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:

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:
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)

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):
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (Always & Forever):
Prima Flower Vine:
Prima Lei Mia Flowers:
Prima Shabby Chic Resin 'Fly Away' (birds):
Prima Metal Treasures (Illume):
Prima Mechanicals Mini Numbers:
Prima Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings metal Pipe Parts:
Prima Junkyard Findings Typo Bulbs Small:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Faucet Knobs:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Got Butterflies? (DT project for Lavish Laces Etsy store)

I found this cute candle votive holder at a local store and decided to turn it into an embellishment holder for a friend of mine! She adores butterflies, so the minute I saw this...I knew it would be perfect! This holder is made of metal and I covered the entire thing using a cream acrylic paint mixed with sand. I then added more texture using The Crafter's Workshop "Art Is" stencil to add in various places around the base and on some of the butterflies themselves. At the base, I wanted a "Dream"-y wonderland of flowers, flowers and some more flowers! I layered flowers upon flowers so that it would be full of yummy goodness! I used colors of aquas and creams. About 95% of the flowers came from Lavish Laces Etsy Shop. I LOVE that she carries Wild Orchid Craft Flowers! Since this was a huge assortment of flowers, what's a wonderland without a fence, a little bit of time and a cute bird? These wooden cutouts plus a few more scattered around all come from Prima. I also added some vintage trinkets from Prima included a water faucet, a tub knob and some gears! You may see a few Tim Holtz goodies as well! And if you look closely, you'll even see a hot air balloon flying amongst the butterflies!! This hot air balloon comes from the Recollection collection at Michaels. I decided to decorate the main butterflies of the stand with some flat back pearls and flowers. A couple of the butterflies have handmade lace butterflies adhered to them. All around the bases of the votive holders you will see some beautiful tiny trims from my stash and from Lavish Laces Etsy shop! I've even hung charms from the sheer bows at the centers of the votive holders! The large "Dream" word comes from Joann's. I crackled it using  the Time Holtz white Picket Fence crackle paint. I added texture to all the flowers and embellishments using the same texture paint on the base of the project. Behind the "Dream" you will find some pretty aqua colored rosette trim and some cute white bow shabby chic trim from Lavish Laces. On the back of the project, I placed more WOC flowers, made a cute flower out of some White Shabby Chic Rosette Trim and made a shabby chic butterfly using a doily... again the supplies are from Lavish Laces Etsy shop as well!   I will have the direct links to the laces (that are currently in stock) I used below the pics! Speaking of the they are!


Aqua Shabby Chic Rosette Trim:
White Shabby Chic Rosette Trim
Venise White Tiny Bow Trim:
Venise Ivory Floral Dangle Lace:
Dainty Heart White Cotton Lace Trim:
White Floral Cotton Lace Trim:
White Bow Shabby Chic Trim:
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers main page:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Canvas "Card"

