Sunday, May 26, 2013

Altered Cigar Box: Treasure Box


Here is another altered cigar box I just finished.  Only 11 more to go. LOL Yes, don't you love EBAY!  : )

For this one I simply did a little treasure box.  I was shopping at the other day and ran across these wonderful papers from MME called "Sky's the Limit" and decided to use it on this project.

I have so much paper in my craft room yet I can't resist buying more.  So my new rule is Buy it; Use it; Don't store it!!!!   We will see how long that one lasts......

I just fell in love with this little bird....

Bought the latch at my local Lowe's store.  Who said they were just for home improvements........

Inside of box.

Kept it simple so there is lots of space for your treasures.....

Here are some close-ups of the top of the box. I used everything but the kitchen sink on this one....

Some great Tim Holtz products.....

Love this little clothespins.....

and the little fractured doll.......

This was a simple project but still has a big visual impact.  You can find this box for sale on my Etsy site! 

Whew! I think this finally has me caught up on blogging my projects. 

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Cigar Box
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Long Fastners
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fracture Doll
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Numberals
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pen Nibs
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Bands
Maya Road Game Pieces
Recollections Floral Embellishments
Recollections Floral Embellishments
MME 6x6 Paper Pad "Sky's the Limit"
1 7/8" Mini Spring Clothespins
Metal Clasp
Pearl Design
One-Inch Drawer Pulls
Rusty Star
Glue, Ink, ect..

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

Friday, May 24, 2013

Altered Cigar Box: ATC Holder


Still catching up on my blogging.  Seems I am a better crafter than blogger.  So I was doing my usual surfing for ideas when I ran across a altered cigar box.  They were just too cute not to try.  So seeing that I am not a cigar smoker off to Ebay I went to find some empty cigar boxes.  Oh, lucky me found a great buy on 13 boxes.  They were in pretty shape so in the cart and to my doorstep they went.  The first one I made was basically using the inspiration I got from Artfully Musing by Laura Carson.  She has made some beautiful boxes.  Check out her website for more inspiration!

So here is my take on this project.  Lucky for me the boxes I found already had lids that were split in the middle so made this project so my easier to do.

Here is a pic of the box.  A bonus was a thin piece of wood that was in the bottom of the box.  I used it on some of the ATC's.

And here is the finished box.....

Made the door closure out of Tim Holtz Fasteners.  

Inside of box.  Used small matchboxes to make little drawers.

It really saved alot of time and cutting since the box already had a split lid.  I also loved the trim that was already on the box so I used it on most of the piece.

Sides and back of box.....

Closeup of inside of box....

Used a drawer pull I got from Home Depot for the handle.

Now for the ATC's.  These are the first ones I have made and I must say they are very addictive to do.  The are fun and quick but still say so much.

 Overall, a very fun project to do.

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Cigar Box
Tim Holtz Collage 8x8 Paper
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hitch Fastners
Tim Holtz Idea-plogy Hanger Clips
Tim Holtz Fastner
Black ATC Cards
Small Matchboxes
Wood Beads
Washi Tape
Medium Weight Chipboard
One-inch Acorn Dowel Caps
Three-inch Nautical Pull Bronze with Copper
Glue, Ink, ect..

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Ink - Black Soot
Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black
Stamp-n-Stuff Embossing Powder-Midnight Black

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous-Life Possibilities
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous-The Journey
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous-Lost and Found
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous-Visual Artistry
Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous-French Market

Paper Mache Wedding Cake


I wanted to share something I made for a friend's daughter who is getting married next month.  I made this wedding cake from three paper mache round boxes.  Sorry there are not more pictures but some how I only ended up with one on my phone. 

This wasn't even the finish piece but it gives everyone an idea of what it looked like.  That is just what happens when you are running behind.  LOL  I do have a supply list for what I used to make it.

