Monday, January 16, 2017

You can't cage your heart

Hi Everyone,
Two posts from me today! I have created this necklace for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
I love to create for Valentine's day.  I have a fun necklace for you today and it was really easy to make.

Start with your birdcage chipboard.  I used the 3 inch version for this project, but it is available in two additional sizes.
I embossed both sides of the top piece using Charred Gold .

The heart is a die cut piece of paper that I wet and crumpled into a ball.  I flattened it, dried it with my heat tool, and then sanded it to highlight the wrinkles.

The wings are painted with a couple light coats of acrylic paint and then grunged up with a brown ink and some bronze paint.

The back of the birdcage that the heart will be on is embossed in a slightly different color than the front(this is Hammered Metal) and it doesn't have full coverage. I wanted some of the chipboard to peep through. The back of the piece is embossed in the same color as the top piece of the cage.

The wings are attached to the heart using foam tape.  I used foam tape and a strong adhesive to attach the heart to the back of the cage.

A large jump ring holds the two pieces of the cage together.  The cage pieces are not attached in any other way.  I want the cage to swing open when I wear this piece.

I hope you like it and maybe make one for yourself!

Mermaid Dreams at CHA

You guys, I am going to Creativation! This year CHA, is being called Creativation and I get to go.  This has been a huge goal of mine since I started crafting a bit more seriously.  I am so thrilled to be going with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. I want to show you some of the items I have made that will be on display there.  

I made a trio of adventurous mermaids.  All of their tails are made using Distress Inks for the color.  The stamps are all Emerald Creek and the Embossing Powders too.  Here are some closer looks. 

All of the verbiage you see on these girls is from Wild Whisper Designs
  The stones are a new product and they are fabulous.  These are real deal gemstones-perfectly sized for crafting. The new stones shown here are: moissanite, aventurine, pyrite, citrine, amethyst, and carnelian.  There are a few more coming too.  

I wish you could see these in person.  The stones are stunning.  

I cannot wait to take a billion photos and show you everything I see at CHA.  

Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder
Emerald Creek- Floral Spray Charm

I am entering these adventurous girls into the Frilly and Funkie New Year's Challenge

Monday, January 2, 2017

Snarky Clipboards

Hi Everyone,
I have joined a new design team.  This is my first project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  You must check out the blog for some crazy good inspiration.

I created some mini clipboards and they are super easy to make.

I started with my blank clipboard.  They come four to a package and you get the bases, the clips, and the clip cover.

I did a light messy layer of gesso on the base and clip cover.

Once my gesso was dry I started to layer on vintage papers.  I used a whole bunch of random bits.  I can't read dictation, but how perfect is this little bit for this project? I just ripped and layered until I covered the whole board.

I added some scraps of patterned paper, smudged on a bit of acrylic paint, and topped the whole thing off with a layer of collage medium.

Once the collage medium was dried I used Distress Crayons to grunge up the paper.

 The lovely lady was added and her quote.  I stuck these on with collage medium too.

While the collage medium dried I glued my clip to the clip cover.  I painted the clip cover, but decided that wasn't quite working.  Embossing powder was the answer to my problem.
A few scribbles were added around the lady and the quote.  Clipboard complete!

I made a second board using the same technique, but I added some stamps and washi tape to this one.

I hope you enjoyed my first project.  I can't wait to show you what I have up my sleeve for my next post.

Gypsy Soul Products Used:
mini clipboards

Other Products Used:
Acrylic Paint
Archival Ink-Jet Black
Collage medium
Distress Crayons
Embossing Powder
Strong Adhesive
Various patterned papers and vintage papers
Washi Tape

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Year End Recap

It's been a good year for me.  I wasn't my craftiest.  I blogged way less this year than last year, but I kept up posting on Instagram(check me out @twomaddahlias).  I ended the year on a positive note.  I joined the Emerald Creek Craft Team back in September after doing a couple guest posts.  I wanted to give you a little recap to show you what fun I have had using Kim's products.

Her embossing powder is the BOMB! You have to check it out.  

I cannot wait to show you what we have in store for the new year.  I even get to go to CHA with Emerald Creek.  I am beyond thrilled. 
 I will also be joining the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts design team and the Canvas Corp Brands design team.  Watch this space 2017 is going to be amazing.  

