Find Beauty In Chaos Art Journal Tutorial

Hello hello hello everyone… I hope you all have been having an amazing new year!

It is a journey to learn and to grow. It is a journey where we can find beauty in chaos of every day life we go through. Believe me, my friend, you can do it!

Today, I have an art journal page and a tutorial to share with you. Head over to the STAMPlorations Blog to read the full tutorial post and pictures.

So… I started…with creating the base background. Using a brayer, I added the acrylic paints (purple and teal) and mixed media metallic art screen ink (silver and gold). I dried each time I added layer of color with craft heater. And then, using my finger I added the white gesso to add extra texture on the page and to mute some of the colors. I dried it again with craft heater.

I mixed the texture paste and fine glitter to create glitter paste. I added it on the page using the palette knife and Rosegarden ARTplorations Stencil. I dried the roses with craft heater. But be careful when you dry the texture paste, cannot be over heated, it will bubbly.

I scribble the Distress Crayons on the flowers and then using the water brush I blended the colors. If you don’t have water brush, you simply dib your finger in the water and gently rub on the pigment. It works, too. After all colors blended well on the roses, I dried them again with the craft heater.

I added some paint splatters all over the page with the Marabu Art Spray.And then dried the paint with craft heater.

I stamped the images from the Mixed Media Elements 5×7 Stamp Set around the page borders using the VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink Pad. Be careful not to touch the stamped image becuase the pigment ink takes time to dry. I speed up the ink drying with craft heater so I can continue to stamp.

Next, I stamped the sentiment using the Beauty In Chaos – Says It Big Series Stamp and VersaFine Clair Charming Pink Ink Pad. And I dried it with craft heater. 

Using the Shutters ARTplorations Stencil and a make up sponge, I added the blue mixed media metallic art screen ink on the page. Dried them again with craft heater.

Next step is stamping the arrows from the Mixed Media Grunge 5×7 Stamp Set around the sentiment with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis Ink Pad. And then I dried it with craft heater.

To make the sentiment quote pop up, I traced the outline of the letters with Sakura Micron Pen. This is my favorite pen to write on mixed media page. It has india permanent ink.

I added more paint splatters on the page with white acrylic paint and fan paint brush. I dried the whole page one more time with craft heater. And the art journal page is done. I hope you enjoy this post today. For more inspirations, visit the STAMPlorations Blog.

I hope you all will join the STAMPlorations January Mixed Media Challenge. The more you link up, more chances you have to win the prizes!!! And… if you use any STAMPloratios products, you can also link your project at the STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

You don’t have any STAMPlorations products yet??? No worries… you can use the free digital stamp from STAMPlorations on any of your projects to join their challenges all month long. Go ahead to grab it here today!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day.

Mixed Media Tutorial | Coffee Wood Slice Ornament

Hello hello hello everyone… I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. And… Christmas is just around the corner now and I don’t know about you, but everyone in our house is excited, especially the kiddos for sure.

It’s no secret that my husband and I are coffee lovers… and I think we need another coffee theme ornament this year. Today, I have a picture tutorial how to make this mixed media coffee wood slice ornament at STAMPlorations Blog.

I used 3″ pre-drilled wood slice that I got from Amazon for this project. You will need stencil, die set, stamp set, brushes, foam brush, gesso, texture paste, gel medium (or modge podge), permanent archival ink pads, cardstock, and craft heater. And you will need some times to spend to create this ornament becuase the drying each layer is needed.

  • First, add some gesso on the wood slice surface using flat brush or foam brush. Let it completely dry.
  • Add the texture/modeling paste on the wood with the Dot’s ‘n Beans ARTplorations Stencil using the palette knife (or old credit card will work, too).
  • While the texture paste still wet, sprinkle some clear glitter embossing powder.
  • Heat set the embossing powder with craft heaters. Do not over heat it becuase the gesso and texture paste can start bubbly.
  • Apply thin coat of Mod Podge or Gel Medium and let it dry.
  • Stamp the coffee cup from the What’s Brewing Stamp Set with archival black ink pad on red cardstock and white cardstock.
  • Add some silver metallic watercolor splatter on the red cup.
  • Fussy cut the red cup, and fussy cut just the lid and sleeve from the white cardstock.
  • Add the lid and sleeve on top of the red cup with adhesive glue.
  • Add the cup on top of the wood slice ornament with gel medium and add some thin coat on top of the cup also to seal it.
  • Cut the coffee word using the Coffee Word Die CUTplorations out of metallic cardstock.
  • Add the coffee word die cut on top of the cup with gel medium and add some thin coat on top of the cup also to seal it.
  • Add the twine on the ornament and tie it up.

