I worked with my new Tjanting tools this morning. Batiks are nothing new to me, but I’ve always used a brush to apply the wax to paper. Having to create batik for the CHA Gallery piece, I thought it was time to upgrade to the Tjanting tools. After all, it will help me to apply wax to the surface faster than if I used a brush.

Painting on silk is also not new to me, but I use gutta as a resist. Using gutta allows me to be consistent in the width of my lines. I need to work on controlling the wax in the Tjanting tool to get more consistency in the width of my lines. That will take a little practice.

Today, I created two medium-sized rice-paper batiks (10 by 10-inch). Same design, painted differently, using watercolor paint instead of dye. Because these are test samples, I didn’t want to break out the dye and I knew the watercolor paint would work just fine. The medium-sized paper batiks continue to dry. I will remove the wax from them tomorrow.

I also created two smaller paper batik images that would not take as long to dry. Impatient as I am, I wanted to make sure I was able to complete a sample or two today. These smaller samples are less complex in design, but were also a valuable learning tool. The graphic above shows the two small hearts that I created today.

The finished CHA Gallery piece is still not fully designed but will be a silk batik using dyes from I Love To Create (also on Facebook). The design will also use paper and wire.
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Halloween Trio

Halloween Trio
By Carol Heppner
© Carol Heppner 2009

Every great party starts with an outstanding invitation design. This design should be carried through the place card and gift bag for a unified party look.

A single digital scrapbooking kit creates all of these fun projects, making them cost effective. It also allows the projects to be produced quickly so that party givers can move onto other important party preparations. Scrap Girls provided the digital kit used in this project. Visit Scrap Girls for Halloween kits and sign up for their free newsletter.

Binder Clip Place Card Holder
If you have every priced place card holders, you know that they can be expensive. Readers learn how to create coordinating place card holders from inexpensive metal binder clips, which can be found at office supply stores.

Digital scrapbook paper is used on the clip, and then embellished. These place card holders are super quick to make and coordinate with the personalized place card.

Crystal Embellishments
Tiny crystals embellishments provide sparkle for added richness. Iron-on crystals are secured to the design with Tulip’s clear 3-D fashion paint. Because the flexible paint is in a squeeze bottle, it allows the crafter to apply a tiny dot of paint onto the paper which securely holds the crystals - even through the mail.

Floral Accents

All the whimsical floral accents come from one craft punch. This multi-floral punch is teamed with coordinating scrapbook paper to create orange or blue flowers with green leaves.

Gift Bags
No party would be complete without a gift bag filled with goodies for party goers to take home. The top of the black paper bag is cut with decorative-edged scissors and a sheer black ribbon becomes the handle to the bag. A tiny, decorated green binder clip, green baby rickrack, paper flowers, and tiny crystals enhance the digital design on the face of the bag. The Velcro enclosure makes it easy to open and close the gift bag.

Invitation: 5 by 7”
Place card: 2 1/2 by 3 1/2”
Place card holder: 1 1/4 by 2 1/4”
Gift bag: 6 by 8”

Scrap Girls: Bump in the Night digital kit
McGill: Petite Petals punch
Ilovetocreate: Tulip® Gellies, clear & Tulip® Glam- it-up™ Iron-on Fashion Designs™, Silver Swirl
HP: Matte photograph paper
Velcro: Sticky Back™, black
Nicole™: 1/4” black ribbon
Offray: Black & white polka dot ribbon
Morex Corp: 1 1/2” organza ribbon
Making Memories: 3/16” copper eyelets


©Carol Heppner 2009

Totally Creative Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Holly Berlin on winning the Totally Creative Online Magazine Giveaway. Make sure to visit Holly's website and join her on Twitter. Also check out Totally Creative Online Magazine which is packed with craft projects.

I reviewed a free copy of their magazine and there are many great fall projects in the current issue. You'll have to check it out.

Simply Carol Heppner - Fall

Read all about it!
My fall edition of my newsletter, Simply Carol Heppner, is here. Check out my Halloween craft projects and learn about my home town.

Totally Creative
Ah, Fall. The cool air whips around your head as the golden and russet leaves rustle in the wind. You dream about those rich fall colors as the leaves crunch under your feet. “I’m inspired,” you grin to yourself as the earthy fragrance the autumn leaves kisses your nose; “to craft with these great colors. I wonder,” you ask yourself, “where I can find some fun fall projects?”

That’s easy; just pick up the fall issue of Totally Creative Magazine. The projects will fill your creative desire to bring a touch of fall into your home. There are also jewelry pieces to create as well. You won’t want to miss the tutorial on creating unique fabric to use in any of your crafting ventures. Visit Totally Creative Magazine to learn more.

