The lotus blossom is a sign of awakening, rebirth, and enlightenment. I could not imagine a more appropriate project to begin my journey as a Relics & Artifacts Muse.Read More
“Our cup runneth over”, as they used to say. We were going to combine these two visions into one post but they are both deserving of their own Muse. So today we have companion pieces featuring our very own Gabriel.Read More
First lay out all the pieces and directions for referenceRead More
There are always those special gifts you give to someone where you want the presentation to look just as special as the gift inside. This is where I knew I wanted to use Sandra’s new Tapestries art stamps for the job.Read More
The Relics & Artifacts Egg Shrine. So many possibilitiesRead More
I think the greatest gift my mother passed on to me was the ability to see potential, potential in the broken, battered, everyday items, as she always found a way to work her magic and make them beautiful. I remember as a young girl watching her take apart an upholstered sofa that definitely was worn, weary and weak in its current state. When I asked her what she was doing, she told me that she was going to re-cover it with new beautiful fabric! I said, “Do you know how to do that?” She replied, “No, but I will figure it out as I go.” Millions of staples and upholstery tacks later, she had pattern pieces to work with in order to guide her along on her “new and improved” journey. I admired her “chase fear to the curb” kind of attitude in all that she did in her life. I try to live that way everyday.
Speaking of everyday, I decided to do a special project for this blog. Taking a few everyday items from my local dollar store I combined them with some spectacular pieces from the Relics & Artifacts collection, a self-imposed challenge of sorts.
Relics & Artifacts Coquille
Small glass vial
Assorted mini beads and sea glass
Ribbon and wire to wrap handle on substrate
Spray inks, blue, green.
Apply brown acrylic paint to Coquille shells.
Wipe off immediately with a soft cloth, leaving a nice aged patina to start creating with.
Using a blue acrylic paint, paint the metal substrate and let dry. Choose a watery looking stencil and use texture paste and spray inks to add some color on to the metal substrate. Let dry.
Add trim to the outside of the substrate for more texture and place shells and filigrees in place. Using a bit of white glue, add a touch of glitter on the waves for reflection and interest.
Glue shells on with a strong adhesive and then embellish each one with treasures inside the shells. Wrap rope handle with wire and ribbons and add a few beads to dangle at one ends of the handle.
Let dry overnight and enjoy a watery feeling art piece made from simply Mixing It Up!!!!!
Back in July, a few of us at Relics & Artifacts had the wonderful opportunity to join in the Mixed Up Mag special scrapbooking edition. Many of you might have already sent this project, but still worth sharing.
I also wanted to share some inspiration as Monica's scrapbooking challenge will be wrapping up at the end of the month. Hopefully, this gives your mojo a little nudge to submit your entries in our Relics & Artifacts Tribe on Facebook.
This is a mixed media layout featuring the Mythos collection with an aged, crackle technique. The Relics are never too big to put on a page. It just takes a little imagination.
With lots of texture and layers (I love my layers), a beautiful artistic page for some inspiration is born! Let's see your entries and don't forget to use the hashtag #RAScrapbook to be entered!
Join the talented Michelle Duke for a Faux FAB-ergé Egg Shrine class featuring Relics & Artifacts by Sandra Evertson. This workshop comes just in time for Spring, Easter, and Passover. If you happen to be in southern Florida, why not stop by for a light lunch and some creative fun?
There are two opportunities to take the workshop. February 23 or February 24 from 10:00am - 2:00pm. A light lunch is included on both days.
For more information, please visit The Duke and Duchess Designs or contact Michelle at email@example.com.
Space is limited so reserve your spot early!
Michelle Duke is a retired Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse of twenty years. She began to pursue her love of creating pretty things and other artistic endeavors. Her beautiful studio is located in sunny south Florida.
As the days finally seem to be getting longer and longer, I yearn for spring. As these long winter days seem to just drag on in this frozen tundra, there is a glimmer of hope with more daylight and the signs of snow slowly, ever so slowly, melting away.
I yearn to see my dragonflies. From little ones to big ones, to brightly colored and plump ones, each one has a unique beauty about them. Whether it’s the flawless look of their wings glistening in the sun or the unusual, but oh so captivating markings on their body, their beauty is unsurpassable.
