Monday, August 12, 2013

Creative Challenge

One of my favorite stores, collage started a creative challenge in July. They will feature a new one each month. Their July challenge was for an artist to use the Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock to alter and make their own. 

When I saw the challenge on their site, I immediately started brainstorming. Steampunk was the first thing that came to mind, but I figured more than one person would have that idea. So I started thinking about Time, but I didn't want my theme to be too obvious. The phrase "Quiet Time" came in to my head, and I considered decorating it with Graphic 45's Little Darlings, but then the forest and wee little deer (that collage happens to sell) came in to my head, and viola! I had it!

assemblage clock
Gesso Primed
Spray Glitter over the Gesso

I had a face from a Big Ben clock that we bought when I went through my short lived Steampunk Stage.(Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Steampunk style... I'm just not good at it), so I used that for the background. I used a hot glue gun to affix the trees and shrubs.  Be careful of the overspray! 
Steel wool rolled in model grass=bushes.

Trees and Bushes


Watch for my post on the August Challenge - using Martha Stewart's Glass Paint in a project.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

What do you do when you're recovering from knee surgery?

1.  Use a Martha Stewart heart shaped punch to cut out hundreds of shapes.  Once you have that many, make a garland? For what? Who cares!? You're on pain killers! 

2. Paint some canvas bags. 

 3. Get a phone call from one of your friends. She needs your help recruiting Artists for the upcoming school Plant Sale. And some decorations. And some "Make and Take" crafts. 
Pennants for decorating. 
Make Mother's Day cards to sell.

Make some plant markers to sell for 25 cents.

Put together some Teacher Appreciation gifts to add to the "Love Baskets". 

I had a lot of fun doing all of those things. 

The plant sale was yesterday. We had a great time!

Reason 986 of why I love my Craft Room:

Who needs Hallmark?? 

I just head out, pick out some elements, and a wonderful personalized card is done in minutes! 

Our favorite thing early on a Spring morning? Bird Watching!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

7 Gypsies Postale Library Drawer

I simply want to say that i LOVE library drawers when they art artfully decorated and full of beautiful goodies.

I planned to buy this file drawer, but I have too much ephemera to fill just one.  I opted instead for a vintage metal card file. See my mess below!  I have started decorating the dividers.  A few below.  Such fun! Gets your creative juices flowing too! 
Here's the Ranjini Malhotra drawer. 
Click here for inspiration. 

Some of my mess. Before I bought my vintage file drawers I bought these file boxes at Office Max.
Christmas Divider
Travel Divider

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Magazine Mirror

I've had a pretty busy day already today! Planted lettuce and strawberry started, planted seeds in my seed greenhouse, and potted all my fuchsia starts!  Now I'm nursing my knee.   

I mentioned before that I will be leading a workshop at my friend Jen's shop, Curiosities Vintage, next weekend.  We will be creating a Magazine Mirror.  

Today I'm going to watch old movies and pre-roll the papers so that lengthy process will be out of the way. 

I'm using ikea Malma mirror. It looks like they only come painted now, mine are unfinished pine. The painted ones might work better anyway!

I will post pics in a few days after I get it done! 

Have a relaxing Sunday!!

Update: Here is the mirror I made earlier this week. I did it with scrapbook paper. We had the workshop today and I started another with magazines. I will finish and post it later this week. 

Gesso, My new Favorite Thing

Here's how I made my new favorite thing!!  

I had SO MUCH FUN doing this project. It's the most fun I've had in a very long time. I did it by following  Arlene, a Graphic45 design team member. The tutorial is featured on here on You Tube.. You can do it too!

I gathered up some metal doo dads and flowers.  


I used printed key tissue paper as my base. 

I added some glass circles I found at Scrap,

and I fussy cut a kitty from a piece of wrapping paper.


Here are some close ups of the finished product:


I love how all of the metal elements show up. I lightly spayed every thing with Ranger Ink - Perfect Pearls Mist - 2 Ounce Bottle - Heirloom Gold. This is not what she recommended, but I like the way it looks. 

I also rubbed Metallic Rub-Ons on the tops of the elements to give a tiny bit of a color pop. 

I gave him to my daughter for her birthday, and I'm very glad she loves him too!
Have fun, and Craft On!!

