Sunday, February 28, 2021

A Mini Journal from Upcycled Packaging

 I posted a Mini Journal on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today. Lots of details and step out photos there.

It's an upcycle/recycle project using packaging materials.  I recently received a package in the mail in a bright pink bubble mailer.  Inside, the contents were in a bright blue plastic mailer bag.  My mind immediately started to think of how I could upcycle the mailers. They make a fun journal!

 Whenever I get Kraft paper packing in a box, I have a hard time throwing it away!  Recently, I ironed several pieces to use some day.  Well, I used them for pages in this mini journal.

I'm really please with how it turned out!  It's a small journal filled with 36 Kraft and yellow notebook pages.  A very flexible little book! A fun notebook!

 And inside the front cover, I added this Keepsake Envelope to hold paper clips or whatever.

You'll find all the details for making it on Scrapbook Adhesives blog post.

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Stencils and Watercolor Play

 Last week one evening, I tried watercolor with stencils. I laid out some stencils on watercolor paper and colored them with watercolors.  Pure experimentation!  

I used a large 9x12 stencil by Pam Carriker with a small piece of watercolor paper to get just a portion of this face.  This photo shows stencil in place after I washed on color.

Here's what it looked like after removing the stencil. I really like the face! 

I decided to play and just let go and color it with watercolor !  I like watercolor but I'm still learning how to use it.  Not sure where I'll go with this next.  I may add it to an art journal with more stamping and some collage....  

I also worked with this Icelandic church stencil by Tina Walker.

I controlled the watercolor more with this than the face so it wasn't so wet.  In this photo, stencil is in place, it's wet and set aside to dry.

After drying, it looked like this.  I really like all the detail that came through even with watercolor!

But then since I was playing, I added more watercolor above the church and washed light brown over the ground.  Now, looking at the photos, I prefer it as it looked after stencil and before I added more color.  Either way, I really like this stencil!

It was fun art experimenting!



Saturday, February 13, 2021

Two JOY Cards

 Hello!  Today, I have two cards on Scrapbook Adhesives blog

I cut the letters for "JOY" for blue card and used the negative for the black card.  Two very different cards!

Lots more details at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog.

Happy Creating!


Monday, February 8, 2021

Just Because Card

Here's a card I created for Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L.  It was posted on January 29th.  You can find step out directions and more details on their blog here.

Happy Creating!


Saturday, February 6, 2021

It's been a long time...

 WOW!  It's been a long time since I wrote a post!  It seems other things have taken priority.

2020 was quite a year!  Once the pandemic settled in, I didn't go out much.  I missed occasional shopping for fun trips to Hobby Lobby or Thrift stores.  I did eventually venture out well masked.

I spent many hours making masks for family and others. My cousin and I sewed masks for our local grade school.  The best part is that it got me back to sewing! 


Although the pandemic has been hard in many ways, it has created many opportunities for creative learning.  I've take many free classes.  I also signed up for some paid classes. It's been great! I never would have been able to take many of these classes if I had to travel to them, plus the cost of that travel. Instead, I could sit in my craft space for each class!  Many artists offered FB live demos.  I loved all the Saturdays with Tim Holtz!  

I especially enjoyed classes by Seth Apter.  I took Mini Book Madness in May 2020.  I loved the class!  I love making books!  I made a 2.5 inch square book. 

I have a video on my Facebook Page - Judy Hayes. I hope this link works:

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I also took Seth's class One Layer Away. It was a bit more challenging for me to let go and make lots of layers.  I managed to do one background.  

Just last month I took Seth's class - Beyond the Background.  I started with a background that I had quickly painted before class!  Nothing like last minute pressure to get things done!

Actually I had backgrounds from first class ready to use but decided at last minute to do something new. I must say I "let go" of thinking and just created.  

This photo shows a moment in the layering process. The circles are still in my finished image, yet they don't look the same.  Under the word Unsettled is actually the word Energy.  I didn't like it so I stamped and painted over it.

