Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's a Blog Hop showcasing Joy Clair Stamps!

Welcome to Day Two of our Imagine Crafts/Joy Clair stamps blog hop!  Today I'm sharing my magnet project created with Joy Clair "Hugs and Smiles" collection of stamps and Imagine Crafts products.  I have included the instructions and the supply list used to make these simple, miniature works of art.  They measure 3" square each so they don't take up a lot of real estate space on your fridge.

Be sure and check out each artist on the hop and leave a comment to be included in the draw for prizes.

Step 1: Spray paper flowers that will be added later with Fireworks! craft spray, the ones here were sprayed first with Lilac Posies then a small amount of Paris Dusk was applied with the tube attached to the spray nozzle.  The colors can be adjusted by adding more water and blotting with a paper towel. Allow the flowers to thoroughly dry. Next mist a small 3” square canvas (or several small canvases if the color is to be the same) using Lilac Posies Fireworks! craft spray, then spray with water and allow the color to move around the canvas. Place a stencil on the wet canvas, take a paper towel and blot off a small amount of the ink to add interest to the background. Dry with a heat tool.
Step 2: Place a strip of Washi tape across the bottom of the canvas. Stamp a word with black ink, emboss with clear powder, and melt with a heat tool.
Step 3: Glue the flower and leaves onto the upper corner of the canvas.  Attach a self-adhesive magnet to the back of the canvas.
Supply List:
Imagine Supplies
Delicata Black Shimmer ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Fireworks! Craft Spray - Lilac Posies, Paris Dusk
On Point Glue
Craft Mat
Other Supplies
3” square canvas from Michael’s
Stencil by Stencil Girl
Washi Tape – Jane Davenport
Stamps – Joy Clair’s Hugs and Smiles words
Self-adhesive magnet from Michael’s
Prima paper flowers
Heat tool
Spray water bottle
Paper towels



Renee Zarate (you are here)

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.
Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Imagine Crafts and Joy Clair Stamps are having a blog hop, please come join us for Day 1

 A card I created using the sheet of Joy Clair stamps called "Coffee Love"

 Clear Stamps - Coffee Lovers Clear Stamps - Joy Clair

The AIRs design team along with Joy Clair stamps is having a blog hop today and tomorrow.  Just click on each of the artists links to see what they've created with the awesome stamps made by Joy Clair.  Here is the list along with the links.  I'll be sharing my project here tomorrow.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.


Don't forget to visit each one and leave a comment to be entered to win some terrific prizes!
Tomorrow we will have more eye candy for your enjoyment, see you then.

Hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A simple blending technique - an AIRs project

Today I'm sharing a simple blending technique using Imagine Crafts Fireworks! Craft spray.  The beauty of this craft spray is the intensity of the color and the sparkle imparted by the addition of  Mica to the spray, it gives the surface a lovely glimmer.  I'll also share a way to use your inks to make a glowing skin tone, giving the panel almost a water color effect.  Joy Clair was kind enough to send me some stamps, which I adore, this is the sheet of Coffee stamps.  It's called "Coffee Love", click on this link to see some of the other stamps offered on their site. 

Step 1: Cut a piece of water color paper measuring 3 ¾” by 6”. The cardstock mats could be cut at the same time; these are the measurements used for this card: black card stock 4” by 6 ¼”, DCWV dark purple paper cut to 4 ½” by 6 ¾”, DCWV marbled paper 7 3/8” by 4 7/8”. Set all the mats aside and then stamp the image on water color paper using Jet Black StazOn ink.

Step 2: Spray water on the paper, and then spray Bahama Blue Fireworks! Craft spray allowing the color to run on the paper. Lightly mist Fireworks! Lilac Posies and allow droplets to form and mix with the Bahama Blue.  At any point additional water can be added or a paper towel can be used to blot up excess color and water.

Step 3: To achieve this skin tone, apply a small amount of VersaMagic ink onto an acrylic block. This skin tone was a mixture of Pink Grapefruit and Persimmon.  A small amount of Delicata White Shimmer was added to the mix with a few drops of water. It is easier to blend this with a water pen, lift off the desired amount with the pen and apply it to the face. An additional drop of Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink was used the same way to color the lips and the cheeks.

Step 4: Use a heat tool to set the inks and dry them thoroughly.  Stamp the coffee phrases with StazOn Royal Purple ink. Dry. Clean up any parts that need extra attention such as the features with a Micron pen if necessary.

Step 5: Mat the panel and glue to the blank card. Add extra detail with a Pico Embellisher in Bronze, clear art pebbles can also be added for interest.

