Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Birthday Box and Card for Mom

Good Morning!

Today I am sharing a decorated wood box and a birthday card, which fits inside the box, that I have made for my Mother's Birthday.  I think she's going to really LOVE this!  My mom loves antiques so I tried to make this box and card look really vintage.  I used one of my favorite paper collections "Fairy Rhyme by Prima".  This collection has all kinds of cute chipboard embellishments, flowers and pearl swirls, which I included in my project too!

The box is a wood box which I painted a Warm White.  Then I added the papers on the top of the box and on the inside top and bottom...see the pictures below!  To give the projects some texture, after adding the papers, I stenciled using Heavy Gesso the butterflies onto the top of the box and butterflies and dot lines on the card before spraying them each using some of the wonderful colored sprays from Shimmerz!  I have fallen in love with these sprays...they are so pretty with that shimmering effect they have when dry...check out the Shimmerz web site at www.shimmerzpaints.com . They have a great selection of colors to choose from!

To complete the project I decorated everything with lots and lots of embellishments...

Here is my finished box and card...enjoy!

Top of Box
Box opened and the card fits perfectly inside
Inside top of box
Inside bottom of box
Card Front
Card Inside

My Project Recipe for both the box and the card:

Wood Box from Michaels - Painted using Americana Warm White
Flowers - Botanicals by Farm House, Wild Orchid Crafts, Recollections and Prima

Paper Collection - Fairy Rhyme by Prima of which I used Papers, Flowers, Chipboard pieces, Letters, 
Buttons and Say it in Crystals

White Bazzill Cardstock
Frilly Square Die by GoKreate - to make the shape of the card
Martha Stewart Butterflies Punch
Butterfly by Petaloo
Junkyard Findings/Vintage Trinkets by Prima - Word Bulb & Clocks
Metal Flower by Prima
Stencil  Butterflies by Prima, Mariposas by TCW and Circle Lines by Prima
White Trim Ribbon by Prima
Dress Form Paper Clip by Prima
From My Stash - Snaps, Doily, Metal Key, Hat Pin & Ceramic Flower
Heavy Gesso mixed with regular Gesso
Glossy Accents
Glimmer Mist - Dazzling Diamonds
Star Dust Stickles
Shimmerz Spritz - Sea Foam, Cotton Candy & Mud Pie
Shimmerz Vibes, Pop Art Pink & Rolling in the Hay

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Voyager Box

I came across a new web site the other day that really excited me...it's called Paper Phenomenon found at http://paperphenomenon.blogspot.com .  This web site is owned by a lady named Kathy Files who creates and sells monthly project kits.  You subscribe to these project kits for three months at a time, so after those three months you can either discontinue the club or purchase another three months.  I have just subscribed to the "September, October & November" kits, but there are lots of older project kits that I would love to make.  She does sell these past projects, but you can't buy the complete project as sold in the original club kit.  When you buy these older projects you are given all of the instructions and measurements to make it, but nothing else...no papers or hardware.

I recently purchased the Voyager Box (May 2013 Project Kit) and just finished making it today.  I think it turned out perfect!  I decided to make a modification to her original instructions.  The original calls for two doors that cover the front area (on hinges so they open and close) but I didn't want those because I'm going to use my box on my desk, as storage, to hold those items that I use quite often.  I used the newly released Teresa Collins "Memorabilia" collection which look great on the Box.

Next up I'm going to make a book called "The Ultimate Organizer".  It was also part of this May 2013 monthly project kit and was meant to reside inside the drawer of the Voyager Box.  I have already filled the drawer up with STUFF...lol!  My Organizer will not be for the box drawer but will just be set out on my book shelf.

Here is my Voyager Box...hope you like it!

The drawer opens up...

A side view...

Filled with STUFF!

My Project Recipe:
Voyager Box Instructions by Kathy Files of the Paper Phenomenon
Paper - Memorabilia Collection by Teresa Collins and Black Bazzill cardstock
Chip Board - Extra Heavy by Paper Accents
Corner Die - Photo Corner by Quickutz
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
Score Tape
Matte Multi-Medium by Studio (Instructions called for a coat of glue on the whole box but I used this instead of glue)

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tagged "Life"

One of the blogs I love to follow is by Frank Garcia.  He works for Prima and is the editor of an online magazine called "Paper Haus".  I subscribe to the magazine and also to Franks Blog, www.hausofw.com, so I receive emails with lots of different project ideas.  This tag I am going to share today was one of those projects... "Paper Tag by Erin" dated August 11, 2013.

