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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mixed Media Heart Box


Hello Everyone!  I'm back today with something that may seem a bit unusual from me.  I haven't used acrylics in so many years, but I've been thinking about getting back to them lately.  I've had a cardboard heart box in my craft studio for a while now and just didn't know what I was going to do with it.  I tend to collect things when I go to the craft store.  I'll see something and know that I'll want to use it some time and figure that it just won't be at the store any longer when the time comes.  So, I buy these things for no other reason than I may just happen to want to do something with them somewhere down the road.  This heart box was one of those things.  

I've been thinking of different ways to use rubber stamps other than on card fronts.  I wondered if I could stamp one and incorporate it into a mixed media project.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.


Never trust your heart to a flower
with an even number of petals...


After digging around in my craft studio for a short bit, I found some molding clay, mod podge and acrylic paints.  Then I went after my old collection of stickers from my scrapbooking days.  First I tinted the molding clay with some red paint and coated the entire box.  I found some scraps from the LDRS Summer Sorbet designer papers and tore them into strips.  They were applied to the box randomly with mod podge.  I really love these papers!  My DT and I have been able to use them in so many different ways...on cards, scrapbooks, altered projects and now in mixed media!  They really helped bring this project to life!




Next I stamped my image...the LDRS SC Valentine Petals.  She comes with sentiments too!  One of which I used on this box.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it apart, mounted it on some textured paper and set it aside.  I colored the image with Copic markers, which wasn't as difficult as I thought.  It's not as good as when colored on paper, but it worked!  I wasn't sure how it would be over the mod podge though.  Just don't expect to be able to do any blending.  Next I added some more color here and there with the acrylics.  Then I grabbed some old text stamps and rub on's and just started adding them wherever they seemed to work.



Next, I grabbed some self adhesive black pearl strands and strung them around the edge of the lid.  I had some wooden heart buttons, whose color was nowhere near what I needed, so I covered them with a crackle paint, threaded them and glued them down.  I grabbed the sentiment pieces and put them into place.  Lastly, I added some random doodling all over the lid.

So that's all I have for today.  I will be back as soon as I can.  Til then, try to think outside of your comfort zone and attempt to do something that you've never done before.  It doesn't have to be anything drastic.  It could be as simple as coloring a stamped image on a mixed media project!

Til next time...

Angie



Saturday, January 12, 2013

Opening day of CHA!


Happy Saturday Everyone!!!!!!

Today is the first day of the

Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow in Anaheim, California!

We are having a FABULOUS time so far!  If you're at the show, please stop by booth 1913 to say 'Hello'!  Also, be sure to check out my FB page and the Little Darlings Rubber Stamps FB Group for pics from the show!  I'll be posting them as often as I can.


Create and Craft TV

Recently, the Saturated Canary line has been featured on Ideal World's 'Create and Craft TV' in the United Kingdom.  For the first time ever, Create and Craft will be broadcasting live from CHA, bringing you stacks of world exclusive products, including the Saturated Canary rubber stamps!

Join us and presenters Leonie Pujol and Nigel May from 12th-14th January, from 9am to 2pm PST daily (5pm to 10pm in the UK); only on Create and Craft TV! 

There will be a world launch of the Saturated Canary stamps from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps!  The LDRS segment is scheduled to air today, January 12th from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm PST.  You can watch me live on television (if you live in the UK) or on your computer at www.IdealWorld.tv .  Go to this site, then click on ‘Watch Us Live’ and select the ‘Create and Craft’ channel in the window to the right.


Next up, I've got a new project to show you with one of the Saturated Canary stamps from the CHA Winter 2013 release.  I hope you enjoy it :-)



This is 'Lilliana' and she's my favorite image from the new collection.  She'll be available in retail stores very soon.  I bought this frame with a coupon at a local craft store and thought it was the perfect size for 'Lilliana'. Once our new house is done, this frame will find itself hanging in my new craft studio :-)  The image is simply colored with Copic markers.  I kept the background plain so that 'Lilliana' is the main focus.  I trimmed the frame with a self-adhesive roll of gems and then added a small array of flowers.  Behind the flowers is a small  lace heart.  

That's it!  Plain and simple!


My New Year's resolution is to spend at least 6 hours per month in my studio.  So, I'm hoping to be back here at least one every 2 weeks with a new project.  I'll see you back here soon!

Big Hugs to you all!

Angie


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