Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Soar Bird Stamped + Stitched Embroidery Hoop Art - Paper Wings Productions

Soar Bird Stamped + Stitched Embroidery Hoop Art by Dana Tatar

Hi! I'm thrilled to announce that I will once again be designing for Paper Wings Productions! I started my journey as a flight attendant back in December of 2012 and was part of the team until January of 2015. Since then, I've reached for these stamp sets over and over again, so when Carrie put out a design team call I jumped at the chance to work with her again. I'm sharing a new project today. I used two new to me stamp sets to create this piece; the Awake My Soul Cling Stamp and the Funky Lowercase Alphabet Cling Stamp Set.

Soar Bird Stamped + Stitched Embroidery Hoop Art Side View by Dana Tatar

I started this project by stamping the bird and the word "soar" onto a piece of muslin fabric with black archival ink. After setting the ink with heat, I stitched over the bird with several colors of floss. After securing the stamped and stitched fabric to the embroidery hoop, I added embellishments. I wrapped the outside edge of the hoop with a floral fabric tape. Most projects of mine are not complete without a touch of sparkle. I glued a strand of rhinestone trim around the top edge of the hoop. To finish this piece I glued a seam binding ribbon bow to the top of the hoop to hide the hardware.

This fun piece already has a place on my studio wall. Things with wings are some of my favorite subjects (bees, birds, and butterflies) and are found in a lot of my projects. I've included a small selection of some of those past pieces below along with links to the full blog posts.

Stamped Acrylic Window Bird Artist Trading Card by Dana Tatar
Stamped Acrylic Window Bird Artist Trading Card
This artist trading card was the first project I created for Paper Wings Productions back in January of 2013. This bird is part of the Bird Melange Stamp Set. I didn't realize until writing this post that I also used a bird stamp at the start of my last term. It seems fitting that I chose a bird for my first project of my new term as well!

Hope Mixed Media Canvas by Dana Tatar for Paper Wings Productions
Hope Canvas
I created this canvas with one of the Nesting Components Mixed Media Kits. This kit contained one of my favorite Clip Art Sheets and a fun mix of embellishments that were perfect for building up textured layers. The Pearlescent Watercolor Paint Set was really fun to work with!

My Heart Became A Bird Mixed Media Canvas by Dana Tatar
My Heart Became A Bird Canvas
A sentence from a book by one of my favorite writers, Megan Hart, and a bird nest were my inspiration for this mixed media canvas. This piece was published in The Stampers' Sampler Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 Vol. 22, Issue 1 on Page 52.

Ghoulish Greetings Skeleton Butterfly Canvas by Dana Tatar
Ghoulish Greetings Canvas
I love creating Halloween projects. I used several of my favorite PWP stamp sets for this small mixed media canvas. I'm absolutely thrilled to have my work published in the July/August/September 2017 issue of The Stampers' Sampler Magazine (affiliate link)! I sent in a canvas with the hopes of being showcased as part of the Frightful and Delightful Challenge and my wait is over!

Devonshire Lady Romantic Card Tutorial by Dana Tatar
Devonshire Lady Card
I went all out designing this card. I had a lot of fun embellishing not only the front of the card, but also the inside, which is a rarity for me. The inside of the card is stamped with a sentiment from the A Banner Day Clear Stamp Set. The sentiments reads:

Life is not measured
by the number of breaths we take
but by the number of
moments that take our
breath away.

How romantic! *Sigh* This card is published in Issue 2 of the Couture Creations Creative Inspiration Magazine along with a second card featuring a masculine silhouette. This magazine is FREE so please take a look!

I could keep going, but I'm going to stop myself here. Please take a moment to stop by the Paper Wings Productions blog to meet the rest of the team. We'll be back at the end of this week with our monthly blog hop. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Take Ten Publication!


Hi! I'm super excited to share that I have a project in the Sept/Oct/Nov issue of Take Ten Magazine! (Affiliate Link) You can pick up this issue from newsstands on September 1st, or you can order online directly from Stampington.com.The Sweet Lil' Chit-Chat Birch Rounds mentioned on the cover is my work!


