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CREATIVE SUMMER CAMP 2014 FIRST BATCH

Two weeks of summer camp have now passed and our first batch of campers have had lots of fun creating amazing work. Here are some highlights from the last few days.

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I <3 DECOUPAGE

We don’t need to say more about how amazing and addictive a craft decoupage can be. Recently we have had more people interested in learning the craft and have turned out to be pretty good at it too.
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Gail had always wanted to get into a hobby like this and found our shop after a little searching on the Expat Woman forums. She decided to use a paper and tissue technique to create her first decoupage project. The result is a beautiful rose-themed box with a vintage look. Gail did splendid work, though it was her first time trying.

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Sheryl is a crafter who decided to learn decoupage so she could work on such projects with her granddaughter when she visits her in Australia. She used the same antique roses Gail used (these roses turned out to be a crafter favorite that week) over a crackle finish to create her beautiful shabby chic box.

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Tasneem chose to work with a tray for her decoupage session. She used a very detailed tissue and carefully cut out the flowers, fruits, and stems. The background of white crackle for all that floral detail gives the tray a cottage chic charm.

We just love how these decoupage projects turned out and how each lady added their own personality to their respective pieces. Its makes you wonder how you can create your own unique pieces, doesn’t it? If you’d like to take a session with us, you can check out the workshop details here: Paper Napkin Decoupage.

We hope you got inspired with today’s shared projects. Keep on creating!

PERSONALIZED QUOTE PLAQUE

Welcoming and accommodating guests is a pleasure many people in Dubai enjoy. Homeowners decorate guest rooms in a way that makes the guests feel welcome and quite at home. In terms of décor, everyone has their preferences, but how about adding a unique personal touch of your own with a welcoming message in the form of a decorative plaque. You can even create one with an inspirational quote just for yourself.
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Martie is one lady from Abu Dhabi who has come to create with us many times. She just loved the idea for the plaque and decided to create one to inspire her everyday with a special quote.

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Here is Martie’s finished plaque with its quote that everyone should take to heart. This is just beautiful!

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Barbara is the lady who started it all, that is, she is the first one to create the plaque as in-shop projects with our assistance. She did an amazing job of putting together three fantastic pieces, each one already matched to a guestroom in her home in the UK. Above is a lilac themed plaque to welcome a guest.

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The orchids from her wallpaper helped Barbara choose the colors for the plaque above. The orchid accents were cut from the wallpaper itself and moulded using the Sospeso Trasparente technique.

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Barbara’s third plaque uses a mostly green and white color scheme with bright splashes of pink. Just lovely!

These ladies did splendidly and so can you. The unfinished plaque is available as one of our many decoupage blanks. Take one home to work on today or call and set a day and time to have us assist you in creating your plaque as an in-shop project. For those taking it as an in-shop project, let us know what your favorite quote at least a day before.

Hope today’s post inspires you. Keep on creating!

If you want to create your own quote plaque with us, you can also signup here:
Call to schedule a date and time for your workshop or fill out the form below

CLOCKWORKS

Even before we got the chance to publish the “IT’S ABOUT TIME” Clock Kits on the blog, they have been flying out of the shop already. Well, this just proves that time does fly when you’re having this much fun!

Here are a few of the amazing clocks that some of our first clockmakers have been able to create.
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You’ll recognize Gaewyn as our featured cropper for this month. Scrapbook layouts weren’t the only thing on her agenda. She also took time out to create these simply amazing clocks for her grandson’s rooms in Australia. Scrapbooking paper and stickers worked marvelously for African Safari and dinosaur themed timepieces.
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Rehab is very seasoned in decoupage, but she hadn’t done it in a while and she also wanted to try decoupaging with crackle effect. Her session produced this beautiful rose clock with one-step crackle.

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Renee, one of our young crafters, was able to create this lovely clock for her mother’s kitchen. A lot fussy cutting created the tissue centerpiece for this distressed vintage wall clock. As we speak, it’s hanging on their kitchen wall at home.

We just love what these crafters have done this time around. We look forward to seeing what YOU make out of our CREATE IT YOURSELF – It’s About Time Decoupage Clock Kits. Get them now while “there’s still time”.

Keep on creating!

