Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Life Is Good!

Hi there! My card tonight is what my husband calls a "last minute louie" in his industry--and I do mean last minute! I'm getting this one in for the Fabulous Friday Challenge at MoxieFabWorld- Twiggy Fun! Teri chose a super fun picture for inspiration and it expires in about 13 minutes! I'm such a nut, but I love to work under pressure lol! :) Ok short n sweet! Here the inspiration piece....
And here's my take on it
I had a ball (get it, "ball"..snort!) playing with my brand new Echo Park "Walking On Sunshine" paper and sticker collection! Wondering how I got those cute little 3-D goodies to stick without worry? It's called Tombow Xtreme Adhesive and right now you can get the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive BOGO deal with a FREE refill! Oh how I love a bargain!
Summer ain't over yet my friends! So grab a hot dog and pop open a can of soda pop!--Cheers to Summer 2014!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great one!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Colorful Life Mixed Media Canvas

Hello friends! I hope all is well with you and thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to! I'm going out on a limb today and giving the big summer Make It Yours with Krylon Contest at FaveCrafts.com a shot, "gulp"! :P I don't believe I've ever entered  a contest for actual monetary winnings (aka- cash money, yo!) however, this one I simply cannot resist! I LOVE my Krylon products and upon visiting a new to me and ultra talented artist's blog by the name of Lisa Liza Lou and seeing her wonderful entry for the Make It Yours with Krylon contest, I got inspired to join in too! I am so very thankful for my blogging and other social media friends who share in my passion for celebrating art and creativity! I learn so much from you and continue to grow as an artist greatly in part because of you! Thanks!!!
And here is my FaveCrafts.com Make It Yours With Krylon contest project which I had a most wonderful time making! I hope you like it too!
"A Colorful Life" Mixed Media Canvas Art
I've had this idea swimming around in my head ever since I saw a couple different versions of this type of mixed media canvas out in bloggyland (unfortunately I did not note who created them so cannot give proper credit, but thanks so much for the inspiration if you've made something like this before! I knew I definitely wanted to use my Krylon Gesso Spray paint for the canvas base because once dry, the gesso becomes a bright white primer and allows for various water based color mediums to move around and blend with ease. Here's how it went:
Step 1:
Choose your canvas then begin collecting various embellishments such as buttons and flair buttons, pins, brads, charms,  metal findings (raid your hubby's garage for some interesting finds like washers, nails, screws, small gears etc), wood veneer, chipboard, 3d stickers, clips, bling, paper flowers, ribbon and trims and anything else you can think of that creates dimension, texture and interest! This is a great way to use up some of your neglected embellishments and clear out your stash ;) Aside from the trinkets, here are all the supplies I used for my project...
 
Step 2:
Place your collected embellishments on the canvas to get a general idea of placement and balance before gluing it all down. As you can see, not everything ends up getting used and some things get shuffled around--that's part of the fun! Remember, it's all about YOU and what you want on it. Don't be afraid of mismatching--it will all come together in the end! 
*Tip-take a picture of the canvas and use it for reference when you are gluing all your items into place. 
This is also when you would lay down any stencil work or textural elements. i.e.- I used my 4x4 brick wall stencil from SaCrafters and brand new Finnabair Black Sand Texture Paste from Prima (in love with this stuff)
 Step 3: 
Glue everything down. I used both Mod Podge matte finish and E6000 craft adhesive glues. The Mod Podge is great for adhering down fabric, ribbon, trim, and paper. The E6000 is best for the heavier metal pieces and tiny things. Let everything dry overnight.
 Step 4:
Spray the entire canvas (including sides) with White Krylon Gesso Spray and let dry for 1 hour (it actually dries much quicker, withn 15 minutes in fact, however, I waited a bit longer because I sprayed some areas heavier than others and wanted to ensure all the little nooks and crannies were dry.
 Step 5:
Start coloring you canvas with whatever you want! I wanted to see how my homemade shimmer mists would look so I sprayed the 3 colors I've made them in- aqua, green and a light raspberry. I liked it ok, but I wanted more color, so I decided to try my Gelatos to see how they would blend into the canvas...with all the dimension, I wasn't sure how it would go, but it actually worked quite well! It wasn't planned, but I ended up going with a rainbow of colors across my canvas. After laying down each color, I simply spritzed water directly onto the color, moving it with my finger and covering all the pieces on the canvas. No doubt about it, the key is Krylon Gesso Spray! It makes it really easy as soon as the water is added to the Gelatos--color magic! I wiped away a bit of color in some areas allowing the white Krylon Gesso Spray to show through, a really pretty effect. Oh, and don't forget to color your canvas sides too!
 Let dry completely and add sentiments, word stickers, hand doodling, etc, if desired. Or leave it as is--it's just as pretty!
 I'm also entering my canvas into these 2 following challenges:
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #14- Button It Up! I have used a variety of buttons from my overabundant stash--a great way to free up some craft space!
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3-Stencils with Modeling Paste- my brick wall was created using a stencil and Finnabair black sand texture paste (center of the canvas)
close up
...and 1 more
And that's all she wrote! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog my friends! Wishing you a most creative and blessed day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You Are Love

