Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dog Days of Summer....

...or so they say!!
there's no lazy, Summer days happening around here!

Designed my little heart out and finished up my G45 CHA projects (minis, altered, banners, layouts, tags and cards...woohoo!!) Bagged them up and hand delivered to the office.
Too fun to visit the PDX staff & offices in person. I am SO in love with the cool, artsy loft studios. 
A truly inspiring space indeed!! 
(I'll be sharing my CHA projects here as soon as I am able!!)



My junking side has been just as busy...out picking as much as possible for the upcoming Vintage Gathering Market in Battle Ground, WA. 




The market takes place all up and down Main Street. Tons of vendors, tons of treasure.   
Vintage heaven awaits!! 
Hope to see some familiar faces this weekend. :)



oh...one more thing...hop on over to the G45 blog today...my Bohemian Bazaar altered mini is featured today. (a video tutorial is coming soon on how to construct this favorite binding too!!)
....Cherish Your Memories With Minis & Altered Journals




...and don't forget to SAVE THE DATE for our next Summer Workshop Day...

 I know it's been a little quiet around here as of late...it'll all be well worth it though. 
Some fantastic, photo heavy posts are in the works! 
New collection design projects, vintage shows and makeovers AND a staging event all coming soon. 

Thanks for stopping by today...and please come on by the show this weekend if you're in the BG area! 
xo
Denise 

Monday, July 15, 2013

art @ the farm and typography....

Happy  Monday All!! 
Lots to share today...typography images and a link for more sneak peeks, 2 design team projects and wonderful weekend workshop fun!!

So, first things first. Have you seen this NEW line by Graphic 45...Typography?? 
I AM IN LOVE!! I can't wait to get my hands on this stuff. Fantastic images, perfect color tones, versatile patterns. So many ways to use this collection. Every time I see the UPS van near my home I get a little faint!! 


Hop on over to the G45 blog today for all the paper images for this collection as well as 2 great project tutorials by design team members Annette and Alberto. 



We had a glorious weekend here @ the farm.
Amazing Summer weather, 2 awesome workshops and a yummy picnic potluck.
 Altered art journal creation.




 Such a beautiful day! We took it outside for the sanding portion of our workshop. 


 We made Scrabble wall tiles for our home decor project. Everyone chose a word, then sanded, stenciled and sealed. Such a fun way to end our day of creative goodness! 




 We were able to take a lovely break on the back patio for our picnic faire potluck. Fresh local berries, finger sandwiches, pasta salad, fluffy salad, chocolate chip espresso cookies, key-lime pie and a lemon raspberry tart! yummo!! 
Looks like fun huh!!?? 
Our next workshop is coming right up...JOIN US!! 


(and now...back to design lockdown mode.
My CHA assignments need to be delivered Wednesday...guess where I'll be all day & night Monday & Tuesday!! ;o)

Thanks for stopping by today...have a lovely week!
Denise 

Friday, July 12, 2013

one more sleep....

Happy Friday Everyone!!
art @ the farm 
workshop day is tomorrow..YIPPIE!!

we have 2 fabulous projects for you! 

first...a super cool art journal using found junk stuff for the binding and the NEW G45 Bohemian Bazaar papers (and a fun mix of other odds and ends).

This binding technique is one I have played with before (remember the original Steampunk Altered Art Journal and the altered copper necklace). I changed it up creating hidden "hinges" made from metal plumbers tape. 
I used Graphic 45 Staples keyholes to add awesome texture and interest to the book cover. 

Pages are all repurposed and vintage items...music pages, discarded office file folders, graph tablet found in a thrift store, lunch sacks...included a few 
Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar papers for pops of color as well.  
I added the "30 Days" label so I can utilize this altered journal as a Summer Smash book. I found some great smash list ideas on Pinterest...(find them here...Smash List Ideas)
The background paper used on my cover is my favorite paper design from the new Graphic 45 'Bohemian Bazaar' line (LOVE). I sanded the heck out of it to give it a great worn look, distress inked, covered with PVA and stamped random images and textures here and there. 

The cover features a super fun layered collage design. Lots of yummy texture and color! 
I added tabs to almost every page made from multiple mediums...fabric scraps, ribbon, canvas, transparencies and more. 
I am in love with this altered journal!! Can't wait to create this with all my class gals! 


and our second workshop...(finally) my version of this Pinterest fav...Scrabble inspired letter wall tiles! 
SO fun!!  Check out these ideas for decor and more...and what a great personalized gift idea (new baby, housewarming, wedding, etc) 
 (photos via Pinterest)







so...hope that whet your whistle a little!
Can hardly wait to see you all tomorrow (it's been too long!).
see you then...
Denise



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

more sneak peeks and a July 4th banner project...

Just in time for the 4th of July....
an Americana inspired banner. 
Easy to make and you probably have everything you need on hand right now! 


Red, white and blue mini patterned or solid papers, buttons, 
felt and fabric scraps...that's all you'll need for this crafty creation. 


This project is SO, super simple...but let me walk you through a quick tutorial to get the basics down.

1. First off you will need a few supplies...

Graphic 45- French Country 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
May Arts ¼” blue silk ribbon
Distress Ink and Distressing Tool
Adhesive and cutting tools
Buttons, felt stars, bingo game pieces, etc...(any embellishments you choose to decorate the star fields of the flags)
Burlap, denim, muslin and lace scraps- torn or cut into strips
Jute rope or twine- cut to the desired length of your banner
Small wooden clothespins

2. Start by cutting the base pieces. I like to cut a good amount & a nice variety of patterns and solids. I pre-cut and distress,  then just go to town designing!  Below you will see the size and amount of pieces needed to create 1 flag piece.

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3. After your pieces are cut...distress them.

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4. Now it's assembly time...start with the blue star field piece. I adhere it with a temporary adhesive just along the top of the blue piece. I then adhere the middle stripe, positioning it along the bottom edge of the blue field piece. Then adhere the other 2 stripes, adjusting as needed to get equal spacing between all the stripes.

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5. Next you can decorate the star field. (use buttons, felt stars, brads, etc....whatever you may have handy!) I used a hand-cut star and bingo game pieces for this one. (you will also see a variety of other ideas below). Adhere desired embellishments into place. Be sure to use a strong adhesive as your banner will be hanging and the weight of items can sometimes cause them to fall off. A liquid glue (PVA, E6000) or hot glue works great. (Elmer’s white glue is a great option when working with kids...just be sure to give your pieces enough dry time before hanging).

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6. Cut a piece of jute or rope to the desired length of your banner. Tie knots 2-3 inches from each end. Gather up some wooden clothespins. Pin on each flag piece, spacing evenly between each one.

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7. Now grab your pile of fabric strips...I used denim, burlap, muslin and lace. I tore and cut them to approx. 1” x 10”-12”. Tie the strips in between each pinned on flag and at the ends of your banner. Add ribbons if desired. I used a few scraps of May Arts blue silk ribbon to add a pop of color here and there.

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8. Voila!! Hang and enjoy!!

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here's the link to video tutorial for this project: YouTube Tutorial



want to see more NEW Graphic 45 releases?? 
Check out the G45 blog today for all the accessory pieces to Mother Goose. Love, loving the colors and images in this collection!!

Mother Goose peeks, a Steampunk project, French Country decor and banner pics too!! (oh and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to WIN a new release prize package!!)
Graphic 45 CHA Sneak Peeks Day 2: Mother Goose


Thanks for stopping by today!!
xo
Denise