Cricut Love Valentine Plate


“Cricut Love Valentine Plate”
Created by Sophia Vida

I found this glittery heart fabric at Joann’s and just couldn’t pass it up. I bought a half yard and I decided to make a decoupage dish for Valentine’s Day which turned out really cute. I like to fill it Dove Chocolates or some other type of sweet treat.  Since it is a decoupage dish, you shouldn’t immerse it in water. To clean the surface, I use a damp cloth.

For the center love, I used my Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge and cut it on white cardstock using <Shift> Love, 2.5.” You don’t need a Cricut to make this dish, any image or photo will do. Once I cut my sentiment, I outlined the edges of the letters with a gold pen and cut 1″ squares of the fabric.

Using the gloss Mod Podge, I adhered the Love sentiment to the backside of the glass plate. Then I began gluing the fabric to the plate with the Mod Podge. Once I covered the entire plate, I gave the backside of the plate an extra 2 coats of Mode Podge to seal it. Just make sure to it dry in between coats. And Voila! You have a really cute Valentine Dish to display your sweet treats!

Note: If you are using fabric that tends to fray when cut, prep the fabric with a coat of Fabric Mod Podge and let it dry. This will keep it from fraying.


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Supplies Used:

  • 7.5″ Square Glass Plate
  • Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge: <Shift> Love, 2.5″
  • White Card Stock
  • Gold Metallic Pen
  • Red Valentine’s Day Fabric (enough to cover your dish)
  • Gloss Mod Podge
    Gloss Mod Podge
  • Fabric Mod Podge (if needed)
    Fabric Mod Podge
  • Small Foam Brush

Watercolor Zentangle

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“Watercolor Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

I have several projects going on at the same time right now. Until those are finished I thought I would share this watercolor zentangle with you. As you know I love my bright colors and whimsical designs so this was perfect for me.

I painted this in my little 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor art journal. I drew my design in pencil first and then outlined it with a Sakura Micron Pen 03. I didn’t want to go too heavy on the zentangle designs because I wanted the focus to be more on the bright colors. So I colored it with the Kimberly and Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils. I activated the paint with my Niji Waterbrushes. Once it was dry I added shading and highlights. Last I added a little bling with Stickles and Voila! I had a new painting in my journal that was simply lots of fun!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!!

For this Project you will need:

  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
    sakura pens
  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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  • Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
  • Strathmore Visual Journal, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 5.5″ x 8″
  • Niji Waterbrush – Small and Medium
  • Assorted Stickles
  • Paper towels

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Cupcake Mixed Media


 Cupcake Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I hope the New Year finds you in good spirits and health! I took a much needed break over the holidays and enjoyed spending time with my family. But I still found time to play in my watercolor journal and create a few projects that I’ll be sharing with you.

I made this cupcake on an 8″ canvas using layers of paint and paper. I was inspired by beautiful sunsets and used these colors in my palette. I started by giving my canvas a coat of gesso. Next I adhered pieces of sheet music, text from an old book and a paper doily to my canvas.

I then painted the background with watered down yellow, bright pink and orange acrylic paints. After this layer dried I used a recycled cylinder and the end of a paint brush  dipped in white acrylic paint to make a few designs on my canvas. I also stamped a few flowers using Black Staz On Ink.

For the border, I cut strips of paper from my book and used a scallop punch. The pages of the book weren’t long enough, so I had to overlap alternating corners to make it work. Once I adhered these to the canvas, I added buttons with baker’s twine to the corners. Next I drew few doodles with my Sakura Micron #03 pen and colored them in with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens.

I sketched the cupcake on to the center of the canvas and painted it with acrylic paints. I adhered my tag and then added highlights and shading to entire canvas.  The cupcake was still looking a bit dull, so I painted the frosting with clear glitter paint and that was it!

Hope you enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

– Rubber stamps of your choice
– Matte Mod Podge
– Micron Pen #03
– Assorted Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
– Acrylic Paints: Yellow, Bright Pink, Orange
– Clear Glitter Paint
– Black Staz-On Ink
– 4 Bright Pink Buttons
– Baker’s Twine
– Small Tag
– Paper Doily
– 8″ Square canvas panel
– Gesso
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– 1″ Paint Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

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Spooky House Watercolor

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Created by Sophia Vida

Time is just flying by and Halloween is almost here. I saw a spooky house on Pinterest that inspired me to paint this one in my little 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor art journal. This was a fun piece to do while watching TV.

