Paint Brush Art Exchange

I have the pleasure of joining some amazing artists in a paint brush art exchange. I am also having a giveaway  on my Youtube Channel

So I hope you all enjoy the creative process.

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Some fabulous artists got together with the idea to create some art and share it with each other and the theme was altered brushes.

We created for ourselves without limits, without deadlines and to share with one another and all of you.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing my pieces I made with very little editing and description. Just a video to enjoy the process.

I want to thank Keren Tamir, Arlene Giffen, Robbie Herring, Miranda Edney, Lanette Erickson, and Tiffany Solorio, for being a part of this exchange.

Joining  in on the YouTube hop:


Paint Brush Art Exchanged Video Hop. Don’t Forget a GIVEAWAY

Thank you for hoping by and don’t forget I will pick a winner out of the comments on September 29th, 2017. International participants welcome. I have an altered brush and some other goodies up for grabs.

Thank you for joining us in our Altered Brush YouTube hop. Please be sure to head over to all the channels to see each video. There is some awesome projects! and…. watch the videos ’til the end assome other gals are also giving away a prize!!! Here are all the videos below:

I hope you enjoy!!!! Thank you for stopping by!


A little sneak peek of my giveaway.



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Swirlydoos “Sunshine” Reveal

Our August scrapbook kit has just hit the pavement, and we know you’re gonna LOVE IT!
We’re proud to present:



***All of our monthly scrapbook kits are available in our store while supplies last!***

See this gorgeous collection up close & personal in our Facebook Live video unveiling with Kim! C’mon – she doesn’t bite! (hard)

Love it, right? Why not get one of your own? Let us 
“Inspire Your Obsession!”
become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you’ll also pay less for gorgeous, perfectly coordinated monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog post and save 10% on your first kit*

 Each designer will post their complete reveal in the days immediately following our reveal. (and can be found in our FB gallery today) But for now, lemme tease you with a couple goodies from the team!

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See what they did there? Magic. Well, maybe it’s not “magic.” Why don’t you come check out our scrapbook tutorials & challenges. Most of our designers create tutorials on our forums & YouTube channel to show YOU how they work that “magic!”

Wall Hanging Project Kit 

  Here is what the DT Members have done with the Project Kit:

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Later this week our DT will be sharing their incredible  video tutorials showing you how-to use your August Project kit:



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  Peggy has prepared an awesome step-by-step photo tutorial using the August Main Kit! You can find this tutorial (as well as other months) in the “Anatomy of a Layout” section of our forums! Follow along as she creates this beautiful page using the exact same kit you have!

 We have a great lineup of video tutorials, as well as step-by-step photo tutorials for you this month!

If you haven’t already, (stern look) be sure you’re connected with us on all our various social media outlets so you never miss a (free) learning opportunity.



August sketch, created by DT Member Kim Heard

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our February sketch challenge runs until September 30th, and is open to EVERYONE! 
Upload your layout into the “Sketch” section of the Swirlydoos Facebook Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize from Swirlydoos! 
Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see how others were inspired by this same sketch.

That’s all I have for now, so thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget, if you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at Mention my name (Kim) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the store!



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Historical Feature – Anne Frank

Historical Person New Challenge at 7 Dots Studio


7 Dots historical person heather

As the new challenge is about historical persons of interest, I had so many historical figures pass my mind. Thinking about so many influencial people that helped shape the world as it is today. I had a finally choose Anne Frank. She was such an old wise soul in such a young person, and with all that was going on in the world during her short time here, so many positive and encouraging words of wisdom came from her and her writing. She was brave and she has a legacy that will live on for generations to come.









Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you try your take at the challenge this month.




7 Dots Studio

Writers Block Word Stickers

Writers Block Tags 12×12

Writers Block Numbers Stencil

Writers Block Clear Stamps

Writers Block Elements Stickers

Writers Block Epilogue 12×12

Writers Block Sincerely 12×12

Home Grown Clear Stamp

Hazy Days Clear Stamps

Other Supplies:

Lindy’s Gang Gag Me with a Spoon Gray Midnight Rendezvous Raven

DecoArt Media Fliud Acrylics Titan Buff, Titanium White, Antiquing Cream Medium Grey, American Decor Crackel Medium.

