2013 Artisan Finalists Blog Hop – Day 10

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Welcome to Day 10 of the 2013 Artisan Design Team Finalists Blog Hop!  This is the end of our hop featuring the projects we submitted to Stampin’ Up for this contest.  We have decided as a group to continue to share our creativity with you going forward twice a month starting on Monday, August 26th!  So set your calendar for the launch this Monday of “Monday Montage”.  After seeing all these awesome projects up close and personal, I know you won’t want to miss these talented girls’ future creations!

You should have come from the fabulous Bree Renwick’s post to get here and from here you can click on “next” and get to Dani Dziama’s amazing work!  If you missed Bree either select the “back” button to get there or go all the way around the hop to get back to her.






Today’s post features my second 3D entry.  I just love this project and I have to say I started on it weeks before entries were due and worked on it as a whole for quite some time!  This is a chalkboard frame that I put together and embellished.  I bought the frame from Michael’s and it had a recessed area where the picture would go.  I painted and distressed the frame and added chalkboard paint to the recess.  The laser cut wood frame came from Michaels also, it features most of the embellishments.

Highlights:  The pictures tell most of the story on this project but here are some of the details.  I made flowers with the Simply Pressed Clay and Molds.  I dyed the clay with Primrose Petals and Soft Suede and sponged them and added gold highlights with my trusty Gold Lame Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink.  For the pennants I stacked Tea for Two DSP strips, crochet trim, a painted doily and buttons.  For this pennant, too much was not even enough!  I added and added until it looked over the top!  For the top banner I gold embossed a sentiment from Really Good Greeting on Vellum, added gold smooch highlights and a button and crochet trim.  The rest of the frame I sponged with Soft Suede and added gold smooch in random spots.  I also stamped the script image from By the Tide in the bottom right corner.  For the final touch, I added the chalk art “Inspire, Create & Share” on the chalkboard.

I sure hope you have enjoyed this hop as much as we have enjoyed sharing our creations!  Make sure you join us on Monday, August 26th for the premier of “Monday Montage”.  Look for the logo below and you will know you are in the right place!


Here are the products I used for this project:

Stamps:  By the Tide, Really Good Greetings

Ink:  Primrose Petals, VersaMark, Soft Suede

Cardstock:  White Vellum, Tea for Two DSP, First Edition DSP

Embellishments:  Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Simply Pressed Clay, Vintage Trinkets, Pearl Basic Jewels, 5/8″ Crochet Trim, Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Boutique Boxes Designer Kit, Gold Lame Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, White Tea Lace Paper Doilies

Tools:  Buttons & Blossoms Clay Molds

To purchase these products go to my online store!

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Make sure you check out all the fabulous projects created by the finalists by going through the hop!  Select “back” to see Bree Renwick’s fabulous work and select “next” to get to Dani Dziama’s amazing projects!  You do not want to miss a thing!!!


Chalk Art Love <3 !



Hello friends, I am on my way back home today after a fabulous vacation in Virginia with my best friend.  We spent 10 days chatting, creating, venting, shopping, antiquing, stamping, laughing and creating some more!  The last couple of days another great friend and a new friend joined us and we went into creativity overdrive!  It’s been so inspiring and fabulous, my spirit and soul are full and I am going home with renewed creative energy.

We created 32 projects and dreamed up at least another 32 that we didn’t get to!  Our biggest undertaking is the chalkboard frame pictured above.  We both took Rhonna Farrer’s Chalk Art on-line workshop and have been inspired to learn to make our own chalk art for some time now.  We really needed a showcase for our chalk art efforts though!  We had a couple of ideas and spent 45 minutes walking down every aisle in Michaels and came home with the bones of the project pictured above.  Then we painted & sanded & distressed & sponged & added gold accents & glued this beauty together.  It needed some embellishment of course and we spent almost a day collaborating on the beautiful, airy banner and rosette for the top.  We used lots of Stampin’ Up paper, ribbon, buttons, etc. as well as some pieces cut from some antique sheet music.  I think the end result is breathtaking!


Some of the products of featured are:

You’re Amazing Stamp Set, Established Elegance Stamp Set, This and That Epic Day DSP, Pool Party Seam Binding, Gold Embossing Powder, Brushed Gold Card Stock, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Vintage Trinkets, Pool Party Bakers Twine, Linen Thread, Artisan Embellishments Kit, Natural 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon & Natural 7/16″ Trim Ribbon.  Phew!  Lotsa goodies on this!

Truly this project is over the top and an unusual undertaking, but oh so pretty and fun!  A once in a while, special vacation project….just for me!

I hope you love it as much as I do!


To purchase these products go to my online store!

Check here for upcoming events and classes!