Tammy Tutterow Designs for Spellbinders at CHA . . .

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I've been a follower of Tammy Tutterow's work for years. Her style is decidedly her own and it is always beautiful. When I first discovered her work at a CHA years ago, I was thrilled to learn she was just across the river. Tammy designs her own display at CHA and it shows: a mix of new designs with a bit of an antique look.  

These decorated spools were dispersed throughout her display. What a darling idea! And if you're a Tammy follower, you'll recognize the felt flowers. Love the centers of those!

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I would love to put this happy banner with the decorated spools on top of a birthday cake!

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This was my favorite. If you follow various blogs, you know that some of the gals choose a word of the year . . . an inspiration word. Well, Tammy used a large spool and fabric and added several of the her words from over the years. She used her Spellbinders dies and an antique baby quilt and strung the words together to create this rolled keepsake.

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Wish I had a photo of her mini-books with antique-look fabric covers. They are beautiful. Maybe she'll show them on her blog!

Here's another design from Spellbinders that I thought was really cute (not a Tammy design):

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More from CHA tomorrow!


Laura Denison's Owl . . .

Designed by Laura Denison, this owl is amazing!

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It looks so complicated yet with

this owl kit 

Laura makes it very easy to construct.

This poor guy broke his nose flying home but I still love him.

I added modeling past behind some of the pieces

to give the feathers an added lift.

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And popped up the entire owl head on the canvas background.

Once home, I added more feathers

and branches and a knot from a tree hole and a pine cone.

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Also added skeleton leaves from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

as well as some tiny beads and bling.

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One of the gals at Laura's Salem event

thought he would be pretty cool as a winter white owl!

You can get your owl kit here:

Laura Denison's Paper Applique Owl

 


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts meets Graphic 45 . . .

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This altered tin is one of the projects featured on

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

today.

Check out the details on this

plus

an adorable back to school project by

Barbara.


Crowning Glory . . .

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Although I've been working with

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

for years, I'm joining the team in a new capacity . . . 

as one of their Educators.

As a Prima Marketing Educator,

I saw this crown as a match made in heaven.

Gina (the owner) designed this crown and I immediately was in love.

Every girl deserves a crown!

It starts out like this:

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and with the addition of

Prima Marketing Paints & Jewels

it turns into this:

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You can find the step-by-step instructions

and a supply list here:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts & Prima Marketing Crown


Graphic 45 Mini Safari Adventure Zoo Book . . .

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Thought I'd give you a look at the cover.

It's an 8.25x8.25 mini-book that will hold tons of photos.

We'll be using

Graphic 45's Safari Adventure papers and embellishments

as well as

chipboard designed by

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

and

Prima Marketing Paints.

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We'll create this mini from scratch using

chipboard, Graphic 45 fabric and a Hidden Hinge binding system created by Kathy Orta King.

I will be teaching this at

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

We'll start class on Friday evening August 12

then continue the class

Saturday, August 13.

Very Limited Seating Available!

Call Checkered Cottage for reservations.

 


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gypsy Wagon . . .

How cute is this!

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I have adored Gypsy wagons ever since I saw my first one.

I was 18 years old and traveling with my cousin and Grandparents through Northern Spain.

We passed a Gypsy wagon on a country road and I was in love.

The Gypsy life . . . carefree, traveling and seeing Europe on your own terms in a tiny house.

This 18 year old saw it as a somewhat romantic way to travel.

Now, the 66 year old in me wants a 5 star hotel room with room service!

(ok, it doesn't have to be 5 stars)

In any case, once I saw this Gypsy Wagon from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

memories came flooding back and I was in love with this project.

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Of course, the perfect pairing for this project is

Canvas Corps' 7 Gypsies collections!

I mixed several collections, both old and new

and set out to decorate the wagon

as well as all the miniature furniture, banners, stars & moon and shutters from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

To paint the wagon, I used

Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kits.

I chose the Weathered Bronze kit for painting most of the wagon

including the wood and the tint on the shutters.

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I added strokes of Glimmer Glaze to the roof

making the wood look a bit old with a dash of patina.

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Inside the wagon is a bed and table & chairs,

all from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I've created a tutorial so you can easily see the steps I took to create this project.

