Tuesday, September 19, 2017

King Kong Acrylic Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

King Kong Acrylic Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a King Kong inspired Acrylic Mixed Media Board for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I think acrylic is super fun to work with and I hope I can inspire you to give it a try.

I started this piece by stamping a cityscape onto the back of an Acrylic Mixed Media Board using a portion of Nathalie Kalbach's Urban Scribble Cling Stamp with permanent black ink. I backed the board with a piece of vintage Basic Grey patterned paper from my stash that I've been saving for a fun project. Next, I added a clear gorilla sticker to the front of the board. Then I added doodles on the front of the board over and around the stamped image with a Dylusions White Paint Pen. I finished this piece with a red "K" alphabet sticker, for King Kong, and a strip of paper tape. I really love the effect of being able to work on both sides of this board!

You can find the products I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Beautiful - Scraps of Darkness Sparkle + Shine Kit

Beautiful Layout by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle + Shine Kit

Hi! I'm sharing another layout that I created with the Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle and Shine Kit. Several of the patterned papers from the Prima Rose Quartz and Simple Stories Beautiful collections had me thinking of geodes and marble. These prints reminded me of a photo I took this Summer of Arch Rock on Mackinac Island in Michigan. This landmark is a natural limestone formation and is absolutely beautiful in real life.

Beautiful Layout Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle + Shine Kit

I used one of the maps from the Prima Rose Quartz Beautiful Glory patterned paper (Main Kit) as a base for my photo. I added orange and green to this color palette with sheets of Art-C Ephemera, Simple Stories Clear Stickers, and Prima Traveler's Tape, which are all included in the Elements Add-On.

No layout for me is really complete without flowers. I added a small pink bloom from the Floral Add-On to the corner of my photos. I also added some black and white flowers that I cut from the Simple Stories Simply Wonderful patterned paper (Main Kit).

I'm really loving the versatility of the products in this kit. I've created a fun mix of both clean and simple and shabby chic designs. If you missed my previous projects, click on the following links:


If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, the extra kits and add-ons are going fast. You can pick up yours, and find out more about the club, at ScrapsofDarkness.com. We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hello Beautiful - Scraps of Darkness Sparkle and Shine Kit

Hello Beautiful Layout by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle and Shine Kit

Hi! I'm sharing another layout that I created with the Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle and Shine Kit. I had a lot of fun mixing prints on this page, using polka dots, florals, and stripes. My Sister-in-Law took this photo. She was able to style my oldest daughter for a fun photo shoot. I would need a serious bribe to get a result like this, so this picture is definitely worth documenting!

Hello Beautiful Clear Sticker Title by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle and Shine Kit

I used a Simple Stories Clear Sticker (Elements Add-On) for the title of this layout. This was a great way to add color and text at the same time.

Hello Beautiful Puffy Sticker Embellishment by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle and Shine Kit

I also love the Prima Rose Quartz Puffy Stickers (Main Kit)! They are such a fun way to add dimension to the page. This embellishment package comes with an identical sheet of cardstock stickers, some of which I tucked into the flower cluster.

Hello Beautiful Gold Paint Pen Border by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle and Shine Kit

I cut some of the circle prints from the patterned paper to help fill in the space on the bottom half of this layout. I used the Gold Calligraphy Paint Marker from the Main Kit to add a fun doodled edge to help finish my design.

If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, the extra kits and add-ons are going fast. You can pick up yours, and find out more about the club, at ScrapsofDarkness.com. We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beautiful Memories - Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle and Shine Kit

Beautiful Memories Layout by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August Sparkle and Shine Kit

Hi! I'm sharing another layout that I created with the Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle and Shine Kit. I combined the gorgeous flower print patterned papers from the Main Kit and some blooms from the Floral Add-On with an old family photo of my Grandmother for this page.

Beautiful Memories Layered Ephemera Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August Sparkle and Shine Kit

I layered pieces of sheet music from the Art-C Book Pages Ephemera Pack (Elements Add-On) with Simple Stories Cardstock Stickers and Bits and Pieces Die-Cuts (Main Kit) to create a base for my photos. I just love the fancy borders and music on the ephemera pages!

