Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Perfect Work of Art

Hey there crafty friends! I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. Between my trip to Florida and a couple of busy work weeks, there just hasn't been enough time in the day to create much. I have squeezed in a little time the last few days to work on some digital scrapbooking. 


For this page, I used a new kit called Gypsy from The Lily Pad on this page. Love the bright colors, the paisley papers, the flowers and the feathers! 


I've been playing around with some different techniques on PicMonkey.com and then created the scrapbook pages in the My Memories program. 

Both pages feature my sweet granddaughter Elizabeth. She is growing up way too fast. This year she starts kindergarten!! Time please slow down!

School starts back here in just three weeks and I think even though the summer has been nice to sleep a little late, it will be good to get back on a good schedule. My son Dakota will be a senior this year! Again, time needs to slow down! He's excited to go back to school. I think he's tired of cleaning house and mowing grass. lol

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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Grayson & the Dinosaurs

Hey again crafty friends! I hope you are doing well :) I am on my last day in Florida visiting the bestest artsy friend and her family. It has been a trip to remember. I will post pictures of sunrises and junk shop goodies that we found soon.
Today, I'm sharing two digital pages I created of/for my grandson Grayson who loves dinosaurs. When I ran across this cute dinosaur digital kit, I had to have it! I found it on The Digi Chick by Sweet Digi Scraps Designs.


This is Grayson pretending to look through binoculars.
Could he be looking for dinosaurs? He is such a ham!

I created this so I can print it off and frame it for his room.
I think I'm going to use this kit to also make some cards for him. I am pretty sure he would love a dinosaur birthday card! Although his birthday was in April, lol. Maybe next year. Or perhaps dinosaurs wear Santa hats and decorate Christmas trees? Ahh yes! Christmas cards with dinosaurs on them! He. Would. Love. It!

I will share more creations soon, including a cool new paint technique that Kristie taught me while I was here this week. It's called acrylic pouring and the results are so cool!!!

What have you created lately? I would love to see!

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tyvek®. What It It and What Do You Do With It?

Hey there crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! I am actually in Florida visiting my awesome art friend Kristie this week. I have missed her so much and we finally just get to hang out and make art :) Something I have been working with recently is Tyvek®. What is Tyvek® you ask? It is a product by Dupont™ and according to Wikipedia, Tyvek® is flashspun high-density polyethylene fibers, a synthetic material. I have been using Tyvek envelopes from the post office and painting them with acrylic paints. Today, I used Art Anthology paints to create some pretty amazing beads and even a cool looking rose. Check these out.....

Gold on the outside and then used strips of a plastic candy
wrapper to create the green/gold band around the center.


Pink with Gold. Love how the Art Anthology paint cracks
on the Tyvek when heated.


This rose was an experiment. I like how it turned out.



I have been experimenting with different types of paint and really like the appearance of the cracks in the Art Anthology paints. It looks somewhat antique to me. You know, like chippy paint. I usually paint one side of the Tyvek with a metallic paint and the other side with at least one other color. Both sets of beads and the rose were made from the same sheet with Gold metallic on one side and half pink, half orange on the other side. For the beads, I cut it in strips, wrapped them around a dowel and heat with a heat gun until I liked the consistency. For the rose, I started with a loose bead and began wrapping layers of petal shapes around the bead, heating each layer until I got the size and look I wanted. So. Much. Fun!!!

So now that you know what Tyvek is and sort of have a sense of what you can do with it, go give it a try!!! I would love to see what you create!!

That's all from me tonight. I'll be back soon with more artsy stuff! Until next time...

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nolan's 1st Birthday Digital Art Pages

Hey there crafty friends! So glad you dropped in for a visit! Today I am sharing three digital art pages that I created of my grandson Nolan's 1st birthday party. Can't believe he's 1 year old already. Time is going by way too fast.

Most of the papers and elements in all three pages are from Mischief Circus with a kit called Oh Happy Day.

His birthday party was circus themed and this kit is PERFECT!


Look at that precious face!!!

This page has Nolan eating his birthday cake
under the big tent and his big brother Grayson
selling tickets for the event!

This page shows just what a little ham he is :)
I made many more pages commemorating this wonderful milestone. I want to have them made into a book very soon. I will share more pages with you soon. Thanks for stopping by today!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pink Flamingo Lemonade

Hello again crafty friends! I hope you are doing great! I have spent the weekend being somewhat lazy as my knee is still giving me trouble. So what to do while the leg is propped up with an ice pack on it? Creating digital art of course! I found some new downloads on Sweet Shoppe Designs called Pink Flamingo Lemonade by Jenn Barrette & Tickled Pink Studio. I love Pink Flamingos and I love the pink and yellow color combo, so I had to have this kit :) My first project was this cute 12 x 12 layout that would look so cute printed out and framed. 


