Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are You a Material Girl?

Altered Bottle

**Material Girl**

There's a new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday and yes I am a day late posting my project. I'll explain a bit later but first if you love to work with jute, felt, cotton or material then simply add it to your project and you're good to go. If that's not your thing you can always interpret this challenge using Madonna's hit song-Material Girl-to inspire your project. Either way we are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Now for my explanation, I was all set to finish my altered bottle when I heard my husband screaming my name early Saturday morning. He was attacked by a swarm of yellow jackets and they stung him at least 40 times. After hosing him down with the water hose and giving him two Benadryl we set off for the ER. It was a long day but thankfully he never went into shock and was released to come home. However the misery from the stings lingered for several days. Yellow jackets are nasty little buggers and I am busy setting out traps for these monsters. :( We had another mishap late Sunday night with a defective electrical outlet and a near fire which did nothing to help my hubby's disposition. So there you go, that's why I am late but hopefully things have calmed down for a while. I'm happy to say that he is feeling much better and he's out of the woods. Samantha is so good to always understand when life issues come up and she even gave me a great idea for trapping these menaces. :)

I used cardstock stickers from Graphic 45's Bird Song collection for my focal image.

Another cardstock sticker from Bird Song.

I added rub ons by Kaisercraft to each side and below the focal images.

The opposite side.

The top and bottom borders are also from G45's Bird Song while the rhinestone trim was purchased at JoAnn's. To prepare my bottle I gave it a coat of Gesso, let it dry and added a coat of Apple Barrel-Antique White acrylic paint. I picked up a tip from Gabrielle Pollacco and used it to add the random spots on my bottle. I further aged it with a black Faber-Castell Pitt Pen and Rub 'n Buff's Autumn Gold then added a coat of Plaid's Mod Podge to seal everything. 

For my material element I added a strip of burgundy burlap and jute string by Tim Holtz. You can also see black crochet trim that was added below and more rhinestone trim. The topper is a leftover knob from an up cycled dresser project I did last summer. I'm so happy to find a use for it!

I'm going to enter this altered bottle in ePlay's Altered Bottle challenge

A small independently run Fine Arts and Crafts shop in Penrith Cumbria UK

Our very own Samantha who works there is providing a prize
and as she is trying to build their Facebook she will also select a Facebook winner to
so please pop over give them a like and leave a comment to say you have entered the challenge
On the Top Tip Tuesday Post.
SO that is 2 winners for this challenge!!

That's all for me today. I'll have last weeks DLP planner pages on my blog Friday. Once the events played out on Saturday I totally forgot to post them. 
Don't forget to check out my teamies "material girl" creations. 

Have a great day!
Lisa xx

Monday, July 21, 2014

Get Your Party On!

Front-the numbers are also part of the cutting file.

Hi everyone!

I have some great news to share-I'm a new DT member at The Cutting Cafe. I'm so EXCITED!
A big thank you to Regina for the invitation!!!

I flipped out when I received the Party Hat Template and Cutting Files because it is SO cute and the possibilities are endless. But wait, she has two other cutting files

which she's introducing today on the The Cutting Cafe blog. She includes various type files and a PDF for those who don't own an electric cutting tool. Even though I have a Cameo now the file was so easy to just print and cut that I did. It was a piece of cake to put together and decorating it was icing on the cake for me. :) You'll have to check out TCC's blog to see the DT's inspiration using these brand new files. Prepare to be blown away!

Right Side View

Left Side View

Back Side View

After putting my template together I gathered some crepe paper together to form the top pom pom and used scissors to cut a fringe edge. Then I rummaged through my ribbon stash and decided to use a remnant piece adorned with pearls on the front and a pink pom pom trim to go around the hat and the base. More crepe paper was gathered together and glued to the base. Silver Stickles was applied to the edge and to the ends of my fringe pom pom. Recollections paper butterflies were randomly glued to my hat and I cut up a pink swirl bling (also by Recollections) to create my butterfly trails.

It was so much fun to make and I'm looking foward to my time on this fabulous design team!
Thanks for looking today and be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe to view all of the wonderful cutting files Regina offers. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of these party hats right here on my blog as well.
Have a fantastic day!
Lisa xx

Friday, July 18, 2014

Document Life Project-Week 28

{add an Instagram or other tiny photo to your page}

Hi everyone, hope your weekend is off to a great start. 
I'm running a little behind with my DLP planner pages but we knew that was going to happen, didn't we? ;) I do have Week 28 to share today and Week 29 will be posted in the next day or so. Then I can start on the current challenge which goes live tomorrow and hopefully get caught up.  

