Wednesday, October 1, 2014

World Card Making Day - Card Roundup and Inspiration

World Card Making day is coming upon Saturday Oct. 4th! I don't usually make cards, but every now and then I get in the mood and cards start flying! It's a great way to use your scraps and unwanted supplies and cards are always useful, because there is always a wedding/sick friend/graduation/new baby/birthday/holidays that you need a card for!

So for your viewing pleasure and inspiration here's a roundup of some cards created by some designer friends and card makers. Each link goes to the designer Pinterest board where you can find even more card inspiration!

hydrangeahippo by Jennifer Priest

Teresa Abajo

Morena's Corner

Tracy Elsom

Einat Kessler

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Matchbox Vanity

I've always been fascinated by miniatures. The other day I stumbled upon a website of an artist who creates amazing miniature foods. It looks so real it's unbelievable. If you want to check it out here's the link. This has inspired me to create a miniature vanity, my style, meaning paper crafting and paper engineering vintage style.

I created the vanity from 10 matchboxes stacked up together in two stacks. I first inked all the edges and covered the front with patterned paper. I used The Station collection from MME.
Once all the matchboxes were glued together I covered all sides with chipboard so the vanity will be stronger and more real looking. I covered the chipboard with the same patterned papers.

For the embellishments on the top I used craft supplies that I converted into different things that are usually found on a vanity. The photo frames are bezels used to create pendants and jewelry. I cut off the ring of the pendant and turned it into a frame by adding a stand on the back. The mirror is also a bezel with an oval shape. The bottles were created from beads, a large bead for the bottle and a smaller one for the lid.

You should try to create a miniature, it's really fun and satisfying to create something from start to finish and make it look as real as possible. Make sure to watch the step by step video tutorial for all the details.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas: In My Mind

As artists we rarely create something about ourselves, at least I hardly do. It's always a layout about the kids or a mini album for grandma with photos that we took so we're not in them. This time I wanted to create something for myself about myself.

I was inspired by a crazy sketch I saw online that shows how an artists mind looks. And I immediately related because my mind sometimes looks and feels the same. So I created a canvas describing the things I have in my mind all jumbled up, but fun and creative.

I used a really easy technique to create my silhouette. I took a photo of myself in profile and printed it. Then I cut around the image and turned it over to use the blank side. I filled the silhouette with embellishments and findings that have meaning for me and say something about me.

I created the background of the canvas with color sprays and added the journaling with a pen nib and black ink. This was really fun and inspiring to create.
Try to create an art piece, a layout or a project about you, it's liberating!
Don't forget to watch all the tips and tricks in the video!

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