Thanks to Hurricane Maria, I skipped Halloween for the first time in 23 years. No Thanksgiving either, although, I sat down with the kids and told them the million reasons why we needed to be thankful. I refused to skip Christmas! I found solar Christmas lights online and put them up. There's no shortage of sun here! Last week, we got power at our work places so we're immensely grateful. Can you imagine celebrating 75 days without electricity? Well, home is that way and so it is the reality for more than 60% of Puerto Rico.
After the free vaccination clinics we did, we're now spaying and neutering the same amount of dogs, 753 to be exact. It's the reason I'm still helping my husband at the clinic and you barely see me anywhere. Not that I don't miss you, which you know I do like crazy, but there's no time and almost no connectivity to the internet to go on social media as I used to.
I have collected nutcrackers since my son was a baby and about five years ago, I started creating my own using blank wooden nutcrackers to alter with paper. Last year, I experimented with Relics & Artifacts gorgeous Dresden trim collection to create one. This year, I thought I'd have to forgo the tradition when I spotted a single box at my local K-Mart. It was a girl, a Plum Fairy one at that and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed wrapping her hair in gold! Her face is highlighted by one half of the wings!! Dresden certainly gives me a lot of creative license in how I use them and with their sparkle it's the perfect touch for the holidays!
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim
One of the biggest thrills of doing what we do is being published in major magazines. I had such an opportunity to have this piece featured in the October/November 2017 issue of Mixed Up magazine. Not only did I have the privilege of being published, I also had the distinct honor of this piece gracing the cover. Talk about a "WOW!" moment!
I had this department store cuff which I bought on clearance, some awesome ColoriQue inks, and the perfect focal point to upcycle an item that was mass produced into something unique and one of a kind. Of course, you know I do love my bead details!
For the full tutorial complete with photos along with loads of inspiration from other international artists, be sure to subscribe to Mixed Up magazine.
Fellow Relics & Artifact® Ambassedor Miss Amazeballs Monica Downing is hosting a great challenge starting January 1st, the #RAScrapbook Challenge. The only criteria is getting back to our roots were a lot of us started out and using some of those fabulous Relics & Artifacts craft blanks and Sandra Evertson Art Stamps.
Surprisingly I was all in, but to be honest, I was alittle dumbfounded when it actually came to creating the page. I wasn't sure if it was a creative slump, hungover from too much fun holiday festivities, or just pure laziness. However, in spite of my rut and with Monica's new challenge going on, I figured I would throw out some inspiration using Sandra's new Four Portals stamps. I used the "Epiphany" stamp from the Muse collection as the focal point along with the "Creation" Portal.
Frida Kahlo was such a unique artist with so many shapes and textures, I decided to use the Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper collection from Graphic 45. The detailed pages and coloration takes me back to an era with terra cotta rooftops and brightly colored flowered landscapes.
Frida's artistic style was unique and I wanted to capture that within the scrapbook page. She had uniquely odd paintings with the various self portraits, shapes, and medley of other random objects. I incorporated those trademark aspects into the page. The detail work on the paper also goes hand in hand with the details on the portal stamp.
Oh, the weather outside is DELIGHTFUL!
I love the changing of the seasons and here in the South, it just doesn't feel like Christmas time until we see that first visit from ol' Jack Frost. Truth is, some winters, the closest we get to snow is a crisp, frosty morn where we wake to find rooftops glistening and our lawns looking freshly glittered.
That's when my holiday spirit kicks in and my inner kid peeks out! Yep! You could say that Jack Frost has a hold on my holiday heart. This is my tribute to the "Architect of the Flake".
From my rooftop to yours, Merry Christmas Y'all!
"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. The crisp winter air if full of it."
-- John Burroughs, "Winter Sunshine"
These beautiful and timeless frames accent any art stamping project seamlessly and are designed to intertwine with "MUSE" Art Stamps as well as the Relics & Artifacts® resin craft blanks.
Incredibly detailed and made of the finest red rubber on the market, "Four Portals" will add an infinite number of creative possibilities perfect for any style, motif, or skill level.
As a special gift and our way to say thank you, if you purchase all four of the "Four Portals" stamps, you will receive "Alma" as a free give. Please note that "Alma" is only available as a cling stamp.
Pictured above framed with "Ethereal", this stamp is accented with a thorn necklace and hummingbird pendant.
And please don't forget to grab your "Muse" Art Stamps. The beauty of these collections is how effortlessly they blend, meld, and mesh together to create one of a kind masterpieces for yourself or to gift to loved ones.
