Monday, May 30, 2016

A Place to Call Home Card with ColourArte Twinkling H20s

Hello everyone!  Today I want to show you another fabulous way to use your Twinkling H20s to make a beautiful, yet so easy, greeting card, as well as a matching background paper.  If you have never used these before, you will love the easy blendability, not to mention the gorgeous shimmer!

First, stamp the image with Versamark ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder.

I activated my H20s with water and let them sit for about 10 minutes.  I picked up each color to paint my image, as shown.  Colors used are as follows:

Bird - Rich Cocoa
Bird's breast - Persimmon + Orange Peel
Bird's beak - Sunflower + Orange Peel
Nest - Rich Cocoa + Burnt Umber
Branch - Burnt Umber + Pale Porcelain
Leaves - Forest Green + Moss Green
Flower Petals - Rose Petal
Flower Centers - Sunflower

Use a couple of the same H20s to color a sheet of watercolor paper, using a mister filled with water to help spread the colors.  I wanted to keep it feminine, so I chose the Rose Petal and Sunflower, blending and drying with a heat tool.  

I die cut the stamped, colored image with the inner frame from the die, as shown.  In this photo, you can see where I used the Pale Porcelain to outline the image, and later I blended the color out to the edges to knock down the bright white of the paper.

Place the outer frame die on the watercolored background paper and cut out.

Here is a look at the two pieces that will be the focal image for your card.

Adhere the two layers on the off-white card stock, as shown.  Lastly, I punched the decorative label from the background paper and added the "home" sticker before attaching to the card with foam tape.

ColourArte Supplies Used:

Twinkling H20s
Orange Peel
Rose Petal
Forest Green
Moss Green
Burnt Umber
Rich Cocoa
Pale Porcelain

Versamark Ink
Black embossing powder
Nestled Bird rubber stamp (Stampendous)
Off-white card stock
90lb watercolor paper
Mister bottle with water
Spellbinders Elegant Frames 25
Decorative label punch
Chit Chat Sticker (Tim Holtz)

I hope you enjoyed my project and that I have inspired you to use your ColourArte products for all of your card making.  It's not just for mixed media, you know!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!!!!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Powder Room Wall Plaque with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello everyone!  Today, I want to share a shabby chic style project using none other than the fabulous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard.   My inspiration for this project came from the Dressing Room Set, and the rest just sort of happened.  I thought this would make a beautiful wall plaque, if not to hang in your own dressing room, but it could be used to depict your Powder Room for guests.  I was also thinking about how cool this would be to change the wording for your daughter to hang on her bedroom door.

As always, I like to choose my chipboard pieces and lay them out to see how well they will work together.  I also added the ornamental birdcage to my project, but is not shown in this picture.  Of course, this is just a beginning.  I always add more as I go along.

I first had to get the plaque decorated, so I painted the filigree wood portion with a light pink chalk paint.  Then I cut the decorative paper to size and adhered it to the plaque.  The rose in the upper right corner was fussy cut from the portion of paper that I had to cut off and glued down.  Then I edged the paper with a rose colored ink pad.

Now let's work on the chipboard pieces.  I want to maintain a shabby chic look, so I painted the borders and corners with a light beige chalk paint.  (Tip:  I have found that using these flat sponge applicators work better than a brush for apply paint to these highly intricate laser cuts.  The paint stays on top and does not fill up the openings.)

Next, I added a coat of an olive green chalk paint.  After it dried well, I used a piece of sandpaper to sand away some of the top coat of paint, revealing the light beige color.

The chipboard pieces were painted, as shown in the photo below.  

The dress was painted with blue chalk paint, then it was stenciled, first with a darker blue to get the pretty design, then gold was stenciled over that.  

The lady and her arm were painted with flesh paint, and lightly edged with white on areas that might "shine" in the light.  The gloves were painted with white only.  

The shoes were painted with white, then a top coat of gold on top.  

The gears were painted black first, then colored with various colors of metallic gold and copper.  

The stool was painted with white and gold, the cushion on top of the stool was painted with the green chalk paint.

Here is a closeup of the gears.  

Here is a closeup of the skirt.  My intention was to attach the two metal embellishments to the dress with a brad, but I forgot that her arm piece would go where I punched the hole.  So I ended up glueing it just below her arm, as seen in the finished photo.

