Deer Winter

Deer Winter!

Recently I have been getting an urge to branch out and try my hand at Mixed Media canvas work. When I came across the deer at the 99¢ store I knew I had found what to try and work around! Plus, it went well with the December Challenge over at Creative Embellishments that had already put the idea of doing some winter work in my mind!

Unfortunately I had already started, and almost completed this project before I bought my webcam, so there is no video of my process…which spanned over multiple days! But I did take a lot of close up photos for a better look!

I used Amazing Cast Resin with the Prima Large Flourish Mould them more Amazing Cast Resin to “glue” the flourishes, Tim Holtz Wood Slices, and canvas together.

Products Used:

  • ReneaBouquet 
  • Shimmerz
    • Dazzlerz
    • Foiled Again
  • Paint
    • Anchors Away
  • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Glitter
    • Clear Rock Candy
  • Distress Crackle Paint
    • Clear Rock Candy
  • Flourish Stencil
  • Wood Slices
  • Prima
    • Texture Paste
    • White Crackle
    • Antique Silver Crackle
  • Color Bloom
    • Summer Sky
  • Mould
    • Large Fleurish
  • Amazing Cast Resin
  • Dylusions
    • Ink Spray
    • London Blue
  • Echo Park Paper Co.
    • Woodgrain Stencil
  • Fabri-Tac
  • Judi-Kins Diamond Glaze
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • US Art Supply Canvas (8×10)
  • Unknown/Unbranded
    • Lace came in with a Pocket Letter
    • Blue Glass Beads
    • I came across the deer in the Christmas Ornament section of the 99¢ store, and I am a sucker for shiny, blue objects!

    Christmas Tag!

    The tag I made for the “Glorious Holiday Tag Swap!” hosted by Donna (bonprof) over at!

    I sprayed the canvas, texture pasted the canvas, sprayed it some more, and added some glitter paste in select spots! (Good news, I finally got a webcam, someday I hope to make videos…it is just so much easier than typing it all out! I assume anyhow, at least I’ll be able to say “Here, watch this!” LOL)
    I wrapped the gold wire around a tape roll (packing tape size) to make the wreath base, then just started sticking the pine needle die cuts around it. The ornaments are from ReneaBouquets (link in product list), as is the glitter I used to “fill in” some of the areas of them. I embossed them with Red Geranium Embossing Powder (Ranger) and added a light coat of Rose Gold Metallique Wax (Prima). I did the same to the Merry Christmas.

    Yes, it lights up!

    Products Used:

    • ReneaBouquets
  • BoBunny
    • Gold Glitter Paste
  • Ranger
    • Gold Embossing Powder
    • Texture Paste
    • Big Emboss It
    • Wendi Vecchi
    • Red Geranium Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz
    • Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain
  • Stampers Anonymous
    • Tim Holtz
    • Flourish Stencil
  • Carta Bella
    • Lattice Stencil
  • Advantas
    • Idea-ology Tim Holtz
    • Bouquet
  • Simon Says Stamp
    • Pine Needle Trio Die
  • Core’dinations
    • Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection
  • Core’dinations
    • Vintage Stack
  • Prima
    • White Crackle Texture Paste
    • 3D Gloss Gel
    • Finnabair
    • Rose Gold Metallique Wax
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine
    • Bronze
  • Fabri-Tac
  • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
  • Unknown/Unbranded
    • Laminated Canvas
    • Merry Christmas Die
    • Berries
    • Gold Wire
    • The lights are a little necklace I came across at the 99¢ store!
    • The poinsettias are actually from an earring & brooch set from Avon I believe.

    Christmas Teacup

    My first tea cup art, just in time for Christmas!

    Handle side, side view! This was a learning experience for me, and I learned that I need more Mod Podge to hold down the pieces against the strain of the Crackle Paint! You can also se some of the beautiful Shard Glitter Glass & Microbeads I added to the spoon!

    The other side of the cup. Here I added some of the Microbeads to the pine cone & some Shard Glitter Glass & Microbeads just under the edge of the pine cone. Plus, in the center of the poinsettias are some more Microbeads.