   I was commissioned to create a "thank you" card for a client of my friend Sharon, who is a photographer! (You should check out her work...Simply Design Studios. I will link her sites below. She has done some beautiful work and has even been featured in well-known magazines! Nope! I'm not proud of her! wink wink) Anyhoo! I don't often like to just create a simple card and since this is for a wedding client, I really wanted to make something that they could display in their home and also feature one of their wedding photos. I used a 6x6 (3D) canvas for the base of this "card". I used the paper transfer technique using a gel medium to transfer the paper to the canvas. I love this effect because it allows the paper to look infused to the canvas versus just being glued on top! It also allows for the paper to have a worn, shabby, white washed appearance! Basically, you apply the gel medium to the canvas, lay your paper (right side down) on top of the medium, smooth out any bubbles and then let it sit for about 24 hours to become completely dry. Once that is complete, you begin by using a sponge (you can use anything, but a sponge allows you to soak the area without becoming to saturated) and dip it into water, ring out the excess and begin wetting your paper. Once you get a nice "all over" wet look, take your fingers and begin rubbing off the top layer of paper fibers. You will have to keep re-wetting your surface area throughout the process. You basically keep wetting and rubbing until you see your paper starting to show through. Be careful how hard you rub or you will rub your actual pattern paper off the canvas! It looks good in small patches to create a worn look, but you don't want that all over. You keep completing this rubbing process until your entire paper is shown through and all the paper fibers are gone. I find that by using yours fingers to fun off the fibers, you have more control. It takes some time to complete the process, but it's totally cool!!
   After, I did this transfer technique, I wanted to cut a heart shape opening into the canvas where my picture would show through. I had a wood heart shape that I used as the frame for my photo and also as the pattern to cut into the canvas with. I printed the picture onto an inkjet transparency!  Once I adhered the picture on the backside of the canvas I adhered a script paper behind the transparency so that it would show through the photo! I worked with colors of aqua and these were the colors of the wedding. I wanted to add wings to my canvas, but knew that I couldn't place them under the wood heart shape because there would be a huge space between the heart and the photo. I used the wood heart again to trace the shape of the heart onto the end of each wing so that the wing could have the exact shape of the heart "edge" and then the wing could be adhered  directly up against the heart shape. Once I was done with the wood heart I glued it onto the front of the canvas at the heart shape opening of the canvas...and then I went to town with the decorations! I used 2 little Prima wood bird shapes on the penny farthing because the wedding couple had little love bird figurines around their wedding as decor and even on their wedding cake. I used a trio of clocks to simulate the essence of time and their future ahead as husband and wife. I also added gears to simulate clock parts!  I wanted this piece to have a masculine and feminine feel to it, so that is why I added gears in combination with lace and flowers! For texture I used acrylic paint mixed with sand around the embellishments and on the large aqua flower, I added German glass glitter!'re wondering where the "card"'s on the back...of course! I created a pocket, sewing and distressing the edges of the paper and added a sheer ribbon to make a bow. Around the bow center, I added acrylic gems, wheat sprays, two diamond shape circles dangling from chain to look like wedding rings, and a pretty flower! I adhered all this to a 6x6 piece of chipboard and glued the chipboard to the back of the canvas.  Here's the pics:

Here are the links to Simply Design Studios:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Altered Book Stack

I decided to alter a stack of books. This project is a little bit steampunk, a little bit grungy, a little bit vintage and a little bit romantic! You may notice that this altered book stack uses REAL books!! I always search garage sales, thrift shops, etc, for books that are, in essence, falling apart...ready to hit the dumpster...because then I can use them  for altering projects (whether it be a few of the book pages, or the entire book itself) without feeling guilty! Because face it, if they are falling apart, what is going to happen to them? Like I said earlier, they are probably ready to hit the dumpster. Anyhoo, so I pulled three of my books from my stash, and went to town, tearing off the covers (I really wanted the raw edges of the spines to show). Then I took the Prima distress tool and began distressing all around the edges of the pages. I used some different colors of brown distress inks from Prima and Tim Holtz to add a vintage feel to the edges of the papers as well! I used tons of products from SaCrafters Zibbet store (product links below), lots of product from Prima and Tim Holtz, some wonderful 7Gypsies pieces, a few steampunk items such as real gears, real clock gears, a lightbulb, some chain and a real working clock! Added some beautiful trims from my stash and would you believe it....there is not a single flower on this entire project! How on earth did I manage that? Some things I did to the altered book stack: I printed our wedding picture on a transparency and laid it on top of some rolled up sheet music. I used a 6x6 stencil from SaCrafters with some modeling paste mixed with some black acrylic paint and added that to the left side of my photo and down at the bottom. I also wanted my book stack to have "tabs" coming out from the side pages and "bookmarks" coming out from the top portion of the books. I have a few elements that I carried around the project...clocks/clock gears, the numbers '2'&'14' and music in the form of music sheet paper, a resin angel playing an instrument and a metal music note. Everything is lifted up with the beauty of Tim Holtz metal corner "feet"! Here's some pics:

Direct Links to Products used from SaCrafters zibbet store:
6x6 Forever Friend Script Stencil:
Chipboard Clockface:
Chipboard Title Sentiment (The Moment In Time):
Chipboard Clock Gears:
Wood Pocket Watches:
Wood Label Sentiments set 1:
Wood Alphabet low cap "x":
Wood Alphabet low cap "o":
Wood Heart Charms Sentiment Set 1:
Wooden Windows (4 pieces):
Bronze Door Hanger:

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