Sunday, July 24, 2011

CS Designs Fabulous Finds

 What can you do with a bit of colored wire and some cheap beads?


I live in a rural community with not alot of great shopping in the art department so I often have to recycle and find ways to make my own unique embellishments. The other day I was visiting a neighboring town and found the most wonderful colored wire for under $3.00 a package. Needless to say I bought every color they had, as well as a small round nose pliers to work with it. What a great day, I was in 7th heaven and then I happened to find a dollar store and picked up some really great beads at a $1.00 a package. Who can resist such Fabulous Finds. I couldn't wait to play with my new toys and have been making my own Head pins as well as little Bead pins which I can use in my art. It's great that you can make such cool things with so little and very little cost. Above is a photo of some of the wire I purchased as well as some of the little Bead Pins and Head Pins I made. I can't wait to try them out in my Art work. Blow are also some of the Head Pins I made as well as one of the little coiled embellishments I though would look good dangled on an Art Tag. Wouldn't these look really cool with a small bead or glass sequent in the middle of the coil. I'm definitely going to have to try that one.

To make these little bits of coolness all you have to do is coil the wire around and around after you get the initial loop. The size of your circle will depend on how many times you coil your wire around and how widely your spread your wraps. The only other thing you will need besides wire is round nose and needle nose pliers and small wire cutters. Sometimes the other two come with the wire cutter part included. I purchased small round nose pliers for about $6.00

Are you into recycling or finding wonderful things to use in your own Art, if so you might enjoy our ongoing discussion Resourceful Recycles and Fabulous Finds on my CS Designs Group on Paper Craft Planet. We'd love for you to come join us and share your inventive Recycling ideas and Fabulous Finds.


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Inspire Me Fridays / Joyful Stamper..... I just found this challenge and my first thought was to submit some of my original paper art, but after giving it some thought I decided that I really wanted to share this post with everyone.  I hope this will inspire others to create their own unique wire embellishments.They're alot of fun to make and really quite simple. Hope to see yours :)

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CS Designs Lime Pink and White Summer Tag



What can I say, I'm an Art Tag Junkie. I'm hooked and I just can't seem to help myself. The Main Focal point on this Art tag is one of the squares from my Summer Garden Collection

How about Pink Saturday. This is a challenge blog I just found where all the entries are pink. I never really thought I was a pink type person, but I am finding myself doing more and more with this color. I think that even Pink can be Arty depending on what you do with it, what do you think?


More Challenges Joined
Our Creative Corner/ All the Bs. My Bs /black dots, Beads, Tag aka Bookmark
Totally Gorjuss / #90 Die cut. / Postage Die Cut
Craft Your Days Away / Summer Time Challenge #25
Fussy And Fancy Challenge / #41 Summer
2 Sisters Challenge Blog / #49 Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy / Anything Goes
Easy Craft Projects ECP Challenge / #43 Summer Theme
I Did It Creations #65 Bookmark
My Time To Craft / 149 Citrus Colors ... Lime Green

CS Designs Challenge Blog
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Monday, July 18, 2011

CS Designs Color is Everything

Another Unusual Art Tag. This tag used the same Arty Expression #1 I used in my previous post, but the colors have changed dramatically. This time it's all about red and she's gotten a little spidery with here eye make up. The red and black background  as well as the handmade beads are some of my doodle art.


The Color Red:
I have always found the color red very dramatic but I don’t use it as much as I would like. I like the fact that red can be romantic and passionate, have an aggressive attitude or be very hot depending on how you use it. When I saw the Summer of Color challenge on Twinkle, Twinkle, was red I knew I had to submit my Red and Black Art Tag. She is bold, looks a little intimidating and even a little bit on the wicked side. You definitely don't see many like her walking around and hope you like her.

More Challenges joined with this Art Tag
Paper Take Weekly Challenge: Hot, Hot, Hot / Color Challenge, Red
Night Shift Stamping / # 75 Ribbon
Forever Night Welcome Challenge


CS Designs Weekly Challenge:
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CS Designs Recycled Christmas Challenge

Play along in this weeks Challenge:
 
Recycled Christmas
It's time to go through that stash of old Christmas paraphernalia you have been saving and use it to make something brand new. The only rule for this challenge is that you have to use at least one Recycled Christmas item in your project. It can be a bit of old card, ribbon, tinsel, garland, wrapping paper, Christmas ornaments, or even material remnants. Your project is not limited to a card, and can be altered items or anything that fits within the theme of Christmas. This is your chance to be really creative and also be kind to the environment.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

CS Designs Something Different

I just made this Art tag and I must say I have fallen in love with this color combination. The focal point of this tag is one of my original Arty Expression #1 digital designs and although she can be quiet pleasant to look at, here she is has an aura which is  little on the darker side. I always I like to create much of my own elements to use in my art and the purple backgrounds used here are pieces of my doodle art and the green textured background is oil pastels. The beads are hand made, which I have colored with pigment ink.

