Wednesday, September 6, 2017

100 Days Art Pops™ Blog Hop

Artist Roben-Marie Smith is giving away six sets of her new 100 Days ArtPops™ digital Collection and three seats in her upcoming Fabrilage online class! Read on to see how you can win!

To celebrate, I and the other design team members are sharing how we use her new collection! 

I flipped through my old Reader's Digest book-turned-art journal, looking for  colours or shapes that spoke to the Art Pops™ design and found it here, on page 353. :) 

To start, I added in some more paint, and then stamped randomly with one of the rubber stamp collections called Dream Thicket.

Next I printed off the smaller circle sheet onto clear sticker paper. See photo below. 

I added one of the circles to a randomly placed area on the page, and then stamped with the same stamp as I previously used on top. 

Then over the centers, stamping with the circle scribbled stamp from the Scrap and Journal Tools stamp set. 

Next, I finger-painted around the larger black stamping, and while still wet, drew in circles with a black Stabilo All pencil.

Add light gesso over the book text in a messy fashion.

Add another circle sticker to bottom left, going off the page.

Can't go without dots somewhere, so say hello to a pink paint pen for the small dots. Larger dots? Paint smudges with finger.

Edge circles with the black Stabilo All, blue paint pen for more dots over the black areas... another circle sticker...the more circles the better, right?

Some minor tweaks to add some shadowy dimension, and we're good! 

And here's my messy work space once I finished. :)

Now read on below to see how you can win these lovely new Art Pops™ 

ART POPS: the mixed media art pieces inspired by the whimsical, saturated pages of Roben-Marie's art journals. ART POPS provide bold and fanciful POPS of COLOR for your favorite projects including Project Life, Mail Art, Art Journaling and much more. Rock your world with ART POPS!

To celebrate the launch of Roben-Marie Smith's new 100 Days ART POPS Collection we're giving away not one, but two awesome prizes for this blog hop! There are three spots in Roben-Marie's new online class, Fabrilage that opens on September 13 and I am giving away a set of the Digital 100 Days ART POPS Collection to one of my lucky readers! 

All you have to do to enter is comment here on my blog and then keep hopping across to all of the Design Team member's posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win.

Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to go and check them all out to be in with the best chance of winning!

(you are here)

Giveaway closes on Monday, September 11 @ 5:00PMEST.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Sunday, August 6, 2017

iCreate Collective Guest Post - Being Intentional

is my word for 2017. 

Hello friends! I am privileged to be a guest designer in an art group of ladies of Christian faith called iCreate Collective. Do check out my post HERE!

I share a little of my journey of living intentionally.

♥♥♥  Happy Creating!  ♥♥♥


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Black Grungy Art Video Tutorial

Hello all! 

I'm back for a bit here, linking you to a video tutorial I made for Roben-Marie Smith's design team. It's my first project as design team member, and I'm very excited about it! 

Watch me how I use black cardstock to make the pages, create cute pockets for each signature, decorate the Art Pop cards for tags, create the cover and stitch the pages together and more. 

It'll be fun! (And not hard!) 

Check it out here: Roben-Marie Smith's Blog

Lots of happy metallic thread peeking out!

Luscious yarn for the tags.

If you make your own, I'd love to see them on Instagram! Tag it with #blackgrungyartjournal

Have a great day!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Friday, June 9, 2017

Pop-Up Journal Challenge Day 1/10 and Day 2/10

I have started the prompts for the Pop-Up Journal Challenge by Roben-Marie Smith.

Prompt 1/10: We ______what we want. 

While I was decorating this page, I contemplated what we as frail human beings often want. The thing that came to my mind is how we might not always really know what we want, and other times, we do, but later find out that is not what we really needed. Our heart can be deceiving sometimes. We all want to be happy, but we need to use our brains to determine the right path, and as a Christian, I want to really listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

His way is always right for me. It takes faith; tenacity and intentionality to hold onto that truth.

So, here is the first page in my journal. To make one yourself, check out the class, 

If you do purchase the class, you get the bonus of Roben-Marie's videos on how she completed each of the ten challenges. Whoot! They're amazing.

So here is my after photo of the completed prompt:


The right side is a kraft paper bag sewn into a pocket,
petal-like pencil scribbles around each circle sticker,
outlined with a green gel pen.

I really loved the look of the page as is, but I wanted to add more, as of course, that is what this journaling challenge is about. So I just decided to let loose and start playing with paint. 

I used the new Pam Carriker StencilClub stencils I received in the mail and simply placed it in one of my favorite spots on the page, and sponged in. I was happy with that!

Added some swipes of aqua and pink, 
add some whiteness to the eye, 
stenciled in some texture further below, 
cut out a flower that my daughter had painted, 
glued to page, 
smudged some color, 
made orange dots, 
add the quote, 
edge with some black paint and white dots, 
and all was done.

