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:

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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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