Pop on over to the Imagine site for a list of the supplies used for this project.  Thanks so much for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

An art journal page using Jane Davenport's face stamp

Can't draw faces the way you'd like?  As you know I love face stencils but have you seen Jane Davenport's large face stamp?  It's addictive and actually very versatile.  I used it in my art journal, the large Dyan Reaveley one, because the pages in that journal can withstand a lot of water.  The face is stamped with StazOn ink and then colored in with watercolor pens.  The words written on the page are the lyrics from the song "Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful".  There is generally music blasting in my studio while I work and this song inspired the pages.  If you have difficulty writing something in an art journal lyrics are always an option.

I have a color challenge to work on right now so there are magenta colored projects all around me.  Her hair and lips were trials of pigment inks blended together searching for just the right shade.  Black Gelatos provided the shading around the face.  I hope you like her.  That stamp can be found at Michael's along with Jane's other magical products.

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits!  Hugs ~ Renee

submitted to Craft Stamper Magazine/Take it Make it ~ April theme "Anything Goes"
Stamps featured:  Jane Davenport's large face stamp
swirls in hair:  Joy Clair "Hugs and Smiles"

Monday, April 17, 2017

A chunky ATC featuring Mermaids!

With an AIRs theme challenge like "bigger is better" I had to really put on my thinking cap.  Who doesn't love ATCs?  I thought a "bigger/better" ATC would be a Chunky ATC.  In order to create this type of Artist Trading Card I used a block of wood that measures 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" and is 1 1/2" wide.  When it's decorated and has tiny feet on it, it becomes the perfect little shelf decoration or paper weight.  Most of you know by now what a major art crush I have on Jane Davenport's supplies; this project demonstrates a fun use for her washi tape featuring, what else, mermaids!


ATCs, Artist Trading Cards, have been around for a few years now. They traditionally measure 2 ½” by    3 ½”, they can be collaged, stamped, matted, left plain, attached to greeting cards or put into albums. They’re quick and fun to make but you might wonder what other uses are there for this tiny work of art or are they only to trade with fellow artists? There are times when you love an ATC so much you can’t bear to trade it, you just want to look at it yourself and not share it with others. We don’t have to hide them away in an album, we can keep them on display by making them bigger and better, turning them into a free standing CHUNKY ATC. It’s very satisfying to create an ATC with whatever subject matter you choose; many times the subject matter is determined by a new set of stamps or paper. When you’re happy with the ATC mount it on a wooden block, add ephemera and four delicate feet. Now you can look at your favorite one on a shelf or turn it around to change the view with a second ATC.

Skill: All levels
Time: 2 hours or more, it depends on the artist


Step 1: Buy or cut a wooden block that measures 2 ½” by 3 ½” by 1 ½”.

Step 2: Decide the placement of the handle on top and the clock key on the side, make a hole to insert these items, remove, they will be glued on later.  Paint the wooden block any color desired; when dry apply a thin coat of white gesso, dry.

Step 3: Make two ATCs using stamps, ink, Washi tape, whatever scraps are on hand.  Make the ATCs on gessoed water color paper cut to measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”.  When the stamped images are dry, adhere to the wooden block. The faces on these ATCs are made from Washi Tape.  Ink the edges of the ATCs using a Jumbo Dauber.

Step 4: Glue feet onto the bottom of the block, these feet can be beads or small wooden embellishments.  Apply On Point Glue to the feet and then dip each one in glitter or micro beads.  Attach the knob on the top of the block, keys to the sides; decorate the ATC images with sequins and glitter.  Tie twine and baker’s twine to the handle/knob on the top.

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
StazOn ink –St. Valentine, Jet Black and Midnight Blue
Memento Luxe – Bahama Blue, Nautical Blue
On Point Glue
Jumbo Dauber
Craft Mat

Other Supplies
Stamps – Diamond Pattern, Clam Shell design, Phrase and Mermaid tail ALL by Graphic 45
Prima - Foil, Glitter, Micro beads, Foil Glue Stick, Metal Ephemera
Idea-ology - handle
Michael’s - Baker’s twine, brown twine, sequins, white gesso, watercolor paper
Paper Trimmer
Strong adhesive
Jane Davenport Mermaid Washi Tape
G45 “Voyage beneath the Sea” Collection paper
Wooden block measuring 3 ½” by 2 ½”by 1 ½”
Dark blue acrylic paint by Americana
Paint brush

If you pop on over to the Imagine Blog you can find other great examples of projects by many different and unique artists.  We can all use a little inspiration from others, it keeps our work fresh when we discover new ways to use products that are languishing on the shelves of our studio spaces.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, April 14, 2017

Count your Blessings

This is an all occasion card created for the Imagine Crafts Design Team Challenge showcasing the color Lapis.  What a gorgeous color of blue that is.  We don't have an ink by that name at Tsukineko but by combining several shades of blue I managed to get the color I was looking for.

