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

Friday, 3 May 2019

"Wine O'Clock" mixed media canvas

Hello there, crafty friends-I love creating canvases and I had some fun with this one! I had some great wine-themed chippies from Gypsy Soul Lasercuts in my stash, and I was REALLY in the mood for a glass (or two) of wine, but didn't have any and REALLY didn't feel like getting dressed and going to the this is what I did instead!!

I added gems to the chipboard grape clusters for extra texture and interest, and I used the corkscrews included in the chipboard set as substitutes for the letter "T" in my title work. Bits of stencilling with homemade texture paste added some extra detail.

After gluing everything down with a hot glue gun, I painted the entire surface with black gesso,
then rubbed some Art Alchemy Metallique waxes onto various areas, then sprayed some Rustoleum Stone Textured Finish (from the spray paint section at the hardware store) and added a little Tattered Angels mists here and there. The mists are subtle on a black surface, but do add some tint and a bit of shimmer.

I am entering this in the May challenge at Bleeding Art-the criteria is to add stencilling to your mixed media project.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative week! xx

Friday, 5 April 2019

Altered Tissue Box for Creative Artiste

Hello crafty friends! I decided to create a piece of home decor this month; I found the wooden tissue box at a thrift store-it had been painted white and stenciled with some simple and very colourful Christmas images. Since I used very thick papers, I didn't even bother to paint over them.

After cutting the paper to size. I added stencilling with homemade texture paste and some Tattered Angels mists. After the papers were adhered to the box with white glue, I inked the edges, then added diecut flowers and foliage along with some shells, beach glass, chipboard and wooden embellishments to create texture and interest.

I cut the image from another piece of the paper and attached it to the end that would be facing outward in my room-I loved the image but the piece it was on was too small to use for the front. I like how it looks on the end, though.

 I make my texture paste quite thick for crisp lines and no bleeding under the stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by; this was fun to create and I love the idea of altering thrift store "uglies"! Have a terrific and creative week! xx

Sunday, 3 March 2019

JAKE-a layout for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog

Hello crafty friends and Happy March!  It's time to start a new month's challenge at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog-as always, anything goes, as long as it includes mixed media!!

AS a Design Team member, I decided to create a layout this month, a tribute to my best friend's sweet kitty who passed away in 2018.

I tore the paper and inked the edges before attaching it to the background paper and added texture paste stencilling and some diecut foliage, as well as a touch of cheesecloth here and there I wanted to keep the page simple so the focus would be on Jake's adorable face, so distressed photo mats, a touching quote and a little bit of misting were all I needed to finish it off. I hope you enjoyed checking out my page; have a look at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog HERE

Thursday, 14 February 2019

"Whatever our souls are made of...." Valentine Blog Hop

Hello there crafty friends! Lynne Joncas here with a little something I created to celebrate Valentine's day and share with you as you hop along with me and a great group of creative, talented artists I have the privilege of being a part of.

The list of blogs is here; I'm sure you'll enjoy checking them all out, and who knows? There just may be a prize or two along the way!!

PolymerCreations4U: A Journey into Craftiness
Psychotic Ramblings of a Serial Scrapper -
Whimsy Chic Paper Crafts Etc:

I was inspired to create this project by the card with the quote on it that I got recently when a friend was sharing some craft supplies (thank you, Becky!)  and realized it would fit perfectly in one of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts ATC shrines I had in my stash!

I had loads of fun playing withe techniques on the outer surface of the shrine; my crafting goal for 2019 is to experiment more with mediums and techniques, and I certainly did here! I started by decoupaging crumpled tissue paper onto the surface, then added some torn bits of patterned paper here and there.The surface was then painted with rose acrylic paint and sponged with a couple deeper shades. I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed the surface in white to create texture and depth, then added mica flakes, microbeads and followed that by brushing the entire surface with crackle glaze. When that was dry I rubbed in a little antiquing medium to tone down the colours for a softer, more vintage effect.

I cut a Gypsy Soul embellishment into two pieces, painted it with acrylic paint and Perfect Pearls, then attached one piece over the card inside and the other to the back of the shrine so it looked like a whole piece again. The fussy cut elements were added to the top and the beaded hearts to the inside atop a bed of tulle. Some rose ribbon and other trim were added to complete my project.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest project...if you follow my blog and leave a comment below this post, I will be drawing the name of one winner to send a little envelope of goodies out to, just as a thanks for your support! Enjoy the rest of the hop, and I wish you love and happiness this Valentine's Day and always! xoxo