Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Bird and Winter Trees

Hello there! I hope all is well! I want to let my US East Coast friends and anyone in the heart of winter storm territory that I am praying for the safety of you all and for the blizzard to pass as soon as possible with as little damage as possible. Stay safe my sweet friends! Ok, now keeping along the lines of winter is my fifth and final project as an official guest designer for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. What a wonderful journey it has been for me to be a part of such a stellar company and team of designers! I'm sad it's ending but equally excited to see their next set of guest designers and for myself and what doors God will open for me next! This is a 9x11" canvas panel (if you know me, you know I love these) with a wintery scene and my version of a new bird, mixed media style! I found a very cool and easy new technique on the Deep Space Sparkle website, for a kid's project nonetheless and I'm super stoked to share it with you! It's SO easy to create these trees, which remind me of white birch trees. I can only show you a teaser below but I would absolutely LOVE it if you popped over to the Design Memory Craft blog to see the entire piece and how I made it!
Thanks so much for stopping by! My blogging friends are so fantastic and make my heart very happy!!! Warm hugs and blessings!!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hang In There

Happy weekend--whoo hoo!! Today my card-making kick continues! It's just too bad it didn't come sooner because I could have used it right around Christmas time as my cards this year were substantially lacking and I only made and sent a handful compared to what I normally do. Oh well--maybe I'll be sending a whole bunch of extra Valentine's day cards since it's the next holiday...we shall see lol. Anyhoo, here's a card I made for a friend and I hope it will lift her spirits. I used the sketch from TCP Tuesday Challenge #282 and the sweet sock monkey from The Cat's Pajamas. I'm also entering it into this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge #167-Anything Goes.
I just want to mention one of my favorite things about The Cat's Pajamas stamps and that is Alma's sentiments. I absolutely love how she makes them as fabulous as the image. I think TCP sentiments always make my cards look extra special. Just an added bonus of an awesome stamp company.
Well thanks so much for floating by! I hope you have a dreamy day!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sparkle, Friend!

Hello and happy Friday! Today I made some cards with this super cool new Friend die-namics by My Favorite Things! I just love this new die--it's makes itself the star of the show which makes it really simple to design a stunner of a card with very little effort or skill--I love it! And of course, we can never have too many friends so I will definitely be using this die many times over!
First, I made a card for the current MFT color challenge #14. I was inspired by the bright greens and shades of blue and purple. All 3 cards are accompanied by the beautiful MFT sentiment stamp set called Words Of Inspiration, another favorite.
Next, I sponged Friend and added Diamond Dust Stickles over the top just like on my purple card, only this one is pink. Some washi tape and just a few sequins makes this card simply sparkle.
And finally, just a strip of washi tape and a pop of color makes this card complete and also completely cute! All these sequins were actually intended to cover a couple smudge marks on the fragile white base of this card, but once I started adding sequins, I found it hard to stop!
Yayyyy SEQUINS!!!!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a SPARKLING weekend!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Taste The Rainbow!

Hi friends! I hope your week is shaping up to be a great one! I've been making a few cards to send out to some special friends in the hopes that it will brighten their day! And with the January Clearsnap Inspiration board to help me along, these cards were super easy and just plain fun to make! I'm loving my Clearsnap Colorbox inks too--they are so juicy and easy to blend, mmmm! Take a look at this fabulous rainbow of inspiration!
How does it inspire you? I found it to be so much fun and a definite cure to my winter blues! I made 2 mixed media cards and this first one I'll be entering into the Winnie & Walter 1st Birthday Bash/Distress Inks & Patterns Challenge with Mayuri.
I used to be scared of making my own backgrounds so I've always loved patterned paper--but with a little inspiration, a few stencils and your favorite ink, it's just a blast to make your own backgrounds! I'm really enjoying it! I'm entering the heart card into this week's FFC #71-Anything Goes challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack and a new one for me, Card Mania-CMC #64 Make It Sparkle!
I sure hope that you will join in this month's Clearsnap Inspiration Challenge too! I love seeing my fellow crafters projects and it's even more fun with more people joining in challenges!! ps- I don't think you are required to use Clearsnap products to play~Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a creative and blessed day!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Refurbished Wood Stand

Hi friends and happy Friday! I hope you have plans for a wonderful weekend! Today I'm sharing a project I've been working on for the past couple days. After winning this wonderful new chalky finish paint and stencils from DecoArt, I knew I wanted to start refurbishing some old pieces of furniture I had in my craft room. I started with this cheap little wood stand that used to belong to my husbands Dad. It was super easy to do with Americana® D├ęcor™ chalky paint because it requires virtually no prepping and I really like the fresh new look the vintage stencils give my craft space!
From this....
....to this!!!
And a few pics along the way! Here's how it went...
 