CREATE IT YOURSELF – “IT’S ABOUT TIME” Decoupage Clock

Clocks have always been fascinating and appealing to many ever since more accurate means of measuring time were created. They figure a lot in scrapbooking and are staple items in homes, schools, and offices.

Once we started creating our own clocks with different decoupage techniques, we became very excited! Not only are these timepieces decorative, they are also an essential part of a functional room in the home. With our new CREATE IT YOURSELF “IT’S ABOUT TIME” KITS you can customize you own clock to suit your home décor perfectly. Clocks like these also make beautiful and “timely” gifts for any occasion, especially now that Christmas is practically tomorrow.

The “It’s About Time” Kits include a clock base, a re-usable number stencil, and the clock mechanism. Available sizes are 12 inch and 8 inch. You can get the kit to create on your own at home or let us assist you if you choose to make it as an In-Shop Project.

With the In-Shop Project, there are four techniques you can choose from to create your clock. So, whatever your crafting style or if you are in the mood to try something totally new, there is a technique that is right for you. The possibilities are endless.
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ONE-STEP CRACKLE – You will love how this technique gives your tissue decoupage a different dimension.

COST: AED200

DURATION: 3 hours

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3D PAPER LAYERING – Learn how to use your favorite scrapbooking paper to decorate your clock.

COST: AED185

DURATION: 3 hours

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CRACKLE ART CLOCK – Learn how to layer tissue over a crackled surface to create a shabby chic look.

COST: AED200

DURATION: 3 hours

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RAISED PLASTER DISTRESS TECHNIQUE – Those with a love for vintage pieces will enjoy learning how to create this lovely shabby, distressed look. You’ll be surprised what goes into this!

COST: AED200

DURATION: 3 hours

Isn’t this project just one of the coolest things? Come over to the shop and take some “time” out to CREATE IT YOURSELF!

Call to schedule a date and time for your workshop or fill out the info below

Keep on creating!

MOM & DAUGHTER DAY-OUT

Crafty moms often have a crafty kid or two and it’s more often the girls who inherit the crafty gene. So, it’s not uncommon for us to have Moms and their young ladies over for creative sessions. Let’s visit with a few of these mother-daughter teams and see the great work they’ve done.

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Hind and mother Muna came by late one afternoon to sit and create beautiful decoupage projects. While Muna worked on her serving set, Hind made her own colorful keepsake box.

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Here’s Muna’s finished tea and coffee set. The pure white of the items makes the colors of the flowers show through vibrantly.
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Hind used a combination of paper and tissue to decoupage this stunning box.

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Jeanine and her daughters Shelby and Tyra booked a Mixed Media Madness session with us. Each talented lady chose a different picture to make into their owen mixed media masterpiece. This family is no stranger to us as Tyra was with us for most of August 2012 as one of our summer campers.

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Here’s Tyra’s Mad Masterpiece. For such a young crafter, she picked up the techniques we taught her like a sponge! This is so great, Tyra. Excellent job!

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Here’s big sister Shelby’s Mixed Media layout. She’s not being left behind by either sister and mother. It is just fabulous! Shelby made this layout to take with her to university in the UK. That is so sweet!

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Mom Jeanine’s vintage layout is just gorgeous! Jeanine, your daughters really inherited some really creative genes.

Aside from being able to create amazing things together, crafting together is a great bonding experience for mothers and daughters. Book a crafting session with us and your mother or young lady and get creative togther now!

Keep on creating, everyone!

CFFs – Crafting Friends Forever

Most of us enjoy working solo on our crafting just about any day, but working closely with a good friend makes things twice as fun! Recently a few ladies have gotten together in pairs to take some of our sessions. Some of these pairs have even come for sessions again and again. Someone should invent a new term: CFFs – Crafting Friends Forever, to describe these ladies who love to be crafty together. Here are a few of these buddies who have been with us over the summer.
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Mitra and Sheryl met at a workshop and became fast friends. They did few workshops together and here they are at a Quilling Me Softly session, chatting and working away.

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Here are Mitra’s finished cards all ready to go.

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Here are Sheryl’s cards all finished and ready for her to show off to her friends.

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Louise and Ceanlia are teachers working for the same school. Both of these ladies are quite crafty and agreed one day to come together at the shop. Lousie decoupaged a memory box for a dear pet and Ceanlia took the Memory Art Canvas Mixed Media session.

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Here’s Louise’s box all ready for doggie keepsakes and cherished photos.

