Gelli Printing with Creative Embellishments

Welcome back for the rest of the mixed media grunge journal. Today we are going to go through some gelli printing with lots and lots of goodies. I have to make a declaration to begin, I am not a pro by any means, I like to play, paint and get messy and that is exactly what I do when I get my plates out.


I wanted to make a special date book using the months/weeks tab. But the only way I thought I could incorporate the tabs was to build them directly into the pages. So I thought why not gelli print, so I did.

I made a video of my idea, so it is easier to understand so enjoy.

I ended up making a total of 28 pages. 12 months of the year, extra sheets for “Notes” and the front and back inside cover. So using almost every one of my favorite stencils and numerous stamps, (which will be linked below) I made some really neat looking pages.


After I finished all the printing I cut the pages to fit within the junk journal cover 2. Using the tabs, I glue them between two pages, making sure to keep my pages matching.

And to add a little extra. I painted the corresponding months of they year to match that particular page.


After putting the dates in on every single page. It was just down to assembling the journal, I used a pre-bought binding and just punch holes in the pages. I think the pages turn easier from month to month.


Creative Embellishments

Junk Journal Cover 2

Months/Weeks Tab

Months of the Year

Distress Grid Stencil

Distress Circle Stencil

Distress Squares Stencil

Distress Circle Stamp

Distress Checkerd Stamp

Square Stamp

Circles Stamp

Circle Bokeh Stencil

Distress Checkered Stencil

Distress Numbers Stamp


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Mixed Media Grunge Date Book

I have a special two day post on a project I did for a special friend. I had this idea brewing for a while and figured I better just do it and get it done. So why not make a special date book to keep birthdays, anniversaries and other special dates. Even with technology these days and computerized date books, I still like to have something I can write, touch and keep close by.

For the mean time lets get started on the outside and look forward to seeing the inside tomorrow.


I started with the Junk Journal Cover 2, and after some subtle background inking with the distressed circle and square stencil. I added texture with the Distress Grid Stencil.

I made a video for you of the whole process. So you can see the step by step process.


After the background work was done it was time to build up the focal point. I started the layers  with the barbed wire boarder 4 and building up with large gears and fairy wings and to top it off with a Relic.


I finished the binding with some more texture with the distress weave stencil and some metal to add to that grunge look of the journal.


So make sure you come back tomorrow to see the inside of the book and all the fun that went into make it.


Creative Embellishments:

Junk Journal Cover 2

Distress Grid Stencil

Distress Circles Stencil

Distress Square Stencil

Squares Stamp

Barbed Wire Boarder 4

Large Gears

Fairy Wings Set 3

Distress Weave Stencil

Other Supplies:

7 Dots Studio Dreamer Collection

Lindys Gang Midnight Copper Embossing Powder

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Winged Beauty

I love the weather were I live, it is so sporatic and you never know from one day to the next what mother nature will bring. Anything from a beautiful sunny calm day to blistery snow storm the next. We have even had snow in to the first weekend of May.

Nick's full Winged Beauty

Anytime there is a beautiful snow storm, or some crazy event mother natures throws my way, I look at the beauty it brings. This particular morning was the calm before the storm.  A very low dense fog, and brisk tempurtrues, brings a formation of ice and crystals.


Living in a low lying area the formations are even more intense and gorgoeus.


This page is a wintery/spring mix with lots of fragile texture like the ice and crystal formations in the photo.


Here is a video of the creative process:

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Enjoy some other close-ups.




Thank you for stopping by today!



7 Dots Studio Cold Country Lost Letter

7 Dots Studio Cold County Clear Stamp

7 Dots Studio Paint Chips Clear Stamp

7 Dot Studio Northern Light Clear Stamp

7 Dots Studio Northern Lights Chipboard

7 Dots Studio Hazy Days Clear Stamp

7 Dots Studio Cold Country 6×6 Paper Pack

7 Dots Studio Writers Block Tags

7 Dots Studio Writers Block Element Stickers 6×12

7 Dots Studio Writers Block Elements 6×12

Other Supplies:

UmWowStudio Yuletide MASH

UmWowStudio Winged, Beauty

UmWowStudio Victorian Flourish

UmWowStudio Flurries Stencil

Lindy’s Gang: Black Orchid Silver, Tainted Love Teal


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Northern Lights April Mood Board

Another new mood board and such gorgeous colours. I had a photo that I aged and altered and thought how perfect it would be to match the board along with the Northen Lights Collection.



