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Friday, January 31, 2014





Frog Dog Studio's February Kit!!!  So yummy good!!!    As a DT member I like to play and create with everything in the kit.  Members and kit buyers get the chipboard piece.

Playing is so fun!  check this kit out, maybe become a member... Tina puts "extras" in members kits when she can and is very generous with supplies.

Watch all February on FDS Blog to see the eye candy and tutorials the team has come up with.


Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Published in Rubberstampmadness!





Last year I made a goal to get published in RSM!  I wanted to use mostly VLVS but added my own art as well.  I don't know if there is room for the whole story, but I was asked about my art and how it came about.  When I do my art, many times I get a feeling, expression, or story to my art.

The graphic of the guy and girl I had created.  It could be a rubber stamp but was never made one.  So I printed on vellum for my own use.

Do challenges!  Try out and express yourself.


Cre8tively Yours - Lea

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Just Steampunk Volume lV!!! 2 Page Spread!





Whooo hoo, I received a 2 page spread in Just Steampunk lV!!!  A lot of mixed media included.  Stamping, digital art, paints, inks, and collage!

The most favorite piece I did was Poe and a few others.

I am eclectic with a plethora of styles that fit the mood I am in.  Mostly edgy, but semi-cute and whimsical fills the bill too.

Many of my artist friends are also a part of this issue!  Their creativity inspires me and only helps me to be a better artist.  Congrats to you all!!!


Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Friday, January 24, 2014

Altered Arts Magazine: Altered Napkin Collage

Altered Arts Magazine: Altered Napkin Collage: Hi, Lea here, bringing you new altered inspirations!  This post will explore the wondrous world of upcycling. Upcycling is a term fo...




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FDS Partner's with Genuinely Jane Studios! Blog Hop*



Welcome to the Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

This week our design teams are showcasing projects from the Frog Dog Studio 
January Mixed Media Kit, featuring an Exclusive Genuinely Jane Studio Telephone Booth Wood Album.  Both teams are excited to share their kit projects and show you how they were inspired by Genuinely Jane products.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Lost?  Return to the Frog Dog Studio blog or the Genuinely Jane Studios blog to see who is next on your hopping list! 
We love Frog Dog Studio kits and Genuinely Jane Studios product so much, we are sharing them with you!  Visit each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the following: 
1.  ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Frog Dog Studio Gift Certificate to use in the Frog Dog Studio store.

2.  ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Gift Certificate  from Genuinely Jane Studios to use for GJS books in the Genuinely Jane Studios Store

You must visit each blog and leave a comments on all blogs in order to qualify.  
Comments are due by midnight EST, Friday, January 24th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you've won.
Let's get hopping!
Frog Dog Studio (www.frogdogstudio.com)
Keri Babbitt (http://kensingtondesign.blogspot.com)
Melissa Johnson (http://melsartjournal.wordpress.com)
Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com)
Genuinely Jane Studios (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com)
Susan Wojtkowski (http://irreversiblymoi.com/)
Aimee Fleck (http://aimeefleckart.blogspot.com/)
Monica Downing ( http://madzieme.blogspot.com/)
Sarah Lynch (http://www.kitchensinkcreations.blogspot.com/)
Christine Hatchell (http://www.scrapbookingtechnique.blogspot.com/)

Emily Hammann (http://www.emilyhammann.com/)



After completing my Genuinely Jane Tag Book, I did another page, this time on a house book!  This is a bonus to my blog hop post.  Posting it first so you can see as it is a free-form way I love to create.  Paints and collage!




FDS January kit and Genuinely Jane Studios make a perfect partner!!!  I chose to collage this wonderful wood tag book using several different techniques.
One being LEAFING
The second being Encaustic Collage


The background is painted with some Distressed Paints and Distressed Stains.


Close up of the lady and collage with leafing.


A double-tack adhesive or adhesive sheet is used on various areas of the wood.  Then the leafing is pressed on the tacky surface.


A Texture Sponge is used to burnish the leafing.  Do this over the box as the extra pieces can be used again!


The second wood page is collage and the focal point is done with an encaustic collage technique on a laminate chip.  Many techniques such as using clear for collaging, adding tint to clear wax, colored wax impressed.


Closer look at the encaustic collage on the laminate chip.


To repeat the process of the first (cover) wood tag, I used the leafing again, and collaged.  Again with Distressed Paint and Distressed Stain.


Gold Gelly Roll Pen is used to make dimensional beads on the woman's headpiece.


The last page is re-using some of the same ephemera from the other pages.  The collage image is enhanced with chalk and Copic pens.

Here she is.  Subtle accents with other media enhance the collage image.

Mixed Media is the Word!  Use Genuinely Jane wood surfaces.  Use the January or ANY FDS kit, use mediums like chalk, leafing, Copics, Gelly Roll paints, or various types of paints and inks!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

frog dog studio: Phone Booth Fun Page 2!

frog dog studio: Phone Booth Fun Page 2!: Page 2 of my Genuinely Jane wood phone booth book is done still in purple but a bit darker.  Accents are red ink from the January kit. ...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Do Not RESIST This Technique!




My Alter Art Magazine post today is about Double Resist!  I used Glossy Paper (triangle image) and regular tag for the bottom half.

For the top triangle I used Ranger Archival in a blue color then used a brayer and  covered it with Adirondack dye ink.  The Archival ink is permanent so acts like a resist.

For the bottom I used Archival Green ink and then brayered with blue dye ink.   The different surfaces make different effects.

Wire, beads, charms, and fibers used to decorate and finish the tag.

Most resists use a product like Ranger Resist, which I love but I was experimenting one day and love the effects with Ranger's Archival and Adirondack dye ink.

Using different papers and shapes gives contrast to the art.

Check out the Altered Arts Magazine website to find lots of ideas, products, and information on an e-subscription, or hard copy subscription.

Crea8tivelea Yours - Lea

Friday, January 3, 2014