Travel Mercies

Hey Y'all,

If someone's loved one is coming home for a visit, your friend may ask for travel mercies.  Or if your friend is leaving home on a trip, they may ask for travel mercies.  Simply travel mercies are prayers for safety for loved ones or friends who are traveling.

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge's theme is to created something travel mercy related.  You can find out more about the challenge here.  I heard about it from the kind and talented Yoonsun Hur on her amazing blog  Rejoicing Crafts.

I decided to make two cards for this challenge.  For my first card I used a piece of mono printing that I had made previously.  If you want to know more about gelli plates click here for a post about that.  Then I stamped my Bitty Balloon stamp on a piece of scrap paper.  I'm all about using up the scraps.  I quickly colored it with copic markers, cut it out and glued it on my mono print panel.  I printed my sentiment on the computer.  If the stamp doesn't say what you want make what you wish on your computer:  just type it and print it!  A few little hearts finished the panel.  I glued the panel to some white card stock.

For my second card I stamped my Bitty Bike stamp on a diagonal across the entire card front in charcoal gray.  Then I took another scrap of mono printing, stamped the bike one more time and then stamped peace from my Fruits of the Spirit Stamp Set.

I really enjoyed this challenge a lot and appreciate Yoonsun for sharing it with me.  Now you are invited.

Blessings and mercies,

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Bitty Balloon Stamp
Gelli Plate
Acrylic Paint
Copic Markers
glue pen
Bitty Bike Stamp
Charcoal Gray ink pad
Fruits of the Spirit Stamp Set
Tombow tape runner

Gelli Plate Projects

gelli prints

Hi y'all,

One of my crafty friends decided that we should try gelli plates and she got one for both of us.  I  think we both fell in love with the possibilities and the fun of making monoprints pretty quickly.

Here is a simple tutorial if you, too are a little curious about the gelli plate.

So why is mono printing cool? It had endless possibilities. You can make collage pieces for your art journal, you can make card backgrounds, and if you can't find the perfect piece of patterned paper you can make your own.

Collage pieces for an art journal
card background
custom paper
I like to mix a  little acrylic paint right on my plate, and smooth it and blend it with a brayer. I usually can take two prints, one less vivid then the other.  You can wipe your plate clean with water and cloth between color choices if you want, but I don't because I like other colors to sneak in for more interest.  

You can also "clean" your brayer off on scratch paper, but I just press my print with it.  Having paint on both sides gives me more options..  And I am a hard core recycler and try not to make to much waste. 

The top paper is the print and the bottom is the ghost print.

You can add more paint and lay a stencil or mask on top and press your background paper it.  You usually can pull a ghost print, too.

I was definitely on a gelli roll!  I love using my gelli plate and I recommend you try it.  A student 3x5 plate is not expensive.  Just remember perfection is not the goal--interest is.  And it's a little messy so cover that work space!

Happy printing,


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paper -- I used scrap paper from my hubby's print shop ( I'm a recycler), but you can get special gelli paper, or use mixed media or water color paper.

Sea Art Journal

Hi Y'all,

I just love warm weather so it's a good thing I live in Texas, isn''t it?  Lately, even though it's warm I'm still dreaming of the beach and the fresh saltwater.  This inspired me to make an art journal page and here's a tutorial.
There are two good things to remember when art journaling: 1.  Perfection is not the goal, but expression is  and 2. keep adding layers until you like it.  This journal page is an example of that.
Sea art journal page

Tiny Tree Ring Stamp as a sand dollar

Tiny Tree Ring Stamp as wave texture

I will admit to you that my workhorse for art journaling is my Tiny Tree Ring stamp.  It adds a lot of detail to backgrounds.  I've used it to make flowers, too.  What can't it do?

