Monday, June 3, 2019

Rita Barakat meets Style Tech Crafts Blog hop- Mermaid Canvas by Tamiko

Hey creatives Tamiko here!  I haven't used my blog in such a long time and I don't know why!!  But today I am here to speak about a collaborative project between Rita Barakat's fabulous Mermaid Dies and the glitter vinyl from Style Tech Craft!  Check out what I made!

Tools Needed:
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
5x7 Canvas board panel
Dymo label maker

I played with the dies first of all.. How freaking cute are they, really?!?!? After I decided which ones I wanted to work with I had to pick over the vinyls I received from Style Tech Crafts. What can I say, I was unnecessarily intimidated by the vinyl. Little did I know how simple it would be to just cut the vinyl.  No machine was actually needed!!  This vinyl has a glittery type of look and guess what?  Not one piece came off on my hands, to be found at a later date on my eyebrow (laughs).  I was totally impressed with this.

I took cardstock and drew shapes I wanted for the canvas. With those shapes I new exactly how much vinyl I needed for each section. The vinyl sheets come off a 12x12 sheet, so that left me with plenty to use on other projects!  I'm pretty excited about that, especially since I had so many die cut mermaids I hadn't used!

I am so in love with Rita Barakat's die cuts and not just the mermaids, I might add!  They are so vibrant in color and can just about fit just about anywhere!  My jounals, planner, this canvas, shadow boxes and even mason jars!!  (yes I've placed them in mason jars!!)  I adhered these mermaids to the vinyl on the canvas! Added some text from dymo label maker and voila!  A small inspirational canvas I can place anywhere and enjoy daily!!  I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I did creating it!  Don't forget to follow Rita Barakat and Style Tech Craft on all social media platforms!  Some links are provided below!!!

Don't forget to check out the other designers to see what they did with the mermaids and vinyl! 

Friday, January 19, 2018

It's a Rinea Inspired Girl!!

This post is in fact double posted and the original can be found over at!  

HAPPY NEW YEARRR!!!  Tamiko here and I hope you all are doing well!!  This year I chose not to do any resolutions but I do have a word of the year. I picked my word to be NURTURE.  Nurture myself, family, friends (old and new relationships), art and my relationship with God.  Seems like a lot, but the list is short and realistic, to me. I am so honored to be part of this team when they made January Rinea Inspiration month! We get to show you what we can do with new and wonderful product. (cheesy grin) 
So, I needed to embellish a shower gift.  One of my dearest friend's adult child is having her first baby girl. (insert ooo and ahhs here.. (smile))  That makes one of my oldest and dearest besties a GRAMMY!!!  :::a wooohooo for her sounds good here:: I'm not showing the gift, which was also hand painted by me, because this post will go live before they receive it. (smile) Check out these darling little shoes I am using to embellish the present. HelmaRENIAbooty

Items needed to create the above:
Renia Metallic Foiled Paper-
    In Fuschia
Baby Shoe Paper pattern on pinterest -
    provided by
Fussy Cut Scissors
    Paper flowers
    Faux Rhinestone Trim
    Pom pom Ribbon
FineLiner Applicator  (optional)
The Rinea papers are beautiful foiled paper that come in a plethora of colors!!  As soon as I saw the fuschia paper I know I was going to make a pair of baby girl shoes.  The more I played with the paper and saw its flexibility and how easily it held shape, I knew I had chosen the right project. On pinterest I had already eyed this pattern by So I printed it and roughly cut out the piece.  Then I took the pattern and folded my 6 x 12 inch sheets of Rinea paper in half and cut out the pieces.

The Rinea paper made it easy to navigate glue placement with the tabs.  I folded the tabs along the inside the sole of the shoe and secured them with the Super Tac Eva Glue.  After that was secure I added the base of the shoe!!  I then embellished the shoe with paper flowers and faux rhinestone trim using my QuickDry 450 Glue.! Helmar450

Shortly after creating my embellishments I showed my mom and aunt and they were totally giggly and excited about the project. They gave me even more suggestion for those lil cutie patooties and that made my day!  Can't wait to explore more possibilities with Renia and Helmar.  Don't forget to check out the Renia site by clicking here,  especially when you want a lil shimmer in your work without adding glitter and totally classy texture foiled paper!! 
Don't forget with great paper there should always be, even better glues and we cover that here at Helmar Worldwide!! HELAMR & RENIA 2018

Friday, November 17, 2017


Just working in layers.. I love my watercolor pieces...

Planner Pins- Dollar Tree Find

I am not a planner, let's just face it.. I have no real life activities worth recording besides the occasional doctors appointments.. :) But I am totally enthused with making planner clips.  I think its fun to see the hanging out the top of a midori type or ring planner.  They don't take long to make and you can make them from almost anything. Below I took a card my daughter got from her birthday and saved the sweet treats to make planner clips.

Then in the next picture I took the stickers I was hoarding from Dollar Tree!

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Hey guys.. this is another project I had loaded images from my camera.. and never posted.  Told myself if I ever got a laptop so I could type at my liesure I would type a post for it.. As a matter of fact I'd post more often..  Well below I began with Holbein watercolors and I created bubbles.  I chose colors I was already using simular to my Deco Art Americana Acrylics I painted my base canvas with. I also used oil pastel and acrylics to create light on the bubbles. Then I cut the bubbles out.


I used some Helmars glue to adhere the bubbles to my canvas.  

I also took more Helmars glue and some coordinating colored seeds beads and added some texture and dimension.  The glue dries clear and with a lil sheen/crystalization.

Here is a the finished piece.. I love it.. :)