Summer Blog Hop with a Twist



Today kicks off the Summer Blog Hop with a Twist. We have the usual art inspiration and giveaways, but the twist is that there is also a SALE!

AND, there is another twist; Roben-Marie will be closing Paperbag Studios and her Art Shop at the end of July. Read more about it in this article here.

Grand Prize: One winner will receive a spot in Roben-Marie’s latest workshop: SALVAGED: a Layered Pieces Journal and a signed and dated original abstract collage by her.
Three Secondary Prizes: gift certificates for an additional 30% off in your choice of the Paperbag Studios or Art Shop.

Be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and leave a comment to increase your chances of winning the discount!

All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post and then keep on hopping across to all of the Design Team member’s posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, July 15 @ 9:00PMEST. Prizes will be announced on Monday, July 16.

Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to visit all of them, leave a comment and increase your chances of winning!


Ashli Oliver 

Anna Friesen

Kristi Nazzaro

Torrie Gass

Cindy Gilstrap

Kristin Petersen

Sue Kemnitz

Laurie Haley

And to celebrate blog hop, I made this little rusted out card using Roben-Marie’s Art Pops cards. Incase you haven’t noticed or don’t follow me on Instagram, I’m on a bit of a rust kick. I just love rust.

So, in today’s episode of Senseless Acts of Rustification here we go…


Step one: Rust some Art Pops Cards. This is how I rust, though there are many different ways to do this. I just find this way the easiest and quickest.


Step two: Add some text. I almost always add book text or imagery of some kind. I either use Collage Pauge or Liquitex Gel Medium to glue everything down. I’ve also seen people use glue sticks, but I haven’t had much luck with glue sticks. They just don’t stick well enough. Maybe it has to do with the humidity we have in Michigan. Or maybe it’s just me. Who knows.

Anyway, I just start glueing ephemera down. Most of its rusted as well.

Step…I’m not sure. You can basically do this in whatever order you want. 😉

I like to add touches of color amongst the rust. I used Mini Sticker Shapes and Sticker Tape and cut them in half or into smaller strips. Adding them wherever I think could use a little pop of color.


To add a little whimsy, because what’s life without a little whimsy, I stamped an image along the side. This stamp is from the INKed Rubber Stamp Sheet.

Cute, huh?


Adding some found words from a magazine. Can’t forget the found words.


I then glued down a few more rusty bits with a glue gun and burn the crap out of my fingers and swear like a trucker and this cute little pic I had in my stash (NOT Tim Holtz).

And there you have it. Sweet and simple and rusty!

Thanks for stopping in and don’t forget to visit the other blogs listed above.


I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help myself. If this song is stuck in my head, it’s going to be stuck in your head too!

84 thoughts on “Summer Blog Hop with a Twist

  1. Love it and also love your rust technique. I wanted to buy some of the Stamps but unfortunately Australia is off the mailing list. 😪. I’ll just have to substitute something else. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is gorgeous. So vintage. Evokes that feeling of nostalgia and history. Awesome adding the rusted feel for added texture and aging to suit your project. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  3. Hi, I’m in Lansing. Just thought I’d mention, the only glue sticks a few of us have found that actually stick are Dyan Reaveley’s Ranger ones, but more importantly, Scotch brand that you can get at WalMart cheap. SOmeone turned us onto Scotch a few years ago, and I never liked any others until I’ve been gifted some of the Ranger ones. BUt they’re more expensive always anyway. Where are you in Michigan? Classes – groups, meetups?

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    1. Hi Nancy. I use a permanent brand of glue stick. Can’t remember what brand. I just find over time the glue dries up. This happens with hot glue too. That’s why I usually just stick with gel medium. But I’m wayyyy across the state on the lake shore. South Haven. Thanks for your comment. 🙂


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