Thursday, December 29, 2016

Family Trees

Hey there crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and looking forward to a great New Year! In the last post, I mentioned some gifts that I made for my daughters for Christmas. I've had the idea in my head for a while to make them each a family tree, like the one I created last year. I was originally going to make them with paper and little wooden hearts, but because I have been doing so much with wire wrapping, I thought that would look cute. I was right!  The first one is Amber's.

Here is a close-up of how the wire is twisted to make the limbs with letter beads to spell out their names. 

This one is Mariah's. The wood pieces are from Walnut Hollow and the wire is a combination of regular jewelry wire and memory wire. 

And I'm proud to announce that they loved them!

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back soon to share more creations!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Wonderful Family Christmas!!

Merry Christmas! I know I'm a day late, but the last few days have been a whirlwind of wrapping gifts, preparing food, then unwrapping gifts and eating lots of food! Spending Christmas time with my family is always amazing! I started working on some digital scrapbook pages a couple of weeks ago using pictures that my girls posted on Facebook and Instagram of my sweet grands. Today, I am sharing some of those digital pages :)

Grayson and Nolan with Santa Claus

Nolan is such a little ham! 
My sweet angel Elizabeth

Oh how I love these babies! I am so blessed that we got to spend time on Christmas Eve with each other!
Most of the digital elements I used came from The Lily Pad.
I have more digital pages done, as well as some wire wrapping projects that I gave as Christmas presents, so I will share those soon.
I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas and look forward to the New Year!
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, December 12, 2016

New Christmas Ornament Design

Hello crafty friends! Christmas is fast approaching! Are you ready? I'm really not, but it's coming anyway lol. I did manage to create a Christmas ornament, and not with paper this time. My obsession with wire wrapping continues!
I created this ornament (actually two) for a friend of mine to give to her daughters. They are personalized with the girls names and I also added the year.

Pictured is one of the ornaments hanging on her Christmas tree. And her girls loved them! To create the base, I used 18 gauge wire and wrapped it around a glass that was about 4 1/2 inches wide, attaching where the wire meets with a smaller piece of wire, then curled the ends.  I created the tree shape with each end of the trunk of the tree wrapped around the frame, then added green beads around the tree with 24 gauge wire. The garland is red beads strung on wire and wrapped back and forth on the tree. The outside of the frame is wire wrapped with silver and clear beads added. The name on the left is letter beads with red, green and clear beads strung on wire, with each end curled and attached to the frame with thin wire. The year is metal stamped into a small metal tag, also strung on wire with ends curled and attached with thin wire. 
I love how they turned out so much that I made each one of my girls one! 
This past Saturday, we had a Christmas family reunion on my Dad's side of the family. It was so great catching up with aunts, uncles and cousins. There was a lot of food, but great fellowship. 
Yesterday, I finally got my Christmas tree up. I will share pictures soon :)
That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Getting Back to Digital

Hello friends! Wow, Thanksgiving has come and gone and December will be here quickly. Time is speeding by too fast. Since we last met, I have been working on several wire wrap projects and making jewelry. I have spent some time on Pinterest the last few days and got some inspiration to get back to some digital scrapbooking. Here is a simple page I created tonight. The subject is my sweet Granddaughter. Love that precious girlie :)

All the papers and elements are from Seatrout: The Simple Life that I got from GottaPixel for the April, 2015 edition of Scrap n' Art Magazine. I still really love this digi collection because of the bright colors and fun elements. I also recreated the same page, but instead of a picture, I added one of the elements.

I think this would be a cute art journal cover or even printed and framed.
I really missed creating digitally! These pages are very simple, but fun to make!

I'm making most of my Christmas gifts this year, too. I've already gotten several things made for my family. I'm also making Tree of Life pendants to sell. They are really fun to create. Are you making Christmas gifts this year? If so, I hope your loved ones love and appreciate what you create!

I'll be back soon to share some of my new creations. Until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mermaid Love

Hello friends! So sorry I've been away so long! It's been a busy month at work and I haven't had a lot of creative time. I have been working on just one project that took up a big chunk of my time, but it's a Christmas gift, so I can't share it yet. But I can share another wire wrapping project! Blog world, meet Jewel the Mermaid!

She is a little different from the first one I made that I shared a few months ago. I made this one for a sweet friend that I met on the cruise that I took a couple of years ago. She LOVES mermaids!! I hope she likes this one :)

Jewel has a sweet face drawn on a piece of sea glass and she holds a banner with shells, beads, charms and a "love" sign. Her "bikini" is made from two starfish charms and beads. She has kinda messy hair, but she don't care, lol.

Her body is made of many beautiful blue, green and purple beads and her tail is twisted wire with more beads. She is a really happy mermaid :)

I have so many projects in my head for Christmas gifts this year and it's fast approaching! Where did the whole month of October go? I can't believe it's November already. Guess I better get busy! 
That's all from me today. I will be back soon with more projects. 
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Soda Can Art

Hello friends! Hope you are doing well, especially if you are on the east coast and in the path of Hurricane Matthew! We got lots of wind and rain, but are OK. I've been spending my Saturday working on a wreath and watching TV. Kinda lazy and quiet :)  
Today I'm sharing another project I made with soda cans that I die cut with Spellbinders to create this cute flower on a wood block.

