Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Altered Fairy Notebook

If you haven't noticed I love the images from Lisa's Altered Art.  Her images are so fun.  She has a great sense of humor.  
This little girl started out sitting on a pumpkin and wearing a witch hat.  
I fussy cut her out, added the wings, and hat.  I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with her, but I had a plain little notebook I decided to cover.
There are a couple coats of gesso on here to cover the image that was already on the notebook.  Once the gesso was dry I painted it with Distress Paints in Broken China, Weathered Wood, and Bundled Sage.  Once all the paint was dry I used my Lattice work and Hearts Stencils with Pickled Raspberry Distress Ink to add a light pattern.  
 




Inside I lined pages with washi tape and randomly stamped fun sayings.  I also used some Hazel and Ruby washi tape.  This stuff is great.  It's a super easy way to add text to your work.






This is inside the back cover :) 




I had a mop up tag with some Dylusions and some Distress Inks on it.  I added Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac and Pumice Stone to fill in blank spots.  The industrious frame highlights the little fairy perfectly.  The corrugate was ripped up using my Tonic Paper Distresser.  I added gesso around the edges and smudged whatever was left on my fingers on the front.  A little chit chat finishes the cover.  

What have you been crafting?
Jess






Thursday, April 23, 2015

A bibliophile's cabinet

I know I have said it before, but I love to read.  I love books and everything about them.  When I first got this china cabinet from Gina's Designs I was thinking I would make it a place to store my Frozen Charlotte collection, but it morphed into something else when I started picking out my papers.
Once again my book and writing papers took over.  I ended up making a little library vignette.


Little readers sit on top digging into giant reads.
Tiny books flank either end of the cabinet.

The top shelf has a little doll.  She reminded me of what people think of when they hear the word "librarian."  There are some reproduction flashcards and children's book illustrations on here too.  distressed the edges and wrinkled them a bit so they would look like they have been used.  

The bottom shelf has an awesome Nathaniel Hawthorne fact card someone sent me.  There's also one of my prized card catalog cards.  
Here's another angle so you can see the whole shelf.  

The drawers got some little knobs made out of buttons wooden buttons and then I added the October Afternoon pins on there.  
I hope you like my cabinet as much as I do.  

What have you been reading?
Jess

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

April showers

Living in Arizona we don't get much rain.  When we do it is time to celebrate! My project today on
The Robin's Nest reminds you what to do when it rains.
Hope you pop over!
Jess

Friday, April 17, 2015

Adventurous Bird Wallhanging


Hi everyone,
I made an altered canvas panel for you today.  
This is the first time I have used my Tattered Pine cone die.  Holy moly! These roses were so easy to make.  I used several shades of The Robin's Nest glitter card stock to make these.  

Once I made my roses I cut some greenery and just put everything on my canvas to see how I wanted to arrange it.  I used some of Gina's Designs laser cut birds on here too.  

I added color to the canvas using Heidi Swapp Sprays, Distress Spray Stains, and Distress Inks.  I also used Tim Holtz's Rays Stencil and a random chicken wire stencil for added layers.  


I dyed my seam binding ribbon using the above Distress Stains.  I wet the seam binding and then run it through the color I have smudged on my craft mat. 

To add my saying I used my clear alphabet clings and Archival ink in Potting Soil.  


Stamping this out took a long time, but I think it was worth it! You can see the birds got a little stamping on them too.  

Here's a close up of the flowers.  The edges are inked with Pumice Stone distress ink.  In addition to the roses I made some random curly flowers using my Tapered Fringe die.  The back of these were sprayed with Tattered Angels.  



I hope you enjoyed seeing my canvas today!
Stop by the Robin's Nest to check out their great product and sometimes I am featured on the blog too.

What have you been crafting?
Jess





Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Keep your Chin Up!

I can't believe Linda Ledbetter and the crew are on the 25th challenge!  If you haven't joined in there is still plenty of time.  You can order a copy of Tim Holtz's CC3 on his website.  There are so many awesome techniques in there.  You won't regret the purchase!  I must not forget to mention there are fabulous prizes to be won from the amazing Inspiration Emporium.

The time the challenge focuses on Frameworks.
I made this out of a manila card you use in an index card box to sort things alphabetically.  You can see the extra little tab at the top.  

The background uses Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, and Pumice Stone.  I speckled it with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and Black Dylusions Ink.  

The frame is tinted with Mermaid Alcohol ink.  
I am also entering this one into A Vintage Journey's Through the Looking Glass
What have you been crafting?
Jess


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Shadowbox

 One of my favorite things about Cavallini & Co is the wonderful tins their washi tape come in.
This little ceramic bunny fits in just right.  He has put some eggs under the Easter tree for you(by the way this Easter tree has been decorated with mercury glass beads).  

Another bunny sits on top with little blue forget me nots.  This little decoration looks so cute with all the other Easter bunnies.  
Hope you have a great holiday with family and friends.
Happy Easter! 
Jess




Saturday, April 4, 2015

Signs of Spring

 Flowers are in bloom.  Bees are buzzing.  Nests are being made.  It's no secret I love birds. Over on the Robin's Nest I show you how to make your own nest!







What have you been crafting?
Jess

Disclaimer Notice

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