Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Junk Journal Post #3

Remember that black skull in the junk journal I showed the other day? See below:
Well, I worked on it some more to make it a sugar skull and here's the final page:
Close up:
The white pen drawings were made using a white gel pen & a white Sharpie paint marker. The flowers are an older Stampin' Up stamp. The words are from Tim Holtz sticker quotes. I love this quote book! The quotes are awesome. I used some black Tattered Angels glitter mist and splattered a little here and there. Oh, and the base page was the backside of a postcard - I watercolor painted it in purple.

The skull is a die cut used in baby shower decorations for my Goddaughter. I know what you're thinking...baby shower!?! They had a "Rock 'n Roll" themed shower in teals & black. I guess skulls mean Rock 'n Roll. LOL You might recall the diaper cake I made for the centerpiece. Check it out HERE.

I also did this on the back of the postcard. The woman is original to it, but I mixed media'd on and around her.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Using My Stash & The Gelli Plate

Whew! I'm on a roll! I'm sure like many of you, I have too much good stuff! I tried to get rid of things, but it's hard when you love it all. I mean isn't that the reason I bought the stuff in the first place? So instead of giving stuff away or (God forbid) tossing. I grabbed my package of K & Company embellishments and added layers onto a gelli print base. Once I found layers that were pleasing to (my) the eye, I adhered and added some quotes using the Tim Holtz small talk pad. Have I told you how much I LOVE those quotes? Well I do.

I love how many of the die cuts have gold highlights. All four below and close ups of each:

Don't they have a updated vintage look? Wait...is that an oxymoron? LOL

Anyhow I love how they look and will be adding them to my "For Sale" card rack.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

More Gelli Plate Fun & FSJ

I was on a roll with the gelli plate so I made a couple more cards.

They both started with a gelli plate background. I used the Vintage Sound stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey and some embellishments I have in my stash.

I knew I wanted to use these images, but was having a hard time actually liking the way they turned out. The guitar I loved right away - that was an easy one, but the box of vinyl records and record player were haunting me. I mean, I love the images, but the way I had colored them was not pretty. Basically brown with more brown. So, I restamped the images on white cardstock and decided to keep them just like that. Since I added gold accents to the card, that's when I went back and colored some random spots on the images. Now, I like it!

You can see on the guitar card that I added some ink marks to emulate a starburst. I basically took the ink pad and kept one side on the page and tapped & swept it along the card. I love how that turned out - very rockish, right?!

Added embellishments are:
Washi tape
Gold & Silver Color Splash (FSJ)
Twine (FSJ)
Sentiments are from my stash

Reminder: gelli prints were made using FSJ Blue Lagoon, Cool Pool and Pineapple Smoothie. 
The bottom two prints were used in these cards. I added watered down paint by squishing it to the card base to the bottom left print.

If you are interested in ordering Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) products, click on over to the website store and add me as your coach.

Friday, January 12, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #26

This week DD, DIL and I got together to talk about uploading products into an ETSY store. Yup, we're gonna do it! I'm really excited because I've been debating doing this for a while now.

So this week, I'm thankful for my family and business opportunities via the internet. What a world we live in!
I'll post more regarding Etsy when we officially open shop!

Have a great weekend!

Now it's your turn...leave a comment on what you are thankful for this week.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Junk Journal Post #2

OH MY! I am so very happy that I made these junk journals (see post HERE)! I am having so much fun adding this and that and everything in between to these journals. It's never ending!

Here's the next completed page I finished.  To see my first completed journal page, click here CONTENT.

I started the blank sheet by adding my own stickers (I'll need to do a post on this, but basically I made copies of some gelli prints onto 2" circle labels).

Then I added some red watercolor paint around the circle stickers. I used a lot of water to delude the color so it's more of a pink.

Once dried, I added black Stabilo pencil marks around the stickers & used a wet brush to smear.

I added additional marks using my Bloom Art Stamps Elements stamps and an Ilustrated Faith stamp set using white acrylic paint, black & gold inks. I also used a regular pencil to add lines here and there.

Stamped a quote from Anne Frank (Unity Stamps) and completed the piece by splattering some homemade yellow paint spray.

Another view of the page & my desk.  See the cool piece I'm working on to the right of this page? I can't wait to finish it!

There is plenty of room on the top of this page if I do decide to add a photo.

Fun, right!?!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Yellow Submarine & The Gelli Plate

"We all live in a yellow submarine"...isn't this what you hear when you see this stamp?  LOL

I bought this stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey as part of my new coach package. I love it! I had fun making these cards over the weekend.

All products are Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) except the added embellishments & sentiment stamps. Both backgrounds are gelli prints that I made using the gelli plate & Blue Lagoon, Cool Pool and Pineapple Smoothie acrylic paints. The first pull was the card on the left and then I added some pineapple smoothie over the top and it turned the paint greenish...obviously.

Oh, before I forget, I cut the white cardstock into 4x5.25 sheets and only pulled a small print each time.

Once those dried, I added the embellishments and submarines to finish the cards. The submarines were stamped on white cardstock, colored with Summer Days ink and then fussy cut.

