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Mix Media Art Journal, Pages 5 & 6

I continued to work on the art journal, this time using a lot of mixed media..

I used my own Gesso recipe:
1/4 cup Plaster of Paris
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white acyrlic (craft) paint
1/4 cup white glue

The book I’ve been working on is a kid’s cardboard book and here are the links to the previous videos I’ve made:
Pages 2 and 3:

After covering both pages with my homemade gesso (and putting a piece of cardboard between the pages I’m working on and the next page to ensure the gesso doesn’t seep onto them) then letting the pages dry..I took a light blue page of mulberry paper ( Link to a variety pack at Amazon and stamped a retired Stampin Up large butterfly stamp called Swallowtail..still available on’s a link to the cheapest one I found.    I used Gina K Amalgam ink in black that works with watercolors or alcohol inks to ink the stamp and then stamped it onto the light blue mulberry paper. Since it’s such a big stamp, I laid the paper onto the stamp to transfer the ink. I used Elmer’s School Glue gel to attach the mulberry paper to the journal.
I took a darker blue mulberry paper and used a water brush to wipe over it to be able to easily rip it apart. I did the same with the light blue paper, then using the same gel glue, glued the pieces on the right page (we’ll call it page 6)….
After the left side (page 5) dried, I used Tanmit brush markers (link: and colored the butterfly as well as some small bees I’d stamped around the butterfly. Once I finished coloring page 5, I went to page 6 and glued down some flowers from a napkin..When the flowers dried, you could see the dark blue beneath, so I glue an identical flower over it. I didn’t have enough to cover all of the flowers, so went to a peacock napkin, cut out one large peacock and flowers from the same napkin, this time leaving the white backing on the napkin…I cut out the peacock and glued first the white backing to the book, then added the peacock over it. I did the same with small orange flowers from the same napkin.I found wet glue was too wet for the napkin so used glue sticks to glue down the peacock and flowers.
I went back to page 5 and glued down a blue napkin that had birds in the distance on it everywhere except where the butterfly was.. I stamped some bees around the butterfly then used a variety of Stickles colors link:  that match the butterfly and bees and completely covered the both images.
Over to page 6, I found the word Happiness on a piece of cardstock that I trimmed out and colored around the edges with a Touch Five marker to make the word stand out…I used a glue stick to adhere it to the page. Then I used a white gel pen to go around all of the flowers, leaves and peacock. I used Ranger black enamel to color over the word “Happiness” link: to make the word stand out.. I also added it to the birds on page 5 (the butterfly page.)
I cut a page out of the art journal so it would lay flat, but instead it’s falling apart, so I hot glued it together and now it won’t stay together properly….so don’t cut any pages out of your cardboard kid’s books…



I spent part of yesterday giving a seminar on interviewing, then Rich and I met friends for lunch and a movie.  I went to see “Green Book,” and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  You might think it’s about race relations in the 1950-60’s, but it’s really a story about how two men from completely different backgrounds and ethnicities, bond and become close friends.  I loved it and hope it wins the Oscar for best picture of the year.

We stopped at a craft store that is supposed to be sold to Michaels, and were supposed to be having great sales, but we were disappointed in their bargains…I did find a fun project that I’m going to re-create so everyone can make one.  It’s a journal where you stitch something on the cover.  The one I bought was in a dollar bin, but I did find some online, although much more expensive than the one I bought.  I figured I could recreate it with a note book I bought at Target in their dollar spot…and then poke holes where I need to make my stitches.. I’m really looking forward to playing with the idea..

Today I worked on videos…I remade the Valentine’s wreath/frame into a St Patricks Day wreath/frame.  I need to make sure I had that done quickly, as the lady whose door it will hang on, is not feeling well, and I’d be sad if she didn’t get a chance to see it.  After all, she is 96.

I also gave Rich notes on two more videos and he’s been working hard on the art journal video all day…


I don’t know if I’ve talked about this yet or not…..but I found one of the kits I was sent before Christmas, and had to figure out a way to turn it into something usable now…So I decided to show you how to use Christmas kits but make the embellishments look like they can be used for everyday cards, and made three cards that are all completely different from each other.  I really think you’ll like how they turned out.

