Baker’s Twine & Clip Art: Free Digital Downloads

Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-08Years ago I received a nice, fat stash of colorful baker’s twine from a friend. I created some fun, whimsical designs with the twine using vintage clip art from my library. I found them again in my blog archives and shared them on Facebook, where a reader or two requested the clip art files to recreate them for themselves. So that’s what I’ve done! You can click on any of the images below for the clip art PDF file (with much smaller watermark of my name) for adding your own twine, embroidery thread, or other thin string.

Cathe-Holden-Bakers-Twine-DotsEach file includes tiny blue dots at the point of piercing the paper or cardstock for threading the twine. Refer to the images below for examples of threading and tying. Use as-is, or cut out design/transfer for mixed media, journaling, or any other creative project. I’d love to see what you come up with!Cathe Holden TWINE CLIP ART 01Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-2Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-3Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-4Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-5Cathe Holden TWINE CLIP ART 6Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-07

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Assemblage Art: Part 4

A-G-Poster-15-WebNext month on July 10 I will be exhibiting at the annual Petaluma Art & Garden show here in our lovely, historic rivertown north of San Franciso. I’ll be bringing my assemblage pieces, some fun vintage goods, and if I can pull it off, some exciting Inspired Barn creative supplies. I’ll be sharing my booth with my friend Stephanie Sherratt of Paper Fabric Glitter. She creates the most fabulous vintage paper kits for crafting, collage, planners and more.paper-fabric-glitter-stephanie-sherratt Stephanie is also a show partner of the famous Halloween and Vine. If you’re into Halloween, mark your calendars now and get to Petaluma in September for the best of the best.halloween-vineStephanie and I have both been working on things to sell at the Art & Garden show. Here are a few of my latest pieces:

“Creativity” – 12in x 10in x 4in

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“Dachshund” – 6in x 5.25in x 2.5in_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Dachshund-01_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Dachshund-02X

“Special Handling” – 5.5in x 12in x 4in_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Special-Handling-X2_-detail-Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Special-Handling-X2_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-119-Detail

“Scotch” – 5.5in x 10in x 7.25in_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Scotch-CH“Journal”_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Journal-XCH_Detail-Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Journal-XCH


Jeff and I did another quick barn pick this week at a source we have in Sonoma and found four pegboard panels that I thought would work great for displaying my art in the booth.IMG_2777 I cleaned them up, painted them white, and hinged them together. I’m working on my set-up-practice-run inside the studio.Cathe-Holden-Booth-Example I’ll paint the wine box pedestals white, and create even more art since I’ve got a bit more time to add to my gallery!

holden.6.16My art piece, “Sunday Drive” is currently on exhibit at the Arts Guild of Sonoma June Invitational as I am the guest of assemblage artist Linda Semple. The event runs today through July 4, 2016 in Sonoma, California.

You can find all of my art for sale on my website,

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Epson PictureMate PM-400 Review and Giveaway!

Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-06Earlier this year I shared the fabulous Epson SureColor® P400 Wide Format Inkjet Printer. I have always had excellent experiences with Epson printers, so I was super pleased to be asked to use and review another, the Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab.

From Epson: The  PictureMate PM-400 is a compact, wireless, photo printer that packs a big punch. This lightweight printer’s job is to deliver beautiful borderless 4″x6″ and 5″x7″ photos. Featuring wireless printing, plus Wi-Fi Direct®, it can print directly from your iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone in as fast as 36 seconds. Get stacks of photos with convenient Print Packs that don’t take up additional space, includes ink cartridge and 100 sheets of 4″ x 6″ photo paper. Photos are smudge, scratch, water, and fade resistant and last up to 200 years.

Check out this video:

The first time I used it I set it next to the couch to print photos while watching my favorite Netflix show. Look how adorable this little thing is!
Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-02I printed 4″x6″ jpeg files from my laptop (that I’d previously edited in Photoshop) of my assemblage art pieces. (Please note the image being printed below was very dark and shadowed to begin with.)Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-03I was so pleased with the colors, detail and clarity of the printing as well as the quality of the Epson photo paper.Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-01I found this nice, small leather-like photo album for 4″ x 6″ photos to use as a portfolio for showing my artwork.Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-05

I adhered the photos to the thick, self-stick pages, and can add more as I go- up to 20 per book.Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-04Of course the printer is great for printing family and vacation images, like these below for a quick photo display, all sent to the printer from my iPhone.SCJ-May-Post-Cathe-HoldenBecause this little printer is so portable and easy to use with so many different devices. I keep it loaded with photo paper in the studio for use anytime. It just might motivate me to start printing years of family photos I’ve neglected and are tucked away in files on my desktop for putting into albums. And next time we have a gathering I can set it out for guests to use in the moment- how awesome is that! Just imagine the possibilities for photo booth prints, creating instant albums for special events such as bridal, baby showers, and birthday celebrations (think party swag!).

Check out my photo display Pinterest board for more ideas for sharing print-on-demand photos.

Enter the Epson PictureMate PM-400 GIVEAWAY

 A $199 Value!

Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-07Epson is offering a Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab to one JSIM reader!!

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DEADLINE: Enter by Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at noon, PST. A winner will be randomly chosen, notified and posted here shortly thereafter. PictureMate will be shipped to winner direct from Epson.

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