Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mermaid Obsession

My love of mermaids began last year when I visited Tarpon Springs, Florida . You may remember these pictures of their mermaid statue that I shared with you.

Her name is Amaryllis. Isn't she beautiful? So, this is how my mermaid obsession started :) 
An artist friend of mine posted a link on Facebook last week of a digital kit all about mermaids! Of course, I had to have it!! It's from a company called Mischief Circus. Here is the link if you are interested :) It's called Sirens of the Deep. This is the first page I created using the kit :)

I love all the mermaid images in this kit! (Some of the images I used are from other company's kits). There are also pages to print and cut out the images to use in paper crafting projects. I created another digital page with this kit and will share that tomorrow. I bought a second kit called "Surrealice" that is Alice in Wonderland themed. There are a lot of images in both kits that I plan on making hybrid projects with. So many ideas running through my head!
I will be back tomorrow with the second mermaid page and maybe a sneak peek or two, so stay tuned!! Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

From (Almost) Trash to Storage

Do you ever get ready to throw something away and then have an ah-ha moment that said item could actually be used for something? That happened to me when we had to replace our dishwasher. I was taking the racks and silverware basket out of the old washer so we could remove it and a light bulb went off when I picked up the silverware bucket. What did I do with it, you ask?

Marker storage!!! And it fits perfectly in the top of my rolling cart. :) I have been wanting the Raskog carts from IKEA but I haven't been able to make a trip to Charlotte, so when I heard that Sam's Club had one similar, off to Sam's Club! Well, I sent Dan, lol. I love this cart so much I want another one for the Art House and maybe one for the bathroom and one for the kitchen! 

The top shelf has markers, mediums like gesso and texture paste, distress stains and Art Anthology products. The middle shelf holds paint brushes in the green wire basket and the blue bucket holds dry adhesives. The bottom shelf has Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax, Dixie Bell Paint Co. paint samples (I hope to be carrying their paints in the Pickled Tink Crafts Store soon!!), a big jar of UTEE and Stampin' Up! markers. See, it's full already!
What have you saved from the trash to use in your craft area? I would love to see!!
That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Smile Happens in a Flash

Back in the February edition of Scrap n' Art Online Magazine, we were sponsored by Art Anthology and all the designers created some awesome projects using AA's awesome Colorations sprays and paints. This is a peek oft one of the projects I created :)

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I've always loved the picture of Mariah that I used for this layout. We went to St. Augustine, Florida while visiting family in Jacksonville and decided to go to the St. Augustine Lighthouse on Anastasia Island. We climbed to the top and went out on the lookout and I snapped this picture of her. She had been going through some medical issues at the time and I was worried about her climbing all those stairs, but the big smile on her face was worth it! The sentiment I used fit this picture perfectly.
One thing I love to do is sew on my projects and I've not done that lately, so I think for the next few projects, I will have to include some sewing :) I love Art Anthology products, too and try to include them in most everything I do. You can find their products in my shop, too :) Go directly to the shop by clicking HERE!! Coming soon to Pickled Tink Crafts online store is more Art Anthology products including more Colorations colors, Sorbet paints, Texture Pastes and more Stencils!
I am working on putting some kits together to add to the shop as well. I've collected so much paper and embellishments over the years and will never be able to use it all, so why not share it with people who will use it?!
I have some more SNA projects to share with you and will post them soon. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Trust the Magic

One of the perks of designing for Scrap n' Art Online Magazine is receiving awesome products to work with. We have been sponsored by wonderful companies and recently Prima Marketing Inc. was one of them. I discovered Finnebair not too long ago and was so happy to have gotten the awesome stamp set "Trust the Magic" used in this project.

I used a wooden block that is approximately 4x8" and first sprayed some Art Anthology Colorations sprays in browns and yellows on the whole block, dried with a heat gun and then I stamped the image with MomentoLuxe black ink. I sanded it a little to distress it, then applied some molding paste through a stencil that I placed around the stamped image and let it dry. 

I sprayed more Art Anthology Colorations in greens and blues, making sure not to spray over the stamped image. I did spray some red Colorations on the area with the heart, let it sit for a few minutes and then dabbed at it, just to leave a hint of the red. 

Lastly, I applied a thin layer of crackle gel on the block and dried with a heat gun. One last spray of a dark blue Colorations to settle into the cracks to finish it off. I'm really happy with how this turned out :)  You can find most of the colors of the Art Anthology Coloration sprays in my online store :) Click HERE for the link. I would love for you to come visit my shop. I have added a few new items lately and am on the lookout for some more awesome products to offer. 

