Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"2014" Canvas Blank

Hey There!!! It’s Rochelle today and I have just a little something to wish you all a Happy New Year!
This is a 5"x12” canvas blank I altered with Gelatos.  I also used Linnie Blooms Canvas Stars and tried something different. I used Rangers embossing powder to embossed the stars and I really like how the texture came out!  

Here’s a close up on the stars:
And that is it for 2013! I hope you all have a very safe and happy New Year! 

~ Rochelle 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Poinsettia and a Video

Artist Kelly Hoernig has created a video for us to show how she created this beautiful piece:

Here is a closeup view:

Learn how to use Linnie Blooms Canvas Sunflowers to create your own poinsettias!  Here's the link to Kelly's video:


Thanks Kelly!
Hi! It's Candy Spiegel returning as my second time as a guest designer on the Linnie Blooms blog!

This time I wanted to share the Stitched Canvas Book I created ... well, decorated anyway. The great thing about this little book is was all sewn and ready to go when I received it!

I started using my Copic Airbrush System and plastic stencils to create the background.

To keep things neat, I placed the book in an old box and used Removable Glue Dots to hold the stencil in place.

After the stenciling was finished, I airbrushed a few colors around the edges of the book.
Then, I airbrushed a piece of Linnie Textures and added it to the cover.

Then, I added a Sizzix peacock die, flowers, ribbons, fibers, Dew Drops, charms and more.
Here's another detail shot ...

For the inside pages, I used papers from Graphic 45 and Webster's Pages. I continued airbrushing the pages throughout the book to tie it all together.

On this page, I airbrushed the Linnie Textures for the right side of the page, then used it as a stencil for the left side of the page.

I hope you enjoyed this peek inside my little mixed-media booklet. Visit my blog at http://candyspiegel.wordpress.com/ for more inspiration.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cherish Today

Hi Everyone- Julie, from A Little Bit of Bling, here today.

Today is my last post as a designer for Linnie Blooms. (sad face)
I've had a great time on this team!  Linda- thank you so much for having me!!

Mixed media has always been something that I saw (and loved) but thought, "I'll never be able to do something like that".
Working with the Linnie Blooms shapes and canvas blanks definitely brought me out of my crafting comfort zone- and I am so thankful for it!
I have learned a ton of new techniques- and made some new friends while I was at it!

One of the new techniques I learned is working with alcohol inks.
I made the flower out of aluminum foil and colored it and the canvas blank and shapes with my new alcohol inks.
I finished my project off with some 3 Girl JAM ribbon.  (There may even be a little sneak peek of something new coming to 3GJ soon!)

Make sure to check out the other posts on the Linnie Blooms blog and the shop.  Linda has some exciting things happening on the horizon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Masculine Florals

Hi there and happy weekend after Christmas!  I sure hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I sure did, and boy did the days go by quickly.

Today, I'm going to share with you a masculine LO I created using Linnie Blooms canvas flowers.  I know a few scrappers that aren't comfortable using flowers of any sort on their masculine pages.  I think florals are great on masculine pages, and actually tones down the page a bit from being overly hard and grungy. Below is a picture of what your flower should look like once it has been distressed.

Very aged and vintage looking right?  To distress the flower, first I cut my canvas flower in half then added a good coverage of wet adhesive. To the adhesive I added distressed embossing powder in vintage photo and dried it with a heat gun.

For this LO I used 2 canvas flowers and cut them in half for layering purposes.  Plus why tuck away half of the goodness if it won't be seen.  Don't be afraid to cut your pieces...waste not want not.  I sure don't want to waste good canvas by tucking half under my layers.

See how cutting the flowers in half provided for more tucking under the layers of this LO?

I also layered mechanicals atop a couple of the flowers to almost create a center for the flowers, also for added depth. You can also add similar shaped flowers of different materials/fabric.  By layering other embellishments on the canvas piece that will only add more dimension and texture to your flower.

If you are one that shy away from adding flowers of any texture to your masculine LO, I sure hope this will help you take that leap.  Give it a try, I'm sure you won't regret using florals on your masculine pages.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Create a bloom

We are all playing with Linnie Blooms canvas flowers this week, and I had an idea to make a poinsettia, but the week got away from me and now it is 2 days past Christmas, so I decided the red poinsettia in my mind would become a winter poinsettia instead.

I started with the Linnie Blooms canvas sunflower, and snipped away every other petal.  I used five  Linnie Blooms canvas leaves added in as more petals.  To color these, I started by rubbing with white and sky blue vivid oil pastels (I was very random and didn't color the whole petal) and then went over it with Distress Stain Faded Jeans.  I outlined in Stickles and added some pearls for the center. 
At some point, in the middle of my creation, I decided this would be a great tag for this New Years Eve.  Thinking about New Years Eve made me think of confetti and so I quickly punched out some big dots, added a glittery 2014,  and I am already to dress up a bottle of wine.
Wishing you and your family
a very happy, healthy New Year...
one that tops 2013!



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Playing with Canvas Pieces by Rochelle :)

Hello Crafters! It’s Rochelle today to share with you my projects that I created using Linnie Bloom’s Canvas Pieces.

For my first project I used Linnie Bloom’s Canvas Long Blank, Sunflowers, and Leaves. 
I started by covering the Long Blank with Tattered Angels mist and Dylusions Ink Spray and set aside to dry.  I then started to work on the Sunflowers
 I used Tattered Angels mist first to color the Sunflowers.  Once it dried I stamped a small patterned onto the lighter color Sunflower.  I then layered the Sunflowers with tule and topped it with a canvas sun shape from Studio Calico and a rhinestone from Queen & Co.  I didn’t do much with the leaves other then mixed the greens with Tattered Angels and a Gelato.