I used a few of the pieces from the Prima Lady Bird Collection, paper, cutouts and a flower.  It is made with lots of layers consisting of papers, tags, molding paste, masking tape, flowers, lace, ribbons, button and a clear "life" word bubble.  I really enjoyed making it and am planning on using this technique to make a few more.  I think they would be great in Christmas colors and used as the tag on gifts for Christmas.

Here it is...

I had to photograph it on top of black card-stock so that you could see the white netting bow!

My Project Recipe:
Paper - Prima Lady Bird Collection
Stencil - Prima Circles #922140
Metal Die - Quick Kutz Nesting Doily Rectangle
Word Bubble - Heidi Grace Sticker "life"
Flowers - Prima
Punches - Ek Success and Martha Stewart - Botanical Scallop, Double Scallop & Doily Lace
Clear Stamps - Prima #960803, 563202 & 563042, Kaiser Craft "Windsor" and MME "Find Your Wings
     & Fly"
Distress Ink by Ranger - Frayed Burlap
Miscellaneous Stash - Lace, Masking Tape, Pearls & Wire, Pop Dots, Seam Binding Tape & Netting to make a bow.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Doll Canvas 8x8

Hi again...here the second class taught by Julie Nutting that I took on Saturday at the Scrapbook Island store.

This project uses mixed media techniques, another Julie Nutting Doll Stamp and the Prima Divine Paper Collection.  The canvas is painted using the Studio paint Classic Teal mixed with an off white acrylic paint from Michaels (don't know what brand it was).  We glued wings and some words of wisdom on the right side of the canvas and a piece of ruler paper on the left.  When that was dry we used a Crafters Workshop Stencil  "Reversed Chicken Wire" and sprayed in a few places using a pink colored Tattered Angels spray (didn't get the name of this either).  Then on top of the spray we used Heavy Gel Paste mixed with the same off white acrylic paint as above and, using the Crafters Workshop Stencil "Flower Frenzy", spread it over the stencil to create a really great textured effect.  It took quite awhile to dry but while that was drying we stamped and clothed our Doll...so pretty!  She was added to the canvas along with some ribbon and flowers for our finished project...and I even had thirty minutes of class time to spare!  WOW!!!  It was really a fun day and so wonderful to meet and learn from Julie.  She really is amazing!

Here's my finished canvas...Enjoy!

Prima Doll #910280

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Doll Tag Class with Julie Nutting

Yesterday I participated in a class taught by Julie Nutting at my favorite scrap booking store "Scrapbook Island".  Julie is the creator of the wonderful doll stamps produced by Prima.  She grew up in Cupertino but now lives in the LA area not far from Prima headquarters.  It was so great to have her here teaching for all of us.  In the first class of the day (she taught two separate classes Saturday) we made two very cute tags using her Doll Stamps, her Tags and Prima papers from the Divine Collection.  It was a really fun project and we finished most everything in the two hours of the class.

However...when I got home I wanted to add some things that we did not do in the class and I really LOVE how they turned out.  I added lots of Stickles Star Dust for that glittery look around the wings, shirt ruffles, flower petals, swirl dots in the background and small dots on the doily.   I also used some Glossy Accents so that the shoes and headbands shined.  I can't wait to make more they are so fun to do, it's like paper dolls when I was younger...lol.

Here they are my Beautiful Tags!!!

Doll Stamp is Prima #910242

Doll Stamp is Prima #910259

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mixed Media Collage Canvas using Shimmerz

Recently I took apart a bunch of old laptop and desk top computers that my husband had out in the garage to be thrown away.  My grandchildren helped out too...and they had so much fun doing it!  We collected all kinds of connectors, nuts, bolts, plugs, pc boards, wires...well you get it, we collected everything we could find in the old computers.  Now I have two containers full of fun junk to use on my mixed media projects.

Today I'm going to share a mixed media canvas that I made following a YouTube video that was posted by Miranda Edney.  You can find her project HERE.  I really loved the Shimmerz products she used so I used the same.  I did try to use a lot of different flowers, wood pieces and mechanical  items to try to make it more my own but the final canvas still looks very close to hers!  I think that's because I used the same Shimmerz products and colors and the same Prima stencil.  Another difference is that my canvas is an 11 x 17 canvas and I think Miranda's is an 8 x 10 canvas.