    A closer look at the spoon.

    A closer look at the pine cone!

    One of the poinsettias that has the Microbeads for the center.

    One of the posies I made using the tutorial found at Live The Dream ….

    A closer look at the bottom with the second posie I made.

    A view from the top!

    *The cut file for the teacup, saucer, and spoon can be found at*

    Product List:

    • Glass Microbeads in Champagne
    • Shard Glitter Glass in Silver
    • Beautiful Board Beautiful Bits – Star
    • Burgundy Roses, Poinsettias, & leaves
  • Hip Kit Club (November 2017 Main Kit)
    • Tis The Season by Kimberly Hutchison
    • Baby It’s Cold Outside (cup exterior)
  • Crate Paper
    • FALALA Collection
    • Twinkle
  • Ranger
    • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Ink
    • Tea Dye
    • Fossilized Amber
    • Seedless Preserves
    • Rusty Hinge
  • Distress Crackle Paint
    • Clear Rock Candy
  • Mini Round Blending Tool
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Sizzix
    • Big Shot Plus
    • Precision Base Plate
    • Tim Holtz
    • Small Tattered Florals (the one little rosebud!)
  • Spellbinders
    • Shabby Posies
    • Layered Poinsettia
  • Simon Says Stamp
    • Pine Needles Trio
  • Poppy
    • Small Blooming Poinsettia
  • Mod Podge
    • Paper – Gloss
  • Beacon Fabri-Tac
  • Judi-Kins Diamond Glaze
  • White Card stock – American Crafts I think
  • Mulberry Bear 2
    • “Grass Green” Mulberry Paper – Pine Needles
  • The Paper Studio
    • White “Handmade” Paper (white poinsettias, posies, & rosebud)
  • Prima
    • Finnabair
    • Metallique Wax – Old Silver
    • Silicon Brushes – 1″ & 2″
  • 99¢ Store finds
    • Pine cones
    • Bottle brush tree
    • Green bead garland
  • Unbranded/Unknown
    • Stamen in large white poinsettia & posies
    • Holly berries (frosted red & green & red)



    During the last weekend of October, the husband and I went to the wedding of two very dear friends (the couple I made this card for), this is a layout I did featuring a photo I took during their first dance as husband and wife.

    All of the papers on here I’ve had for at least 18 months. Apparently they were all waiting for this wedding! The lace is some eBay “vintage lace” I bought a few months back, and the flowers have been in hording for a long, long time!

    This layout was entered into a couple of Challenges over at, the October Music Inspiration Challenge (the song picked for me was “A Taste of Honey,” and I used the line “yours was the kiss that awoke my heart” it just seemed rather fitting for the occasion!), the November Die Cutting Machine Challenge, and’s Handmade for the Holidays.

    I absolutely LOVE the shard glitter glass and glass micro-beads from ReneaBouquets! (Links in Product List)

    Not a lot of “special” techniques used here. I tore the papers, layered them with some lace, and then just started arranging flowers! Well, I did “dye” the paper flowers with some Distress Oxides & Shimmerz Paint!

    Product List:

  • Shimmerz 
    • Butter Cream Paint 
    • Tuscan Sun Spritz 
  • Dear Lizzy Date Stamp 
  • Prima E-Line White Flower Mix 
  • Bazzill “Vanilla” Cardstock (song lyrics are on) 
  • Bella! Something Blue Paperz “Tittle” 
  • Bella Blvd – Ciao Chip – Self Adhesive Chipboard – Words – Today
  • Chickaniddy Crafts – 365 Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Weekend Wonders
  • Little Birdie Crafts – Classic Elements Collection – Beaded Fancies – White
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Collection – Tool Kit
  • Prima 
    • Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Gloss Gel – 8 Ounces
    • Paintables – 12 x 12 Paper – Roses
  • Ranger Ink
    • Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black
    • Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz 
    • Distress Oxides Ink Pads – Antique Linen
    • Distress Oxides Ink Pads – Faded Jeans
    • Mini Ink Blending Tool – Round
  • Scotch ATG – Adhesive Applicator Gun – Pink – Uses One Fourth Inch Adhesive
  • Silhouette America 
    • Curio 3T Version – Electronic Cutting System
    • Pen Holder
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Plus – Starter Kit – White and Gray
  • Tonic Studios – 
    • Tim Holtz – Mini-Snips – 5 Inches
    • Tim Holtz – Paper Distress
  • Unknown/Unbranded 
    • 5 petal flower die 
    • Ivory & Silver Stamen 
    • Green floral wire 
    • Vintage lace 
    • key 
    • Ivory “pearl” flower centers 
    • Tan-ish-Gold-ish Beads (on the two fabric flowers)

    Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween!

    Over at Creative Embellishments’ October Challenge a wonderful image was post at the beginning of the month to be used as inspiration for a project. The directions say to “Simply be inspired by 1 element from the picture below and the twist is to make your project black and white. I will let a very teeny tiny bit of color slip on by” I don’t know if being inspired by the WHOLE photo counts as “1 element” or if it would be the skull … mainly … or if it qualifies at all, but I HAD to use that image somehow!!

    Anyhow, I saved the image to my computer, did a bit of editing to it, then used the stippling feature on my Silhouette Curio. For eight hours. It took eight hours to stipple the image out, and it wasn’t even the “whole” image! Good thing I had other things to occupy myself with!

    I’ll also be entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

    Product List:

  • Ranger
    • “Emboss It” Pen
    • Water Pen – Nib
    • Embossing Powder
    • Enchanted Gold
    • Antiquities Frosted Crystal
  • Multi Medium Matte
  • Perfect Pearls
    • Forever Green
    • Pewter
    • Heirloom Gold
    • Blue Patina
    • Green Patina
  • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Oxides:
    • Fired Brick
    • Antique Linen
  • Distress Ink
    • Dusty Concord
  • Distress Markers
    • Black Soot
    • Wilted Violet
    • Lucky Clover
    • Tumbled Glass
    • Wild Honey
    • Forest Moss
    • Abandoned Coral
  • Thinlits
    • Cobweb
  • Prima
    • Metallique Wax
    • Vintage Gold
    • Bronze Age
  • 3D Gloss Gel
  • Sizzix
    • Big Shot Plus
  • a la mode clear embossing powder
  • homemade alcohol inks
  • 99¢ Store finds
    • Green Mesh
    • Orange Mesh
    • Purple Lace
    • Pumpkins
    • Skulls
    • Gold Lace
    • String “web” (that became flowers – sorta)
    • Purple Spider
  • Received in a PocketLetter
    • Bird/Birdcage
    • Small black spiders
    • Wood Skull Key
    • the string “web” at the bottom
  • unknown
    • bluish-black glitter

    Halloween Pocketletter!

    Halloween PocketLetter!

    Close-up of the top row

    Close-up of the middle row
    Close-up of the bottom row
    Close-up of the Julie Nutting Doll

    **The mask on the Julie Nutting Doll came from the Silhouette Store! I sized it, printed it on photo paper, then fussy cut it out since I wanted it to be extra precise!**

    Product List:

