Happy Easter – MIX63

I love it when my pal Tiffany from I Heart Art Blog asks if I’d like to create a card or project for one of her Mixability Challenges on Splitcoaststampers. I don’t even have to hesitate….YES!!! The challenges are so fun and so cool! They’re Mixed Media challenges and you don’t have to be an expert. In fact, it’s great for those who want to learn about Mixed Media. My other pal, Lydia, explains more about the challenges here:

This is a mixed media challenge, with the goal of teaching people how simple Mixed Media can be, and how you can get a range of looks with Mixed Media – Clean & Simple, Vintage, Modern, Abstract, Grunge and much more. 

A “medium” can be any of the following:

  • Pencils – wax, oil, watercolor, graphite/charcoal, chalk/pastel
  • Pastels – chalk, oil
  • Markers – watercolor, pigment, water-based, acrylic
  • Pens – ink, glitter
  • Pigments – Gelatos, watercolor crayons, metallic rubons
  • Paints – watercolor, acrylic, oil, poster, tempera
  • Inks – dye, chalk, distress, reinkers, pigment, hybrid
  • Powders – mica, pigment, chalk
  • Sprays & airbrushing
  • Dimensionals – embossing paste, gesso, fabric, found items, papers (collage, piecing) & ephemera, foils
  • Heated elements – encaustic wax, embossing

And a “mix” can be any two or more of these items or others.

Read more: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/mix-ability-challenge-f390/what-mix-ability-challenge-t567886.html#ixzz2yWvMpsVI

So, Tiffany’s challenge this week is Easter or Spring themed! And, I have tons or Spring colored stuff just oozing all over the place. But, I knew in the deepest part of my heart that I really wanted to make an Easter card. Not a bunny-foo-foo type of Easter card, either. One that celebrates the true meaning of Easter. So I combined the colors and florals of Spring with the wood and gold to represent the Church.  I hope as you look at the card you can see all the different elements that are there.


Believe it or not, this whole card started with the patterned paper from Prima called Free Spirit. It’s really beautiful paper and I just cut random sized strips and stuck them onto typing (copy) paper using Gel Medium. Once the Gel Medium is dry then I used the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and Gelatos® to highlight and add contrast. I also used a stencil and Whipped Spackle to add a little interest. The cross is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die cut created from adhesive back wood paper from ARC Crafts. The leaves are called Dancing Leaves and they were cut out of vellum and colored on the back side with a Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and then wiped with a baby wipe.

It was just a little bit labor intensive. Maybe not a mass production card. ;) But, I really love how it turned out and it’s nice and flat, so perfect for mailing to someone special. (I know my folks will LOVE it!! ♥)

Wishing you all wonderful and blessed Easter! From Millan.Net



Penny Black Dancing Leaves Creative Die (EH|SSS)


Prima Free Spirit 6 x 6 Paper Pack (EH|SSS)




Bazzill 40 LB Vellum 8.5″ x 11″, 25 sheets (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle (SSS|EH)


Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board (EH|SSS)


Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist Sunflower Sparkle (EH|SSS)


Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (EH|SSS)


Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches (EH|SSS)




Small Teflon Bone Folder (EH|SSS)


Vagabond Cutting Machine by Tim Holtz (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell PITT Artist Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Gift Set (EH|SSS)


Versamark Watermark Resist Ink Pad (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Gelatos 34 piece Gift Set (EH|SSS)


The Crafter’s Workshop Tiny Circles 6 x 6 Template (EH|SSS)


Penny Black “How – To” Video Blog Hop

Penny Black How to Main Graphic

Hello, hello! And welcome to my stop on the awesome Penny Black “How-To” Video Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from my fabulous and wonderfully talented friend, Joy Taylor, Simple By Design. If not, you can start at the top at the hop with Penny Black.

I hope that you like the tag that I made and have fun watching my creative process.  The stamps and stencils are just so beautiful!


And now kick back and watch the VIDEO!! :)  (It IS, after all a VIDEO blog hop)

Of course no hop is complete without a giveaway!!

