Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Paperbag Studios Creative Team + New Stamp Release!


Happy Tuesday!  

I have a super duper exciting post to share with y'all today!  I have been patiently waiting (okay, not so much), to share my creative news and today is the day I can spill the beans!

I was asked by the amazing talented Roben-Marie Smith to be a Creative Team member for Paperbag Studios and help release a new Stamp Set - 'Dream Thicket'. 'Dream Thicket' was designed by the wonderful Kristen Peterson and I know you will love it as much as I do. This stamp set is perfect for all types of Mixed Media and Papercrafting projects.  Here's a peek at the entire set. 

To kick off the release, the Creative Team put together a blog hop to share our creative inspirations to give you a jumpstart!  I got a peek at what the Creative Team created with these stamps and WOW!, you will not be disappointed!  The breadth of projects, techniques, and are endless!  

Let's get this party started!  :)

I created 3 projects using 'Dream Thicket'.  I love to see how stamps translate across different project types, so I created a Dimensional Mixed Media project, a trio of ATC cards, and an Art Journal page.  I admit, these stamps make creating super easy and fun!  I just love the flexibility.

Let's start with my trio of ATC cards!

I used the fabulous 'leaf' stamp to heat emboss on Sticky Back Canvas.  

Each card was colored with various spray mists and distress stain, then embellished in a repeated fashion.  I really love how the stamps reacted with the embossing and the amazing texture it created.

Next, I created a Dimensional Mixed Media projects, using the embossed stamped images again.  For this project, I used the trio of circles and the floral stamp from the set.

Using the same heat embossing technique as my ATC cards, I embossed the trio circle stamp and stitched for more texture.

To create INSTANT TEXTURE, I heat embossed my Paper Whimsy Amazing Alterable Easel pieces with the floral stamp.  I love creating fast texture in no time flat.

Here's a peek at the back of the easel showing the wonderful texture and pattern.  Doesn't that look FABBO?

My last project is an Art Journal page that started as a Gelli Print, transformed with the 'Dream Thicket' stamps.

Using both heart stamps, I embossed and doodled each image, then adhered them to my page, using the leaf/feather image as wings.  Who doesn't love the look of wings?

To finish the page, I added doodles and a quote!  Done!

Ready for more stamp inspiration?  Please take time and visit the blogs of the Creative Team.  They are each sharing more projects ideas using 'Dream Thicket'.

(if you came here from Shelley's blog, your next stop will be the amazing Nellie Wortman)  

Kristen Peterson
Roben-Marie Smith
Mystele Kirkeeng
Shelley Chavis
Tina Walker
Nellie Wortman
Mo Wassell
Colette Copeland
April Cole
Mary Nasser
Susan Gallitto
Jennifer Ston

Love the stamp set as much as I do?  It is now available in the newly re-designed Paperbag Studios Store!  You can find 'Dream Thicket' in the Dream Notions section of the store.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Up-Cycled Window Frame, Let the Sun Shine In!

Happy Thursday!

Today, I am up on the Hazel & Ruby blog with an Up-Cycled Old Window Frame project.

Do you love to go Junk shopping?  I DO!  Pennsylvania is FULL of vintage and antique stores and one of my favorite items I junk for, is old window frames!  

I don't know why I love chipped, worn, and cracked windows, but I have a closet full of my purchases.  Perhaps I wonder about who has looked out of the window and what dreams and wishes they hoped for.

Here's a picture of my vintage window frame, after a quick wash.


I love the chippy and worn paint, but I really wanted to brighten up the look, so I painted the entire frame with a fresh coat of chalk paint.  Once the paint was dry, I sanded in random spots to acheive a 'new-old' look.  (Ha - I just made a new word)

To create my 'Sun' sign, I took the chalkboard that is included in the Hazel & Ruby Chalk Art Tool kit and drilled 3 holes.  2 holes at the top to hang, and 1 at the bottom for my key holder.

Next, I cut an image with the 'Cut Your Own Stencil' material and adhered it to the chalkboard.  
If you have never tried the 'Cut Your Own Stencil' material, you MUST!  I love this stuff!  It has so many uses and I find myself reaching for it time and time again.

I wanted a 'chalky' look to the chalkboard, (Ha!), so I used a chunky chalk marker to paint the board white.  Once the paint was dry, I removed the stencil-mask and viola - done!

I wanted to continue the vintage, worn feel with the chalkboard, so I sanded the edges and over the painted surface.  Perfect!

I wanted a little more POP to the board, so I applied dimensional paint to the image and let dry. 

 To hang the chalkboard from my window frame, I added a knob to the top.  Easy Peasy!

My up-cycled window frame now proudly hangs on my back porch!  I love it!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Art Journal Swapping!


Happy Friday!

Today, I'd like to share an update on some Art Journal Swappin' I've been participating in!

Over the past 2 years, I've been swappin' journals with several of my creative friends, and I've had the honor to create spreads in their Art Journal books.  

Before I get to some of the finished pages, here's a peek at my cover and a finished page I created in my 'Metamorphosis' Journal.

Here's a peek at some of my finished pages from the 'OLW' swap.

I apologize as I don't remember what spreads are in which books, but they all had various theme's and inspiration.


Here's the cover and my finished spread in my 'Blue' journal.

And some of the pages I completed in my friends journals.

My journals are currently out traveling the US, getting filed with more wonderful pages.  I'll post an update when I finish more pages. :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Experimenting with Shimmerz - Part Two


Happy Monday!

Today, I am back with Part Two - Experimenting with Shimmerz Paints!

Earlier this month, I experimented with Shimmerz Sprays, using different paper mediums - black cardstock, Yupo Paper, and Clearprint Vellum.   

Today, I am sharing a few 'play' projects, using my experiments projects.

My first project evolved from my original play, Shimmerz Sprays on black cardstock.

I used several shades of Shimmerz Vibez and Spritz to create on black cardstock.  I used the sprayed images to create doodles on my cardstock, using Gelli Roll pens.  

This page....

 was transformed to this...

This page.....

to this...

This page....

to this...

and finally this page...

to this...

But, I didn't stop there.  Lately, I love cutting up my Art Journal pages into pieces and using them in additional projects.  I cut each square into quarters and made a Mini Album from the sections.

My second project was my experimentation with Clearprint Vellum.  The paper is awesome and I love how it took to the Shimmerz Sprays.  Using the stencil image, I added more doodles and Shimmerz Inklingz to the background to finish my page.

I enjoyed experimenting and creating without an end result in mind.  It's a great way to give your inspiration a jump drive and to try out new techniques and products!

If you were inspired by any of my projects today, place an order for Shimmerz product and recieve FREE product when you mention my name in the 'Instruction to Merchant' section.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!