Saturday, January 21, 2017

Family Intial

Unfortunately, we are one of those families whose last name starts with K.
I'm always envious when I see a family letter wall.
Group too many K's together. Bad! Really bad. So I decided to make this freestanding K to present our family.
My challenges...the letter K obviously. Materials....what I had on hand. This was part of my Christmas crafting challenge where I tried to use materials I'd had forever. This is what I came up with.



I started with a wooden letter K.

Pages of sticky backed aluminum  pages. And red and turquoise paint. And Embossing powder, distressing ink, heat gun and Sizzix boutique press. I had a ton of crap on hand!!!!!

Here are the metal pieces.

I put a piece of metal (I cut it with my paper cutter) to fit in my Sizzix folder.

I ran it through my Boutique machine.


I painted them with leftover Turquoise paint (acrylic). Lightly.

Once dry, I distressed them with an ink pad. I think it's a Ranger product. You just rub it across the top. While still wet.....
Sprinkle on the Embossing powder. Let the excess run off. 


It gets this crystalized affect.  



I had to cut and piece my metal to fit my letter K.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Picture Frames


I've had these wooden frames for a while now and didn't really know how I was going to use them.

So I searched in Pinterest.
Here was my inspiration that I found on Pinterest.
I opted to paint mine red because it was the only color I had enough of on hand to cover all the 3 frames.


I had these metal clips in my stash of supplies. I think I got them at Hobby Lobby.

After the paint was dry, I added a piece of scrapbook paper.

Here is a little trick I used to hang them. Get some tooth paste.

I did a drop on top and bottom of where the nail would go.

I held it against the wall.

Then added the nail.



The cool thing is, I can trade out the papers inside the frames.
So for Christmas, I'm going to use the papers below.




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Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

One Little Word


If you haven't heard of the movement called One Little Word, let me introduce you.

It started with Ali Edwards. Basically, it's a year long project where you pick one word you'd like to focus on for the year. Through her workshop, you are given prompts to explore your word. I did it previously here.
This year I chose the word aware, because I would like to be more focused on my family and the things that matter. Last time I created a journal to log my explorations. So I decided, why not another journal?



For this project, I was inspired by my new workout clothes I got for Christmas (seen below).


My hope was to use the sticky backed canvases from my stash of supplies for the covers. So I started to paint them and then this happened above.
So I attached them to cardboard pieces from scrapbook orders I saved, then painted them.

I just peeled a little off at a time and attached them.

Worked much better. I started with a base of light/bright orange. Let it dry about 10 minutes then started adding layers of darker orange.


Then I added some stenciling in a light blue.




For the darker blue I reversed the stencil.

And then I got impatient, and added the bottom stencil layer before the brushes were dry (I kept washing and drying my brushes). So this happened. EEK!

So I added a family photo and frame over it.

It's far from perfect, but it's my new journal and it's ready for me to explore the word "Aware".

Monday, December 26, 2016

Joy Banner

Here's my new Joy banner that I made today using leftover scraps of the red burlap from my wreath. 



Lay freezer paper on your Cricut mat and send it through your Cricut machine.


I made a little mark with chalk where I wanted the bottom of letters to go.


Iron for a couple of minutes.


Add acrylic paint. I used white.

Let it dry. Mine was not completely dry when I removed the freezer paper.

I attached my banner to jute using glue.

I staple gunned it to my shutter.
Viola. Easy banner.