Thursday, February 22, 2018

Atlered Paintbrush

Hello Everybody!

I am so excited to share my project with you all today!  There are two parts to how this project materialized.  So get comfortable while I tell you my story! ;)

I follow Finnibair on Instagram.  They create the most beautiful projects.  Somewhere along the way I saw them alter a paintbrush.  If you look up altered paintbrush on Pinterest-a myriad of ideas will fill your screen.  So the next time I was at the Dollar Tree, I bought a paintbrush.  

Fast forward a couple of months and the said paintbrush has not been touched.  So as Ash Wednesday was coming closer my church was talking about members bringing in projects that they create over Lent.  Things like canvases, or if you sew/knit, or whatever artsy or crafty thing you have.  

So my paintbrush idea came back into my head.  I looked up Pinterest and Finnibair looking for ideas.  I got out my pastel color paints and although I was tired (lol) I was able to create.  Which is quite the feat sometimes.  

Thank you for reading my story.  Here is my Jesus inspired paintbrush...

This is how it started...

I covered it in gesso.  Even the bristles were painted with gesso.

Then I got out different findings.  I had tried a different set of wings and then remembered these.  They were a goodwill find. :)

I hot glued the wings and the lace.  I put modeling paste on the metal part.  Once it was smooth enough (which was not an easy task for me lol) I wrote in it.  

What is nice is the first time I didn't like the way it looked.  As a matter of fact I kept trying to write Blessed but it didn't fit.  Then the 2nd time I wrote Jesus-I loved it. 

Yay!  It's not perfectly centered.  But that is ok.  This was the first time writing in modeling paste.  (Some where I saw canvases made this way.)  I am always happy when I can incorporate a new technique. :)

So here is the placement of my found items.  The stars and butterfly and heart are wood.  The flowers are Prima paper flowers.  And the key and Believe are metal pieces.  Believe is Tim Holtz but I don't know the origin of the key.  I also used one of Tim Holtz's small dots stencils and modeling paste on the handle.  I also glued micros beads in the bristles to give more texture.

Here are the paints that I used to paint over all of the findings and lace.  I used the silver paint for Jesus.  The Art Anthology paint has little bits of sparkle.  The teal Art Anthology is called Pixie and the purple one is Wisteria.  I love these two colors together.  I wasn't expecting to use picked raspberries (the bright pink) but it really worked out on accenting the found pieces.

Here is a close up of the handle and flowers.  

Here is the whole paint brush again.  

Here is a different angle on the paintbrush.  You can see the sparkles in the wings as well.  :)

I would like to enter my Jesus Paintbrush into the following challenges:

Use Your Stuff:  #300 Twinkle Twinkle-use something sparkly: The wings are sparkly and the purple and teal paint have little sparkles.

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: Photo inspiration: Love.  I believe Jesus is love and there is also a heart. :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my the light :)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Catching Up Post

Hello Eveybody!

It's so crazy to think that this is the end of the month, isn't it?  December just flew by!  I just posted a card with a cute bus and reindeer--but before that I haven't posted since like November.  And before that there was a post in October. 

I promise that I have been crafting-but things have been so busy (I'm sure you understand) that I am doing good to take a picture and then I am onto the next thing.

So I wanted to show you guys what I have been making.  My pictures aren't fancy-I couldn't get many of my crafty projects into the photo box before they needed to be given out.  So you will see my Ranger mat-LOL  (Side note-Dear Ranger have you thought of making mats in different colors? Love ya!)

So let's start with Halloween.  This year I was in charge of my church's Trunk Or Treat.  This is one of my favorite events of the year.  People sign up and decorate their trunks and give out candy.  I wanted to make sure each trunk was recognized by the organizer of the event.  I wanted to be sure I thanked each person.  So I made these Halloween ribbons:

I made 30 of these ribbons-using my silhouette I made the circles and using my score pad I made rosettes.  That is a time consuming project-LOL  I love the ribbon part-glittery goodness that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  Those little halloween images are sequins.  And the thank you is cut out of paper from my Silhouette also.

I also made some cards that I barely was able to take pictures of before it was time to send them off-

This card was for my sweet friend who gave me these cool shape stamps and owl stamps from Close to My Heart.

This card was for a friend of our that had been involved in a horrible car accident.  It's a blessing she is still with us today.  I love this card because of the transparent paste and the TH paper doll.  The sentiment is also a Tim Holtz stamp-and I love that set of sentiments.

This was for my friend Danielle-her families dog passed away due to age.  No matter how old-it's never easy.  I am happy to say that they now have a new puppy.  :)

This card was for someone my husband works with who was retiring.  He asked if I could put an RV on the card.  Super cute die cuts from Silhouette!  I love how this turned out.  I love it when I can make a little scene on a card.  :) 

My friend Danielle also needed some Christmas teacher gifts.  I don't do a ton of vinyl projects but I made these for her per her request.  It was Pinterest inspired. 