  • Thickers Foam Phrase Stickers: “Dream”
  • Fancy Pants Designs: “Oct 31” sticker sheet & glitter cuts
  • Echo Park Paper Co: 
    • “The Apothecary Emporium” Alpha Stickers
    • “Arsenic & Lace” paper
  • My Mind’s Eye: “Frightful” paper
  • Sizzix –
    • Big Shot Plus
    • Thinlit dies from Big Shot Plus stater
    • Thinlit dies from Big Shot stater
    • “Banners & Hearts”
    • “Basic Shapes”
    • Susan’s Garden 
    • “Sunflower” (just the leaves)
  • Ranger
    • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Markers: Black Soot & Wilted Violet
    • Distress Oxides: Black Soot & Wilted Violet
    • Distress Embossing Ink
    • Distress Stains: Carved Pumpkin & Wilted Violet
    • Distress Stickles: Milled Lavender
    • Thinlit “Cobweb”
    • “Crazy Things” stamp set (witch’s hat)
  • Stickles: Orange Slice
  • Super Fine Black Embossing Powder
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Water Pen: Nib
  • Glossy Accents
  • We R Memory Keepers
    • “Bewitched” paper
    • Crop A Dile
  • Shimmerz
    • Paints: Coal, Orange Sherbet, & Celery
    • Vibez: Sunset Strip
    • Little B Stickers: Black Cat
    • KaiserCraft: Clear Stickers: “Antiques” 
    • “Mulberry type” flowers
    • Prima 
      • “E-line” flowers
      • Julie Nutting “Dita”
    • WOW Embossing Powder “Cloud 9”
    • Elmer’s Glue Spots
    • 99¢ finds: purple lace, spider, “twigs”
    • Scraps: silver glitter paper, black glitter paper, black & grey floral paper, and black print transparency.
    • the morning after

      the morning after – 1953

      Recently, while combing through old photos my grandma had kept over the years, I came across this photo, and I fell in love with it! I find it to be hauntingly beautiful. The remnants of packaging are scattered among the new toys that had arrived the day before. Even the lamp shade is crooked! This moment in life was captured forever by my grandma, she even provided the title! “The Morning After” had been written at the bottom of the photo.

      Over at, I host “The Ugly Games.” (formally known as “The Ugly Paper Challenge,” we had a vote!). Anywho…the object of the challenge is to use the two papers and the embellishment(s) (optional) that you are sent at the beginning of the month to create a layout! (I give out addresses on the 1st, & in short, you send a set, you receive a set). Now for my disclaimer, I’m not saying the products are themselves “ugly,” the whole point of the challenge is to use papers sent to you that you may or may not have ever considered trying to combine, or they may or may not be your “style.” Back in September, I received the following papers:

      “The Ugly Games” papers I received in September

      First, a short explanation, because these papers were sent to me during football season! I am a Kansas City Chiefs fan, and another football “nut” in the group is a Seattle Seahawks fan, and she has been patiently waiting for me to be on the receiving end during football season since the spring! The mascot for the Seahawks is Tamia the Hawk, hence the photo, and Seahawks fans are the “12th Man Army,” hence the two “12” circles (apparently the Seahawks can’t play without an extra person 😏) Anyhow, I normally get my layouts completed on time, but September was a draining month for me, and it seemed to affect my creative process. I knew what I wanted to create, I was just constantly running into a mental roadblock! I had actually put a layout together most of the way, but it just wasn’t right! It was dull, and the lobster paper poinsettias just wouldn’t blend in! I was frustrated, and that certainly didn’t help my roadblock, then, as luck would have it, I saw this layout by Phyllis on the ReneaBouquet’s Facebook Page, and I knew it was the inspiration I needed to get those papers used! It embodied the direction I had been trying to go, and stepped it up a notch! I actually dismantled the layout I had started, very carefully, given I couldn’t replace any of the elements I had received in The Ugly Games and started anew! In fact, the Bazzill “Ash” cardstock with the Prima Crackle Paste was part of the original! (In addition to the parts created from the papers and embellishments I received.)

      A closer look at the flower cluster and ReneaBouquet Silver Microbeads & Black Shard Glitter Glass (both linked at end of post) under the title!
      Closer look at the cluster on the right side showcasing the flair from {A flair for buttons} (link at end of post)

      Just another angle.
      A close up of the Silver Glass Microbeads on some of the holly leaves! (I am seriously in love with those beads!)

      Another angle!
      The photo was taken from the top of the page looking down, with a good look at what I did to the pink rhinestone strip I had received! I used alcohol inks on it to change the color, dabbed on some “Foiled Again” Shimmerz Dazzlerz, and ran a wire through it so I could shape it!

      Looking down at the Black Glitter Glass and Silver Microbeads that are at the top of the page.

      Looking down at the cluster found on the left side of the photo!

      **All of the cuts (poinsettia’s, holly, ornaments) came from the Silhouette Store!**

      Product List:

    • Shimmerz
      • “Coal” Paint
      • “Foiled Again” Dazzlerz
    • {a flair for buttons} “Tis The Season” Flair
    • Hot off the Press: Black Silver Floral Foil Cardstock
    • Bazzill
      • “Ash” Cardstock
      • Silver Metallic Cardstock
    • Basic Grey: Juniper Berry “Lump of Coal” Paper
    • Fancy Pants Designs
      • “Collecting Moments” Sticker Fundamentals
    • Tim Holtz:
      • Flourish Stencil
      • Distress Spray Stains: Candied Apple, Iced Spruce, & Weathered Wood
      • Distress Ink: Iced Spruce
      • Distress Oxide: Iced Spruce
      • Paper Distresser
      • Hinge Clip
      • Mini Ink Blending Tool – Round
      • Alcohol Inks: Cranberry & Silver
    • Ranger:
      • Texture Paste
      • Transparent Gloss Texture Paste
      • Glossy Accents
      • “Gunsmoke” Stickles
      • “Perfect Pearl” Perfect Pearls
    • WOW Embossing Powder: Cloud 9
    • Martha Stewart “Scallop Dot” Edge Punch
    • Prima
      • “White Crackle” Texture Paste
      • “Crackle” Stencil
    • DMC Silver Embroidery Floss
    • a la mode clear embossing powder
    • Silhouette
      • Cameo
      • Curio
    • Unknown:
      • the red paper
      • the red cardstock (behind the photo)
      • the green paper behind the photo
      • Flat back pearls
      • Silver wire
      • Silver Metallic Marker
    • Homemade Alcohol Inks: Black (ish) & a light purple (ish)
    • Midnight Fae!

      Midnight Fae! Created for the ReneaBouquet’s Fall In Love With Fairies October Swap!

      Over on the ReneaBouquet Facebook page, DT Member, Donna, posted the ReneaBouquet’s Fall In Love With Fairies October Swap! This is the tag I did for that swap to send to my swap partner!

      I had a lot of frustrated fun putting this together! There were quite a few things that were a learning experiance! Sometimes I think my swap partners end up becoming guinea pigs for my experiments!

      This tag is a #12 tag, but I cut it out of some corrugated cardboard from an old box. I like to reuse/recycle/repurpose when I can, so all those products I order get their boxes saved to be turned into craft projects or to be used to ship swap items out!

      My first order of busines was to coat the tag with some black acrylic paint so the Prima Opal Magic Waxes would show the best, plus, I was making a “nighttime” themed tag!

      A close up of bottome corner that has the Beautiful Board Fairy Kisses, Plum Glass Microbeads, and Silver Glass Microbeads, all found at ReneaBouquet. The fairy was coated in Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserves Distress Oxides, the “mulberry type” roses were sprayed with a couple of different sprays, Heidi Swapp’s “Tinsel” Color Shine, & some Tim Holtz “Hickory Smoke” watered down and mixed with some “Pewter” Perfect Pearls!
      A closer look at the Beautiful Board Moon Fairy from ReneaBouqet with more Silver Glass Microbeads to accent! The moon was coated in a lot of different products until I got what I wanted! Some of those porducts no longer show up, but I guess they helped add to the texture. However, the final coat was Prima’s “Old Silver” Metallique Wax.

      In both of the above photos, and the three below, you can see where I added some Black Shard Glitter Glass from ReneaBouquet! The texture paste used with Tim Holtz’s Honeycomb stencil is “Foiled Again,” by Shimmerz. (At the time of this writing, the Shimmerz website was not loading for me, sorry I couldn’t add links directly to the products.)

