Make sure you stop by Linda's blog to see more photos and details on how these spreads came together!
P.S... it's December! (already! Eek!) That means that The Artist Tribe has a new product challenge and you have a new coupon available for the shop! This month, watch for posts featuring German Dresden trim / shapes, as well as German and English Scrap. Both of these products are versatile enough for year-round use, but they're especially fun for holiday projects! Just use the coupon DresdenScrap-15 to get 15% off!
I love how bright and fun this is... and of course, I'm a fan of anything with teal / turquoise and peacock feathers ;) Sandee used all different kinds of sari ribbon from Darn Good Yarn - make sure to check out her post for more details on how it all came together!
P.S., if you're interested in sari yarn to make your own wreath, the whole shop is on sale through the end of the day - save 20% off your entire order with the coupon CyberMonday17.
I'm super excited to announce that I'll be returning for the third year in a row as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run for the 7th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event designed to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2018.
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters!
Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself in this fabulous preview video:
Here's the break-down of what you get when you sign up:
You get 31 Downloadable videos - over 6 hours of unique content - for just$40 (USD)if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD.
I just wanted to pop in quickly with two Cyber Monday announcements...
First, for today and tomorrow (11/27 - 11/28/17,) as my "thank you" to all of you during this time of Thanksgiving, you can save 20% off of your entire order in my shop! This includes jewelry and original artwork as well. (I offer payment plans on artwork, so message me if you're interested! You just need a down payment to get the sale price.)
Just use the coupon CyberMonday17 at checkout to get your 20% discount.
First up, Linda blew me away with the creativity in this handmade choker necklace - she used three of the vintage embroidered Hmong star patches for a simple but effective and beautiful piece!
Of course, every necklace needs a gift box, and she used some of the embellished trim from the shop to make this one extra special:
Make sure you stop by Linda's blog for lots more photos and details on how she made these two lovely projects!
P.S., in case you haven't heard, I'm having a Cyber Monday sale in the shop on Monday and Tuesday, November 27-28. I'll be posting details first thing Monday morning here, on Facebook, and in my newsletter. (Plus there will be another surprise announcement you'll want to watch out for!)
Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to Mary Beth Shaw's studio in St. Louis and join eleven other women for a fabulous 2-day workshop with Mary Beth and Seth Apter. It was called "At the Improv," and it was literally kind of an improv'd class! They demonstrated different techniques and processes that they typically use in their work, playing off of each other and sometimes even working on the same canvas. We were then able to take those ideas and inspiration and apply them in our own work. Mary Beth was super generous - she had a huge stash of canvases, collage papers, paints, and other supplies that we were free to use.
One of the most enjoyable parts for me was meeting people I've only talked to online - like Mary Nasser! She and I have worked together with StencilGirl for several years now, but this is the first time we got to meet in person! We sat at the same table and it was so much fun to hang out in person!
We worked on making parts and pieces that we'd be able to incorporate into our work throughout the weekend - I grabbed lots of different papers, paints, stamps, stencils, and just had a blast! (Photo courtesy of Seth, since I forgot to take any!)
We also got to experiment with several supplies that I don't use too often, like fiber paste! Here Seth was showing us some of the ways he likes to use it in his own work:
At the end of day one, I'd made a good start on two different canvases, I had a fabulous pile of art parts, and I had some fiber paste experiments drying in the kitchen.
Day 2, we were back bright and early and dove right in! We went straight to work with more fabulous demos throughout the day, like this one where Mary Beth showed us how she does line work in her abstract art.
The day went by way too quickly! It was amazing to go around the room and see what everyone else did during the weekend - there was some awesome work! Here's the whole class - a pretty good looking group, if I do say so myself!
I also got a photo of the StencilGirl crew - me, Mary Beth, Mary Nasser, and Seth.
Of course, I can't forget about the artwork! Here's where I ended up at the end of class on day two... one completed 8x8 canvas, one mostly complete 9x12 canvas, and the start of an art journal page (right-hand side.)
I also had my fiber paste background - it's not done, but I like where it's going!
After class that night, I was still feeling the itch to create, so I pulled my journal back out and worked more on the page I'd started in class. I happened to have these stained-glass-esque figures that had been pulled off of something else and tucked into the journal, so I took one of those and added it onto the page. Here's where it ended up:
A closeup that shows the texture from the background elements I'd added in class:
Now that I'm back home, I've been able to get into the studio quite a bit this week and finished up my canvases. Here's the first one - this was pretty much done in class and I really like it - it was so much fun to build up all those layers!
