Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shabby Chic Altered Frame

Hey there! I know its been a while since I last posted, but it has been a crazy journey that this cancer has led me on, but I am almost to the finish line! On my journey, I was asked by Beverly of The Piece by Piece to return to her DT for a term and I have happily accepted! So for this months creation, I decided to alter a metal picture frame that I found at Goodwill! I wanted to create a shabby chic wonderland of yummy layers and art mediums! The original frame was a dark metal and to cover it, I used gesso mixed with milk paint, which didn't necessarily color the gesso as I wanted, but added a fun texture! I just added the milk paint powder to the gesso without mixing the paint first and it got all thick and gooey and bumpy and was perfect! then I decided that I didn't want any color on the metal stand, so I took plain white gesso after that and used a pouncy brush to give it some finer texture. Perfect! I took acrylic white paint in a peach color and used an old toothbrush to splatter some of that color onto the stand. To add further texture I add some "dots" with Liquid Pearls by Ranger and also used a 12x12 Prima stencil and modeling paste.  I used an old paper line by Prima, called 'Almanac' as my basis for color. I wanted this piece to signify "Moments in Time/Love", so you will notice that all the embellishments have something to do with time and holding onto love- -except for the flowers...they just make the piece pretty! The center heart piece, was a wooden Valentine embellishment that I bought from Michaels Craft store. It already had the smaller  wooden heart with burlap  and the metal tag hanging off the top edge. I pried off the small heart to add the prima paper, then glued that piece back on and repainted the metal tag with gesso to add its décor as well. I used lots of embellishments by Prima and Tim Holtz!  Of course, none of this would have been possible without the beautiful laces, metal embellishments, resin flowers and charms from Beverly's store! Here's the pics:

Links to the products used:
Metal Filigree Applique:
Tiny Teacup charms:
Applique Frame in white:
Crochet Heart Trim:
The floral trim and resin flower I used are currently out of stock, but there are other designs of floral trims and resin flowers available!

Here is the YT vid of my project:

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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.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shabby Chic Desk Organizer

I altered this fun wooden desk organizer for a friend of mine! I wanted it to be in the traditional shabby chicness of colors! I started first by using acrylic paint mixed with sand to paint all the edges of the organizer. I then used plain typing paper to makes the patterns of the box and used these patterns to cut out my design paper by Blue Fern Studios (Garden collection). I used lots of Prima goodness including the new collections of Cartographer, Something Blue and Stationers Desk.I also used Kaiser Craft wooden flourishes to decorate this piece. Because the back center piece had an arch to it, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a fun peekaboo in the center. I used 2 pieces of single sided paper by Prima and cut down the center and sewed them together. I used water to wet down the edges and a heat tool to help curl them back and keep them firmly in place.  Then I decorated the center, adding a Prima zipper pull to appear as if the center was being zipped open. Super cool technique! I also used the Blue Fern Garden paper to make a "tag" card. The paper is sturdy enough to create the tag without having to add extra weight. I fussy cut elements from the collection...the words (which I used foam dots to make pop out): and to make the pocket for the tag, added tons of flowers and Kaisercraft wooden flourishes and a Prima angel!   Here's the pics and the links to the products I used will be below the pics:

Here's the organizer:

Here's the card:

Discount Paper Crafts links to products used that are still in stock:
Blue Fern Studios Garden Collection paper:
Prima Cartographer  paper:
Prima Something Blue  paper:
Prima Stationers Desk A4 paper:
Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish standing birdcage:
Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish Fancy Corners:
Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish Oval Window:
Prima Junkyard Findings typo bulbs:
Prima Junkyard Findings heart gears:
Prima Ingvild Bolme Heart with Resin corners:
Prima Resin Angels:
Stationers Desk flowers:
Fabscraps Brass Embellishments mini handles:
Fabscraps Brass Embellishments Keyholes and Keys:
Stationers Desk ATC:
Thanks for sharing your time with me!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter Delight

