Fairy magic in a box

Hey there Creatives! How about a little Fairy Magic today? One of my favorite things to do is layering and cutting pieces to make little scenes of heart – a little fairy magic! When I started thinking about drawing art for stamps I really wanted to make something that you could use in many ways, stamping and cutting out sections give you lots of creative ways to use these stamps. Today I and using Fairy magic and Fairy Garden background stamps. I am also using this shadow box from SA Crafters. Let’s take a closer look! Continue reading

Free Spirit Insta Album

Hi there, Karen here!

Today I’m sharing an Altered Insta Album created with Rita’s Cowboy Boot Artfoamie stamp. I had the most fun with this stamp.  It measures 6 x 4 and perfect for large projects.  I coordinated this fun stamp with some oxide inks, flowers, and dyed ribbon. The album measures 11 x 6.

I began the altering of this album by inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: worn lipstick, wilted violet, broken china, and fossilized amber.  These colors compliment each other well.


I inked (2) 12 x 12 sheets of watercolor paper. I also used the remaining loose ink to coordinate ribbon for this album. I heat set the inked watercolor papers and continued adding inks until I was happy with the end result.



I inked the Cowboy Boot foam stamp with black ink and stamped onto the inked watercolor paper. I love how crisp the stamping came out. The ink colors in the background peek through perfectly. I stamped the boot onto the second ink watercolor paper and then cut the boots out using scissors.



I trimmed one of the inked watercolor papers down to layering size and transferred a script to the watercolor paper using a stencil, Copic marker, and air compressor. I also tapped some broken china oxide ink onto the inked watercolor paper to accent the color combination. I used a heat tool to heat set the additional ink on the watercolor paper.


Layer the inked watercolor paper onto coordinating cardstock. Add ribbon and metal charm to the bottom of the watercolor and cardstock layer, and adhere to the front of the Insta Album. Add stamped cowboy boots to the album.


 I added coordinating flowers, heart pearl pins, Free Spirit charm and ribbon to the front of the Insta Album.


I absolutely loved working with the cowboy boot stamp. The 4 x 6 size of the boot was ideal for this altered project. The stamp that I used for this project can be found using the link below:

Cowboy Boot

Thanks so much visiting today.




Looking for art journaling techniques?

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If you are looking for art journaling techniques, you are in the right place!
Hi there! My name is Jenn DuBell and I am so excited to be a part of this new team! I have admired Rita Barakat’s artwork for a while now so I was excited when she announced her DT call and now I am truly honored that she has chosen me to be a part of it!
Today I am sharing my art journal layout called “Dreams in Circles”
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I had so much fun trying out Rita’s new stamps and stencils with several different art journaling techniques to see the endless possibilities! For this page I used Sweet Sisters Hearts face stencil. As a little tribute to Rita herself, I used watercolor pencils in hues of blue and purple to get the amazing hair color. I used pinks and peaches for her sweet little face and added some bright greens for her eyes.
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Next, on to the fun background of my page! I used some teal stencil paint through a bubble stencil and some sprays of pink and purple. I added the same teal paint to Rita’s Art Foamies Zen Doodle stamp and then a high impact white gel pen for highlights. For the circles, I used several acrylic paints in coordinating colors onto white cardstock with a Gelli plate and circle stencil. I then stamped them with Rita’s Whimsical Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic stamps.
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Next, I punched out circles in three different sizes and adhered them onto my pages, highlighting the outer edges with a black watercolor pencil and a water brush. I wanted to add some pops of red here and there so I used Dylusions paint pens. I also added a few white highlights to the bubbles and some wording. I enjoyed all the bright colors and watching how Rita’s creations come to life!
Here are some closer views. I just love the sweet faces you can create with Rita’s stencils and bright colors!
Here are the links to get Rita’s stamps and stencils!
 Thanks so much for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this layout.
Jenn DuBell

Periscope Hop!!!

Hey creatives!

I am so excited to be getting back to Periscope! And what a better way than a creative hop! SO if you are in need of crafty inspiration join us as we create live on periscope!!! Here is the line up – it is easier if you follow them all ahead of time! This is going to be fun!

The line up is from 9:30 am CST- 11:30 CDT CENTRAL Time –

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Thank you all who applied for the design team  – we are still going through the applications, so many fabulous creatives it’s going to be very hard to decide, so happy I don’t have to do this by myself! Have a great weekend and stay tuned!

Surprising ideas for Mixed Media!

Hey creatives! I recently tried some really fun products that created some surprising ideas for Mixed Media! Here I used CelluClay to create pointe shoes for my little ballerina! It’s instant paper mache, it adheres to any surface and all you have to do is mix it with water!  It was fairly easy to mix, add  as little or as much water to make it workable for you and shape  it. I made these little shoes and once they were completely dry they were solid -just as the hard as the tips of baby girls real shoes! I painted them with acrylic paint, added a little canvas paper to the backs(DCWV) and of course added glitter! I am loving it and to top it off I am so excited to share with you  a giveaway opportunity to win not only this but  a box of products from Activia!