 Lapis blue is such a beautiful and rich color, it looks so royal! I made a quick but luxurious colored card using scrap paper, DCWV paper, and enhanced glue dots.  It’s a quick, simple design with some unexpected touches of bling, a great way to use up your craft supply stash.
Skill:  All levels
Time: 30 minutes or less


Step 1: Spray Fireworks! Craft Spray in several colors of blue and Lilac Posies on a scrap piece of watercolor paper.  Dry.

Step 2: Cut a square panel from sprayed paper to measure 3 ¾” by 3 ¾”.  Cut a piece of black card stock to measure 4” by 4”, this will be the mat for later. On the sprayed panel stamp circular stamp with text nine times in StazOn Paris Dusk ink. Stamp words a few times on the panel with StazOn Jet Black ink and dry. Apply glue stick randomly onto panel, adhere Prima silver foil in between the circles. Place glue dots around each circle, 16 in all, lay foil on top of dots and lift to have silver raised dots on panel. Mat panel onto the piece of black card stock.

Step 3: Cut Lapis blue colored panel to measure 4 ¾” by 6 3/4”, stamp word at the bottom with VersaMark ink, sprinkle on Silver Embossing Powder and melt with heat tool. Stamp design on panel using StazOn Midnight Blue ink, dry. Apply VersaMark ink on edges of panel, dip into Silver Embossing Powder, and melt with heat gun.

Step 4: Glue large panel to blank card, adhere pop glue dots to the back of the matted panel.  Attach the panel to the top portion of the card; it will be raised by the glue dots to add interest.

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
Fireworks! – Bahama Blue, Blue Danube, Summer Sky, Lilac Posies
VersaMark Ink
Silver Embossing Powder
StazOn – Jet Black, Midnight Blue, Paris Dusk
Craft Mat

Other Supplies
Stamps – texted circles -Dyan Reaveley, phrase- Hero Arts, All the Gals (words) – Dina Wakley, Background swirl – Invoke Arts
DCWV paper – Brights Textured, Lapis blue paper
Blank card
Watercolor paper
Black card stock
Paper trimmer
Pop dots
Prima Silver Foil
Prima glue stick

Swing by the Imagine Crafts blog if you get a chance and check out the wonderful, varied projects from the Artists in Residence.  I not only find inspiration from all these seasoned artists but also learn new ways to use products.  Thanks so much for stopping by, know that I always appreciate your visits and love to read your comments.  Hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, April 8, 2017

"Thinking of You" card on the Imagine Crafts Blog today

This is an all occasion card I created for my Artists in Residence challenge using DCWV paper.  Beautiful papers that make mixing multiple papers for a project a breeze!  This is the card I created using Jane Davenport's mermaid washi tape along with the DCWV papers, even the envelope matches.

You can find the supply list and directions on the Imagine Blog site.  Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the visit and the comments!  hugs ~ Renee

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers are so fun!

I've been making faces with Jane's Mermaid Markers which I found at Michael's the other day.  I used a Stencil Girl face stencil designed by Andrea Matus DeMeng called "Eve, a modern woman".  I traced it with a pencil and then applied the markers sparingly, they are intense.  I used a water pen to drag color around and Gelatos to adjust the colors. A few parts were brightened with Imagine Crafts Fireworks! spray, also poured into an empty water pen for easy, precise application.  It will take me awhile to learn how to use the markers and not flood the paper with too much color.  A little goes a long way with these pens.

It takes some time to find Jane's supplies, they sell out quickly, but they are worth the wait.

Have a great weekend!  Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just Because Cards ~ AIRs project using On Point Glue

Imagine Crafts released a really fun product on March 1, 2017, it's called On Point Glue.  This product is a clear glue that has a non-clog applicator to give super fine control for use on intricate projects and embellishments, like glitter and tiny flowers.  It is water based, dries clear and remains flexible, the dry time is moderate.  I liked the control it gave me when I was creating these cards.  To see the directions and supplies that I used please pay a visit to the Imagine site where I've given the complete breakdown.

The card on the left hand side is a stamped image by Prima on gessoed paper that has been colored in, foiled and had flowers added, the card on the right is a piece of Jane Davenport's new paper tablet trimmed out and embellished.  I love all of Jane's new products that can be found at Michael's stores here in the USA. The On Point Glue product makes it easy to put the small amounts of glitter in just the right places.

