 – January Blues
Creative Inspirations: January Challenge – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Daisy Chain Challenges: #15 – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #172 – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes
Emerald City Crafts Challenges: #7 – Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room: #334 – Your Favorite Colors (blue/turquoise and silver is one of my fav combos)
Inspiration Destination: #141 – Anything Goes
Let’s Craft and Create: #133 – Anything Goes + optional Love Is In theAir (no twist)
More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes with optional Blue
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1801 – Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles: #24 – Anything Goes
Penny Black: January – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Scrapping4fun: #106 – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge – Winter Blues
Stamping Sensations: January – Cold and Frosty Colors
The Crafty Addicts: #44 – Anything Goes with optional Winter Blues
Try It On Tuesday: My Favorite Things (I’ve been bitten by the art journal bug!)
Unicorn Challenge Blog: #28 – Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff: #294 – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #316/317 – Anything Goes

Blank Page Muse (formerly Sin City Stamps) products used:
Barbed Wire Chain Link Rope Background Texture Stamps
Mannequin Dress Form Fan & Bow Tags Stamp Set
Sin City Wings Stamp Set
Words by Jane Man & Woman Figures Sentiments Stamp Set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and marker, Black StazOn ink
Accessories: Liquitex White Gesso, Ranger Distress Glaze, Rubber Brayer, Liquitex Cobalt Blue, Phthalocyanine Green and Silver acrylic paint, Judi-Kins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder, Silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, Prima flowers, Wild Orchid Crafts Crocheted Lace scrap and Flat-Back White Pearl String, Liquitex Matte Medium Gel, Stampin’ Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter

I hope you’ve enjoyed my debut Blank Page Muse project, even without any tutorial photos! Going forward, I’ll certainly be checking photos as I go and not wait until I’m finished! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies in the Blank Page Muse store! I know you’re going to fall in love! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Pastel Sweeties Note Cards (set of 4)

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I’m on the Mixed Up Magazine blog today and I’m super excited to share a pretty set of note cards I created using the Tinted Images #1 – Girls Printables! OMG, these little sweeties are BEYOND adorable! I’ve been a card maker much longer than I’ve dabbled in mixed media, so making a set of cards with these images was the first thing that came to mind. Then, adding the stenciling with crackle paste, watercoloring and stamping just kind of happened for the backgrounds!

This is considered a teaser post… I’m sharing only one photo of my finished project here on my blog, so jump on over to Mixed Up Magazine to see more photos and details on how I created these pretty note cards! And while you’re there, why not click over to pick up a mag subscription?! It’s always filled with amazing project tutorials that I know you’ll enjoy and find very inspiring! UPDATE: Mixed Up Magazine has apparently undergone some changes and their blog has moved, meaning our tutorial posts have been deleted and these links may no longer be viable. I’ve added a few extra close-up pics of these cards below. ;)


So proud of how these cards turned out! So delicate and dainty… not at all what one would expect for mixed media! Here are angled and front shots of each…


Proud to enter this set of cards into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination: #140 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers: #15 – Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown: #372 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #29 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Tinted Images #1 – Girls

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Spectrum Aqua Watercolor paper, DCWV Glitzy Pastels Stack, Marco’s Silver Mirror cardstock
Stamps: Paper Wings Productions Art Textures stamp set
Ink: Ranger Prumice Stone distress ink
Accessories: Hero Arts BG Leaf & Flourish stencil, Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, Dr. Ph. Martins India Ink (Magenta, Grass Green, Yellow, Teal, Violet)

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun Printables for your mixed media and collage projects at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Hero Arts Merry Christmas Wall Hanging

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m super stoked to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Holly stamp set and coordinating Hero Arts Color Layering Holly Frame Cuts. I created a fun and frosty mixed media wall hanging for the holidays. I can’t tell you how much fun this was… I was totally in my element and oblivious to everything around me, lol!


I started by brayering red and green acrylic paints onto a 5×5 Gessobord. I then applied texture paste over two different stencils on several areas, splattered black gesso mixed with water over the piece and let dry. I mixed white gesso with a little water and brushed it over the entire piece to mute the colors a bit. Once that was dry, I played with some red and green watercolors, letting some of it run and splattering some of it. I also inked the edges.


I stamped the sentiment in black StazOn on vellum, cut flag ends and set it aside. I then stamped and die cut 16 holly leaves, arranged them to form a wreath (staggered in three layers) and adhered them to the Gessobord. I added shiny red sequins for berries and a multi-loop bow with a double loop of cording beneath it and a brad in the center. I rolled up some script paper and adhered the tubes in the center of the wreath for some interest, then affixed the sentiment. I finished the piece by smearing grit paste on a few areas and splattering Copic Opaque mixed with water. I also added some thick cording for a hanger.


Happy to enter this project into the following challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: October – Anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Creations: #353 – Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #98 – Use A Sentiment
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #68 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenges: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #306/307 – Anything Goes

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Color Layering Holly stamp set
Hero Arts Color Layering Holly Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Pop Pattern Stencil

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: 65# vellum, green/white script paper
Ink: Liquitex Naphthol Crimson, Cadmium Red, Deep Green, Phthalocyanine Green Acrylic Paints; Black StazOn ink; Memento Cottage Ivy ink; Ranger Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles Distress Ink; Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink; Hunter Green and Scarlet Lake Peerless Watercolors
Dies/Punches: Crop-A-Dile Big Bite
Accessories:  Ampersand Art Gessobord, Studio White Gesso, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage Stencil, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Hard Rubber Brayer, Liquitex Black Gesso, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Doodlebug Design Red Sequins, Prairie Bird Boutique Wrinkled Red Ribbon, Hemptique White Cord, DMC Red Memory Thread, Christmas Brad, Ranger Distress Grit Paste, Copic Opaque White

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see what you create! Remember that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner, and this month it is the “Go Wild” Digital Kit. And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking storeAND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,

Mixed Up Merchandise DT

Well, it’s official and I can finally blab about this one, too! I’ve joined the Printables DT for Mixed Up Merchandise! Woo-hoo! VERY excited about this opportunity to work with some of the coolest vintage ephemera around – check it out HERE! You’ll find lots of fun stuff to use on your mixed media and collage projects!


This is an awesome team of very talented mixed media artists and I’m super stoked, and very proud and honored that the lovely Katy invited me to be one of them! My debut project will be on the Mixed Up Magazine blog on September 8th, so stay tuned!

Scrappy hugs,