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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Bookmark of Love




I have met some of the sweetest people on Facebook.

I met Franca Marzi when I left a message on her Piccole Passioni page. Not knowing if she spoke English or not, I left a message for her, anyway. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‹

It was the start of a loving friendship.

I got this awesome Gift from Franca in the mail, all the way from Italy.


I cannot wait to use this stencil. 

I also got one of her mixed media bookmarks.

It made me go get the tags I had ordered in December with hopes of creating some tags.

Franca's Gift has inspired me to share this process with you.

These tags were purchased from my favorite Amazon Prime. Search AVERY 11005 and it should come up.

They can be picked up at office supply places, also. 

Or find something similar at your local craft shop.

Gather some supplies
DecoArt Stencils
Punchinello
Dry Wall Tape

I can't say this enough--use what you have! Crash your stash!!πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£



White Gelly Role Pen
Extra Soft Charcoal Pencil
Dictionary Page
Alphabet stamps


Of course, DecoArt Americana Paints
Use your favorite colors!


I began by painting both sides of my tags with Black Gesso because I could not find the white Gesso. I did find an empty bottle.πŸ˜•



I brushed on some pink, some blue, some green, some pink, some blue some pink...lol


I just started adding stencils with different colors. There was no method to my madness. I just had fun.


For the middle tag, I drew a heart and then painted a very thin coat of pink around the heart. I wanted the stenciled work to show, but also wanted to emphasize the heart.

I finished everything by outlining it with my extra soft charcoal pencil.

Be sure to SPRAY the tags if you use charcoal or a brush-on varnish will smear it, and it won't be pretty.


I did this set using my fingers to add the paint.  It made me feel like a true mixed media artist! LolπŸ˜‰


I painted my dictionary page with red and pink and then cut out my hearts.
I glued them on with DecoArt Decoupage Matte. I love that stuff!



I covered all my tags with 2 coats of Decoupage on both sides before I did my charcoal work.


After the charcoal work, I sprayed them with Matte Varnish.

I will add ribbon and they can be either bookmarks or tags


Do not forget to finish your backs!


For more tag ideas, visit an earlier post to refresh your idea memory! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜ƒ


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.


I am simply 
blessed to create~charlotte♡






3 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing and spreading the LOVE!

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  2. Love your amazing creations! Your brain must work non-stop! Thanks for sharing the info.

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  3. I recently got to know Franca, too. She is a lovely girl and so talented (as are YOU!) Your bookmarks are so pretty! What a lovely post!! <3

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Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. In case you haven't been told, you are loved!~~charlotte♡