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Art Gone Wild Launches NEW Website!
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Friday, October 9


I wish I had time for this kind of stuff this week. Drawing is really soothing.

Have a creative day, thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 8

DecoArt Media Halloween Haunts Mixed Media Challenge

Just a quick reminder about the Mixed Media Challenge that is happening on the DecoArt Media Blog. For a round-up of the projects that the team created, visit this post:

And, the best part -- you can play along too, just follow these basic instructions: 

Join the DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team in a spooky Halloween challenge from October 1st through the 28th! Have a peek at our talented designer's projects on this page and be on the look out for our full tutorials on the DecoArt Media Facebook page throughout the Mixed Media Haunts Challenge! 

Feeling inspired? Create your very own spooktacular piece, using DecoArt Media products, and submit it below through the Inlinkz link at the bottom of our Design Team project photos. Entries will be accepted until October 28th at 11:55pm.

On October 29th, Andy Skinner will choose his two favorite pieces. The runner-up will receive $50 worth of DecoArt Media product and the grand prize winner will receive $100 worth of DecoArt Media goodies!
Have a great day, thanks for dropping by. 

Wednesday, October 7

Positivity Journal -- all in one!

Hello and HAPPY Wednesday. It's been one heck of a week so far so today I'm hoping for some calm and quiet so I can finish working on my next stamp release.

I've had such an AMAZING response to the Custom Journal Cover video I created this week that I wanted to put the important videos I've created for my Positivity Journal Project together in one post to make it easy for you to find them, in case you are planning on making one in the near future.

So, without prolonging this writing any longer, and because my coffee is ready -- here we go: 

Video 1: Getting started, and the MISTI

Video 2: Journal Pages


Video 3: Creative Masking

Video 4: Drawing and Painting your journal cover and attaching it to your chipboard

You will find more videos on my youtube channel related to creating journal pages, but these are specifically related to getting started and putting it back together again. 

THANKS for dropping by, have a wonderful day -- and do something creative in the spare moments!

Tuesday, October 6

Creating a Custom Cover for your Art Journal

I know I've mentioned this before, but I have to say it again!! I really like working with DecoArt® Media products. The quality is amazing, not to mention the colors they have are pretty great too!

For quite some time I've been working on a "DecoArt® Media Art Journal" -- meaning all the pages are created using their Media line in one way or another and sharing my process with you. I've got quite a stack and since I have just a few pages left to finish up, I thought that I should take a minute or two to create a custom cover to protect my precious pages so my cover looks as great as the inside pages.

Since I've been into making videos lately, I created a little video so you can see exactly how I do this.  Get a cup of coffee or tea and watch my video below and then get started making your own custom cover!

For this project I used the following supplies, you can find most of them at your local (or on-line) JoAnn Craft store or at the DecoArt Media website, which is here.

Thanks for joining me today, have a wonderful day and I hope you get some time to get creative!

Thursday, October 1

Try something new!

Sometimes when you get in a rut -- whether it's creatively or emotionally -- trying new things can boost you enough to get out of it. And sometimes shedding old "schtuff" is necessary, but I digress.

I took a fun class over the summer and learned how to make this fun little woven decoration for a rock. Those who know me know that I'm obsessed with cool rocks, and seeing that I like to play with them and make little cozies probably won't come as a surprise.  At the end of the day, I came home with this little beauty -- a favorite rock found for me by a favorite kid in a favorite place.

And it will sit on my desk for eternity. But, I couldn't stop thinking about OTHER ways to incorporate this new technique into something cooler and more interesting.

And I came up with this sweet little heart. Only, this is a piece of sea glass wrapped with wire. Same technique, but wholly different supplies. I just love how getting out of the box can really knock your creativity into overdrive!

And this is what it looks like today -- and it's hanging in my window as a quiet reminder to nurture my creativity and try new things. What are you doing to nurture your creativity?

Have a wonderful day, thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, September 30


It's amazing what color does to an ordinary image.

I suppose color alone is a reason to be happy. But, when you have gorgeous flowers and bright colors, there's no reason to be unhappy!

This art journal page was made with my Words of Wisdom #2 Stamp set from Art Gone Wild and colored with DecoArt® Media Fluid Acrylics. If you scroll down a few days you'll find the Creative Masking video I created showing how I stamped this page.

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day.

Friday, September 25

A Garden on Paper

Hello -- and HAPPY FRIDAY!

Just wanted to share a few journal pages I've been working on and am finished with, or nearly finished with from my Summer 2015 stamp release with Art Gone Wild.  I am really loving comparing the first release from 2013 to now.

I feel like I've found my footing and am really excited about the possibilities. And, I'm furiously at work for the next set of stamps for Winter, 2016. 

You can order all of these stamps (as well as any past designs) directly from Art Gone Wild. They recently unveiled a new website -- and it looks AMAZING! 

