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! 🙂

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:

How to Create a Christmas Shadow Box-Using the December Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media Kit

Good morning everyone! First off let me say that this month’s Frog Dog Studio kit is awesome and one of my favorites so far. I was so inspired when I opened the box. I knew right away I wanted to make all of my projects in a Christmas theme since this is my favorite time of the year. I also knew I wanted to use as much of the kit on this particular project, since there were so many creative options. This month’s texture tip involves the modeling cream, which is much smoother than modeling paste. I also love the pearly-ness of it 🙂

Let’s get started!

The first thing I did was prep my main pieces, which were the bristle brush tree and the Tim Holtz Configurations box (I removed the smaller boxes that fit inside to use in a later project). I painted the tree with a mixture of the blue and green Silks. I used the gorgeous red on the box–I put on two coats to make it darker.

TEXTURE TIP: Using the modeling cream and the stencil, apply using a flat edge. Gently scrape it on. I was very generous with mine because I wanted a definite raised texture. Another cool thing I discovered is that when I hit the areas that had the modeling creme with the heat gun, it created a sort of crackle finish. I also added texture by brushing the snowflake stamp with some modeling creme and randomly stamped around the box. I also stamped it with black StayZ on ink and the checkerboard stamp.

Next, I selected a piece of the Tim Holtz fabric and cut it down to fit inside of the box. I adhered it using matte medium.

I wanted to give the box a little bit of a distress finish, so I rubbed it all over with Tim Holtz Distress Stain. It really highlighted the areas with the modeling creme and blended it all together nicely.

Now for the fun part–to decorate the tree! I love the little details like this 🙂 To begin, I wrapped the bottom of the tree with the burlap ribbon in the kit and attached using the hot glue gun. Then, I wound the tinsel around the tree and attached the little metal gears with hot glue. I found some poinsettia paper flowers from last year in my stash and attached those as well.

I fussy cut one of the little girls from the clip art in the kit, and also found another die cut girl from my stash to use. I attached them using hot glue.

Since everything is better with glitter (not to mention that I am totally addicted to the Viva Glitter paste from one of the previous kits), I brushed it all over the sides of the box, as well as the tree and the girls.

To finish, I made a little banner out of washi tape and twine and ran it along the top–attaching with hot glue.

And here is the finished project! I hope you enjoy 🙂

The Witching Hour-Mixed Media Art using the Limited Edition Frog Dog Studio Kit

This tutorial, as well as materials used in this project can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog and Frog Dog Studio Shop.

Welcome, friends!! Today I have another spooky project for you using the October Limited Edition Kit. For this project I used the 5 x 7 canvas board, ephemera, Lindy’s sprays and Magicals, and the Dylusions stamps. Let’s get started!

To begin, I laid down a background of the Lindy’s Magicals combined with the spray ink. I also worked in a bit of the Viva Decor Glitter paste because I just can’t get enough of that stuff!

I wanted to create a quirky, funky little Halloween house so I de-constructed the viewfinder and it’s envelope. I cut the envelope into a house shape, and the stamp sheet into a roof. I cut up the viewfinder and tried to use the little negatives as windows, but they wouldn’t stick so I ended up using the frames they were housed in instead. I also cut the club off of the playing card and stuck it on top like a weather vane. Then, I used one of the Dylusions border stamps to create a little eave to attach under the roof. I also attached one of the bingo pieces on the front door.

At this point I thought the bingo piece didn’t really fit in too much so I painted it with the Lindy’s. I also added some rub ons and stamping to the piece, as well as an older Tim Holtz sticker that I had in my stash.

This piece sat for a couple of weeks like it is. I wasn’t totally happy with it, but couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I just knew that it felt “off” somehow. So I gave it some thought. In the meantime I added some white Magicals because I thought I would be adding something else to it and wanted to lighten up the background a little bit.

In the end I ended up removing the Spooky sticker and the bingo piece. I then downloaded some free vintage clip art and added that instead. I found the cute sentiment and added that as well. While browsing around at Hobby Lobby I found the perfect frame (which happened to be 50% off!) and once I made those changes I was a lot happier with the piece overall. I think that this is why I struggle with making videos. I change so many things around and go back and forth and let things sit for so long while I mull them over!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do when you get stuck on a piece that doesn’t feel right. Any suggestions on how you push through a creative block? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

How to Create a Vintage Style Mixed Media Keepsake Box-Using the August Mixed Media kit from Frog Dog Studio

Good morning! Today I have a quick, easy, and fun project using our August kit items. I will show you how to make a vintage style mixed media keepsake box. (This tutorial can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog)

I started out with a .99 little box from Hobby Lobby and painted it with magenta acrylic paint. Then I fussy cut out the vintage girl from the clip art sheet and adhered her to the lid.

In the next step, I added some of the iridescent Inka Gold to the rose in her hand and in her hair. Then, I went over the whole box and around the image with the Viva Glitter Paste to add some shimmer and shine 🙂

To complete the box, I added some blue bling trim around the edge of the lid that I had in my stash. I also added the little butterfly wings from the clip art to her back. Then I finished it off with a cute quote.

The finished product:

Thanks for stopping by!