Sweet sea dreams,


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Distress Ink Colors: chipped sapphire, tumbled glass, stormy sky, peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon
Sparkly Fluff
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Perfect Pearls Mist
Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Watercolor Easter Eggs

Hi y'all,
I was a lucky girl and just wrapped up spring break.  There's something about stretches of unscheduled time that let's creativity blossom.  My creativity blossomed into watercolor eggs.
watercolor eggs
I chose to go with an artistic look and didn't even attempt realism.  They are surprisingly easy to do.  Here is a video tutorial to show you how.

I think I like them best just left on water color paper, but they did look adorable cut out on a card.

I also just used watercolors, too with very nice results.

You've got this.  Give it a try!



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Materials:  All materials are either from my own shop Pink Bunkadoo or are an affiliate link from Amazon where I get most of my supplies because I live in the sticks.

For the eggs:

For the watercolor panel:

Fruits of the Spirit Stamp set from Pink Bunkadoo

For the card

Cricut Explore 2 air for frame, grass, and personally designed sentiment

Stamp of the Week: Petite Mason Jar

Hi Y'all,
I wanted to shine a little love on my Petite Mason Jar.  It is designed to fit and a card front and still have room to hold some tall flowers.  I've discovered that it is quite happy holding a lot of other things too.   See pictures below.
My Petite Mason Jar Holding it Together

I made this distress background card.  Watch the video below to find out more:

It's my first attempt at a real video and I want you to know that I use a fancy set up which includes a bag of pinto beans as a counter balance.  Judge gently.

Here are a few other cards in which I have used my Petite Mason Jar:

Thanks for dropping by!



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Mixed Media Motherboards Make Future Projects Easy!

Hi y'all,

There are days when we are pressed for time and others when we our schedules are less trying.  On those rare days, when I find an hour or so of time in my craft room I like to make a motherboard.  Not the computer kind.  Definitely not.

A motherboard is a large piece of cardstock, watercolor paper or some other heavy weight paper that is created for card backgrounds or die cutting.
Detail from Motherboard

Detail from Motherboard

Painting gesso all over seals my paper and helps other products move and blend more easily.  I covered my mixed media paper with it.   Then I grabbed turquoise paint and yellow paint, squirted it on my paper and spread it with my brayer.
painting with a brayer
I used one stencil to add texture with embossing paste and another stencil with heavy gesso.
I doodled on the paper with white pan pastel and my favorite Sharpie ball point pen.  That pen writes over everything!  Using my smallest Doodle Blossoms Flowers I stamped all over the paper.
Doodle Blossoms

Now it's ready for any and everything.  On those busy, busy days when I need to make a card I'm halfway there.
quick card!

Try using your favorite colors and make a motherboard.  It's fun and stress free, and saves you time.


Here's another example of a motherboard here.

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Groovy Pink and Orange

Hey y'all,

Last week I shared a Paper Artsy Challenge about pink and orange.  You can check it out here.  I had never really used pink and orange together and once I started playing with it, I found I couldn't stop!  You can tell by this journal page.  It was inspired by some tags by Tracy that I saw on the Paper Artsy Blog.

Groovy, Baby!
Here's how I did it:  I gessoed my page and than using Dylusions sprays, I sprayed my page all over twisting and turning until I got the coverage that I wanted. I even sprayed water to move the ink.   When it dried, I scraped texture paste through my favorite flower stencil--Flower Frenzy by Crafters Workshop.  I like to let texture paste dry over night.
texture detail

I found an image I liked of a hippie from Graphic Stock, but I needed her to be made of sturdier stuff.  I used my Cricut Aire to cut out a flower from brown paper stock. I stuck that on my journal with gel medium.  Using the hippie image, I cut out the head shape from card stock and colored it with my Copic markers. This woman is a nod to my mom back in the day.  I cut some sunglasses from a scrap of white cardstock, penned in her nose and eyebrows, and colored in a mouth.

With a pencil, I wrote my sentiment.  I colored it in with a white paint pen and then traced around it.

I definitely giggled when I was done.  I highly recommend you check out the challenge and join in the fun!

Peace out,

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