       Product List:

    • Shimmerz Paints
      • Paint: Coal
      • Dazzlerz: Foiled Again
    • Tim Holtz 
      • Distress Oxides: Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserves
      • Distress Spray Stain: Hickory Smoke
      • Honeycomb Stencil
    • Ranger
      • Texture Paste
      • Black Archival Ink
      • Perfect Pearls: Pewter
      • Mini Mister 
      • Glossy Accents
    • Wendi Vecci
      • Watering Can Embossing Powder
    • Prima
      • 3D Gloss Gel
      • Wood Embellishments: “Leaves & Mushrooms”
      • Decadent Pies Watercolor Set
      • Opal Magic Wax: Royal Robes & Turquoise Satin
      • Metallique Wax: Old Silver & Brushed Iron
    • Carta Bella “Lattice” Stencil
    • Echo Park “Mini Leaves” Stencil
    • Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Tinsel
    • Silver wire
    • Black Acrylic Paint
    • “Mulberry” roses
    • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile
    • WOW Embossing Powder: Cloud 9
    • Even though they don’t exactly stand out, the “flat” flowers are composed of:
      • Penny Black: tiger-lilly
      • Designs By Ryn – “Flowers”
      • Tim Holtz “Flower Garden”

      colder weather

      colder weather layout! (the shards along the edges of the torn paper behind the photo are Silver Glitter Shard Glass by ReneaBouquets, but I took the photo with no flash so there wouldn’t be glare off the shards or the metallic words at the top!)

      Over at, Amanda (scrapanda) hosts the Music Inspiration Challenge! For September I was given the song “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band (lyrics link; video link), and this is what I came up with!

      Way back when… (bet. 2002-2007) I lived in Michigan. This is a photo looking out our back door towards the dilapidated old barn that was on the property. I love the snow. I miss the snow. I don’t necessarily miss being cold 😄, but I have always found snow to be beautiful.

      In addition to the Music Inspiration Challenge, I am also entering this in the October 1st, Stuck?! Sketches Challenge, using the following sketch as inspiration!

      As you can see, I rotated the sketch 90°, and instead of rings and splatters, I used snowflakes from two Simon Says Stamps sets, “Frozen Fractals” and “Swell Christmas.”

      October 1st Stuck?! Sketches Challenge.

      Product List:

      • ReneaBouquets Silver (Shard) Glitter Glass – (this is the 1st time I’ve ever used it … had to see how it worked and all! I already have other projects lined up now [in my head] and I know I have found a new product to LOVE!)
      • Simon Says Stamp – “Frozen Fractals” and “Swell Christmas” stamp sets
      • Shimmerz AcriTonez: “3 Sheets to the Wind”
      • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide, Stain, & Spray Stain – Wilted Violet; Nib Water Brush; Distress Collage Brush; Advantus Word Keys; Mini Snips.
      • Bo Bunny – Altitude Collection – Christmas – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Blizzard & Noteworthy Journaling Cards; Sweet Life Collection – Chipboard Stickers
      • Ranger Glossy Accents
      • Prima – Finnabair: Snowflake Paste; 3D Gloss Gel; Metallique Wax – Old Silver & Brushed Iron, Opal Magic Wax – Royal Robes
      • Silhouette Cameo: The font for “weather” is “Cotton Candy” from the Silhouette Store 
      • Pink Paislee – Merry and Bright Collection – Christmas – Foil Stickers – Word Strips
      • We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile and Case – Pink – Includes Crop-A-Dile, Case and 100 Eyelets
      • EK Success – Sticko Alphas Stickers – Foam – Large – White
      • The lace under the photo and the ribbon on the key were both part of the “goodies” I received from Donna (bonprof) with my September PocketLetter from her! (Neither of them was originally purple, but with a little help from some Distress Stains, all of us got to turn purple! LOL)
      • The snowflake cuts I’ve had for quite a while. They came as a “subscriber bonus” with a Birds of a Feather Kit…and those kits haven’t been released since Feb. 2016!
      • The clear gem…teardrop…bling also came from a Birds of a Feather Kit, I think circa Aug. 2014.
      • ‘generic’ white acrylic paint
      • white gesso