Lesson Obsession - Part 1 - Watercolor with Danielle Donaldson

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hello and Happy Friday!!
I wanted to depart a little from scrapbooking & mixed media to share some other things I have been working on lately.  

( I am not affiliated with the artist or under any obligation to promote her work, just love it so much, I want everyone to know her! )

A couple years ago I can across a book called "Creative Girl - Mixed Media Techniques for an Art Life" and I instantly fell in love!  The artist is Danielle Donaldson  and she has recently released another book as well as the continuation of her online workshops.  This was the first workshop of hers I took called "Down to Earth."  

A couple of the quick beginning paintings from this lesson. 

Below is the final, finished piece from the lesson!  I can't tell you how relaxing and therapeutic it was for me to paint this.  I have been watercoloring for more than 25 years but I have so much more learn!

As you can see, her work is very playful, imaginative, intricate and full of tiny, creative details!

I am currently working on her latest workshop, but wanted to share some of my other finished pieces on my Blog.  So...more posts to come with more Danielle Inspiration!  In the meantime, check her out!

Distress Ink Swatch Book - The Crafter's Workshop

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hey everyone!  I wanted to share this fun project I created using a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop to make a swatch book for my Distress Inks.

I filmed a video showing my process that is on the The Crafter's Workshop YouTube Channel.  You can HERE to go directly to the TCW channel!

I hope you enjoyed this fun, and useful project and get a chance to check out the video!
Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Remember This - Scrapbook Layout *& video*

Sunday, September 9, 2018

On my continuous journey to clean out my craft room, I decided to use several of the papers I had been saving and combined this color palette of navy, grey, white and olive.

You can either click HERE to go to my YouTube Channel or click below to watch the process video I filmed.

I used some Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks to paint a wash of several colors on a white cardstock background.

Using a combination of papers and embellishments, I created a cluster of layers to mat my photos on top of.

I used lots of the Pinkfresh Studio chipboard hearts and a chipboard Thickers title. 

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you check out the video.
Have an amazing day!

KIND HEART - Scrapbook Layout *& video*

Friday, August 31, 2018

Hello and happy Friyay!!
I have been slowly cleaning out my craft room and sorting thru the previously printed photos I had planned to document.  As well, as a stack of my favorite products I had been hoarding.

You can either click HERE to go to my YouTube Channel or click below to watch the process video I filmed.

I downloaded a cut file from Paige Evans that I had planned to paint behind or back with patterned paper, but in the end, decided to use as a stencil with some Gold Modeling Paste.  I used it to create a loose grid of four squares, one for the stenciled die cut, one for the photo, journaling and another for some embellishments.

I used several of the palm leaf die cuts layered on top of some tags and other ephemera tied up with gold thread.  I used an old gift card and gold gesso to "paint" some loose lines for my journaling.

Before I added my journaling, I used some Distress Inks and brushed on the coordinating adjacent colors to make the area a little more subtle.  After everything was finished, I mounted the entire page onto a light grey cardstock paper border and added some loose machine stitching at the top and bottom.

The color combination of this layout, mostly inspired by the paper makes me so happy!  It just screams Spring & Summer to me.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you check out the video and get inspired to pull out the stash of products you're hoarding...yep, you know you are!  ;)

S U P P L I E S:
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.  All other items were personally purchased. 

Patterened Paper – Pink Paislee
Die Cut Ephemera – American Crafts
Die Cut Design – Paige Evans for Silhouette
Distress Oxide Inks - Spun Sugar, Fossilized Amber

Stenciling Wedding Wrapping Paper (+video!)

Monday, August 20, 2018

Hello!  I wanted to share a video I filmed of me creating some wrapping
paper using a couple stencils, modeling paste and ink.

You can click on the video below or HERE to go to my YouTube channel.

I had this roll of Kraft wrapping paper that I used to cover with the White Pearl Modeling Paste from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I used it in combination with a newly released intricate floral-like stencil called Ocean Window.  In the space I used a hybrid stamping ink to add the worlds from another stencil, “She Said Yes.”

The paste ended up covering most of the paper, so only a little Kraft showed through.
After wrapping my gift, I added a garland I made using pompoms in a few of the bride’s colors.
I was really pleased with the way it turned out and I’ll be trying it out again soon!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Dressing Up a Gift Bag ( + Video )

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hello friends!
This was a super quick, last minute project to customize an already planned gift!
I wanted to throw a little surprise into my daughter's backpack for the first day of 9th grade...

I filmed a 3+ minute video of the process you can find HERE, or click on the link above! 

I grabbed an burlap drawstring bag left over from a wedding shower, and using a new 6x6 stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and some of their Antique Gold Modeling Paste, added a little something extra!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Supplies Used:

Below are the links to the items shown in the video provided for by The Crafter’s Workshop.  The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.  All other items were personally purchased.

Art Journal Process Video and...

Friday, August 10, 2018

Hello friends!
I have been working on my YouTube channel and some other exciting things coming up in the future and will be posting more process videos, mostly, art journaling and some scrapbooking/cardmaking.

This is the process video for the project I posted a couple weeks ago on The Crafter's Workshop Blog and also here on my personal Blog, but still wanted to share the video!

Click on the Video above or HERE for the link to my YouTube Channel.

Stay tuned for some exciting future projects!
Thanks for stopping by!
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