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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!

Lori

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Build a Poinsettia Ornament

Hello all,

I hope your Holiday Season has been a happy one, mine sure has been! I think I over-extended myself with make hand-made gifts and almost didn’t get them all done. Needless to say, my blogging has taken a back seat. So, today I am catching you up on a project I made feature my own stamp line and other products by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

It has been wonderful to see my stamp line available to all through Emerald Creek Craft Supplies! Right now, you can purchase my winter 2021 stamp and stencil products and there will be more to come. Yeah!! A big shout out to Emerald Creek for all of the hard work to make this happen! It is really a dream come true!

Be sure to check out the Quick Tips Mixed Media Video below for the step by steps for this project.

Build a Poinsettia Stamp Set
Snowfall Stencil
Snow Stamp Set

Emerald Craft Supplies:
Lori’s Cards and Creations
Build A Poinsettia
Snow Set
Snowfall Stencil
Eileen Hull Designs
Molten Dimension- Seashell Ivory
Modern Gilding Powders – Dragon Berry, American Pink
Artisan Flux – Hot Tamales
Other Supplies:
Wooden ornament
Ribbon
Tag or Tag Punch Board
Tsukineko – Memento, VersaMark , VersaFine ink
Imagine Craft, – Walnut Ink
Stylus and mat
Ranger Archival Ink
Color Pencils
Marvy Blending pen

Quick Tips Mixed Media Video

Happy Holidays to you and yours! May your day be Merry and the New Year bring health and happiness.

Happy day!

L

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Mixed Media, Uncategorized

Grafix Chipboard Journal – Vintage Butterfly

Hello all,

Lori here, with a Vintage Butterfly journal project featuring the Grafix Mixed Media Chipboard Journal.  This is a great versatile product with easy to remove pages that hold up to mixed media techniques very well.  I love how I can remove a page(s) from this disc bound journal to work on an individual project and then just pop the page back into the journal when finished.  Check out the step by step instructions and the Quick Tips Mixed Media Video below for all of the details.

Grafix Products:

  • Mixed Media Journal – 6” x 9”

Other materials:

  • DecoArt Americana Premium – White Gesso
  • Beacon – 3-in-1 glue
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink – Tea Dye
  • Vintage dictionary book print
  • Windsor Newton – Gouache, Permanent White, Magenta, Neutral Grey
  • Master’s Touch – Gouache, Yellow Ochre
  • Lami Li Decorative Paper – Venetian Mask
  • Lost Coast Designs – Carmen Veranda Butterly Square stamp
  • Vintage Lace Ribbon
  • DecoArt Dura Clear Ultra Matte Varnish
  • Ranger – Archival ink, Jet Black
  • String 
  • Metal corners and charms

Finished journal

Quick Tips Mixed Media Video

I hope you have enjoyed this art journal project featuring the Grafix Mixed Media Journal and will try it out for yourself.  I think you will be pleased with its sturdiness and versatility. 

Happy Day,

Lori Warren

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Artesprix Guest Designer – Bag Tag

Hello all,

Today I am a Guest Designer over on the Artesprix with a blog with a great bag tag project using Artesprix “Iron on Ink”. 

What is Sublimation ink (iron on ink)? It is an interesting and fun product that allows you to create a design on standard copy paper that can then be heat transferred onto surfaces with polyester in them or with a polyester coating.  How fun is that?`

For this bag tag project, I wanted to create a soft dreamy watercolor effect in the background.. After some experimentation, I found that using a piece of acetate to apply and work the color prior to transferring the ink to paper was the key to making this technique work.  Step by steps are included below as well as a Quick Tips Video walking you through this process.

