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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.

OH the SPARK-ling Possibilities... with Rinea® and Designer Crafts Connection

Greetings everyone! Today the Designer Crafts Connection is creating with the beautiful, SPARK-ling Rinea® Double-sided Paper Foil... are you ready to SPARK your creativity?! Where I live, summer has arrived and I'm getting a jumpstart for family picnics and BBQ's. 

If you are not quite ready to think about 4th of July, tempt your cre8time muse checkout these cute Easter Baskets using Rinea®... and for the fashionistas folded Rinea® bangles.

For this challenge, the maker of Rinea® has provided each of the Designer Craft Connection designers with product to use for creating. When you are done visiting here, be sure to pop over to the beginning of the hop HERE to see more inspiration using Rinea® Double-sided Paper Foil!!!

The star embossed pattern into the Rinea® foil is so lovely.
Rinea® Double-sided Paper Foil is a specialty craft paper imported from Germany. It is made up of a thin sheet of paper sandwiched between two layers of thin aluminum foil - the paper gives it sturdiness and stiffness while the foil gives it the shininess and the malleability to maintain the shape however you bend or fold it. It is more than just origami paper due to the specific thickness and the quality of the foil used, making it ideal for many interesting crafting ideas. The paper does not wrinkle like foil and does not cause painful cuts like thick sharp foil can. 

The paper is as popular in Germany and parts of Europe as construction paper is in the US. In Germany it is known as Alu-Bastlefolie which means Aluminum Handicraft Foil Paper. It is very difficult to find this paper in the US and those that want it have to import it from Germany. Our goal is to introduce you to unique and interesting crafting ideas popular in other parts of the world made possible only using this paper and, at the same time, make it easily available in the U.S. The paper comes in many interesting colors with shiny, matte, and embossed surfaces giving you lots of options to play with and combine.

This wonderful SPARK-ling Rinea® paper makes dimensional ornaments and whimsies from folded paper OH-so much better! Rinea® Double-sided Paper Foil solves this issue while providing a metallic {solid or textured} finish in a variety of colors that lends itself to folding and holds it's shape. For my project I have used the Magic Star/Frisbee origami pattern found in "The Origami Handbook" by Rick Beech.

I take the time to always make a sample out of scrap paper first to test the process, sizing and to figure out the final segment assembly.

First I begin by cutting all of my squares needed.

These stars are will be so wonderful made
from red, silver and blue Rinea® foil!

Following the steps from the book,
I begin folding all cut squares in half.

I follow along the steps and complete folds for each color. This pattern calls for 8 squares that are folded down to a parallelogram, then nested together and linked into final shape. The royal blue star is completed and assembled.... using NO GLUE!

Did I mention it has a fun twist... it's kinetic!

When pieced together, this is not only a star... it is a spinner.
You can open the star into an open octagon.

The star shape closed.

When you slide the points pushing outward,
the shape changes to this open octagon.

When complete you not only have a fabulous patriotic star coasters... they make a fun party favors too!

This is a fun project that can be sized up or down depending on the use. These can be smaller and strung on string to make a garland, or larger and attached to dowel rods for yard decor. This is a great project for the kids too!

What festive party decor
will you create with Rinea®?

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog and find more SPARK-ling inspiration and projects using this gorgeous foil paper!

You can find more info on Rinea® Foils
at their website

Find lots of creative inspiration on the Rinea® Foil BLOG

Thanks so much for visiting!  Sb :)

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

Friday, March 22, 2019

#Cre8time Spray-time... Designer Crafts Connection Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra Challenge

Hello creative friends! Are you ready for something NEW that will knock your Cre8time socks off?! In celebration of March is National Craft Month, the Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop designers are creating with something brand NEW... Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra!

YASS!!!! Mod Podge Ultra comes in a SPRAY bottle!!!

For this challenge I was provided an 8 oz bottle of Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra in a matte finish; an artist variety set of Folkart ® Brushes; a Plaid ® Art Materials - Brush Basin; and a 2 oz bottle of Brush Plus™ brush cleaner. The rest of the supplies I am using are from my crafty stash: Folk Art Apple Red Multi Surface paint; gold brocade trim; red satin beaded trim; recycled gold gift tissue paper; StazOn Ink; Asian chop background stamp; LED mini candle; and some wood findings. I also need a pair of scissors, my paper trimmer and 1/8" double sided tape {for adhering trims}.

