Someday You Will Be Old Enough

Vacations never last long enough. I had nine days off, and only managed to finish one project. Of course, that one project took about three days to complete. It was quite fiddly and involved a lot of fussy cutting. But I do love the way it turned out.

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I’ve had this in mind since seeing previews for Graphic 45’s new Fairie Wings collection. I wanted to create a layered tableau, and chose a theater shrine from Retro Cafe Art to decorate.

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I began this project by painting the edges of the shrine with Victorian Green Impasto paint. I then carefully measured each piece of the shrine in order to cover both sides with Fairie Wings papers. I used Mod Podge to glue the papers down. After everything was dry, I glued the shrine together except for the front curtain piece.

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I used some window dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps to cut leafy windows from several pieces of the Fairie Wings collection, both the 8×8 pad and the Patterns and Solids 12×12 pad. I used pieces of adhesive foam to create the layers. I added fussy cut fairies and flowers to each layer as I went along.

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When I was satisfied with my interior layers, I glued on the curtain piece, adding more flowers and fairies along the front. A thin sticker from the sticker sheets was added along the edge of the base. I heat embossed the wooden circle for the top of the shrine with WOW Embossing Powder in Velvet. One of the small chipboard circles from the Fairie Wings collection fit perfectly inside. Finally, I added a few sequins as a finishing touch.

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This was such fun to make, but my goodness, it was a lot of fussy cutting! If I could do one thing differently, I would have painted or covered the back of the curtain piece. I may still try to do that later.

I still have plenty of the Fairie Wings collection left. I’ll have to see what else I can come up with. ❤

Look for the Magic

With cold temperatures alternating with highs in the 80s, it seems as if Mother Nature has given spring a miss, going straight from winter to summer. With barely any time to enjoy the blooming of flowers due to fluctuating temperatures, social distancing, and rainy days, why not bring a little spring into your home with flowers made of paper? Guaranteed not to wilt and die, paper flowers can brighten any home year-round. 

I took advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend to sit down and be creative. I have a bunch of MDF shapes in my stash, and I wanted to do something spring-like, so I chose the unicorn. I’d done an MDF unicorn before, but it had more of a cosmos/outer space vibe, and this time I wanted magic and floral.

To begin with, I first painted the edges of the unicorn with Mermaid Sparkle Sparks paint from Prima/Finnabair. 

I then chose a piece of patterned scrapbook paper from my stash of 49 and Market papers to use as my background. The paper I chose is from a discontinued collection, but they have so many gorgeous papers to chose from, it wouldn’t be hard to find a different sheet.

Flipping both the unicorn and the scrapbook paper over, I traced the unicorn shape on the back with a pencil and cut the shape out using a pair of sharp scissors.

I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the unicorn head, trimming off excess with a sharp craft knife.

Next, I used an embossing ink pad and embossing powder on the unicorn’s horn. For this project, I went with Mulberry Mist from WOW! Embossing Powder. I also used a piece of silver twine from Lawn Fawn to create the illusion of spirals on the horn.

At this point, I felt like the unicorn’s mane could use a little more something-something than just the flowers I was planning to add. So I took the Mystic Swirl stamp from Lavinia Stamps and stamped it several times in Soft Blossom and Soft Purple inks from Hero Arts. 

After that, I began to build my floral mane, using hot glue to attach the flowers from 49 and Market to my project.

I also added some purple crystals and 49 and Market’s dimensional stickers for added interest.

I then added some sentiment stickers from Finnabair’s Art Daily collection, with edges inked in Milled Lavender. 

For my final touch, I added drops of Glossy Accents here and there to the flowers, sprinkling over the top with the Angel Mix sequins from Dress my craft.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be on a vacation-staycation next week, so I hope I’ll get a chance to be creative while I’m off. 🙂

Be My Valentine

I’m so sorry. This pocket letter post should have been up much sooner than this. But life just kind of smacked me in the face this past month. First, one of the very dear ladies in my swap group passed away from cancer. She wasn’t my partner for this swap, but we have been partners before. I shall always treasure the things she made and sent to me. Godspeed, Donna.

Then, just earlier this week, a tornado tore through the community next to mine, a town I lived in for six years while going to school. Eighteen people were killed. People I know lost everything. It’s been horrific and I just haven’t had energy for a whole lot lately. So please forgive me as I try to get back into being creative. And spare some good thoughts for Tennessee if you can.

My last art swap was a pocket letter swap on the forums of Scrapbook.com. The theme was Valentine’s Day, and this is what I created for my partner.

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I went with very traditional colors, pinks and reds, in my creation. I also used a lot of dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps to create my pocket letter.

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The center heart flower box was made using the Memory Box Precious Heart Box die, filling it with flowers from Prima and 49 & Market.

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The fairy and the butterfly are both from Reneabouquets, and the little wooden embellishments are Kaisercraft.

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I also included a Valentine-themed necklace for my swap partner that I made. 🙂

I’m on vacation next week, so I hope to get my creative mojo going… that is, if I can bring myself to crawl out of bed long enough. Hug your loved ones. Enjoy each day. Don’t take anything for granted! ❤

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas season is upon us! I’ve been busy making cards and gifts for the loved ones in my life, but I had a few moments during my last week off work to make an altered Christmas embroidery hoop to commemorate this year’s holiday season.

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I started off with an 6-inch hoop that I painted white with Finnabair’s Snow White Impasto Paint. I gave it several coats until I was happy with the color.

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After the paint had dried, I took a sanding block and went over the paint in a few places, to give it a more distressed look.

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To make my Christmas trees, I used an old Sizzix die called Trees, Three, but free-cutting triangles would work just as well. I also used up some old scraps of Christmas paper from Photoplay. Any paper with a small pattern would work.

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I cut several trees and bases, and inked the edges with Distress inks in Candied Apple and Peeled Paint for the trees and Vintage Photo for the bases. I then glued the bases to the trees.

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While waiting for the glue on my trees to dry, I mounted a piece of lace-covered burlap into my embroidery hoop. I trimmed the excess fabric away on the back, and glued what remained to the back of the hoop using hot glue.

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When my embroidery hoop was ready, I arranged my trees and glued them onto the burlap. I took a length of gold twine and wrapped it around the bottom, tying a knot at the base of the trees. For added security I also applied a little bit of glue to the back to hold the twine in place.

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For decoration, I added a few small buttons in red and green…

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…and a chipboard “Merry Christmas” heat embossed with an opaque white embossing powder.

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The final touch was to add a bow to the top and a piece of ribbon to hang my hoop from.

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I had so much fun making this embroidery hoop, I made a second as well.

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I didn’t do step-by-step photos for this one, but it’s a 4-inch hoop decorated with a poinsettia using the Tim Holtz Layered Tattered Poinsettia Die. I used gold seed beads for the center of the flower, and a chipboard “Joy” heat embossed with a sparkly gold embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your holidays are merry and bright!

Halloween pocket letter/ATC

Happy Halloween! It’s been a busy, busy month at work, so I’m just popping in today to post my Halloween-themed pocket letter and ATCs!

I never turn down the opportunity to do a Halloween-themed pocket letter!

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The bottom row features a spooky graveyard scene. The background was made with Distress Oxides. The haunted house and ghosts are from Memory Box/Poppystamps and the skeleton is Tim Holtz colored with a bit of Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink. The graveyard border is a chipboard piece from Creative Embellishments that I’ve heat embossed with black embossing powder to give it a shiny look. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings.

In the center, I have a SnipArt chipboard skull frame heat embossed with Oyster Glintz embossing powder from WOW. The raven, bats and creepy eye are Tim Holtz, as is the sentiment. The black cat is a sticker from Michaels.

On the top row, I’ve mounted three ephemera pieces from a Michaels ephemera pack on different pieces of Halloween paper and accented with sequins. I’ve tied little bows with purple and black twine and added Tim Holtz Halloween quote chips on the spine to finish the project.

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For my Halloween ATCs, I’ve again used Distress Oxide inks to create my background, masking off a small strip along the bottom for my sentiment, along with the moon. The black die cuts are from the Impression Obsession Halloween Hill border die. The sentiment is stamped from the Poppystamps Halloween Fun stamp set. The ghosts are stamped from the Mama Elephant Little Boo Agenda stamp set, colored with Copic markers and die cut using the coordinating dies.

