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Non-traditional Christmas Ornaments (Gelatos Color of the Week: Metallic Grape)

Metallic Grape Ornament

Now that Thanksgiving has passed in North America my family has moved it's focus onto Christmas.  In preparation for creating some new ornaments this year I picked up a package of these Styrofoam balls from the craft store and I decided to decorate each of them differently, and this is the first ornament.

I dug through my fabric stash for some white background fabric and came up with these three patterned fabrics: houndstooth, polka-dot, and a light cream with some screen printed white flowers on it.

Grape - Supplies

Supplies-

 

I started off by ripping my fabric into about 1" strips. 
Grape - Supplies

 

I took my Gelato and scribbled it all over my craft mat, not minding the little chunks that were there.
Grape - Supplies

 

Next, I sprayed a lot of water onto the Gelatos and used my spatula to blend it together as I smashed out the chunks. I also gave the fabric strips a good spritz.
Grape - Supplies

 

I then took all of the fabric strips and kneaded them into the diluted Gelatos. 
Grape - Supplies

 

I then let all the strips dry by tossing them on my craft mat as I used my heat gun on them.
Grape - Supplies

 

I love how all of them turned out, but the fabric with the flowers on it was my favorite since the screen printing acted as a resist to the diluted Gelatos.
Grape - Supplies

 

After heating up my glue gun I began wrapping the Styrofoam ball with the dyed fabric alternating the patterns and directions I wrapped.
Grape - Supplies

 

I also hot glued a ribbon onto it as well so I could hang it on my tree.
Grape - Supplies

 

Stay tuned to my blog for how I decorated the remaining ornaments!

 

 

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Halloween Art Journaling

Autumn is my favorite time of year, even if in CA it still feels like summer! 

Now, I'm not a big Halloween person, but I do love pumpkins, and cats, and crows, so I decided I'd do an art journal page about that and I used this week's Gelatos® color of the week: Black Licorice.

I started off by sketching out my design...I wanted to keep it in more of a folk art style than a scary Halloween one.

Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

Next, I chopped off a bit of Mango Gelatos and a tiny bit of the Cinnamon. I mashed those up and combined them with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I used that to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted. 
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

Next I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

To make the marks on the crow's tail, the cat's whiskers, and mouth I just took a sharp pencil and drew through the Gelatos/Glass Bead Glitter Gel mixture while it was still wet.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I also mixed up a tiny bit of Watermelon Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to fill in the ears and nose on the cat  and for the pumpkin stem I used Iced Chai Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Once it was all filled in I then I let the whole page dry completely before starting in on the background. Now I knew I wanted to have a darker background, but I also wanted to be able to see the cat and the crow so for the first layer I used the following Gelatos: Snow Cone, Boysenberry, and Metallic Grape.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

After that was dry I added the Black Licorice Gelatos on top of it and blended it out as well.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I than outlined the cat and crow with a Black #199 PITT Artist Pen, and the pumpkin with a Dark Sepia #175.  I filled in all the details on the crow, cat, and pumpkin. I then got the idea to add some patterns to the background. Now, because of the waxy finish to the Gelatos you're not able to write on top of it with the finer tipped PITT Artist Pens very easily so I brushed on a thin layer of Gel Medium to seal it in so I could add those details.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I paper-mached these they are really light and easy to wear.

To start off with, I used my ScanNCut to cut out this shape out of a thin piece of chipboard...it happens to be a Christmas ornament shape that's built into the machine. Shhhh, don't tell.  
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

I even devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother ScanNCut and Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

 

 

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Willow Dog - Art Journal Page

This week we are using the Gelatos® color of the week: Banana. It has a great tone to it that really sets it apart from other yellows.

Art Journal - Willow Dog

For this art journal page I used the Gelatos Mist Maker to make my own Banana Gelatos mist! I took about 1/4" of the Banana Gelatos and placed it on a lid I like to use for mixing because it's shallow, yet has a lip around it to keep liquids in.  I mashed the Gelatos down with my pallet knife and then added 2 drip droppers full of water to it and mashed it down some more to get rid of any lumps. Next I added two more droppers of water and then poured it into the spray bottle.
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

I then sprayed it onto my piece of watercolor paper and blotted it with a paper towel which left a cool pattern on the page.  I then held my paper up and brought the spray mist closer to the paper to create concentrated dips onto the paper.
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

Next I found a picture of our 4 year old Australian Labradoodle, Willow. I trimmed the photo a bit and then sewed around it with my sewing machine. 

Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

I then covered the background of the photo with gesso and allowed the gesso to "spill off the photo" visually.  
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

Now, at this point I liked the texture that the sewing gave to the photo, but I decided that I wanted to see the color of the thread so I ended up printing out another copy of this photo, adding the gesso, and then stitching around the photo. I then adhered the photo to the page and then traced around the dog with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Warm Grey IV #273, smudging it as I went. Next I used a black Pitt Pen to draw sketch lines around her. I then added pops of color by coloring the tennis ball with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Light Green #171 and using the Snow Cone Gelato on the background as a contrasting color.
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

The finishing touch was using a PITT Artist Pen with a brush tip to hand letter her name onto the page. Hand lettering on watercolor paper covered in gesso is a bit of a challenge since the paper is so absorbent and the gesso makes it bumpy, but it still has a nice look to it.
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

Supplies:

  • 9" x 6" Watercolor paper
  • 4" x 6" Photo, trimmed
  • Gelatos: Banana & Snowcone
  • Gelatos Mist Maker Kit (it contains the spray bottle, pallet knife, drip dropper and more)
  • PITT Pens: XS and B
  • Stampers Big Brush Pens: Warm Grey IV #273 & Light Green #171
  • Gesso
  • Sewing machine & thread

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Autumn Leaves

This week's Gelatos® color is Red Cherry and I thought it would be really fun to use that in an autumn project.

Autumn Leaves - by Erin Bassett

 

I got started on it by decoupaging a canvas panel with a music sheet and Gel Medium. I then applied Red Cherry and Blood Orange Gelatos to it and used Gel Medium to move it around my background....I ended up layering up a few layers this way so that the colors would be intense.

Gelatos on decoupaged canvas

 

Next I put on a layer of Glaze...I love how glossy that makes it! I used a rubber stamp to make an impression in it while it was still wet, however by the time my project was finished there I had covered it up....but it is a cool technique to use!
Stamped impression in Glaze

 

For the leaves I used my die-cut machine to cut out a leaf shape out of black cardstock and then mixed together some Whipped Spackle and Gold Texture Luxe™. Mixing these creates a different color and texture but still has a metallic shine.  After they were mixed I added some Gold Champagne Gelatos to half of it...this really bumped up the metallic look of it and darkened it some too. Before it dried I used a pencil to etch in some vein lines.

I did the same technique using Whipped Spackle, Copper Texture Luxe, and Iced Chai Gelatos to it for the other leaf.
Mixing Texture Luxe and Whipped Spackle

 

The bookplate I used was originally silver, and I wanted it to be copper, so I took just a dab of the copper Texture Luxe and added a couple of drops of water to it and then applied it.  After that dried I rubbed ink from the Walnut Brown #177 Big Brush Pen into the recessed parts.
Bookplate and Copper Texture Luxe



I then took a small piece of black cardstock and covered the front side of it with 3 layers of Chalkboard Paint and allowed it to dry before writing on it with chalk ink. I applied some Chalkboard Paint around the edge of the canvas as well to create a frame.
Autumn Leaves - closeup2

 

After everything was dry I wrapped some string and beads around the right edge to finish it off.

Autumn Leaves - closeup

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castellt to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

 

 

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Stamping with Gelatos

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

You are awesome!

Sometimes you just need that reminder or want to share it with someone else so I made this little 4" x 6" piece of art so that I could stick it in our guest room. I love how it turned out and how it's almost magic how the highlighting of the flowers happens with this technique!  Here's how I created it...

I started off by using PITT® Artist Pen Black #199 as ink to stamp a flower image (Altenew: Peony Bouquet) onto a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

Next I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in any areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

And then I activated the watercolor with water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

While that dried I mixed together about a 1/8" chunk of Guava colored Gelatos®, a pallet knife full of Gel Medium, and a small spritz of water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I really love the irregularity and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett - Step 4

 

Next, I stamped on some leaves with May Green #170 PITT® Artist Pen and watercolored them in with a Kiwi Gelato®. I also used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #147 and #152 to color in the blue background and then activated it with water.  Lastly, I added a sentiment (Altenew: Label Love) that I had stamped and embossed with black embossing powder to it and slipped it into the fame.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Bloom Mini Mixed Media Art Journal

Last week the Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts Design Team was challenged to use a combination of Faber-Castell and Clear Scraps products that were sent to us, it really caused me to put my thinking cap on, but here's what I came up with...a mini art journal to inspire me to bloom.

