Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Beautiful Canvas and Quote by GDT Ramona!

I would like to thank Jamie for the opportunity to work with her awesome Bloom Girls!  This was such a fun canvas to do.  When Jamie sent me the Guest Design Team package… I knew that I wanted to use this Bloom Girl called Free Spirit and touch it with a bit of my Shawnee heritage.  So I decided to use a quote from my 4th Great Grandfather Tecumseh in grey vinyl.  On this canvas I traced the face on a separate piece of paper and cut it out then aliened the stencil up to the face and used Molding Paste and Gesso.  Worked out really good….then I used watercolors on her face and then I used watercolors and Pan Pastels on her hair.  If you look close to the face you can see that it looks like and Indian map from Finnabair’s paper collection.  I let it set over night and then decorated it with Prima Flowers and embellishments.  Hope you like my creation as much as I loved making this!!    

Below you will find a list of items used in making this. 

Bloom Girls 12X12 Stencil- Free Spirit Item #655350

Prima Marketing –Time Traveler’s Memories Paper Item #813956

Finnabair’s Prima Marketing Paper Item #960728

Prima Marketing Lace-Item # 921422

Prima Marketing Symphony Blend Amoroso Pink Flowers Item #537852

Prima Marketing Say it in Crystals Item # 560621

Prima Marketing Chalk Vintage Pink and Old Rose

Be sure you check out Jamie’s upcoming classes.



Friday, December 26, 2014

Mixed Media altered frame with Gardenia by DT Stephanie

Good morning Bloomies!

Stephanie here on the blog today with a Christmas prezzie that went to one awesome gal! I try to go out of my comfort zone as often as possible, but sometimes it can go all wrong, like this AHAHAH...oh well, I'm still showing it to you guys!

So the idea was to turn a blank wooden frame (from Michael's) into a total mixed media madness gift. Knowing me, you all realize I couldn't pass the opportunity to put a Bloom Girl coloured in Copics on that, don't you?! Miss Gardenia here got stamped and coloured, then fussy cut to keep only a small section of her bust and hair. 

I inked the frame with a white Prima Chalk Edger (loooooove those cutie inks, so affordable and practical!), added some mold paste with a checkboard stencil, glued some lace and trimmings on half of it, and added several pieces of embellishments, all from my Prima stash box. Everything got a nice coat of heavy gesso from the Finnabair line and got dried with my heat tool. After that, I sprinkled a few pigment powders from Luminarte here and there, misted water over the whole thing and let dry on its own. As always, I put my Bloom Girl on foamy adhesive and VOILÀ!


What about you, did you make some crafty gifts for Christmas? Come and show us on the Bloom Girls Creative Group on Facebook!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bloom Girl "Offuser" with GDT Hee Sun Kim.

Hee Sun Kim here with my GDT project for Jamie Dougherty Designs.
Do you know "Offuser"? 
It is [Ornaments + diffuser] 
Today.  I would like to share "Bloom Girl Offuser" tutorial with you.  
1. Press the stamp on the paper clay.
2. Cut along the lines of the clay.
* Tip *
Feathers, hair etc...Add paper clay for a 3D effect. (relievo effect)
3. Make a mold. (using Ranger - Mold-N-POUR)


4. Let's make a offuser.
warm water 80ml + Emulsifiers 12g + Gypsum powder 200g + Aromatic oils 6g (I've added strawberry flavor.)
In a bowl, blend all swirl ingredients. 

5. Please poured into a mold. Please harden for about 30 minutes.


6. Painted using chalk board paint.

7. Please gold paint on protruding parts. I've used 'gold powder + glaze'.

8. Finish!

9. Let's wrap the box! Stamping on handmade paper.
10. Finish!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :)

* Materials
#980191 Prima - Bloom Collection - Cling Mounted Stamps - Jing Bloom
#980184 Prima - Bloom Collection - Cling Mounted Stamps - Free Spirit Bloom
#980016 Prima - Bloom Collection - Bloom Girl - Cling Mounted Stamp - One
#980054 Prima - Bloom Collection - Bloom Girl - Cling Mounted Stamp - Five
#575182 Prima - Bloom Collection Sunkissed Flowers
#930042 Prima - Vintage Metal Trinkets
#564506 Prima - Flower vine
#556969 Prima - TASHA Fabric Flowers - FROST
#577186 Prima - Chalkboard Paint - Black - 8.5 Ounces
#573065 Prima - Bloom Collection - Paper Clips - Typewriter Keys 
Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Vintage Pink, Tin Can, Teal Damask 
Ranger Ink  MOLD-N-POUR
Ranger Ink - Vintaj - Glaze - Metal Sealer and Patina Extender - 2 Ounces 
Ranger Ink - Perfect Pearls - Pigment Powder - Perfect Gold 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Bloom Girls and...Guy!!! They are coming to a Store Near you!!

It's that time of year again. Winter CHA. That means new designs, new product, and new goodies to create with. This year I have new stamps and stencils coming your way with Prima Marketing! They are some of my favorite yet! Here are a few samples using the new designs. The Bloom Collection is so versatile and can be used in so many different applications.

