This month we are so pleased to welcome super sweet and talented Cheryl Waters to Vintage Street Market! We are very excited to share with you the projects Cheryl made using the Vintage Retro Easter Kit and Dimestore Vogue Paper Sheets. This project has a feast of techniques!
My name is Cheryl Waters and I’m thrilled to have the wonderful opportunity to create with Vintage Street Market kits and product. I have loved VSM from the very start and so thrilled with how versatile and fun their vintage products are! I hold dear the friendship that Michelle (of Vintage Street Market) and I have shared now for a couple years and I have enjoyed a new acquaintance with Allison. I am excited for all that the future holds for these lovely gals and again, I’m grateful for the chance to be here and share in a little of the fun.
I’m married and a mother to a funny and sweet twelve year old daughter, Abigail Ann. I love to spend time with my family, my church family, and friends. I’m a big football fan by inheritance (I have a cousin who plays in the pros) and enjoy the outdoors and boating.
I work full time in law enforcement and am blessed to have occasional opportunities in my full time job to share my passion for art. I enjoy spending my spare time working with all kinds of mediums from paper to fabric to canvas. I have also enjoyed teaching paper and altered art in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, Minnesota and other states across the U.S. I have had the wonderful opportunity to also share with communities as a guest designer with Mod Podge Rocks, Art Glitter and others. I enjoy the many friendships that have been established as a result of being involved in the art community.
In 2006, I had the blessing of being a part of a groundbreaking movement called the Fiskateers (www.fiskateers.com/blog). Having a love passed down from my grandmother for my Fiskars ‘orange handled scissors’, I have the incredible position of serving as a lead Fiskateer and am thankful to be Fiskateer #002. I have a great love for the fiskateer community who make up a family of fun and passionate crafters and artists. Their impact on my life runs so deep! (feel free to email me with any questions or if you’d like to know more about becoming a Fiskateer at email@example.com)
I enjoy writing articles and creating projects on a fairly regular basis for Stampington and Co. publications including; Somerset Home, Somerset Memories – formerly Legacy, Handcrafted, Stamper’s Sampler, and Altered Couture. I’ve also enjoyed submitting for Memory Makers books. I am also so grateful for the one year journey of 13 artists called “A Year in the Life of You” or otherwise coined ‘The Lucky Thirteen’ (www.theluckythirteen.blogspot.com). We worked with canvas to create priceless pages for each other throughout the year of 2009. I also wrote an article sharing the Lucky 13 journey in Somerset Memories. In the past, I have enjoyed serving as a member of the creative team at my local scrapbook store for several years (Timeless Treasures in California) but currently travel nationwide teaching scrapbooking, art, mixed media and altered art.
Thank you for allowing me to share a little peek into my artistic world. I look forward to getting to know you through this opportunity. I feel so incredible blessed to be here and to work with such lovely Vintage Street Market products!
Spring Forward Mini Tag Album
Vintage Street Market Retro Easter Vintage Kit
Vintage Street Market Dimestore Vogue Collection
Fiskars Limited Edition Spring Punches (Squeeze: Spring Flora, Love Takes Flight – wings, Flit on By – Butterfly, Cloud Med and XL, Seal of Approval – scallop circle XL, Cameo Appearance scallop oval XL, Funky Love (random heart), Star and Daisy pop up punches; Border punches; scallop sentiment, grass border, Leave it to Weaver, Lace and Lattice border/corner punch, Effervescence, Picket Fence, Washed Ashore)
Fiskars Microtip Scissors
Fiskars Sure cut Trimmer
Fiskars Paper Crimper
Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive/Glue
Mod Podge Gloss and Shimmer
Tim Holtz Crackle Paint
Plaid Acrylic Paint
Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap
Misc. Stamps and Ink
Spring is in the air! I love all the inspiration and color that the season of Spring brings. I love the new life, the fresh new start, and the celebrations of Spring. Easter has always been a precious time as my faith is very dear and important to me. I love Easter time and all the festivities that surround the holiday but most importantly what it stands for. My parents have always emphasized the importance of family and the message of Easter during this special time. I am reminded of beautiful Easter dresses that my grandmother, who was an incredible seamstress would make for my sister and I, of Easter egg hunts with family and neighbors, fun, traditional family dishes and going to church.
It’s a season that renders such light, color and encouragement.
So with that being said, I wanted to create an artful compilation of quotes, encouraging words, phrases and Scripture that would encourage and represent the season using things of old and new. So thus . . . “Spring Forward” album consisting of eight extra large shipping tags, one bingo card, a library card and a dictionary page/postcard.
I wanted to share a fun and crafty details with you . . . even some mini tutorials. I love texture and the more the better as far as my liking. I also enjoy using mediums of all kinds. In my little book I used clay, patterned paper, fabric, paint, ink, packaging, glitter and more. I also enjoy trying to use punches and tools in an ‘out of the box’ way.
For textured flowers it’s fun to use punches on all of the fun materials Vintage Street Market provides for crafters. I made flowers using foil, patterned paper and crepe paper. It’s simple . . . simply punch three flower shapes using the Fiskars ‘Spring Flora’ punch. Leave the bottom flower flat but the two top flowers fold at the little indention on the flower to give it some definition. Place the flowers on top of each other and secure with a brad in the middle.
Here are a few more ways I added texture to my project:
- Try punching out two sets of wings with the “Love Takes Flight” Squeeze punch and layering them to give the wings some dimension.
- Use even bits of your scraps . . . to me scraps are precious
- Try using punch shapes underneath paint to give your page some ‘umph.’
- Using my favorite adhesive . . . Art Glitter Dries Clear . . . I can stack elements and simply glue. It’s a fairly fast drying glue that holds even heavier elements in place (note the clay plaque on the box)
- I absolutely love VSM’s Tinted Tape. I love that you can use it to tape something onto a present or page or you can use it on a page or canvas but layering it. I used the tinted tape in several places and in one place I simply accordion folded it and applied. Another area I layered random size pieces of the tape over and over again. I love them all but I think one of my very favorites is ‘Linen’.
- Vintage Glass Glitter not only adds shine and sparkle but also texture. I added it to a little bouquet of flowers . . . just to the edge. I also added a sprinkle here or there. Fun! Same goes for tinsel . . . sparkle, shine but texture too.
- Bunch ribbon into bows for height
- Baker’s Twine is great for attaching things or using it to add dimension
- Weave ribbon through fun punches like “Leave it to Weaver” for added texture
- Using the edge of the ‘Funky Love’ (random) heart squeeze punch makes a fun and unique scallop border.
I used a plain paper mache box to hold my tags and mini book. I painted the inside of the box with Mod Podge Shimmer which I love! It gives it a metallic shimmer like coat but you can still add in colored paint. I then took patterned paper and covered the sides of the box, randomly applied Mod Podge Shimmer, Mod Podge gloss and lastly spritzed it with Smooch Spritz.
Lastly, I’m a bit of a sentimental (okay . . . not a bit but a big softie). I love the note and card that Michelle sent me using some of her vintage items. I couldn’t bare not to use it . . . it was so cute. So I did just that on one of the tags . . . I simply altered it a bit but kept the sentiment and note. It was fitting as her words were so encouraging.
Thank you again Michelle and Allison for allowing me the opportunity to share a bit and be able to meet some new artful friends. It has been a pleasure creating with all your lovely product and Fiskars tools are such a perfect pairing! So with all you do in life . . . whether you’re working or creating . . . ‘Spring Forward’ with a heart of expectation!
Thank you Cheryl for joining us at Vintage Street Market, and for sharing so many creative techniques in such an amazing tribute to Easter and Spring!