 Thanks so much for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WooHoo, I've been published!

It's always a thrill to see your craft work in a magazine...any magazine, digital, paper, whatever.  To be published in a Stampington magazine for me is like winning the lottery, I love their magazines so much and admire many of their featured artists from all over the world.  As most of you know, when your work is published you receive a free issue in the mail.  This time I received two different magazines on the same day, now that doesn't happen very often.  I had a card published in The Stampers' Sampler and an article on a journaling technique in Art Journaling magazine.

The Stampers’ Sampler Spring 2017 — Available April 1st

Susan Pagnucci's interview in the Stampers' Sampler is fabulous.  She carves so many of her own stamps.

Both magazines are loaded with great content and fun ideas for Spring.  If you get a chance to check them out or purchase them you won't be disappointed.  The article in AJ mag. about Dina Wakley is amazing with 10 pages of her work.  I could go on and on about all the artists in the Art Journaling magazine but I don't want to spoil it for you!  I hope you get an opportunity to see both of them.  And I would like to express my gratitude to the two editors Gracy Wilkins and Devon Warren for sharing my work.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A new AIRs Challenge: Greenery

The color challenge for Imagine's Artists in Residence for this month is:  Greenery.  I thought I like to show an old classic, Mona, green with envy.  Here's a sneak peek, the instructions can be found on Imagine's blog.

You can see the huge effect Prima has had on me recently, lots of flowers and glitter.  I used the new product "On Point Glue" to attach very tiny, fine elements.  More about that on the Imagine site.

Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy "Pi Day"!

Happy Pi Day!  Sharing a couple of my favorites, I have several pie recipes on older blog posts in case you have a strong desire to bake pies today.  Enjoy!

Have a happy Tuesday.  Hugs ~ Renee

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Glitzy Mixed Media Tag

Hello and happy Tuesday!  Here's a sneak peek at what is being shared on the Imagine Blog today.  This is a Prima influenced mixed media tag using Imagine/Tsukineko supplies.  Just click on the link to view the Imagine Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Monday, March 6, 2017

Finnabair's new online class - Art Transformations

I thought I'd share a link with you today.  Finnabair is teaching her first online class called "Imagine" and it is as amazing as one would think it would be.  I used an old photograph of myself for this that I've always been fond of and created a self portrait using her techniques.  I cannot share the process with you but you can check out the class and site for yourself, if it interests you.

Most of us have tons of embellishments in our stash and this is a great way to use them up in a good way.  Finnabair recently released some wonderful waxes that can be employed to get an effect of lights and shadows with a blush of color.  It was really fun and I'm happy to learn how she does all those fantastic portraits of herself that I've seen in magazines and online.

There are other classes also offered on this new site that you might want to check out.

Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, March 3, 2017

Jane Davenport art supplies

I'm in love with Jane Davenport's new line of art supplies!  It is currently at Michael's or on Jane's site, the demand has been pretty staggering.  I saw the supplies the first day they were released, couldn't figure out what they were all about until I went home and watched Jane's free videos.  The next day I went back to Michael's only to discover most everything was gone.  Hmmm.  So I've been picking up her products here and there, checking at Michael's way too often, searching online, etc.  The manufacturer has been very helpful in reassuring all the "Davenpeeps" that they are working overtime to bring the popular items back to the shelves ASAP, things like the Mermaid Markers and the watercolors are no where to be found.

With my meager supplies I've been able to make some fun items, like this small canvas/refrigerator magnet.  You can tell I've been heavily influenced by Prima recently hence the glitter.  Finnabair's influence is there too with the metal ephemera painted with Jane's amazing Paint Over Pens.

Aren't new supplies and techniques the best thing ever?!  Have a great weekend ~ Renee

Jane Davenport:  Face Stamp, Paint Over Pens, Inkredible Pen, Papers used in the background, and rub ons.
Prima:  Glitter, metal stars
Imagine:  Newly released On Point Glue and Creative Medium, StazOn Jet Black ink

Saturday, February 25, 2017

And we have a winner for the Jane Davenport book!

And we have a winner!  I drew a name at random and it is...

Jenifer Cowles

Product Details

Please email me at within 24 hours and send me your mailing address and I will get this in the mail for you next week.  If I don't hear from you within the time period I'll be forced to draw another name.

Thanks everyone who left a comment, I love giving stuff away, it makes me so happy!

Hugs~ Renee

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Getting a Shabby Chic look using a master board in rose

If you have time, check out the Imagine Craft blog to see how you can create different looks with the same master board beginning.

