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vivaartistry.com http://vivaartistry.com Your thoughts, your lives, your memories, and your art! Thu, 05 May 2016 02:48:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.15 First Ever Storewide NSD Sale!!! http://vivaartistry.com/first-ever-storewide-nsd-sale/ http://vivaartistry.com/first-ever-storewide-nsd-sale/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 02:47:02 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3375 Yup, you read it right. SBG is having its first ever storewide NSD Sale and it’s 40% off plus a bunch of free stuff!!! Don’t miss out! All our kits, excluding Record Your World Sets and Collections are 40% off! And, we have a special grabbag at only $5, what a fabulous offer!!! Five packs …

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Yup, you read it right. SBG is having its first ever storewide NSD Sale and it’s 40% off plus a bunch of free stuff!!! Don’t miss out! All our kits, excluding Record Your World Sets and Collections are 40% off!

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And, we have a special grabbag at only $5, what a fabulous offer!!! Five packs for $5! That’s one dollar for each pack! There’s a mask set, a frames template set for art pages, a template page set for art pages, an alpha set, and a paper pack! Mix and match it with the rest of your stash for extra fun!

Here are the reveal images:

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Enjoy your NSD week/day of shopping!!!

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Poise http://vivaartistry.com/poise/ http://vivaartistry.com/poise/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:56:29 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3368 The post Poise appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Poise Mini Kit http://vivaartistry.com/poise-mini-kit/ http://vivaartistry.com/poise-mini-kit/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:54:18 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3361 Poise is our newest kit and its a mini, just perfect for that one page or combine it with other kits for a spark! You can mix and match it with almost any of our other kits for more variety.   We love that illustration of the girl, so confident and full of poise. It’s …

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Poise is our newest kit and its a mini, just perfect for that one page or combine it with other kits for a spark! You can mix and match it with almost any of our other kits for more variety.

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We love that illustration of the girl, so confident and full of poise. It’s the start of an awesome art journal page. Mixed up with all the unique pieces and you got a couple hours of fun and creativity! Here are a couple of samples:

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Love the unique color changes and art look to this one by Jana. She got it all worked out with the b/w illustration and color pops.

 

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And yes, this one with the flower shock in the corner. Carol is giving our Mish a run for her money in the layering department! Wow!!! That is one BIG job of clustering!

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And look what it does when you change out the background color! 聽Amazing look from Danica!!!

Three unique looks in one kit. 聽What can you do with it?

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Florida Memories http://vivaartistry.com/florida-memories/ http://vivaartistry.com/florida-memories/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:52:10 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3356 The first time I stepped feet on American soil was in 1995, in Florida. I was 17 at the time and Miami was my entry spot. I was an exchange student ready for an adventure. What I was not ready for was all the humidity and heat of the Floridian summer. Wearing my Rotary Exchange …

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The first time I stepped feet on American soil was in 1995, in Florida. I was 17 at the time and Miami was my entry spot. I was an exchange student ready for an adventure. What I was not ready for was all the humidity and heat of the Floridian summer.

Wearing my Rotary Exchange program jacket, I stepped out of the airport and I remember feeling like the sky had fallen on my head. It was the middle of August in Florida and if I had to guess, the temperature was probably in the mid to upper 90′s. I wasn’t unfamiliar with heat鈥 I mean, Brazil can get pretty hot but that took me completely by surprise. How did people breathe in this weather?! Fast forward a couple of years and I caught myself getting married and moving to Florida: Gainesville to be precise. The weather in Central/North Florida was definitely milder, the summers still hot, but the winters more similar to South Brazil. I loved Gainesville, loved the university life, the proximity to St. Augustine and its history, the short drive to the Springs鈥 Florida was definitely growing on me. After a few years, we moved to West Palm Beach. The first summer was interesting but I was expecting that. The best sensation though, was remembering how beautiful the other 10 months of the year were. We could go to the beach year around, be outside, have dinners on our patio in the middle of December and no coats necessary. Over time, I realized that I am definitely made for this heat! I love the spiciness of the Latin vibe down here, reminds me of home. I am delighted that in spite of my girls’ birthdays being all over the calendar, that every party we have is a pool party. Of course, Florida doesn’t come without its eccentricities鈥 I mean, it seems that all the craziest people in this country gravitates south :) South Florida, in particular, seems to be a state of its own. I will never forget, my now best friend after moving down here, telling me how glad she was to meet us鈥 apparently she was under the impression that no “real person” lived here. Well, we do, I don’t know how normal we are but we lead a pretty normal life in our t-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops (well, jeans and a long sleeve shirt for those “under-70 degree days” – flip-flops stay on though).

