Stampaway USA 2016!

Hi Everyone! On Saturday I got to attend Stampaway USA 2016 here in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Sharonville Convention Center! I was so happy and excited that I got to attend and do some shopping! I got lots of goodies from some of my favorite shops and one new one that is growing on me. I made purchases from 4 different shops but it was so hard to decide what to get. I made purchases from Simon Says Stamp, Stampers Anonymous, Creative Vision and Simply Said Rubber Stamps. At Simply Said Rubber Stamps, I was able to purchase stamps from Lawn Fawn and Stamping Bella. When Simon Says Stamp does a show they only bring there products which I think is great. Also, This year Heidi and Shari were at the booth! That was very exciting for me! I may have geeked out a little bit! I made a haul video of all the goodies that I purchased and you can watch it below. I have to say that every year this show gets better and better! If you get a chance and you can attend next year, you definitely should!



I hope that you enjoy my video! Until next time!

Mixed Media Art Featuring Julie Nutting Aurora Doll Stamp

Hi Everyone! This past weekend Mike and I went to a birthday party to celebrate our twin nieces, Quinn and Finley, second birthday. It’s so hard to believe that they are already 2! For their birthday I decided to make a mixed media art canvas with a princess theme for each of them. This is my first time doing mixed media art but I knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted the end results to look like! Trust me, I watched a lot videos on mixed media art!

First I stamped out my princess image on some text card stock. For the princess stamp I used one of Julie Nutting’s Doll Stamps from Prima Marketing. I absolutely love her doll stamps! The possibilities are endless with the doll stamps! Unfortunately, I could not find an online store that has this stamp in stock. The name of the stamp is Aurora. I found mine at my local stamp store Simply Said Rubber Stamp. Also, I stamped the image again on some pattern paper, focusing on just the dress. Next, I colored in the skin and hair. I didn’t know how I was going to do the crown. Later, I decided to color the crown with my gold Signo pen and then go over it with my clear of Wink of Stella pen and Glossy Accents. For the dresses, I added some dimension by using my grey Copic markers on the folds of their dresses.






Next, fussy cut out the dolls and the dresses. I will be first to admit that I hate fussy cutting but with this image it isn’t too bad. I have a couple of suggestions for this part. First, on both the doll and the dress cut out the space between her arm and her torso with a knife first. This will make your life a lot easier! Next, you want to cut out the dress  and adhere it on top of the stamped image on the text paper. Then, cut out the entire doll! By adhering the dress on top of the doll before cutting her out you have an edge that you can follow while cutting out the doll. After they are cut out I used my black Memento marker to go around all of the cut edges to give them a more finished look.



After finishing the dolls I started work on the canvas. I found some tissue paper that had text, music and different designs on it that was perfect for this project. I tore up the tissue paper into smaller pieces and adhered them with Mod Podge in a random pattern but covering the entire canvas. For the canvas I decided to use 11″x14″ size because it was large enough for the dolls and a quote. Next, I used Gelatos to make some watercolors and painted it on the canvas over the tissue paper. Also, I stamped different butterflies in black StazOn Ink. I could not find the butterfly stamps that I used but I did get mine at Michaels. After everything dried, I mixed together texture paste and Gelatos to make a colored paste and applied it with a stencil to give some dimension to the project. For the quotes, I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the letters. Also, I used clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle to the letters and then Glossy Accents to add some dimension.



Now comes the fun of adhering everything to the canvas! Once you decide your layout start adhering everything to the canvas. I recommend doing the quotes first. I used a ruler and drew pencil lines to make sure that I got all the letters lined up. I then erased the lines after the glue was done drying. I hope that you enjoyed todays project and make one yourself. These are lots of fun to make because you be messy and have a great looking piece of art to give someone or hang on your walls!