Hi friends! Wow, almost Friday already! I hope you have plans to enjoy this weekend--only a couple more left before Summer is gone. I'm hoping for an Indian summer myself! Anyway, today I made my 2nd scrapbook layout this month! I just might be getting the hang of this scrapbook thing again! I had stopped scrapping altogether for a long while after I got hooked on stamping...I'm sure some can relate :) This 12x12 layout was inspired by the August Mixed Media Monthly Challenge- Stencils with Modeling Paste and I'm entering this layout into this months challenge. If you love mixed media or have been wanting to try it, this is a great challenge blog to join! It's lots of fun and I get all sorts of amazing inspiration over there!
I'm also entering this layout into the SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge- Anything Goes!
I started my layout by using my striped hearts stencil from SaCrafters and my own homemade texture/modeling paste concoction. Then I added different patterned papers, some stamping and gold embossing for more texture.  The chalkboard element is a super chipboard sticker from PaperHouseProductions and the LOVE fishtail tags are from Chic Tags. As you can see, I just layered the letters atop some wonderful 1.5"white crochet lace trim and Beatrice white crochet lace from RRR and attached them with little white clothespins.
I had fun adding bits of interest like the big Prima flower, fabric tag, gold accents, mini crystal hearts, etc. Not sure you can see it, but I also played with my new Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel, which I recently won over at the DesignMemoryCraft blog. Love it :)
The sentiment "I know I loved you..." is from Unity Stamp Co. And the beautiful baby girl is my childhood best friends daughter, Chloe. She is growing up to be such a lovely young lady now! Time flies!
Thanks so much for visiting me and letting my share my layout with you! Wishing you a creative and very blessed day! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cherish Mixed Media Canvas

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the latter days of Summer :) I certainly am. I love this time of year--my blackberries are in full bloom and my tomatoes are finally red so I'll be busy canning jam and salsa this week, yay!
Today I'm sharing this 12x12 canvas board I created using a variety of mixed media elements. I must give full credit for the original inspiration behind this piece to an extraordinary artist I found over at YouTube who shared his crayon melting technique on his artwork. I loved it so much and was so very inspired, I had to try it myself! If you are inclined to try it too, you should certainly visit Dollar Store Artwork's YouTube channel and see his video titled "Crayon Art" that first inspired me--you won't be disappointed! Since I loved the person with an umbrella under the lamppost concept, I basically copied his design, except I sketched a girl instead of a man and after I did the melted crayon technique, I added a whole bunch of other things like paints, stamping, homemade spray mists and alcohol inks, rub-ons, stencils, chipboard, bling, washi tape...so as I worked, it became completely my own, as art tends to do. Not perfect, but me. :) And here's how it came out
 Here's a closer up shot of the title...I still want to do something more with words but I can't figure out what so for now, this is it. Suggestions welcome! :D
And a little closer up shot of the my girl under the lamppost
Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I've been up to and letting me share! I hope you will stop by Dollar Store Artwork's YouTube Channel and get even more great inspiration from him! And don't forget to have a creative and blessed day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop!

