Underwater Mermaid Canvas Class – 3 Spots Available

Hello Divas,

If you are free next Saturday on April 18th, we would love for you to join us for a fun class on creating this gorgeous mermaid canvas.

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Mermaid Picture Frame Class & Scrapbook Weekend

Hello Divas,

Do you love mermaids and want to create this gorgeous picture frame? Then come join us for an exciting class where you will learn how to gesso a frame, decorate using acrylic paint dabbers, stickles, glitter, stencils, stamps and paste.

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Mixed Media Mermaid Class – Photos Dec. 7th 2014

We had a fabulous mixed media mermaid class a couple weeks ago.

Mixed Media Mermaid Class

This class has been extremely popular so I’ve offered it a few times on our meetup group. Make sure to sign up for our meetup if you want to be notified of upcoming classes and crops.



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January 2014 Recap

January was a very busy month!

I kicked off the year celebrating and ringing in the new year at “Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala” with my hubby.

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I remember watching Suzi Blu’s awesome Live New Year’s Eve painting on Google Hang out as I was getting ready in the hotel room 🙂

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4 Christmas Videos – Christmas Tags, Ornaments & Wreath

I hope you are having a very magical week enjoying the holidays with your friends and family!

I wanted to share a few short Christmas videos with you that I made and put on my YouTube channel. You can subscribe to the Scrap Diva Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/scrapdivaretreats

Here’s a short video on some fun 3D Christmas cards I made with the Close to My Heart Artfully sent circuit cartridge. It’s an awesome card cartridge that gives you the ability to make tons of pop-up cards and 3D card variations. I hope you see something you like and feel inspired to make some AWESOME cards of your own.

I also made a quick tutorial on how to make an adorable Christmas wreath.

Check out this video on Christmas tag ornaments I made using Julie Nutting Stamps. Each ornament tag was inspired by a stanza from Eartha Kitt’s song “Santa Baby.” This is my all time FAVORITE Christmas song. I think it’s a perfect “Diva” song…especially the part about diamonds!

Check out my awesome tutorial on how to make your own Christmas tags which can be used on gifts or ornaments. I used Julie Nutting doll stamps.



Scrapbook Retreat Recap

Here’s a quick recap of our phenomenal Scrapbook Retreat Weekend from a few weeks ago….

I hosted an open retreat where anyone could sign up via our meetup group. We all received the blessing to meet new Divas and make new friends.

Scrap Diva Retreats

Top: Mattie, Diane, Letty, Michele, Jolane
Bottom: Becky, Donna, Kelly, Angela, Andrea, Lisa


Letty made a gorgeous Julie Nutting Mermaid doll for the guest book:


Saturday was an adventure packed day full of lots of scrapbooking, crafting and laughter. I decided to come up with a Julie Nutting mixed media canvas and taught a class.


I went to bed happy on Saturday night completely amazed with the amount of contagious positive energy the women were exuding from the crop room. On Sunday morning I decided to get up early to print our group photos and gave everyone the opportunity to win prizes through a scrapbook challenge using the group photo.




Andrea's Scrapbook page

Andrea got 119 social media likes for this layout and won the challenge!

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Homemade Rolls

Enjoying a cup of coffee with Angie’s fresh homemade delicious cinnamon rolls!


Mattie made awesome homemade aprons for the Divas!


Thank you Divas for an amazing Scrapbook Retreat Weekend! I can’t wait to scrapbook with you all again soon 🙂



Gratitude Changes Everything

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” – Eileen Caddy


This afternoon I surprised my friends Antonia and Brooke by taking them out for a quick lunch break and giving them a homemade gratitude journal!

Gratitude Journal Gifts

Gratitude changes everything.

This is something I’ve heard for years yet just recently started to incorporate into my daily life. For the past month now I have been listing 5 things that I’m grateful for every day  and 5 things that I’m proud of on my iPhone. I plan on taking my lists and adding them to this new gratitude journal as I start to prepare for Thanksgiving.

It has been a phenomenal experience thus far and I cannot wait to share my journey with you!

I’m officially kicking off this gratitude project to celebrate the 12 days before Thanksgiving! So from November 15th– 26th I will be posting a stanza from this Thankful Poem and sharing with you my thoughts about gratitude. I will also be sharing with you:

– 5 things I’m grateful for

– 5 things I’m proud of

–  Gratitude prompts

–  Gratitude quotes

If you want to join me on this journey of recognizing more gratitude in life please sign up here.

The gratitude project is FREE and you will receive a daily email from me filled with inspiration, joyful suggestions and gratitude prompts. I can’t wait to hear about all the miracles and blessings that show up in your life!

Gratitude Journal Gifts

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3 Friday Favs – SoCal Scrapbook Sales, Ali Edwards & Inspirational ebooks

This Weekend – SoCal Scrapbook Stores Events & Sale!