If I thought about it, I wouldn't have chose the word "Unsettled". Seth told the class to stop thinking and just create! That's the word my hand went to when I was looking at stencils! My mind wanted to choose something else. It's been fun to do some painting.  It's different from many things I usually do!  Sometimes I look at this and find it hard to believe I made it.  Haha! 

Well, it's been fun to ramble a bit here.  I wonder if I even have any followers anymore!? 

Happy creating!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Masculine Grad Card

Today, I have a masculine Grad Card up on Scrapbook Adhesives Blog.
The letters to spell GRAD are cut from worn denim fastened to 3D Foam Creative Sheets. The foam adds instant dimension and a sticky adhesive backing.  So easy to put in place, just like a sticker!

I created the background paper with Distress inks and crumpled paper.  It's an old technique that Tim brought up in his live video on May 9. I have used that technique a lot to make papers for book covers. The two books under the card were made with that technique.  If you're interested in seeing step outs on that, leave me a comment or send me an email.

You can find more details on Scrapbook Adhesives blog HERE

And because I can't through away scraps!  I made a second card with negative pieces from the letters. 

Thanks for visiting! 


Monday, May 11, 2020

A Few Projects

Well, it's quite some time since I put anything on my blog!  Sometimes for me what's out of sight, out of mind doesn't get done!  I do post to Instagram more often.  Be sure to follow me there!

So I thought I'd post a few things from the past 2 months in case you missed them somewhere else. 

Here's a Travel Journal.  

I used my Bind-It-All to bind pages for writing notes, plus a few pockets.  The cover is made with cardstock stamped and inked and covered with Self-Laminating Pouches - Medium from Scrapbook Adhesives - that made nice plastic covered covers.  More details on Scrapbook Adhesives blog - HERE

This was a fun Snarky Cat card to make!  

I used Tim Holtz Snarky Cat stamp along with Altenew stamp set. The background and the cat were both pieces that I had made previously. If you're following Tim Holtz with his live Facebook demos, he recommends playing with products and techniques to learn and build up a stash to use. I do that on occasion and this background is from my stash. It was done with a technique shared by Wendy Vecchi using Archival Inks and rubbing alcohol. I love the technique however, it's a hard to find 91% alcohol now!  I added some stamping and ink rubbed over some areas.  Cat was colored with Copic markers.  From there I added the other pieces. For more details go to Scrapbook Adhesives Blog HERE.

Wonderful Flower Bouquet Card

This card features stamps and die from Penny Black.  I water colored the base and flowers.  The flowers were cut apart from the vase to pop them up more than the vase. 

More details on Scrapbook Adhesives blog - HERE

I hope to be back soon.....but you never know with me. 

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Grateful for You Flower Card

Hey everyone!  I have Grateful for You Flower Card with directions up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog today. 

Here's the link if you'd like to see the steps to make it  -  Grateful for You Flower Card

Happy Creating!


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Seasons GIvings Blog Hop Winners

 I apologize for being a bit slow at announcing winners for the Seasons Givings Blog Hop.  Sometimes life just gets too busy.  I'm pulled in many directions right now with helping my parents.

I'm happy to announce that 
Jeanne Beam and Anneleise Hampson
were the winners!  
They have been notified and their prizes sent.

Thank you for all the kind and sweet comments!!!  
I read and enjoyed every single one! 


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Hello blog friends!  

Today I'm participating in Seasons Givings Blog Hop!  

 to say

Thank You

to my blog followers!
To anyone who stops by to visit today!
I appreciate each and everyone of you!

To celebrate today, I'm giving away 2 prizes of craft products!  

I'll be tucking in a few more goodies in each package!

Be sure to comment and leave your email so I can contact you if you're a winner! 
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You can find me on Instagram as judesigns7
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You'll find a list at end of this post of all the other bloggers
participating in todays
Seasons's Givings Blog hop.
Lots of inspiration and prizes!

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Most of my projects this past year have been created for
Here are some of my favorite projects for 2019:


Little Gnomes created for my friends!

Here are all the links to all the blogs to visit!  Lots of inspiration and prizes!  Have Fun!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!