Saturday, July 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #38 Altered Embellishments!

Another month - another awesome challenge!!  It is so much fun to play with embellishments - I just loved this month's challenge!  Our design team had the opportunity to use Um Wow Chipboard Pieces - they are fantastic! I loved the shapes and the their ability to put up with whatever I threw on them!  

So come and play with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - you will love the challenge and it is a great way to get your hands in some mixed media art every month!

 "UmWowStudio is an innovative on trend chipboard, flair & stencil manufacturer located in Las Vegas, NV. Partnering with other companies & now amazing designers our line is always expanding. Our chipboard is extra thick with a beautiful rich kraft finish ready for any medium."

And remember that one lucky random winner will win an awesome $30 Gift Certificate with free shipping to UmWow Studio!!

Here is my project for this challenge!

I started with a wood block.  I found in my stash a piece of deli paper that I had painted on using a brayer.  It was just one of those pieces that you keep around because you know that you will use it someday. It became a background for a tree and nature scene, so the deli paper worked great!

 I sprayed, painted and put some more paint on the Um Wow Chipboard! The pieces really could be used in a hundred different ways, but here one is a tree and the other is a  plant in the foreground.  I just love getting these chipboard pieces ready so much so, that I didn't take one picture of the chipboard process!

I used a stencil with green paint and modeling paste to create the texture of the tree on the deli paper background.  There were a few mess-ups along the way as a couple of 'tree leaves' that I didn't like.  But thankfully the deli paper background made it really easy to wipe off the unwanted designs and try again.  

I glued the deli paper down to the wooden block with matte medium and wrapped it around the block. The tree branches went around the edge! Loved that!  I used some craft glue to stick the chipboard in place.  Then using the computer and printer I created a saying on tissue paper and glued it down to the paper with matte medium.  The words were actually very hard to see with the background showing through the paper so I had to use a pen to go over the font.  It actually turned out okay and looks more handwritten than printed!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #37 - A Year of Choices!

Unbelievably, we have another year of challenges complete here at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!! I love looking back and seeing all the different projects that have been completed for our challenges!!  So this month, our Challenge is to create something using one or more of our themes for the year! Our AMAZING sponsor this month is Donna Downey Studios!!  One lucky winner, chosen at random from our entries will win a $50 gift card to the Donna Downey Studio Store!!  SO AWESOME!  Come and Play with us!!

For my project I chose rustic!! I seem to be on this rustic and farmhouse kick lately ... so here is my project!

I started with a wooden board about 12x12.  I drew on my plan and then added the bottom layer of texture with stamps.  

I made the window with Tattered Angels Stormy Skies Glimmer Mist sprayed on mixed media paper.  Then I went around the outside of the window with white crackle paint and a faber castell gray marker.  

I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Cork and Glimmer Glaze in Satchel and Java to create the stained wooden 'house!'

And then I made the little bird, added the quote and Rustic Fun was done!!  Make sure to come and play with us!! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wings on Weathered Wood!

Oh I just had so much fun making this wings project!! Hop on over to the Canvas Corp Blog for all the details of how I made this Home Decor Project for my Living Room!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monica's Birthday Link Up Party

Monica is turning 50 this month and she is hosting a blog link-up party!! She has some amazing prizes and this is going to be lots of fun!!

Here is my project that I was inspired by Monica's awesome mood board!

And here is a note from Monica!

I am turning 50 this month and I decided to celebrate all month long with all my crafty friends.  

I told my husband I did not want a party...but I will throw a link up party and you are all invited.

Now I know I am supposed to get gifts for my birthday, but I thought it would be fun to GIVE some gifts as well as a thank you for all your support in my JOURNEY.

A few of my crafty friends have joined me early to help get the party started and give you some ideas for your link ups. Be sure to visit their blog and give them some love as well!

So we don't have any party fouls, here are the party rules:

1.  Look at the mood board and find something that reminds you of a JOURNEY.
  • A Journey through life
  • Your Art Journey
  • A Journey you recently took

2. Create a project. This can be a card, canvas or anything that inspires you and in any style.

3.  Follow my blog  (Taylor Made Cards 4U!)

4. Leave me a comment

I would also love it if you help me spread the word.  Create a blog post using the graphic and a link back here.  Don't forget to link your project for a chance to be entered into the drawing for my prize giveaways.

