The three little kittens, they lost their mittens…

 

sanded mittens

I just love these grey board mittens from That Craft Place.  They make the perfect thing for that person that you want to give more than a card, but not quite a pressie. It’s handmade Christmas ornament.  I’ve got two more projects in the pipeline with them to show you next week so the other two kittens will have found their mittens too!  lol

So, I embossed the greyboard with a knit texture plate from Cherry Lyn using my brand new x-cut machine (which is totally awesome btw!).  Then I painted them with white paint, buttermilk paint, sanded back the high points, thought that it was to dark for what I wanted so with a very wet brush I painted it a thin coat of white again.  The cuffs come as separate pieces so I painted them white, added flower soft to give it texture, and a bit of glamour dust from DecoArts.  I painted the ribbon with a hot pink and used the weathered wood product also from DecoArts before using the same pink mixed with white to get a paler pink.  I wanted the ribbon to look shabby/wrinkled like bias ribbon.  Not sure if that worked or not, but I like how it turned out.  I painted the back and edges with white so that I can right some soppy message on the back for the recipient (likely one of the girls at work).  I got some white on the front of the ribbon and in my attempt to loosen up and not be quite so ‘too even’ as Lisa (aka Boss Lady at TCP) says, left it on.  Again, not so sure about that! lol

I didn’t have any pinky Christmas paper and so went on Etsy looking for digi papers.  OMG, was that ever a mistake!  Needless to say, I found some that would work and a few spares! lol I die cut LaLaLand Christmas tree, a Cheery Lyn flourish, and a Memory Box snowflake corner (all available from TCP) and glittered them up too.

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There you go! My first Christmas card of 2014.

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To be overcome…

These Flower Power atcs didn’t make it into the post in time for the swap.  My friend, Sam, and I have decided to do an atc swap with no set theme, no set number, and no set deadline…perfect for me! lol  Anyway, since the first one I made with flowers turned out so well (if I do say so myself!) I decided to send it to Sam…these will hop into the envelope to keep it company!

JOFY atc

JOFY atc

JOFY atc

JOFY atc

This one is sprayed with Dylusions (my go to thing at the mo…soon it will be something else!), stamped with JOFY stamps and archival inks.  The puzzle piece was gessoed, sprayed, and attached with a mini hinge (dollhouse).

 

 

 

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On this I scraped texture paste through a stencil and then sprayed it with, wait for it…Dylusions!  The stamp is PaperArtsy.  The sentiment is from another JOFY set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Dylusions and JOFY stamps.

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What’s your go to technique?

Wise Words

IMG_0085I’ve been collecting quotes and sayings for cards for about 15 years.  I’ve always written them on to index cards and filed them by category…Anniversary, Friend, Love, Life, Congratulations, etc.  I started long before I began making cards because I never knew what to say in wedding or new baby cards!  In Canada, I kept them in the ugliest beige plastic recipe box that I had from University days.  Can’t remember how I ended up with that monstrosity.

Anyway, when I brought the cards back with me from a trip to  Canada, I decided that I was a grown up now and could buy a new box!  Well, that was easier said than done and I couldn’t find any alterable recipe boxes (do the British not cook?).  I ended up buying a paper mache box and putting the cards in sideways…it’s a little too wide, but it works.  I left altering it until I could decide what I wanted to do and be completely happy with it.  I can’t rush perfection, you know! lol

I decided to go with the faux metal technique done on embossed mirri card.  I used cranberry, sailboat, denim, and ginger alcohol inks and grey acrylic paint.  The embossing folder is the Tim Holtz Riveted Metal.  I did the alcohol ink, then applied the grey paint, wiped back and  let dry.  Then because the pieces were quite dark and I wondered the great crafty ‘what if?’ I applied alcohol ink again.  This seemed to remove more of the grey paint and I was really happy with the outcome.

Took awesome wood embellishments from That Craft Place and painted them with gold DecoArt paint.  That dried really quickly and I dabbed on some alcohol inks in cranberry and ginger since I’ve run out of denim.  Necessity being the mother of invention and all that, I used some faded jeans distress stickles to add that touch of blue.  I also antiqued (???…they were already dark, but the wrong dark, lol) the metal corners and box feet (awesome box feet that aren’t Tim Holtz so actually affordable to put on a project and from…drumroll please…TCP! lol).  I used Collal 3D glue to adhere the feet cuz that stuff sticks to anything as my friend, Sam, says!  I’m just waiting for another book plate to put above the filigree heart to balance the box top.

I used washi tape to cover up the uneven bent over edges of the mirri card on the inside.  Then I liberally slapped silver inka gold all over the inside.  Perhaps that’s what my faux metal box looked like before the ravages of time!

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Things I learned!

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  1. When doing this technique, small pieces of mirri card work best…the bigger pieces don’t give the same effect.
  2. Don’t overlap the pieces…butting them up against each other gives a much nicer finished project.IMG_0089
  3. I ran out of mirri card before finishing the bottom of the box and the lid.  This was only a problem because I couldn’t remember that I had used sailboat and not denim…at least I think that’s what happened.  Still, I’d recommend doing enough at the same time that the colours all match.

 

 

 

I’m so pleased with how this turned out.  I’m glad I waited until I knew what I was doing and exactly what I wanted to do! lol Wise words indeed!

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Oh what a feeling!

menwillneverI recently completed a series of 4 workshops on Art Journaling with Neil Walker at my happy place…I might have mentioned it once or a million times! I did these backgrounds with DecoArt acrylic paint, masks, PaperArtsey stamps, and a vintage advert.  I saw this advert (the bra that’s a beauty treatment – obviously written by a man!) and immediately thought of this quote.  So true, eh?  I ripped strips of the magazine and then wove it to make the mat for the quote.

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