I finished my Long Blank by adding half of a doily, some tule, a paper doll I made with the Prima Paper Doll stamp, a tag that I stamped with a quote and stitching and added my title with Thickers.

My second project I wanted to share with you today is Canvas Flourish Pocket and a Canvas Owl from Linnie Blooms.  
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this pocket, but I definitely knew I was going to give it away as a present.  It’s perfect for adding a gift card or money into the pocket along with a tag.  

For the pocket, I started with coloring the pocket with a blue Gelato, then stamped it with hearts.  
For the the Canvas Owl, I stamped it and lightly inked the edges.  Then I added cardstock for the wings and Queen & Co. Rhinestones for the eyes. 
I always have so much fun creating with Linnie Blooms Canvas pieces! I hope these projects have inspired you to give it a try!  You can check out Linnie Blooms store HERE.

Thank you for stopping by Linnie Blooms Blog today! :) 

~ Rochelle 

Saturday, December 21, 2013


by Kelly Hoernig for Linnie Blooms

I will be traveling abroad in the upcoming year and knew an artistic luggage tag for me and my travel companions would be a great Christmas gift to get them ready to go. So, I picked some of my favorite colors, a couple great canvas shapes from Linnie Blooms, a few stencils and went to work.

I loved how it came out and when wrapped with a Tour Guide of Paris, I know my companions will love it too! Simple yet elegant, now that’s the way I like to work!

Friday, December 20, 2013

O Christmas tree...

Sometimes tags are just too pretty to put on a gift and then throw away.  Sometimes tags are just too pretty to put on a gift at all.  That is when they end up on the tree as ornaments! 
I had every intention of using these Linnie Blooms canvas tags as gift tags, but once I started playing, I just couldn't give them up on a gift, so onto my tree they went!
I added strips of washi tape to the tags, and then painted them with a layer of Modge Podge to seal the edges of the tape from lifting.  I painted the tree and stars with acrylic paint and "decorated" with Stickles for extra sparkle.  There can never be too much sparkle at Christmas time!
I added some musicality with these alphabet letter stickers from Cosmo Cricket and then strung some seed beads on wire to make them easy to hang. 
These are so quick and easy that I will make some more.  Maybe, the next ones I make I'll be willing to part with.  Maybe.

Wishing you the happiest of times this Christmas season!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry, Merry, Merry!

Hello Linnie Bloom Fans!! This week I am sharing with you a Christmas Canvas project that I made with  Linnie Bloom Tags!  

I love Santa and Snowmen . . . in fact, I just love Christmas decorations!! They make me so happy! This canvas found the perfect spot in my front hallway!

For the tag, I used Wendy Vecchi embossing paste, mixed it with red paint and pushed it through my favorite stencil!!  I love these tags because having two sides with a stabilizing paper center, makes them super strong and durable.

I re-used the bow from an actual gift I received this year.  My bows NEVER turn out this nicely, so I recycled a pretty one! I used modeling paste mixed with white acrylic paint for the top of Santa's boot.  And all my favorite Alison Kreft Christmas Stars paper for the background!! But honestly, the Linnie Bloom tag really helps give an awesome dimension to the project.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Make sure to shop at Linnie Blooms for all your canvas shapes and embellishments. They have definitely become a go-to part of my stash!!   Visit the design team on Pinterest, Facebook and  right here the Linnie Blooms Blog!! You can always find me using my Linnie Bloom shapes at my blog too, so be sure to stop by!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tagging Gifts

 Hey there and welcome to another week of great holiday inspiration!  

Today I'm going to share with you two out of the ordinary gift tags I created.  I always like to wrap my gifts in unexpected items such as fabric, actual pattern tissue paper, burlap, comic paper, etc. I also like well embellished toppers, such as bows made of ribbon or fabric with florals, just florals/leaves, or even decorated paper bags. I think this makes it more exciting to find out what's inside, and it's very eye appealing.  Like a present before opening the present.

Let's get started with the supplies:

Pull out a couple of items you think you would like to incorporate, the more the merrier.  You will narrow it down during the process.

Here you will see I've colored the canvas tag with distress stain, then used a mask and molding paste for texture.

After thoroughly drying your tag, add ink droplets, then began to layer your embellishments.

After I've added the desired embellishments, I added a little gesso to the flowers as well as a bit of clear drying glue to adhere some diamond dust.  As you see I decided to go with another selection of flowers, as the first one I pulled was a tad too big. Continue to add texture using gesso or any of your favorite mediums.

This is the result of my tag.

As you see now atop a wrapped gift tucked using glue dots under a bow.  Both the ribbon used to create the bow and the tag will be reusable by the receiver.

My second tag fairly quick to create.  Sometimes you have to just do it...

I decided to mainly use various inks and one stamp to create this tag.  This tag is completed on the front as well as the back.  It really bother's me to have or use one sided tags, so I had to complete both sides.  This is a view of the back of my tag.

This is the front of my tag.  I first gave the tag a generous layer of gesso to give the ink something to hold on to instead of soaking through the fabric. I continued to add layers of texture by dripping diluted gesso, 4 different inks, two mask and one ink pen.

And finally, I added two leaf florals, ribbon and a pop dotted chipboard piece that includes a Christmas greeting.  To top of the tag, three jingle bells were added with thin ribbon.  

This tag was fun, quick and easy to complete.  Best of all I know my tags will be used again as bookmark.  I think it's so much better to create your own personal gift tags instead of using those little To and From tags that get ripped off with the wrapping paper and trashed before you can say Merry Christmas.

Come on...challenge yourself to create your own gift tags, the recipient will love you for it:-)