Friday, March 20, 2015

Mail Art Fun + Lots of New Goodies‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have tons of fun new goodies in the shop this week! First, we have several new Stick Stand Ups! The Design Team has been creating some amazing things with them, so I had to add a few more! And a few of the minis from last week, are now not so mini! Second, we have TONS of new Chipboard Postcards! Mail art is tons of fun, and I wanted to offer some fancy shapes for you to play with. They are still 4" x 6", which is standard postcard size, but more ornate because that is the Retro way!
You can check it out HERE.


This week's project was so much fun! And a bit different since I usually work in 3D! To be honest, these are the first postcards I've ever created, and now I'm super excited to mail them out! I definitely see more in my future!

I love the fun chalkboard look of these! I hope they make the postman (or woman) smile too!


I started by laying out my supplies. For the most part I had things planned out.


Next, I coated both sides of my chipboard with Glass Chalkboard Paint. Glass paint? Why yes! This was an accidental discovery, but this paint works beautifully on our chipboard and our Masonite. It goes on with only one coat required!


Painting both sides will eliminate any possible warping!


Once my Chalkboard Paint was dry, I doodled using some stencils.


The Colored Sharpies were really fun against the black paint.


Next I just layered on some collage elements.


I drew and painted some sweet dresses on the dolls!


I'm totally in love with the new Playful Frames Collage Sheets, AND if you get them in Sticker Paper, you can just stick on your elements!


I kept the "back" of the postcards simple. Using a ruler and my white sharpie I added a dotted line in the center. Then I stuck on Playful Frames for my "To" and "From" sections (Sticker Paper option of course). I left some room under the return address section for writing a message. And they are ready to go!


I had a blast making these postcards! Of course you can make them any style you wish. If you are new to postcards, just think of them as bigger ATCs or tags. Super easy!




Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

A beautiful Easter egg diorama by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! Just loving all the gorgeous vintage lace! And she even made the egg herself! Such a lovely project Lynn!

It's slightly hard to see, but the Antique Ephemera Vintage Easter Collage Sheet made for a great background.
(She Also Used Our Coconut Paper Blooms, 1.75 Inch Candle Stick (base), Mini Sheep, Wood Fence, Sepia Wildflower Collage Sheet)




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

 An absolutely gorgeous journal page by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! This would make a fabulous postcard as well! The colors just pop!
I love how she used the Finnabair Now is the Right Time Cling Mount Stamp Set!
She Also Used Our Gelatos. Beautiful Amy!




Inspiration By Linda Cain!

Spring is in the air, and Design Team Member Linda Cain has a bright and cheery project for you using our Butterfly and Heart Flower Stick Stand Ups!
 

Find more stunning photos, full product links, and step-outs on Linda's Blog!




Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

'Birdy Talk' by Design Team Member Cat Kerr is sure to put some "Spring" into your step! I'm especially loving the "plume" on the sweet Bird Stick!

 

Hop on over to Cat's Blog for the full tutorial and tons of fun photos!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ornate Crown Wood Block Assemblage Tutorial + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! I'm absolutely IN LOVE with our new goodies this week. So many of them go beautifully together! And of course that's no accident folks. As I added goodies, and designed more, they all evolved around this week's project below! As a big fan of our Stick Stand Ups, I had to design some Minis too, which are so adorable!
You can check it out HERE.



Art Time! This week's project was loads of fun. I had the whole thing planned in my head before I started, and was so happy with the way it turned out! I don't always have a plan. Sometimes I just wing it, and that's okay too!


Maybe you can tell I'm a HUGE Game of Thrones fan as well as a Downton Abbey fan. I think this piece is a great combination of the two!


I started by laying out my supplies. I had a plan after all!


I lightly painted the Fleurs and Crown with gold acrylic paint, sponging it on with my foam brush. I let much of the Masonite show through. The pieces looked almost like gold leaf. I wanted a nice contrast with my light collage images.


My other pieces were painted with two coats of gold acrylic paint.


The main reason I painted my blocks, was because I planned to tear my collage images a bit smaller to created a nice border. If you plan to cover your entire block, painting isn't necessary. The ATC images work great for the 2.5" block since they are the same width. TIP: Use the edge of your block to crease the image, and then tear! Of course scissors work nicely too :).


I attached my torn images using Mod Podge and filed any edges as needed.


I randomly stenciled some dots with white acrylic paint.


I added some ink to the edges of my blocks and colored the Stencil Board Borders with the ink as well. I inked the stars a bit darker, giving them a few extra swipes.


Finally, I assembled all of the pieces using Mod Podge!


Oh yeah! I'm definitely loving this piece! It only took about an hour from start to finish, but looks more complicated (I think).


I had a blast making this piece and the wheels are already turning with so many other variations! Happy Creating! xoxo





Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Spring is almost here (just 6 more days), so let's celebrate with this stunning Bird Stick Stand Up by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! Absolutely incredible painting Lynn! Also, notice how the painted bird matches the collage image near the base. Brilliant!
(She Also Used Our Tiny Bird Eggs, Faux Nest, Misty Paper Blooms, Collage Sheet S29, Birds Sing Mini Word Stencil Set, Large Unfinished Wood Spool)





Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!


How cute are these Primitive Angel Dolls by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! The happy colors just scream Spring! So sweet Gerri!
(She Also Used Our Word Paper Cuts, Collage Sheet CV126 (wings), Collage Sheet CV113 (wings), Gold Stickles)




Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

Beautiful, Bright, Happy ATCs by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! Especially loving the string and twine bits that were added to the ATC Frames. And of course the glitter. Great texture Cat!
Stencil Board ATC Frames (Honeycomb Bits, Classic Circus Flags, Falling Star)





Inspiration By Linda Cain!