Creative Embellishments Mini Brick Panel

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Embroidery Hoop

I saw the challenge at AALL & Create and thought I wanted to join in but wanted to do something different than the normal ocean/nautical theme. I decided to go with some pictures from Norway. When you live on a fjord, you live next to the ocean. There are seashells, Seaweed and all good things you find near the water.


This was a picture that Olivia and I took out on a boat heading to an island in the Trondheimsfjorden, just off of the Norwegian Sea. It was cold, rainy and gloomy but did we make the best of it. I used shells that we found in the fjord and the big shell is one of the shells from the ice age we found on the mountain. They are very fragile.

I made a little video of the creative process.


Here are some close-ups, enjoy!








Thank you for stopping today, enjoy your day to the fullest.


Entered in AALL & Create #3 Challenge Oceania


AALL & Create #6 Stencil
AALL & Create #12 Stamp
AALL & Create #8 Stamp
13@rts Art Journey ACT
13@rts Strength in Numbers Chipboard
13@rts Strength in Numbers Unity 12×12 Paper
Creative Embellishments Seashells
Lindy’s Gang Tawney Turquoise
Lindy’s Gang Azure Sea Asters
DecoArt Media Cobalt Teal Hue
DecoArt Media Green Gold
DecoArt Media Dioxazine Purple
Finnabair MicroBeads, Splash, Grass, Berry
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Salty Ocean
Distress Oxide Wilted Violet


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Altered Light Bulb – Steampunked


Hi all, I want to share with you today and altered light bulb creation.  I was at an auction and found these electrical insulators  that are found on the electrical poles. They were such a bargain I bought 9. Various colours and shapes. I decided to altered this one a bit steampunk.


I started with the Celtic Boarder and just went around the insulator. And then I started to build it up with the various sizes of the Gears. Cutting and layering them. I felt the base of the ceramic piece was lacking and why not add some there. too.

Here is some pics of the creative process.





So on to more closeups and creative process.


I Wanted to add something to both sides of the bulbs, so I used the layered wings and added some gears to them to punk them up some. Not too much to take aways from the light bulb itself.


Because the back of the layered wings were flat and its a three dimensional piece I added some hot glue to give them more texture.


After adding various small metal pieces for more details, I layered the whole piece with rust and patina pastes to finish off the industrial steampunk effect.



So I hope you enjoy this project. Thank you for stopping buy today!


Entered In:

Mixed Media & Art

Thematic challenge for August

Rustic Wedding (7)

SanDee & Amelia’s Steampunk Challenges





Creative Embellishments : 1 1/2″ Gears, 1″ Gears, Layered Wings, Gear Cluster Set 2, Celtic Boarder 2.

Finnabair:  Patina Pastes, Rust Pastes, Various Metal Embellishments.


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Swirlydoos Ustream -Mixed Media Layout

Join me Tuesday September 19th, at 8 pm CST for a fun little get-together as I recreate a mixed media layout Using the Swirlydoos “Sprocket” collection.

I will be up on the Swirlyoos Ustream Channel.

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I hope to see you there, grab a cocktail, sit back or create along with me.




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Swirlydoos “Sprocket” Sketch Challenge

Such a beautiful sketch that is up at Swirlydoos and the new “Sprocket” kit works perfectly for this. I want to share a video tutorial on my take of the sketch with the new “Sprocket” kit.


Along with all the goodies from the kit, I dug into my stash and used some other elements from previous kits.


Here’s the video!

Here are some close-ups.


This was a picture of Olivia, Tracy and Daddy, when we were in Coventry England this summer. Such a fun happy picture.


Pretty layering works great with all the cut-able elements in this Scrapberry’s collection.


I hope this inspires you to join us with the beautiful sketch at Swirlydoos.


