Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Gesso {thick white base paint} has become my favorite new medium to work with! this sneak peek was painted with gesso, using magic mesh as a mask. I love how the gesso holds shape and hieght when it dries. tomorrow I will post the whole LO, and the #4 twisted sketch!


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Blog Hop

Today I am blog hopping with the girls on the EverythingScrappn blog.
If you are reading my blog then you have 2 chances to win a rak.
1st~ if you are my follower, then just leave me a shout out. If you are not a follower, then add yourself and comment to let me know. I will be doing a drawing for a rak
2nd~ this one is for a $25 gift certificate to ES.
follow the link below to ES, and leave a comment on the blog hop thread. The comment needs to be what product you would like to see carried in the ES store {summer CHA is coming soon!!}
Don't forget to check out all the other great ES ladies. There will be at least one of them with another chance to win a prize.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Big news!!!

I am so excited to announce that I am a

Twisted Sister!!!!!
Anam Stubbington {the awesome prima flowergirl, and sketch designer} Has started a new sketch challenge blog, and I was asked to join her first dt, along with 13 other amazing artist.
and check it out. A new sketch will be posted every Wednesday, along with a twist for playing along.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Whats up with that?

my siggy is making me mad! I can't get it to post right. When I write my post, there it is....staring at me! but when I publish the post..... poof the HTML explodes and it stoppes working..... GGGggrrrrrr

***** edited...... are you serious????? I post about the stupid siggy, and this time it works, gah!

Heat Embossing

Just like many others out there, I have all the tools and supplies needed to heat emboss but don't ever do it. So this month I created a layout, titled "Style", that uses multiple different heat embossing techniques, and I want to share with you all what I did. Hopefully I will inspire you to pull out that dusty heat gun and play with some embossing powder. For anyone that’s not sure if they have the needed supplies, he re are the basics:
• a heat gun
• a stamp pad
• embossing powder
That's it.

For the "not so basic" techniques, I also use:
a glue pad
• an embossing ink pad
• a distress ink pad
• items for masking
• and a soft bristled paint brush

So let’s start with basic heat embossing. In this first close-up of my layout, the Fleur-de-lis is an example of basic heat embossing.

A foam stamp was used to stamp the image onto a scrap of pattern paper from the kit, in a light ink color. While the ink was still wet I sprinkled it with champagne colored embossing powder. Okay, now this next step reminds me of elementary school art class (ahhh, memories)... shake off the extra powder, onto a sheet of scrap paper, and then put it back into the jar. (anyone else having flash backs to white school glue and jars of glitter?) So far, so easy,
right? All you have to do now is heat the powder with the heat gun. Now, be careful as the air that comes out of the heat gun will burn you! If you are using a big piece of paper, you can hold onto the end away from your image. I had a small sheet, so I held the image with my long handled tweezers. Now back to the heating. You want to hold the gun about 2-3 inches from the powder, and slowly move the gun around. You will be able to see the powder melt and spread out into a glossy textured glaze. The embossing will dry very quickly after you finish heating it. To use my image on the layout, I cut it out and layered it behind my flowers. So now that we all know how to do the basic heat embossing, let’s have some fun with it! This next close-up has two different things that I tried with the embossing.
First the distressing on the green paper. I wanted to add some shine and texture to my distressing, so I came up with this technique. I have never seen this done before, but it’s quite possible that others have done this before me. This was so simple, all you need is some distress ink, embossing powder and your heat gun. I swiped the distress ink all over the sheet of paper, and then sprinkled it with pewter embossing powder. Because some of the ink was thinly applied it dried before I added the powder, giving a distressed look to my embossing. Now just follow the basic steps above: shake off extra powder and heat. This random type of distressing would be great for adding detail to boypages, or just grunging up your projects.

The second embossing in this close-up was applied to the title. For this technique you need:
• black ink
• black and sliver embossing powder
• letter stamps
• and your heat gun.

First I stamped my title on a scrap from the kit, spacing the letters out to make it easier to cut them out later. I let the ink dry slightly so that not all of it would hold the powder. Instead of just sprinkling on one color of powder, I added both colors at once, trying to get each letter randomly with both colors. Now when I shook off the extra powder this time, I put it in an empty jar and labeled it, as I had mixed up the colors. This powder is still usable, but you don't want to mix it back in with the original colors. All that's left to do is heat up the powder and cut out the letters.

This next technique was the most fun to do, but also the most time consuming. I created a glittery scalloped border around my layout base.

To create this border you will need:
• 1 sheet of shiny black cardstock from the kit
• large scallop border from the kit
• Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder (made by Ranger, its clear
powder with rainbow glitter)
• a glue pad (this is an ink pad filled with liquid glue, made by
• a soft bristled paint brush
• and your heat gun.
This will take a little while, but is worth it and it looks so much cooler in person! You are going to need to work on one side of the base at a time, so the glue doesn't dry out on you. Take the large scallop border and lay it on the edge of the base, as a mask. Dab along the scallop with the glue pad. When the scallop mask is picked up you should have a scallop design along your edge out of glue. Sprinkle the glue with the rainbow embossing powder and then shake off the extra. I used the paint brush to brush off any embossing powder that might stick to your sheet and ruin the clean edge of your scallop. You can glue and powder all 4 edges before heating, just be careful not to mess-up any of the edges while you work around.

Okay, one more simple and quick embossing.

This one is real easy, but adds a great touch to your embellies. I hand cut flowers from a sheet of
patterned paper, and then swiped just the leaves in the glue pad. The leaves were sprinkled with rainbow embossing powder and heated. Just a quick sparkle. This can be done with any embellie. Don't have a brad that matches? Make your own with a little colored embossing powder. Want some more interest in your paper flowers? Stamp on them with a background
stamp and emboss with a metallic embossing powder. I really enjoyed getting some use out of my heat gun, and I hope to see some examples in the gallery soon of what you all have done with heat embossing!

The finished Layout: "Sytle"
thanks for following along


Garden Party

A few more of my June Layouts for scrapmuse.

I have one more Layout to share, with a tutorial on heat embossing that I wrote for this months newsletter


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Scrapmuse released their June Mega Muse "Garden Party"
Here are just two of my Layouts with the kit.

Okay, I think that I am done... for now. If you are interested in changing up your blog check out
both sites have awesome blog backgrounds, headers, side bars and such. They also have great tutorials on things like adding a siggy, adding graphics between posts, changing little things to make your blog look better. The instructions are easy to follow..... even through editing the HTML codes.
I would love to hear your input on the new look of my blog.


okay, just a post to try out my siggy.....

getting there

okay, its a work in progress, but I like it so far...... what do you think?


Under a remodeling.......................... hold tight for a new look

Monday, June 15, 2009

twisted Sketches

I just love the sketch below, what an awesome inspiration .

My take on the sketch "tweet Hearts"
I didn't have just the right background page for this LO so I altered one. I started with a sheet of tan grid paper. I colored it with cherry limeade and patina glimmermists, darkened the edges with tea stain distress ink, and then splattered it with thick gesso. I love the results!

this little embellie is a swallow stamp that I stamped on cardboard with stazon ink, and then tore out. I rubbed lime stickles into the bird and gave it a tulle tail, that also has lime stickles rubbed into it

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Ah. I just love the bright fun colors of summer!

June MegaMuse "Garden Party" Sneak Peek

The newsletter and the full reveal will be out in just a few days.....


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