For this Design Team project for SaCrafters Zibbet shop, I decided to create a fun wall hanging reflecting a "winter wonderland of delight" using creams, blues, and whites.  I purchased an acrylic snowflake from our local DollarTree. The snowflake measures, from tip to tip, about 14 inches. On the all the tips I wanted to have a look of icicles and fresh snow. For the icicles effect, I used Glossy Accents glue and added German Glass Glitter along with Michaels brand of glitter powder. Then at the very tips, for the fresh snow effect, I added Mod Podge and pressed Fun Flock by Stampendous into the Mod Podge. Both of these gave me the desired look I was trying to achieve. In the center I used a paper doily that I thought had a  snowflake look to it. On the doily I, again, used the Mod Podge and Fun Flock. On top of the doily,  I layered a wooden clock piece and wooden clock hands from SaCrafters shop (to signify "time" in this wonderland) and added Wild Orchid Craft and Recollections  flowers. Amidst the flowers, I added crocheted buttons, acrylic gems, acrylic flowers, a lightbulb, Ingvild Bolm's White Heart Gears, Prima Shabby Chic Resin bird and key, May Arts ribbon for the bow, cut up some May Arts pompom trim to tuck in areas to act like snowballs, felt snowflake shapes are tucked here and there and to top it all off, a chipboard word.  On the word, I wanted the color of the chipboard to remain intact, so I just embossed with several layers of clear emboss powder and some glitter emboss powder. I textured everything with cream acrylic paint mixed with sand. I thought this gave a great "snow" effect. I also shimmered everything with a Lindy's Stamp Gang clear shimmer. I thought this gave a great "icicle" shimmer effect. Hanging below, (from SaCrafters shop) I added my usual wood "x,o" and some great wood snowflakes. I love Sa's wooden products! So intricate in design, yet sturdy to layer with! I added a cute little bottle and filled it with mica flakes to simulate captured snow...and hanging at the very bottom, I drew some mittens, free form, (cut out of white felt) and mitten cuffs (cut out of a velour polka dot fabric) and stitched them together in a "country stitch" with embroidery floss. I added some more of SaCrafters wood products on the cuff and on the main mitten.   I added Wild Orchid Craft flowers to the mittens with some felt snowflake shapes and some of Tim Holtz cute ice skate charms! I hung the snowflakes, letters and bottle with white chain, but wanted to hang the mittens with twine to further add the country charm. The links to products I used will be below the pics... and here are the pics:


Product Links:
Wood Clock Hands:
Wood Clocks Reg numbers -2pc:
Wood Label Sentiments Set 1:
Wood Label Sentiments Set 4:
Wood alphabet low cap "x":
Wood alphabet low cap "o":
Wood Snowflakes:
Wood Honeycomb Blocks (with words):

Sunday, December 29, 2013

"Love is Everything" (Hanging Art Decor)

This is my Design Team Project for Discount Paper Crafts for the last month of this year! Wow! The time has flown by! I can't believe I have been designing for Cathie's Etsy store about 1 year now. It has been a fantastic ride and I can't wait to see what next year has in store! So for this month's project I have used a wire stand that usually houses 8x8 page layouts. I also made a heart shaped wall hanging that has a mini hanger I made from scratch! Can you believe it? :) I used acrylic paint mixed with sand to cover the hanger and add texture to all the flowers and embellishments. I did the same thing with the wire stand and all its embellishments.  I used tons of Wild Orchid Craft flowers, lots of Prima goodies, Melissa Frances goodies, laces, and trims from my stash. From Cathies store, in this months design team kit, I was thrilled to use Marion Smith's "Garment District" 12x12 paper collection (coordinates beautifully with Prima Romance Novel paper collection), Prima Layla flowers, Kaisercraft "On This Day" diecuts,  Prima resin keys and a wooden flourish (candelabra) by Kaisercraft as well. Here's the pics! Below the pics there will be direct links to any products I used from Discount Paper Crafts! Hope you like these!

wall hanging with handmade mini hanger

one side of the hanging art on wire stand

other side of the hanging art on wire stand


Links to the products I used from Cathie's store:
Prima Layla Flowers:
Kaisercraft wood flourish:
Kaisercraft "on this day" diecuts:
Prima resin keys:
Prima Odette flower (cherry frost):
Prima Typo Zippers:
Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Eros (resin angels):
Prima Ingvild Bolme resin heart corners:
Marion Smith 12x12 Garment District paper collection:

Thanks for sharing you time with me!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Believe" in Magic!

