Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Altered Inexpensive Photo Frames

Let's play matchmakers!
These beautiful, original Mary Engelbreit paintings, that I absolutely love, came in inexpensive plastic frames. YIKES. The top frame was, originally some sort of mottled gold/brown. The bottom frame was plain black. But the paintings inside are colorful and beautiful and I LOVE them. They hang in my bedroom so I can look at them often. But those ugly frames were eyesores for me. My bedroom is very bright, with light yellow walls, white trims and doors, and I just ordered the wonderfully beautiful Laura Ashley Comforter Set from their Sophia Collection, which is white and blue. I actually don't know who said that matchy matchy was out. I love matchy matchy, even if I have to make them matchy matchy myself! LOL!

I simply mixed some white gesso with a bright shade of blue until I came up with this sort of cornflower blue. I painted the frames and then I covered them with a protective sealer. The finishing touches are some of my favorite flowers in yellow, white and blue that I simply hot glued to a corner of each frame diagonally.

It was super simple and I am in love with how well these two frames go well together now. I am an excellent matchmaker!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jillybean Soup Discount Box

This Jillybean Soup Discount Box is fantastic!  I have been looking for those discount boxes aka warehouse sale boxes that manufacturers used to do a few years ago.  But for some reason I just can't find them anymore.  So can you imagine how happy I got the other day when I was looking through the Jillybean Soup website and came upon their Discount Box?  It is SO WORTH THE MONEY!  Of course, I love Jillybean Soup stuff, so I jumped on that box like a tick on a dog.  Good news must be shared, so I couldn't wait to tell you all about it.  Even if you've never heard of Jillybean Soup go and check out their online store right now.

This is what came in my box:

Corrugated Alphas

 Sticker alphas, a corrugated album, a chipboard alpha and other stickers

 Journaling tags, other stickers, wood banners, epoxy buttons, a stamp set, ribbon, twine
 And 12 x 12 paper galore!

 This is like Christmas in May for me :-D

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Finished Fairy Village

So...I finally finished my Garden Fairy Village!  Last Thursday, when I finally put it all together, was a killer of a day.  I moved it twice!  LOL.  But now I love it.  I like to sit outside on my swing, turn  on my garden fountain and just enjoy the village, my garden and all the birds that come to eat from my feeder. 

Anyway, just in case that you don't know, I've been building a fairy village for my garden out of scrap wood, polymer clay and other found items.  I even used clothes pins to make furniture.  A lot of items went into the making of this village, but its all stuff that I had in my stash already.  I didn't have to spend a penny on it.  I did, however, have to spend many hours watching videos on YouTube to learn  how to make polymer clay fairies, food and flowers.  Pinterest was my number one place for inspiration.  My wonderful boyfriend cut all the wood pieces for me.  

At the end of this post I have a list of the sites that I used for learning and inspiration.

As the worked progressed I made several changes.  But for the most part this is exactly the image that I had in my head from the beginning.

These are the rough plans that I put together.  It looked a lot better in my head but I'm not an architect LOL

These are the YouTube Channels that I watched to learn how to make polymer clay pieces:
  1. Let's Clay With Ewa
  2. Sandrartes
  3. This Charming Stuff
  4. Polymer Clay Tutor
  5. Nerd Crafter

I also created an inspiration board in Pinterest:  Fairy Houses and Gardens

Monday, May 18, 2015

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Good morning awesome people!  I mentioned yesterday that I've been on a couple of road trips lately.  So today I want to share with you a video that I took during my trip to Black Rock Mountain State Park in Northern Georgia at the beginning of May.  It is a fabulous park.  If you have the opportunity I really encourage you to visit.  Make sure that you take your camera because there are lots of photo opportunities.  I felt as if I was in heaven.  It was beautiful and very peaceful.  Check out the video.  If you love nature, like I do, then you'll love this park.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cry Me A River Art Journal Page

Hello cupcakes!

I am very behind with my Documented Life Project!  I've been working on other project and taking some road trips, but finally last Friday I pulled out my art supplies and worked on the Journal Prompt for April 11: Cry Me A River.  I decided to ignore the theme (Inks and Paints) and the Challenge (Acrylics).  Now that I think about it, I may have skipped a few weeks, I need to go and check on that lol.  Anyhoo, I used Copic markers, Sharpie markers and soft pastels to make this piece.  I also used a photo that I found online for inspiration.  I know, I know, its sad so its not everybody's cup of tea.  But I really like it :-D

Monday, May 11, 2015

Anytime Greeting Cards

Hello ladybugs!  You may not know this but I used to be a greeting cards queen.  I made them all the time.  My stash of cards was always full.  But recently I realized that I just wasn't making cards anymore.  I tried to find my stash and there no stash to find.  So I decided to make a bunch of them using simple designs, scrapbook paper and stickers.  I don't mind telling you that I have stickers like crazy!  A few years ago my bf went crazy buying me stickers when he saw them on sale.  I've used a lot of them, but I still have a suitcase full of them.  It was a lot of fun going through them because I had forgotten many of them already.

Most of the cards are going in my stash for the future.  But some of them I made with specific people in mind.  For instance, the one with the flag is for my bf's mom.  She celebrates her birthday on July 4th (USA Independence Day).  I won't say any other  names just in case they read this post...LOL

So I encourage you to make your own cards.  Don't complicate them.  Don't over think them.   In fact, I would tell you not to make them for any specific situation.  That way you can use them at any time for anybody.  A nice handmade card is so much better than store bought and especially better than an e-card!  People like getting nice things in the mail.  Now I have to think about my Christmas cards!