Here are a few closeups so you can see some of said texture a bit better...
Finally, the second canvas... I just put on a few finishing touches with paint and glaze after getting home, and I really like this one too! The coloring is similar - you can tell I was working on both of them at the same time so I used pretty much the same paint palette on both of them.
Of course, a few close-ups of this one as well... I used some textured elements and some fiber paste skins and I love the dimension that it adds!
Whew! That's a lot for just one weekend, don't you think! I'm so glad that I got to go - I had a great time reconnecting with friends and meeting some wonderful new people, and happily, I'm also feeling re-energized and ready to get back to spending more time in the studio!
For a bit over a year now, I've been participating in bi-monthly swaps for an ATC group based in Connecticut - most of whom are friends from when I lived there a few years ago. Every now and then we do something different instead of making cards to swap, and this month was one of those occasions. Our project this time was to use the Tim Holtz Tiny House Sizzix die to make at least five different decorated houses to trade. We also got a kit with Christmas and winter themed collage images and supplies.
I knew this wasn't going to be something I could knock out in a few hours, and since I ship mine I have to work a bit ahead of schedule. I'm not going to lie... I struggled to get going on this project. My first attempts were kind of blah, and I had the thought - more than once! that maybe I should sit this month out. But I pushed through and in the end I'm pretty happy with them! They made it safely and on time, and last night they were traded with the group.
Here are some individual photos so you can see how each house turned out, starting with the first two:
Close-ups of both the front and the back:
Here are the third and fourth houses and their close-ups:
Finally, the fifth house (which was actually the first one I made.) You can see on most all of these that I was also able to do a little stash-busting with old holiday paper-crafting supplies in addition to the fun kit for the swap.
I'm glad that I was able to finish these - I got to try something new and I had a lot of fun in the process! Now I'm excited to see which five houses I get in return... that's always nearly as much fun as making them to begin with :)
I can't get over how amazing this turned out! (Plus, how cute is Lynda? Seriously!) Here's a little close-up so you can see the bottom part of the necklace:
Talk about out of the box... I would never have thought about that, but now my head is dizzy with all of the new possibilities! Make sure to stop by Lynda's blog to see more photos and get all of the details on her awesome new statement jewelry :D
P.S... if you're loving the trims Lynda used, throughout November all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off with the coupon code FancyTrims10.
Linda has been painting, collaging, stamping, stenciling, and decorating shoe boxes for years, and she happened to have an empty box on her design table was just the right size for this project. She used some yellow embroidered floral trim and patchwork sari silk trim along with an embroidered sheer sari silk remnant from her stash. (Watch the shop updates for similar fabric remnants that are coming soon!)
On the front, you can also see a beautiful piece of vintage Turkmen jewelry that came in a selection of random jewelry parts (these are sold by weight - each ounce comes with a special piece like this, randomly chosen from the mix I get from the Middle East.)
I'm absolutely in love with this idea... I have a stack of empty shoe boxes in my closet just waiting to be transformed and I'm feeling inspired! Make sure to stop by Linda's blog to see lots more detail and background on her beautiful project!
FYI, if you're loving the trims Linda used, throughout the entire month all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off with the coupon code FancyTrims10.
P.S. If you love that beaded trim in Sandee's project, that and all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off all month with the coupon code FancyTrims10.
P.S. Are you just loving that trim she used on the box? This month's product focus in the shop is embellished and beaded trims! You can save 10% on trims and ribbons all month (with the exception of sari yarn and samplers,) with the coupon FancyTrims10.
The Artist Tribe will be posting more projects with embellished trims throughout the month, so make sure to check back here, on my Facebook page, or through my newsletter (you can sign up below if you'd like to get it.)
My attempts at catching up with posting pages from this art journal aren't happening quite frequently enough for me to actually BE caught up... lol, but I'm trying! Here are the July pages from my ARTifacts journal :)
For the first spread, I just used a few colors of paint in the background, then stenciled lightly with ink and my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil. I added some washi tape along the spine and to attach the tag, then used a bunch of old Basic Grey rubons to embellish.
The tag on the left flips up to show photos and journaling for my July StencilGirl projects...
The tag on the right side pulls out to show the Christmas stencils that were released earlier this month - I had gotten the test stencils and was checking them to make sure they didn't need edits before going into production.
The card pulls out of the envelope to detail my insane bead buying spree (which is now, finally, resulting in some handmade jewelry being made! That was the intent, so at least I'm following through, even if it's slow in coming!)