Penny Black How To Giveaway Graphic


One lucky winner will receive the full collection of new Penny Black Large-Scale Stamps and Coordinating Stencils.  That’s FIVE stamps and FOUR stencils!  To enter, leave a comment on each stop along the hop, including the Penny Black blog. Besides the hop today, Penny Black will be featuring additional “How-To’s” all week long, so be sure to pop by and leave a comment on their blog each day.  For an extra entry, “like” the Penny Black Facebook page  (the “like” button at the very top) and post a comment. NOTE: This giveaway closes on Saturday, March 29 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.


Penny Black Blog
Vicky Papaioannou
Darlene DeVries
Limor Webber
Dina Kowal
Iwona Palamountain
Joy Taylor
Lisa Adametz <– ( you are here!)

I hate to sound like I’m gushing, but I’m going to do it anyway. I am sooo very honored to be a part of the INSANELY talented group of women participating in this hop. Can I just say, “WOW?!!?” Thank you so much for having me.  

My supplies…

Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black (EH|SSS)


Inkssentials #10 Manila Craft Tags (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens Red Collection (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Gelatos® Tool Set (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell 50′S Diner Gelatos Designer Colors (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle (EH|SSS)








Faber-Castell Gelatos 34 piece Gift Set (EH|SSS)


Tsukineko Golden Glitz Delicata Pigment Ink (EH|SSS)



Where Flowers Bloom

It’s seems like it’s been forever since I last posted, doesn’t it?  Time has just been flying by and I have been so busy, although I never intended to neglect my little ‘ol blog or YOU my beautiful readers.

I revived my Facebook page, which you can find here: papergrace designs. And, I have started to teach as an Independent Contractor teaching the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft line of products around the Bay Area/Central Valley. This has kept me EXTREMELY busy and has been an absolute whirlwind. I totally love meeting new people and sharing MY love for the products and showing how much fun they are to use.

Along those lines I wanted to make a canvas just using a TON of the products and going a little nuts, really.  Since Spring is definitely here in the Bay Area I thought it would be fun to make a bright, cheery piece with a floral focal piece and the Spider Mum stamp from Stampendous is an amazing stamp. Big, bold and just begging for ink.

I created the “Where flowers bloom…there is hope” quote on a computer and printed it up. It’s a fabulous quote by Lady Bird Johnson.


The colors on this piece just make me smile. And that eye? I swear it watches you. LOL!!  I used some of my very favorite Webster’s Pages trim which is so utterly perfect on this canvas, various rub-ons, a real feather, some dictionary paper, an old sewing pattern (one of my secrets!), my very fave Pretty Pink Posh sequins, lots of Gesso, Gelatos, Stamper’s Big Brush Pens, Whipped Spackle, Gel Medium, Journaling Pens, and hot glue. :) Oh! And for a change of pace I used a burlap canvas. Kind of nifty. I liked the texture, but the Gelatos didn’t. I think they’ll get over it.

Thanks for sticking with me if you’re a subscriber/follower/etc. I am here because of all of you. You all inspire ME, too. And your comments mean so much to me. Thank you.

Keep in touch with me here, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (new account strictly for my more creative stuff soon!), etc. I’m really looking forward to the teaching gig and if you’re in my area, please sign up for a class – they’ll all be listed on Facebook as they are booked – I’ll look forward to meeting you all. ♥

Clearly In Love

Happy Valentine’s Day, Love Birds! :)

I actually am not a fan of “fake” holidays like this, but what the heck…gives me an opportunity to make another themed card, right? And this one is super cool. I was asked by by super, duper awesomely sweet friend Tiffany Johnson of iheartart to make a card for her Mix-Ability Challenge on SplitcoastStampers (Clear Love). And when Tiff asks? I say “yes!”

