Monday, April 24, 2017

Fly Flaming Heart Canvas

Hello again crafty friends! I hope you had a great weekend! We celebrated my sweet grandson Grayson's 4th birthday Saturday. I can hardly believe how fast he is growing up!
Yesterday I spend some much needed time in the Art House creating. I have been in a creative slump lately and any little bit of time playing out there helps.
I have had the Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts - Archival Cast Flaming Hearts Ex Votus I for a while, just waiting on that special project to include one of the hearts in. Well, the waiting is over!

Many months ago, I bought the chunky little canvas a Michaels, along with the resin frame. The canvas came with the newspaper type print already on it, I just painted it with some of the dark stain from the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kit - Peeled Paint.  The frame was painted with teal acrylic paint, copper crackle texture paste and also used the Peeled Paint kit, then finally added some silver touches with a Testors silver metallic enamel marker.  

I die cut butterfly wings from a soda can, painted them with creamy white chalk paint and added Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Rust Effect Distress Embossing Powder. The wings were tucked in behind the resin frame. 

I painted the flaming heart with Art Anthology Coral Sorbet Paint and Juicy Colorations Spray and also rubbed some Deco Arts Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre in some areas and added some silver with the Testors silver metallic enamel marker. The little blue bird is a charm from my stash. The sentiment is handwritten on a small tag that I cut into the flag shape and tied to the heart with twine. 

I glued copper microbeads, blue seed beads and German glass glitter (coming to the Pickled Tink Etsy shop soon!!) to the canvas in random areas. Oh, and the glue that holds everything together is Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.

I have two hearts left from the Flaming Hearts Ex Votus I kit that I have ideas for and hope to work on those in the next few days. I'll be back soon to share more creations :) Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring Inspired Banner

Hello again crafty friends! April has flown by so fast! I can't believe it's after Easter already and summer is not far away. While it's still Spring, I thought I would create a fun Spring inspired banner piece to share on the Scrap n' Art Online Magazine Facebook page.

This started out to be just a simple banner, but if you know me, I can't make anything simple. The more layers, the better in my opinion :) 

The base is a chipboard pennant piece from a banner kit that I covered with a piece of scrapbook paper that I've had for a while. I used matte modeling paste to adhere the paper to the base. Then I started piling on the layers: a smaller textured kraft paper banner that I painted and distressed, a Spellbinders doily die cut, a double rosette and a butterfly. Under that grouping is a tag, three flag pieces, a piece of lace, two ribbons and a Spellbinders rose. 

The sentiment says "Wherever you go, go with all your heart" and is stamped on a manila file folder, then cut in a flag shape. All of the layers were adhered with Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.

 Here is a close-up of the bottom portion with the tag, lace, ribbons and rose. 

I added a few different styles/colors of ribbon to the top corners of the pennant to hang down the sides and also a cream organza ribbon tied to create the hangers for the banner. 

I plan to make a couple other banner pieces that I have ideas for floating around in my head. Hopefully I can work on those this weekend, between my sweet grandson's birthday party and cleaning my house. I will be sure to share them here! 

Be sure to go and check out all the other Scrap n' Art designers creations!  

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Wire Cloche

Hello crafty friends! I am so excited to share today's Scrap n' Art Magazine project with you! While browsing Facebook, I ran across my friend Monica's awesome creation that included a rusty cloche and just had to try to make one, well, minus the rust. Rusty wire is on my to find list, though :) Go check out Monica's wonderful project HERE. Awesome, isn't it?
For my wire cloche, I started with 18 gauge wire and created two circles, one about the same width as a small 4" terracotta pot and the second a little smaller than the first. I built the cloche using five pieces of the wire wrapped around the first circle and curling the smallest end to create feet, then attached the second circle a few inches above the first. For the top, I gathered the five wires and wrapped with another piece of wire, then rolled the ends of each of the five wires to create the top curls.

The wire cloche was painted with an off white chalk paint and I also painted the terracotta pot first with gesso, then with the Tattered Angels Peeled Paint Kit. Once dry, I inserted a styrofoam ball inside the pot and covered it with shredded vintage book pages to create a nest.  

Then I filled the little pot with paper flowers, little blue glass stones, a crinkle ribbon bow and the little green "Happy Easter" frame that has been in my stash forever. 

