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September MMMC – Inspiration Photo

Today is September 1st and that means it’s time for a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. The September theme is this Inspiration Photo:

Sept Chall PhotoTotally awesome, right? Oh!! And did I mention that I’m now part of their fabulous team? I AM!!! :D YAYAY!!!

Lookie…I have a badge and everything!! MMMCDTBadge

So ANYWAY!! For the month of September, the Design Team (and that includes ME!) is asking you to use the inspiration photo above and create your own mixed media piece.

For my piece I created a little canvas using Gelatos® from the 15-Ct Pastels Set and created circles on the pre-gessoed canvas using my fingers and a teensy bit of water. Once I was satisfied with the size of the circles I went over this with a stencil and Texture Luxe™ Pearl . I spritzed it very lightly with a granite colored spray and allowed it to drip just a bit. For embellishments I added 3 paper flowers and added pearls and one sequin to the centers of the flowers. To finish the piece I added a rub-on to create a personalized quote, which I covered with a touch of Gel Medium.


Our amazing Guest Designer this month is the FABULOUS Julie Fei-Fan Balzer!! She created the most awesome art journal page for this month. Just love her style! Be sure to visit her blog (linked above) to get the deets on her stunning page.


Our sponsor this month is Angela Magnuson owner/creator of Unity Stamps Company! Angela is offering one month FREE to Brave Girl University. Just be sure to link up your creation to the MMMC Gallery to be eligible.

Brave Girls UniversityThank you so much for joining me today and for sharing in my excitement. I’m really thrilled to be a part of this team. This team is crazy talented and I know you’ll be inspired by everyone!

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:

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)


Kissy Hello

Welcome to Wednesday!! How ya doin’? :) Would you believe I have ANOTHER card for you this week? I know. Shocker. I hope you’re sitting down.

I made a Hostess sample card for my super sweet stampy pal, Libby, and her challenge over at Hope You Can Cling To on SplitcoastStampers. Her challenge for us was the Kissing Technique which is one I’ve never quuuiiiite mastered. Okay, I’ve been a total failure at it. Not sure if it’s been my selection of stamps, colors, or what, but ugh!! So glad that THIS one turned out way better. :)

Are you playing along? Libby’s challenge is great and you can find it in the forum by clicking on the image below!

Here is the card I made for her challenge. I’m super happy with it:

Can you see the fun texture of the Envelope Pattern “kissed” onto the Starburst stamp? I just love that! What you can’t see is that the rays of the Sunburst are colored with a clear glitter pen and are super shimmery. It’s soooo shimmery!

Now it’s time for YOU to get out your stamps and get Kissing!! *grin* Free Smiley Courtesy of HAHHA!!

Paper: Cardstock (SU), Patterned Paper – Dolled Up (My Mind’s Eye)
Ink: Distress Ink (Ranger)
Stamps: Starbursts – K5585 , Envelope Pattern – S5507, Essential Messages – CL371 (Hero Arts)
Die-Cutting/Embossing: Clear EP (Ranger)
Accessories: Clear Glitter Pen (Atyou Spica), Seam Binding Ribbon (SU), Pearls (Kaisercraft).}

All my best,

Hope Is In The Air


I’m sooooo thrilled to be a Hostess today for Splitcoaststampers HOPE YOU CAN CLING TO month-long festivities. I hope you’ve been playing along!!

My challenge for YOU today is to play along with my challenge: Hope Is In the Air. To have hope is a wonderful thing, but when you’re feeling weak or sad it’s not always that easy. My challenge is to remind everyone that HOPE can be found all over…it’s in the air. Just look out your window. It’s in the birds, butterflies, a kite, the sounds of a plane, even a BEE! HOPE IS IN THE AIR!

Create a card with something that can be found UP in the air! Some simple examples are birds, a kite, balloons, etc. Be creative, but think of things that that are up are “IN” the air.

Here is the card that I created for this challenge. (I used a partial die-cutting technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire in our Stretch Your Stamps Online Card Class(es).)

I had so much fun doing this technique and love how the partial die-cutting gives it so much dimension.

I really hope that you’ll play along with my challenge today. There are TONS of prizes that Splitcoast sponsors are giving away for participating, too! You won’t want to miss out on that. ;) The forum to get you started is located —>> HERE <<—

Sure hope to see some of your beautiful creations over there! And think of all the smiles you’ll bring. Priceless. ♥

(All my supplies for making this card are listed on Splitcoast in the gallery for my challenge.)

All my best,

YOU are Someone Special

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all month long there is a very special event going on over at Splitcoaststampers. It’s one of THE most looked forward to events of the year because it’s not only fun, but you can make a difference, too. What’s the event? HOPE YOU CAN CLING TO, of course.


And, here’s something really kind of exciting for ME…I’m going to be a hostess for the first time! Woohoo! But, I’m not going to say when. You’re just going to have to to play to find out. MUAAHAHA!!! (Yep..bribery.)

I made one of today’s challenge cards in advance because I really loved Beate’s theme of “Rays of Hope” – to use a grey background with a pop of color. And I’m hoping to get Lydia’s in before today is over. (I had a little washing machine accident that slowed me down, though. Ack!) These challenges are so super fun and go to benefit the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for those affected by breast cancer. Seriously, please play along. It’s SUCH a good cause!

I love how this card looks IRL soooo much better than in the picture. *sigh* I really did blend all the colors together, I promise! So bizarre that it looks all wonky and unblended, but I decided to go for it anyway and embrace the wonky. :D Nothing in life is perfect anyway. And this card will make someone’s day that really needs it. Honestly? THAT is all that matters.

Wishing you all a wonderfully wonky day!

Paper: Stampin’ Up
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko), Basic Gray (SU)
Stamps: Large Flower Background, Good Friends (Hero Arts)
Die-Cutting/Embossing: None
Accessories: Clear EP (Ranger), PrismaColor Water Pencils, White Gel Pen (Signo), Blender Pen, Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz for Ideaology).}

All my best,

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