Monday, January 30, 2012

Urban Inspiration

This weekend I visited the Mall Of Georgia, and I wanted to share some inspiration today.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

My Memories Suite Giveaway

The kind people over at My Memories Scrapbook Software offered me a chance to review their product on my blog as well as give you the opportunity to win there amazing digital scrapbooking software. This is a great software and it is very user friendly. I was able to create a page in just a few minutes on my first use. Once you get started you will be hooked. It is such an easy way to organize your pictures into beautiful photo books. You can print them at home or have them printed through your favorite photo printing service. They also offer a great online photobook creator that you can try out as well.
Here are a few links to other post where I have use the software to create the pages:
Here is the first page that I created using the My Memories Software Suite.
You can make cards, scrapbooks, calendars, and create videos and slideshows. The software comes loaded with a few templates that you can use for free, however, you can create your own pages from scratch. Their website has additional kits and templates you can buy, as well as, free ones to download.Over the next few weeks I will be share some of my favorite Freebies that you can download and use. So check back each Thursday for a new page layout as well as a freebie for you to use in your scrapbooks.
So, here’s the deal to get you started:  Use this Share the Memories code:  STMMMS31248 and go to:  My Memories Suite for your $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the My store - $20 value!
Giveaway Rules:

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The Giveaway will close on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 11:59pm  EST.  The Winner will be contacted via email within 48 hours.

Anything Goes Friday

On Monday I showed you my “Painted Fabric” Today I want to show you what I created with this fabric. I made a few hand-bound journals.
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I pulled out my Scribbles 3D Fabric Paints again to add a few more details to each journal.
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I love my Scribble 3D Fabric Paints. They work great for adding details and designs to the fronts of my journals.
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The top and bottom journals have 2 signatures and the middle journal has 4. I have listed the top and bottom journals on Etsy and you can see them in the journal section of my shop. I have also been busy adding a supplies section to my shop. I have added ribbons and trims and will be adding paper products soon.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Show and Tell Thursday Linky Party

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I have really been busy this week making a bunch of items for my etsy shop and I created a how to for my “Be My Puffy Valentine's. They are patchwork hearts that are made on a foundation fabric then stuffed. I used a bunch of my hand dyed fabrics and hand painted fabrics as parts of these, because I don’t really like to waste anything. These are made on a foundation so that you do not have to piece them you just have to zig zag over the edge of each piece to anchor them down.
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Feel Free to add your link to the party here:
The Rules:
Please follow us with Google Friend Connect up on the left.
Link to your post not your main blog page
Link back here so that everyone can find us
You can also link your etsy shop and giveaways.
Leave a comment on the person before you and after you (Everyone Loves comments)
Come Back next week to see who is featured and for a new button for the features

Painting in progress

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I hope to have this painting finished this week. I plan on using this as the background for my word for this year which is “LEAP” as in “Take a LEAP of Faith”

Monday, January 23, 2012

Painted Fabric Backgrounds

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I have been exploring the various items that I have in my studio. I was not really surprised with all the different supplies that I have and the different mediums that I have acquired. In my digging exploring I found a large bolt of denim fabric. It is narrow about only 20” wide but I have more than 50 yards of it. I decided to use it as my canvas because of the weight of the material it would hold up well. I didn’t stretch is but used it flat on my worktable. It is a very porous surface and I had to use a few techniques to get it to not drink up so much paint. I built up layers of paint and various permanent markers. The first technique that I tried was to wet the fabric completely (wringing it out so it was just damp)  and them paint onto it with craft acrylic paints to create a watercolor effect, once this dried the fabric was stiffer and the paint on the next layer did not soak in but it stayed on the top of the surface. I like this treatment but I had to let it dry overnight to be able to work on the next layer.  PS use rubber glover if you do not want to look like you have bathed in paint for a couple of days it really stains your hands.
Here is a list of the supplies that I used:
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I used a few other techniques like found objects to make designs and mono printing. These fabrics were lacking the punch until the last layer was added.
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On this last layer is where I brought our the Scribble 3D Fabric paints. I used them like I used the markers and just drew designs and words all over the fabric. I chose to use only black and white to add contrast and the the white really helped to lighten up a dark piece.
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Later this week I plan on sharing how to use these painted fabric backgrounds in a completed project.

Inspiration Monday

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Views of Atlantic Station in Atlanta GA

Friday, January 20, 2012

From Sketch to Reality

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Today’s post features a project that started in my sketchbook and when I decided to make another laundry hamper projects my daughter choose this design for her hamper. I love the way it turned out and I want to share it here with you and show you how I made it.
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I started out this time with a Pink Fabric Hamper from the Target Dollar Spot for only $2.50

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Using the white pencil draw the name and the design onto the hamper. This is a step where you will be able to correct any mistakes with a wet cloth.
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Start outlining your pattern design with your Sharpie marker. This will give your design an outline as well as giving you a easier pattern to fill in.
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Start out with your first Scribbles Fabric Paint color and squeeze it around to fill the shape but not al the way. hampers 038
Nest using a damp brush spread your paint around to cover the shape. The Paint will me thin and the background color might show through a little but this is fine.
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Repeat these steps with the rest of your Scribbles Fabric Paint color choices.
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Use the Scribble Fabric Paint color of your choice to outline the name and then let it dry according to the directions on the bottle.
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Once it has dried you can use it to dress up your laundry room. I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to take it from Sketch to Reality.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pinterest Love and Thursday Link Party

Today I would like to announce that I am starting a Thursday Linky Party. I haven't come up with a catchy name yet so if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comment section. I also want to show a little love to some other bloggers that I have found through Pinterest.

Please follow A Southern Lady's Ramblings with Google Friend Connect and add a button (found on the left sidebar) or a text link to your blog to let people know where you are linking to.
Please link to your specific blog post and not your main blog page.
Anything goes as long as it is family friendly. You can list your Shop, Blog, Or Giveaway here.

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