Thursday, August 17, 2017


Greetings Everyone!  As the day hot days of summer linger on, I've been trying to find more time to play in my air conditioned craft studio.

I've been doing some really fun projects for Andy Skinner's Creative TeamDecoArt's International Design Team and Mixed Up Media Magazine.

Here is a peek at my latest art journal page created for DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog.  

I began with a childrens' paper book.  I am transforming it from a childrens' book into an art journal. A great way to explore your creativity and breathe new life into an old, tired children's book that otherwise might find the trash. 

Here is what I started with.  You can go to DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog HERE to see my new and improved art journal creation.  Done with DecoArt's Media products, a magazine girl, some Andy Skinner stencils and other basic tools, this page came together like magic!

Enjoy your summer and take time to explore your creativity!  Have some fun experimenting on new techniques or trying to use the products you already have in interesting new ways!

Thanks for stopping by and if you care to leave a comment here or at DecoArt, I thank you in advance! I always love reading your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Hello everyone!

Would you join me in wishing ANDY SKINNER a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY?

Ever have some left over pieces that you want to use but they just sit in a little box and keep accumulating?  Well, get out that box, and start looking at those pieces in a different way!

I had so much fun using some leftover Tando Creative steampunk pieces to alter a plain journal cover into something fun and kind of "funky". Definitely NOT steampunk!

Check out the entire book cover and the tutorial for Andy Skinner HERE.  It's fun to think outside the box and see where your imagination takes you!

Monday, June 12, 2017


Hello everyone!

I had such a BLAST creating these 3D chipboard Steampunk Goggles from Tando Creative.  

I am amazed at how easy they were to put together and how sturdy they are; especially with all of the products I used on them.  Very cool!

These goggles are my second piece for Andy Skinner's Creative Team.  You can see a pictorial tutorial for them HERE.  I am so proud to be a part of his team as I am always dumbfounded by his techniques.  He can take DecoArt products and create illusions of stone, rust, metal...whatever...with ease.  Just fascinating!

So hop on over to Andy's blog for the lastest from the Creative Team and maybe get a jump start on your creativity or inspiration!  All it takes is an idea and a little bit of "know how".

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Summer is almost here!  
This time of year always takes me back to my childhood.  My mom would take my brother and I to the park where we would play and swing in the warm sunshine. I remember running in my backyard; pretending I could fly like the butterflies.  My mom had a lovely rose garden in the center of the back yard and beautiful peony bushes lining the back fence.  I loved to walk among all of that fragrant floral display of color.
Ahhh.....summertime and childhood memories!

I guess that is what inspired the sweet little vintage canvas I am sharing on DecoArt's Media Blog right now.  I'd love for you to hop on over and take a look.  I have a complete pictorial tutorial to show you some new techniques and possibly answer some questions you might have about a DecoArt Media product and how it can be used.

Enjoy the sunshine and take some time to PLAY with your creativity!

Friday, May 26, 2017


Oh happy Friday!  I hope everyone has a fantastic AND CREATIVE weekend.

I am over the moon excited to be part of Andy Skinner's Creative Team. 
I am sharing my first piece on his blog.  You can check it out HERE.

I am sharing two different techniques using DecoArt, Tando Creative and Stampendous products.  You can  see a step by step rusting technique on the plain chipboard gears and cogs.  I am also sharing one of Andy's very fun image transfer and coloring technique that has stunning results.

DecoArt has a vast array of wonderful mixed media products: paints, gessos, modeling pastes, name it, they've got it!

Tando Creative has an amazing collection of cut MDF board and chipboard.  You have GOT to check them out!

Stampendous has too many beautifully cut stamps to count! I love so many of them!  

I hope you'll check out the tutorial over on Andy's blog and then maybe try some of the techniques on your own creative piece this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, May 19, 2017


I know it's not even Summer yet and I'm already thinking about Halloween!  
I guess since I'm already seeing all of the big box craft stores putting out FALL things already, I think I better get with it!

I bet Christmas items will start appearing in the stores next week!  It's ridiculous!  But THAT is another blog post subject!  (smile)

Anyway.... I wanted to share with you a Halloween frame I just completed.  Here it is ...

I absolutely LOVE Andy Skinner's Ministry of Mixology Frames from Tando Creative.  The are dimensional, large enough to really have some fun playing and experimenting on the surface and they are sturdy!

A few months back, I got together with some of my friends and we experimented with some different techniques in creating the background for the frame.  I didn't take pictures of this process so I can't share the step by step with you.  But, I basically I created a lot of texture with old pieces of netting, my fingers and a palette knife and a little Crackle Paste particularly around the edges of the frame.  Then I covered the background; working in small sections with modeling paste and stamped into it using various Halloween themed rubber stamps.  

After all of that dried, I added my DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic colors, sticking with the traditional black and orange.  The center piece of the frame was done with a little Crackle Paint followed by shades of black and grey.  The bolts were all done by using one of several rust techniques and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.  I have to admit when the frame was finished, I was less than enamored with it.  So, I put it down and figured I'd come back to it sometime and try to rescue it.  That day came this week!  And now I LOVE the end results!

I rubbed some DecoArt Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre in strategic locations all over the frame and WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE!!  It gave "life" to a rather dull background and really popped the stamped images. 

So now I can pick up on the step by step as I finished out the frame...

I began by taking some Halloween pieces purchased from a box store: a small plastic-ish skeleton, some little skulls and some creepy hands.  I gave them a basecoat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff (a great soft beige color).  

Next I made a "dirty wash" of Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey mixed with water-about equal parts of each of the paints and more water.  I painted that all over the pieces and wiped away the excess.  Repeat this step until you have achieved the appearance of a natural bone color.  

Here is the end result.  LOVE IT!

Next I created an eye socket using Paper Clay that would fit into the center section of my frame.  That has to dry thoroughly; like overnight.

Next I chained up my skeleton with some old chain I had in my craft room and some jump rings.  

I began working on the interior recessed portion of the frame.  The sides were covered in DecoArt Media White Gesso using my finger.  I love using my fingers much more than a palette knife because you can really get a "feel" for the project.  

After that was finished, I scraped DecoArt Media Crackle Paste through a stencil made to look like bricks.  Let it dry thoroughly.  You do not heat set any of DecoArt's Crackle products.  Let them crackle naturally with a normal drying time.

Next I painted over the gesso with Titan Buff then Yellow Oxide followed by Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and finally a bit of Quinacridone Gold to give a bit more of a rich  "brickish" appearance.

To weather the bricks and give them a lot of contrast, I added a layer of DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber.  Simply brush it on and let it dry.  Then using a damp cloth, wipe away all of the cream you want to remove.  You can also brush on the antiquing cream and immediately wipe away the excess; giving a lighter antiqued look.

Next, using my finger, I added some depth to the brick interior of the frame.  I added a little DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber primarily around the outside edges of the center; feathering it in toward the center.

I temporarily assembled the frame to placement of my eye socket.

Then I painted the socket using various colors of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to give it a more natural look.  I found an eyeball on the internet, sized it to fit my eye socket, printed it, cut it out and mounted it on a piece of chipboard.  I brushed over the eyeball with DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish.  

I took an old craft brush and sprayed the bristles with DecoArt Media Black Shimmering Spray.  After it dried, I cut bristles out of the brush and stuck them in place using a 1/8" piece of double sided adhesive tape that was added to the eye socket.  After that dried, I painted over the tape to blend the eyelashes into the eye socket.

Then I simply assembled the center section of the frame in place using double sided adhesive tape and hot glued the hands, skulls and skeleton in place.  I also added a bit more chain running across the frame; from the boney hands to the chained skeleton.  I love dangling chains and things that move freely on a piece.

I hope you are all taking some time out to play and experiment with your artsy adventures!  It's so fun and freeing.  

Friday, May 5, 2017


Hey everyone!  It's Friday, May 5th and I've randomly chosen the WINNER for the spectacular DecoArt Prize Package of goodies from their Media Line and also from Andy Skinner's amazing line of stencils.  

Just as a reminder, here is the prize package:

  • Andy Skinner Stencils:  Distress Digits, Time Warp, Typeface
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Texture Mediums:  White Gesso, Modeling Paste, Texture Sand Paste, Crackle Paste
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:  Cobalt Teal Hue, Yellow Oxide, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold, Titan Buff, Metallic Gold, Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams:  Raw Umber, Patina Green, Carbon Black

And the winner is: Sandi Moore!  Congratulations!

Sandy, if you could email me with your contact information, I will forward it to DecoArt and your prize package will be winging it's way to you as soon as possible!  

