"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Friday, April 17, 2015


 April 16 and 17

Welcome to our second LBH Media Team Blog Hop. This time we are featuring the Bella Blvd Clear Cuts which are available both in store and online. Each team member will be showing how she used them in a variety of projects. 

Here is the list of participating blogs and links in case you get lost along the way. And, you will have two days to visit all the blogs!

Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment. Here's a peek at the fun prize for one lucky commenter!

So let's get started! The Clear Cuts are polka-dot transparency overlays in lots of colors and are fun to use.  They can be punched, die cut, cut on a die cutting machine, sewn, adhered over another pattern, made into flowers, painted and I'm sure there are many other options we haven't thought of yet!

I created two small projects - (1) a cute little pinwheel which would be great as a cupcake topper or even a package trim and (2) a small envelope perfect for a gift card or a note.


For the pinwheel you will need:
 (1) 3" square of Clear Cuts (I used the red polka dots - love it!)
1 coordinating brad
1 Queen & Co. decorative straw (*in store only)
 approximately 6" narrow ribbon

 1.  Cut from each corner of the 3" square toward the center but do not cut through the center. The easiest way to do this is to hold the center of the square with your thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand and cut from each corner just to your fingers. In the photo below I have placed the Clear Cut on white paper and drawn the cut lines since it is hard to see this in a photograph. The little area in the center is what will be left uncut.

2.  Punch a small hole in the center and one corner of each "triangle" as shown below (black dots).

3. Place brad in one corner hole and then insert the brad into the next corner hole. Repeat adding all corners to the brad. When all four are stacked on brad, insert brad into the center hole. Open brad ends to secure. That's it!

4. Cut straw to desired length and glue completed pinwheel to the end OR you can punch a hole through both sides of the end of the straw, open the brad and insert the ends through the holes to secure without glue.

5. Knot a piece of coordinating ribbon around the base of the pinwheel. Insert in a cupcake or add to a package!


For the clear envelope you will need:
 a 5" square of the Clear Cuts (or larger, depending on the size of envelope desired)
WeR Envelope Punch Board  (available at LBH store)

1. Place Clear Cut square on the envelope punch board (I have added white paper behind the clear square in these photos so you can see it better) with the left edge aligned on the number indicated in the printed directions on the board. For this, I used a 5" x 5" square to make a 2" x 3.5" envelope and aligned the edge at #2. Punch at top and score on the right with the scoring tool. Rotate the square counter-clockwise to align this score line with the little blue score guide and punch and score again. Repeat this until all four sides have been punched and scored.

This is what your square will look like after punching and scoring.

2. Fold along both short score lines and one long score line and glue overlapping edges. I used Glossy Accents and it barely shows. The top flap will remain open. You're done!

3. Insert a gift card or note and give to someone special!

I hope you are enjoying all the girls' projects. From here you will hop on over to Kristyn's blog to check out her project. And don't forget to comment! YOU could be the lucky winner!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"One Awesome Boy" Layout Tutorial

One Awesome Boy Layout
Echo Park "Jack and Jill" Paper Collection

My layout and full tutorial are featured on The Little Blue House blog today. I used the Echo Park "Jack" paper collection which is darling for little (or big) boys! So many cute stickers and embellishments in the collection.  Be sure to check it out! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bible Band Tutorial

I made this band for my bible a few days ago and posted it on Facebook and Instagram. I had a few requests on how I made it, so I thought I would share a brief tutorial here today.

First, here is a disclaimer: this is not my original idea. I saw it on Patter Cross's blog recently and got the instructions there.

So here is what you will need:

1"-wide non-roll elastic
medium-weight cotton fabric
sewing machine and thread to match fabric
handmade or purchased flower
fabric glue or needle and thread for hand sewing

1. You need to measure your bible. Wrap a tape measure around the height (if you want the band to wrap like mine) or width (if you want it to wrap around horizontally). 
2. Cut the elastic the same length with no overlap (mine was 20").
3. Cut fabric 4" wide and twice the length of the elastic. I purchased a "fat quarter" which is 18" x 18" square. I had to piece 18" lengths to get a 40" strip. If you have yardage, you will be able to cut one continuous strip (but you will also have lots of extra fabric).
4. Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew together with a 5/8" seam.
5. Turn right side out and iron flat with seam in center.
6. Thread elastic through.
7. Join ends together and fit around bible to make sure it fits, adjusting if necessary.
8. Sew ends together. I used a zigzag stitch and went back and forth several times to reinforce it.
9. Add a flower over the raw-edged join. You could use fabric glue, but I hand-sewed it to make sure it would hold with all the tension of putting the band on and off.

Note: this would be a great project for any book or journal. I'm thinking of making one for an art journal next!

If you make one, I would love for you to share it here!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Documented Life - Week 14

Week 14

Theme for April: Color Safari (Inks and Paints)

Art Challenge: Watercolors

Journal Prompt: "It's Water Under the Bridge"

The challenge this past week (yes, I'm caught up) was working with watercolors, something I'm not very skilled at.  I tend to mix them too much and end up with mud, or one color.  

I knew that the pages of the journal would probably not stand up to the watercolors, so I primed the pages with Golden Absorbent Ground. This is a medium that you apply to non-watercolor papers or surfaces to make them react well with watercolors. I was lucky to find an old jar in my stash from long-past painting days!  It worked well, preventing bleed-through to the backs of the pages and the watercolors did move nicely on the prepared pages.

After much fussing with the background, I decided to leave it as is. I wasn't totally satisfied but figured the more I worked it the worse it could get. I wanted more texture so I used a stencil and rubbed through it with a baby wipe to remove some of the color.

I knew my drawing skills weren't up to drawing a bridge, so I went with the idea of forgetting what was in the past and letting things go. The butterflies are supposed to symbolize that. 

I have saved several of these girl images from Christy Tomlinson's product packaging and decided to use one for the focal point. I collaged her head, painting over the face and hair to integrate it with the background. I also used some painted scrap paper for her dress.

This week I've been reminded that I must learn more about working with watercolor - and practice lots more too! Can't wait to see next week's challenge tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Art Journaling/"Mix it Up" Product Play Day

"Mix it Up"
Product Play Day - Color Bursts

10:00 am - 1:00 pm or
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are changing things up a bit.  Join me next Tuesday for a Product Play Day (formerly Art Journaling Workshop)!  For those of you loyal art journalers, we will continue to play with products and learn new techniques. For those of you who are not art journalers, we invite you to join us to play and get messy! It is not necessary to have an art journal - we will provide specialty papers for you to work on.

This month we will be making creative "messes" using a new product from Ken Oliver Crafts - Color Bursts! These are very intense pigment powders which can be used in a variety of ways. Wait til you see these gorgeous colors and their unique properties!


Supplies to bring:

usual basic supplies
art journal (if you already have one, but not necessary)
non-stick craft mat

Please call the LBH (817-431-7930) or stop by the store to reserve your seat.

Documented Life Project - Week 13

March Theme: Making your Mark

This week's Art Challenge: Make Custom Element

Journal Prompt: "Ride the Energy of Your Own Unique Spirit"- Gabrielle Roth

I challenged myself this week by trying to incorporate more white space on my spread. I seem to always end up with heavy layers and every inch of the spread covered, so I wanted to try a lighter look. It was hard! I guess I just naturally want to keep adding...

For this background I used Dina Wakley's acrylic paints and her technique of spreading a thin layer of paint and using a baby wipe through a stencil to remove some of the color. I did this several times with different colors creating many layers. Then I overstamped with alpha stamps and a script stamp. The drips are a spray ink.

I used a handmade stencil of myself for the custom element. I made a copy of a headshot photo and cut it out carefully. Then I sponged black paint through to create a likeness of me.

The title was stamped with two different alpha stamp sets. The days of the week and dates were also stamped and the dividers between the days are old rubons.

I added some journaling along one of the drip lines on the right, added my info for the planner section and called it done!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter - belated

I hope everyone had a blessed and happy Easter. We went to Albuquerque to spend the weekend with grand boys Drew and Grant. It was a fun and "egg-cellent" time. Drew was really into the coloring eggs/decorating cookies/egg hunts this year. And I got my cuddle time with little Grant who is filling out nicely and is almost 9 pounds!