I had so much fun participating in a few challenges around the web a couple of weeks ago that I decided to try it again this week. Some of the challenges I decided to join this week are quite different from the usual challenges you see all over. You might want to check them out yourself.


Goth, Steampunk and the Macabre:
Forever Night is a brand new challenge blog which is caters to the more unusual, and edgy Art. If you want a break from the usual cute and cuddly go have a look this new blog, their challenges will focus on Goth, Steampunk and the Macabre. Favorite Background: That’s the latest challenge on Vicki Romaine’s Cheerful Stamp Pad. I have always loved making my own backgrounds and have pretty much tried every background technique imaginable even making my own hand screen paper but my all around favorite has to be my hand drawn doodle paper. I use this on everything. It’s quick and therapeutic and looks really cool at the same time. Even the tiniest piece makes a great impact. I used a Pigma Micron 05 permanent black pen but any other kind or color pen will do.


More Challenges or Linky Parties Joined this week.
Denzina World / Green & Purples Color Challenge What great colors All of July 
Three of Anything / Challenge at Freshly Brewed.  / My pieces contains 3 hand rolled paper beads.
Creative Belli Blog
#21Custom made Bellies. / My handmade Paper Beads
Make It Monday / #47 Link Party / Favorite Project

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

CS Designs Changes for July

We've been Busy: June was another great month and it seems like summer is just whizzing by. I can't believe it's July already, where have all the days gone?

We have lots of new designs in the CS Designs Online Store, and we're happy to say our group on Paper Craft Planet is beginning to grow and a few more people have noticed our weekly challenges and started to participate.

If you like my art and what you've seen on our Designer's blogs, please come visit our CS Designs Group on PCP and join us for some friendly chit chat and creative inspiration. Don't forget to check out This Weeks New Challenge.

New Challenge Blog Logo: We finally have a new logo for our Challenge blog, which you can see on the left and we would be very pleased if you would download it and help spread the word. You can use the following link to link to our Challenge Blog http://doodleartifacts.blogspot.com/

New Guest Designer Rene  van Wky : This month we have the pleasure of working with another talented Guest Designer. Rene  van Wky seen on the right is from South Africa  and has a very versatile and eclectic style to her art. You can read more about Rene on her Bio Page. We are so pleased she decided to join us and we all look forward to working with her.

Returning for a second term is Tammy Miller our Guest Designer for last month. Tammy has decided to join the Team full time and we all look forward to seeing more of her Delightful, Clean and Simple style.

Welcome ladies, it‘s great having both of you on board.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

CS Designs Lovely Miss America

 


Meet Lovely Miss America!!! 

She was created for our first CS Designs Challenge for July and her face was created with one of my soon to be released Techno Diva Digital Designs.  This weeks challenge is a color challenge and the main colors are Red, White and Blue to celebrate the 4th of July or Red and White to celebrate Canada Day.

I think the best part of being a Paper Artist is that you're never too old to play with Paper Dolls. It's been a long time since I've made a Paper Art Doll and had almost forgotten how much fun they could be. Lovely Miss America has quite a classy little personality and she has managed to work her way right into my heart.

Hope Everyone had a Great 4th of July and Happy Canada Day !!!

Be sure to check out the This Week's CS Designs Challenge
for some great examples from the Design Team


Please Note our Design Team Call 
at the very top of this page

Lovely Miss America 
has also entered the following Challenges/Contests


Crafting for All Seasons / #4 Red, White & Blue 
Craf Us Crazy / # 11 Red, White & Blue
Card Carftin Mama's / #23 Red, White & Blue
Little Red Wagon Challenges / #87 Patriotic
Rainbow Ladies Challenge Blog #159 Patriotic Red, White & Blue
Cooking It Up With Katie / #68 Colors of Your Flag
Craft Your Passion Challenges / #65 Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner / Seasonal Celebration 4th of July

Use It Tuesday / Red, White & Blue and Hoarded
The Use it Tuesday Challenge is all about using things you have been hoarding and this week also a color challenge of Red, White & Blue. The hoarded supplies use for my Lovely Miss America Paper are the tulle I used for her waist bow which I've had for over 5 years and the design I used for her Face. I designed a series of these called Techno Divas a couple of years ago and just recently converted my original designs to high resolution digitals. Hopefully I will have time to release these soon so others can play with them too.