Mix the Media: “Alight”


Mixed Media artwork

I have something a little new for you today.  I am such a sucker for texture so I made this mixed media piece.  Creating “Alight” was fun, freeing and I will definitely be making more!  I also love words. These mixed media pieces allow me to express my love of beautiful and interesting words while drawing artistic inspiration from them at the same time.

I used inks, papers of various textures and weight, leather, yarn, findings, old dictionary pages, stamps, die cuts and a whole bunch of clear gesso!

Short and sweet this time!

Creatively Yours,


Tic Tac Toe, Three in a Row: #tttc006


Fuzzy!  I LOVE anything fuzzy and this week I was able to incorporate one of my favorite things into my card design.  I choose the diagonal right down as my inspiration.

Which three in a row will you choose for your project?  Grab your creative cap, whatever supplies you have on hand and come play with me at TTTC!



It’s time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge with my team “O” taking the lead this week.  The board for this challenge was made by Shannon Fralish over at Paper Made Bakery.



Patriotic Luminary Tutorial

Stars and Stripes Patriotic Luminary

This project came to me the day before 4th of July.  I wanted to make some holiday gifts for my mother, grandmothers and a great aunt.  Nothing like a self imposed deadline to spur on creativity!  Luckily I managed to slow the creative train down just enough to get photos for a tutorial.  

While the colors shown are definitely patriotic,  changing them would easily convert this project into other holiday or event decor.

Step 1:

  • Cut two pieces of Night of Navy cardstock to 7 x 6 3/8 inches.
  • Lay cardstock vertically on your Simply Scored boad and score both pieces at 3 and 6 inches.  You will have a 3/8″ tab on the end.  Taper tab ends if desired.
  • I used the EK tools star confetti punch as my decoration.  

Step 2:

  • Cut four pieces of vellum at 6 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches.  
  • Add Tear & Tape along the long sides.

Step 3:

  • Cut out two of the long “swirls”  from the Swirly Scribbles thinlits in Real Red.
  • Stampin’ Up just relased a new product called Mulitpurpose Adhesive Sheets.  These sheets stick to a piece of cardstock before running it through the Big Shot with your die.  The cut out is now basically a sticker and a life saver for attaching those thin delicate dies!  

Step 4:

  • Attach vellum sheets to back side of the luminary side pieces and the Real Red swirls on the front side.
  • Put Tear & Tape along front sides of the tabs.  Leave Tear & Tape paper on for now.

Step 5:

  • Now we cut the cardstock for the top and bottom of the lumanary
  • Cut three pieces in Night of Navy at 3 3/4 inches square
  • Cut one piece in Night of Navy at 2 7/8 inches square

Step 6:

  • Score one of the 3 3/4 inch pieces at 3/8″ on all sides.
  • Trim corners diagonally as shown to make tabs
  • Cut a slit in the center of the lid to insert flame top – I used glitter pieces from an old Paper Pumpkin.  You can free hand the design; jest make sure there are tabs at the bottom for completing the next step.

Step 7:

  • Pull tab ends of the flame through the slit you made.  The cut should be just big enough to pull the end through.
  • Fold down tabs like a brad and secure with tape.
  • (Not shown) Put Tear & Tape on all four tabs on the top side of the lid (the side with flame sticking out).

Step 8:

  • Take your second 3 3/4 inch square and score at 3/8″ on all sides.
  • Trim corners diagonally to make tabs just like you did for the top.
  • Use the 1 3/8 inch die from the Layering Circles framelits to cut a hole in the center.
  • I bought my LED tea lights from Hobby Lobby and this size opening was just perfect!

Step 9:

  • Take your last 3 3/4 inch square and score it at 3/8″ AND 1 1/8″ on all sides.
  • Trim out corner pieces as shown.
  • Use 1 1/8 inch Layering Circle framelit to cut a hole in the center.

Step 10:

  • Take your 2 7/8 inch sqaure and cut a hole in the center with the 1 5/8″ Layering Circle framelit.

Step 11:

  • Add Tear & Tape to the back side of the 2 7/8 inch sqare.
  • Fold tabs and add Tear & Tape to the top side of the tabs of the 3 3/4 inch square.
  • Fold remaining sqare so that the folds alternate to make a little box.  Put Tear & Tape on the bottom of the box tabs.

Step 12:

  • Place LED tea light on tabbed 3 3/4 inch piece.

Here is the reverse view.

Step 13:

  • Place the folded, box like piece of cardstock over the LED candle.
  • Hold candle in place securely so the bottom stays aligned with the opening.
  • Fold the box to make a snug fit around the light and press down tabs.
  • Once everything is stuck down, staple the tabs down as well, for extra hold.

Step 14:

  • The remaining 2 7/8 inch piece of cardstock is for hiding the staples and to protect any surface you set your luminary on from getting scratched by the staples.

Step 15:

  • And finally time for assembly!
  • Start by attaching the two side pieces that make up the body of the candle.

Step 16:

  • After making four of these, I found it easiest to attach the top and bottom in tandem
  • Take your top piece and align one tabbed edge with the end of the candle base.
  • Press down on tab frimly once you are happy with the alignment to stick.
  • Repeate with the bottom piece.
  • Secure each side one at a time, switching back and forth between the top and bottom pieces. 

Step 17:

  • When you get to the final side, everything should fold into itself nicely.  Press the edges as firmly as you can without crunching your luminary to get those last edges to stick together.


Thank you for creating along with me today!  Feel free to dress this design up to suit your decor or gift giving needs.  The design keeps the LED light self contained and allows easy access to the on/off switch and battery replacement.

If  have any questions about this tutorial, I am happy to help!  Drop me an email: [email protected]

Creatively Yours,


Tic Tac Toe, Three in a Row: #tttc004

For this card I drew inspiration from the right column down.  I used Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide as my In-Colors.  I am not a pink / purple girl and was therefore not as excited about Berry Burst when it first cam out.  However, after playing with it a bit, this new In-Color has wiggled its way into my heart!

The sentiment comes from the  Floral Statements stamp set.  There are two large stamps with gorgeous open floral designs in Floral Statements – perfect for coloring any way you like!

Which three in a row will you choose for your project?  Grab your creative cap, whatever supplies you have on hand and come play with me at TTTC!


Team “O” is up to bat again this week and that means the card on the left will be featured on the tictactoechallenge blog this week.  Come be inspired by another amazing board.  We had 31 players last week….can we try for 40 for our 4th challenge?  If that is going to happen, we need YOU!  Submissions have been extended  until NOON CST on Tuesday….an extra day!


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