Friday, May 1, 2015

Mixed Media "XO" Shadow Box (GDT Project for

This is a mixed media, shabby chic style, shadow box project for I love this project because I seem to be drawn to anything with an "xo" on it and this is right up my alley! I love how the "o" is in the shape of a heart! For this project I used the Graphic 45 paper collection, Botanical Tea! I Pulled out papers with pink shades. For the top layer of the shadow box, I used Prima texture paste in white sand and applied it with a pounce brush and followed that up with some shimmery goodness by  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Old Lace. For the "x" I placed the décor on top and for the "o" I placed the décor inside. I wanted the "x" to appear to be hinged to the "o", so I used a wooden hinge from SaCrafters. I love these hinges. this particular hinge is the smaller size. On the "x" I used a wooden skeleton clock from SaCrafters and placed a pair of  Prima resin wings and Prima metal clock face  on top of a resin frame. I finished it all off with the wood sentiment "noted" also from SaCrafters. To add some whimsy to this word,  I used a metal gear, a Tim Holtz spinner piece and a Tim Holtz number 8 turned sideways to represent the eternity symbol. Inside the "o" I used tons of Wild Orchid Craft flowers and metal gears from Bead Landing and Prima as well as a Prima lightbulb. At the bottom I used another wood sentiment from SaCrafters, which I thought went appropriately with the "xo" theme! I wanted to add a small moving element to the product...just for I add some chain hooked to the hinge sweeping over to the sentiment and finished off with a dangling key. I wanted to add a little more texture to complete the project, so I used Prima 3D Matte Gel medium and some Prima Glass Beads in various areas. The products I used From SaCrafters will be below the pictures. If you'd like to see what else is available in the store, just click on the link to the right on my sidebar.

Youtube Video Link (a start to finish tutorial process):

Products used from
Wooden XO Shadow Box
Wood Roman Numerals Clock
Wooden Hinge
Wooden Sentiment tag
Wooden Word "Noted"

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mixed Media 4-Drawer Organizer (DT Project for Reneabouquets)

I created this super fun project for a young lady who loves to organize! She also loves Graphic 45 and red/black is one of her favorite color schemes, so it wasn't hard to pull out the paper line, 'Olde Curiosity Shoppe'. This is such a fun, eclectic line, that it allowed me to adorn this piece with lots of fantastic pieces such as a handmade pair of spectacles and a lightbulb! I used tons of Bead Landing gears and tons of Prima products, such as the cute resin owl located on the side of the project and my very favorite staples to use: the Prima Clock Faces and Prima Clock hands...these three pieces came from Reneabouquets! I used tons of flowers by Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts and some Petaloo Botanica flowers from Renea's shop. There are also some Reneabouquet products on this project such as the Tiny Treasure Butterflies in Champagne Dreams, Glitter Glass in Diamond shade and some shabby metal scissors that I used as one of the drawer handles! I painted the piece with black Gesso paint. For added texture to the papers I sewed around the perimeter of each one, and distressed the edges with the Prima Distress tool. I used The Crafters Workshop "Art Is" stencil as well as a polka dot stencil by Heidi Swapp in various areas around the project with the Ranger Texture paste that can be found in Renea's shop. There is so much detailing on this project that its hard to name everything.... so I hope the pictures tell you a better story as well as the Youtube video that will be linked below. I will list the products used from Renea's shop below the pictures and if you would like to go to her store, just click on the link to the right on my sidebar. Thanks for stopping by!




Youtube Video Link:

Supplies used from Reneabouquets:
Reneabouquets Glitter Glass in Diamond
Reneabouquets Tiny Treasures Butterflies: Champagne Dreams
Reneabouquets set of 2 Shabby Metal Scissors
Ranger Texture Paste
Prima Metal Clock Faces
Prima Metal Clock Hands
Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Resin Owls
Petaloo Botanica Flowers (Amber/Ivory/Green/Brown)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Prima DT call for 2015-2016

   I can't leave this DT call alone...I have to try!  I absolutely LOVE Prima...but then who doesn't? I had a hard time choosing which projects to enter, but finally decided on these yummy masterpieces! I have decided to feature a few altered items, as this is my area of creativity as well as a couple of "off the page" layouts. I love doing all things mixed media, with a shabby chic or vintage feel and just a touch of romanticism. I don't often create art unless there is some sort of story behind each piece...I can't just wing needs to have an inspiration behind it. For example, maybe the piece is showing an undying eternal love for my husband ("Floating Frame LO" below), or possibly an irrevocable bond between a man and woman ("XO Altered Clock" below) , or maybe an inspirational way to live your "time" of life "(Mixed Media Shadow Box Clock" below).
    Prima allows me to mix and match paper lines, which I really love to do, because I cannot just stay within one collection. I love to take a little of this and put it with a little of that! For example, on my 6x6 Altered Canvas pictured below I was able to combine paper from an older collection (Romantique) with flowers from a newer collection (Stationer's Desk) They go perfectly together...which works perfectly for me when I alter products or do layouts. I simply pull out all my different Prima products and create my pièce de résistance!