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I also made a set of autumn-themed ATCs for my monthly swap. For my base, I used a set of pumpkin die cut pieces from Joggles that I trimmed just a bit to adhere to the standard ATC size of 3.5 by 2.5 inches. I used the ink squishing technique using Distress Oxides to color them, inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink for definition. I glued down some gold thread, then placed a sprig of flowers from Prima in autumn colors on top. I added some puffy stickers from the Autumn Sunset collection from Prima, as well as gems from the same collection. The sentiment is from the Small Talk Occasions sticker collection from Tim Holtz.

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start on Christmas projects! Let the holiday season begin!

The Witching Hour

For most, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. For me, it marks the first weekend of Halloween!

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. For someone who can’t stand watching horror movies, I love the creepy, spooky trappings that are associated with the holiday, and Halloween crafts are my favorite to make.

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I’ve had this idea in mind since I bought the Julie Nutting Altered Dollhouse a couple of years ago. I told myself this year was the year I was finally going to sit down and create my very own haunted house. I’ve been collecting Halloween themed stickers, embellishments and trinkets for this project for a couple of years, so it came together pretty easily. I even have enough left over to do a second project like this in the future.

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I painted the dollhouse black and lined each of the trays with Halloween scrapbook paper or Worn Wallpaper remnants by Tim Holtz.

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After that, it was just a matter of filling the trays with bits and pieces of spooky embellishments. Some of my favorite things to work with a dimensional stickers from Jolee’s Boutique.

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For the center tray, I used a piece of Graphic 45 paper with a quote by Edgar Allan Poe. I also used Poe’s portrait in the space beneath, adding a raven as well. The candles I made myself using rolled up paper and hot glue and painted with Distress Paints.

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For the largest space, I knew I wanted to use the witch paper dolls from Tim Holtz. I also had a Beautiful Board spider clock from Reneabouquets that I heat embossed with black powder. It was a perfect addition to my haunted house.

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A couple of the miniatures I used are from Michaels. They have some of the best Halloween decor every year!

Thanks for stopping by. May your Halloween season be spooky!

Thankful

Hello! I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere is surviving the sweltering summer temperatures we’ve been having lately! Remember to take breaks and stay hydrated when out and about!

As much as I look forward to warmer weather after a cold winter, these hot summer days have me longing for the cool crispness of autumn. I thought I’d try to channel that into my latest project, featuring Prima’s Autumn Sunset collection.

I started off with an MDF base in the shape of a leaf from Diverse Woodworking.

Using a piece of paper from the Autumn Sunset collection, I traced the leaf, cut it out and glued it onto my base using Mod Podge. I then sanded the sides to take care of any overhang. I spread some crackle paste through the Woven stencil by Prima and left it to dry overnight, so the cracks could appear naturally. I prefer to let crackle paste dry naturally as opposed to using a heat gun.

The next day, I used some Lindy’s Starburst sprays in Autumn Maple Crimson, Steampunk Sepia, Red Hot Poker Orange and Cattail Copper Brown to create splatters of colorful shimmer on my leaf.

My next step was to use a Prima text stamp with Archival Black ink to add some more texture to the leaf.

I set my leaf base aside to work on my centerpiece. I took a chipboard frame from Scrapiniec and heat embossed it with WOW Oyster Glintz embossing powder. I also cut the gold foil sheet music out of another piece of paper from the Autumn Sunset collection, distressed and inked the edges and glued it to the back of the frame.

My next step was to play with flowers and leaves from the Autumn Sunset collection, along with some sisal, layering them into a composition I liked.

To finish my piece off, I added some pieces from the Autumn Sunset ephemera pack, some of the coordinating gems, and a butterfly from one of the flower packs. I also splattered white gesso over the piece as well as using some Vintage Gold wax here and there. My final addition was a resin lady which I painted with Hazelnut Metallique paint and highlighted with the Vintage Gold wax.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this little tutorial was helpful. If you have any questions, just leave a comment or shoot me an email. Stay cool out there!

A Whale of a Tale

Happy Official Start of Summer! Summer always makes me think of the beach and the ocean… which is  a bit odd since I live nowhere near either. But those few times I’ve been, I’ve loved every minute of it. So to celebrate the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, I thought I’d create an ocean-themed project.

