Hump Day Two for One!!

Happy Hump Day!!  Today I’m working predominately with the March Scrapbook kit.  I normally stick with the Mixed Media kit but this month the scrapbook kit looked so amazing that I had to get it!

I am somewhat out of practice with my scrapbooking but I had to give it a go and do some catching up on some of my pics.  Since I wasn’t sure of my direction I didn’t do a video but rather took pictures as I went to show you how it came together.

I started out with the clover chipboard circle and painted it with some of the olive green acrylic paint from the mixed media kit I got this month.

Next I applied the gel medium (also from the mixed media kit) to the edges of the clovers and sprinkled two kinds of glitter on them.

I then set that aside and smeared on some gold crackle texture paste from my stash to the left corner of my page to both add a crackle element as well as to adhere my chipboard clovers down to the page.

I then positioned my photo and clovers and pressed them into the paste.  I added a bit of adhesive to the top corners of the photo to make sure it stayed in place.

I also added a few flowers tucked in the scrolls of the chipboard to give it a finishing touch.

Here is a pic of the complete Scrapbook kit.

NOW…for my BONUS project!!  As I said, I’m normally a mixed media gal…so I had my March mixed media kit that I still had TONS of supplies left in (because it was packed this month y’all!) and since I’m a jewelry maker by trade I whipped up this little cutie!

For this one you just need to use an epoxy graft glue like E600 to glue the metal pieces together (you can use hot glue in a pinch but it may not last after a bit of wear).  Next attach the chain with jump rings using a couple pair of needle nose jewelry pliers, adding a clasp at the back.

Here is the complete mixed media kit below.

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Altered Cutting Board Project

Hey guys!!!  Happy Tuesday!!  Today I’m sharing my fun altered cutting board projects from the March Mixed Media kit.

I started out with the natural cutting board Darice and gave it a thin coat of the olive green paint from 13 Arts.

I allowed the olive green acrylic paint to dry well

Next I sanded the entire board down well, paying close attention to the edges.  I really wanted the grain of the wood to show through.   You could use an electric sander for this part.

I used some letter stickers to apply the word “Family”.  If you have a vinyl cutter, that would work well for this.

Next I applied a good coat of the 13 Arts “Cafe Au Lait” acrylic paint and allowed it to dry well.  I then rubbed it with the gold Prima wax from last month’s kit.

I assembled the entire thing on the board with hot glue, layering on the scrapaholics brick chipboard that I painted with acrylic paints, coated with some modeling paste and then gave it a good rub with some gold metallic wax.

 

Mixed Media Kit Contents:

  1. Darice – Wood – Cutting board
  2. 49 & Market – Flower Series Mini – Ginger
  3. Prima Marketing- Memory Hardware – Frames
  4. Prima Marketing- Mechanicals – Butterflies
  5. 13 Arts – Gel Medium
  6. 13 Arts – Acrylic Paint – Cafe Au Lait
  7. 13 Arts – Acrylic Paint – Olive Green
  8. 13 Arts – Transparency Sheet – Rhapsody
  9. Scrapaholics – Chipboard Saying – Brick Pieces

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The Heart That’s Meant To Love You

So it’s the end of my mixed media kit and I’m still playing with all the yummy paints and chipboard!  LOL!  This week I got in my art journal and just played!

After I gessoed my journal page I reached for some gold crackle paste from my stash to give a good squishy layer to press that chipboard into to give it an embedded look.

Once I pressed the Creative Embellishments chipboard in I smoothed a bit of the paste over the top in a place or two to make the chipboard really feel like part of the page.

I set the page aside to let it dry overnight so the crackle could really emerge and develop.

Once the crackle developed and dried I got to work with all my mixed media goodies!

I pulled out the beautiful pink Prima acrylics in the February kit and lightly brushed them over the crazed page, even watering them down a bit to create a watercolor effect over the white portions of the page.

I dropped some black ink in areas and let it just find it’s way through the cracks and I inked the raised areas of the chipboard and the edges of the pages with a stamp pad.

I added back some of the gold shine by rubbing some areas with the gold prima wax.

Next I added some black graphite texture paste from my stash and sprinkled some gold glitter while it was still wet.

Finally I finished it all off with some emelishements, a cute Vintage Girl sticker raised with pop dots and a Tim Holtz paper doll die cut.