This weekend 10 local scrapbook stores have a special event where clearance items will be 77% off and regularly priced items will be 20% off. They will have crops and Julie Nutting Make-n-Takes! http://bit.ly/1pvV5Ah


Ali Edwards has an awesome new website! Check out her scrapbook section http://bit.ly/1mxUmDC


Kelly Rae Roberts and other inspirational artists teamed up to offer ecourses bursting with creativity! http://bit.ly/1pggYnP

Crop til You Drop!

Elaine’s group of Scrapbook Diva’s are regulars at Scrap Diva Retreats and they definitely know how to

Crop Til You Drop!


They are a community of scrapbook friends who enjoy to retreat together a few times a year.

They plan their meals and eat together. They often invite me to visit and when I’m lucky enough to find time to scrapbook with them, I enjoy their company immensely.

I always leave Elaine’s group feeling happy, refreshed and rejuvenated. They seem to embody a creative community feeling and they are always positive, happy and have fun cropping! I marvel at their Thanksgiving style meals and revel in their excitement at spending time together. Their extravagant menus and artistically designed meal placements are extraordinary.

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Tutorial on Mermaid Canvas- Using Julie Nutting Stamp

Hello fabulous Divas,

I’ve had some requests to post a tutorial on the mermaid canvas.

Mermaid Canvas


  • 11 x 14 canvas panel
  • Julie Nutting Mermaid Stamp
  • Close To My Heart Sparkles Flourishes (Z1708)
  • Dreamweaver embossing paste (any time of paste to create dimension)
  • Stampers anonymous stamps to create background (use any circle stamps)
  • Stencil or plastic mess for mermaid tail
  • Prima flowers & small sea shells
  • Folk Art green metallic paint
  • Acrylic paints: blue, yellow and white
  • Copic Markers and/or colored pencils for the skin color and hair
  • Aleene’s Original Tack Glue (or any other all purpose glue)
  • Mod Podge
  • Old Credit Card
  • Staz On Black Ink


As you create your canvas make sure each layer of paint dries before painting over it. I describe the steps below by explaining how to make each section of the canvas but you may want to work on multiple steps in the process as you are waiting for paint to dry during various stages.

Step 1. – Create your ocean

Chose a light blue acrylic paint and mix with a little white paint to get a turquoise color for your ocean. Then paint 2/3 of the bottom of your canvas using an old credit card. Use broad strokes and make some of the blue paint look like waves are crashing in the middle of your page (this is where you will adhere your mermaid later). Once the first layer of blue paint is dry you can create extra dimension by adhering some ripped up scraps of blue pattern scrapbook paper to your canvas with Mod Podge.

Step 2. – Create your sky

Chose a light yellow acrylic paint and mix with a little white paint to get a lighter yellow for your sky. Then paint 1/3 of the top of your canvas using an old credit card. After the paint is dry use some circle stamps or background stamps to create some dimension by stamping randomly using a slightly darker yellow color. I used Stampers Anonymous stamps but you can use any stamps you have. Create some texture on your canvas by spreading some modeling paste through a stencil. (I used the same stencil that I used for the mermaid tail in the background to create some dimension in the sky). Make sure the paste dries completely then paint over the paste with light yellow acrylic paint.

Step 3. – Create your mermaid

While your canvas is drying start making the mermaid. Create the mermaid tail by spreading some modeling paste through the crisscross stencil on a piece of white paper then let dry for a few hours. You can speed up the drying process by blow-drying it. Then stamp the mermaid onto the dried paste design. The paste design will end up being the mermaid’s tail. Paint over the scales with acrylic metallic green paint and cut out the mermaid tail.

Mermaid Tail

Stamp the mermaid onto a white piece of paper using black Staz On permanent ink. Color the mermaid the skin color of your choice using withe Copic markers or colored pencils. Color your mermaids hair (I used a red Copic marker). Cut out your mermaid. After the mermaid tail is completely dry you can adhere the tail to the cut out mermaid that you just made. Position your mermaid in the middle of the canvas where your waves are crashing behind her.

Step 4 Finishing touches

  • You can finish the canvas a variety of ways with various embellishments. Adhere Prima flowers to the lower left hand corner along with miniature sea shells with Aleene’s Original Tack Glue.
  • Use Close to My Heart’s Sparkles Flourishes to add sparkle to the waves. You can color the white sparkles with a turquoise Copic marker. Use a piece of the turquoise sparkles flourishes for the mermaid’s headband. Find two small sea shells for the mermaids swimsuit top and color them with yellow glitter. TIP: If you buy clear sparkles you can always decorate them with any color of Copic markers and use them on all your projects!
  • Add some blue glitter to the background and some silver speckles for additional dimension.
  • Add one of your favorite quotes to your canvas. Quote






I hope you enjoy your new mermaid canvas! If you decide to make one please send me a picture and/or tell me what you think in the comments section. Thank you for stopping by and checking out this tutorial.

I’ve taught a few classes and the Divas have loved the final results so I hope you give it a try!

Mermaid Canvas Class


Mermaid Canvas Class

Mermaid Canvas