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Ceanlia’s Memory Art Canvas was intended as a gift for her nephew, but we’re no longer sure if she’s going to give it. This turned out amazing! Note the discarded computer parts used as part of the embellishments.

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Maha and Hazel met at their MBA classes and Maha shared about our shop to Hazel. Sure enough, the two set up a date and time. They chose to learn the decoupage technique for a new surface that we have: woven items.

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Here are Maha’s (left) and Hazel’s (right) finished bags. Who wouldn’t want beautiful yet useful accessories like these for a day out?

Do you have a CFF or two who you have lots of fun crafting with? Why not come over and do a session together? Choose from one of our many In-shop Projects posted here on our blog, or drop by the shop to see what you can be up to on our workshop with your CFF.

Keep on creating, crafters!

END OF SUMMER CAMP

As we feel the last of summer fading away with windy weather and a few sandstorms we want to look back over an action-packed two months. There was not a single day when the workshop area was quiet with the summer sessions going on. We had a really great run and met quite a number of talented young crafters. Here’s the last of the summer’s kids and what they did this summer.image

Some of the girls were with us for more than two weeks and some were there for just a day. There wasn’t a single one of them we didn’t have fun with.

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Ooh la la! Here’s Sophie, our Summer’s Super Crafter who was with us for a whole month of crafting, four days a week! Here she is working on her decoupage box.

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The girls just love their Chalkboard Door Plaques! They did amazing work on them.

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Sophie (left) smiles sweetly as she shows everyone her finished box. Mariam (right) just loved her Gelli Art Canvas.

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Hala (right), a young visitor from Saudi Arabia, came with her aunt for a day of crafting. She felt very proud of her work when she finished her Gelli Art Canvas. Nairne (left) looks serene as she hold up her canvas. Crafting mastery reached? Could very well be. ;)

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Nadine (left), and Shamza (right) hold up their funky Gelli Art Gift bags. Shamza came all the way from Sharjah, tagging along with her older sister to take a session of Gelli Arts Printing.

Karina learned scrapbooking over the summer and loved it so much that she was sad to have her last day. We miss her now that she’s back in the UK for school.

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Miryam and Sarah did another sisters’ session with us and made their own Decoupage Monogram wall art. Messy, colorful, and fun!

The school year has kicked in and we are still not used to the reduced noisy craftiness in the shop. Just the noise though; the craftiness is still very much here and some of the girls will be back for After-School Creative-ities. If you’re interested, you might want to visit the shop and see what we have to offer for after-school activities.

It was an awesome summer and we hope to see these little crafters again and get to know other new young crafters in the camps to come.

Keep on creating!

DECOUPAGE: IT ALL STARTS WITH A BOX

For many people who come to our decoupage sessions, it all starts with a little glue, tissue, and a box. After that, their own imagination and creativity can help them create amazing pieces. The decoupiers we have come to know have gone beyond boxes, but it is still great to see the enthusiasm beginners have as they work on their own projects.
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Poornima carefully applies glue to her box to keep her tissues in place.

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Golden cages and colorful birds make Poornima’s tissue box stunning.

Gelareh is an Iranian lady with a creative streak. Since she usually works with fabrics as she makes clothes, working with papers and tissue to create a decoupage project was something new for her.

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Gelareh’s finished box looks so elegant with the peacocks and script.


Mitra is another Iranian lady who fell in love with a tissue box made by one of our other regular decoupiers. Here she finally gets to rty making one of her own.

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Mitra had so much fun using her signature motif, the rose, on her box. This box is a perfect match for the rest of her house.

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Muna is a local lady who came for a session to learn how to decoupage. She used on of our 5×7-photo boxes.

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Muna’s box is refreshingly cheerful with its yellow and white crackle and assorted flowers.

Do you think you want to try out Paper Napkin Decoupage? Read more about the session and sign up online here. Otherwise, feel free to call the shop anytime to inquire.

To see more pictures of our decoupage classes and other decoupage projects, see our Facebook album.

Keep on creating!

KEEPSAKE BOXES AND OTHER PROJECTS FOR BABY

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When it comes to baby-themed paper pads, you will often have a pad just for either boys or girls. There are some pads that are unisex, but we find that Graphic 45’s Little Darlings collection has designs that can create completely boyish or completely girlish designs without a hitch – just with one pad. Have a look at these baby keepsake boxes and other projects to see what we are talking about.

