Mini Art Journal

I had so much fun creating my own Mini Art Journal using a die from the Studio Light – Art by Marlene Cutting Die collection. (StencilBM04)

For the front cover I used a sturdy cardstock purchased from Officeworks and then covered it with store bought wrapping paper.  I then fashioned an elastic closure using Black Hat Elastic, a bead, bell and red tassel that I had squirreled away in my stash.

For all of the pages I used Mixed Media Cardstock and sprayed them with various colours of sprays from Kaisercraft Iridescent Spray and Dylusions Shimmer Sprays.  Once all the pages were dry I created my pages using various mediums that I had to hand.  Each of these pages were created over time and when I felt like doing a little quick art journaling.

I’m sorry I can’t give you more details regarding a lot of the materials that I have used from my stash as the original packaging was thrown away.  This is an ongoing issue I have when I tidy up – always throwing things away that I really should be keeping.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the Photographic Flip Through of my Mini Art Journal.

I am still trying to get my head around a video editing program so that I can start putting videos on both my blog and YouTube, however it still might take a bit of time.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Red and White Gnome Page

I fussy cut an image I found in one of my “Daphnes Diary” Magazines.  On the background of this page I used a stencil from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Collection THS006 Dot Fade Layering Stencil and I used a phrase from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Small Talk” booklet.

Pink Heart Pot Plant

Again I found an image from a Daphnes Diary Magazine which I fussy cut for the main focal point of this page.  The stickers also came from the same magazine. The background stamps I used on this page came from various stamps sets in my stash.


Stickers came from a Daphne’s Diary Magazine (should get a free subscription for all the plugs I’ve done on this blog post!)

Some of the flowers and hearts I’ve fussy cut from old 12” x 12” patterned paper from my stash.  The black butterfly I die cut using a die from my stash and again I’ve used a cut out from the “Transfer Me” – “Beautiful Heaven” transfer sheet SKU-DMCDP1465

Ginger Cat

The ginger cat was stamped onto Bristol 250gsm Smooth Cardstock using a stamp from Katzelcraft.  The branch I stamped with black ink using a stamp from the Altenew Collection – Forever and a Day.

Hot Air Balloon

For this page I used a die I bought from Kaisercraft – Hot Air Balloon and paper pieced the balloon colours using various scraps of cardstock.  I always keep all the scraps of cardstock as they are great for small pieces like this. Again some of the background visual texture come from various stamps in my stash.  I also used some cut outs from “Transfer Me” – “Beautiful Heaven” SKU-DMCDP1465 transfer sheets (a new product for me) which I came across when I was watching a YouTube video from Vicky Papaioannou.  These transfer sheets are so easy to use and make excellent visual texture for your journal backgrounds.

Honey Bear

The Bear Stamp on this page is an old stamp I bought when I was first starting out in my Art Journaling/Mixed Media foray.  The stamp is from Kaszazz an Australian Owned and Operated craft company.  I found a small bee hive sticker and bees which I fussy cut also from scraps from my stash.

These little journals are a great way to use up all those scraps of cardstock that have been squirrelled away. Lol

Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabay

Sometimes inspiration can come from the strangest places.  This page was created from a poster I salvaged from an Australian Geographic Magazine. I used a brick stencil for some of the background and coloured it using Distress Ink “Rusty Hinge”. I then stamped some of the background using a little Kangaroo stamp from Couture Creations C0727987 “Sweeping Plains”.  I then tried my hand at some Aboriginal Art using Posca Pens.  Might add that I don’t think I’ll become an acclaimed Indigenous Artist any time soon.


This little squirrel was fussy cut from a page from Daphnes Diary. I used a green Posca pen to doodle images on the background and used a phrase from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Small Talk” Sticker book.


Another fussy cut treasure from the Daphnes Diary Magazine.  I cut and glued the Paris Skyline onto the page then used an Eiffel Tower Charm and a World Sticker from my stash for embellishments on this page.  I then cut the “Life is an Adventure” quote from Paper Roses Big Black and White Sentiments Sheets.


This was a simple page again using inspiration from a Daphnes Diary Magazine I have here in my craft room. Behind most of the little windows I’ve glued small embellishments using up bits and pieces from my stash.  These are mostly left overs I’ve kept from my Scrapbooking Days.

Believe in the Magic

The gnome stamp came from my stash and I stamped it onto Bristol 250gsm Smooth Cardstock and coloured the gnome using my Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers.  I’ve found the Bristol Cardstock great when using the Zig markers as they blend so smoothly on this type of card.  The snowflakes and pine trees were stamped using stamps from my stash.

Maggie S


This weeks colour throwdown challenge uses the colours: Dark Green, Light Green, Gold and White.

For this weeks challenge I’ve used white cardstock from my stash for the card base.

For the front panel of this card I used Bristol 250gsm Smooth Cardstock. I stamped the background image using the Hero Arts Christmas Rose Bold Prints Cling stamp with VersaMark Ink Pad and heat embossed the image using Rangers “Princess Gold” Embossing Powder.

After heat embossing and waiting for the image to dry I blended some distress inks onto the background using colours: Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn.

I then die cut some daisy petals with a die from my stash using Kaisercraft CD601 White Cardstock.

For the other smaller flowers I used the good old “Daisy” craft punches. The centre of the flowers and the leaves I cut from gold cardstock from a paper pad by Passtime Crafts.

For the embelishments and final touches I used Honey Bee Gems from their “Hot Tropics” collection.

Blue Daffodil

This weeks colour throwdown challenge CTD#633 colours are Light Blue, Kraft and Grey.