Beautiful Memories Flower Cluster Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August Sparkle and Shine Kit

The mix of flowers in the Main Kit and Floral Add-On are so beautiful. It was hard not to use all of them here! I filled in this flower cluster with leaves that I cut from the patterned papers.

If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, the extra kits and add-ons are going fast. You can pick up yours, and find out more about the club, at ScrapsofDarkness.com. We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Couch Arm Coffee Table - Walnut Hollow

Couch Arm Coffee Table by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I'm sharing the tutorial for how I put together this couch arm coffee table on the Walnut Hollow blog today. This may just be my favorite project to date. Due to space constraints, I do not have any side tables. Before I put together this handy table, I was not able to curl up on my couch with a great book and a hot cup of coffee. I'm so happy that my struggles are over! You can pick up the wood pieces I used to create this table from the Walnut Hollow Store for a fraction of the cost of my catalog inspiration piece. I chose to protect the wood with a simple coat of DecoArt DuraClear Gloss Varnish, but paint or some wood burning (or both!) would also look fantastic on this piece.

I'd love for you to stop by the Walnut Hollow blog to check out my tutorial. What would you put on this table?


Whimsical House Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

Whimsical House Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar

Hi! I'm sharing my take on the Color Theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I was so inspired by the piece Carol shared on Monday that I decided to use a house as the focal point on my project. I have new houses on the brain because I just found out that I will be moving this coming June. I know time between now and my move will fly by, so I'm trying to create as many lasting memories as I can where I'm at before I have to leave.

I painted up a Mixed Media Board, Whimsical House (Set 1), Mini Flower, and the Arthur Numbers 5700, which is my current address, with DecoArt acrylic paint. I also used a piece of Grass Flexistrip, that I decided to leave raw for contrast. After I assembled my scene, I added colorful dots to the piece with the tip of my paintbrush handle.

I really love this color palette, especially the pop of purple, which I happily used to paint the door on this piece. I had painted my front door a much bolder purple when I moved in to my current house a couple years ago, and was just recently asked to repaint it an approved color by the neighborhood Home Owners Association.


You can find the products I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Love Today Dream Catcher Canvas - Scraps of Darkness

Love Today Dream Catcher Mixed Media Canvas by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle and Shine Kit

Hi! I'm sharing a feathered dream catcher canvas that I created with the Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle and Shine Kit. The gorgeous Prima Rose Quartz Grace feather patterned paper (Main Kit) and the wreath from the 49 and Market Natural Blush Blooms (Floral Add-On) were my inspiration for this piece. I used a 9x12 canvas board from my stash for the base of this project. If you don't have a canvas board, the box your kit came in would also work!

Love Today Dream Catcher Canvas Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle and Shine Kit

I started this project by layering pieces of sheet music from the Art-C Book Pages Ephemera Pack(Elements Add-On) onto the canvas. Then, I brushed on a light layer of watered-down gesso to mute the print on the papers. I used my fingers to apply Jacquard Lumiere True Gold Acrylic Paint (Color Add-On) to the canvas. Next, I spritzed on Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Spray Stain and sponged on Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink (Color Add-On).

While my canvas was drying, I taped the wreath into a circle using the Prima Traveler's Decorative Tape from the Elements Add-On. Next, I cut feathers from the Prima Rose Quartz Grace patterned paper, tied a length of white baker's twine to each feather, and then tied the feathers to the wreath.

I used a hot glue gun to attach the dream catcher to the canvas and then glued on a mix of pink flowers from the Main Kit and the Floral Add-On.

Love Today Dream Catcher Canvas Feather Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle and Shine Kit

Once the dream catcher was secured to the canvas base, I added a portion of the pink ostrich feather (Elements Add-On), Simple Stories clear stickers (Elements Add-On), Darice pink sequins (Main Kit), and Prima Rose Quartz puffy feather stickers (Main Kit). I finished this canvas with some Prima watercolor shading and splatters.