Heppner Studio Giveaway

Contest runs from October 3, 2009 to October 19, 2009 (11:59 EST).

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It is a few months way, but I love Halloween. Those who have taken my quiz on Facebook know that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I’m already thinking about my new Halloween mask. I don’t dress in a costume, but I love wearing a great hand-made papier mache and a beautiful black velvet full length cape that is lined in white satin (Mom made it for me many, many years ago).

This year, I’m thinking about a peacock blue and gold mask. I’m going to add feathers and maybe even some delicate chains and beadwork.

In a few weeks, I will create a new plaster cast of my face with the help of my husband or niece. That will be the form on which I will build this year’s mask.

The mask above is one of my favorites from last year.

Check out my Bewitching paper shoes in the October issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts. If you love paper arts, you will LOVE these shoes. The pattern will work with any paper design and any holiday theme. These are not just for witches!

CHA Summer 2009 Show, Orlando, FL

It was a great flight down to Orlando and we really enjoyed the 2009 Summer Show. Read my review of the show and check out some new products that you might see at your local stores. It's a pdf file and you will need the free Adobe file reader to see the review. Enjoy!

Designers Showcase

Join me at the Designers' Showcase at CHA
this summer in FL.
Look for me at Table 2.

September Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
Check out my September article on Transparency Albums. These albums are striking and make wonderful keepsakes for holidays, vacations, celebrations, and everyday life.

Along with the instructions for the albums, you will find a ton of great crafting tips.

CHA Super Show

CHA Super Show

Artist Trading Card Article

My new article in Scrap and Stamp Arts features ATCs. Many of the ATCs were created using Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking kits.

The article also lets you in on two fun groups that you can join to swap ATCs. It’s a great way to grow and explore new mediums.

After you create your ATCs, this article will show you how you can use them to create greeting cards and displays for your home.

Speaking of Mother’s Day, the projects in this article will make a great gift when you team it with the magazine and my new book on Artist Trading Cards.

Naturally Emma Rose

Naturally Emma Rose by Carol Heppner c2009

Taken this AM of our little girl - right now, she is hiding under the quilt on the bed.

Coloring Easter Eggs

My nieces, Camryn (age 3) and Lilly (age 2) came over to my mom's so we could color eggs. They used their crayons to draw lines onto the eggs and then were filled with glee when they dipped the eggs in the dyes. While these eggs will never grace the cover of any magazine, they are picture perfect to me.

Hope you enjoy crafting with your family as much as I do mine.

2009 St. Pat's Day Parade in Scranton, PA

My family gathered in downtown Scranton on the corner of Wyoming and Spruce. We braved the cold temperatures to enjoy the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade which was held in Scranton, PA. There were Four generations laughing and having a wonderful time.

My only regret was that I missed seeing a new Twitter friend who was only one block away from where I was standing.

I had charged my camera’s battery, chosen the lenses that I would take with me, packed everything nicely – only to get a “card full” error right after my first photograph. Thank goodness I had a small backup camera. These are a few of the photographs taken on that day. Hope you enjoy!

Trading Card Treasures

My new book: Trading Card Treasures explores using your own photographs on Artist Trading Cards.

It’s a great way to combine your love of paper crafts with photographs of your family, pets, flowers, and all types of photographs that you love to take.

This book is packed with great ideas for Photograph ATCs that can be traded with family and friends, or used in other artwork.

Place them on greeting cards, combine several of them and place them in a frame, or add them to your scrapbook pages.

The small size of the Photograph ATCs allows you to use all of those scraps from other craft projects to create the ATCs.

You’ll also learn how to use more than just paper in your crafting. There are projects that show you how to use fabric, metal, and my favorite -- acrylic sheets.

Along with the beautifully displayed Trading Card and instructions, you’ll find many crafting tips and secrets with each project.

For more information, CLICK HERE. Purchase the book today!

Read All About it.......

There are three exciting articles now on the bookstand (Scott Publications):

Learn how to make this inspirational Star Book in the January, 2009, edition of Scrap & Stamp Arts. It makes a great project for a swap, wonderful Valentine's Day or Birthday gift.

Make my fun invitations for your child's next party. These colorful invitations will let your party goers know they are in for a great time.

Learn all about hybrid cards along with other great techniques from some great writers. Read more below.

Happy New Year

Wishing you a Very Happy New Year - May it be filled with creativity.

My niece brought some fun glasses that we used on the table. Another niece and I played in the snow. Once our gloves became too wet and our fingers were far too cold, we decided it was time to get inside.