Phoebe Art Journal Page

Anyone who has worked in the crafting industry for any length of time knows about Julie Nutting doll stamps.  They are a take on the old craft we used to do as kids.  I have many fond memories of hours spent with my granddaughter playing with paper dolls.  There are several doll stamps in the line and I have acquired a few.  I’ve decided to create an art journal page featuring each doll.

Phoebe is the first.


Creating this page was a time consuming project but it was lots of fun and very rewarding.  I started by stamping Phoebe on some paper with small text and then adding shading with some markers.  I paper pieced her dress, headband and the ties on her shoes.  Some of the pieces are very tiny.  I added more shading with markers after she was “dressed”.  A few tiny pearls on her jacket completed her look.

I used a pad of canvas paper as my background.  I want to be able to use different mediums as I move on to other pages.  I found some pretty paper to complement her outfit and glued it to the canvas paper.  The flowered block was cut out of a very old paper I’ve been hording.  I added the “Memories” word and popped it up on the rectangle.  While I was working on this page, I was thinking of the fun memories my granddaughter and I had together.  I used a Dylusions stamp by Ramger to create the ground layer.  I stamped it on two different papers and glued it to the pink paper.  The leaf stamp is from the same Ranger stamp.


Isn’t this just the cutest kitty ever!  My granddaughter and I both love cats, although neither one of us has any.  She is from a stamp called Cat’s Meow by Papertrey Ink.  I plan on using her on every page.  I stamped her on the same text paper as Phoebe and added some gray coloring with markers.  I think she is the perfect companion for the dolls.


I also plan on using a quote or meaningful statement on each page.  I found this one about love from a My Favorite Things stamp called Clearly Sentimental About Love.  I thought this was so appropriate because I feel Jen’s happiness is essential to me being happy.  I love her so much.


So, here is my Phoebe page.  Hope you enjoy!

Reverse Confetti Sketch 19


I love this pretty, happy card.  Reverse Confetti has a monthly sketch challenge and I’m entering this project.


I made this a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card so that I could get all the circles to fit.  I used stamps from the Happy Harbor set.  The compass symbol fit perfectly into the die cut circles.  I love the tiny heart in the center.  I used a scrap strip that just happened to have hearts in the patterned paper.


The stamped sentiment fits the theme of the project and the aqua twine is the extra pop of color the card needed.


I think it will brighten someone’s day!

Watercolor Wash Background 2

I’m showing you another card today using the soft watercolor background that I created using the technique in my class.


This time I left more color on the paper to create a focal point for the finished project.  I love the soft pinkish color and the way the background looked after it dried.  I heat embossed some pretty snowflakes with gold powder and then flicked the gold paint from my brush onto the paper.


You can see the gold flecks better in this close-up.  I took a strip of vellum and stamped this cute snowman again using gold powder.  I attached the vellum ends around the back of the watercolor panel and then adhered it to a gold cardstock base.


It would be easy to create several of these unique backgrounds to have ready for card projects.


I can’t wait to move onto the next watercolor technique, a vibrant background.  Come back soon!

A Purrfect Anniversary

This is an anniversary card I made for a couple who are very special.  As soon as I saw this new stamp by Mama Elephant I knew it was just right for the card I wanted to make.



I started with some textured watercolor paper.  I applied some Ranger texture paste to a star stencil and let it dry.  I added a couple of colors of Distress Ink to make a nighttime sky.  I die cut some stitched snow banks and set the two darling kitties on top.  Of course you can tell which one is the girl, right?  I attached the entire panel onto a white cardstock base.  Of course I finished the inside with special anniversary wishes for the happy couple.




Happy Anniversary Kathy and Keith!!!



Watercolor Wash Background 1

The first project in my watercolor class is to create a soft watercolor wash using a stencil.  Here’s what that means.  I used a piece of watercolor paper and a couple of paint colors.  I chose a pretty purple and a touch of blue.  Using a lot of water to dilute the intensity of the paint I swirled the colors around.  There is no rhyme or reason for putting the paint to the paper.  As soon as I was happy with the design I taped a stencil to the wet paper.


This is what it looked like after it dried and I removed the stencil.  A pretty cool look.  Now I was ready to create a card with this unique background.  I wanted a simple card so that the background would be the star.


I chose a navy cardstock for the base and cut a small tag shape.  I stamped the sentiment in navy ink and punched a hole so I could thread a ribbon through and taped it to the back.


I loved trying this technique.  The results will always be different.


I would love to hear your comments on my project.  Thanks!


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