Then today, my girlfriend and I went to the Dollar Tree to find things for the Valentine wreath (frame) that goes on her mother’s door at the nursing home she’s in.  I want to get it done so she has it up longer for St. Patrick’s Day and so we bought not only things for St. Patrick’s, but also Easter items.  I wasn’t really overly thrilled with their selection, and wish I could go to one of the big stores to shop for things, but it is what it is.  Our store has one row of holiday items for each holiday, and that’s it. Maybe if I had searched the store, I would have found more things on end caps, but we didn’t want to spend all day there.

This week and next week I volunteer to interview graduating seniors at the college Rich and I attended, so I will probably not be writing very much here.  I know I’ve been pretty lax lately, but sometimes I can’t think of anything interesting to talk about.  I’ve been reading books by a new author (to me) named Alex Kava..If you like suspense books, ones with FBI and a rescue dog operation, you might like his books.  I’ve read two or three of them and they keep me on edge, because he always leads you to believe that his rescue dogs are hurt, and then miraculously, they’re not.  The book I read today was full of peril for his dogs, and I cried at least twice…Maybe I shouldn’t read them now that I think of it….Maybe I’m more of a Nancy Drew kind of girl…although I never read her books as a kid, and was addicted to the Box Car Children and the Little House on the Prairie books…I might be sharing too much or showing my age…either way, those are old books, and the books were long before Michael Landon was Pa.  (Another reference to Little House on the Prairie for those of you who didn’t see the television show.)

Dollar Tree, Brutus Monroe & AliExpress Haul–Watch Me Break Something

Here are the things I’ve gotten in my latest haul:

Brutus Monroe:
Embossing Ink
Raven Ink:
Icicle embossing powder (clear)
Alabaster embossing powder (white):
Dreamcatcher kit products, that are still available:
Catching Dreams Stamp set (from kit)
Monthly stamp kit:

Stamp Positioner…I don’t recommend this product, as the hinges broke when I used it the first time.  I don’t think I was too rough with it, but have already been refunded for the broken hinges..I do like Aliexpress for their customer service..
Brushes for blending

Dollar Tree
4 x 6″ index cards
Hand Sanitizer 3 pack:
I couldn’t find the link for the apple pomegranate gift set, sorry
Mini Lights –
White acrylic paint:
Headbands–couldn’t find the link
Clip board:
Snap closure pockets: These are the ones I should have bought but didn’t find them..

Dollar General
Paper clips:


I finished the art journal pages I’ve been working on…One of the pages I liked, the other just OK….The video is really long though and I don’t really know how they get to be as long as they are, and it’s frustrating to me…

So I made a second video that was a haul. How long could that video be, you might ask?  It’s long enough that I think it’s over twenty minutes.  I wish I was better at condensing what I’m trying to say, but apparently, I’m what I’d like to call long-winded.

It’s Valentine’s Day so we’re not going to focus on my faults…let’s just think about the fun  couples are having today…I hope that a lot of you are out celebrating Valentine’s Day and having a wonderful time.



I have been working on my art journal, trying to make it look like something interesting.  So far I’m happy with the results, and you’ll be seeing it in an upcoming video.

The weather has been really rainy, and I don’t know about you, but drizzle turns me into a slug.  I don’t know where that term came from, because I believe I’m more of a sloth than a slug.Image result for slug

Since a sloth moves so so slowly, I have to say, I can relate.   I especially love how sloths always look like they are smiling…I think they must know a good joke, and wish they could share it with us.   I would love to know what they are thinking.Image result for sloth photo

I watched a video of a sloth trying to cross a road, and there were a bunch of people taking photos and (I thought) bothering the poor sloth.  They finally picked up the sloth and put him into the woods on the side of the road, and for some reason, the sloth appeared to be waving, as if to thank the people for getting him/her to safety.  Most of the video bothered me, as I think people can forget that wild animals don’t understand why people are surrounding them, and the animal was probably frightened, wondering what these people would do to him/her.  But when they laid him in the forest and he waved back, I felt like he was as relieved as I was to see him/her so happy.  I still wish the people wouldn’t have been so loud and aggressive…here’s the video in case you’d like to see it.   You’ve gotten real insight as to how my brain works and what I think about when I should be in my craft room…I hope the end of this video makes you smile.

