Monday, March 30, 2015

Make a Wish

Hi folks!  I was so encouraged by the comments you left on last week's post.  Yeah!  I'm glad folks are still interested in seeing some art on this blog.  I'll do my best to share at least one project a week, along with posting our weekly bundle deals.
 
Today, I'm sharing a project I created last month for Wendy Vecchi's challenge blog, which I'm joyfully managing.  (You can check out all of the details here).  Last months challenge was to use stencils on our project, and boy, oh boy, did I use some stencils!  Grab your favorite cuppa and get cozy because today's post is a long one!  (Step-by-step!)
My project started with two pieces of gesso'd chipboard, Wendy's new Spotlight Frames and Mask, embossing paste, and brick stencil.  Using the brick stencil, I added embossing paste to my largest piece of chipboard.  On the smaller piece I knew that I wanted to create a cutout in the middle of the board...that's where the mask comes in handy!
 I placed the mask where I wanted it on my chipboard. 
 Then I layered the brick stencil on top of the mask and adding the embossing paste.
Once the mask was removed, I'm left with a perfectly clean opening!  Yeah!  (How do you like the green tint in my embossing paste?  That's what happens when you never clean your stencils...LOL!  No worries, this baby is getting a healthy dose of paint!)
Next came two rounds of paint...Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Paints.  Dab on and wipe around with a baby wipe...best coverage ever!  (And I like a tiny hint of white showing through...like chipped brick!)
Next...two rounds of Archival Ink..Potting Soil and Watering Can (I'm in love with Watering Can!) These were applied with an ink blending tool.
I used a graphite Stabilo pencil to add some shading to the window frame, Wendy's Mesh background stamp for inside the window, Vines background stamp for...well...vines on the outside of the window and the Little Bits stencil for the flowers.

Now here's where things get complicated...I started dinner, emailed Wendy and told her I had a creative block, cleaned the kitchen, got my kiddies in the shower, checked email, ran to the basement a few times to grab more products (yes, I shop from my own store...too frequently...LOL!), and finished my project...all without taking another photo!
Here's the finished piece!  I used Wendy's new Passion for Art stamp set for the face, and License Plate Art for the wish sentiment.  The bird is from the Vintage Floral stencil and the crown and glasses are both Blossom Bucket embellies.  The butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch and are punched from some scraps I keep on hand for just such occasions.  I also added some stenciling, using the Classic Words stencil, to the background of my piece.  Oh, and I added a shelf!  You can thank Wendy for that idea...Isn't that fun!  Of course I'm not sure many queens (yes, she's gazing out on her kingdom) store their crowns on a window sill, but perhaps the crow will keep an eye out for thieves and scoundrels who are looking to steal a queen's jewels...

Be sure to check out the Make ART Challenge blog! Our next challenge will be posted on Thursday!  Enjoy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hello...

Tap, tap...is this thing on?  Hello out there...I'm wondering if anyone is still following the eclectic Paperie blog.  If so, guess what?  We're still in business!!  We're now only online (hello, what was I thinking opening a brick and mortar store while trying to raise two children and run a household...right...), and the store format is a bit different, but we're still selling all of your favorite mixed media products.  Only now...they're all discounted 20%!  Yippee!

Going forward, I'm not sure how I'm going to utilize the blog, but for now I'm going to post our weekly specials and some of my art.  In the near future, I may look to add some guest designers.  (You interested in designing for a month?  Drop me a note at kim@eclecticpaperie.com)

So...let's get started with this week's deal!  This week we're offering a bundle deal that includes a brand new product from Wendy Vecchi...Newsprint paper!  The Newsprint paper is the perfect stamping surface...think vintage paper with the delicate antique book pages! 

Use Glue 'n Seal to attach the Newsprint to Clearly for Art, stamp images on Newsprint, color, and cut out. Use a heat tool to soften the Clearly for Art and mold image into desired shape. Just think of all of the beautiful dimensional flowers you can create! The Newsprint is packaged as 50, 8.5" x 11" pieces.

This week's bundle deal includes one package of Newsprint, one package of Clearly for Art, and one jar (1 oz.) of Glue 'n Seal. All for the low, low price of $9.92!
That's not all...We're also offering a bundle deal on Ken Oliver's new Color Burst microfine watercolor powder (this stuff is amazing!) Ken's new powders come in six beautiful colors and our bundle deal includes all of the new colors, for only $23.96...it's like getting product
for free!  Both of these bundles have limited quantities so grab 'em before they're gone!
So if you haven't been by the store in a while, I hope that you stop by the store and check out the changes.  Be sure to read about the changes on our Policies page and as always, please feel free to drop me a line with any questions.

Thank you!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thanks for the memories: Andiepants

I can't believe it's over! eP has been a wonderful place to design for, receive inspiration from, and chat with other scrap-minded individuals. My time here has been brief but soooo well worth it. Thank you so much Kim for the opportunity to serve on the DT here. 

Here are a few of my favorite eP projects from over the last year.

Loved this tissue cozy made for my third grade teacher



and the top


This was my first page made for eP and also perfect for this time of year:

Loved the altered bag I made for my sister:



and finally my most favorite pages of all time:




I sincerely hope you enjoyed my stroll down memory lane. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments over the last year and all the support. 

{{hugs}}
Andiepants

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thanks for the Memories - Kim Schofield

Wow...these memory sharing blog posts have had me all chocked up.  Seriously, I can't even express how special it's been to read the posts this month and to see all of the beautiful art.  So many times my mind would remember, with delight, some of the projects that have been shared again.  Everyone on our team is so talented and have been such a pleasure to work with...Oh, girls, I am going to miss having this blog and viewing the stunning art.  It has been such a privilege...  Thank you for the very bottom of my heart!!

Just a reminder...while the blog will become much more quiet starting in November, the online store is still open and will be for a few more months so please keep shopping!  All of the craft goodies, now taking over our basement, need to find loving homes! **smile**

And now...I'm excited to share some of my favorites from the past few years...Enjoy!


 My very first attempt at Wendy Vecchi/mixed media work.  Wendy was kind enough to agree to participate with us in a Make Art blog hop, just a few months after I purchased the store.  That event helped to rocket me in to my exploration of all things Wendy.  I have now come to love her work and sense of style.  This is one of those pieces that is going to be displayed on a wall in our house...what a great memory.
This book was my first real project I created using Art Anthology sprays, and I fell in love with their soft colors and the way they react with water and inks.  This album contains photos of my sweet boys and so it's extra special to me.  I also loved the look of Catherine Scanlon's flowers against the teal background.  This was also the first time I hand bound a book!

 My very first art journal page...that I liked! LOL!  Until this point, I had been pretty much making a hot mess and these pages had started out much the same way....and then I broke out the gesso.  This was teh result of an evening spend trying to embrace my own style vs. re-creating another artist's style.  This layout will always put a smile on my face.
 Using class samples to create mini art journal pages...fun, fun, fun!  I have 15 or more of these pages and about half of them are already finished.  I can't wait to bind them all together in to one book.
 I love this face stamp from Wendy Vecchi...love, love, love it!  I created this tag to demonstrate a technique to one of our customers...and that makes me happy.  Helping customers discover the joys of creating and experimenting with products is the absolute best part of this job.
I drew a face!  Need I say more!  This was from a Tamara Laporte class (this is definitely her style), but I never would have known who Tam was or any other mixed media artists if it wasn't for eP and I am so grateful for getting to have the amazing experience of learning how to draw, shade, color, etc.  What a treat!

Gelli plates!  The most fun ever was creating 30 journal pages in a Catherine Scanlon class.  I've finished a few of those 30 pages, but this continues to be my favorite layout and it's so me...script, a circle, and a face...what more do you need?
Can I open and end with a Wendy piece?  Of course I can!  This is the front of my stamp storage binder that I created from scraps that were sitting on my studio table.  I love little houses and I was so excited about the final results.

Well, friends, there is so much more I could share, but I'm going to sign off for now and send along my very biggest and heart felt thank you!!  This has been a most amazing journey!!

Hugs!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thanks for the memories, Steph Ackerman

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.  By now you know that eclectic Paperie is closing it's doors.  That also means the end of the blog and the design team.

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favorite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

While I've only been on the team a short while,  I have really enjoyed working with this team and have loved the wide variety of products available in the store.

This was the very first project I created for eP and I had so much fun creating it - the stencils, the stamps and assorted Art Anthology paints were so much fun to work with.



This canvas uses a large Prima stencil, some molding paste and Art Anthology paints.




And a fun use of the same stamp to create tags for all seasons with Gelatos.




I loved creating these cards with Art Anthology paints, a Gelli Plate and The Crafter's Workshop stencils. 


 
And I just wanted to shout out a big thank you to Kim for giving me the opportunity to work with her and this amazing design team.
 
Steph
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thanks For The Memories

Hi everybody it's Toni here ready to share some of the projects I've enjoyed making during my time with the eclectic Paperie. As you may be aware, the eclectic Paperie blog will be closing at the end of the month. Kim has done a fantastic job of developing the eclectic Paperie and I shall be forever grateful to her for asking me to be a part  of this fantastic group of talented, funny and hugely creative women. I originally came here for six months and now, nearly two years later, you could say that I may have overstayed a little ! So without further ado here are some of my favourites.....
I loved altering this clock, it now hangs in my craft room and keeps perfect time.
One of the great things about the eclectic Paperie has been the drive to encourage us to step outside of our comfort zone. So over time, I did several things I'd never done before for example, my first ever layout....
A crazy altered paintbrush....
an altered spoon featuring my dear late mum...... bless her........
A sardine tin.....uh ?
A chunk of wood.......
Of course there have been more conventional projects like this stencilled journal....
and this tag......
and this one featuring my dad....
and I loved my altered bag....
I could go on but think it's time I stopped ! This is just a sample of the projects which I hope reflect the fun I've had being a member of the eTeam. I'd like to thank Kim for being so kind and generous in supplying lots of goodies that I probably would never had an opportunity to use, and for being such a super-cool lovely lady ! Thanks also to Bonnie for just getting on with it and never being phased by changing the calender and stepping in when needed, and of course thanks and big love to all of the eTeam which should have been renamed the 'A Team' ! you are all a great bunch of gals ! I shall miss the eP .....
Now, what would Michelangelo say.......
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Thanks for the memories, Sue C

Hi everyone, it's Sue C here and it's my turn to share some of my projects that I've made for eP during my time with the team.

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favorite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

 It's definitely been a journey for me, stepping out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion but learning from the experience too ! There's a couple of 'firsts' among my collection too !












 This was my first Art Doll, caused me a slight headache at the time but loved making it !




 This was another first, ATB's are very addictive ! 






I think this canvas is my favourite project, the Donna Downey stamp is gorgeous and I can so relate to having my eyes shut while chaos goes on all around ! 

It just leaves me to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the eP team. A huge thank you to Kim for seeking me out and to my team mates who have been a pleasure to 'work' alongside. I've loved seeing all the fabulous projects from everyone who has entered the eP challenges. 

Sue
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