Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Glue it Tuesday 12/17 + kaleidoscope shimmer candles

As promised, here is the final installment of Glue it Tuesday! I tackled the first of many kaleidoscope shimmer candles for teacher gifts this year. Very easy & fun.

You'll need:
IKEA Tindra Candles (yummy scents & only $1.99 each)
A package of tissue paper in assorted colors
Mod Podge
Glamour Dust or pearlizing medium (you can also use Mod Podge with glitter)
A small plastic plate or tray for mixing the Mod Podge concoction
Foam brush
Magazine pages to protect your work surface

What to do:
1) Pick your color combinations. My favorite palettes are:

orange + red + pink + yellow (or any combo within that palette)
blue + green
green + yellow
blue + pink + purple
pink + purple
blue + purple
and so on...

Color combos that don't go so well together: red/green, orange/blue, purple/yellow and so on. Tissue paper is very thin, so you want to stick with colors that won't look like mud when the pieces are layered. I also recommend coordinating the candle color with your tissue paper palette (or choosing white which will go with everything).

2) Cut the sheets of tissue paper into 1"-2" squares, rectangles, rhomboids, trapezoids, isosceles triangles, or whatever geometric shapes feed your needs.

3) Put some Mod Podge on the plastic tray and mix it with a small amount of glamour dust or pearlizing medium. In the past I've used the Glimmer Dust for Kaleidoscope candles, but it flies everywhere, and so I switched to the pearlizing medium, which makes much less of a mess. You can skip this step if you don't want the shimmery finish -- it looks just as good without it.

4) Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the surface of the glass candle, add a tissue paper shape to the surface, then brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of it, smoothing out wrinkles and bubbles as you go along. Repeat all the way around the outside of the candle until you have 2-3 layers of tissue paper covering the surface. If you overlap the shapes slightly, it will give the candle a pretty stained glass & kaleidoscope type look.

For best results, let the Mod Podge dry a bit in between layers, as tissue paper is very thin and rips easily when wet. Once the candle is dry, and especially when it is lit, this little candle will blaze with color and sparkle. The more the candle burns down, the more brightly the color will shine. If you don't live near an IKEA, obviously you can use any glass candle for this project. I love Novena candles, the tall glass altar candles -- which are often available at Target or Wal-Mart (and sometimes even in grocery stores) for about $2-$3 each.

If you stuck it out (ha!) to the end with me here for Glue it Tuesday, thanks! And since we'll never stop gluing, we'll still see each others' crafty projects on our blogs and elsewhere, so it really isn't goodbye. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

she climbs high and hugs the sky

Today, Natasha from Creative Nachos unveiled her project Art From Around the Globe, in which she had twelve of her students (first and third graders) create self portraits in the form of visual poetry, comparing themselves to different animals. Natasha then sent the children's pieces to artists around the world, who used them as idea springboards for their own works. My art partner was Campbell, who is a climber; a hugger; a fearless artist; a lover of green, peace, and hearts. She reminds me much of my older daughter Nina, who lives perpetually in the treetops and finds peace in creating and dreaming. My drawing is dedicated to both of them. The goal of Natasha's project was for these children to understand the impact that their words and art can have on others. You can see all of the pairings here. The power of these children is quite something and I thank Natasha for reminding us how one person can open a new world to the rest of us.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

and the winner is... (drum roll for the LimeTreeFruits Party)

Thank you everyone who stopped by from LimeTreeFruits last week! What a party you all brought to Artsyville! It was a solid week of the most energetic cha-cha in my inbox -- I loved it! I drew the winner for Raine's Awesome Planner at random and it is... Laurie! Congrats, Laurie -- I'll need your email address so I can forward it to Raine. Wishing you all happy holidays & thanks for playing in the blog hop!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Glue it Tuesday: 12/10 and an important GIT newsflash

In the spirit of changing things up as I like to do here, just wanted to let you all know that I am going to wind down Glue it Tuesday. Since the year is coming to a close, it seems like a natural time to do it. It has been a fun run, but as you've noticed, I've had a hard time getting my posts running on time. I'm a lousy hostess when it comes to predictability and punctuality (every ounce of that in me goes to managing my kids' schedules and getting my orders out the door on time.) This blog is like my playground; I'm much better about posting spontaneously & at my own whims here. I will continue to glue with fervor but it might be on a Sunday. Or Friday. The contrarian in me rules this space, it seems.

