Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Blog - www.karensessionsartandsoul.blogspot.co.uk
I began creating during my youth with my siblings under the guidance of our mother making gifts for grandparents. Mom always kept a "make it box" with art supplies. We would even dabble in frosting when she decorated cakes. As time passed, my medium of choice was paper. I love ephemera, vintage embellishments and pattern paper, which may be out of control! Then there is rubber-stamping, which has been a love of mine since before rubber-stamping was popular. I am the proud owner of thousands of stamps. Like many, I found other mediums to work into paper creating and my style has evolved over time. Assemblage, altered art and vintage have become some of my favorites. I teach classes at locally; there are three pieces of advice I like to pass on to my students, “There’s no right or wrong way to create!” "You never make mistakes, only opportunities." and “You will be your own worst critic!”
I live in Dublin with my husband Luke and cat Phoebe.
I started crafting from decoupage almost 15 years ago and I tried different techniques.I love all types of crafts, mostly based on paper. It's my hobby and takes all my free time. I'm also addicted of buying new supplies :) My craft room is getting bigger and bigger.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
It's time to ring in the new year. My headline may read Bright Days Ahead, but there's a bit of tearful sniffling going on behind the scenes. I'm Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope and the reason I am sniffling is because today I am writing my last post as a Robin's Nest Design Team member.
I have had a fantastic couple of years here at the Robin's Nest. While I am going to miss the camaraderie of the team, I know I will continue to use the wonderful Robin's Nest materials in my projects. This handcrafted calendar was particularly fun because I got to play with so many papers and embellishments.
Step 2: Adhere cardstock back to back to create star book. Trim any uneven edges.
Step 3: Cut one 5 1/2" x 4 3/8" rectangle from each of the following papers: Classic Roses Cardstock, Valentine Hearts Cardstock, Glitter Belgian Cardstock, Edelweiss Cardstock, Bees Blue Linen Cardstock, Saffron Honey Cardstock, Star Border Glitter Cardstock, Tulip Wheels Cardstock, Men's Paisley Cardstock, Leaf Glitter Cardstock, Pinecone Cardstock and Winter Retreat Glitter Cardstock. Ink edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere one of these rectangles to each page of book.
Step 4: Print each calendar month of 2016 calendar. I placed the calendar I created on my blog and you are welcome to download it from Paper Calliope. If you prefer, you can Google to find many other free calendars on the internet.
Step 5: Trim calendar to 3 3/4" x 2 1/2". Ink edges of each calendar month with Black Soot Distress Ink. Adhere each month to lower half of each page.
Here's a breakdown of how I made each page.
January: Cut the Bench Tag from the Crimson Sticker set into a square shape. Ink edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere to January page, slightly overlapping the calendar.
February: Die cut hearts from Numbers Glitter Cardstock and Red Classic Swirl Glitter Cardstock. Trim one of the smaller hearts so it is slightly smaller. Ink edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Layer the hearts and adhere to February page. Hand cut a tiny heart from one of the coordinating papers and adhere to bottom of calendar.
March: Die cut rabbit and ribbon from Brown Glitter Cardstock and Peach Glitter Cardstock. Outline rabbit on background Belgian Cardstock with a white oil pastel. Use a sponge to blend into the paper.
Adhere rabbit and ribbon to page, slightly overlapping calendar.
April: Adhere Azure Bike Die Cut to page.
May: Ink edges of watering can graphic. Adhere to page, overlapping calendar. Adhere bee sticker to bottom of calendar.
June: Adhere the You Make Me Happy...Saffron Card to page, overlapping the calendar.
July: Die cut starbursts from Brilliant Blue Glitter Cardstock, Baby Blue Glitter Cardstock and White Cardstock. Hand cut stars from Red Glitter Cardstock. Use a scissors to alter two silver Winter Snowflakes Glitter Chipboard pieces to create stars.
Layer all and adhere to page,
August: Attach vellum quote to backside of Valentine Hearts Cardstock with small brad. Adhere both to page, overlapping calendar. Add canoe and paddle stickers.
September: Die cut globe from Teal Waters Glitter Cardstock, Brilliant Blue Glitter Cardstock and backside of Valentine Hearts Cardstock. Layer and ink edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere globe to page, overlapping calendar.
October: Die cut leaves from Burgandy Glitter Cardstock, Copper Glitter Cardstock and Orange Crackle Glitter Cardstock. Layer and adhere to page, overlapping calendar.
November: Die cut deer from Brown on Brown Glitter Cardstock. Adhere Saffron Doily and deer to page, overlapping calendar.
December: Die cut snowflake from Brown on Brown Glitter Cardstock. Fold and glue together with hot glue. Die cut snowflake center from Blue Flower. Adhere center to snowflake and glue snowflake to page.
Valentine Hearts Cardstock
Glitter Belgian Cardstock
Bees Blue Linen Cardstock
Saffron Honey Cardstock
Star Border Glitter Cardstock
Tulip Wheels Cardstock
Men's Paisley Cardstock
Leaf Glitter Cardstock
Pinecone Cardstock (Retired from Robin's Nest)
Winter Retreat Glitter Cardstock
Numbers Glitter Cardstock
Red Classic Swirl Glitter Cardstock
Brown Glitter Cardstock
Peach Glitter Cardstock
Brilliant Blue Glitter Cardstock
Silver Glitter Cardstock
Candy Apple Red Glitter Cardstock
Baby Blue Glitter Cardstock
Teal Waters Glitter Cardstock
Burgandy Glitter Cardstock
Copper Glitter Cardstock
Orange Crackle Glitter Cardstock
Brown on Brown Glitter Cardstock
Azure Bike Die Cuts
You Make Me Happy...Saffron Card
Doily from Saffron Bike Die Cuts
Winter Snowflakes Glitter Chipboard
Sizzix Movers & Shapers - Mini Hearts Set by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Movers & Shapers - Mini Bunny & Bow Set by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Movers & Shapers Globe by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Movers & Shapers - Mini Tattered Leaves by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Sizzlits Snowflake Rosette
Sizzix Movers & Shapers - Mini Reindeer by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Starburst die
Black Soot Distress Ink
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Watering Can Graphic
Canoe and paddle sticker
Betsy Skagen (Use your noggin and realize it rhymes with toboggan), Artist, writer, editor and designer
Last year I took a plunge. After spending decades as a professional writer, graphic designer and business owner, I took a deep breath and formalized my long-term love affair with paper crafting and altered arts by forming Paper Calliope.
Some of my loves include vintage circus, mid-century graphics and plenty of whimsical kitsch. I am passionate about writing from the heart to illuminate and overcome the anxieties of life, helping kids with special needs and lots of belly laughs. Oh yeah, i also despise the Oxford comma.
I have been named to the international design teams of the ColourArte, Robin's Nest, Whisker Graphics and Altered Pages. Please drop by my blog at www.PaperCalliope.com.