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Friday, April 24, 2015

Recycled Notebook meets #MixedMedia with Viva Las VegaStamps! + Art Anthology

Hello friends! All week Viva Las VegaStamps! has teamed up with Art Anthology to bring you tons of inspiration with mixed-media stamped creations. Today I have a special project over at the Viva Las VegaStamps! Blog... a recycled notebook RE-Imagined!

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I have altered this journal that came to my husband as a goodie from the car dealership. It's a blank book, with lined pages – perfect for jotting down ideas and things to remember... BUT it's not me. Enter Art Anthology Gemstones ~ Dimensional Paint and Colorations Spray along with my stash of Viva Las VegaStamps! to decorate this journal in my favorite color PURPLE and also to disguise it from the hubs {so he doesn't realize I swiped this out of the recycling bin - LOL}.

In creating, I discovered the Art Anthology Gemstones ~ Dimensional Paint works great for monoprinting on my Amazing DIY No-Gelatin Printing Plate, and also for the resist technique.
Please CLICK HERE to jump over to Viva Las VegaStamps! Blog for see my tutorial and journal transformation.

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SUPPLIES: From Viva Las VegaStamps"Harlequin Diamond Background" #18920"Pure Imagination" #19041"Ferris Wheel" #16038"Bee Hung Up" #19164"London Skyline" #10597"Triangle Banner" #19043"Chevron Banner" #19042Miracle Sheets; and StazOn Jet Black InkFrom Art AnthologyGemstones ~ Dimensional Paint in Emerald and Flourite; Colorations Spray in Wild Orchid. Other Supplies: white cardstock; recycled notebook; scissors; paper trimmer; small paintbrush; Sakura of America Gelly Roll® Stardust® Pen; and pencil.

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Don't forget to check out the other works for this week of inspiration from VLVS! and Art Anthology... there is blog candy to be won. Happy Friday!  :) Sb

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Place for Blissful Wishes... a Decorative Trimmings Wedding Challenge with Designer Crafts Connection

Welcome to another special Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop. With Spring and Wedding Season upon us, we are sharing projects for Weddings using beautiful cording and embellishments from Decorative Trimmings.

Decorative Trimmings has been manufacturing and distributing Braids, Twist Cords, Jacquard Ribbons, Fringes, Laces and Embroideries for over 30 Years.

I love to make personalized gifts when I can, and for this challenge I decided to make a book for the wedding reception where family and friends can write a special message to the happy couple. I didn't have a big lavish affair for my wedding, as I got married at a small ceremony in Jamaica. We had a big family party when we returned and I really cherish my book of wishes that were gathered at the event. My book is a simple brown book that was from the party supply store. My handmade keepsake book takes that idea and adds a personal touch and elegance with the addition of Decorative Trimmings.

The trimmings I selected from Decorative Trimmings are ornate and sophisticated in oyster coloring. I have to point out how beautiful and secure each trim was sent on individual shrink wrapped cards - safe from tangling and unraveling.

Trims as shown in photo above from left to right: OYSTER STAR GUIMP Code: 02550-8-12Y-020; 3/4 INCH NATURAL LACE and GIMP GALLOON Code: 06550-8-012Y-020OYSTER 1/2 INCH "CHINESE BRAID" Code: 02539-H-022M-020; and 5/16 INCH OYSTER PEARL TWIST CORD Code: 09141-R-10Y-020.

I set out to create a simple bound book. I cut a couple of pieces of thin recycled cardboard to 4 1/4" x 6 1/2" and also a 3/4" strip for a spine. I mounted double-sided adhesive sheets to each side; placed onto backside of cardstock leaving about 1/8" allowance between for folding; then wrapped my decorative cardstock around. I finished the inside off with a creme cardstock.

I wrapped the cover with a beautiful creme and bronze glittered 12" x 12" paper I had in my stash from The Robin's Nest {Creme Awning Coffee Glitter}. This was one lone sheet of cardstock that was waiting for a special project such as this. Gorgeous!

The inside pages are a stack of creme cardstock sheets cut 12 1/2" x 4", scored and folded in half. I scored each 1/2" from the fold and used a paper adhesive to glue them together.

I would normally hand stitch pages into proper signatures, but then I would have to stitch and bind them to the cover. This way I can keep the cover simple and let the Decorative Trimmings stand out. The first page is accented with the Chinese Braid 1/2" trimming adhered with double-sided tape. 

On the cover I layered first the Oyster Star Guimp, then added the Oyster Pearl Twist cording on top using Beacon Fabri-Tac®I dabbed all the trimmed edges with a small amount of Diamond Glaze to prevent fraying. This covers up the seam where I joined the sections of paper together and puts the finishing touch on this keepsake book.

A Place for Blissful Wishes!

Visit the Decorative Trimmings website to see the wonderful selection of decorative trimmings, lace and narrow fabrics for use in Crafts, Hobby, Home Décor, and Apparel. You can also follow Decorative Trimmings on Social Media via Facebook page {} and Twitter {}.

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Thanks so much for visiting! For more ideas and inspiration follow the Designer Crafts Connection "Decorative Trimmings Wedding Challenge" by selecting hop back/forward on the logo below to enjoy all of the wonderful creations. Sb :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

#Cre8time Paint Play brings #MixedMedia Variety...

Join me today for another installment of my "Thoughtful Abstractions" column at Unruly PaperArts. The theme for April is Gelli® Plates and Monoprinting... focusing on the mixed-media painting technique that virtually ANYONE can do – anywhere! This is one of my favorite techniques and is a source of Cre8time inspiration.

CLICK HERE to jump over to Unruly Paper Arts to read my latest column that includes a monoprinting tutorial.

Monoprints are so versatile and can be a starter for all sorts of projects. Here are a few examples of projects I've made using different techniques.

My "Faux Van Gogh" stamped collage is a fusion of three layers: the base a painted sheet of white cardstock; a monoprint created with Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic paints {Cadmium Orange Hue and Cerulean Blue} and deli paper on a Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate {yes, I do actually own one}; and a stamped image on deli paper. This is a fun way to use your monoprints. This blue and orange was acutally a clean-up sheet that I was rolling my paint filled brayer on. CLICK HERE to view tutorial on how I created this.

How about using a monoprint to découpage onto a dimensional project? Oh yes! This made painting so quick and easy and my whimsical steampunk pinewood derby car came to life in minutes. CLICK HERE to see the entire project.

Round monoprinting plates are the lastest craze and it dawned on me that I also have loads of round shapes lying around, too! A whole pile of them!!! Several of my mold rubber molds sitting in pretty little stacks like crafty pancakes.

First I applied some colors to one of my rectangular plates with a brayer, then pressed my nut and bolt mold into the paint – this leaves a beautiful circle with hexagons in the negative space. Then I can stamp off the color from the MOLD onto another print or blank paper. Gorgeous!!! CLICK HERE to view more variations of applying color.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are inspired to try some painterly play during your Cre8time! Have a wonderful Sunday. :) Sb
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