Monday, August 31, 2015

Another Announcement!

I'm not really sure how this happened, but I was accepted on the design team for Unruly Paperarts the same day I was accepted on the Altered Pages Team!
You can see a sneak peek of my first project for the team on the Unruly Paperarts site right now!
I am so excited to work with this amazing team.  
What have you been crafting?
Jess

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Big announcement!

I am super excited to tell you that I will be on the Altered Pages design team starting in September! 
I will be kicking off my projects with the "It's a Wrap" theme.  
 The have amazing collage sheets- hundreds of them.  I cannot wait to show you what I have been creating.  


And who knows I might have another surprise coming up too!
What have you been crafting?
Jess

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Something wicked this way comes

Even though it's been 117 degrees outside I have been creating a wicked spooky batch of crafts!
My Tim tag for the month took a witchy turn.


I don't have any of the word die cuts, so I used some of my mini movers and shapers.  I just adore this vintage witch image.  
Keep your eyes open- some more creepy bits will be popping up soon.  I have been playing with the Undertaker stamp set!
What have you been crafting?
Jess


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Be Brave art journal page

I have an art journal page for you to check out on the Robin's Nest blog today.  The project is perfect for using up scraps. I hope you pop by to take a look.

Jess


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Whimsical Keychains

I was at Michael's the other day just poking around and came across some plastic keychains in the kids section.  They were on sale and I knew I could make something out of them.
 

I made a bunch with scraps of paper, bits of ribbon, and Lisa's Altered Art images.

 
Some girls got glittery wings

 
Some got tiny bling on their crowns.

 
This girl got a blingy button.
 
She has glittery wings and a jeweled crown.
 

I made even more(there were 16 in the package), but you must be sick of looking at photos.  Run over to Michael's and grab a box to make your own.  How cute would these be for stocking stuffers, bachelorette parties, or a birthday bash? I'd love to see them if you make some.
What have you been crafting?
Jess






Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Don't forget to Fly project reveal

It's no secret that I love anything with wings- butterflies, fairies, birds, you name it.  I decided it was time to make my own feathers and here is the result.  



Ok. Here comes the tutorial.  There are a ton of pictures today.  

 Take your chipboard base and cover it with a couple layers of gesso.  Once the gesso is dry I sanded it a bit to remove the tooth.  I then used white paint and a stencil in random patches all over the chipboard.  While the paint was drying I placed bits of washi tape on the base. 
 When the paint was dry I used several brown distress inks to color the gesso.  The paint acts like a resist and you can easily see the pattern.  


I then used watered down black acrylic paint and flicked it all over using a paint brush.  
I used flower rub ons to finish the base of the background.


To make my feather I used a paper wrapped wire stem typically used for floral design.
 I trimmed the wire to about 13 inches and then folded it almost in half.  I twisted the ends together and then glued it on my Wedding Cut Out Cardstock from the Robin's Nest
I cut the paper into 4 even pieces.  I used one piece for the bottom of the feather and the second for the top.  I tried this a couple different ways.  The first time i glued the paper and put the wire on top.  The glue spread too much and made it too difficult to cut correctly(it didn't have he feathery look I was going for).  The second time I put a bit of glue on my fingers and just rubbed it all over the wire.  This kept the glue where I needed it and kept the two pieces of paper together.  I set the feather aside to dry for about an hour. 
Once the feather was dry I traced a rough feather shape out. 
I trimmed the paper and then snipped all the way around the edges right into the center where the wire is. 

I colored the feather using various Distress ink sprays and Perfect Pearl shimmers. 
The bottom exposed wire is wrapped in the same washi tape I used on the chipboard base. 
The feather is topped off with some green jute and a smidgen of Leafy Green Straw.
I printed a quote from JM Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, on plain ivory cardstock. 
I inked and smudged the print a tad.  A tiny Tinkerbell from the Funkie Junkie boutique charm adds a bit of whimsy to the piece. 
Three Forest Brown Mini Dew Drops help draw your eye around the piece. 
A big fluffy bow made out of silk sari ribbon completes the wall hanging. 
I hope you try to make your own feathers.  I made a brightly colored one too using the same technique and it is awesome! 
What have you been crafting?
Jess

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Don't forget to fly sneak peek


I have a cool project up on the Robin's Nest for you to check out today.   Here's a little peek for you.


Do you believe you can fly? The stop by to check it out!
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.