Mixed Media, Uncategorized

Shabby Chic framed Dragonfly – Inspired by…

This project idea was inspired by a Youtube video by Caroline, “My Home of the Hillside”. In her video, Caroline created 3 Shabby Chic projects featuring Rosette Roses hand-made from strips of scrap fabric. Well, I just had to try making these beautiful trash to treasure roses! And with that, came my Shabby Chic framed Dragonfly project. This creation features an upcycled old frame and other reuse and repurposed materials.

Be sure to watch Caroline’s video on how to make these Rosette Roses as well as my Quick Tips Mixed Media video below for the step by steps on my project.

My project, Shabby Chic framed Dragonfly

Loris’ Cards and Creations (available Emerald Creek Craft Supply):

Other Supplies:

Dew Drops

Upcycled/reuse/found objects:

  • canvas cloth
  • 7″ x 8″ frame
  • backing board
  • ribbon/string
  • fiber mesh
  • collage materials

Mixed Media Quick Tips Video

I hope you enjoyed this project and will check out Caroline’s video and Youtube page! The Rosette Roses are really fun to make and are a great way to use up old fabric scraps. Tune in for more project using upcycled, reuse, and repurposed elements.

Happy day,


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A day of reflection.

Being the last day of 2021, I find myself reflecting back on the year. The good, the bad, the what the heck happened to another year! It’s been a tough few years on all of us, for sure.

Did I accomplish what I wanted to in 2021? Well, no and I really only have myself to blame. It is so easy to let the unavoidable events in life throw us off course. It’s an expected reality. I think that the trick to being successful is not letting those events derail us for too long. That is what I intend to improve on this next year.

My 2022 goal is to address life’s challenges with a bit more grace. I am going to deal with problems quickly to allow myself to stay on track. That’s it, that is my only solid goal for 2022. Life is to unpredictable. Yes, I have a good plan on what I what to accomplish. But, I am going to be flexible on how I get there.

Happy New Year, everyone! May your 2022 be filling with hope, health and happiness!

Happy day!


DecoArt, TCW Design Team, Uncategorized

TCW Prayerful Angel – Steampunk’d

Hello all,

Sharing with you today a Wintery Mixed Media project that I made for The Crafter’s Workshop blog.  I Steampunk’d up the Prayerful Angel stencil with some gears, keys and other embellishments.  It was a fun way to do something a bit non-traditional.  Check out the video below for  the step by steps for this project.


  • Prayerful Angel TCW821
  • Flakes TCW2162
  • White Gesso TCW9001
  • Light & Fluffly Modeling Paste TCW9004
  • Matte Gel Medium TCW9011
  • Shimmery Goodness TCW9012
  • White Pearl Modeling Paste TCW9030

Other Materials

    • DecoArt, Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Matte Clear varnish
    • Tissue paper
    • Ranger, Archival Ink
    • Stampin’ Up, Merry & Type
    • Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
    • Gears, keys and other embellishments




Happy day!




DecoArt, TCW Design Team, Uncategorized

A Pumpkin of a Different Color

Hello all,

I am starting to come around to the fact that summer is fading and I must face the coming of fall and soon to be winter.  I always mourn the loss of our sunshine filled days and pleasant summer heat each year.   So, time to pull out the warm sweaters and sweat shirts, long pants and warm socks…’tis the season.

The one thing that I do appreciate about the fall  is the color; the many shades of yellow and orange that splash across the trees are just lovely to see.  The fall project below however,  was made using a non-traditional color scheme.  While browsing the craft store this morning I found fall florals in these beautiful shades of blue and green.  These colors, paired with a white pumpkin, made for an interesting take on a fall project.

Check out the video below for how to you can use your stencils on really bumpy substrates like this pumpkin.

Materials used:

Check out the Video below:

I hope that you have enjoyed this project and will try this “stencil on tissue” method that will stretch the use of your favorite stencils.

Bring on the fall…

Happy day!





Mixed Media – Good Days

Hello all,

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I am slowly building up my own line of rubber stamps.  I have a couple of images so far and have had them created into a rubber stamp for my personal use.  This is such an exciting adventure.  I realize that it may take me years to grow to where I would like to be and that is why I am enjoying the small moments.  The latest, is the new stamp designed from a sketch I made of a flower.

Sketchy Flower promo w overlay

From sketch to rubber stamp to stamped image; I am loving this new design.  I do have a fondness for flowers.  Below is a 4″x 6″ flat panel canvas that I made with this new stamp.

Mixed Media 4x6 flat canvas good days 4.14.18

Another cool things is that you can purchase this image as a digital download right now! Just click on the “All Downloads” page from my blog menu to check out this image as well as the Art Nouveau Dragonfly image (that is available as well).

Materials used:

  • Faber-Castell Gelatos
  • Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  • DecoArt Americana Premium Texture Medium
  • DecoArt Americana DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Americana Premium White Gesso
  • DecoArt Shimmer Mist, White
  • Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Collection, Ledger Script
  • Ranger Inks
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations, Sketchy Flower
  • Bubble wrap & drywall tape

Product links:

The “Good Days’ saying was cut from book print, I thought it was a good phrase for my feelings for the day!

Hope you are all having “Good Days” as well!

Happy day,




A Perfect Reason – CP SOA Challenge.2

Hello all,

Continuing with my participation in the Catherine Pooler (CP), Stamp of Approval challenge using stamps from “The Perfect Reason Collection”.   As my hint in yesterday’s post suggested…I went with “The Perfect Reason Stamps Set” that includes a catchy “I don’t need a reason” phrase.

Some random stamping with CP inks (Tiki Torch, Party Dress, and Tutti Frutti) made a neat background for this card.  The panel was then splashed with a bit of black ink and Tiki Tourch ink (that I mixed with some pearlizing medium to give it bit of  a shimmer).

Once dry, I cut the panel into various shapes and arranged them onto an orange card front.   I also added some randomly stamped flowers to the bottom of the card front for some added interest.

That catchy phrase was then stamped onto a punched tag (that was colored using CP inks) and applied to the card with some sheer ribbon.  And finally, because you always need a little bling, some white adhesive pearls were added to the card.

CP SOA challenge I don't need a reason.jpg

Hope you liked the card and found some inspiration from this post!


Happy Day!