As the holidays are chomping down quickly on us, we'll make the last post for Glue it Tuesday next week, 12/17. Above are the Kaleidoscope Candles I made a few years ago from tissue paper and novena candles, and I've decided I am going to do the same thing for teacher gifts, but this time I'm going to pull an IKEA hack and use the Tindra candles -- they are short, cute, smell fantastic and only cost $2 each! If all goes according to plan, that is what I will post next week!

See you next Tuesday for the close, I hope -- and THANK YOU for joining in my gluey club this year.  It's been fun! 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

last call

Last call for the holidays! The code TAKE25 is valid through tonight for 25% all things Artsyville, and that's it for the doodle deals. Thank you so much, everyone! Looking forward to getting back to some less shoppy posts over the next few weeks. See you tomorrow for Glue it Tuesday!

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Artsyville Holiday Shop: Day 5! {a useful though rather unimaginative ending}

It's the last day of the Artsyville Holiday Shop! To that end, I'm dishing out a useful (if rather unimaginative) way to cap off this crazy week. If you missed any of the daily sales or didn't see one that really got you going, just enter the code TAKE25 at checkout (either on Etsy or in Artsyville) and you'll save 25% on your entire order from Friday, December 6 through Monday, December 9. This way you can take your pick and take your time! I may have to do another one of those Double Washi Days sometime soon. That was one festive tape party -- more people showed up than I ever expected and I am still (very, very happily) working through the late night order packing hangovers! Have a great day and THANK YOU!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Artsyville Holiday Shop Day 4: Stack Pack Sale Day!

Day 4 of the Artsyville Holiday Shop! It's STACK PACK SALE Day -- buy three packs and get one free! These packs of 20 mini doodle cards work great for gift tags & stocking stuffers... I have 13 different designs now, and just added a tree & ornament assortment for the holidays. Sale valid today at the Artsyville store and on Etsy.

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by for Raine's planner hop yesterday!! Keep the entries coming -- the drawing is open until December 11.

Back tomorrow for the last day of the Holiday Shop deals! Thanks everyone for an amazing washi day yesterday!! xo Aimee

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Artsyville Holiday Shop: Day 3! + A LimeTreeFruits 2014 Planner Giveaway!

Day 3 of the Artsyville Holiday Shop brings us to Double Washi Wednesday! Yep -- order any Artsyville washi tape (singles or multipacks, doesn't matter) and I will double your washi order for free. Twice the washi fun for the same price. Whee whee washi! Today only. Available both through the Artsyville store & on Etsy.

With that out of the way I am so excited to present my stop on the LimeTreeFruits blog hop today! Raine is a watercolor artist and illustrator who is famous for her Filofax planners and printables as well as for just up & moving to a beach in the Caribbean. Her 2014 (beautiful!!) downloadable planner is here and I am lucky enough to give one away. {Side note: If you are a printable fanatic, get thee to LimeTree Fruits stat, and prepare to stay a long, long time. Not only is Raine a colorful and entertaining hostess, she has some of the most gorgeous watercolor Filofax printables I've ever seen -- many of them free!}

Here are some teaser peeks into the planner, and believe me, this is just the beginning! This baby will have a thunk factor when you print them all out. Each page is super juicy and full of color -- even the most disorganized person would be motivated to get their act together & keep moving through these pages each month because they are so cheerful.

To find out more, or to go ahead and purchase one, Raine is also hosting a Pre-Order Party -- get all the details about it at LimeTreeFruits Planners.

To enter my drawing, just leave a comment here! Thanks and have a great Wednesday!

**UPDATE -- I'll do the drawing on December 11! Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments so far... great to meet you all!! xoxo Aimee***

***ANOTHER UPDATE -- Drawing done! Winner here!***

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Artsyville Holiday Shop: Day 2! + free gift tags + Glue it Tuesday

Day 2 of the Artsyville Holiday Shop! Two fun things in store today. First: 40% off all 8x10 prints for the Holiday Print Parade Sale in both shops (in the Artsyville store and the Etsy shop). Regular price is $16 each. Today (only!) they are $9.60 each.

Second fun thing: a free To/From gift tag printable! Print on red and/or green cardstock, cut 'em out, punch a hole and string them with twine to top off your gifts. Get the printable here.

Since I am featuring a new deal each day through Friday, some of you have asked if you can place your orders throughout the week & have me ship it all at once to help save on the shipping costs. Yep -- you know I will! Just let me know in the notes to seller (on Etsy) or special instructions (in the Artsyville store) that you'd like me to batch your orders through the week. I'll ship everything to you this Saturday and reimburse the shipping overage once I've packed and weighed your order.

It's also Glue it Tuesday - share your cut & paste adventures for the week! (Sorry, no glue for me today! :)) Back tomorrow (Wednesday) with a smash bang doodle deal AND I'm hosting a giveaway stop on the LimeTreeFruits 2014 Planner blog hop (Raine makes the world's most awesome planners!!)

