Saturday, February 21, 2015

Brand New Doll Kits + Tons of Tim Holtz‏


Happy weekend everyone! I'm so excited about our new goodies this week. FABULOUS new Doll Kits with a wonderful vintage and Steampunk twist and tons of the brand new 2015 Tim Holtz goodies in stock and ready to ship! And it's all on SALE so grab it while you can!
You can check it out HERE.




Art Time with Cat Kerr!

My heart skipped a little beat when I saw this stunning assemblage piece by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! I love how she creatively combined our Heart Shrine Kit and Stand Up Steampunk Cameo Woman to create this amazing (and large) piece!

Cat has a full tutorial for you HERE on her blog with tons of photos and step-outs. She has the entire supply list linked as well. Amazing Cat!




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

 "I'm sticking with you cuz I'm made out of glue!" A gorgeous journal page Design Team Member Amy Nieman! I adore her lettering and of course the yummy Gelato colors! So gorgeous Amy!
(She Also Used Our Tiny Heart Stencil, Arrow Stencil, Brass Arrow Charm, Heart Washi Tape)




Inspiration By Tina Walker!

This absolutely stunning Santos Doll is by Tina Walker! All of the assemblage bits are wonderful and very fitting for this week's release! Her molded center piece is amazing too. So creative and inspiring Tina!




Inspiration By Lisa Rupp!

And last but definitely not least, an incredible 3D Santos Cage Doll by Lisa Rupp! Notice the "floating" gears inside the cage? My favorite part! And the amazing finish on the wings? So gorgeous Lisa!

Now I'm definitely in the mood to play with the newest Doll Kits!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Gorgeous Butterfly Box Shrine Kits and Finnabair‏


Happy weekend everyone! I'm still pushing for Spring over here, and the new Butterfly Shrines are definitely getting me in the mood. I had the idea to design one, and ended up with SIX! You'll want them all! We also have Paper Flowers galore and new Finnabair goodies! Such great stuff!
You can check it out HERE.
In addition to the New Goodies, be sure to check out our HUGE general Easter and Spring section filled with 100s of great goodies! And yep, I put them ALL on sale!




Art Time!


I was excited to play with one of the Butterfly Shrine Kits! It was so hard to pick which one to start with, but the purples and blues were calling to me. I love this color combination!



I started by using Verday paints on my assembled box and stand. First a base-coat of gold.


Verday paints can be used in many different ways, with many different combinations. I used all three remaining colors, blobbing them on sporadically. This part is messy, but fun!


As my paints were drying, great colors were emerging!


On a whim, I decided to add some purple glitter paint to the mix!


I added some details to my clay face and butterfly with acrylic paint and Stickles. My clay face was left over from my Primitive Angels which you can read about here.


I wanted to fill my shrine with Krinkled Shred, which is a super fun embellishment! I liberally brushed some Mod Podge (my Glue N Seal ran out) around the inside of my shrine. Then I filled it with the shred, pressing it against the edges a bit.


I attached my clay face to a scrap square of Chipboard, and then covered the chip with the Krinkle Shred. Once dry, I glued the bottom of the chip to the bottom of my shrine. It blended right in!


Finally I attached some gorgeous Mini Paper Blooms! Of course the purple glitter I added to the outside is much prettier in person. It came out a bit dark in the photo. I really loved this project! Something a bit different!





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!


How adorable is this Cupid Stick by Design Team Member Amy Nieman? He or she definitely has my heart. So sweet Amy!

(She Also Used Our Brass Key Charm and Silver Faux Rhinestone Ribbon)







Inspiration By Linda Cain!

This absolutely stunning Valentine Angel is by Design Team Member Linda Cain. Notice how she used several of the brand new (just listed) Finnabair stamps on the Masonite? What a perfect match! I especially love the stamping on the wings! Hop on over to Linda's blog post for the complete supply list and more info! Just fabulous





Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!


I'm loving this Cupid Ornament by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! The wood grain stamping is just fantastic! Not to mention the distressed heart! Beautiful Gerri!

(She Also Used Our Large Masonite Heart Ornament, Retro Grunge Heart Paper Cuts, Valentine Word Paper Cuts)





Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

And last but definitely not least, a stunning Valentine's Day card from Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! The Heart Paper Cut in the center is the perfect touch! Just lovely Lynn! You are indeed the queen of romantic art!




Happy Valentine's Day everyone! This lovely Valentine postcard arrived for me yesterday by the talented Lynn Britton Radford! So sweet!
I hope you get to do something you love tomorrow! Maybe that includes making some art!
Happy Creating! xoxo

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Bring on Spring Goodies‏


Happy weekend everyone! I don't know about you, but I'm SO READY for Spring! It's been on my mind for the past few weeks, so I designed several goodies to get us all in the mood. Not that I need to twist your arm or anything! Bring on the green grass and sunshine!
You can check it out HERE.
In addition to the New Goodies, be sure to check out our HUGE general Easter and Spring section filled with 100s of great goodies! And yep, I put them ALL on sale!




Art Time!


I couldn't wait to play with one of the Large Masonite Feathers. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. This is such a fun project and requires very few supplies. Just the Masonite Feather and some acrylic paint and pens!


After I was finished I began thinking about other things I could have added. Words (stamped, written, paper cuts), fabric bits for some of the sections, paper bits for some of the sections, pearl pens, Stickles, Bling, etc. etc. Another project with endless possibilities!


