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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Spend the summer with Me and Claudine…

…and Tim, Jennifer, Stacey, Julie, May, Mou and many more talented artists and crafters.

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I am so excited to finally share with you, that I am contributing designer for this amazing class taught by Claudine Hellmuth!!  In her class, Technique Toolbox, you will master 25 mixed-media techniques in 5 weeks.

 Create a faux tintype image transfer, make art with Elmer’s glue and a plastic bag, create a gesso chalkboard—these are just a few of the amazing techniques featured in this class! Technique Toolbox is your chance to brush up on these (and 22 more) mixed-media techniques with nationally known collage artist and illustrator Claudine Hellmuth as your guide.

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Technique Toolbox consists of 25 instructional videos and 25 professionally designed “recipe cards” that outline each technique. You’ll file these printable recipes inside an adorable handmade toolbox you’ll create in class. And that’s not all! Claudine has invited 20 fellow artists and crafters (including me!) to create exclusive projects with her techniques, giving you plenty of ideas for creative, real-world applications—from scrapbook pages to wall décor.

To read the rest of the class description and to register click here.

So, while you’re making plans to keep the kiddos busy this summer, why not plan something fun for yourself!  Also, once you sign up you will have forever access to the materials, so you can really work at your own pace.  I will be taking the class as well.  I am excited to learn 24 more techniques to incorporate into my scrapbook pages and other projects!  I hope you will join me, I would love to see you in the classroom!! 

*The links in this post are affiliate links.  If you click and purchase the class, I will earn a small referral fee.  I appreciate your clicks and support!!

xo Evie

A Little Boy

I created this layout of my son, when he was just 7 months old.  Looking at this picture of him in his overalls, reminding myself that yes, he once was a little boy.

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I used the Jenni Bowlin Studio March 2013 Papercrafting Kit in making this layout.  The Jenni Bowlin Studio Quilt Star Punch inspired me to create a quilt for the lower half of the page.  There was so many wonderful colorful patterned papers in this kit that I thought were perfect for the quilt idea.  And I just have to mention that the amazing background paper is by Crate Paper.

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This detail of the quilt shows that I also used the Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Stlye Buttons in white.  To give them a unique finish, I brushed on Liquitex acrylic paint in raw umber, then buffed some of the paint off with a paper towel.

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The layered title was made with a Vintage Payroll Sheet, ribbon by May Arts, and Dear Lizzy thickers all from the March kit.

A few other supplies that I used are:  Gesso by Claudine Hellmuth Studio, tiny alpha stickers from Echo Park Paper Company, Archival Ink by Ranger, Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz, and corner punch from Martha Stewart Crafts.

As of late, I have been doing a few baby layouts.  I had purchased a past baby themed mini-kit, designed by Doris Sander, from JBS and have been working on it as a side project.  This got me looking at baby photos and the ideas started coming.  There is something to be said for not scrapping chronologically…I think.  Layouts are filled with nostalgic feelings and a gentle reminder of how precious life is comes to the surface. 

I have also submitted this layout to the Bird is the Word Challenge Blog.  The new word(s) for this month is He/She/Him/Her.

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Have a joyful day!

xo Evie

We are oh so in LOVE with you.

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I created this layout for the My Mind’s Eye/Jenni Bowlin Studio Recipe Challenge at JBS Mercantile ForumHere is the Recipe:

  1. Combine at least two MME products to create a unique handmade embellishment.
  2. Focus on the journaling in a creative way.
  3. Get painterly.

I ended up creating three embellishments with the following My Mind’s Eye products:  From the Collectable line: 1 sheet of 2-sided pattern paper (yellow, stripes), acrylic stamps (swirls, flowers, numbers); From  The Sweetest Thing line: 2 die-cuts (1 as part of the title, 1 tucked behind the photo), chipboard (banner flag).

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I created this layered banner flag with the MME chipboard piece and the MME patterned paper

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I stamped with acrylic paint,  the MME stamp on to Studio Calico vellum and added some pearls cut from a JBS Pearl Flower.

