Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cow Plaque

I bought this cow plaque from Good Will for $2.50, but it was kinda ugly. I saw it's potential though and for $2.50 how could I resist?!! I forgot to take a picture of it before I slapped the first coat of paint on it, but you can see that it had pink hearts and flowers all over it, lol.

It only took two coats of Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint to cover the pink! Love that paint :)

I printed my words out backwards, laid it print side down where I wanted the words to be and rubbed the letters with a bone folder to transfer the ink onto the cow.

I then painted the letters with black paint. Now I don't have a great steady hand, so the letters are not perfect, but that's ok, because I don't like perfect and wasn't going for a perfect look anyway!!


I sanded it a little to distress it, added dark wax all over it and then clear wax and buffed it out.

I love the final results!! Isn't she a beauty?! I am going to display her in my dining room :)
I will be looking for more awesome finds from the Good Will to alter!!

Thanks for visiting today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Another Altered Mason Jar

A few weeks ago, I shared the Mason Jar that I altered for Cheri for an exchange in the Creative Swappers Facebook group. Well, today I want to share the Mason Jar that I had altered for a contest that the admin in Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts Facebook group were in at the travel crop I attended. The two jars are very similar in style, feel and colors. The biggest difference between the two jars is mine doesn't have a lid on it, but I decorated the lid for hers. Both of them have our names on them using the little wooden game tiles and they both have the Tim Holtz measure tape ribbon with the 3 on them, because we both have 3 kids!

I decorated mine with washi tapes (my new favorite thing!!) and this sweet flower that I made out of a printed brown paper bag, lace and a button.

close-up of flower

There is also a lace flower, lace and ribbon around the top and scrunched seam binding with flowers around the middle of the jar.

I finally finished the cow plaque that I started on a couple of weeks ago. I will share that tomorrow. I love how it turned out!!

Until tomorrow...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Happy Birthday Blog Hop!!

Its Rhonda Helm's birthday and she invited a group of us to join her in this special blog hop to celebrate!!
If you came from Nicky's blog,  then you are in the right place. If you just happened upon my blog, please start at the beginning with Rhonda at so you don't miss a thing!

I created a birthday card for this hop, which seemed only fitting! lol

I started with Stampin' Up's Kiwi Kiss card stock and layered with Cameo Coral, then distressed the edges with the distressing tool and ink. There is a piece of washi tape at the bottom with a piece of lace layered on top of that. I added two sweet little paper flowers, some beaded trim and a little feather. The butterfly is from SU's Simple Friendship stamp set and was stamped with Cameo Coral ink and then embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder . I stamped the swirl from the same stamp set and adhered the butterfly with hot glue and shaped the wings to stand up.  The sentiment is from Elegant Cheer and was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. This card came together rather quickly which is unusual for me! It's simple, yet dimensional, which I love.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card. Please head on over to Marji's blog so you can see what she has made. But before you go please finish reading so you know how to enter for the prizes.
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Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Faux Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments

I am in another Secret Crafter exchange, this time we had to make Christmas ornaments. I have been wanting to try making the faux mercury glass, because they are oh so beautiful! I bought the Looking Glass spray paint a couple of months ago in the hopes of using it on some vases, but decided ornaments would be awesome!! Of course in true Lorrie fashion, they had to be a little different and I had to put my twist on them :)

I started by spraying some gold metallic paint that I had thinned with water inside the ornaments. It didn't stick very well, so I added some Mod Podge to the paint and it worked so much better! When that was dry, I sprayed a few coats of the Looking Glass spray paint into each, letting it dry between coats. After I sprayed the last coat in, while it was still quite wet, I added some Diamond Dust inside each and shook it around inside the ornaments. I shook out the excess and let them completely dry. The tops are glued on so they won't come off and then some pretty trim is glued around the top and a ribbon added for the hanger.

You can see how shiny and reflective they are in this close-up :)

I will definitely make some more of these!!

I'm also working on some Christmas tags for a swap and I will share those with you soon :)
I will be on vacation next week, but I'm staying home instead of traveling, so I'm planning on getting some projects completed. My grandson, Grayson, will be Baptized this Sunday, too. He is 3 months old today and growing so fast!!

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

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Some Art House Storage and Inspiration Wall

I thought I would share with you how I store some of my crafting supplies. The art house is still a complete and utter mess, but I'm not going to show you that!! I moved the biggest items around again and a few weeks and several bruises later, it is more organized and I have better "zones" than I did before. There is still a lot of organizing and purging to do, but it's getting there :)

This is how I store most of my ribbon. I purchased one rain gutter from Lowe's and had Dan cut it into three pieces. I added the end caps to each piece, drilled holes in the back of each and hung them on the peg board walls.

I also hung little buckets to hold little bits and bobs and a bunch of hooks to hang other items. There is also a multi-drawer organizer to hold beads and buttons and other small items.

This ribbon box organizer holds all of my Stampin' Up! ribbons and the jars hold scrap ribbon pieces.

I hung this Coke crate on the wall above one of my counter tops to hold washi tapes, small pens, Mica Flakes, assorted ink pads, bakers twine and my personalized stamp. I put a couple of little items on top for inspiration and above it I hung a piece of multi-media art that I made a few years ago. You can see a little of a framed inspiration board that I shared a while back. I plan on moving it to another wall, though.

