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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)


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,

Take Care of Yourself

It feels like I haven’t blogged in FOREVER!!! Sorry about that. (Is anyone still reading my blog other than me anyway?)

I’ve had lots going on, but most recently just returned from the most awesome trip to Maine. WOW!! That place is stunning. I really hope we go back someday. It took my breath away.

But, I’ve also been participating in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on Splitcoaststampers. If you haven’t been participating, it’s not too late. Go HERE  —>(Hope You Can Cling to Forum) to learn more. It’s such a great cause and tons of fabby prizes, too!

I’ve made a few cards for this already (two of which were named a weekly favorite!! How cool is that?), and I also made a card today for another challenge. I have lots of catching up to do, but at least I now have some time and my brain isn’t on overload.

The challenge was Real Men Wear Pink – make a masculine card including the color PINK! Tough one. Here is what I made:

I think it turned out nicely. And guy cards are SOOOOO tough!!

So, my friends, I hope you’re ALL taking care of yourselves and know that I haven’t forgotten you. xoxo

Paper: Cardstock (SU), patterned paper – Indian Summer Collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Very Vanilla pigment ink (SU), Distress Inks, Clear EP (Ranger)
Stamps: Sweet Little Sentiments (SU), Silhouette Grass (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Linen Thread (SU), Button (stash), Sweet Stack Labels DieNamic (MFT)}

All my best,


Hope You Can Cling To 2011

This month over on Splitcoast Stampers is one of the most amaaaaazing month-long events EVER!

Now, I’m just gonna do a little cut & paste from Splitcoast to fill you in on this phenomenal event. Y’know…in case you live under a rock and don’t know about it already or something. :)

Splitcoaststampers is proud to partner with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for our second annual month long card drive to benefit those affected by breast cancer.

Whether your stamps cling to acrylic, wood, or to your hard drive, they hold the power to convey hope and lift the spirits of anyone who sees what you create with them. That is the inspiration for our “Hope You Can Cling To” stamping campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

We are kicking this campaign off on World Card Making Day – a day of celebration of the power of a handmade card. We encourage papercrafters across the globe to put their talents to work creating beautiful handmade cards to send to patients and their families at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and, in the process, turn our gallery pink!

Many in our community have been affected by breast cancer, directly or indirectly. We would love for each of the patients at the UT MD Anderson cancer center and their families to feel this same encouragement and inspiration and we know this community always rises to a challenge.

There will be special challenges in our Splitcoaststampers Hope You Can Cling To Challenge Forum to inspire you throughout the month, and we will have some fun giveaways, including of course, some pink! 

The campaign begins with three challenges on October 1st, and we’ll have challenges each day in October. 

Are you excited yet?!?!  It all starts TODAY — OCTOBER 1st at 8 am CST (or too crazy early for THIS girl! hahha!)!

I’ll have two cards to share…but you really should go to Splitcoast to check ’em out and play along.

Here’s a link to my SplitCoast Gallery if you want to see what I made :   (Just click the cute picture to be taken there. You can also look me up by my username, which is SinCityGal…don’t laugh. I had no idea what I was doing at the time.)

This is going to be the BEST crafty month ever! I hope everyone will take a little time to participate in this VERY worthy cause.

All the best,

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