If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, the extra kits and add-ons are going fast. You can pick up yours, and find out more about the club, at ScrapsofDarkness.com. We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Amazing - Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle + Shine Kit

Amazing Layout by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle and Shine Kit

Hi! I'm sharing the first layout I created with the Scraps of Darkness August Sparkle + Shine Kit. The foiled accents on the patterned papers, metallic paint, and shiny sequins were the perfect supplies to use to document the photo of my husband and I that we snapped before the solar eclipse last month. We were able to see the eclipse in totality, and it was an amazing experience. I created a galaxy background with polka dot patterned paper (Main Kit: Simple Stories Simply Wonderful), star die-cuts (Main Kit: Simple Stories Beautiful Bits and Pieces Die-Cuts), and clear star stickers (Elements Add-On: Simple Stories Beautiful Clear Stickers). I also incorporated some left-over product from the Scraps of Darkness February 2017 Our Story Kit: the glitter flake pink Prima Emma Roses, stars from the BoBunny Copper Accents Foil Transfers Rub-Ons, and a moon-themed card from the Prima 3x4 Love Clippings Journaling Notecards. I couldn't resist adding flowers to my design; some of which were cut from the patterned papers, and others that were part of the Floral Add-On. In my world, flowers can survive in space!

Amazing Layout Flower Cluster Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle and Shine Kit

I built this flower cluster by starting with a base of flowers and leaves cut from the Prima Stone Quartz and Simple Stories Follow Your Heart patterned papers. I borrowed a fern leaf for texture from the 49 and Market Natural Blush Seaside Blooms (Floral Add-On). I topped the cut papers with two flowers from the 49 and Market Galaway Gray Floral Mixology (Floral Add-On).

Amazing Layout Journal Spot Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle and Shine Kit

I created a journaling spot on the top corner of my photo with a section that I cut from the Simple Stories Vertical Elements Patterned Paper. I cut around the flowers and banner and slid that portion of the paper on top of my photo, leaving the map portion of the patterned paper behind.

Amazing Layout Galaxy Background Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - August 2017 Sparkle and Shine Kit

I used the Jacquard Lumiere True Gold Acrylic Paint, Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Spray Stain, and Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink Pad on the background of this layout. I also added some pink glitter glue, which is not included in the kit, for some extra sparkle. Once the colored mediums were dry, I glued down sequins, star die-cuts, clear star stickers, and star foil rub-ons.

If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, the extra kits and add-ons are going fast. You can pick up yours, and find out more about the club, at ScrapsofDarkness.com. We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Paper Wings Productions September Blog Hop


Welcome to the Paper Wings Productions September Blog Hop and Giveaway! If you've arrived here from the Paper Wings Productions blog you're in the right place. If you’re just stopping by for a visit, and you'd like to see some amazing artwork and have the chance to win a prize, please CLICK HERE to start the hop from the beginning. This month we're celebrating the new Design Team and the theme is Getting to Know You. The prize this month is a $25 Gift Certificate to the Paper Wings Productions Store!


For a chance to win all you need to do is:
  • Follow the Paper Wings Productions blog.
  • Visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment.
  • Leave a comment on the PWP blog telling us you completed the hop.
To increase your chances of winning, like the PWP 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, September 5th on the Paper Wings Productions blog.


Art Canvas Mini Album by Dana Tatar for Paper Wings Productions

I created a canvas mini album with some of my favorite stamp sets and materials. Canvas is a great surface for stamping and absorbing color and I use it often. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to color two Canvas Corp Rectangle Canvas Shapes. After priming the canvas for maximum color absorption with water, I sprayed the canvas pieces with several colors of mist. While the canvas pieces were still wet, I stacked them and applied pressure to transfer color from one piece of canvas to another. Then I threw these canvas pieces in my clothes dryer to speed up the drying process.

I used the dot border stamp from the Big Textures Cling Stamp Set to add the circles to the cover of this album, and a white paint pen to color in some of the circles. I stamped the word "art" onto the cover by using a portion of the "Follow Your Heart" stamp from the Valentine Wishes Cling Stamp Set. I finished the cover by gluing down a strip of ribbon and a button.