So Activia generously donated some super fun goodies including the CelluClay for a giveaway that I will announce on Mixed media Mondays next Monday night on FaceBook! There is still time to enter but you must go to this post on  Instagram and find my giveaway post!  Another one of the products that they are including is Hearty Modeling Clay, I made a video for it below!

There are two more products in the giveaway and if you want to see then check out this post on my FaceBook page! These products are so versatile that I knew I would come up with some unusual and surprising ideas for mixed media!  Like using them on a mixed media canvas? How about creating terrain with the CelluClay on a canvas? The Hearty clay can be  embossed, engraved, formed to make any shape or form! Why not make a mixed media canvas over a foam ball? You are only limited  by your imagination and Monday I will share a few more alternative ideas! Make sure you tune in!

Have you come up with any unusual or surprising ideas for mixed media? I would love to hear about it! Leave me a comment about it below!




You can make art!

IMG_0135 Today I have a quick video for ya! A little work in progress! Have you every had a quote or scripture jump out at you and you wanted to remember it?  An easy way to do that is paint it! As soon as I read this, I knew this was the picture I wanted to paint. Now I know what you’re thinking, what if I can’t draw? or what if I hate my handwriting? No excuses! You can make art! Here are three alternatives to what I have done below.

I used various  watercolor mediums, the “crayons” are actually Neocolors in Chestnut and Flesh. The heart was painted with a Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Stick in Permanent Alizarin Crimson. I am painting on mixed- media paper from Strathmore.
But you can use whatever medium you have.  I drew my picture but you could find a stamp or stencil that would work. Or even find a a picture in a magazine and collage it!

Don’t like your handwriting? I used an app – Adobe Spark app on my iphone for the lettering! Another idea would be to use alphas and stick them on or type it up on your computer, print it and paste it into place! You can do this!

I hope this inspires you to do your own painting! I promise you can make art!

In other news I want to make sure you are watching me on Facebook Monday nights!  If you haven’t I am doing Mixed Media Mondays is where I do some type of tutorial, project, tip around Mixed-Media. The exciting part is that I have some fun sponsors lined up to give away prizes! The very first giveaway is from Activa! Check out their website  and meet me of FB Monday nights!

Creativaton – the people

It’s all about the peeps! Well I am back from Creativation and while there are many, many pics of new and fantastic products seen at the show I would be amiss if I didn’t also share about the people. If you didn’t see my instagram feed you may have missed the post with Mr. David Tutera! (He has designed a new line with Sizzix.) I will share that I let him know that baby girl is quite enamored with all his wedding dresses, decorations and makeovers! She is in love with all things David Tutera so imagine my surprise when I found out he was at the show! Of course I had to go over and take a pic!  I told him about baby girl and not only did we take a pic he sent a private video for baby girl! Imagine her surprise when he says her name right into the camera! She has played this video over and over and shared it with all her friends!  She was thrilled to say the least – talk about making someone’s day! Thats a star in my book! 😉

One of the best things about the show is meeting up with your friends, your peers, your tribe. These are my peeps, we may only see each other once a year, or every few years because we all live in different states- even countries but when we get together we pick right where we left off! I love my peeps! Today is all about my peeps, I will do another post about product and another  about products.
~me, Liza Sivek (we have been friends since High School!) Cheryl Boglioli (we met at CHA years ago and hit it off right away!love this girl!)
(This is probably the one place in the world where nobody looks twice just because of your hair color!LOL)

~Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Cherish Flieder, me (chatty online and finally met in person!)

~Trish Cortez, Lynda Kanase, David Tutera, me, Gail Green – instant friends! Such a pleasure to meet these ladies and of coure David Tutera!

The Designers that attended the Designer Section Meeting! No goofing around here! LOL
We had such a good time! These ladies are all amazing designers! (And many were missed too!)

~Julia Sanvoss and myself in the Therm O Web booth, this lady is gorgoeus inside and out!

~Cathy Andronicou and myself in the Chameleon booth – one of these days Cathy is going to get me to work with these stunning pens!

The very sweet Shalini Mittal, thank you  <3

e & mitkamir

Dana Joy!  We met on periscope! How awesome is that? She is just as lovely in person!

me  &  Annette – Madsen Larsen

Me & Mettes1991

In the Art Foamies booth! Emmie (owner) is in the apron! Did you notice my pic on the wall with my new stamps!?!

Me & Betsy Burnett

It was a good show – and I didn’t take that many pics! There were so many other lovelies I saw and didn’t get pics with! Lots of drive by hugs with  Megan LLoyd, Seth Apter, Marjie Kemper and more!
My allergies were miserable in Phoenix and I wasn’t 100% when I left Texas in the first place!
We had a blast but it is good to be home! Stay tuned for part 2 of Creativation pics – Products and videos!

Blessings! Do you have friends that you can years without seeing
each other then pick up exactly where you left off?

Creativation or bust!

Hey friends well I am off today to Creativation trade show! See lots of details in my previous post; Where I’ll be if you are going, be sure to find me and say hello! I am excited to see old friends and some new ones too! I am super excited to share even more stamps with my designs from Art Foamies so be checking Instagram and FB to know when and where to watch! Anywho this girlis headed out so stay tuned friends!