And here's a few close-ups of the finished stand...
I added a hardware keyhole to the center of the design for a little bit of extra charm...
This is part of a hand painted ceramic tea set that my Mom made me when I was a little girl. I cherish it so very much.
And this toile pattern from Unity Stamp Co. stamped onto white tissue paper and adhered to the shelf with Gel Medium coordinates beautifully with the French-country feel of this piece.
What do you think? Do you spy something around your house that could use a makeover too? Are you inspired by this easy project to grab some chalky paint, stencils, tissue paper or stamps and recreate your space? If so, please do share!! And don't forget to have a creative and blessed day!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Grateful Everyday Mixed Media Canvas

Hello my friends! Hope all is well with you! Today I'm sharing another mixed media piece I made on an 8x10 Winsor & Newton canvas board. These are great for practicing mixed media, watercolor, painting, etc. because they are inexpensive and not too large, so the commitment to complete one isn't huge and if I mess up, no worries! I found mine in a 12pack on Amazon. And of course, I brought out my favorite go-to mixed media art supplies from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft to get started! Come along and see how this canvas came together! I'm linking it to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #8-Something New For The New Year. I used this fabulous Flower Of Life stencil from Stencil Girl for the first time since winning it last Fall.
First, I found a wonderful quote I liked from my Crafty Secrets "Words From The Heart" Book and I tore around the edges of it. Tearing helps to create a more unified and seamless look once it's adhered to the canvas. I used Gel Medium. (sorry for the blurriness)





Next, I painted a layer of Gesso over the entire canvas, except the quote. Now, my canvas is prepped for watercoloring with Design Memory Craft Gelatos®









After coloring along the top with white, silver and different blues and purples, I spritzed the colors with water and blended with my fingers, letting the color drip down. This made quite a mess and was so much fun!! I quickened the drying process between each step with my heat gun.
Now I mixed together a scoop each of Whipped Spackle and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. If you visit often, you may have noticed that I love to mix these two textural elements together to create the most yummy and sparkly embossing paste! Then I spread it over this really cool circle stencil from TCW and added some stamping in black and white inks, Prima flowers, hemp twine and a few sequins. Finally, I colored with Black Licorice Gelatos around the entire canvas and blended with water and my finger. I've noticed myself doing this a lot on my mixed media canvases...it seems to create a sort of a natural frame and I like it. I also dabbed a bit of Gesso over the flowers and edges to create a more vintage-distressed feel. Here are a couple more close-up shots....and I'm joining in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge #165-Anything Goes as always, and faith based or inspirational art.
I hope you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a creative and very blessed day!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Love Is A Canvas

Hi friends and happy 2015! I hope the new year is finding you well! I am working on reorganizing my craft room so that I can have the most productive and enjoyable creative year ever! I needed to make something just for fun and get my creative energy flowing after getting fully depleted from the busy holiday season~ here's what came of it.
I decided to enter it into this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #8-Try Something New For You. The stencil I used was brand new as are the Prima metal embellishments--paper over textured stenciling was a new technique for me as well.
I took some photos along the way....first I painted a small 6x6" stretched canvas with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalk Board Paint.
Next I mixed together Whipped Spackle and Glass Bead Glitter Gel...
 ...and spread it over a new 6x6" script stencil from TCW.
Then I colored with Gelatos® and spritzed with water to create some color and interest...
I added White Gelatos around the canvas and smeared it with my finger...
Now I adhered a really cool Crafty Secrets Voltaire quote to my canvas with Gel Medium and added black Gelatos to create a very worn look and feel. I also added a bit more pink and green Gelatos along the top and spritzed with more water letting it drip down. Basically, I just got messy!! And it was fun!!
After adding some gold stamp paint to my canvas, I didn't care for it but it dried really fast so what's done is done haha! Finally, I added a few metal pieces to my canvas and I was done! I hope you like it! I really enjoyed the process~here are a couple close-ups...
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a creative and blessed day!!!