Friday, 1 November 2019

Magnetic canvas trio for Creative Artiste

Hello crafters! Hope all is well in your world; thanks so much for stopping by! I found some cool 6x6 magnetic canvases at Dollarama and thought they'd make great fridge art. I found some images and sayings that I liked together and then had fun embellishing, misting and waxing them.
 Although I referred to them as a trio, I did not create them to be a set, as the themes are all very different!

After I decided on the placement of the words, burlap/fabric, drywall tape and images, I stencilled here and there with texture paste, then attached the other elements I wanted to mist over and followed that with a coat of gesso over the whole thing. When that was dry, I adhered the words and images and any embellishments I wanted to use in their natural state (ie the broom, flowers, cloud etc)

Love the gypsy image from 7Gypsies "Gypsy Moments" paper, and that flourished stencil is one of my favourites!

I had some "Wizard of Oz" themed papers and absolutely could NOT resist using this fun combination of words and images!

I think we all have days when we feel like this; I know I've had several of them lately!
This image and quote is also from the "Gypsy Moments" paper line.

These were so much fun to do; small canvases seem to come together so easily! The store had other shapes as well-I remember heart and flower shapes, and just may have to grab some more! So glad you stopped by, and I wish you a colourful and creative November xoxo

Friday, 4 October 2019

Sewing box for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog

Hello crafty friends! While I'm definitely no expert seamstress, I enjoy sewing now and then, usually making home decor or Christmas items. In the other house, I had a HUGE desk where all my sewing supplies could be easily stored, but I have a little less drawer space now (a LOT less, actually!) so I decided to take a hexagonal hatbox I had in my stash and convert it to a sewing themed storage box.

I had a 7Gypsies  "Gypsy Seamstress" paper pad that I'd been itching to use, and it was perfect for this project. I simply cut 6" strips of one of the papers and wrapped it around the outside, overlapping as needed to make neat seams. I cut out several of the images, which included faux button packages (to which I added real buttons) and lightly distressed and inked the edges of those before attaching and layering them on the six panels of the box.

^ I am madly in love with these teeny tiny scissors! ^

I had some canvas trim and a canvas flower, both natural coloured, so I misted them lightly with a variety of Tattered Angels mists to coordinate with the colours in the papers I had used. There was a sheet of the paper with tape measure/ruler images all over it, so I cut out several of those, whitewashed them with DecoArt Vintage Effects Wash in white to soften the colours a bit. I looped them and glued the ends with hot glue, then attached them under the flower and between the layers to create a bow design, adding mini spools of thread and some pearl-head hatpins , as well as some gathered white tulle.

This was a fun and simple project to put together, and I'm happy to have a decorative place to store my sewing supplies!

I'm so glad you stopped by, and I hope you are able to find some time to play and create this month! Even better, join us in our monthly Mixed Media Challenge-anything goes! You can find it HERE!
Have a wonderful October xoxo

Friday, 6 September 2019

"Make pretty things"-altered storage cubes for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog

Hello there, fellow creative souls! I'm excited to have a brand new scraproom, and I've been having such a great time getting it ready! I had a cute little white shelf, but the things I needed to store on it weren't exactly pretty to look at and would have ended up being a cluttered mess, so I create this instead:

I started off with 11" cubes from the Dollar Tree, and chose the lightest coloured ones as I figured they'd be the easiest to cover.

I brushed the whole front with white gesso, then arranged chipboard, flowers, lace, buttons etc until I was happy with the effect, then glued them all on and covered it all with white gesso (if you put a coat on the blank surface first, you won't get unwelcome glimpses of the original colour peeking through)

I then misted with a variety of pastel mists, adding more after the first coat dried until I reached the intensity of colour I desired.

This was a fun project to put together and I love how well it coordinates with the rest of the decor in the room! I will be posting pics of my finished room soon-as soon as I find places for the last couple boxes of "this and that!"

Have a wonderful week and find time to make some pretty things yourself! xoxo

Friday, 2 August 2019

"Pawprints" frame for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog

Hey there, friends! I had this plain chipboard frame in my stash and decided it would be perfect to use for  a furbaby project-I just love the sentiment "pawprints on my heart"; it and the other chipboard embellishments are from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I stencilled randomly with homemade texture paste, then added the  chipboard and other embellishments  before priming the whole thing with white gesso.
I then misted with a variety of Tattered Angels mists, then I rubbed the chipboard pieces with Rose Gold Metallique Wax.

