Thursday, June 30, 2016

Prima June PPP

Hey Bloggers, what's up? Here in our corner of the world, the kids finished school and are on summer vacation as of yesterday, and their baseball season just wrappe up, which means that as a family we are about to go from our most frenetic time of the year into our most peaceful. I can't wait!

So far creatively, this month has been about coaches and teachers cards, but I have managed a little "just for fun" scrappy time to play along with Prima's June PPP. I was originally a little stumped by the palette; as you may be able to imagine, as the mom of 3 boys, pink isn't a staple in my scrapping stash. But hey, isn't that what paint (in all its various permutations) is for? Called in to help were Color Bloom sprays, Chalkboard Paints, and Art Alchemy paints.

Some closeups:

Here is the PPP for this month:

Prima Supplies Used:

French Riviera: Journees De Reves et Aventures
Timeless Memories: Spirited

Gesso: White, Clear
Color Bloom Sprays: Cobalt & Summer Sky (mixed), Soft Teal, Dark Teal
Chalkboard Paint: Sea Breeze, Antique Pink
Modeling Paste
3D Gloss Gel
Art Alchemy Métallique Paint: Light Patina, Brass Hardware

Stamps and Stencils
12x12 Woodgrain stencil
Stitches Stamps: Lines, Circles

Cameo Roses: Poppyfield

Bedtime Stories Say It In Crystals

Monday, June 13, 2016

Birthday card

Happy Monday! We had another busy weekend here, culminating in a birthday party for my nephew and stepmom last night.

Here is the card I made her. I absolutely love poppies, and the Bloom Girls poppy stamps have been sitting unused in my stash for way too long. 

I stamped the images on watercolor paper, and colored them in using a red and a black Gelato with a waterbrush, layering on the colors to add shading and highlights. The images were then fussy cut and layered with foam tape over a painted chipboard circle on Prima Royal Menagerie papers.

For the finishing touch, I edged the paper layers with gold leafing pen.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Products Used:

Bloom Collection: Floral Stamp
Metallique Paint: Light Patina
Royal Menagerie paper: Penny For Your Thoughts

 Faber-Castell Gelatos
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Tin Man

Today I'm sharing a project I made just for me. It's one of those lightning-strike inspiration projects, the ones that once they are fixed in your head you worry you won't be able to bring to life the way you envision them. And it's one of those amazing times where everything came together perfectly, I completed the project in one sitting, and couldn't be happier with the results.

It all started with a funnel. A little, insignificant, and doubtless cheaply made funnel that came with the flask I altered earlier this year (that project can be found here). Loath to see anything go to waste, I put it aside to use on another project. For whatever reason, it lingered in my mind. It was a challenging piece to use on many projects, but one day inspiration struck me - it looked like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz's hat. I bought one of the positionable wooden mannequins from the art store, and lo and behold, the "hat" fit.

I satrted by adding a couple details, his buttons and the seam at the front, with black gesso, then painted everything with Silver Spoon Metallique paint. Because the joints are flexible and the mannequin is positionable, I let the paint dry before flexing the joints in the opposite direction and adding a coat of paint there, as well. I added a coat of paint to the funnel as well so that it melded nicely with the rest of the mannequin. I then dabbed on Rust Paste, starting with the brown and then adding red on top. In addition to seams and joints, I wiped the paste on randomly for a more weathered look. To add shading and to contribute to the overall feeling of neglect, I used some of the Vausseroux (black) Artisan Powder. Along the seams and joints I applied it with a fine wet paintbrush, and then smeared it and dabbed some off to achieve the look I was after. I then brushed some on dry with my finger to bring out details.

I was at a bit of a loss regarding what to do with the plain wooden base, as it didn't really fit with my rusted Tin Man, so I slept on it, and the answer came to me - of course it should be part of the yellow brick road! I crafted my bricks using Molding Paste and a palette knife and left them to air dry before applying Yellow Mustard Color Bloom Spray and Gold Rust Paste to the bricks. I finished it off by tracing the mortar lines with a wet paint brush and La Chapeliere Artisan Powder.

I'm so happy with the way this project turned out. What do you think? I have visions of doing the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, maybe even Dorothy and the Wicked Witch, though I think those would be more of a challenge.

Thank you so much for checking in today!


Black Gesso
Modeling Paste
Metallique Paint: Silver Spoon
Rust Paste: Red Rust, Brown Rust, Gold Rust
Artisan Powder: Vausseroux, La Chapeliere
Color Bloom Spray: Yellow Mustard
3D Gloss Gel

Small metal funnel
Crafter's clay