Sunday, May 31, 2015

Wedding Bells

One of my managers is getting married.  He asked me not to buy them a gift, so I asked if I could make him something instead.  He had already asked me to make his sister a gift for the wedding(she is the best woman) and said he would love it if I created something for him.
I was a bad crafter and didn't take pictures during the creating process.  So here is the final result.

Congratulations to Anthony and Amy.  I hope you enjoy your gift.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Never Lose Your Little Girl Heart

I recently sent this project out to an Instagram buddy to thank her for some paper roses she made for me.  I have met some many wonderful crafty people on Instagram!
I made this little girl quite quickly. It only took about an hour from start to finish.

Take a canvas panel and paint it all one color(I used Mowed Lawn Distress paint).  Once it is dry add accent colors by smudging, flicking, and pressing the cap all over the canvas.  
I used some vintage sheet music on the corners and adhered it with matte gel.  

The page behind her is a book page that I aged with distress inks and sprays in Antique Linen, Walnut Ink, and Vintage Photo.  There is a piece of scrapbook paper directly behind the photo.

Her bow and parts of her dress and colored with distress markers.  I also tinted her flower with the marker too.  Once I wet the flower the distress ink ran into the flower to color it.  The dress color is mimicked by the color of the scrapbook paper. 
I printed the words on the computer and colored them to match the book paper.  

The crinkle ribbon is colored with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress stains.  
I mounted everything using foam tape to add dimension.  A big flower added to the bow and it's complete! 

What have you been crafting?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mini Affirmations

 I have some altered coasters for you today.  I love to use coasters for the base of my work.  They are light and cheap(bonus points for being absorbent).   They are also great for sending out happy mail since a stamp usually covers the cost of mailing it out.  
Paula Cheney had a great tutorial on her blog using Distress Sprays and the new Micro Glaze that I had to try. 
This was my first attempt and it came out much darker than I had anticipated.  I think the Rusty Hinge Distress Paint on the edges was a tad much.  Not the look I was going for, but I still really like it.  I also love the old paper someone was using for their math homework or figuring out their monthly budget.  I smudged some gesso on the side to brighten it up a tad.  

This is the same background paper I used on the first coaster.  See what I mean about it being darker than I anticipated! I put a sari ribbon bow on this one.  

Here you can see how I colored the photos using either Distress Markers or Distress Ink.  She is totally rocking that resin flower.  

This is the brightest of the bunch.  I used Peacock Feathers to color the modeling paste instead of spraying it after I used the stencil.  The edges on this one are inked using my favorite Pumice Stone Ink. 

This coaster is a tad smaller than the other three.  I used the tiny tattered floral die to make my flowers.  They are so easy to make.  I did a bunch and tossed them in a jar to grab when I need them.  I didn't do modeling paste on here since most of the background is covered.  I still stenciled a bit using Distress Paints in Worn Lipstick and Antiqued Bronze.  

Simon Says Stamp Monday X,Y,Z Challenge (I used my X-acto knife to trim my papers, a bunch of Yellow (paper, distress markers to tint the photos, and alcohol ink) and my favorite Zip dry glue).
What have you been crafting?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tim tag for May

Yay! I loved this tag and followed what Tim did almost exactly. I didn't have the burlap paper so I used some burlap ribbon and glued it to my tag.

The ribbon is colored with Evergreen Bough, Weathered Wood, and Gathered Twigs.  

 The tiny tattered floral die is so worth getting. It makes the cutest teeny flowers.

I hope you enjoyed my take on this months tag.
What have you been crafting?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

ATC swaps

Here are a few ATC's I've made for recent swaps.
 Over at Unruly Paperarts they hosted a botanical swap.  Here are the three I made.

Over at Art Joy Stuff Kimberly hosted an Inspired by French General swap  Kimberly does three for three swaps too.  

I made these for a couple swaps I did on Instagram.

Isn't this last one just perfect for the Try it on Tuesdays 60's retro challenge?

I like making ATCs.  Tiny works of art.  
I will post some of the ones I received in return soon!

 Also Stamps and Stencils Three of a Kind challenge is up and I'd love to enter my first two sets of three into the running. 

What have you been crafting?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Enchanted Fairy Box Sneak Peek

This bossy little fairy wants you to go over and see what all the fuss is about over on 
What have you been crafting?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Come take a class with me!

I will be teaching a class at Scraps of Love in Peoria Arizona on Thursday May 7th.

  Don't you want to make some of these adorable trophies? Come see me! We will have a ton of fun.  

Disclaimer Notice

I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.