Tag Archives: Mixed Media

Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe

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Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe: Nativity and Woodland Scene Mixed Media Cards

Hello, Friends!  I spent a delightful afternoon in the studio creating cards with Spellbinders Simon Hurley Snow Globe Dies.  My friends at Spellbinders sent me two sets to play with: Nativity and Woodland Scene.  Let me tell you: these dies are fabulous!  I did not have the snow globe die itself, but the elements in these two sets make beautiful cards all on their own. I thought you might enjoy seeing  how I spent a rainy Saturday playing with these two die sets.

Nativity Snow Globe Card

Is this not the sweetest Nativity scene?  It is beautiful in its simplicity and easily adapts to mixed media use.  Here are some tips for working with these dies.

  • First, a magnetic sheet is a MUST to prevent the loss of the many itty bitty pieces in this set.
  • Next, die cut a “base” for the shapes out of heavy cardstock.  I used Spellbinders Dune because it is a great color for hands and faces. ,
  • Then, cut the robes from scraps of colored cardstock.  I used two shades of blue, then cut along the engraving lines and layered as you see in the photo.
  • Create a realistic looking setting by adding Spanish Moss to the base of the manger.
  • Add gems to the Star of Bethlehem and the night sky to create extra sparkle.
  • Die cut a frame from Spellbinders  APG Callista Rectangle Dies.  This helps the small images to stand out.
  • Finally, create a background scene by layering elements from Stamperia Patchwork Christmas papers.
A Peek Inside

Finishing the interior of this card was as fun as creating the card cover, but then that is usually the case for me.

I die cut a circle image, backed with a cardstock circle and stitched up a little ornament tag.  Chocolate, Christmas tea, and a candy cane turn this card into a gift.

Simon Hurley Snow Globe Woodland Scene

The Woodland Scene dies are dreamy to work with.  Growing up in New England, the snow and sky turn the same shade of blue at dusk.  I tried to capture the serenity and beauty of that childhood memory in this mixed media card front.

Once again, I die cut the trees, deer, and bunny rabbit from scraps of kraft cardstock.  Then I die cut a second set using scraps of my patterned paper.  To simulate snow, I die cut the  pine tree cover from Spellbinders specialty paper which I’ve linked below.

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Creating the background on this card was so much fun.  I cut a 7 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of scrap cardstock.  Then I layered torn bits of my patterned paper over that panel. This used up a lot of small bits and bobs of the paper collection, which always makes me happy.

But, the colors were much brighter than I wanted.  So I pulled out some gesso and lightly brushed it over the entire panel.  Follow this up with a light swipe from a damp sponge and you end up with the perfectly muted background you see here.  Then I dipped my brush into a tiny bit of Glamour Gel and brushed that over the surface to create a bit of shimmer.  Finally, stitch the panel to a 7 1/2″ x 4″ panel of cream cardstock and adhere to the 7 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ card base.

A Peek Inside

Turn your greeting card into a gift by adding pockets.

Tuck a Christmas tea bag into the tag pocket, and create a little 3 3/4″ square folio/gift card wallet from scraps.

Tuck this into the pocket along with a honey stick, and you’ve got a really sweet little gift that’s pretty enough to set out as home decor.

These tiny dies would make gorgeous gift tags, too.  I may have to work some up so you can see how that would work.

You’ll find a linked supply list below t his post.

I hope you are enjoying a joyful and creative weekend!




Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2023 Blog Hop

Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2023 Blog Hop:  Thanksgiving Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2023 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s lovely blog.  The theme for this month’s hop is Thanksgiving or Autumn colors.  That’s one of my favorite themes, and I had a wonderful time  adding all sorts of RRR trims and posies to this 6×6 easel card.

Copper Satin Ribbon with a Gold Metallic Edge is the perfect partner for this autumn  extravaganza.  Topped with Gold Metallic String and a sweet little acorn button, it sets the tone for a rich time spent with friends and family.

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Fall flowers are some of the prettiest blooms of the year, so I loaded up this card with bunches of Mixed Earth Tone Magnolias, Chrysanthemums and 25mm Cottage Roses from the RRR shop.  Chipboard accents (listed below) from Reneabouquets lovely shop turn this card into a fall home decor piece.

A Peek Inside

The stopper on this easel card is actually a pocket.  Create a border at the top of the pocket with the same Copper Satin Ribbon to add extra texture and shine to the card design.

A little Pumpkin Spice Tea Wallet and honey stick  in the pocket turns this card into a gift.  It’s the perfect way to send a little love to far away family members or to thank a thoughtful hostess.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my teammate Cheryl has prepared for you.  Then finish up the hop over on the RRR Blog so you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and enter the drawing for a $10 Gift Certificate and the Digital Stamp Set of your choice.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping, friends!




Carta Bella Welcome Fall Shaped Tag Tea Party

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Carta Bella Welcome Fall Shaped Tag Tea Party with Reneabouquets & Heartfelt Creations Tag

Hello, Friends!  Would you like to learn how to make this adorable Carta Bella Welcome Fall Shaped Tag Tea Party in a Box?  Well, you’re in luck because that is our Throwback Thursday Tutorial this week.  I woke up wondering what to make with y’all and decided it would be fun to make a tag.  And then I thought, oooh…a tag book.  Next thing I knew I had my Heartfelt Creations Tag Album Dies, Reneabouquets goodies, mixed media supplies and pretty papers all over my desk.  That’s how the process works, my friends.  I just go where the inspiration takes me!