My sweet friend Kathy gave me the wood block. Her Dad cuts and sands them down for her. They are so awesome for mixed media art. I painted the block with turquoise blue paint (of course!) and lightly sanded after the paint was dry.

The flower petals were die cut and distressed by tapping with a small hammer to create little divots.  I painted the petals with Gesso, then I used the Tattered Angels Peeled Paint Naturally Aged Kit for the base under coats of paint. Next, I used yellow and orange acrylic paints and once dry, I sprayed them with dark Glimmer Mists. The flower center was created the same way, but with blue and green acrylic paint and the dark Glimmer Mists.

I used hot glue to adhere the petals and built the flower directly on the wood block. Isn't it cute? It can sit on a shelf or add a hanger to hang on the wall.
I'll back soon to share more projects I've been working on. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Beautiful Disaster

Happy October 1st!! I woke up to cool temperatures and crisp air. Ahhhhhh, it's Autumn! Such a nice change from the heat and humidity :)
I've been working on this canvas for almost a month. Lot's of steps and layers and drying time was involved. That and being in a slight crafting slump. But it's finally finished!

The base is a 12 x 12" canvas that I adhered old torn book pages to and sprayed all over with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. Once dry, I applied modeling paste colored with blue acrylic paint through a wall stencil from Tulip called "lattice".

While the modeling paste was drying, I traced the outline from another stencil onto a piece of thick watercolor paper to create the girl. I sprayed this piece with more Glimmer Mists in browns and pinks and dried with a heat gun. I applied modeling paste with a Tim Holtz lace stencil over the entire girl cutout, then once dry, sprayed more Glimmer Mists.

The large flowers are from different Spellbinders die cuts, sprayed with Glimmer Mists and layered. The smaller flowers are from Petaloo and are also sprayed with Glimmer Mists and also covered with clear crackle paste.

The words are hand written with a metallic silver marker on a piece of thick watercolor paper that was sprayed with Glimmer Mists. I cut each word out and outlined the edges with a brown Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The girl, flowers and word pieces were adhered to the canvas with Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.

I love all the layers and that awesome texture! I'm really pleased with how it turned out :) I'm sharing this post on the Scrap n' Art Magazine Facebook page. Go check out all the other designers creative projects! I'll be back soon to share more projects. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wonder Woman Jewelry

Welcome back friends! I completely forgot to share the Wonder Woman jewelry that I made for the Soda City Comic-con a few weeks ago. I saw a Wonder Woman charm bracelet at a small boutique in Florida last year and just fell in love with it, so of course I had to make one!

I found the Wonder Woman symbol, headpiece and costume
charms from Hobby Lobby and are made by DC Comics. I made
the bead charms and the small silver frame charms and added
the star charms from a pack that I got at Michael's.

Close-up of the charms. The bracelet base is a dark pewter color chain
that I added a magnetic closure to.

I printed some Wonder Woman comic images off the internet,
cut them to fit the charm and covered them with UTEE using
VersaMark and heat gun. Then I just glued the picture in the charm.

I found a blank bangle type bracelet on clearance at Michael's and added a printed picture of Wonder Woman to it using the same technique as above. This one is my favorite and it's the only piece that sold at the Comic-con.


Of course I had to make earrings!! 

And memory wire bracelets with charms :)

I added the charm bracelet, earrings and memory wire bracelets to my Etsy shop, so if you're interested, you can find them HERE.

Thanks for dropping by today! I'll be back again soon to share more creations!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Wire Wrapped Seahorse

Hello friends! Hope you are doing well! I just got back home from a quick weekend trip to Florida to visit family and to pick up a kiln and a bunch of molds that my aunt gave me. I don't know the first thing about how to use any of it, but I'm going to learn! I have to hire an electrician to hook the kiln up before I can start, but I will be reading the books that my aunt gave me to get a sense of how it all works.
I'm still working on some wire wrapping projects and this seahorse is one I am so proud of. It took me many hours to create, but it was worth it.

It is about 18 inches tall and 8 inches wide, so quite large and took a lot of wire and beads to create. 

It took me a good while to create the frame by looking at pictures of seahorses, both real and other art creations. I think I did a pretty good job :) I used mostly blue and green beads of all sizes, shapes and types. The metal word tag in the center says "fearless".  I try to include a word in each of my wire wrapping creations :)

Thanks for visiting today. I'll be back soon to share more creations :)
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Victorian Medallion Burlap Canvas

Hey there friends! I hope you are doing well! It's almost Friday, so I'm great :) I'm headed to Florida for a long weekend to visit family. My Aunt Rosemary is giving me her kiln and molds and other supplies while I am there! I am so excited to learn a new craft :)

Today, I want to share a project that I made for Scrap n' Art Magazine using Spellbinders dies, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and Pebeo paints.

The Spellbinders die I used is Shapeabilities Victorian Medallion Three, which produces this beautiful, intricate medallion. I cut it out of a heavy water color paper and painted it with Glimmer Mists in yellows, oranges and reds. Once they were dry, I applied Pebeo Fantasy Prisme and Fantasy Moon yellow and red paints. The Pebeo paints dry to make your projects look like a shiny gem. 

While the medallion was drying (it takes about 24 hours for the Pebeo paints to completely dry), I painted the 6x6" burlap canvas with turquoise acrylic paint. I adhered the medallion to the canvas with Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue. I love that the medallion looks like rusty metal that's been painted over.

I'll be back soon to share more projects. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!