Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shabby Chic Home Decor (DT Project for Renea Bouquets)

I wanted to create a piece of home décor featuring one of my favorite love poems of all time by ee cummings, "I Carry Your Heart". Its a meaningful poem featuring all the love and romance of one human being to another and it touches my heart, so I wanted to include the poem displayed onto a heart shape flying on the "wings" of romance! I used the Prima collection, Stationers Desk, for this project which includes the matching flowers to the collection. I also used some other great Prima Resin and metal pieces, a chipboard brick wall a wood sentiment, Tim Holtz Ranger texture paste & Gypsies metal gear and topped it all off with a beautiful ReneaBouquet handmade butterfly. I think this butterfly is my fav! Most of the Prima pieces came from Renea's store, so be sure to check out what she has in stock for your papercrafting/art needs! I printed the poem onto an inkjet transparency before sewing it to the Prima paper so that the beautiful design of the paper would show through. I added acrylic paint mixed with sand for texture all over the embellishments and plaque. Here are the pics!
 


 
 
Here is the start to finish process from my YouTube channel:
 
Here are the links to ReneaBouquets:
Reneabouquets Shop-  www.Reneabouquets.com
Reneabouquets Etsy Shop-  www.etsy.com/shop/Reneabouquets
Reneabouquets Facebook Page-   www.facebook.com/ReneabouquetsEtsyShop
 
 
You can also follow me on Pinterest:
www.pinterest.com/faythchik777

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Shabby Chic Card and Gift Box

I created this shabby chic card and matching gift box for a birthday present for a dear sweet friend! I didn't have a lot of money to spend, so why not hand make something just as special! I used the  Graphic 45 paper collection, Botanical Tea. One of my favs! The beauty of the shabby chic colors for this project were perfect! For the card I started with a blank corrugated card base from Micheals. For the outside of the gift box, I used some premade chipboard pieces from my supply and traced their shapes to give me the design for the box. For the inside of the box, I just made a basic pattern of my own and folded it into a rectangular box shape to hold the present. The earrings were made by my sister-in-law. I saw this cute picture from Pinterest for gift wrapping ideas and that's how I came up with the idea of putting earrings inside a cute corked jar....cuz somebody else thought of it first! LOL! ...but I did add a tiny flower and bow. Here's the pics:







 
Here's the YT vid in a start to finish format:
 
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!




Friday, October 31, 2014

Mixed Media Wall Decor (DT Project for ReneaBouquets)

This is a design team project for ReneaBouquets!  I turned a premade wood slat board that I purchased from a local scrapbook store into a wall décor piece featuring a favorite wedding photo of mine! I used Marion Smith's new collection, Romance Chapter 2 as well as some ephemera pieces from Tim Holtz and Pink Paislee. I printed my picture onto an inkjet transparency and added it on top of some of the beautiful paper so that the design of the paper shines through the transparency. I love doing this effect! I distressed all the edges of the beautiful papers with the Prima Distress tool and then ran each piece through my sewing machine. I added tons of Prima, Petaloo and Wild Orchid Craft flowers in colors of blues, pinks, greens and creams. I layered tons of yummy embellishments by Prima, a pair of Melissa Frances Resin Wings, some favorite wood pieces/quotes, added tons of texture using Ranger Texture Paste and Liquitex Glass Bead texture gel. I added additional color using Prima Color Bloom Sprays in Cotton Candy and Tea Stain. You can find the Prima Color Bloom sprays at Renea's shop, as well as the Ranger Texture Paste, Prima Resin Birds,  Prima Resin Frames, Crochet Lace in a natural color, and the Tiny Treasures Pink Bubblegum Butterflies.  Here's the pics, followed by the YT vid, which is a start to finish process since there is too much to explain in detail with just words! Enjoy!

 



 
 
YT Vid:
 
 
Here are the links to ReneaBouquets:
Reneabouquets Shop-  www.Reneabouquets.com
Reneabouquets Etsy Shop-  www.etsy.com/shop/Reneabouquets
Reneabouquets Facebook Page-   www.facebook.com/ReneabouquetsEtsyShop

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Altered Book/Clock

Here is another design team project for The Piece By Piece!! I used beautiful laces, resin pieces, candy gems and a chipboard hot air balloon from the shop. They added the perfect touch!  This time around I decided to pull out one of my many favorite paper lines (LOL) to work with...Marion Smith's Mad Tea Party. I also wanted this piece to be whimsical and fun, but still have a function.....so I added a working clock! How I had to add the clock and how the clock battery mechanism is hidden in the book is a little difficult to explain, so you'll have to watch the YouTube video to get an explanation that you can see! I have to say, I love how I used a tiny little spoon charm that I bent into a "handle" to open the book with to gain access the clock! I just thank that's cute!  I did tons of layering with the products, because I wanted the elements to "pop" off the page, so to speak....as if you are reading a good story and the words pop off the page!! To add more texture to the piece, I used a product by Liquitex called Glass Bead texture gel! I love it! Tiny little glass beads in a gel that turns transparent after it dries....super fun to use! Here's the pics!!

