Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clearsnap & Smoothfoam Blog Hop

Thanks for checking out the Clearsnap/Smoothfoam blog hop - two great products teaming up for projects to inspire!
 I've worked with Smoothfoam for a number of years now, and love how easy it is to decorate - no prep required!  I received some of Ann Butler's Crafter's ink pads from Clearsnap and decided to apply these directly to the surface of an 8" x 10" piece of Smoothfoam.  I used 3 colors to represent the sky, the grass and a carpet of flowers.  Once the ink had dried I added the dotted, faux texture with one of Ann's Faux Quilting stamps from Unity Crafts.

Now to add a photo and a saying.  I love experimenting with different mediums and products, so, instead of just adding a photograph, I scanned an old, black and white photo I had, then printed both the photo and a saying (mirror image) onto Craft Attitude film.  Not only did the background colors show thru, so did the slight texture of the smoothfoam.  Love it when a plan comes together.

My granddaughter loved it too and thought if I added some sparkly "jewels" it would look lovely in her room!  After all the colors were just right.  The swirly bling which she found in Nana's box of goodies was perfect.  The colors matched and believe it or not, she found matching faux metal nail heads on adhesive strips which we placed above and below the saying.  

The best thing I like about this project and the products used was the fact that it took less than an hour to pull together.  In fact it took me longer to write this post than it did to make the project!  Of course, I did have a little help.....

Don't forget to check out the other blogs to see what inspires YOU, then enter to win your own Clearsnap and Smoothfoam products to try!

Here's the list of other blogs you'll want to visit - Don't forget to leave a comment.  Thank you:

Suzanne Austin – What’s in a Lousyananut
Julie McGuffee – Life in the Craft Lane
Jennifer Priest – Hydrangea Hippo
Lisa Fulmer –  Lisa Liza Lou
Meihsia Liu – Simply Paper Crafts
Anita Scroggins – The Flamingo Chronicals 
Steph Ackerman – Live Laugh Scrap
Carmen Flores Tanis –  Flores Tanis Studio
Beth Watson – Beth Watson
Sabrina Alery – The Honor Roll
Marilyn Gossett – Marilyn Gossett Designs

Enjoy!  Y'all come back now.............!

Yours truly,


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Designer Crafts Connection - Crafting with School Supplies

If you came here to walk the CHA Paper Crafts show, it's the post below this one....

The kids go back to school in another 2-3 or weeks, so pretty much everyone is having a "Back to School" sale!  Not just clothes and shoes, but school supplies: markers, paper, folders, etc, etc.  Even if you don't need school supplies for school, this is a great time to stock up on journals, markers, paper and a whole lot more!  I saw that Staples is advertising composition books at .50 cents each - time to stock up I'd say.

Don't forget that "school supplies" are also craft supplies.  You can definitely make "school" type projects with them, but there's a bunch of other things you can use them for too.  Markers for doodling is an obvious choice, but I personally love the brightly colored glossy folders around .30 cents each.  That's like getting two sheets of glossy card stock which sells for a heck of a lot more in the craft store.  I usually stock up on 2 or 3 of each color and there are patterned folders too.  I used them last year to make tags and a small banner for a smash cake.  The note cards and popcorn boxes were also on sale.  Ten for a $1.00........   One can't help being creative with this stuff!

I couldn't resist the large boxes of crayons either and used them to cover cardboard "Velveeta" boxes, the bottom of a milk carton and a couple of empty cans - colorful storage options for my grandson's desk.

Don't let this sale pass you by.... you only have to walk into a big box store (Staples, Walmart, Office Depot, Container Store, etc) and you'll wonder why you haven't shopped for craft supplies there before.  You can also find great deals on adhesive sheets of paper and/or labels for printing your own stickers; magnetic sheets for fridge frames - the list goes on and on.  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now.........

Yours truly,
Julie :)


Friday, August 1, 2014

Paper Arts Show

I haven't missed a trade show for the Arts & Crafts industry since the early 90's.  The industry has changed so much over the past 20+ years however, I may have to limit myself to only visiting the Mega show from now on.  I must say though, that although much smaller than expected, I thoroughly enjoyed the show in Atlanta. There was ample opportunity for conversations with other designers (6 or 7 of us were there), manufacturers and quite a few retailer members who were walking the show floor.

As usual I took lots of photos to share, especially for those designers who weren't able to be there this summer.  There are some general photos of the show floor during the network event, so there weren't many people at that point, then there are photos taken the next day.  The photos are in alphabetical order, but from 2 different flash cards, so Anna Griffin, for example is in the second batch.  If the name of the company isn't clear, I've placed it underneath....  Now sit back and enjoy the show!

Impression Obsession


Little B

MD Metal

Northwoods Rubber Stamps


Robin's Nest

This wonderful selection of paper (above) is from a new manufacturer from China.  I hope they'll be at the Mega show in Anaheim.  It was bright, glittery, sparkly and downright gorgeous....

With the Spellbinders Sisters, Cindy, Stacey and Kristy....

Stickers and more at Sports Solutions.

Love this album program from Simple Stories.  We demo'd this on Scrapbook Soup a couple of years ago.... it makes scrapbooking SO easy.

And, yes, we definitely had time for some fun!

Here's Stacey Caron photo bombing the CHA Dream Team!  She was moving so fast, she's just a blurr, but that's Stacey - always moving and staying ahead!!!

I'm sure you noticed a lot of mixed media, especially from Fran at Stampendous, Prima and DecoArt.  If you love texture and more, check out the DecoArt products online, or at your local craft store.  DecoArt has been manufacturing texture pastes, paints and a whole lot more for Mixed Media since before the 90's and their line of chalk paint is really good.  As a decorative painter, I've used their products since the 80's and have no problem recommending them to you.........  hope you'll give them a try.

This is the end of the tour.  Hope you enjoyed it!  Y'all come back now....... 

Yours truly,
Julie :)