Thursday, September 14, 2017

MMMC #40-Vintage Mid-Month Inspiration

Hello and happy Friday! It's the 15th and I have some mid-month inspiration for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #40-Vintage Theme. There is plenty of time to get your mixed media mojo on and join our challenge too! I would absolutely LOVE to see your creations!!! Visit the MMMC Blog for details and to link up your project!
I've made a miniature Halloween gypsy wagon from scratch using a tiny tart tin as the base, which I altered by painting it with gesso and then adding a variety of sprays, paints and gold foiling. It is supposed to look very tattered and worn. I added button wheels and a sweet little gypsy witch with her furry traveling companion, black kitty. I had the most fun creating this tiny treasure and I hope you enjoy it too!
Here's a bit more of a close up. I also altered this small piece of chipboard with a leaf and scroll design from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I wanted it to look as if there may have once been a canopy on the wagon and now it's just the frame left. I like it. I think it adds a touch of something special and makes it look more like a vehicle of some kind. A bed of delicate flowers with touches of gold foiling sit over layers of soft cheesecloth, gold glitter tulle and lace. If you're going to ride vintage, this is a charming way to go! :)
And thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll come join the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for September too! Happy crafting! xoxo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop!

Hi friends! It's September 13th and that means it's time for our monthly blog hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon! If you are arriving here from the amazing and fabulous CHERRY'S blog, then you are in the right place! If not, you can begin the hop at the RRR blog.
This month we are getting a head start on our Halloween creations with the September Ribbon Club Assortment-Halloween Assortment!
What a fun and festive ribbon collection this is! I had a ball with it, I must say! The idea for my project came from Pinterest inspiration HERE. Once I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for this ribbon assortment! And I was right! Without further ado, I present my altered witch's broomsticks! 
These actually came together quite easily and they were so much fun to design! I would venture to say that any witch would trade in her boring old broom for a snazzy one like this! Even witches deserve to travel in style, hehe! 
I first sprayed painted the brooms black, then I sprinkled amethyst glitter all over the front of each broom. One was covered completely and the other was done a bit more subtle, showing more of the black. I like them both! 
The sticks were covered with 3 of the spooktacular ribbons in this assortment. One with the Tangerine Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and brightly colored sequins. The other  with 2 different ribbons, Halloween Bold Diagonal Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon and Apple Green Satin with Grosgrain Edge. I used a high quality permanent adhesive tape runner to adhere the ribbon securely to the sticks.
 Moving on to the tops of the broomsticks. I made what is called a PomPom bow and here's the great tutorial that I used. The first bow on the green stick looks a lot different than the bow on the black stick. The reason for this is that I simply made a smaller loop on the smaller, tighter Tangerine Double-face Satin bow. I actually really like how both bows turned out and I like how they are different and unique from one another.
This Tangerine Diamond Satin Ribbon is super yummy-licous! I think it should be called tangerine dream! So pretty and classy!
The bases of the brooms needed something special too, so I added a spray of flowers in Halloween-type color combination. 
I couldn't help adding a morbid little twist on this one with an old metal dagger embellishment that was long hidden away in my stash. I truly hope it doesn't offend anyone. <3 nbsp="" p="">
One final look at those super fun ribbons in all their glory! I definitely think I need to get myself another package of September Ribbon Club Halloween Assortment
Thanks so much for hanging with my long post! I hope you found some inspiration here! Your next stop on the hop is SHEILA! Have a great day! Happy crafting! 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Simple Stories BEAUTIFUL Altered Home Decor

First and foremost, I want to send out prayers to all those who have been or are currently being affected by any of the natural disasters happening across our nation. From FL to OR and everywhere in between. May God bless us all and keep us safe under His care and authority, Amen.

Hello friends! I'm so happy to be sharing with you my latest home décor/altered project for Simple Stories! I've used the new Beautiful collection to create some pretty wall art, desk organization and altered clipboard pieces. This is one of those collections that becomes a staple in your crafting because it is so versatile and just like its name says, so beautiful. I really enjoyed creating this ensemble and I hope you like it too!
I love how easy it is to create shabby-chic sophistication with this collection. It has lovely pastel shades of pink and green, mixed with pops of black and gold. Floral, polka dots, stripes...this one has it all and I'm absolutely enamored with it. As you can see, it's a breeze making beautiful wall art with this collection. Just pick your papers, fit into pretty frames--done! There is so much gorgeousness going on, my only issue was trying to narrow down which papers to use since I love them all.
 