 
 
  
 


 
 
Here's the YT vid:
 
 
 
The Piece by Piece Info:
 
About The Piece by Piece
The Piece by Piece is an art and craft supply store on Etsy.  Beverly Ybarra, store owner sources her unique laces, trims and ribbons from all over the world, including France, one of her favorite supply sources.  Some of Beverly's favorite local suppliers include Graphic 45 and Prima, so you are sure to find their products at TPBP. 
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vintage Romance Altered Bookstack

So for this design team project for ReneaBouquets, I decided to alter a bookstack! It was on my "to-do" list of projects I have been wanting to make! I had so much fun using the beautiful products from Renea's shop! I was lucky to be able to use her handmade flowers, handmade butterflies, Diecut chipboard pieces (flourishes) and the new Ranger Texture Paste! Renea carries tons of mixed media products in her store! Anything you could want for your project! I also have to mention, that I didn't have the right color butterflies in my stash for my project so I decided to try using some Lindy's Stamp Gang shimmer spray on it....ant it worked beautifully! The ink on the butterflies didn't run or smear and held up well to the moisture of the spray! Renea revealed to me that she uses a Professional Epson Ultrachrome K3 ink which makes her handmade products hold up well to smudges or scratches and makes them easily mixed media proof!! Now that is my kind of product! Besides products from Renea's shop, I used a few Prima paper lines for this. I pulled out Romance Novel, Cartographer, Stationer's Desk, and Time Travelers Memories. I also used many of the embellishments associated with those lines as well as other yummy Prima products and Wild Orchid Craft flowers. I made the books from scratch using my own medium weight chipboard for the outer portion of the book and Tim Holtz grungeboard for the spine since its so flexible! I distressed the edges of all the papers with the Prima distress tool and also sewed the papers with my sewing machine! I can't seem to do any of my projects without doing the distressing or sewing and I certainly can't complete my projects without adding texture to all my embellishments! I used acrylic paint mixed with sand to add the texture to the flowers and embellishments. I also used this over all the areas where I used Prima and The Crafters Workshop stencils. I think adding the soft paint mixture over the stencils brings out the dimension of the stencils! The Ranger texture paste from Renea's shop created such fine, sharp imaging....I love this stuff! Try it, you'll love it too! Here's the pics:

 
 
 
 
Here's the YT vid for more in depth details of the project:


Here are the links to ReneaBouquets:
Reneabouquets Shop-http://www.Reneabouquets.com
Reneabouquets Etsy Shop-https://www.etsy.com/shop/Reneabouquets
Reneabouquets Facebook Page-https://www.facebook.com/ReneabouquetsEtsyShop


Thanks for stopping by!! Hugs!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Shabby Chic Mini Album

This is a design team project for The Piece by Piece!  I was lucky to have received some beautiful laces, resin pieces, metal embellishments and the so pretty Prima Epiphany paper collection to work with! I added tons of layers and each page has a lace pocket stuffed with tags from the collection, as well as other Prima collection and even wooden tags by Prima!  I've also added a tiny configuration box using the packing that the wooden charms came in from the Epiphany collection. I made a few magnetic pages as well! the album was made from scratch using chipboard. it got a little bulky adding all the pretty elements that I had to make a clip to hold it closed! I added tons of texture by using acrylic paint mixed with sand on top of all the embellishments. I even used the Prima distress tool and distressed all the papers in the collection and added a shabby chic touch by sewing every single paper/tag as well! There is soooo much to see that the pictures will do it more justice that I can with words, so enjoy! There is also a link to the YT video to hear about more details!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heres' the YT vid:
 
 
The Piece by Piece Info:
 
About The Piece by Piece
The Piece by Piece is an art and craft supply store that initially started on Etsy, but has grown and now also exists as a brick & mortar establishment in the Niles district of Fremont, California.  Beverly Ybarra, store owner sources her unique laces, trims and ribbons from all over the world, including France, one of her favorite supply sources.  Some of Beverly's favorite local suppliers include Graphic 45 and Prima, so you are sure to find their products on the shelves at TPBP.  For those close to TPBP store in Fremont, each week there is a full list of classes to choose from.
 **Shop and Stay in Touch
Shop in Fremont, CA:  37485 Niles Blvd, Fremont CA
Phone:  510 894-2488
Sign-up for our newsletter:  Send your email address to thepiecebypiece@gmail.com
 
 
 
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shabby Chic "XO" Sign

I decided to use some wonderful products from SaCrafters Zibbet store for this months project....LOL....'cuz this is a SaCrafters DT project! I wanted to decorate a cute little wooden "XO" sign, since I always like to put a little 'xo' somewhere on all my projects! Have you ever noticed that???  I went with Graphic 45's Botanical Tea line which is one of my favorites. I wanted this piece to reflect my love of art and creating and have a sweet charming attitude!  The wooden pieces from SaCrafters store are the "XO" sign, the heart shadow box, the miniature wings, the sentiment, the penny farthing bicycle, the 'create' word, the miniature dressform and the butterfly! I used tons of Wild Orchid Craft flowers, yummy Prima products and it is just stinkin' cute!!! There's not much more to discusss so I will let the photos do the talkin'!!


 
 
Thanks for sharing your time with me!!