Saturday, April 19, 2014

Funky Colors Scrapbook Layout

Good morning crafty friends!  I hope that you are all having a wonderful weekend.  Today I want to share with you a simple scrapbook layout, but it means a lot to me.  The hands that you see in the photos belong to my mother and me.  We get our nails done every couple of weeks.  Its one way in which I pamper my mother, who is totally selfless and never does anything for herself.  My mom is someone who always thinks of other people first.  She always does for other people.  She does things like bring in the neighbors' trash bins if she sees them on the road.  If she knows you're in need she offers to help even before you ask.  So every couple of weeks I take her with me and we get our nails done.  

When I received my design team package from Gina's Designs and I saw this  Pallette and Brushes Set I knew right away that I wanted to use it on this layout.  I simple colored them with acrylic paint and a sharpie marker.  I added Crackle Accents to the bristles of the brushes, just for fun.  I also liked the idea of using flowers for the "paint" on the palette. 




Gina's Designs Supplies:  Pallette & Brushes Set

Other Supplies:

Webster's Pages paper: Clean and Simple Sunday Picnic Pedal Pushers
Acrylic Paint
Prima Flowers: Perles Romance Novel
Crackle Accents
Free Printable Project Life embellishements

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Steampunk Key Wall Art

Hello chickadees!  Today I want to show you a very unique project that I created for Gina's Designs.  It is a key!  This key opens the door to your imagination!  Only metaphorically speaking, of course...lol  I don't have a ruler right now, but this key seems to be about 10 inches in length, which is a great size for wall art.  I have the Hot Air Balloon Key, but Gina offers more designs that are really pretty.  I also used a few other pieces from Gina's Designs, but you can find all the links at the bottom of this post.  

I used hot glue to put everything together.  There are layers and layers of Lumiere paint and a gold paint pen as well.   I added Liquid Pearls to the balloon for an extra shot of color.  Ever though this is wall art, I'm not going to put it on the wall.  This key is going next to a lamp in my living room.  My living room furniture, although not Steampunk, seems to go very well with this key.  It was easy to put together.  I got to play around with paint and get my finger dirty (always a plus!).  Now I have a very cool, unique ornament for my living room.  So I suggest that you check out the shop, get your own key and open the door to your imagination!



Supplies:

Key Wall Art Balloon
Butterfly of Gears
Wings Assortment
Gears Shape Set

Other Supplies:
Liquid Pearls, Lumiere Paint, Gold Paint Pen, Hot Glue



Friday, April 11, 2014

Tutorial-Shabby Chic Canvas Flower

Hello pretty thing!  How would you like to learn how to make this cute little canvas flower?  Well, I made a tutorial for Miriam's Crafting Supplies where you can see how easy and simple it is to make this canvas flower.  Just scroll down to watch the video and then hop on over to Miriam's Crafting Supplies to get your supplies and start making your own shabby chic flowers with an organic feel.




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Scripture Card Memo Board

Hello buttercups!  I hope that you're planning to enjoy yourself this weekend.  I have been working on this memo board and it now sits on a shelf in my bedroom so I can look at it every day!  It definitely reminds me to be cheerful!  I painted it with gesso and then I rubbed ink spray and more gesso until I got the colors that I wanted.  I also cut off a few parts of the board because I wanted to use the little metal legs.  I love them!  I made the canvas flower myself.  The Scripture Card is one that I made a long time ago and you can find a printable version in the Scripture Cards section of this blog.  I printed it on matte photo paper and I tucked it into the chipboard flowers at the bottom and the butterflies in the corner.  This way I can change it whenever I'm in the mood.  I also love having a little space for a notepad and some pens. This memo board practically screams Spring, doesn't it?  :-)



Supply List

Gina's Designs' Supplies:  Memo Board, Spring Shape Set

Metal Legs by Miriam's Crafting Supplies
Butterflies and yellow flowers by Craftsupplies1
Gesso
Ink sprays in pink and green
Glimmer Mist
Hot glue
Handmade canvas flowers

Friday, April 4, 2014

Photo Challenge Friday-Your Creative Eye

Good morning (or evening, or afternoon...whatever it is when you're reading this post)  :-)

Today's challenge is all about developing your creativity, seeing familiar things with new eyes.  I challenge you to take your camera when you're out running errands, buying groceries, picking up your kids at school, going out to dinner...whatever.  It doesn't matter what you're doing or what you photograph.  I want you to look at your surroundings and photograph something so familiar to you that you hardly notice it during your day to day life.  But I want you to photograph it in different ways.  

The photo below is a building on a street corner, about 4 blocks from my house.  I drive by it quite often but never really look at it.  Then yesterday I was parked across the street, waiting for my mother who was doing some shopping.  I looked around for something interesting and I realized that I really like the reflection of one building on another, and the contrast between the blue and the red of the stop sign.  So I took several photos.  I used my telephoto and got closer, I photographed cars driving by, a couple of people walking in front of the building, and then I realized that I prefer the cleaner image.  I actually really like how the image turned out.  So now go and look for those familiar objects and start taking photos!  I don't care if you don't get the best composition or the best white balance or any of the techniques.  I just want you to develop your creative eye.  See what other people don't appreciate because it is so familiar that it disappears.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Funky Selfies Scrapbook layout.

Good morning sweet chickadees!  Today I want to show you a layout that was really fun to make.  I took some silly selfies of Larry and me on different mini-adventures that we have taken.  On Saturdays we like to go and do something fun.  I didn't want to create a fancy layout.  I wanted to make something really simple, but not boring.  So this is my version of a hybrid layout:  Scrapbook layout+the spirit of simplicity of Project Life=Scrapbook Life.  LOL  OK, that's my own terminology.  A fusion of two styles that anybody can do.  You don't have to be an experienced scrapbooker, or spend a lot of money, to make something fun like this.  Granted, its not a fancy, artistic layout.  But so what?  It is personal, it means something to me and I like it.  Scrapbooking is personal.  So today I want to encourage you to make fun, simple layouts that document your life in your own way and style.  It is so worth it.  By the way, this layout took me about an hour and a half to make from the time that I started looking for the supplies to the time that I finished it.  Even the busiest of people can take one and a half hours in their week to make a simple layout like this.