Trying out new techniques!



Here’s a layout that I completed last week and never got around to posting to my blog. My poor neglected blog. You’d think as a former English major and a motor mouth, I’d enjoy sitting down to write a blog post where I could just gab away. I’m not sure what my deal is. I think it’s just hard to get me in the mood to sit down and get my pictures uploaded and ready to go. Once I start writing up a post and uploading the photos I’m fine. Anyhow, I decided to try out a new technique for my 12×12 layout last week and I adore the outcome.  A lot of people have been spraying their mists and using plastic or old packaging to kind of smear it down on the page. The effect is this really neat abstract art blotchy wonderful burst of color. I tried this technique using Dylusion sprays in teal, dark blue, and yellow over top of some gesso. I used a photo I took last year around Christmas. I love the look of this layout…the messy-ness…the chaos. It’s just fun and awesome. I recently got a die-cutting machine (The Vintaj) and while I don’t have very many dies as of yet, I’ve loved using it. I used the newest Amy Tangerine die set and cut out the “love” die in various colors to match the layout. Simple layout that just documents my love of scarves. What a great accessory. This is probably one of my favorite layouts in a long time. I’m going to try to be better about posting layouts on my blog as I complete them.










Scrapping My Stash



I was on a bit of a shopping binge in August that made me feel a bit guilty. It was nothing like the amount of stuff that I used to buy last year which is good…but at the same time, I’ve been getting quite a bit of paper. Hi, my name is Crystal. I’m a paper-holic. Admittance is the first step to recovery, right? Anyhow, I’ve just been really taken by all the great new lines that came out over the summer and found myself buying a lot of single sheets of 12×12 paper and 6×6 paper pads. Like any good paper crafty, I love having a nice crisp new sheet of pretty paper. I’ve been trying to make myself use up this stuff and just pushing myself to create layouts so I feel more validated in my purchases. Life has been getting in the way and just haven’t been making as many layouts as I could but here’s one after a small dry spell. The paper that I used is from the Echo Park line, “Capture Life.” I absolutely loved this green/teal bokeh paper and had to put it to use. I took this photo on Monday. It’s a photo of me, my boyfriend Bruno and my best friend Nik. We recently visited Nik at the tattoo shop he works at to get a touch-up done on one of Bruno’s tattoos. I just tagged along as an excuse to see Nik. It’s always nice getting to catch up with your bestie even if its only for a few. Of course I suggested a selfie of us three before we hit the road and headed back up to Baltimore.









This page is pretty simple. I just used some more paper and cut apart pieces from the Echo Park, “Capture Life” collection and kept the colors to teal, gold, and black and white mainly. I did add some gold glitter to a few wood veneers, and added some Inka Gold to the little Studio Calico stars that were used. What I definitely feel good about is my use of brads. I realize that I rarely remember to use my stash of those guys so felt good to get quite a few on the page. Hope you guys like it!

Oddball Art Co Non-Traditional Hair Challenge!



The theme for this challenge on the Oddball Art Co blog for the month is non-traditional hair color. You know, anything funky and anything that you can’t be born with. Blue, pink, purple, green, etc. I decided to use this adorable unicorm digi for the challenge. Unicorns can have non-traditional hair color too right? They are all mystical and stuff, right?

I created an art journal page with this super cute image and just decided to layer up the color. My page uses watercolors, and Dylusion and Color Shine sprays with this nice plus sign stencil from Crafter’s Workshop. The page has a nice artsy, distressed feel and I like how it came out. If you guys want to play along, be sure to stop by the Oddball Art Co blog. The challenge will run from August 15th through September 14th. Just link up your project using a digi that has non-traditional hair and you could win 3 super sweet digital images from the Oddball Art Co Etsy shop.

Please check out our Facebook group for another challenge that runs on there. It’s always “Anything Goes” as long as you use an Oddball Art Co digi stamp. Below are photos of my project! Can’t wait to see what everyone creates!















Oddball Art Co Facebook Challenge

It’s time for another sweet Oddball Art Co challenge on the Facebook Group Mixed Mediaology. Up for grabs are 3 wonderful digital images from the Etsy shop. Challenge runs from August 1st until August 31st. You can create anything your little heart desires as long as you use an Oddball Art Co digital stamp on your project.


IMG_4286 I decided to go back to basics for my project and create an art journal page. I first took a stencil of leaves and branches and added that all over the page with modeling paste to add texture. After I drew lots of little hearts and “X’s” with a white Gelly Roll pen. I sprayed the entire page with lots of different vibrant Dylusions sprays. I really love how the colors just melted together! I then used Archival black ink to stamp a few little circles for added interest. The digital image I used is one of my favorites from the shop. Isn’t the little owl just the cutest? I could not resist to use one of my favorite birds on the page. Hope you guys will play along and join us. It’s going to be lots of fun. 🙂 IMG_4285