I have been busy catching up in my studio this week after a few weeks away while travel teaching; I still want to be able to share something with you here on my blog. Today I am sharing a link to my creative girlfriend Carol Heppner's beautiful projects using VELCRO® brand fasteners. Carol has an elegant style and her work is stunning.
As you can tell by the above photo....
Please check out her site here for some beautiful eye candy and great projects!
My creative girlfriend Lisa Rojas wrote an article "Rubber Stamping for the First Time" on her blog recently and with her permission I am sharing her link with you after all she is known at "The Stampin Queen" and I feel it is always good to get back to the basics from time to time.....
In her article she also has instructions for the card pictured above....Enjoy!
Last week I attended the NAMTA (International Art Materials Association) Show in Orlando, Fl with Earth Safe Finishes. I took a few photos while setting up the booth to give you an idea of the process.
When we (Nancy Burkhart; the owner of ESF and myself) first arrived at the convention center we found our booth....it had our name and booth number on the backdrop along with three tables in the space (they were still setting up the booths which is why there was an extra table in our space as we had ordered two not three). We set down the boxes which we brought in with us and went to get the rest of our supplies.
The first thing to go up is the Earth Safe Finishes banner on the center of the backdrop. This is a feat in itself considering there are no ladders around, we were able to locate a couple of chairs to stand on to get the banner in place.
Then the process of deciding what else will be hung (you will notice in later photos we did remove the samples that are under the banner as we did not like how they looked and found a better place for them; also that's Nancy in the photos).
Next we covered the tables with black and started unpacking everything; determining which area they go in.
Thus creating a bit of mess in the process....
We also spilled over into the booth next to us when one of our sales reps came by and dropped of some samples she created for the booth.
The display table started coming together quite nicely .
We started working on the demo table....
Added some finishing touches with a small display on the floor using the suitcase we brought things in with and covering it with black fabric to match the tables.
We decided to move the art from under the banner to either side of the sign on the demo table although we did not have a secure way to keep them up....so we headed to a store....
Which worked perfect for hanging these items to the front of the demo table....
After 5 hours the booth is set up and looks great....we are ready for the 8:30 am start of the show the next morning.
Here is a photo of Nancy and me....it was an AWESOME show; it seems people are finally getting the concept of Earth Safe Finishes which have no VOC's, no BPA or Heavy Metals....they are water based and easy clean up, you are able to mix your own colors and the products go on everything: wood, paper, plastic, fabric, metal....they are great products!
Welcome to the first ImpressArt Metal Stamps Blog Hop....if you have never tried metal stamps before you will be impressed with the great ideas my creative friends have come up with....and you will want to check out the ImpressArt Metal Stamps web site to see all they have to offer as you are going to want to try these for yourself....there are so many things you can do besides working on metal, these stamps work awesome with clay, mat board and stamping....
For my project I decided to make a name tag for my daughters dog (Marty)....he had just gone to the vet two weeks before I created this as he was having some health problems and he could not see out of his right eye so we thought he was going blind; we got him on some medication and his eye problem seems to be getting better and he is getting back to his normal playful self....which is wonderful!
Here is is modeling the name tag....I have to admit I took about a dozen pictures and he sat so still and good the entire time.....
Here is how I made his name tag:
-ImpressArt Alphabet Stamp Set, Jeanie, uppercase
-ImpressArt Metal Stamping
Blank; Offset Washer, 7/8"; Brass
-ImpressArt Metal Stamping
-ImpressArt Steel Stamping
-ImpressArt Stamp Straight
-Rhinestones (self adhesive)
-Sharpie Marker, Black
I gathered my supplies together...
I taped my blank to the stamping block and decided where I wanted to place the name....
I got out the letters of "Marty's" name and placed them in order by the stamping block....I choose to start with the letter "R" and work to the left and right to easily space out his name.....
Once his entire name was stamped I colored over it with a black sharpie marker....
I quickly wiped it off with a paper towel....
I added rhinestones in the shape of an "M" near the top of the blank and placed on a jump ring....
I then placed it onto his collar; it looks great along with his rhinestone bone charm......
He looks so proud and this was so quick and easy to make for him....once you work with ImpressArt Metal Stamps you will find so many creative ways to use them in your projects! Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop by clicking on the Designer Craft Connection logo on the right of my blog!
The Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop is all about quick and easy jewelry this month! So I thought I would get out my Cool2Cast again and create some quick and easy jewelry. I love how easy Tiffany Windsor makes it looks when she demo's it on Cool2Craft you would never think that is was a fiber plaster....
then I glued them to a bail and placed them on a
pre-made ribbon necklace for quick and easy
Follow the Designer Craft Blog Connection link to the right to see the
many creative jewelry projects by the DCC Designers as
part of this month's hop!
Be sure to visit again this Saturday, May 12th when the ImpressArt Metal Stamps
Designer Craft Blog connection hop goes live - you'll find creative ways to use ImpressArt metal stamps on your projects!