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Here’s a box Babara made for her daughter to keep her son’s baby mementos in.

She used her grandson’s adorable baby photos to create designs on the sides that are almost scrapbook layouts themselves.

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This next box was created with a baby girl in mind. See how both box designs were completed with the same pad, yet are clearly for either baby boy or baby girl.

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The sides of the baby girl box are also laid out like scrapbook pages.

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Here’s a tissue box and tray decoupaged with the same “Little Darlings” paper.

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We just love that Graphic 45′s Little Darlings paper pad is so versatile. If you like vintage for your baby things, this paper collection is perfect for you!

Hope this post inspires you to get creative! Cheers!

DECOUPAGE BLANKS FOR ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES – part 1

Not sure what to do for your next crafting project? Why not try decoupage on some of our blanks just waiting for some crafty attention. Here are some of our decoupage objects and ideas on how to transform them into extra special, extra personal things.

Advent calendars usually come out near Christmas, but why wait to use them for just the holidays? This advent calendar from Kaisercraft makes an excellent addition to your home office or craft room as a place to store those tiny little things. With paper like Graphic45′s ABC primer, this also makes a great end-of-year gift for your child’s favorite teacher.

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Gift boxes are always useful, and the big kind can hold lots of goodies when you’re feeling like a generous giver. Later on, they can be used to store all sorts of things or used as keepsake boxes. Here’s a large gift boxes decoupaged two ways.

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Frames are among the most generic gifts you can give, but with a little imagination and lots of love, they can become one of a kind, very cherish-able presents. This 5×7 photo frame can be stood horizontally or vertically, as you can see with these two gorgeous designs.

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Excited yet? Come on over to the shop to see what else we have in store for your decoupaging needs. If you want to take our workshop, learn more about it here.

If in case you don’t have the time for making something extra special, we accept commissions for completely unique decoupaged gifts. Call the shop for more information.

 

Keep on creating!

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT SOSPESO TRASPARENTE?

The answer to the question is: Pretty much everything about it!

Being able to create such beautiful flowers using the Italian Sospeso Trasparente  technique is incredibly rewarding. Once you have done one project, you feel like doing more. This technique is steadily gaining popularity worldwide and no wonder. Each session we have just proves over and over how brilliant Monica Allegro is to have created it. Here are a few of the latest products of the workshops with us.

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Alifia and Fatima created cards with these shades of purple, blue, and brown. The finished pieces have a cool, refreshing feel to them that has just a touch of vintage. Exquisite!

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Suchi continued her learning experience in crafting with Sospeso Trasparente and was very diligent about it. Her efforts pay off on this beautiful plaque with its mix of blue, violet, and white blossoms. Gorgeous!

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Krishma and Marlyne were session mates for their Sospeso class. They both worked very carefully and cheerfully, choosing just the right colors that they like and the flowers to match. Here are their lovely cards.

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Krishma used patterned paper accented with gold paint and enhanced by Distress Inks for her background.

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Marlyne created her background completely from scratch with pearl acrylic and Distress Inks.

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Asma came back for her own Sospeso class a week after her decoupage class. She was joined by Dawn who was lucky enough to find out about the scheduled session at the right time.  Asma chose to make a plaque while Dawn made the card. Here are their finished pieces. Stunning!

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Itching to learn to make your own Sospeso Trasparente creation? Read more about this exciting craft here and see more breathtaking pieces of work on our Facebook page.

Keep on creating, crafters!

 

PAPER, SCISSORS, GLUE, AND YOU

There has not been a let up recently on our decoupage sessions and we know why. There is a nearly irresistible charm about taking nice paper (or tissues for that matter), scissors, paint, a brush, and some glue. It brings us back to our early school years when cut and paste (lots of paste) was something we could do to our heart’s delight. The only difference is that when we apply the decoupage onto our surfaces, a little grown-up control and imagination help us make ordinary things extraordinary. And all this is done with our own hands.

Here are some decoupers who have taken the plunge into the craft.

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Asma set some time aside from her busy schedule in Abu Dhabi to have her decoupage workshop. She wanted to upgrade the skills she had learned some time ago in Thailand. This time she wanted to learn how to use the crackle technique with her favorite decoupage material – serviettes. She chose her decoupage blank and sat down to crackle and cut and created this box like a pink dream.