It is done. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and can try it to make your own personalized ornaments for this Holiday seasons. Before you go… enjoy this 20% OFF your order at STAMPlorations Store by using my coupon code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day!


Color By Faith Bible Journaling | Matthew 13:45-46

Hello everyone… Today I have a Bible journaling page to share with you all from Gospel of Matthew chapter 13, verse 45-46. I love the truth that we can find from this passage.

the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”

The Lord came to search for us and to find us. He left his own kingdom, came down to live among us and to die for us becuase He loves us so much and we are His “precious pearls.” Isn’t that one amazing truth?

I am sharing the project process at Joy Clair Blog today that I created using the new Color By Faith – Bible Journaling Stamp Sets: Pearl of Great Price Stamp Set and  Light Bulb Moment Stamp Set, Gelatos, VersaFine Clair Ink Pads, Leisure Arts Watercolor Pencils, Deco Foil Transfer Gel, Deco Foil Sheet, and Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!


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DIY Mini Hoop Ornament | Dreaming of Christmas

Graciellie Design

Hello everyone… One of my favorites Christmas projects to make is ornament. And today, I have a mini hoop ornament to share with you all.

I made these mini hoop ornaments couple of years ago with stamps and diecuts for my kid’s teacher gifts. But this mini hoop ornament, I created using the Dreaming of Christmas Digital Stamp, one of the new digital stamps and the Holiday Tradition Digital Papers from Graciellie Design.

I love using the Silhouette Print-and-Cut feature when working with digital stamps. It enables me to print the image and then cut it with my Silhouette Cameo.

First, I open the poinsettia cone bouquet image from the Dreaming of Christmas Digital Stamp with my Silhouette Studio Designer software, resized it to fit on the mini hoop, and then I created the cutting line with Trace Tool.

Before I printed it, I turned on the Print-n-Cut feature on the Silhouette.

I printed them on a Mixed Media paper with Canon inkjek printer.

After the printing, I put it on Silhouette Cutting Mat and cut it with Silhouette Cameo.

I dried the image with craft heater just to make sure the ink is really dry before the coloring.

I colored them with Arteza Real Brush Pens. These brush pens blend really well even without water.

I printed the musical pattern from the Holiday Tradition Digital Papers from Graciellie Design on a white cardstock.

I use the mini hoop to trace the circle on the printed paper and then I cut it with scissors.

I added it on the hoop with permanent dries-clear glue and I added couple clear stamping blocks to hold it down until the glue completely dry.

I scribble some of the Tim Holtz Gold Distress Crayon at all the side of the hoop and use my finger to blend it creating that gold shadow on the paper.

I added the poinsettia cone bouquet on the hoop with the permanent dries-clear glue and let it dried.

And then I printed the sentiment from the Dreaming of Christmas Digital Stamp on a white cardstock, added it on the hoop with the same permanent glue, and then trimmed off the extra paper.

I added some of the Tim Holtz Gold Distress Crayon on the sentiment edges and then blended it with finger.

I added some of the natural burlap twine on the hoop screw and it is done. I hope you all like this project. I will make more with other digital stamps for gifts.

Gracie has a huge sale going on at her Etsy store right now. You can get the digital stamp set I use today also on this Christmas Bundle Sale that you can save 50% Off on those 4 sets!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you all have a fabulous day!!!


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Mixed Media Tutorial: 1 Stencil, 3 Mixed Media CAS Cards

Hello everyone… Today I am super excited… It is my first time posting a mixed media tutorial. I have 3 mixed media CAS cards to share with you that I created only with 1 stencil.

Head over to STAMPlorations blog to read my full tutorial on how to create these three mixed media CAS cards. I hope you all enjoy and try this tutorial today.