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 24

Creative Masking with Just One Stamp

I hope you're having a GREAT day so far -- and enjoying the stirrings of your morning. Coffee is involved with that, I hope. Today I thought I'd share a a super quick video (with no talking) that I made showing how you can get creative with just one stamp and a little creative masking.

I don't think this video needs any explanation, except that I'm cutting 2 post-it notes when the video first starts to create 2 masks at once.

I'm using the Words of Wisdom 2 Stamp set from my newest release from Art Gone Wild, you can find that here.

Here's what the page looks like after a little lettering and fill-in doodling.

I'll share how I color this fun page in another video! THANKS for dropping by, hope your day is creative!

Wednesday, September 23

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Carrie Tuttle -- you are the winner of this round! Leave me a comment with you email and I'll contact you to get them sent out! Woohoo!

Words of Wisdom from Art Gone Wild


Hello and Happy Wednesday. Wow, this month is just flying by! Today I wanted to share a quick little video I created -- it's all about creating cool backgrounds for me these days.

Here's the journal page that I finished: the stamp set I used is from my newest release with Art Gone Wild, and it's the Words of Wisdom set.

This next piece of art was created from the drippy, left over paint.  I ended up trimming it to 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" and matted it on a piece of navy patterned paper before I mounted it on a blank card. I used colored pencil and a few markers to add some light color to the leaves and background, that really made the flower pop out. Oh, the flower is from Words of Wisdom 2.

THANKS for dropping by today, have a wonderful day and rest of your week.
PS. It looks like you can get FREE SHIPPING on the NEW Art Gone Website for orders over $75.

Tuesday, September 22

Mixed Media Haunts Challenge

Halloween is almost here and the DecoArt Media Team is getting spooky with DecoArt Media products to inspire your Halloween crafting. Click on the Haunts Challenge image above to see what the challenge is all about and WHAT you could win!


I'm not much into Zombies, Goblins or Witches, so I thought repurposing a cheesy little pumpkin decoration to make it dark and ominous would be a good move. And I love the results. Honestly, I wasn't sure how it would turn out when I started, but I had a vision and it ended up great! 

For this project I used two of my favorite DecoArt Media products, the Black Gesso and the Gold Metallic Fluid Acrylic. The gesso is AMAZING to work with -- and even watered down the Gold Fluid Acrylic is sparkly and delicious!  

Watch my video here to see how I transformed a cheesy little pumpkin door decoration into an elegant black Pumpkin that I love so much.  

Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope that I have inspired you to repurpose an old decoration rather than take it to the dump or recycle it at Goodwill. On a side note, I am sure you could find a cool item to repurpose at Goodwill, Salvation Army or other place items are donated!

Happy crafting, have a GREAT week.

PS. You can find the Groove Tool that I used to sand the pumpkin here, here or here

Saturday, September 19

Arts are Elementary

The 10 x 10 Exhibit to benefit Arts are Elementary just uploaded the slide show of all the art they received for this year, you can see my two pieces under the first presentation, at their website which can be found by following this link:

I love being able to create art that benefits the kids in my community! If you are interested and live locally, the ONE DAY show and SALE EVENT will be on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Favorite artists and paintings tend to go early, so be there early for the best selection. 

Friday, September 18

Happy Accidents Bonus Video

Hello friends and Happy Friday!!

Today I wanted to share a little video I hobbled together from the unused parts of a video I created for DecoArt Media. The original post went up yesterday, you can see that post and video here:

This video doesn't have the best sound quality, which is why it didn't make the cut on the video for DecoArt, but I thought you'd like to see how I finished this page.

Thank you so much for dropping by, please don't hesitate to ask questions if you have them! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 17

Hello Sunshine!

Sharing a quick little Fast forward video I created using my new stamps! Don't forget, I've got a giveaway going on over on this post: Elegant Flower Frame + a Giveaway!

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 16

Visit my YouTube Channel

I'm working on new videos this week and wanted to make sure that you all have the link over to my YouTube channel so you can visit and see what I'm sharing. My user name is CatherineMS, or you can click on the image below to visit!

THANKS for dropping by, have a great day!

Monday, September 14

Elegant Flower Frame + a Giveaway!!

This Elegant Flower Frame has so many possibilities. You can use it for a journal page, card or even for a Project Life Pocket. I love that, with the change of a few colors here and there this could look so different.

Or, add some layers and a sentiment stamp and maybe a coordinating die-cut shape to create a sweet and elegant handmade card.

This is the last of my top three stamps from this release...and in honor of that I've decided to give away one of each of these sets to ONE lucky winner!

All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave me a comment here on this post saying which of these three stamps is your favorite!

THANKS for dropping by, have a wonderful day -- and GOOD LUCK!