I had never altered a clipboard before and I think it might be my new favorite! It is almost too easy and once again, these papers are the star of the show! It's fun to get creative with clipboards, like adding a row of scrumptious mulberry flowers or delicate lace along the top. The Beautiful Combo Stickers are perfect for decorating and adding even more charm to any piece. 
I wanted a few organizational items for my writing desk, so I made a mini mason jar cubby trio, which is great for storing pens, small die cuts and chipboard, lace trims, and other small embellishments. I also covered a vanilla candle with pretty patterned paper and an inspiring die cut. The candle was beyond easy to spruce up and would make a great little gift as well. I see myself doing plenty more of them. 
Another very easy and inexpensive way to make desktop organization is by using foodf cardboard boxes, like cereal boxes. Simply cut it, cover it and decorate to your hearts content. Here, I made a small holder for my 4x6 sticker sheets.
The designs in the 6x8 Paper Pad are too beautiful to pass up. A few of them were born to be framed and that's exactly what they got. A vintage mint typewriter with black and white florals and pink marble--yes, please! Here's a closer look....
This sweet vintage bicycle with a basket full of flowers was a no brainer--it had to be framed and displayed. Add a bit more interest and personality to a framed piece with little embellishments, like enamel dots and mini flowers. Extra details always make something look even more special and unique. 
And that's all for me! I hope you've enjoyed my showcase featuring the Beautiful collection and feel inspired to create some of your own DIY home décor/organizational pieces! Thanks so much for visiting! Happy crafting! 

Supplies Used: (Beautiful Collection) 
Combo Sticker-9201
Shine Bright- 9205
Fabulous Adventure- 9206
Follow Your Heart- 9207
3x4 Elements- 9210
4x6 Vertical Elements- 9213
6x8 Pad- 9214
6x12 Chipboard- 9215
Bits & Pieces- 9216
4x6 Stickers- 9217
Clear Stickers- 9218
Enamel Dots/Posh Collection- 6731

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #40-Vintage

Hello friends and happy September 1st! I hope you're still enjoying great weather where you live. We sure are here in the Pacific NW--this is probably my favorite time of year for the weather. It's still warm, but the leaves are beginning to change colors and there is a crispness and freshness in the air that I love. This month we have a great new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #40-Vintage! Going vintage is so much fun! I LOVE vintage anything!! How about you?!
And our awesome sponsor this month is The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Since I'm still feeling summertime mixed with the beginning of fall, I was inspired to create a mixed media canvas featuring a super cute vintage camper! For the trees and stickers, I used the new Cabin Fever collection and for the camper, I used the new Happy Harvest Simple Set, both from Simple Stories. The base was painted with 2 coats of DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Ice Blue Paint.
I had a ball with this canvas! We just returned from a trip in the cascade mountains near Leavenworth, WA and it was heavenly! We stayed in a quaint little log cabin overlooking the Wenatchee river with big, beautiful trees towering all around us. My project was definitely inspired by our trip! I was also inspired by lots of great Pinterest vintage camper creations, which are endless--particularly, this one here. If you haven't done one before, I encourage you to make your very own vintage camper too! It's so much fun!!
I used some beautiful vintage-style Victoria White Crochet Lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon to make little curtains (or valances) and a bit more along the lower panel of camper. 
And I added some Ivory Ric Rac here along with a strip of Mini Hearts on Apple Green Grosgrain Ribbon, one of my favorites. The little rub-on sentiment goes perfect with this ribbon and theme of my project, too! :) 
And that's all for me! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll join our MMMC#40-Vintage challenge this month! There's also a brand new Anything Goes with Ribbon/Trim Challenge up at the RRR blog today and I'd love to see your projects with ribbon and trim too! Have a great day and happy crafting! 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hello Fall Planner with Autumn Harvest Ribbon Assortment

