Spring Gift Tag Adornment…

Posted in Digital Download Art Projects, Fun Stuff, Look What I Can Do Wednesday, Main at 4:33 pm by carrie

So, I took those free printable gift tags that I made and shared last week then added a little spring to their step…

First I added a ton of glitter to the flowers, stripes, butterfly and umbrellas in the images…

Then, I punched out 3 flower petals per tag using a Martha Stewart paper punch. I then punched a small hole in the middle of each flower, added glitter to the outsides of the petals…

and then used a grommet to attach the flowers, with petals staggered so you can see each color popping through, to the tags (the cats with umbrellas tags didn’t get a fancy flower).

Then, I put ribbon that matched the tag through the grommets…

And voila! You are done! These tags would make great little gifts all by themselves, too!

I used May Arts Ribbon, AD20 in 3/8″, BM66 in 3/8″ and KA45 in 1/2″.

I also used assorted glitter from Art Institute Glitter.


Art Journal & Free Printable Gift Tags

Posted in Art Journal, Digital Download Art Projects, Main at 3:29 pm by carrie

Here are some Springy drawings that I turned into gift tags, which you can download for FREE! Just click on the smaller image of the tags at the bottom and download the PDF.

My latest “art journals” have been less “journal” and more art. I guess I ran out of inspirational sayings (?). I used colored pencils for these drawings.

April showers…

Happy little bunny!


This anthropomorphic cat drawing was inspired by a vintage illustration I found a while back and for the life of me, I can’t find who the artist is. In the original, the cats were walking through snow with their umbrellas. I think it’s quite adorable, especially since cats despise water and I can imagine they would walk upright if they could to avoid it. So, I thought that cats must love May since the April showers are clearing for drier, warmer napping weather. We have a dog… who bounds through water, mud, dirt, weeds… she wouldn’t even want an umbrella.

Click on the tag image above to download the larger version… roughly 8″ x 10″, one sheet.

Enjoy! :)


Digital Download Collections – New!

Posted in Digital Download Art Projects, Main at 7:33 pm by carrie

I’ve been painting up a storm to make these matching sets of art paper.

I love the handmade, hand-painted look… All of my labels for my store and my bath line as well as my logos are all hand-painted and one-of-a-kind… it was a lot of fun designing them, too!

I find that hand painted designs are more playful, unique, organic and have more texture and personality than the mass-produced papers, (but that’s just me).

You can take these sheets and print out note cards, scrapbook backgrounds, make bookmarks, make labels… lots of possibilities :)

Each collection has 4 sheets. Each sheet is sold separately for 99 cents. One sheet is 8″ x 10 1/2″ and 300 dpi. You get the Jpeg and the PDF versions. It’s easy to purchase, download from our website immediately and print them out as many times as you like! Here are our 4 collections… Agnes, Kelly, Heather and Penelope :)

The Agnes Collection can be found on our website here:
1. Art Sheet #123
2. Art Sheet #124
3. Art Sheet #125
4. Art Sheet #126

The Kelly Collection can be found on our website here:
1. Art Sheet #117
2. Art Sheet #118
3. Art Sheet #127
4. Art Sheet #128

The Heather Collection can be found on our website here:
1. Art Sheet #120
2. Art Sheet #129
3. Art Sheet #130
4. Art Sheet #131

The Penelope Collection can be found on our website here:
1. Art Sheet #119
2. Art Sheet #121
3. Art Sheet #133
4. Art Sheet #132

Back to painting ;)


Thrifty Thursday & a GIVEAWAY!! :)

Posted in Digital Download Art Projects, giveaways!, Main, Sharing the Handmade Love, Thrifty Thursday! at 5:54 pm by carrie

So… what’s more thrifty than FREE? :)

I finished the “CURIOUS” Halloween pennant banner, and you can make one, too! :) The floral designs on each little triangle were originally hand-painted by me and were inspired by vintage fabric and wallpaper designs.

I made this in a few easy steps… and if you like this idea, the pattern is available to download for FREE… just click on the two images below to download the PDF’s!

