Creative Squad

My Own Drum – Cheiron Brandon

CS June My Own Drum

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “My Own Drum”. Throughout the month of June, the team will use my new Fashion Dame Rubber Stamp Set to interpret the theme. This theme is all about inspiration, creativity, and personal expression. I asked my squad to create something that celebrates the power of individuality. March to the beat of your own Mixed Media drum this month!

This week we bring you a fun project from Cheiron Brandon. These tags are a great example of how the Fashion Dame can be “dressed”, just like a paper doll, and in this case a very fashionable one :)

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The theme of “my own drum” combined with the Fashion Dame stamps this month was perfect for me! I wasn’t sure where to go with these fun Fashion Dame stamps, but I thought about it and about my own sense of fashion. I like many different styles of clothing, and it all depends on the season, occasion and even the mood I am in that helps me decide what to wear on any given day. I used the Fashion Dames like my own personal paper dolls and gave each of them their own personality and style. I created a set of tags that I can use in my art journal, on a card, or even as a gift tag.

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I created each tag with a bunch of Nathalies stamps. The first dame is wearing a golden top cut from some deco sheets, and her skirt is covered entirely with sequins. The background of the tag is stamped with a stamp from the Kaffee Klatsch set. Not an everyday look, but something totally fun!

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This tag was made with a background of book paper and some painted deli paper that I stamped with the Marks cling set. I gave her a fun patterned jacket using the Grunge Cling stamp set and some denim paper.

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This last dame is probably my favorite of all and if this dress existed in real life, I would totally wear it! I made the dress from painted deli paper stamped with the Marks cling stamp and gave her a belt of twine. Its very subtle, but I stamped and clear embossed some mesh in the background.

I certainly had fun playing with these Fashion Dames, and can’t wait to work them into my art journal pages!

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I love how Cheiron dressed the Dame in her very own creations, and yes, I want that super awesome jacket and dress in my closet!

In addition to sequins, book paper, and twine, Cheiron used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links):

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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, but in the meantime, we have a Blog Hop!

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You have the chance of winning one of the 3 prize packages containing all three of my foam stamp sets by leaving a comment today here on the blog and the following days on all blogs participating. Stampendous posts throughout June 13-17 every day a list of blogs participating and I have some awesome friends joining me :)

 

 

Comments (43)

  • NancyGrace Sims

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    I LOVED Cheiron’s ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING here in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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  • Susan

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    When I was a kid I loved paper dolls. Next I started sewing so I could have my own look. Love this

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  • Tamiko McCurry

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    now you are a fashionista by default… such fabulous little outfits!! darling tags!

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  • TracyM #6773

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    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS tags, SO GLAMOROUS, the colours, layers and textures DELIGHT, LOVE them ALL!!!
    The second I saw Fashion Dame, she won my heart, it filled it with precious memories from when I 1st saw my Mother’s dressmaking sketchbook from her studies in the late 50’s.
    Tracy from Australia

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  • Claudia Jean Nelson

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    You are amazing. These are great. I love them so much. Thank you for the inspiration

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  • Joela Pascoe

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    Wow what awesome cards

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  • Bea savellano

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    All three are very cool. Love the sequins…b

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  • Julie

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    Wow, these are so wonderful! I love each one, so unique!

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  • Joi @RR

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    Cheiron – I feel like I have just watched Nat’s own private Project Runway Allstars fashion show!!!! WOW – you really did Nat’s stamps up proud girl – your creations are over the moon SPLENDIDLY CHIC. Your tags are my VERY FAVORITE of all the designs I have seen of the Fashion Dames. FABULOUSLY WONDERFUL – totally eye candy – going back to enjoy another look. j.

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  • Rachel Alexander

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    Wow, you are such an inspirational artist, I love your new stencils and can see that they are so versatile, the imagination runs riot with ideas!

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  • Jackie Schachter

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    Great tags! Love the mixed media backgrounds and all the outfits. Also like how the sentiments fitted each tag.

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    OMG I love that sequined skirt! All of the outfits you designed are so fun Cheiron! Great way to use the stamp set!

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  • Linda Edkins Wyatt

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    I would soooo love to win the stamps. I make arty paper dolls and atc dolls and would love to have a set to play with!

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  • Judy B

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    What a great idea, treating the image like a paper doll and then dressing it up. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • Rae

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    Love this – these are so cute! Great and clever ideas for sure!

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My Own Drum – Gwen Lafleur

CS June My Own Drum

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s new theme: “My Own Drum”. Throughout the month of June, the team will use my new Fashion Dame Rubber Stamp Set to interpret the theme. This theme is all about inspiration, creativity, and personal expression. I asked my squad to create something that celebrates the power of individuality. March to the beat of your own Mixed Media drum this month!

We are kicking off with an art journal page from Gwen Lafleur. This is a super inspiring reminder to us all to do what we love, even if it means covering stuff up :)

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This month’s theme, “my own drum” was perfect for me, and lots of fun to work with! I tend to be a bit of a loner – I’ll go off on my own or join up with tour groups where I don’t know anyone else and go on crazy, exotic adventures. I’m also usually one that follows what I like rather than what’s trendy in clothes (even as an 80s child in elementary school, I knew parachute pants weren’t a good idea for me. LOL.) I’m the same with music, food, and especially with my art! Don’t get me wrong… I love to see what new things other people are doing and what tools and techniques are cool. That’s how we learn, right? But more and more, it’s important for me to take whatever I learn and go in my own direction as much as possible; to be true to myself in my work, even if no one else likes it.