Thank you to everyone who left your wonderful comments on my blog and on DecoArt's Mixed Media blog.  They were really appreciated!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Hi Everyone!

There is nothing better on a nasty dreary day than to receive some "happy mail".  I received a big box from DecoArt full of supplies I'd recently requested for some future projects. 

Guys, I sincerely mean this ... I have NEVER been so blown away by the generosity of the wonderful people at DecoArt.  They are such a wonderful company to design for and be associated with.  Mackenzie and Angela ... THANK YOU SO MUCH for always being so helpful and bending over backwards to make sure your design team people are taken care of.  I love you guys!!

Just take a look at some of the "goodies" that were in my box ...

Chalky Finish Paint and Vintage Effect Wash!  I recently worked with the Chalky Finish Paint and LOVE it!  I did a complete overhaul on a faux concrete angel.  You can see the blog post on it HERE. I cannot stress enough how SIMPLE this paint it so use and the fabulous results you get!  The soft, matte finish is amazing!

I have yet to work with the Vintage Effect Washes and I am dying to do so!  The colors are so rich and yummy!  I can't wait to work with these! 

Do you have some clear glass bottles, dishes or jars, buttons or whatever just sitting around because you don't know what to do with them?  These Frost Gloss Enamels caught my eye! You paint them on and they create a colored faux frosted glass look that I am seeing everywhere in the stores right now!  

Metallics anyone?  I LOVE metallic paint in my work!  Check out the CHOCOLATE and CHAMPAGNE colors!  Yep...I'm going to giving those a go real soon!

I adore these new brushes that DecoArt sent me to work with the Vintage Effect Wash and the Chalky Finish paints!  LOVE THEM!!

And finally ... look at these fabulous Decoupage papers! I'm in heaven!  

You can find these and all of the other amazing products available at DecoArt HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a happy and creative weekend!

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Hi Everybody!  Ready for some exciting news??

I'm offering a FREE GIVEAWAY of the DECOART MEDIA PRODUCTS graciously donated by the fabulous people at DecoArt. These are the products I used in creating my Industrial style frame now being shared on DecoArt Media's Mixed Media Blog

Here's the project.  For a complete pictorial on how to create this, hop on over to DecoArt Media's Mixed Media Blog for all of the details.  There are lots and lots of amazing DecoArt Media products used on this piece. 

Want to see the prize package??? .... You're not going to believe THIS incredible array of products!  

  • Andy Skinner Stencils:  Distress Digits, Time Warp, Typeface
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Texture Mediums:  White Gesso, Modeling Paste, Texture Sand Paste, Crackle Paste
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:  Cobalt Teal Hue, Yellow Oxide, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold, Titan Buff, Metallic Gold, Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams:  Raw Umber, Patina Green, Carbon Black
How's THAT For a fantastic prize package???

All you need to do is leave a comment on the DecoArt Mixed Media blog and on my blog.  Share it on Facebook and Twitter, if you like!  Spread the word about these amazing products.
Unfortunately, you have to live in the USA to be eligible for this giveaway, but I would still really appreciate your comments if your are outside of the USA!

The random drawing will be held on May 5th and the winner will be posted on my blog.  I will notify the winner and we will get your prize package shipped to you.

What better way to acquaint yourself with DecoArt Media products if you don't already have them in your craft room? If you do have them, then you KNOW what a wonderful group of products are being represented here. 

GOOD LUCK and thank you in advance for all of your nice comments!



I am so excited to share my latest creation with you over at the 

Last month, I took part in a really fun blog hop using our choice of Stampendous Stamps and DecoArt Media products.  

You can see my "Unexplained Toxic Skuldoggery" canvas HERE.  I chose to concentrate on Andy Skinner's amazing stamps from Stampendous and the canvas was named for the three sets I used.  

This month, I decided to concentrate on some of Andy's newer DecoArt Stencils that I dearly LOVE.  The sets are:  Time Warp, Distressed Digits and Typeface.  You can find out more about them HERE.  


This is just a  sneak peek of my very dimensional  industrial frame.  I hope you'll hop on over to the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog for a complete pictorial tutorial.  

Stay tuned!!!  I have a special announcement coming shortly ...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Hi everyone!

