Sunday, August 25, 2013

Altered Photo Frame

Hey, my dear blog friends, hope you all had a great summer. I just came back from Alaska
last night and I am so glad I was there when Dallas almost hit 100 degrees. I've already
missed the cool weather and those glaciers in Alaska.

This week, at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we are having a dotty challenge
-- From polka dots to spotted papers or embossed dot cardstock, we invite you to get
dotty with us.

I've been enjoying playing with beads and wires, so this week I decided to alter a
photo frame that I don't use anymore to a tray for my bead collection and accessories.

This is a 5" X 7" white photo frame. To show some contrast color through the cracks,
I dabbed the Adirondack Acrylic Paint in Espressso color on the background then
applied Distress Crackle paint after the acrylic paint was dry.


 To make the dotty pattern I dabbed the frame with Ranger Paint Dabber in green
 and sequin waste. I also made some more dotty pattern using
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder on the background.

The Prima Flowers were covered with Ranger UTEE using Ranger Melting Pot
berfore they were glued on the frame. Here are some more detail photos.

 Supply List:
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint PICKET FENCE White Opaque
Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabber LETTUCE Acrylic Green

Hope you all will join this challenge as Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50
gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. We'd
also love to see you and your project being featured on our designer spotlight
on Friday post.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Meihsia ^_^ 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Good Bye Summer

Hello, today I'd like to share a wall decor that I made for my daughter Natalie using her sea shell collection she got on our summer vacation at Atlantic City. This is also my last tutorial for Faber-Castell as a guest designer, I hope you enjoy my tutorial as much as I enjoy creating it.
To start the project, cover the 6.5" X 9" wood panel with a layer of Gesso then use Palette Knife to spread the modeling paste around the edges.
Mix Gelatos with water in a small container.
Paint the Gelatos color mixture around the edges using brush pen. This beautiful color really reminds me of the wonderful beaches on our vacation.
Apply the Gelatos directly on the edges of the wood panel then use a wet brush to highlight the edges.
After cutting the images from the patterned paper, paste the images on the background using Gel Medium. 
Drip the Gelatos color mixtures randomly using Drip Dropper.
To add some more textures, dab some dots with Gesso using Dot Dabber after attaching the sea shells using a hot glue gun. 

The final step is covering the whole piece with Glaze to protect the surface and make a beautiful sheen. 

It's time for kids to say good bye to summer and go back to school. I hope Natalie will remember those great moments during our vacation in summer 2013 through this wall decor.  


I also hope this project inspires you to make something beautiful for this summer using these techniques and wonderful Faber-Castell products. If you'd like to see the supplies I used on this projects, please check Faber-Castell blog. Thank you for reading. Have a great day!! :)


Monday, August 19, 2013

Blog Hop with Faber-Castell and Penny Black

The artistry of Penny Black stamps and Creative Dies along with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft's colorful Mix and Match mediums take the mystery out of the oh-so-trendy mixed media look! All this week we’ll be sharing projects using Penny Black stamps.  Check out their crafts HERE and leave them some comment love for a chance to win three stamps from their newest release, Colorful Christmas.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog too for a chance to win a $50 prize pack! 

Hey, Faber-Castell and Penny Black fans, today we are having something fun here. I'd like to share a project featuring my favorite products from Faber-Castell - Gelatos, Water Color Pencils and Stamper's Big Brush Pens. The super cute girl image I used is from Penny Black. Here is my mixed media postcard and some quick steps to show you how I made this project.

First, crumple a piece of tissue paper that is slightly larger than 4"X 6" then cover the 4" X 6" water color paper with the tissue paper using Gel Medium. Let it wrinkle to show the texture then apply a thin layer of Gesso on the background. Dry it with a heat tool.

Scribble various colors on the background with Gelatos and use wet pen brush to spread the colors.  Wash your pen brush before you work on different colors. Dry the background with a heat tool.

Lightly rub the background with different colors of Gelatos. This will pick out all the wrinkles and creases. Use blending tool to blend the Gelatos into the background.

Color the stamped image with Aquarelle Color Pencils.

Cut out the image and use PITT artist pen to color the edge.

Paste the image on the background using Gel Medium then cover the image and background with Glaze to protect the surface and make the glossy appearance.

Paste the stickers on the image and background after it is dry.

Please try these fun techniques and use these great products from Faber-Castell and Penny Black when you get a chance.

For more inspiration, please hop over Alexandra and AJ's blogs if you haven't done so.

Be sure to check Penny Black and Faber-Castell blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win 3 beautiful stamps and a $50.00 mystery prize pack.

