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From Small Beginnings – Cheiron Brandon

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad

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It’s Tuesday and time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “From Small Beginnings”. Throughout the month of September, the team will be using my n*Studio Stamps to interpret the theme. The change in seasons and the childhood ritual of Back to School in September has me thinking about starting new things – new projects, learning new things, and meeting new people, and all the excitement and challenges that come with all of these “new”s. For this theme, From Small Beginnings, my Squad will think about the process of starting something new and the very first steps they took. I’ll ask them, how did you experience a Beginning?

So this week we have 3 different card designs from Cheiron Brandon to celebrate her love of cardmaking – the thing that got her started in the creative life 🙂

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Hi there! It’s Cheiron here with my September project. When I initially thought of the theme From Small Beginnings, I thought back to how I got started in art, crafting and art journaling as an adult. About 12 years ago, I moved back to NJ and there was a small stamp shop that opened right down the street from me. I was always interested in making things and I remember making watercolor cards in high school and putting simple messages on them. Rubber stamps opened a whole new world to me. In the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with several stamp companies and design teams, the most recent being a part of the N*Studio squad.

I am grateful for having art, stamping and especially card making in my life. In the past 10 years I have amassed a HUGE collection of supplies, but I always find for me that the cards I love to make are the most basic. I am sharing 3 simple cards with you today, each was made with only one stamp and a sentiment or word pulled from a giant bin of stickers I still have. I made all three of these cards in under an hour and now have some happy mail to send to friends!

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This first card is made with a stamp from the Marks stamp set. I love these X’s and stamped them in 3 different colors then went over each section with an ink blending tool with the same color. A few letter stickers, pieces of washi tape and a staple with my tiny attacher, and voila!

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The second card was even easier…a few stamped images from the Kaffee Klatsch stamp set colored in with watercolors, and a little gold splatter and one simple sentiment sticker.

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For the final card, I used a stamp from the Mish Mesh stamp set as a sunshine, and painted it loosely with watercolor, another sentiment and it’s good to go.

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I hope these cards remind you of why you got started with this hobby, and what initially brought you joy. I had so much fun making these quick cards and sharing them with you 🙂

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I love Cheiron’s story of her “beginning” and the cards are simply beautiful.  I think everyone would like to be on her mailing list!

In addition to washi tape and various word stickers from her stash, Cheiron used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links):

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Maybe you will even play along with us -I would love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad!

Nat

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  • Brenda

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    These cards are so colorful. Makes me want to go make some. Did you emboss in white on the last card?

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  • ,Mary Holshouser

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    Love the card with the XXXXX
    I have that stamps and will be using that
    idea.
    A pretty, colorful card.
    thanks for sharing.

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DIY Gift Wrapping Paper

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in HandCrafted

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I love making my own gift wrapping paper and it is a really quick thing to do . I needed some paper for the Suburbia Painting I made for my brother in law and laid out some kraft paper.

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As you can tell Niles really wanted to help – if you want to have your cat help you, add half an hour of time for your DIY gift wrapping paper though – the clean up will keep you occupied *wink. I basically cleaned off my brush onto the kraft paper when I was doing an art journal spread.

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I added some circles with a brush to add some pattern and used a white acrylic marker to write Happy Birthday all over.

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I made a small tag, used some twine in a similar blue as I had used in the background and BAM – done .

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Of course you can also use stamps and stencils -but in any event this is a super quick, easy and cheap way to make some personalized gift wrapping paper.

Here are the supplies I used for my DIY Gift Wrapping paper- some links are affiliate links.

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Have a wonderful day!

Nat

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  • Brenda

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    What a cute helper. Love the colors on the wrapping paper and the vessel in your photo.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Brenda! The vessel is an old ice cube container – which my friends gave me. I love the colors on it very much 🙂

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  • stephanie

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    Your kitty is so cute. The paper is great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you – I will tell Niles- he likes compliments 😉

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  • Muriel

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    Making my own wrapping paper is exactly what I did last week. It adds a supplément to the gift itself.

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh so fun – both the great gift wrap for Dave and your darling baby!! Smiling!! Xj.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Joi – Niles is very proud of his accomplishment- LOL

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love this gift wrap and even better that Niles “helped” you out!
    I may have to do this project with my dear doggie.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeah- I think Niles should help me more often 🙂 I cannot wait to hear about your doggie helper 😉

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  • Dee Spillane

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    Love the kit! Haven’t seen him in a while. Are you going to do jumpstart for 2017? I love it so much.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      glad you liked seeing Niles, Dee 🙂 As for JumpStart ….wink wink …yes 🙂

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Raw Canvas Staining Fun with Kim

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Techniques

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A couple weeks ago my friend Kim and I met for a play date and did some fun stuff with Raw Canvas Staining and Painting.

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We broke out my supplies including Flow Aid, which you need to be able to break the water tension of raw canvas and has also many amazing side effects that are cool to know so you can control things better, some inks, markers and stamps. Kim made this fun stocking first …it for sure will brighten up a very dark winter day.

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I tested using the foam stamp of my Urban Scribble stamp with Flow Aid and Ink and then stamped on top with the Rubber stamp part or the set.

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I loved the outcome and went on to do the same thing on an raw canvas apron.

 

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I love that the colors are see through and how nicely defined it is. It is not the same as just stamping with paint onto your canvas- it is really just staining and it keeps the fabric soft and nice.

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I also treated a little rectangle of raw canvas with some colors and used stamps and markers on top. I just love the look of color and the raw canvas texture – it makes it pop wonderfully. For myself I realized I like when there is a lot of raw canvas still showing.

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After I frayed the edges I sewed the triangle with embroidery thread onto the top of the apron.

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Meanwhile Kim continued playing and experimenting with the Batik Stencil, and markers

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and played with the Bird stamp set on a little canvas string bag

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Here is a stretched canvas which I did a while ago – I love how vibrant the colors stay and the depth and layering you can achieve.

 

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And here is my sweet smiling friend Kim modeling my new apron.

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It was loads of fun to play in the studio with a friend and really just for fun. I need to have a play date more often! If you are interested in Raw Canvas Staining check out my really extensive Raw Canvas Staining DVD or download the Video with heaps of techniques, tips and tricks – it is addicting .

Here are some links of what we used- some of them are affiliate links.

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

What fun thing did you do lately with a friend?

Nat

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  • Charlotte Kirk

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    I loved that look using your stamps!

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  • Joi@RR

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    WOW WOW WOW – love this apron! Why? Love NStudios and the CityScape is my fav!!! So you hit it over the home run fence – true eye candy!!! Not to mention the adorable smile on Kim’s face!!! Loved seeing all your raw canvas staining experiments. Such vivid colors and fun designs you both created. Thanks bunches for sharing your fun!! Xj.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe thank you Joi and agreed Kim is a sweet heart 🙂

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