DIY Dollar Tree Manicure Gift Set

Let me apologize in advance for being out of screen for so much of this video.
One of my viewers asked me to make a gift holder for a Dollar Tree manicure set. I used:
1. Wet and Wild Base Coat and one color of nail polish in a squarish type bottle (you need to use this style of bottle if you want it to fit in the box we’re creating)
2. Dollar Tree’s manicure set that has no packaging, but is plastic wrapped
3. Sassy & Chic Nail Grooming Kit-make sure you buy the one with the butterfly nail files.

I used the back cardboard from a paper pad for this project.
The measurements for the nail polish bottle holders (and you’ll need to make two of these) is 4 1/2″ long and 1 3/4″ tall. Score on the 4 1/2″ length at 1 1/4″, 2″, 3 1/4, and 4″….again you’ll need two of these. Cut decorated cardstock the same size and score it in the same places.
The manicure set is 6″ x 1 3/4″ tall scored on the 6″ length at 1 7/8″, 2 3/4″, 4 5/8″, 5 1/2″ …cut and score a piece of cardstock the same size to cover it. To apply the cardstock, I put tear tape on either side of every one of my score lines and one the ends, then add wet glue (I used Tombow Mono Glue.) and make sure you lay it so the scores are matching (the cardboard and decorated paper). Once the paper is adhered, you’ll want to put glue on the underneath of the small end flap and make sure that end flap is on the outside of the box, then put a clothespin on it to hold it until the glue sets. Then put lines of tear tape over the back where the flap is…take the backing off and I lined my three boxes up so they are side by side and they should be right above the second score line fro the bottom…You want to make sure that when the box is closed, the bottles will sit flat on the bottom.
To make the case, you’ll need to cut the cardboard to 12″ long and 5 1/4″ tall. Score it on the 12″ length at 5 3/8″, 9 5/8″ and 10 3/4″. Cut and score two sheets of decorated paper to match as you’ll cover the front and back with it... I rounded the top corners above the 10 3/4″ score on the cardboard and paper…I use the Kadomaruo Pro corner rounder from Amazon and love it.
I put rows of tear tape on the box on either side of every score line and add extra rows at the top and bottom and in the middle section the has a lot of tear tape as we’re learning our boxes against it. I did the same on both sides of the cardboard..
I put ribbon under the top of the box (on the outside,) as I had issues when I tried putting it under the inside paper of the box and had to remove put it under the paper on the outside of the box in the same spot as before and that worked.
I put a lot of tear tape on the backs of my boxes and on their sides so they are glued together then centered them inside the box and adhered them.
I bought Velcro from Joanns that were small circles, and laid one over the magnet that didn’t work and put one on either side lined up so they are on the same level as the magnet, but close to the outer edge.
I cut acetate 4 1/4″ tall by 5 1/4″ wide. I thought I could use tear tape on it, but you can really see it through the plastic, and eventually used Beacon Fabri Tac to hold it in place, as the Tombow Mono Aqua didn’t hold it after it was dry.
I bought a nail grooming kit for the nail file that fit in my kit.  I took a piece of 90# cardstock instead of cardboard 2 3/4″ wide by 1 3/4″ tall and score it on the 2 3/4″ length at 7/8″ and 1″ and 1 7/8″ and 2″…do the same for decorator paper the same size and same scores, then put tear tape on either side of the scores, then add wet glue to it and adhere both together with the tab on the outside (this tab is much longer than the others…put glue under the end tab and glue it down and put the nail file in it and then put tear tape on the back and glue it into the box on the flap the is the top of the box on the inside…
I bought ribbon at Joanns for $1 from Wyla and glued it with Fabri Tac glue from Beacon then added another thin layer of ribbon over it and added butterfly stickers from the Dollar Tree.