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Roben-Marie Smith’s Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway

Exciting News Friends! Roben-Marie Smith has a brand new Art Pops™ Collection entitled 100 Days inspired by her recently completed beautiful 100 Days Project.

Today Roben-Marie’s Design Team is showcasing this gorgeous new collection with a Blog Hop sharing all of our projects. Oh and did I mention there’s a GIVEAWAY?  Lucky You!  One of my readers will receive this brand new collection as a FREE download.  This all leads up to Roben-Marie’s new class Fabrilage.  Please make sure you follow the links at the bottom of the post and stop by all the blogs for chances to win the free download and a FREE spot in the class!

 

I knew that for this project I wanted to really showcase the 100 Days Art Pops™ Collection. I decided that the best way to make the colors POP was to use black cardstock as my background.  I began by cutting 6 pieces of black cardstock – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  I then rounded the corners.  Four pieces were used for the pages and the other two pieces will be used later to cover the stitching.

I glued a different strip of Art Pops™ on to 4 pieces of cardstock and added small circles from the collection.

 

Using a Signo White Gel Pen I drew scallops around the circles.  I splatter painted each piece of cardstock with white and fluorescent pink acrylic paint.

I printed a few photos and began tearing them to make the edges a bit messy.

I used an UHU Glue Stick to adhere the pictures to each piece of cardstock.  I have an old book that I use for found poetry words and decided that for each flower I would add a few words that corresponded to the photo. I knew I wanted to hand stamp on some fabric and use that as basically the centerpiece of the book.  I save most of my fabric scraps from other projects and dug around until I found a piece that I felt matched my project.  I went ahead and sewed the fabric to the cardstock and around the edges of all the cardstock pieces using my sewing machine.  As a little extra POP I added three additional circles from the Collection just above the stamped fabric.  I always leave long pieces of strings when I sew on paper.  I think this adds more color and additional textures to my pieces.

Now the tricky part.  I began by taping the cardstock pieces together using washi tape.  Initially I thought I would stitch everything together but that just wasn’t working out for me.  So instead I used the washi tape.  Not only did I love the look of the washi tape – it was also functional.  The washi really kept the book together.

I added two of the larger cards from the Art Pops™ Collection as the cover and the back flap.  This covered the stitching on the backs of the first and last cardstock pieces.  I added those two last plain black pieces to cover the stitching on the middle cards.  I used my UHU Glue Stick to adhere everything.  My sizing was  a pinch wonky and didn’t match up perfectly.  This tends to happen when you are not a precise trimmer.  Not a problem.  I stitched sari ribbon to hide a bit of the wonkiness.  In the end the ribbon added more chunkiness and texture to my book.

I made a large paperclip using glue dots and two of the circles from the 100 Days Collection.  I stamped a sentiment on the front cover and voila – Project Complete!  I hope you enjoyed this step out!  Don’t forget to leave a comment with your email to be entered into the drawing for a free 100 Days Art Pops™ download.  My comments section is monitored so don’t be alarmed if your comment doesn’t pop up right away!  I will be checking periodically throughout the day and approving them all. 

Follow the links at the end of this post to see the beautiful projects created by my fellow team members!

ART POPS™: the mixed media art pieces inspired by the whimsical, saturated pages of Roben-Marie’s art journals. ART POPS™ provide bold and fanciful POPS of COLOR for your favorite projects including Project Life, Mail Art, Art Journaling and much more. Rock your world with ART POPS™!

To celebrate the launch of Roben-Marie Smith’s new 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection we’re giving away not one, but two awesome prizes for this blog hop! There are three spots in Roben-Marie’s new online class, Fabrilage that opens on September 13 and I am giving away a set of the Digital 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection to one of my lucky readers!
All you have to do to enter is comment here on my blog 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.

Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to go and check them all out to be in with the best chance of winning!

Roben- Marie – https://robenmarie.com/blog/the-100-days-art-pops-collection-blog-hop-and-giveaway

Karen – www.karen-gaunt.com/blog/100-days-blog-hop

Anna – https://artfulstories.blogspot.com/2017/09/100-days-art-pops-blog-hop.html

Jenni – https://artgirlcreations.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/100-days-blog-hop

Ashli – https://purplemailbox.blogspot.com/2017/09/100-days-hop-and-giveaway.html

GIVEAWAY CLOSES on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 at 5:00PM EST.

Congratulations Suzanne Roper!  You won the FREE digital download from Roben-Marie!

Sunrise Inspiration

I live very close to the ocean.  This helps to make my soul happy.  I often head to the beach to clear my mind and get some much needed sand-between-my-toes therapy.  Last week I happened to be awake before dawn.  I said to myself that if I didn’t fall back to sleep within ten minutes I would take the opportunity to see the sunrise at the beach.

What a wonderful way to start my day.  About an hour after I took this picture the sky turned gray and the rain poured down in buckets.  Luckily I was able to find a handful of small treasures before the rains came.

I find a ton of inspiration in tiny sea treasures.  The varying colors of sea glass, the textures of shells, the smooth roundness of stones…there are so many little details in each piece.  I brought my pieces home and used them as inspiration for my latest tag.

