Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Little Blue Product Review

Hello LBH Friends!
Thank you for join us today on the LBH Blog!
It's time for a Little Blue Product Review on a few new products from Imagine Crafts: Creative Mediums & Studio Glaze
Let's start with Creative Mediums- Metallic & Iridescent

Creative Medium Metallic and Iridescent are creamy pastes that can be stenciled, spread or dabbed on for gorgeous texture and color.Creative Medium can be stamped with pigment or solvent inks once dried.  Creative Medium readily accepts glitter, inks and other additives when still wet. Use on canvas, metal, wood, plastic, glass, cardstock, tile, acetate and shrink plastic.  Easy clean-up. Water-based; archival and acid free. I really like the smooth and silky finish this medium has.
Creative Medium Iridescent is available in 6 different colors, revealing beautiful and bold colors on dark backgrounds. Because Creative Medium is blendable, experiment using multiple colors for unique color effects and finishes.
There are four colors of Creative Medium Metallic to choose from for your next project. Use a Pallet Knife to spread Creative Medium evenly and smoothly through your favorite stencils on any sized project.

Here is a video that shares a little bit about this great product
from Imagine Crafts!
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Next let's talk about Staz-On Studio Glaze!

StazOn Studio Glaze creates a stained glass effect on transparent glass. Works on glass, acrylic, metal, paper, wood and other non-porous surfaces. Apply directly from the bottle or use with a variety of tools such as Doodlestix plus you can try it with your favorite stencils!

This Glass Vase is a beautiful piece created with StazOn Studio Glaze!!

StazOn Studio Glaze can be used to embellish paper projects, producing a dimensional effect. Metallic Gold and Silver, along with Cotton White colors will produce an opaque effect with the other twelve colors revealing a beautiful translucent effect on your project.

Here is a video that shares a little bit about this great product
from Imagine Crafts!

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Susan Tidwell designed this Art Journaling page using Creative Medium and Studio Glaze!

 Are you inspired to create something now?
We hope you enjoyed learning about these new products from Imagine Crafts! Come by the HouSe today and Shop these products and start making beautiful creations using Creative Mediums and  Studio Glaze!

Have a creative day!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Art Journaling Workshop

September Art Journaling Workshop
“Creative Mediums and Studio Glaze” with Susan Tidwell
September 2, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This month we will be focusing on and playing with some new artsy mediums from Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko. You will create a double spread in your journal using stencils, Distress stains and sprays, metallic and iridescent mediums, napkins and glaze.
Try products before you buy! I will explain their properties as well as fun techniques and ways to use them in your projects. Please join us even if you are a “newbie” - there are no rules or “have tos” in this class - just lots of fun ARTSY PLAY!
Supply List
art journal or mixed media paper
(you can find at LBH)
heat tool and palette knife (if you have)
one or two small napkins with images you like (if you have - I will have some to share)
chipboard letters for a title
Call the LBH at 817-431-7930 or Come by and Sign Up for this upcoming Art Journaling Workshop
-Susan Tidwell-

Thursday, August 13, 2015

LBH Product Review

LBH Product Review:
Hazel & Ruby Chalk Art Tool Kit

Stay on-trend with Hazel and Ruby's first-of-its-kind chalk tool kit, perfect for everyday DIY, crafts and gifts.  

This kit comes with a chalk slate, chalk marker, chalk pencils,
4 white chalk pieces, chalkboard cleaner, chalk eraser, dual sharpener, stylish reusable storage box, and muslin bag for chalk.
Retail Price:  $24.99

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Summer Sale!


25% OFF Summer Papers
& Embellishments from….

-Carta Bella- Soak up the Sun
Echo Park- Pirates Life
Simple Stories- Summer Vibes
Fancy Pants- Making Waves
Pink Paislee- Citrus Bliss
Fancy Pants- Summer Sun 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Creative Happenings at the LBH!

Creative Happenings at The Little Blue House this WEEK!
"Be the Good" Pallet Board Sign
Designer Decor Workshop with Miss Tracy

Sat. Aug 8th 10am-2pm    Cost: $60
Pallet Board signs are so popular right now! Come learn how to transform a pallet board sign with wonderful map papers and these fabulous wood pieces, knob, and metal accents. This salvage project is a one of a kind! Sign up today

Last Chance Workshop- "Cover to Cover"
Sat. August 8th 10am-4pm-or- Tues. August 11th 10am-4pm
Last chance to join us in a Cover to Cover Minibook Workshop with Elaine Howell! We have 5 different style books you can choose from. Create a unquie paper bag book & decorate your book cover to cover all in this one workshop!
Enjoy 15.00 OFF this class for signing up for an August Workshop Date!
view more detailed photos of each book on our website! www.thelittlebluehouseonline.com

Jamie Dougherty's Creating in Faith Workshops are this
Thursday August 6th!
 If you are interested please Call or Come by to Sign Up!

