Monday, February 12, 2018

Seth Apter Mixed Media Workshop

Last week I traveled to Greensboro, NC to attend my first ever Seth Apter Mixed Media Workshop. I had so much fun and met so many other wonderful artists in the class. Seth is so kind and is such an amazing teacher and artist. We learned how to create many layers of color using paint, papers, stencils and stamps. I first met Seth at CHA in 2015 and was so excited to be able to take this class.

First couple of layers of paint

Seth demonstrating some techniques.

More paint layers. Some of my paper came up.
It sort of adds more texture. Not what I was
going for, but it looks cool in the end.

Die cuts and stamped images cut out and adhered. Seth calls
this "stacking" elements.

My almost finished piece! I need to add shading to the words
with a white gel pen. First I must find said white gel pen. lol

We got a photo op with Seth after the workshop.

This is why I LOVE Seth Apter! He is fun and
quirky, just like me! I taught him my word for
taking pictures. Say "Pickles"!
My table mate, Becky, took most of the pictures and emailed them to me. My phone died right before the workshop was over and I couldn't get any more pictures, so I was so thankful she did that for me. Thanks Becky!!

This was such a fun and awesome class and can't wait to find the next one to attend!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope to be back soon with more stuff to share. Until then...

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

I Suck at Time Management

Hello there friends! I know that I've been MIA a lot in the last couple of months. The holidays are always so packed and busy with parties and family and friends, so blogging has always fallen to the wayside during the Christmas season. So, what's my excuse since the New Year? I don't really have one, other than being busy at work and being too tired to do much in the evenings. That and the Art House is such a disaster that you can barely get in the door. I'm not kidding!! Therefore, I haven't created anything to share. I have spent a chunk of time on Pinterest trying to find ideas of how I truly would like the Art House to be more functional. I have a picture in my mind of how I want it to look and feel. Think about a combination of shabby, Bohemian and vintage infused with bright colors and textures from wood and metal. I want it to be artsy but functional. Most of my furniture and storage pieces are white, so that the papers, ribbons, fabrics, etc provide the color. Does any of this make sense?  I love IKEA and plan to get a few more pieces from there to help with organizing everything. I need to have different work and storage zones: sewing, floral & wreath making, paper crafting, mixed media and jewelry making. Here are some inspiration pictures from Pinterest that I really like.

Love the shelving units with the attached desk!

More of the shelving units. I really like the
texture that the baskets provide.

Look at all the beautiful colors from the fabrics!!
I really love having my own little sanctuary to create in, I just need to get it better organized and for that I need a good swift kick in the tail to just get it done. I chose "achieve" as my one word for 2018 and need to concentrate on that for the Art House. Maybe this is the year I get it fixed up the way I really want it. Hopefully I'll be back soon to share some progress!! In the meantime, I'll continue stalking Pinterest for inspiration :)

Until next time...

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!'

Monday, November 13, 2017

Jolly Santa Claus Christmas Ornament

Hey there artsy friends! Can't believe it almost the middle of November already! Next week is Thanksgiving! Where oh where did the year go?

I've been working on more Christmas ornaments. I really love this one :)

The ornament base is a round chipboard coaster that I covered in paper from Authentique Festive Collection. Next is a plastic snowflake from the Dollar Tree (comes in pack of 10). The Santa Claus is from a pack of 10 tags. 

Tucked in behind Santa is a silk holly leaf with berries that I added Clear Glitter Stickles to add some Christmas sparkle. I added a little silver and white pom pom to Santa's hat as well as some of the same Stickles to the top of his hat. The "25" is from a die cut pack that I've had for awhile. 

I used small round letter beads to spell out "jolly". The edges were covered in sparkly fake snow. The hanger is a piece of 1/2 inch white organza ribbon.

The Art House is still not completely organized and cleaned. Actually, it's still kind of a disaster. lol Maybe one day it will all be finished. I have made a couple more ornaments that I'll share soon.