It's Spring and I was in the mood to redecorate my half bathroom off of my kitchen.  I wanted to give it a more romantic, shabby feeling.  Before it was done in blacks and tans and was decorated with African animals.  So, quite a big change!

As I was shopping for items to put in the new bathroom, I came across the sweetest little angel.  She is supposed to be a yard ornament but I loved her and knew she would be perfect in my bathroom.  She looks like she's made out of concrete but she is actually quite lightweight.

Her original coloring was that dark grey concrete color. But that did not scare me away because I knew that I had some new DECOART AMERICANA CHALKY FINISH PAINT and she could be easily transformed!  Check out the link above to see all of the beautiful available colors of chalky paint.

I chose "Lace" which is a light ivory color.  I wanted my angel to be light and I would add a darker wax to bring out all of the details later.

This paint is SO EASY to work with and I totally LOVE my new and improved angel!  Let me take you through the very quick and very easy steps to completely transform ANYTHING!

As I said, I chose "Lace" to paint over my angel.  There is no prep work at all other than maybe wiping off any dust before starting.  I used a regular acrylic brush about 1" wide.  I shook up the paint really well and stirred it a little bit with the wooden stick end of my brush.  Then I started to paint over the entire surface.  Be sure to dab the brush into all of the cracks and crevasses (and smooth the paint out) so that all of the original grey color is covered up.  Let it dry and be sure to clean your brushes thoroughly after using.

Here is my angel ... already taking on such a lovely new appearance!  There were little areas that I had missed on my original layer of paint so I simply went back over those areas and touched them up and let it dry again.  

Now for the really dramatic part ....

I used a medium brown DecoArt Americana Golden Brown Cream Wax to create all of my detail.  Again, just shake up the wax and begin painting it all over the piece.  I worked in sections so that the wax would not begin to dry too fast before I had a chance to move it and work with it.  But, the wax is water soluble so it is easily manipulated with a damp lint free cloth.

I used the damp cloth to remove all of the excess wax that I did not want on my angel.  I was also able to blend traces of the golden brown wax color over the lace paint where I wanted to add some shadowing effects.  You can add more color or wipe away excess color with the damp cloth.  SO easy and fun!!!

There were areas where I wiped off too much of the brown wax.  So, I simply reapplied more wax on top of the areas I wanted to create more depth and gently wiped away the excess with the damp cloth.  Repeat this process until you get your desired results.  Once the cloth has some excess wax on it, it's fun to use that wax to add some shadowing effects as well.

Here is my beautiful new and improved angel...perfect for my bathroom decor!  From here, I could had added more hints of different Chalky Finish Paint colors to the leaves and flowers but I really wanted her to be super simple: just the Lace and Golden Brown Cream Wax combination.

These next two pictures show you the detail that is able to be pulled out of the statue by brushing on the brown wax and wiping away the excess with a damp cloth.  

Just amazing!  She's so much prettier as a light angel than the grey concrete one!  And I think she looks a lot more expensive, too!  Like something that could have been picked up at an antique market or something.  

You could add a patina effect to her.  You could add some metallic gilding, you could add color to her face, cheeks, hair and flowers, etc.  It's all up to you and your imagination!

If you've never experimented with DecoArt American Chalky Paints, I highly recommend that you do it!  They are so fun, so easy and the results are amazing!  You can paint pretty much transform anything: statues, cabinets, frames, furniture: you name it!  


Here are a few pictures of my new bathroom.  It's hard to photograph a small area in full.  I love the corner cabinet full of teal accents and a few of my own art pieces mixed in!


And finally, a beautiful metal piece that I found and dearly love to the left and my sweet little angel to the right.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Hi everybody!

I hope you all are having a wonderful spring so far.  So many things are happening these days!

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I wanted to share a bit of news with you ... the Creative Carte Blanche Community on Facebook is alive and kicking and my wonderfully Creative Carte Blanche sisters have decided it's time to really kick it up a notch for our community and spend less time on the Creative Carte Blanche Blog.  

Like everyone these days, life seems to be taking everyone in a thousand different directions.  If you follow us on our blog or on WE follow YOU, you know there have been several recent big life changing things happen to so many of us.  There have been recent devastating loses of loved ones in the Creative Carte Blanche Community.  Many of us have been or are currently caregivers for friends and family.  Some of us are combating illnesses right now and our creative time has given way to "life".  We totally understand that and are proud that we stand together as a community to support and love one another. And ... we are also there to inspire, educate, encourage and challenge each other in our art adventures.    