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I’ve had this MDF fish tail from Darice for a little while, which I’ve been wanting to use. So to begin with, I painted the whole thing with white gesso for a base coat, then I mixed white gesso with Finnabair Victorian Green Impasto paint to lighten the color a bit, and painted all sides with this mixture. (Of course, you don’t have to paint the front if you use paper like I did, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at first, so the front was painted as well.)

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I chose a piece of paper from the Blue Fern Studios Seaside Cottage collection (sadly, not available anymore) and traced the tail so that the drawing of a ship would be visible on the bottom right corner of the tail. I cut the paper out and glued it down to the front of my project with Mod Podge. I then sanded the edges to get rid of any overhang.

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Next I took the Mermaid Stencil from StencilGirl and heat embossed fish scales in various places using Azure Mist embossing powder from WOW.

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Next I began to arrange my composition. I used a chipboard seahorse, anchor and netting, flowers from 49 and Market, resin ship cast from a mould and seashells from my stash.

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I heat embossed the seahorse using WOW’s Sparkling Snow and the net and anchor with Earthtone Honey and Chocolate Caramel Pearl. I glued everything down using a combination of 3D Matte Gel and hot glue. To finish I added some Finnabair Art Stones and splattered some Azure Sea Asters spray from Lindy’s for “splashes.” I also added a small starfish as well before finally rubbing Finnabair Vintage Silk wax over everything. It’s hard to see in the photos, but it gives everything a really nice shine.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope my little project inspired cool ocean breezes and salty sea scents!

Tag swap: Go Deep

The mixed media box I made for the last swap on the Scrapbook.com forums was well received, so when the summer tag swap opened, I hopped at the chance to participate. Since the theme was summer, my mind immediately goes to the ocean. I haven’t taken a trip since my last cruise in 2016, but I’ll always associate summer with the beach and the cool ocean depths. So that’s what I went with for my partner’s tag.

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I wanted my tag to have a semi-transparent look, so I started with a clear acrylic sheet that I cut down to a 6×8 inch tag. For texture I added some torn drywall tape in various places.

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I then added some heavy white gesso to the bottom half of the tag, and clear gesso to the top half. The clear gesso doesn’t dry totally clear on the acrylic sheet, but gives a nice semi-transparent cloudy look.

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When dry, I added some limestone texture paste to the bottom of the tag, then added various sizes of art stones to create my ocean bottom. While that dried, I got my embellishments ready — chipboard pieces, seashells, a starfish and a resin mermaid — by painting them with white gesso. I attached some fish net to the tag and arranged my composition before gluing everything down.

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To add color to my tag, I used Lindy’s sprays in Whale Watch Blue, Ponderosa Pines Olive and Opal Sea Oats. I then dry brushed gesso over the top to tone down the colors.

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After I was mostly satisfied with the color, I decided the mermaid needed just a touch more. I painted her with Fairy Wings Sparks paint, then added Vintage Gold wax to highlight certain areas. I then used Verdigris embossing powder by Ranger to heat emboss a Dusty Attic sea dragon chipboard piece to add to my tag. The quote is from the Prima Art Daily Planner collection sentiment sticker pad. As a final touch, I added a touch of Peacock wax here and there.

Thanks for stopping by! This was my last swap I’d signed up for, so I don’t know what I’ll create next. But I’m sure I’ll have fun doing it!

Lost in the Darkness

Last month, I wrote about decorating shaped MDF pieces from an amazing little company I’d found online, Diverse Woodworking. I had so much fun doing up one of their swans that I wanted to do a second, companion piece to it. As my first swan was white and pink, I wanted to make my second black and maroon. A white swan and a black swan. My very own Swan Lake, if you will.

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I pretty much did the exact same thing with my black swan as I did with my white. I used Prima Marketing’s Midnight Garden collection to decorate my swan. I adhered a piece of the paper collection to the swan using Mod Podge, and layered it with some heat embossed chipboard pieces, Midnight Garden Flowers and ephemera. My final touch was to add one of the new Parisian Hat Pins from Prima and a Halloween quote chip by Tim Holtz.

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I am absolutely loving these MDF shapes! So much so, my next project-in-progress is a steampunk octopus. Hopefully he will be finished soon!