The bird cage was painted white, then gold metallic wax was rubbed over the top, leaving some of the white to show through.

The dress form plaque bottom was painted with white, then pale pink chalk paint.  A bit of sanding was done along the edge to distress it before edging with pink chalk ink to give that shabby look.  The top of the plaque was covered with a coordinating piece of the paper and edged with the light blue chalk paint.

As I was gluing the pieces to my canvas board, I thought I needed something in the lower right corner.  Fortunately, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has you covered.  I painted this topiary tree, as shown, using a terra cotta paint and adding pen work to detail the pot. I painted the tree and moss covering the top of the pot with green chalk paint, and brown paint for the tree limbs.

I painted these plastic letters with the green, then sponged blue chalk paint over that.

The Art Deco border was adhered vertically along the left edge.

Lastly, I painted a butterfly with green, then blue chalk paint, edging the wings with gold, then a light coat of terra cotta.  

The letters were glued to the base, as shown.   I glued the gears to the top of her head with three small metal stickers.  Here, you can see how I attached the metal flowers to her dress, below her arm.

Her high heels were glued, as shown, and I draped the pair of gloves over the edge of the stool.

The Art Deco corner was glued to the top and bottom right of the canvas.

In the upper right, I adhered the dress form plaque, adding two metal embellishments that I patinated with a patina ink, sanding back to reveal the original metal color.  I punched a hole in the bottom so I could use a brad to attach a tiny bit of chain, allowing me to hang the bird cage below it.

A metal bird charm was glued down, flying towards the cage.

To bring even more life to my topiary tree, I glued dark green flower soft to the moss and a multi colored flower soft to the tree. I used an embossing stylus to separate the "circles" to delineate the three tree parts.

Lastly, I sprinkled a bit of the colored flower soft along the bottom, where the flowers are falling off and landing on the floor.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used:
Dressing Room Set
Ornamental Birdcage Set
Art Deco Border and Corners
Gear Borders and Corners (coming soon)
Topiary Trees

Other supplies used:
Pink Paislee Hope Chest paper collection
ArtMinds Chalkboard Plaque (Michaels) (9-1/4 x 11-1/2)
Chalk Paint (white, blue, green, pink, terra cotta)
Pink, blue chalk ink pad
Plastic alphabet
Metal charms and length of chain
Metal brads

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  I really love how this turned out, and I think this would also make a wonderful gift for someone, but I plan on keeping it for myself and hanging it on my "Powder Room" door.  Be sure to stop by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to see all the fabulous chipboard and more inspiration from the team.

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, have a wonderful, creative weekend!!


Pillow Boxes with Sabor Papel and Craftwell USA eBrush

Hello everyone!  Barbara here today with another fun project using my amazing CraftwellUSA eBrush!   We are using Sabor Papel papers and embellishments, along with our eBrush, this month.  What a great combination!  So, let's play!

These papers make me feel like a party!  So, I made a couple of pillow box style favor boxes that would make be a real treat for any party!  If you look at them, though, you can also turn these into the front of a card, too!

I cut out the pillow box shape from white card stock, as shown, using my Silhouette electronic cutting machine, but there are templates all over the internet.  Just google "pillow box template" to find them.

Now, the really interesting, and fun, thing about the eBrush is that you can make your own background papers to match anything in your craft stash.  In this instance, I want to show you how easy it is.  I chose this chevron stencil to start, and I used the B24 Sky marker to add a light coat of color.

Next, I eBrushed the Y35 Maize lightly over the background.  I was not going for full coverage.

Next,  random splotches of YR68 Orange were added.

Add more random splotches of V09 Violet.

Move the stencil to cover the color sprayed areas, revealing the white spaces.  eBrush the G05 Emerald Green onto those areas, giving full coverage.

Remove the stencil and here is what the background looks like now.

Now, cover the paper with the large circles stencil and eBrush with the B95 Light Grayish Cobalt.

The layering of the colors gives such a nice depth to the background.

Open the pillow box, align the stencil and continue eBrushing the opposite side.

Here is the finished background for your pillow box.

Cut out some flowers from Amor Ramitos paper and the guitar with flowers from Olé Burrito paper.

I adhered the guitar with flowers over an orange doily.  The fussy cut flowers were added with pop dots for dimension.  I also fussy cut the Mi Fiesta banner and adhered it to the front.  The music note is a die cut embellishment that I added with a pop dot, too.

