Art Journal: SisStars Do small things with great love - AALL & Create

Hi and happy winter Solstice! With the holidays and new year nearly upon us, it's time to spend with friends and family to deepen the bond we have with them during this time of festivities and renewal. I have an art journal page to share with you which I have dedicated to my sisters, or as I like to call them, my SisSTARS because they definitely have a bright shining spot in my heart. I've used AALL & Create products for this and I'll share the process of making the journal spread with you now. 

So in my project last week I showed you how I used the numerical circles from set #110 to make a season themed card. Since I only used a portion of the stamp, I also cut out circles and leafs with punches to use in this project. I also cut out the fern, but alas that didn't fit into the journal spread this time. Good to have for another project :) 

I started with gluing the circular and leaf pattern down randomly on the pages in my junk journal with matte medium. Some aria's have been embossed with copper embossing powder so that will have some extra texture. 

I applied some gesso over it and then raked the edge of a plastic knife through the gesso for some interesting texture. When that dried I applied modeling paste through the Lotz of Dotz stencil #39 over some empty spots. The teeny tiny dot pattern also remind me of stars. Now to add some color. 

I took my small foam brayer and a few cool blue colors, ranging from light to dark to add depth and contrast on the pages. Then to add color under the stenciled aria's I used some home made shimmer sprays from Cosmic Shimmer and Lindy's Gang.
I used some darker grey colors like pewter (cosmic shimmer) and black forest (Lindy's gang) and made sure that the most of the white was saturated with color. To get more of the contrast back I traced the patterns with a blue Stabilo all pencil & activated them with water to get the shading going. I also stamped the grungy flower of set 123 randomly over the page. I left it to rest and took

The next day I added a deeper layer of color over the page and some scribbles & sayings like Pinky Swear, Keep your promises always, stay grounded in gratitude and a few others to signify the sisterly bond. The word stars is a die cut from DieNamics and cut out of starry scrap book paper. I used black forest ink to darken the background and white to highlight the word. The image of the sisters are from Tim Holtz vintage people pack. To ground them I added hemp twine and a skelleton leaf. The text stamp is from set 123 as well and I stamped it on a contrasting color to make it pop out more. 

I definitely love how this turned out as an hommage to my lovely SisStars. 

These are the products I used: 

This is also my last project as Guest Designer for AALL& Create. Thanks to Autour de Mwa for inviting  me on board these past months, I really appreciate it and enjoyed working with the products. You can find the stockist HERE and be sure to check out the newly released collection of December for another array of great designs :)

Thank you all for stopping by today. I really appreciate the support you all have given me here and over at my other social channels over the year. Thank you, you're all STARS for sure! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and transition to the new year. May you spend it with the people you hold dear.

See you in the new year!


Celebrate the season - AALL & Create

It's halfway through december and holiday preparations are in full swing. I wanted to show that you can create a card for the holidays without needing explicit themed stamps and I am using wonderful products from AALL & Create for this project. 

It's all about color and perception.  Adding the green and red colors through the lotz of dotz #39 stencil in the background makes it festive for the season. 

The circular patterns on stamp set 120 are really fun to use on their own and I embossed them with copper, cut them out and colored them with very bright yellow gold watercolors. I enhanced the edges with a metallic wink of luna marker in copper & extra accents with a white gel pen.

I then adhered them to the card with pop up dots. Stamping the flower stem of set 123 makes them look like lovely hanging ornaments.
I added some accents with ranger liquid pearls and the sentiment celebrate is a die cut from Tim Holtz Alterations. 

I'm very pleased how the finished card looks. 

Products used: 

You can find the stockist list at the boutique HERE

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful festive season. 


Art Journal: Blossom - AALL & Create

It's saturday and that means I have another project to share with you using wonderful AALL & Create products. This time I made this art journal page using a lot of texture and elements to create a deep rich mixed media page. let me tell you how I made it. 

I started off by stamping this gorgeous girl image from set 127 by Katy Paltridge on a piece of book paper that had excess paint on. I gessoed the text part & stamped with Versafine black to get a crisp imprint. 

Here I have stamped the flower multiple times from set 123 by Tracy Evans on a piece of gelli printed paper and cut then out to include in the art journal at a later point. First I had to incorporate the stamped image into the art journal. 

I have glued the book page and several text and music clippings to my art journal page to create more texture and layers. 

Then I added gesso, white and gold over the collaged elements and stamped bits of set 120 with Staz on stone gray over the page for some cohesion. 

To add more interest to the page I took stencil 41 Mickle Muckle and added white crackle paste through it. Under the layers I also glued on some different fiber fabrics to add to the deverse texture. I had let this dry really well before applying color on it. 