Oh, and pretty washi tape on the lower edge... :)

I also added pretty washi on the left side of the white spine in middle. See first photo.

Prompt 2/10: Hello, I am _____.

Before pic: I forgot to take one of the whole spread. Grrr...but I did take a peek shot:


I had put in a page of a magazine with lots of purple flowers and of a gorgeous colourful skirt. I painted over the areas I didn't want shown, swiping paint with fingers.

For the right side of the layout, I have a gorgeous gelliprint. I added stenciling, dots, and swipes of paint.

Travel by Color: I figure this title fit in perfectly with the prompt. 

"Hello, I'm in a colourful world."

To see my post of my handmade journal I premade for this challenge, see HERE.

Have a great day!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Life Documented 2017 Week 21 Guest Post

Hello fellow creatives! 

I am a guest blogger for the Life Documented 2017, a spinoff of the popular The Documented Life Project this week.

See my take on the challenge for Week 21 here: Life Documented 2017 blog.
For Weeks 21 and on, go HERE

Friday, May 19, 2017

Roben-Marie Smith Design Team Announcement


Exciting news for my little world! I got invited to be part of a new design team for Roben-Marie Smith! So excited I can finally share this news. Looking forward to doing some fun projects. I'll keep you posted here and on Instagram, of course, whenever I have a project going live.

See HERE for the design team write-up and to see the rest of this fabulous team! 

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Thursday, April 20, 2017

StencilGirl and Amazing Casting Products Blog Hop

A friendly hello to all of you! 

I'm participating in a fantastically fun blog hop with StencilGirl and Amazing Casting Products! See below to see what I made and how you can win goodies!

Never heard of Amazing Casting Products? Well...I didn't know much either, and so when I set out to create something of the goodies I received in the mail, I went on an adventure to learn what it is! So many stunning ways out there to tickle your creative bone, and the eye candy, wow!

So, I received Molding Putty, see HERE
Alumilite White Resin, see HERE.

I thought of making jewelry, which is a popular thing to make with casting products, but I have very little experience with that, so I stuck with what I am familiar with: 3D embellishments.

The first thing I did was start playing with the molding putty, looking for things in my house that would create an interesting mold. I found success with a necklace. See below.

It was a little tricky prying out the finely detailed parts, and I ended up tearing a bit of the mold. Take it really slow when you pull out the original piece.

I had to patch the underside, as I pressed the original into the putty too hard, piercing the putty through.

The instructions come with the packaging, and the steps are very simple. So pictured above: I poured the resin into the mold. In 20 minutes, it is ready to be taken out. Fast results, people, making this ideal for those of you who don't want to wait a day to see. :)

I cut up the piece into smaller bits. The resin is quite flexible while it is warm. It cuts great when it is thoroughly cooled down, as long as you haven't made the it too thick.

Then I tried different stencils, and loving the results of this one, so I made several of them. I used one of the rectangular shapes from the April 2016 Private Collection 16.2

Painted the piece with black chalkboard paint, let it dry, then added a few layers of a pink from the Silks line by ColorArte. Love the sheen it gives!

I seared a hole for the ribbon with my woodburning tool. Works like a charm.

I made a few casts from this mold, trying different looks. 

Now on to my art journal page! I had previously painted the background of this page in my junque journal that houses the Art Marks 20 Day Challenge

I tried to transfer some laser-printed images to my page, but didn't have much success, so I just glued the photos to the page with matte medium. They've got that grunge look to them from trying to transfer them, so I'll go with that! ;)

With the Travel Note Mini, I add texture to some of the coloured areas of the two page layout.

I add some detail with a fun circular-shaped stencil from the Cathy Nichols Boho Collection.

I really want this looking even more grungy, so I splatter some ink and make it run down and across the page.

Add in black spots with another little stencil from the April 2016 Private Collection 16.2. 

Circled black spots with black pen, and added paint to the resin chevron pieces. 

One of the pieces, I painted with black chalk paint, and then the metallic Silks on top, which gives it some bling. ♥ 

Glued resin pieces to page with a hot glue gun. I also glued the ribbon in place and a silver metal leaf from a discarded necklace.

"Be Intentional" is my phrase for 2017.

I dyed the silk ribbon with Dylusions sprays.

And there it is! A completely new way for me to add decoration to my art journaling pages: 3D resin. I am now addicted! 

Thanks for stopping by, fellow creatives! I've had a lot of fun with creating my own resin casts. Stencils are a such an easy way to add textures and patterns YOUR way to your art!

See below for info on how to win these products and to see how other my fellow StencilGirl Creative Team members and other artists use these products together!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥


One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Amazing Casting Products!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, April 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Amazing Casting Products’s Facebook page
on Monday, April 24th.