Friday, April 18, 2014

Up Up and Away

Hello my crafty peeps and happy Friday! I hope you are having a great day! This is my favorite weekend of the year because this Sunday is Easter. I hope it finds you well and able to be surrounded by loved ones and filled with love for our Lord and Savior.
On to my project! I have been inspired all month by the Papercrafter's Corner Earth Day 2014 challenge to create with recyclable household items, junk, neglected craft supplies, scraps, things that may otherwise by trash...you get the idea. I've been making a bunch of things with this inspiration in mind and yesterday, I got this bright idea! I turned an old lightbulb and altered it into a hot air balloon! Here's how it came out...
The bulb is colored with my homemade alcohol inks which worked pretty decent. I added lines of liquid pearls and then layed a bit of stickles atop the pearl lines once they dried. The alcohol ink sort of just blended itself into the lines so it looks really cool in real life! All the ribbon and embellishments on this project are old, neglected or small scraps of things I never use but refuse to throw away! The thing at the top that looks like metal filigree is a sticker I've had on a sheet from at least 12 years old, maybe older. Never thought I'd use that one lol! Anyway, this is it! I hope you like it! I do, although I'm not sure where I should put it up--definitely in my craft room somewhere. I thought about giving it to my little niece but she's only 6 and I'm not quite sure it's appropriate for a girl her age.
Thanks so very much for stopping by today! If you have a question about how I made my hot air balloon, just ask! Maybe you'll be inspired to find something around the house to alter or upcycle?? I hope so and if you do, please do share!! I'd love to see your recycled projects and ideas too! Then be sure to submit your ideas to the Papercrafter's Corner Earth Day challenge! Wishing you a creative and blessed day!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friends for Life

Happy Wednesday friends! Today I took a break from my mixed media madness and made a nice fresh card using one of my brand new Unity stamps. I used Aprils Unity Be Inspired challenge for my inspiration. Here's a look at the gorgeousness...
I chose to use the color and sketch inspiration for my card. Isn't this little tiny dancer with her bear the sweetest thing?! :)

I hope you will be inspired to join in the Unity challenge too! I'm also adding this card to:
Thanks so much for spinning by today!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On The Go Journal

Hey friends and happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing a journal book I made for when I'm out-n-about and see something inspiring or I get an idea, I can now jot it down for later reference. I bet you're like me and find inspiration to incorporate into your crafting ALL over the place. Ever get an awesome idea for a project while laying in bed at 2am, then spend the morning trying to remember what the heck that awesome idea was? Our artistic inspiration can hit at any moment, so why not have something to capture all those fabulous thoughts and ideas! Now I do :)
Thanks to Mou's inspiration, I am submitting my on-the-go journal for:
I am submitting my on-the-go journal for:
I altered the heck out of the cover lol! From paint to glitter, metal to sequins, pom pom trim to trendy twine--this was one fun re-do :) I even broke out my new Faber Castell Gelatos a played a bit with them! They are so marvelous and I can't wait to do my first canvas with them this week!

Thanks so very much for stopping by! Here's wishing you are creative and blessed day my friends!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Madge's Embellishment Kit Monday!

Happy Monday my lovlies! Today is exciting!...How's that, you ask? Well, I get to share the accordion album I made with my new Embellishment Kit from Madge's Scrappin' Lounge and these kits are what have me so giddy! Aprils kit is off the chain y'all! It is packed full of brand new products from Hazel and Ruby and Freckled Fawn and I just love it! Here's the scoop--Each month, I get a fabulous new kit filled with all the latest trends in paper crafting!! For only $12 (yes, it includes shipping) this is truly a steal! I love it because it allows me try fresh, popular, new embellishments from various companies that I might not have otherwise known about or purchased due to the high cost of many individual embellishments . Madge takes all the guess work out of it for me! Everything in the kit coordinates beautifully together and is awesome for scrapbooking and cark making alike! Check it out~~
As some may know, I like to have fun with my crafting by reducing, reusing and recycling all sorts of things and incorporating them into my projects. It's a wonderful way to expand your creativity and artistic freedom! Also, I'm shall we say...thrifty lol. And who doesn't love to save a buck, am I right?! So I'm going to tell you all little things I did to make this little album a true one of a kind using lots of homemade elements--just the way I like it!
My cover...gold arrow and stickers badges from the kit go great with my hand dyed papers, vellum and flower!
I'm adding my mini accordion album to the:
Faber-Castell "Take the Challenge with Mou" Challenge- On The Go

... Pop an on-trend sticker word from the kit onto my homemade tag backed to my hand dyed paper! This page reflects how my style allows me to discover new and wonderful things along the way of my artistic journey!
Use everything!--here, a fun striped lining with cut strips from one of the sticker sheets look nice with the corkboard hearts I cut for the "window to my heart" pocket. 1-2-3=live.laugh.love tag made from vellum scraps with flower and heart doodles
 ...sentiment bubble stickers are so cute with my fabric scrap and vellum trim house! I almost threw this piece of scrap paper away but look what happens when I used it--a whimsical patterned paper all my own that's so fun with my fabric and vellum house! I splashed the white plastic flowers with my homemade alcohol ink in "wine" (yes, I named all my homemade alcohol inks like I'm Tim Holtz or something--supahstah!...in my own mind lol) ;)
 Eeeek...printed acetate for my homemade shaker pocket with..yes--homemade vellum confetti for the inside along with some sequins and beads to shake it up!
See what I'm saying? It's an embellishment lovers dream come true!
For details on how to join Madge's Scrappin' Lounge Embellishment Kit Club, click HERE!
Thanks so much for stopping by and sticking with me through this long post! Here's wishing you a creative and blessed day!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Birthdays & Bugs!

