Friday, June 24, 2011

Winner!! And a new Freebie!!

And the winner iiiiiiiissssssss......

gssfam has left a new comment on your post "Freebie Sunday Night?":

I am all for a mixed media class. I have been dying to take one. So that would be AWESOME!

Posted by gssfam to Britt's Blog {Paisley Lane Design Studio} at Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:01:00 AM PDT

Congrats to Shannon! You are the winner of the freebie Friday, full of lots of goodies that are totally perfect for the summer!!

It was so great to get all of your ideas for summer classes, and I am busy prepping to get one going veerrrry soon! More info coming soon!

So now I suppose you want to know what the next freebie is, don't you? Hmmmmmm...... I'm looking around my studio for something good. What could I give you?
How about these cute little greeting cards? Would you like them?

If you want em, leave me some inspiration! Link me up with some fun projects, ideas, or even something you think is just plain awful! Anything to entertain me!
This will run until next Friday, so be sure to get your comments in if you want to be entered to win those cars!
Have a great weekend!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Water Fun

Here's a quick page I made for the water challenge for Best Creation. The new Splash Fun line they have is great!

Thanks Noel, for letting me borrow your kiddo!

Be sure to check in over at the Best Creation blog for your chance to win some yummy prizes!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

It' my new thing...

I am in love. It's true. With paint and sprays and glue and ink. That's right. And I think there are a few of you out there that share this love, no?

Well, I thought I would do a little tutorial today that shows how to use a few of my favorite techniques on your layouts.

Here's my inspiration page I found in an old issue of Scrapbooks Etc. I love it's simplicity, and I thought it would be a perfect sketch to go off of for a layout with so much technique on it.

To start, gather some scraps and a piece of cardstock about 4"x4" in size.

Coat the cardstock with Mod Podge or any other medium, and then layer them over each other to make a base from which to cut your heart. Use a Heat Tool to speed up this process.

Once the base is dry, spritz it with your favorite spray. Now, not to be picky, but Tattered Angels spray doesn't work so well with this technique. You need a spray that is not so watery, like Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap or Color Wash by Ranger. These are a lot more saturated with color, and once dry, don't smear like Tattered Angels.

After you've spritzed your base, then use a white paint or ink to make some droplets. I used Liquitex Ink! but you can definitely use some watered down white acrylic paint.

Again, you can speed up the drying process with a heat tool, otherwise you'll have to let it dry all night.

Once that's dry, cut out a heart from the base and use some Liquitex Raw Umber Ink! to distress the edges.

Once that is finished, choose a couple of rubons to apply to the heart. I love these from Hambly that I got in one of Noel's past kits.

And these rubons from Basic Grey, in the Office Party kit. Oh YUM.

Then rub the edges with some silver Inka Gold from Viva Decor to get a nice, vintage look.

Run the heart through a sewing machine a couple times around the heart.

Then add some dots using a Black Pearl Pen, also from Viva Decor.

Once the pearl dots are dry, coat the whole thing with Mod Podge - I used this sparkle kind, and it's super cool!

Once that's dry, wrap some jute around the heart, securing it on the back with some masking tape.

You can tie whatever you want to the front of the heart, like a tag or key. Or both!

Now it's time to do the base of the layout. I didn't have the perfect color, so I mixed my Studio Classic Teal and Studio Blank Canvas together to get the right color. I mixed the paint right on my craft sheet - it's perfectly slick and works great!

Then I rolled my Inky Roller through the paint, and onto the page.

While the paint is drying, dap a teeny bit of Studio Black paint onto the craft sheet, spray with some Pearl Perfect Pearls Mists (water works too, but you don't get a pearl finish to the paint) and then get a good amount on a small paint brush.

Flick the paint brush over the page to get lots of splotches.

Then pick the rest of the elements for your page - photos, stickers, embellies, etc.

Here's my final product, and I looooove it! It's messy and loose and totally different than anything I've made before.

I just love that little felt house from the Delightfully Domestic kit. I HAD to have that on the page!
I also added some sloppy stitching around the inside of the page just to kind of anchor everything.

On my hear I added some Cosmo Cricket Alphas and some Maya Road heart pins, a metal key from who knows where, a spritzed up "art" chipboard from Maya Road, a snippet from a Cosmo paper, and a cute little clear birdie sticker from Hambly.

So that's it! Now go out and try something like this for yourself. Experiment. Make mistakes. Spill some paint. And for the love of God, get your fingers dirty!!

Any questions? Feel free to comment or email me at

Oh, and for those of you here for Freebie Friday, I decided to wait until next Friday, since I posted it late. I know. I'm a dweeb. But I still need lots of class ideas and advise, so this just gives you all a little more time to tell me what you want!

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's like creative soup

Two great companies, Helmar and Best Creation have teamed up for a week of Creativity!

Be ready for a week of fun, creativity and projects. Both design teams will be creating just for you! So be sure to check out Helmar's BLOG and Facebook Page and Best Creations' BLOG and Facebook Page! There will be GIVEAWAYS too !

Here's a mini album I made using the Rockstar collection from Best Creation, a cute Punky Sprouts album, and tons of Helmar glue!

I also used a ton of Color Wash and Acrylic paints by Ranger. They are so much fun to play with!!

The Bee's Knees!

Look at this little beauty!! Another work of creative, crafty genius from Noel Mignon! She is seriously the best.

I mean, there's American Crafts Thickers, Cosmo Cricket papers and bling, Sassafras papers and stickers and foldies, Glitz Stickers, MME twine, Jenni Bowlin stickers and paint dauber, WeRMK stamp, Maya Road flowers, Elle's Studio journaling spots, October Afternoon rubons, and a whole lotta other goodness that I just can't wait to see in action!!

Be sure to get your kit today! And I mean it, because she is running a super awesome promo for today only - buy your kit and get a free goodie to go along with it. Buy two kits and get three free goodies!! It could be anything from a pack of Thickers to a sheet of Rubons, to a bottle of Spritz. You just never know with Noel!! So head on over to the shop and HURRY - only 9 left!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Freebie Sunday Night?

So, I maaaaaay have forgotten about freebie Friday on Friday. It's my thing lately, being forgetful. But I did remember to make the video!

And here it is!

Hope you had a great weekend!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Oh wow.

It's sort of crazy how crazy I am. I TOTALLY forgot to post a winner yesterday and I must confess, that I was completely distracted by being lazy. I don't know what the weather has been like for you all, but it has been DISGUSTING here! So rainy and overcast and cold. And it's JUNE. WTF!? All my productive house plans went out the window, traded in for a lazy day doing some shopping, lunching, and then watching a movie on the couch. Because that's obviously what really needed doing yesterday, right?

Anyway, the winner of all the spring-inspired goodies is:

Jill has left a new comment on your post "Oops! Almost forgot Freebie Friday!":

You are loved and you have friends. I look forward to Fridays just so I can see what you have to say! Have you tried a Moscow Muel? They are really good. Ginger beer, lime juice, mint and vodka! It is really refreshing on a warm day. Oprah had it on one of her shows. I know you want creative inspiration, but drinking on may give you just that!!! I had a blast on the blog hop. They should do that more often.

Posted by Jill to Britt's Blog {Paisley Lane Design Studio} at Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:01:00 AM PDT

Congrats, Jill! I am always game to try a new drink, and this sounds totally amazing! The perfect inspiration!! Send me your info at and I'll get that package out to you asap!!

This week is a break week for me and Freebie Friday. I've really got to hunker down and get some projects done - it's crazy how fast those deadlines sneak up on you! I'll definitely be using all the amazing inspiration you have all left me! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!