Here is a list that always cracks me up, taken from http://www.floridaforboomers.com/25-ways-know-true-floridian/, I have highlighted the ones that are especially true for myself.

How do you know you are a true Floridian:

1. Socks are only for bowling.

2.聽You never use an umbrella because the rain will be over in five minutes.

3. A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

4. Your winter coat is made of denim.

5. You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

6. You鈥檙e younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.

7. Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.

8. You鈥檝e driven through Yeehaw Junction.

9. You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

10. You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn鈥檛 worth waking up for.

11. You dread love bug season.

12. You are on a first name basis with the hurricane list. They aren鈥檛 Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Wilma, Irene, Cheryl, Rita, Mary, Alison

13. You know what a snowbird is and when they鈥檒l leave.

14. You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

15. 鈥楧own South鈥 means Key West.

16. Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

17. You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

18. You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

19. A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

20. You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.

21. You鈥檝e hosted a hurricane party.

22. You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee , Thonotosassa and Micanopy.

23. You understand why it鈥檚 better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

24. You鈥檝e worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.

25. You recognize Miami-Dade as 鈥楴orthern Cuba.鈥

In celebration of my love for my state, as messed up as it may be, ENJOY our new summer kit: “It’s a Florida Thing”

Hope you guys enjoy it!

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It’s a Florida Thing http://vivaartistry.com/its-a-florida-thing/ http://vivaartistry.com/its-a-florida-thing/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:05:47 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3351 The post It’s a Florida Thing appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Hot Summery Florida! http://vivaartistry.com/hot-summery-florida/ http://vivaartistry.com/hot-summery-florida/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:02:20 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3336 It’s a Floridian Thing…a kit for those hot summery Florida holidays OR, even a vintage beach page! We got it covered with vintage ephemera and FLAMINGOS! Do you know what a bunch of flamingos are called? A FLAMBOYANCE! Isn’t that gorgeous? Well, you’ll get some flamingos in the kit. Cause flamingos are cool…and beautiful, well …

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It’s a Floridian Thing…a kit for those hot summery Florida holidays OR, even a vintage beach page! We got it covered with vintage ephemera and FLAMINGOS! Do you know what a bunch of flamingos are called? A FLAMBOYANCE! Isn’t that gorgeous? Well, you’ll get some flamingos in the kit. Cause flamingos are cool…and beautiful, well maybe, except for those plastic ones standing in the front yards of special homes!

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The kit includes background papers and elements. 聽The ephemera pack is just chock full of images/postcards/clippings that are full sized so you can PRINT it up if you want for other art projects! And it doesn’t have to have a FLORIDA theme, it can just be a vintage beach theme. When you print up the pages, don’t print on cardstock as it will suck up your ink. For instance, you could print onto a nicer paper (get it from an office supply store and it will be marked as printer paper) or, better yet, get it printed at the office supply store. Arrange the images onto an 8.5×11 paper and save it as a pdf or jpg and stick it on a thumb drive. Super simple to give the drive to the clerk and they’ll print it up on whatever paper you need. This also would be great to cut up and with some mod podge glue, stick it onto something. Some more layers of mod podge covering it would smooth out the edges nicely. Head to Home Depot and grab some paint brushes for amazing prices. You could cover a notebook, or a set of wooden mini drawers (like at Ikea), or a book cover. Michael’s has a nice selection of things you could cover with ephemera.

 

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Here’s a sampling of what our team did with it:

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Both are from Vanessa and since she lives in Florida, well, duh, of course this kit is perfect for her.

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From Carol…

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From Jennifer. Love the toes picture!

I have three days off next week and though I don’t live near Florida, I’m hoping to spend a little time at the beach myself!

 

 

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What to do with the Gesso Overlays??? http://vivaartistry.com/what-to-do-with-the-gesso-overlays/ http://vivaartistry.com/what-to-do-with-the-gesso-overlays/#comments Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:42:07 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3317 So, gesso pages in art journals are awesome in looks and texture and there are various reworkings of gesso overlays in digital format. They make cool additions to your stash in that they can breathe new life for backgrounds you’ve used over and over again, or even create new elements to personalize your pages! Here …

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So, gesso pages in art journals are awesome in looks and texture and there are various reworkings of gesso overlays in digital format. They make cool additions to your stash in that they can breathe new life for backgrounds you’ve used over and over again, or even create new elements to personalize your pages!

Here are a few simple tricks to use the gesso overlays:

1. In it’s simplest format, throw one of the overlays (ViVa has several full 12×12 page overlays) over the top of any of your background papers. Try using one that is more of a solid rather than a printed one.

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You can then go into your layers palette and change the BLEND MODE of the overlay.

