Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Merry Christmas

Here's a page featuring the new Snowflake 3D Shimmer, which lights up at the touch of a button! I have also used some gorgeous Christmas papers, and various stickers. The sweater stickers, red glittered paper, and adorable gingerbread men really made me smile, and remember all the wonderful Christmas times I've had with family.  The photo is of my son sledding on Long Island, New York. There's not a lot of snow where I live now in Houston, so this was a pretty exciting day for everyone!

Supplies Used:

To make this layout I put a piece of foam core board underneath the photo with mat,to give it some dimension. It also leaves space to tuck flowers and things into. I put the 3D Shimmer snowflake on, then the acetate snowflakes,Gingerbread, and Ugly Sweater Stickers. 

To create more texture I applied gesso, gold lace, antique glass glitter, microbeads,a reindeer die cut,flowers, leaves, a chain, and charms. I rubbed on pearl mica powder on top of the gesso, and gold mica powder on the edges of almost everything.

I painted some areas with cobalt blue water color, and used aqua and bark colored watercolor pencil in others. I used a frost spray on a piece of memory glass, you can see it to the right of the photo.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, October 3, 2016


Do you love color? I do, and here's a page that I think shows it. I used the beautiful Door to Atlantis Colorways paper from Paper House as my background for this project. I love how the paper creates a soft and peaceful mood . I found it hard to put anything on the gorgeous detail of these doors, but I plan on using the other piece I have for the cover of an art journal. 

Supplies Used:

To make this layout I sponged on gesso to prepare the background for the paint and textures I planned to use. I put the photo on watercolor paper with some foam core board in between to add dimension. I applied texture paste with a stencil, brushed on a layer of watercolors, then randomly dabbed on gold mica powder with my finger. I added more paint, and penciled in some areas with watercolor pencils. I glued on micro beads with glossy accents, and dabbed on another layer of mica.

I drew out some of the colors and details of the photo onto the paper behind it, and also used a blue butterfly to add visual interest.

I love the shimmery Gatsy Accent Pack pieces!

I used glass glitter, tulle,and a stamped peacock image, for more texture. Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Just Breathe

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a card using a stunningly realistic photo of lavender by Paper House. Purple is one of my favorite colors, and lavender is just one type of bloom in that color that I've planted in my yard. I love both the fragrance ,and the appearance of it. 

Supplies Used:

                              To make this card I surrounded the flower image with a layer of gesso, the                                             glued on tulle, glitter, microbeads, pearls,rhinestones,glitter,sequins and some                                        small pieces of the Gatsby Accent Pack. I put some gesso on the texture in                                                  random areas. I brushed on metallic paint, a mix of mica powder and water,                          and oil pastels, on top of the gesso.                                                                 

        You can see how the background paper has the appearance of canvas.

  I put some ribbon on the back of the card to outline it.              

I like the contrast of the bling and the soft flowers.

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Peacock Feather

Happy Labor Day Paper House Fans! Melissa joining you today with an art journal page for you, using a stunning photo from the Emerald Colorways Collection. Check out the shimmering, iridescent colors of the peacock feather!. It inspired me to frame it with blues,greens, and lots of shine.

Supplies Used:

To make this page I used a 9 x 12 watercolor paper art journal.  I started by applying texture paste through a stencil. I splattered on layers of teal, purple, and gold with a brush, drying after each layer. I repeated this two more times, then misted with water.  I sponged on gesso randomly because the page seemed too busy. I applied a lot of things to create more texture: microbeads, seed beads, glass glitter, glitter glue, rhinestones, pearls, thread, mica flakes, and sequins.

I dry brushed gesso over the top of all the elements, and then painted with a teal color.

I put on some adorable frog and butterfly rub ons to create more visual interest.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Live Dreams Everyday

Hi everyone,Melissa here with a card I made inspired by 3 Marta Lapkowska videos. I started off just wanting to finally use some Tresors de Luxe lace I had, and I wanted to keep it simple.  I don't seem to be able to make something that way apparently!  I used watercolor paper,Prima flowers, Tim Holtz photos, Shimmerz paints, Inktense watercolor pencils, Winsor and Newton watercolors, and lots of gesso. 

I dug deep into my stash looking for stuff that I bought and haven't looked at in awhile. A little chipboard silver crown and heart by Tim Holtz, and the small pieces of purple lace by the flower cluster are by Prima, that I keep coming across in my drawers of doo dads.

The little gold cherub is from my sis, I had used it on another page about 3 years ago, I put some gold leaf on it, and the purple flower on the left is from Mary, Abbygirl on sb.com.

I also used mica flakes, glass glitter, glitter glue, wire chain, micro beads, regular glitter, Tim Holtz chat words, and more.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Wizard of Oz

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page for Paper House, featuring the beautiful new Wizard of Oz line! The images and colors used on the paper are inspirational, and fun to work with! 

Supplies Used:

To make this page I put the image onto watercolor paper, and gave it some dimension on the page by putting a piece of foam core board underneath it. I put on some texture paste with a stencil. Using crackle medium I glued on a strip of gauze around the picture.  To make a surface  to paint on, I covered the gauze with gesso, and sprinkled on gold micro beads. 

 I applied blue watercolor, then blue water soluble oil pastel. I added different shades of mica flakes, blue pearls, rhinesones,tulle, and beads, to add more texture.

 In random areas I rubbed on gold and pearl colored mica powder, and clear crackle texture paste.  I drew around some of the texture paste with a black watercolor pencil, and softened the lines with water. I applied black water color all around the image to try and get the crackle lines and other textures more visible.

Thank you so much for taking a look, and have a great day!