For today's project I am transforming this empty liquor box.

I have reinvented a couple of these boxes into lamps previously and I am so excited to finally make this Asian inspired version based off of this altered puzzle piece design I created for a swap many moons ago {2007}.

I will be honest I have started this collage project before, but never finished. It's quite time consuming to brush and apply each individual square of paper with traditional Mod Podge to complete this home decor project. So I am so excited to try out the BRAND NEW Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra which is a SPRAY formula and I'm sure it will speed up the process.

The box is a nice sturdy paper but has some lettering to cover, so I paint the box red using Folk Art Multi-Surface paint in apple red. This paint is buttery like a heavy body acrylic and covers nicely. I apply in a dry-brush fashion so it can dry quickly and I can build up layers of color where needed.

I quickly covered all sides and the lid. I like the distressed texture that has resulted. Now I'm ready to start the decoupage process.

I crumple up and flatten out the sheet of recycled gift tissue, fold over and cut into 1" strips with my photo trimmer {this can also be accomplished with scissors}.

I stack the strips and cut into approx. 1" squares. I cut some into 1/2" and thinner sections for edges. These squares will be decoupaged to create a faux mosaic background.

Now the FUN begins! There are a few steps to get the Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra ready to go. STEP 1 – shake the product for 15 seconds. STEP 2 – Prime the sprayer by spraying a few times to make sure the nozzle is clear and you get an even mist. STEP 3 – wipe the nozzle with a damp cloth to clear nozzle after spraying, as you work on you project. 

These 3 steps need to be repeated every time you are going to spray Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra to ensure your nozzle doesn't get clogged.

I spread out my tissue squares on a protected surface and SPRAYED-AWAY! I sprayed a nice layer and made them pretty saturated so they didn't dry too quickly.

Then I sprayed an even coating of Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra to my painted surface.

**PLEASE NOTE** treat Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra as you would a paint brush. The Mod Podge Ultra Spray top needs to be cleaned after EVERY use. This product dries pretty quick and will clog nozzle and become unusable. So after several times of spraying and wiping, I just rubber banded my wet sponge to the nozzle. EASY-PEASY!

I apply the squares in a wonky mosaic pattern, smooshing them up and leaving some red peeking through here and there. This is so easy, messy and fun! The Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra dries quicker than I expected, so as I sprayed more as I worked across the surface.

When completing the mosaic on surface, I sprayed a sealing coat of the Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra. I'm not concerned with the beading – the product is self-leveling. While the lid dries, I continue onto the sides of the box.

I'm LOVING this new Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra! It has sped up this process ten-fold! I have all this papered in about an hour. Using a brush and traditional Mod Podge this takes soooo much longer. 

I let the sealing layer of Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra dry completely for a couple hours and the surface is beautiful, textured and a lovely matte finish ready for some inky-goodness.

I apply a good amount of StazOn ink to my asian chop background stamp...

and apply to the mosaic surfaces.

I continue stamping to cover all sides.
This really makes the gold and red POP!

Now for finishing touches. I cut a square of the same tissue and mounted into the bottom of the box and added a distressed gold LED candle from Dollar Tree.

I used some double-sided adhesive tape to add trim to edge of open sides.

I added my painted wooden finial layered on a painted, dried up ink pad container. When it comes to embellishing, I use whatever shape works!

Illuminated with Asian Flair...

The pale gold metallic paper that comes in the box reflects the candlelight nicely.

I love how this turned out and I can't wait to decoupage ALL THE THINGS with this new Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra... the first thing being some composition books!

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For more information on Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra or to where you can purchase this product please visit website HERE and find more projects and inspiration on the Plaid® Online Blog HERE.

What would you collage with
Mod Podge Ultra?!

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Thanks so much for visiting! CLICK HERE to POP over to the DCC BLOG for to see all the fantastic ways the Designers have put the NEW Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra to use! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. Plaid® has provided Plaid® Mod Podge Ultra, and Folk Art® supplies 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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