My art sisters and I really want our mission to be one of support and love; not only in the art world but in the real world.  That being said ... 

If you're not a member of the Facebook Creative Carte Blanche Community, we happily invite you to join us.  This is a completely free community where we share our creative stories, tips and tutorials, our art and maybe even some free "goodies" from time to time.  We also are there to lift each other up and be like an online family.
It's a place to come together and have "carte blanche" over anything you create; no themes, no deadlines, no competitions.  Just sharing your love of art and your creative process with other artists who just want that total freedom of expression.  

Linda Ledbetter will be posting more information on the Creative Carte Blanche Blog site so be sure to check that out.

Sending big creative hugs out to everyone and looking forward to seeing you at the Creative Carte Blanche Community!

Friday, March 31, 2017


Hello everyone! Welcome to my creative world.  
I believe that creativity is contagious and if you can conceive it, you can create it!

This time, I have been working with a product from Stampendous called Frantage
I LOVE this stuff!

Katy Leitch of the fabulous online Mixed Up Media Magazine invited me to have a play with Frantage and see what I might come up with.  

My piece is currently in the latest edition of Mixed Up Media Magazine online now!  Check it out as well as all of the other fantastic pieces of art and articles in her publication.

To be honest, I thought I was going to do something with a spring theme; maybe a bird house and some graphic birds or something.  But then, as what usually happens when I hit the studio, other things started "talking" to me and I went from springy to the Wild West in a flash.  I bet many of you can totally relate to that.  Anyway ...

I created this really fun and sweet little canvas that I have titled 
" You're Never Too Old Or Too Young To Follow Your Dreams"

Here are three little buckaroos who may someday grow up to be as famous as the Old Wild West's Buffalo Bill.

Those little buckaroos from Tim Holtz' Found Relatives cards were the inspiration for this cavnas.  I cut them out and I was hooked!  I chose a few more ephemera pieces from Tim Holtz' packets I had and searched the Internet for a couple of other pieces that would work nicely on my canvas.  I ended up with an Indian teepee and a poster of Buffalo Bill.  I sized them to fit my canvas, printed them out on an inkjet printer and away we go!

I began with a plain 4" x 12" stretch canvas, the teepee image and some little wooden applicator sticks that I colored using my finger and DecoArt Media Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylics.

I folded the teepee along the already obvious fold lines and added the sticks behind.  I love the dimension this gave.  But now it was time to experiment with the Frantage elements and see if I couldn't add a little more interest and vibrancy to the teepee.

I wiped an embossing ink pad along the outside edges of the teepee and then sprinkled them with Frantage Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel.  I brushed away the excess enamel and returned it to the container.  Then gently heat set the powder until it turned into a really cool tactile antique bronze edging.

Then I decided to experiment with DecoArt's Media Liquid Glass to see if I could add glue to the lines on the teepee, sprinkle the embossing enamel and see if it would stick when heated.  Again, I brushed away the excess enamel and heat set it.  (The Liquid Glass dries clear but not glossy and is an excellent glue.  It also creates the illusion of glass when applied over something and given a chance to air dry).

Okay!  I'm now loving these results and decided to go one step further.  How about adding more Liquid Glue to the blue accents on the teepee and sprinkling some of the Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit of embossing powders and elements?  Let's do it!

I added a little of the solid tealish embossing powder and sprinkles of the teal and bronze embossing enamel mixture and heat set it over the Liquid Glass.  LOVE the vintage look; the grungy tactile feel that doesn't rub off.

I laid the teepee to the side and began working on the canvas background.

I had some really interesting paper towels and dictionary papers that had been coffee and tea dyed.  I decided to make use of them for this piece.  I brushed DecoArt Media Matte Medium on the surface of the entire canvas, laid the papers in place and brushed Matte Medium over them.  Matte Medium dries clear and works as both a glue and a sealer.

Next I brushed a little Walnut Ink around some of the edges to give a more aged appearance to the canvas.  I also lightly spritzed the canvas and blotted the excess.  Then I heat set it to move on to the next step.

I was getting ready to stamp and emboss more of the Frantage enamels onto the canvas.  If you've worked with embossing powders before, you probably know that sometimes either something on the surface of your work or static electricity in the atmosphere makes more embossing powder stick to the surface than you intended it to do.  It can make a mess!  So, I like to tap my little powder filled destatic pillow over the surface of my piece before I stamp with an embossing pad to better prepare the surface.