I wanted to make my card Valentine-y, but have her Mixed Media theme in mind of using all things CLEAR. I chose to use Wendy Vecchi‘s Clearly for Art Modeling Film. This stuff is amazing to work with. It’s thicker than acetate, but takes alcohol inks like a DREAM. Here’s the card and then I’l explain my process a little:



I used a steel rule die and some smaller thin dies (run through my die cutting machine with a metal shim several times) to cut the film.  I colored the pieces with varying shades of alcohol inks and glued them together with a very sturdy glue.

The little piece at the top is a free-form heart. Which means that it kinda *boings* around. Pretty fun! I cut a thin strip of the modeling film and glued it to the back of the banner hearts and the small heart to accomplish this. I thought it was a fun touch. :)

The whole card has tons of dimension and is super shiny. There’s lots of glitter, glimmer, and color on this. Clearly.

Wishing you all a a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day. From Millan.Net


PS – will update with products later. :)

Hey Girl…

Hey girl! You, yes YOU! ;) I have a really awesome post on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog today showing how to use the amaaaaaaaaazing PITT Pastel Pencils today.

In fact, I’ll even show you my fabby card to entice you to check out my tutorial. Say whaaaaat?! And, I know, I know…You’re thinking to yourself, “Self, I thought she wasn’t ON the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest DT anymore?” Well, the lovely folks over at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft were so kind and asked me to design a few extra projects for them and far be it from ME to say “no”. Plus, we all know how much I love the products, right? RIGHT!!

So, here’s the super awesome card (yes, I’m saying that about my own card because I love how it turned out):


And I really hope that you’ll pop over to their blog to see how I made it. :)

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium (EH|SSS)


Pitt Big Brush Pen, White (EH|SSS)


Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell PITT Pastel Pencils Red/Yellow (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens Red Collection (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell Metallic Gelatos & Clear Stamp (EH|SSS)




Faber-Castell PITT Pastel Pencils Neutral (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell PITT Pastel Pencils Blue/Green (EH|SSS)



Faber-Castell Essential Tool Kit (EH|SSS)


Do Small Things With Great Love

Today is my last post as part of the Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team. I’m sad, but it has been an absolute joy serving on this team…not once, but twice. The lovely people behind the scenes, the amazing products, and the insanely talented designers I have worked alongside. It’s been the BEST!

I hope that  you’ll check out the special mixed media piece that I made as part of my goodbye to my friends at Design Memory Craft. I also made a VIDEO!! Yay!! It was a lot of fun to make. Not my “normal” colors at all. And the quote? “Do Small Things With Great Love”? It’s by Mother Teresa. And I love it so much. Something we could all keep in mind and try to live by.

Thank you all for being so amazingly supportive of all my endeavors while I served on this team. It was amazing!

All supplies for products used in the video can be found on YouTube or below:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Gelatos 34 piece Gift Set (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell PITT Artist Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Gift Set (EH|SSS)


The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Hexagons 6 x 6 (SSS|EH)


My Favorite Things Die-namics, STAX Jumbo Fishtail Flags (EH|SSS)


My Favorite Things Rustic Hearts DIE-Namics (MFT) (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium (SSS|EH)


My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio 6 x 6 Paper Pad (EH|SSS)









Happy 2014

Happy 2014!! Yep, my blog title says it all. :) Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.  It’s my first guest post of the new year on the Design Memory Craft blog today and I’m sharing a fun technique using Glaze with your Gelatos®. It’s really simple, really fun, and just a wee bit messy. I’m sure it wouldn’t have to be messy, but really? Where’s the fun in that? :D

I didn’t use any stamps on my project on my card. Just the Gelatos®, the Glaze, some fabby die cuts from My Favorite Things, and lots of cool embellishments. When using die-cuts for your sentiment I think it’s always fun to use other elements to make the card “pop”. On my card I used wood veneer stars, sequins, and cute baker’s twine. All these things used together really make a neutral card (such as mine) stand out.

Don’t forget to head over to the blog to see how I made it (and to SEE the card – LOL!!!). It was easy to create and looks even prettier in real life.

