Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Be a Designer of Dreams

Hi! It's Candy Spiegel back with another design featuring products from Linnie Blooms.

Almost all of the products used this time are part of the Linnie Blooms collection.

I started with a square blank, along with the butterfly, sunflowers and flower canvas shapes. I coated each of them with Glimmer Mists.

I then used Ranger Archival Ink in black and Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamps to add pattern to the blank, butterfly and flower.
I then stacked the flowers together and attached with a large brad from my stash.
For the butterfly, I added wire antennae and used a black glaze pen for the body.
I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the top of the blank and tied a ribbon on as a hanger.
I glued the flower and butterfly onto the blank using Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive. I stamped the saying, another Wendy Vecchi stamp, onto a piece of white paper and used Distress Ink to color it a soft green to match the piece. I used dimensional foam to adhere the saying to the front.

I thought it needed a bit more sparkle, so I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the top flower, the butterfly and the saying.
And there you have it ... a sparkly, peaceful, encouraging little wall hanging.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Do What Makes You Happy

Hello and Happy Saturday!
Man O Man…
Sometimes I struggle with journaling and scrapbooking…ever get in that rut?
I did this page (6X6") for our son who is an avid movie connoisseur.
I have told him a bazillion times that I 
would do this book for him so it's about time I got started. 
I've added all sorts of bits and pieces of texture and color.
You can find that bright red  
This particular piece is a pocket, but I turned it sideways to create an arrow.
Thanks for peeking in on me today.
Take some time and browse the posts and the Linnie Blooms shop.  
You'll find gobs of inspiration from Linda and the rest of this 
amazing team. 
Have a happy weekend.

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Design Team Announcement

First of all I would like to thank EVERYONE that applied to join the next term of Linnie Blooms Design Team!  Here is the list of designers that will be sharing all kinds of Linnie Blooms goodness with you May 1st through July 31.  Throughout the coming weeks you will be able to get to know them better as we tell you a little bit about each of them.  Clicking on each of their names will take you to their personal website/blog.  In no particular order:



Guest Designer, Karen

And also, please welcome our new Design Team Coordinator, Sassy!



Hello Guys!
I'm super happy to be here with you again!
Today I want to show a layout for your inspiration. Loved use this wonderful canvas Linnie Blooms in my project. What do you think?

 Look at this butterfly canvas! Is not she beautiful? I'm in love with her.

 I want to thank Linda Barutha for giving me the chance to play with her canvas shapes.
I'm in love with these products.
Thanks Linda!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Showers bring out Rainboots and Flowers!!

 Hi Linnie Bloom Fans!!  Aren't you SO glad that spring is FINALLY sprouting?? I adore flowers and I even love spring rain showers!! 

On Pinterest, I keep seeing these adorable pics of rainboots with flowers inside.  I kept trying to draw a boot ... but they just never looked right. That is when I KNEW the Linnie Blooms boot was going to work ... So I drew the design onto the canvas with a pencil and then cut the the little sides off ...

I painted the boot a bright pink and black.  Then I stenciled on a couple of bright white hearts and voila, CUTE BOOT!! 

I laid out the paper I wanted to make my flowers out of ... but I didn't like any of my green paper.  So I ripped a page out of my sketchbook.  Stamped some black dots and painted on green paint mixed with glazing to make it more translucent.  

I kept going back and forth about the background.  I love using wood boards for my projects, but for the first time, I just wanted to keep it plain (Crazy, I know!!)  Instead of paper and paint, I covered the board in clear gesso and sanded the edges... and I loved it!

I cut out my green shapes and used gel medium to glue them down.

I glued the boot down with Quick Dry Helmar 450.

Then I cut out the flowers and glued them down too.   I made sure not to glue everything down flat so that the stems and flowers literally jump off the board!! 

Thanks for stopping by Linnie Blooms today!! I hope you enjoyed my project and it inspired you to create something!!!  - Karen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Create with a song

It's been awhile since I have worked on my "Songs in My Heart" art journal.  There are lots of songs in my heart, but not a lot of time in my life.  But, I made some time for this song creation so that I could share this one with you as my last post on the Linnie Blooms Design Team.  I want to thank Linda Barutha for giving me the chance to play with her canvas shapes and for giving me inspiration to jump into mixed media art.

The song is "Ribbon in the Sky" (by Stevie Wonder) and it is one that right away popped into my head when I first got the idea for this song art journal.  Ribbons in a sky...

My first step was to use some water-downed inks to water color with a checkerboard stencil for the sky.  I added in some free-hand clouds using white gesso.

Next I added my rainbow ribbons that don't end in a pot of gold, but rather a shiny heart with rays shooting out.  Are you wondering what those rays are?  They are upside down birdies---Linnie Blooms shapes are so versatile!  I colored these shapes with more inks as watercolors and added some Stickles to the heart.

"This is  not a coincidence 
and far more than a lucky chance
but what it is
that was always meant
is a ribbon in the sky for our love
from now on it will be you and I
and our ribbon in the sky"

I sure had a blast playing with my Linnie Blooms shapes and I am certainly going to keep playing.  Here is just a little peak at all the FUN!


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