Friday, May 11, 2018

The Far East Blog Hop

Welcome to the 
Far East Blog Hop

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by the Asian culture. Join us as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage!

You should have arrived from,   but if not,
Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this fun filled hop! 

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this hop!!

One lucky winner is going to win 4 dies from Cheapo Dies!!

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 5/16/18 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

For this blog hop, I decided to finally scrapbook those pictures I took the first day of 2017, when the whole family went to a stroll through the Chinese Garden here in San Antonio:

I got inspired by two sketches from on-going challenges that i follow:

I used sketch n scrap blog's sketch for May:

 But decided to make it a flap to add more pictures from this fun day:

I attached the flap using this Asian themed border stickers:

And added another flap using 2 pictures to hide one more bellow:

I just realized that I added a picture backwards... LOL...

For the other page:

I used this sketch from: even more scrapping blog:

I didn't  modified this sketch as much and love how these border stickers of bamboo sticks and leaves work so well with this sketch.

For the title, I used more old old alpha stickers:

For the embellishments I used more stickers and some die cuts left over from an old project, using the tattered lace dies and specialty papers:

The Chinese (at least I think they are) characters are also stickers bought more than 9 years ago either through eBay or at a CKC...

Some of the materials I used:

I ended up not using all dies and neither the CE and Fern Studio die cuts. But I was very happy to have finally used those more than 9 year old stickers I had... the glue was still very good...

Next head on over to 

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Paper Wing Productions Design Team May Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to the Paper Wing Productions Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway!

If you've arrived here from Larissa blog, then you're in the right place. If you’re just stopping by for a visit, please CLICK HERE to start from the beginning.

Are you ready for our May Blog Hop? The theme for this month is Thank You. We hope you will hop through and find inspiration for your own projects. If you complete the hop, you will be eligible to win an awesome prize!

The prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store. For a chance to win all you need to do is:
  • Become a follower of the Paper Wings Productions blog.
  • Visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment.
  • Leave a comment on the Paper Wings Productions blog telling us you completed the hop.
To increase your chances of winning: like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 on the Paper Wings Productions blog.
For this blog post, I decided to use a painting that I have been working on lately. This is the month of our Lady, thus, who best to thank than her. I have been making this mixed media painting for my daughter and even though is not completely finish, it showcases my thanks to Our Lady of the Valley and to Venezuela (for more info about the Virgin, please click here and here):

I still need to retouch a lot of the veil and the dress because it got messed up with the heat gun...
I took inspiration on these images and combined in this mixed media creation:

I took the background idea from this painting I found online:

I decided to used tissue paper in the Venezuelan flag vibrant colors and modpodge it to the canvas.

Then I added clear gesso to the whole background and white to the Virgin image and the 6 starts.

Then I tried to paint it and darken the background some.

Later I went with a little of white, but I wasn't happy with it yet.

I used some crackling paste and mixed it with gold acrylics and added some flourish to add some shine to the back of the Virgin.

After taking my teachers advice, I made the figure of the Virgin narrower...

I still didn't like my background as much, thus, I did more stencilling using TH stencils and darken paintings. I also added some Pearl embossing paste (Farber Castle) and stencilled the stars.

For the dress decoration, I decided to used PWP Building a Shrine cling stamps. And heat embossed using Versa Mark ink and Egyptian Gold podwer.

However, my heating gun messed up my white paint and let it show the other layers... I need to fix this now.

I painted the stars and the crown gold using liquid leaf ink.

I love how it makes the texture of the stars more evident.

I still need to glue the decenary and the crown, and to add some Pearl pen to the edges of the veil, but for now it's ok.

I love how the stamps work so great as the dress decoration.

I hope you liked my work in progress.

Make sure to head on over to Dana's Blog next!
***Here is the complete hop lineup just in case you get lost along the way***

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Craftwell DT: Alejandra's Clip Board


This is my next post for Craftwell. 

For this post, I got inspired by the latest mixed media kit from Paper Wishes and decided to use some pictures from my daughter's (Alejandra) academic showcase from last year. I even included the reckless she made for this Egyptian themed showcase as embellishment. The resist paper included in this kit was a perfect starting point for me to use the eBrush system.

In short: I added the 2way clear stickers to the embossed gold paper and added the foil pieces to it. I removed the excess using a brush. Then, I cut the shapes out.

I sprayed the resist paper using the eBrush and first with a diluted watercolor solution and then with Spectrum Noir markers (included in the eBrush kit):

Using the siphon kit.

Using the market

The result.

Then I cut and teared some pieces of printed argile paper and the sprayed resist specialty paper. Added them to the included clip board and added my daughter's name using Versa Mark and Egyptian Gold embossing podwer:

Once heat embossed. I added the neckless and the included charms using 3D zots. I trimmed the pictures and made a kind of pocket with one to insert the other two forming kind of a pyramid in the top:

I matted one of the pictures to make it my primary one.

At the end, I added some numbers cut out with the TC dies on glitter paper and one of the silver tags from the kit. Everything was distress before gluing down using the included Color Box metallic inks.

Some closer looks:

Craftwell Tools


Teresa Collins dies: Tags & Taps

eBrush and siphon adapter kit

Other Companies:

3d zots 

Liquid Gloss, Ranger
Paper Wishes Mixed Media monthly kit (April 2018)
Versa Mark ink
Egyptian Gold embossing powder

I hope you enjoyed my altered clip board and that my daughter will too. And follow my blog as well visit my post at Craftwell.

Many blessings

Vicky Tovar

I'm participating in the following challenges:

well, it is kind of 3D, not completely rectangular and the pictures are placed in a triangular shape.