Saturday, February 22, 2014

Danger ATC

This is an Artist Trading Card (ATC) that I created for the Diemond Dies' Design Team Call.  The background is a couple different mixed media techniques, mod podging tissue paper with lots of wrinkles in it and then stamping on top of it.  Then I used some Shimmerz Texturez to add even more texture and then some gray gesso is added in there too.


I used some corrugated cardboard to add some texture and then I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Banners Die and Bat & Skull dies for my embellishments.   On the bat I covered it with haematite Inka Gold, buffed it and then adhered it with 3-D Dots.  The skull I gessoed, colored it with my Faber Castell Big Brush Pens and then used some Shimmerz Texturez to put the "cracks" on it.

This is one of my favorite ATCs that I have ever made.  I hope you enjoyed it too!!

Happy Crafting!!!!  




Time to Create a Unique View

This is an altered canvas that I created for Diemond Dies' Design Team call.  It was my first big mixed media project and I absolutely love how it turned out!!!!


I got lots of different close up pics.


I just love that clock piece in the corner!


This view finder die is a must have, it was so much fun to use!  I cut it in black chipboard and then again in chipboard covered in white paper.  I then took the squares from the black one that I cut out and put them in the white one and it actually looks like a view finder disc!!


Don't forget the sides of your canvases!


So pretty!


The arrow is pointing to the way to read the words for the title of the canvas, completely unintentional.



Love those butterflies.  I got these in a swap but I know you can find them on Etsy!


Well I hope you enjoyed my pics, if you have any questions please just ask.  As you will see in future posts I did end up making the team.  Yay me!!  It's my very first DT so it has been super exciting!!!!  Dee, the owner, has some wonderful dies, if you would like to check them out and purchase some got to www.diemonddies.com

Happy Crafting!!!!

Updating My Blog

Hello Followers!!!!

It has been too long...I have been away from my blog for way too long.  So today and over the course of the next couple days you will be seeing lots of posts from me while I get my blog caught up with all of the projects that I have done. 

A lot of my posts will be videos from my YouTube channel as I am really into doing videos of my projects these days!!!!

I hope you enjoy getting reacquainted with me and I hope to never get this behind again.

Happy Crafting!!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Altered Bird Cage

This is one really made me think outside the box.  I wanted to create a 3D item, and this is what I ended up coming up with.


I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Bigz Caged Bird Die to create this.  I cut the cage 4 times, the bird once and the wing twice out of medium weight chipboard.  Then I painted the 4 cages on both sides with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint from Tim Holtz and sprayed them with some Sunflower Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.

I glued the sides of the cages together with some Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive and just held them until it was dry and just did that for all 4 sides.  Then I, very gently bent in the tops of the bird cages (I cut off the little bump that is on top of the hanging whole) and used the Scotch glue again to glue them together.  I also used some Tim Holtz jump rings to help hold the tops together until the glue was dry and holding.  Then I use another jump ring through the wholes on the top to hold them together and to attach the swivel clasp to. 


 I put a wing on each side of the bird and then painted it with my Viva Decor Inka golds (lava red, old silver, and orange for the bird and copper for the branch it's on) and used some Shimmerz Dazzlers (licorice stick) to accent it's color changes and hung it inside.  Then I decorated the cage with some Shimmerz Textures (crushed coral and gritty graphite), trim, flowers and other embellishments.  The flowers in the bottom corners are made of UTEE.  I melted clear UTEE in my melting pot and then poured it into a silicone flower mold.  I then painted them with red Viva Decor Precious Metals paint.


One of my favorite parts though, which I show in the 3rd picture, is I used Tim Holtz tissue tape to cover the bottom to make it look like newspaper.  The bottom is just a piece of Chipboard cut to size painted with the same paint and then glued on.  I made sure to spray the bottom with the Sunflower Glimmer Mist to it matches the rest of the cage.  The whole thing hangs on a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp.

I would have to say that this is one of my favorite projects to date!!  I absolutely love the way it turned out and I had so much fun making it.

Happy Crafting!!!!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Project 7

My hubby has his own "crafting" that he does, he tears apart and rebuilds cars.  He bought a Mazda RX7 when we first arrived in Germany and he is turning it into his own little race car.  The only way I can understand it is to compare it to my crafting and he gets just as excited over car parts as I do over crafting supplies, so it must be a really awesome thing to him LOL!!!!So I wanted to make him something to recognize his project.  

I took that canvas that I messed up the first canvas transfer on and I gessoed it until you could no longer see the attempt at the image transfer.