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 Such a wonderful job! Having no two sides alike makes her box hold surprises for each direction you look at it.

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Suchi had likewise finally decided to learn the skills she needed to use her collection of paper and other materials. She first chose decoupage and learned the techniques she needed to create her own unique objects.

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 The script background for the tissue and light blue paint made her box look very shabby chic!

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Nada came to buy punches for her daughter only to have her eye caught on our decoupage project samples. She loves to use her hands to create things and did not think twice about booking her decoupage session with us.

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She wanted to learn how to get a collage look for her decoupaged tray and was able to create a tray that brings to mind summer parties by the pool or in the garden with the kids running through the sprinklers.

Finally, here’s a sneak peek for the next project our one or our regular decoupers, Angie. She’s taken Graphic45’s French Country papers and an old Ikea kitchen table. We can’t wait to see how the finished project turns out!

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Don’t all these terrific projects make you want to give in to the temptation of paper, glue, and scissors? Want to see more? Have a look in our Facebook album. Learn about our course here and set your date for a class now!

Cheers and keep creating!

 P.S. We have an upcoming schedule for our Paper Napkin Decoupage this Tuesday 16 April 2013 at 10:30 a.m. If you want to join please call the shop at least a day before to confirm.

 

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A little elbow grease and some good papers can help you create something extra special for any event. Angie certainly proved this as she sat down and created these twelve unique centerpieces for her daughter’s engagement party.

Inspired by Kaisercraft’s Tropicana paper collection, Angie used tropical colors and hibiscus flowers to evoke a seaside getaway. Here are some photograph’s of Angie’s progress as she dedicated several days for this project.

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A dozen square trays were painted in colors that coordinated with the different designs of the paper. They were then decoupaged and accented with Distress Ink.

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Little cut-out postcards stamps and glitter embossing were used to decorate the floor of each tray. Ikea lanterns were altered with Ranger’s Vintaj Patina in colors that match each tray. The lanterns were then set in the middle of the trays.

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The centerpieces were finished off with candles, paper hibiscus, stones, twigs, and pieces of coconut husk.

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The tropical getaway feel carries over to the bride’s hair ornament. The Sospeso Trasparente dimensional decoupage technique was used to shape the hibiscus cut from paper.

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The brooches for the important ladies in the family match the bride’s hair clip.

Angie certainly did an excellent job with these projects and we hope the engagement party is a blast.

WHY WE DECOUPAGE

We aren’t tired of decoupage yet and it looks like we never will tire of it. We have been quite busy these past few weeks leading up to spring break. Some of this busy-ness has been given over to a few decoupage projects.

While it is too easy to find beautiful home accessories in any good home center, placing your own creativity into decoupage or any other project brings one more satisfaction. As for other people, knowing that you made something by hand lets them know that your project is totally unique.

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Fiona and Louise came by twice for cropping to decoupage their personal projects. Louise mastered “crackle art” (as Louise has dubbed it) the first time they came this month. She then confidently applied that skill to a beautiful little tissue box. Fiona worked on a file folder box and two nearly identical blue tissue boxes.

Here are their finished projects up close.

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Royce (who, incidentally, is the second male to take the decoupage class) came to us at the suggestion of his wife so he can sharpen his decoupaging skills, especially with tissue. He definitely met his goals and went home with a handsome tray.

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Barbara sat down with us as made this beautiful wood plaque with her grandson’s picture. The charcoal grey crackle on a white base coat complemented the artistic sketch effect of the print perfectly.

When the younger sister of our resident instructor came for a visit, she was able to pass some of the time creating her own custom bangles. Some paint, paper, bling, lace, and decoupage medium did wonders for these plain wooden bangles. Here are Joan’s bangles.

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To celebrate a new birth, this memory keepsake box and matching tissue box done up with Graphic 45’s Lullaby paper collection makes for a very personal and extra special gift.

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We love decoupage because when you have the technique down, you can decorate anything and make it one-of-a-kind. This is nearly the perfect gift to give someone the kind of person who has everything. Also, when you start, you can’t stop. This craft is definitely addictive, especially when you keep getting  good feedback on your projects and happy cries of thanks when you give them as gifts.

