Sunday, 25 January 2015

Where to start? More Videos and Giveaway Winner :)

Hi there people, it's me again!
I hope you have a great creative weekend - myself I'm struggling to find motivation to do something more creative than just editing and putting things from one lace to another - I guess you have to blame wonderful moody weather outside! But I can feel there's anew project coming... it's just around the corner or maybe a few good cups of tea away! :)

First of all - thank you for this amazing response to my Giveaway. We've reached almost 400 comments which is a huge number. Wow. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to participate! You are so loved!
Reading your comments I've noticed that idea of Art Basics and Art Ingredients working together is new to many of you - which is great, as you will have a lot of fun playing, experimenting and discovering the possibilities just like me :) There were also the questions from you - mostly: where to start? Here I can help!

I think the best way will be to take a cup of tea, coffee or any other during you prefer and have a peek into my Art Files: Tutorial Videos section of the blog. I've updated it today for you adding all the new demos and techniques which were taped in the last couple of months. I'ts all waiting for you!


My second suggestion will be following our great Creative Team blog posts with tutorials - posted every Monday and Friday here and follow my Art Recipe Wednesday - my own projects with product info, some visual inspiration and tips and step-by-step information for anyone to try! There is also our You Tube Channel if you want to stay tuned and find our CT Videos with ease. Check it out!


My next tip will be following Prima You Tube Channel - my products are being used by many of the artists showing their tutorials during Live with Prima shows - why not subscribing and following the on FB too?


I hope my suggestions will be helpful and you will dig a bit in the sources to get some information and inspiration out of them!

To give you a good start I've got 2 brand new videos - demos I've made for Scrapbook Expo during Winter CHA 2015 featuring my new Art Ingredients of course: Mica Powders and Micro Beads!





And finally - time to announce our Super Lucky Giveaway Winner! 



Huge congrats to Lynn Stevens from Trash to Treasure Art blog!
Lynn, please contact me on my email please! We'll be happy to send you the prize! Woo hoo!


Keep your eyes open guys, something is telling me there will be more prizes to win very soon...
sending hugs


Friday, 23 January 2015

Sparkle & Shine Blog Hop & Challenge

Hi there my dear friends, how are you today?
Have you noticed recently that sparkle fever is taking over the world? ;)
Of course, there are people who prefer their creations to be glitz-free but I get the feeling that there are many of us here who just can't resist a little bit of glitter here and there...

(Supplies used: Prima Art Basics: Black Gesso, 3D Gloss Gel, Soft Gloss Gel, Art Ingredients: Ebony and Ivory Fine Glitter Set, Glass Beads - Zinc, Micro Beads - Black, Mechanicals - 3D Roses, Gears, Leaves, Trinkets, Caps, paper flower and some Primary Elements mixed with water: Stargazer, Evening Primrose, Mystique. Splashes of gold: Prima Color Bloom - Gold Foil.)



I have to admit it is almost impossible to take a photo of this project n a way to show how beautifully shiny it is - wonderful holographic glitter I used simply doesn't show all it's splendor on my photos. Sigh!



My wonderful Creative Team also decided to have some Sparkle and Shine fun... ;)
Together we've made this brand new challenge and Blog Hop for you - inspired by (of course!)
everything that sparkles and shines!


Ready to play? Here's how our challenge works:

First of all, make sure you blog hop with my Creative Team. Below you can see the list of all the blogs where you can find some really breathtaking artworks.
Make sure you visit each of the ladies to see in detail how they played with all kinds of sparkling materials. Don't forget to leave a kind comment! :)


Now it's your turn! We hope you'll feel inspired and ready to create some sparkle of your own!
The rules of the challenge are very simple indeed - you can create any kind of project (layout/art journal/altered art/ATCs etc) and our Creative Team will vote on their favorite one.
The only rule is: making it sparkle and shine! :)

Did I mention, there is a prize to win? here it goes! 

(Yes - all the products from Finnabair line you can see on the photo are waiting!)

Please add the link with your project to InLinkz on the bottom of the post! 
We can't wait to see your artworks!

The challenge's open 'till February 8th.
Good Luck!
xxx



Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Blog Giveaway Time (with video)!

Hi again my dear ones!
I hope you had a great beginning of the week! I was busy unpacking after CHA and reorganizing before going to Creative World in Frankfurt (Those of you who are coming - you will be able to find me in Notions Marketing booth! Drop in to say hi and watch a demo or two, maybe?)

So, I was unpacking and I found a couple of nice products from my new lines in my suitcase... and you know what was my first thought? (Exciting a bit, huh?)  A giveaway for you, my dear readers! 


(Prize on the picture: 1 stencil, 1 set of cling stamps, 2 wooden block stamps, 2 clear stamps, Art Ingredients:  1 set of fine glitter - Crimson, 2 jars of Mica Powder, 2 jars of Micro Beads, 1 jar of Glass Beads.)

Yes, here it is - all these items are waiting for one lucky winner who will be picked up by random drawing on Sunday morning, 25th January :)  You have time to enter the giveaway before I will wake up on Sunday (which is about 9 am of Central European Time :))

To enter the drawing you have to do just 2 things:
1. Watch the video below with my demo from CHA (a couple of cool techniques and tips included!) - taken by wonderful Paperclipping.com

2. Leave a comment below the post and name one of my favorite mediums from Art Basic line which is great to create custom gels and pastes! I used couple of them it in the video!


