Monday, December 22, 2014

Our December story

Our December Story is unfolding sweetly... I'm not doing a December Daily album this year. But I am capturing our December moments in photos. And here's a layout with one such photo using the December Story Kit from October Afternoon. While this kit is designed for making December Daily albums, you can use the kit to create whatever you wish even if you don't have the time to create a full-fledged album of every day of December. Be sure to check it out. I think you will fall in love :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Here's a gift wrapping tutorial

Only 9 more days to Christmas!!!
I like to keep my holiday gift wraps simple and unique. Here are a couple of ways I'm wrapping my gifts this year.

For this project, you'll need:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Glaze
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® in the following colors: Red Cherry (Red set); Pistachio (Green set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Black # 199
Others: kraft wrapping paper, paint brush, pencil

Cut wrapping paper for the gifts you want to wrap. Wrap gifts and secure with wrapping paper with tape or stitch into packets.

Draw an oval on the wrapped surface with pencil. Following the outline of the oval, draw circles in various sizes with Red Cherry Gelatos color.

Draw leaves around the red circles with Pistachio Gelato color.

Use Glaze to blend and add shin to the colored design.

Write sentiment with Stamper's Big Brush pen.

Splatter some diluted gesso with paint brush to mimic snow.

Add some ribbon, label, tag, or candy cane to the wrapped gift to finish.

Have fun wrapping your gifts your way this year :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A blog hop project

Hey everyone, here's a holiday decor project as part of the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV Blog Hop.

For this project, you'll need:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Supplies:
Gel Medium
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Whipped Spackle
Palette Knife
Gelatos® in the following colors: Blueberry, Boysenberry (Blue)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Cobalt Green # 156 (Blue)
DCWV Winter in the Woods Stack
DCWV Christmas Creations Stack
shadow box (mine is upcycled from packaging)

Measure your box and attach two or three different patterned paper inside using gel medium.

Lay a stencil and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife to mimic falling snow.

Apply gesso to the inside and outside the shadowbox.

Cut out snowman from patterned paper and coat it with glass bead glitter gel.

Add some dimension to the snowman using Gelatos colors..

Cut an ornament out of patterned paper and add dimension by shading with Stamper's Big Brush pen.

Attach the pieces inside the shadowbox as shown.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and good luck for the hop :)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Staying busy with baby

Not exactly sure where a month went by... life with Jia is busy and beautiful. And quite exhausting as well.
I had scheduled all my blog posts till the last one ahead of time, before delivery. I wanted to keep the time open as much as possible so I can devote most of it to our new baby. This pregnancy wasn't easy. Still not quite up to social media or blogging or creating much for that matter. There are several post caesarian complications to deal with. Ton of emails and even messages and texts are to be read and answered. While I wanted to post here the very day she was born, obviously that was unrealistically ambitious. But here I am... finally posting about my new little girl Aaliya. We call her Jia, Jiabear, Jiapet and more and Nini and Om have grown up so much in the last few months. They help a lot by bringing me diapers, drinks, blankets, etc. Love how excited and proud they are of their baby sister. And I'm thankful.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Another Holiday card with Sizzix

Hi everyone! Here's another Holiday card tutorial  using Sizzix dies and embossing folders by Tim Holtz.

On this card,  I used:

DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paint Metallic Silver
Paint brush
Ranger Distress Ink pad: Peacock Feathers
Ranger Ink blending tool
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Metallic Gold

Start by diecutting the sentiments. Pick a Label die and place a block Holiday Word inside it on a standard cutting pad on top of the Magnetic Platform. Be sure to put the dies blade side up. The strong magnets of the platform hold the dies securely in place allowing you to get precision cuts. Layer cardstock on top of the dies and top it off with another standard cutting pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Big Shot machine.

Trim cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5" pieces. Place them inside Holiday Knits embossing folders. Place the folder between two cutting pads and lay it on the embossing tab of the multipurpose platform. Pass the sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. 

Lay Layered Snowflake die blade side up. Place cardstock on top. Put them between two standard cutting pads and run the sandwich through the Big Shot machine. To add beautiful embossed details, place the diecut snowflake inside the accompanying Texture Fade embossing folder. Put the folder between two cutting pads and place it on the embossing tab of the multipurpose platform. Pass the sandwich through the Big Shot machine.

With ink blending tool, apply Peacock Feathers Distress ink to the Holiday Knit embossed piece.

Color the smaller pinked circle label with DecoArt Metallic Silver Fluid Acrylic paint. Color the center of the bigger pinked circle with Adirondack Metallic Gold Acrylic paint. Mount the sentiment to the bigger label with foam tape to add dimension.

Color the embossed design on the layered snowflake with Adirondack Metallic Gold Acrylic paint.

