It's just been one of those weeks so no features this week, but wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I've never been a big pink person. Maybe it was because I was supposed to like it as a girl and being the contrarian that I am, I didn't. But for this year's Valentine's cards I was kind of drawn to the idea of it, especially when I found pink glitter paper at Michaels.
For these cards I combined the pink glitter paper with gold foiled paper I picked up during the holidays and used Paris themed stamps by Tim Holtz. What's more romantic than Paris?
- Cardstock for base card ( I used Stardreams black metallic)
- Craftsmith Gold Foil Paper
- Pink and Black Metallic Glitter Papers
- French Themed Stamps ( I used Tim Holtz)
- White cardstock for stamping
- Black pigment ink ( I used Recollections)
- Pink and Gray Inks ( I used Fresh Ink)
- Punches, embellishments,stickers
I stamped the images in black pigment ink, set with a heat gun and then dusted pink and grey inks on top. Trimmed and mounted as shown on the black and pink glitter papers, then embellished with punched hearts and the black, white, and gold "LOVE" stickers ( Recollections, Michaels).
I used foam dots to mount the focal images to the front of the card and embellished with self adhesive pink pearls. Also Michaels in their 2 for $3 section. My name is Carol and I spend too much time at Michaels.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
It's party time again! Hope everyone's had a great week and looking forward to seeing what everyone's been up to, but let's start with some features from last week's party.
This re-purposed box with paper roses from Lynda Creates is just stunning! What a great keepsake this would make.
I love this Valentine's snow globe idea from Crafty Lumberjacks (which also now has Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" stuck in my head) . Lots of possibilities.
What's Valentine's Day without some delicious goodies? I am drooling over this peanut butter fudge from Fluster Bluster!
OK now on to this week's party!
Monday, February 1, 2016
Art is subjective and therefore it's subject to what you like. I don't want Art majors and MFAs after me so that's my humble but subjective opinion but as a result, I'm not one to spend a lot of money on it (mostly because of reality!) and my walls tend to be decorated with things I make. This project is no different.
I wanted something for a bare wall in our master bath so when canvases were recently 50% off at Michaels I decided to play around with some paints and some gold leafing. I'd seen a couple of ideas on Pinterest that inspired me.
- Pre-stretched canvas (I used 18x24 from Michaels)
- Paints ( I used Acrylics)
- Glue (ideally, specific to leafing)
- Gold Leaf (Art supply section of craft stores or where art supplies are sold)
I went into my paint drawer and just pulled out a bunch of stuff. I gravitate towards neutrals and our bathroom is very neutral but I decided to stretch a bit and pulled out some blues as well.
Next I applied the gold leaf to my canvas. There is a specific type of glue you're supposed to use with the leafing but I forgot I was out and wasn't going to the store. I used Mod Podge and let it get tacky but not dry and applied the leaf. Not perfect but it worked.
Then I just kind of went to town with the paints. I brushed some and stippled some. And then brushed some more and stippled some more until I was satisfied. In some cases the gold leaf got a little muted by the paints ; in some cases not. After the paint was dry I added a little more leaf here and there.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Happy Friday Eve all and how oh how can it possibly be the last weekend of January already?! Here are some fantastic ideas shared at last week's party.
Only Artsy VaVa could upcycle a piano! If not only her, she's one of very few who could pull it off. Upcycle. A. Piano.
Speaking of repurposing or upcycling etc. check out this lap tray from Altered Artworks! It's so pretty I wouldn't want to set anything on top of it.
Paper Seedlings shared the most gorgeous card using a detailed die cut. Isn't it beautiful?
Finally, One Little Project At A Time shared an incredible Valentine's Cupcake Roundup. If you can't find a cupcake idea here, it doesn't exist.
Onto this week's party! Hope you all had a wonderful first month of the year.
Monday, January 25, 2016
I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have a couple of friends who are also so it was a no brainer to make this birthday card in the Gryffindor house colors. I modeled it on the scarves the characters wore in the films using gold glitter paper to make the stripes to alternate with the base card stock color.
I found two fonts (free for personal use) to use for the sentiment. "Lumos" and "Parry Hotter" to create the sentiment and played around with them until I was happy. Then printed on white cardstock, trimmed, mouned on black and gold papers as shown and decorated with punched stars and rhinestones.
As the huge fans we are, we all have the "adult" ( HA!) coloring book! I finished the card with some self adhesive star strips I had in my stash.
I think the Sorting Hat put us all in the right house.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Friday Eve once again friends. Time to show off what you've been working on and see some highlights from last week's party.
Let's start off with this fabulous transformation from Doreen at Altered Artworks. I adore what she did with this 100+ year old Secretary desk.
With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, this Valentine's Countdown idea from Steph at Crafting In The Rain is a wonderful way to mark the days.
Who says bottle brush trees are just for Christmas? Not the guys at Crafty Lumberjacks. See how Andrew and Dennis incorporated these into their Valentine's decor.
These Mini Market Peanut Butter Balls from Heather at Woods of Bell Trees would be perfect for Valentine's Day or, as she shared in her post, for a movie night dessert.
Onto this week's party!