Hello old friends and new!  Welcome to my blog! If you are hopping with us for the RRR August blog hop, you should have arrived here from seeing a super fabulous project at JENN'S BLOG. If not, you can always head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to start the hop. I'm absolutely IN LOVE with this month's Ribbon Club Assortment! It's full of gorgeous Fall colors that will transition beautifully into the Christmas season as well. Take a look!
Right?! The colors and patterns instantly spark my desire to start creating Autumn projects. Now, I love to cook and bake and especially canning foods. I'm not sure, but Fall may be my favorite season for being in the kitchen. I keep my big crock pot out constantly and love the aromas of a roast n veggies, fresh apples and cinnamon and all the sweet and savory delights of Fall. The transition into the holiday season is something I really look forward to as well. I love to try new recipes and find "keepers" for my stash. In honor of the upcoming Autumn which will be upon us sooner than I feel like it should be, I decided this month's blog hop was the perfect opportunity to make a place to store some of my favorite new Fall recipes and a few oldies too. It's always so much fun to play with the beautiful ribbon in the Ribbon Club Assortment and this gorgeous collection that is the August Ribbon Club Assortment was a joy! RRR also carries a great selection of paper flowers and stems and I think a few Wild Orchid Mulberry Leaves in Brown make a lovely accent for the cover.
I used every one of the ribbons from the assortment. In addition to the front cover, I sandwiched a small loop of ribbon between 2 tabs on each page. I wanted everything to really stay in place so I used the most awesome dry adhesive on the planet, in my very humble opinion--the new refillable Xtreme Adhesive by Tombow. Nothing is shifting on this baby! And I'm not sure that even my recipes themselves could be more scrumptious than this yummy blend of ribbon textures, patterns and colors together! Mwah! My compliments to the ribbon master chef!! (aka: Bonnie hehe)
I'm still loving my Paper House Productions 6x6 "What's Cookin" designer paper pad and it of course worked perfectly for my cookbook pages as well as compliments the ribbon wonderfully! Now I will enjoy filling it with yummy recipes! :)
And that's a bit of my little Fall cookbook :) I'm entering it into the current Paper Issues Challenge: Mix Tape.
Thanks so much for letting me share with you today. Next stop on the hop, the lovely and talented CHERYL!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Paper Bag Envelope Album

Hi friends! I hope this Saturday is finding you well! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a mini memory album that I made from a paper grocery bag. This was such a fun one for me! I was originally inspired to find something from around the house to create with for the Mixed Media July challenge, but I missed it by a couple days. boo. But I am getting this album entered in time for the Paper Issues Challenge/Current Issue-Say Cheese! yay. I used several different cameras you can spot throughout my album-camera charm on the ring, camera 3D canvas sticker, camera rub-ons and perhaps even more on the journaling panels that are tucked inside each envie. I'm also entering it into this week's SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge: J is for.... In this case, J is for Journey. This album's theme is all about the journey! And I don't do this journey without my #1 J--Jesus. My journey with Jesus.
Of course, part of the fun of this was decorating the backside of each envelope and I chose Paper House Productions 6x6 "What's Cookin" designer paper pad. I love the vibrant colors and patterns, they are packed with flavah! :) Paper House also have a wonderful array of 3-D embellishments to adorned your projects with--like the cool "canvas stickers" (heart and camera) below. Here's a few more shots...
The fun rub-ons and litte sentiment stickers are mostly from Chic Tags and I finally used up some of the millions of ancient Prima flowers from my stash--Yes. "LIFE" deco brad is Teresa Collins and little bling flower is Sa Crafters.
I just smeared white acrylic paint all around on each side of all 4 envies with my finger and since my paper bag already had creases and folds all over, I think the paint adds a nice carefree artsy feel. I didn't fuss over it, I just went with it and it felt really good!
I used my crop-a-dile to punch the holes for the 1 ring which holds the album together and I made the little spindle closures with  3/4" circle punch, my crop-a-dile and big gold eyelets and some twine.
And finally a close up of the little charms I attached to the jump ring on the blue ring. Say Cheese! :D
Whew! That was a long one! Thanks for hangin in there with me! Have a super wonderful and blessed day!

Friday, August 1, 2014

My First Dress

Hey peeps, happy Friday! I'm so excited the weekend is finally here! Just in time for me to sport my new homemade sun dress, yay! I recently won a contest over at Fabric Traditions and this "style in an instant" fabric was the prize! Not only did I get enough fabric to make at least 2 dresses + easy breezy instructions, Fabric Traditions is such a marvelous company, they even threw in a whole bunch of awesome buttons just cuz' they're cool like that--sweet! :D
I adorned the bottom of my dress with delicate White Betsy Lace Trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon. It's so pretty in real life!
And I had to make a cute little angel charm necklace to go with my new sundress :)
I love it strapless, but I think I'm going to make a little detachable strap so I can easily transform it into a halter top for a slightly different look.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed weekend  my friends!!!