I am very excited to share my first project for the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team 2018. I am in love with Roben-Marie’s Art Pops collections. They are so vibrant and colorful. I decided to create a doll using Roben-Marie’s cards, stickers and stamps. She was really fun and turned out so darn cute. I invite you to watch the step by step process video. Just follow the link I give above or below this post to Roben-Marie’s blog where you can find all the information you need to watch the video and make your own mixed media art doll.
If you saw my video where I created the first “Junk Your Stuff” journal (you can see that video here) then you will know that I had a lot of leftover paper from the paper pad I used. I was determined to use up that paper so I set about making another journal and I call this one “Junk Your Stuff Journal 2”. Other than three or four sheets of the paper that I kept aside, I used up the rest of the paper pad. Yay!!! In this journal I also used up a bunch of fabric scraps, embellishments, ribbons and odd and end things I have had a while. I bound the journal with rings so it would expand easily and each page has three holes with large eyelets for stability. Each page of the journal is a 12 x 12 sheet of paper folded in half. Then, I stitched paper strips, tags, fabric strips and other things on each page. I just kept building layers and each page is different. I love this journal, it’s so chunky and fun. I don’t think of this journal as complete because I can keep adding to it. I haven’t decided what to actually use the journal for but I’ll think of something.
With Easter right around the corner I have had bunnies on my mind. Probably not a shock right? lol About two years ago I bought a bunny garland from Target (photo below) with the intention to take apart the garland and make something with it. As with most of my good intentions the garland wound up in a drawer. I decided this was going to be the year that I actually did something with that garland so, today, I took apart the garland and started playing. I created two canvases which I think are super cute and I have three more bunnies I will make something with in the next few days.
They are super easy to make and you don’t have to have a garland to make one. Just find an image of a bunny that you like, the size you like and print it out. From the image you can make a cardboard or card-stock bunny, decorate it, then use it on your canvas. One of my canvases is burlap and all I did was distress the edges with Walnut Stain by Ranger. The other canvas I used a piece of drop paper and glued it to the canvas. Then I added paint, some stamping (stamps are from Roben-Marie Smith), markings and some rub-ons until I was happy. Then I added my bunnies and some flowers and embellishments. I really love how they turned out.
These would make cute gifts no mater what time of year it is. I plan on hanging mine in my art studio year round and just enjoy looking at them. I hope you will give it a go.
This past December I wanted to make some ornaments for my tree. While I love the look of typical Christmas ornaments and colors I found myself pulling out all sorts of colors to make my ornaments. I had just finished making some bracelets with wire and beads, you can see those in the previous blog post, so I kept with that line of thinking to make my ornaments. I made circles with wire leaving a tiny hooked area at the top of hanging, wrapped the wires with fabrics and fibers then wrapped the wire with more wire strung with beads. To finish off the ornaments I tied strips of ribbon all around the ornament and added ribbon at the top in the hook for hanging. I really love how these turned out. So much so that they never made it on to my tree. I hung them in a cluster in my art studio so I can see them every time I am creating. Maybe next Christmas I’ll be ready to use them on my tree. Until then, I get to enjoy them all year-long.
Thank you for stopping by. It’s always nice to see you. I hope you enjoy the photos below.
I rarely make jewelry but when I was making my beaded charms last year I thought I would make a few bracelets just for fun. I made two bracelets using wire to make my bracelet shape. I took some wire, any gauge you like is fine as long as you can bend it easily, and formed a circle the size I would need to slip over my wrist. Then I made it a tiny bit bigger to account for wrapping various items around the wire. Once I got the size I wanted I looped the wire ends together and wrapped them around each other. Then I wrapped the wire with fabric and glued it at the end to finish it off. Then I wrapped fibers, trims and twine around the bracelet adding a bee charm to one of them. I tied the ends off to secure the trims. Then, I made a third bracelet simply by stringing some wood beads on a piece of monofilament I cut to the size I needed for my bracelet. I finished that one off with a jewelry clasp. Lastly, I made a fourth bracelet using garment pins. I just added some tiny beads to each garment pin and then hooked them together. I left one garment pin empty of beads to use for the closure. I love that they are so basic and simple. I probably broke a lot of “jewelry making” rules since I was just “winging it” but I’m ok with that. 🙂
Happy Valentines Day! It seemed like the perfect day to share this heart I made. I took some wire and formed a heart shape then wrapped it with fabric, and fibers. I also strung some tiny beads on some thin wire and wrapped that around the heart too. I added a large red wood bead at the inner tip of the heart and added a strip of fabric at the top to hang the heart by. Super easy and fun. I hope you all have a wonderful day today.
Happy February. 🙂 Here is another one of those projects I worked on a few months ago where I used a lot of my paper scraps and fibers from other projects. First, I covered a 5 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch tag by Ranger with scrapbook paper. Then, I gathered up some fabric, fiber and paper scraps and a few odd die cuts I had on my desk and started layering. When I was happy with how the tag looked I cut the word “Bird’s-Eye” from my dictionary and added it where the eye of the bird would go. I also cut out the definition of the word “Birds-Eye” and glued it above the bird. At the bottom I used two metal embellishments I had on my desk too. It was simple and fast to make and it helped me use up some more of my scraps. Creating can be fun, fast and easy. I encourage you to use simple pieces at your fingertips and create a cute, funky tag or journal page with them.
Again with the paper bags? Yep…again. lol And trust me there will be more paper bags to come. This little guy is so cute. It’s a smaller bag and it was the perfect size for ATC’s. So, this bag turned into a little ATC book. If you aren’t familiar with what an ATC is it stands for Artist Trading Cards. They are little 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 cards you make to trade with other artist or to just make for fun of it. If you would like to see how to make this book you can go to the link below and watch the process video. I didn’t take more photos of the inside pages but you can see them in the video. Start saving those paper bags. They make such cute projects.
Each month I create a journal page in my calendar for the previous year using the art in the calendar as inspiration for my page. May’s calendar page is called “Friendly Flowers”. I used a piece of paper bag from my “Junk Your Stuff” project that had the words “friendly flowers” on it because I thought it was so cute. I really enjoy working in my calendar each month and as the year goes by I mark in the new current calendar so that when the year is over I can start creating in it for the following year. Here are photos of the May calendar page and a link to the video. I hope you feel inspired to do something creative. 🙂