Monday, June 17, 2013

"Got Supplies?" DT project for Discount Paper Crafts

Thought I would alter up a Wooden Desktop Organizer for a swap I'm in! Decided to use the KaiserCraft 75 cents paper line. These colors coordinated with the colors of the room into which this little organizer will be placed. Rustled up quite a few embellishments from the Discount Paper Crafts Esty store. And some flowers, laces, charms from my stash! I began by pre-painting this organizer. I used an off-white acrylic paint mixed with sand to add lots of texture to the project. I also used several different stencils by The Crafter's Workshop and Prima to give it a little edge! I really love the use of the cool aqua colors with creams and whites. Looks really fresh and inviting! It's calling me to add my glue stix right now! But I can't because it's not mine to keep! :) I decided to also add little lace peek-a-boos in several areas by curling back the edges of paper to reveal the lace and background paper (which consists of Glitz "French Kiss" and Prima "Almanac" paperlines) I also wanted to add some hardware with lightbulbs, 7 Gypsies bolts, springs, Tim Holtz gears, white chain and even some wire I cut from a filter I bought at a local store. The wire looks like a large diameter chicken wire. I really enjoyed using this filter because its very pliable to work with, not stiff like real chicken wire. The filter, of course, has cotton on it and I peeled most of it off, but left a little hint of cotton to add softenss to the wire. The large wood word "Imagine" was purchased at a craft store. I used my texture paint to make it pretty. On the "I" was placed a Prima resin birdbath, because it has the shape of an "I" and I thought it would add a little whimsical touch. The bird bath is topped off with a Prima Resin fairy...there, again, playing into the whimsy of the area. I topped that ensemble of with some hugs and kisses (X,O) from the Prima wood Icons!  All my paper is sewed around the edges and distressed with the Prima Distress tool. I added a large, beautiful Prima vine that I cut in half to the front of both drawers. The vine actually had peach flowers, but I removed the flowers (to use in a later project), and added some aqua colored flowers by Petaloo and some white ones from "I Am Roses" that I sprayed with a homemade paint/water mixture. Added lots of goodies to the sides of the Organizer as well. The back I left more simple, using only stencils as my designs. You will also notice plenty of butterflies around this project as well, because the person that receives this, happens to love butterflies!!  I even added some extra goodies that she can use, such as... a mini chalkboard, a notepad and a heart-shaped clipboard...all matching the organizer of course! Soooo...enough of the's some close-up pics!


inside view from the top
left side

right side

close up of the front on the left side
Close up view of thefront on the right side



Heart-shaped Clipboard

Here are direct links to the products I used from Discount Paper Crafts Etsy shop that are currently in stock:
Prima Resin products (some of the resin pieces I used are out of stock, but there are other Prima resin pieces available):
Prima Metal products:
Prima Wood Products:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sweet lil' Angel!

Here's my DT project for The Piece by Piece! I altered this fun little birdcage as a little bonus for one of my swaps! I made this in a grunge style because this is one of the styles this lady loves! I still tried to make it sweet, though! I made this to celebrate her happy news! I used beautiful products from The Piece by Piece...although a lot of the laces are hard to see because I rolled most of them up into flowers and tucked them into all around! I used Prima product from the Engraver line and also some Prima flowers, resin and metal pieces. I even tucked in a tiny Tim Holtz you see it? My textured paint really helped grunge this all up! I will also include the vid here because it gives a better look-see into all the details! The links to the products I used from Beverly's Etsy store will be below the pictures and the store link is to the right on my sidebar! I chose to add some color blue to signify which happy news my friend received! I made the (heart piece) removable so that it can be tucked into the birdcage in a front or farther back position...althugh I like the farther back position, because it allows you to see all the yumminess inside the cage!
Here's the pics:

Left Side
Right Side

Here's the Vid:

Here's the links to the Products:
I used the following trim as flowers:
These rosette trims were cut to make my flower centers with the pleated trims:
*Temporarily Out of Stock: Prima Engraver 12x12 Paper Collection

Textured Paint Tutorial!

My apologies...I had posted this technique for a YT tutorial and forgot to post the link to the vid here! I know many of you probably saw my vid, but just in's the link:

Here's the ratio of ingredients:
2 fl. oz. paint
1/4 C sand
Add more/less sand depending on the desired chunkiness you want on your creation!

Happy texturing!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

A "Charm"-ing assembly!

So... I  did a few Charm assemblies for a fun little swap with a friend! We wanted to create some cute dangling charms from inspiration by the Articake line and the Indstrial Chic line! My charms are no where near those lines, but I got lots of ideas to enhance my own creations! Here's the couple of pics I took!

I tried to make them very versatile--not too much color and not so many charms hanging that you couldn't see them all! I wanted my friend to be able to use them on almost any project.  These are my first assemblies! Whatcha think?