I do really love it and I was able to use some of those computer parts the grand kids and I collected (which was soooo exciting...lol).  You can't really tell they are there but if you look at the close ups you might be able to make out the two small pc boards and a connector.  The pc boards are located under all the other pieces across the top and down the left side, and the connector is on the top closer to the left side of the canvas.  Can you see them???  I think that the fun in using them is that you can't tell where they are but those pieces give the project lots of added texture and dimension.

So here it is, I hope you like it...and don't forget to check out Miranda's blog as she makes the most amazing projects.

close-up of top

close-up of bottom

The Shimmerz products I used are...Cotton Candy Spritz, Pop Art Pink Vibez, Truffle Spritz, Princess Vibez, Patina Texturez, Crushed Coral Texturez, Artichoked Texturez and Tidy Widy Texturez.  These can all be purchased HERE.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Grungy Spell Book (Journal)

Today I'm sharing a project I made in a class I took at the Scrapbook Island, my favorite scrapbook store. It's the very first Mixed Media Journal that I have ever made and I have decided this kind of art is just what I want to do now!  It is so challenging and fun (also very, very messy...lol).  I am finding so many new and exciting paints, sprays, and gels.  WOW!  I have moved most of my card making supplies to the back and all of my new mixed media things to the front!

Our teacher was Anna Dabrowska "Finnabair" from Prima.  What a wonderful and fun class!  I learned so much from Anna.  She is from Poland and is such a great Mixed Media Artist...you should check out her blog HERE.  I have been following her blog for quite a while so when I learned she was going to teach a couple of classes here I was sooooo excited!  The classes were held on a Sunday and a Monday...this was the Sunday Class.  It was a nine hour class, and a very long day but I LOVED IT!!!  If you ever get a chance to take a class from Anna please do...she is such a great teacher and very encouraging while you are working.  She pushes you to find your own style, not just copy her samples.  She also works along with you step by step so you know exactly what to do, how to do it and when to do it.  She gave us great tips and tricks too!  She believes you should and can use anything you want in your art...ie: nuts, bolts, screws, computer parts, pop tops from coke cans, springs, wire screen, canvas, lace, string...well you get the idea, the list is endless.  She told us "if you can glue it on your canvas you can use it!" and she does too!


She also shared with us the use of two products made by Luminarte...Silks and Primary Elements.  You can buy this product HERE.  This product is so fun to work with and the colors are amazing.  One is a paint and the other is a powder that you mix with water and spray on your project or you can mix it with gel and use it as a paint.  They are so shimmery too!

Anyway here is my project.  I isn't completely finished as we only worked on three double pages and the front and back covers of the journal.  I did complete one additional double page at home, and there is a slot in the back for anything you want and I decided I wanted a large tag there, so I finished that also.

Front of Journal
Back of Journal

Tag Pocket Page
Back of Tag
Front of Tag

Here is a list of the items I used...some were provided by Anna in her class (most actually) and some I had at home and used.  Most of the items are from Prima because that is who she works for...

Prima Items:
Resist Flowers
Wood Pieces - xoxo, flowers, gears & leaves
Say it in Crystals
Clear Epoxy Stickers
Sunrise Sunset Collection by Finnabair - Papers, Canvas Alpha, Gold Flowers, Mixed Media Journal
     Vintage Trinkets - Roman Numerals, Brads, Metal flowers, Gears, Tags, Washers & Bottle Caps
Prima Stencils - Dot Lines # 564261 & Donna Downing flowers #922436
Prima/Finnabair Stencils - Doily #960155, Dot Flowers #960162 and Checkered #960179 & #960186
Prima Clear Stamps - Words #545055, Bricks #960896 (Finnabair), Checker #960865 (Finnabair),
     Words #563134 (Lady Bird Collection), Diamonds #960834 (Finnabair), Dot Flowers #960148
     (Sunrise/Sunset Collection), and Words #960964 (Finnabair)

Luminarte Silks Paints - Ginger Peach, Olive Vine, Bolivian Blue and Solar Gold
Luminarte Primary Elements (mixed with water for sprays) - Olive Vine, ginger Peach, Teal Zircon,
     Bolivia Blue and a mixture of Nutmeg, Autumn Butternut & Burnt Umber to make a light brown/tan color

Miscellaneous Items used:  Ranger Archival Ink Black, Copic Multi Liner Pigment Ink,
     Graphite Pencil 6B, Masking Tape, Brads, Buttons, Snaps, Lace, Eyelets, Clear Acrylic Balls,
     Lace Flower in orange, White Thread and a Metal Key.

There may be other items but these are the ones I could still identify...lol!

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