Hello my friends! I hope you are enjoying your early Spring weekend--I sure am! It's gorgeous here in Seattle today and I just finished cleaning my craft room. Ahh....I love a nice clean craft room all ready for a fresh start to a new week (especially since it's a rare occasion that happens lol)! So today I made a card for the Crafty Secrets APRIL Linky Party. Are you a crafty vintage girl too? Pop over to Crafty Secrets Blog for all the deets! The owner Sandy picks a winner to receive $50 gift certificate to the store***W.O.W.Z.A ***This is so awesome--I mean, who doesn't love the idea of more Crafty Secrets yumminess!! Once again, I inked up a birthday greeting from my favorite CS stamp set called Sweet Kids, now available as a digi set. I had fun creating the background with my homemade alcohol inks. The base was cuttled with one of Anna Griffin's brand new embossing plates (so gorg!) I think I will save this card for a special friend of mine who has her own unique style and is a real free spirit. I think she'll enjoy it :)
I've also just begun making these little buggers and I am already in a state of beaded bug bliss! Ah...finally something to do with all these beads from when I went on my ill-fated jewelry making adventure a while back! And I like how they go with my homemade satin flowers :) This is my first, a super simple dragonfly. These are fun and easy to make and of course, the possibilities are endless for designs--butterflies, ladybugs, fireflies, bumble bees, shimmery moths...just think of all the things with wings lol! If you have beads and don't know what to do with em, give this a try! Find all kinds of beaded bug inspiration on Pinterest!
I'm submitting both my card and bead bug for the:
Why not join in too?! C'mon make something from old or recycled items/alter something, whatever! Use your imagination and let yourself be free--then submit it to the Papercrafter's Corner link above by April 19th--there are prizes too!!! Hope you will join in the fun!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Here's wishing you a creative and blessed day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Create Yourself

Hey friends! I sure hope you are having a FANTASTIC day! I might be in a recycling mood lately because of Earth Day coming up on the 22nd...not sure lol. But I'm definitely inspired by things around the house for my mixed media projects and this one is no exception! . All of the stamps used on this project are Unity. I used several to create the background as well as the large sentiment which I think is just wonderful! I used the Unity Be Inspired color challenge (#13) for April as my color inspiration. I might frame this if I can find one to fit it properly. Entering this for the following:
I started with a piece of corrugated cardboard a bit smaller than 8x8" and painted the base with white, silver and translucent gloss letting some drip and dotted randomly with one of those shipping peanuts found in packaging. I found that spreading some of my homemade texture paste onto a torn piece of sturdy card stock then stamping directly onto it creates a cool effect! I will be trying this in other ways for sure!
 Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a creative and blessed day! Now, off to see what you lovely peeps have been up to!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

After The Rain

Hello and happy Saturday! I hope you are enjoying the weekend so far! Today I made another mixed media project--an altered mini chalk board turned into a pretty Springtime art piece! I made it for the Tombow Challenge hosted by Jennie- April Showers. This challenge is new to me and different from most I'm used to. This one requires votes, yikes! On Monday, the voting will start and for 24 hours, you vote for your favorite from all the entries--so I hope you might be able to swing by the Tombow Blog and vote for your favorite (hopefully mine) hehe..on Monday! I will post a reminder on Monday and also on my Facebook too. Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to vote and if you are inclined to make something for this challenge, there's still time! Just be sure to use some type of Tombow product if you do! Here is my interpretation of Jennie's April Showers challenge...
I used the last of my new Xtreme Permanent Adhesive on this project. I can't believe how often I've been using this stuff--it's the best! My lace and embellishments were adhered with it and none of these little trinkets are moving! This adhesive doesn't mess around! I also used my handy dandy MONO Removable Adhesive on the strips papers to keep them all in place as I layered on top of them before adhering them in place permanently with my MONO Permanent Adhesive. All adhesives used on this are Tombow products!
This scrumptious lace on here is the 3 Girl Jam "light and bright" hand-dyed lace, so I am submitting this also for the 3 Girl Jam April Challenge- "All Things Spring"
Entering this project for the:
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #206- Use Vellum! (3 pieces of vellum on main panel and vellum w/rub on floral design covering wood frame)
Altered Eclectics April Challenge (I altered this mini wooden frame chalkboard)
 
Now I have started another project with rain in mind. I hope to finish it this evening and I'll be sure to post it. Thanks so much for visiting me this weekend! Have a creative and blessed day!