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!


Some People Don’t Like Rust…

Some people don’t like rust…


I’m not one of those people. I love rust!  Just look at all the different colors. *swoon*


So I thought I’d do a little tutorial on how to rust your own goodies.

First you’ll need three ingredients. Are you ready? They are quite sophisticated and hard to find. Sidenote: That may have been sarcasm.

You’ll need Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide and Salt. And any items you’d like to rust. I’ve rusted just about everything. Today I tried chipboard butterflies, some random keys, buttons and clips, tags, book paper, and of course, fabric.

I also add a few plates of steel to speed up the process. I don’t think you have to have any steel, I just think it helps stain the fabric. I also like to add chicken wire and other various shaped wires to add designs on the object’s I’m dying. Bonus, I can later use the wire in another project.

You can also add cheap washers, nuts, bolts etc from the home improvement store.

I layer it all in a tub and pour 2 pints Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/2 cup White Vinegar and 4 TBS salt. You can cut this recipe in half too. But I like to do a lot at a time and store it for a later project.

Then the magic happens! It starts to bubble and will eventually foam up. Protect all surfaces unless you want to rust it.


It doesn’t take long for the paper items to rust (and deteriorate if you leave them in the liquid too long) so I remove them after about 30 – 45 minutes.

See the chicken wire imprint?!

I moved the rest into a smaller bucket and let them soak for a few hours.


When I remove it, this is what it looks like right out of the liquid – all foamy. I leave the foam on top of it to dry.


And look at all the rusty goodness you have when finished! I let it completely dry and store it. Warning, it does keep its vinegar smell for quite some time.


As you can see, the rust didn’t stain some of the buttons or the butterflies. But the buttons and clips that did rust?  **love**


I made this accordion art journal using Strathmore 400 Series paper that I rust dyed along with other rusted papers. For more of this, see my Instagram.


Super easy and fun and kind of mad-scientist ish. I hope you give it a try!

And for your listening pleasure, I’ve pretty much had this on repeat.