Find it here:

 Gypsy Cart/Wagon PDF

Contact Gina to get your very own

Gypsy Wagon and have a great time decorating!

 

 

 


Prima Education Days in Indiana . . .

This past weekend I had the privilege of teaching at two wonderful Indiana stores.

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Friday night was spent with new and old friends at

Mary's Scrapden

We started with a Carte Blanche blank slate.

Added beautiful Prima papers (everyone chose their own)

and then painted

4x6 Paintables with Oil Pastels.

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Each one was finished off with 

Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foil Sheets.

They all turned out beautiful and unique to each artist!

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Mary's B

Mary's A

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Not to be missed, are Prima's beautiful gold doilies!

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Next I traveled about an hour up the state to

Doodlebug Inc

for two Prima projects:

First up, a 6x6 Memory Hardware mini-book.

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Can you tell it was a very cold, windy day?

But we had fun inside this beautiful store chock-full of great goodies!

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We decorated the books using a couple of cool techniques

and many chipboard shapes from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

The paper is from Frank Garcia's Collection: Vintage Emporium

as were the flowers.

Mel and Hannah make everyone feel right at home

and did I mention they ship for one (very low) price?

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Hannah and Mel have one little section with

really cool jewelry and purses.

Yep, bought a couple. Did you see the price on that purse? $9.99!

OK, on to altered art.

For the 2nd workshop at Doodlebug

we began with Prima's Watercolor 12x12 Panel.

A blank canvas was painted using

Oil Pastels.

Not saying this because but . . . 

these are the best oil pastels I've ever used.

They mix easily with water,

are creamy,

come in a ton of colors

and one pack of 24 colors is only around $20.

I think the gals that used them this weekend would agree!

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We also tried the beautiful

Artisan Powders

and the

Opal Magic Paints and found out they are definitely magic!

We painted with Art Alchemy paints

and finished off projects with detailed

Prima Trims.

Once the base canvas was painted, we layered it with

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various Prima stamps and Birdy Nest stencils.

Using Art Extravagance Texture Paste - Crackle Mediums were a big hit!

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Of course, we also added Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foils.

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Each canvas is beautiful and unique to the creator.

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Mel and Hannah had prize giveaways in each class:

Gotta love Comfort Craft Tools!

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Thank you Indiana! I had a great time visiting and teaching for

Prima Marketing.


7 Gypsies Travel Mini-Book . . .

I used to fancy myself a bit of a gypsy.

With over 30 years experience in the travel industry 

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I can't get enough of travel mini-books.

Here I used 7 Gypsies: Gypsy Moments and Wanderlust 8x8 paper pads

There are things to do with paper that are a  must for me:

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{1}  Ink all raw edges

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{2} Add pockets whenever possible

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{3} Layer with chipboard and Crafty Foam Tape - even stickers!

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{4} Use black Crafty Foam Tape or black chipboard or ink the edges of the chipboard with black.

Why? It creates less of a glaring lift than white would create.

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{5} Fussy cut where you can to create layers and tags

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{6} Odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye than even numbers

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{7} Use magnets to create flip pages

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{8} Create interest with double pockets

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{9} If the packaging is pretty, save it and use it for backgrounds.

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{10} Drag colors from one side of the page to another.

The right side paper already had a blue toned design

so I added a blue toned tag to the pocket on the left page. 

It helps to draw the eye from one page to another.

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Thanks for browsing my travel book.


Graphic 45 Mini-Book Pages . . .

You've seen this cover before:

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It's from a 4 part series of workshops I taught using

Graphic 45's Botanicabella

and

Mixed Media Album

Thought I'd show you some of the inside pages.

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I adore inter-active pages of any kind

and filled this book with them.

The page below uses magnets (yep, love those too)

as a closure

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and once opened, more pockets:

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Another magnet keeps this mini-booklet in it's pocket

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until the flap lifts up:

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A belly band holds mini-cards in place

while the chipboard piece keeps them from falling out of the book.

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This page is a flap and closes with a magnet until the inside is revealed

with more pockets:

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Open this page to a surprise pop-up:

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We also stamped on vellum to create a 2-sided design.

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On this page we created a belly band

that holds a booklet.

The booklet stays in place with magnets.

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Thanks for viewing some of the pages of my

Graphic 45 Botanicabella mini-book.