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. :)
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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.
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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: http://lindakittmer.blogspot.com/2014/08/blog-hop-viva-lasvegastamps-and.html
Karen Knight: http://altered-ink.blogspot.com/2014/08/vlvs-mixed-with-little-stencil-girl.html
Amy Lassiter (you are here): http://sparklinggnome.com/2014/08/11/viva-las-vegas%E2%80%A6d-stencil-girl/
Viva Las VegaStamps!:http://vivalas.blogspot.com/2014/08/stencilgirl-vlvs-day-3.html

From Previous Days:
StencilGirl: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2014/08/stencilgirl-and-vivalasvegastamps-blog.html
Mary Beth Shaw: http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/2014/08/viva-las-vegas-stencilgirl-blog-hop.html
Mary Nasser: http://www.marycnasser.com/blog
DeeDee Catron: http://deedeecatron.blogspot.com/2014/08/vlvs-and-stencilgirl.html
Glenda Tkalac: http://somewhereovertherainbowunicornsdream.blogspot.com/2014/08/viva-las-vegastamps-stencilgirl.html
Viva Las VegaStamps!:http://vivalas.blogspot.com/2014/08/stencilgirl-vlvs-day-1.html

Stencil Girl:http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2014/08/stencilgirl-and-vivalasvegastamps-blog_26.html
Janet Joehlin: http://jjhappyreminders.blogspot.com/2014/08/viva-las-vegas-stamps-and-stencilgirl.html
Julia Kellogg: http://www.juliarankinkellogg.com/blog
Tina Walker:http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com/2014/08/viva-las-vegas-stamps-and-stencilgirl.html
Natasha Serova: http://ur-la-la.blogspot.com/2014/08/vlvs-and-stencilgirl.html
VLVS!: http://vivalas.blogspot.com/2014/08/stencilgirl-vlvs-day-2.html

Stencil Girl: http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2014/08/stencilgirl-and-vivalasvegastamps-blog_27.html
Gwen Lafleur: http://gwenyth.typepad.com/gwen/2014/08/stencilgirl-blog-hop-viva-las-vegastamps.html
Kristin Reed: http://keystrokesandkaleidoscopes.blogspot.com/2014/08/vivalasvegasstamps-stencilgirl-blog-hop.html

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.

tearing, brito

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.
create bingo bottom
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.

top believe photo

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. ;)

One Moment in Time {13 Arts}

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I’m so happy to share a project I created for 13 Arts as a guest designer for the months of August-October. I am so honored to be able to design with such fascinating and beautiful products. I adore the mediums, they are absolutely amazing to work with. This project is created for the August challenge, which uses this beautiful mood board:
13 arts mood board

For this challenge, I was to take inspiration from one of the 4 photos. I used the bottom right photo as my choice. :) I loved the color palette. I used the grey tones in the paper, as well as the flowers, the gorgeous turquoise of the chandelier, and the square small photos in the background.
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I added layers of gesso and modeling paste through UmWowStudio stencils, and added many layers of fantastic 13 Arts mists and paints. I loved how I could add water and combine the mediums into a unique and striking look.
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This photo is of a gate I saw leading to a very overgrown and interesting looking garden, I saw and photographed while we were vacationing at the lake last year. I thought it was intriguing…and had so much interest with the different colored vines growing around.
Thanks for dropping by and having a look today. I hope you’re join in on the challenge…and share your project with me, if you do. :)
Have a great week ahead.
Gnome Kisses,

Supply List:
13 Arts Products-
Fly Away Papers
Timeless Stickers

Ayeeda Paint-Metallic Blue

Mist Pastel-Pastel Black

Acrylic Ink-Splash! Black

Mist-Chalk Blue Light

Ayeeda Gesso-White

Modeling Paste

Other Products Used:
UmWowStudio chipboard
Prima Flowers
Vintage trims

Inside and Out

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When my Scraps of Darkness kit arrived, I had to leave immediately to go to Kansas. Sadly, it arrived literally as I was walking out the door. When I arrived home 5 days later…I dug in. Wow…so much goodness! This is one of the projects I created using the “Believe” kit for July. Just click the photo to see the kit and fabulous add ons.
I used one of the gorgeous BoBunny Enchanted Garden papers, and layered on paints using a brayer. I layered on some Viva Las VegaStamps! and stenciling using inks in colors that contrasted and popped with the papers bright happy tones.
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I also used stenciling for the title, as well as the Kaisercraft Stickers. Layers of quilt like papers, even in strips,are so eye catching and pleasing. Adding fibers also gave some nice texture. :)

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flower cluster, inside and out
Finally, I created a cluster of flowers around the Prima resin frame. Some 7 Dots Studio Illumination chipboard pieces gave nice movement, and a natural look when painted with green paints from 13 Arts.
cluster side, insideout
Thanks for having a look today, and I’ll be back in just a bit, with another layout using this lovely kit!!
Much love to you gnomies!
Products Used:
From Scraps of Darkness Believe Kit-

Paper-BoBunny Enchanted Garden
Kaisercraft Kaleidoscope
Flowers- Petaloo
Metal- Keyhole, Prima Junkyard Findings
Ribbon-Berlini Glitter Ladder
Alphas-Kaisercraft Bonjour
Resin Frame-Prima
Paint: 13 Arts, Folk Art
Ink: 13 Arts, IMAGINE Crafts, Clearsnap
Stencil: Stencil Girl
Twine: May Arts
Chipboard: 7 Dots Studio
Jewels: Prima
Flowers: Prima


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