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January Art Journal - 2018 Goals

As many of you do, I decided to create some Crafty goals for 2018. I don't typically do resolutions, more things I want to learn or accomplish.  My art has become very important to me. It is a way to express myself and relax.  I love learning new techniques and sharing my journey.

If you would like to see my process, I have linked my video below. 

I decided to document my crafty goals for 2018. This seemed like a good place to start.

One of my goals this year is to use my crafty supplies. I find I am very good at buying the products, but many times I find I don't use them enough.  The paint that I used for my background is from Prima and I purchased these over a month ago.  I love the results that I got.

The stamp set I am using is from STAMPlorations. It has some great quotes about Creating and was a perfect stamp set for my first goal.

By doing my monthly series, I hope to continue to share my art on my you tube channel. If you haven't subscribed yet, I would love to have you…

Valentine Flip Book

Hi everyone! Need a project for Valentine's Day? Well let me share you mine and if this looks like something you might want to try, hop on over to  my You Tube link (below) to get dimensions for this fun book.

To get a closer look at this book and the dimensions and "How to" instructions, check out my video below. 

I started out with some heavy red card stock and some Valentine papers from Canvas Corp Brands.

I added some ribbon before adhering my top and back panels so that my book would close.

Precision cutting is really the key. My Tim Holtz paper trimmer works great for this. 

I think decorating the book is my favorite part.  You can use your own pictures, or fun ephemera as I did here. 

With so many pages, you can have pages that house pictures using pockets or belly bands. You can also create pages for journaling or fun pockets to store memorabilia. 

I typically have several pages for journaling. If you are giving this as a gift, you can write your own personal message. 


CCB - Good for the Creative Soul - Music

Hello friends! What of the best things I love about creating is there are no rules and no limits. To test our creativity this year, the CCB Crew will be thinking outside of the box, and trying new products and designs.  

Our theme for January is Music.  I decided to create a mini junque journal using the Architextures Garage Junque Paque.  These junque packs are awesome and come in a variety of themes.

I used the Eileen Hull Passport Book die cut for this design. A list of all the products to create this book is listed below.

For my cover, I used one of the images from the 12x12 Gypsy Moments collection. I used some of the elements from the Architextures Garage Junque Pack for the binding. 

For the pages, I used some vintage music sheets along with some white lined card stock that can be used for journaling.  I also added 6 mixed media Origins pages which can be used to add mixed media embellishments.  

To bind the book, I used threads from a burlap square.  As a final touch, I added 3 sti…

Miss You!

Hello everyone! I am back from my travels abroad and here today to share with you a card I made coming back from my travels. Many of you may know that I have two little Dachshunds and they stayed behind while I traveled. 

While they were well cared for by my son, I sure missed those little pooches so I thought I would create a card to let them know that!

This dachshund image is from I brake for Stamps and I was so thrilled when I found it in the shop! I Created a little background scene using a picket fence die cut.  I created the background using the Numbers Background and added a little tag that reads "Miss You"!

While I enjoyed my travels, I must say, I am very happy to be home and creating again!

Don't forget you can get 10% off your purchase over at I brake for stamps using my coupon code SAVE10MONCA.

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Stocking up on Masculine Cards

The start of the new year is always a great time to make a list of birthdays you don't want to forget during the year. For many of us card makers, we usually have a card on hand that will work for a female, it is the masculine cards we are sometimes lacking in.
Today I am sharing with you a card I created using the Wood Background stamp set from I Brake for Stamps

The background stamp was a great start to this masculine card I created using lost of elements. Let me tell you what I did.

To begin, I stamped a 4.25" x 5" piece of white card stock with the Wood background stamp using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. I then found some script paper and tore it diagonally and adhered it to the wood grain stamped background. I added some black soot distress crayon to the torn edge.

I Then took the background inserts of one of my tim holtz packages and cut it down to 4.75" x 6.75" and added some washi tape to it. I then took a paper distresser and frayed the edges.
At this…

Reflection of Time

With the start of a new year, many of us often reflect back to the previous year. We take some time to relax after the holiday hustle and bustle, make new year's resolutions, buy brand new calendars and start to plan the new year. 

For the challenge this month, our theme is "lace/Lazy..". We want you to take some time to show us what this means to you. It can be any type of project, just create!

For my project, I created a birthday card for a friend that was celebrating a milestone birthday. Milestone birthdays are often times we reflect back on our lives. For my focal point, I chose to use the Architextures™ Treasures - Tarnished Silver Mirror.  Let me walk you through my process. 

Whenever I am designing a card, I am not always sure what I will use. I typically gather supplies which may or may not fit the theme and let my inspiration guide me. 

I cut out a piece of cardstock from the 7gypsies Gypsy Seamstress: 12x12 Patterns measuring 4.5" x 6.5". I then frayed t…