Mixed Media Layered Pumpkin

My favorite element on this tag is this mixed media layered pumpkin.  I started with a plain white Reneabouquets Beautiful Board pumpkin. Here’s how that came together:

  •   First, I layer scraps of  designer papers over the solid pumpkin background.
  • Then I  trim the overhang and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, dab embossing ink randomly over the paper and sprinkle with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture.  Heat emboss.
  • Now apply Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Inks directly to the open pumpkin overlay.
  • Sprinkle with Seth Apter Beeswax Baked Texture and heat emboss.
  • Follow the same procedure with the fancy leaves tuck ins, only color with Gathered Twigs and heat emboss with Taos Sunset Baked Enamel.
  • Make a “nest” with Spanish moss and straw, adhere feathers, twine bow and button to the stem and sprinkle liberally with green peppercorns and mustard seeds.
  • Vintage buttons make a great accent on the domed edges.
Magnetic Flap Opening

The cool thing about this Shaped Tag Die is the fact that it can be used as a shaped magnetic closure.  I’ll show you how to do that in the tutorial.  I could not resist adding a little fall dangle charm to the spine.  Cute, right?

Here’s what the mixed media cover looks like when you open that magnetic flap.

And here’s a peek at the inside spread.  This clever die makes a great box pocket, too!

I was pleasantly surprised that I could fit all these goodies into the pocket.

There’s even a little 3  1/4″ x 4 1/4″ note card/tea wallet!  This was a very fun crafty adventure, my friends!

Carta Bella Welcome Fall Shaped Tag Tea Party in a Box Video Tutorial

Would you like to see this sweet little project come together?  Then please enjoy this video tutorial.


Fall makes me so happy!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in a Box

Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in a Box Tutorial Part 1

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m starting a two-part tutorial for this Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in  Box project.  We’ll make the altered book box today, then on Thursday we’ll make the mini album to go inside.

A Walk in the Autumn Woods

Growing up in Vermont, our family would often go for a weekend walk in the autumn woods. With a blazing blue sky over our heads, crunchy leaves under our feet and brilliant fall colors all around us, it was like taking a walk in Heaven.  Leaves gently floated down to the ground as light breezes blew, and you could hear the sound of tiny creatures scurrying around under the cover of pine needles and fallen foliage.

When I saw this paper collection, it took me right back to those glorious rambling adventures, and I could not resist adding this collection to the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.

Mixed Media Prep

Speaking of the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, that’s where I found this Papier Mache book box.  I think I picked it up at a yard sale some time ago for a few pennies and tucked it away until inspiration came knocking.  And it did knock, eventually!

This mixed media adventure began by painting the edges of the box (inside and out) with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.  Each step in this process takes a few minutes longer than usual, because you have to let each color of paint dry before you move to the next one. Here’s the  process:

  • First, paint all the edges and corners inside and out with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.
  • Next, paint a smaller section of the edges and corners with Antique Bronze Distress Paint. Brush the section of the box that would be the gilt “page ends” with a more generous coat.
  • Now, randomly dry brush the edges with Ancient Brass Distress Paint.  Use an old, stiff paint brush on the page ends to create the illusion of page ends.
  • Let everything dry thoroughly, then apply Ground Espresso Distress Ink to the cover, spine and back cover.
  • Apply Prima Clear Gesso to the covers, spine and page ends (the sides).
  • Let everything dry thoroughly.
Cover Art Prep

Stitch a 4 3/4″ x 7″ panel of the green plaid paper to a 5 1/8″ x 7 3/8″ panel of the orange ledger pattern. Distress the edges and ink with Ground Espresso.

Fussy cut the images and small leaves, etc. to cluster around the squirrel and the window.

You can watch this process in this YouTube video;


I’ll be back on Thursday with a tutorial for an easy to make mini album to tuck inside the box.

Do you like this paper collection as much as I do?  Working with it is making me very happy!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




P13 Sea la Vie Mixed Media Collage

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P13 Sea la Vie Mixed Media Collage Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  Would you like to join me down by the sea for this P13 Sea la Vie Mixed Media Collage Tutorial?  We can dig our toes into the sand, let the beach breeze blow the cobwebs out of our brain, and maybe even pick up a few treasures as we stroll along the shore.  Can’t make it to the beach today?  Me, either!  But playing with beachy papers is the next best thing!  We’re going to have loads of fun together anyway as we create this lovely wall hanging.

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When I spied this collection back in February, I knew I had to add it to my stash!  It combines two of my favorite things: a beachy theme and a red, white and blue color palette.  The papers arrived last week, and I could not wait to pull out my fussy cutting scissors and get busy!  This 6″ x 8″ mixed media collage was the end result.

Lighthouse by the Sea

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Lighthouses always win my heart…and this image with the keeper’s cottage at its base is so dreamy and delightful.  I’ve nestled it amidst some pretty blue flowers that I dry brushed with white chalk paint, scattered shells and soaring sea gulls.  (OK…true confession…these are not seagulls.  They are doves.  But we can pretend, can’t we? )

Salt-Sprayed Seahorse

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Spattered white chalk paint lends the illusion of salt spray on this handsome seahorse.  In the video tutorial, you’ll get to see how I layered all these elements together to create a sense of depth and dimension.

A Bottle Full of Shells

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Real sea shells and sea sand draw the eye to this sweet little bottle of shells that I tucked into the collage.  Don’t you just love a red, white and blue beach collection?

YouTube Video

If you’d like to see how the layers and elements of this collage were put together, I hope you’ll  enjoy this YouTube video.

I hope this Make & Take Tuesday tutorial was fun and refreshing .  I know I enjoyed making it!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!