I started by painting the tag black.  This matched the color of the stone.  I added a deep purple to represent the piece of clam shell.  I added some deli underpaper to mimic the color and texture of the white sea glass.  Stencils added even more color and texture.  I loved the swirls in the snail shells.   Rae Missigman’s Boxy Bloom stamp set offers the best flower for swirls.  I added acrylic paint on the stamp and then stamped the image onto a piece of scrap fabric.   Before sewing, I added a small piece of matching fabric to peek out from under the image.  Using my sewing machine I stitched a turquoise swirl in the center of the flower image and added two small purple X’s in the top left corner.

Last minute I decided to add organic elements by gluing a few pieces of sea glass to the tag.  I am still unsure how I feel about adding those pieces but I do love that these are pieces that will remind me of such a beautiful morning where I was able to find some peace and start my morning taking in all the beauty and quiet that is around me.

 

I’m Back!

Hello Friends!

I’m back from my blogging hiatus. I made a few little cosmetic changes and am happy to announce that I will be posting new projects that I am working on as well as ideas and pictures and all kinds of everyday Soul-Positive things….

For today I have exciting news!  Back in April the amazing Roben-Marie Smith asked if I would be interested in being a member of her Creative Design Team for her Paperbag Studios rubberstamp and mixed media product company. First I ran around in circles with my hands over my head screaming in the streets. Then I said “yes” before my brain could try and tell me all the reasons to say no.  Friends – this is an opportunity of a lifetime.  Roben-Marie represents all the qualities of the artist I would like to someday be.

So without further ado….please click on the picture below to check out my very first ever video tutorial and to read about my process in making this altered art tag.

 

 

Exciting News: A Rebirth

 

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Although I have not been writing about things in a timely manner, there are wonderful happenings over here at Soul-Positive.

A bit of background: With the growth of the #taggedbykindness project – I found myself at a crossroads.  I had received numerous requests to purchase my tags and to have the project shared.  This excited me as well as frightened me do death.  I didn’t have a crystal clear vision of where I wanted Soul-Positive or the #taggedbykindess project to go.  I saw bits and pieces and dreamed big for the future but how the heck was I going to tie it all together without freaking out?   How could I marry the two of these entities together without having overlap and probably mass confusion .  I needed baby steps and it seemed like things were moving incredibly fast. < Insert deep breath here.>

The most important aspect of all this was how to continue sharing #taggedbykindess while still maintaining the integrity of the project and not having it stolen right out from under me.  Sadly these things do happen and the more the word spread of #taggedbykindess, the greater the risk of losing control of the project growth or losing the project altogether.  From the very beginning I wanted the #taggedbykindness project to be a random act of kindness initiative where the only profit was that of positive vibes exchanged between the giver and the receiver.  I do realize that not everyone is “artistic” or “crafty” and many of my close friends were asking how they could purchase these tags to giveaway.  This left me scratching my head.  Is it wrong to make tags and sell them?  Would this be “selling out”?  Several friends suggested that I at the very least be compensated for the materials.  Is the integrity of the project going to be compromised by this?  Yes – as you can see I am an over thinker.  This is not always a bad thing.

So after much thought and a consultation with a patent attorney, I have decided to move forward with a few changes.  The biggest change is the name of the kindness project.  I will no longer be using #taggedbykindness as the project name.  Please allow me to introduce to you “The #Soulpositivefinds Kindness Art Project”.  This new name fits nicely under the big umbrella of Soul-Positive.  I thought long and hard over the new name and came to the conclusion that when I started this journey my focus was exploring different ways to keep my soul positive. My little random act of kindness project has grown (and I have grown in the process).  I felt that this project needed to be linked to the overall mission of Soul-Positive. The new hashtag is #soulpositivefinds.

What is the mission of Soul-Positive?  The mission remains the same as it did a few years ago.  I want to continue to find ways to keep my soul positive when there seems to be an overwhelming amount of negativity swirling about in the universe.  I, like most of the people I know want a full, happy life.  I want to love hard.  I want to be loved.  I want to make a difference.

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“Rosie” – Singer Featherweight

In addition to the kindness project name change….I have also reopened my Etsy store which is also called Soul Positive Finds.  See what I did there? In the shop you will find find art tags that are hand made with love, light and positive intention.  These tags are not a part of the #soulpositivefinds project.  These tags are more detailed and additional work is involved in the creation process.  These mixed media altered art tags are more a spiritual talisman of positive light and intention. I believe strongly in the power of words.  The art tags are hand painted, stamped and stitched on Rosie my Singer Featherweight machine.  In the future I will be adding small tag making kits and original canvas art as well as some t-shirts and tanks.

My work with the #soulpositivefinds project will continue.  I plan on sharing with more schools and community organizations in my area. I invite you to continue to share this project with others.  Please use our new hashtag – #soulpositivefinds.  If you are interested in having me come and share the project or if you need stamped tags please let me know.  I will gladly schedule a visit or send you blank tags that are stamped with our new name.  If you would like some tags made for you or for your group – please contact me through the Etsy shop. Or drop me a line here at Soul-Positive.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have joined me on this journey.  I never knew what to expect when I decided to open myself up and start actively working towards making Soul-Positive a reality.  You’ve encouraged me to dream big.  I am blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive community and for that my heart is immensely grateful.

xoxo