  Since it's not fun to share my work with only myself,  I teach my crafting process through my Youtube videos and this blog as well as sharing my completed works on Pinterest and FB. I love to share my zest for all things craft related! It's an obsession, I must admit! :)
Here are some pictures of my work over the past couple of years as well as some recent work. I've also chosen to add a few "start-to-finish" videos of some of my pieces. (If I am sharing a video of a certain piece, the link will be directly below the picture)

Thank you to Prima for taking a moment to consider my love of art for your DT! It certainly is my pleasure to share them with you!

6x6 Altered Canvas
Start to Finish YT Video link (canvas):

Mixed Media Shadow Box Clock
Start to Finish YT Video link (clock):

Shabby Chic Miniature Chair

Floating Frame LO

Start to finish YT video link (frame):
Mixed Media Altered 3-piece Frame Set (made into a working clock)
Mixed Media Altered Canvas
Start to Finish YT Video link (canvas):

Shabby Chic Wall Art
Shabby Chic Altered Frame
Altered Charger Plate
"XO" Altered Clock
Altered Violin


Mixed Media Wood Shadow Box (GDT Project for

This is a small shadow box measuring 4 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 inches. Super cute and super small and a perfect project to complete in a day!! I love these type of projects! Don't get me wrong, there are those projects which takes forever and a month to complete and then there are those that you can sit down and complete in no time at all and have something adorable when you are finished! And this month (and next month) for my guest design team projects for SaCrafters, I have been given FIVE of these type of projects and I am luvin' every minute of it!! For this project I chose to keep the décor minimal so that the focus is centered in the middle of the "clock" area. Using a craft knife, I cut out the original clock hands at the bottom and used them inside the shadow box. Here is an original photo as seen on Notice the hands at the bottom....those are what I removed to use inside...

I just wanted to show that something can always be altered and not use as its original design! I covered the inside and outside of the box with Prima paper from Jodi Lee's collection "Delight". This is a nicely sweet shabby pink design paper. I distressed the edges with the Prima distress tool and sewed around the edges of each of the pieces with my sewing machine. I chose to keep the outer perimeter of the shadow box visible, because I wanted to let the wood blend in with the project. I used the smallest word I had from SaCrafters that says "Hope" so that you could see it just inside the clock area. I placed the wooden clock hands from the box on top of the word. I used a few other pieces from SaCrafters to decorate this piece....those will be listed below the pictures. I used some Prima, Tim Holtz, Bead Landing gears, Wild Orchid Craft flowers and some chain (I needed to see a little bit of movement) on this project as well. I won't go into too much detail, because I will include the Start to finish tutorial on this project below. If you would like to see what else is available at, just click on the link to the right on my sidebar!

Youtube Video:

Products Used from SaCrafters:
Wood Clock Shadow Box
Wood Sentiment Word "Hope"
Wood Hinges (small)
Wood Sentiment Word "Noted"
Wood "x" alphabet banner
Wood "o" alphabet banner
Wood Sentiments Honey Comb Blocks -12 pc

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mixed Media 6x6 Canvas (DT Project for Reneabouquets)

I have been really wanting to pull out a canvas for some time now (I may do another again real soon!) and decided to work on a 6x6 size using a few different mixed media methods! I first began with a paper transfer method using Prima art basics 3D Matte Gel and some beautiful Marion Smith paper. I love doing this transfer technique because it allows the paper to look as if it is a part of the canvas versus just being glued on top. I did try something slightly different, not exciting, but different. As most of you know, with my projects, I often sew the papers and distress the I sewed the paper first before I adhered it to the canvas. I wondered how the thread would look once I started removing the top fiber layer of the paper. It appeared as I had expected. Most of the fibers of the paper came off around the thread (with a little work) but a lot of it stayed entwined with the thread...which I liked because it just added more texture!  Once I was done removing the outer layer of the paper, while it was still wet, I added a layer of the gel medium over the top. This protects any of the rough edges and seals in the design. I also added some stenciling with The Crafters Workshop "Art Is" design and Ranger Texture Paste. And then....I went to town with all of my layering. I used tons of yummy Prima product, most of which came from Reneabouquets. I will have the list of the product I used below the pics. I used some new flowers in Renea's shop along with a beautiful butterfly design...Tiny Treasures Champagne Dreams...a tone of peach and champagne. I also added one of the bronze shabby chic metal scissors from the shop and added a stunning shade of Reneabouquets glitter glass in the color of Sand around the canvas. I wont give up too much of the process as I will have my YT video below where you can see the entire start to finish process! If you would like to see any of Renea's beautiful products, just click on the link to the right of my sidebar and happy shopping! Here are the pics:


YT Vid:

Reneabouquets products used:
Prima Metal Clock Faces
Prima Resin Oval Frames
Prima Resin Owls (4 pc set) 
RB Glitter Glas in Sand
RB set of 6 Pink Camellia Flowers
RB Tiny Treasures Butterflies-Champagne Dreams
RB set of 2 Shabby Sweet Metal Scissors
Ranger Texture Paste

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mixed Media Shadow Box Clock

This is a guest design team project for I had fun with this shadow box! Of course, it is right up my alley being in the shape of a clock!  I had a quick 2 second thought of turning it into a real clock, but I knew that this what most of you would expect from me, so I kept it a regular shadow box! LOL! I wanted to choose colors that would accent the natural beauty of the raw wood, so I pulled out some old Prima paper, Romantique, to use for the inside and very back. I also used Prima flowers and butterfly from the Something Blue, Time Travelers Memories and Engraver collections. Believe it or not, these collections meshed very well together!  Since this was a "clock" in design, I wanted to have some gears in the I used the gears from Bead Landing. I also used some Prima Resin pieces (wings and ampersand symbol) a Prima light bulb and clock face, and the new mixed media product by Prima Art Basics: Texture paste in White Sand (which dried kind of clear and I used Lindy's Stamp Gang in Dark Chocolate Truffle misted over the top), glass beads with 3D Matte Gel. Besides the wood shadow box, from SaCrafters, I also used some other wood elements from the shop (the words "imagine", "live" and the small "wish" hanging from the Tim Holtz ornate metal frame) I wanted to have a little bit of movement on the project, so I added some chain hanging at the bottom of the "imagine" word. I   thought all these elements together gave me the vintage romance feel that I was going for.  To see other products from SaCrafters, click the link to the right on my sidebar....and happy shopping!  Here's the pictures:


Youtube Video:

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mixed Media Altered 3-Piece Frame Set (DT Project for Reneabouquets)

For this project I found this great 3 piece sliding frame set at Goodwill. The two frames in front slide open to reveal the larger frame in the back. The minute I saw this frame set, I knew I wanted to turn it into an altered clock! There was just enough room underneath the two sliding frames to house the clock in the larger frame...if I found a shallow enough clock mechanism! I got lucky! I found a small decorative clock at another thrift store that I was able to take apart to use the clock...and it works perfectly in the frame!  For the base of the frame, I used white gesso with a pounce brush to add the overall texture. I heat set it in between coats. I wanted this piece to look shabby chic but have lots of fun eclectic metal elements. I wanted the two outer frames to have depth and almost have a shadow box appearance, so I layered some chipboard strips on the inside frame area (that you can't see). Then when I added the paper and back piece it was not laying up against the frame opening. The larger decorative frame on the left is from Micheals Craft Store and the small shadow box on the right is actually a box that some wooden elements came packed in (by Prima Marketing). On both of these pieces, I used the same technique as with the frame (gesso/pounce brush). For added color and texture on the project, I used Prima Color Bloom spray in Cotton Candy, the beautiful Reneabouquets Glitter Glass (color: Sand) and Prima art basics Texture paste in white crackle with a stencil.    I used a ton of yummy  items from Reneabouquets etsy shop, which will be listed below. Here are the pictures:


Here's the YT video:

Products I used from Reneabouquets Etsy:
Prima Metal Mailbox
Prima Clock Hands
Prima Resin Birds
Prima Resin Oval Frames
Prima Color Bloom Spray in Cotton Candy
 Reneabouquets Romantic Trinkets kit
Ivory Chiffon Flowers
Butterflies: Double Layer English Rose Garden, My Romantic Heart
Reneabouquets Glitter Glass in Sand

Note: If you want to see what else is available in Renea's Etsy shop, just click on her link to the right of my sidebar and it will take you directly there!
Thanks for stopping by!