 


The second page I created is also a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout of my granddaughter. I love her happy and adventurous spirit! She loves to dance and sing and she loves doing videos. These photos capture just a bit of her energy :)


I love all the colorful flowers and other elements in this kit and will be using it a lot! I created more pages using other new kits I found and I'll share those soon. One has dinosaurs, my grandson Grayson's favorite! I'll share those soon :)

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

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Procaffeinating

Hello crafty friends! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Memorial Day weekend. It's sunny and getting hot here in the good ol' SC. Summer is definitely on it's way! I've been working on digital pages again, specifically pages of my grandson Nolan's 1st birthday party. It was circus themed and my daughter outdid herself with all the decorations. I will share those pages once they are complete. Meanwhile, I switched gears a little and created this cute little coffee sign.


I purchased most of the elements on this sign from The Lily Pad and they are from the Bold & Strong kit created by ValĂ©ria Piemonte at Little Butterfly Wings.

Do you love coffee? I love coffee no matter the time of year, even on the hottest Summer days. I have a little corner in my kitchen where I keep my two coffee machines, yes, you read that right, my two coffee machines. lol One is a regular 10 cup coffee maker and the other is a single cup coffee maker. I told you I love coffee :) I have some coffee signs in that corner already, but am going to print this one off and add it. I always joke with my friends who like Starbucks, to me it's overpriced. I'm more of a gas station coffee kinda girl, but even better, I make a whole pot at home and enjoy it all day on the weekends :)

I hope you enjoy the rest of this long weekend. I'm going to try and finish up Nolan's birthday pages. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chipboard Mermaid Transformed

Hey there crafty friends! I'm back to share a cute little chipboard mermaid that I want to use on a scrapbook page. The mermaid is from Creative Embellishments and I used gel pens to add shimmery color to her.


I want to add some more bling to her before she goes on my page, but I just wanted to share how simple it is to transform the plain chipboard into a cute embellishment. This is what they look like fresh out of the packaging.


Cute, huh? My love of mermaids started a couple of years ago when I went on a cruise to Cozumel. Before the cruise, we visited a friend in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where there is a mermaid statue and just about everywhere you look are mermaids in art, jewelry, clothing, etc. We saw more mermaids in Cozumel and I just fell in love with their mystical powers.
Do you love mermaids, too? I have a different set of chipboard mermaids for sale in my Etsy store HERE and you can also find mermaid themed scrapbook paper HERE or an ocean themed mixed media kit that includes a chipboard mermaid HERE.

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friends Are Like Angels

Hello again artsy friends! Today I want to share a digital scrapbook page I created a while back. I love several layers on a traditional paper and embellishments scrapbook page, so why not on a digital one, too! The background reminds me of ship-lap, which is all the rage in country decor lately. I stacked other patterned papers in the center and added a little stitching.


The sentiment "friends are like angels without wings" is a typed font on the distressed and torn notebook paper piece. I added the ribbon with bows to the flowers to create the stems.
I think this would be perfect for a card or even print it out and frame it for a home decor piece.
I love creating digitally :)

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Butterfly & Peacock Feathers

Hey there crafty friends! Today I'm sharing two cards that I made over the weekend. The first one is my mom's Mother's Day card (I couldn't share it before now!). The second is a card I made using a beautiful peacock feathers tissue paper and a butterfly die cut.


The base for my mom's Mother's Day card is Stampin' Up! Old Olive cardstock. The second layer is an old piece of Stampin' Up! decorative paper that's I've had in my stash for years. 


The third layer is a paper doily, then a set of flowers with swirly die cut leaves, a butterfly punched from dark brown cardstock and run through an embossing folder. The edges of the butterfly are dusted with Fine German Glass Glitter (you can find it in my Etsy store HERE) and the center is a metal jewelry finding. 


The finishing touch is a tag with handwritten "Happy Mother's Day" and finished off with a crinkle seam binding ribbon. 

The second card starts with a Teal cardstock base, then a layer of white cardstock that has a piece of peacock feathers printed tissue paper glued to it. I sewed around the perimeter of this piece in a haphazard fashion. 


The butterfly is a two step die cut, first the solid was cut from vintage book page and the top layer was cut from a red decorative paper.  


Under the butterfly is a Creative Embellishments chipboard swirl that is painted blue with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Copper. The Metallic Lustre was also rubbed on the peacock feather tissue paper.