I hope you will enjoy the video (check out other videos from Paperclipping.com - lots of great reviews and demos from the CHA!) and I'm sure you will find the answer without any problem. Some of you probably guessed it already!

BTW: There's more Giveaway Fun coming - keep your eyes on my Instagram and FB Page in the coming days too!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Couture Creativity

Hello Friends!
Let's start a new week with something totally and utterly amazing, shall we? :)
Rebecca - one of the most creative minds I know - is here to show her latest artwork. We keep saying that she's the best Couture Designer in our Team. ;) (just take a look at her previous projects and you will know what we mean)



Hello Everyone!

Rebecca here today to share with you all a mixed media purse which I recently created.
This small plain balsa wood purse had been sitting in my stash for quite some time, just waiting for the right moment to be given some love and crafting affection.
Being a fan of vibrant colours, purses and dangly purse things (I am sure they have a name?), what better project to do than to combine them all together into something amazing. 





To begin I gave the balsa wood bag a light coat of Heavy Gesso (White) and allowed to dry. 


Strips of vintage book paper and washi tape were layered randomly on the front, back and outside edges of the bag. To adhere them to the wood Soft Matte Gel was used. 



To create a small amount of light texture Soft Matte Gel was applied to the outer areas of the bag with a palette knife through the Bubbles stencil.
To create the vibrant colour 4 different colours of Dylusions Ink Spray was applied, shading from blue down to green (Calypso Teal, London Blue, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass). 



It is no secret that I love Art Extravagance Texture Paste in Copper Crackle. If you have not used this product yet, you really must as it is amazing!
On the front of my bag I applied a fairly chunky layer of texture paste and then sprinkled a combination of Copper Glass Glitter, Licorice Glass Beads and small watch parts. I gave them a gentle press to ensure they adhered to the texture paste. With a small amount of Soft Matte Gel I adhered Copper Glass Glitter and Licorice Glass Beads over my material lined Pendant Caps. To finish my Pendant Caps I added two Tassels using jump rings.



Having recently been given a large bag of fabric scraps, I used a few different colours to give my bag edges and flower petals a bit more colour. These were adhered to my bag using Soft Matte Gel.
A black Faber Castell PITT Pen was used to outline all edges, this included lining all the material, petals, title and my texture paste 'dirt'.


I almost left the handle in its original state, but nothing wrong with a bit MORE colour right??
The handle was wrapped in various layers of thin strips of material. In order to seal the outer bag and the handle, I applied a layer of Soft Gloss Gel. Not only did this seal it with an untacky finish, but it also gave it a lovely gloss lustre. 



To adhere my rusty nails, pendant caps and inner flower Mechanicals, I used a small amount of 3D Matte Gel. I created a dangly purse thingy (please someone reply and tell me if these 'thingys' have a name) using mechanicals pendant cap, leaves, a key and some random material scraps and ribbon. 




Products Used:


I ask you all to think outside the box as craft can be worn as an accessory, why not give it a try yourself?
Please if you have any questions at all do not hesitate to contact me, I am more than happy to help out. 

I wish you all a happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Back from Winter CHA 2015!

Hi there my dear friends!
Good to be back home - jet lagged, a bit tattered on the edges after slightly adventurous trip (thanks to Rachel coming from the west) I was so happy to see my own bed, my dear husband and the furry rest of the family. Today, tapping the dust off I'd like to share a short glimpse into my CHA 2015 experience. It will be remembered!
Some of you already know a lot - I keep posting photos on my Instagram account so it is the easiest way to see what is going on in my artsy life: classes, projects, blog posts - with just a small insight into my prvate space. Check it out if you like this way of visual documenting... I got hooked right away!

So how was my CHA?
First of all - we statred early with Art Venture - great Prima event where students from all around the world could take classes from 6 talented teachers: Jamie, Trina, Julie, Frank, Alberto and me. It was intense, fun and a bit out of control (with my suitcase lost again)  - but we made the best of it all!







Here you can see almost all of us - how cool group is that?


Just after this great event I had the pleasure to meet wonderful group of retailers joining our Prima Mixed Media Days in Prima Headquarters - and get ready for the Show of course.

My CHA was all about meeting friends - all and new and sharing the excitement about my new add-ons to my Mixed-Media Lines: Micro Beads, Mica Powders, new colors of Beads and Glass Glitter and (drumroll) my first ever sets of artsy Cling Stamps, Wood Block Stamps supported by Clear Stamps and new Stencils. (You can find a review of the line by May Flaum here on her blog - check it out!).
Anyway, here are some snapshots from the booth (more on Prima Blog here!)



You can see much more of the products and also a couple of tips and tricks in this video made by super friendly team of Scrapbook.com:


(warning - funny accent included!)

My CHA wouldn't be so special without all the people who made it happen - wonderful, supportive Prima Team (some of the backstage photos included!):





... and all the great friends who visited me in the booth or stopped to watch my demos of found me somewhere to take a photo and chat!





It was a great time full of hard work, excitement and good laughter too - you can never get bored with these people! Thank you so much for that! Now I can't wait to see my new products in action!
("Prima Leaks" say they will be shipped to the shops in the second part of February... sigh - I want them out right now!)

I hope you had a good beginning of the year too - and I hope to see some of you very soon in Frankfurt during Creative World and Birmingham (Craft Hobby and Stitch... and first ever Prima Mixed Media Day in Europe - check details here). I'll share where to look for me and my demos in the next couple of days - stay tuned!
Sending warm hugs