The report from CHA in brief:
I had such a crazy and fun first day of CHA! Running, running, limping a little too! Adventures included:
- For the Crafty Couture contest we were each provided the measurements of the mannequins the mixed media dresses would be going on. Today we discovered that the mannequins are *four* inches bigger than the measurements given! Eeep! Sweet Niki Meiners was kind enough to help me wrestle my dress onto the mannequin (which involved cutting the dress open - urgh).
- Jaime (owner of The Crafter's Workshop) and I had this vision of a clothesline strung across the top of the make-and-take table. Quelle désastre! We were stringing paper lanterns that kept falling down. And the two poles we strung the clothesline between kept falling down. But my Mom came up with an excellent solution and I look forward to finding the whole thing still standing in the morning!
- I was a speaker on two super fun panels. Thes first one involved some Mac vs. PC non-cooperation. I built my presentation on a Mac. The venue played the presentation from a PC. The videos would not cooperate. Luckly the audience helped me figure out what to do. Thank goodness crafters are a friendly bunch!
- The second panel involved a lot of people and I was the final speaker. By the time they got to me there was no time left. I had about a minute-and-a-half to rush through what I had to say. But I still had lots and lots of fun!
All in all a great day! Looking forward to another one. And now here is today's regularly scheduled post:
Jenn Shurkus has a really fun project on her blog this month. Basically to force herself to kick her artistic butt into gear, she's posting something with a nautical/summer theme every day this month. And she has tons of guests lined up (including me)! Read more about it here.
And this is the piece that I made:
1 - Stencil
Dab Distress Stain through the Triangle Stencil.
Spray a ton of water at the center of the tag and dry with a heat gun.
3 - Create a Strip
For this step I used a promotional card that came in my Studio Calico kit. The other side of the card is an advertisement for their chipboard letters. You could use patterned paper instead.
I cut along the pattern lines to create a wavy shaped strip.
I stamped one of Julie's Journaling Labels onto a book page...
This is a pre-made flag from Pebbles...
...but you can make your own following this tutorial. I used Golden Fluid Acrylics to paint the word "summer" on the flag.
I added two finishing touches to the tag: (1) I inked around the edges of the tag with brown Distress Ink, and (2) I added some blue watercolor droplets.
Thanks for stopping by!