Art For the Home

Art for the Home: Crafty Secrets August Linky Challenge and Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets August Linky Challenge and Blog Hop!  This month, the team was given a mixed media challenge.  Specifically, we were asked to create art for the home.   The team put on our Mixed Media Boots and dug deep into our crafty stashes and came up with some amazing art for the home.

In a deep dark corner of the Closet of Shame, I found a stack of mulberry paper that I purchased in the late 1990’s.  Do you remember the mulberry paper craze?  I determined that I would find a way to incorporate it into my project.  Here’s what I came up with:

August Linky 01This little wall hanging measures 11″ x 8″.  I created the base from two sheets of gold mulberry paper.  Here’s how I did it.

  • Lay the two sheets of mulberry paper on top of one another.
  • Fold in half to create an 8.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle.
  • Place the folded mulberry paper in the embossing folder of your choice.
  • Run it through your die cutting machine, using the recommended sandwich.
  • Use Vintage Photo Distress Ink to lightly sponge the raised areas of the mulberry paper.  This will make the design “pop” off the background.
  • Stitch around the edges.
  • Decorate

Pretty, simple, right?  I did make one “boo-boo” when putting this together.  If I could do it over again, I would stitch my black lace between the layers of mulberry paper.  But to be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t think about adding the lace until the very end of the project.  So I ended up using Scor-Tape to attach my lace to the back of the mulberry paper.

August Linky 02The focal image is from our beautiful Sew Nice Double-Sided Creative Scraps.  I stitched it onto black cardstock and then layered it with other goodies from Sew Nice.  The tape measure is from our Creating with Vintage Typography CD.   I added some vintage lace, a piece from a yellow zipper, and hand made cloth flowers that I topped with little grey buttons.  Black Checkerboard Satin Ribbon ties everything together.

August Linky 03The dress form was die cut from scrap chipboard, painted with chalkboard paint and then stamped and embossed.  I tied a little sash around the waist using the same material that the from which the flowers were made.  I borrowed a great idea from Ginny Nemchak and used a black paperclip to create a fun embellie.  I just slipped my material over the paperclip and added a button.  Easy peasy!

august Linky 04I love the sentiment on the focal.  It says : “Let us grow old like beautiful lace. Cherished and treasured and cared for with Grace.”   See that cute little calendar sticking out from behind my focal image?  I cut that from our Seasonal Calendar Creative Scraps.   Even though the dates on the calendar are “off” for 2015, they add a pretty layered element to a piece like this.

August Linky 05I clipped the whole piece onto a shabby chic hanger and then topped it with a bodacious bow tied with 1.5″ wide Black Circus Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.  The I topped this with a loopy bow tied with black and yellow burlap string.  I used the other half of the yellow zipper to make the rosebud.

august Linky 06I had a little bit of mulberry paper left over, so I stitched a pretty panel from the Sew Nice Creative Scraps onto it to create a cute little bookmark.  I painted a chipboard sewing machine, stamped and embossed it and then glued it to the top.  A little bow made with Daffodil Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon was the perfect finishing touch.   And, I still have lots of cute images and backgrounds to use on other cards.  I super love Creative Scraps.

Now, pop on over to the Crafty Secrets Blog where you will find sneaky peeks from the other designers’ blogs.  I have already seen their amazing projects, and I know you will not want to miss a single one of them.  Then, create your own project using Crafty Secrets goodies and link it up to the Crafty Secrets Linky Challenge blog postYou do not have to follow this month’s theme, but you DO have to use Crafty Secrets goodies to be eligible to win this months $25 digital shopping spree in the Crafty Secrets Online Store.

What’s that you say?  You don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies?  Gotcha covered!  Visit the Linky Challenge blog post and download this month’s free paper and image in your project!  See, we’ve thought of everything?  No reason NOT to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!



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16 thoughts on “Art For the Home

  1. Sheila Rumney

    Kathy, these projects are so gorgeous! Seeing all the details and beautiful stitching, makes me want to get my sewing machine out and see if I can fix it. Thanks again for great inspiration!

  2. Loretta S.

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile and you turned me on to Crafty Secrets!! I’m loving the mixed media today!!! Thank you so much!! I have now added to my passion for voyage goodness!

  3. Joan

    I have sooo many left over supplies, I should use some for something like this! I need wall art, so this would be the perfect avenue to make those! Thanks so much for the idea (and everything else you do)! I’m inspired now to create a million (or about 2). Thanks again!

  4. sussipoppins

    Hi…love what you do with left overs….left overs are always such fun…you get that “YES” “CHUCKA” feeling…LOL. Love the papers…inky hugs….by the way I have a red nose…wonder why?

  5. smithgfb

    I think you have my address so just go ahead and send this one along to me! Seriously I do love this and you outdid yourself on this one!

  6. LuvtoKraft

    I seem to have a plethora of red mulberry paper stashed away I’ve never used. Hmmmm. Christmas Wall Art? Thanks, as always, for the wonderful inspiration, Kathy!

  7. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, wonderful designs, I love the bookmark tag very much. I have tried to tie my ribbon with dots to show on all the bow but it does on one side an not the other part of the bow. with your all the dots are showing, Any suggestion? thanks so much ..PS: I have the zutter bow maker

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