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Shabby Chic Christmas Cards with Deco Foil + New Word Die Cuts

It's been a while since I made a shabby chic card and today I have 2 of them to share, each full of wintery layers and textures. I also will be showing you how to put together this card design on a video tutorial featuring Rebekah Meier Designs mixed media products by Therm O Web and also a new digital pack from my shop with which I made some beautiful foiled word die cuts!



Tutorial & Supplies
I invite you to visit Therm O Web's blog to see the complete list of supplies and links. This card design although very layered is not complicated to put together and I know that you will be able to duplicate it translating it to different color schemes using different patterned papers and elements! Click below to watch the video tutorial and click here to subscribe to my channel and watch many other Deco Foil tutorials!





If you are curious about these word svg die cuts, click here to see my new bundle pack that includes over 100 words and coordinating shadows! These can be resized and…

Bible Journaling with Pan Pastel, Deco Foil, TCW and Unity Stamp Co.

I promised I would be back with a new art journaling inspiration project today... This might as well become a habit! This time I have a page from Psalm 31 that I handdrawn and colored with PanPastel. The softness of the PanPastel goes so well with the bible pages and it so easy to blend and color with.
I knew I wanted a bold floral image on this page. I love floral illustrations and I had to try out this Magnolia here. I handdrawn the flower in pencil first inspired by a photograph online. This time I did not feel the need to prep my page because I was not going to be using any wet media on it. Then I started shading my flower starting with a 430.5 Magenta, adding highlights with 380.8 Red Oxide Tint and 100.5 Titanium White (trying not to touch the rest of the image and only blending it on the lightest spots of the flower). I also added 470.8 Violet Tint to create a little bit of shadows but since my coloring is usually whimsical it is ok if the tones shadows and highlights are so r…

Pretty Butterflies & Caterpillars -New Stamp Release with Unity Stamp Company-

Yes! Surprise! We have been working behind the scenes with Unity Stamp Company to bring you new rubber stamp kits! We have added 3 new kits to my rubber stamp collection for Unity and we couldn't be more excited! Today Unity's designers are sharing beautiful inspiration projects and I decided to join them too with this card and tag featuring images from the new Spark stamp kit.  
The sentiments in this kit are very meaningful to me and I always, always try to encourage and lift people's spirit with every stamp set I design, because I know just how hard life can get at times... I believe that an uplifting word can make a difference. I hope that you love this kit and that you use it a lot too.



I absolutely love the color combination on these projects! I don't remember the last time I used a deep blue like this... I'm infatuated! (smile) But it all started with the coloring of the stamped images. The coloring usually determines what I will do next with my card design…

Video Tutorial: Christmas Rosette Ornament Tags with Gina K. Designs

Today I'm back with a new video tutorial with Therm O Web, featuring Gina K. Designs new Holiday line! I'm in love with everything in this line and I'll be showing you how I used the new Therm O Web Decorative die cuts, Foil-Mates and glitter Fancy Foils! I love everything in this new release and I know you will too!

I used beautiful papers from Simple Stories on these ornament tags. I love the more muted, retro color scheme of this paper pack. This one's called Very Merry and I enjoyed working with it so very much.


Video Tutorial & Supplies Click below to watch the video tutorial. All details on the steps I followed to make this tags can be found on the video. The complete supply list can be found on the video description on YouTube and also on Therm O Web's blog. I've posted additional pictures on Therm O Web so make sure to visit their blog too!




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Elegant Christmas Gift Box and Card Idea

Every year I try to create small gifts for each holiday for my son's teachers and for family friends. I try to come up with different ideas each time. This time I decided to share one of the projects I'll be preparing for the Holidays... A decorated Christmas Gift Box that comes with a coordinating card. 
This idea started off with this card. This is -I believe- my first purple Christmas card ever and I find the color combination to be so elegant. I used beautiful papers from Paper Temptress and stunning ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I'm also featuring stamps and papers from my new Holiday collection.