Linda used my Art Deco Borders stencil and took the Chrysler Building-inspired pattern as the focal point of her art journal page, which is about the inspiration she gets from all of the people - like her - who come to New York following their dreams.
Wait until you see all of the details on this project - there's a ton of fabulous texture and pattern! The focal point is that beaded diamond Kuchi patch, but Lynda has also used stencils... all kinds of goodies! Make sure you head over to her blog for lots more photos and and a tutorial for her project.
P.S... the cat's out of the bag... I'm going to be having a birthday and Halloween sale in the shop next week! In celebration of my birthday, I'm having a sale on the entire store on sale for two days only - October 30-31! (Coupon required, the sale will also include original artwork and jewelry!)
First thing Monday morning, you can check my Facebook page or my newsletter (you can sign up below) to get the coupon!
Hi all! I can't tell you how excited I am to be participating in this week's blog hop... all of the members of the StencilGirl creative team are using some of Mary Beth's favorite Tim Holtz products with our StencilGirl stencils.
Today is all about the Distress Oxide Inks, and I'm so excited that I got to work with them! My friend Tracie owns Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut, and when these ink pads first came out, she couldn't say enough about how awesome they were, so I couldn't wait to play with them. I was not disappointed... in fact, if you've seen my projects lately, you can probably tell that I'm more than a little bit addicted!
For today's project, I've made a file folder art journal and then used my stencils and Distress Oxide Inks to decorate the front and back covers and to make five different backgrounds on the inside pages.
Here are all of the inside spreads, and rather than my usual photo tutorials, I've made six little videos showing you how I made each one of the backgrounds in the journal. Ready to get started?
And of course, a few close-ups of the finished pages:
I just love the way the layers of pattern blend together when you use these inks!
For the third spread, I tried out an idea I had to use the Distress Oxide Inks with some Distress Paint to do a page inspired by a piece of metal with lots of patina. In the video, I added a little Wild Honey Distress Oxide on the right-side page to add a bit of a rusty effect as well. I love how it turned out! On this one, I used my Art Deco Borders stencil along with the Numbers and Inside Out stencils by Seth Apter.
Of course, the video to go with this spread...
Here's a close-up of the effects I got on this background:
Of course, if you're inspired by the Kuchi projects and thinking about trying one for yourself, don't forget that all Kuchi patches are on sale for 15% off with the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches - just enter it at checkout!
Hi all, it's that time again... today I'm up on StencilGirl Talk with this month's edition of Gwen's Gems! For October, I used some of the things I learned in India about Kantha quilting to make some hand-stitched embellishments for a canvas handbag. I used some of my stencils as my patterns and embellished with Kuchi patches and sari appliques.
If you're loving all of the Kuchi inspiration this month and are feeling inspired to try a similar project at home, you're in luck! Kuchi patches are 15% off for the entire month of October when you use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches during checkout!
Today, Jill McDowell is sharing a fabulous project made with sari yarn, Turkmen jewelry parts, and a Kuchi patch with seeds around the border. I was so blown away when I saw this... she used the sari yarn to do some latch-hook work around the patch in the center. This is such a stunning piece... I can only imagine how cool it looks hanging on her wall!
Of course, Jill's project today is part of the Artist Tribe's month-long challenge using Kuchi patches and to go along with all of that inspiration is a sale! For the entire month of October, you can save 15% off of all Kuchi patches in case you want to try any of these techniques at home.
Just use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches when you check out to get 15% off! (It only includes patches specifically marked Kuchi, and doesn't include other Kuchi textiles or jewelry.)
This month, the Artist Tribe is working with one of my favorite products from the shop... Kuchi patches! I sent each tribe member 3 patches in their welcome kit and gave them the optional challenge to use one or more of them in one of their projects this month. They've been sharing peeks and I can't tell you how excited I am by the ways they're using them!
Our first inspiration post comes from Sandee Setliff, who took Kuchi patches to a place I never would have thought of... she used them to make an incredible mixed media portrait!
Of course, given how inspired the team and I have been, as you see what they've been up to I'm thinking you'll be inspired as well, so I've put Kuchi patches on sale for the entire month of October. You just need to use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches when you check out to get 15% off! (It only includes patches specifically marked Kuchi, and doesn't include other Kuchi textiles or jewelry.)
I hope you're as inspired as I am! Make sure to watch throughout the month for more amazing projects.