Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tea Cup Wall Sconce

My sister-in-law gave me a bunch of old wall sconces after they did not sell at a yard sale. I love the shape and details of this one, but it was a gold brassy color that was just really dated. I painted it with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint, then applied dark wax and finished it off with clear wax.

 I knew I wanted to add a tea cup and saucer to it and I searched high and low and many thrift stores and yard sales, but could not find the perfect tea cup and saucer. I found this one online and love it so much that I bought six of them! The set of 6 cups and saucers was $24.00.

Pretty, isn't it? Well, let's make it prettier, shall we?

I used E6000 to glue the cup and saucer together and then to the candle cup part. I have another one to put together to make a pair! I have a cute idea in my head for the other four cups and saucers, so be on the lookout for that project!

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hey, it's an explosion box!!!

Yep, you read that right. I made an explosion box. Take a look....

Front view of the explosion box.

A little hint to the "explosion" part :)
Get ready for it.... take the top off and....

The sides of the box fall (or explode, lol) and reveals a
pretty place to add  pictures and journaling.
Inside flaps. 
Close-up of lid.
The base of the box and lid are SU's Pool Party card stock and the designer paper is from K&Co Que Sera Sera paper pad. I did a lot of ink distressing on the edges. The top showcases one of the sewing pattern flowers that I've been making lately. The center of the flower is a big chunky button with the family tag attached to it. The family sentiment is from Make it Count (SU!) stamped in Chocolate Chip. Underneath the flower is a piece of the new Crumb Cake Scalloped Tulle Ribbon. I attached a pretty lacy ribbon around the edge of the lid.
I am doing a class on the Explosion Box for a crop in a couple of weeks and this will be my sample. This class is going to be fun to do. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for theirs. I will take pics and share them with ya'll!!

Hope ya'll have a great week!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Addicted to This Color Combo

I am for some reason addicted to the color combo of blue and orange. I think this is my fourth of fifth card using this color combo in the last month or so. I had these papers sitting on my desk, left over from other projects and I really loved how the striped paper looked with the script paper. I had already stamped the rooster and the flower was made for a different project, but wasn't used. This card came together really quickly :)

This is a close up of the flower. Love the little "sweet" tag :) The ribbon is a thin piece of rick rack.
I'm going to try to another color combo now. In fact, I am working on a card using pinks, yellows and blues. Just have to find one more element to go on it because right now it looks a little naked in one spot.

I have been working on some swaps and am almost done with them. I am also working on a class for an Explosion Box that I am doing at a crop at the end of August. I will share those with you soon. Until then,
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Cardboard Flower

I made this card a while ago and forgot to share it with ya'll. I used the blue and orange color scheme again. I don't know why I am drawn to this color combo lately, I just am :) The card base is SU! Pool Party, then a layer of Only Orange. The next layer is four different papers from a paper pack (can't remember the name) that were stitched. The flower is a piece of cardboard cut with a flower die cut. I wet the cardboard on one side and peeled it away to reveal the corrugated part inside. After it was dry, I brushed on some white and turquoise paint, then distressed the edges with a Creamer Caramel ink pad. The center of the flower is a scallop die cut from another piece of designer paper from the paper pack. To finish it off, I added a blue button and attached the tag to it with twine. The tag sentiment is from Stampin' Up! There is a small butterfly in the bottom right hand corner. All the layers of papers were distressed with a Creamy Caramel ink pad.

Close-up of the flower and butterfly
I really love how the flower turned out and will definitely be making more. I really like the texture of it. That and the fact that it is virtually free!!
This past week, I was on vacation and Dan and I went to Asheville, NC for a couple of days. We had so much fun, but most of all, it was relaxing. When we go back, I worked in my art building for a couple of days. I moved some furniture around and moved a desk and hutch in, so that I would have a place to set up my printer. Now I have a place to store all my office supplies. I also made a bunch of different kind of flowers. I will share those with you soon. Tomorrow I head back to work, so I better get off the computer and get things ready.
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

My First Bind it All Project :)

Look at this cute pink baby!!

Oh yeah!! I finally used it!! I bought the Zutter Bind-it-All back in June and I played around with it a little bit, but didn't make anything with it. I finally put it to use today :) I got a little inspiration from the internet of course. Here is the cover of my book.

I used DCWV Garden Tea Party Paperstack for all the pages. The flower on the cover is made from old clothing patterns and tulle and the leaves are from a burlap sack. The little letters are wooden and while I am not sure, I think they are from an old board game. The little tea cup on the bottom right is stamped and embossed with pink embossing powder.

This is the inside front cover.
Between the cover and the second page, I added a short journalling tag with a tea cup stamped and embossed.  

A little envelope between the second and third pages.
Back of envelope.
Fourth page
Back cover.

After I took pictures, I added ribbon to the binder rings at the front cover. Of course I was too lazy to go and take more pics, lol. I have someone in mind to give this little book. I do want to add a few little things to it first.

Now, I can't wait to make more stuff! These will make great gifts for Christmas ;-)

I'm going to call it a night and get started again early in the morning. I am on vacation this week and am so excited to just have a few days off! We are going to Asheville Tuesday morning and will return Thursday :) So until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

July Swaps

As I have mentioned in past posts, I am in a Facebook group of scrapbookers and we have monthly swaps. For July, we were to create something pertaining to our favorite holiday. Well, if you know me at all you know that Christmas is my all time favorite holiday ever!! I'm not much into Halloween and I love Easter, too, but nothing compares to Christmas. It is just such a magical time. So, I chose to create a Christmas ornament. The ornament is a bird that I cut out of chipboard that I painted and covered with designer paper that I embossed using the Swirls embossing folder. The flower is a medallion and I stamped and distressed the tag. I put it all together with hot glue. It just seems to hold things together better when using chipboard. They turned out cute, didn't they?! I think I will make several more to put on my Christmas packages and maybe a couple for myself :)

I am really excited because next week I am going to Asheville, NC for a couple of days. I haven't been to Asheville in a few years and can't wait to visit all the artsy places downtown. I love the city's crazy artsy vibe. I so wish I could move there and open my own studio. Ahhh to dream and dream big!!

I will be working on a few things this weekend before my trip, so be on the lookout for at least one more blogpost soon!
Until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!