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Winter Wishes

Hi Everyone,

I bet you thought I had fallen off the face of the earth.  I'm still here.  I just haven't been crafting.  I think this is the longest dry spell I have ever had.  All of my usual tricks for sparking my crafty mojo just didn't seem to be working. I looked at my favorite blogs, read my favorite magazines, pinned a billion projects on Pinterest, and nothing.  I pulled out all of my Christmas decor and finally a little spark. The spark made me run to the craft room and pull out my Christmas box; you know the huge box of Christmas stuff you hoard for Christmas crafting? It sits beside the Halloween box, the Easter box, the Valentine's day box? Please tell me you all have these boxes and it's not time to call in the professionals for help.
I pulled out a bunch of goodies and stared at them.  Then I went to my box box(the box I keep boxes in to craft with) and dug out a small box that my headphones came in.  I knew it would make a perfect shadowbox.
I lined the box with vintage sheet music.
The box is a slate gray color and wanted to keep the color.  I rubbed embossing ink on randomly and then used Clear Embossing Powder for detail.  It wasn't enough.  I slapped on a thick coat of Rock Candy Crackle and let it dry.  While the crackle dried I worked on my interior elements.
I used the mini deer and the mini snowflake mover and shapers from Sizzix.  The deer got a nice coat of Charred Gold Embossing Powder. The snowflakes shimmer with Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder.  I love the Soft Fallen snow powder.  There is an iridescent glitter in it and it has a lovely twinkle.  
By now my crackle was dry, but it was lacking something.  I used Distress Stain in Tarnished Brass to highlight the cracks.  The underlayer of Embossing Powder made for some really cool crackles.  

And here is the part of the creative process where I got so excited I stopped taking pictures.
  The bottle brush tree is colored with several shades of green Distress Spray Stains-Evergreen Bough, Moved Lawn, and Iced Spruce. Once the tree was dry I used Glossy accents to get Soft Fallen Snow Embossing powder to stick on the tree.  I didn't heat the powder.  I just let the glue dry and I got perfect snow on my tree.  Once the powder was dry I used some of my vintage mercury glass beads to decorate the tree.  A mirrored star and a bit of mushroom alcohol ink tops the tree.
The tree got glued in the corner and the deer was popped in front.  I put the embossed snowflakes on the back and then using fishing line I added several Snowflake Charms.  I poked hold in the box using a craft knife and just tied tiny knots to hold them up.  To cover the holes and fishing line I made a big bow using seam binding and Barn Door Distress Stain.
The bottom was sprinkled with mica snow.  
The finishing touch was a bit of German scrap edging. 

A pretty little addition to the Christmas crew.  Not too shabby for a headphone box. 
Don't forget to enter the Winter Wishes Dare and you have a chance to win a $50 gift card to the shop. 
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday surrounded by friends and family.  
Merry Christmas,

Awesome Emerald Creek Supplies used:

 Snowflake Charm
Charred Gold Embossing Powder
Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder

Sunday, November 6, 2016

My Spirit Cannot be Caged

Hi Everyone,
Since my crafting mojo seems to be on a hiatus right now I thought I would revist some Fairy Cages I made when I was on the Unruly Paperarts design team.  The theme was "Winging It" and those of you that follow me here and on other social media know I am a sucker for a good fairy.

I bought these tiny bird cages on clearance and stashed them knowing that I would find a use for them. I use images from Lisa's Altered Art all the time. She has fantastic ballerinas, women, children, and wing images. When I was playing around one day I discovered some of the girls would fit right in the cages. I added wings to them to make them into fairies. They got all gussied up with tulle skirts, feathers, and bits of bling.

I added a ton of flowers to the bottoms of the cages. Some of the flowers I made and some I purchased. I didn't want the cages to close, so the flowers spill out and wrap around the bases.

The base on this one is a giant wooden spool that is wrapped with twine.

The base on this one is a plaster pillar of some sort (again from the craft hoard). I added a little birdy to the outside of the cage and it's done!

Here's hoping my mojo comes back soon!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Red Poppies to Remember

Hi everyone,
The newest challenge at Emerald Creek is Heartfelt Freedom and Festivities.  I decided a little paper girl would be a perfect make for this challenge.
Who could refuse this cute face? She is here with a sweet smile and a bouquet of poppies.
Here's how she came together.  I started by cutting out a dress and coating it with matte medium.  Once the dress was dry I colored it with Distress Crayons.  

I used my Enhanced Blue Pearl embossing powder on her skirt over a tiger lily stamp.  For her shirt I used my Mercury Rising embossing powder.  
  To make her flowers I used Candied Apple Distress Ink on tissue paper and embossed it with clear..  The stamens were dipped in Mercury Rising embossing powder.  I free hand cut circles and then made teeny flowers.  
The background is a collage of vintage papers and coated with Vintage Collage Medium.  
While the background dried I finished the girl.  
I cut out arms and legs from white cardstock.  I drew lines on with a Black Soot Distress Marker.  She got a little flower in her hair too.   The edge of the tag has a bit of Distress Crayon rubbed on it.     
Here is is all finished.  
I hope you liked her. 
Be sure to check out the Emerald Creek Dares you have a chance to win an awesome prize if you play along!

Emerald Creek Goodies I used: