Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rebekah Meier Designs Stencil Blog Hop - The Crafters Workshop

 
 
I was excited to see my crafty friend Rebekah Meier launch a new line of stencils with The Crafter's Workshop at CHA 2014. 
 
Here is some insight in what inspired Rebekah to create these stencils:
 
"Most of my stencils are collage in style.  Collage being my favorite medium, whether in paper, fabric or both combined.  My other stencils are inspired by circles and Mandalas (I love the art form) designs.  Mandalas for those not wanting to draw their own.  I sent four 6" mandala inspired stencils to nine of my creative friends.  Be sure to visit each of their sites, I can assure you each designer's creation will be awesome, unique and varied in their mediums.  I can't wait to see what they come up with."
 


Materials & Supplies:
Here's how I made it:

Decoupage Tissue Wrap Melange to each canvas using Golden Soft Gel Medium, set aside to dry.  Spray Repositionable Stencil Spray on back of each stencil and attach to canvas.  I positioned mine off the edge to create interest.

 Randomly spread Golden Molding Paste over surface of stencils.
 
 Covering entire surface of each canvas completely.
 
 Immediately, peel back the stencil gently.  Wash stencil off with warm water.  Set canvases aside to dry completely.
 
 Place a small amount of Winter Blue on paper plate and dilute with water. Brush randomly over top surface and sides of each canvas.  Remove excess with paper towel.
 
 Repeat with Slate Grey paint, let dry.
 
 Repeat with Neutral Grey paint, let dry.
 
Final coat is with Charcoal Grey paint.  Make sure to get into recessed areas, let dry for a few minutes, then remove excess paint from surface with paper towel.
 
 One Canvas One, highlight areas with Liquid Perfect Pearls using the tip of your index finger to spread on to surface randomly.  I love the shimmer that this step gives the canvases - it looks like metal showing through!
 
 Repeat on Canvas Two...
 
 Canvas Three...
 
 And Canvas Four...
 
Once dry, apply grey ribbon to canvas edges using Tacky Glue to secure.

I love working in mixed media because there are no rules and there are no mistakes!  If you don't care for the way one of your canvases looks, then just paint over that area and start again - LOVE IT!
 
Please click on the links below to see what the other Designers have created with Rebekah Meier Designs Stencils!

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

ANOTHER BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Just stopping by on this lovely Friday afternoon to share my BIG NEWS that I was invited to join the KUNIN DESIGN DREAM TEAM! 

Head on over to the Kunin Group website to discover all of the yummy felt, fabrics and crafts that they have to share!

My first project is Funky Flower Pin that is cute, quick and easy to make - check it out HERE! on the Kunin Felt Blog.  Their FB Page has tons of inspiration as well!


Can't wait to share the rest of the projects that are swimming around in my head just waiting to be created!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Egg and Basket Tutorial


Today is the first Monday in April, so the Designer Crafts Connection is having their monthly blog hop!  This months theme is "April Showers Bring May Flowers!"  Instead of a traditional flower themed project, I took some creative license and have created my project with flower themed papers and embellishments.

Materials:

  • 8" Round paper mâché box bottom.
  • Smoothfoam Eggs - one at 3 1/2", two at 2 7/8" and four at 2 5/16".
  • Golden Soft Gel Medium, Paint Brushes.
  • Basic Grey - Fresh Cut - Flower Kit; Violet Garden; Gardenia Row; Daisy Patch; Poppy Lane; Vellum Tape Strips.
  • Echo Park - Hippity Hoppity - Hippity Stripe; Easter Bunny; Hoppity Journaling; Sticker Accent Pieces.
  • Jillibean Soup - Kraft Hexagons (2).
  • Maya Road - Vintage Lace Tape in Antique Pink.
  • Rhinestones and Pearls - White, Golden Yellow, Light Green and Lavender.
  • Ranger Ink - Distress Ink Pad in Antique Linen and Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest.
  • Score Tape - 1/4" Double Sided Tape.
  • Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Craft Knife, Ruler, Pencil, Paper Shredder, Junk Mail, Tacky Glue.

