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June 2009 posts

Want to learn how to make this awesomely cool flower? Well, read on! We get The New York Times delivered to our apartment every morning. And every night, it goes into the recycling bin. I wanted to find a way to use some of that newsprint! Here's what you'll need: Newspaper (Note: If you’re using these on something more permanent, like a scrapbook page, use pages from an old book because newspaper is NOT acid free.) Scissors Crop-o-Dile or Big Bite (i.e. hole punch) Brad Watercolor Paints Paint Brush & Water Heat Gun & Heat Resistant Surface (I use a... Read more →

When Prima came out with the Donna Downey fabric album, I just about jumped out of my skin! Here's what the original album looks like: I knew that I had to have one! So, I was so totally thrilled when Kim at Portrait Bug asked me to play with one for the store. Yay! Here's a peek at what I did (though, photos really don't do it justice): Obviously I used a lot of paint: a mixture of Claudine Hellmuth paints for Ranger, gesso, and watercolors. Speaking of which, I finally had to say goodbye to my Winsor&Newton watercolors. I... Read more →

You better have a sweet tooth because this month, Label Tulip is all about sugar! This month's challenge was tough for me because I have a "salty tooth." Confectioner's Challenge! Since this month's kits all have vintage candy names, I thought it would be fun if we created a sweet little challenge (pun intended). Make cupcake picks, create a page about candy or sweets, make a recipe book, whatever. Just have your project center around something sugary and sweet! Nevertheless, here's a darling little candy holder I made: Although, notice that the "candy" is actually cough drops! It's all I... Read more →

I just bought a brand new art journal and it's my very favorite ever! It's a watercolor paper moleskin: It's a fabulous size: 8.25"x5.25" and has inspired me to create and create and create! I love it! I wanted to share some photos of what I've been working on. Mostly, I've been painting and spraying backgrounds, but I've done a few complete entries: Lots of masking! I've discovered a super duper easy way to make the silhouette people you see all over these pages. I simply cut an image of a model from a magazine and used it as a... Read more →

Here are some things that are inspiring me right now! Totally inspired by the floor of this office... ...from the Apartment Therapy blog. I've never seen anything like it! CD Muckosky's Digital Kits over at Little Dreamer Designs. I'll admit that I haven't bought one yet because I want them all and I'm trying to decide which ones I'll actually purchase, but they're AMAZING! How about this poster? I found it on Design*Sponge. Love it! I read this quote: But art making is all about risk taking. My biggest leaps are always when I try something different....It's all about the... Read more →

So, I was feeling like all my pages were beginning to look the same - paint, paint and more paint. In working with this kit, I decided to try and stay away from the paint. Boy oh boy was it tough and I definitely didn't succeed. But, you'll have to wait until June 16th for the full reveal. In the meantime, here are some sneaky peekies: No paint on this layout! I did use alcohol inks to create the background, but...technically, no paint! Okay, the red swirls are painted. See, no paint! Unless you count the blue watercolor.... Does Spray... Read more →

I'm teaching a crazy fun workshop on July 25 at The City Quilter (ETA: The CQ Newsletter has the class listed as July 18 and 25, but I had to cancel the 18th for personal reasons. So, it's only the 25th and the price has been halved): Everything That Sparkles Get ready to roll up your sleeves and create in this intense, power packed workshop! Come and learn a plethora of techniques using a variety of products that can add a shine, a sparkle, and some glitz to your quilts! We will explore Angelina (fiber and film), Foil, Perfect Pearls,... Read more →

This heaping pile of chipboard is going to... TAMIKKO! Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to learn how to put layers on a page. Through paper and ribbon, using different textures and with paint. Posted by: Tamikko Gordin | June 03, 2009 at 11:41 AM E-mail me your address (link on the upper left side of the blog) and I'll send you your prize!!! And thank you to everybody who left me a comment letting me know about the kinds of things you're interested in learning about! A lot of people asking about how I design a... Read more →

May seems to have come and gone with 31 of the quickest days I've ever witnessed. And, I'm afraid that I need to play a little bit of catch up combined with some housekeeping.... 1. New layouts for Right at Home Scrapbooking! I love the way the stitched lines look! I'm going to have to do that one again with other group photos. It's such a cool look (time consuming, but cool)! The infamous toilet paper tube returns in this layout. Now that I've started using it to stamp, I just can't stop! And I thought that the big brads... Read more →

I'm the guest designer this week over at The Creative Type! It's my first time guesting for a challenge blog and it was super fun! The challenge was to embellish your chipboard letters. I had grand plans to do wild experiments with glitter and stamps and all sorts of cool stuff, but when I started working on the layout, that all seemed a little excessive. Here's the layout I turned in: I dug into my stash of miscellaneous chipboard letters (and boy, I haven't been through those drawers in FOREVER, but more on that later...) and mixed and matched them.... Read more →