Thursday, January 19, 2017

WINNER - Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop - January 2017

Hi everyone!  Today, I have a fun blog post to share.  This is the day I get to announce the winner of my blog giveaway for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop - January 2017.  

Congratulations goes to ...


Who wrote ...
What a beautiful card, whoever receives it is lucky! Love that your decorated the inside, too. Thanks for your participation in the hop and the wonderful prize.
I especially want to thank all of you for your participation in our blog hop, for all of the lovely comments, and for my new subscribers.  I will work hard to keep you inspired.  Be sure to check back in April when the Craft Hoarders will be back with another blog hop to share with you.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Let It Snow Mixed Media Chipboard Tag

Happy New Year everyone!  Barbara here today with an altered Super X Tag to share.  It is about 18ยบ here with snow still on the ground.  I love how the snow glistens in the light, and how nighttime is never really dark on a snowy night.  In light of the weather, I am feeling quite cozy inside my warm home, all the while being attracted to the beauty and wonder outside, which brings me to the theme of my tag today.  I say "Let it Snow"!

                                                           Front                                                   Back

Cover both sides of the tag with print paper.  Remember to cut out the hole in the tag before covering the opposite side.  I find it easier to cut larger holes like this out by first cutting an "X" into the paper, then I can easily cut the sections out for a much cleaner cut.

After adhering the paper to the opposite side and cutting out the hole again, I like to sand the edges with a sanding tool.  A metal file (or emery board) works nicely for filing paper around the inside of the hole.

These are the chipboard pieces I have chosen for the first side.  I always do a dry fit to see how everything will look, and it is a good idea to take a picture to refer to later.

I have found that a sponge dabber like the one in the photo works really well for applying a coat of white gesso to seal the chipboard pieces.  Why, you might ask?  Because it does not plug up the intricate laser cuts like a brush does.

Each piece was painted with DecoArt Media fluid acrylics by mixing the colors, as noted below.  

  • Let It Snow
    • Primary Magenta + Titan Buff, Iridescent Gold top coat
    • Snowflake - Titanium White, Interference Gold top coat
  • Snowflakes
    • Titanium White, Interference Gold, Interference Gold top coat
    • Lightly dab on Bo Bunny Frost Glitter Paste
  • Icicles
    • Bo Bunny Sugar Pearlescent Paint, add wash of Phthalo Turquoise + water
  • Skates 
    • Titanium White 
    • Wash of Burnt Umber side loaded onto brush to shade the skate flaps,  
    • Holes piereced and brown thread laced through holes
    • Sole and heel - Metallic Silver
    • Runners - Metallic Silver
These are the pieces I chose for the second side of the tag.  

Again, the pieces were sealed with a coat of white gesso, and two pieces of the pink print paper were cut out, as shown.  The zig zag cut piece was used along the side of the tag to bring the pink color in to match the ornament background.

Each piece was painted with DecoArt Media fluid acrylics by mixing the colors, as noted below. 

  • Peace Ornament 
    • Primary Magenta + Titan Buff
    • Phthalo Green-Yellow + Titan Buff (holly leaves)
    • Primary Magenta (tiny berries)
    • Metallic Gold - ornament cap, and dry brushed over tiny flourishes
    • Interference Gold top coat
  • Pine Trees
    • Phthalo Green-Yellow + Titan Buff
    • Burnt Umber (tree trunk)
    • Interference Gold top coat
    • Distress Ink - Salty Ocean over all and around edges
  • Holly Leaves and Berries
    • Phthalo Green-Yellow + Titan Buff
    • Primary Magenta
  • Icicles
    • Bo Bunny Sugar Pearlescent Paint, add wash of Phthalo Turquoise + water
A piece of print paper was adhered beneath the ornament and the excess paper trimmed away.

I like to save the bits of chipboard that fall out from the laser cuts to use for lifting some of my pieces, when needed.  Since I was layering the trees, I added bits of the fall out pieces, as shown in the photo below.  This way, I know that the height is exactly the same.  If I used pop dots, for instance, they may sit higher than the chipboard and make the piece sit unevenly.  

And a few closeups for you here.

And here is a close-up of how I hung the skates from the letter "I" in "It".  It is hard to see in the photo because thread was the only thing that would go through those tiny holes in these tiny skates, but I think you can see it well enough.  

Lastly, snowflake paste was added to the tops of the chipboard pieces where snow would accumulate the most.  

Supplies used:
GSL Tag Set Super X
GSL Winter Shape Set (2 sets)
GSL Pine Tree Shape Set
GSL Swirled Ornaments Set 2 (contact store)
My Mind's Eye Laundry Line paper collection
White Gesso
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  Phthalo Green-Yellow
  Titan Buff
  Primary Magenta
  Metallic Silver  
  Metallic Gold
  Titanium White
  Burnt Umber
  Phthalo Turquoise
Distress Ink - Salty Ocean
Finnabair Snowflake Paste
Bo Bunny Sugar Pearlescent Paint
Bo Bunny Frost Glitter Paste
Assorted paintbrushes
Sponge dabber
Needle and thread
Paper Piercer

I hope I have inspired you to check out the shop for more of the fabulous laser cut chipboard that Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has to offer.  There is something for everyone and every occasion.

Thanks for stopping by, and stay cozy and warm this Winter!

Barbara xoxo

Friday, January 6, 2017

Primary Elements Mixed Media Tags

Happy New Year!  My first ColourArte video of 2017 will be making two tags with some really cool backgrounds on Prima packaging.  I am primarily using the Primary Elements Artist Pigments with The Solution and the Primary Elements Clear Glazing Medium.  A complete list of the supplies used can be found below.


Radiant Gels Dimensional Paint
  Emperor's Gold

Primary Elements Artist Pigments
  Yellow Rose
  Rusted Bloom
  Rose Gold
  Copper Penny
  Burnt Umber
  Smokey Diamond
  Autumn Leaf
  China Black
  Burnt Umber
  Fire & Ice
  Iridescent Violet
  Dutch Iris

Silks Acrylic Glaze
  Orange Peel

Vivid Ultra Metallics
  True Silver

The Solution Acrylic Medium "Wash"
Primary Elements Clear Glaze Medium

Dynasty #16 Flat Brush
Liquitex white gesso
Liquitex gloss fluid medium
Liquitex Titanium White ink
Golden Coarse Molding Paste
Spackle (Dollar Store)
Black Soot distress ink
Kraft card tags (Prima Mechanicals packaging)
Prima stencils: Royal Menagerie, Lattice, Lace Doily #3
Finnabair silicone paint brush (1")
Used dryer sheet
Copper Metallic Mulberry Paper (3-1/2 x 2-1/2)
7Gypsies Year stickers
Wild Bird Image by Pollyanna Pickering (DoCrafts)

Thanks for stopping by, and stay warm!

Barbara xoxo

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop - January 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope you are ready for our quarterly blog hop.  As always, we will make something from our hoarded stash of supplies.  And best of all, we have some great prizes to give away.  

Theme: Winter, New Year’s, Calendar ideas, Valentine’s Day, Love/Anniversary
As you can see, I chose to make a Valentine's Day card. I had this pretty paper 
from K&Company called Smitten for years. I may have used a few pieces from 
this pad, but I seem to find it more pleasurable to decorate the inside of my 
drawer. Well, no more!
I thought it would be fun to share with you a picture of some of the stash I planned 
to use on this card but, as it turns out, I didn't use everything.
It's pretty simple, really. I made a card base to measure 5"x7", and layered a 
piece from the paper pad slightly smaller than the card base. I found these 
pretty aqua/gold doilies and layered that next. Some pretty heart shaped lace, 
topped with pleated pink ribbon was added along the left edge. I die cut two 
heart shapes, two solid hearts from different papers, and one gold flourished 
heart. These were layered on top of each other, as shown.
Next, I added three mini flowers and a pretty pink bow to the center heart. A 
print label was added with pop dots above the hearts, and two stamp images 
were adhered on either side of the heart.
These pieces were used to finish off the inside of the card.
I layered the vellum with printed phrase over the print square label, and centered 
on the card inside. Another label printed "love is in the air" was pop dotted and 
added over the square label. A border strip was cut in half and added along the 
top and bottom edge. Finishing off the card inside is just one more added detail, 
but usually so appreciated by the recipient.
I hope you have been inspired to check out what you are hoarding in your stash 
suitable for Valentine's Day. It isn't far off, you know. So take a look, you never 
know what you will find. I am always surprised at some of the amazing, but long-
forgotten things I come across.
Your next stop is the talented Donna Idlet's blog. Wonder what amazing creation she 
will come up with. The list of bloggers is shown below. Be sure to leave a 
comment on each blog for a chance to win a fab prize, and follow the blogs if 
you don't already. Then you won't miss all the neat stuff shared by these 
fabulous designers.
1. Gloria Stengel - giving a prize by random draw
2. Tracey Sabella - giving prize by random draw
3. Pam Bray - giving prize by random draw
4. Bonnie Garby - giving prize by random draw
5. Teresa Horner - giving a prize by random draw
6. Barbara Rankin - giving prize by random draw
7. Donna Idlet - giving prize by random draw
8. Marisa Job - giving prize by random draw
I will be giving away an entire monthly Cardmaker's kit from Hot Off The Press. 
(USA shipping only)