A few weeks ago my dish washer stopped pumping water and completely died, so I was not really happy about washing dishes by hand for 3 weeks because, well we go through a lot of dishes around here. No one knows how to reuse a glass lol. You would be amazed at how many dirty dishes 3 people produce in a day! Anywho, as we were preparing for the arrival of our new dish washer, I couldn't help but save the silverware basket from the old one. I'll share what I did with it tomorrow :) Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

So Thankful Card

Happy Wednesday!! I can't believe this month is going by so fast! Today I am sharing the card I made for a contest at the crop I went to last weekend. I didn't win the contest, but I had fun making this card anyway :)

I used papers from Blue Fern Studios, Prima flowers and some awesome yarn that I found online. I The card base is Coordinations paper in pink and the second layer is a Blue Fern Studios cut slightly smaller than the card base and distressed the edges. Then I added half of a paper doily to the right side. The tea cup was fussy cut and adhered to a coordinating piece that was die cut in an oval shape and distressed the edges.

The sentiment is from Unity Stamp and stamped on the same pink card base paper and colored in with miscellaneous Copic markers and then cut it out and attached it to the card. I added some small flat backed pearls to the corners. 

The coral colored yarn is just wrapped several times around the card layers and tied a bow in the middle and finished it off with a Blumenthal Lansing Co. button. The final touch is the little Prima flowers. The card layers were adhered to the card base and it is done! Cute, huh?

I started a new job last week and I really like it. I do a lot of research on the computer and stay busy most all day, which I love. This job is further away from home that my old job, so it's taken a few days to get into this new routine, but it's so worth it. Everyone is so nice and helpful, too!

Next time I will share a wood block that I painted and distressed and stamped on. It's kinda cool looking if I do say so myself. I'll be back soon with that and more :) Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mermaid Love

First let me say Happy Mother's Day to all you awesome moms out there!! It's a beautiful sunshiny day here in SC, not too hot, not too cold, just right!! Usually by this time of year it's hot and muggy, but we've actually experienced a nice Spring this year!!

Meet "Loralei", the newest resident of The Art House! Last weekend I went to a crop in Asheville, NC with my bestest friend Kristie, her mom Janet and daughter Megan. We had THE BEST time!! While there, we went shopping and ended up at Michael's, where I spied an awesome wooden mermaid cut out. Kristie loves mermaids, so I was super excited about this find. She on the other hand was not so excited about it. She thought it looked too "cartoony". My response? "HA! Are you kidding me??!!! Well, I'm getting her and I will make her FAAAABULLLOUUUUSSS!!" I only wish I had bought every one that they had in stock, because now I have people wanting them. lol Just my luck! Guess I need to find some here :) Soooooo, here she is:

First I applied a couple of coats of gesso, then painted her with Art Anthology paints. For her body from the waste to the tip of her fin, I glued down a whole bunch of little metal gears that I also found at Michael's in the jewelry section. There are about 50 gears all together, I just layered them until I was happy with the way they looked. Added more gesso over the gears and then several colors of Art Anthology Colorations sprays and Velvet paints. 

Her hair was the most difficult to figure out what to do. At first I tried some really cool yarn that I had in my stash. My thought was to add stiff stuff to the yarn and maybe braid some pieces. After attaching a whole head full of yarn hair, I hated it!! Urrgghhhhh. Ripped it all off. Now what?!! Then Kristie suggested hot glue. Awesome idea!!! She helped me get it started, because she's awesome like that! After the first layer was cool and set, I painted the hair with some of Kristie's new fluid inks/paints. I also made several "strands" of hair by first applying the hot glue to my craft mat, let cool, then added them over the other hair and added more of the fluid ink in a different color. This gave the hair a little more depth.  

Next, she needed some bling! I glued a bunch of gems and little seed beads and other jewelry findings to her body and tail. She also got a pretty beaded bracelet and a star fish with beaded spray in her hair. Isn't she awesome??!!!! And Kristie admitted that she was wrong and loves how she turned out! 

While at the crop, I made a card to enter into one of their contests. It didn't win, but there were some pretty awesome cards entered! I will share that tomorrow. Also, have you checked out this month's edition of Scrap 'n Art Online Magazine yet? Here is a sneak peek of my take on this month's Sketch Challenge :)

That's all from me on this awesome Mother's Day!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!