New Facebook Monthly Inspiration Challenge Group

New Facebook Monthly Inspiration Challenge Group

I’m back!…. Well almost back!

Hi guys. I am so happy to be typing to you again and sharing with you. I became sick just before Christmas and it knocked me for a loop. I was sick for over three weeks and I am finally on the tail end of it. Lots of good things going on in 2019. Be sure to check out my Youtube channel for little behind the scenes snippets and treats.

The reason I pulled out the laptop tonight to sit with you guys is to let you know I have a new project. One which I am very excited for. I have created a new facebook monthly challenge group. I sat down and made a three-page list of prompts, which you can download for free. You can use this list as you like to help you on your creative journey or you can follow along with me each month. On the second Saturday of each month, I will pull five main prompts and two alternate prompts. I will then create a piece of art. The video will be on my youtube channel and I will make up a card with the prompts to post in the facebook group. In the group, you can share your art you make. I really look forward to connecting with you guys this way in the new year.

You can watch my intro video here that talks a little more about the prompts here: New Monthly Inspiration Prompt Group

You can download the master prompt file here: Master Prompt File

Come join the facebook group here: Side Street Design Studio

I can’t wait to see you guys there!

PS stay tuned my studio is in makeover mode again so before and after photos will be coming along soon!

Vintage Santa Etcetera Tag Ornament

Vintage Santa Etcetera Tag Ornament


As I write this post my heart is sad just a tiny bit knowing Christmas is only 6 days away and then all the lovely ornaments will need to come down until next year. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love to get up in the morning pour a nice cup of coffee, sit on the couch with my furry kids and just enjoy the tree before my busy day starts. The lights of the tree warm our home during the month of December and it’s just as we know a wonderful time of the year.   With this in mind, I realized that I have not really made a new ornament for the tree this year, which led me to my post today. I pulled out my stash box of wood/chipboard and decided I wanted to use a tag, a Tim Holtz Etcetera tag set I had bought a while back. Out came the scrapbook paper and embossing powder and glitter and poof, a new Santa “Believe” vintage ornament emerged and now I’m hooked!.

Here is some of what I used (a complete list can be found at the end of the post)
1. Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous #8 Etcetera Tag
2. Vintage scrapbook paper for the background (I used the Tim Holtz Christmas Worn Wallpaper)
3. The main image of your choosing from scrapbook paper or ephemera (I used Santa from Carta Bella Paper)
4. A quote – I used a Tim Holtz Christmas word chip (From the 2017 collection)
5. paint and embossing powders of your choosing.

Here are the general steps I took
1. I glued my piece of worn wallpaper background to the front of the tag.
2. I painted the back of my tag, the edges and a little onto the front with Dylusion Vibrant Turquoise. I also painted the two eyelets with the turquoise.Shop Your Fav Brands at
3. I then took the Dylusions white paint and did a whitewash on the front over the wallpaper just to knock it back a little
4. I took out my Tim Holtz Layering Argyle stencil and used some Candied Apple Distress Oxide thru it to bring the red of the Santa suit into the background to tie it together. I also did a little edging of the tag with red.
5. Next came my Distress Oxide in Vintage photo and I edged the Santa cutout as well as the tag and the eyelets to mute the tones a little
6. Now came the fun part the embossing. I used my Versamarker to color over the white areas on Santa’s suit and I used the Ranger Bridal Tinsel embossing powder and dried it with the heat gun to add some shimmer to Santa.
7. I carried the embossing powder over onto the background using the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil “Bubble” and my small Versamark pad to add some shimmer to the background.
8. While I had my red distress oxide out I edged my “Believe” quote chip.
9. Now comes assembly time. I used dimensional dots to put “Santa” on the page. I took out my glossy accents to put the eyelets, and the quote chip onto the background.

Phew! I think I got them all!.

You can watch me make the tag over on my Youtube channel, just in case I missed a step: Vintage Etcetera Tag Santa Ornament

Below are still shots of my finished tag.

I hope this tag will inspire you to look at some of your stashes in a new way. When I first bought this tag it never dawned on me to turn it into an ornament, but now it will grace my tree for years to come!

Here is the complete list of items I used in this project:

7 Days of Halloween Day 3 – Dylusions Black Cat Cobweb Halloween Art Journal Tag

7 Days of Halloween Day 3 – Dylusions Black Cat Cobweb Halloween Art Journal Tag

Hello Again,

Welcome to Day 3 of my 7 days of Halloween! Today’s make is a cute black cat cobweb Dylusions art journal tag. This one is special to me because I used a custom stencil I designed. I have released in my Etsy shop a set of stencil’s based on my fur babies Holly and Chappie (links below).

For this project I:

  1. Took a size #10 Dylusions Manilla Art Journal tag and coated it in two coats of Dylusions Crushed Grape Paint.
  2. Used the “Holly looking out window” stencil and painted the black cat image.
  3. I then placed the mask to the Holly stencil on the image to protect it.
  4. Next, I used the Small Dylusions Cobweb stencil to add Dylusions Fresh Lime Paint thru the cobweb stencil.
  5. I then removed the mask from the Holly figure and touched up the black areas.
  6. Out came my Versamark Pad and the stamp that accompanies the Small Dylusions Cobweb stencil. I inked up the stamp and went over the cobweb areas.
  7. Next, I laid down a layer of black embossing powder on the cobweb area and then tapped the embossing powder off into a coffee filter.
  8. For some extra glimmer, I got out my Versamarker and outlined the Holly shape and repeated the embossing.
  9. Once I was all shimmered I hit it with the heat gun to set.
  10. OOPS I forgot a step (Back after I did step 4 I edged the tag with black paint)
  11. Okay where were we, all shimmered up time to add copy. I dug thru my Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2018 Halloween word chips to find just the right one.
  12. I edged the word chip with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.
  13. Lastly, to finish it all off I added some shiny cobweb ribbon I purchased at Michaels last year on clearance

The end result was a shimmer cat tag for a special happy mail swap.

You can see the process take shape on my YouTube Chanel: Dylusions Cobweb Black Cat Art Journal Tag

Here are some shots including Holly modeling the tag 😉

I hope this tag will inspire to break out some of those Dylusions paints and make your own cute Halloween tag, perfect for swap mail or your own art journal projects.

Happy Making

Here are the supplies used to make this tag:


Where have all the good pens gone?

Where have all the good pens gone?

Hello Folks,

Today I am back, and this time I am on a supply hunt. I am on the hunt for the perfect white pen to use in my art journals. Yes, the elusive mission of trying to find a good white pen that will work over medium and on dark journal pages. This post and hunt was prompted by a recent trip to Hobby Lobby in which I purchased some Gelly Roll pens, and some Ranger Letter It pens in the hopes of finding a good white art journaling pen. The funny part about that one that you see in my video is that I didn’t realize the “Letter It” pens were embossing pens. They were black with white caps, and my brain read “white pen.” So lesson learned. That just means though I’ll have to do a tutorial now comparing the Letter It embossing pens to the Versamark embossing pens. Oh darn!

In my testing and review I ended up comparing the Gelly Roll 08 by Sakura, The Dylusions Paint Pen in White linen and Two (2) white posca paint markers in a 3m and 5m size.  I tried all these pens on a Dylusions journal page that had been painted black, a piece of black cardstock, a black Dylusions art journal tag that I had used distressed oxides on and the black Dylusions’s journal.

You can see the results live in my video here: Hunting for the best white art journaling pen

Below are the photo results of the testing:


Order of testing was: Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, 5m White Posca Paint Marker, 3m White Posca Paint Marker, Letter It pen then the Gelly Roll pen.

Order of testing was: Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, 5m White Posca Paint Marker, 3m White Posca Paint Marker,and then the Gelly Roll pen.

On the tag the dashes running down the right side and the circles are the Gelly Roll pen, the dashes across the top and flowers around the hole are the Dylusions White Linen paint pen, the lower part of the tag top zigzag is the 3m Posca White Paint Marker, and below that is the 5m Posca White Paint Marker.

From outer ring in was the Gelly Roll Pen, The Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, The 5m Posca White Paint Marker and lastly the 3M Posca White Paint Marker.


So my final opinion based on testing is that the Gelly Roll was really good I will be using that a lot. The Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen is always lovely when my patience allows it to work properly and the posca pens were okay, they tended to fade.

I hope this little review is helpful and gave you some ideas of what to and maybe not to buy if you were thinking about it. These could all act differently with other mediums under them. Part of the joy of journaling is exploring right!

Thanks for stopping by and happy journaling!


