Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My last day in sunny Arizona. My sister-in-law finds the best cocktail napkins . . . this one would make a great invitation card for a cocktail party, don't you think?

From Copic Markers . . .

by Sharon Harnist for Copic Markers
"In our latest tutorial, Sharon Harnist of PaperFections gives tips on coloring flowers using the feather blending technique. Check it out! http://bit.ly/FlowersFeatherBlending"

From Earth Art International (Animal Spirit stamps), I loved this card that Sue Coccia showed on Facebook . . .

by Brenda for Earth Art International
"I've found this beautiful card from Brenda, using EarthArt's Woolley Mammoth! The Woolley Mammoth is available in keychains, magnets, prints, clear and rubber stamps as well as note cards and trivets!"

From Webster's Pages, ideas to dress up those wonderful little mini sacks that are at Art 'n Soul. You don't have to be as fancy as these, but they are sure inspiring!

"Ohhhh....Classic Webster's Pages style. YOU.ARE.BEAUTIFUL! ...AND, nothing makes a perfect Classic layout like Modern Romance and New Beginnings. Designer Erin Blegen has used a bit of each of these GORGEOUS collections, to design her Tag Set. Oooooooooh....how could you NOT be head over heels in love with these beauties!?
Just look at all of the amazing details! First, with elements of New Beginnings and Park Drive.
We LOVE every luscious layer!
Erin used bits of Modern Romance and Best Friends to create this BEAUTIFUL tag. Look at how she added the mini bag right into the layers. What would you put in that cute little pocket?
{LOVELY!} Isn't that cameo the perfect addition to this page?
Erin's classic style has us swooning. Here, she combines more Modern Romance and Best Friends but bringing out the blues!
...what a BEAUTIFUL mix of patterns and colors.
Erin's tag set is absolutely OVERFLOWING with so many scrumptious delights! Who would you LOVE to share this sweet gift with and what would you put inside of each little bag?"

Fellow Imagine Crafts' Artist-in-Residence Emily Lanham has taken a small blank canvas album and made it very special. From Imagine Crafts' Facebook posting . . .

"Purple explosion: AIR Emily shows how to decorate and embellish a canvas mini album."

Inked Up Canvas Mini Album

"It's my day to share what I made for my Imagine Crafts dt challenge project. I REALLY love this project. I have been anxious to make something with Purple. It's so hard to find paper with purple as a main color. Authentique Paper has done a fabulous job with their Remembrance collection, so I had to create something with it and my Imagine Crafts products (they coordinate soooo well with Authentique products!). 

Gather your supplies. You will need a blank canvas, I used a canvas book because I wanted to make a mini album, embellishments, paper, walnut ink, fireworks, dew drops. 

Begin spritzing your canvas. Get messy! This is the fun part because you can just go wild until you reach the look that you desire.   

I decided to add some stenciling, so I misted over my houndstooth stencil. 

After that, I sprayed a little more walnut ink & fireworks in various colors to get a nice blend.

Next you will need some stamps. I don’t have many background stamps, so I chose a few versatile stamps to use throughout my book.

Start stamping all over the place. It’s good to be random, especially if you are planning on covering up parts of your canvas with paper, photos, & embellishments. 

You can also add stencils to the inside of your book (if you do a book). This works on any canvas, I just love the idea of a canvas mini album because every page can be a new project in itself. 

Be sure to stamp with a darker color so you can see your stamped images.

Once you are finished misting and stamping, take a heat tool and dry your canvas or if you don’t have a heat tool, you can let it air dry.

Your canvas book will be different depending on the colors and stamps that you choose. Once it is dry, you can begin adding in the fun stuff to make your project come alive. 

Embellish and add photos and you have yourself one awesome project! 

I added photo mats to the inside and embellishments  I didn't add my own photos because I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep this one as a gift or not. It's always good to have a sympathy themed card or gift on hand. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Products Used:
Imagine Crafts: Memento- Pear Tart, Sweet Plum, Elderberry; Fireworks- Pear Tart, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly; Walnut Ink- Lilac, Willow
 Authentique Paper: Remembrance Collection: 12x12 Paper & 6x12 Components Stickers
Canvas Corp: Stitched Canvas Book
Petaloo- Flora Doodles flowers
Unity Stamp Company: SMAK Kit: Jan 2012
The Crafters Workshop: 6x6 Template – Mini Swiss Dot, Houndstooth 
May Arts: Various Ribbons"

I will leave you today with this thought  . . . believe it!

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