For my take this month, I made a mother's day gift set for my mom. I took from the challenge photo the flowers. I thought the roses in the paper were beautiful. I used the Botanical Tea Collection from Graphic 45 and cut it using a Silhouette cut file. The twist this month was to use some form of crackle. I used a little platinum crackle on the Flourish Corner and then used a Verdigris ink pad to stamp with the Distress Crackle Stamp on it. How cute would this look in baby papers with the baby themed wood veneers from the shop? I think it would make an awesome shower present.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I am up today on the Creative Embellishments blog with an altered Tim Holtz configuration book box. I wanted to make the box as a gift to store metal goodies. Yum. On the outside I wanted to give the appearance of metal but ended up using mostly chippie goodness.
I started off the box layering medical tape and covering with gesso and using a Tim Holtz diamond stencil with modeling paste for texture. I stamped into the wet paste for texture. I used the steampunk gear frame as the main piece for the top of the box. I layered with an assortment of gears, loose parts, and propellers. These pieces work really well together and you get so many pieces in the package that I can usually stretch it for several projects. I painted with different shades of grey by varying amounts of a black and white acrylic mixture. I highlighted parts of the box with silver rub and buff and patina Guilder's paste. I finished off with some metal bits.
In the center of the frame I added drywall mesh, punchinella. modeling paste, a metal heart, and chipboard letters. I covered them all with torn pieces of metal that I burnished down and added over alcohol inks. I went over the letters with silver rub-n-buff to make them stand out.
For the inside of the box, I used Marion Smith's Nirvana collection. I kept it pretty simple as I wanted it to be practical. I finished the edges of the inner boxes with black washi tape brushed with a little of the silver rub-n-buff.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Hi All. I am up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with Steampunk Dressforms. These were so fun to make. I am going to incorporate them into a larger project so the stand that are sitting on for now is just so that you can see how the skirts hang. I used paper mache dress forms from the Michael's bins that I have had in my stash for a while waiting to be loved. For the dress forms I added lots of acrylic paints, texture mediums, Gilder's paste, and drywall mesh. To create designs on the dressforms such as the shape of the corset and all the piping, I used small border stickers. I added trims, lace, metal and chain to finish them off.
However, the most important embellishment on them all that makes them stand out are the wings. I cannot believe how fabulously detailed these wings are. What I am most impressed with is that they withstood 7 layers of product and kept their shape and didn't fall apart or get soggy. I used the fairy wings and the Wing Set 2.
You don't think I would actually do a dressform and forget a gear? I had to include a few small gears.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Challenge time over on the Creative Embellishments blog. Spring is definitely in the air. You should check out the amazing projects by the design team. Come play with us and show us your creation.
Spring has sprung in our household. I made this to sit on my mantle. I pulled out my Once Upon a Springtime collection from Graphic 45 and fussy cut images. I added papers from the collection to the blocks I painted white. I love the 6 x 6 chipboard panels. I painted the quarterfoil one white and cut it up to unify all the pieces. I have a spring floral swag that will be draped over the top when it the blocks become my spring centerpiece.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Hi all. Our sponsor over at Unruly PaperArts is the wonderful Rubber Dance Art Stamps. Check out her awesome selection at RubberDance.com. Our theme for March is Trash to Treasure. Head on over to UnrulyPaperArts.com to check out my full article and tutorial. I love how my project came out.
Here is a sneak peek:
Here is a sneak peek:
Monday, March 9, 2015
Today's project is a sewing box for Creative Embellishments. I have had this box in my craft room for several years. It was falling apart and all the sewing items were just thrown in there. It was time to either throw it out or give it new life. I started with repair work by reinforcing all the seams of the box. I painted all the edges with black gesso and TH black soot crackle paint. I used Marion Smith papers to cover both the inside and outside of the box.
The sewing machine set is divine. The picture doesn't pick up all the detail, but there is engraving details that really pop when painted. I have painted the chippies black, added touches of silver Rub-N-Buff. I accented a few of the pieces with the distress script stamp embossed with snow white embossing powder. I made a flower from TH fabric, sprayed with Heidi Swapp black Color Shine spray, topped with a chipboard button from the set and added lace as leaves.
For the top of the box, I made a pocket to hold the manual for the sewing machine. I added trims, a dress form from the set, and a chipboard flourish.
For the bottom of the box, I organized my supplies into empty Heidi Swap Color Shine boxes. I love when you can reuse items you would normally throw away. I created belly bands and layered labels. I topped each with the coordinating chippie of what was inside the box.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
I really like fabric flowers and want to include them in my projects. The only problem is I can only find ones that are more on the shabby or elegant side. I took it as a challenge to make a grungy version. So I armed with Tim Holtz Eclectic Fabric, a glue gun, felt, and YouTube. They were very addicting to make. I started off making a bakers dozen of them. I know that I will be making more and trying different styles.
For the centers I use medium and small chipoard gears, propellers, and loose parts using distress stains and patina gilder's paste to color. I finished off with Prima metals.