Hello friends! Are you a part of the planner girl (or boy) craze these days? I sure am and today I'm excited to be sharing my latest planner page with you! It's my day up on the RRR blog and this was inspired by all my favorite ribbons! With Fall just around the corner, I was inspired to start working on my Fall planner and design a new layout with the fabulous August Ribbon Club Assortment-Autumn Harvest! If you're a part of the RRR Ribbon Club, you already have these gorgeous ribbons in your hot little hands! If not, I encourage you to consider joining! It's an awesome value and a great way to grow your ribbon collection--plus, it just makes you happy! So without further ado, here's my hello fall planner spread!
This is my Carpe Diem Clover A5 Planner, which I love for the Fall months and it will even transition over to the Christmas season beautifully. It's such a pretty shade of green and it coordinates so well with the Happy Harvest Simple Set paper and stickers I used as well as the awesome Autumn Harvest Ribbon Assortment. I had fun getting creative with my ribbon and trims. Don't be afraid to add a bit to your planner pages too. It creates just the right amount of special detail and texture without a lot of bulk. Notice my strip of delicate Victoria White Crochet Lace along the bottom of the title frame on my homemade dashboard. So pretty...
Every planner season needs its own planner tassel and I love how this one turned out! I used Random Autumn Leaves on Ivory Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/8" Autumn Bold Vertical Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Mini Hearts on Apple Green Grosgrain Ribbon, Delicate Stitched Satin Sherry, Ivory 3/8" Ric Rac, Double-faced Satin Tangerine, Light Blue Mini Ric Rac, 1/8" Diagonal Stripe Ribbon Brown, a bit more Victoria White Crochet Lace and Rosemary Natural Crochet Lace. It was really simple to make--the only hard part is choosing which ribbons and trims you want! And if you haven't done this before, I would love it if you are inspired to do so now! I want to see your planner tassels too! 
I also made some cute burlap tags tied with more stickers and Autumn Bold Vertical Striped Grosgrain Ribbon...
 ...and a jumbo ribbon planner clip with more of the same ribbons and trims as my tassel. Isn't that fox planner clip so cute? :) 
And here's a neat idea for clear pockets, or in this case, my clear plastic storage pouch--add a whole bunch of sparkly sequins!! They make for a great element to any page or layout. I'm also super excited to be able to use one of my favorite pens with this spread--it's just right, don't you think? 
I enjoyed making this so much! Here's a quick shot of the front cover. I used the Grateful Heart Black Planner Decal and I love it. These decals are so cool! I highly recommend checking them out!
I'm still savoring every bit left of summer here in the Pacific NW, but this project really got me into the early Autumn mood! 
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today! I hope you had fun and felt inspired! Happy planning! 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Back 2 School Altered Lunch Box & Card Set

Hello and happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Today I'm sharing some fun back-to-school inspiration for the new Anything Goes Challenge # for Really Reasonable Ribbon! I've been wanting to alter this cute little lunch box for a long time and finally did it--hooray!!
I had such fun decorating this white lunch box using the new Old School Simple Set from Simple Stories! As usual, the papers and stickers coordinated perfectly with all my RRR ribbons! For the handle, I used: Checkerboard Satin Daffodil, Diamond Satin Tropic, Swiss Dots Grosgrain Black,  NEW Tangerine Taffeta Ribbon and NEW Delicate Stitched Satin Sherry. I love ribbon so so soooooo much!!! 
 I've been using lots of buttons on my projects lately too and I love tying them with a double bow using Burlap String Natural. It just always seems to look good. :)
Once I altered the outside, I needed something to go inside the lunch box. Cards, of course! I made a set of 4 x 5 1/4" cards that can be used to give as encouragement for a child or to a parent. I'm thinking this will be a great little giftset to give to one of my lovely teacher friends for the new 2017-18 school year! I threw in a few cute school-themed planner clips as well. These are too easy to make and are so cute! 
All my cards are tied with the same Gingham Black Micro ribbon. It goes great with this paper and theme too. 
And that's a wrap! Thanks for hanging out with me for bit! I hope you will join our Anything Goes with Ribbon/Trim Challenge at RRR!!! I want to see YOUR fabulous creations!!! Happy crafting! 





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Oh my goodness, can you believe that it's already August 13?! Time sure does fly when you're having fun--and summer always seems to fly by like nobody's business. Today is our RRR August blog hop and if you're coming to me from Miss CHERRY'S incredible blog, then you are in the right place! If not, head over to the RRR Blog to start the hop!
With September just around the corner, the August Ribbon Club Assortment is sure to delight your senses and get you going on all your Fall and Autumn crafting projects. It definitely has me smiling!
I made a unique dreamcatcher of sorts, only no weaved web pattern in the center. Instead, a pretty doily held in place by a 4" embroidery hoop, which makes for a great alternative to the traditional kind of dreamcatcher. This project could be used for home décor, to spruce up an office cubicle or to give as a nice Fall gift to a special friend or neighbor.
I wanted to feature all those glorious ribbons and lace trim to show how beautifully they coordinate. And I still have a lot of ribbon leftover from this assortment to create more Fall goodness with--yay!
This project is super easy to do! It's only my third time making a dreamcatcher and it took about a half hour!  That never happens with me, lol. So it sort of came together like a dream! Just loop each ribbon (approx.14" long) through a hole in the doily or around the hoop along the bottom all pull til snug. Keep going until you have the look you desire. Instant gorgeousness!
Since the new SS Vintage Blessings collection goes SO perfectly with the RRR August Ribbon Club Assortment, a couldn't resist adding a lovely die cut sentiment to the center along with a couple clear flower stickers and enamel dots to adorn the hoop. A heavenly match, indeed!
And that's all for me! Thanks so much for visiting me today--just like my dreamcatcher says, I feel grateful, thankful and blessed that you're here and I hope you liked my project. Your next stop on the hop is the blog of Miss SHEILA! Have a great day and, as always, happy crafting!