We hope this little sharing has given you a good dose of creative inspiration. We have been very busy as of late and have more things to share with all of you on the blog, so be sure to check back again soon.

Also, we recently had a new shipment come in with lots of new and restocked paper pads and other goodies. We can’t upload all of them now, unfortunately, but feel free to come by the shop anytime to check on what’s new.

Keep on crafting!

 

JANUARY CRAFTY INSPIRATIONS

Here are a few projects that some of our regular lady croppers have gracefully shared with us this first month of the year. We hope that you also get a few good ideas from what they share.

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Susan used Graphic45′s Birdsong papers to decorate this large tissue box. The crackle finish base goes very well with the graphic nature of vintage oriental images.

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Lizette created this little tissue box for her office at her new job. She did a crackle finish as well and used some White Stazon Ink and Copic markers to create the flowers. Ribbon and chipboard houses finish off this cute and lovely box.

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Nellia created this page with a large picture of her family at the Atlantis. Bright blue and orange paint artistically brushed onto a chipboard frame complement the picture so well.

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Mechelle created this alternative for a Christmas tree last December she had started the project here in the shop and finished it at home. Her Advent calendar looks so festive with rich metllic paints and paper from Graphic45′s Nutcracker Sweet collection.

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Mechelle also dressed this coatrack and shelf project with some of the Nutcracker Sweet papersa and more metallic paint. Perfect for the holiday season!

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Angie created this tissue box as a gift for a teacher at her daughters’ school. She used Distress Ink to color the box directly and decoupaged on images from Grahpic45′s An ABC Primer paper pad. A very appropriate gift for a teacher. :)

January’s nearly over and February is just a few sleeps away. The year has just gotten started and we are itching to see what other great projects everyone comes up with this year. Happy Crafting, you all!

THE WINTER CAMP 2012

Our Winter Camp seems to have breezed by, but we had lots of fun with returning and new young crafters who made this winter warmer. A week’s worth of crafting is a great way to spend winter days productively. It was definitely one way some of the kids completed their Holiday gift lists.

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Renee and Dorothy kicked the Winter Camp off with Interactive Cards. These cards have a fun twist to them that is sure to delight whoever is getting them. It’s also very easy to make them again, once you know how.

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A smaller, handier version of our Mini-Foldout Album and Keepsake Box – the Mini Foldy Album – turned out quite nicely for Dorothy and Renee. Both of them gave their albums away as gifts and customized them for the lucky people they were made for. :)
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Renee and Dorothy were joined by Allia and Leila for the Creative Bookmarks. This project makes use of Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks and some basic Distressing Techniques. Though their hands were messy at the end, the girls all loved their bookmarks.

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Our Monogram Decoupage workshop also turned out very satisfying for Bahira, Renee, and Dorothy. See what you can do with a little tissue and lots of imagination? Great job girls! Your monograms are ready to go over your beds or on your doors.

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Ahan and Kazim came to join Dorothy and Renee for the Manga workshop. While the other three were new to it, Dorothy focused on creating her own characters.  At the end of the workshop, Kazim, Ahan, and Renee completed their first manga figures with Copic markers. They also went home with the knowledge on how to draw manga figures on their own. ;)

Well done, everyone! It was a great way to end 2012 with these talented young people. We look forward to what’s in store for summer! In the meantime, you can always enroll in our After School Create-ivities for scrapbooking, paper crafting, or manga drawing with Copics.

Happy New Year!

THE DECOUPAGE POSSIBILITIES NEVER END

 A lot of decoupage adventures are still unfolding at the shop this Holiday season. Here are a few of the most notable ones in the past couple of weeks:

A Couple’s Decoupage Day

Sarah is already a seasoned crafter when it comes to decoupage, but she was surprised as we were when her husband, Sam, said that he would like to take the decoupage course with us. While it is not new for a man to get into decoupage (some of the best decoupers around are men), it was a very new experience for us to have our first adult male student.

IMG_2086 (373x500)Personally, we think that all the guys should be as adventurous as Sam. ;) He was an eager learner, which we always appreciate. While Sam worked on his tray, Sarah worked on another awesome project: a fish themed CD rack! This quirky piece was a found item that was obviously discarded by its previous owners. Well, all crafters know that one man’s trash is definitely another man’s (crafter’s) treasure!

IMG_2091 (500x373)It was extremely lovely and refreshing to watch this couple work and chat with each other. It was also very exciting to find out that Sam may actually have a knack for decoupage! What his next project will be, we don’t know yet, but a decoupaged car or Harley Davidson is not a bad idea at all. He may be the next Durwin Rice! : D

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Here are their finished projects all ready to go home and get used, gifted, or even sold. ; ) It was great having Sam and Sarah over for a few hours. Thanks, you two! We hope that you can sit with us more in the future and create more exciting projects!

The “Flutterby” Table

Speaking of exciting projects, our regular crafter Angie has finished another stunning decoupage piece! This time she took an Ikea table and decorated it in a romantic theme using Kaisercraft papers, Distress Inks, embossing powders, Prima Masks, and paint.

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Don’t the painstakingly hand-painted flowers look like they will flutter off at a breath? As usual, Angie’s work is very inspiring!

One Last Project: Tropical Tissue Collage Frame

Finally, here is another piece of crafting inspiration: A tissue collage frame! This was made using five different serviettes! The frame holds a 5x7inch picture and the blanks are available at the shop. If you are looking for a quick and easy late Christmas gift, this frame is a great idea. This also another option you can ask for in our Paper Napkin Decoupage Workshop.

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See, even the men are getting hooked, so watch out ladies! Enroll in your decoupage class now! Read more on the course and book your slot here.

We hope that this inspires you to craft more! We certainly can’t wait to do our own decoupage projects now. : )

Cheers and Happy Holidays, crafters!

MORE AND MORE DECOUPAGE

It’s not hard to imagine why decoupage is so attractive to many crafters. It’s easy, and with the right materials, you can create one-of-a-kind items for your home or to give away as gifts. It is also both therapeutic and addictive.

Many people use decoupage to revive old pieces of furniture, like the lady and her son who did this over the summer. Last week, we had another lady who did the same.

Sara was with her sister, Lina, and their sister-in-law Salma. While Sara had already had her Paper Napkin Decoupage class, Lina and Salma were there for their own workshop. Here are the pieces they created.

Lina used Max and Whiskers paper from Basic Grey to create this super cute pet themed tissue box. This is a great box for any pet lover.

Salma opted to use a serving tray for her class. Vintage papers from Kaisercraft were used to make a tray that is more than perfect for serving refreshments. Don’t worry. The tray is perfectly sealed by the matte decoupage medium.

This is Sara’s second decoupage project. The little table is a secondhand piece. After all the work and thought she put into it, the table is absolutely priceless! Sara was able to achieve the shabby chic look she was after.

Decoupage is a very rewarding craft that everyone should try. Once you learn it, there is virtually no limit to what you can do with the technique. Interested individuals can see more about our Paper Napkin Decoupage workshop here. Remember that our workshops are on demand and as long as the calendar is clear, we can set your class schedule. Book your workshop now!

We hope you are as excited by these ladies’ projects as we are and get inspired to do your own things. Until next time: Cheers! 

DECOUPAGE IS ALL THE RAGE!

The past few weeks has seen a surge in the number of decoupage projects done in the shop or at home by some of the ladies who come to us regularly. We can’t show everything, but here is a look at what some of these decoupage enthusiasts have been up to.


Decoupage is still very much a great mother-daughter activity, no matter what age you are. Here are Barbara and her daughter Claire working on their beautiful projects, a tissue box and a tray.

Sarah was supposed to do her workshop with her friend but ended up doing the class on her own. She quickly learned how to put together this beautiful summer garden of a tissue box. Very well done!

Our regulars from Abu Dhabi came by just today for a whole day of cropping. While there were other projects on the table, everyone had a decoupage project to complete. It’s always fun to watch these ladies get busy with their personal projects.

Leanne was able to finish two decoupage projects over the course of the day! Well done, Leanne! She made a small tissue box for her daughter who loves owls. She also made a bigger tissue box for elsewhere in the house.

After finishing four pages of scrapbook (her achievement of the day,) Nicky sat down to do this wooden file box with a family tree theme.  This box is perfect for storing 12×12″ scrapbooking paper pads and 3D scrapbook pages that will not fit in  regular album.

That’s that for this update, but you can see more pictures on our Facebook page here. If you’re interested to do this workshop, check it out here.

We had lots of fun this week and we look forward to more of these creative days!

Cheers!