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Roben-Marie Smith Design Team Blog Hop

WELCOME TO THE SUMMER BLOG HOP WITH A TWIST!

Today kicks off the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team Summer Blog Hop with a Twist. We have the usual art inspiration and giveaways, but the twist is that there is also a SALE!

There is another twist; Roben-Marie will be closing Paperbag Studios and her Art Shop at the end of July. Read more about it in this article here.

Keep reading after my Mini Wall Hanging Tutorial for all the AMAZING Blog Hop Details!

Mini Wall Hanging

Initially when I sat down to create this project I envisioned a pin.  But somehow along the way I decided that a mini wall hanging with yummy dyed ribbon would be so much better.

I began by gathering all my supplies.  These included:

  • I’ll Wait For You Art Pops Collection
  • Mixed Media Essentials Paperbag Studios Stamp Set
  • Black Staz On Ink
  • Mini Archival Ink – Teal & Purple
  • Random Frayed and Torn Pieces of Material
  • Mindy Lacefield True Free Spirit Stamp
  • Mini Alphabet Stamps
  • Dyed Ribbon
  • Scrap Canvas Pieces
  • Fusible Web
  • Epoxy
  • Sewing Machine

Step 1: Iron the scrap pieces of fabric and attach fusible web to the back of the largest piece of fabric.  This will be your base.  My base was a piece of denim from my old favorite pair of capri pants.  What does the fusible web do you ask?  Well, it makes your base a bit sturdier.  Will felt work if you don’t have fusible web?  I believe it will.  You will have to attach it to your large piece of fabric somehow.  I am a big fan of epoxy.  That will work.

Step 2; Arrange your fabric into layers.  Do not worry about them matching perfectly.  Let the strings hang off.  Over lap each piece of fabric.  This is your project – the wonkier the fabric layers – the better.  Trust me! Fray those edges.  Pull those strings!

   

Step 3: Add your Art Pop Card right on top of your layers and sew them all together.  Make sure you catch all the fabric pieces and run them through the sewing machine at least once.  If you’ve followed me for a while you know – I don’t stitch straight lines.  Neither should you here.  Stitch away – let the machine do the work.  Change the thread if you’re ambitious.

Step 4: Using Black Staz On Ink – stamp your image on to your piece of scrap canvas.

Step 5: Cut out your image.

Step 6: Pick a word or phrase.  I often use tiny alphabet sets for my words.  For this wall hanging I used a Mindy Lacefield stamp for the True and then a mini stamp set for the word friend.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to your words and phrases.  My inspiration for these words came from knowing that this was my last design team project and I wanted Roben-Marie to know how much I really appreciated her confidence in me.  Choose the words that mean something to your own heart.

Step 7: After stamping, I stitched all around the center of the flower and attached my True Friend tag.  I love using different colored thread so I often switch thread colors.

A slight disclaimer here – Attaching the ribbon on both the top and the bottom of the wall hanging took a few tries.

Step 8: I attached the ribbon with tiny dots of epoxy to hold them into place down at the bottom of the wall hanging.  I really couldn’t get the pins to sit correctly down there so one tiny dot of epoxy and I sewed in a crooked line back and forth a few times to ensure those little ribbons weren’t going anywhere.

Step 9: Now this was the tricky part….I cut strips of ribbon and folded them in half.  The closed end I pinned to the top of the wall hanging.  This left the two pieces up top open to tie to my stick. I then stitched right across to attach those ribbons.

Step 10: I placed a small stick through the ribbon and tied little knots to hold it into place.  You may have to play with this a bit to make sure it hangs evenly.  A friendly tip:  Use long pieces of ribbon.  You can always trim after you tie them….um, the ribbon doesn’t grow no matter how hard you wish…..at least that’s what “I heard from a friend…” Ha Ha.

And Ta-Dahhhhh…You have a mini wall hanging.  I hope you enjoyed this step out tutorial and look forward to seeing what you create with your mixed media art.  Make sure you visit all the Design Team blogs and enter to win some fabulous prizes.

This last project is bittersweet for me.  I am humbled and honored to have been a member of Roben-Marie’s Design team.  I have grown tremendously as an artist and am so thankful to Roben-Marie for asking me to be a part of such a wonderfully talented group of ladies.  My heart will forever be grateful that I had an opportunity to work so closely with such amazing artists.

And now for all the amazing blog hop details….

PRIZES
Grand Prize: One winner will receive a spot in Roben-Marie’s latest workshop: SALVAGED: a Layered Pieces Journal and a signed and dated original abstract collage by her.
Three Secondary Prizes: gift certificates for an additional 30% off in your choice of the Paperbag Studios or Art Shop.

Be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and leave a comment to increase your chances of winning the discount!

HOW DO I ENTER?
All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post and then keep on hopping across to all of the Design Team member’s posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, July 15 @ 9:00PMEST. Prizes will be announced on Monday, July 16.

WHERE DO I GO?
Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to visit all of them, leave a comment and increase your chances of winning!

Jenni Zmuda – Click Here
Ashli Oliver – Click Here
Anna Friesen – Click Here
Torrie Gass – Click Here
Cindy Gilstrap – Click Here
Kristin Petersen – Click Here
Sue Kemnitz – Click Here
Laurie Haley – Click Here