Monday, March 31, 2014

The Art Journaling Round UP! + videos

Happy Springtime!!!  I know you are all wanting to get out and enjoy the springlike weather.  So, why not take your journaling outdoors?  Set up a table, grab some paper, paints and markers and enjoy the fresh air and do some creating at the same time.

Today, I'm sharing a round up of the recent Art Journaling videos we've had to date.  In this round up of videos, I show you how to create texture with caulking, how to add layers to your art journal pages and canvases, how to doodle to add fun and whimsey, and how to make art dolls using a combination of simple shapes.  There's a one more "secret" video left in the series and to get a sneak peek, make sure you're signed up to my newsletter which includes helpful hints and tips that I don't share on my blog.

Have fun, happy spring and I'll see you soon with more projects!!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throw back Thursday and a little trip to the Carol Duvall Show +Polymer clay pens

Time for a little throwback in time.  2005 doesn't seem that long ago, but oh my goodness, how my styles have changed since then.  So without further adieu, from the HGTV vault - here's one of my guest appearances on the Carol Duvall Show! In this episode I show you how to turn ink pens in to fun polymer clay pens.  They are featured in my POLYPENS book!   Have a great day everyone!

And you want a funny?  Dana and I joke that this is my "just like so" episode - count how many times I say it in 6 minutes!  At least I can laugh at myself!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

The Art Journal Series - Create Art Girls

Don't you just love that phrase?  We must lose the fear of messing up....because if we don't what happens?  NOTHING! because we stop dead in our tracks and do nothing out of fear.

That's what happens a lot in art, sometimes I don't even try because I can't accept failure.  I have to remind myself and give myself permission to fail and that I'm going to enjoy the process despite the results.

In this episode, I show you how to create an art doll using my very tried and true technique of 6 simple shapes.  Enjoy the process, have fun...and be fearless!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Art Journaling Series Part 2 - Let's Doodle

Art Journaling is a way for me to relax and release. Sometimes, I sit down with paper, ink and paint and just play around with backgrounds and other times, I finish a whole page.  The important thing to remember is that art journaling is fun and it’s okay to make mistakes.  It’s about exploring and letting go of stress!  Fill your art journals with inspirational sayings.  I find they are just what I need when I’m  feeling gloomy!

In this how to art journal video, I share with you a very simple way to doodle and to add color to your pages.  Have fun exploring!

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How to Art Journal - Create a page and backgrounds

MMM-001 Artisan-Xplorer™ machine
S5-151 Spellbinders® Expandable Patterns Basic Lattice*
MD1-004 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Triangles 1
MD1-013 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Rectangles 2
MD1-007 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™  Circles 1
MD2-010 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Houses 2
White cardstock
Acrylic Paint in colors of choice
Sharpie® brand fine tip markers in coordinating colors plus black
Ink in coordinating colors
Paper towels
Cosmetic sponge
Rubbing Alcohol

* See the video on how to create your own foam stamps – click here

Cut  triangles, rectangles, circles and houses from white card stock using the Artisan X-plorer™ machine.  Save the negative space paper.

Draw in scalloped lines on the triangle and the top of the house and outline with a black marker. Draw in doors on the rectangle and on the lower portion of the Houses 2 die cut.

Color in the circles with desired colored marker (I used a yellow)

Apply paint with fingers or a cosmetic sponge to the paper.  Allow to dry and add any additional colors.

Apply paint to foam stamp.  Stamp textured design onto paper.  Repeati for additional texture and pattern if desired.

Apply ink and spritz with alcohol.  Blend with paper towel.

Use paper towel to color the paper negative.  Tear into random shape.

Collage all elements together onto background paper and glue.

Write out phrase with marker.  Cut and glue to background.

Add any additional stamps and doodles.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Let's Create The Art Journal Series Part 1

Today is the kick off to a new series of videos all about Art Journaling.  I'm sharing my favorite tips and techniques to get you started to this really fun form of creating miniature artwork and creative journals.
In this video, I'm showing you how I create my own stencils and use them to build up layers.  It's so easy and fun.  

Please leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite art journal technique is.  And....don't forget to click the "Like" button on the video.  Thanks so much for being a loyal viewer!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Make Time to Cre8Time! March is National Crafts Month + Upcycled Noteholders

March is National Crafts Month and my favorite craft month of the year! Let's start this month with a project that is inspired by my book Creative Ways to Organize your Home.

In this episode of Creative Life, I show you how to up-cycle a mousetrap and turn it into a note holder. These can be displayed in so many places and are great for home and office. They can be decorated in so many ways!

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Check out Kazan’s Create an Aster Video for a more in-depth tutorial – click here

Project Dimensions: Approximately 3” tall
Spellbinders Supplies:

MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan-Xplorer™ machine
S2-063 Spellbinders® Create-An-Aster
S6-011 Spellbinders® Reflective Moments
S5-143 Spellbinders® Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
MP1-001 Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Ephemera Papers 1
Cardstock in color of choice (I used a manilla folder)
Acrylic Paint – Plaid® Folk Art  Antique White
Sentiment Stamp
Length of Ribbon
Metal Charm/findings or embellishment of choice
Ink in colors of choice (Tsukineko® Memento-Morocco, Pistachio and Olive Grove)
Sanding Block
Cosmetic sponge
Decoupage Medium
Tacky Glue

Designers Note:   Consider using this as a photo holder or to display your childs artwork. 

Slide the tension pins off of the “slapper” with pliers.

Pull on the side of the slapper and remove all components.  (hint:  refer to another mousetrap for re-assembly if needed – though you will not need the metal center piece that holds the bait)

Select paper from the Ephemera Papers 1 book and decoupage onto front and back of trap.  Let dry.

Cut/emboss Reflective moments #3 die (with 1 being the smallest) from cardstock
Cut/Emboss flourish from Jewels flower and flourish die template set.  Apply green ink.
Cut/emboss petals for asters from a double thickness of cardstock.

Beginning with the largest petals, dip the end into glue and adhere to the base, working clockwise.  Repeat the layers using the next size smaller petals and so on.  The fullness of your flower depends on the amount of petals you apply.  I made mine to look more like a mum. 

Apply ink to flower and leaves.
Curl up petals to give a more realistic look.
Add embellishment and bead to center and let dry.

Apply acrylic paint to the “slapper”.  Let dry and reassemble the mouse trap.

Cut flourish elements from the Reflective Moments die and arrange onto mousetrap.  Glue on flourishes and flower where desired.

Stamp sentiment and cut into a ribbon.  Glue into place
Attach a ribbon at the base.
Glue on magnet.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

How to transfer images to Friendly Plastic - New How To Video

I am often asked how to transfer images to Friendly Plastic.  There are a number of ways from simply decoupaging an image, using T-shirt Transfers or this newly discovered easy way!

I found nail tattoos at my local Wal Mart.  I wasn't quite sure if they would work but being that they were under $3.00 I decided it would be worth a try.  It was so easy and I really loved the result.  In essence these tattoos are really just water slide decals.  But they are quick and easy and the designs are quite nice too.

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Spellbinders Media Mixage  Bezel of Choice
Friendly Plastic - light colors - I used white
Nail Tattoos
Miscellaneous beads and chain

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