Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spring Mixed Media Card for Helmar

Although it's still cold winter weather here in Ohio, I'm thinking spring with this card featuring handcrafted flowers. I'm delighted to be back guest designing with Helmar again this month. I feature Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Spray to seal my watercolor mediums. This is a scrap my stash project. I had fun giving new life to some older products.

Spring Watercolor Card

Tips and Techniques
I used watercolor pencils and water-soluble wax pastels to paint my handcrafted flowers and die cut frame. As you know, watercolor will bleed into any other wet medium. Since I planned to splatter my card with ink, I needed to seal the painted flowers and background. Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Spray is my go to sealant. I used several light coats, spraying from different directions, to cover all the layered surfaces. Because this spray is matte, it does not change the appearance of the painted surface.

As you can see, there is no glossiness from the spray, and the splatter did not pick up any of the color beneath it.

I bought this stamp and die set from Heartfelt Creations several years ago, and although I've used the flowers, the "Decorative Leafy Frame" set had yet to get used. I adore the way this card turned out and will have to keep these stamps and dies handy for future projects!!

I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to put my flowers together and to adhere the frame and flowers to the background. 

The lace on the edge of the card is adhered using Helmar Fabric Glue. Because this lace is sheer in places and the glue would show through, I applied the adhesive just to the lace edge that is tucked under the frame/flower layer.

This triple loop bow is tied from dyed rayon seam binding. I adhered it to the card using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. The bow tails are positioned and then adhered with small dabs of 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

I used Helmar Zap Dots between some of the layers to add dimension and to give space for adding the Prima die cut doilies. The doilies and other layers are adhered with Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

One final shot.

Thanks for stopping by today!!
Remember to grab a can of Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Spray
to seal your watercolor based mediums.

Helmar Products

Other Products
K&Company ~ Brenda Walton - Celest Designer Paper
K&Company ~ Brenda Walton - Flora & Fauna Specialty Paper
Fancy Pants Designs ~ Road Show - 12x12” Paper Pad
Cardstock, white ~ Stash
Pearl Bead ~ Stash
Darice ~ Wire, 24 guage
Close to My Heart ~ Opaques, mocha
Lace ~ Stash
Hug Snug ~ Rayon Seam Binding, white (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Ranger ~ Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy
Ranger ~ Archival Ink, Jet Black
Caran D’Ache ~ NeocolorII Water-soluble Wax Pastels
Prismacolor ~ Watercolor Pencils
Faber-Castell ~ PITT Artist Pen Big Brush, black
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink, brown, white
Heartfelt Creations ~ Mini Vintage Floret PreCut Set HCPC 3502
Heartfelt Creations ~ Open Vintage Floret PreCut Set HCPC 3500
Heartfelt Creations ~ Vintage Floret Dies HCD 727
Heartfelt Creations ~ Decorative Leafy Frame HCD 731
Prima ~ Metal Die - Doily2 #572792
Ranger ~ Inkssentials - Water Brush, Fine Detail Nib
Zutter by Donna Salazar ~ Distrezz-it-All
Tim Holtz ~ Grid Blocks
Sizzix ~ Big Shot
Martha Stewart ~ Scoring Board

Thanks for stopping by! I Treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mom's Garden Mixed Media Layout for Donna Salazar

My mom adores spending time in her flower gardens. Their home by the lake is so lovely with the beautiful blossoms she nurtures. Here's one of her gardens by the lake. I hope it warms your heart. I've featured Donna Salazar's products and have created a new blossom from her Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L organza ribbon. 

Here's a sneak peek.
The bottom left Open Organza Rose is my new creation.
Hop on over to Donna's blog for more photos and all the details HERE.

DSD Products
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Pennant Set (Canvas Flags)
Lace Ribbons
Texture Ribbons (Organza)
3D Foam Swirls
Mix’d Media Inx ~ Storm, Adobe, Vintage
Mix’d Media Inx Embossing Powder ~ Jasmine
Smooch Spritz ~ Caramel Latte, Ice Rink, Sea Breeze
Twinkle Dust Glitter ~ Pralines & Cream
Bitty Blossoms
Rose Creations
Wonderful Wings
Donna Salazar Designs
Cotton Lace Stamp
Dear Sir Stamp
Partner Products
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ DODZ™ - 3D 1/4”
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Clearsnap ~ Foam Blending Tool

