Saturday, August 24, 2013

Key Holder and Organizer Frame

We had this very rustic frame sitting around the house and I wanted to do something with it, but I wasn't sure what to do.
 

 
I sanded it down a little because it was very rough and splintery. Then I just started slapping paint on it. I first used Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and then when dried, I added an aqua acrylic paint. I also dry brushed a little red on some of the edges. When it was completely dry, I sanded it on the edges and then added dark wax in some areas and clear wax all over.
 
 
I added burlap to the board that came out of the frame and also added red rick rack and some buttons to the right hand side of the board. For the left side of the board I added a key holder that I have had for years. This key holder is actually older than me. My Dad had a childhood friend that was killed in Vietnam and his father made several of these keys out of a box that his belongings came home in. My parents had it hanging in their house when I was growing up and it has been a couple of different colors over the years. It was plain wood, then my Mom painted it orange, then I painted it red and for this project I wanted it not so bright red, so I dry brushed white paint and distressed it.
 

 
Here it is all put together and hanging near my back door!!
 
 
I love it!! I have been wanting something next to the key holder to keep notes and reminders and this is perfect!!

I have been working on a shelf makeover, but I'm not finished with it yet. I have to make curtains for Dakota's room tomorrow and I have a couple of digital invitations to work on as well. My sweet Elizabeth will be 2 years old next month!! We are working on her invites and party decorations and are so excited!! I will share all these projects as they are completed :)

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













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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cherry Kitchen Curtains

I purchased this sweet hand stitched tablecloth from an Etsy shop several weeks ago and originally was going to use it on a table, but as soon as I received it, I thought it would make a cute kitchen curtain!

 
 
I love the little cherries and pears cross-stitching and the little yellow crocheted edging! Isn't it cute?! 



I cut the tablecloth in half and sewed a piece of red gingham fabric for the tops of the curtains. I've always loved red gingham. It's so cheery! And it goes so well with this tablecloth :)
Here they are hung in my kitchen window!!


I love how they look in my kitchen!! I bought the little dried fruit and cinnamon wreath years ago at a craft fair and have been collecting the bottles for years. I have an obsession with bottles, big and small. The "APPLES" sign came from the ABC catalog a very loooong time ago.


Every time I go in the kitchen, I smile :)

Besides making the curtains today, I worked on painting a frame and a shelf, but didn't finish them yet. It's been raining here the last couple of days, so the paint is not drying as quick, so it's taking longer to get them done. Hopefully I can get them finished tomorrow. I will share them as soon as they are complete!! Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Photo Collage in a Distressed Frame

My boss' daughter asked me to paint this picture frame and add black and white photos, along with quotes printed out. The frame is very large, about 3x3 feet and was originally blue, then painted green and finally brown.


She wanted it painted burnt orange. The paint she purchased is Rustoleum Terracotta, which is the closest to burnt orange that she could find. The background for the pictures had been written on before so I covered it with burlap, which looks very nice with the orange and the black and white photos look great on it, too!


The distressing was a happy accident and I can not take the credit for it. Her 14 year old brother wanted to help me, so he set the frame on the sidewalk outside the office on some trash bags. He started spray painting, but sprayed a little too heavy and then a gust of wind came up, blew the trash bags and some leaves all over the frame. By the time he realized what had happened the paint had already started drying some and so when the bag was pulled off, it left a bunch of wrinkles. The only thing we could do was let it dry overnight and try to sand it smooth and start over. When I started sanding, this happened!! Well, after the leaves were sanded off, lol


Isn't this distressing awesome???!! I mean who would want to sand that smooth and start over??!! I printed the black and white pictures out, along with the quotes that I typed in Microsoft Word, each one in a different font. I wrapped the burlap around the backing board and adhered the pictures and quotes on it. The quotes she chose are so great :)







Everyone that has seen this, loves it!! Now I need to create something like this for myself!!

This is the only real creative thing I have done all week, but it's finally the weekend, so I will be in the art house all weekend!! School starts back on Monday, so part of the weekend will be spent getting ready for that.
Hope y'all have a great weekend!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Altered Heart Shaped Candy Box

Most people that receive the heart shaped candy boxes for Valentine's Day eat all the chocolate and then throw out the box. Not me. For some reason, the minute I was getting ready to throw it away, the idea of using it as a display box popped in my head.


So it got put away for a few months. I didn't have any time sensitive projects to work on, so this was a good weekend to finally work on it. Since there is a top and a bottom, this meant twice the fun!

 
I got the pictures of my Mom and Dad when they were kids from my Mom and scanned them, changed them to be sepia tone and printed them on Stampin' Up! cardstock. I used cardstock because I wanted them to look old and it almost gives the appearance that they are printed on linen.

 

Weren't they cute?!! I think my Dad was about 4 years old and my Mom was in first grade.

I decorated both hearts with a wide washi tape along the edge to make it a little sturdier and also ran a bead of hot glue along the inside and outside edge. The washi tape seamed too dark, so I white washed it to distress it some. I used the same green designer paper in the bottom of both hearts.