All you have to do is leave a comment
and follow my blog (if you don't already).

I will do a random draw on January19th and post the winner here, 
on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the hop.

Barbara xo

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tall Gingerbread House Mini Album with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hey everyone!  It's Christmas time, and what's better than a Gingerbread House?  How about a Gingerbread House Mini Album Tall from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  It's beautiful, fun, and best of all, has absolutely no calories!



This shape set from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has lots of shapes suitable for decorating your very own Gingerbread House. 

Cover all album pages with the print paper.  I used the new Sweet Peppermint paper from Prima.  I also laid out some of my shapes to see how they would look.  It is always a good idea to take a picture at this time so it is easy to remember placement later.

Distress all edges with brown distress ink, and then mark and punch holes for the binder rings.

To decorate the door, I used two shutter pieces and cut them apart, as shown.  I used the top left and lower right pieces to form one solid piece that now fits the length of the door.

Cover the door with a piece of the paper from the collection and add a small brad for a door knob.  Paint the two shutter pieces with red paint and glue to the door front.

Here are the pieces I have so far.  Each of the pieces were painted with acrylic paints, as shown, and the candy pieces were glued over the topiary tree.  I wrapped bakers twine around the two columns and used pictures from the paper collection to glue behind the windows. 

Add the laser cut elements to the front page, as shown.  Add snow along the roofline, windows, door frame and topiaries.  Add liquid glass with a sprinkling of glitter to the candies on the topiaries to make them look sparkly and shiny, like hard candy.  Add tiny drops of red 3-dimensional paint to the wreath to look like berries.

Page 2:  Die cut a decorative border strip from cream card stock and  adhere to left side of page.  Add images from the paper collections with foam dots.  Paint three  candy canes with red and white acrylic paint, adhere as shown.  Lastly, punch a decorative snowflake edge that has been distressed with brown ink and add along the roof top.

Page 3:  Paint two candy canes with red and white paint, adhere along roofline, as shown.  Make a mini paper rosette and add to the center top of he roof, and then place paper images, as shown.  The train image was glued only around the bottom and sides to form a pocket for journal cards.

Page 4:  Adhere strip of paper that has been die cut with the rosette die along the roof line, and an image circle punched from the paper with foam dots.  The Santa image was glued along right side and bottom area to form a pocket.  Two pieces of card stock were cut to 3"x4", forming a journal card, and images from the paper collection were adhered, then inserted into the pocket, as shown.

Page 5:  Ribbon was adhered along roof line, and a rosette was placed in the center, as shown.  The three stockings were adhered with glue dots, along with the girl image.  A gold Dresden Christmas tree was antiqued with brown ink and adhered with the Joyful image, as shown.

Page 6:  Red Dresdent border was adhered along roof line, and the wreath with bow were painted and adhered to center of roof.  The remaining images are from the paper collections.

Page 7:  Pink ribbon was adhered along roof line, and a pink bow was tied and added to the center of the roof.  A strip from the paper was adhered to the lower half of the page, gluing only the sides to form a band to slip journal cards into.  The Cardinal was adhered over the wreath image with pop dots for dimension.

Page 8:  A snowflake punched edge was added to the roofline, along with a rosette to the center.  A trellis design was die cut, distressed with brown ink, and adhered to the page, as shown.  The bell images were adhered with foam dots for dimension.  Two gingerbread cookies and word stickers were adhered, as shown.

Page 9:  Paint two candy canes and a round candy with red and white paint, adhere candy canes along roofline, as shown.   Make a rosette from the paper and adhered the round candy piece to the center.  Fussy cut a second image from the bottom of the sheet, and adhere to the bottom of the page with foam dots.  This makes a thick pocket for holding many journal cards.  