My Inner Child is all wrapped up in the cobwebs of warped visions, ideas, thoughts and feelings.
My Inner Child is the one that wants to sleep on the couch all day and dream endless dreams.
My Inner Child, the one who wants to only eat the center of the Oreos and smile from ear to ear while doing it.
My Inner Child, the one who wants to walk through the gardens and pick bouquets of tulips and lilies with the constant smell of roses around me.
My Inner Child, the one that want to splash and dance in the puddles during a warm summer shower.
Some days.......we all need our inner child to come out more.
Relics & Artifacts® Persona
Creative Embellishments: Cobweb 6X6 Panel, Large Black Gears, Distress Square Stencil
7 Dots Studio: Dreamscapes Word Stickers.
DecoArt Media: Modeling Paste, American Crackle Medium, Crackle Glaze, Ultra Matte Varnish, Antiquing Cream Patina Fluid Acrylics Primary Cyan, Green Gold, Metallic Gold, Prussian Blue Hue, Titan Buff.
13@rts Black Gesso
"Style. What is your style?" This question has been on my mind lately as I listen to comments regarding my work. I hear adjectives like "pretty," "gorgeous," and "blingy". And while those are all lovely to hear as feedback, I had the thought, "What else is there?"
I see myself as a creative person whose job it is to PLAY and mix it up a bit when I create. That is exactly what I have done on this latest triptych. I played, pushed, pulled, and auditioned elements and pieces that I may have passed by on a less playful day. As a mixed media artist, I am grateful to have a studio full of interesting treasures, as my treasure hunting goes a long time back.
My starting point were the three legs from Relics & Artifacts® and the wooden base that my husband built. From that point the piece began to evolve and tell the story. As far as style goes, yes, I may tend towards pretty and more feminine works for the majority of my pieces but I do not want to get too predictable. So I say, "Keep them guessing!"
Relics & Artifacts® Milagros
Metal heat tape
Vintage playing card
Do you have a favorite holiday movie or story? Is it a classic like "White Christmas" or "The Christmas Carol"? Is it modern like "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or "Elf"? Is it untraditional like "Die Hard"? We are hosting our annual holiday challenge now in our Tribe on Facebook and we want you to join in the fun!
Create a piece that illustrates your favorite holiday story whether it be a movie or literary piece and post it in the Tribe under the appropriate album. Use #RAHolidayStory in your caption to be entered to win an awesome prize. One winner for each category will be chosen and we've added a twist! Your fellow Tribe members will choose! Entry deadline is December 24!
I am not one to do the same type of project idea multiple times. This one was an exception. I embraced a challenge courtesy of a very good friend of mine who wanted a custom necklace. She wanted black with bright, bold colors. Since I never work with black, my natural response was, "Challenge accepted!"
As most already know, I do love working with beads. I find something calming and almost therapeutic about gluing each bead into place and watching my sketched design come to life. When the piece is completed, the sense of accomplishment and completion is enough to stoke my creative fires.
While the overall design is simple, the bead work is where the magic is with this piece. The creativity begins to flow and new ideas spring forth. The second layer of the necklace that has the cross was one such "AHA!" moment. The addition of a few stone skulls on handmade eye-pins stitched together the elements seamlessly.
Relics & Artifacts® Ambassador Rochelle Gaukel has a "sweet" workshop for those located in Chilliwack, BC! Learn to make the fabulous "Sweet Charlotte" ornament using some of Rochelle's signature techniques in a unique and fun face-to-face workshop.
Visit Whatever Lola Wants for more details! Register quickly as Rochelle's workshops always fill up fast!
Note: This is not a Relics & Artifacts® workshop but we absolutely love to support our Ambassadors in all of their teaching and showcasing endeavors. Stay tuned for more class opportunities from Rochelle featuring Relics & Artifacts®!
There are a lot of creative types in this world. Many people can assemble a kit. Most can complete a class project. Some even have the ability to alter those ideas and give them a personal twist.
And then there are those who just create from a random thought or an idea. They are connected with their muse. But what is it that makes one an artist? I honestly think it's simple. It's not skill and talent (though that helps). It's not selling your work or showing in galleries.
It's heart. Creating with heart. All you need is the heart of an artist.
Between your heart and head.
Both are tied-
By a creative thread.
~Sherry Westfall Matthews
MUSE® Art Stamps "Heart of an Artist"
Unfinished wood plaque
StazOn Ink pad, black