Materials:

Artesprix Products:

Protective Project Mat

Sublimation Ink Pad – Black

Sublimation Stamp Ink Refill

Bag Tags – Maple, Metal

Protective Paper

Heat Tape

Stamps – Hand Letter Basics

Sublimation MarkersBlack, Original, Pastel, Gnomie

Other Products:

Grafix – Acetate

Computer Paper

Oprol – Heat Plate

Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz, Stamp Platform

Lori’s Cards and Creations – Background Script, Sketchy Flower, Charka, Tall Snowman, Snowflakes

Instructions:

Quik Tips Mixed Media Video

I hope you enjoyed this project and will give Artesprix Sublimation products a try.  Project options are endless and will allow for hours of creative fun!

Happy Day!

Lori

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Upcycled Arts & Crafts

Hello all,

This weekend I finally made my way over to the new location of theClever Octopus’ Creative Reuse Center now located at 2250 S West Temple Salt Lake City, UT.  This company is a nonprofit company with a wonderful vision and great practices.  I love using recycled and reclaimed materials in my art work and the Clever Octopus is one of my favorite places to get it.

Even the oddest thing can be turned around into art work, like these square plastic graduation tags.  I thought these would make great little embellishments of cards, art journaling and mixed media.

For the examples below, I covered them in gesso, applied texture paste through a stencil and then painted with metallic paints.   It is a great little technique to upcycle these reclaimed tags.

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  Another treasure I found were these 3.5″ x 6.5″ tags.

Tag Art Journal Upcycle project

I think these will make a great Mixed Media Tag Art Journal.  I have so many of them that it will be perfect for a workshop.  I am thinking that maybe a two day workshop where we make everything from the cover to pages.

Well,  that is it for me today.  I hope you will try using reclaimed and reuse items on your next mixed media project.  Not only is it just plain fun, it is a great way to help the environment as well!

Happy day!

Lori

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Create monochromatic watercolor with Mboss Powder and VersaMagic

Hello all,

Today I am over on the Imagine Crafts Blog with a card that focuses on the use of monochromatic color. It’s a great technique with a lovely outcome; especially when framed with White MBoss Embossing powder. 

 

Imagine Supplies:

Creative Artist Medium – Clear

StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black

Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Sparkle

Fireworks! – Cottage Ivy

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

VersaFine Clair – Nocturne, Rain Forest

MBoss Embossing Powder – White

MEMENTO – Northern Pine, Pistachio, London Fog

Other Supplies:

Joy Clair – Hugs and Smiles

Cardstock – white

Kaiser Craft Adhesive Pearls _ Ice Green

More details are available on the Imagine Craft Blog, including a Quick Tips Mixed Media video.

I hope you will go check it out!

Happy Day,

Lori

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Mixed Media, Uncategorized

Create a pretty card using watercolors and rubber stamps – Lavender Sprig

Hello all,

In celebration of World Watercolor Month, I have created this pretty Lavender Sprig card using watercolors and rubber stamps.  Watercolors seem to go so well with the lavender images from the Club Scrap Inc. 2018 Lavender Fields set.  I love lavender everything so, of course, this is one of my absolute favorite stamp sets.  Check out the Mixed Media Quick Tips video below for the step by step details.

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Supplies:

  • White Cardstock
  • Watercolor paper
  • Grumbacher Opaque Watercolors
  • Yasutomo metallic watercolors
  • Club Scrap Inc –Lavender Fields stamp set
  • Tsukineko VersaFine Clair – Nocturne
  • Tsukineko StazOn Pigment – Koala Gray, Piano Black
  • Ribbon

 

Mixed Media Quick Tips Video

I hope you have enjoyed this project and will try using watercolors on your next card.  After all, it is World Watercolor Month so it is a perfect time to give it a try!

Happy World Watercolor Month!

Happy day!

L

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Lost Coast Designs Fridafest Blog Hop Day 2

Hello all,

It’s Day 2 of the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity Fridafest Blog Hop!  So, once you check out my Fridafest inspiration piece below…hop onto to the next blog for more creative Frida Fun!

For today’s project, I drew my inspiration from a colorful Mexican blanket, like the ones pictured below.

