Monday, August 1, 2016

Hydrangea Jar

Hello everyone,
    Today I am posting my Eclectic Ellapu DT inspiration project for August.  The Eclectic Ellapu pink team theme is "Floral". The purple team them is "It's a Man Thing".  So you have a wide variety of creativity to explore and I can't wait to see your creations!   For my August project, I decided to decoupage a mini jar.   I chose this cute little min jar with wooden spoon I found at Hobby Lobby.   I used a couple coats of chalk paint (purchased at Michaels), I let this dry, then I baked it in the oven for a few minutes.  I used some beautiful Hydrangea napkins I got from Tuesday Morning.  I used Mod-Podge glossy to seal it and attached a Tim Holtz charm with some twine around the rim and there you have it.  A cute little multi-use jar!  You can put a small plastic liner in it and make a candy jar, great use for the little spoon, or it is great for holding paper clips and other what-nots.  Well, that's it for now.  Come back soon for more projects.  I got some goodies up my sleeve and I am excited about sharing them!  See you in the Eclectic Ellapu August challenge and good luck!

If you want more information about decoupage, check at Patti Elhoff's channel on YouTube- patioelf

Til' next time


Friday, July 1, 2016

Message in a Bottle

Hello my peeps!
It's that time again.  You got it, it's time for another awesome bragging-rites challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu.  This months' themes are the "Anything Goes" and the "Beach".  I have to say, I wasn't paying attention very well last month because I did a beach card for last month's challenge for my "summer" theme...duh!!!  Well, when I realized the error of my ways, I had to come up with something really good for this month.   First, I decided that I would do something dimensional.  I'd been eyeing some things on Pinterest and YouTube for a couple weeks and I came up with an idea for altered bottle project.  Since this was my first attempt at altering a glass bottle, I thought I'd better start small (lol).  And let me just say, I'm glad I did.  It was a lot of fun creating my project but it was time consuming and it was messy!  My warning to anyone-if you are an instant gratification type crafter...step away from the altered bottles...  My goal was to make the bottle look very old, tarnished, and rustic, like it might have washed up on the "beach" from far away.   I really like how it turned out.  

Okay, now for the supplies I used...I started out with a very nice neat list of stuff that I used as I was going along, but some how it got lost in all the mess of my craftroom when I was creating the project (Some where between the workstation, craft table, and my desk).  And before you know it, I'd forgotten that I stopped writing things on the list (urrrrh)!   Sadly, this happens to me a lot (lol).  When I'm in my craftroom, my mind just goesssssssss.  I might start out in one direction and totally end up somewhere else.  I just grab stuff and see how it suits the project I'm creating at that moment and if I think it adds to where my mind is at that time, then it's in the project (lol).  With that being said, I am going to try my best to tell you what I used to create this little bottle.  

The bottle was a clear glass bottle from Hobby Lobby ($1.99).  Originally, I used to Krylon Metalic Gold spray paint and covered it but I didn't like how it turned out.  I then decided to layer on some texture by using mesh, and some metal embellishments, and some flowers.  I put on 2  coats of Gesso.  After the Gesso was dry (I let it sit overnight).  Then, I took my hot glue gun and added the lines and Xs.  I wanted the colours to be a blue-green for a patina effect. Alllll-righty! we're cooking now folks... I started out using some Tattered Angels sprays; however, they were too light and too shimmery.  I needed something that was going to give a deeper richer colour.  I used Tim Holtz distress stains peeled paint and broken china applied them with a sponge.  I used some Baroque Art Guilder's Paste (German Silver) and Perfect Paints-Shimmering Matte Acrylics (#1008 Bright Gold), then dusted the bottle with Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo. It took some doing and quite a bit of trial and error but I got to where I was trying go finally.   The other supplies used in my scenery are sea shells, sand, and netting from Hobby Lobby and some autumn coloured pearls from JoAnn's.  I made a little message in the bottle.  My inspiration came from one of my favorite movies called "Message in a Bottle" with Kevin Costner (that man is still fine as ever)!!  Took some patterned paper that I had in my stash, inked with Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, and Antique Linen, used Stampin' UP! En Fran├žois back ground stamp, distressed and tattered the edges and stuck down in the bottle.  Well, that's the scoop... Until next time... I hope to see in our June challenge at Eclectic Ellapu; good luck!

Of course you know there has always got to be a fleur-de-lys somewhere on my project (lol).


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Design Team Announcement!

Hey you guys! I have some great news. A few months ago there was a DT call on Eclectic Ellapu; I tried out for the team and I made it! YEY-YAH! I am so excited to be a part of such a talented group of paper crafters.  I am ready to stretch my crafting imagination as far it will go.  I am also looking forward to seeing all of your creative works of art in the monthly challenges to come.  So, let's get started... For the June challenge (my 1st DT project-big smile) we have 2 themes you can choose from.  The pink team did inspiration projects themed mid-summer.  The project can be anything about the summer, not just the play "A Midsummer Night's ..."  For my DT inspiration, I chose to make a card using a cute little image I found on Google (not sure who the artist is).   My card layout inspiration came from a card done by Gabrielle Pollaco.  This card has lots of layers and distressing.  For this project I was very grateful to have my Zutter electric distresser.  My card base is A2 size; however, I had to make a little modification because of all the layers and distressing.  I added a 1/8" gusset to make sure the card would stand and close properly for mailing.  See below for a list of the supplies used to make this card.


Supplies: 110# Cardstock, BoBunny Powder Blue Dots, Basic Gray Periphery paper pack, Burlap Fabric Trading Card (Canvas Corp), Shell Trim (JoAnn Fabric), Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), retired Stampin Up stamp set-"By the Tide", ATG adhesive and Glossy Accent.  The title was added with my computer software.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Birthday Wishes Steampunk Style!

Hey everybody,
   Back with another post, this time I'm sharing one of my birthday gifts.  This year I challenged my paper-crafting BBF Lesia from Mema's Crafts, to make a b-day card for me that included (1) a derivative of my favorite colour (which is red), her challenge was to use PINK and (2) one of my favorite styles...STEAMPUNK.  She did a crazy amazing job!!! I-LOVE-IT! and I think you'll love it to.  She fussed about the challenge all through creating this card. So, I had no idea what it was going be like.  I was thrilled to def when I saw it.  The inside is really cute too, she kept the theme flowing all the way through. Wonderful job Lesi-Les!  You rocked it girly-girl, just like I knew you would.  To see more of her beautiful works, click on the link above and check out her blog.  Can you believe I was the teacher, years ago?  Now, she has totally left me in the dust with the card making.  I call her the Card Whisperer (lol).  When I want to make a fancy card, I usually consult her first.   Check out my b-day card below.   Enjoy, til' next time...


I love the hardware and the postage stamps. After she coloured the image, she popped it up on some foam, added some lovely WOC flowers, and she used several Tim Holtz dies.  The inking really gives a vintage feel.  Awesome!!!!!!!
Here is a view of the inside with my Panera gift card, thanks Lesi!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Crafting with Friends

Howdy crafty peeps,
     A really quick post for you. Today I am sharing a Tag done by one of my new crafting friends, Vanessa.   Vanessa used the Prima Doll stamp "Taylor".  She paper pieced the doll's clothing using some retired Stampin' UP! 6x6 In-Colour cardstock. I love it! Great colour flow and spacing.  Vanessa is learning her way with alcohol inks.  She is starting with Prima alcohol markers and I believe she even used a little bit of Copic marker in her project.  Way-to-go Vanessa...keep up the great work! Thanks for sharing your talents with us. 

Til' next time, hugz from moi

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