Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Earth Safe Finishes - Artsy Chalkboard- DIY - Altered Clipboard Project

Hi, Crafty Folks!

Today I am here with a DIY project Using Earth Safe Finishes® Chalk Paints and Acrylic Pigments.  I love our products, not simply because I am on the Design Team, but also because they are environmentally friendly.  
I created this project to hang on the door of my studio and it not only looks fabulous, but also serves as a great reminder board!  
This design was inspired by Tammy Tutterow!

As a paper crafter and someone who has a chronic illness, what I eat and what I breathe are vitally important.  Our products are VOC free and that is no small thing.   Stop by our blog for fabulous DIY ideas and more information about our paints and other mediums!  

The Step-by-step Tutorial for this project can be found HERE


Thanks for Stopping By!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Shopping Our Stash - One Is A Lonely Numer - Create A Single Layer Project

Hello Crafty Peeples!
It is my week to host at Shopping Our Stash and I thought it would be fun to UP everyone's stress level by offering the following challenge:  
Create a Single Layer Project.  
Your project can be a card, tag, altered object, etc., but it has to be a flat projec!
No ribbons, no embellishments, just paper, stamps, and ink!

I wanted to create a "window" in my card, and stay true to the single layer theme, so I did a delicate job of attaching my acetate window so that I still only have one layer.
I get a big kick out of back lighting my projects!  I us

I used Cream Metallic Chalk Paint to color the background.  I also used them to add color to the images!   I love the Graphic 45 Lil Darlings Collection.

We look forward to having you join us!  Single Layer Cards are a real challenge, but I really enjoyed trying to think of a different approach.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Shopping Our Stash - Fantastic Plastic

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Our current challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH is Fantastic Plastic.  Sounds simple enough, right?  We are surrounded by plastic everything...far too much for my tastes.  I recycle and I use a lot of plastic in my projects to do my bit for our environment.  One would think this challenge would have been easy for was not!  It was the challenge from Hades!

I have learned a very important lesson.  Chalk paint does not adhere well to plastic even when you put it on top of several coats of gesso!
I started with a color scheme and a plan to use this Plastic Tub.
I also wanted to create a plastic see through lid.
After painting my cup, I decided I would use design paper to cover the body of my tub 
and beneath the plastic lid.
The cup works well for holding my metal embellishments.  This small container works better on my work station to hold embellishments I am using on a current project.
 This was not the easiest project, and probably not the prettiest or best, however, it is functional and keeps one more piece of plastic out of the landfill.

Hope to see your entry in our challenge at Shopping Our Stash!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

613 Avenue Create-Challenge #163 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Create A Shaker Project

Hello, Crafty Folks!

The Resident Designers at 613 Avenue Create invite you to play along in our Anything Goes Challenge this week.  If you are up for a challenge, we have an Optional Twist:


This is my second Shaker Project and I am forming a little affection for this design genre.
I chose to make Shaker Tags.  I really love the challenge of creating lovely scenes in a confined space!  Choosing the shaker elements is also a creative process I enjoy!

I used a piece of Tim Holtz Vellum for the base.  It is so pretty when backlit!


Looking forward to seeing your project in our challenge!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Shopping Our Stash - Create A Shaped Card

Hello Crafty Peeple!

Welcome to another challenge week at Shopping Our Stash!

Challenge:  Create A Shaped Project

Shaped cards used to be a real pain, however, with the innovative advances in thin metal die design and production, creating shaped cards is breezy easy.  As much as I love my Big Shots and other cutting machines, sometimes I like to do things the old fashion way.  I like to just use my hands.  I guess that is why I am so fascinated with Mixed Media these days.

Napkin Fold Card
I am not sure that my project really qualifies as a "Shaped Card, "  it may be more of a fancy fold.  It is, however folded into a shape, so I imagine I can skate on through!

The Hubster had a good time taking pictures.  He wanted to see how many ways he could fold the card.  He was very creative and came up with some fun shots.  Sharing for the fun of it!

 The Oriental Fan is from SCACD "Nature's Tapestry Fan

 These two remind me of a Kimono

The Design Paper is from Teresa Collins' Fabrication

My teammates have fashioned some pretty cool shaped projects!  Stop by Shopping Our Stash and have a look see.  Hope you find great inspiration and share the results in our challenge!