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2. In the layers palette, click on BEVEL and then change the SHADOW MODE color to a lighter one. 聽A dark shadow sometimes is too harsh and doesn’t look real where a gray or brown color adds just the right amount to raise the gesso overlay to give it a slight texture.

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3. 聽Again, a different BLEND MODE gives a touch of different color and it doesn’t appear as harsh as the all white. Using the OVERLAY mode, the original overlay softens and seems more like part of the page.

 

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4. Another way to change up the overlay is to use a brush as an eraser and delete some of the sharper edges of the overlay. Simply click on the eraser tool and select a type of brush. I like using something scattered and with random edges.

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5. Use a light background and place a contrasting paper over the overlay and then clip the paper (CTL+ALT+G).

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Here is the same background paper with the same overlay but different papers clipped over the overlay.

 

 

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6. 聽For creating elements, layer up in this order, shape, paper/texture, overlay. 聽Clip the overlay and paper/texture to the shape, then, play with the blend modes on both the overlay and the paper/texture.

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Don’t forget to add in the bevel for a more realistic texture to the gesso overlay!

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You can find more page overlays HERE.

Here’s a page Vanessa created with one of the overlays:

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Inspiration for the Spring Grabbag http://vivaartistry.com/inspiration-for-the-spring-grabbag/ http://vivaartistry.com/inspiration-for-the-spring-grabbag/#comments Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:03:13 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3307 The post Inspiration for the Spring Grabbag appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Trend: Different Styled Templates http://vivaartistry.com/trend-different-styled-templates/ http://vivaartistry.com/trend-different-styled-templates/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2016 21:18:22 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3293 These are the latest trend in templates, a different take on the regular frame, cluster, edging, and background!聽 Many templates have the addition of an element or two, a background, or an overlay!聽 These templates add a little something that make it special and different: Dawn adds in her own overlays to give an artsy …

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These are the latest trend in templates, a different take on the regular frame, cluster, edging, and background!聽 Many templates have the addition of an element or two, a background, or an overlay!聽 These templates add a little something that make it special and different:

Dawn adds in her own overlays to give an artsy look in an easy to use way!

 

 

Julie has awesome multi-photo templates for perfect clusters!

 

 

Lorelei has layered templates.聽 Add in your photos to the appropriate place, add in a background..it鈥檚 that easy.聽 But if you want to move things around, it鈥檚 easy to do as everything is in layers!

 

TaylorMade blueprints are super simple and super effective in its punch.聽 Use as is and just throw in your photos!

Jimbo Jambo templates are so cool in their shapes and the look of the cutout layered paper.

 

Rubio鈥檚 templates are crazy funky and gorgeous.聽 We love the unique shapes, positioning, and layers!

 

 

These artsy page templates are by Jill:

 

So with a little bit of help, you can create gorgeous pages for your memory album. 聽These make it quick and easy to get those pages out…and they’ll look amazing!

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Wow!!! I Guess We’re Back! http://vivaartistry.com/wow-i-guess-were-back/ http://vivaartistry.com/wow-i-guess-were-back/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:22:03 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3264 We’ve had some really unproductive months since fall of last year and we took a few months off to regroup, recharge, and basically get our lives in order. And it looks like we’re back finally. So many things have been going on in each of our lives and honestly, we were seriously burned out and …

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We’ve had some really unproductive months since fall of last year and we took a few months off to regroup, recharge, and basically get our lives in order. And it looks like we’re back finally. So many things have been going on in each of our lives and honestly, we were seriously burned out and had NO CREATIVITY left after almost 8 years of creating kits! I think that we are now a bit more balanced again and are working at putting together some interesting ideas. 聽We’d love to hear what you think!

Vanessa’s girls are growing up so big now and each of them are doing different activities keeping her super busy as the chauffer and main keep an eye out on everyone person. One daughter is involved with soccer, one with theater, and the twins are finally in school! 聽It’s amazing how fast time flies. Vivienne finally moved her ice cream shop to a new location on the island and it’s picking up more tourist traffic. 聽She also now has an ice cream cart by waterfront and a small cafe opening up later this month. 聽Now, if she could just get Vanessa to move and make Brazilian coffee for her…

We’ve had some fabulous kits put in the store. Everything to do with FLOWERS, AND MORE FLOWERS!

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These are all elements that will look great in your mixed media art. Use one or two pieces or use all of them!

Here are some inspirational pieces done by our awesome CT.

These two are done by Elysah with various of the flowers above.

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these are using various chromatics:

 

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See how they can be used singly or bunched together to create a lush page? They all mix and match with various other kits wonderfully! See where your imagaination takes you with these element packs!

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