Our August Calendar is now available on our Website & Blog!
We have lots of LBH Classes and Designer Guest Workshops happening in August! We would love for you to join us!!  

Lots of great Layout Kits available as well as other great projects that you can create in any of our LBH Buffets or take home as kits. Stop by the LBH to reserve yours today. Also available to purchase online. 

ImageCreate-a-thon Announcement
Here are the Fall dates for our LBH Create-a-thons:
-Saturday September 12th
(LBH Birthday Bash)
-Saturday November 21st
(Fall Fun)
Registration for the Fall Create-a-thon Dates begin Tuesday August 4th at 10:00am!
Learn more about our Create-a-thon Events on our website:

Friday, July 31, 2015

Designer Spotlight- Ken Oliver

Ken Oliver is a talented artist in the Craft and Hobby Industry. Throughout his education, Ken Oliver studied art and design, but ultimately followed a career path in sales and marketing that took him literally around the world working with clients and factories in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States. His experience in sales, marketing and product development actually led him back to arts and crafts industry. Ken is an accomplished artist who specializes in watercolor, paper crafting, altered art, mixed media book binding and craft projects. Ken lives in Newburgh, Indiana on the banks of the Ohio River.

Ken Oliver is the man behind one of the hottest new products on the craft market "Color Burst". Color Burst is an amazing watercolor medium that lets you create beautiful watercolor techniques like never before! Use this micro-fine concentrated powder with water. It's as easy as "Sprinkle and spritz"!
Great for cards, scrapbooking, mixed media and more!

  Ken Oliver will be here in the great state of Texas teaching and has added The Little Blue House as one of his workshop stations!
He will be teaching 3 different workshop on a 2 day period....
Here is a peek at the class projects you can sign up for

Hometown Minibook- featuring Ken Oliver's hometown
paper collection

Color Burst Watercolor Journal featuring "Color Burst"

Color Burst Wall Décor featuring "Color Burst"

We have all the details about Ken Oliver's Workshops on
The Little Blue House Website- click the link below.....

photo taken from one of Ken's Classes 

Call or Come by to Sign Up for Ken Oliver's Workshops or if you have any questions about Ken and his upcoming workshops!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Art Journal Page Using Authentique "Playful" Paper Collection

It's Susan Tidwell here to share another project I created with the Authentique "Playful" paper collection I received in my LBH Media Team packet this month. These papers were so fun and colorful and a joy to work with - and, they are available at the LBH!

I decided to use these papers on my weekly Documented Life Project art journal spread for Week 25 (June 20).  The Documented Life Project is a year-long art journal/planner challenge conceived by five talented artists and is in it's second year. You can read more about it here if you are interested. There is a different overall theme each month and every week an art challenge and journal prompt are issued. The challenge is to use these as inspiration for your weekly journal page.

The theme for June was Travel Journaling. The June 20 art challenge was to be inspired by your hometown; the journal prompt was "there's no place like home."  This is the page I created for that week.

I had just enough Authentique papers left over from my previous projects to make the five houses which represent the five places I've lived. I was born in Vermont and then, once married, moved to Missouri then California and New Mexico before finally arriving in Texas in 1999.  I also used the hexagonal chipboard pieces for two windows in the houses. I computer-generated the state names as well as the title: "Wherever we are together, that is home."

The sky and grass backgrounds were painted with Dylusions and Dina Wakley paints, mostly scraped on with an old gift card - my favorite technique for applying paints! I also used stamps with black Archival ink and white paint on a piece of shelf liner to create the textures in the background.

For the week's "calendar" area I painted a large scalloped border, doodled smaller scallops and cut up an old calendar for the numbers. I used a tiny day stamp from Maya Road for the days and documented each day with a permanent marker.

I am really enjoying this project and am happy to say that I have been able to keep up with each week. It is a great way to document this year in an artsy way.  If anyone is interested in seeing past weeks' spreads, you can find them on my blog here: www.susan-artfulmusings.blogspot.com