Don't forget to enter the drawing for a Jane Davenport book, the contest ends tomorrow!
Hugs~ Renee

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Giveaway! Jane Davenport's book Beautiful Faces

Product Details

In honor of the release of Jane Davenport's art supplies I am giving away one of my favorite books.  After taking one of Jane's online classes a couple of years back, I finally learned how to draw a face!  This book helped me immensely and I bought several so I could share them with friends.  Moving house and studio from Massachusetts down to South Carolina put that giveaway on hold but I thought now that Jane has her own art supply line at Michael's craft store that this would a great time to share her book.

Just leave a comment for this blog post.  The regular rules apply:  You must be a follower of my blog, a U.S. resident and respond within 24 hours of winning the draw.  The contest is open until Friday, Feb. 24th, 2017.  I'll announce the winner here on Saturday, Feb. 25th. 

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits ~ Hugs ~ Renee 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hearts of Gold Gift Bag

If you have a chance to pop over to the Imagine website you can take a look at a step by step tutorial (just scroll down on their site) showing how to create inexpensive gift wrapping that costs less than $1 and uses supplies from your art supply stash.  It only takes minutes to upgrade this bag and tissue paper.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee

Thursday, January 26, 2017

AIRs Challenge: Steampunk Wall Hanging

The AIRs theme for the month of January is "New Beginnings".  Having just moved into a new home, and a new studio, I really could relate to that theme.  I made a wall hanging to put on my studio door, it's a little bit steampunk, which I adore.  This is a sneak peek, the step by step can be seen on the Imagine blog.

February is right around the corner and is full of new challenges from Imagine.

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate your visits!  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, January 20, 2017

AIRs Project: Delightful Wintergreen Card

The AIRs color challenge for the month of January is "wintergreen".  Take a look at the card I made using, what else, StazOn Studio Glaze and an ATC.  My interpretation of the wintergreen color is on the ATC as well as in the background.  Here's a sneak peek of a part of the card:

To see the card in its entirety click on the link that will take you to the Imagine blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm at CHA Phoenix right now and will be sharing lots of photos with you when I get back. ~ Hugs ~ Renee

Monday, January 9, 2017

Making Votive Holders Using Dollar Store Finds

This is my first 2017 AIRs project for Imagine, here's a sneak peek, just click on their link to see the full project with instructions.

This is a fun, inexpensive project using StazOn Studio Glaze and a couple of purchases from the Dollar Store.  I hope you'll click on the link and take a look!
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Renee

Sunday, January 8, 2017

And the winner is....

I drew the name today of the winner of the Somerset Studio Gallery magazine and it is...


Please email me your mailing address so I can give it to Stampington, they'll mail your magazine directly to you.

Thanks everyone who left a comment, I appreciates all your visits, hugs, Renee

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mixed Up Magazine is worth checking out!

Have you seen this new magazine, Mixed Up?  Editor Katy Leitch has really produced something truly astonishing!  I look forward to the first of every month when I can access this digital magazine, I'm a sucker for instant gratification.  Not only are the projects right on trend, from so many internationally known artists, but there are interactive tutorials that can be viewed with just a click.  I've never seen anything like this in the mixed media world.  I can also keep each issue in my computer, on my tablet and my phone and review it again at a later time without giving up valuable space in my studio.  The price makes it a real value.  It can only be accessed online and this can be done at Pocketmags.

I invite you to check it out.  This is the fourth issue and I'm pleased to say I have a piece of artwork featured on page 40.  If your ambition is to have your artwork published this year the submission guidelines are in the magazine and Katy is wonderful to work with.

I'd love to hear what you think of it and I'm sure Katy would as well.  Here's a link to the FB page.  Don't forget to check back here on Sunday to see who won the Somerset Studio Gallery issue!

As always, thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!  Hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Somerset Studio Gallery 2017 GiveAway!

Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2017

Yes, it is giveaway time!  Stampington has very generously provided an issue of the Winter 2017 Edition of Somerset Studio Gallery magazine for one of my followers.  Click on the link to take a closer look at how fabulous this issue is.

I was fortunate enough to have a cute card published on page 100.  There are some pretty fantastic articles to look at and projects to try your hand at.  If you are interested in entering the drawing the rules are pretty simple:  Be a follower of this blog, a U.S. resident and just leave a comment.  I will select the winner on Sunday, January 8th, 2017.  The winner will have 24 hours to get in touch with me or you can leave your email addy and I will get in touch with you.  Simple.

I hope you'll take a moment to leave a comment!  Have you chosen your word for the year yet?  I'm still thinking about that one, I cannot believe it's 2017 already.  A new year to me is always a fresh start, so let's all take a deep breath and start over again.

Hugs ~ Renee