Shadow Embossing

Sadly I’ve had a need for a lot of sympathy cards lately and wanted to find something simple that I could mass produce.  Watching she made the perfect sympathy card with a technique I really enjoy – heat embossing!  Here’s her video-  Here’s my card.


Using Serene Silloutte stamp set you first stamp a brown layer and then using Versa mark you stamp slightly over and to the side of the brown layer. Using a Stampamajig is definitely a must on this one.  Then you heat emboss white powder. Then by sponging the brown color over and around the two images you really bring out the shadow effect.  I used Chocolate Chip only because I thought it was softer.

I hink this card has SO many possibilities and Dawn references that in her video.  Color combinations and themes are endless!  I hope you give the shadow effect technique a try!

Have a Magical day!


Have you tried the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons yet?

Did you see Tim Holtz display these new Distress Crayons at CHA 2016?  Here’s a video from

I’ve been watching many videos and even taken a workshop on these crayons to figure out what they are and how they work.  Right now I’d say they have similar qualities to a Gelato stick but they’re not as fluid for watercoloring.  I also think they don’t move as nicely with your finger as Gelatos do but I really like that you can coloring a background, but a distress ink over them, do a water splattering and the crayon colors won’t be effected underneath.

I had mentioned going to a workshop where we had created the March Tim Holtz tag specifically using the crayons.  Here’s my tag



I used the set that was more deep Fall colors and moved the colors around with my fingers. I didn’t feel they blended well so we added water and it did better but not perfect.  I have to say I really like the way these crayons work, a lot like Gelatos.


I definitely recommend if you like water coloring that you give these crayons a try.

hope this inspires you! Have a magical day!


Mission Inspiration : April

For those of you who haven’t been following Mike Deakin’s Mission Inspiration, here is this month’s video –

I highly recommend this challenge not just for art journals but cards,  ATC (artist trading cards), canvas – the media is limitless!  Here are the steps:


This month I’ve decided to do a Disney theme – I know shocking right!  When MD graduates next year the entire and extended family is going to Disney to celebrate her graduation.  With all the renovations constantly popping up on the news, let’s just say I’m missing Mickey!  Here’s what I came up with:


Im not going to go step by step, but I’m going to highlight some areas to inspire you to create your Mission Inspiration!

Step #1 – I went out to the Internet and thru my Disney stash and found some pictures of the Disney park maps!  What other background could be used but the four parks themselves!

Step #5 – I again went out to the Internet and pulled a bunch of historic Disney tickets.  I was inspired by Mike’s antique feeling on his page and I’m currently reading Ridley Pearson second Kingdom Keeper series The Return, so I thought I’d bring the old Disney back.

I love this page.  A true omage to Disney.  Did you notice that I made my own Mickey head stencil for the molding paste step! Yup those are homemade Mickeys!

Hopefully this will inspire you to have a Magical day!



Amazing Race Art Journaling – CHINA

Ive joined this great group on Facebook called Amazing Race Art Journal Challenge Group where they will be giving us a country to make an art journal page and then throwing in a detour during the week.  This week is China!

So I scanned through the Internet and the images they provided.  Then I thought when I think of China what comes to mind – panda, cherry blossoms, red envelope!  Here’s my page!


I realized doing this that I wanted to respect each country showing a map, flag and something positive in the country’s language on each page. I love how this page came out. Everything I enjoy about China!

Oh the detour – DRAGONS! Well I ended up doing this page at the end of the week so the detour I knew I could slip in, so I added a dragon to the red envelope.

I cant wait to see the next country!

Have a Magical day!


Camping PenPal

For those of you who don’t know I’m the Camping Coordinator for my Girl Scout service unit (city).  Every other year, with my camping committee I plan a Camporee (a themed camping event) and on the off years we plan a camping event (troop camping) for the entire service unit.  Throughout the year I continue to promote camping and getting outdoor.

Occasionally I have leaders or scouts who aren’t comfortable with camping and sometimes I find leaders and scouts who LOVE being outdoor.  Last week a Brownie scout – 2nd grader – sent me a card that she stamped with her grandmother (who is her leader) and inside was the nicest words about how excited she is about going camping in June. It was so inspiring to read her excitement about our upcoming service unit camping event, I had to send her a card back!

Here’s the card I sent.


Using the Great Outdoor stamp set I found a cool picture on Pinterest that inspired me. I wanted the card to be a frame of all the fun we’re going to have camping!  I love how this card came out and can’t wait for my pen pal to send me a response!

With all the nice weather we’ve been having I hope you’re getting outside!  Have a Magical day!


Hey look it’s snowing -again!

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been SO long since my last post.  Things have been very crazy here at the LALA household. MD got her license, we are doing college tours, J’s had health issues, my grandmother passed away, it’s Girl Scout cookie season and I’ve been working horrendous hours for work.  However I was able to get downstairs to the craft cave and work on  few things.

First today is Sunday April 3rd and this is what I woke up to outside my window.


Yes, it’s snowing again in New England!  It’s not supposed to dump a ton of volume, but it’s enough to be annoying.  The last time we had snow in April was a blizzard on April 1, 1997. I remember it well because we had just taken the gutters off our newly purchased house to put up vinyl siding.  Let’s just say the water in the basement was over my ankles.  Not a great memory.

However your not here to hear about bad memories, you’re here to make good ones!  I was fortunate enough to receive Stampin Up’s What I Love set free during Sale-A-Bration last month.image

This stamp set is the perfect answer to a simple double or triple stamp.  This means each of the three flower stamps at the bottom can be stamped using a different color or the same color at different volumes.  By adding the different colors you create a shading or texture effect to the flower.  I found some amazing color combinations out on the Internet.  Here’s one I’ve been using.  This sheet shows you the different color combos you can use to create the desired effect.  I wish I could tell you where I got it but I can’t remember.


I knew I needed to send some cards for birthday and inspiration, so I searched my sources (Pinterest and YouTube) for ideas.  I came across a video from LaQuita at for her March thank you stay I thought were perfect.  Here’s a link to her blog with all the dimensions and a link to the video.

I’m just learning about the multi step stamps so let’s just say I’m not perfect, but here’s the card I made.  I used Island Indigo instead of the blue she used and I used Timeless Treasures with Smoky Slate for the detail on the base of the card.  I love it. Yes I did fussy cut that center flower and actually it wasn’t that difficult to cut. I hate fussing cutting!


I actually made 4 of these cards, it was so easy, I was actually encouraged to make anger style card with the same set.


This card challenged my layering side.  Stamping directly on the base – scary! However I liked the effect.  I used Elegant Eggplant only and got the shaded effect by stamping off with the second stamp before Stampin it on the card. Love the color combination.

I still haven’t made my inspirational cards yet, but I hope these cards inspire you to make your April birthday cards!  My struggle is always the mailing!

Have a Magical Day!


Mixed Media Morsel Technique #5

Mixed Media Morsel Technique #5 – Tissue Paper

Well I love using tissue paper, it has SO many uses!  This technique was fun and a great way to create a background.

Take a piece of tissue paper and crumble it up.  Glue it down on page allowing  spacer to wrinkle as much as possible.  Dry.

Paint the page and dry.

Then using a contrasting ink pad lightly drag it across the page to color the wrinkles.


First thing I learned about this technique, DONT try to seal this page with Gel Medium or Mod Podge because it smears the ink as you can see here.  I like the crackle look this creates.

I can wait to see the color combinations you come up with.

Have a Magical day!



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