Saturday, April 30, 2016

My First Gallery Wall!

Hi friends and a very happy Saturday to you! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Today I'm taking you into my home to have a look at my first ever gallery art wall (eep!)  I have been dreaming about doing this for so long....perusing Pinterest for hours and pinning all those gorgeous photos of gallery walls and other eclectic home d├ęcor inspiration by folks far more creative than myself.  Then the other day, I saw that Prima is having a Prima Wall Art Contest.
It's about to end and...well, you'd have to know me well to understand this about me, but I actually do things better under pressure and in a time crunch. I also can think about doing something forever, but never actually do it. So without much thought or regard, I decided to go for it and make that gallery wall I'd been wanting to try for so long. And you know what?  I'm SO happy that I did! This was like taking a literal plunge into unknown waters for me and like all new adventures, some unexpected things happened along the way! I just want to give a great big shout out to Prima Marketing for putting on this contest and for being a constant source of inspiration for me! If I didn't already love Prima products so much, I wouldn't have even considered entering, but since I do, it was easier than I thought and I found it to be a quite rewarding process! Now without further ado, here's my new Prima-inspired art gallery wall!
I didn't really know where to begin other than a few basic tips I got from trusty Pinterest and  I had a few Prima inspired projects that I knew I wanted to use somewhere on my wall. This was kind of a big deal for me because I'm the type that wishes she could paint her walls beautiful colors and then adorn them with a myriad of gorgeous art and interest--but instead keeps her walls stark white and throws on one big piece of completely generic art to cover the entire wall and calls it good. Ugh. Yawn. No thank you anymore.
I started with centering the inspirational plaque on the wall and began working around it.  There are only 4 things on the wall that don't have something Prima incorporated into them. I enjoyed turning average photo frames into pieces of wall art by simply adding Prima papers, rub-ons and coloring pages to them! I even found a spot for my recent mixed media canvas made with Prima's Art Extravagance Black Sand Texture Paste. Yay!  Here are some close-ups of the Prima goodness....
framed coloring page from the new 8x10 watercolor coloring book
6x6" Prima wooden tray painted white with Creating In Faith rub-on by Jamie Dougherty paired with 6x6" black sand mixed media canvas and "dream" wood icon. My hubby thinks I should paint the sides of my rainbow canvas but I kind of like it how it is. Hmm....
Creating In Faith journaling card framed with a bit of washi tape makes for a super simple piece of wall art!
A vintage metal trinket and wooden butterfly icon layered atop a white crocheted doily on a homemade chicken wire frame.
A vintage photo of my Grandparents on their wedding day paired with a pretty fabric flower and shabby chic metal door sign, along with some papers, fabric and ribbon. A lovely way to be able to see my dear Gramcracker and Papa everyday. :)
 I love these wooden icons! They are really versatile and easy to add to many projects. I glued this wooden flower icon to my homemade cinnamon stick candle holder for added charm.
 A new favorite of mine are the Prima Relic and Artifacts archival cast embellishments! I altered this flaming heart one with shimmer paint and sprays and glued it to the inside of another painted wooden tray. Even better in person. Yum.
Are you still with me? Yay!! You get a cookie!! Lol, this is a very long and photo-heavy post and I'm not done yet! I wanted to showcase another new favorite Prima product of mine, Lanties! This is the Salvage District set and I love them displayed on my tabletop! They operate on 3 AA batteries, so you can put them anywhere!
I painted this heart-shaped wooden tray a while ago and added another Creating In Faith rub on to it. I love it.
Lanties are so pretty and SO fun! There are 14 different designs and I see more in my future! :)
Well, that's about it! THANK YOU for visiting me today!! I'd love to hear what you think of my gallery wall and if you are inspired to create your own or if you decorate your home this way already! And a really big thank you to Prima for challenging me out of my comfort zone! I don't think I've enjoyed my creative time this much in a long while and the final result is a beautiful and unique wall in my home that truly says ME.
May you have a wonderful, creative and blessed day!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Black Sand Rainbow Art

Hi friends! Ready for another GREAT weekend?! I sure am!! I've be feeling creatively adventurous lately and this miniature canvas art is what has come of it today! I had no idea how this would turn out...or if it would turn out, but I just went for it anyway.  Initially I wanted to see what I could do with Finnabair's Black Sand Texture Paste from Prima Marketing.  I've had it a while and wanted to experiment with it in my mixed media art.  Here's what happened....
At first, I didn't think I was going to like it at all, but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me.  What do you think?  It was super easy to do.  Seriously.  Sadly, I didn't take process pics (I'm sorry!) but here's what I did and what I used--
- cover canvas with generous layer of black sand texture paste and let dry completely (I let it dry overnight)
- color with 1 gelato and spritz with water, blending with finger; let color drip by holding the canvas upright to achieve desired look
- Let each gelato color dry before doing the next one. I only used 3 gelatos (isn't that crazy?) and the blending and drying of them one at a time created several different shades and hues of lovely color once it dried completely. Just like a rainbow!
- Add splatters of white gesso to canvas randomly with paintbrush. I used a 1/2" stencil brush.
That's it! Here's a couple close-ups of the canvas showing a bit more of the textural medley of color...
 I really like how the black bits of sand still show through all that color--neat! :)
I hope you like it too! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Have a wonderful, creative and blessed day!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Hi friends and happy Monday to you! I hope your week is off to a great start! Today I had more fun with felt and made this card to add to the final few hours of the TCP Tuesday Challenge #312-Wings! I'm enjoying trying my different dies with felt and these tiny butterflies using the Butterflies CutUps die worked just right for my card. Paper is from Maggie Holmes' new Bloom collection. I'm also entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Make It Girlie!
Isn't this sentiment just wonderful? I love it a lot. It's from the Take Flight stamp set from TCP.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Felt Feathered Friends