Here’s how you do it!

First, you’ll need…

1. a printer and a computer (and they should talk to each other… hehe)
2. cardstock to print the pennant on
3. Scissors
4. 3 different colors of glitter (I used one Art Glitter Institute vintage glass glitter and 2 Martha Stewart mylar glitters in black and orange)
5. 7 large rhinestones & 7 medium rhinestones (I used clear)
6. a hole punch
7. A grommet punch-clamp thing
8. 14 grommets (1/8″ is ideal)
9. Hot glue gun
10. A thin ribbon in black, gray or orange

Let’s get started!

1. Download the free pennant art by clicking on the two images below:

Click here to download page 1

Click here to download page 2

2. Cut out your little triangles, leaving an 1/8″ border around them.
Optional: Cut out the C-U-R-I-O-U-S letters, too, also leaving an 1/8″ border around the edges. You don’t have to cut them out, but I did so in this demonstration because I wanted the letters to look 3 dimensional. I added the “Curious” letters on each triangle, too, in case you wanted to decorate them directly on the triangles instead of having an extra layer and an extra step.

3. We’re getting ready to add the grommets. You don’t have to add grommets, but I did :) I punched holes first (and you can stick to this step if you want to keep it easy and string your ribbon through punched grommet-less holes). Punch two holes at the top, about 1/2″ from each side and 1/2″ from the top.

4. This is what the grommets and the grommet punch thing looks like. You can get them at Michaels or AC Moore or another craft or sewing supply store. I used the cheapie silver but they come in every color you can think of :)

5. I then added the grommets…

6. Then, I added silver glass glitter to the borders of all the pennants… Make sure to tap off any excess glitter really well. The glass glitter is heavy and sparkly and looks sort of old-timey. I think they sell it at Michaels, but I got mine online at www.artglitter.com. (Be careful, it’s addicting!!!)

7. Next, I added glitter and one rhinestone to the inside outlined area of each letter… Make sure to tap off any excess glitter really well.

8. I then added large rhinestones to the bottom of each triangle. Then all the little triangles got a break to dry for about 30 minutes.

9. I then came in with the black glitter on the letters, outlining the silver that I did earlier. I used Martha Stewart’s mylar glitter from Michaels for this. This stuff is really lightweight and gets everywhere, so be careful! It was so much easier dumping the glitter in these little plastic dishes (see below). That way, any glue over spill didn’t stick to the table or anything I was working on, all wet glue touched glitter becoming not-wet glue AND it’s easier to clean up because it’s in a dish with a deep lip. I left the letters in the glitter for a bit to dry. About 30-45 minutes later, I fished them out and used a small paintbrush to gently brush off the excess glitter back into the dish.

10. The final glitter step is in the orange glitter. Again, this is Martha Stewart’s mylar glitter. I used the orange to add a thin outline around all the letters… it sort of finished off the whole look :)

11. These guys sat in the glitter overnight… but I think you would only need to leave them for about an hour. I wanted to make sure they were good and dry!

12. So, here they are… ready to be assembled!

13. Plug in your glue gun…

14. While that’s heating up, I strung some thin black and white polka-dot ribbon through the grommets… like so…

15. Then, I put little gobs of hot glue on each little arm or area of each letter… and glued it down to each triangle. You could use regular white glue, but the hot glue added some bulk so the letters “popped” up a little bit.

And voila… you have a little Halloween pennant garland :)

This is our first download… so if you decide to do it, please let me know how it went :) And if you send me pictures of your finished project, I will post them on here for all the world to see ;) (If you want!) :)

And… the other news-of-the-day….

We’re having a giveaway!!

I’m giving away the following:

1. That little set of three Halloween guys I glittered up the other day:

2. A black ruffled scarf:

3. A hand-glittered Halloween cupcake rosette:

Here’s how this works…
Leave a comment on this blog post and you will be put in the drawing. One entry per person, please :) I will draw three names using our random number generator next week on Tuesday, October 19th at 3pm EST. Winners will be notified via email that they have won, so please be sure to add your current email into the “E-mail” field in your comment.