Oh and… when you use any STAMPlorations products on your projects, you can also link it up at STAMPlorations Neverending Anything Goes Challenge:

Before you all go…. Here’s a special discount code for you to use at STAMPlorations StoreSTAMPGIRLHELEN to save 20% OFF on all your order.

Here are the STAMPlorations products I use today on these cards:


THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by today! Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Harvest Blessings Foiled Shaker Card

Gracillie Design

Hello everyone… I hope you all enjoy your weekend with your loved ones and ready for the new week. Today, I have a foiled shaker card with non-traditional colors for Fall season.

This week, Gracie releases several beautiful new digital stamp sets. I use the Harvest Blessings Digital Stamp Set on my shaker card today. And I created a patterned foiled acetate for the shaker window. I am so happy that it can be done with digital stamps!

To make this foiled shaker card, you will need these supplies:

I started with creating the ombre watercolored background. It is very simple to paint. First, I added some water with flat brush on a piece of watercolor paper. Then I picked up the pink watercolor paper from the Koi Watercolor Palete with small flat brush. I used wet-on-wet technique on this background. I added color on the top of the card only and I let the water does the work spreading the color, with little help of the small flat brush. I set it aside to dry white.

To create the foiled acetate window is very easy to make. Here are the steps:

  • Pre-heat the laminating machine.
  • Open the flower image with photo editing program or Microsoft Word works too.
  • Resize the image, duplicate it, and then arrange them to fill the 8.5″ x 11″ size paper.
  • Load a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ acetate plastic on the paper carrier of a Laser Printer. Ink Jet printer won’t work with this technique.
  • Print the images in black and white
  • VERY CAREFUL when you get the printed acetate from your computer. The ink can smear or wipe off the plastic easily.
  • Carefully trimmed the plastic into 2 piece of 8.5″ x 5.5″ size using paper trimmer.
  • Add the printed acetate, ink face up in between baking paper that I used as foiling carrier.
  • Add the foil paper on top of the printed acetate.
  • Run it through the foiling machine.
  • Grab it from the other side and remove the foil.

I trimmed the foiled acetate into 5.5″ x 4.25″

I cut out couple of white cardstock using 2 sizes of the Rectangle Dies to create the frame. And then I added the acetate on the frame using the dries-clear adhesive glue. I added big clear stamping block on it to hold the acetate on place while the glue drying. It was about a minute and then I added 3D foam tape around the inside of the frame.

I added the watercolor background on the card base with the adhesive glue.

Next, I added some of the gold assortment sequins and sprinkled some of the giant glitter in the middle of the card.

I added the shaker frame on top of the sequins and glitter and pressed it down to make sure all secured and glued.

I trimmed the sentiment that I printed on white cardstock and added it on the card.

The card is done. I hope this card give you an inspiration to create today. Thank you so much for stopping by!


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Hello Fall

The Cut Shoppe

Hello everyone… We are at the last day of August already! Kids are back to school and Fall is on its way. It is one of my favorite seasons.

Today I am up at The Cut Shoppe Blog sharing this Hello Fall card using the The Cut Shoppe cut files.

On this card, I used Fall themed patterned paper that I have on my stash for the background. I use the pumpkin border from Fall Finds Cut Files and create the border for the card. I open the file with Silhouette Studio Software and ungroup them. I drew a rectangle. I resized both the pumpkin border image and rectangle into 5.25″ width. After that I weld them together.

I cut it with my Silhoeutte Cameo light using orange cardstock and then I added the backing cardstock using dark orange color. I trimmed the extra with micro-trip scissors.

For the sentiment for this card, I used one of the phrases from the Oakley Avenue Cut Files. I opened the file and ungroup them. I grouped back the word “hello” and “fall” and then resized them to fit on the card. I cut several of them with heavyweight white cardstock.

I decided to add some gold foil on the pumpkins. So, I added tacky glue on the lines using felt bullet tip glue pen (I used Martha Stewart brand). I let it dried till it turn clear and then I added the gold foil paper on it. Some of the glue dried completely but I kindda like how the gold foil on the pumpkin becuase of it. It look like distressed gold pumpkins now…

I added the patterned paper on the white card with adhesive glue, and then I added the gold pumpkin border. After that I added the sentiment at the space on the pumpkin border.

The card is done. I hope you all enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by and may you all have a wonderful day!


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Simon Says: Fall/Autumn

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