Hi friends! Today I made a quick and fun card using felt and dies! I made it for the current TCP Tuesday Challenge #312-Wings! The die cut birds are from the TCP die set called Bird Friends and the sentiment is from TCP stamp set called Take Flight.
Die cutting felt is SO much fun! :D
 Always a good reminder....
And that's all, folks! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Neon Bookmarks and Fun Accesories!

Hello friends and happy weekend to you! Today I've been playing and having fun making bright and funky bookmarks with a twist--they all glorify Jesus! I decided a while ago that realizing, receiving and learning about God's love is pretty much the coolest thing ever! And it is never boring, that's for sure! I also believe that everything beautiful in this world is a gift from God. So why not celebrate our Lord and Savior's love with some of His colors of the rainbow--in the form of Design Memory Craft Gelatos, that is! :)
I made these bookmarks to give out to friends from a group I'm in called Faith Art Happy Mail. I sure hope these brighten someone's day as much as making them brightened mine!
I'm also sharing these over at PaperCrafter's Corner for the Take A Chance Day Challenge!
I had fun coloring with my Gelatos and blending them in different ways to get a variety of looks. I've also been comparing how the colors look when air dried verses how they look when dried using a heat tool. I like both ways for different reasons. Air drying makes for a more naturally blended watercolor look while using a heat tool allows for more control of where your color is going to go and how it will blend. I like to use a heat tool when I've water-blended the color because I can move the color around with the heat to create really cool swirls and beautifully distinct color that isn't muddled.  On the other hand, if I'm blending the color with my finger only and no water, it's movable but more dry, so there's no need for a heat tool. Keep in mind that I always put a layer of white Gesso over my bare cardstock and let it dry completely before coloring with Gelatos or any coloring medium.  This is a must unless you are working with watercolor or Gesso-prepped specialty paper. ;)
The above stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. and it's several years old. I found it and thought it went perfectly with the rainbow of color. Here are just a few of my favorite colors. The metallic ones have a shimmer that I love and I use them often because of that shimmer. They all create such a creamy, rich and beautiful color.  I never tire of coloring with my Gelatos!
Here's a sample of the dry-blend technique before blended...more control, less mess...
And sample of the water-blend technique...more messy and yes, more fun...
Art is such a wonderful and exciting journey. I love finding out where it's going to take me!
Here's a couple more bookmarks I made with different looks.  One was dry embossed, then colored with Gelatos, then water-blended with my finger, then dried half with a heat tool and half air dry. I also made a few fun accessories with scraps! :)  
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you a creative and blessed weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2016

A Bunny & A Hot Air Balloon

Hey there friends! Happy FRIDAY!!! Yahooooo!!!! I'm SO ready for this weekend!!! I hope you are too!!! Today I'm back to cards and I've made one for this week's TCP Tuesday Challenge #311-Dies!
The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies are amongst some of my all-time faves and always will be! The owner of TCP, Alma, is such an amazing artist and I adore her cute designs and fabulous sentiments, as well as the great array of Cut Ups (dies) that she carries! I used the Stitched Cloud die Cut Ups and the Drop In Stamp Set with this super cute bunny in a hot air balloon! Now I ask you: does it get any cuter?! hehe!
I hope you might join in the TCP Tuesday Challenge too! You don't have to use TCP stamps, just follow the theme and make something with at least 1 die and you're in to win a $10-$15 gc to TCP! Hope to see you there! Thanks so very much for stopping by my blog today! And always remember to....................

Monday, April 4, 2016

Chicken Wire Memo Board

Hey friends! Happy Monday! So, has Spring sprung where you live yet? Or are you one of the poor souls who are being forced to endure the seemingly neverending winter of 2015-16? I hope that whatever your weather, this post finds you in good spirits and in high hopes for the warmer, sunny days ahead!
Today I'm sharing one of the several recycled projects I've made for my upcoming craft fair in May. I founds all kinds of old frames at the Humane Society last month for really cheap and decided to get them all to try transforming them into cute chicken wire memo boards that I've seen all over Pinterest. So, that's what I did and I really like how they are turning out so far!
I lightly sanded the frame first, then wiped down with a soft cloth to ensure there was no residue left before painting. Next, I painted the frame with a mixture of 2 DecoArt chalky paint colors to create this pretty aqua. After the paint dried, I lightly sanded over the top again, just to give it a slightly distressed look. Flipping the frame over, I then cut the craft chicken wire to fit and secured in place with my handy dandy staple gun. Done! Yep, you read that right....that's all there is to this super simple recycled project!
I added a few mini clothespin clips with cute kawaii chicks glued to them to hold notes on the board. How fun is that?! Super easy, super cute and I'll be super happy if other people like them too!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Let's make it a GREAT week, okay? OK!!! Blessings and hugs to all!!!