As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the
affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway,
so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Dylusions Paint Pens (White Linen) (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Posca White Paint Pen (3m) (Joggles)

Posca White Paint Pen (5m.1) (Joggles)

Dylusions Black Creative Journal (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Dylusions Black Journaling Tag #12 (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Sakura Gelly Roll 08 White Pen (

Fall Dragonfly Yupo Paper Alcohol Lift Ink Art Journal Tag

Fall Dragonfly Yupo Paper Alcohol Lift Ink Art Journal Tag

Hello and Happy Monday!

The fall bug has bitten and I am excited for the cooler days to start rolling in. The stores are alive with the treats of the coming holidays and I am excited about all this season will bring. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be busy preparing for my first ever Youtube holiday series. I will be doing 13 days of Halloween.  I am working out the schedule now. My goal will be to release one new Halloween themed project every day starting October 1st thru the 13th, then I will dip back into fall themed and my regular journal projects until the Christmas season. There may end up being a 12 days of Christmas special as well, it’s just all schedule permitting. I just love this time of year. I think it goes back to growing up in New York where I had more of the seasons. The fall was back to school supplies, crisp mornings, leaves turning and falling and the smell of snow in the air. It just reminds me of my childhood.

With that note, I am currently very aware of my surroundings and lately, on my walks, I have seen a lot of dragonflies. Every time I see them I think I really want to incorporate them into an art piece. Then I forget and go about my day. Recently I finally sat myself down and sorted out this tag project. I had a Yupo paper art journal tag left over from a previous video, and I found my dragonfly stamps and away I went with my fall color alcohol inks and alcohol lift ink. The result was just what I was craving.

You can watch the video here: Dragonfly Art Journal Tag

Here are some photos of the final project.

I hope this little project will get you warmed up for the fall. Break out those rich fall colors and have a play. Trace your favorite art journal tag size onto some yupo paper and create great new pieces for your journal. You can even do it on translucent Yupo paper and maybe make some fall leaves or ornaments to hang in the window and catch that morning light.

Happy Creating.

p.s as I finished writing this post I turned with my tea and watched out the window. A dragonfly went by.  Did you know a dragonfly is seen as a symbol of change, transformation, and self-realization? Just a fun thought to leave you to ponder.


Below is the list of tools and products I used to create this piece.
Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Lift-Ink Pad (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Archival Ink (Black) (Ranger) (Blitsy)

Alcohol Ink (Rust, Oregano, Cranberry
& Caramel) (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Yupo Paper 8″ x 10″ (Ranger)

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution: (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool: (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Felt Refills: (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Archival Ink Cleaner (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Cling Mount Stamp Entomology (Blitsy) Anonymous- Non Affiliate Link)

Visible Image
“Live in the moment” Stamp Set (Non-affiliate link)


It’s Art Journal Wednesday with a Sewing Machine Art Journal Crossover share!

It’s Art Journal Wednesday with a Sewing Machine Art Journal Crossover share!


Phew, what a week last week was. I was on vacation but had family in town and it was wonderful. I got to spend some really great quality time with my niece and nephews and spend a day at the beach, a few days in the pool. We really all need that, to just unplug every so often to recharge. Well I am back with a new art journal share this week. It’s not alcohol lift-ink this time, I thought I would give you folks a break and do something in my Dina Wakley Media Journal with scribble sticks, art tags and my sewing machine. That’s right, you heard me, I put my journal thru the sewing machine and I am hooked. The wheels are churning and more goodies i’m sure will follow now that I have a taste for it.

You can watch the video here:

Here are some shots of the journal page. Such fun!

If you notice the girls face is from my previous post on Dina Wakley backgrounds:

I hope these photos will get those wheels turning and you will try your own hand at sewing in your journal and play with new mediums together.

If you want to find the goodies I used here is my supply list:

(Below are my affiliate links,all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website)

Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks 2 (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Dylusions and Dina Wakley Gelli Plate Set (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Archival Ink- Black (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

White Picket Fence- Distress Ink Pad (Ranger) (Blitsy)

Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint- Penny 1 oz (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links

Brother Sewing Machine XR3774 (Amazon)

Sticky Thumb Dots (Adhesive dots) (Amazon)

Technique Junkies Stamp- Wasted (Grunge Background)

Technique Junkies Stamp- Stencil Rings