Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Artiscape was WONDERFUL!

 I had such a great time with Judy Hauffe and Jo Warner at Artiscape this past week. Everything was perfect...the food, the classes, the hotel, the shopping, the people....PERFECT.

I finally met friends from social media and rekindled old friendships. I am worn out from all the good times, but ready to use my new inspirations. 

I've already shared these pics on FB, but had to write up a bit about the weekend to share here.

This is from my classes with the incomprable Jen Crossley from Australia. Jen and I "met" through a swap in 2005 and have continued our long-distance friendship for years. I FINALLY got to meet her in person and it was a friendship made in heaven.

This is what I made in her fabulous classes...2 brooches and an etched book that is still in progress, but I absolutely love the cover I shared here.

The theme of Artiscape this year was Paris, and each guest received this lovely Eiffel Tower at their dinner table. Too cool!  

This is the gorgeous brooch, that I am now extremely proud to own, designed and created by Jen Crossley. She is sooooooooo talented. If you ever get the chance to take her class you will not be disappointed. She is as brilliant as she is fun! Just an an amazing human being.

LOVE her to pieces!

She brings out the CRAZY in everyone!

 Always "on" and never, ever, boring! I cannot say enough good things about this fabulous lady....well, maybe lady was laying it on a bit thick....just kidding...she's a HOOT!

This is from my Transfer Technique class with Serena Barton. I learned so much and really love how these 2 transfers on 9x12 canvas board turned out. Take her classes when you can, she is amazing!

And this is a piece I made in Rose Huart's calligraphy class. The fluid technique was really fun and not intimidating. Must try more of these!

So if you get the chance to go next year to Artiscape or take classes with these Artist's in the future I think you'll be amazed.

Thanks again to Judy and Jo for letting me tag along, it was a fabulous trip!

Hugs to all,


Friday, April 10, 2015

Mica Power Painted Spring Tag for Prima Blog

Today Prima is spotlighting 4 Artists projects from the Finnabair Creative Team using the amazing new Finnabair Mica Powders!

My tag has Butterflies and Twigs painted with Soft Gloss Gel and Mica Powders.

I mixed Gold Mica Powder and 3D Gloss Gel to use with the Butterfly stencil. When dry, I stamped with black archival ink using the Tea on Deck cling stamp. 

I randomly added white gel pen accents with the Bubble stencil. White really makes the colors pop.  

So check out the links and don't forget to jump over to the

 for more indepth steps and the other Artist's projects! They ARE gorgeous!


Prima Products: SoftGloss Gel , 3DGloss Gel , Elementals - Butterfly Stencil , Elementals - Bubble Stencil , Finnabair - Cling Stamp - Tea On Deck, Finnabair Mica Powders – Green, Gold, Teal, Pink, Lipstick and Purple, Prima Sizzix Thinlits – Winged Beauties, Prima Flowers.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Retro Cafe Art Feathers All Dressed Up!

It's been awhile, we've been doing a Kitchen Re-Make and it takes a great deal of time and thought....I'm glad to see light at the end of the tunnel.

But Spring has finally arrived, the birds are all a-twitter, and Feathers are on my mind.

When I saw Kristin's laser-cut Feathers I knew I had to play with them. They are so beautifully designed!!!

Find them here at:

This one is probably my favorite, but I love them all.

I start with a base-coating the chipboard with Heavy White Gesso. I paint a whole batch of pieces at one time to make it easier later.

Then I add layers of paint made by mixing Finnabair's Soft Gloss Gel with her gorgeous Mica Powders. 

 I start with dipping my brush into the Gel and then picking up the Power from the jar with the brush. Mix them on your craft sheet or a piece of left-over packaging. It dries rather quickly, so I only do one color at a time. 

You can add more than one layer and blend colors.

Here you see how I added colors over the top of others and outlined the Feathers with a black Sharpie pen to create contrast and make the colors pop....as they say.

I wanted to try my Finn's Glass Glitter on one of the Feathers, so I brushed on more Gel and sprinkled different colors of Glitter, one color at a time, onto the Feather. I think it turned out pretty cool!

The Feathers come in different sizes and can be cut from Masonite and chipboard. So check out the links and get to work!!!


Products from RCAG:
Finnabair-Art Basics-Heavy White Gesso
Finnabair-Art Basics - Soft Gloss Gel
Finnabair-Art Ingredients -  Mica Powder - Copper, Teal, Purple, Blue, and Pink.
Finnabair-Art Ingredients - Glass Glitter - Midnight Blue, Violet, Pitch Black, and Velvet.