Cardstock I used for this card are from Kaisercraft –

Kaisercard CD349 Arctic, Kaisercard GC111Frost Glitter Cardstock, Kaisercard CD651 Kraft and Kaisercard CD650 White.

I embossed the “Arctic” cardstock with a Kaisercraft Embossing Folder and trimmed the cardstock to 9cm x 12cm. I die cut the words “Thank You” from a die in my stash using the glitter cardstock and die cut the flower from an Altenew Layered Daffodil Die using the Arctic, Glitter, kraft and white cardstock and assembled the pieces together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. I then stuck the blue cardstock to the craft base card using dimensional foam tape and finished the card using some Honey Bee Gem Stickers from the Beach Vibes collection.

Just for you


For this weeks Colour Throwdown Challenge we’ve been asked to create a card using the colours – Yellow, Peach, Green and White. Also I might add that neutral colours are also allowed, hence the black in my card for this week.

This is a Slimline Card which is my current favourite style of card at the moment. I cut a piece of black card stock to 7″ x 8 1/2″ and scored it on the 7″ side to 3 1/2″. I then die cut a piece of Nina Solar White 120gsm cardstock using a slimline scalloped edge die from my stash. I then blended Distress Oxides Dried Marigold and Mustard Seed and faded the mustard seed out to white. I then sprinkled some water onto the card to pull out some colour and get an oxidised effect. Next I die cut from black cardstock some Cherry Blossoms using Kaisercrafts Cherry Blossom Die. I also die cut three small butterflies from white cardstock, added some Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer in Silver and adhered them all to the distress oxide card front. I then cut and coloured the “Just for You” using another die from my stash and blended Distress Oxides Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn to get an ombre effect for my sentiment. I then glued all the pieces onto the card front and stuck the card front to the card base using double sided tape. I adhered some yellow, orange and green diamantes and some Ranger Liquid Pearls in White Opal to the centre of some of the black cherry blossom flowers.


This is the card I made using the colours from this weeks Colour Throwdown Challenge CTD#631 – Turquoise, Pink, Rust and Magenta.

The floral stamp I used is from the Altenew Stamp Set – Beauty Within. I heat embossed the stamped image using WOW Embossing Powder – Opague Bright White Super Fine. I then coloured the images with my Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers using No. 026 Light Pink and No. 999 Blender pulling the pink colour out towards the edges of the petal with the blender brush. I then coloured the centre of each flower using No. 025 Pink and No. 027 Dark Pink. I then fussy cut the stamped images and curled the petals to give the flowers some dimension. For the leaves I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Rusty Hinge and Peacock Feathers. I smooshed the inks onto some clear acetate and then used some water and brushes to watercolour the leaves to try and achieve the “Rust” and “Turquoise” colours as per the challenge.

It was at this point I decided to turn my card into a shaker card and cut an oval from an oval die from my stash. For the background colour in the oval I again smooshed colours from Ranger Distress Oxides – Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry and Rusty Hinge. Once this was dry I die cut the oval shape using the same oval die from my stash and glued it to the card front. I place some small shaker elements in Turquoise and Light Pink from my stash as well as some leaf sequins in similar colours. I then adhered the oval front of my card using some thick foam mounting tape to the base of my card. The base of my card was made using cardstock from Kaisercraft – Magneta. The word smile I die cut using Kaisercraft Glitter Cardstock GC110 – Lagoon.

As a finishing touch I had to add some bling so adhered some Kaisercraft Rhinestones RS405 Lippy Red. These rhinestones look more like a rust colour than red so felt I could use them and still keep within the bounds of the Colour Throwdown colours for this week.

This card and the colours really challenged me this time and definitely took me out of my comfort zone. I do hope you like it and would love to hear your comments.

With Love ctd#630

This card was created following the colours as per the Colour Throwdown Challenge of Blush, Sage Green and Gold.

The card base was made using white cardstock from Kaisercraft. I then die cut the sage green cardstock using the Paper Rose 20874 Slimline Card Creator 2 Circles Metal Die. The Blush cardstock behind the circles is from the Carta Bella Paper Co. Flora No. 3 6 x 6 Paper Pad.

I then stamped and coloured the flowers using a Cherry Blossom Stamp from Kasazz and watercoloured it using Distress Inks Victorian Velvet and Shabby Shutters. Gold sparkle was added to the flowers once the ink was dry using a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen Midas Touch #881. Small round pink glass beads were glued to the centre of the flowers using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I then die cut some Gold Glitter Cardstock using a die from my stash and I die cut the “With Love” Sentiment also using the Gold Glitter Cardstock and the Small Nested Shapes Die from Kaisercraft. The cardstock for the nested shape die was the same for the circle background and I finished the edge using the same Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet to tie in with the rest of the design and added 3 Gem Stickers from the Honey Bee Stamps Gem Stickers Collection – Holiday Cheer.

For someone special

This slimline card uses white cardstock for the card base. I then ink blended the card front using Distress Oxide Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint sketch. For the spiderweb I used a stencil from the Tim Holtz Mini Collection Set 17 with TCW Black Modeling Paste. I then used the Slimline Card Creator 2 Circles Metal Die and splashed water on the card front to activate the oxide ink. I placed the card front onto the card base using foam tape.

Spider-Man stickers from a Sticker and Colouring Book purchased at Target were then used as the theme for this card. I placed the stickers onto some white cardstock and fussy cut around them using small foam squares to prop them up and give them some dimension. Then I stamped and fussy cut “Happy Birthday” and added a No. 6 glitter chipboard sticker from my stash.