The feathers I designed and my finished sample were inspired by this awesome tribal feather painting I saw! I went a bit less tribal and more Zentangle, but I love both!


First I panted my feather with white acrylic paint. You could also use Gesso.


Next I drew the center "vein" and sections with my black paint pen.


I picked acrylic paint colors that were bright and happy. Sort of peacock with a bit of pink mixed in for fun!


Next I painted some of my sections. I left a few white for some Zentangle fun! Don't worry if you paint over your black lines a bit. You can go back over them at the end. I did!


Once my paint was dry, I filled in some details with my pens. I used my Sharpies for thicker lines and my Signos for detailed lines. Both worked beautifully right over the acrylic paint.


Finally, I added a few more details over my painted sections. I love the way this bright happy feather turned out. Mine has an ornament hole. You can either add a wire for hanging OR hang it directly on the wall using a small nail in the hole. I really like that idea!


This piece reminded me of my Zentangle Manikin from almost exactly two years ago!




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

I just love these adorable Masonite Heart Magnets by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! The arrows are so fun, and the retro look is perfect! Just super Amy!
(She Also Used Our Valentine Word Paper Cuts)




Inspiration By Linda Cain!

We must be shooting for cuteness overload today! And these Mini Valentine Angels by Design Team Member Linda Cain are no exception. Love how they are each "holding" a tiny heart! Hop on over to Linda's blog post for the complete supply list and more info! Just wonderful




Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

I'm loving this pretty tag by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst with a spectacular Spring flair! The Tall Little Houses are adorned so sweetly! Adorable Gerri!
(She Also Used Our Valentine Word Paper Cuts)




Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

How stunning is this House Pendant by Design Team Member Cat Kerr. Cat created the metal bezel from scratch! Beautiful Cat!
(She Also Used Our Collage Word Paper Cuts and Santos Head Paper Cuts)





Oh, and I have to share this cool bag that arrived this week. It features original art by Cat Kerr (from her first Design Team project), and it's the perfect size to hold pens, markers, and brushes! You can find them in Cat's Zazzle Shop. I couldn't resist treating myself to one. Beautiful and functional!



The weather man says it's going to be 50 degress and sunny tomorrow! I'm so excited! Last week I brightened up the art studio bathroom with these vintage milk glass vases and faux gerbera daisies! Who else is ready for Spring?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fabulous Artist Palettes + a Free Gift For All‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have so many fun new goodies in the shop, and of course my favorites are the artist palettes! An idea that's been swirling in my brain for a while, so I was excited to design them for you. You're going to love them!
You can check it out HERE.
In addition to the New Goodies, be sure to check out our HUGE general Valentine's Day Section filled with 100s of great goodies, and our Coffee Break Design Valentine Section filled with tons of unique products!



Art Time!

I absolutely HAD to play with one of the new Artist Palettes. I doesn't get much more fun than this folks! Like most of our products, there are SO many different directions you can go with these. I wanted to use mine as a frame of sorts, to frame some fabulous Old Masters!



I love the way my Artist Palette turned out. I can't wait to make more!


I started by randomly painting the top piece with acrylic paint. Just a few quick swipes with my brush in some of my favorite colors.


Next, I sprinkled on some Raspberry Relique Powder and melted with my heat gun. I've been wanting to try the Relique powders for ages, and let me tell you, they are FABULOUS! So much amazing texture and color. I'm in love. I just sprinkled it on randomly, melted, and then added more until I was satisfied. I love the color variation it creates. All from one small container!


Using the Old Masters Collage Sheet, I cut out the images I wanted to use, leaving a small border around the edges. To make attaching to your palette a breeze, attach the images directly to the top piece using the paper border. I just added my glue to the back of the Masonite piece around the openings and then popped on my images.


Once my images were secure, I generously applied glue to my back piece and attached them together.


 I filled my "paint wells" with clear UTEE and melted with my heat gun for a great resin look!


I finished my brush in the same manner as the top of my palette, and added a word paper cut. I wrapped the brush handle with silver wire and attached to my palette! What a fun, artsy piece!





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

This sweet Valentine's Day tag is by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! I love all the texture, especially the Red Faux Rhinestone Ribbon! Wonderful Amy!
(She Also Used Our Heart Washi Tapes, Music Sheet Heart Paper Cuts, Valentine Word Paper Cuts, Tim Holtz Number Rub Ons)




Inspiration By Linda Cain!

This gorgeous Valentine Hutch is by Design Team Member Linda Cain. I can't get over her awesome finishes. Hop on over to Linda's blog post for the complete supply list and some amazing process photos! Just fabulous Linda!





Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

I'm loving this sweet tin ornament by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! The Mini Primitive Angel is the perfect little embellishment! Adorable Gerri!
(She Also Used Our Tiny Fairy Head Paper Cuts, Red Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, Red Mushrooms, Valentine's Day Word Paper Cuts, Christmas Red Stickles)




Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

This Valentine Shrine by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens may get your heart beating a litte faster! The frozen charlotte with wings and arrow makes such a perfect little Cupid! Beautiful Lynn!
(She Also Used Our Valentine Word Paper Cuts, Mini Brass Arrows, Music Sheet Heart Paper Cuts, Retro Grunge Heart Paper Cuts, Frozen Charlotte Doll, Hello Dollie Valentine Collage Sheet (wings), Collage Sheet DP181, Collage Sheet DP179)




Download this brand new Framed Fleurs Digital Collage Sheet HERE on our site! Just our little way of saying "thank you" for being the best customers ever! XOXO