Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone 🙂

Welcome to the Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

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This week our design teams are showcasing projects from the Frog Dog Studio January Mixed Media Kit, featuring an Exclusive Genuinely Jane Studio Telephone Booth Wood Album. Both teams are excited to share their kit projects and show you how they were inspired by Genuinely Jane products.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Lost? Return to the Frog Dog Studio blog or the Genuinely Jane Studios blog to see who is next on your hopping list!

We love Frog Dog Studio kits and Genuinely Jane Studios product so much, we are sharing them with you! Visit each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the following:
1. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Frog Dog Studio Gift Certificate to use in the Frog Dog Studio store.

2. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Gift Certificate from Genuinely Jane Studios to use for GJS books in the Genuinely Jane Studios Store

You must visit each blog and leave a comments on all blogs in order to qualify.
Comments are due by midnight EST, Friday, January 24th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

Let’s get hopping!

Frog Dog Studio (www.frogdogstudio.blogspot.com)
Keri Babbitt (http://kensingtondesign.blogspot.com)
Lea Cioci (http://www.leacioci.blogspot.com)
Melissa Johnson (https://melsartjournal.wordpress.com)
Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com)
Tina Walker (http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com)
Genuinely Jane Studios (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com)
Susan Wojtkowski (http://irreversiblymoi.com/)
Aimee Fleck (http://aimeefleckart.blogspot.com/)
Monica Downing ( http://madzieme.blogspot.com/)
Amy Lassiter (http://sparklinggnome.com/)
Sarah Lynch (http://www.kitchensinkcreations.blogspot.com/)
Kim Hutchinson (http://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com/)
Madge Gillen (http://www.thescrappinlounge.com/)
Christine Hatchell (http://www.scrapbookingtechnique.blogspot.com/)
Ildiko Miskell (http://thecraftinmama.blogspot.com/)
Emily Hammann (http://www.emilyhammann.com/)

First of all I would like to thank Genuinely Jane Studios for their generosity–there were several really cool wooden albums to choose from, it was hard to decide which one I wanted to use first! For my project, I opted for the 8 x 8 Barn Door album. I added lots of texture with modeling paste, modeling creme, and different stencils. I also added many elements from my January Frog Dog kit, like the tissue paper for collage in the background, the Limited Edition stamps, and lots of bits from the ephemera pack! I also used lots of my favorite old standbys: cut up Gelli prints, Silks, letter stamps, spray inks, and alcohol inks. Can’t forget some gold glitter paste also! 🙂

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Thanks for hopping with us! As an added bonus, I will be offering a mini bundle of mixed media goodies to any new subscribers from the hop. (Sorry, US only) Simply click the button on the top right in the sidebar to subscribe, and leave a comment saying that you did. Winner will be announced at the end of the hop!

And now, on to my very talented friend’s blog: Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com). Enjoy! 🙂

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Gelli Print Christmas Tree–Christmas Home Decor project using the Frog Dog Studio December kit

Good morning! Today I wanted to share my tutorial on how to make a piece of holiday home decor using products from the December Frog Dog Studio kit.

To begin this project, I prepped the 6 x 6 sticky backed canvas from the kit using Silks, spray ink with a stencil, and alcohol inks.

Since I got my Gelli plate a few months ago, I’ve been addicted to making prints and hoarding them. For this project, I thought it would be fun to use them with a holiday spin. I selected a few prints and cut them into strips to form a Christmas tree. I attached them to the canvas with matte medium.

Since it’s the holidays, I thought I would add some sparkle by covering the Gelli print Christmas tree with Viva Decor Glitter paste. When that was done, I did some shading around the tree with a grey Copic marker and then used some letter stamps and StayZ on ink to add the sentiment.

The next step was to create the larger canvas background. Using a 12 x 12 canvas board (which I really recommend for mixed media, as it’s a harder surface and is easier to work on than a stretched canvas), I laid down a Heidi Swapp sunburst stencil and gently applied the pearlescent Viva Modeling Creme. The effect was really beautiful!

To finish the piece, I peeled off the sticky backed canvas with the Christmas tree and stuck it to the larger canvas in the middle of the sunburst. I also added some fun metallic sequin type embellishments to the tree for ornaments. They really shine!

And the finished product:

Cozy Up With This Day of the Dead Pillow!–Using the October Frog Dog Studio Limited Edition Kit

Good day, friends! I wanted to share with you another idea on how to use some of the materials from the October Limited Edition kit. I have to tell ya’ll that I have had a blast creating with this kit 🙂 Now I’m not much of a seamstress, or sewing person, or whatever you would call that, but every once in a while I get the strong urge to sew something. So I thought it would be fun to create a pillow using the super cool Day of the Dead stencil from the kit.

The first thing I did was cut down a piece of muslin, and using my beloved Gelli plate (from last month’s kit) I went to work monoprinting a background design. I don’t like “scary” Halloween type of stuff so I thought it would be neat to make this sort of girly and colorful. I used bright colors like Quinacrodone Magenta and other shades of pink, as well as a variety of stencils and Catalyst tools. When I was finished printing the muslin looked like this.