This is my chicken wire wall! I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to do this in the art building. I just stapled it directly to the wall! It looks like a big mess right now, but I plan on changing it up a bit, maybe grouping things in like colors.

This is part of my punch storage. I have had this clear shoe bag for years. It used to be longer, but I cut the bottom half off and sewed a piece of fabric to the back of it. It holds most of my bigger punches.

I use this curtain rod for my smaller punches. I have a little shelf that I need to hang for my new Stampin' Up! punches that are flat and don't sit well on this rod, I want to paint it first, though.

So, that's how I store/organize some of the stuff in the art building. How do you store items? I would love to see your ideas!! If you have done a blog post on your storage, leave me a comment with the link and I will check it out! I love seeing what other people come up with :)

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

Altered Mason Jar

This is the altered Mason Jar that I received from the wonderfully talented Cheri Tolen!! We were in an exchange that I told you about in THIS post. You can see the one I made for her in that post :)
Oh my gosh, I just love this jar!! 

She painted it and distressed it and it is just absolutely gorgeous in real life!! The lid is decorated with a big ruffled white fabric flower on top and blue crocheted lace around the lid. She also used a pink gem as a lid handle and hung some pink gems and charms off of it. Just gorgeous, I tell you!! Just gorgeous!! Thanks so much Cheri!! I have it sitting on my mantel for now, but I think I am going to move it to my art house to give me inspiration when I am creating :)

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

Friday, July 12, 2013

Memory Wire Bracelets

I've been on a roll making memory wire bracelets again. Here are a few. I'll let the pics do most of the talking :)

turquoise and silver

turquoise, coral, brown and antique

greens, browns and silver

blue and orange

green and orange

turquoise, green and silver

I think I am obsessed with making these bracelets. I have a few necklaces and bracelets that I had made a while back and I want to take them apart and rework them as memory wire bracelets, lol
There are so many possibilities, like with any jewelry making, but I just love the memory wire. Have you worked with memory wire yet? I would love to see what you have made, so share your link in the comments and I'll go check it out!!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Culbreths

This is my first heritage canvas piece and it turned out better than I envisioned!! These are my maternal Grandparents, Thomas Gray and Rosetta Culbreth.

I feel so honored to be named after both of my Grandmothers and my first name is Rosetta, even though I go by a version of my middle name. My grandson Grayson is a version of Gray from my Grandfather Culbreth's middle name :)

I wanted this canvas to represent feminine and masculine without either one being too overpowering and I think I achieved that. The canvas is painted a cream with brown and white brushed on and Modge Podged coffee filters to add the wrinkled texture. I rubbed a Tea Stain Distress ink pad over all the wrinkles, then added the designer paper mounted on blue card stock. The pictures are double mounted on cream and blue card stock. All edges are distressed using the Zutter Distressing Tool (thanks to Kristie for letting me use hers!!! I must get one now)

Behind my Grandmother's picture, I attached a piece of lace and added lots of flowers, ribbon and pearl beads around the bottom left of the canvas.

 Behind my Grandfather's picture, I attached a piece of burlap ribbon and added gears, buttons, a key and a clock. The clock is an image from a piece of designer paper that I cut out and added layers of UTEE and did the cracked glass technique.

Close up of flowers, ribbon and pearls
Close up of clock, gears, buttons and key
I have several other ideas for some heritage pieces including a shadow box to commemorate my Grandmothers. I have also been making bracelets again and will share those soon.
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Altered Mason Jar for Cheri

I participated in an exchange in the Creative Swappers Facebook group where we were partnered with one other person and we altered a mason jar for our partner. I was partnered with Cheri, who is also in the Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts Facebook group with me. We have been partnered together before and her style is very similar to mine, so she was a perfect partner for me!! Meaning, not everyone likes the funky shabby chic style that I tend to use in my crafting, lol. Anywho, this is the jar that I created for her. I hope she likes it!!

I started with a wide mouth mason jar and Mod Podged a printed tissue paper and added layers of printed napkins and different washi tapes. Then came the old Scrabble wood tiles to spell out her name. I am getting down to the end of my supply on those tiles :(

Around her name I added lots of flowers and bits and bobs. The number 3 you see there is from a piece of Tim Holtz tape measure ribbon. I used the part with the 3 on purpose to represent her 3 children (another thing we have in common, we both have 3 kids).

I added the lid to the jar and decorated it to the hilt as well! I'm not sure why, but in my head I thought a nest would be perfect for the top and of course I had to add a little bird surrounded by flowers. To finish it off, I added tea stained lace around the lid base.

I altered another Mason jar for myself a couple of months ago for Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts' Travel Crop. We had a contest between the admin for the "Most Crafty Admin",  where we each decorated a jar and the members dropped spare change in the jar of the admin they thought was the most crafty. I am so proud that I was voted the Most Crafty Admin and I won a beautiful etched vase! The ladies in that group are so awesome!! My jar is very similar, well almost the same, lol as Cheri's. I almost feel like everything I have made lately is starting to look the same, lol. I think I better switch things up a bit and try something new and different!

Hope y'all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July and a fun weekend!! It is hot as usual here in SC, but we have had enough rain lately so it's safe to shoot fireworks. We will be grilling out later this afternoon. Yummy food!! I better go get things ready.

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