Studio Pennant Bunting

Of all the crafty trends that have been around since I began blogging 10 years ago, one of my favorites that I will never tire of is pennants. Bunting. Swag. Garland. Whatever you want to call it- swaying goodness on a string is a constant vision of celebration and whimsy. I have several variations of them around the studio–

Washi tape and printed paper letters on baker’s twine:

Recycle bin remnants shape-punched and sewn together:  Fabric scraps rubber-stamped and sewn for folding up and tucking in a greeting card: Vintage class photos clipped to a clothesline: Wool balls strung onto waxed string:Even scrap envelope remnants from vintage stamp soaking sewn together:

My most recent project was a garland of mixed media pennants made from pre-cut chipboard pieces purchased at Michaels. These particular pennants were intended for chalk, but they worked great for collages made with studio ephemera scraps and stenciling Cathe Holden’s Inspired Barn stencils with texture paste!

The finished pennants were attached with tiny clips along a vintage clothesline stretched across the width of the barn.And then I strung more colorful wool balls to add to the fun.What’s your favorite crafty trend?

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NEW Inspired Barn Stencil DECORATIVE Designs and BONU$!

I’ve been blown away by all the exciting things being created and upcycled by many of you using my first line of typographic stencil designs. I’ve been busy creating with them as well and working on even more designs to share. I’m very excited to present my ALL NEW line of 24 decorative stencils, in both 12″ x 12″ and 6″ x 6″ sizes AVAILABLE NOW at line was designed especially for mixed media, collage art and cardmaking, upcycled and enhanced home decor projects, and all sorts of apparel embellishing!

Here are just a few projects I’ve done with the new stencils.

Piano bench refresh:

Carnival wheel accent piece.

Rolling pin kitchen decor.

Little vnitage leather pouch embellishment.

Leafy lamp shade decoration.

Leather drop earring gifts.

Quick and easy jewelry display board.

Rusty, galvanized planter.

Vintage saws beautified as art. (For buckets and saws and other metal rusting surfaces I use the Sophisticated Finishes Rust Antiquing set.)

Work in progress mosaic board with dimensional texture paste on wood. This stencil can be turned and flipped to achieve larger patterns in two different looks.)SHOP NOW and take advantage of this super discount and BONUS stencil offer:My bonus stencil is perfect for embellishing actual tiles, creating gift wrap for the holidays from basic kraft paper or other rolls of solid color paper, and most any singular or repeat design project you want to stencil.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Don’t forget to pick up a can of REPOSTIONALBLE (non-permanent) spray adhesive to lightly coat the back of your stencils to avoid bleeding of paint or other liquid under the stencil causing feathering onto your precious surface. It’s the million-dollar trick to keep your designs transferring crisp.

I can hardly wait to see the unique things you create with these new (or any of my-) stencils designs. Be sure to send me photos of projects using any of my stencils. Use the hashtag #InspiredBarnStencils when looking for inspiration or sharing your IB stencil projects on social media. I would appreciate you to the moon for it!

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Cardmaking with Inspired Barn Stencils & Modeling Paste

Inspired Barn 6-inch stencils are just the right size for adding unique layers to cardmaking projects. Though paint, glitter, and inks work well for mixed media papercrafts, I really like using modeling/texture paste to create slight dimension. Because I think we could use more ideas out there for greeting cards for men, here’s a quick set of cards designed specifically for the male sect using basic kraft card stock and the following items found around my studio:

After adhering the wallpaper scrap I stenciled with modeling paste and let dry.  I brushed  over the stencil area with moistened Distress Crayon pigment. Once that dried, I lightly sanded with my MicroZip sander. Using the plastic alphabet stencils and Sharpie pens to color-coordinated to the wallpaper and ribbon, I stenciled simple messages on the milk bottle caps, and attached ribbon to the back.I attached vintage photos from my stash and the bottle caps medals to each card as the final layers. I placed each card into the pages a large book, adding more more weight on top, to flatten overnight as the moist modeling paste and moistened Distress Crayon pigment caused slight warping of the kraft card stock.Do you use stencils in cardmaking? Share a link to your project in the comments below! (Bonus points for using Inspired Barn Stencils!)


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