Monday, April 29, 2013

October Afternoon Phrase Stamps

are divine!!!
Here's a page I did with the Travel themed roller phrase stamp.
You can find all the details here.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Boy's Life

Here's a layout with Little Yellow Bicycle's Fern & Forest Boy Collection.

Check out the Little Yellow Bicycle blog for more inspiration!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Glitz Design: 'Love You Madly' Blog Hop

Hi everyone, welcome to the Glitz Design blog hop featuring the lovely and my current obsession, 'Love You Madly' collection!

I started with a kraft cardstock as base and then cut out elements for my page elements from the following Love You Madly products.
Love You Madly 12x12 Bits & Pieces paper
Love You Madly 12x12 Ampersand paper
Love You Madly Paper Layers
Love You Madly Giant Rhinestones
Love You Madly washi tape Hearts
Love You Madly washi tape Lace
Love You Madly paper garland
Love You Madly Rubber Stamps with Tin

And here are some close-up shots...

Now, hop on over to these blogs for more inspiration and a chance to win a sweet 'Love You Madly' prize pack from Glitz Design. Remember to leave ONE comment on each blog you visit. The winner will be chosen randomly from one of these blogs

Happy Hopping!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Just one week

Just one more week before Get Artsy starts at Big Picture!

So excited about this FUN 6-week video workshop! Are you joining in the adventure?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

NEW online workshop
"Internationally Inspired" 
Vol. 2: the next generation

Workshop includes direct access to the Artists, all 15 projects & videos, each Artists personal video tutorials, supplies lists and project photos.
Access to private classroom where you can stream the videos AND/OR download each video directly to your computer, each video will be yours forever once you have download it. (however, we plan to keep the classroom accessibly to registered students indefinitely)
gain immediate INTERNATIONAL access  to this unique creative experience.

Sign Up Here

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday with Sizzix # 2

Hi, it's Friday and I'm playing with Sizzix!

Creating this layout was so much fun... using a little bit mixed media, cutting apart diecuts and embossed pieces, clustering them around the photo and more! Let me tell you how I did it.

1. I embossed a piece of cream cardstock using the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine and Textured Impressions Embossing Folders-Sewing, and cut around the embossed piece to create a frame for my photo.
2. I die cut a few flowers from cardstock and an old map using BIGkick Machine and Bigz Die Flower, Daisy # 5.
3. I also die cut a music note border using Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Sheet Music.
4. I lay out the diecut flowers in a cluster to create a photo mat on the patterned paper background.
5. Then I layered the photo and the cut out embossed frame on top.
6. I cut up pieces from the sheet music border and attached them near the photo.
7. With the pieces in place, I applied some gesso below the photo and let it dry.
8. I spelled out the title using mini alpha stickers and added some floral washi tape to create contrast.
9. I journaled on the gessoed area.
10. To add a little color, I misted the embossed frame with pink Glimmer Mist and doodled around it with yellow watercolor pencil.

11. I out lined some parts of the embossed and colored frame and die cut flowers with a black pen.
12. I machine stitched to secure the elements as well as to add texture.
13. Finally, I splattered some white and some turquoise paints on to the page making sure to safely cover the photo first.

Here's what I used to create my layout.
From Sizzix
Bigz Die Flower, Daisy # 5
Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Sheet Music
Originals Die - Heart Lock & Keys
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Sewing & Measuring Tape Set
BIGkick Machine
Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Cardstock: Recollections
Patterned paper: 12x12 A Type of Art Stack, Die Cuts with a View
Gesso: Golden Mediums
Acrylic paint: Sea Breeze, Deco Art; White, Plaid
Glimmer Mist: Polka Dot Pink, Tattered Angels
Mini alpha stickers: Glitz Design
Washi tape: Anna Griffin, Inc.
Aquarelle watercolor pencils, Pen: Faber Castell Design Memory Craft
Adhesive: Scotch 3M
Thread: Coats & Clark

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Somerset Memories

The newest issue of Somerset Memories... and I'm in it... TWICE! Yes, I have two articles in the Spring 2013 :) Thank you Somerset!!!

Check it out! There's so much cool stuff in there!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 'Take the Challenge' April 2013

Hi everyone, welcome to the fourth 'Take the Challenge' of 2013!

I have started a challenge series over at the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog. I think you might enjoy participating in this challenge. I'll be posting the challenges here on my blog, but to win prizes you'll need to link you creations in your comments on the Design Memory Crafts blog to my challenge post.

I feel that creative challenges help us experiment and learn new things. Challenges can help us get unstuck from creative ruts. They can also inspire us to create in ways we would not have thought of otherwise. So, I decided to take a few creative challenges myself and thought you might like to play along.

Every month, on the first Monday (April turns out to be an exception as we had a blog hop starting on 4/1 and so, challenge starts today April 8th), 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. The following Monday, we will pick TWO winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that week's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

Today I have a challenge and an announcement for you. Let's start with the challenge.

Today's challenge is about making something new from something used or old.
April is Earth month and I feel that upcycling something creatively might show a little bit of our love for our beautiful planet.