Bloom MiniBook 1

Here's how I created the pages.

For the first page I covered the chipboard piece with gesso and then layered on Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107.  For the flower embellishment I took the chipboard piece and used the silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection to create a pattern. Once that was dry I placed the stencil back on and traced the pattern with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156 and then mounted it on top of a foil cupcake liner that I had smashed flat. 

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp1
Bloom MiniBook 1

That button on top was colored with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156.

Coloring buttons with PITT Artist Pens 1

 

For the backside of that page I mounted layered cupcake liners and topped it with a clear button that I had colored as well. 
Bloom MiniBook 1

 

This next page was a clear acrylic one that I again used the silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection . I did the same pattern on both sides of the page being careful to line up the pattern as best I could. Once it was dry I marked and smudged the edges of the pattern with a PITT® Artist Pen.
Bloom MiniBook 1

For this chipboard page I used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil from Clear Scraps and traced over it with the Stamper's Big White Pen and then shadowed it with the PITT® Artist Pen. I also used the copper and pearl Texture Luxe with the stencil to create that flower. Once everything was dry I rubbed a Banana Gelato® around the background.

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp4

Bloom MiniBook 1

 

For the backside of that page I started off by gessoing it and then used both the small and the large dot dabber with the Snow Cone Gelato® to create circles all over the page. I outlined the larger ones using a Black #199 PITT® Artist Pen. I again used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil and Banana Gelato® to create the flowers and then used the Black #199 Stamper's Big Brush Pen along with letter stamps to add on the quote to this page and also the following ones.
Bloom MiniBook 1

 

This next page is another clear one that I mounted a square of sticky backed canvas onto. On the canvas I laid down some gesso and then used a stencil from the Scandinavian collection and the Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also scribbled a bit of them onto my craft mat and added a drop of water to it so I could brush it on around the design. I then used the Texture Gems Ice Liner to quickly trace around parts of the design and then I sprinkled on some glitter to give it some sparkle. 
Bloom MiniBook 1

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp6

 

The backside of the page also has gesso'd canvas mounted to it and I used a wash of the Banana Gelato® to color the background. While that dried I mixed together the Blueberry Gelato® and Whipped Spackle and applied it over a stencil also from the Scandinavian collection. Once that dried I added some doodles to it with a PITT® Artist Pen. For the Leaves and flag I just rubbed the Lime and Bubble Gum Gelatos® onto white cardstock and then cut them out in the shapes I needed. I also made a wash with the Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and dipped some cotton lace into it to dye it blue.
Bloom MiniBook 1

For the last page I added some gesso and then used a Texture Card to make marks in it. Once it was dry I made a color wash with Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and applied it to the background. On a piece of white cardstock I bushed on a wash of Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also stamped on a stamp from the Gelatos® 33 piece set using the same colors. Again I created leaves by rubbing Lime Gelato® onto the paper and then cutting it out in the shape I needed and then added the veins with a May Green #170 Stamper's Big Brush. I then added a dot of the pearl Texture Liner to each of the flowers.
Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp8

Bloom MiniBook 8

I hope this inspires you to use a variety of mixed media products on your art journal pages and also, of course, to bloom! To see the other Design Team member's project check out the Design Memory Crafts blog.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and Clear Scraps to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Mixed Media Altered Cigar Box

Today I'm sharing how I transformed a boring old cigar box I found at Goodwill into a fun artsy box.

Cigar Box  - Finished2

Supplies Used:

 

Below are the steps I took to create this, but you can also check out this video I made on the process to see it in action:

 

I started off by covering the outside of the box with Gesso and allowing it to dry.

Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Next, I lightly dry brushed on some blue-green acrylic paint over the lid and then covered it in Copper Texture Luxe.  (If you've followed my artwork you know I'm obsessed with the Copper one! It gives such a fun metalic texture to my projects!)
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I taped off the beveled edge of the lid and then placed one of my favorite stencils on top. I then covered it with Whipped Spackle using my spatula.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Before removing the stencil I picked up an alphabet stamp I had and stamped into the Whipped Spackle to give it a bit more texture.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

I seriously LOVE how that looks!
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I took out my acrylic paints and randomly painted in each of the fractured pieces from the stencil.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

I also gave the sides of the bottom of the box an underpainting with the same colors of paint and then used the same stencil and paints to create a pattern. After that dried I outlined each of the fractures with a black PITT Artist Pen and then added copper dots using the end of my paintbrush and the Copper Texture Luxe.

