Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Home Decor - Wood Blocks with mambi

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I LOVE decorating for fall. Don't you? I really don't decorate much for Halloween...just outside with some spiders, webs, crows, and maybe a few bats. Inside the house, I love to warm the rooms up with autumn colors, leaves, pumpkins, and anything I can find or alter to bring the season to life.

Today I have a super easy and fun fall project to share with you. The best part... I started with some old wood blocks I had in my "leftover bin" in the garage. (I have an old crate sitting in the garage to collect scrap wood from various projects my Hubby or I have worked on.) 




Here is a list of materials I used:

Old wood blocks
white paint 
white doilies
twine
small wood finials
mambi SHEETS - Mixed Media, Gold Rush & Straight to the Heart
mambi Fall Leaves Die Cuts
mambiSTICKS Large Alphas - Gold

I really love how they turned out! 
If you want to see the steps I took to make this fun fall home project, please come visit the me & my BIG ideas right HERE!



Happy Creating!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

mambi Design Team 2014-15

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I am SO excited to announce that I am a member of the mambi Design Team again this coming year! Super fabulous, right? It was so fun working with me & my BIG ideas, so I am thrilled to be a part again. Plus...seriously...LOOK at this amazing team. I feel fortunate to be among this group of super talented, creative ladies. OH, and don't let me forget to mention that we are being led by ever artistic Amanda Zampelli


All I can say is that there is going to be a whole lot of artsy goodness 
going on here at Sadie Inspired and right HERE. 
Also, be sure to pop over and visit all these amazing creatives too. 
Just click their names below the picture and off you go!


The mambi Design Team 2014-2015

Stayed tuned for lots of projects, pages, canvases, tutorials, DIY, mixed media, art journaling, POCKET PAGES™, and a much needed blog revamp. Woot! Woot!

PLUS, I have some more super exciting news to share! But, more about that later. In the meantime, here are just a few of my favorite projects from the last year with mambi. 




Happy Creating,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Art Journal

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I wanted to share this sweet journal page I painted a couple Sundays ago. 




She is clothed with strength and dignity,
    and she laughs without fear of the future.


Proverbs 31:25



Man, I love that. It is such a good one...such a heart filler.  

Happy Sunday Lovelies...may your week be filled with laughter.
Happy Creating,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Adding Gesso to a Layout

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Lately, I have realized a few things about my creative self... 

1) I am obsessing over certain things like gold & navy, hot pink, all things herringbone, doilies, & Wilna Furstenberg (Her style is GOR-geous) 
2) I hoard Americana paint, chipboard albums, 3x4 Project Life style cards & scrapbook letters
3) I miss my art journal when I am away from it too long...like, seriously feel it. If I don't make the time to express on those pages...I am two steps shy of crazy.
4) If I was stranded on a deserted island I would want my family, water, & gesso. ;) You know I am not really being serious. But, I LOVE using white gesso. I use it all the time on pretty much everything.


SO, naturally when I found this GOR-geous picture of my daughter and knew I wanted to use it for a mambi Design Team project...OF COURSE, I had to whip out the gesso. Naturally. 

I don't ever really like anything super "perfected" when I am doing a scrapbook layout. Whether it is a 12 x 12 page, mini album, POCKET PAGES spread, or any other project I am working on. I like a bit of messy. I want the paper crinkled up on the edge, the layering staggered, nothing measured, gesso or modeling paste smeared somewhere, & ink splattered. Of course I love a pretty end result. However, the mixed media artist in me loves an imperfect bit of mess. :)


Now, you can see plenty of pretty paper (HERE is some) and darling stickers. But, to add some "mess" interest & texture I added some gesso along the seam where I connected the two papers. I layered some beautiful paper, SOFT SPOKEN stickers, Mini Banners, & some mambi Clear Expressions. Once the stack was glued down, I added some pretty golden yellow ink splatters. 


It is super soft and just the right touch of color. I love the way it looks with the black & white photo too. :)

Thank you for stopping by! Leave a comment, so I can come by and say "Hi!"

Happy Creating,