Another friend of mine and I came up with a fun thing to do with our friends at church.  We had a tag making party.  We each made 6 tag designs-set up tables and had a great spread of food.  We couldn't have thrown such an awesome event without my friend Danielle and another friend of ours.  :)  My hubby helped put out food too-so it was a great group effort.  Here are my tags:

This tag was cut from the silhouette, has washi tape and the snowflake is silhouette.  I spritzed it with liquid Silver Pearls by Ranger to make it sparkly.

This was Pinterest inspired and Silhouette created.  People at the event glued the pieces on and punched a hole to put the twine through.  I had different colored "cups" to add variety.

Good ol' Silhouette.  To make the hats more original-I brought my Cuttlebug and taught people how to emboss.  There is a white hat base that everything glued onto.

Silhouette!  and then I used Red Stickles on the noses so our guests wouldn't have to worry about glitter glue drying.  They also assembled the parts using glue sticks.

The base of these tags and the singing kids are from Silhouette.  The background was this awesome tissue paper from Hobby Lobby.  You adhere the tissue paper on top of the tag and cut of the extra.  Then I had different sequins and gems so people could personalize their tags.

The tag cut out was Silhouette, the stamp is from Stampin Up and then I put gold ink around the sides with a Cat's Eye ink.  

Anytime I prepare something like this (which is not often) I always have a greater appreciation for people who develop classes and have to prep kits.  LOL-sometimes when you take a class you don't think about someone having to make or distribute pieces to so many kits.  

And we didn't get paid for this.  We donated the materials, food, and time.  It was a great time of fellowship.  And thanks be to God for giving us the idea and having it turn out great.  (I'm not gonna lie, we both were like what were we thinking?  But nothing to worry about when you give it to God.)  :)

Whew!  That's a lot--and I probably left a few things out.  Right now I'm working on a December Daily-just starting it actually.  LOL  Yeah I know what today's date is.  

Thank you for stopping by!  If you made it to the end of this crazy long post-please know you are much appreciated.  :)  Happy Crafting!  Happy New Year!  Happy Day! :)

Until next time my friends...stay crafty! 

Reindeer Card

Hello Everybody!

I feel like I have not been here in FOREVER!  Oh wait-seeing the date of my last post-I haven't.  Oh my goodness!  I promise I haven't fallen off of the earth.  And I have been doing crafty things-it's just been tough to get them all posted.  So finally some time!  It's good to be back! :)

I am super excited to share with you this card I made.  My friend who loves her kids' bus driver needed another Christmas card.  I was looking around the 'Net for some ideas and when I went to Creative with Stamps the inspiration hit.  Their challenge was reindeer.  And that moment-I saw a school bus being pulled by reindeer.  The next step was to make it happen.  :)

So here is my card:

The background are Tim's new Distress Oxides.  And the bus, reindeer, and buildings are all thanks to my Silhouette.  The sentiment is an Inkadinkado Stamp.  The stars are Queen and Company.  Googly eyes, and the black noses are like flat round dots they used to sell-LOL They were popular a while ago.  And the red nose for Rudolph is a red gem that was in my stash.

The bus-which is totally adorable to me is cut from cardstock and then the yellow is from Doodlebug glittery yellow cardstock.  I put a layer of acetate for the windows-but I don't know if it really mattered.  It seemed like more of a challenge with that layer so I don't know for next time.  

And I love the sentiment-it was the perfect size and it had stars too.  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope everyone has a Happy New Year! :)

Don't forget to check out Creative with Stamps:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things

Hello Everybody!

I hope everybody is having a great autumn!  Our's has been nice with less humidity and a breeze.

A friend of mine, Amber at The Colorful Teacup, said to me "I want to do a Favorite Things post.  If Oprah can do it-so can we!"  And I was sold on just her enthusiasm alone! :)

So here are my 5 of my favorite paper crafting things.  Be sure to check out my friends page to see what her favorite things are! :)  And if you create a post with your favorite things-put a link in the comments and I will visit.  I might find I need a new thing ;)

Without further are my Top 5 Favorite Things as of right now.

1.  Copic Markers--I know they are a bit expensive but they glide so nice when you color with them.  And I am by far not the best color-er.  (lol).  But I love these markers.

2. Tim Holtz Paper Dolls--I love this vintage people!  And I just want to say that I love all things Tim Holtz.  But for this post I wanted to be very specific.  There are Halloween and Christmas paper dolls too--totally on my must have list.  For now I just have the original set.

