You know we here at Craftside like to pair up with other craft supply companies to bring you, our wonderful devoted readers, fun giveaways filled with books and supplies. Today, I have two prize packages filled with Sizzix die cuts and Craftside books. (Oh and a couple of projects I whipped up using these cool dies inspired by these books!)
and the Sizzix dies:
You can get yourself in the running 3 ways:
1. Leave a comment here in this post by Midnight ET on Saturday, August 4, 2012 about your favorite "sweet" word, book, candy or other.
2. "Like" us on Facebook and give us a "shout out" over there.
3. Join our mailing list (top right column of the blog).
To get yourself in the running for this second fabulous prize package featuring a copy of the book:
Go over to the Sizzix blog and leave a comment there!
OK, now that you've got yourself in the running for some cool new Sizzix dies designed by Eileen Hull and Craftside books, check out some things I made using them.
I simply L.O.V.E. these Sweet Treats Cupcake Stands but I thought they might just work for......yup! Jello Shots! I scored myself a couple of fun new shot glasses and I wanted to try them out with Jello!
Then, to paint them, I used the water color dot painting technique from Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media.
I used the Sweet Treats For You Set by Eileen Hull die to make a set of three flower embellished toothpicks used to loosen the Jello from the sides of the shot glasses and to look cute!
This little "window" book was made using the Sweet Treats Extra Long Candy Jars die, the Little sizzles 6" x 13" matt board pack, some recycled book pages and a bit of DMC floss. The tall jar tag was made simply by wrapping the variegated DMC floss around the jar die cut. I painted both with a bit of water color as well.
I plan to fill the windows in the book with all sorts of little pictures that will be sandwiched between the recycled book pages.
More about the books:
The book is a timeless art form, one that is as alive today as ever before, and artists continue to explore and explode the boundaries of what a book is and can be. In this beautiful collection, you will experience close-up various aspects of hand-crafted books: covers, bindings, scrolls, folded and origami structures and books made from found objects. You will find richly illustrated and calligraphed pages as well as books created from a variety of printed processes. Ingenuity and creativity abounds in this carefully curated collection of both historically important and modern works.
Sandra Salamony is a professional book designer. She has authored, coauthored, and curated several books on artisan topics. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan. Visit her online at http://www.sandrasalamony.com.
Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists and coauthors of More Making Books by Hand. They live in Santa Cruz, California.
This book is not only for "painters" but for all types of creative individuals who want to experience and play with watercolor, whether their background is mixed-media, textile art, journaling, or paper craft. Unlike the typical watercolor text books, this unique, beautiful volume is a field book of inspiration, creative ideas, how to's, and projects, all from an artist's perspective. Each creative exercise features a technique, shows step-by-step photographs, and includes a clever idea for a gift or project that can be made from the painted samples.
Heather Smith Jones is a studio artist and instructor who received her MFA from The University of Kansas in 2001 and her BFA from East Carolina University in 1996. Smith Jones is represented by galleries nationwide and has completed residencies at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work is in many private collections and in the public collections of the Sprint Corporation and Emprise Financial Corporation. Smith Jones also collaborates with other artists in photography and multi-media projects. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband. Visit her online at www.heathersmithjones.com.