I had a lot of fun with this project. If you're looking for a quick Valentine's Day project, CLICK HERE for my easy 3-step tutorial on how to create valentine conversation greetings from Walnut Hollow Birch Rounds. These birch rounds range in size from about 1 to 2 inches, so they are a perfect size to tuck into a pocket, purse, or jewelry box for safe keeping, and they last forever. Also, unlike their candy counterparts, these rounds won't expand your waistline!

In addition to the Walnut Hollow Birch Rounds, I also used a Walnut Hollow HotMarks Tool (available at Michael's), DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paint, Clearsnap ColorBox Berrylicious Chalk Ink, and the Paper Wings Productions Perfect Alphabet Clear Stamp Set.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Skeleton Shrine - Tando Creative

3D Skeleton Shrine by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the Shrine I altered for the 3D theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. The holiday decorations have already hit the stores, so I thought it would be fun to get a bit of a head start on my Halloween crafting. I altered a shrine a couple weeks ago that was pretty and elegant (click HERE to see that piece), so I was ready for this project to be a little more frightful.

I started this project by priming both sides of all the pieces of the shrine with a white spray primer. Next, I spread DecoArt White Modelling Paste over the Stripes Mask onto the outer sides and roof of the shrine. Once the paste was dry, I sprayed the same pieces with a silver mist. Finally, I inked the pieces with several colors of chalk ink and assembled walls of the shrine, holding the pieces together with hot glue.

Grungy Skeleton and Misted Mold on Chipboard Shrine by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Next, I spritzed the inside of the shrine with yellow and black mist. I love the moldy looking result! I used hot glue to attach a skeleton, resin rose, and moss to the back wall of the shrine. I added some gold rhinestone trim around the base of the shrine.

Creepy Stenciled and Distressed Skeleton Shrine by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative


I finished this piece by gluing on the roof pieces. I embellished the roof with metallic sticker trim, more moss, and a brass cross that I distressed with Black Diamond ColoriQue.

You can find the products I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Perfect Day - FabScraps

Perfect Day Summer Loving Layout by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created for FabScraps using their Summer Loving collection. I've traveled a lot over the last couple of months. My favorite trip was to Lake Huron. We took off from there and drove up to Mackinac Island for a 2-day trip. My daughters have never been to an island or rode on a ferry, so this was a really fun experience for them. I took this picture as we were passing under the Mackinac Bridge on the ferry ride to the island.

I really love the prints on the B-sides of the papers in this collection. I used the stencil from the collection that matches the Beach Babe B-side patterned paper on the top of the layout to highlight that fun pattern. There are two colorful striped patterned papers in this collection. I cut some strips from one piece of paper to expand my color palette a bit.

Perfect Day Summer Loving Layout Embellishments by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

If you're on the water in Michigan there is a good chance to see a lighthouse and a sailboat. We saw both on this trip so I added those embellishments to the corner of the photo.

Perfect Day Summer Loving Layout Sunglasses Chipboard by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

These sunglasses are part of the Beach Wear Chipboard Set. If you're on the water, you've got to have some shades.

I kept this page design pretty clean and simple, which is what the beach is all about for me. If you'd like to see different styles and projects with this same collection, visit the FabScraps blog to see what the team has created.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hello Summer Beach Umbrella Scenelit - FabScraps

Hello Summer Beach Umbrella Scenelit by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

Hi! I'm sharing an altered project that I created for FabScraps using their Summer Loving line today. As Summer comes to a close I'm wishing that I had more time to spend at the beach. This project started with a great find at the thrift store, I just couldn't leave this little umbrella! I immediately thought it would look good on a beach themed project. I used a chipboard album page for the base of this piece, which added strength, but also a unique shape.

I began this project by embellishing the umbrella, which started out red. After apply a base layer of white gesso, I painted each umbrella segment a bright color pf acrylic paint. I used a red Distress Marker to color the chipboard words "Hello Summer" and then glued them to the top of the umbrella. I finished the umbrella with a lace trim.