First I used my Faber Castell Gelatos, metalic gold, squid ink, and silver and I randomly added them to the canvas and blended them in using my finger.  I also used my black gelato to distress the edges of the canvas and blended it with my finger.  Then I used a gears 6x6 mask from Crafters' Workshop and covered it with modeling paste and let it dry.  Once it was dry I used some Viva Decor Inka Gold in Copper and rubbed it all over the modeling paste using my finger.  I added a couple Tim Holtz Gears a the bottom.  I also added some sheet-rock tape in the top corner and covered it with some Copper Inka Gold as well.  I them sprayed the whole canvas with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray, Gossamer Gold. 


The 2 nuts and the screw I gessoed with grey gesso and then sprayed them with some the Gossamer Gold spray and some Burnt Umber as well.  The title I made using chipboard letters.  I attached them to a scrap piece of cardstock and carefully added pieces of aluminum foil tape over them.  You need to be really careful as the foil tape rips easy, you definitely need to use small pieces.  I used my Walnut Hallow metal working tools to help define the letters.  You just have to carefully push it down around the letters.  Then I used my tools to add some metal looking details to it.  I painted it with black acrylic paint and while it was still wet I wiped it off with a paper towel to give it the old metal look.  I also used some Copper Inka Gold to help give the foil an aged metal look.
For the gears I covered a tick piece of cardstock with my foil tape and then put it through my Sizzix Big Shot  in my Tim Holtz Gears embossing folder.  Then I cut around the image and used the acrylic black paint and the Copper Inka Gold in the same fashion as on the letters to get the aged look.
Then I picked out the pictures to put on it, with the help of my hubby and sized them to fit where I wanted them.  I used matte mod-podge to attach them to the canvas and then I added a layer over the pictures to seal them on.  
The Tim Holtz game piece at the bottom I used my versa mark pen to cover the "7" and the border (it's normally red) and then I used black UTEE to make it black to match the canvas.


I thought the picture above was the finished project, but then I decided that I wanted the pictures to stand out more.  So I outlined them with black acrylic paint and it did exactly what I wanted!!!!


The sides of the canvas are also covered with aluminum foil tape and marked up with metal working tools and I used black acrylic paint on it to give it an aged look.  I didn't get a picture of the sides before my hubby took it to work to hang on his office wall. 

I think that covers everything.  If you have any questions just ask :)

Happy Crafting!!!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Diaper Trike

Back in February I threw a surprise baby shower for a girlfriend of mine here in Germany.  It was her third child and finally a boy, but she had never had a baby shower because it is not a something that they do here in Germany.  Their custom is to visit the mom and new baby in the hospital and bring a gift then.  She is married to an American so we thought we would share an American tradition with her.  

She was so surprised!!!!  I had her convinced that we were going shopping so I could buy her somethings that she needed for the baby.  Her hubby and another one of our friends offered to watch my 3 boys and their 2 kids, my hubby was doing training in the states so he wasn't here to watch our kids.  So I picked her up to go "shopping", which she had told her hubby she wasn't feeling like going and he told her, "It's free stuff for the baby, you're going"  LOL!!!!  After I picked her up I "realized" I "forgot" my cellphone at home, and with my hubby being in the states I had to go back to my house to get it.

So when we got to my house I told her to come in with me and we could load up the stuff that I was giving her from my last baby.  (We had out LAST baby in April 2012, but I still had A LOT of baby stuff, so I offered it her.)  Everyone had parked at our friend's house a cross the street and they were all in the living room.  One of her friends had brought her little girl, and the girl's shoes were in the hallway, my friend saw them and was like "who's shoes, they are so cute?"  We were all in the living room waiting for her to look up, but she was so into looking at the shoes!!!  LOL!!!  So I said "SURPRISE" and she looked up and saw everyone there and she almost cried!!!!  It was the best party I have ever thrown!!!!  

Now to get the the crafty part.  I didn't want to do the normal diaper cake, so I found a tutorial online on how to make a diaper trike.  Well I decided to give it a try and it turned out GREAT!!!!

Here is a link to the tutorial for those that want to give it a try:


View from the top:


Happy Crafting!!!!

Image Transfer onto Canvas

Hello followers!!!!

I wanted to try doing an image transfer onto a canvas, and what better way to try it then to do something for my wonderful hubby??!!

So I took one of his favorite pictures of his car and I flipped it using Photoshop so that I had a mirror image. Then I printed it off on normal printer paper and got to work.

My first attempt was a fail!!!!  I used too much glue n' seal and it washed out the picture.  That's ok though, I gessoed that canvas and used it in a later project.  

Then I picked a 6x12 canvas and tried again and this one was a SUCCESS!!!!   I wanted to decorate it up some but my hubby likes things plain and he loved it so much that he wanted to hang it in his office at work.  So I opted to leave it "plain" so that he could have it the way he wanted.  I did paint the canvas around the outside of the picture and along the sides with charcoal colored acrylic paint to cover the white of the canvas.


Happy Crafting!!!!