Great New Projects

Make sure to visit Cousin's new blog for my free bracelet tutorial that is now on their blog.  Mixed-media bracelets are a big trend for spring and summer, so learn how you can make this beautiful bracelet now! 

Would you like to see what’s new in crafting?  I mean, so new that it’s not even in your craft store yet???  So new that the buyers for your local craft store are just seeing these products for the first time?

Then, check out The Craft and Hobby Association Professional Designers Pinterest pins!  These designers are finding the newest products and ideas in the crafting world.  
Visit the CHA Winter 2012 Designer Craft Connections PinterestBoard.

You need to be a member of  Search and follow me at: carol_heppner.  Then, check out the CHA-W 2012 by CHA Designer board in my account.  

As a professional designer, I’m often hired to create samples for manufacturer’s CHA booths or for other events at the show.   I created this shirt for the Spring 2012 Wearable Arts Trends Report for the CHA show.  ILoveToCreate generously sent me the Tulip Spray Paint and Glam It Up Crystals that were used on this shirt.  The shirt shows one of this spring’s hottest trends – color blocking.

Impress Art - Stamping on Metal

I’ve had the honor to work with a few of my fellow designers to create artwork for the Impress Art CHA booth.  

Stamping on metal is easy and lots of fun.  The metal discs make a great embellishment for many craft projects.

Transform a simple black photo album into a customized piece that makes a wonderful gift.

Recycle a pickle jar into a beautiful lantern for around the house. 

Journaling meets recycling

Designer Connections Blog Hop's January Challenge:  Journaling.

Do you have boxes left over from Christmas? How about cereal or juice boxes that you are placing in the recycling bin?  Instead of just tossing them away, make a pretty journal!

I created this journal for Viva Decor's blog and shows reads how to recycle boxes into covers for this journal.  Then, you use Viva's beautiful soft ink and pens for the cover.  This journal is simple to make and is a perfect project for all ages.  Viva should post the instructions soon, so make sure to visit them.

When it comes to journal pages, I do like working in a digital format.  I create my own background papers and embellishments.  My favorite subject is my niece, of course.  She loves our photo shoots because she gets to play while I take photos.  In this photo, we are in the park and she's playing with a basket. 

Once I printed out the digital page, I attached colored studs from ILovetoCreate.  While they are normally used with fabric, I like using them on paper.  I attach them with Tulip's 3-D fabric paints. 

You can create a similar layout by using premade scrapbook papers and cut them to fit inside the 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 journal above.  Look for sticker letters to spell out "Love is for sharing".  You can also place baby rickrack (for fabrics) onto your page.  I've made my photograph lighter so it works with the background.  But, you may not need to do this if your background papers are stronger.

Make sure to see the other journals in our blog hop.  Just click on the Designer Connections Blog Hop icon in my side bar.

Next month, I will have information from the Craft and Hobby Association Trande Show.  There will be a lot of news to report.  make sure to bookmark my blog.  If you are friends with me on Facebook (side bar), you'll be first to hear about new products, learn about the wearable art spring trends, and more.

Happy New Year!

Mondays with Carol

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!  
May it be filled with creativity and crafting possibilities! 

Professional Design Members 
of the Craft and Hobby Association News

I do have some exciting news to share! Join us on Twitter this Thursday. January 5 at 8:00 PM, EST by following the hashtag: #CHAspotlight.  You'll be introduce to some of the fantastic professional craft designers who belong to CHA, learn a bit about the upcoming CHA show and the designer showcase.

Our Twitter Chat will go live on Thursday and you can follow us on your twitter account.  Don't have a Twitter account?  Not a problem, you can still follow our chat at TweetChat.  You do not have to login to read the tweets.  Just click on the link here #CHAspotlight.

Love Greeting Card

This week's project is a fun greeting card.  The stamped used is a favorite of mine from Stampers' Anonymous and a text stamp.

Stamp a text image (I used a script stamp from Stampers' Anonymous) on to a 4 by 6-inch Bristol paper with black ink.  Next, use an embossing ink and gold embossing powder to create the stone-collage image over the stamped text.

Use a gray marker to color in parts of the image.  Apply a medium brown ink around the edges of the Bristol paper and then apply a darker brown ink at the very edge of the paper.

Place a antique brass brad on each of the four corners of the stamped paper.

Place letter stickers (L,O,V,E) onto metal circles (many different companies sell metal circles and can be found at craft stores) and then glue the back of the metal circles onto paper clips. Tie a blue ribbon to the first paper clip.  Glue the paper clips to the face of the stamped paper.

Attach this stamped paper to a 5 by 7-inch, folded cardstock.  I used watercolor paper for this card.

Create another paper clip by threading beads onto a paper clip and then gluing a heart charm to the top of the paper clip.  Glue this paper clip to the card.

Glue a 1/8 by 5-inch strip of black paper above and also below the stamped paper.

Next Monday

Make sure to visit my blog next Monday when I am part of the Designer Craft Connections Blog Hop.  My project will show you what you can do with a cereal box and a bit of creativity!

Look forward to seeing you next Monday!