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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 coverage ever!  (And I like a tiny hint of white showing 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


Tap, 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

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 $'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!!