I decorated the cloche with more little paper flowers around the top and green paper vines made with Spellbinders die cuts added down two sides of the cloche, adhering them here and there with Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue. 

Oh my gosh, I am so happy with how this turned out!! I will be making more I am sure! Now to find some rusty wire :)

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back soon with more fun projects.
Until next time...

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, March 27, 2017


Hello friends! Today I want to share a couple of cards I made for Scrap n' Art Magazine, using Leisure Arts coloring book called Extreme. The page I chose to use for these two cards have an intricate, swirly exploding flower design. I colored the images first using markers and then Leisure Arts colored pencils over the marker ink to create depth with rich color.
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For the first card, I used the coloring page as the background for the tag focal point. The typewriter and sentiment are rub-ons that I had in my stash, along with the scrunched seam binding and paper flowers. The card base is a deep purple cardstock. This is a pretty simple card for me, meaning not a lot of layers, but I really like it :)

The second card has lots of layers, with the coloring page being die cut to create the tea cup focal point. The card base is the same deep purple cardstock as the first card, then layers of orange cardstock, blue corrugated paper and a yellow cardstock that is embossed. 

I stamped the sentiment from my old Stampin' Up! stash and punched out to create the tea bag with purple and white cotton twine. To finish the card off, I added a scrunched seam binding bow and two crochet flowers. I used Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue to adhere all the layers together for durability. Ok, I really like both cards, but this one is my favorite :)

Sorry I've been absent from the blog for so long. My day job has been stressful and hasn't left much time for creating. I have been working on rearranging the Art House yet again, but am getting everything organized. A few weeks ago, I went to IKEA and bought a really cool table that adjusts from sitting to standing height. It is perfect for doing all my floral creations and wreaths on. I'll share pictures of the progress in the Art House soon.

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

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Love Is All Around

Happy Super Bowl Sunday friends! I don't usually watch football, but Dan loves the Super Bowl, so we're having a couple people over to watch the game and eat lots of snacky foods :) Before the festivities begin, I wanted to pop in and share a digital art page I created using some new downloads from The Lilypad.

I used elements and papers from two kits called "Love All Around" and "Happy Girl" and of course I used a picture of my sweet granddaughter Elizabeth :)
Did you notice that this page is 8 1/2 x 11 instead of 12 x 12 like I usually create? The reason for that is that I received a special from for a free 11 x 14 canvas, just pay for shipping. None of the 12 x 12 pages I've made would look right if made into the 11 x 14 size. I'm happy to report that I did order my free canvas and should receive it in the next few weeks. :)
I better get up and start on my son's favorite sausage dip. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, however you spend it!
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Starfish Treasures

Hey there friends! I can't believe we are almost at the end of January already! Time please slow down! I spent a little time this past weekend working with wire and beads again, this time to create another cute starfish.

It is about 7 inches wide and is full of beads in blue tones, a piece of sea glass in the center and the word "treasure" spelled out with alphabet beads.  

The beads are a mixture of ceramic, glass, shell, acrylic and stone. 

Lots and lots of beautiful beads! There is also a beaded hanger at the top. 

I've been asked if I sell my creations and the answer is yes! This cutie is going in the Pickled Tink Crafts Etsy shop :) Go check it out and all the other items I have for sale! 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to see you again soon! 
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My One Word for 2017

Hey there friends! Well, the work week is almost over and it's going to be a three day weekend for me! I didn't realize that until today when some of my coworkers were talking, lol.  I am really hoping the weather is nice so I can get out in the Art House and do some much needed cleaning and organizing. The other day I was looking at the blog to see what updates or changes should be made for the New Year and noticed I haven't made or posted anything about My One Word for 2017. So I created this digital art piece for my word.

The concept behind My One Word is instead of making a New Year's resolution, you choose one word as your mantra to live by for the year. This year my word is Save. I thought about this for a while and kept coming back to this word. The first thing that comes to mind is to save money. I am horrible about spending a few dollars here and there, which adds up. I am going to be more conscientious about my spending habits. I also need to save time, energy, effort, resources, etc.  So I will spend 2017 trying to save. Have you chosen your word yet? If so, leave a comment and share what your word is and why you chose it!

That's all from me tonight. I hope you'll come back for a visit again soon! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!