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For this month’s project I took those thoughts and used them to create this art journal page. I used the Fashion Dame stamp set and created three silhouettes as my focal point – in my mind, they’re three different aspects of me. There’s a bit of a double meaning to the color and pattern on this page… first, something I like to do a lot in my work that really bothers some people is to cover things up. Second, I love the idea of the inside of the silhouettes being full of pattern and bright colors while the outside is extremely subdued. I think that speaks a lot to my own personality (and the rich inner life of an introvert. Ha!)

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To make this page, I started out by stamping with the Fashion Dame stamp set – I did different combinations of the body and clothes to get the three silhouettes. I just stamped them on copy paper and then cut them out. Next, I prepared my background. I gesso’d and painted, then I collaged on pieces from a sewing pattern (I couldn’t resist the tie to fashion!) I did some stenciling on top with some of Nathalie’s StencilGirl stencils. Once I had a nice hot mess of color and pattern, I took my three silhouettes and adhered them securely with repositionable adhesive. Next is the part that upsets some people… I took some Payne’s Gray paint and mixed it with satin glazing medium, then proceeded to paint over the entire page.

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For the next step, I use baby wipes to push back a little of the wet paint. I wanted most of the page to be at least somewhat veiled with the darker color, especially near the silhouettes. Then I peeled off the masks / silhouettes (do this while the paint is still wet so it doesn’t seal down the edges of the mask.) I love the contrast of the areas that were masked off versus the dark background with just hints of pattern and color showing through.

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To finish it off, I took a fine line painting pen and filled the well with white acrylic ink. I used this to add the journaling around the silhouettes and to put a border on the page. I added the dots with a white paint pen, then used red fluid acrylic paint mixed with airbrush medium in a fine line applicator to sprinkle some dots around the page. Voila! A finished art journal page that shows how I like to march to my own drum both in my art and in life.

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I think it is so cool that Gwen followed her instincts with the dark overlay – this is what the  theme is all about and the results are gorgeous.

Besides the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links), Gwen also used a vintage sewing pattern and Hermafix temporary dot adhesive:

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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!

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Inspiration from Around the Globe

This Tuesday we’re taking a break from our Creative Squad (don’t worry, they will be back next week with a new theme to play with!) to bring you some super fun projects from around the world.  As you may know, my stamps and stencil designs are available for purchase online and maybe even in your local craft store, so crafters and mixed media artists and art journalers from around the world are using them.  I am always excited to see how YOU use my products in your own projects.  I am even more excited to share some of the beautiful and creative examples of these projects with you today. Enjoy this inspiration from around the globe!

Global Inspiration Asia King Fashion Dame Card

From the UK:  I absolutely love Asia King’s use of my Fashion Dame stamp set for this mixed media panel.  Her combination of neon green, that cool Caution stamp, and my Fashion Dame really made for an image with a lot of attitude.  It goes great with my word of the year ;)

Global Inspiration Frieda O Fashion Dame

Frieda Oxenham also from the U.K. paired my Fashion Dame stamp set gal with a funky car and some great colors for a really nifty art journal page.  I love how she built up all those layers in the design to give a real sense of dimensionality.

Global Inspiration Sarah Donawerth Stampington Art Deco

Stampington Magazine based in California, featured a free project using my Art Deco Wallpaper stencil on their website and social media.  You can follow along to create this beautiful journal with a super nice textured cover!

Global Inspiration Janelle Stolfus Urban Scribble

Janelle Stollfus in Idaho created this gorgeous card using my Urban Scribble stamp set.  I love how she filled in the cityscape to make it her own.  The little touches really give it a personalized look that is so unique.

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And finally, here is Eeva from Sweden, purchasing one of my Urban Scribble Stamp sets at her local craft store!  So fun to see all of you shopping for my designs and inspiring us with your creativity :)

Join us again next Tuesday for another great project from one of our Creative Squad members!  They will be working with a new theme for April.  And in the meantime, share with me what you’ve been working on with my stamps and stencils.  I would love to feature your project in an upcoming post!

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What’s Right or … In My Art Journal Today

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“Stand for what is right even if it means standing alone!”

For this art journal spread I used my new DecoArt Media Acrylic Paints which the wonderful people of DecoArt sent me to try out. They are fluid and most of the colors in this range are transparent or translucent which makes for some nice and interesting layering effects as you can see where I played with a hand cut diamond stencil in the background.

 

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I used my new Fashion Dame Stamp Set

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and layered the three included stamps – the dame, her skirt and her jacket on top of each other – stamping with archival ink and then painted it in with  DecoArt Media Acrylic Paint and some Derwent ArtBars.

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I also used the stencil in the stamp set and mixed white DecoArt Crackle Paste with some Primary Yellow Acrylic Paint and scraped it with a palette knife over through the stencil. I might have squealed a little bit …after a short drying time these tiny little perfect cracks started to appear and oh boy…I think this Crackle Paste and I just became buddies!

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It was fun playing with new paints and a new medium! Not knowing a art medium a hundred percent frees you up to experiment and give new things a shot, it made for a great journey for this spread :)

What was the last new art medium you tried out?

 

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