Quentin is going to be our first ever guy! He's got that steampunk edge and is perfect for cards, tags, and as you can see even Mixed Media! <3 data-blogger-escaped-nbsp="" data-blogger-escaped-p="">
Home decor, and fiber art is a perfect place to use your Bloom girls stamps. Embroidery is becoming a popular pastime, why not create your own Bloom girl work of stitched art. 

The Bloom Collection is perfect for those art journals and art pieces. You can't draw? Not a problem, use bits and pieces of the stamp to help you design a finished art piece. 

Check out the word "CREATE" A new addition to the bloom collection... Thread letters! They are lightweight and three-dimensional, the perfect finishing touch to any DIY project. They come white so you can customize them to match any project!

This release is my most favorite yet! 

I hope you enjoy and can't wait to see what you all create with the new collection. 


Friday, December 19, 2014

New Bloom Stamp Art Journal Page with Janine Koczwara

Hi everyone it's Janine Koczwara here and to say I was a little excited to receive some new Prima Bloom Girl stamps is an understatement!  It is amazing what new product can do for a girls creativity!  I set about stamping and colouring a couple of these beauties straight away!  My default method of colouring is Alcohol Markers and coloured pencils.  I like the feel of it and I find it the easiest way for me to colour images and get deeper shading results that I am pleased with.

With such a gorgeous stamp I felt the call of the mermaid art journal page!  I went straight for Teals and Blues to create this background for my pretty little Mermaid.  I started with an acrylic paint base and layered in some masking with one of the New Bloom Stencils and then some subtle stamping for additional background texture.

I wanted her to be hiding behind a rock with a tail sweeping from behind, most of it not visible.  I am a novice to drawing, so I pulled up a reference image of a rock and sketched it onto Prima Bloom Watercolour Paper, adding deeper shadows with Caran deAche Neocolours II, before applying it with matte gel to the page.  I created the tail in exactly the same way, but added Glass Bead Gel to it for a rougher shimmery surface.

Finally, I really am trying to explore using my own hand writing on my journal pages.  Learning to draw and create my own lettering is one of my goals to stretch myself creatively.  I practiced a couple of different styles on copy paper to see what style I wanted before ruling lines on my art journal page and penciling in my letting.  Once satisfied, I went over it all with Pitt Artist Pen in Black and a final touch of glitter to give it something a bit extra.

I love using Jamie's new Bloom Stamps for my art journaling.  I can work on my shading skills while also challenging myself to try drawing other elements, and practice lettering to compliment the pages, knowing it is just in my journal, a place that is safe to practice and try.  If I like it I can photograph it and share.  I really do recommend starting an art journal and having a wonderful play in it's pages.

You are all going to LOVE the new release Bloom Girl products Jamie has designed!  There are so many awesome stencils and stamps for you that will totally inspire creativity!

Products Used:
980344  Prima Bloom Stamp Sirena
980399  Prima Bloom Stencil Spark
980269  Prima Bloom Watercolor Paper Pad
961992  Prima Cling Stamp Dream On
961978  Prima Cling Stamp Net and Wire
Prima Random Circles Stencil
Alcohol Markers
Prismacolor Pencils
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Caran deAche Neocolors II
Prima Heavy Gesso
Prima Soft Matte Gel
Luminarte Polished Pigment Powders
Liquitex Glass  Bead Gel
Sharpie Black Pen
Sharpie White Paint Pen
Faber Castell Big Brush Markers
Faber Castell Pitt Pens
Ranger Stickles
Ranger Archival Ink Black
Memento Black Ink

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fancy Christmas Tags by DT Stephanie

Good morning Bloomies!

Stephanie here on the blog today with another Christmas inspiration for you, gift tags! You might remember my video on how to make a Bloom Girl tag earlier in November (warning - french speaking eheh!), where I was already starting the background of two more tags. Well, here they are today!

The first one was made with a watercolour paper tag absorbing all the ink from the Color Bloom sprays that was left on my teflon mat, then dried with a heat tool. I added some light paste through a stencil, letting it dry on its own this time to make sure it stays in shape. After that, I added a beautiful piece of Prima trimming in the middle, half-stamped Bloom Girl Free Spirit and coloured her with Copic markers. She was then put on 3D foam adhesive, got bloomed up with some gorgeous flowers and THAT'S IT! Quick and easy, right?!

The next tag was done with Bloom Girl Hope and approximately the same steps as the Free Spirit one, only this time when the light paste was fully dried, I added pinch of colour accents on it by dipping my brush into the Color Bloom spray bottles.