I started with a pencil sketch and then outlined it with a Sakura Micron Pen 03. The next step was to color it in with the Kimberly watercolor pencils. I used Niji Waterbrushes to activate the colors. Once it was dry I added accents with Sakura Gelly Roll pens and of course my all time favorite, Stickles. Last I accented the cat with Ranger Glossy Accents and Voila! I had a new painting in my journal!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!!


For this Project you will need:

  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
    sakura pens
  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
    Kimberly thCA2FHQS2
  • Strathmore Visual Journal, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 5.5″ x 8″
  • Niji Waterbrush – Small and Medium
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Paper towels

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Celebrate Everyday Mixed Media



“Celebrate Everyday” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I created this piece from a project I saw in “Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron.” This is such a wonderful book I saw in Michaels and just had to have it. It’s filled with retro style, fun, whimsical art that I just love.

The authors Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka did a fabulous job with their step by step photo tutorials for each of the projects. Although I didn’t have the exact supplies on hand, I improvised with what I had in my stash and this is my version of it. It was so much fun to create and I highly recommend this book!!!

For more information on Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka you can visit their blog at:

Also, if you want to get a glimpse inside of the book, you can check it out on and here is the link: – Mixed Media Masterpieces by Jenny and Aaron.

Mixed Media Masterpieces Front Cover     Mixed Media Masterpieces Backcover


Additional photos for you to enjoy:

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4

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“Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4”
Created by Sophia Vida

Journaling is a fun way to experiment with new things which is exactly what I did here. I recently bought a set of Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints and thought it would be fun to play with them in my journal. The colors were much brighter than I anticipated but I loved how they popped.

To tone it down a little, I decided to use my leaf stencil and a white paint marker to outline a few leaves. I then painted the leaves with white acrylic paint mixed with floating medium.

I added a little shading around the leaves with a watercolor sketch pencil. I also added accents with silver puff paint, gold metallic sharpie pen, green Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Sakura Micron pen #03 and assorted paint pens and that was it!

I highly recommend giving the Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints a try. They are so bold and bright and simply lots of fun.

Stay tuned as the journaling adventure continues…..

Thanks for stopping by!

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Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
  • Gesso
  • Golden 8 Professional Fluid Acrylic Paints
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: Green
  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Gold
  • Silver Puff Paint
  • Paint Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Watercolor Sketch Pencil



More Than Others Watercolor


“More than others Watercolor”
Created by Sophia Vida

This painting was created in Gina Lee Kim’s second online class called “The Versatility of Blue.” It’s offered through Cloth Paper Scissors and is so much fun to create.

Because this is part of Gina’s online class I don’t want to give away any of her techniques for creating this painting. But I will tell you how I created the paper for the sail boat because that was from my personal paper stash.

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I created this sheet by collaging a 9″ x 12″ sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media paper with pages from a book, sheet music etc. Once this was dry I used my stencils and a few stamps with Staz on ink to add some imagery. I added color with watered down acrylic paints and gelatos and a few sketchy lines with the Sakura Micron Pen #02.

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After everything had dried it looked a bit dull so I sprayed the sheet with Pearl Angel Mist which gave it a little shimmer. Since I only needed a small piece for the sail boat, I’m putting the rest back into my stash to use on another project later.

I’ve been creating pieces of mixed media papers for use in projects instead of buying more printed cardstock. I like how it adds that extra creative punch to projects. Plus it’s just a blast making these different sheets because there are no rules except to have fun.

I highly recommend Gina Lee Kim’s online courses. They are lots of fun and there are 4 courses in total: The Power of Red, The Versatility of Blue, The Serenity of Green and The Energy of Yellow. I will be moving on to The Serenity of Green next, so stay tuned.

You can find a link to the Versatility of Blue and the 3 other online classes on Gina Lee Kim’s blog: Just click the image on the right side.