So what's DLP? It's one part planner, one part art journal and one part weekly challenge. You can read all about it here if you'd like to join in the fun. 

Some closeups of each page.

Planner Page
I used stamps, rub ons, 3D butterfly, acrylic paint, Sakura white gelly pen and a Pink Rose Painters pen to create it.

Journal Page

Journal Page

Both of my journal pages feature photos of my children and our first furry child, our Sheltie named Rascal. I added more 3D butterfly stickers, rub ons and Dylusions stamps (flowers and leaves) which I colored with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. Doodling and washi tape add visual interest and finish my pages.  

The page on the right is my outer flap. I printed a free butterfly sheet which I found on Pinterest and fussy cut each butterfly. After adhering them to my page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium I shaded each with a black Faber-Castell Pitt Pen and added rub ons. 

Here's a close up of my flap (tip-in). 

(The flap, or tip-in, is a third page that is added to create a 3 page spread in your planner for art journaling.) 

All of my backgrounds were created using various acrylic paints and the pens/markers shown below.

That's all from me today, thanks for looking!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Capture the Magic

I'm back today with my 6th project for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge sponsored by Linda Ledbetter. I'm working from my own copy of Tim newest book in the series and if you're just discovering this challenge you can order an autographed copy from Tim here. One thing we are asked not to do is to share Tim's techniques however I can share my process and the products I used to create my Halloween themed canvas. Yes I know, it's a bit early for Halloween but it's what kept coming up in my mind so I just went with it. ;)


You'll find the instructions on pg. 37 of CC3.

I gathered my supplies.

Base of my altered burlap panel.
(the 31 ephemera was later changed as well as the orientation of my canvas)

My colors of choice-seedless preserves, peeled paint and spiced marmalade.

I used ephemera (clock) by Tim Holtz and Graphic 45's Happy Haunting collection. The clock was distressed with Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey distress inks. I used a checkered border from G45 to build a frame for the focal image then die cut a On the Vine Spellbinders die to create my greenery and used Recollections flowers for a pop of color. The ribbon is held in place with an Ideo-ology buckle and two numbers from the Newsprint Alpha Parts which were altered with Peeled Paint distress paint. 

I used chitchat stickers to spell out my title.

This challenge is sponsored by
The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Linda's offering a $25 shopping spree to the lucky winner. 

Thanks for looking at my altered burlap panel, it was so much fun to create!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mixed Media Card


I'm back with a quick post to share a mixed media card that I made for a sweet blog buddy of mine. It features stamps and stencils by Tim Holtz and a jute string bow. The fairytale butterfly and scroll stamp were embossed but I'm not sure it translates to the computer screen. I truly cherish the friendships I've made on my creative blogging journey.

If it seems kinda quiet around here it's because I have several things in the works but none of them finished yet. Hopefully, I can get caught up with my planner pages for DLP and ICAD cards to share by Friday. It seems there are never enough hours in a day especially when you try to tackle too many things at once. ;)

Hope your day is full of crafty fun, wherever you are!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ICAD-Week 5

Prompt #7-yellow

I'm back with my Week 5 cards for Yellow Daisy's-Index Card a Day challenge. Every week Tammy offers prompts and a theme if you choose to use them. This week I used two prompts from the current week and five prompts from the first week of the challenge. I'm actually posting these late as we are already on Week 6 but it's been a busy week with celebrating the 4th out of town, returning so my hubby having could have outpatient surgery yesterday and our DD starting a summer college course on the 7th. I feel like I'm playing catch up all the time. :)

Prompt #3-hello my name is

Prompt #4-puzzle
I used a Spellbinders die for my puzzle pieces.

Prompt #29-California
More Spellbinders dies, sand is Liquitex Glass Beads colored with distress inks.

Prompt #34-Independence Day/flag

Prompt #2-circus tent

Prompt #5-galaxy

Thanks for the visit today! I'll be back Friday with my DLP pages to share. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What's Magical to You?



I'm back today with my DT project for our new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. I know that magical can mean something different for everyone but for me one of the most magical things growing up was reading Alice in Wonderland. Here's my TIP-use an old deck of playing cards to create quick and easy ATC's. 


You can see the sparkle from the silver Atyou Spica pen from this view.

All of the clip art is by Finecrafted Designs-Alice in Zettiland which I purchased from Deviant Scrap.


Be sure to check out the inspiration from my teamies and join in the fun at Top Tip Tuesday. On another note, I'll be back tomorrow with my ICAD cards that I was due to share yesterday. Time got away from me and I forgot to post them lol. 

Thanks for the visit! 
Have an awesome day!!
Lisa xx

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