Art Canvas Mini Album Page 1 and 2 by Dana Tatar for Paper Wings Productions

I stamped up these pages using the Bird Mélange and Text Mélange Cling Stamp Sets. I added a small piece of floral ribbon trim. I save most of my ribbon scraps. They are a great accent for small mini albums!

Art Canvas Mini Album Page 3 and 4 by Dana Tatar for Paper Wings Productions

Paper Wings offers a wonderful selection of floral stamps. I used the Mexican Hat Cling Stamp Set to decorate these pages. I colored the stamped flowers with markers. The quote I used is from the Flowers Cling Stamp Set.

Art Canvas Mini Album Page 5 and 6 by Dana Tatar for Paper Wings Productions

I used a stamp from the Sacred Geometry 2 Clear Stamp Set as the base design for a winged charm. The quote is part of the Bird Mélange Cling Stamp Set. I used the Double Dot Border Clear Stamp Set to add the circles on these pages, which I then colored in with a marker.

Art Canvas Mini Album Back Cover by Dana Tatar for Paper Wings Productions

I finished the back cover of the album with a stamp from the Handmade By Clear Stamp Set. I like to use these stamps on the back of most of my pieces.

I want to mention, especially to my followers who may not be familiar with Paper Wings Productions, most of the stamp sets I used are the larger stamp sets. Many of the stamps from the larger sets are also offered in groups of smaller stamps at a smaller price.

I hope you like my album. It is definitely me.

The next stop on the hop is Ashley's blog.

***Here is the complete hop order in case you get lost along the way***

Dana (You Are Here)
Ashley
Leslie
Veronica
Paper Wings Productions

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY!
~and~
Let your creativity take flight!

Whimsical Fairy Garden Box - ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Whimsical Fairy Garden Box by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Hi! I'm sharing the tutorial for how I created this whimsical fairy garden box using ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez on Lisa's blog today. This ColoriQue team is working with two amazing sponsors this month; Walnut Hollow and U-Paint Crafts. The beautiful Garden Trellis Metal Paintable from U-Paint Crafts was the starting point for my design inspiration for this project. I further personalized this box for my youngest daughter who loves fairies.

I'd love to have you stop by the Lisa Marie Jimenez blog for my full tutorial. I share how I colored the metal embellishment and wood box, as well as chipboard leaves and paper flowers, with ColoriQue. I haven't found a surface this ink doesn't work on! I also share some tips on how to use the Walnut Hollow HotMarks Wood Burning Tool.


Clearsnap Supplies: ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Frisco Bay, Honey Bee, Ruby Slippers, Avocado, Moss Landing; Art Daubers

Special thanks to Walnut Hollow for supplying the Basswood Box and to U-Paint Crafts for supplying the Garden Trellis Metal Paintable.


Other Supplies: Flower Fairies Digital Collage Set (Gecko Galz); Chipboard Leaves (Jenni Bowlin); Paper Flowers (Recollections); Flat White Spray Primer (Rust-Oleum)

Tools: Walnut Hollow HotMarks Tool; Paintbrush; Craft Mat; Hot Glue Gun

Whimsical Fairy Garden Box Tutorial by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Soar Bird Stamped + Stitched Embroidery Hoop Art - Paper Wings Productions

Soar Bird Stamped + Stitched Embroidery Hoop Art by Dana Tatar

Hi! I'm thrilled to announce that I will once again be designing for Paper Wings Productions! I started my journey as a flight attendant back in December of 2012 and was part of the team until January of 2015. Since then, I've reached for these stamp sets over and over again, so when Carrie put out a design team call I jumped at the chance to work with her again. I'm sharing a new project today. I used two new to me stamp sets to create this piece; the Awake My Soul Cling Stamp and the Funky Lowercase Alphabet Cling Stamp Set.