Thanks for visiting us today, and don't forget to check in on our Facebook group to see sneaks and many other fun things about the Bloom girls!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Summer Snow Queen Mixed Media Canvas

Hi Bloom Friends! It's Lisa with you this fine Monday and I am so thrilled to bring you my project today. I've had a color scheme in my head for quite a while and I've really been wanting to use it on the Summer Bloom Girl Stamp, which is a little ironic....seeing as it's Winter. :)

I knew Summer NEEDED to be a Snow Queen. She NEEDED to be dressed in elegant whites and golds. Her eye is a dazzling glass glitter. Her hair is touched with gorgeous Gold Leaf Mica Flakes. This canvas is texture, glittering golds, shimmering metallics and I wish I could hug it. (Yes, I'm crazy like that.)

There are a few steps involved but here we go!
1. Using a sticky back canvas, prime the canvas using Clear Gesso, so the colors of the watercolors don't alter. Allow to dry.

2. Adhere random pieces of white pieces of tissue paper on top of the sticky back canvas (just enough to cover an are where the stamp will go). Coat will Gel Medium. Go for texture! Allow to dry.

3. Stamp Summer using Distress Paints. These are a water based acrylic paint that are VERY water soluble. Spritz the bottom areas of her hair with water, if desired. Mix different areas prior to stamping for different tones to the paint. (I used Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Tarnished Brass, & Frayed Burlap.) Heat Set.

4. Once dry use watercolor pencils to create shading. I used TWO watercolor pencils for the shading and one for her pupil. That's it! Oh and this is when I did her iris with the glass glitter, too.

5.  After all the shading is done to your satisfaction is when you get to go crazy adding your flowers. This is entirely up to you. The size, the colors, the amount, etc. Since I was going for a white/gold theme that's what I did here.

6. Then start building your background. I used old packaging. I tore some cardboard off of a box then ripped the top layer of paper from it here and there and coated it with white gesso. I also added in some Mica Flakes in Frosted and a tiny sprinkling more of Glass Glitter in Gold Rush.

7. Using the Color Bloom Spray in Gold Foil and the 12 x 12" Bubbles Stencil I gave a 9 x 12" canvas a light coating with the spray. Just enough to have some of the pretty gold shine through. I highlighted some of the circles (or "bubbles") with a gold watercolor pencil and also with a Gold Pan Pastel for extra shine.

8. Prior to adhering everything together I wrapped some Prima Trim around the corrugated cardboard piece and then adhered that to the canvas. Then I attached a small strip of glitter trim to the bottom of the corrugated cardboard and across the trim. Finally, removing the backing and adhering the Snow Queen!

Here are some alternate views:

This photo shows her flowers a little bit better, I think.

It was a little hard for me to take the photos without them looking grey, White is just so hard to photograph!!  But, I just love how this turned out and I hope you'll make your own "Snow Queen" Bloom Girl.

Products Used:
Prima Bloom Girl Stamp (Jamie Dougherty Designs):  Summer
Color Bloom Sprays:  Summer Sky, Vintage Metal – Gold Foil
Mica Flakes: Frosted, Gold Leaf
Prima Stencil: 12 x 12” Bubbles
Prima Flowers:
Prima Medley Treasure
Prima Jubilee Christmas Collection 
London Collection – Majesty
Interlude A
Frost Mini Sachet
Prima Trim
Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Art Basics Gesso, Clear

Ranger Sticky Backed Canvas
Blick 9 x 12” Canvas Art Panel
Pan Pastel Gold
Ranger Distress Paints: Walnut Stain, Tarnished Brass, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo
White Tissue Paper
Faber –Castell Design Memory Craft® Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Friday, December 12, 2014

Altered Mixed Media Bloom Girl Sharon Notebook

Hello crafty friends!
Mindy, here. I have an altered notebook to share with you. I will be completely honest. About 20 min into this project I was like ok, I'm done... this looks HORRIBLE! I almost turned off the camera. Then I was like you know what.. let's go with it.. I can always delete the video and start over.. I might as well try some new ideas and techniques. So I did and I'm so glad I did, too!
Here's my notebook I came up with.

I hope you enjoyed the photos.. I hope you will check out how I created this in my video below,

Products Used
Prima Marketing's Bloom Girl Sharon Stamp
Faber-Castell's Gesso, Water Color Pencils, Gelatos, whipped spackle and markers
Tim Holts Tissue Paper and Quote Stamp

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Acrylic Painting with GDT Hee Sun Kim.

Hee Sun Kim here with my GDT first project for Jamie Dougherty Designs.
Today.  I would like to share "Bloom Girl Pop Art Canvas" tutorial with you. 
1. Gesso on a canvas.
2. Stamping using a Archival Ink.
3. Painted using acrylic paint.
4. Redraws the lines using a black marker.
5. Draw a highlight using a white marker.
6. Finish!
7. Here are some of the closer views.
* Materials: 
#980191 Prima - Bloom Collection - Cling Mounted Stamps - Jing Bloom 
#980252 Prima - Bloom Collection - 12 x 12 Stencils Mask Set - Gardenia 
#564506 Prima - Flower vine
#575182 Prima - Bloom Collection - Flower Embellishments - Sun Kissed
Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Jet Black
Ranger Ink - Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint
Sharpie Black & White Paint Marker