Hello Summer Beach Umbrella Scenelit Closeup by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

I embossed the chipboard album page with a sand colored embossing powder that also contained glitter. This base sparkles in the light just like real sand! After I glued the umbrella to the chipboard base I added some paper and chipboard beach-essential embellishments.

I created a small beach blanked from a rectangle of patterned paper. I added some ric rac trim and inked the edges to help it pop a bit. I colored a pair of chipboard flip flops with markers and glued them to the corner of the blanket. Next, I used chalk ink to add color to a chipboard starfish and sea shell, which I glued to behind the blanket. Lastly, I added a handwritted quote that reads "Does the song of the sea end at the shore or in the hearts of those that listen to it?" around the edge of the chipboard base to finish this piece.

If you're looking for more beach themed projects, please stop by the FabScraps blog to see what the team has created.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teacher's Pet Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

Teacher's Pet School Days Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative
Hi! I'm sharing the Mixed Media Board I altered for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. My girls have just a couple more weeks of Summer before the school year begins and we are busy organizing supplies, shopping for new clothes and shoes, and preparing mentally for the upcoming year. I definitely have school on the brain and had a lot of fun creating this piece.

I started by applying a coat of chalkboard paint onto a mixed media board. Once that was dry, I spread a thin layer of spackle over the Letters Mask. Next, I cut a school girl from patterned paper and glued her to the board. I made a small embellishment with a Star Button that I painted bright yellow and then outlined with a black paint pen. I added a brass scissors charm and tied it to the button with a piece of red twine. I finished this board with a teacher's pet die-cut.

You can find the products I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Emoji Nail Polish Holders - Walnut Hollow

Emoji Wood Slice Nail Polish Holder by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I'm sharing the tutorial for these emoji wood slice nail polish holders on the Walnut Hollow blog today! I am a big fan of Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Round Coasters and have used them to create photo plaques, garden stakes, wreaths, ornaments, and garlands. I'm super excited about this fun project that combines emojis and organization. I created the two holders shown above for my daughters. I share the holder I created for myself on the Walnut Hollow blog. Do you think you can guess what emoji I used for myself? Click over to the Walnut Hollow blog to see if you're right!

Emoji Wood Slice Nail Polish Holders Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Ghost Emoji Wood Slice Nail Polish Holder Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sun Artist Trading Card Trio - FabScraps

SUN Bathing Suit Artist Trading Card Trio by Dana Tatar for FabScraps
Hi! I'm sharing a set of artist trading cards that I created for FabScraps using their super fun Summer Loving collection today. One of my favorite items from each FabScraps line is their coordinating die-cut and chipboard pieces. I was able to cover these chipboard bathing suits super quick with the matching patterned paper bathing suit die-cuts. I have enough bathing suit drama to deal with in real life, so I was happy to not have any for this craft project!

I started these cards by covering ATC blanks with patterned paper. Next, I used a die-cut tag as a stencil with turquoise chalk ink to add bright green starfish to the background of each card. Then I glued the patterned paper covered chipboard bathing suits to each card. FabScraps offers an amazing selection of silver embellishments; I chose three shells for these cards. Once the shells were glued down, I added a puffy letter sticker from my stash to spell the word "SUN" across the cards. I finished each card with some line work with a white paint pen.

Here's a closer look at each card.

S Bathing Suit Artist Trading Card, 1 of 3, by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

U Bathing Suit Artist Trading Card, 2 of 3, by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

N Bathing Suit Artist Trading Card, 3 of 3, by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

If you're holding on to Summer as long as you can and you'd like to see some more projects created with this fun line, visit the FabScraps blog to see what the rest of the team has created.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Beach Life Beach House - FabScraps

Summer Loving Beach Life Beach House by Dana Tatar for FabScraps
Hi! I'm sharing the beach house I put together using the super fun Summer Loving collection from FabScraps. I don't usually create 3D projects out of paper, but I was inspired by some of my teammates, who also created beach houses, to give it a try. I used two Tim Holtz dies to create this house, the Village Dwelling and the Village Surf Shack. I used an additional Tim Holtz die set, Tropical, to cut the paper embellishments I arranged around the circular chipboard base. I really love the coordinating chipboard that is included in every FabScraps collection as well as the textured cardstock that matches their paper.

