I love Kitschy Digitals; have for a long time now. Every design is
unique and fun! I must say, I went a little overboard creating my projects with the digital kits, because I just could not chose one kit. I was really inspired and needed to play
with them all. Mixing them up was the best part. I have found that I am really liking digital elements a little more now. Since I was inspired to step out of my box a little, I made two projects, Chalkboard Photo Wall Art & Kitschy
Chalkboard Photo Wall Art
I Mixed & matched a variety of Kitschy
digital kits with my wall art set. I selected a few of my favorite
photos of my daughter, that showcase her personality and I am so
excited how they turned out. It was really fun making these. I resized
the Chalkboard papers down to 6x6 size, printed them out on the back of white cardstock & adhered them to black poster board. I used the Vintage Photo Frames
digital kit to print out my photos on regular photo paper, each of
which are displayed in different tones (color, b&w & the
Seventies action by Pioneer Woman). Then I embellished each piece with a
mix of digital elements from the Woodgrain Frames, Monotone Fresh Feathers & the Watercolor Doilies Paper Collection digital kits.
I wanted to make something super simple and easy to
wear necklaces when the mood strikes. So, I decided to make some
pendants. I made three in different sizes and shapes. When making each
of these, I resized them to fit the shape without distorting the design
of the images. The large circle pendant displays the pattern paper
'Patchwork' from the Calico Dream Digital Kit. I
just love the bright & bold, vibrant colors and the pattern was
just perfect. Then I continued with the same kit and made a rectangle
style pendant using Mustard Gingham pattern paper & Red Calico Flower die-cut elements. Last one is my favorite!! I used a small square glass shape using the "Hearts" Chalkboard papers digital kit for this one. How cute would it be to make a bunch of these and give to your mom or best girlfriend as a gift? Even lovely for Valentine's!
Thanks a so much Danielle for sharing your amazing digital designs with us!!
Do you remember these Say What Birdie Bubble Tags?
I bought those way back in 2007 at Elle's Studio shop on Etsy. I
couldn't resist them, they are the cutest tags ever. I've used a few on
layouts and some as gift tags. So, when I emailed Elle's asking her if
we could feature her amazing shop, I was over the moon excited when she
said YES! I have been a fan of her products for quite some time and
really enjoy creating with them. Her tags the perfect "staple" to have
I am so pleased to introduce you to Elle's Studio! Elle is a graphic
designer who creates a fabulous assortment of tags, stamps,
embellishments, mini pattern papers and more. You can find a variety of
them in different shapes, sizes and for all seasons and special
occasion. Perfect for all of your crafting needs. Elle answered our questionnaire and has shared with us her advise and a little about herself and her business.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Hello! My name is Elle and I’m 27
years old. I’ve had a passion for arts and crafts ever since I was a little
girl and have had tons of different related hobby's in the past, but
scrapbooking has always been my favorite! I also like to cook and bake, hang
out with my family (I just became an aunt!), drink coffee and blog :)
Describe your business: We make paper, tags and
embellishments for scrapbooking!
What made you decide to open an art
business? I was trying to find tags to journal
on for my scrapbook projects at the store. When I couldn’t find any I started
making my own. Then, my family and friends started encouraging me to sale them
online! We started selling them on etsy and then after a year we opened our own
Where does your inspiration come
from? I get inspiration from everyday
life. I love flipping through magazines and viewing photographs on flickr. I
seem to get inspired by combinations of colors and patterns.
What kind of music do you enjoy
listening to while you create? Most of the time I have my TV on in
the background… I love mystery/suspenseful shows and movies!
What and/or who are your influences? My mom and grandma are very crafty
women and were always working on craft projects of their own. And, both my
parents were always encouraging me, from a very young age, to do what I loved!
Please share with us your favorite
childhood memory...or one that includes art! Going to the art’s and craft store
with my mom! She would take me about once a month and give me some money to
spend. Then, we’d spend the rest of the afternoon, and weeks after that,
crafting away! It was always something I looked forward to!