This stamp set is called Cheery Christmas and you can find it in digital format here. Of course, we have made these images available also as a rubber stamp kit at Unity Stamp Company (which is so detailed). I decided to use the digital version of this stamp set for this card. I sized the Christmas wreath and sentiment to fit the entire front of my card. I colored the…

How to start a Journal: Tips for Beginners - Featuring PanPastel and Aquapastels

So you have a new art journal... A few questions come out of no where to haunt you... Where do I start? Will I ruin my journal? Can I fill all these pages? Well, have a little faith! That's the first ingredient. And then, I'd tell you to relax and have fun, but I know it's not always easy... Let me tell you what my experience was!
Well, yes, I've finally started art journaling... First on my journaling bible (see that post here) and now on a proper art journal... I'd say the process starts even before having the actual journal... Remember that there are many kinds of art journals out there and each of them was made for a different purpose. I'd say you should go for the one that you can afford, a journal that holds the media you plan to use well and of course something you feel comfortable with (meaning size, paper color, paper texture, etc.) I, for instance, enjoy a hard cover, small journal (reminds me of old books). In this case I went for a Strathmore 500 S…

Adding Snow Texture to your Christmas Cards with Modeling Paste

I've always loved seeing snow texture on Christmas projects and so I decided to add it to my own projects this year using The Crafter's Workshop modeling pastes! I have a step by step tutorial on TCW's blog for you so make sure to scroll down and click on the tutorial link.
Whenever I take a closer look at textured Christmas cards there's usually a special snow texture paste used... (I actually have one of those.) But I'll show you a way of achieving a very similiar look using supplies you may already have at home in combination with The Crafter's Workshop texture pastes.



Tutorial & Supplies:
Click here to see how I created this background and how I added all the snow texture to my card. Supplies are listed and linked too over there!


I would love it if you could leave me a comment on the tutorial post letting me know what you think about this idea! Are you trying out the technique for your Christmas projects this year? That's all for now. I'll be bac…

Bible Journaling with PanPastel - My First Page

This year I started out declaring that all things were possible... I've truly seen my limits stretch and expand into new territories and it brings so much joy to my heart knowing that God does listen to His children and that He is faithful always.

For years I've been flirting with the idea of Art Journaling, but something about having to start from scratch on a white page felt intimidating. Nevertheless I've studied and tried out techniques and somehow today I find myself doing exactly what I was the most intimidated by... Bible Journaling. So please join me as I rediscover myself through this beautiful artistic and spiritual outlet. I'll be sharing some tips today that you might find useful!


Bible Journaling with PanPastel
I knew that one of the first things I wanted to journal on my bible was the journey of women of God.. Each of their stories encourage me and that is how this illustration started off. I sketched it in pencil and knew right away that I wanted to color…

Shadow Stenciled Backgrounds with Deco Foil & TCW Stencils

I'm sharing my first Christmas card of the year... And, I'll show you an easy and beautiful technique called Shadow Stenciling, but this time using Deco Foil!



Tutorial & Supplies
I have a video tutorial showing you how I made today's card and I've added that below. To find out the complete list of supplies used to create this project, make sure you visit Therm O Web's blog.




Now imagine this background with the new glitter Deco Foil from Gina K. Designs! I will be showcasing those new products real soon. Make sure to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe for many more project ideas using Deco Foil and TCW Stencils!

Until next time.

HOW TO: Customize Digital Papers + Giveaway - Featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon

Digital stamps and papers are still a mystery to many crafters... I too was the kind of crafter that preferred real, rubber or clear, stamps and perfect paper pads that I often didn't use much because they were treated as a collection piece... Well, everything changed when I discovered all the advantages of digital stamping! I've been, since then, creating products to inspire you to make the same beautiful classic cards using technology as a your ultimate craft tool! 
New Holiday Traditions Collection
Today I, once again, have a new project idea using digital products, but this time I want to share at least a couple of tips on how to make your digital paper prints even prettier, customizing them to fit all your holiday paper crafts! I finally have the pleasure to share with you my new Holiday Traditions Collection available now on Etsy as an instant download! I've prepared these stamps and papers with lots of love and anticipation and I can't wait for you to try out ea…