Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Blog Hop - Create Your Own Gift Wrap - And Video!


{Gift Wrap Created w/ Decorative Papers & 1 Stencil}

"Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year."
- Victor Borge


Helllllloooooo & Happy Holidays!

I hope this finds you safe, warm and feeling incredibly loved. 

Speaking of which - love that is - I can't wait to share with you the latest from the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team: a Holiday Blog Hop using her ever-so-lovely Stamps & Stencils. . . .


Not only are we hopping along with Jessica Sporn herself, but also with the following Design Team Elves, er, Artists:


And in the spirit of the Season, there are presents to be had as well! That's right, a total of three (3) lucky winners will win one of the goodies below:

Giveaway #2 Smoochy Ornament handmade by Jessica Sporn

Giveaway #3 Gorgeous Wall Hanging by Denise Alloca
(It even has a little clip for hanging your favorite picture or notes!) 


How cool is that?! All you have to do is leave a comment here - and everywhere else you hop - to be considered. You have until next Monday (12/12, 9 am EST) to put your hat in the ring, and the winners will be announced on Jessica's blog the following day. Good luck!


So what did I do for the Holiday Hop?

I played around with making my own Gift Wrap using decorative papers and just one stencil. I tend to decorate my home in candy colors for Christmas, and this wrapping paper is no exception. I found that Jessica Sporn's Paisley Flower Repeat was the perfect partner for creating elegant patterns on a variety of old 12 x 12 scrapbook papers I had on hand.




Wanna see more? Here are a few detail shots:

Lime green Christmas wrap with a handmade fabric bow
{To make a smaller bow, cut the width in half and adjust the length to your liking}.

Oranges and pinks with Stickles glitter for an "embossed" look. . . .

Teal with Swarovski Crystals. 'Cause every Christmas deserves a bit of Sparkle. 


{Oh, and in case you're wondering. . . . yes, the boxes are all empty! I know, I know. Crazy, right? In the end, they will be for your eyes only}. Thanks for watching, hopping and playing along! 

I wish you much love, luck and magic this Season and always.

Kristin xo

Monday, November 21, 2016

Art Journaling w/ Decorative Papers & Photocopies: On Video!

Torn Edge Journal Page

"Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read."
- Leo Burnett


Happy Monday!

I've been playing around in my art journal lately, which really means that I've been playing on single sheets of watercolor paper that, for some reason, I've been ripping the edges off of. It's like some sort of paper rebellion - or maybe I just like the look of torn edges waiting for embellishment. Either way, here's another offering - and another video sharing the process. . . . 



I hope you like it! And if you ever decided to try your hand at this tiny torn rebellion, let me know. I'd love to feature it on my Facebook page!


With Much LOVE,
Kristin xo

Monday, November 14, 2016

Quick and Easy Gift Tags & Video!


Altered Wood Gift Tags

"It doesn't matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go."
- Bob Proctor


Hellooooooo! 

I hope this little video I created using wood gift tags I found in the dollar section at Target brings a sparkly little light to your day.





With Much Love,
Kristin xo

Monday, November 7, 2016

"Sad Eyes:" A Mixed Media Girl & Video!


"You with sad eyes. Don't be discouraged. Oh, I realize. It's hard to take courage."
- Eva Cassidy


I played around the other day. And came up with this little one; with big, Sad Eyes. 

Although I realize that art is incredibly autobiographical, I'm not really sure why she came for a visit. But I filmed her anyway. 

I hope you enjoy watching this inky, smudgy, really, really, really Mixed Media mess. . . . 




With LOVE, 
Kristin xo

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mixed Media "Tiny Homes" with Canvas Fabric & Stamps!


“When you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.” 
- Oprah Winfrey



Helllllooooo & Welcome to another Creative Team Thursday!

Today I'm sharing my newest project for the Jessica Sporn Designs CT that was inspired both by Jessica's fabulous Build-a-Villa Stamps as well as some scratchy, rusted tins that I found discarded in the desert. 



I know it sounds strange, but you can pop over to Jessica's blog to make sense of it all. There you'll find details about these sparkly "Tiny Homes," as well as a process video showing how I altered them all. I hope you like it and look forward to playing again soooooon . . . 




With Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Teeny-Tiny Art Journal & Video!

{3.5 x 6.5 Teeny-Tiny Art Journal}

"Someone once said it's the good girls who keep diaries because the bad girls never have the time.
 Me? I just wanna live a life I'm gonna remember even if I don't write it down."
- Anon


Hellloooooo! 

I hope this finds you happy, well, and in the throws of stuffing your face full of candy. (Oh wait, that's me). . . . ANYway, I had the time to play this week, and wanted to share what I did. 

Truth be told, I knew I wanted to create a video, but I had absolutely no idea what to do. It was only when I took out a big piece of watercolor paper to cover my work space for filming, that it occurred to me to create a Teeny-Tiny art journal from a scrap of it. 



So I got out my ruler and wax thread and started making a bitty book inspired by artist Teesha Moore's Amazing 16 page Journal. It's a really small version, but it was fun, easy and done within an hour.





Thank you for watching! I hope you like it and maybe even create a Teeny-Tiny journal of your own. If you do, please let me know! I'd love to feature it on my Facebook Page


Kristin xo

Friday, October 14, 2016

"Ghosting" with Drawing Gum & A Halloween Stencil!

9 x 7 Hot Press Watercolor Paper

"When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, 
the moon laughs and whispers, tis near Halloween"
- Unknown 


Things are getting a bit spooky over here!

Check out the following video to see what I did with removable masking fluid and Jessica Sporn's brand-spanking-new stencil that was just released for Halloween. . . .





With Candy Kisses,
Kristin xo