Close Ups:

I'm going to focus a lot of FSJ products & gelli prints. I love using them as a starting point for cards. To purchase FSJ products, please enter my name, Dorlene Durham as your coach and shop at the Fun Stampers Journey website. I appreciate it!  http://www.funstampersjourney.com/pws/fsj/tabs/home.aspx

Washi Tapes
Nuvo Drops
Black Thread
Twine (by FSJ)
Silver & Sparkle Color Silks (by FSJ)

Exciting Announcement!

I'm super excited to announce that I'm a new member of the Quick Quotes Design Team! I took a chance and applied for their DT and was selected!

I had to hold this secret for a week since they had to announce it on their site first, but am happy to spread the excitement now!

Read more about it HERE

Look for lots of Quick Quotes projects soon. I even have to so some video projects. LOL You know I can't shoot a video to save my life...but I'm gonna try!

If you haven't heard of Quick Quotes - ok, who am I kidding, everyone has heard of Quick Quotes - click on over to their website to get to know them a little more.

Monday, January 8, 2018

FCCB #317; Something New

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB)! It's a new year so this challenge is to create something new.

Challenge #317-Something New
Make a project using a new cartridge, embellishiment, or image. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!

This Weeks Sponsor

And the prize is-

A $10 coupon code for anything in the store.
To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

I'm using the Create-a-Critter cartridge which I have used before, but I'm using a new paper pad. This pad is called Little Explorers from Recollections (Michael's). It's so friggin' cute and perfect for an upcoming baby shower. My daughter's friend is having a baby boy and the theme is woodland. First of all, what?! My daughter's friend is having a baby! I know they are 24/25, but they seem so young! (I have to confess, by the time I was their age, I already had three baby boys - LOL)

I love making diaper cakes!

Be sure to link your cricut project to the FCCB challenge site!

Friday, January 5, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #25

This has been a tough week. My sister-in-law lost her battle with ovarian cancer last Saturday. I't so thankful that we spent the day before with her. During that time, I had some time with her alone. I don't know if she heard or understood what I told her, but she would squeeze my hand and look over to me at all the right moments so I feel like she did.

There's a photo that a dear friend of ours send us when my mother-in-law passed away and I absolutely love it. It really does help when we lose a loved one.

I can see Beverly hugging the Lord and then soul-training her way into heaven with the angels and other loved ones surrounding her!  She loved to dance and that's how we'll remember her.

Hug your loved ones. Things can change in a blink of an eye. Cancer does suck!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Content is the Bible Lesson on the Patter Cross blog. I haven't done any art for these lessons in a long time, but I felt the need to this time around.

Read the lesson HERE or click on the Glory Art badge on the right. I do feel that I am content in my life. Sometimes I think it's a burden but reading these scriptures, I know I'm on the right path. I need to continue my faith that God is leading me on the path I should be on and trust Him. I think everyone questions this in their lifetime.

For the art, I decided to create an art journal page. I am using a page in one of the junk journals I just made. I am so surprised that I actually took photos of each step that I took to get to the final product. I started the page with nothing specific in mind:

Here's how it looked in the beginning:
This sheet is a receipt from a charm purchase. It is pretty thin so I decided to add some scrap papers to make it more sturdy. I grabbed my pink scraps and just started attaching. I love how the words, "I Love You" are in the right had corner (I purchased the ASL I love you charm), so I wanted to keep that showing.
Here's what it looks like with some papers and gesso over the top. When I was rifling through the pink scraps, I came across a scrap piece of cut out crosses so I decided to use that as a stencil with some pink ink from CTMH.
I also added some teal, yellow and pink gelato all over. I also decided to stamp some "x's" with my new Illustrated Faith stamp set that I got for Christmas.
Put another layer of gesso over the entire page.
Then wrote a portion of Hebrews 13:5 in the center with black marker.
Stamped the flowers with a Fun Stampers Journey set and also added some Color Silk in pink & yellow also from FSJ. Then I added a frame using a Stabilo pencil & smeared a little with my wet finger. Date stamped at the bottom and done.

Here are all the supplies used:
I also feel that every piece of art needs a little yellow so that's why I added some yellow splashes before saying it was done.

Have a blessed day and 2018!

Monday, January 1, 2018

CWS #22 Snowflakes

Happy New Year! It's a new month and a new year and we've got another great challenge at the Creative With Stamps site. http://creativewithstampschallenge.blogspot.com January's challenge is Snowflake!

Click on over to see the DT inspiration cards. Don't forget to link your snowflake card to be eligible for the prize!

Here's my card:

This style of card is called a Dutch Door card. It was a lot of fun to make and I'm sure I'll make more. I used Close To My Heart (CTMH) snowflake stamps and an old sentiment from Stampin' Up! I love the pink/brown & white color combo and thought it made a great winter card.

Cutting dimensions for the card:
Base: 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 and score at 3" on the long side
Dutch Door: 8 1/2 x 2 1/2 and score at 2 1/4 and 6 1/2 on the long side
Attach the Dutch door to the center of the card base before attaching the inside piece.
Inside piece is: 5 1/4 x 4

Don't forget to make a card featuring snowflakes and link to the CWS site!  Good luck!