Summer Loving Beach Life Beach House Left Side by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

Summer Loving Beach Life Beach House Right Side by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

The cover from the Summer Loving Chipboard Album made a great support piece for this beach scene. After a coat of acrylic paint, I trimmed the bottom edge of the chipboard cover to create a straight edge the piece could stand on. I glued the back of the house to the bottom of the chipboard ring and embellished it with paper die-cuts and chipboard pieces. I saved the Geami packing paper that was wrapped around a set of glasses to decorate the roof. I think it makes a pretty good imitation of a thatched straw roof!

Summer Loving Beach Life Beach House Tropical Die-Cuts by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

Here's a close-up of the textured cardstock offered by FabScraps. I love that I was able to add some visual interest to this piece without the extra step of dry embossing.

Visit the FabScraps Blog to see a greater selection of beached-themed projects created with the Summer Loving collection.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Such A Delight - FabScraps

Such A Delight Bike Layout by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

Hi! I'm sharing a layout I created with the FabScraps C95 For the Love of Tea Collection. I wanted to show that you can create a beautiful page that isn't tea-themed with this line. I usually design my layouts as precise as I can, paying special attention to lining up all the page elements straight. It was fun to "let loose" and arrange the papers and embellishments on an angle.

Embossed Chipboard Bike by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

I always save the frames from the chipboard words to use in my designs as a bonus embellishment. I embossed three frames with bright blue embossing powder and then filled them with High Tea patterned paper. I used adhesive foam to attach the frames to the left side of the layout in a cascading fashion to create an interesting dimensional base for my photos.

I cut the bike from the chipboard album cover to use a an embellishment for this layout. I removed the cupcakes, flowers, and basket that were part of the design to create a more masculine piece.

Embossed and Embellished Chipboard Frames by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

I embellish the frames with flowers clusters cut from the Prepare for Tea patterned paper, and paper flowers and leaves.
Such A Delight Embossed Chipboard Title by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

I topped the page with an embossed word title. I doodled around the page with a white pen to finish the design.

If you're interested in a full supply list of the detailed instructions for how to create this layout, please visit the FabScraps blog.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Moonchild Altered Book - ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Moonchild Altered Book by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Hi! I'm super excited to share my first official project as part of the ColoriQue team today! This month the team is focusing on upcycling thrift store items and found objects. I had a great time at the thrift store with my Mother-in-Law and used several of my purchases for this piece. I cut up and into an old book for this piece. I used ColoriQue to create a galaxy paint effect on both inside pages of this book, as well as on the front and back covers. I combined a lot of different materials on this project and ColoriQue works on all of them!

I'd love to have you stop  by the Lisa Marie Jimenez blog for my full tutorial. I share how I colored metal, glass, clay, ceramic tile, and paper with ColoriQue. I also share my thrift store finds, which you'll definitely be seeing more of in the coming months. If you're curious about the inspiration behind this piece, I talk about that too!

Clearsnap Supplies:

A special thanks to Activa for supplying the Hearty Super Lightweight Air Dry Clay.

Other Supplies: Book, Lace, Ribbon, Twine, Lightbulbs, Metal Stars, Metal Photo Holder, Ceramic Tile, Chipboard Letters, Glue, White Gesso, Black Pen


Tools: Craft Mat, Single Hole Punch, Scissors, Craft Knife, Electric Drill, Forstner Bit, Drill Bit, Paintbrush

Moonchild Altered Book Tutorial by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ocean Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

Ocean Sunrise Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the Mixed Media Board I painted for the Color Theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. First, I primed a Mixed Media Board with DecoArt White Gesso. Next, I used DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paint to add a blue sky and some water using a mix of purple, pink, and grey. Once the paint was dry I stamped a bright pink sun using ColorBox Berry Chalk Ink and the Paper Wings Productions Earth and Sky Melange Cling Stamp Set just above the horizon.

Ocean Sunrise Mixed Media Board Closeup by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I used a black pen to add a quote. I finished this board with some pink and white paint dots and a splattering of Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.

August Color Theme for Tando Creative from Design Seeds

You can find the products I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.