Bloom Where You’re Planted DIY

April 26th, 2012

Our mini library drawer has been given multiple facelifts and previously altered into a photo organizer and rewards drawer. Today we’re sharing how this drawer can go au naturel and give your green thumb a chance to shine. This hands-on gardening project is perfect for mother-daughter bonding time or as a quick and easy gift idea!

 

Materials

Mini Library Drawer

Collage Pauge

Small succulents in various styles

 

Instructions

You can find small succulents inexpensively at your local swap meet. Be on the lookout for different species to give your project unique dimension. As the drawer’s primary purpose is for paper crafting, the wood may wear over time. Before potting the succulents, treat the wood with a coat of Collage Pauge to waterproof it. While succulents don’t require excessive watering, it is a good idea to drill a couple of holes in the bottom of the drawer for drainage. Place your new planter in a window with plenty of sunlight and enjoy this bright and sophisticated piece of home décor. This low maintenance and cost-effective project is perfect to make for Mother’s Day and lasts longer than a bouquet of flowers!

Note: Succulents do best in a drier, rocky potting soil. Instructions on the bag will usually indicate if the soil is suitable for cacti and succulents.

For more tips and projects for the green-conscious crafter, see what’s inside the latest issue of GreenCraft.

 

Project and photos by Vanessa Spencer

 



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Our mini library drawer has been given multiple facelifts and previously altered into a photo organizer and rewards drawer. Today we’re sharing how this drawer can go au naturel and give your green thumb a chance to shine. This hands-on gardening project is perfect for mother-daughter bonding time or as a quick and easy gift […]

Free Ephemera Download: Fabulous Frocks!

April 23rd, 2012

 

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There’s nothing quite like taking a night stroll on a cobblestone road, having nothing but the twinkling stars light up your path. But when you’re all dressed up, wherever shall you go? Perhaps an evening showing of the newest opera, or a late night tea with your closest friends? Enjoy a night out on the town with these ladies that are dressed to the nines! Download these illustrations here to add a touch of vintage glam to your greeting cards, altered art projects, digital scrapbook pages, and more.

Like these downloads? We’ve got more collections of digital ephemera for you to enjoy over at our e-Crafting site.

Have you dabbled in the world of digital art yet? Share a cool trick, or tell us what you would like to learn in the comments below.

 

 



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  TMTBFQ4HDRSB There’s nothing quite like taking a night stroll on a cobblestone road, having nothing but the twinkling stars light up your path. But when you’re all dressed up, wherever shall you go? Perhaps an evening showing of the newest opera, or a late night tea with your closest friends? Enjoy a night out […]

Shiva Paintstiks Portrait Tutorial by Guest Artist Pam Carriker

April 19th, 2012

We are thrilled to have Pam Carriker here today to walk us through the process of creating an oil painting from start to finish.

It’s fun to create an “oil painting” using simple tools and Shiva Paintstiks for a non-messy alternative to traditional oil paints. If portraits aren’t your thing, try doing a simple still life “oil painting” using everyday objects around your home to spark some inspiration! Either way, these Shiva Paintstiks are great tools you can use to achieve the look of oil paints without all of the fuss.

Materials

Shiva Paintstiks in the following colors: Prussian Blue, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Antique White, Titanium White, Raw Umber and any background colors you like
Strathmore 400 Series Acrylic Paper, other acrylic paper, or heavy paper with a tooth to it
Blending tool – either a blending stump, rubber-tipped blending tool, Loew Cornell Berry Maker, or an equivalent
Oderless Mineral Spirits, if desired
Pencil
Stencil brush, or old scruffy brush
Sequin waste or other stencil type texture tool

NOTE: You will have to peel off the “skin” that forms on the crayons in between uses. Just grab the tip of the crayon with a paper towel and gently twist back and forth. The skin will peel off onto the paper towel and then you’re ready to go. You can use the crayons for direct applications or color a swatch onto a palette to pick up with a brush or other tool.

Instructions

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous technique, Pam! The Spring 2012 issue of Art Journaling features more of Pam’s painting techniques. Glimpse into Pam’s artful world by visiting her website at pamcarriker.com.



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,

We are thrilled to have Pam Carriker here today to walk us through the process of creating an oil painting from start to finish. It’s fun to create an “oil painting” using simple tools and Shiva Paintstiks for a non-messy alternative to traditional oil paints. If portraits aren’t your thing, try doing a simple still […]

Editor Spotlight: Cynthia Levens

April 16th, 2012

Meet the creative forces behind your favorite Stampington publications with our Editor Spotlight feature!

Cynthia Levens

Managing Editor, Belle Armoire, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Art Quilting Studio; Executive Consulting Editor, Where Women Create 

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?
I love sending out the initial congratulatory emails. Our artists spend so much time and effort putting such beautiful and unique pieces together that appear in each of our magazines. Oftentimes, the act of just submitting a piece of art for publication consideration takes a lot of courage. I have the highest admiration and respect for the artists I work with, and it is so gratifying to tell them that their dedication has not gone unnoticed.

When you’re not writing about other people’s work, what art do you create?
I do love art, and I’m fortunate to work in such a vivid and creative environment. But, the truth is, I’m not much of a crafter. I used to draw, paint, sketch, and work with clay, and it’s been a struggle to find my way back. I spend most of my time on writing these days. That’s my go-to outlet.

