SHOP UPDATE!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I am excited to share that a long overdue shop update has happened at http://www.Etsy.com/Shop/ACarteBlanche and below are some of the cute new items I’ve been working on 🙂 Newborn to 1 yr booties and bibs for your stylish kiddo’s. Booties are $12/a pair and bibs $8 – set of booties and a bib $20. More styles/patterns will be coming to the shop soon so stay tuned!

If you have an idea in mind for something special … I LOVE custom orders so contact me here, on Etsy or instagram (@ACarteBlance) and we’ll create the perfect set for you!

-A

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Adventures In Mixed Media Vol. 2

L & I experimented with our second mixed media journal page and we had such a blast! This go around we got to play with Tim Holtz’ tissue paper as a background for both of our pieces, along with his distress stamps (of course!), white gesso, texture paste, watercolors and a mix of shading/sketching techniques. It’s been so much fun to challenge ourselves with this medium and see how we grow and learn as we go. I honestly can’t get enough!

Take a look at our final pages (below) and create something YOU-nique this week! 🙂

“Natures Beauty” – L

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“Imagine.Create.Inspire” – A

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Adventures in Mixed Media Vol.1

Recently Loralee turned me onto the amazingly talented Vicky Papaioannou and her mixed-media art journals which are STUNNING (to say the least). After binge watching almost every journal video she has on YouTube …. I went out and bought an art journal for myself and Loralee so we could experiment this medium! One of our goals this year is to really push ourselves out of our comfort zone, and this is definitely out of that zone for us.

When I started all I knew for sure is I couldn’t wait to use texture paste with stencils and the Prima Bumble-Bee stamp I had just bought on amazon (lol) – We worked with a variety of products but the background was stamped with Tim Holtz distressed inks then a light honeycomb pattern stamp which I used my Prima watercolors to distress a bit as well. As the texture-pasted areas were drying I drew and cut out (my version) of a beehive, water-colored & stamped it, along with a tree for it to hang. Then distressed a piece of twine to hang the beehive from my tree & fastened it to the page. I stamped out my cute little bee’s and a few leaves and flowers from there – attached them with a mixture of modge-podge and glue dots, added the “BEE” stamping and wooden “happy” letters which I had stamped into black archival ink to match the theme. The final touch was a white gel-pen to accent certain areas of the page (beehive, wings, lettering) and I am really excited with how it turned out! I’ll be posting the finished photo/info for Loralee’s journal page as well, so stay tuned! 🙂

-A

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Valentine’s Day Card Making!

V-Day is right around the corner, and we just couldn’t resist making some cards for our special someone’s. L & I invited my sister over to join in the fun and we L-O-V-E what we came up with!

A few of the designs are available on my Etsy and if you order by Monday you can get yours in time for Valentine’s :]

http://www.Etsy.com/Shop/ACarteBlanche

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Wishing you and yours a day filled with love & laughter!

-L&A

Bridal Shower Goodness

One of my good friends is getting married next month and last weekend was her Bridal Shower, it was put on by her mom and maid-of-honor and turned out absolutely PERFECT! She wanted a girly, vintage theme and that’s exactly what the day was. Her mom and best friend commissioned me to do a few things (game signs, game pieces, envelopes, & cupcake toppers) I was so excited and even more excited to share how they turned out! :]

Custom Wedding Dress & “i do” cupcake toppers, hand-painted canvas signs for games, hand-made envelopes & the “Date Nights at Home” mason jar with sticks to write ideas for the bride & groom (too cute!)

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The bottom two pictures were of my gift to her (Pin-spired, of course!) A cute little basket with wines for them to enjoy on their wedding night, honeymoon & first anniversary. I had so much fun hand-crafting the tags and card for her and hope they enjoy each moment of wedded bliss! Can’t wait for the wedding!

-A

You know what they say …

Well, you know what Coldplay says, “The lights will guide you home”. One of my favorite lyrics of all time. No matter where you are in life it seems if you find the “light” in the situation it will lead you home.  I had fun with this piece and even added a few hidden sparkles you can see when the light hits it just right, check it out for yourself.

Available on Etsy now! :]

Love & Light

-A