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Artsyville Holiday Shop: Day 1!

After three days of a production frenzy & letting dirty dishes pile up in the kitchen sink, the Artsyville holiday shop is open! I'm kicking off Day 1 of the mayhem with a Magnet Monday Sale -- all jumbo magnets are $4 today only (regularly $6) both at artsyville.etsy.com and www.artsyville.com. Each day through Friday I'll have a special doodle deal in the shop, so make sure to come back!

I've also stocked the shelves with brand new Goodie Gift packs -- new versions of my goodie boxes, totally ready to go so you don't have to do a thing! They are sweet little packages stuffed with a magnet, a groovy doodle notebook, a roll of Artsyville washi tape, and a confetti-filled bundle of chocolates and tea (except for the Coffee pack; that didn't seem to make much sense to put tea in there, so I've put a packet of Starbucks Via coffee in that.) They are wrapped quite festively in a bright chevron paper & ready to go with a To/From gift tag and coordinating gift note that I'm happy to leave blank (if it is coming to you first) or to fill in (if it is going directly to your recipient). If you don't see the theme there that you want, just send me a note at aimee (at) artsyville.com, because I can make a custom goodie gift pack from any magnet (and pretty much any goods in the shop!)

Time to clean the kitchen. Back tomorrow! Have a great week!

Friday, November 29, 2013

season's doodlings

Happy Colorful Friday and Season's Doodlings from Artsyville! I'll be back in the next few days with the holiday shop fully stocked & open for action, but in the meantime, just wanted to share a Make Your Own Sale code that you are welcome to use any time (and as often as you'd like) from now through December 31! The code HAPPYHOLIDAYS13 will take 10% off your order in both stores: artsyville.etsy.com and www.artsyville.com. I will also have surprise doodle deals from time to time over the next few weeks (especially a surprise, considering that I don't even know what they are yet) and you are welcome to combine the Make Your Own Sale coupon code with those doodle deals if it makes sense. Happy weekend! Back soon!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

gobble gobble

Happy T-day! ♥ We are nibble-noshing the day away: cherry pie, mango-cranberry chutney, an enormous batch of latkes, other stuff, and eventually, a turkey (it always takes longer than the directions indicate.) I'll be back tomorrow with some fun happenings on Colorful Friday (no such thing as Black Friday around here). Wishing everyone a great day!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Glue it Tuesday: Week 34

Sorry for the miss last week! Hope no one is too irate about it (though most people who come here are used to me posting on Aimee Time, which can be any time.) I needed some classic collage therapy last night, so I covered an old hand soap bottle with bits from the newly arrived Paper Source catalog, sealed it with three coats of Mod Podge, and paired it with my new little bar of soap that no one is allowed to open :) Will the bottle last? Or will it turn to papery, gluey goo? We shall see! What did you glue this week? Share below! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Glue it Tuesday Week 33 and Art Every Day Month #3

The closest thing I've come to gluing this week: a leaf sandwich.
I've been too busy watching nature's paintbrushes sweep the skies,
taking autumn walks around the neighborhood, 
letting the sunshine in, 
shaking out rugs, 
making umbrella flowers,
and taking rakes to the lakes of leaves in our yard. The Fall-ing is almost complete.
I also sneaked a couple of chocolate chip muffins,
finished my third piece for Art Every Day Month (I will catch up I will catch up I will catch up),
enjoyed one of the last pretty autumn moons before the sky turned to a bag of dirty marshmallows, 
I sent an order of my washi tapes and magnets to Frenzy Stamper in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ (hooray and thank you!!), 
waved hi to New York (right now I am reading The Island at the Center of the World, a history of the Dutch colonization of Manhattan), 
took a little trip to Mitsuwa, the largest Japanese supermarket in the US (can I say fantastic! couldn't get the kids out of the candy aisles), 
 and took a little trip to their loading dock in the back & found the pallet parking lot.
We stopped at the exit of A&P, as we always do, to look for unclaimed treasures. She looks in every single machine, every single time.
And -- to cap off the week -- we celebrated our two year Jerseyversary. Two years. I cannot believe it has been two years. It has been a crazy, unpredictable, surprising, upside down, messy and very flavorful adventure. Just like these ice cream cones.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fresh Batch of Magic Word Magnet Packs