It’s important for me to say here that I just used regular acrylic paint on the muslin. I later learned about GAC 900, which when mixed with acrylic paints and heat set makes it very easy to work with on fabric, as well as makes it washable. (Thanks, Martha for the helpful tips!) So this pillow is only for decoration.
When the fabric was all dry, I laid down the stencil on the fabric and traced the design with a white fabric pen. However, I quickly realized that the pen wasn’t standing out enough on the design so I had to head back to the drawing board on that one!

So after digging around in my stash (and not finding any other colored fabric pens) I decided to stencil the design on instead using black paint. So I grabbed one of the dabbers from the kit and some paint and went to work. I was liking where this was going….

Now to really get to work! I wanted this to have a special touch, so I decided to hand embroider some of the details using colorful threads. I did find this very relaxing and was able to work on it while hanging out with the kids one evening. I really need to get a thimble or something….

Everything was all embroidered and it was time for another crazy trip to Hobby Lobby to find some coordinating fabric. Have I mentioned how unpleasant it is taking a 2 year old and 5 year old fabric shopping? LOL Anyway, I found this really cute fabric.

I won’t share with you the epic disaster pics of me sewing the wrong fabric sides together (it’s hard to focus when your kids are climbing all over you and pulling on the fabric you’re trying to sew!–note to self: wait until bedtime before attempting another sewing project!) Here is a pic of the pieces sewn together CORRECTLY! Once that was accomplished I stuffed it with Polyester Fiberfill and hand stitched the opening closed.

And the finished product!

Halloween is near, do you have any projects planned? I’d love to hear about them! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Moms Never Get a Day Off…

But I took one today!! I have been sick all week and today was the first day I felt like a human being again. To celebrate, I took all the kids to school then came home and created for 3 solid hours. I had the house completely to myself, so I cranked up the Pandora, drug out all of my supplies from their various hiding places, and went to work!

The first thing I did was some catching up on my LifeBook pages. I am really far behind, but determined to complete most of the lessons before the end of the year so I can be prepared for LifeBook 2014 (registration just opened up this week!).

Here is my project from Week 30-a lesson from Dina Wakley. This was a quick and easy journal page to put together. I used some old book paper, a gelli print, some stencils, Dylusions ink in white and fuchsia, and Cobalt blue acrylic paint.

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The next page I did was also a quickie. It’s from Week 41 of LifeBook. I was going to use a gelli print from my stash, but since I had the time I figured I’d just make a new one :). I like the way the colors worked together on this simple, but pretty page.

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Well that is all I have to share for now. I hope to get at least three more lessons caught up over the weekend, but we will have to see how that goes 🙂

Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

On a Kindness Mission-Creating Inspirational ATC’s on Gelli Prints

THE MISSION

As I’m sure everyone in the world must know by now, I love Gelli printing. 🙂 Now that I have amassed so many prints, I’m trying to find creative ways to use them. Then I read a really inspirational blog post from Kelly Rae Roberts about her Kindness Mission. I was really moved by this mission to spread kindness in little ways to perfect strangers or those who may be in need of a kind word or uplifting thought. So with that in mind I pulled out my ever growing stack of Gelli prints and went to work.

THE PROCESS

First, I picked out several of my favorite prints. Then, I cut them down to ATC size. I had printed them all on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, which has a really nice weight to it. I discovered a whole unused box of SEI diecuts and found them to be perfect to use on the backgrounds. I attached them using matte medium.

I am a runner, and I find that when I run (about 3/4 of the way through the first mile) my mind becomes very clear. I was thinking about the Kindness Mission and what would be some good ideas to use to help bring a little comfort or joy into someone’s life. As I ran, I came up with a list in my head of several phrases. The next day I sat down with my favorite little letter stamp set and stamped all of the sentiments onto the cards. What was funny (as I look back), was that day was a particularly rough day for me. One of those days where absolutely nothing was going right. My daughter lost her cell phone that morning, another one got sick on her second day of kindergarten, my stamps were falling apart, movers that had been scheduled were 45 minutes late to a job, etc….So as I was working on these cards the messages became self directed. I really needed to hear a lot of what I was trying to say!

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THE RESULT

Today as I head out, these little lovelies will be shared with others. One was left on the treadmill at the club. Another at the gas pump, the bookstore, the grocery store…And hopefully they will be enjoyed and maybe even shared with others who may need a boost today! What kind thing will you do today? 🙂

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Gelli Print Canvas Banner project

Good morning 🙂

I recently purchased a Gelli Printing Plate by Gelli Arts. People, I am IN LOVE!! Seriously, I think this is one of my all time favorite creations. It’s fun, easy to use, and really allows you to create awesome layered backgrounds so easily. My five year old daughter, Sophie, and I have been creating Gelli prints like crazy (stay tuned to the Frog Dog Studio Blog for a special post about this coming soon 🙂 )

So, after exhausting our paper supply on prints I started rummaging around my art closet looking for other stuff to print on and came across a bunch of canvas pieces I had bought. So I thought I’d try printing on them. The results were amazing! The canvas really took the prints well and in the end I had a fun and unique home decor piece that I am really proud of!

Here are some of the finished pics of the banner:

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Please check out my Snapguide for a full tutorial on the making of this fun piece here.

Thanks for stopping by!