Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Blog Hop w/ Jessica Sporn Designs!

(8 x 10 Canvas Panel)

"It is Spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke


Spring is absolutely, positively my favorite time of year. Not only is the weather gorgeous, but the air itself seems to be drenched in sweet smelling, saturated color. 

So the idea of creating in the theme of Spring for our latest blog hop with Jessica Sporn Designs, gets my head spinning in all kinds of whimsical directions. And! I had a cool idea I wanted to try out: what if I took Jessica's "Build-A-Villa" stamps from RubberMoon and enlarged them to create the focal point in a collage? And, if I did that, then wouldn't it be cool to see what's behind the windows and doors? Anyway, that's where my mind wandered, I hope you enjoy watching along:


For more Spring Fun, keep hopping! Check out what both Jessica Sporn and Denise Alloca did with the theme, and be sure to comment on all posts you visit. Jessica will be giving away her (beautiful, stunning, I must have this!) "Layered Peonies" stencil from Stencil Girl to one lucky winner. 


All entries must be registered by next Monday, April 19th (6:00 pm, EST) and will be announced on Jessica's blog the following day. 

Have fun, good luck and Happy, Happy Spring!
Kristin xo

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

DIY Toddler Tank Top with Jessica Sporn Designs!


“When kids hit one year old, it’s like hanging out with a miniature drunk. 
You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit.”
— Johnny Depp


It's Design Team Thursday. . . .

And I have the cutest little DIY project to try: It's fun, incredibly easy, and can be done so quickly that you may find yourself looking for other things in your children's closet - or your own - to alter. 

I used Jessica Sporn's  6 x 6 Horned Owl Stencil for this project, and think it would make the sweetest-ever first birthday shirt. Can you picture it? "Look Whooo's Turning One?" You could even make matching invitations by taking the same stencil from fabric to paper! But I digress. . . .

To see the video - it's just 3 minutes! - and to learn more about this teeny tank, check out Jessica's blog and her YouTube channel.






And if you love this stencil as much as I do, you may wanna check another other video in which I trade this owl for it's mixed media alter-ego. To make sense of all that, check out the video below:






Until we meet again,
Kristin xo
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

"Whimsical" Sunday Postcard Art


"I like that 'once upon a time' quality, where the telling of a tale has an elevated sense of story. 
There's a whimsical quality to it. Sometimes in fairy tales more things seem possible, 
even though often they're real world based."
- Erin Morgenstern


Helllloooo & Happy Sunday Postcard Art!

I'm tickled to host this week, and have chosen the theme of "Whimsical." 

I recently found an old medicine bag in my stash of emphermia, and couldn't wait to play with it. It serves as the base for this little girl - half sketch and half B&W photocopy - as she trips along the the word Tranquilizer, made prettier with the addition of some neon pink. . .

To see the whole thing come together, check out the process video on my YouTube channel:


Wanna join us? Please do so! Create anything at all, just as long it's the size of a postcard and follows this week's theme. You can link your "Whimisical" postcards through the end of the week at Sunday Postcard Art. 

I can't wait to see what you do!

With Love,
Kristin xo

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Abstract Art Journaling w/ Jessica Sporn Designs!


“What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles. . . It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation.”
— Hans Hofmann

Helllooooo!

Abstract Art Journaling?! I know. I haven't heard of it either, although I wouldn't be surprised if there really was such a thing. 

I had so much fun playing with pattern, form and color (and not much else), that I'm not sure I'll ever "journal" the same way again. But I digress. To hear the entire story, and to see to how I used the following fabulous tools, pop over to Jessica's site over here. . . .

For more on the products used, check out the links below:





Until we meet again,
Kristin xo

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine Blog Hop w/ Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team . . .



"All love is sweet, given or returned."
-- Percy Bysshe


Hellooooo & Happy Valentine's Day(ish),

Today I'm playing with the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team as we create Valentine-inspired artwork for our Valentine Blog Hop, featuring products from DecoArt Media!



So what did I make? Why something sweet of course! Or, better put, something to put something sweet in. Check out the video below for the whole process. 




And if you'd like to try it, please help yourself to the following TEMPLATE: 


But wait! (Yeah, there is). 


Leave a comment here and on the blogs below for a chance to win your own "Seven Hearts" Stencil. One lucky winner will be taken from all blog comments and announced on Jessica's blog next Monday morning, February 13th.




With Love, Luck & Valentine Kisses,
Kristin xo

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Art Journaling w/ Deco Foil & High Flow Acrylics . . .


“That night she dreamed of the deer. Strangely, the animal was holding her. She cuddled close into the soft fur and touched and kissed it gently. In the morning her pillow was wet with tears.”
-- Julie Andrews

Helloooo!

I had the opportunity to see a deer recently, not a normal site for this girl. I was so entranced, so enthralled and so just, blown away by the beauty of it, that I haven't been able to stop thinking of her since. This page is a direct reflection of my thoughts in this way, thoughts that run up and down that creek and keep landing on the meadow where I first saw her. . . 



Until next time, 
Kristin xo 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Design Team Thursday: DIY Valentine's Pillow!



"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."
-- Audrey Hepburn


Helloooooo & welcome to another Design Team Thursday featuring the lovely stencils & stamps by Jessica Sporn Designs.

This week, I played with Jessica's new "Seven Hearts" Valentine stencil by Stencil Girl. I love love love all the sweet little details this one has - including little scallops and swirly text - that I just had to turn it into something that I can permanently display. . . .





Head over to Jessica's Blog for more details, pictures and the rest of the pillow story. And! If you heart this stencil as much as I do, be sure to tune into our next Design Team Blog Hop on Tuesday, February 7th as this very stencil will be awarded to one lucky winner. 



With love,
Kristin xo

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cardboard Tags w/ Ledger Pages & Ledger Stencil . . .


"Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future."
-- Mattie Stepanek


I had a little fun with an absolutely fabulous stencil I just found from The Crafters Workshop

And apparently, the itty-bitty 6 x 6 version I was inspired by, also comes in a 12 x 12 format. Hm, looks like I may have to accidentally get that one too as I must say, I'm totally and completely in love with it. 

Speaking of which (love that is), It should also be said that I tried Deco Art Molding Paste for the first time today and it. is. so. dreamy! It's thin, smooth, pliable and honestly the best molding paste I've tried for stenciling. If you're in need, I highly recommend it. 

So, wanna see what I did with said paste and stencil? Check out the video below:




Until next time!
With colorful kisses, 
Kristin xo

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Design Team Thursday: Art Journaling with Bubble Girl!


"Surround everyone you can think of in bubbles of love."
- Diana Cooper


Happy, Happy, Happiest New Year! 

And welcome to my first post of the year for the Jessica Sporn Desgins CT. . . . This go around, I've been art journaling with a loose piece of "scratch" watercolor paper and my very favoritest (that's gotta be a word somewhere) stencil by Jessica Sporn for Stencil girl





Head over to Jessica's blog to for more, including details on the process. . . .




Oh, and while you're there, be sure to check out all the Design Team YouTube videos: there's a ton of talent, fabulous products & tutorials and a whole lota loveliness awaiting you there!




Until we meet again,
Kristin xo