Paper Mache Round Box 2 1/4 inch
Paper Mache Round Box 2 3/4 inch
Paper Mache Round Box 3 3/4 inch
Graphic 45 'A Ladies' Diary Collection
Picture Perfect 12x12 #4500504
A Ladies' Dieary 8x8 #4500500
La Gazett 12x12 #4500509
Paper Source Pearl Rnd 5mm Sticker
Pearls and Lace Sticker
EK Success Dove 3-D Sticker Jolee's by You
Recollections Floral Embellishments - Teal Flowers
Maya Road Vintage Lace Daisies Fabric Flowers W/Gems 2"
While Tulle & Pearl Spray
Maya Road Mega Bottle Cap 2 inch
Maya Road Super Mega Bottle Cap 3 inch
Paper Source Pearl Rnd 3mm Sticker
4 inch Wood Round
1 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 7/8 Candlestick
Glue, Ink, Paint, etc.

Tim Holtz Distress Paint-Rusty Hinge
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tattered Rose
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Rusty Hinge
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Juniper
Adriondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Silver
Stamp-n-Stuff Embossing Powder - Silver

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tall Tag Cards


Here is some pics from the last class I took at My Heart's Fancy with Lisa Burno. 

This one was tall tag card using Character Construction paper dolls.. Yes I finally learned how to use the matching dies and not cut off a arm or leg....LOL

These two are my favorites. 

Happy Paper Cutting!!

The Bee Box


I am sooo behind on my blogging.  So going to catch everyone up on a class I just took at My Heart's Fancy with Lisa Bruno.  This is such a clever project.  We used Tim Holtz's new configurations book and made a wonderful little Bee Box.

Sorry, for the pics today.  Dark and rainy here so hard to get a really good one.

But love, love, love this box!  I think the cover turned out awesome.

Below is inside of box and some close-ups of some of the really cool stuff. 

This smart lady came up with the perfect honey....

Drum oil treatment. Who would have thought but it was perfect. 

And a little shrinky dinky..... too cute!

Loved this and so going to have to try it.

Who doesn't love the Character Constructions paper dolls. 

This little bee girl is my favorite.....

And everyone needs a court jester just for a smile or two!!!

This was a really great class and a project that I intend to do again.  In fact, already collecting stuff for my Farmer's Market Box.  Have some stamps and will be doing it soon so keep an eye out.

Happy Paper Cutting!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Two Days with Dina Wakley at My Heart's Fancy!!! Final


This is the final blog on my amazing two days with Dina Wakley. 

The last class was 'Joy of Silhouettes'.  Now Dina is famous for her silhouettes and while they appear effortless there are some secrets to it.  She shared and the class ate it up....

Here are my silhouette's.  Another favorite stencils was the dots.  I just couldn't dot enough... LOL

This one uses acrylic to highlight silhouette's.....

 This one user spray ink. I do love spray ink.....

I do like how this one turned out after looking at it a second time.  I am guilty of having a very critical eye on my art while I am working on it.

For me it is very important to step back from it for a moment in order to get a unbiased look at it..... I admit by the time I got to this was I was exhausted.  LOL That is probably why the colors where so dark.

I did revisit this one the next day and completed her and she turned out rather well even after her dark start.  Check the end of the post to see her in her final beauty....

In the midst of all of these silhouettes was another project using silhouette's of a shape rather than a person.  I was very confused as to what this would end up being.  LOL

 Surprise! It this single sheet of paper turned into a small journal......

I just had to share the pages after they were folded.  It is awesome how they look completely different as pages versus one sheet.

This project is still on my desk and will be worked on with my other journals.....

Great blank canvas' for journaling......

Fun, Fun, Fun....

So that was the end of the two AMAZING days!!! (just had to get that in one more time) I inked, sprayed, painted, stenciled and stamped my way through four classes.  One large package of baby wipes and numerous hand washings later, I look back at the amount of information Dina shared with us and it is mind boggling!  Many thanks to Dina Wakley!!!

Maura at My Heart's Fancy was a great host for the occasion.  She made sure we had what we needed when we needed it.  Many thanks to Maura and Lisa Bruno; they pampered us beyond belief.

If you ever get a chance to take one of Dina's classes; I say jump on it......

Here is my last own after I got home and finished her up.  She is called 'Creative Overload'  LOL

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 - May


Another month; another tag.  The days are flying by.....

This is my first attempt with the Tim Holtz Rub-ons and let me just say I love them.  Not a big rub-on gal but these have definitely changed my mind and I will be pulling them out more often to use on my projects.

