Saturday, April 26, 2014

lovely screen

Hello to all!
I am here once again to create another product with Linnie Blooms.
What fun it is to use these pieces of blank canvas!
You can use them in white, paint them, sew them, paint them, draw on them ...
endless possibilities.
I used a canvas 15cm x 15cm
Thanks for letting me be part of your day today.
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Mixed media tags

Today I would like to show you two tags I made for my doughter Alice who turned 6 years old a couple of days ago.
I have used the same base for both tags, a cardstock tag with a patterned paper from 7 Dots Studio (Love is in the Air collection "Rising of the Sun"). First of all, I wanted to add some structure so I applied thick modeling paste (from the hardware store) trough a template. When dried I sprayed the tags with mist from Ayeeda (13@rts). After drying more I stamped with black permanent ink randomly over the tags.

When happy with the base I added my chosen Linnie Bloom canvas products, mixed with a couple of other embellishments. For the tag above I made a flower using two Canvas Blooms that I sew togheter by hand. Then I sprayed it with ink and highlighted it with a bit of red paint.

For the card down below I used the gorgous Canvas Leaves and feathers! They are SO versatile!! Instead of misting them I painted them with thin gesso. That way they get more flexible, and easy to bend when semi dry.

Other materials used: Flower (13@rts). Frame (Fabscraps). Chipboard Wheel and tag (Scrapiniec). Rinestones (Pink Paislee). Button (Prima Marketing). Stamps (Prima, Keisercraft).

Hope you liked my tags as much as Alice did!

Best wishes from Marie

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Asia Journal ~ A Linnie Blooms Mini Journal

Asia Journal ~ A Linnie Blooms Mini Journal

I have been designing for Linnie Blooms for quite a while now. A very good experience and a great chance to get my hands on their product line. When I put my hands around one of their Mini Journals, a small 5" X 7" collection of canvas pages and a wonderful Flourish Pocket tucked inside, I fell in love!

Linnie Blooms Mini Journal
It has 4 pages of stitched surfaces sandwiched with papers recycled from old book and a wonderful pocket opportunity to insert little bits of unexpected joy inside. I just knew I had to create something special with it and something dear to my heart. It called for lots of details and a place for fond memories.

Since I lived in Southeast Asia quite a while, what better subject than memories and ephemera from my trips and life there? My own little memory scrap book to hold some favorite treasures.

Asia Journal by Linda Kinnaman, front cover
I was interested in trying out some Transfer Artist Paper, which I had heard does a great job of transferring images to fabric. I wanted to give it a try on canvas and see what I could do with it. I found an image from one of my Dover Publicationsbooks that I thought would set the color and theme well. I had a bit of trouble getting the image to adhere well, but think it came out a bit vintage looking, which after a while grew on me. It makes it look old and well worn, like a favorite book which has been tucked in my backpack while on my journeys.

A special note: Thank you to Leslie Riley, who took time to consult with me over the effects I was trying to achieve and learning to love what became.

I added some simple Linnie Blooms shapes for the title and some rub-ons and old stamps for accents. A few jade beads and some brass charms added a bit of bling to the front cover.

Buddha pages

While in Asia, visits to Buddhist temples are a must for learning about the culture and customs of the people. I have been to many and find each one beautiful, colorful and wonderful places to see. I have met some very interesting people while visiting temples, and have gained a respect and embracing of their principles. I wanted to honor my visits with a couple of images from travel brochures that I had collected.

Ladies in waiting pages
The beauty of Asian women is well known! I wanted to capture a vintage collection of Chinese and Japanese costumes and accessories. Their attention to detail, grace and elegance are impressive to me. Pink and green combined together spoke of this for me and I saw a lot of it while traveling. Strong yet feminine colors of spring time. Beauty and charm.

Most women now embrace the Western style of clothing, so spotting a women in traditional dress was a delightful surprise. Often they would pose for a quick photo if you politely asked, often with a blush and a small giggle covered with a delicate hand. It is nice to see these traditions still upheld and celebrated during special times or events.
Ladies in waiting pages
postcard insert for pocket

Tucked inside that Flourish Pocket I found an old post card of a Reclining Buddha in Thailand. I embellished it with more old stamps and an old print of a garden scene and some flourish rubber stamping.

Flower pages
Asia is also known for their lovely flowers. So many of the flowers we use today in our own gardens are from all over Asia. I myself, have peonies similar to the one pictured here. These two pages are more Transfer Artist Pages that I colored and painted in with myGelato color sticks.  I also added some old stamps again and a book mark that I picked up in a Hong Kong shop.

Memories of China, back cover
Finally, the back cover depicts a few placed in Hong Kong that I have visited. I love all the details they put into their architecture. Tons of carved and painted details all over the place! Huge statues, large structures for placing incense to burn, old paintings and tapestries. Wonderful flare for color and ceremony.

I am pleased with the results of my Linnie Blooms Mini Journal. I was able to use techniques that have proven reliable for me. Layers of paper and gel medium, painted trim and details, ink and stencils, gelato color sticks and lots of stickers and assorted souvenirs.

Now that I have really tried them out, I am anxious to do more. I can see all sorts of possibilities for these little keep sakes. Cherished memories, a collection of techniques, pages commemorating special times and people in our lives.  Perhaps a technique class is in order to share what I have learned here...
I hope you have enjoyed my designs for Linnie Blooms. I am taking a break from the design team to work on art work for summer art fairs that I have signed up for. If you like what I have been doing, would like to learn more and try some for yourself, let me know and I can help you. My home studio class room is ready and waiting for YOU!
Best wishes!
Linda Kay
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Be a Designer of Dreams

Hi! It's Candy Spiegel back with another design featuring products from Linnie Blooms.

Almost all of the products used this time are part of the Linnie Blooms collection.

I started with a square blank, along with the butterfly, sunflowers and flower canvas shapes. I coated each of them with Glimmer Mists.

I then used Ranger Archival Ink in black and Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamps to add pattern to the blank, butterfly and flower.
I then stacked the flowers together and attached with a large brad from my stash.
For the butterfly, I added wire antennae and used a black glaze pen for the body.
I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the top of the blank and tied a ribbon on as a hanger.
I glued the flower and butterfly onto the blank using Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive. I stamped the saying, another Wendy Vecchi stamp, onto a piece of white paper and used Distress Ink to color it a soft green to match the piece. I used dimensional foam to adhere the saying to the front.

I thought it needed a bit more sparkle, so I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the top flower, the butterfly and the saying.
And there you have it ... a sparkly, peaceful, encouraging little wall hanging.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Do What Makes You Happy

Hello and Happy Saturday!
Man O Man…
Sometimes I struggle with journaling and scrapbooking…ever get in that rut?
I did this page (6X6") for our son who is an avid movie connoisseur.
I have told him a bazillion times that I 
would do this book for him so it's about time I got started. 
I've added all sorts of bits and pieces of texture and color.
You can find that bright red  
This particular piece is a pocket, but I turned it sideways to create an arrow.
Thanks for peeking in on me today.
Take some time and browse the posts and the Linnie Blooms shop.  
You'll find gobs of inspiration from Linda and the rest of this 
amazing team. 
Have a happy weekend.

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Design Team Announcement

First of all I would like to thank EVERYONE that applied to join the next term of Linnie Blooms Design Team!  Here is the list of designers that will be sharing all kinds of Linnie Blooms goodness with you May 1st through July 31.  Throughout the coming weeks you will be able to get to know them better as we tell you a little bit about each of them.  Clicking on each of their names will take you to their personal website/blog.  In no particular order:



Guest Designer, Karen

And also, please welcome our new Design Team Coordinator, Sassy!



Hello Guys!
I'm super happy to be here with you again!
Today I want to show a layout for your inspiration. Loved use this wonderful canvas Linnie Blooms in my project. What do you think?

 Look at this butterfly canvas! Is not she beautiful? I'm in love with her.

 I want to thank Linda Barutha for giving me the chance to play with her canvas shapes.
I'm in love with these products.
Thanks Linda!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Showers bring out Rainboots and Flowers!!

 Hi Linnie Bloom Fans!!  Aren't you SO glad that spring is FINALLY sprouting?? I adore flowers and I even love spring rain showers!! 

On Pinterest, I keep seeing these adorable pics of rainboots with flowers inside.  I kept trying to draw a boot ... but they just never looked right. That is when I KNEW the Linnie Blooms boot was going to work ... So I drew the design onto the canvas with a pencil and then cut the the little sides off ...

I painted the boot a bright pink and black.  Then I stenciled on a couple of bright white hearts and voila, CUTE BOOT!! 

I laid out the paper I wanted to make my flowers out of ... but I didn't like any of my green paper.  So I ripped a page out of my sketchbook.  Stamped some black dots and painted on green paint mixed with glazing to make it more translucent.  

I kept going back and forth about the background.  I love using wood boards for my projects, but for the first time, I just wanted to keep it plain (Crazy, I know!!)  Instead of paper and paint, I covered the board in clear gesso and sanded the edges... and I loved it!

I cut out my green shapes and used gel medium to glue them down.

I glued the boot down with Quick Dry Helmar 450.

Then I cut out the flowers and glued them down too.   I made sure not to glue everything down flat so that the stems and flowers literally jump off the board!! 

Thanks for stopping by Linnie Blooms today!! I hope you enjoyed my project and it inspired you to create something!!!  - Karen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Create with a song

It's been awhile since I have worked on my "Songs in My Heart" art journal.  There are lots of songs in my heart, but not a lot of time in my life.  But, I made some time for this song creation so that I could share this one with you as my last post on the Linnie Blooms Design Team.  I want to thank Linda Barutha for giving me the chance to play with her canvas shapes and for giving me inspiration to jump into mixed media art.

The song is "Ribbon in the Sky" (by Stevie Wonder) and it is one that right away popped into my head when I first got the idea for this song art journal.  Ribbons in a sky...

My first step was to use some water-downed inks to water color with a checkerboard stencil for the sky.  I added in some free-hand clouds using white gesso.

Next I added my rainbow ribbons that don't end in a pot of gold, but rather a shiny heart with rays shooting out.  Are you wondering what those rays are?  They are upside down birdies---Linnie Blooms shapes are so versatile!  I colored these shapes with more inks as watercolors and added some Stickles to the heart.

"This is  not a coincidence 
and far more than a lucky chance
but what it is
that was always meant
is a ribbon in the sky for our love
from now on it will be you and I
and our ribbon in the sky"

I sure had a blast playing with my Linnie Blooms shapes and I am certainly going to keep playing.  Here is just a little peak at all the FUN!


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