I selected this beautiful background stamp from B Line Designs stamps.  I inked the rubber stamp with an ink embossing pad and without using an acrylic backing, I randomly stamped the surface of the canvas.

I sprinkled over the stamped image with the Frantage Jewel Encrusted mix of teal and antique bronze embossing enamel and heat set it.  

Next I stamped over the canvas again with the clear embossing ink and sprinkled it with Frantage Aged Copper Embossing Enamel.  In the picture you can see both elements after they have been heat set.  Love it!  Now that the basic canvas was well on the way, it was time to start working again on the elements that would create the design for this little Wild West canvas.

I decided that the boyish trio needed a wooden plank sidewalk to stand on, just like in the old west towns.  So I colorized more of the applicator sticks using my fingers and DecoArt Media Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic Paint.  I cut the sticks into 1/2" pieces.  I cut a piece of black chipboard into a 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip.  I added some 1/4" Scor Tape (double sided tape) to the top and started lining up my wooden planks.

What is a wooden plank walk without a fence or hitching post?  I had some square craft sticks.  I painted them in the same way as I had done the planks and created fence pieces.  I lined them up against a ruler for spacing and glued them together using DecoArt Media Liquid Glass.  Just leave them alone and give them a chance to air dry.

For additional strength and depth, I added a second row of fencing over the first and let it air dry.

Next I added little support planks to the bottom edge of the canvas where the wooden plank walkway would sit.  I glued these in place using hot glue (a quick and very substantial bonding).

And what is a hitching post without horses?  I found these little hobby horse images on the internet, sized them and cut them out.  Then I added my own little applicator sticks to give them more dimension ... and they are so cute!  I also found a barrel image that I cut out added to the finished piece.  You will see it with a couple of these cute little horses in the finished pictures. I laid these to the side to dry thoroughly and went back to the embossing.

Here is another piece of ephemera from Tim's packets.  I added Liquid Glue around the edges of it and sprinkled it with the Aged Copper Embossing Enamel.  I love the patina mix in with the copper!  Then I added Liquid Glue to the letters and the coins to make them stand out a little more as the glue dried clear and raised up those images a little.

I added Liquid Glue to the edges of this frame and around the portrait and the oval "20" on the top and bottom of the frame.  I really love the distressed look that the Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel adds to this otherwise neat but flat frame.

Here is my little trio of cowboys standing on their wooden plank walk.  They are cute but there is a lot of sepia and and browns working here.  They needed a little "umph" behind them for contrast and interest.

Bring on the Frantage Mica Fragments and Silver Crushed Glass Glitter.  Oh my gosh!  This stuff is amazing! It takes something bland to "POP" with just a little glue and very few flakes.  Now this picture looks a little weird but when the little cowboys are placed on top of this vintage mica heaven, they really pop!  And just wait until you see the little hitching post placed in front of all of this!

How cute is this?  I've hot glued the fence/hitching posts in place and added a wire and rope lariat to one end.  The only things left to add are the horses and the barrel. 

So here is what the canvas looks like at this point.  Kind of strange.  But you can see all of the Frantage elements in the background.  From the tealish and copper background to the mica fragments and glitter glass, you can create some really amazing vintage illusions!

Now to add some more "pop" and color to the left side of the canvas to balance things out a little bit.  I added yet another element from the Encrusted Jewel Kit using Liquid Glue and a few more of the Silver Crushed Glass Glitter.  This was not heat set. I love the added dimension it gives.

And here is the left side of the canvas with all of the elements glued in place.  See what an amazing difference the Frantage elements make?  I love how vintage look, the tactile feel and the warm colors that these simple products add.

 And here is the finished right side with all of the elements now glued in place.  Again, I love how the mica fragments add so much to the background without taking away from anything.  They add that vintage feel and when you move the canvas in the light; the mica fragments and glass glitter really enhance that light.

I hope you've enjoyed this pictorial tutorial and you've learned something about Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamels and Elements.  These truly were fun and easy to work with.

Thank you to Katy Leitch for inviting me to be a part of your wonderfully inspiring online magazine.  Be sure to check out Mixed Up Media Magazine for all sorts of monthly amazing artists and mixed media art!