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:
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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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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!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shabby Chic Embellishment Organizer

I decided to use a ceramic  flower pot and its drain lid to turn it into an embellishment organizer! I thought it would be a cute way to dress up a boring old flower pot! I wanted to give the flower pot a shabby chic vintage look.  I started by using Martha Stewart's new line of chalk paint called Vintage Décor paint in seashell pink and painted both pieces. I then used sand paper to rub off paint in the highlighted areas, then I glued the drain lid onto the bottom of the flower pot to create my organizer! Then came the easy part! I decorated the flower pot using tons of Wild Orchid Craft flowers, Prima resin and metal pieces and the beautiful pieces from ReneaBouquets Etsy shop! She makes the cutest flowers and butterflies, but also carries Mixed media product as well. Which is how I was able to stencil onto the flower pot using a Prima stencil and Ranger Texture paste from Renea's store!  Although I used up some 'real estate" in the drain lid where embellishments can be stored, its still a super cute idea, I think! It just oozes spring and summer doesn't it? Here's the pics:

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!

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: https://www.etsy.com/listing/198231630/6-piece-metal-filigree-applique?ref=shop_home_active_1
Tiny Teacup charms: https://www.etsy.com/listing/196760740/2-piece-teacup-with-saucer-charm?ref=shop_home_active_8
Applique Frame in white: https://www.etsy.com/listing/128162444/2-pieces-applique-frame-in-white?ref=shop_home_active_2
Crochet Heart Trim: https://www.etsy.com/listing/194436519/2-yards-white-crochet-hearts-trim?ref=shop_home_active_6
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.

Shop and Stay in Touch 
Shop online:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/thepiecebypiece
Shop in Fremont, CA:  37485 Niles Blvd, Fremont CA
Phone:  510 894-2488
Email:  thepiecebypiece@gmail.com
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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: http://www.etsy.com/listing/174945026/blue-fern-studios-12x12-paper-blue-fern?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=blue%2BFern%2Bstudios
Prima Cartographer  paper: http://www.etsy.com/listing/178132581/prima-cartographer-collection-12x12?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=cartographer
Prima Something Blue  paper: http://www.etsy.com/listing/178369822/prima-something-blue-collection-6x6?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=Something%2Bblue
Prima Stationers Desk A4 paper: http://www.etsy.com/listing/178246559/prima-stationers-desk-collection-a4?ref=shop_home_active_5&ga_search_query=Stationers%2BDesk
Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish standing birdcage: http://www.etsy.com/listing/153141507/kaisercraft-wood-flourishes-standing?ref=shop_home_active_22&ga_search_query=Kaisercraft%2Bwood
Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish Fancy Corners: http://www.etsy.com/listing/126509604/kaisercraft-wood-flourishes-fancy?ref=shop_home_active_7&ga_search_query=Kaisercraft%2Bwood
Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish Oval Window: http://www.etsy.com/listing/153178332/kaisercraft-wood-flourishes-oval-window?ref=shop_home_active_13&ga_search_query=Kaisercraft%2Bwood
Prima Junkyard Findings typo bulbs: http://www.etsy.com/listing/105732599/prima-junkyard-findings-typo-bulbs-2?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=Prima%2Btypo%2Bbulbs
Prima Junkyard Findings heart gears: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161781105/prima-ingvild-bolme-junkyard-findings?ref=shop_home_active_11&ga_search_query=Prima%2Bjunkyard%2Bfindings
Prima Ingvild Bolme Heart with Resin corners: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161776401/prima-ingvild-bolme-heart-resin-with?ref=shop_home_active_14&ga_search_query=prima%2Bresin
Prima Resin Angels: http://www.etsy.com/listing/181168320/prima-resin-angels-no-1-573478?ref=shop_home_active_4&ga_search_query=prima%2Bresin
Stationers Desk flowers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/178247695/prima-stationers-desk-collection-flowers?ref=shop_home_active_7&ga_search_query=Stationers%2BDesk
Fabscraps Brass Embellishments mini handles: http://www.etsy.com/listing/184792076/fabscraps-brass-embellishments-mini?ref=shop_home_active_11
Fabscraps Brass Embellishments Keyholes and Keys: http://www.etsy.com/listing/176839745/fabscraps-brass-embellishments-keyhole?ref=shop_home_active_8
Stationers Desk ATC: http://www.etsy.com/listing/178250139/prima-stationers-desk-collection-6x4-atc?ref=shop_home_active_6&ga_search_query=Stationers%2BDesk
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: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1956563
Wood Clocks Reg numbers -2pc: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1956566
Wood Label Sentiments Set 1: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1220178
Wood Label Sentiments Set 4: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1220181
Wood alphabet low cap "x": http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1173022
Wood alphabet low cap "o": http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1173015
Wood Snowflakes: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=2014880
Wood Honeycomb Blocks (with words): http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1170665