As always, here are the supplies that I used to make the card, so after you go look at the card you’ll know what I used to make it. Woohoo!

From Millan.Net


Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens, Metallic (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Gelatos 34 piece Gift Set (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell Glaze (SSS|EH)


Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens, Assorted, Journaling (EH|SSS)


Faber-Castell Gelatos® Tool Set (EH|SSS)


Pitt Big Brush Pen, White (EH|SSS)


Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board (EH|SSS)


Doodlebug Twine Spool, Grey (SSS|EH)


Small Teflon Bone Folder (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Cutting Machine by Tim Holtz (EH|SSS)


Hero Arts Layering Paper, Black (EH|SSS)


Cosmo Cricket Simple Surfaces 12 x 12 Paper Deck (EH|SSS)







MFT Happy Birthday Die-Namics (My Favorite Things) (EH|SSS)




Oops! I also used Bazzill heavy weight Vellum and my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Just didn’t feel like editing to add those. :)

I Wish You Peace

I’m in the midst of a mass card-making frenzy here right now.  Trying to get as many Christmas cards made as possible before I head home to spend Christmas with my family.

I thought I would go ahead and share one of the versions of the Christmas card that I made. (I made quite a few variants.) I really LOVE how this one turned out (and my photo doesn’t do it justice), but can I just say that the sweet little red bow? Such a time suck. Ha! Everything else on the card came together really easily and you’d think I’d leave off the bow…but I’m a glutton for punishment, I suppose.


I hope that you all know how very much I appreciate the time that you take you stop by my blog. Even just for a second or two. For those of you that leave a comment? My heart swells with love. ♥ And during this very chaotic time of year where we all tend to get caught up in so much craziness…I wish you peace, love, and joy. Merry Christmas, my sweet friends. And a very happy 2014.

From Millan.Net


Penny Black Love & Joy Creative Die (SSS|EH)



Mama Elephant Creative Cuts, Dainty Bow (SSS|EH)


Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold (EH|SSS)


Neenah Environment Desert Storm, 25 pk, 80# (EH|SSS)


Versamark Watermark Resist Ink Pad (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Cutting Machine by Tim Holtz (EH|SSS)


Ranger Christmas Red Stickles (EH|SSS)


Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches (EH|SSS)




Watercolor Penguins!

Happy Saturday!

It’s my turn over on the Design Memory Craft blog today and my last one for them for this year. Wow! Time flies, doesn’t it? I’ll only have two more posts for them before my Guest Design team gig is up.  I’m really bummed, but at least I’ll get to hang out with the girls one last time at CHA before it’s all over. *sniff*

I really hope you’ll go over and check out my card. It’s super duper cute and it was made using this set from Teri Anderson for Technique Tuesday, called Penguin Pals:


So, hop on over to the Design Memory Craft blog and see what cuteness I created with Teri’s set. I kinda love it. Even if I DO say so myself. :)

All supplies used are listed below. So happy shopping! ;)


Happy Thanksgiving

Just a short post today to wish all of my friends in the U.S. and abroad a VERY Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope that you all are surrounded by your loved ones, family, and/or friends. If you don’t live in the U.S. and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving then just know how grateful I am to call you my friend. That you stop by my little part of the web? Means so much to me.

Anyway, I made this card to give to E’s family. Y’know, to say “Thanks for everything” and all that. I made it based on a card that I saw Chari Moss make during a video for Lawn Fawn. (Click the word “video” to watch!) Hers is waaaaay more perfect than mine. Lemme just say that. :)



I wish you all a wonderful day, wherever you are. And I hope that it is a happy day, it’s relaxing, full of good food, and spent with people that make you feel loved.  Happy Thanksgiving!
From Millan.Net

Lawn Fawn Gold Sparkle Hemp Cord (EH|SSS)


Hero Arts Fancy Die Thank You (SSS|EH)




Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (EH|SSS)



Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches (EH|SSS)


Vagabond Cutting Machine by Tim Holtz (EH|SSS)


Small Teflon Bone Folder (EH|SSS)