So the next step was applying color and I used a variety of mediums for that: Lindy's Sprays, finnabair metallic paints, perfect pearl metallics for the "Frame" and the girl's face is accentuated with watercolors. 

Because the book page was treated with gesso, it took the watercolor really well. I just applied bits of color to the face for accents and shadows, and made sure you could see the book text shine through it still. I really love how dreamy she looks here. 

And now onto adding the flower elements that covers the open spot on the side. Glued them in the middle onto the page so the stand out a little. The color in the flowers also come back in the background of the page. I also stamped a bit of texture and text in the background to have more interest. And decided the bottom part needed to stand out a bit more too. 

So stamped and cut out the word bloom from set 120 and another flower to "ground" it. 
As a last step I added some white splatters all over the page and created a scribble border with acrylic paint marker. 

I absolutely LOVE how this journal page turned out and glad the idea I had in my head worked out like it did :) This page reminds me a lot of sping and it's my second fave season, or well it's a tie actually with autumn. I'm linking this to my friends's challenge Art Journal Journey with the theme of My fave season.  

The products I used: 

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Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Art Journal: Autumn Memories - CSTIMI

The weather is getting colder and my fave season has almost ended. When I went for a walk on a beautiful bright autumn day a few weeks ago, I found a gorgeous leaf in beautiful vibrant colors which I decided to take home. I wanted to incorporate it in an art journal page as an ode to my fave season. The leaf is portraying so many fall colors which reminded me of my favorite Lindy’s Magicals set Autumn Leaves.

It became the starting point of this art journal page. I also wanted to use a couple of my favorite StencilGirl® Products stencils and Viva Las VegaStamp! mixed media stamps. You'll find a list of products used at the end of the post 

While I was making this page I also had the camera running so you can watch the video tutorial of it here 

Below are a few close up pictures

TIP: when you dry the modeling paste to the touch you can stamp in there to create some fun textures in the paste. Just make sure your stamp is wet (just spray on some water) so the paste doesn’t stick too much on your stamp.

Products used: 

Mediums: white gesso, white crackle paste and black modeling paste from DecoART media
Pigment powders & color sprays from Lindy's Gang: Lindy’s Magicals set Autumn Leaves. Moon shadow mists: Bluebeard blue violet, Buccaneer Bay blue and Smoky Sapphire And from the Industrial chic set : Shabby Turbine teal and Steampunk sepia. 
Others: Stamping ink from Staz-On, Distress crayon in chipped sapphire, skelleton leafs, hemp twine, Tim Holtz word stickers, Dina Wakley rosy paint, miniature foam roller. 

This is was an ode to my favorite season and I hope it inspired you to play along with our last Craft Stamper challenge of the year. All you have to do is link up a new project in which you have incorporated stamping. You are then in the running for fab prizes and you could even have your work featured in the magazine :) Also check out the current Art Call where reader submissions are requested for certain themed projects for the magazine. 

I'm also entering this art journal page to Art Journal Journey with the theme of My favorite season. Fantastic theme as always and I've been really enjoying playing along with the challenges this year! Looking forward to see what next year themes will be :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


From the bottom of my heart - AALL & Create

Hi all, thank you for stopping by my blog today. I have a card made with a gorgeous stamp set from AALL & Create which I wanted to share with you today. This gorgeous flowers blooming from the heart is a stamp from set #138 by Olga Heldwein and I used an emboss resist technique. 

I started off by stamping the image with versamark on watercolor paper and I have embossed is with white embossing powder. 

The I sprinkled some pigment powder - color Kathrynwheel by Nuvo - and spritzed water over it. You can see the gorgeous color appear and notice how the embossed aria's resist the pigment. 
I added more pigment until I was satisfied with the color and dried with my heat tool, being careful not to over heat the embossed part. 

This is the base of my card, which I then trimmed & matted onto black card stock. I love how you can see the color nuances of the powders in the flowers. 

Before matting it onto black cardstock I took black soot distress oxide and a blending tool and went around the edges. Then splattered some water and copper distress stain over it. I also enhanced a bit of the flower pattern with a Tombow marker in Merlot to give the image a bit of shading. All the edges are gilded with the bronze distress stain and the sentiment is also from the same set & I white embossed it on black cardstock & adhered with foam tape.  

It's a card you can sent to someone to express your heartfelt emotions; to say thanks, to say that you care, to let them know they are loved... all from the bottom of your heart, which then blooms expressively and vibrantly with love.
Hope you liked seeing this project with gorgeous AALL & Create stamps. Please visit their boutique to shop online or to see where you can get these stamps from their many stockists world wide. 

Products used:
Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!