Products I used: 

Prima - Wood Icons in a Box - Birds and OwlsPrima - Wood Icons in a Box - Leaves and FlowersPrima - Shabby Chic Collection - Metal Treasure Embellishments - Bird CagesLisa Pavelka 1/2-Ounce Watch Parts for Crafting, Silver, Brass, Copper, Black and Steam Punk
Prima - Vintage Trinkets Collection - Metal Embellishments - Silver Mix 2
Metallic Rub Ons

Tim Holtz has similar metal items, which you can find at collage, and other craft stores, but it's also fun to use items from broken clocks. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Favorite tools

How do you store your favorite tools? Bakers Twine is one of my all time favorite things to work with. I think it's so fun, it cheers me just to look at it.

I leave it on a little shelf above my workspace next to my Washi Tape, another of my favorite tings.

In addition to my big spools, I have a few yards in several colors from "samplers' that I wrapped on to vintage spools so that I can keep them out too.

It's no fun to restrain all the pretty stuff in cabinets and drawers!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Where Women Create and Upcoming Projects

I've mentioned Stampington and their publications before, but every month I marvel at how wonderful their publications are. I appreciate that they feature every day Artists. I have yet to see anything that company does wrong.

I ran across a Where Women Create post on Facebook today about Jenni Bowlin. It caught my eye because her studio is beautiful.  Her artist's eye and love of vintage really comes together in her work space. I have a small space without much room for featuring my elements out in the open, but her work space is beautiful.
jenni bowlin studio in where women create magazine

I am sewing Aprons for a friend right now. She opened a vintage shop and she wanted some that looked vintage. I'm making them out of Denim and I'm going to work in some metal details if I can. I'm trying to make them look a little like Levis. Once I'm done I will post pics.

My room is a mess and probably will be for another four weeks. We're having a huge Garage Sale on April 13th, and until then some things are stored there. When that's over I will show you new pictures of my place.

Next projects:
Tim Holtz' Tattered Challenge, Mixed media box for a friend featuring Graphic 45's "Little Darlin's", a Magazine Mirror (see below). We're having a Pinterest Party at the aforementioned friends shop, and I have to test out the method before I do it, next, a collage for my Mother featuring Graphic 45's "French Country", after that what I'm calling "mini shadow boxes". I have a bunch of vintage Christmas items that I want to turn in to ornaments. Two Maxi dresses for our Anniversary trip to Seattle.. By the time all that is done I will be starting to build stock for they Holiday Bazaar.

Tutorial is here:


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tim Holtz March 2013 Tag

I love this months tag!
I didn't have the dies he used, but I still think mine is super cute!

Here's his:

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Graphic 45 Valentine's Challenge

If you ever want to challenge yourself, work with new products or even get inspired by others' work, try one of the many project challenges you can find on the web. 

Two of my favorites are Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2013 (I posted a few from 2012 last year), and Graphic 45. 

This month Graphic 45 put out a challenge on their blog for a Valentine's Day project. 


Though it doesn't scream "Valentine's Day" I posted a romantic tag I did last night. 

Their aim was to get everyone to use their "Place in Time" paper, which I don't have. But I ordered it, it should arrive by Wednesday and I'll use it this week to make a project that's been in my head for over a month then post that as well. 

The contest ends February 28th if you're interested.  :) And you can post multiple projects!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Time to Yourself

What do you do when you have time to yourself? On the rare days that I have the house all to myself, I leave the house. If I don't I'll clean or pay bills. 

When I say "leave the house", though, I really mean I close and lock the doors and head to my Craft Room. I put a Chick Flick in the DVD player and watch without the fear of a child walking in during a completely inappropriate scene. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Favorite Thing

Where Women Create asked facebook readers what their favorite item is in their studio, craft room, office, or work space."

This was a little tough for me, because in the last year I have made my craft room the only room in my house that is truly mine. My little oasis.  It is full of pretty things that I love to look at and tools and storage that work well for me. Tools that no one else is allowed to touch. 

An item in my room that is my very favorite is my silver tray. It’s a silver tray that features various pieces of silver on top – a gravy boat, small dishes, etc. which I keep it in the middle of my crafting table and use to hold elements when I’m working on a collage or some cards.

I’ve attached two pictures – one “at rest” where it sits during the day with my Gardenia candles. I’ve attached another of how it looks when it’s “at work”. Guess what I’m working on now??

My silver tray at rest.

My silver tray at work!!