So here's my take: a journal spread using an old book and some security envelopes we got in the mail, and of course, some of my favorite Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products.

I gesso-ed the background and let it dry. Then I cut clouds out of envelopes and attached them to the page. I outlined the clouds with Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK and Stamper's Big White pen. I also sketched raindrops and wrote a favorite quote in block letters and colored them in with Stamper's Big Brush pens (CHROME YELLOW, LIGHT BLUE, and PINK MADDER)

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post at the Design Memory Craft blog with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 4/19 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prizes for this challenge are: TWO 3 count packs of Stamper's Big Brush Pens in the colors of your choice.

Don't forget to check back on Monday, 4/22 to see if YOU won! 

And now for the announcement! Starting April 25th, I'm teaching a 6-week online video workshop at Big Picture Classes called Get Artsy.

You will learn several different mixed media techniques in this workshop through detailed video tutorials ranging from 25-40 minutes in length. Plus there will be audio introductions, detailed handouts, and bonus inspiration every week. You'll see lots of Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts products in action. Take advantage of the introductory class price promotion going on right now. Get details here!

Hope you play along and I look forward to seeing you in class!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Glitz for April

Hi everyone, Mou here today playing with Glitz Design stamps and Roller Doodles!
So, here's my first layout.

I stamped with Roller Doodles on strips of paper to create border and circle accents.

As you can tell I'm obviously in love with the Love You Madly collection! You might have noticed that I just used a load of pink on a boy layout, but I think the grays and a bit of blue along with a bit of chevron makes this collection very versatile and fit for boys too.
And here's my second layout. Yes, if you guessed Love You Madly collection, you are absolutely right! This time it's for a girl. 

I stamped with Woodgrain and Arrows Giant Roller Doodles and Lace Tiny Roller Doodle repeatedly on kraft cardstock, cut blocks and strips out of it and used the pieces to create a frame for my photo.

Layout 1
Love You Madly Herringbone 12x12 paper
Love You Madly Herringbone 6x6 paper pad
Love You Madly washi tape Lace
Love You Madly washi tape Hearts
Uncharted Waters washi tape Happiness
Love You Madly Tiny Roller Doodle Lace
Uncharted Waters Rubber Stamps
Uncharted Waters Giant Rhinestone
Love You Madly Whatnots
Teeny Alphas Happy Travels

Layout 2
Love You Madly Herringbone 12x12 paper
Love You Madly Floral 12x12 paper
Love You Madly Hello 12x12 paper
Color Me Happy 8x8 paper pad
Love You Madly Teeny Alphas Gray
Love You Madly Tiny Roller Doodle Lace
Uncharted Waters Giant Roller Doodle Arrows
Color Me Happy Giant Roller Doodle Woodgrain

Friday, April 05, 2013

Friday with Sizzix # 1

Okay, here's my very first tutorial for the Sizzix blog. I'm sharing my layout here and you can find the step-by-step and all other details over at the Sizzix blog.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Did you know

April 6th is National Pillow Fight Day?
I didn't know till I got sales e-flyer from a craft store. Yep! they have a sale for that :)

Monday, April 01, 2013

Oh MY!!!

This is EPIC!!!
Check this out... it's a dream come true for me!

THANKS Tammy :)
I'll post links to my tutorials here of course...I'm SO delighted!!!

Hopping on a little yellow bicycle

The last time I tried riding a bike was...well, a long time ago!!! Looks like it's time to try riding again, but a different one this time :) Thanks Liz for the chance!
Here's the new blog unveiling today: And here's a new project using some fresh new products from Little Yellow Bicycle.

This one came together in very little time using:
FNG-304 6x6 Paper Pack (24 sheets - 2 each of 12 designs)
NA-BF50 Layered Burlap Flowers - Daisy
NA-BS20 Layered Burlap Stickers - Nature
JB-305 Paper Crafting Kit (75 pieces)

Keep hopping and make sure to leave a comment on each blog to win some fabulous goodies from Little Yellow Bicycle :)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft & Perfect Layers Blog Hop

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is teaming up with Perfect Layers for a blog hop!  Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away $50 in prizes and Perfect Layers will be giving away 3 Perfect Layers Rulers! 
Here’s how you can win:
  1. You have until midnight EST, on April 5th to complete the hop
  2. Just follow the links below- be sure to leave a comment on each post.  That way, we’ll know you were there.  Happy hopping! 
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft
Tiffany Johnson
Mou Saha (You are here... WELCOME!)
Perfect Layers also has a special discount for you- use coupon code FC5% to get 5% off your entire order! 
Here's my card for the hop:

I used Perfect Tears 3- Tool set to tear decorative edge strips from cardstock.
Then I colored the pieces with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® (Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, and Lemon) and  blended the colors with a wet brush.

Once the paint dried, I layered the pieces to my card and stitched at the very top.

I stamped my sentiment using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen (Pink Madder) on cardstock.
I used PITT Artist pen to add to the sentiment and cut it out.
I attached the sentiment to the card with foam tape for dimension.

Happy Hopping everyone!