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Roben-Marie Smith Design Team Blog Hop


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….

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!

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.

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

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.



DLP 2016 – The Unplanner Featured Member PAC


I’ve been enjoying the lazy days of summer.  Slowly taking my time to enjoy my kids being home, the lack of schedule and dare I say, sleeping in a few days a week.

Imagine my surprise when I checked my email and shining like a star was an email from Sandi Keene of the Art to the 5th Academy asking me if I would be interested in being their “Featured Member” for July.  EEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK.  Yes Sandi – yes please.  I tried playing it cool but Sandi, Rae and Lorraine are some of my all time favorites so I might have screamed a little and texted my bestie about this fabulousness.

The theme for the PAC this week is: Start with a Black Background

I had ordered the Unplanner Kit way back when I signed up for this project so I thought the black tags would be a great place to start.


In my mind I was picturing a starry night with a little mixed media home set on a rolling hill of different variations of green.  My first step was to get my gelli plate out and load it up with every green I own.  I’m a HUGE fan of the gelli plate and use it in almost all of my projects and my art journal.


Using a brayer I blended the greens on the gelli plate.  I cut a small wave out of a scrap piece of cardstock and used that as a template for my grassy knoll.  After my hill was set I added midnight blue paint to my gelli plate and loosely stamped the “sky” portion of my PAC leaving some of the original black peeking through.  I then covered my grassy hill and used a splatter technique with white paint to make the tiny stars.


As the background was drying I began to piece together my tiny house.  I had some scrap background pages laying around and used that as the larger part of my home.  I used a gelli plate on an old book page to make the windows and doors.  The roof was made from old manila shipping tags.



I slanted the roof to add a little character.  Every week I create two PAC’s.  One to keep and one I send to my bestie who is also a member of DLP 2016.

Once the little house was dry, I glued it onto the background with a UHU glue stick.

I pictured bigger stars in the sky hanging from tiny strings.  I create a lot of projects with hearts.  Especially hearts made from under paper.  I really wanted my personal style to come through in the PAC so I cut tiny under paper hearts and glued them in the sky.

Finally I pulled out Rosie my antique Singer Sewing machine and began adding the final touches. The grassy hill received some zig zag texture.  I added a torn piece of a book page at the bottom.  The heart stars received their life line strings and I stitched all around the edges of my tag.  I hand drew scallops on all my hearts and added a few marks made from tiny bubble wrap.  The home also received some TLC by way of lines, edges, scallops and scribbles.

And last but certainly not least – I hand stamped the word “home” on a tiny piece of muslin and gave it a quick stitch to adhere it to the PAC.  Torn fabric as the tie and this little home is complete.


Thank you so much for reading.  I hope you enjoyed this little “how to” and I look forward to seeing what you create!  You can find me and lots of my projects on Instagram: soul_positive