An incredible tiny village by Design Team Member Linda Cain! How cool are her little houses! Yeah! I'm loving Linda's bright happy colors too!

Hop on over to Linda's blog for the full scoop!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More Ornate Victorian Frame Stand Ups


Happy weekend everyone! I was so in love with last week's Ornate Victorian Frame Stand Ups that I had to design a few more! We also have awesome new Window and Door Cut Outs (great for SO many projects), brand new Collage Sheets, brand new Tim Holtz, and more!
You can check it out HERE.




Art Time with Linda Cain!

Design Team  Member Linda Cain has an amazing project for you this week! Hop on over to Linda's blog for incredible photos and step-outs!


Aren't her photos delicious? Check out Linda's post for more!



Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

A gorgeous colorful and playful circus ornament assemblage by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! The movement in this piece is just awesome. So lovely Amy!
(She Also Used Our Circus Paper Cuts, Brass Crown, Brass Arrow)




Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens has been playing with the NEW Finnabair goodies! Her altered book cover is just stunning. I'm loving the way she used the Trust the Magic stamp. Fabulous Lynn!
(She Also Used Bronze, Blush, and Copper Micro Beads)

 

P.S. you can leave a comment on Lynn's blog for a chance to WIN this gorgeous piece HERE.




Inspiration By Linda O'Connor!

 
An incredibly beautiful Dress Form Doll by Linda O'Connor! We're especially loving the little window on her chest! So beautiful Linda!
She Also Used Our Santos Head Paper Cuts, Fairy Bloom Cut Outs, Chapel Hill Window Cut Outs, Winged Flaming Heart Cut Outs)




Ornate Victorian Frame Inspiration!

This week we have two new Ornate Victorian Frame Stand-Ups! Check out last week's tutorial HERE for some inspiration!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Victorian Frame Stand Ups and Brand New Finnabair‏


Happy weekend everyone! I'm absolutely IN LOVE with our new goodies this week. Gorgeous Victorian Frame Stand Ups, stunning new collage sheets, AND the Finnabair line is in stock and ready to ship. All of these goodies will go beautifully together!
You can check it out HERE.


My favorite thing about the Victorian Frame Stand Ups is that they can be used for just about any holiday or theme! The idea came to me when I was packing orders and a Victorian Frame Ornament was sitting on a Butterfly Stick. And that was that! I just had to design some!

And how can you resist the yummy goodies below! I can't wait to dive in!






Art Time!

I had a blast playing with one of the new Victorian Frame Stand Ups. A few days ago while shopping I saw a gorgeous mixed media vintage bird painting, which was the inspiration for my piece. I adore the blues and yellows together. 


I would love to do a whole series with different birds! And of course the new Bird Collage Sheet I used would be perfect!


I started by "painting" my raw masonite pieces with Inka Gold. I learned a great tip while doing this. Using my sponge brush and adding a bit of water now and then, the Inka Gold went on smooth as butter! Often I use my finger to apply, and find the Inka Gold can flake off at times. The sponge brush/water method worked amazingly! It was SO FAST! And don't forget to store your Inka with a baby wipe to keep it moist!


I added black acrylic paint and Gold Stickles to my Bee Cut Out. Cute little guy! I'm calling my piece "Birds and the Bees".


I positioned my frame on my Collage Sheet and drew a very thin line around the center.


I cut out my Collage Image leaving a small border, and then glued the image to the back of the frame. Once dry, I attached the entire thing to my oval back. And then attached everything to the round base.


I finished my piece with some White Sharpie dots and three small crystals on the crown. This piece was super fast and only took 20 minutes from start to finish including photographs. My new Inka Gold application had a lot to do with the speed. I love the way it came out! 





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!


A super sweet trinket box by Design Team Member Amy Nieman using Collage Sheet DP322! The perfect place for storing your tiny treasures! So cool Amy!
)She also used our Washi Tapes, Black Scalloped Dresden Trim, Paper Mache Box, Word Paper Cuts)




Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!


A sweet as can be tiny house assemblage by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! Love the Tiny Houses with the Tiny Angel! So clever Lynn!
(She Also Used Our Tiny Fairy Head Paper Cuts, Collage Sheet CV85, Collage sheet CV58, Collage sheet CV34, German Dresden Borders, Silver Faux Rhinestone Ribbon (for door knobs), Pink Glass Glitter)




Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!


I'm loving this super creative ATC by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! The tiny eggs in the chipboard nest are just too much! In the best possible way. Amazing composition Gerri!
(She Also Used Our Bird ATC Frame, Vintage Belles Collage Sheet)




Inspiration By Diana Darden!


Trying to beckon Spring with this adorable Stand Up Fairy Bloom by Diana Darden! This may give you some inspiration for the new Victorian Frame Stand Ups! So sweet Diana!
(She Also Used Our Fairy Head Paper Cuts, Diamond Glaze, Inka Gold)




Congratulations to Linda Cain!


A huge congratulations to Design Team Member Linda Cain! She has several of her art pieces published in the current issue of Just Steampunk Magazine (Vol. 6 on the newsstands now)! And because I knew you would ask, here are the links to her Design Team projects featured. Each one is even more fabulous! Way to go Linda!

Steampunk Manikin: http://ow.ly/JF9RQ
Steampunk Heart: http://ow.ly/JF9Wz
Steampunk Hutch: http://ow.ly/JF9Yq