Friday, January 31, 2014

12x12 Canvas Layout

Hello Crafters!  This is Rochelle Spears and today I would love to share with you a layout I created on a  Linnie Bloom's 12x12 canvas. 
I had so much fun creating this layout!  I played around with some mixed media to create a textured background on the canvas and love how it came out!  I also used different Linnie Bloom's canvas pieces throughout the layout. Here are some close ups:

Items used:
Linnie Blooms ~ 12x12 canvas, mesh, bird canvas, leaves, and triangle canvas.
My Mind's Eye ~ Patterned Paper, brads, and label stickers
Prima ~ flowers
Queen & Co. ~ bling
Doodlebug ~ twine
October Afternoon ~ number stickers
American Crafts ~ Thickers
Mixed Media ~ modeling paint, Tattered Angels mist, & Stazon ink.

Have a wonderful scrappy day!!!

~ Rochelle Spears

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

shabby jar huggers by leeann pearce

Hello Linnie bloom fans!
Today is my first post ...and yes i have been busy in my space creating some shabby jar huggers!

Jars are on trend everywhere... I love them because of the many wonderful things we can do with them! 
anyway lets check out my shabby jar huggers.

Starting here - I used the 11" x 9" canvas blank and cut this into 3 strips. Now I don't measure everything  I eye ball everything. 
I am very much a random freestyler. 
So you just relax and go with it ok! 
- Unpick one end of the trim canvas.
 - Cut a small piece of elastic and loop in unpicked end.
- Machine stitch elastic in place and zigzag all the way round.

- Gather together assorted fabrics, hessian, lace and  ribbon  what every strips of fabrics that are lying around.
- Cut at random lengths and layer.

-  Layer assorted fabrics on base and machine stitch in place.

- Now simply finished off by layering  clusters of embellishments such as buttons, metal alphas/numbers, doilies,  linnie blooms canvas shapes and flowers.
- Finish off by hand stitching with embroidery thread for extra detail.

NOTE: Be sure to add a large button at the opposite end for elastic to loop onto.

 ...and here they all are shabby jar hugging.

Thanks for popping by and you can see more of my work at 

Leeann Pearce

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sweet Class

I have designed some decor that's just in time to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day!

Aren't they cute?!  I'm offering this as a class where you will make all THREE canvases for $25.  Class is offered Weds, Jan 29th at 6:30pm, Thurs., Feb. 6th at 6:30pm or Saturday, Feb. 8th at 11am.  Please call me at 262-510-9909 to reserve your spot.
These will look so cute in your home!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Picnic Anyone?

Good morning and happy Saturday!  Linda here with a Linnie Blooms Mini Mixed Stitch Journal.  With all of the snow and cold outside, I couldn't resist to think of warmer times.

Nothing screams picnic more than red gingham, so I used some Bella Blvd paper to create my fence.  The tree was colored with a variety of Faber-Castell Gelatos mixed around with a watered brush.  Once dried, I stamped the tree with an old Stamp'n Up! roller stamp in brown archival ink.  The base of the tree was colored with Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pitt Marker.

My favorite part of this was how I made the "tulips".  I took Linnie Blooms Small Butterfly Canvas Shapes and colored them with Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz.  I always color both sides because when my canvas gets its shabby curl I want to see color on both sides.  Once dry, I fold the butterfly shape and use Aleene's Fabric Fusion to hold it in place.  Aren't they cute?!!

The final touch was the cute little birdies which were cut out of some more Bella Blvd. paper.  If you would like to give this project a try, check out our catalog or contact one of our Creative Reps.  You can find both at

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Winter Night and Summer Day!

Hi Linnie Bloom Fans!!  Today I have two different canvases.  I  made the summer day canvas last week and when I saw Debbie's wonderful long blank, I thought, great minds think alike!! Then, I took out my Linnie Shapes and amazingly, 8 shapes later, I saw the Winter night come to life too. I hope you enjoy my Winter night and Summer Day!

The first thing I do is lay out my shapes and the papers I want to use for the background.  This time I used a map of Georgia, some book paper and a couple of children's poems.  (I also added a gelli printed paper for the snow, but it is not pictured here!)

I got out my supplies - I love art supplies!!

I painted up my little house on a canvas arrow with acrylic paint, a brown paint and mixed it with Golden's titan buff to create dimension.

  I used three different gelato colors and a Faber Castell Pitt pen to create the color on the trees! The stars, were sprayed with Dylusions spray through a star shaped stencil.  I just LOVE how the spay keeps its shape on Linnie shapes through stencils.

And here are some close-ups of the the finished canvas!! I think I might like to be on vacation at this winter cabin right now!!  Even though it has been cold here (for Atlanta) I would love some snow and true winter weather!

And then, in contrast here is my summer day canvas!! This is a little 5x7 canvas that I had in my stash.  I thought it fit my Linnie Tree perfectly!

For the tree, I used acyrlics.  I painted on a thin layer of a lighter green.  I used stencils and a 'spouncer' to keep the paint from bleeding under the stencil.  I layered on a couple of different stencils for a more textured look.

I used a brown gelato and a brown Faber Castell Pitt Pen for the trunk.  I put the gelato directly onto the canvas piece and then smeared it around with my finger.  I used the pen to outline the shape and add a little detail!

Thank you all so much for stopping by the Linnie Blooms blog today!!  There are some exciting things going on around here so make sure to keep checking in here at the Linnie Blooms Blog, the Linnie Blooms facebook page and the Linnie Blooms Pintrest page!!  You can also keep up with me at my blog!! So be sure to stop by and say HI!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

You look like me

Hi everone! Today is the fist day I post as a new designer for Linnie Blooms. I feel so happy and excited about this new adventure and love working with the canvas products.

I´m showing you a page made by using the 12x12 Canvas Blanks as my background.

Since my project involved a couple of different mediums I choose to prep the canvas with gesso on the area where I planned to add the mediums.

If you look close you can visualize that I also used the Canvas leaves on my project. The grid effect was aschived by stamping with a clear stamp from Cocoa Daisy.

Well I hope I could inspire you today! Please visit my blog for more inspiration.

Marie Johansson

Saturday, January 18, 2014

LOVE is in the Air.....

.....My first blog post as a Design Team member for Linnie Blooms!!
soooooooooooooo...over-the-top excited!!

I just do not know where to start!...OK...let me JUMP in!!....This started out with a plain old metal candle  tray that was rescued from the Goodwill {hunting } bag.... which I added some PP from my huge stash...yes...I am a hoarder...but, that is for another posting!
I started with a Linnie Blooms long canvas blank
..and started adding some paints from my (hoarding) stash.. you can see...I have some OLDOLDOLD MM scrapbook paints I cannot throw away...along with an OOPS paint from Lowes(my "day" job)....Look closely at the paper pad will "morph" into a background on another project...

I took the Linnie Blooms canvas tree and, being inspired by another DT member , Candy Spiegel
and her idea of using an embossing folder..I slightly dampened the tree shape and ran it thru my Cuttlebug w/embossing folder....WOWeeeeeeeeeeeeee...just a slightly raised image...but, once I put the color on....OH MY GOODNESS!!!!

So, adding bits 'n bobs from my stash(yes...THAT one!)....along with the Linnie Blooms flags...uber cute...I took my  alpha stamps and with Stazon ink stamped the letters and wordage....Glued everything down with MOD PODGE matte.....OH the TEXTURE....oh the colors!!
The entire canvas collage was attached to the tray for a OOAK piece of art !

BTW...I am totally IN LOVEEEEEEEEEEE with the Faber-Castell Gellatos & Pitt pens!!
These are my new...FAVE...go to coloring go-to's!
The Gellatos are just absolutely YUMMY!!...and vibrant...and creamy....any EASY to use!

And..................because I cannot throw anything away...(craft hoarder)...I used the ledger paper and cut into a tag as  a background for the SUPERDUPER sweet as can be Linnie Blooms canvas owl.

...and yet ANOTHER tag...with a LB canvas heart..background made from the babywipe I cleaned up paint & sprays with...

Sooooooooooooooooo...there you have it!....I hope my posty inspired you to get your crafty on with your Linnie Blooms!
I will have a give-a-way  for this sweetheart tag on my blog SUNDAY, January 19th at 
Beeeeeeeeeeeeee sure to stop on by!

creative blessings,

Thursday, January 16, 2014

All you need

I'm thrilled to be sharing my next long canvas blank with you in my vellum mason jar series.  If you missed my other canvases (fall and spring) you can see a peek at the bottom of this post. This week I'm playing with hearts! 
I decided to go with a different background this time, even though I did love painting the chevrons with Scotch blue painters tape before.  I randomly stamped small hearts in different shades of red and pink (it was a good way to test which of my ink pads were drying out).  I used acrylic paint to create a black/pink border which really seems to help it look complete--like a frame.

I cut out my vellum jar, inked the edges, and added some Stickles (rock candy) for some bling.  After I painted my Linnie Blooms canvas hearts metallic red, I used a Papertrey Ink gingham background stamp with white ink to add even more texture.  I used some decorative paper straws as my "stems" and added a few felt hearts in with the canvas ones.  I also twisted some knots in some Linnie Blooms textures and I love the way they add one more unexpected element to the bouquet. 
One of my new favorite finds is this "burlap paper" from DCWV.  It's still able to fray like traditional burlap, but it provides a stable background for my LOVE stamp.  When it comes to a sentiment, you can't go wrong with the Beatles!  I love to use song titles and lyrics in my designs. 
Valentine's Day will be here soon! Time to add some hearts all around the house!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Creative Tote Bag

A cute little tote for my Linnie Blooms projects

Several days ago, I received my Creative Reps kit from Linnie Blooms. It was FULL of wonderful canvas product pieces, some fabric glue and a couple of bottles of spray ink. I can't tell you how excited I was to receive this package! I couldn't wait to get started, except a cold stopped me in my tracks. Oh the post holiday blues!!!

One of my Fly Tribe friends told me about a great canvas tote that she was using to paint designs on and I jumped at the chance to get a few of these for myself. I have a similar one from one of my paint suppliers, so I knew this would be a perfect place to keep all my Linnie Blooms supplies and its a great Grab-N-Go bag.
I started out picking lots of pieces of Linnie Blooms canvas cut outs to place on my tote. So many to choose from! I came up with a couple of design layouts that I liked and I got started on it a few nights ago. I had good luck with drawing on these pieces before with my fine tip Sharpie markers, so I went with that.

I like the fine tip markers best for this product. I am able to get great colors, fine lines and tiny details ~ or I can go big and bold. Very versitile! I started out with my little banner on these triangle pieces to declare my bag a creative place.

Next, I started with the tree and leaf designs and created lots of leaves, textured bark and just played around. I wanted both large and small tress to depict a design with distant and foreground items. Linnie Blooms has good pieces to choose from that offer versatility, making creative ideas easy.
I like how the large tree came out and I had room to add a hollow hole and plenty of leaves in several shades of green. I also played around with the 2 sizes of butterflies and created 2 with playful folk art styling.
A flower became my sun with contour following lines in an ombre color pattern.
My favorite is the arrow piece which I like to turn into a sweet little cottage. I have used this twice so far and each one looks cuter than the last. I like a gingerbread style of house. Maybe I will have one like this some day.
After a dry fitting to be sure the pieces were placed just right, I used Fabric Fusion to glue them into place. It took a bit more glue to make them stick than I first thought, but I like how this glue didn't seep through, discolor the tote itself or become hard and stiff. A little gentle coaxing was all it took to get them to hold in place. Pretty easy and very little mess!
This is the first side I like to call my Creative Home. I want to go back and add more details onto the tote itself and create a little still life. I think some rolling hills, a path to the house and maybe some flowers along the path.
This is the Creative Side of my tote. Again some more details are needed, like antenna for the butterflies, some more Linnie Blooms hand dyed ribbon and maybe even a bit of glitter. A work in progress, and oh so much fun!  I will be proud to carry this around with me!
Check back again soon for updates on this Creative Tote on my blog.
Best wishes,
Linda Kay
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