A sparkly state of mind … and then some!

Some days are just better than others and the day I received the email confirming I was a member of Art Institute Glitter’s Design Team was one of those really good days. Then Saturday I was notified I made Globecraft Memories‘ Design Team. Today is an even better day because I get to share my good news with you – I am an official Design Team member for Art Institute Glitter and Globecraft Memories!

I’m excited! I’ve used Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear adhesive for years and have really fallen in love with the company’s glitter products over the past several years. You all know I love good, quality products and I’m a believer in Art Institute Glitter. So watch out! You’re going to see projects from me that will hopefully outshine my “sparkly” personality! Globecraft Memories is a newer product for me but I’ve enjoyed creating some wonderful projects with its products and I’ve posted one below.

Here’s the intro for the AG Design Team; Globecraft Memories will be posted later during the week. Follow their blogs and like their the Facebook pages to see all the creative things the design team members come up with – guaranteed fun and inspiration!

Here’s our team leader, Kristi Parker Van Doren

We are so excited for the changes going on at Art Glitter! We not only have wonderful glitter and glue we have become famous for but we have many other products and to help show off our product line is our NEW design team! This talented group of artists will be posting on their personal blogs, but also creating special projects for the Art Glitter Blog! Help me to welcome…

Kristi Parker Van Doren has been creating since age 12 when her parents gave her a rubber stamp and ink for Christmas. 37 years later she is still creating, designing, writing, teaching and more! Kristi loves to create and has been on several design teams including: Spellbinders, Northwoods, Worldwin Papers, Luminarte, Coronado Island and several others. She served three years as a writer for Scrap&Stamp; Stamp Magazine, as well as having articles published in books and magazines, most recently in Zentangle 6. Kristi is currently serving on design teams for USArtQuest, The Robins Nest, Dreamweaver Stencil, and is the lead for Art Institute Glitter and Connie Crystal design teams. When Kristi is not creating she is hanging out with her family. Check out her blog at www.kristiscreativecafe.blogspot.com!

Now For The Team:

Carrie Hannegan is a Southern California native who grew up near the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, but managed to avoid it (mostly). She has a degree in Animation from the California Institute of the Arts where she learned to appreciate the tedious side of art, one hand-drawn frame at a time. After graduation, a bit of panic and a plunge, came the grand opening of her retail gift shop in the Los Angeles area called Violets are Blue. Partnered with her Mother, they filled the store with their handmade creations, hand-painted furniture, hand-picked vintage items and other fun stuff sprinkled in. Five years later, new chapter, they (very) reluctantly closed the store and Carrie moved to the other coast and launched a new online adventure called Violet Cottage. Violet Cottage started out as a “Violets are Blue, light” web store with lots of various inventory, but slowly morphed into a greeting card business. Inspired by vintage wrapping paper, fabrics and wallpaper, each card design is hand painted by Ms. Hannegan, who describes her card line as “sweetly sensitive, yet colorfully chaotic”. The card line is still in its infancy, but has been well received and is growing daily. Violet Cottage cards can be found in many stores throughout the country or online at www.violetcottage.com.

My name is Cherie. I was born and raised in Minnesota,
and went to Iowa State University.

I married my husband
in 2008 and we have a lab/border collie mix, Lucie, who
is 3 years old.

I have lived on both the east and west
coast since being married, and will be moving to Hawaii
this summer! I love to travel, geocache, craft, dabble in photography, and most importantly, play with glitter!

Hello! My name is Karen Taylor. I am lucky to have two children Jessie and Douglas. I have been blessed with two grandson’s, a granddaughter and another on the way. I have been a paper crafter for six years but creating has always been a part of my life. I was raised by my grandmother who taught me the love of creating. Inspired by her 1930’s scrapbooks. I love all things vintage and old. When I am at home you can find me in my studio. I love to create very special layouts, cards and altered items my mini pieces of art. I have been lucky to have work with major paper craft companies including Spellbinders Paper Arts, Best Creations, Inc, Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker to name a few and in magazines, on TV (local TV segments, Creative Memories TV Show, Terri O Show, QVC, Home Shopping Network US and Canada and was published in a book last year as well as work in catalogs and at the Craft and Hobby Association Show for the last six shows. For the past two years I have been a VIP speaker at Midland Memory Expo speaking along side Cardmaker magazines Editor Tanja Fox, Creating Keepsakes Creative Editor, Megan Hoeppner and Nikki Sivils Scrapbook Paper Company owner just to name a few. I currently am the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator for Want2Scrap and a Spellblogger for Spellbinders Paper Arts

