fortune cookie series #1 – mixed media tag

fortune cookie 1-3My husband and I like to treat ourselves to Chinese food and we have subsequently built up a good collection of fortune cookie “fortunes”.  Some have been pretty random but others were surprisingly accurate!  After hanging them on the fridge for the last year, I have decided to use them in a series of tags.  Each tag will have one fortune and this is the first of many to come. I started with a manilla tag (dimensions below) and collaged pieces of scrapbook paper and book pages on top.  I painted some metallic paint over top to blend the papers together.  I had to stamp the Eiffel Tower image twice, unfortunately, so it isn’t as clear as it could be but I can live with it.  Mistakes happen so roll with it!  Tim Holtz diamond stamp with Distress Ink and tissue tape was used to embellish the side and bottom.  I secured the tissue tape down with Golden Soft Gel (Matte) medium. fortune cookie 1- 1The final steps were stamping with bubble wrap and gesso to get some white highlights and I added the lace and embellishment just below the sentiment.  I finished by doodling around the white circles and added the fibres at the top of the tag. fortune cookie 1-5 fortune cookie 1-4Supplies:

Scrapbook papers and book pages


DecoArt craft paint – Rich Espresso (Metallics)

Archivel Brilliance Ink – Coffee Bean

Tim Holtz stamps

Versafine Ink – Black

Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

Tim Holtz tissue tape

Bubble Wrap

Americana craft paint – Warm White

Melissa Frances lace

Kaiser Craft lace

Old Timey broach embellishment (brand unknown)

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Faber-Castell PITT pen – Black

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art journal page – a house without books (journal52)

Windows3Do you ever get working on a page and then forget to take pictures of the process to post on your blog?  That’s me today so this is it.   This is week 6 of Journal52 and the prompt was “Windows”.  I thought I had an idea for this page but while I was looking through my stash, I found this photo I took a few years ago while out on a hike with friends.  I started with gesso and a layer of teal and white acrylic paint.  Next I stenciled the “cracks” and stamped the grid pattern with teal ink.  I glued down the black cardstock and layed down the drywall tape.  The photo was glued down next.  I layered the lace and ribbon along the bottom of the photo and arranged the flower embellishments.  I finished it off with doodling around the edge and adding the quote, “A house without books is like a room without windows” – Horace Mann.

Windows4    Windows5Thanks for taking a look and please share or comment below.  Would love to hear from you!


Liquitex Gesso

Americana craft paint – Lamp Black, Desert Turquoise, Warm White

Crafter’s Workshop Stencil – 6×6 Mini Rustic Paint

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Kaiser Craft stamp – Grid

Black Cardstock

Drywall Tape

Kaiser Craft Lace – white

Peach Ribbon

Recollections Floral Embellishments

Petaloo – Colour Me Crazy floral embellishments

Recollections – adhesive rhinestones

Faber Castell PITT pen – black

Uniball Signo Pen – white

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

art journal page – it’s like movie love (journal52)


I’m going out of order!!  I started Week 6 and 7 of Journal52 at the same time and it turned out that Week 7 dried faster and was ultimately finished first.  Week 7’s prompt was “Valentines” and this was my effort.  This was completed in my Moleskine watercolour book beginning with a layer of gesso and adding red metallic mixed with white craft paints for the painted background.

valentine4Next I added some stamping with a script background stamp in red ink, the white hearts using a stencil and the film strip stamps in black.

valentine5I cut out the hearts from book pages and glued them down using Golden Soft Gel (Matte) medium.  I doodled around them and stapled on the film strip ribbon along the edge.

valentine7The final touches were adding the sentiment (a quote from “Friends”) and random doodles.  I also put some white dimensional drops at the bottom of each heart for a little added ‘something’.

valentine1valentine2valentine3Thanks for stopping by and please share or leave a comment.  Happy belated Valentine’s Day!


Liquitex gesso

DecoArt Metallics craft paint – Festive Red

Americana craft paint – Warm White

Brilliance Ink – Moonlight White, Rhubarb Red

Heart Stencil

Tim Holtz film strip stamp

VersaFine Ink – Black

Book Pages

Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Film Strip Ribbon, ChitChat Stickers


Faber-Castell PITT pen – Black

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Alphabet Stamps

White Cardstock

Liquid Pearls – White Opal

Heartfelt Creations Script Background Stamp

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

art journal page – no signal (journal52)

no signal 2Art journaler’s confession….you don’t like very page.  This page was made for week #5 of Journal52.  This week’s theme was “Television” and I had a terrible time finding inspiration.  I don’t watch a lot of television anymore with the convenience of Netflix so I couldn’t even do a page about my favourite show or channel.  All I could think about was not watching television and making art instead.  This page was the result.

This page was done in my Moleskine watercolour book.  I started with a layer of gesso and then I used a mixture of two colours of craft paints mixed with white to create the background.  I used a Tim Holtz stamp to make the purple checkers and cut the television image out of black cardstock.  I used drywall tape to create the “static” on the TV screen and outlined it with a white gel pen.  I finished the page by handwriting the sentiment and scribbling a border around the page.

This one was a learning experience.  You won’t find inspiration in every page.  The important thing is to keep practicing your craft.



Americana craft paint – Melon, Warm White

DecoArt Metallics craft paint – Purple Pearl

Folkart Extreme Glitter paint – Silver

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Tim Holtz checker stamp

Black Cardstock

Drywall Tape

Uniball Signo pen – white

White Cardstock

Alphabet stamps

Versafine Ink – black

Faber-Castell PITT pen – black

art journal page – everyday is another chance (journal52)

everyday is another chance 2Week 4 of Journal52 is “Silhouettes”.  I loved this prompt!  I have to admit though that this page started out completely differently and ended in disaster.  Thank goodness for gesso!  That disaster is hiding underneath these layers….like it never happened!  At least it created some texture!

I started this page by stamping a script background stamp on white tissue paper.  I crumpled up the tissue paper before I glued it down onto the page with Golden Soft Gel (Matte) medium.  This made some nice wrinkles on the page.  Next came paint splatters (one of my favourite things to do).

everyday is another chanceI cut out the flowers in black cardstock using Tim Holtz’s Alterations “Tattered Florals” die cut and glued them on with Golden Soft Gel (Matte) medium.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and glued that on with Aleene’s Tacky glue.

everyday is another chance 1The final touches were to outline the sentiment with black and the flowers with white.  I added pink Stickles in the middle of the flowers for a little sparkle and put the black border around the page.

everyday is another chance 4This was a great prompt and you could come up with so many ideas!  Even after my initial disaster (which is why it took me so long to get this one finished) I’m happy with the results.

Thanks for having a look and please share or leave a comment below.  Would love to hear from you!

everyday is another chance 3Supplies:


Tissue Paper

Heartfelt Creations script background stamp

Versafine Ink – Black

Americana craft paint – Desert Turquoise, Orange Twist, Vivid Violet

Tim Holtz Alterations die cut – Tattered Florals

Black & White Cardstock

Alphabet Stamps

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) medium

Aleene’s Tacky Glue