Well, that didn't take long, did it? I fell off the AEDM wagon pretty quickly. Not that I wasn't making stuff, but I couldn't manage to get here to post it. And I completely forgot about Glue it Tuesday this week. I'm sorry. The older I get, the more one-track-minded I get, and my mind was stuck, so to speak, solely on magnets this week. I did manage to whip up some new colorful packaging for the magnets so they are totally gift-ready now, and they make great stocking stuffers. There are lots of new words in this batch, so if you already have some, these will add some expanded flavor to your collection. There are 20 packs in the Etsy shop, where you can see each assortment individually, and 5 packs in the Artsyville store, which are randomly selected surprises. Sorry again about Glue it Tuesday... we will catch up again on the 12th! Happy weekend! Aimee

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Art Every Day Month #2: Happy Fall to All

A little autumnal greeting for AEDM #2! Fall is my favorite season, and my list is a country mile long as to why. The trees throw colorful parties in the sky and on the ground. Sweaters and layers are still a novelty, and my tights don't have holes in the toes yet. Blue skies and blasts of warm sunshine still stop by to say hi. The crappy days remind me that it will soon be time to hunker down like a hermit and hide and become embittered by winter. How I ever lived in climates without the complete change of seasons I'll never know. When I was younger, it didn't bother me; I was too occupied to notice. Now I need to experience every quarter of the cycle; to whine about the lousy weather; to look forward to & delight in the good; and finish the year knowing that I've fully lived through the range of emotions that the earth has to offer.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Art Every Day Month #1: Magic Words in Progress

It's the first day of Art Every Day Month 2013! This is my fourth year participating. I'm never fully compliant with the mission. I always make that disclaimer from the get-go, so instead of feeling guilty about missing a day here and there, I will feel outright victorious every time I manage a daily post.

Today I'm pushing through the Halloween Hangover and indulging in a spell of hand lettering; this is one of my favorite creative activities but it is not a quick process, not something I can force or rush. It is a slow, laborious effort; one line of words can take me up to 20 minutes and sometimes more. If I'm in the right mood, it becomes a meditative activity, a reminder to slow down and enjoy shaping each line into a letterform. Once they are finished I'll scan & turn them into colorful batches of Magic Word Magnets.

If you are new to Art Every Day Month, go see Leah at Creative Every Day and she will tell you all about it. She's an encouraging, motivating, and easygoing creative hostess, and will give you just the nudge you need to make a little something every day this month.

(also participating on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Glue it Tuesday/Week 32 + giveaway updates

No glue here today... just a whole lot of chopping and creating studio debris :) We have a winner for Samie's Gelli Print class, and it is Terrie Purkey! Congrats, Terrie!

Also, I'm holding a giveaway on Instagram this week for a Xyron 5" Creative Station, 2 cartridges and 2 rolls of my washi tape! To enter, head over to Instagram, find me @artsyville and repost my giveaway photo with the tag #winartsyville. My apologies if you do not have an IG account to enter, but I need all the entries in one place to keep my sanity intact!

If you made something involving adhesives this week, link up below -- and if you are new this week, welcome! xo 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

boo {a free ghost printable}

A quick Wednesday hello to share a free Halloween printable with you: You've Been Ghosted! The labels come eight to a page. Print the sheets on orange paper, cut them out & put them on bags stuffed with candy & goodies, and indulge in some benevolent ding dong ditching around the neighborhood. (Now you know what we've been up to this week.)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Glue it Tuesday Week 31 / Colorful Cutout Cards at The Ink Pad

The glue stix were uber busy this week whipping up samples for my Colorful Cutout Cards class next month at The Ink Pad in NYC! This is the fourth workshop I've taught there this year and I can't say enough how much I love this shop and the staff. This class is taking me back to my handmade card roots: I was an assistant buyer of stationery for Neiman Marcus in the 90s, when the handcrafted card industry was just starting to take off, and I've had more of my own handmade card lines over the years than I can count. I always burn out sooner or later when I do handmade cards for sale, though, so now I just make them for fun :)

A bit about the class, in case you're local and would like to come, is Tuesday, November 19 from 7-9:30 p.m. at The Ink Pad, 37 Seventh Ave in Greenwich Village. Cost is $35 and all you'll need is a good pair of scissors and a glue stick -- I'll provide everything else. We'll make colorful pages with my handmade stamps, cut shapes and letters (both freehand and with my hand drawn templates), and play with the layers to create 5 different card designs for the holidays.  

Back on Friday with Samie's gelli print class winner (you can still enter here for that), and I'll tip my hand here a bit for another giveaway I'm having next week! (hint: it involves a Xyron creative station...) I will give you all the details on that one next Tuesday!

If you've had any sticky adventures this week involving tape or glue, link up with us for Glue it Tuesday!