Page 10:  Red Dresden border was adhered along roof line.  Die cut images of ornaments from the paper collection were adhered along the top, while a few were adhered with pop dots for dimension.  The Light String Border was painted with red and green paints, and liquid glass was added to the light bulbs.  This was glued along the right side of the page, along with paper elements from the collection.

Page 11:  Pink ribbon was adhered along roof line and an image from the paper was added to the center with foam dots.  The doll and cookie image were glued only along the side and bottom to form a pocket to hold journal cards.  Three round candies were paint with red and white paint and added to the background, as shown.

Back cover:  Red Dresden border was adhered along roof line.  Paper images were adhered, as shown.  Two  trees, candy cane, and round candy were all painted and adhered to page, as shown.

Use binder rings to bind the book, and tie pretty ribbons onto the rings.  As you can see, it has become quite fat and chunky, but I love it like that.  

Supplies Used:

GSL Light String Border
Prima Sweet Peppermint Paper Collection
Tim Coffey Christmas Embellishments
Spellbinders S4-436 Anne Border Strip
Cream card stock
Gold Pearl 3D paint
Distress inks:  brown, green, evergreen
DecoArt Americana Chalk Paint
DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin
  Cotton Ball
DecoArt Media Liquid Glass
Assorted Brushes
Timeless Twine (Bella Creationz)
Mini brad (for doorknob)
Sizzix dies: Mini Paper Rosettes, Label Trellis
3D Foam dots
Decorative punches (Martha Stewart)
Assorted Ribbons

Thanks for stopping by, and have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Happy Holidays all!!


Friday, December 16, 2016

ColourArte Mixed Media Christmas Ornament Remake

Hello friends!  I just wanted to share my latest video tutorial of a very large Christmas ornament I found in my local craft store.  I thought the decorative elements were pretty, but the color was not really to my liking.  So, I decided to use my beautiful ColourArte paint products to personalize it.

ColourArte Supplies used:  

Silks Acrylic Glaze
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Solar Gold
  True Silver
The Solution
Primary Elements
  China Black
  Forest Green
  African Jade
  Black Emerald
  Bronze Medallion
  Burnt Umber

Large Christmas Ornament (16" long) (Michaels)
White gesso
White crackle paint
Assorted Brushes
Gold cording

I hope you were inspired by my video and learned a few things along the way.  I also hope you would consider subscribing to my channel, and please be sure to give me a thumbs up!

Thanks for watching, and have a very Merry Christmas!!!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

#ColourArteVideoHop - Holiday/Winter and Giveaway

Happy Holidays everyone!  I just wanted to let you all know that ColourArte is having a fun-filled video hop to help warm you up for the holidays.  Beginning Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 10:00am CST, you can be completely inspired by the holiday and winter ideas for DIY projects you can make yourself.  And if you comment on the videos, you might win one of several prizes from  How fun is that? 


And here is my video link.  I hope you will consider subscribing to my channel!    

Please see the OFFICIAL GIVEAWAY RULES BELOW. After you have viewed this video and entered the contest, click on the first video link below. This will take you to the next designer’s video. Continue to click on the FIRST link after watching each video. When you return to the first video you will know that you have maneuvered through the entire video hop. Enjoy the hop and good luck in the giveaway!

Daniela Rogall
Arantzazu Sangrador
Vicki Louise Neil Ross
Karolina Bukowska
Barbara Rankin
Sandee Setliff
Athanasia Papantoniou 
Linda Ann Smith
Cindy Porter
Yasmina Tin Sang

1. To enter post a comment on the video. You are welcome to comment more than once, but only your first comment will serve as the contest entry. You have 10 opportunities to enter since there are 10 designers participating in this hop.
2. The Contest begins at the beginning of this video hop on Thursday Dec. 8, 2016 and ends on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at midnight CST. Winners will be chosen by random drawings and announced on Sunday, December 18, 2016 on the ColourArte Open Studio Facebook group, and on ColourArte’s youtube channel, Once a winner is chosen he/she is not eligible to win again during this hop on another channel. One prize will be given for each designer’s video consisting of the following the new Primary Elements 6-piece Shaker Set with The Solution medium. 
4. Winners have 48 hours from the time the announcement is posted to claim the prize and provide their mailing address, or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn. 
5. The giveaway is open internationally, except where prohibited by law, and all entrants must be at least 18 years of age to participate. 

Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.  

Happy Holidays and good luck in the giveaway!!!