This is my design team project for December for Lavish Laces!! Of course, being the Christmas season, I wanted to go with the masses and create a Christmas project! I found this large
home decor wooden ornament from Michaels Craft Store just recently. All their Christmas décor items were 75% off...I couldn't believe it!  It wasn't even an "after" Christmas sale...we still have a few days to go before the big day!  Anyhoo, this ornament measures 12 inches across at the longest part and 11 & 1/2 inches tall. I loved that it had an extra shaped wood "tag" on the front, so I removed that and then tore off all the pre-printed paper and also removed the metal "cap" and wire hanger that was at the top (you know, on regular ornaments, the cap/hanger at the top...this had a metal piece at the top representing this). I used a cream color acrylic paint mixed with sand and painted the back of the ornament and extended this onto the front about a 1/2 inch all the way around. I did this paint on the little tag piece and metal "cap" as well. I used last years release of DCWV "The Christmas Combo" cardstock paper stack to cover the front of both pieces. I made the pattern about 1/8 inch shorter around the perimeter so that some of the paint could be seen around the edge. I distressed and sewed the edges. Across the center of the ornament I laid down a strip of fancy netting that I got from Joann's Fabric Store and used some beautiful laces from Lavish Laces Etsy store over the top. Down the center I used this white rosette trim, also from Lavish Laces. Its a floral shaped trim, but with the winter themed style of the ornament, I thought it looked similar to snowflakes...sort of...OK use your it looks like snowflakes, huh? LOL! After I got this base of laces and trims down I adhered the top wood tag piece. I added another beautiful lace that I received in a gift from Jaizella (Owner of Lavish Laces) and a tiny pompom trim from my stash. Above that I used a pre-made wood word (purchased from Michaels ...added Gesso and used Tim Holtz White Picket Fence crackle paint. I adhered a Prima resin angel over the 'L' of the word 'believe'. Below this ensemble I added a cute picket fence. To the left of the 'believe' I added Wild Orchid Craft flowers (from Lavish Laces store) in creams and whites. Added a few Recollections flowers and some crochet flowers. The "25" is a tag from last years release of "City Sidewalks" by Pink Paislee.  Underneath the "25" (on the fence) I added a tear drop gem, a jingle bell and a key. Amongst the flowers, you will see a white heart gear by Prima as well as a resin clock and metal clock hands. The metal frame is from my stash. Above the flowers is a resin corner piece by Prima. I chose all the embellishments, because in some way, they reminded me of something to do with believing in the magic of Christmas.  Even the resin corner piece reminded me of this, because the design, sort of reminded me of a decorative element you might see on Santa's sleigh! I added texture to the tops of the embellishments with the acrylic paint/sand mixture and German glass glitter. To finish off the ensemble I added a pretty white sheer bow under the ornament cap and my signature "x,o" down under the fence in the left hand corner! Direct links to the products I used from Lavish Laces Etsy store will be below the pictures....and here they are:

Products used:
Beige Scallop Lace:
White Fancy Scallop Lace:
White Shabby Chic Ruffled Rosette Flower:
Wild Orchid Flowers Cream Open Roses:
Wild Orchid Flowers White Open Roses:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Box" of Memories

