Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

Make fantastic, unique wall art no matter what your skill level. Check out my latest project over at SC Johnson Family Economics to see just how simple and fun it is to make a unique small canvas assemblage from things you already have.SCJ-Cathe-Holden-Assemblage You’ll find lots of theme ideas to get those creative juices percolating. Leave a comment on the project post at SCJ- I would love to hear what you think and some of your own ideas!

Bonus: The vintage ship painting image used in my assemblage is FREE to you here.

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Paper House Luminaries with

CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_07In my most recent Inspired Barn workshop, attendees crafted and embellished lovely paper house luminaries that I designed similar to those I taught at last year’s Spellbound Event. However this time we decorated our houses with spectacular glass and crystal buttons and buckles sponsored by Blumenthal Lansing’s previous workshops students were asked to gather and bring an assortment of vintage rhinestone, crystal and glass jewelry pieces to add sparkle to their luminaries. I also brought along a large assortment for sale that had taken months of searching, shopping, bidding and buying. So to have easy access online and in so many local stores for similarly beautiful new pieces can not only make gathering easier, the wide range of Blumenthal Lansing brands allows for so many gorgeous choices. And unlike most scrapbook embellishements, these buttons and buckles are of much higher quality for creating lasting heirloom pieces.CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_02The ladies in both recent workshops used the buttons and buckles in many creative ways. CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_03Buckles were slipped onto ribbon, or with bars snipped, used as sparkly window frames. CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_04We used wire cutters to remove button shanks before gluing to the houses, or punched a small hole into the paper and slipped the shank into it, gluing in place to secure.CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_05 Some students used flower shaped paper punches were used to cut out shapes that were glittered and buttons attached for additional bling effect. We decorated other sections of our houses with the glitter and finely ground mica flakes. Everyone made a set of three little luminaries and each was simply stunning!CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_10Blumenthal Lansing has an enormous assortment of buttons and buckles besides the more formal ones we used, in fact they even carry many fun items on  that are not buttons such as Boutique Appliques, Buckles and Closures, Button Art Kits, Buttons and Beads, Button Storage, Handbag Handles, Love Labels, and Photo Fabric. To find a store near you, click here for their retail partners. Visit’s blog, community project gallery, Facebook page, and Instagram feed for a constant supply of inspiration and product promotions.

The Paper House Luminaries Kit is Now Available on Etsy for Instant Download!

CH_IB_Etsy_House_LuminariesIf you’d like to make these lovely Paper House Luminaries yourself, you can find the full Paper House Luminaries kit with photo instructions, and image & template printables for instant download in my Etsy store for only $10.

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Vintage Winter Photo Labels: FREE Printables

WL-CH-Winter-Photo-Labels_04 I’ve teamed up with my favorite label company again to bring you free wintertime printables designed from my collection of vintage photos. There are lots uses for these and I share a few in my post over at the blog. This set prints to full sheet label stock for trimming out individual labels.WL-CH-Winter-Photo-Labels_01 Head over to’s blog to see more and grab up the free digital download. And while you’re there, please share it with your friends, leave a comment, and start stuffing yourself a nice fat file folder full of the many, many fantastic free printable downloads designed by some pretty talented designers available only on the WL blog.

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