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Monday, January 27, 2020

Sparkling City Lights... a StencilGirl® Pop-Up Extravaganza

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Hello Friends! It's a new year and January is always a whirlwind. Today I am proud to be part of a special COLLABORATIVE project hosted by Tina Walker and StencilGirl®... a StencilGirl Pop-Up Extravaganza! CLICK HERE to POP on over and be inspired to make your stencil art POP off the page!

I am a city girl from Chicago who lives in SoFL and I love my hometown skyline at night. So for this pop-up project, I stenciled a layered and mirrored skyline onto two base papers painted with an ombre of three colors of ColorShift paints, using only 2 stencils: S305 Apter, Text and Texture Transform and ATC Mix-Up Borloz L655.

After creating the skyline by repeating the stencil across my papers, I added highlights, water reflections and windows details using a couple Sakura Gelly Glaze pens.

 I traced this textural pattern over the row of buildings which brought the night sky to life!

A larger look...

I have quite a collection of books on bookmaking and folded paper techniques and for this artwork I selected a technique that creates a pop-up dueling accordion pullout from the book, "Pockets, Pullouts and Hiding Places".


For added contrast between the two layers, I trimmed one skyline down around the buildings before scoring, folding and assembling.

Sparkling City Lights

To frame this pop-up I have nestled inside of a notched cut-out accordian of navy blue cardstock. When closed and folded flat this mini will fit into an A2 envelope -- how fun is that?! Enjoy these details.

StencilGirl® stencils used: ATC Mix-Up by Andrew Borloz and Text and Texture Transform stencil by Seth Apter.

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Thanks for dropping by! I hope you are inspired add a POP of dimension to your handmade books and cards using StencilGirl® stencils! Have a creative day :) Sb

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Our Favorites Mixed Media YouTube Hop - #ArtJournaling Edition


Hello friends! Where has summer gone?! I have just returned from a getaway with my hubs and I am part of an artful adventure... and all are invited to join me! 

It's been awhile and I'm so excited that I am participating in another YouTube hop -- "Our Favorites Mixed Media YouTube Hop - Art Journaling Edition", featuring twenty-two artists from around the world! If you missed my first adventure via YouTube CLICK HERE.

For the "Our Favorites Mixed Media YouTube Hop – Art Journaling Edition" I create an art journal page inspired by a quote from David Tennant of Doctor Who. This page is full of color, texture and timey-wimey techniques - I hope you enjoy! 

This hop would not be complete without prizes from our fabulous sponsors! See below for hop list and prize details! Don't wait to get hopping... The Our Favorites YouTube Hop Giveaway will have winners drawn on August 26th and announced on August 31st. Each video's description box will contain the list of artists and a link to your next stop... sit back, grab a snack and enjoy the Hop as you watch the videos! 

🔹️🔹️ To enter to win one of our amazing prizes you must  🔹️🔹️ 
1 - subscribe to each YouTube Channel 
2 -  like and leave a comment on each video (note: some have location restrictions for shipping, so please leave your country in your comments).

Spend the weekend on a creative binge and enter to win -- just view, subscribe, LIKE and comment on the each of the videos as you hop along!

 ** HOP LIST **
Laura Dame - Laura Mixed Media: 
Susan M. Brown {sbartist}: 
Heather at the Kraaft Shaak: 
Aleksandra Mihelič: 
Susana Magenheimer aka Randomartist222: 
Ilse Kleijer - IKmetliefde: 
Melina Dahl - Minas kreativa: 
Danielle Mack at A Painted Page: 
Kristin Van Valkenburgh: 
Alexa Doebler - Blue Woods Design: 
Erin DeCoste - Happily We Go: 
Michelle Liptak-Mickelnay: 
Connie Shaw - Sparksgirl Mixed Media: 
Studio Marielle Stolp: 

** Our Favorites YouTube Hop Sponsors and Prizes ** 
 Blue Woods Design/That's Crafty UK - 2 sets of stamps designed by Blue Woods Design for That's Crafty UK 
 Joggles- 1 $25 gift certificate Grafix - 1 pack of clear and 1 pack of matte computer Grafix paper 
 Retro Cafe Art - $75 gift certificate 
 Susana Magenheimer - prize package ($25 value) 
 TCW - Stencil gift pack of (10) 6x6 NEW stencils retails for $60. 
 Pronty Crafts - A set of foam stamps and stencils by Dutch artist Julia Woning 
 Rubber Dance Stamps - €25 Grabbag of Stamps 
 Shawn Petite - 5 stencils of winners choice ($50 value) 
 Marabu Creative - prize pack 
 Michelle Liptak-Mickelnay - journal DecoArt - 2 prize packs 
 Kristin Van Valkenburgh - prize package 
 Kraaft Shaak - Mixed Media creation bundle - US only 
 Gelli Arts - $50 gift certificate 
 Nicole Watson - prize pack 
 Ilse Kleijer - prize pack (includes 2 AB studio stamps) 
 AB Studio - 3 stencil pack designed by Nuneka 
 Little Birdie - $25 gift voucher + shipping 
 TandiArt - DIY Fairy Art Kit 
 Susan M. Brown {sbartist} - prize package 
 ArtFoamies - 2 VOUCHERS FOR $50 EACH 
 Red Lead Paperworks - 3 prize packages - stamps, stencils, collage sheets 
 iStencils - $25 gift card to website 
 Brush Magazine - 2 winners: two ’bundles’ of 5 issues of the magazine - digital copies 
• 7 Dots Studio - prize pack 

