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

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: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161206311/prima-layla-flowers-571443?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2Blayla
Kaisercraft wood flourish: http://www.etsy.com/listing/130383271/kaisercraft-wood-flourishes-chandelier?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Kaisercraft%2Bwood%2Bflourish
Kaisercraft "on this day" diecuts: http://www.etsy.com/listing/164480443/kaisercraft-on-this-day-collection-die?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Kaisercraft%2Bon%2Bthis%2Bday
Prima resin keys: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161766982/prima-resins-keys-570002?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bresin%2Bkeys
Prima Odette flower (cherry frost): http://www.etsy.com/listing/150005894/prima-odette-collection-cherry-frost?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bodette%2Bflower
Prima Typo Zippers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/150297277/prima-junkyard-findings-typo-zippers?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Btypo%2Bzippers
Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Eros (resin angels): http://www.etsy.com/listing/164515864/prima-shabby-chic-treasures-eros-891428?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bresin
Prima Ingvild Bolme resin heart corners: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161776401/prima-ingvild-bolme-heart-resin-with?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bresin
Marion Smith 12x12 Garment District paper collection: http://www.etsy.com/listing/170949339/marion-smith-designs-garment-district?ref=shop_home_feat

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 imagination...now 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: http://www.etsy.com/listing/127052421/1-yard-exquisite-beige-scalloped-floral?ref=shop_home_active
White Fancy Scallop Lace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/163845245/1-yard-venise-white-fancy-scalloped-lace?ref=shop_home_active
White Shabby Chic Ruffled Rosette Flower: http://www.etsy.com/listing/163133478/white-shabby-chic-ruffled-rosette-flower?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=shabby%2Bchic%2Bruffle
Wild Orchid Flowers Cream Open Roses: http://www.etsy.com/listing/170967098/20-cream-open-roses-15mm-12?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Cream%2Bopen%2Broses
Wild Orchid Flowers White Open Roses:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/153774863/20-white-open-roses-20mm-34?ref=shop_home_active

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 drawer...it'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 itself...to 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: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1188306
Wood Heat Charms Sentiments :http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1234294
Sentiment Tags Set 1: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1061801
Wooden Bicycles: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=967467
Honeycomb Blocks:  http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1170665
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 Roman Clocks: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1170667
Wood Tickets Set 1:  http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1021797
Door Knobs: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=2015014

Thanks for stopping by!! Hugs!!

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: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1643459
Wooden Heart Charms Sentiments: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1234294
Wooden Sentiments set 1: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1022759
Wooden Alphabet low cap "x": http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1023360
Wooden Alphabet low cap "o": http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1023349
Wooden bicycle: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=967467
Chipboard Roman Clocks: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1086186
Chipboard Clock Hands: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1079297
Chipboard Brick wall no. 1: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=983850
Mixed Key Charms: http://www.zibbet.com/SaCrafters/artwork?artworkId=1188306
Temporarily out of stock (metal butterfly)

Friday, November 29, 2013

"Timeless" Configuration Box

   This is my Design Team Project for Discount Paper Crafts! I was lucky to receive the Marion Smith line "Mad Tea Party" as well as some yummy Prima flowers and Blue Fern Studio chipboard pieces! I decided to use a 7 Gypsies library drawer (turned on its side) and some various shapes of wood blocks that I got from a local craft store, to create a Configuration Box Home Décor Project. I covered all the wood project pieces using metallic black/brown acrylic paint mixed with a coarse sand and then went to town using Marion Smiths paper line as well as some Prima Romance Novel (also designed by Marion Smith) and Recollections Paper (Union Square). I distressed all the paper edges using the Prima distress tool and sewed around the edges of all the papers as well. I cut the papers smaller than all the edges of the wood pieces and library drawer, so that the paint mixed with sand could be seen. Plus, this gives it a more shabby/vintage look!
   Here are some details of the project and its embellishments: Since the "Mad Tea Party" paper has a girly grunge feel to it and has lots of images of clocks, I went with that type of feel for this project! This project oozes "time" with Prima metal heart gears, Prima clock faces and clock hands, a real metal clock gear (which serves as an "o" for my "x,o"), a mini pocket watch (it does work!) wooden clock embellishments, and  clock charms! I used flowers in the colors of reds, browns, vintage pinks, and blacks to coordinate with the colors of the papers.  To add more romance to the project, I added Prima resin wings and resin bird, Prima metal candelabra, Prima keys, a lock, Prima wood envelope, even a tiny 1 inch tall bottle with roses and a Prima metal #2! To add a little grunge, I used the Prima vintage metal water pipes, water faucet and a Tim Holtz faucet knob. I wanted the water faucet to simulate water continually dripping to sustain the "Timeless" feeling of days gone by.  I printed my picture onto an inkjet transparency and sewed that onto the paper before I adhered it to the wood block! I wanted to let the mini stopwatch hang from its original chain and drape through the wood blocks to the back and around to the  left side of the project where it ends in an assembly of charms! I liked the idea of 'movement' with the chain and also it tied in with the "Mad Tea Party" imagery from the paper line... (one of the papers has an image of chains hanging at the top and at the end of the chains are such things as clocks, silverware, teacups--too cute!!) I added some texture onto the embellishments and other various areas of the project using another acrylic paint mixed with sand... this time in the cream color and the sand is a fine grain with this mix, versus the coarse grain on the other mix mentioned above.
   There will be direct links to products available from Discount Paper Crafts that I used in this project, below the pictures... Here are some pics:



Right Side
Left side


Products used from DPC:
Marion Smith's Mad Tea Party 12x12 paper:
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (Chicken wire):  http://www.etsy.com/listing/166962005/blue-fern-studios-chipboard-chicken-wire?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=chicken%2Bwire
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (Always & Forever): http://www.etsy.com/listing/163690462/blue-fern-studios-chipboard-always-and?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=always%2Band%2Bforever
Prima Flower Vine: http://www.etsy.com/listing/164512076/prima-solid-flower-vine-white-564490?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bflower
Prima Lei Mia Flowers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/165838241/prima-le-mia-flowers-sorbet-12-flowers?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bflower
Prima Shabby Chic Resin 'Fly Away' (birds): http://www.etsy.com/listing/164514228/prima-resin-collection-fly-away-891480?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bresin
Prima Metal Treasures (Illume): http://www.etsy.com/listing/130376655/prima-metal-treasures-collection-illume?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bmetal
Prima Mechanicals Mini Numbers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/164520810/prima-mechanicals-designed-by-finnabair?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bmetal
Prima Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings metal Pipe Parts: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161768312/prima-ingvild-bolme-junkyard-findings?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bmetal
Prima Junkyard Findings Typo Bulbs Small: http://www.etsy.com/listing/150295208/prima-junkyard-findings-typo-bulbs-small?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Bmetal
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Faucet Knobs: http://www.etsy.com/listing/130484689/tim-holtz-idea-ology-metal-faucet-knobs?ref=shop_home_active