Here's how I made it:


Cover the bottom of an 8" round paper mache box with teal decorative paper.  Crumple and distress with RANGER INK Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad, several decorative papers, then tear and decoupage onto SMOOTHFOAM Eggs with GOLDEN Soft Gel Medium.  Allow to dry and decorate your eggs with BASIC GREY and ECHO PARK stickers, borders, washi tapes, rhinestones and pearls.


Cover basket with hexagon kraft paper to give a woven basket look.  Trim a row from the hexagon paper, measure the width of the inside of the hexagon and cut a strip from the teal decorative paper.  Weave the teal paper through the hexagon paper and attach to the inside of the basket.  (note: this is a decorative handle only)  

Embellish basket with BASIC GREY Fresh Cut Flower Kit and ECHO PARK Hippity Hoppity Sticker Accents.  I needed yellow Easter grass for this basket, but did not have anything yellow I could use, so I took a handful of junk mail from my paper shredder and tinted it using RANGER INK Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest.  Worked like a charm!

I hope you have enjoyed my non-traditional flower themed post!


Now it is time to HOP around to the other Designers Blogs and see what FLOWER inspired projects they are going to share with us - I know I can't wait!  Use the HOP FORWARD and HOP BACK links in the DCC icon on the right sidebar to navigate!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth


Friday, March 14, 2014

Craft Attitude Lucky Shamrock Canvas


A BIG Thank You goes out to Jonathan Fong for asking me to participate in the Craft Attitude St. Patrick's Day blog call. I had never worked with Craft Attitude before but blown away by its versatility!  Craft Attitude basically lets you print any copyright free image on the film with an inkjet printer and then apply it to any surface. The possibilities are endless!

Craft Attitude for Scrapbooking 

12" x 12" wooden canvas by Walnut Hollow
Heart plaques - four
Americana paints by DecoArt lamp black and dazzling metallic brilliant green
Golden soft gel medium
Pencil, Ruler, paintbrushes, computer, word processing software, Inc. jet printer, scissors, white chalk pencil, chipboard, green rhinestone, painters tape, craft knife, Lattice digital image and Irish Blessing.


Here's how I made it!

I wanted to test out several green paint options with different green patterns over top and created this tag, so I could make my selections.  I also tried out several application options, but liked the adhesion and finish of the Golden Soft Gel Medium the best.  I suggest doing some testing before you start your project.


Measure off your 12 x 12 wooden canvas and a 2 inch section, a 3 inch section, a 2 inch section, 3 inch section, and 2 inch section.  Apply painters tape and paint top middle and bottom stripe with lampblack, Let dry. Paint for heart shaped plaques and chipboard with brilliant green metallic, Let dry. 


Using word processing software on your computer type Irish blessing of choice, Reverse the copy that is backwards and print two sheets and landscape of your Craft Attitude on your inkjet printer following the instructions on the package.   Download lattice pattern from web and print two sheets on Craft Attitude.





Measure and cut four 3 inch wide by 11 inch wide strips of Irish blessing Craft Attitude and apply to raw wood on Canvas with soft gel medium. Burnish with bone folder to remove all air bubbles and wrinkles.  Piece together your Craft Attitude strips on the right side of the Canvas. Apply topcoat of gel medium over entire Canvas surface, let dry. 


Rough-cut a heart-shaped from Lattice printed craft attitude with scissors approximately 1 inch wide larger then plaque. Apply gel medium to surface of plaque then apply craft attitude according to package instructions. Burnish with bone folder to remove any air bubbles and wrinkles then peel back liner paper. Cut slits around the edge of craft attitude.  Apply gel medium to edge of plaque and burnish down craft attitude to remove any air bubbles and wrinkles. Trim excess craft attitude from bottom of plaque. Repeat with remaining three plaques and 4" x 4" chipboard. Applied topcoat of gel medium to four plaques and chipboard, let dry. 



Cut stem and half inch circle from chipboard, Adhere to canvas with tacky glue.  Position for plaques on Canvas in the shape of a Shamrock attach with tacky glue.  Attach green rhinestone to circle in center of shamrock. Write the word lucky at the bottom of the canvas with white chalk pencil.

Now check out some other great St. Patrick's Day Craft Attitude projects by some of my Designer Friends!