Other Products
GCD Studios by Donna Salazar ~ Natural Beauty 12x13 Pad
GCD Studios by Donna Salazar ~ Family Jeans
Donna Salazar ~ Crafty Chronicles
Mulberry Paper, Ivory ~ Stash
DreamKuts by Donna Salazar ~ Grandma’s Garden - Garden Journal Cards
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers, purple
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 10mm Open Roses, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 15mm Open Roses, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 6mm Rosebuds, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 8mm Rosebuds, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Tuscany Rosebuds, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Heather Stem Flowers, white
Petaloo ~ Botanica Collection - Minis, Yellow
Petaloo ~ Textured Elements - Burlap Wild Sunflowers, yellow
Petaloo ~ Tiffany’s Treasures - Jewel Centers, Topaz Gold
Spellbinders ~ Wonderful Wings Shapeabilities
Crystal Flourish ~ Stash
Darice ~ Rhinestones
Bead Landing ~ Filigree Jewelry Findings
Darice ~ Chicken Wire
Darice ~ Sequins
Liquitex ~ Gesso, clear, black
Golden ~ Soft Gel
Martha Stewart ~ Sparkle Texture Effect
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink, white
Ranger ~ Alcohol Ink, butterscotch, caramel
Pan Pastels ~ Rich Gold
Americana Classic ~ Stncil - Jacobean Floral
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesives, Fabric Glue
Liquitex ~ Splatter Brush
Darice Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Friday, February 20, 2015

Floral Birthday Card for Leaky Shed Studio and February Prima Product Pick

Hi everyone, I'm back to share the close-ups and product list for the floral birthday card I posted earlier this week on the Leaky Shed Studio blog featuring two of my favorite classic Leaky Shed Studio chippies: the gorgeous Spring Butterfly and Small Ring Frame.

I was inspired by the fabulous colors in the February Prima Product Pick Palette and have used lots of Prima goodies here as well. Scroll on down for a product listing.


For technique details, please hop on over to the Leaky Shed Studio blog post: HERE.

Leaky Shed Studio Products

Prima Products
Sweet Fairy Collection ~ Romantique #843052
Nursery Rhymes Paper Pad
A4 Watercolor Paper ~ Jaime Dougherty #980269
Frost Gypsy Roses #565770
Princess ~ Happily Ever After #574406
Sweet Taffy Lavender #542603
Lace ~ Alencon Collection #545475
Lyric ~ Wood Buttons #564995
Say It In Crystals ~ #551452
Hello Pastel ~ Say It In Crystals #563967
Art Basics ~ Soft Gel, Matte #961428
Color Bloom ~ Pressed Petal #573881
Color Bloom ~ Gold Foil #573805
Resist Chalk Edger – Vintage Pink, Black Coal
Metal Dies ~ Doily 2 #572792
Metal Dies ~ Leaves #572839
Stencil ~ Flourish 6x6” #564278

Other Products
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar ~ Mix’d Media Inx – Wisteria, Stormy
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Clearsnap ~ Foam Blending Tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Leaky Shed Floral Birthday Card Sneak Peek

I've got a project up on the Leaky Shed Studio Blog.
Here's a sneak peek.

Thanks so much for hopping over to the 
for all the details.

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Key to My Heart" Card for Donna Salazar

Valentine's Day is nearly here, and love is in the air. I'm up on the Donna Salazar Designs blog with a grungy Valentine's Day card I created for Gary featuring Donna's fabulous new Scrapbooking Adhesives by 3L products along with her products by Clearsnap and Zutter. You'll also spy some lovely products by Um Wow Studio.

Here's a sneak peek.
Hop on over to Donna's blog for all the details and more close-ups HERE.

On Donna's blog I've included a link to her video tutorial on heat embossing
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam shapes like the key seen here.

Donna Salazar Products
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
3D Foam Keys
Texture Ribbons (Burlap Ribbon)
Pennant Set (Denim Sheet)
Mix’d Media Inx ~ Black, Leather, Truffle
Mix’d Media Inx Embossing Powder ~ Leather
Smooch Spritz ~ Sea Breeze, Wood Stain
Emboss Gloss
Partner Products
Clearsnap ~ ColorBox – Foam Applicators 
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ 3D Foam Squares – Regular, Black
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Power Tape 

Flair – From the Heart
Chipboard – Heart Confetti
Mixed Media Stencils/Masks – Heart Confetti Mask

Other Products
GCD Studios by Donna Salazar – Natural Beauty
Zutter ~ Corrugated Board
We R Memory Keepers ~ Cardstock – Storytime Cloud
The Paper Studio ~ Spare Parts – Metal Charms, Keys 
Idea-ology ~ Swivel Clasp
Vintage Button ~ Stash
Rhinestones, Brown – Stash
Sisal, natural – stash
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Making Memories ~ Scrapbook Colors Paint – Chocolate
Hampton Art ~ Alphabet Stamp Set #VS4191
Helmar ~ Fabric Glue
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Darice ~ Heat Tool
Clover ~ Kanzashi Flower Maker – Extra Small

Thanks for stopping by today! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Published in the February Issue of Magazine

It's always so amazing to have my work published,
and am thrilled to share that one of my layouts is in the

Please click on the link to view the article:

Happiness Is . . .  ~ Embellishments Department

Be sure to check out the entire February Issue of Magazine.
You are sure to be inspired and best of all it's free!

~ Blessings ~