Do you have a motto you live by? I have to admit, I love that “keep
calm and carry on” slogan! I have a poster of it in our workspace!
Where do you see yourself & your
business in the next 5 years? Hopefully, we are still selling tags
and paper goods! I love paper so much, that I always see it in my life somehow
Any tips and tricks to other
artists/business owners? Take care of
your customers by having excellent customer service!
Advice you would like to share for
someone looking into starting their own art business? I never truly understood how much
time everything takes, and in the first years you are usually doing everything
yourself, so… make sure you LOVE it! You’ll be doing it 24/7 and if you don’t
truly love it, it will be easy to get burnt out.
Elle's created a beautiful mini album, which tells the story of nicknames given to her family pet. The photos are adorably sweet and her layering style is wonderful. Products used in her mini album can be found in her store.
has just released a ton of new 2011
calendars and tags, along with some really fun Mix
& Match Vintage numbers!These would be great for your December
Daily projects and more. Also, if you didn’t catch their amazing 3-week
free journaling class, head on over to their blog to see what you missed.
Bonus! They’ve complied all the information into a downloadable pdf booklet!
Print it out and keep it handy for those times when you need an extra boost for
This week's project to get your creative juices flowing is inspired by the font that I shared this week. Remember how I mentioned that it's perfect for graphic art pieces around the house? Well I decided to try it out..and here's what I ended up with:
We have a little space in between our dining/sunroom and living area that has been empty up till this point, so I decided to frame this little EAT YOUR CAKE graphic for that space...I felt like it added color but wasn't so much that it took away from either room.
I actually debated with whether or not to add a little cupcake graphic,
but couldn't find one that I loved, so I decided that the words by
themselves were enough.
Now that I created my first one, I'm thinking I need to make a bunch more and possibly print them on canvas instead of photo paper the next time. There are endless possibilities as to what you could create with this...
What are YOU working on this week? Aside from this project, I'm working on some graphic changes for the site and adding new photo albums (which means new girls!) as well as contacting new artists to share with you. I'm so excited with all the stuff we'll be sharing over the next few months!
I keep a lot of unused canvases in different sizes around the house. I'm sure I had an idea for them at the time I purchased them, but needless to say, I don't get around to making as much with them as I would like. A few weeks ago I created some CHA projects & decided to cover an 8x10 canvas with pattern paper for one of them. I loved how it turned out so I decided to make another one to share here on the Cartwheels site.
It literally takes only 5 minutes, at the most to create this. Just wrap a 12x12 sheet of your favorite patterned paper and secure it with a staple gun. I did add some craft adhesive to the base of the canvas frame to keep from bulking...not a lot though. There were a few areas where the staples needed to be hammered, but that's not a big deal. You can add all sorts of fun embellishments on our finished project: like hand stitching, random photos or a few items you have hanging around the house.
I dressed mine up with some silly photo booth pictures of me and the kids from our trip to the movies last week. (By the way, if you haven't seen Despicable Me, you MUST! It is hilarious!!) I made a little felt banner and stapled it over the twine.
Gosh, don't pay any attention to the one photo strip with my twisted facial expression...my timing & the camera didn't seem to correlate very well. ;)
Another option is using fabric remnants. Just add some batting between the canvas frame and the fabric and you're good to go. Think I may make a larger size one next time to store my collection of photo booth pictures & use fabric instead.
It's Friday....and that means it's time for a weekend challenge! This weekend we are going to think back to our childhood. Remember all the fun pop culture phrases you would repeat as a kid....quotes from commercials, or quick come backs, or just silly kid things that really made no sense? When I was little one of the phrases used over and over was "Take a picture...It'll last longer"....which was usually used as a quick and witty come back when someone was staring at you. I decided to use that phrase to make a quick little art piece to display on a shelf in my scrap room.
Materials used: font = Another Typewriter, film ribbon = Tim Holtz, blue camera rub on = Studio Calico
CHALLENGE: Use a popular phrase from your childhood or present day and create something using that phrase as the focus.
Have fun with it....and be sure to share your creations in the gallery in our flickr group!! I can't wait to see what you come up with.