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A collage of “sweet” hearts and a JBS butterfly.

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For the painterly technique, I started by painting gesso over this awesome JBS Stamp Kraft paper.  I applied the gesso thicker in certain areas and then stamped an un-inked MME stamp into the gesso, therefore lifting some of it off.  After the gesso dried, I then painted a wash of acrylic paint over it.  I love how the paint seeped into the perferated lines of the paper and the variation of color I got on the page!

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To get creative with the journaling, I used a craft knife to cut open 1,2,3 rectangles in which to house my words.  I thought the background I created looked like an old plaster wall, so to go along with that feel I sanded almost everything on the layout.  I even sanded over top of the journaling!

The JBS products I used: Stamp Kraft paper; Journal block  and label from the Magpie Accessory Sheet; label stamp from the Feb. kit;  “File This” and “Main Street” punches; Alphas, Pearl Flower, sticker.  To frame the page I used a sheet of Elle’s Studio patterned paper from the April kit.  This worked out perfect for the journaling , too!

The gesso, slow-dry medium (which I added to the gesso), acrylic paints, and multi-medium all are from Claudine Hellmuth Studio.

Love This Guy

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Hello everyone!  I’m playing catch-up with sharing my layouts, as I made this one in March.  It features a shot of my son that I took in the car, as we were heading to a weekend in the moutains.  I used Modern Mercantile patterned papers from the Jenni Bowlin Studio Feb. 2013 Papercrafting kit, Bazzill cardstock, and vellum.

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I made this embellishment with a couple of JBS Feather tags, a JBS red Doily Flower, a piece of flair from A Flair For Buttons, and a few punched hearts.

DSCN1501I painted the white cardstock with French Ultramarine blue Winsor and Newton watercolor paint  and stamped over it in areas with Frost White pigment ink, by Clearsnap, using the little acrylic heart stamp that came with the exclusive JBS Feb. Mercantile stamp.  I love that heart stamp!!

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I punched a heart in the JBS “File This’ punch, which is now one of my favorite things to do!  I rubbed a little of the Frost White ink over it to pick up the texture of the cardstock and doodled a red faux stitch line (my other favorite thing to do!).

The chipboard heart is by Bella Blvd., the letter stickers are from Echo Park Paper Company, and there is a bit of Amy Tangerine in the upper right corner <<.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Need a last minute card to go with Mom’s flowers?  I made these 3 petites in minutes and everything was from my “older” stash A little cardstock, patterned paper, a couple of punches, and some dimensional stickers…voila!  I am going to attach them to the flowers with a mini clothes pin or you could punch a whole through one corner and tie it on with a beautiful cut of ribbon.

Wishing you a lovely Mother’s Day!

xo Evie

Simple and Sweet

Today I am sharing a  simple Quick and Cost Effective card I made for my cousin who recently had a baby girl.

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Quick, because I set my timer for 30 minutes, but only took 20.  Cost Effective, because all supplies came from Claudine Hellmuth’s Welcome to Swellsville card making kit (under a dollar a card).         

Card making kits are the way to go.  Everything is right in front of you and you don’t have to dig around through your entire stash.  With this card, I made a point of using the items that worked first and resisted even looking through everything in the kit before I starting gluing and sticking down.  Not only did it make things go quicker, but I had to improvise with my own drawing/doodling (YAY !).  For example, after I stuck that thought bubble down I though it could use some kind of border running along the card and behind it… so I drew my own border.  Also, I wanted to ground that cute pink bear.  She seemed to be floating in space, so I drew a line on either side of her and wasn’t quite happy with that…so I kept going with a controlled scribble.  I really like how the scribble came out between the bear’s legs, by then I think I figured out what I was doing.

A quick thought:  Create your own card making kit!  Dig through your stash and gather all the items you might need to make some fabulous greeting cards and or gift tags and put it in a wonderful  box.  Or…as I plan to do, replenish a purchased card making kit as certain supplies dwindle.

I just created a new Quick and Cost Effective Category in my side bar, so just click on it to see all Quick and Cost Effective posts!!

xo Evie