Thank you for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Mehsia ^_^

Supply List:

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Hello, so happy to have you back here. We have a great theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week - Carnival - you may play with the idea of festivals, street parties, bright colors or masks. I was inspired by the beautiful colors and feathers of the carnival theme and made this wall decor.

I love this week's fun carnival theme because when I saw it I thought of the wooden cradle board, craft feathers and paper mache dress form in my craft room right away. They are just perfect for this theme.

To make this project, I first covered the cradle board with Gesso and Ranger Dabber, glued Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die cuts and flowers on the background then sprayed the background and those embellishments with Dylusions ink spray. The whole background also was covered with glitter. In fact, I just played with various colors and medium as long as they are carnival theme related.

The paper mache dress form was colored with Ranger Dabber in gold and dressed up with Prima flowers, Dear Lizzy ribbons and feathers. I then stacked and glued some Tim Holtz Shabby Accoutrements Buttons as the base and attached the "carnival girl" on the board.

Here are some close up photos for the details. The bright colors and glittered embellishments are absolutely wonderful for this carnival project.  


Hope you are all in a great crafting mood to create somthing for this week's challenge.
As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. You may also be featured on our designer spotlight on our Friday post. So, please check on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for more inspiration from our talented designers, and link up your project. I can't wait to see what you will create for this challenge.

Meihsia :)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Stamps of Life with Stephanie Barnard BLOG HOP

Welcome to The Clearsnap & The Stamps of Life Blog Hop! All day today we're stamping and inking, creating and sharing. Be sure to visit everyone on the hop and leave a comment to be entered to win a fabulous prize of Stephanie Barnard's line of ColorBox inkpads, Stephanie Barnard Sprays!, and Stephanie's new SCREENS!"...
Clearsnap and Stamps of Life Blog Hop FALL 2013
 Hello, my blog friends, hope you all enjoy your weekend so far. Today, we are
having The Stamps of Life with Stephanie Barnard BLOG HOP. Yay!

I always enjoy having coffee or chai latte while reading so I made a wall decor
 for my room using a 9" X 6.5" wood panel and decorated it with the beautiful
Clearsnap products and the cute stamp from The Stamps of Life.

The background on this project was sprayed with Clearsnap Spritzers Dye Ink Spray in
Pinkolicous color and stamped with Rollagraph using Surfacez ink in Safari color.
I love the gorgeous color of Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink so I applied it around the
background to hightlight the edges.

Here is the closed up for you to see how beautiful the Spritzers and the Surfacez ink
with the Rollgraph stamp are.

The lovely cup image just makes me want to have a cup of coffee right now. :)

Thank you for stopping by. Please keep hopping on our list to see what our talented DT
members had made for your inspiration. Be sure to leave comment love on each blog.

Have a great day and happy crafting!!

Meihsia :)
Supply List
Clearsnap Products:
Other Products:
Prima Flower
The Stamps of Life
Rubby Rock-It Cook Paper Collection
Rubby Rock-It Gem Embellishments
Here is the hop list:
Clearsnap Blog:
 Tami Sanders
 Lorie Souther
 Becki Adams
 Jennifer Priest
 Tiffany Johnson

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Design Your Own Phone Cover

Hi, blog friends, I'd like to share a fun project I made for Faber-Castell. It's so fun even kids will love to do it.
To start this project, I drew some random images on a piece of printing paper (size 5" X 3.25") using Gelatos, Stamper's Big Brush Pens and mixed media tools. If you are interested in how I doodled please click on my previous tutorial Altered Canvas Clock or Doodling with Gelatos.
Apply a thin layer of Gel Medium on the phone cover evenly.
Paste the paper of your doodling on the cover. Make sure it's flat and there's no bubble between the cover and paper.
Trim the excess along the edges of the cover.
 Cut a small cross in the center of the camera hole.
Apply some Gel Medium around the hole.
Use a pen to make the opening nice and neat. Paste the excess on the other side of the camera hole.
Cover the whole image and edges with Glaze. After it is dry, apply another layer of Glaze for more protection on the image.
Add some gems as a final touch.
 Now, you have your own cute phone cover!
Christopher, my 9-year-old son also made one using his own doodling for his phone. It is so fun and adorable!
I just couldn't stop playing and made another beautiful phone cover with the same techniques and products.
Hope you get a chance to try these fun techniques and fantastic products from Faber-Castell to design your own phone cover.

I share my project at Paint Party Friday and Creative Art Everyday.

For the complete supply list, please check Faber-Castell Desing Memory Craft.
Happy painting and crafting! :)