April Showers

Continuing the theme of spring and showers, we’ve created a layout today. We were inspired by the DCWV Sketch for April for this one and used papers from ‘The Solstice” Collection.


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Distress Spray Stains

Today we are at the Craftsneed Blog, continuing our post on distress products and dwelling into the spray stains by Tim Holtz, manufactured by Ranger Ink.

These are the most sought after products in the mixed media and crafting world. People use them for different purposes, however, we still think there is a lot to explore.

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“60 colors that include White Picket Fence and 3 metallics are available in the first release of Distress Spray Stains. The same fluid, water reactive formula crafters have come to love in the Distress Stains is now available in a spray format.The 1.9 fl. oz Distress Spray Stains feature a quality mist sprayer. Use for quick and easy ink coverage on porous surfaces.”

Spray through stencils, layer colours, spritz with water and watch the colour mix & blend.These inks are great for backgrounds, stamping, stenciling, embossing, colouring & shading. They work well with the other products in the distress range like paints, sprays, crayons, markers, etc.

We’ll take you through few of the different techniques with the sprays. For convenience, we stuck to using Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke and Scattered Straw for all the techniques.

  1. Backgrounds- These are great to create backgrounds. Spray directly on your paper, spritz water and heat set. Water lightens the colour, so if you like brighter shades add the sprays will lesser water. Another way of doing it is to spray the colours on the craft mat, spritz water as you desire and lift the colour on your work surface (paper/tag, etc..)  by swirling it on the craft mat. Dry with the heat tool after each lift to set the colour and continue lifting colour. You can go on and stop once you’re happy. In between spritz water as that creates some marvellous effects especially where two colours blend.                                                                                                            FullSizeRender 99
  2. Stenciling – Use a stencil and spray your colours through it.  You can use two- three different stencils on one surface. You can add two-three colours also. These create great backgrounds as well as ready projects. Once you spray through a stencil, you can lift and take another print by overturning a stencil on the surface. Another great effect can be achieved by spritzing water through a stencil on an inked background.         FullSizeRender 101
  3. Stamping-  You can use them with clear acrylic as well as rubber stamps. These are water based inks remember? So when stamping you’ll achieve a watercolour effect. You could mist the stamp with water (without any ink) and stamp it on an inked background. This lifts the colour, with the stamp design appearing.FullSizeRender 103
  4. Colouring/Shading- These are great for water-colouring your stamped images as well. Simply use a water brush and the ink. You can spray some on your mat or acrylic block. FullSizeRender 96
  5. Distressing- The spray stains are great for distressing the surface especially paper to achieve a grungy, vintage or shabby-chic look. This is best achieved with the brown tones. Run the edges of the paper on the craft mat where you spray and this gives a great watercolour effect.FullSizeRender 104
  6. Embossing-  You can also use it for the resist- emboss technique. Stamp an image using Versa mark and heat emboss it using clear embossing powder. Spray the stains and let dry. Wipe the embossed image for it to magically appear.

The other distress products are also as versatile as the spray stains and can be used with each other to create final projects. We’ve used the above swatches with inks and oxides to create this tag.

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Hope you’re inspired:)! Happy crafting!

Miss Daisy Stamps


Hello everyone,

Today we’re at the Through The Craftroom Door blog for this week’s ATG challenge and some inspiration.

Our Sponsor this week is  Miss. Daisy Stamps. They are offering 4 Digi stamps to the winner this week.


Jennifer Nilsson Art  ♥︎  Mari Digis  ♥︎  Miss Daisy’s Collection ♥︎  We Are 3.  Join us at Miss Daisy Stamps Create & Share Facebook Group to meet the artists,  share fun & inspiration, receive freebies and special deals. See you there!

Here are their social media links:

Miss. Daisy Stamps website

Facebook page

Facebook group

We created a card using Lizzie Stamp image from the store:

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Hop on to other member’s blogs for more inspiration:

Do check out the current challenge here and participate:)!

Cherish Spring

April is such a fun month, with spring, light showers and colours around. Today we were inspired by the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Mood-board and created this spring layout.


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Here are some close ups:

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Products used:

This project was submitted for:

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Color Challenge April

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Explosion Box

Hello guys,

Today we’re at the Rainbow Craftykari Blog, with an inspiration for the ongoing challenge. Do check the challenge here.

Onto the creation. We’ve created a Birthday Theme Explosion Box for a girl.

We’ve used the Fairy Land Paper Pack by Papericious for this box.