Now for the coupons:
  1. I BRAKE FOR STAMPS - 10% off using coupon code SAVE10MONICA
  2. STAMPLORATIONS - 20% off  in stamp store using coupon code STAMPGIRLBECCA

Now for the prizes:

Prize - Memory Box Sponsored by Taylormadecards4u

Prize - $15 gift certificate to I Brake for Stamps (2 people)

Prize - T.H.E. Bag - Sponsored by Simply Charming Bags

Prize - Perfectly Posh gift set - Sponsored by Aimees Posh

Prize - Stamp Set by creator of Big Grins - Becca Cruger from Big Grins (2 people)

Prize - $15 Gift Certificate to Canvas Corp Brands

Prize - Umbrella Crafts Papercrafting Favorites Kit Sponsored by

Prize - The Ton - Stamp set of your choice

Prize - Celebrate Mini Digital Sentiment kit- Sponsored by Decosses Dynamite Doodles (3 people)

Prize - Set of Vintage Printables - Sponsored by VectoriaDesigns (3 people)

Prize - 7Gypsies Stash - Sponsored by Taylormadecards4u

The Mixed Media Challenge #36 - Put a Stamp on it!

Hello Challengers!! Welcome back for this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!! And SO much fun ... Put a Stamp on It!!  This month we are sponsored by the brand new awesome stamp store, TopFlight Stamps,  that brings hard to find stamps and stamps from around the world right to you!! So come and play with us!!  And one lucky random player will win an awesome prize from TopFlight Stamps!

And here is my project!! I had the awesome chance to use Clarity Stamps Cockeral and Hen set! These stamps were super easy to use and made awesome crisp images.  The set also comes with masks that I played with! 

This project started with a piece of wood board and clear gesso.  I used matt medium to 'glue' down the scrapbook paper to the board!

I found this textured cement finish paint in the clearance section at Target. It was really awesome looking and it is a great filler between the 'wood' panels of the barn! 

I covered a brown paper bag with Crackle Paste and painted over it with Cranberry colored chalk paint!

The clarity stamps did a fantastic image on a variety of different scrapbook paper!  I fussy cut the shapes out and used matte medium to attach them to the board!

These are the masks that came with the clarity set.  They are reusable and really created a clear image!

I stamped the eggs on scrapbook paper and painted in the white!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stencil Girl and Canvas Corp Match-Up: Put a Stencil on It: Surfaces

Okay, when two of your favorite companies are doing a MatchUp ... you jump up and down and then get your hands on the goodies!! Stencil Girl and Canvas Corp Brands ... perfect together.  This month the challenge was to "Put a Stencil on it: Surfaces!! I had a blast and almost wore out the stencils playing and creating a ton of different backgrounds and project ideas for this matchup.  In the end, I chose my favorite one to share with you!

These are the supplies that I used: Stencil Girl Stencils: Travel Note, Random Lace, Small World Longitude, Sunburst, Decorative 6 Petal, Canvas Corp 6x6 Canvas, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Starter Kit, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Paint in Chalk, Matte Medium, Canvas Corp Burlap, Canvas Corp Canvas Fringe - Ticking Orange, Canvas Corp Ticking Fabric Navy, Canvas Corp, Canvas Corp Paper, Various blue paints and liquitex heavy body white paint. Tissue Paper

These are the tools that I used: Scissors, Brush, credit card, cosmetic sponge

In case, you want to try a project like this at home, here are the step by steps!! This is a fairly easy project and fun!!

Gesso the Canvas Corp 6x6 Canvas and then paint different colors of blue paint with a credit card.  After the blue paint dries, use heavy white body paint, a cosmetic sponge and the stencils to create the texture in the 'sky.' After the white paint is dry, use Tattered Angels Chalk Board Paint in Chalk to mist over the background to tone down the blue!

Using various papers and It's Green Glimmer Mist create the ground for under the balloon.  Use the piece of canvas from your Glimmer Mist starter kit and the travel note stencil to create a piece of textured ground! Cut the pieces to make rolling hills!  Use Matte Medium to glue them all down!

Use the Canvas Corp brand navy ticking and the Orange Ticking ribbon to create a hot air balloon.  Cut a small piece of burlap for the balloon basket.  Use small strings from the ticking fabric to create the ropes hanging off the side of the basket.

Print out the sentiment on tissue paper and glue down your pieces. Doodle a little and you are done!

Thank you all so much for visiting today!! I hope you enjoyed this matchup as much as I did!! April is going to be full of amazing projects!! I can't wait to see them all!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

TopFlight Blog Hop Winner!!

Oh my goodness!  Can I just thank you all for stopping by my blog and supporting the TopFlight Grand Opening!!  I SO loved reading all your comments and finding some new awesome blogs to visit!!  

But, drumroll, the random winner, picked from a hat:


Lagene , thank you so much for helping support the Grand Opening!!! I have a $10 gift certificate to TopFlight for you!! 

Lagene, Shoot me an email at karenlcrossen @ gmail dot com!