Monday, April 30, 2012

*love* Mixed Media Girls by Suzi Blu

Have you read this book?

In my last post, I mentioned that I had traced a couple of girls from this book for my Shrinky Dink projects. I hope Suzi Blu is okay with me doing that. I promise that it was for personal experimentation.

Of course, I bought this book, not for shrinky dink projects, but to learn how to create beautiful faces and to learn more mixed media techniques.

My daughter and I love it! Mainly because it is beautiful. Her painting are sweet and rich in detail. There is a lot to look at and discover. I also like that her techniques are easy to follow and that she is specific with what materials she uses.

I wish it contained more of her paintings. However, she has blog. So if I want to see more of her girls I can always go there. She also offers online classes - which I am so tempted to take :)

Thank you Suzi Blu for sharing your gifts with us.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Shrinky Dinks

Truthfully, shrinky dinks has never interested me in the slightest. Playing with plastic? Whatever.

However, life changes after you have kids, doesn't it? My daughter turned 7 recently and one of her friends gifted her a huge box of Shrinky Dinks jewelry kit.

Just as it was about to be put in the deepest, darkest corner of our craft closet, I was planning a playdate at our home. I thought that this would give the girls something special to do (other than going crazy with the boys ;).

Well, if you have played with Shrinky Dinks, you might have guessed that the girls loved it! Initially, they made a couple of things, then went to play. But then every 10 minutes they came back to make more things.

A couple of my daughter's creations.

I suppose what I really need to admit is that I got totally hooked, too! I can't believe how easy it is to make something so cute and so vibrant. They can be used in so many projects.

I highly recommend the above box for those who have no experience with shrinky dinks. The designs have already been printed on and it comes with all the necessary materials to make jewelry, tags and a keychain. All you have to do is cut, color, bake and create.

After a couple of days of nonstop coloring and creating, we hungered for more shrinky dinks projects. So I found this kit:

The sheets in this kit were blank, We traced anything we could get our hands on. First it was from the sheet of really cute pictures that came with it and then we traced from beloved books. So fun and addictive.

A bracelet for my Mom for Mother's Day - made by my kids and I.
The birds and the mermaid were traced from the provided sheet. 
The girl was traced from Suzi Blu's new book: Mixed Media Girls

I love Sentimental Circus.
This was traced from my Sentimental Circus agenda.
It's going into my journal ... before my kids steal it for the second time!

A birthday card I made for my auntie.
Featuring a girl, traced from Suzi Blu's new book: Mixed Media Girls.

We made too many things with shrinky dinks in the past month. I feel sorry that all of our gifts and cards these days involve this plastic in various ways. But they are cute ... no?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Transfering and stitching

I have a dozen half finished projects lying on my dining room table. I'm really good at that ... coming up with ideas, birthing new projects, and then having new ideas, and more new ideas ... leaving the previous ideas in the dust.

It's time for me to finish up and clean up a bit. Ah, cleaning up is my nemesis. But here I go, project #1 completed.

I transferred a beautiful living room setting from the Anthropologie catalogue onto fabric and then stitched on it. It was more of an experimental exercise than a functional one. So I sewed jump rings on the side and off to the journal it went :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blog Merge

Okay, I know, I change my mind a lot ... first I break my blogs into three, and now I'm merging 2 of them back together. There are 2 reason I'm doing this.

One. Initially one blog was supposed to contain more paintings and journalling projects. The second was supposed to be more personal/family/home projects. However, I feel that my projects are merging more and more. And now, that I have blogged for a while, I'm feeling less of a need to blog about really personal things, like trips and such. So I don't really need a space for that anymore.

Today I started a little 
stitching project for my journal.

Two. Who has the time really to keep up with so many blogs. Apparently not me. I am keeping my photography blog separate, because well, I am a photographer and I have a lot of plans for it :)

For my photo blog, head over here.

I have moved my entries from my personal blog over. I hope you enjoy just one blog for all of my painting/journalling/mixed media/stitching/knitting/crocheting and other creative endeavors!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What can I make with a set of boxes?

The other day I walked around Michaels and saw this set of boxes.

I thought: Perfect!
For what? For storing toys, of course :)
We recently redid our kids bedroom: painted it yellow and moved them from toddler beds to a nice big kid bunk bed. Now I am looking to decorate and find creative ways to store their toys. So those boxes? Perfect.

I painted the boxes inside and out, "wallpaper-ed" a couple of them with scrapbooking paper, and decorated a bit with trims and lace and ribbons. My daughter and I painted the outside, initially with a house and garden theme.  She got bored, so I took the liberty to stamp one box and paint another while inspired by Flora Bowley's painting lessons.


I'm pretty pleased how it all turned out :)

Our space is quite small, these boxes are a bit squashed between a shelf and a bunkbed. So I guess it wouldn't have mattered what the outside looks like. But .... it was a fun creative exercise anyway :)