If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at Mention my name (Heather) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the store!

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Mixed Media Journal Cover

Hi all, I just want to share a little mixed media journal cover I made. I really want to start to art journal and figured well, lets just start with the cover. I have a number of art journals I have picked up over the years but they sit and collect dust. So I need to just get going with it.


I  really love the natural look of the cover and wanted to keep some of it. I added little details with stamping and texture on the background to keep some of the originality.

Here is a video of the creative process.

Here are some close-ups




I also did more flat details on the back of the journal cover.




Thank you for stopping by today.

7 Dots Studio
Hazy Days Clear Stamp
Lost and Found Clear Stamp
Home Grown Clear Stamp
Hazy Days Chevron Stencil
Dreamscapes 6×6 Paper
Dreamscapes Die-Cut Elements
Dreamscapes Element Stickers

Creative Embellishments:
Washi Tape Cluster
Washi Tape Shape Clusters
Dream Word Set
Cricuit Stencil
Distressed Checkered Stamp
Grunge Stars Stamp
Distressed Corner Stamp

Lindy’s Gang: Glory of the Saes Goild Midnight Ravenous Raven, Opal Sea Oats, Golden Doubloons.

Prima Color Bloom Empress Gold

Delusions Slate Grey Ink Spray


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CE September Challenge~ATC’s

Happy Happy September already. I want to share a fun set of ATC’s I made from this awesome inspirational picture this month. I loved all the letters and the colours of the mood board so I totally went with that.


I used a ton of stamping in this project, layers and layers of stamping with all of my favorite stamps, you can watch the video below.

A few more close-ups:


After using the Numbers, Burlap, Harlequin stamps to name a few, I the used the Binary  to stamp on top of the Bubbles Chipboard for some extra effects, and then put it all together with some inspirational words from stamps from my stash.


I hope this inspires you all to play along this month.


Hope you play along this month, enjoy the inspirational picture and don’t forget the twist, stamp an image to the background of your project.





Arrow Stencil

Binary Stamp

Distressed Numbers Stamp

Distressed Burlap

Distressed Corner Stamp

Distressed Harlequin Stamp

Distressed Cheveron

Finnabair Melange

Lindy’s Gang: Glory to the Seas Gold, Batchelor Button Blue, Mango Mania, Lucky Shamrock Green.

Visible Image Glimmer of Light, Imagine Dream Inspire.

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Wonderful Adventures Mixed Media Layout

I want to share a mixed media layout  I made. I haven’t created much for me lately and when I saw the challenges out their right now, I just had to find me some time. Especially Mixed Media & Art and Challenge #1 at AALL & Create- Europe


This layout is of some of our wonderful adventures while in Norway. The mountains and forests where such an amazing site. I am so grateful for my good friend Yasmin for putting up with us and par-taking in the great adventures.


This picture of Maksim was during our hunt up the mountain to find sea-shells left there from the Ice Age. These 10,000 year old shells as the boys would call them, were carried from the ocean by a glacier and deposited up on the mountain in layers of clay. It still gives me happy jitters in my tummy thinking about the excitement everyone had.


During the whole little adventure, the bugs were bad and Maksim kept wiping his head with his dirt filled sleeve of his jacket.


The scenery was spectacular, I wish we would have had more time to explore the waterfalls, tunnels and bunkers from the war. So many secret treasures in the forest. Many Many memories.


I made a short video of my creative process. I basically start with a colour palette and go from there, even adding old print from Norwegian books. I never know where it will take me or even if I will like it in the end.

And if you want to see the video of the kids finding the shells I added that short video for your pleasure.

Thank you for stoping by today!


Entered In

Mixed Media & Art

August MMA

AAL & Create Challenge #1 – Europe




AALL & Create #3 Stamps, #10 Stamps,

13@rts: Wood Grain Stencil, Crackles Stencil, Vintage Moments Stickers, Vintage Moments Lavender Fields 12×12, Gesso.

Other Supplies:

Creative Embellishments

Lindy’s Gang


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