#CUZLUV - Paige Evan's Collection - Pick Me Up!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hi!  I am sharing a layout I created today using the new Pink Paislee collection from Paige Evans, ‘Pick Me Up.’  I won the ENTIRE collection from a GiveAway Paige had on Facebook.  And I mean, ALL the goodies; Thickers, stickers, washi, papers, stamps, rub-ons and on & on.

This is the first project I used with my haul, and the first layout I made just for me, for fun, not for a team project in such a long time.  It was so nice and easy to be inspired with the colors, patterns and embellishments.

I used an Instax photo I printed of my daughter and youngest niece that I printed in black & white.  I started stacking papers and die cuts to create a very colorful cluster to contrast the black & white of the photo.

Using the diagonal pattern from the 6x6 paper as a guide, I added some machine stitching across the background cardstock.  There are also some super cute embellishments, like sequins that have adhesive, making it so easy to add them!

I finished up the layout with a small embellishment cluster at the top right corner.  I also mounted the entire background piece onto a piece of navy patterned paper and added some gold splatters!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  And thanks so much to Paige Evans and Pink Paislee for the amazing gift of gorgeous products that are the perfect Pick Me Up!
Have a great week!

Home Decor Project - The Crafter's Workshop February 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hello friends!  Grab a cup of coffee and get cozy for my project featuring a new stencil and new mediums from The Crafter’s Workshop.
For this home decor project I used this stencil just released a few weeks ago along with 4 of the brand new metallic pastes.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

I bought this wood tray with a steel frame and handles at a local craft store.  I thought the rustic look would be perfect for using one of the newly releases stencils that are perfect for home decor.


In preparation for using the stencil, I trimmed about 1/4” off the top end to fit flat inside the frame of the tray.  I taped it in the center of the tray using masking tape and also masked off the top portion of the coffee cup so I don’t mix the pastes.

I planned to use these 4 metallic pastes in a gradient pattern from this light Champagne Gold to the darker Copper Penny Molding Paste.

Next, I used the color Antique Gold.  I wanted to let the Champagne Gold paste dry a bit before pulling up the masking tape, so I jumped ahead the third section of color I planned.  It is so perfectly named too...it does look like an antiqued finish.

Then I went back to the coffee cup and used the Grecian Gold paste providing the perfect transition between the other shades of gold.

Finishing up the design with the Copper Penny paste at the bottom, I pulled off the masking tape and then the stencil itself.

I love the way the stencil itself looked with the paste all over it too!

Below is the finished product!  I love the way it turned out.  Such a fun way to customize something for a unique gift!

The stencil kept the design nice and crisp and the metallics have the perfect amount of shine.

Thanks for stopping by today to share this fun project!  I hope it inspires you to find a way to personalize your own home decor or something for a friend!

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A Stenciled Frame for Watercolor - January 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Today, I am sharing a scrapbook layout I created for The Crafter's Workshop earlier this month to document my son turning 11.  This is not necessarily a birthday page, but just a casual selfie that captured my feelings.

I used the two 12x 12 stencils below along with some White Gesso to prep my white cardstock for using watercolor.


This is one of my favorite stencils, but I wanted to make a big impact and not cover up the design I loved so much.

 I knew I wanted to use watercolors, so I added a light coat of the Gesso to the a piece of white cardstock, hoping to keep my background from buckling too much under the water.

I used VersaMark and some white embossing powder to heat emboss the stenciled borders of frames and dot to create a border to capture the watercolor with.

Using 4 or 5 colors of blue, turquoise, and purple I painted the darkest under the area I planned to place the photo and lightened up the paint out front that point.

While the paint dried, I used the two 'Distressed' circle stencils and inked the shapes onto vellum.

I layered the vellum circles under the photo combined with a few black foam phrase stickers.

The quote that kept coming to mind with this photo was this quote from Shel Silverstein in the classic book, 'The Giving Tree.'

I mounted the watercolored background to a piece of black cardstock and wrote the quote within the painted frames and stamped the date.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope this inspires you to create a background for ant kind of project using your stencils!


BLACKBIRD singing...The Crafter's Workshop - January 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!!
Today, I am sharing my first project for The Crafter's Workshop for 2018!
I have been a little obsessed with my art journal these days and below is the project I created.

I was inspired by The Beatles song ‘Blackbird’ and the lyrics, which I adore.  I am always inspired by song lyrics for an art journaling spread and these immediately made me think of this intricate stencil, appropriately entitled ‘Tweet.’  I also used the other two stencils and media shown below.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.

After prepping my pages using the White Gesso, I brought out All the blues, greens, violets and black Distress Inks.  Using the star and dot parts of this 12x12 stencil, I added layers of ink across the top portions of the left and right sides of the pages. 

Using the star and dot parts of this 12x12 stencil, I added layers of ink across the top portions of the left and right sides of the pages.

Next, I added light blues, greys and black around the perimeter of the pages.


I went back to add another layer of ink to provide more contrast after adding the black, although it still wasn’t dark enough.  I decided to go over those areas with some of the Heavy Body Acrylic paints.

After that layer dried, I used the Modeling Paste to add some of the small dots and star shapes in this ‘Galaxy’ stencil.  I had intended to only use the small shapes of this stencil, but ended up using a portion of the galaxy arch shape to frame around the area I planned to write my the lyrics.

Even though this stencil is very intricate, I knew that the Black Modeling Paste would be the perfect medium to highlight this design.

After writing the lyrics I used lots of pens and markers to add some detail and embellishment to the spread. 

Here are the detail photos and final project!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope this has been a bit of inspiration to kick off your New Year.

Jenni Calma
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member
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