Here is a video of how this evolved.


Using various elements and die-cuts, I add a little layers here and there. I do fancy layouts with tons a texture but struggle at times to get the amount I yearn for. But sometimes less is really more.


This page is not titled at you can see, only because It is a focal point to an old window pane that is hung in my sitting room. I plan on doing a series of three for the window.


Thank you for stoping by today and enjoy!



7 Dots Studio

Northern Lights Die-Cut Elements 6×12

Northern Lights Elements Stickers 6×12

Northern Lights Tags

Northern Lights Knitted

Hazy Days Clear Stamp

Paint Chips Clear Stamp

Thoughts Keeper Clear Stamp

Soulmates Chipboard

Dreamscapes Triangles Stencil

UmWowStudio Northern Lights Flair

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We’re All Mad Here April Challenge

Another Challenge and a fun one at that. I love the challenge and have been waiting to play with this fun paper set alone with the “We’re All Mad Here” word set. Just perfect for that Alice in Wonderland themed page. Not only with some background stamping of the distressed harlequin stamp, I used the diamond panel to add more details with the theme. I just wanted to make this page fun and added more texture with the metal stencil along with the We’re all mad here set. Perfect title and why not have it just crazy on the page.


Here is the video for your viewing, a truly fun page to make.

Here are some close-ups for you.




Thank you for stopping by and I hope you join the challenge. Here is the inspirational photo and don’t forget the twist to use Harlequin





Creative Embellishments

Distress Harlequin Stamp

Metal Stencil

We’re All Mad Word Set

Diamond Panel

Other Supplies:

Petaloo Chantilly Mixed Blooms Red/burg, Baby Blooms Red, Textured Red Blossoms.

ScrapMir Time to Dream Time, Die-Cut Cardstock, Cards, Playing Cards

TWC Harlequin 12×12

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Retirement Pyramid Card

As Life goes on, people move on, and after 40 plus years one of the gals at work has finally decided to retire, at 78 years old. I was ask by a co-worker to make a cared just from their little group of girls for her. So Decided to make a pyramid card.


I have never made one before and needless to say, I really didn’t find much on the internet so it was a fair amount of experimenting with it. But I think the overall look was perfect, each layer there is a large space to write sentiments and encouraging warm words. IMG_1485

I incorporated the paper with various chipboard collections from the store, including Always Word Set, and the Heritage Word Set. With lots of layers of stamping and a few stencils here and there to give some of the pages a feel to them.


Here is a little video of how this looks page by page.

Here are a few close-ups of some of the pages.


With so many flips and twists to this card. Lots of stamping done on the background along with using the fishnet stencil and some texture paste. Maybe someday I will do a video on the process but I think I need to practice a few more.



Creative Embellishments

Always Word Set

Happy Word Set

Heritage Word Set


Past and Present Word Set

Distress Grid Stencil

Distress Checkered Stencil

Grudge Music Note Sheet Stamp

Distress Circle Stamp

Distressed Crackle Stamp

Flourish Set 10

Fishnet Stencil

Other Supplies:

Rossi Bell Collection

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Spreading the Love

Edited: Giveaway closed now.


Blog: Pallavi Jain

Youtube: Etsuko Noguchi


I have the wonderful pleasure of exchanging some art with some amazing artists from around the world, many that are an inspiration to me, and support and influence the creative world of mixed media, scrapbooking and crafts. The talented Nuneka put together a great group of artists to exchange their creativity.


I decided to make an altered canvas for my exchange partner Phoebe, She loves the grunge and I am excited that she will have a piece of my art for her collection. I titled this Rustic Heart with all the rust and texture.

I made a little video for you enjoyment. my creative process, which I still am not sure what type of process it is. 🙂 but it’s just creating and enjoying the process. (giveaway there also 😉

The art exchange is not swapping art with your partner, but to receive a project from someone else. I had the wonderful pleasure of receiving this amazing project from Aira Hashimoto from Japan. It is amazingly beautiful beyond words. I really honored to have such an amazing piece for my collection. Domo Arigatou Gozaimasu Aria I am truly blessed to have such a beautiful piece.

You can check out more pictures of her project here.


Here are the links to all the other fabulous artists that participated in this amazing exchange of art, creativity and love! And check them all out, there might be a giveaway or two along the way. Just click on the name to take you to their blog, share some love, follow and subscribe!

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I am having a giveaway here and on my Youtube Channel. So that doubles your chance at winning if you leave a comment over there also. Giveaway is open to international entires. Deadline is April 5th I will choose a random winner from both my Blog and my Youtube Channel. So remember to visit everyone’s blog.

While we all share and spread love for the art and craft we create, a few brands and store owners are generously sponsoring our hop. Here’s a look at them. It would be nice if you could leave them some love by visiting their site, like and following them on social media channels. Apart from any giveaways on the artist blogs, five lucky winners get prizes from our sponsors.










Thank you for stopping by and Spreading the Love! I hope you enjoy all the other amazing artists and their projects, And keep on spreading the love!



Creative Embellishments: Spark Plugs, Medium Gears, Large Gears, Gear Cluster Set, Edison Bulb, Distress Grid Stencil.

Relics & Artifacts®: Flaming Heart

DecoArt Fluid Acrylics: Paynes Grey, Carbon Black, Quinacridone Magenta, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna

DecoArt Media: Textured Sand Paste, Crackle Glaze, Crackle Paint

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Sacred Heart

Now that the infamous Andy Skinner Creative Team and the fearless leader himself, has made it back from Stitches all in one piece. I am sharing two of the pieces that I made for the show. This was made with the Andy’s Sacred Heart Kit.  Visit Andy’s Blog for more details.

Presenting the first piece is “Ray of Love”




The other piece titled “Gothic Wings” was inspired by one of Andy’s older stamps sets “Handle with Care”.




Have a great creative Day

black and white head shot

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Heather Thompson


Gothic Wings


Base: Titan Buff, Phthalo Gren-Blue,
Colbalt Teal Hue, Medium Grey Value 6,
Pyrrole Red, Paynes Grey, Carbon Black,
Quinacridone Gold, Tinting Base,
Ultra Matte Varnish,
Americana Decou-Page Matte


Tando Creative: 

Industrial Elements, Sacred Secrets



Andy Skinners Handle with Care ASCRS7, Andy Skinner Stamps AS Textures ASCR12,
Industrial ASCRS03

Other Supplies:

Amazing Casting Resin

Ray Of Love 



Pyrrole Orange, Pyrrole Red, Titan Bugg,
Dairylide Yellow, Quinacridone Gold,
Black Gesso, Ultra Matte Varnish,
Medium Grey Value, Paynes Grey, Tinting Base


Tando Creative:

 Sacred Secrets, Large Straight Edge Arches,
Industrial Elements



Textures ASCRS12, Industrial ASCRS03


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I had a little time to just play, ok, not really but I was in that creative slump and sometimes you just need to forget deadlines and just refresh. Almost like stepping away and taking a walk.


I stepped away and took a creative walk over to Scrapki for their challenge this month. Lines….straight lines, crooked, intersecting, doodling, I just created, no real thought process behind it, just putting stuff here and there.

Here is a video of my creative walk.

Here are some close-ups



Every once in a while, take that create walk, step away from the deadlines, the requirements and just play. It’s always a nice feeling.

Thank you for stopping by today:


Entered in:

Scrapki-wyzwaniowo – Lines



7 Dots Studios:  Cotton Candy Dreams 6×6 pack, Die-cute Elements, Word Stickers, Stickers.

Creative Embellishments: Distress Circuit Stencil, Distress Screen Stamp, ATC Tags

Lindy’s Gang: Orange Creamsicle, C’est la vie Cerise


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