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Full Contents of Mixed Media Kit:

  1. Darice – Burlap Heart
  2. Darice – Flowers – Tatiana
  3. Prima Marketing- Memory Hardware – Wood Shutters
  4. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy -Sparks Paint – Phoenix Feather
  5. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Sparks Paint – Enchanted
  6. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold
  7. Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Saying – Follow Your Heart
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Earring Holder Shadow Box

As some of you all know, in addition to paper crafts and mixed media arts, I am a jewelry designer with a small business.  I am always looking for fun ways to display and showcase jewelry pieces.  And with Valentine’s Day tomorrow, how cute would something like this be to present a pair of earrings to a friend, mother or sister?

This month in the mixed media kit we go that wonderful wooden shutter from Prima Marketing.  I thought and thought on a cool way to use it and I kept coming back to this jewelry display idea.

I love how it’s a great home decor piece that fits in well with the style of my home but it’s functional too…this girl loves a good functional piece!

So I started with a shadow box frame with wings in it that was given to me by a neighbor that was about to throw it out.  I knew it would make a great project so I’ve been hanging on to it for just the right decor piece.

Using the gold prima wax I rubbed the wings to highlight them and give them some great metallic shine.

I also rubbed the edges of the shutters with the gold wax

I painted the heart chipboard with white gesso then a coat of the prima acrylic paint before adding a layer of white crackle paint to tone it down a bit.  Next I finished off the look with a rub of the gold wax.

The Darice flower & mini grapevine heart made the perfect embelishement to put on top.

Inside I wrapped a piece of chickenwire ribbon around the inside and bent around the back before gluing and securing down to the shadow box.

You can see it here being used to display my Valentine earrings.

It really is a fun piece to play with and experiment, you could also place a photo or even a small piece of cork board inside the shutters for a different approach.

If you haven’t gotten your Mixed Media kit, you really should!  Here is the break down of what is in it…

Mixed Media Kit:

  1. Darice – Burlap Heart
  2. Darice – Flowers – Tatiana
  3. Prima Marketing- Memory Hardware – Wood Shutters
  4. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy -Sparks Paint – Phoenix Feather
  5. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Sparks Paint – Enchanted
  6. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold
  7. Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Saying – Follow Your Heart

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all do something beautiful today!!

Unbound Heart

Hey y’all and happy Thursday!!  Today I’m working with the fun valentine themed Mixed Media kit and know you are going to love it!

I started with the burlap heart by Darice, spray painting it with a light coat of white paint.

Next I did some painting effects on the Darice Flower embellishments with the Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy -Sparks Acrylic Paint in both the shades provided in the kit.   I also added some texture paste and sprinkled some coarse glitter to add more texture and shine.

Next I painted more of the acrylic paint on to the Creative Embellishment chipboard piece (mine was a heart cluster but the actual kit will include a phrase sentiment as pictured in the kit photo below).  Finally I added a photo embellishment.

I also rubbed all of the grapevine twig portions of the heart with the Prima gold wax so it resembled metal or wire.  I finished it off with a ribbon to hang it.

I love how it looks hanging in my home!

Check out the process video below for a closer look and more details on how it all came together.

Mixed Media Kit:

  1. Darice – Burlap Heart
  2. Darice – Flowers – Tatiana
  3. Prima Marketing- Memory Hardware – Wood Shutters
  4. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy -Sparks Paint – Phoenix Feather
  5. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Sparks Paint – Enchanted
  6. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold
  7. Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Saying – Follow Your Heart

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all do something beautiful today!!

Cutting up and making cards

Hey y’all!!  So this year I just have not gotten it together to get the pretty photo Christmas cards printed and sent out.  I got the photo taken at Thanksgiving and had great intentions but it just didn’t happen.  Thanks goodness I had the beautiful December Tres Jolie Scrapbook kit packed FULL of Blue Fern papers and embellishments that were perfect to whip up some cards that I could just slip those photos in!

I know, you are wondering why I used that big ‘ol beautiful scrapbook kit to make a bunch of cards.  But I’m not much of a rule follower with it comes to things like that and I like to do the unexpected.  The truth is, you can do so much more with such an awesome kit…any crafty project you have going on that month really!  It just worked out so well for me this month!  I made cards and decorations and even added to my gift wrap!  But we will get to all that.   Today, lets look a little closer to these cards.

I used the chipboard ornaments and sprinkled them with embossing powder to give them a metallic shimmer.  I then added a scrap of silk as a ribbon to the ornament.

I also cut lots of pieces of the papers out and layered them with pop dots to create dimension and depth.  And as usual I inked all the edges to give it a finished and distressed look.

This is the second half of the set.

Created in the same way, with lots of fussy cut Blue Fern papers applied with pop dots and inked up, showing lots of layers.

So there you have it.  I had a great time just cutting up all the papers and layering them to create some great cards!  I hope this inspires you to look at your kits differently and see what you can create!