THANKS for stopping by!  -Beth

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

I have been invited to be a part of the 
Eileen Hull Inspiration Team!




What a great honor to be a member of this team of talented designers headed up by Amy Bowerman of Plucking Daisies and the Artist on the Block!

I have had the pleasure of being friends with Eileen for about 6 years now and have been so excited to see her lines of dies be produced by Sizzix!  They are so clever and versatile that I am blown away by her creativity.  Eileen has also developed a line of stamps with Craffiti Direct and ColorBox Blends ink applicators with Clearsnap.

We have each been asked to share our three favorite projects we have made with Eileen's Scoreboard Dies from Sizzix!

The first project I would like to share is my Christmas House Stacked Boxes.  The Scoreboard Dies are able to cut thicker substrates like mat board, so the shapes are very sturdy.  I painted and stamped this cute house then shingled the roof with buttons!


The second project I would like to share is my Peace on Earth Wreath.  This project features the 3D Bird Die that I strung through the center of the wreath with wire and created a globe with a Smoothfoam ball.


The last project I would like to share is the Artist on the Block project that I created for Eileen's new Cherished line of Dies.  My snowman was on display in the Sizzix booth at the CHA Show in January.  Covered in lace and featuring a mini spindle carrot nose, he is one of my most favorite projects of all time!  Can't believe that I didn't get a better photo :(


More News:  The Art with Heart Challenge is a monthly celebration of creativity!  Each month the Inspiration Team will be showcasing their Art with Heart created with Eileen Hull’s innovative Sizzix dies. They will be following a broad theme left entirely open to creative interpretation.  We invite you to play along with us and share YOUR art with heart!


We want this to be a place for everyone to create, inspire and share.  We would love to see what you can do with Eileen Hull’s fabulous products but this is not a requirement.  Use what ever products your artful “heart” desires.  Art is for everyone so come along and share your Art with Heart!

Stop by Eileenhull.com to meet the Inspiration Team and share your Art with Heart, plus you will be entered to win a fabulous Sizzix Prize pack!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, March 3, 2014

COLLAGRAPH PRINTING WITH DINA WAKELY

Hello March!  When the month comes in over the weekend, it always seems to sneak up on me!  Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection MARCH BLOG HOP!  This month we are share new techniques that have blown us away!

Last month I had the opportunity to take a Collagraph Printing Class with Dina Wakely at Whim So Doodle, my local scrapbook (and more) store in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Dina is always full of energy and extremely inspiring, so I always jump at the chance to take her classes.  Creating in a group of other creative people always recharges my creative batteries!


Collagraph Printing is literally making a collage and turning it into a printing plate!  We used shipping tags, manilla file folders, stencils and molding paste, drywall tape, punches, craft foam - anything that will leave a slightly raised image will work.

The next step is to glue everything together and create the "plate".  We used shipping tags, scrap cardboard and manilla file folders.  I created several plates that day, but the one below using molding paste with a feather stencil gave me the best results.  Dina then suggested to "seal" the plate with several coats of gel medium, so the paint would not break down the fibers in the cardstock.  Another tip would be to use a heavier bodied paint like Golden or Liqutex rather than the regular craft paint that I had brought to use.  The paint is applied with a scraper or old credit card, then some of the paint is removed and a second color is applied.  Then you place your image on the paper and burnish with a rubber roller, or your fingers - it is up to you - whatever you think works best.  Dina prints in her art journal, but also uses regular white copy paper from the office supply store to print on.


I am excited to print some additional images from my first Collagraph Plate and to also create some more plates to use as images in my Art Journal, on Greeting Cards, or even as framed Art Work - the possibilities are endless!  See more of Dina Wakely's Collagraph Printing HERE on her blog!


Lastly, I am sharing a recent page from my Art Journal, something new an inspirational that I am doing this year - just for ME!

Now it is time to HOP around to the other Designers Blogs and see what NEW mind blowing techniques they are going to share with us - I know I can't wait!  Use the HOP FORWARD and HOP BACK links in the DCC icon on the right sidebar to navigate!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth


Monday, February 3, 2014

Mixed Media and Vintage Hearts for Valentine's Day!