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

First Christmas Ornament of 2017

Hello again friends! It's two month until Christmas and is unseasonably warm for the end of October here in South Carolina, but I'm making Christmas ornaments already! Today I'm sharing the first one I made to give to a co-worker who is leaving to home school her daughter. Bless her! I don't think I would have been able to do that and my kids or me surviving that! hahahhaha.
Anyway, here is the ornament I made for her :)

The base is a chipboard coaster that I covered in paper from the Authentique Festive Collection: "Merry" two sided paper. I used Liquitex Matte Gel as my adhesive for this project. I added an acrylic snowflake ornament that I got in a pack of 10 from the Dollar Store. I used the Sizzix Stampin' Up! Bigz Elegant Bird die cut to create the dove. It's die cut from the same Festive Collection: "Yuletide" two sided paper. I love the green swirl with holly leaves and berries design. 

The flower is a Petaloo Textured Elements Burlap bird nest flower that I added to the center of the dove. The edges of the dove and the base were painted with Tsukeneko Radiant Neon Amplify in White. Then I added fake snow that you can get in the Christmas section at Walmart. Finally, I added a hanger using a tinsel pipe cleaner. 
I love how this turned out and so did my co-worker!! I'll be making more of these and I have ideas for some round ones, too. I'll share them as they are completed. 

I've also been working on rearranging the Art House. I think I finally have the big furniture pieces where I want them, now just need to work on organizing all the small stuff and supplies. I'll take pics and share those soon, too.

That's all from me today! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Carolina Gamecock Wreaths

Hello again crafty friends! I've been busy the last couple of weeks making wreaths, specifically Carolina Gamecock wreaths.

The first wreath is for my aunt and is made with 21 inch garnet burlap Deco-Mesh, 10 inch black Deco-Mesh, white mesh tubing, black and garnet ribbon and a Carolina Gamecock license plate.

The second wreath is for my daughter, Amber and is made with the same Deco-Mesh and mesh tubing, but I used black sequin waste ribbon, football print ribbon and Carolina Gamecock ribbon. 

While I was in the wreath making mode, I also made a cute Christmas wreath, but haven't had a chance to take pictures yet. I'll share that one soon.

I'm also starting to make Christmas ornaments and will share those soon, too.
That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mini Pallet Fall Banner

Hello again crafty friends! I'm on a roll posting this week, I guess because I was pretty creative this past weekend. 😄 I made this banner yesterday out of the mini pallets that I got from Oriental Trading.

First, I painted each mini pallet and the chipboard letters with Gesso. The mini pallets were painted with aqua blue and turquoise paint. The letters were painted a bright orange and glued to the pallets. 

Once the glue was dried, each pallet was strung onto orange seam binding and then tied random blue and orange ribbons on the seam binding on either side and in between each pallet.  

I hung the banner on a mantel piece that is on the Art House porch. It came out of my grandparent's house and is around 100 years old. When the house was remodeled years ago, this mantel was removed and was stored in their barn. A couple of years ago, my cousin who now owns the house gave it to me. 

My plan was to create a headboard with the mantel, but it needs some work. So for now, I just knocked off the paint that had peeled off of it and put it on the porch. I rather like it there. 😉

That's all from me for now. I'll be back soon with more creations.
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Shabby Wood Pumpkin

Hello again crafty friends! I'm back to share the second wood pumpkin that I painted and decorated with a junk bow. This pumpkin is painted with orange, turquoise, lime green and a little touch of pink. I love the shabbiness of it!

 The bow is a mix of coordinating ribbons: 2 inch wide light brown with light blue polka dots, 2 inch wide light blue with pink rose pattern and a 1 1/2 inch frilly bright blue. 

I know this pumpkin is not your normal, traditional style of Fall decor, but I love it!!

I wish I had ordered more of these pumpkins. Hmmmm, maybe I'll have to place another order :)
Another thing I ordered at the same time as the pumpkins were cute little pallets. I haven't quite decided what to do with them. There are some on Pinterest decorated as coasters that were cute. I'll keep looking at them and decide soon. Maybe a banner? We'll see.

That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!