For this design team project for SaCrafters Zibbet store, I wanted a fun and creative way to display some memories rather than using a traditional album, so I decided to create a configuration style "box" full of memories. I started with a base made from a block of wood (I had purchased a package of raw wood blocks from a craft store) and on top of that base, I used a cute little box that I had found at a thrift store. This measures (with the lid of the box up) 8 1/2 inches tall and about 4 inches in width. It's small, but it packs a bunch of stuff into a tiny space! The paper lines I used were from Recollections "Union Square", Marion Smith's "Mad Tea Party" and Prima "Romance Novel". I sewed and distressed around the edges of all the papers and used a dark brown ink to add some color to the edges. On the bottom of the box, I used Tim Holtz metal photo corners and turned them upside down to use as "feet" for the base. On the base you will also notice a's fake! I knooooow riiiiiight?!? Super cuuuuuute! I created a tiny drawer using chipboard and then glued it to the front of the base. On the front of the drawer, I used a drawer handle from SaCrafters! It only measures 2 1/4 inches in length! Super cute and super tiny! Inside the drawer, I added paper roses. On the left side of the drawer, a large spring (I found it at a garage sale) hangs off the side. On top of the spring is a cute key from SaCrafters Zibbet shop. (the links to all the products I used from SaCrafters will be below the pictures). On the opposite end of the drawer I placed a metal music note. Then I added a small working clock! It is  1&1/2 inches in diameter. I punched a larger hole in a Prima metal clock face and glued that to the front of the clock and then glued some Prima resin wings on the back side of the clock. I just laid the clock in the drawer. I didn't want to glue it down so that I could access the battery and time change function on the back! On the box the front I added a chipboard sentiment,  as well as a wooden "x" & "o" and from the "o" hung a wood shaped heart--all these are from SaCrafters Zibbet shop. In the middle of the "o" I added a Prima Clock hand. I also added a few more flowers on the left side. Moving to the lid of the box...the "24-seven" is just a chipboard piece from my stash, but the wooden honeycomb shapes with word semtiments are from SaCrafters. Hanging around the lip (off the left side of the box) is a wood clock and adhered to the inside of the box at the front is a cute wood bicycle...(you guessed it!) these are also from SaCrafters! Inside the box itself are some journaling cards from 7Gypsies, Theresa Collins, and MS Mad Tea Party. I added a variety of sweet embellishments from Prima, Tim Holtz, ArtICake,  and 7Gypsies. The 2 wood embellishments "love" ticket and "heartfelt" are from SaCrafters! I can't wait to add some photos inside as well!  Hope you like it! Here are some pictures:


Direct links to products I used from SaCrafters:
Mixed Keys:
Wood Heat Charms Sentiments :
Sentiment Tags Set 1:
Wooden Bicycles:
Honeycomb Blocks:
Wood Alphabet low cap "x":
Wood Alphabet low cap "o":
Wood Roman Clocks:
Wood Tickets Set 1:
Door Knobs:

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Altered Canvas

This is a design team project for SaCrafters Zibbet store. I altered a 6x6 canvas to create a steampunk/vintage name sign for my YT channel. I started by using Claudine Helmuth multi-medium gel to adhere Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue paper to the canvas. As I was adhering the tissue paper, I bunched it up in areas to create a wrinkled texture effect. I then used some Lindys Stamp Gang pink color to add some pink hue to the canvas because I didn't want this canvas to be too dark in color, although it is of a steampunk design. for a little more pink, I added a pink flower and at the top of the wooden lamppost, I used German glass glitter with some pink shimmer mist to tie all the "pink-ness" together!  I then used tons of SaCrafters product, as well as prima product to create the look I wanted. I wanted this canvas to portray "what art means" in a fun way. I also used acrylic paint mixed with sand to apply some texture to the tops of the embellishments/flowers. Here's the pics:


Here are the direct links to the products I used from SaCrafers zibbet store:
Wooden Lamp Posts #4:
Wooden Heart Charms Sentiments:
Wooden Sentiments set 1:
Wooden Alphabet low cap "x":
Wooden Alphabet low cap "o":
Wooden bicycle:
Chipboard Roman Clocks:
Chipboard Clock Hands:
Chipboard Brick wall no. 1:
Mixed Key Charms:
Temporarily out of stock (metal butterfly)