Here is my take on May's tag:

Did stay pretty close to Tim's design on this one with some minor changes due to supplies on hand.  I just have to say I LOVE the eye ball peeking through the film.

I had a great time making this tag and feeling more and more confident in swipping my tags through either the paint or distressed ink to create these wonderful backgrounds.  I will admit to a few tags being filed in the trash but was so happy with the way this one turned out.

Thanks to Tim for continuing to share his wonderful talent and for challenging all of us crafters out there to push the envelope on our art.....

Too see everyone enteries and Tim's instructions for this month's tag, click on his banner at top of the page.

Can't wait for next month.............

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs - Words and Elements
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Long Fastners
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Bands
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Enameled Tags
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Parts - Newsprint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon
Hug Snug Seam Binding

Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot and Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - The Impossible 

Two Days with Dina Wakley at My Heart's Fancy!!! Part 3


Another day of my adventure.....

Day 2 started with 'Facing the Facts'. I really wanted this class because I love Dina's face in her art work and wanted to be able to do that also. Now she said at the beginning of class that anyone can draw if you practice, have some basic techniques and a reference. Well, I was skeptical but still open to the process. I should also mention the rules were still being enforced on the moaning and thinking...LOL So I hid all of my misgivings well.

The first thing she did was have us draw a face. Well to say the least I do believe mine was a cross between a cat and an alien on drugs. LOL

I am almost too embarrassed to show my first one but I will be brave. Hopefully by showing mine you will know that anyone can draw a face....

After a little instruction we started the second face and with each bit of info it was drawn and I must say a great improvement was made.

The thing that stuck with me is have a reference to look at; don't expect yourself to be able to full your drawing out of thin air.

And never stop trying because drawing is a learn process for some while a gift to others.

Dina said the key to this is practice, practice, practice and I have made it my goal to continue to draw faces and these where the first things I proudly taped in my art journal (I should confess that my art journal has been sitting on a shelf in my craft room unused for almost a year).

I was actual impressed with mine. This is another class I would highly recommend because you can draw if you are willing to just try.  I am also going to make it a rule that while I can't do one a day; I will attempt to do at least one a week in my journal and hopefully by the end I will have a record of my improvements.  I think it will be fun to look back over the evolution of my face painting abilities........

Note to self try to eliminate giraffe neck on future faces. LOL

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Two Days with Dina Wakley at My Heart's Fancy!!! Part 2


Time for next post on my adventure.....

The second class was 'Layers of my Life' and can you believe it was more messy fun than the first!  I think the things I brought home from this class was that you can make journal out of anything and fun foam, fun foam fun foam. LOL

Amazing techniques here...some I was resistant too but once I tried them I was hooked.  I would definitely recommend this class if you get a chance to take it.

Oops! I said AMAZING again...LOL

So here is my Layers of Life with the other one this one is still a work in progress.

Molding new love!!!  It is awesome for adding texture.  You know I have some in my craft room but haven't ever tried.  But it will be coming off the shelf and on the desk way more now.

Another great concept...who knew you could make stamps out of fun foam...Those leave were stamped using fun foam...Can you believe it????   This is one of those things I resisted because I am not a drawing person.  I am a doodler because I don't believe you can graduate from college without a minor in doodling. LOL

Yes, I even wrote in my journal.  Wanted to get in good with the teacher......LOL

Once, I got started with the fun foam I just couldn't stop.....

You can see my favorite stencil here again. Used it through all four class.  Yes, one came home with me......

I really must thank Lisa and Maura for giving me the courage to do the fun foam......

Who doesn't love Dina's silhouettes.....

These pages are just waiting for something exciting to happen to them.  

Added a little Tim Holtz to the mix......

And again to doesn't love ripping paper.....

Used the modeling paste again to create some depth on the back cover.  The binding was super easy and very effective on this project.

There is so much more to do done on this journal and will probably spend many more hours adding to it.
Whew.....So that was the end of the first day.  It was exhausting 10 hours of fun and I was so tired didn't think I would make it home.  But and you knew there was one coming didn't you....  But when I did got home and was repacking craft bag for next day I just had to sit down and play with this journal.  Then next thing you know it is 1 AM and I had to get up early for the next day....

So off to bed with the excitement of another full day awaiting..............More to come in Part 3!