For the half with my Dad's picture, I added light blue rick rack along the inside edge to cover up the seam and along the outside edge I added a piece of brown elastic crocheted lace trim and some light green beading. His picture is mounted on a piece of striped designer paper and several pieces of chipboard to lift it off the green background paper. I found a kite image, printed it out, inked it and cut it out. I glued the string onto the back of it and tied some blue ribbons to it. I printed his name on a piece of cardstock and free hand cut it out in the form of a banner. I glued buttons around the bottom right side of his picture and marbles in the bottom tip of the heart. I want to add a slingshot to the right side of his picture, but don't have the items to make it yet. For the hanger, I glued a piece of brown ribbon to the back.

 

For the half with my Mom's picture, I added a narrow lace to the inside edge and a wide tea stained lace and pink beading to the outside edge. Her picture is mounted on a pretty floral designer paper that coordinates with what I used on Dad's picture. It is also mounted on layers of chipboard to lift it up from the background paper. I found a paper doll online, cut it out and added the little blue dress holding a baby doll and the black shoes to her. I mounted her on two layers of chipboard to lift it up some. Around the picture, I added buttons, flower and a butterfly. I printed her name and cut it out just like Dad's. For the hanger, I glued a piece of pink ribbon to the back.

Here are some close-up pics:






I am going to hang them in the living room, but put them on this shutter for better lighting to take pics of them :)


Not bad for something that would have normally been thrown away, huh? This is the only creative thing I worked on all weekend, but that's a pretty good accomplishment, I think!!

A little bit of personal news from the last couple of weeks. My Grandson, Grayson (Mariah's baby) was baptized two weeks ago and my daughter, Amber and her husband, Jon were baptized today! I am so proud of them all!!
School is starting in a week and a half, so I am going to enjoy "sleeping late" for the next few days. I will have to get back on the schedule of going to bed a little earlier, so I can get up at 6:30 again.
That's all from me tonight, so until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!
 
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Christmas in July Gift Tag Swap

The Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts group had a Christmas in July Gift Tag swap and these are the two tags that I created. We had so many people sign up for the swap that we had to make groups of 10 people so we wouldn't each have to make so many. I signed up for two of the groups because one of the groups was a little short.

The first tag I made is a gingerbread girl and I am so excited with how they turned out!! I got the idea from an applique that I found online.

 
I created a template for the gingerbread girl and traced it onto Creamy Caramel cardstock. To make it darker gingerbread color, I rubbed a Tim Holtz Tea Stain dauber all over the paper. Then the real fun stuff started!! I added googlie eyes and drew on the eyelashes and mouth, added buttons, rick rack, lace and tulle for the skirt and a bow on her head.
 
The second one I decided to use an angel image that I found online as the focal point. I made the tag base out of manila folders that I cut down to tag size.


I printed the angel on cardstock, cut it out and mounted it on a scallop cutout that I had stamped with a sheet music stamp and mounted that piece on an Olive Green scallop. The "to and from" stamp is from the $1.00 bin at Michael's. I also added a piece of crinkle seam binding ribbon at the top for the hanger.

Although the tags are really different, I love them both. I am definitely going to make some more of the gingerbread girl tags for my Christmas packages :) Well, ok, the angel one, too :)

I haven't received my swaps yet, but I will share them when I get them.

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

More Memory Wire Bracelets!!!

Last week when I was on "stay-cation", I made a bunch of memory wire bracelets. I love each and every one of them!! Here are a few of them :)








Some of the beads that I used came from some necklaces that I've had for a while. I don't wear necklaces much anymore so I decided to just use the beads for these. I will be putting most of these in my Etsy shop :)

I haven't worked on much since these bracelets, so I may not post anything for a few days. Please check back here for what's next!! I think I am going to start a weekly post, just not sure of what yet. Maybe a tutorial or a color challenge or how about a home d├ęcor tip? Not sure yet, but I will be working on ideas this week! So come back and see me soon!!
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Travel Crop Scrapbook Page Challenge

When I attended the Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts Travel Crop in May, each of us was given an identical pack of supplies and were challenged to create a page using what was in the pack. Included in the pack were two awesome pictures of all of us that attended, one regular pose and one crazy pose! lol This is the page that I created and I am so happy to report that I won!! I am so honored by this awesome group of talented ladies!!


I used all the items in the packet, but not necessarily exactly how they are normally used. I wanted it to be soft and girly and the main colors to be blue and pink. The letters were in a pack of different colored sticker letters, so I chose my title because those were the letters that were in pink. The circle was actually a part of a kit where you add pictures and the top piece turned to reveal the pictures underneath, if that makes sense. Well, I could not figure out how that thing worked and it had an ugly print on it to boot! So, I turned it over to the white back side and used a scalloped punch to make it look like a large doily. Yes, that looks a lot better!!


The packet had these awesome chipboard arrows and other pieces. My initial idea was to make it look like a clock because of the title being Crop Time, but I didn't have enough room for numbers so I just put the arrows in the position to resemble a clock. Not sure if people get that or not, but the arrows are still cool. I painted them pink and then distressed them with some ink. Some of the flowers came in the packet and the rolled flowers I made using the other papers in the packet. There was also bling strips that I tucked in with the flowers and stickers that I added here and there.

 
 
Here you can see the pictures a little closer up. All of these ladies are awesome!! Look at how crazy we can get!
 

 
I put this page in a shadow box to display it in my craft room :) I couldn't get a great picture of it in the frame because there was not great lighting, but you get the idea.


The admins are already planning next year's travel crop! It takes a lot of planning and work, but they are great at it!

That's all from me tonight. Tomorrow I will share the bracelets I made last week while on "stay-cation". Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!