foxy dude

be adventurous, VLVS, ALL

Good morning, and happy Friday!! :) I just wanted to pop in really quickly to share this card I made for Viva Las VegaStamps! This is a redeemed art journal page, hehe. I had a page all set, and really messed it up, so I cut out the fox and the surrounding watercolor, and added some blendy watercolor pencil lines. I put him on a white card with some stamped and stenciled background, added a few embellishments…and voila…a cute card!!

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I am happy that my sweet fox found a purpose, and my work wasn’t in vein.
Thanks so much for having a look today, and have a lovely start to your weekend. <3

Inspire Happiness- 100 Proof Press

Hello all and good morning! I’m excited to share a little piece I made using 100 Proof Press stamps, as a new design team member! I am pretty sure I have ink on my heart, stamped with red rubber stamps. 100 Proof has some lovely vintage and unique images that make my heart flutter with happiness.
inspire happiness full, allassiter 100proof

I made this little piece using a stack of vintage book pages that I just stapled into a mini canvas. I created a mixed media background, with lots of paint, and then added some stenciling, as well as background stamping with the Profit and Loss stamp. I stamped the Danita Angel, coloring her hair and areas I wanted to stamp black, with a Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Big Brush Pen. The rest I used a mixed media ink on, from IMAGINE Crafts. To add her to the page, and give her focus, I used foam adhesive.
angel happiness, 100 proof
To complete my mini canvas, I created a bit of a layered assemblage, using metals and some UmWowStudio chipboard stars from the confetti….which are oh so adorable, as well as a bit of a flourish. :) They are oh so lovely left “naked” too.
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I also used washi tape to secure the edges, and it was complete!

Thanks so much for having a look today! :) I’m very happy you stopped by, and I hope my little angel made you smile!


1948- Mixed Media Layout {Background Tutorial}

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Welcome back to the gnome home, friends! I’m excited to share a layout with you today, that I created using the Scraps of Darkness Weathered and Worn kit. This kit brought to mind my dad (not that he’s weathered and worn), because he loves all things “fix it,” antiques, seeing the potential in something run down, farm life, and everything this kit encompasses. :)
1948 full cropped, allassiter
Because I knew I was going to make a very textural mixed media background, I decided to film the process, as many of you have asked me to “teach you!” Hehe. Until I can come and teach at a store near you (like I dream of), maybe this will suffice?

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The photo is of my daddy at 5 years old, as he started first grade. His little smile is so adorable, he was just as sweet and good hearted then as now.
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My biggest challenge in creating this layout, was staying masculine. With all these females in my life, I’m so used to adding a feminine touch to nearly everything! I think I did alright….but it was something I had to constantly keep in mind.
Thanks so much for having a look today, and I hope you enjoy the inspiration and video.
Big hugs,

Viva Las VegaStamps! and Stencil Girl


Hello and welcome to The Sparkling Gnome, and to the Viva Las VegaStamps! and Stencil Girl blog hop! You should have arrived from Karen’s blog. Today we’re hopping along to share inspiration with stamps and stencils, and leaving a comment (like little happy bread crumbs that makes our bloggers smile) can give you the chance to win a fantastic prize!
Here is my offering for you today:

Secret Garden, FULL, SG VLVS BH

I created this little mixed media bingo card canvas, I call “The Secret Garden.” The background is created using several different mists and paints, all smoothed together using a brayer.
moon sneak peek, sg, vlvs

For the little mandala/halo around the happy moon, I stenciled using StencilGirl seeds, with 13 Arts modeling paste, gesso, and paints. I liked the gradient/ombre effect.
I used several Viva Las VegaStamps! background stamps-checkerboard, cursive writing, and washi grid as well as the inside out  stencil.

flower swirl, girl, SG, VLVS
I created the little garden vignette with the line of grass , and girl in princess costume, which I watercolored for a dreamy effect.
The papers and embellishments came from the Scraps of Darkness July kit “believe”, except for that fabulous chipboard flourish, which is from UmWowStudio. :)
I hope maybe you were inspired by your visit to the gnome hole today, and maybe you’ll become a follower! For sure, if you leave me a comment, you will be entered to win this fabulous prize:
Next, you will be hopping to the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog…so hop skip and jump! If you need to go back and see the other lovely projects from the participants, here is the list:
Linda Kittmer:
Karen Knight:
Amy Lassiter (you are here):
Viva Las VegaStamps!:

From Previous Days:
Mary Beth Shaw:
Mary Nasser:
DeeDee Catron:
Glenda Tkalac:
Viva Las VegaStamps!:

Stencil Girl:
Janet Joehlin:
Julia Kellogg:
Tina Walker:
Natasha Serova:

Stencil Girl:
Gwen Lafleur:
Kristin Reed:

Vintage Style Britophile Canvas

Britophile canvas, VLVS!
I’m happy to share a canvas I made for my daughter, who is a serious Britophile. She loves ALLL things UK. I wanted to make something that encompassed all things she loves about Brit style, and so I started with a 12×12 canvas board, and strips of vintage style papers. I arranged the torn strips in a loose interpretation of the union jack, and adhered with Mod Podge. To distress the background, I added several mists in light browns, and rolled over them with a brayer to blend. I used the cracked background stamp to add more “distressing,” and to go with the tea theme, I stamped with the coffee ring stain stamp. To give the stamp a more muted look, I went over it using the blunt end of a paintbrush, and actual coffee in small amount.

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stamping close, brito

I took a thrift store teacup, and broke it (that was a funny happening, oh boy), adding half to the canvas with E6000. I misted over the cup with brown mist, to give it a vintage look, and then stamped the London telephone booth with Memento ink in tuxedo black. I sprayed over it with fixative once dry, to keep it safe for misting and watercolor. I misted/brayered, and then painted using red watercolor. I like the faded appearance it gives. I also stamped the Big Ben using Delicata Ink, by Imagine Crafts in gold, and fussy cut it out. I added them “inside the teacup, along with a teabag, and embellished. Because I thought the canvas needed a little extra movement, I finished by stamping with the color wheel lines.
floral flourish, brito
Thanks so much for having a look today, my lovies. And THANK YOU for your kind and encouraging comments. If you leave me a comment, I am genuinely over the moon, and I love you for it. I can’t thank you enough for your time. <3

Create Bingo Card Canvas

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I found a REALLY old vintage bingo card book in my stash when I was getting ready to move. I packed it with me, and I think these cards are fun for making mini canvases. I used the Scraps of Darkness kit “believe” for this canvas. I have waited somewhat impatiently for this cute and edgy stamp from Stampotique…a crafter girl with punk style. I was taken with her, because she reminds me of myself….only substantially thinner. ;)
I created a background using different bright paints and mists from 13 Arts, and a brayer. I also have an addiction to ink splashes. Oh ink splashes, you complete me.
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Before using this kit, I was not a fan of rub ons. I think that rub ons conspire against me, to only let me add half of one, or not come off at all. This time, these Tim Holtz rub ons worked pretty well, and I love the look. :)
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I added a flourish from UmWowStudio, and ribbon and flowers from the kit, as well as some vintage trims I had. And in no time…I had this fun little canvas. :)
Thanks so much for having a peek, and big hugs!

Abandoned to Nature

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I’m back to share another layout created for Scraps of Darkness! The “Believe” kit is just so perfect for this colorful summer: savoring the bright sun, blue skies, colorful flowers, swimming pools, and graceful butterflies. I was inspired to use a photo I had taken of a rural abandoned house, that has always been such a haunting presence for me. There were purple thistles and long grasses in the yard, and as the sun set, it was a perfect setting to photograph. I decided to create my piece around the Scraps of Darkness mood board once again, while pulling colors from the photo as well. I am not used to creating around a photo of something other than a person….so this was a challenge for me.
believe bottom cluster flower

The butterflies in the BoBunny Enchanted Garden papers, printed on what look like old book pages, were perfect for layering up. The dragonflies from Renea Bouquets are just divine, and add a delicate and unique bit of color and life to the page. I also misted some of the Blue Fern chipboard, as well as a piece of UmWowStudio chip, to give a pop of contrasting color.

Believe nature, rubon bg

The background is many layers of paint, with quite a bit of not so obvious stenciling. :) I used the Tim Holtz rub ons to give some vintage touches to areas around the 12×12 piece.

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All in all, I am very pleased with this page. I think it is free and easy looking, with an art journal page type feel. :)

Have a fabulous day, and I’ll be back again soon, blogging from the gnome hole. ;)


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