The second pillow box was decorated exactly the same as the first.  A purple and pink banner were fussy cut from the Papel Picado paper, and the heart with flowers was fussy cut from the Amor Enamorado paper.  

I used the Teresa Collins TODAY Project Dies to die cut the "remember in rectangle" from the reverse side of the Olé Burrito paper.

Each piece was adhered to the front of the pillow box, over a blue doily, as shown.  The candle is a die cut embellishment.

Supplies used:

Copic Markers: B24 Sky, B95 Light Grayish Cobalt, G05 Emerald Green, Y35 Maize, YR68 Orange, V09 Violet
White card stock

I hope you are enjoying the projects this month with Sabor Papel.  Be sure to stop by the Craftwell blog for more inspiration from the team.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Meet the New ColourArte Design Team

Hello friends!  I am so happy to announce the new design team for ColourArte!  And I am thrilled to announce that I am once again a part of the team for the rest of the year!!!!  Yippee!!!  

I will be making video tutorials to hopefully inspire, and perhaps entice you, to "play" with these wonderful products.  My goal is always to inform and experiment with the products, and pass on what I learn to you!  It's not hard, of course, but if you have never used them, it is always fun to have someone tell you what to do, and sometimes, what not to do.  Right?  

The entire team will be doing the same on either the ColourArte blog or on the ColourArte YouTube Channel.  So check us out, because we are ready to share our projects with you!  

Here are a couple of links for you to stay up-to-date on all the goings-on, as well as special sales, and even monthly challenges and giveaways.  

Please visit the ColourArte Blog at

You can find all the video tutorials on the ColourArte Youtube Channel at

Like us on Facebook at

ColourArte products are available at

Thanks so much for joining me on this journey through the world of mixed media!

Barbara xoxo

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wall Hanging with Altered Pages and Rubber Stamp Depot

Hello all!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  This month, we are featuring some really fabulous rubber stamps from Rubber Stamp Depot and combining them with the awesome products from Altered Pages.

I made this cute 6"x6" wall hanging to use as a display piece or to give as a gift.  Enamorado means "In Love", and when I look at this, I see two loving friends or  sisters, reading books to each other.  Wouldn't this make a wonderful gift to a sister or girl friend.  

Cut a piece of black mat board and a piece of Olé Burrito paper to 6" x 6" square.  Distress the edges and ink them with the Leather Mix'd Media ink pad.  

Ink Sister Secrets rubber stamp with the Black Stazon Midi ink pad and stamp directly onto an ATC sized piece of Eco board.

Use peach and pink colored Gelatos with a water brush to color the girls' skin.

Use yellow and ochre colored Gelatos with a water brush to color their hair.

Use blue and pink colored Gelatos with a water brush to color the girls' dresses.

Use brown and black colored Gelatos with a water brush to color the bench, and green to color the girls' books.

Use pastel pink and pastel green colored Gelatos with a water brush to color the background.

Use black colored Gelato to edge the eco board and blend out with your finger.  

Use Ochre colored Gelato  to add a golden glow to the background to make it match the Enamored label.   

Cut a piece of the Adhesive Corrugated card stock slightly larger than the Enamorado label and edge with the Schoolhouse Red Mix'd Media ink pad.  


Adhere the label to the corrugated card and adhere the two pieces to the top of the mat board.  Leave room at the top to punch two holes and attach eyelets.  Glue the stamped eco board piece below that, as shown.

Thread a length of Sari Silk Ribbon through the holes for hanging.  

Cut a large pink flower in half and glue to either side of the eco board.  Glue a smaller blue flower in fourths and glue to the pink flower, as shown.

Glue the yellow flower on top on each side, and add a large pearl gem to each flower center.

Fussy cut two small flower bouquets, edge with a black Big Brush Pen, and adhere to the label with foam dots.


Sabor Papel:  Olé BurritoSentimentios Amor
Rubber Stamp Depot:Sister Secrets
Eco board
Big Brush Pens
Water Brushes
Sari Silk Ribbon
Double Sided Tape ⅜ inch for adhering papers
Black Stazon Midi ink pad

Assorted Flowers
Adhesive Corrugated
Dimensional Adhesives
Leather Mix'd Media ink pad
Schoolhouse Red Mix'd Media ink pad

I hope you enjoyed today's project, and be sure to check out the new products in the Altered Pages online shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!