I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday! I spent the day just relaxing :)

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fly Flaming Heart Canvas

Hello again crafty friends! I hope you had a great weekend! We celebrated my sweet grandson Grayson's 4th birthday Saturday. I can hardly believe how fast he is growing up!
Yesterday I spend some much needed time in the Art House creating. I have been in a creative slump lately and any little bit of time playing out there helps.
I have had the Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts - Archival Cast Flaming Hearts Ex Votus I for a while, just waiting on that special project to include one of the hearts in. Well, the waiting is over!


Many months ago, I bought the chunky little canvas a Michaels, along with the resin frame. The canvas came with the newspaper type print already on it, I just painted it with some of the dark stain from the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kit - Peeled Paint.  The frame was painted with teal acrylic paint, copper crackle texture paste and also used the Peeled Paint kit, then finally added some silver touches with a Testors silver metallic enamel marker.  


I die cut butterfly wings from a soda can, painted them with creamy white chalk paint and added Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Rust Effect Distress Embossing Powder. The wings were tucked in behind the resin frame. 


I painted the flaming heart with Art Anthology Coral Sorbet Paint and Juicy Colorations Spray and also rubbed some Deco Arts Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre in some areas and added some silver with the Testors silver metallic enamel marker. The little blue bird is a charm from my stash. The sentiment is handwritten on a small tag that I cut into the flag shape and tied to the heart with twine. 


I glued copper microbeads, blue seed beads and German glass glitter (coming to the Pickled Tink Etsy shop soon!!) to the canvas in random areas. Oh, and the glue that holds everything together is Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.

I have two hearts left from the Flaming Hearts Ex Votus I kit that I have ideas for and hope to work on those in the next few days. I'll be back soon to share more creations :) Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring Inspired Banner

Hello again crafty friends! April has flown by so fast! I can't believe it's after Easter already and summer is not far away. While it's still Spring, I thought I would create a fun Spring inspired banner piece to share on the Scrap n' Art Online Magazine Facebook page.


This started out to be just a simple banner, but if you know me, I can't make anything simple. The more layers, the better in my opinion :) 


The base is a chipboard pennant piece from a banner kit that I covered with a piece of scrapbook paper that I've had for a while. I used matte modeling paste to adhere the paper to the base. Then I started piling on the layers: a smaller textured kraft paper banner that I painted and distressed, a Spellbinders doily die cut, a double rosette and a butterfly. Under that grouping is a tag, three flag pieces, a piece of lace, two ribbons and a Spellbinders rose. 


The sentiment says "Wherever you go, go with all your heart" and is stamped on a manila file folder, then cut in a flag shape. All of the layers were adhered with Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.


 Here is a close-up of the bottom portion with the tag, lace, ribbons and rose. 


I added a few different styles/colors of ribbon to the top corners of the pennant to hang down the sides and also a cream organza ribbon tied to create the hangers for the banner. 

I plan to make a couple other banner pieces that I have ideas for floating around in my head. Hopefully I can work on those this weekend, between my sweet grandson's birthday party and cleaning my house. I will be sure to share them here! 

Be sure to go and check out all the other Scrap n' Art designers creations!  

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Wire Cloche

Hello crafty friends! I am so excited to share today's Scrap n' Art Magazine project with you! While browsing Facebook, I ran across my friend Monica's awesome creation that included a rusty cloche and just had to try to make one, well, minus the rust. Rusty wire is on my to find list, though :) Go check out Monica's wonderful project HERE. Awesome, isn't it?
For my wire cloche, I started with 18 gauge wire and created two circles, one about the same width as a small 4" terracotta pot and the second a little smaller than the first. I built the cloche using five pieces of the wire wrapped around the first circle and curling the smallest end to create feet, then attached the second circle a few inches above the first. For the top, I gathered the five wires and wrapped with another piece of wire, then rolled the ends of each of the five wires to create the top curls.


The wire cloche was painted with an off white chalk paint and I also painted the terracotta pot first with gesso, then with the Tattered Angels Peeled Paint Kit. Once dry, I inserted a styrofoam ball inside the pot and covered it with shredded vintage book pages to create a nest.  



Then I filled the little pot with paper flowers, little blue glass stones, a crinkle ribbon bow and the little green "Happy Easter" frame that has been in my stash forever. 




  
I decorated the cloche with more little paper flowers around the top and green paper vines made with Spellbinders die cuts added down two sides of the cloche, adhering them here and there with Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue. 


Oh my gosh, I am so happy with how this turned out!! I will be making more I am sure! Now to find some rusty wire :)

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back soon with more fun projects.
Until next time...









Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!