SUPPLIES USED in my project for the "Our Favorites Mixed Media YouTube Hop - Art Journaling Edition": art journal • vintage book paper or color copy of book page • gesso/acrylic paint/glazing medium mixture • sticker letters • Stabilo Woody pencils {black, white, gold, silver, & purple} • Stabilo aqua pencils {black, white, red, yellow, blue} • Stencil Girl Stencils • The Crafter's Workshop stencil {Rebekkah Meier Designs} • Clear embossing powder • Blue Pigment ink • Faber Castell Black Pitt Brush pen • White Gelly Roll pen • EK Success Cutterbee scissors • Police Box Stamp {from} • glue stick • Punchinella {from Gauche Alchemy} • Ranger Distress Paints {Salty ocean, cracked pistachio, wilted violet, twisted citron, tarnished brass & salty ocean} • Golden Fluid Acrylic & High Flow Acrylic Paints {Green Gold & Indigo} • makeup sponge • pencils {black, white, red, yellow, blue • EK Success Honey Bee scissors • Ranger Dina Wakley White gesso with detail tip • paper towel • DIY mono printing plate made of Amazing Mold Rubber • water brush. 

**Giveaway is not endorsed by or affiliated with YouTube. All prizes are provided by individual artists or companies. No purchase necessary to win.

I hope you have a creative weekend and enjoy my WHOvian adventure in art journaling! :) Sb

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ready for a Weekend Getaway... DIY Bloghop with Expo International Trims


Hello Friends! Are you ready for a weekend getaway?! I know I am! Today I am proud and grateful to be participating in a special DIY Spring Bloghop with Expo International Trims. I have a couple makes using Expo International trims: a pencil case turned Chic clutch and a wintery felt phone holder.

With some scissors, double-sided adhesive and Fabri-Tac ~
making a seasonal quick change is quick and EASY.

Expo International sent me this selection of items to create with. Keep an eye out here on Cinco de Mayo as to what becomes of the festive fringe and red trims. TRIMS USED in this project: Shell Beaded Denim Trim - Black Multi; AnnaLie Jute Trim {natural burlap background with cotton lace overlay}; Evelyn Black Lace; and striking Flower Brooch.

I shopped my closet and gathered some canvas, white, black and khaki - my travel go-tos and grabbed some items that need some travel ready flair.


First up - my not so girly yet functional fishing hat. I removed the leather straps and measured a section of the lacy jute trim and lined with double-sided adhesive. Remove the backing, wrap around and VOILA ~ instant transformation!

My canvas tote has a stain that won't wash out. What's a girl to do?! Camouflage it by adding some Expo International Trims of course!

Adding lace trim is quick and easy with Fabric-Tac.


I love to double layer contrasting trims... 
and it makes the trim look like it's all-in-one.

How did I get these great boho roses?!

I made them out of Expo International Trims!

I had a small section leftover of the lacey jute trim. It's not going to waste. I gently peeled back the lace to expose the threads and gently cut apart.

Now I have two separate pieces! I wrapped these wonkily into a rose shape, added a pearl to the center, and secured with Fabri-Tac.

I cut the burlap into strips, added a strip of double-sided adhesive tape, then backed onto this beautiful distressed denim trim with shells and wound it up into another boho rose.

Again - secured with strategically placed dollops of Fabri-Tac.

I added a broken clip-on earring to the center of this one.

A little more Fabri-Tac adheres them to the jute trim band.

An easy-peasy transformation from stuff I had around the house. AND I can easily remove and re-attach my leather strap for the pop-up fishing excursion.

But there's one more....

This natural woven purse is beautiful as it is... but it needs a little something.

After the addition of Expo International Black Lace trim and this gorgeous Adornments Clip-on Brooch!!! 

Instant STYLE!

What would you transform
for your travel getaway with
Expo International Trims?

CLICK HERE to POP over to the Expo International BLOG for other projects in this special Spring Bloghop with Expo InternationalFor more information on Expo International and products to dress up anything please visit website HERE.

Visit Expo International on FB to enter for this great giveaway of trims.

For more inspiration on creating with Expo International please visit Share your creations #expotrims #diyhomedecor #embellishwithexpo 

Thanks so much for visiting! Sb :)

** This is a paid sponsored post. Expo International has provided trims for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.

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