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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Fabric Fun with Linnie Blooms

Welcome to the Linnie Blooms and Stampendous Fabric Fun Collaboration week! 

When Stampendous was at CHA they found this wonderful new company and immediately thought of hundreds of projects to make, so guess what we get to do this week? Yes we do!

I'll tell you a little secret, at one point during CHA Laura at Stampendous asked us if there were any companies we thought would be fun for a collaboration week, so I went to the Winter 2015 CHA interactive booth layout and looked through all the companies that were there and wouldn't you know I thought among a handful of companies, Linnie Blooms products would be fun to use! So now you must know how excited I am about this week. Yay!

Okay, so you might be interested maybe about some prizes and link lists, then maybe my project for today, so that's the order of my post. Let's get going on it!

PRIZES!!!! Prizes are randomly selected from commenters who provide somewhere in the comment, their online profile or blog that they are a resident of the US or Australia for these prizes. If there isn't a way to find that information, a new commenter will be randomly picked. Don't miss out!

Stampendous will be giving away to 3 (three) US commenters, 
The Stencil Specialists (Australia's distributor of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils) will be giving away to one commenter on the Stampendous
  • Stampendous Stamp
  • LL-sized Dreamweaver Stencil of your choice
  • Silicone buttons mould
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (your color choice)
Linnie Blooms will be giving away to one commenter from their blog posts during this collaboration
  • All New DIY Home Decor Kit
WOW! Sounds like a good hop to comment! {wink} Now on to our hop list!

Janelle Stollfus - you're here with me now!
Now for my project that I'm sure you would rather see than learn about all the goodies you could win just for leaving me and the rest of the designers this week, some comment love. Right?

I received these cute little canvas file folders from Linnie Blooms and my first thought was what do you normally do with a file folder and that just stumped me, so I decided to start painting them and see what idea sprouted from the colors and patterns that emerged.

I ended up with a small mixed media notebook!

A sewn-in muslin bias tape bookmark

A front pocket for stickers, golf pencil, etc.

Each page with an encouraging sentiment.

Finished notebook!

V310 Be Yourself Rubber Stamp
NKCRS04 NK Studio Fiesta Stamp Set
SSC1213 Life Words Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set

DWDEPT Dreamweaver Translucent Paste
DWLX7029 Graduated Dot Stencil
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife

Linnie Blooms:
Mini File Folders Set

White copy/printer paper
StazOn™ Jet Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Americana™ Acrylic Paint  by DecoArt® in Melon, Salem Blue, Spicy Mustard and Snow White
White Gesso by DecoArt®
Matte Decou-Page™ by DecoArt®, (Linnie Blooms recommends Americana™ Sealer Spray)
3-in-1 Craft Glue by Beacon Adhesives
Black thread
Sewing Machine
Flat and round paintbrushes
Muslin fabric
India Ink Pen (Optional)


  1. Apply white gesso to Mini File Folder with paintbrush.
  2. Apply white gesso to four muslin fabric strips about 3 x 6 inches in size. Set aside to dry.
  3. Allow a drying step between each painting step that follows.
  4. Paint file folder with Spicy Mustard paint.
  5. Paint and smear section with Melon paint.
  6. Apply Translucent Paste with Palette Knife in a few areas onto the file folder with the Graduated Dots stencil.
  7. Paint swirls with round paintbrush using Salem Blue paint.
  8. Brush black pen over a few of the zigzag stitches of the Mini File Folder for accents. (Optional)
  9. Stamp flower twice in black onto one of the muslin fabric strips.
  10. Paint flowers with Melon and adding highlights in Spicy Mustard and Snow White.
  11. Cut out flowers when dry.
  12. Fold a gesso muslin strip into thirds for bias tape and sew down center with zigzag stitch. Paint as desired.
  13. Stamp Be Yourself onto muslin strip and paint as you like, trim and sew onto front of folder with secure stitches at the beginning and end to form a pocket.
  14. Hand stitch buttons onto flowers.
  15. Hand stitch muslin bias tape onto the back side of one flower (or machine stitch before adding button).
  16. Glue flower petals together around bias tape.
  17. Cut 10 sheets of copy paper into 6 x 4 inch pieces. Score at 3-inches for a 3 x 4 inch folded size. Make a total of 20 sheets from paper.
  18. Stamp with black ink the sentiments from Life Words Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set onto bottom right corner of pages.
  19. Machine sew bias tape bookmark inside and on the back flap of the Mini File Folder.
  20. Machine sew paper into center spine of Mini File Folder.
Whew! Thanks for sticking with me!

This is also a great sample for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability Challenge, MIX121: Better Work Those Quads. My four? 1.) Fabric, 2.) Paint, 3.) Ink, and 4.) Thread / buttons or Embossing Paste

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  1. Sweet as can be Janelle! Love the little flower bookmark too!

  2. What a great big little notebook. So much creativity packed into one small package. AnnMakes.

  3. Love your notebook!! Great idea!! Thanks for hopping with us at LB. Noe DT Linnie Blooms

  4. What a beautiful project! Thanks for playing with Linnie Blooms!

  5. Beautiful! I love the softness of the colors.

  6. I am sitting here sounding like Arnold Horshcack from Welcome Back Kotter! OOOOO! OOOO! OOO! OOOO! OOOOO! LOVELOVELOVE this! the soft colors are so delicate and lovely and I love that you made this a mini book!! GREAT IDEA!! TFS!

  7. this is very pretty. do the pages get stiff? I am usually not into this type of art as I do not have many supplies and don't understand all of the ideas. bty I live in Ca. tho I don't understand the need for that either. haha a lot I don't understand.

  8. So cute and chic! Love that bookmark with the flower on the end!

  9. love this. It always discourages me when I see all the products needed. you guys must have rooms full of products. I know it's not your purpose to be simple but do you ever make anything that doesn't require so much? I have been following stampendous for a while. I have a few stamps and love them but my projects need to use fewer products.

  10. What a sweet mini book! I love the sentiment you chose for the cover.

  11. Glad you suggested Linnie Blooms. this is a new company to me but I love the things I've seen yesterday and today.
    Love the little album.
    thanks for sharing.

  12. Oh how cute and
    I love the bookmark!
    Great design.
    Carla from Utah

  13. Great project. Love the colors and the flower.

  14. Love the idea if a notebook! Very clever!

  15. Very cute and love the sentiment stamp you used on the cover.
    Sue in Ohio

  16. This is such a sweet notebook!

  17. I love that sentiment. It is so true.

  18. THis is wonderful! Such a pretty soft color!

  19. So cute. Great idea for bookmark.

  20. What a great cover and gift this could be! Very encouraging. And that flower bookmark is so fun. :) Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B. (USA)


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