3.  Art Anthology Dimensional Mediums- or paint as I would call it.  ;)  I first learned about these at the Scrapbook Expo-and I have taken 2 classes.  The paints are so pretty!

Look at the shimmer in the gold and the glitter in the yellow and blue.  I love glitter! :)  That's number 6 LOL 

4.  For number 4 I love all things Queen and Company.  I love their flowers and blings and their rainbow booth at the Scrapbook Expo.  However, for this post I love their shaker card/tags kits. 

This is last year's set but you can still get the foam inserts.  The tag on the right is a complete tag I made last year.  The thanks at the top is one of my favorite sentiment die cuts which is from a different set.  

5.  Last but not least it is time for my fifth and final favorite thing.  (I was kidding about glitter being number 6.  There's not a 6.)  

Drum roll please......My Silhouette Machine!  I love love love this machine.  I can make tags, die cuts for cards and scrapbook pages, a vinyl decal of a cup and the list goes on and one.  This machine along with the software is versatile and can do so many things.  I just absolutely love it! :)  And the silhouette store--they have fantastic designs! :)

It was a lot of fun sharing my favorite things with you.  I hope to see what your favorite things are too!  And be sure to stop by The Colorful Teacup to see more favorite things!  Until next time my friends-keep crafting! :)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Spooky Coaster Vignette

Hello Everybody!

I know that we are four days in to October-and I already feel behind!  I love the month of October so much!  Fall and Halloween!  Pumpkin this and the overall feel of October.  Ahhh such a wonderful month!

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the challenge this week is to walk on the Dark Side.  And they are using primarily Tim Holtz 😍 supplies.  So I got out my spooky Tim Holtz stuff and this coaster holder that I bought at the thrift store.  There were not coasters so I think it was like 99 cents.  Score!

So I turned it into a vignette box.  Check it out!

Here is the original coaster holder.

I painted it black.  And then measured out Tim's tissue paper for the background.  I stamped some circles in the background and embossed them with glow in the dark embossing powder (sparkle n sprinkle).  I also distressed it with black soot distress ink.

Here is the finished vignette box.

This is the cool yet scary mad scientist (stampers anonymous) colored with Copics.  I got the cool Tim skull in the right corner.

These spooky potions are on the left.  The brown bottle (7 gypsies) contains shaker things from Queen & Company.  And the potion coin in filled in with distress paint.  The other bottle is Tim's and contains loose glow in the dark embossing powder.

This cool bird is from Tim's mover and shaker die cuts.  And the cool resin flowers are Tim's.

This is an awesome Tim pumpkin-which is oranger when you buy them.  I used distress walnut ink to make it fit with the rest of the vingette.

And that's it everybody.  Thank you for stopping by today!  

Until next time....Make Halloween! :)

Friday, September 29, 2017

French Inspired Birthday Card

Hello Everybody!

There have been a lot of birthdays lately!  Here is a card I just finished for a young friend of ours who loves the Eiffel Tower.

The background is a script background stamp from Stampin Up.  I used clear embossing powder and then used distress oxides over the embossing.  The hot air balloon and Eiffel Tower are Tim Holtz's stamps.  For the balloon I stamped it using distress oxide wilted violet.  I love this color.  Then I heat set it.  After that I put some ink on my mat and a squirt of water and water colored the inside of the balloon.  The background and stamps were stamped on a light beige (vanilla) cardstock instead of white to give it a more vintage look.

The rest of the pretty things are Tim Holtz.  The Enjoy card is from his Flashcards set.  And the postcard and the rest of those fun things are from his little ephemera pack snippets.

Here is the card at a different angle.

I would like to submit this card into the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday: anything goes Topping: script or type--the background

Retro Rubber Challenge: Travel On-use mode of transportation.  The hot air balloon is my mode of tranportaion.  The background script stamp from Stampin Up is from 2000.  Tim Holtz's Eiffel Tower and hot air balloon have been around for a few years.  I maybe got it in 2013 or 2014.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...Enjoy!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birthday Bird

Hello Everybody!

I have another late birthday card today.  I hope to get it sent out today-but no promises!

City Crafter Challenge #381 is about using Colorful Birds on your project.  So I got out my Crazy Birds from Tim Holtz.

The background is Tim Holtz Distress Paint.  I used a distressed diamond stencil on the right side and used picked raspberry paint with the stencil.  I love how it just pops.  I used two Tim stamps in the background using wilted violet oxide distress ink and iced spruce oxide.  

I put a square of vellum to help the bird not get lost in the busy background.  I colored the bird, hat, and balloon with distress markers.  Lastly, I added a piece of twine to the popped up balloon for a string.

The sentiment is Tim's, also,  And then I added a little gold bling.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...keep flying! :)