The first box, opens to one layer, with triangular pockets using pearlescent cardstock in the pack on the four flaps to insert photos. We’ve decorated these with some flowers. Inside this, is a smaller box, that opens to two layers and a decorated 3 D cake inside. We’ve decorated the inside with flowers, and some sentiment words like beautiful, love, enjoy, etc die cut using sizzix dies. We’ve followed the colours of the challenge for this creations. Some embellishments have been fussy cut from the sheet in the paper pack.

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Here are pictures of how it looks inside:

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Hope you’re inspired and looking forward to your creations for the challenge:)!



Inspired by the More Than Words, April Challenge, we’ve created a layout.

Dream, one word with a deep meaning. We’ve used black, white and orange for our  mixed media layout, and depicted dream using the word as well as our imagery (bubbles, stars, butterflies, flowers)

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Here are some close ups:

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This project was submitted at

More Than WordsApril Challenge 

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Cupcake album

Today we’re at the Crafts Need Blog with a simple fun tutorial. With some new wooden products at the store, making albums has become easy.

Today we’re using the cupcake wooden set and creating a fun album. This album is gender neutral.

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Supplies used:

  • MDF Cupcake album base
  • Papericious- The Vintage Attire
  • Plaid Mod Podge Matte
  • Fine Artist White Gesso
  • Liquitex Glass Beads
  • Art Basics White Crackle Paste
  • Fevicrycl Acrylic Paints- Prussian Blue, Dark Brown
  • Distress Ink- Walnut Stain
  • Cutter
  • Sand Paper- 320 gsm
  • Inka Gold- Old silver and Turquoise
  • Eno Greetings- 3 D stickers
  • Doily
  • Fevicol
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Sponge

Step 1: Let’s begin with the pages of the album. Choose 4 12X12 sheets from the paper pack. On the back of each sheet, trace out the shape of the cupcake both front and back and cut.

Step 2: Spread a layer of mod podge on the base and adhere the paper. While doing this make sure you place the paper from the top and press is downward. Use a scrapper tool/an old credit card to do this. This will ensure that the entire surface is stuck to the base without bubbles. Do this to one side of all the four pages.


Step 3: Once done, turn the base around placing it on a cutting mat. Using a cutter, trim the excess paper. Sand the edges moving the sandpaper in a downward motion and then distress with walnut stain.

Step 4: Complete the other sides of the pages in the same manner.

Step 5: To make pockets for the pages, use the leftover pieces from the paper. Keep the base on the paper, trace the cup part and cut. Make sure to trace the whole and punch it out before you stick the pocket. Add glue to the bottom and side only on the edge and stick at the bottom part of the page. Run a bone folder inside the pocket to make sure it opens up.


Step 6: Let’s work on the cover page. To begin with, gesso the front of the page. Next, use the crackle paste and apply on the bottom part. On the top part, apply the glass beads texture and let dry.

Step 7: Using acrylic paint and a sponge add color to the cover. Use Inka gold to highlight the textures running over them with the finger. Paint the back of the cover as well.

Step 8:  Complete all pages and decorate with stickers or other embellishments. Here’s a look at how we completed the pages.We also used some sheets from the paper pack and cut them to make photo mats and tags.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are going to try making your own album.

Here’s a link to the store, you can choose from a variety of bases- http://www.craftsneed.com/laser-cut-outs


Spring And Showers

Hello everyone!

Today we’re at the Mixed Media Mojo blog with another tutorial. We’ve gone with the theme of our current challenge Spring with the twist of Showers.

We started with a 6×6″ white cardstock card. We decided to work on a 5.5″x5.5″ white cardstock panel and then adhere it to our card base.

 Begin with a stencil and 3 D Matte gel. Using a palette knife, spread the gel through the stencil. This gel dries clear and matte and resists any paint on it.

Once dry, add colours onto the background using acrylic paints and a water brush. Water the colours down by spraying water and blending them.

Once the panel is dry, distress the edges with the blades of a scissors. Distress here means to  slightly tear the edges, to give it a ruffled look.

Pick out some elements like paper pieces, picture, string, flowers, etc..

Arrange everything on the card and adhere them down. For dimension, use some foam tape. Using watered down blue acrylic colour add some splashes to create droplets around. Stamp a sentiment on cardstock, cut and distress the edges with Picked Raspberry distress ink and add it onto your card.

Here is the finished card

Hope you enjoyed this! Look forward to your participation in the challenge!

Bugaboo Stamps

Today we’re at the Through the Craftroom Door blog for this week’s challenge and some inspiration using the Bugaboo Stamps. They are offering a $12 Voucher to their store as the prize this week

First here’s a little about them:



Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: A Short Essay

As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was seven years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we’re still growing!  From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you’re bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects.  Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!

Here’s our inspiration using the BUGMEANTTOBFLTH MEANT TO BE FLORAL Stamp

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Do stop by the blog for the current challenge:)!