Cigar Box 6 - Texture Luxe Embellishment
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

While everything was drying I took my metal embellishment, which was originally silver, and covered it with...yep, you guessed it...more Copper Texture Luxe! After that dried I filled back in the lettering using a PITT Artist Pen and then went to work stringing beads onto the copper wire and then adhering all of the beadwork, metal piece, some feathers, and trim onto the lid of the box.

Cigar Box  - Finished - CloseUp2

 

This was so fun to make!
Cigar Box  - Finished - CloseUp3

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Artwork Clipboard

For this piece I started off by sketching out my word art and then erasing it a bit so I could trace over it using a PITT® Artist Pen with a fine nib.  I made sure to let the pen work dry completely before erasing any visible pencil marks so I could add wet layers on top of it without it running since once the ink is dry it's waterproof. (Oh, and if you want instructions on how to create a fun pencil like this one, check out the instructions here.)

1 - Pencil Sketch
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

Next I painted over the block lettering with Gel Medium and allowed it to dry.
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

Then I rubbed some Gelatos® on my craft mat, added a spray of water and then used that to watercolor in my word art. After the watercoloring is dry I gently took a damp cotton swab over the Gel Medium since it resists the Gelatos® leaving the letters white. 
1 - Pencil Sketch

3c - Gel Medium Resist with Gelatos


Next I wanted to jazz up my clipboard so I took Glass Bead Glitter Gel and mixed it with the Red Cherry Gelato® and then painted it into a heart shape on the clipboard, I added a touch more glitter to it, and then let it dry.
1 - Pencil Sketch

I then jazzed it up a bit more by dotting the pearl colored Metallic Texture Gem around the heart and adding some ribbons and trims.
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

At that point I thought I might be done...but it was just missing something so I broke out a stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection and then mixed some Whipped Spackle and Gelatos® together to use with it.

7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

I knew I wanted to add in a darker color as well so I mixed up some Gelatos® and Glaze and dripped it on and then allowed it to dry before attaching my watercolored word art to the clipboard. 
7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

 

 Done and ready to put up in my studio!

Word Art Clipboard

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Creating An Inspiration Board

Faber Castell came out with a Vision Board Kit recently and asked me to create something with it and then to blog about it on the Design Memory Craft blog (you can check that out HERE).  So I made a board that would be inspiring to me yet useful and interactive.

Inspiration Vision Board by Erin Bassett

One of my favorite things about this kit is that it comes with everything you need to get started creating and if you want to add in more things or use more products you can easily mix those in.  I created this video showing step by step how I created the actual bulletin board and each of the pieces I added to it:

After making the board and inserting it into a frame I had at home I took the 6"x6" piece of printed paper with the flowers on it and decide I'd watercolor them in using the Grip markers that also come in the kit and some Gelatos that I already had. The Grip markers are waterbased  and are perfect for scribbling out on a craft mat, adding water to, and then painting in the flowers on the paper. (And another cool thing about them is if they dry out you can dip them into water to reactivate them!)

I also used a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection and both the Pearl and the Silver Texture Lux to add some texture and shine to the background.

Watercolor Flowers by Erin Bassett

I knew I wanted to tuck the other 6"x6" piece of paper behind the flower one so I wanted to keep it simple but meaningful and inspirational to me. I came up with the plan to just use a small tipped PITT Pen to write out the attributes of the Lord that began with each of the letters. I really enjoyed meditating on those and knowing I can pull it out and refer to it when I need it. I used the PITT Pen instead of the Grip marker that comes in the kit because it has a smaller nib that made it easier to write small with.
Alphabetical Atributes of God by Erin Bassett

This kit comes with so many cute smaller pieces of paper and tags that are perfect for keeping my lists on, so I bundled them all together and put them on a ring so I could hang them on one of the pens that come in the kit .
Lists by Erin Bassett

I also used some of the banner and diecut pieces that come in the kit to tie in with one of my favorite quotes I had written on another card that came in the kit.
Inspiration Vision Board - CloseUp - By Erin BassettThat verse in Ephesians has really been on my heart lately and I love how Jimmy put words to how I feel about it:
PrayFit
Yep, love that.

 

Don't you love that big, glittery hash tag!!! I knew that I wanted to use that on the frame and so I used my ScanNCut to cut out the word "inspire" out of Scor-Tape on cardstock and glittered it up to match.
#inspire by Erin Bassett

This was such a fun project to do and I hope to keep using the board, adding to it, rearranging things, and continue to be inspired from it.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell  and Brother ScanNCut to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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