Sunday, August 31, 2008

September 1st... Dandelion Designs and water brushes

What is a water brush? Well it is a cool little tool that takes your inks, chalks, and watercolors to a new level. They are brushes that contain a barrel that holds water and the water is dispensed by squeezing the pen barrel (gently). The pens come in different size tips.

On this project I used stamps from Dandelion Designs to make a wrapper for some Roca. They have a wonderful selection of stamps check them out and let me know which stamps you'd like and I'll order them up for you! :)

Start off by inking up your stamp of choice in your ink of choice. The stamp I have here is the Maddy & Pip stamp.

Stamp your image on your paper of choice. I'm using a smooth white cardstock.

SMOOSH... it's a technical term...the case of ink so that you get ink onto the inside cover.

Then you can use your water pen (make sure you unscrewed it to put water into) to swipe across the ink.

Then you simply paint in your stamped image. This technique enables you to expand your inks and turn them into watercolors. We love perfectly matched colors! :)
You can use the water brushes on chalks and watercolors as well.

To clean off the brush make sure you give the brush a squeeze and wipe it onto scratch paper.

I used glittery chalks on Maddy's dress (notice the shimmer). I also used the glimmery chalks on the leaves. The "ladybug" stamp was used and the flower from it cut out for her hair.

The sentiment stamp "a little something just for you!!!" was also used.

These 4 wood mounted stamps are the giveaway for this first day of National Stamping Month. YAY Thank you to Dandelion Designs! All you need to to is check in under the comments section and 1 lucky person will win this.

AND because it's September 1st we are also shipping the FABULOUS September kit "Wild About..." (pics will be up in the morning)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Wild About...

Check out Angelica's blog to see the first peek at the September kit..."Wild About..." :) She did a fab job!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Scrap Pink Class

This is the awesome Scrap Pink Class Kit from Basic Grey. The weekend of September 26th is Scrap Pink. With this online class you will make this fabulous mini album that celebrates the top ten things you love about someone or something. $10 of this class fee is a non-profit donation that goes to find a cure for breast cancer. In this class you will receive...
6x6 scalloped mini album
1 Perhaps 6x6 paper pad
1 package of Infuse ribbons
1 package of Infuse buttons
1 sheet Flourish rub-ons (black)
1 package of Middleset chipboard alphas

cute cute cute and you are helping to make a difference

$35 (plus $6.50 s&h)

This is an online class that can be done in your jammies at home whenever you want. The kit will arrive in the mail along with the link to the class that will be taught by our Haute Instructor, Melina. The class will be viewable as of September 26th.

May I suggest that you get together with a few girlfriends, have a cocktail, some snacks, and make an evening of it for a good cause.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

fall patterns

I'm not afraid of patterns and texture in my wardrobe and it tranfers to the scrapbook page. I've seen a ton of pattern and texture for the fall in the form of tweeds and plaids. These dresses are a few examples to get you going on those fashion inspired pages! :) Houndstooth is another one that I love! The dress is Metrostyle and the jacket is Rebecca Taylor. (notice the flower on the jacket that can also be perfectly transplanted to the scrap project)

Monday, August 25, 2008

My Mind's Eye has acrylic stamps with their new line! YAY Keep your eye out. :) (NSM)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I am so excited about National Stamping Month. SOOOO many companies have donated SOOOO many goodies! We will be giving a TON of stuff away! Not only that, but the tutorials we have planned are going to be so much fun also. So September 1st is the day. YAY and it doesn't end 'til the 30th. YAY

She's here!

Yes. My little princess is here. It's a girl and she was born on the 19th. So because nobody picked that combination the person who came the closest was...... Lily. So I will be sending her the August kit "Butterfly Kisses." (which still has some kits available)

In this pic I look like a mess, but she doesn't. :) What should I expect.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Basic Grey Card Class

October 4th is National Card Making Day. All these national day of somethings are so FUN. :) For this day we are doing a Basic Grey Card class. YAY our fave, right? These are awesome. And because I want everyone who wants to be included, included I will be taking sign-ups for this now so that you all can have your fun stuff for the online class on the 4th.

Each class kit includes...

1 6x6 Mellow Paper Pad
1 sheet of Mellow Flavorful
1 package of Mellow ribbon
1 sheet of Mellow alpha stickers
1 package of Boxer buttons
1 package of round white Bookplates

In this class you will make the wonderful card holder that ties with ribbon and 6 so cute cards. It's perfect to give as a gift for a friend (or yourself).

The class fee is $30, which is the retail value of the kit! YAY

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thinkin' ahead...

something to get excited about...September is National Stamping Month! This year National Stamping Day falls on September 13th. So we here at Haute Artist are planning on going STAMP CRAZY all month long!!! Be on the look out for the schedule of events. YAY. I LOVE stamps, so I cannot wait. If there are any questions you have about techniques or certain stamp sets you would LOVE to see used just leave a comment.

Trend Report

I am seeing animal prints everywhere in the fashion world, not just any animal print, but zebra and giraffe. So cool. Pair these prints with the color orange...fabulous. :) I will be on the look out for those scrap pages using these two elements. I'm lovin' the inspirational shoes...Kate Spade (left) and Michael Kors (right).

Also check out our Haute Babe, Carolyn's blog to see what darn cute thing she made with the Gel-a-tins stamp set that comes in the August kit. (still available on the website) Very cute. :)

And I can't forget one of our other Babes, Angelica...she's doing her sketch of the month with her first one debuting tomorrow! YAY Check out her blog for details.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

color forecast

What are they saying about fall colors? (They being fashion forecasters.) Well Pumpkin Orange seems to be HOT. It's also a fabulous transitional color because you can pair it up with white wonderfully! Well what about your pages? It looks great with pink, as we have already seen, as well as aqua. I'm lovin' aqua right now. I love this Fendi bag! The orange with the!

Monday, August 11, 2008


our Haute Instructor... Melina. She will be the face and sound of our online classes. YAY. Thank you Melina!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Silly baby

Ok, I had an ultrasound today and the baby's butt is parked on my pelvis. Which means, yes I will be having a C-Section. :(

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

It's the August sketch from Basic Grey by Becky Fleck. YAY

Sunday, August 3, 2008

let's have some fun...

In honour of my little blessing on the way I want to do a giveaway. I'm due the 29th of this month and I don't know if it's a boy or girl. I will give away an August kit to the first person who guesses the correct birthdate and sex of the baby. :) Sound like fun? Free kit. Just post your guess in the comments section.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

I just LOVE what Velma did with the glittery butterfly fabric that comes in this month's kit! I just had to post some pics to share. :)
1. First take the fabric and cut it out.
2. Press the fabric butterfly into Clear Versa Mark ink.
3. Pour on the UTEE. (Ultra THick Embossing Enamel or another clear embossing powder)
4. Melt the UTEE with a heat gun.
5. Pour on another layer of UTEE quickly while it's still melted...if it doesn't stick just heat the butterfly up again to re-melt the powder.
6. Melt again using the heat gun.
7. While it's drying you can bend the butterfly to give it some dimension.

The butterfly fabric comes in this month's kit. (limited supply)
Also check this out to see what Velma did with the butterflies.

Friday, August 1, 2008

It's the first!

Kits are ready to go! They are limited. So get 'em while they're HAUTE. :)

I got an invitation to go to a friend's house and crop tonight. Those are my croppy plans for the weekend. That and take more pics to crop (as always).

CHECK OUT the Gallery or Angelica's blog to see what cool stuff she's donw with this month's kit. It's goodnight. :)