Tell us about one of your passions.
I’m passionate about many, many different things, but the first that comes to mind is music. My life literally revolves around it.  It sets my mood in the morning, it keeps me going throughout the day, and it pumps me up before a fun night out. You can always find me at some kind of show at least once a week. Don’t get me started on music festivals — that’s a conversation that would never end.

What is your idea of the perfect weekend?
The perfect weekend…well, first of all, it would be a full week. It would include a combination of music, dancing, food, shopping, fine wine, and amazing company. Vegas, New York, Spain, and Greece are, of course, all great options.

What would you like to accomplish a year from now?
Anything and everything that’s within my reach. I’m an extremely ambitious person, and I’m constantly setting goals for myself.  Who knows, next year I might be speaking another language.

Can you give us a glimpse into the Spring 2012 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry?
I’m in LOVE with this issue. I know I say that about each issue I put together, but it’s true. This one in particular contains a vast range of techniques like wire wrapping, beading, metal work, etching, foldforming, wax casting, stamping into clay, and creating incredibly unique bezels from glass bottles and shotgun shell rings. I can’t really describe in words the level of artistry seen in this issue; you will just have to pick it up.

Where Women Create showcases some amazing art spaces. What would you like to have in your dream studio?
My dream studio would probably be a replica of Matthew Mead’s – crisp and clean with bursts of color. It’s really refreshing, and you’ll be able to see it featured in the “Men Who Make It” department in the upcoming Summer 2012 issue.

What is your favorite style of clothing that you’ve seen featured in Belle Armoire?
The Summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire will be my first as Managing Editor, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to put my own spin on them. To pick a favorite piece or style from this issue isn’t even possible – I would gladly wear every item featured. I can’t wait for you all to see the gorgeous creations and photography come July 1st!

To catch a glimpse of the inspiration inside Cynthia’s publications, please visit Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and Where Women Create. Don’t miss the beautiful jeweled creations in the Summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry, available for pre-order until April 25th.

 



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Meet the creative forces behind your favorite Stampington publications with our Editor Spotlight feature! Cynthia Levens Managing Editor, Belle Armoire, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Art Quilting Studio; Executive Consulting Editor, Where Women Create  What is the most gratifying thing about your job? I love sending out the initial congratulatory emails. Our artists spend so much time […]

Homemade Lip Balm DIY!

April 12th, 2012

Our Shoppe Manager created an all-in-one lip balm kit to share with the beauty queen who first showed you how to properly wear blush and apply mascara – your mother!

The following recipe calls for natural, unbleached beeswax and vegetable oil. Alternate oils can be used to create lip balm; feel free to find a recipe that works best for you.

Please note: This project is not intended for children. Please use caution when working with hot oil and wax.

Materials
Natural Beeswax Pellets
Small Rectangular Hinged Tins
Fabric Tape Set – Pure (We also love these floral prints!)
Glassine Envelopes
Mini Flashcards
Scrapper’s Floss – Magenta
Melting Pot Project Pan or saucepan
Vegetable oil
Vanilla or peppermint extract (optional)

Instructions
Open the tins and lay them on a completely flat surface, like a chopping board. Keep in mind that wax may get onto the surface, so if you don’t have a heat-resistant counter, be sure to protect its surface. You can also pick up an old metal cooking tray or chopping block at a thrift store, if desired.

Use the Melting Pot Project Pan to create the lip balm mixture, or alternatively, a clean saucepan that you plan to use only for future beauty projects. To create four tins of lip balm, mix 1/3 cup vegetable oil with 1/3 cup beeswax pellets. Heat this mixture over medium heat, stirring slowly with a wooden spoon. If you desire to make flavored lip balm, add a few drops of vanilla or peppermint extract.

To add color to your lip balm, slice off about 1/8” of lipstick and add that slice to the mixture. For a deeper hue, just add a bit more lipstick.

Once the mixture has completely melted to a liquid (and is still hot), pour the mixture into the tins. Fill the tins just below the hinges to prevent the mixture from leaking out when closed. Set aside to harden.

Time to embellish your tins! Be sure to wait until the wax has set before you start decorating. I don’t suggest sanding and painting the tins because sanding metal produces tiny specks of metal dust, which you don’t want to end up in your lip balm. Embellish the tins using strips of fabric tape, and tie closed with a strand of scrapper’s floss.

To complete the project, package your lip balm tins with a little shabby-chic flair. Place a tin inside a glassine sleeve and secure the top with fabric tape. Adhere a mini flashcard to the front, and you have a darling handmade gift that’s perfect for Mother’s Day!

Save over 10% when you purchase the beeswax pellets and tins in this special kit!

Looking for more gift-giving inspiration? We’ve put together a special collection of Mother’s Day projects for you to make for the special lady in your life!

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,

Our Shoppe Manager created an all-in-one lip balm kit to share with the beauty queen who first showed you how to properly wear blush and apply mascara – your mother! The following recipe calls for natural, unbleached beeswax and vegetable oil. Alternate oils can be used to create lip balm; feel free to find a […]