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I love the bands of color with strips of white in between.  So pretty!  With the bright and beautiful colors of Mexico, it is so easy for find inspiration.    Again, I hope you will find inspiration from this photo as well as my Fridafest Day 2 card below!

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Lost Coast Designs:

Other Supplies:

  • Chalk ink
  • Permanent Ink
  • White Pen
  • Buttons
  • Sticker gems
  • Twine
  • Double sided mounting tape
  • Black & White Cardstock
  • Water Color pencils

Instructions:

  • Apply chalk ink to cardstock panel in bands of color, as shown below.

1 stripes

  • Stamp Doodle Flower Background stamp with permanent black ink.

2 stamp Doodleflowers

  • Sketch lines and dots with white pen.

3 trim.white pen

  • Stamp Floral Frida image onto white cardstock with permanent black ink.

4 frida

  • Cut a square out of black cardstock and sketch a border with a white pen.

5 black mount

  • Trim doodle flower panel to card size, wrap in center with twine and prep with double sided mounting tape.  Prep black square panel with mounting tape as well.

6 string.mount

  • Assemble panels and adhere to card base.  Add additional white pen sketches and embellishments.

7 adhere.emb white pen

  • Sketch coordinating colors of watercolor pencils around Frida image and blend.  Color lips.  Sketch border with white pen.

8 color frida

  • Adhere Frida image to card front and embellish with flower button and sticker gems.

9 embellish frida

  • Done

10 done

Be sure to go the the next blog for more Fridafest inspiration for more Fridafest inspiration.  Also remember to leave comments for a chance to win (see Lost Coast Design Blog Hop post for details).  What a wonderful way to celebrate the amazing works of Frida Kahlo!

Blog Hop List:

Click Here for Blog Hop main post

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Happy day!

L

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Lost Coast Designs Fridafest Blog Hop Day 1

Hello all,

It’s Day 1 of the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity Fridafest Blog Hop!  So, once you check out my Fridafest inspiration piece below…hop onto to the next blog for more creative Frida Fun!

While researching the colors of Mexico, I found this lovely photo of colorful houses on a hillside and loved it.   The colors are so bright and lively!

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It was the perfect inspiration for my first Fridafest Card!  I hope you find inspiration from this photo as well as my card below!

Frida card 1

Lost Coast Designs:

Other Supplies:

  • Chalk ink
  • Permanent Ink
  • White Pen
  • Scrap piece of Mounting foam – square

Instructions:

  • Cut a square from a scrap piece of mounting foam and use as a stamp to create a pattern of colored squares on a card panel.  Use a variety of chalk inks

1 squares

  • Stamp image from the ATC Misc. 6 Set onto card panel with grey ink.

2 background stamp

  • In the center of the card panel, stamp the Frida Woodcut image with black permanent ink.

3 frida

  • Use another image from the ATC Misc. 6 Set to add script to the background with black permanent ink.

4 script

  • Apply inks (same colors from background squares) directly to craft matte and add water.  Then use the wet ink (like you would watercolors) to color Frida Image.

5 watercolor w.ink

  • Use a white pen to sketch around the Frida image, add border around card and draw tiny windows and doors onto the squares in the background.

6 white pen

  • Edge panel and card base with black ink.  Adhere panel to card base.

7 done

Be sure to go the the next blog for more Fridafest inspiration for more Fridafest inspiration.  Also remember to leave comments for a chance to win (see Lost Coast Design Blog Hop post for details).

Blog Hop List:

Click Here for Blog Hop main post

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Happy day!

L

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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.

THE CRAFTERS WORKSHOP PRODUCTS:

  • 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

 

 

CHECK OUT THE “MINUTES TO MIXED MEDIA” VIDEO BELOW:

Happy day!

Lori

 

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOP PROVIDED ME WITH SOME PRODUCT TO CREATE THIS PROJECT. THE OPINIONS I SHARE ARE SOLELY MY OWN.