Hi! My name is KC Eddy and I live in Central Missouri, with my husband, two daughters and our collection of furry friends – too numerous to mention. By day I am an accountant, by night I am a craft-a-holic. I also enjoy boating and camping with my family and am a huge Chicago Bears fan! I have crafted in almost every medium imaginable; including paper, ceramics, porcelain and glass. I am especially fond of jewelry, mixed media and anything that glitters and shines. Though I often get lost in a project and make things more involved than they need to be, I try to streamline my projects for teaching and tutorials so that others can learn from my experimentation (mistakes). I am a Design Team newbie so this is a very exciting new adventure for me. I hope you’ll join me for the ride!

Laura Drahozal cannot remember a time when she was not creating. As a former art teacher, she has tried almost every traditional medium. She looks for inspiration all around her and loves to combine various products and techniques to achieve what she had previously thought of as impossible. Laura is currently serving on design teams for Dreamweaver Stencils, Twisted Sketches and Connie Crystal and has formerly served as a Guest Designer for Art Glitter. She is thrilled to be joining the Art Glitter Design Team as she loves all things glittery! Check out her blog at www.rememberinglifesmoments.blogspot.com

I’m Linda Neff and discovered through my first attempt at scrapbooking I could create art – my way. With rubber stamps, inks, paints, paper, fabric and other mediums, I create a soft, vintage look that is sometimes natural and sometimes a bit more romantic, but always evolving. I enjoy making mini albums, scrapbook pages and wall art to capture my scrapped treasures.
The mother of three adult children, I live with my retired husband in Michigan and spend my time teaching classes at independent scrapbook and quilt stores. I am Ranger certified and always on the lookout for new techniques. I encourage others to dive head-first into the art of paper crafting, whether it be scrapbooking, stamping or altered art. Visit my blog: http://linda-neff.com

Hi! My name is Trudy but friends call me True. My husband, Robert and I were high school sweethearts and are still very happily married today. I am the mother of a wonderful 26 year old son Kurt and MIL to a beautiful DIL Kristin. I am also super excited that I will be a grandma in October! 🙂 Since I started making cards a few of years ago, I have been blessed with many new card making friends, been asked to speak and teach at major craft events, and have been lucky enough to have my cards published and featured in magazines and books.
I love sharing my craft with others and following other artists for inspiration and fun! I will soon be teaching online classes, so keep an eye out! 🙂
I am a freelance illustrator, and I also design for: Want2Scrap, Inky Antics, Discount Card Stock, Really Reasonable Ribbon and Helmar. I am also very honored to be on the CardMaker Magazine blog design team. I can hardly wait to be covered in sparkles with the rest of my new Art Glitter team members!

What an amazing team! We can’t wait to see what wonderful creations they have in store for us. It will be a very sparkling year! Welcome one and all to Art Glitter!

Here’s a quick and easy project that makes a beautiful gift using a Globecraft Bubble Frame available at HobbyBaby.com. I made this as a gift for my daughter. It holds a great picture of her with her dad.

I started by inking the frame pieces with Ranger’s Peeled Paint Distress Ink using an ink applicator. Then I prepped a Ranger Paint Dabber (gold). Once the paint was flowing freely from the dabber top I dabbed it on a cloth so I was left with a fairly dry dabber top with a little gold paint. Tap the dabber randomly around the frame, then edge the outer edges of each frame piece with the gold paint too. Use the ink applicator and Peeled Paint to ink the frame pieces again; this tones down the brightness of the gold. Using an ink applicator and Vintage Photo Distress Ink, lightly ink the outer edges of each frame piece. Mix a mini mister of plain water with two-three scoops of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls; shake well and spritz frame pieces to add a nice shimmer.

Use the inner frame as a template to cut your photo to fit. I decided to add beading inside the bubble. That was a bit tricky but with patience it worked out fine. I put tiny dots of Art Institute Designer Dries Clear on the inside of the bubble (you have about a minute before the glue skins over), laid out the string of beads in an oval and laid the bubble over making sure the beads touched the bubble and glue. Let it sit for a minute or so and it was good to go!

I dressed up the beautiful flower spray from Prima with Diamond Stickles from Ranger. I laid ’em on pretty thick – I wanted some great sparkle! While that were drying I assembled the frame with my photo (adhering it all with Designer Dries Clear). Added some of the pink pearls to the focus points on the frame, tied a pretty bow around the floral spray and added the spray to the frame with Designer Dries Clear. This really was a very quick and easy project and it turned out very pretty!

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