Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sneak Peak for Canvas Creation

This coming Saturday I am doing a class on how to make one of my canvas creations. I am trying to get all of my items ready before hand so that I can show the canvases in stages to make the class easier. I usually create a scrapbook page or canvas based on the picture that is going on the piece (the colors, theme, etc.) The picture that I chose is of my daughter, Mariah and it shows off her beautiful blue eyes. So I am basing my color scheme on blues, greens and cream/white tones. I found a designer paper that I liked with those colors and created these flowers.

I also made some butterflies, but I'm not sure I will use them on the canvas. Sometimes when I am creating a canvas, there is a lot of moving things around, adding and subtracting things, just to see what looks the best. Before I glue anything down, I put everything in place to see how it all looks together. Right now, I only have this idea of how everything will go together in my head, but I will sit down and draw a sketch before the class.

I die cut the butterfly out of a piece of card board that I peeled the top layer off of to reveal the corrugated part. Then I dry brushed white paint on it and when it was dried, I rubbed a blue ink pad across the piece. I wanted to add the key, but it looked too flat. It really needed something. Since I used tulle on the flowers, I thought that would tie the look of them together, so I added a gathered piece of tulle, glued it down and then the key. The blue button has a piece of twine tied in a bow and glued on top of the key.

I will share the completed canvas with you as soon as I can. I am getting nervous and excited to do this class. It's been a long time since I have done a class like this. Wish me luck!!

That's all for me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Big Fat Craft Table

Hello there! I have been wanting to share this project with you for a long time, but it took me so long to finally get it complete! This is my huge work table that I placed in the middle of the art house. Yes, I am now calling my craft building "the art house" because it's different and you know if you know me, I like different! And besides "Art House" sounds happy :).

It started out as a hollow core door that I bought at Lowe's for $22.00. The wire shelves that it sits on top of came from Walmart, but I have had them for a few years. At first I just painted the table white, but really wanted to do something more creative than just plain white. I have seen a lot of crafty things made with paint chip samples on Pinterest, so I thought that would look really cool on my table. I went to Lowe's and got a bunch of samples (the employees looked at me like I was crazy. yeah, they're right, lol)  I brought them home and started laying them out, but I couldn't get a design layed out that worked. So then I got the bright idea to punch 1 inch squares out of each color and just lay them out in rows, just laying them down in random colors.

I glued each square down with Mod Podge. This project took a whole large bottle of Mod Podge. I started sealing the table with polyurethane but quickly figured out that it would take 20 or more coats to get it thick enough. Then I remembered a product that I used a few years ago called Pour On. It is a resin that hardens and looks like glass. I added the yardsticks to the edges of the door, but since the door is not completely square, I added a bead of caulking all the way around. This will keep the Pour On from leaking through. 

I love this table! It is light weight so I can easily move it and it gives me so much room to lay out large projects or cut fabric on. I know it is going to come in handy when wrapping gifts.
I am trying to get the art house cleaned up and organized so I can take you on a tour. I have been trying to find unique storage and ways to display things and I think you will like some of the things that I have done.

Well, that's all for me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wine Cork Tray

I have been saving wine corks for a long time just in the hopes of having enough to make this tray. Granted I don't drink much wine, but I love wine corks and bottles. I have gotten the corks from my boss and some restaurants as well. One restaurant gave me a whole bag full when I asked if they had a few I could have.

I made this tray to use as a trivet but also to be a decorative piece. It took me forever to design the layout of the corks, but I think it turned out pretty good. The tray came from the naked wood section at AC Moore. I painted it with Annie Sloan White Chalk Paint and then applied dark wax to it. The wax makes it look aged, just the look I wanted. It works so well with the color in the corks, too. I think I might add some little rubber feet to the bottom to prevent scratching it. I did buy some cute little decorative feet from Tim Holtz, but I was kind of saving those for a cigar box that I am repurposing.

close up to show the distressed edges of the tray :)

I have been busy making some embellishments for a swap I am doing with a very special group of ladies. I will post those as soon as the swap is over. I also finally finished my big work table!!! It looks so great and I can't wait to show it to you, but I have to do a little cleaning of the art house before I take pics of it.

Well, that's all for me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Canvas for Baby Jack

One of my co-workers is having a baby boy in July and we had a surprise baby shower for her this week. I wanted to make something for the nursery and decided on a canvas with his name. I started with a  14x11 inch canvas and painted it blue. The cars, trucks, plane and rocket were cut from a piece of scrapbook paper. The letters for the name were cut out with my Cricut and the banner pieces were cut out using a Papertrey Ink die cut. The ribbon and buttons are from Stampin' Up! I used my homemade "Mod Podge" to glue everything down (except I used hot glue for the buttons) and to seal the whole piece. I am always concerned if the people I make these kinds of gifts for will like them or not, but she loved it and so did everyone else at the party. I even had another girl at work ask for me to make one for her son's room! She wants it to have dinasaurs on it so that one will be a lot of fun to create, too!

Close up of banner with J and A

Close up of rocket above the name banner

That's it for me today. Hope you all have a great Friday!!
Until next time..
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Using What You've Got

I love looking at other blogs and seeing the awesome creations that other crafters are making. One thing I have seen a lot of lately are flowers and other embellishments made from vintage sewing patterns. Well, I don't have any, but I love the look of them. So, what do I have that would have about the same look and feel. Hmmmmmm. Looking around the art building...... AhhhHaa! Coffee filters! So, I took two coffee filters and first stamped them with a french script stamp in Really Rust ink and then swiped them with a Creamy Caramel ink pad. Then I cut out several pieces with a Spellbinders scallop circle die cut. They were stacked on top of each other and then mounted them on top of another scallop circle cut out of a piece of designer paper. The center is a button die cut and a button tied together with baker's twine. The card base is Very Vanilla with a Creamy Caramel ink pad rubbed on the edges. Then layers of patterned papers and a rooster stamped in the bottom right hand corner. There is also a piece of lace and then I sewed all around it twice with my sewing machine. The finishing touch is a double tied ribbon bow that is distressed with ink and heated with the heat gun to crinkle it.

Close up of the coffee filter flower

Side view of the card

This one is going up in the Etsy shop :) I will definitely be making more of these coffee filter flowers. I am going to try to find some vintage sewing patterns to try and make some flowers out of those, too, though. I am always trying to find new materials to create embellishments with, especially flowers :) What is your favorite material to make flowers and other embellishments with? Please share!!!

Well, that's all for me tonight. Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!