The photo in the frame is of our two dogs, Dudley and Elmo, who have since crossed the Rainbow Bridge. This photo was taken over twenty years ago, but their pawprints definitely remain on the hearts of my family.

Thanks so much for stopping by; I hope you enjoyed seeing my project-give your furbabies an extra hug today! xoxo

Friday, 12 July 2019

Christmas in July Blog Hop...Santa's sleigh 2 ways! And a giveaway!!

Merry Christmas, crafty friends!! Well, maybe not REALLY, but it's always a good time to feel the warmth and joy of Christmas, so along with a bunch of talented and enthusiastic crafters,  I'm sharing a Christmas-themed blog post with you today.

Our blog hop list is as follows, so just continue along until you've paid everyone a visit and by then you should really be in the Christmas spirit!!

One of my favourite chipboard kits from Gypsy Soul Lasercuts is Santa's sleigh; I love it enough that I ended up making two of them, one for myself and one for my best friend. I love that different papers and embellishments can totally change the look of a project like this...

My friend favours the traditional Christmas colours, so I used some lovely old-fashioned papers accented with antique gold and dark greenery. I layered diecut poinsettias and added paper ribbons with Christmas sentiments.

The overlay was dry-embossed, then heat-embossed in antique gold, then rubbed with bronze ink for a richer finish.

I created this sleigh to coordinate with the soft colours in my house, using the Kaisercraft Silver Bells collection.  I added shimmery white glass glitter to the overlay for a magical, snowy look.

 Fussy-cut ornaments and other items from the paper were added here and there , and I wrapped tiny "presents" and created paper fans to add dimension and height inside the sleigh.

We'll be in a new home this Christmas, so who knows? I just may have to order ANOTHER Santa's sleigh kit from Gypsy Soul so I can coordinate it to the new decor! If you think you might like to  make one for yourself or to give as a gift you can find it HERE in the Gypsy Soul store.


Since we're moving (and downsizing) I have been sorting through my crafty stash, and have come up with a bunch of duplicates in my chipboard stash, and may still find a few other extra craft supplies, and decided this would be a perfect time for an un-Christmas giveaway! Just follow my blog and leave a comment here, and I will draw 2 names to send an envelope of goodies to!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy blog-hopping!

Friday, 5 July 2019

Vintage jewelry box remake for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog

Hi there friends! As some of you know, we are moving/downsizing at the end of the summer so these days I am all about getting the most storage in the smallest areas. I found an old jewelry box f my mom's in one of my dresser drawers; it was pretty beat-up looking, but it was still sturdy, and I needed somewhere more compact for all my dangly earrings. This is what I came up with:

I used Kaisercraft papers and cut out some of the bricks from the one side of the paper, inking the edges and popping them up for added interest and to further pull the paper designs together. Random stencilling with texture paste and some flowers and tulle finished it off. I repainted the latch silver, as it was a bit marked up.

I attached a piece of corkboard to the inner lid and created compartments for more earrings, so I was able to replace the bulky, unattractive plastic holder I had previously used.

I love being able to reuse a vintage item, especially as this one had belonged to my mother. Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative day!

Friday, 7 June 2019

"Grow Old Along With Me"-mixed media chipboard card for Creative Artiste

Hello crafty friends! We have recently purchased a new home, and I've been a bit fascinated with house-themed projects lately (you'd be amazed how many GAZILLIONS of them there are on Pinterest!) so I created this to commemorate our upcoming move. It's a Design Team piece for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog's June challenge.

I had some leftover pages from a chipboard album and drew my pattern onto one of those. I copied just the grassy mound onto a second piece to serve as the opening part of the card. When these were cut out, I started with patterned paper, which I distressed, inked, gessoed and painted like crazy, then I added bricks which were created using baking soda texture paste which was coloured and spread onto pieces of cereal box board.
I added corrugate pieces for the chimney and door, and added bits of lace, ribbon, metal and wood for the various finishing details. I attached the front with tiny hinges.

I dug deep into my stash of alphabets and word art to create the sentiment, which is a line from a poem by Robert Browning.

The inside of the card simply reads, "Welcome Home."

Thanks so much for stopping by; I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project, and wish you a delightfully colourful and creative June, wherever your home may be! xoxo