Attach the Holiday Knit background piece to card front. With foam tape attach the snowflake on the top part of the card. With more foam tape, attach the layered sentiment labels at the center of the snowflake. Splatter gold paint across the card to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would be using some of these fun dies for your holiday crafting this year.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

New online workshops

I have two new online video workshops for you... I have worked on them with a lot of love over the past few months. Being pregnant and having my baby has put the launch of my online classes to the back burner a few times, but here they are now:
 And the second one:
You can watch the trailers by clicking the class links above. 
If you follow my blog, you can browse and see how I create detailed tutorials of projects. These video workshops take that to the next level. If you have never taken a class from me, I think this is a good place to start. If you have taken my workshops at Big Picture classes or another live event, you might enjoy these as the next step in our mixed media journey. You can find out more about these workshops and me right here. Please feel free to email me any questions you have about these workshops at and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Hope to have you in my classes :)

Monday, December 01, 2014

Take the Challenge, December 2014 at Design Memory Craft blog

Hi everyone, Mou here and welcome to the twelfth and final Take The Challenge of 2014!
If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
December is the season of gift giving. The challenge this month is to create any small handmade gift using your mixed media stash.  
Here's my take:
Here's a list of supplies I used:
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural accents: Gesso, Gel Medium, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Whipped Spackle
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Steampunk set
  • Others: paintbrush, stamp, fabric, canvas, punchinella, palette knife
Here are the steps:
Use Gel Medium to attach tissue to canvas.

Cut a design from fabric and attach to canvas with gel medium.

Coat parts of the canvas with gesso.

With palette knife, apply Whipped Spackle through punchinella.

Color around the image with Gelatos colors.
Apply a coat of Glass Bead Glitter Gel all over the canvas. Let dry thoroughly.

Add colors around the butterfly or the image you chose with Stamper's Big Brush pens.
Embellish with stamp. Cut a label shape from fabric and write a favorite word on it to finish.
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 12/12 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prizes for this challenge are: One Glass Bead Glitter Gel tub & one Mini Journal Board.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 12/15 to see if YOU won!
Good luck to all!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Give a small gift a glam look with Sizzix dies

Here's a quick little gift I made with Brenda Walton's newest Notepad Cover die.
You can find all the details on the Sizzix blog.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's a sketch for you
And a card

as well as some close-ups

Be sure to stop by the October Afternoon blog to get all the details.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Holiday card with Sizzix

Here's a Holiday card I made with Tim Holtz's newest Alterations dies and Texture Fades. You can find all the details on the Sizzix blog.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grateful for Family

Hi everyone, hope your Thanksgiving week is off to a beautiful start. I'm just so glad to have my family at home. Here's a d├ęcor piece that represents my feelings: I'm grateful for my family!
I used several different Tim Holtz products and upcycled some things from my stash to create this collage. Let me list them for you.
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Findings: Gumballs, Locket Keys, Word Bands, Word Keys
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fasteners: Jute Strings, Mini Fasteners
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paperie: Alpha Chips Elementary, Ephemera Pack Expedition, Found Relatives, Grungepaper, Label Letters
Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads: Barn Door, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Tarnished Brass, Worn Lipstick
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint: Rock Candy
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric: Neutral Subway Signs, Blue Ticking, Grey Basket
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snip Scissors
Tim Holtz Waterbrush
Ranger Adhesive Foam Roll
Ranger Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Ranger Cardstock: Manila
Ranger Dina Wakley Gel Medium
Ranger Sticky-back Canvas Natural
Sizzix Alterations Texture Fades: Courtyard & Trellis

Let me walk you through the steps.
Trim some Eclectic Elements Fabric.
Trim cardstock to fit inside embossing folders. Use the Vagabond machine or another Sizzix embossing system to emboss the pieces. Color them with Distress Ink pads Barn Door, Peacock Feathers and Wild Honey. Splatter with water to allow the inks to react.

Cut these above pieces and some pieces from your stash (it could be paper, canvas, ephemera, etc.) into blocks using Kushgrip Snip scissors.
Color a shallow box (mine is from a Sizzix die) along the edges and walls using Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint. You don't even need to sand or gesso your surface if you are using Distress Paint.
Attach the blocks to the box using Gel Medium. Seal the top with another coat of Gel Medium. Let dry.
Add some shin to the box with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.
Pick a Found Relative card you like and cut it out with Kushgrip Snip scissors. Color the piece lightly with some Distress paints using a dry brush.
Choose some Idea-ology metal accents like a Word Key, Word Band, and Locket Key. Color the pieces and a Gumball embellishment with Distress Paints. Be sure to use the same paints on each piece to maintain visual unity. Let each piece dry thoroughly before handling them. Ink the pieces with Jet Black Archival Ink to accentuate details.
Color the Alpha Chips Elementary Letters with Distress paints to match.
Write 'Grateful' with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint using fine waterbrush on Manila cardstock. Cut out with Kushgrip Snip scissors. Separate the butterfly wings from the Ephemera pack. Layer some ephemera pieces together as shown. Attach the alphabet chipboard pieces at the base of the box. Attach foam tape to the back of the Found Relative cutout for dimension. Add above the word Family. Attach Grateful and spell 'for' with Label Letter stickers. Attach the word band and gumball with Gel Medium.

Cut a wing out of grunge paper and color it with Chipped Sapphire and Peacock Feathers Distress Paints. When dry add a moderate coat of clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint on top. Let dry. Add some Tarnished Brass Distress paint to match the remaining collage. Attach it with Gel Medium near the top right corner of the box and overlap a locket key over it. Use a piece of jute trimming to string the word key. Poke a hole with Craft pick at the top of the box. Attach the key to the piece using a small brad through the poked hole. You can leave the key to dangle or glue it down.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! If you don't have a box to upcycle like I did, remember that Tim's collection of Configuration boxes and books are a great alternative.
Thanks for stopping by :)