Thanks for "hopping" by for the DESIGNER CRAFTS CONNECTION February Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Crafting with Heart!

I don't have a step by step tutorial this month, but wanted to share some of my favorite projects with HEART!

This VINTAGE HEART is layered with old music sheets, doilies and a cute vintage Valentine's Day card.  I embellished it with crinkle seam binding ribbon that I hand dyed with Ranger Distressed re-inkers, scrapbook elements, lace, flowers and rhinestones.  This was fun to make and is hanging on my front door.

This MIXED MEDIA HEART is covered with crumpled scrapbook papers to achieve the texture, then stamped with patterns created from toilet paper tubes, bubble wrap and a plastic fork!  I LOVE experimenting on projects like this.  Rhinestone, pearl, metal and tissue paper flower embellishments complete this puffy paper mache heart!


This COLLAGE HEART is covered with classic Scenic Route scrapbook papers, vintage book paper ruffles, glitter, cupcake liners, a funky fiber tassel and a photo of my Brother and Sister-in-Law renewing their Wedding Vows on their 10th Anniversary!  

Please HOP AROUND and see what other Crafts with Heart the rest of the Designers are sharing with everyone today.  Just click on the HOP FORWARD and HOP BACK buttons in the DESIGNER CRAFTS CONNECTION icon on the right hand side task bar.  HAPPY HOPPING!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth


Sunday, February 2, 2014

CHA 2014 - Recoup then Recap

Finally feeling better after bringing back the #CHAFLU from California.

Always lots to look at and take in while at the CHA tradeshow in Anaheim.  Love seeing all my crafty friends and catching up with what everyone is up to!  I also love to see the new products and how they work!

Here are some highlights:




The Banners of Hope Designer Display was spearheaded by Lorine Mason and gave CHA Designer Members and CHA Attendees an opportunity to create a banner with the theme of HOPE.  The banners were then taken to the Charity Wings Art Center to be the centerpiece of a 24 hour Hope-A-Thon and will then travel around the country - Cool!


I organized and participated in my 9th Designer Showcase Event.  This show floor event is a vehicle for the CHA Designer Members to create and display a 3D portfolio on a pedestal.  There were 28 Designers who participated this year and the different displays were absolutely spectacular!  I was truly amazed and inspired!


Work always plays just as big a role at the show as does play.  I did demos and make and takes at the Makin's Clay and Smoothfoam booths.  I love meeting new people who enjoy learning and creating with new products.  And sometimes, I learn a thing or to as well!




Prime Media holds a crafty Blogger Event where manufacturers all come together to meet and network with the bloggers to preview new products and make mutually beneficial connections to spread crafting to the masses!  This year's event had great companies like Fiskars, Design Master, Krylon, Plaid, Sizzix, Coats & Clark and Leisure Arts - just to name a few!  I met online friends like Angela Daniels from Rit Dye, previewed new products like Mac & Cheese Duck Tape and created some new working relationships with some fabulous companies!  These companies sent each craftere home with four large bags of swag, so we could play, create and blog when we got home - WOW!

A big THANK YOU to Simone Collins and everyone at Prime Media aka Fave Crafts!


I Love To Create had a Creative Refresh where all my crafty friends - Jonathan Fong, Lorine Mason, Ann Butler and Cindi Bisson - and I came together to get massages, eat gourmet popcorn and have mini make overs complete with headshots!  Alyson Dias and the folks at I Love To Create sent each crafter home with a bag of swag!  Another generous company!


I had a Snowman project on display at the Sizzix booth with Eileen Hull's new Cherished Collection.


My starburst mirror at the Sticky Sticks booth.

The Smoothfoam booth featured six of my blog projects.

My favorite booths included:


I Love To Create - yes those are beach balls decorated with Tulip 3D Fasion Paint!  Along with crafty friends Eileen Hull and Pattie Wilkinson.


Lion Brand Yarns - the 7 wonders of the world created with yarn!


Red Heart - gigantic balls of yarn and scarves!

I also had the opportunity to be a classroom assistant to Eileen Hull and Amy Bowerman at their Artist On the Block workshop!



Check out some other blog posts about CHA 2014:

It was a fabulous trip and I am already looking forward to CHA 2015!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth