Archive for July, 2010


I'm very excited to give you a sneak peek of my new scrapbooking line from FancyPants, called Lilac House. I love the soft and textured quality of this line – it's filled with florals and paislies and some vintage designs — perhaps some of the fabrics you'd find in a tiny seaside cottage or country home. It will debut next week at the Summer CHA show.

Here are some layouts I saw from the Fancy Pants Blog from their very talented design team!

Sweet Little You by Amy Peterman

Amy SweetLittleYou 

Style by Kay Rogers

Kay SummerStyle


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Greetje Feenstra

Good morning! I am off to my weekly torture at the gym, but I was surfing through Art.com today for some inspiration and came across this amazing artist that I had to share with you!

Greetje Feenstra's painting are so ethereal and gorgeous. I love the way she crops her painting in so tight and all the wonderful texture and softness, don't you?

My favorite painting is this one because if you look closely she is using gold leaf! LOVE IT!

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But check out her other work at Art.com






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Today I created a digital collage piece called "Dream". I used several photos of textures and things I've taken over the past year as well as two of my ScrapArtStarts using Watermark Resist. I captured the process into a video that you can view on My YouTube Channel. If you would like to subscribe to my channel, I'm planning on making more how-to videos and fun things there.

And, if you'd like to download the finished collage piece, you can do so here (5 mb)


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I am thrilled to have Annie Manning, aka, Paint the Moon Photography, as our Muse this month at ScrapArtist! For those of you who may not be familiar with her work, she is an AMAZINGLY talented artist and photographer (plus one of the sweetest ladies you can meet online!). Annie's photos have such a dreamy quality to them.. a bit distressed but super-colorful at the same time, if that makes sense?


She also sells excellent photo textures and actions on her site paintthemoon.net. Go check her out! Plus, she'll have a treat for all ScrapArtist blog readers sometime this week (hint! hint!)

I was inspired by Annie to create my very first photo textures and I called them Cowgirl Photo Textures, because Annie rides horses and seems like a cool cowgirl to me! I also created some Flower doodle brushes that are OK to use commercially.

Both of my products, along with the rest of the July Artist-to-Artist goodies are 20% off until next Tuesday!

It is still so darn hot here in Michigan today, so I am headed to the nice cool basement to paint. I'm on week 2 of Claudine Hellmuth's class and we are doing resist techniques today! 🙂


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I made this little "Dream Box" using my new paints and some of my FancyPants Roadshow rubons. I just started a mixed media class with Claudine Hellmuth at BPS and it is amazing! She has several video tutorials each week and some extra class projects which inspired me to create this box.

My creative juices started yesterday when I got this box from UPS with all my goodies for Claudine's class!

Next I went to Michael's and got this little wooden treasure box to work with. I got all my painting supplies out, including my Roadshow Rubons from Fancy Pants.

I covered the box with gesso, letting it dry for a few hours. This is not necessary but just like priming when you paint a wall, it gives you better coverage with the color.

Next, I watched Claudine's video on beginning paint mixing and downloaded her PDF paint mixing chart. I mixed up two colors… a bright green and a soft blue…

I painted the bottom part of the box with the green and the top with the blue, letting it dry overnight.

This morning, I got out my rubons and cut them out with scissors. Using a wooden stick, I transferred the rubons onto my box on the sides and top…

The trick with using rubons, especially on wood, is to go slowly and hold them in place. You can tell that the image has been transferred because it will appear lighter (as it does on the right side of this rub)….

When I was all done, I picked a goldish brown chalk ink and went around the edges of the box to give it a slightly aged look.

And that's, it! The possibilities are endless with paint…and that's why I love it!

If you would like to try your hand at this technique, post here over on the ScrapArtist Blog with a link to your project by next Friday (midnight). I'll send ONE lucky random winner my Roadshow rub-ons as well as a few other Fancy Pants Roadshow goodies.

Have a great weekend!

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