Soar Bird Stamped + Stitched Embroidery Hoop Art Side View by Dana Tatar

I started this project by stamping the bird and the word "soar" onto a piece of muslin fabric with black archival ink. After setting the ink with heat, I stitched over the bird with several colors of floss. After securing the stamped and stitched fabric to the embroidery hoop, I added embellishments. I wrapped the outside edge of the hoop with a floral fabric tape. Most projects of mine are not complete without a touch of sparkle. I glued a strand of rhinestone trim around the top edge of the hoop. To finish this piece I glued a seam binding ribbon bow to the top of the hoop to hide the hardware.

This fun piece already has a place on my studio wall. Things with wings are some of my favorite subjects (bees, birds, and butterflies) and are found in a lot of my projects. I've included a small selection of some of those past pieces below along with links to the full blog posts.

Stamped Acrylic Window Bird Artist Trading Card by Dana Tatar
Stamped Acrylic Window Bird Artist Trading Card
This artist trading card was the first project I created for Paper Wings Productions back in January of 2013. This bird is part of the Bird Melange Stamp Set. I didn't realize until writing this post that I also used a bird stamp at the start of my last term. It seems fitting that I chose a bird for my first project of my new term as well!

Hope Mixed Media Canvas by Dana Tatar for Paper Wings Productions
Hope Canvas
I created this canvas with one of the Nesting Components Mixed Media Kits. This kit contained one of my favorite Clip Art Sheets and a fun mix of embellishments that were perfect for building up textured layers. The Pearlescent Watercolor Paint Set was really fun to work with!

My Heart Became A Bird Mixed Media Canvas by Dana Tatar
My Heart Became A Bird Canvas
A sentence from a book by one of my favorite writers, Megan Hart, and a bird nest were my inspiration for this mixed media canvas. This piece was published in The Stampers' Sampler Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 Vol. 22, Issue 1 on Page 52.

Ghoulish Greetings Skeleton Butterfly Canvas by Dana Tatar
Ghoulish Greetings Canvas
I love creating Halloween projects. I used several of my favorite PWP stamp sets for this small mixed media canvas. I'm absolutely thrilled to have my work published in the July/August/September 2017 issue of The Stampers' Sampler Magazine (affiliate link)! I sent in a canvas with the hopes of being showcased as part of the Frightful and Delightful Challenge and my wait is over!

Devonshire Lady Romantic Card Tutorial by Dana Tatar
Devonshire Lady Card
I went all out designing this card. I had a lot of fun embellishing not only the front of the card, but also the inside, which is a rarity for me. The inside of the card is stamped with a sentiment from the A Banner Day Clear Stamp Set. The sentiments reads:

Life is not measured
by the number of breaths we take
but by the number of
moments that take our
breath away.

How romantic! *Sigh* This card is published in Issue 2 of the Couture Creations Creative Inspiration Magazine along with a second card featuring a masculine silhouette. This magazine is FREE so please take a look!

I could keep going, but I'm going to stop myself here. Please take a moment to stop by the Paper Wings Productions blog to meet the rest of the team. We'll be back at the end of this week with our monthly blog hop. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Take Ten Publication!


Hi! I'm super excited to share that I have a project in the Sept/Oct/Nov issue of Take Ten Magazine! (Affiliate Link) You can pick up this issue from newsstands on September 1st, or you can order online directly from Stampington.com.The Sweet Lil' Chit-Chat Birch Rounds mentioned on the cover is my work!


I had a lot of fun with this project. If you're looking for a quick Valentine's Day project, CLICK HERE for my easy 3-step tutorial on how to create valentine conversation greetings from Walnut Hollow Birch Rounds. These birch rounds range in size from about 1 to 2 inches, so they are a perfect size to tuck into a pocket, purse, or jewelry box for safe keeping, and they last forever. Also, unlike their candy counterparts, these rounds won't expand your waistline!

In addition to the Walnut Hollow Birch Rounds, I also used a Walnut Hollow HotMarks Tool (available at Michael's), DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paint, Clearsnap ColorBox Berrylicious Chalk Ink, and the Paper Wings Productions Perfect Alphabet Clear Stamp Set.