Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pumped Up Kicks...

Hi all!

The ColourArte Design Team is having a blog hop and altering shoes!  When you are done here head back to the CoulourArte blog and check out the links to everyone else's projects!  Here is my Pumped Up Converse:

I started out by heading to the Thrift Shop here in town to see what I could find.  I was hoping for work boots but settled on a pair of bright purple Converse.

The fact that they were purple dictated my color scheme and made for a great base for my layers.  I began by giving the whole shoe a thin, rough coat of Gesso to knock the bright purple back a little.

Next I treated the shoe canvas just like an art canvas and began layering.  I glued bits if torn book page in a few spots then gave it a thin, random wash of cream acrylic paint - not on the entire shoe but here and there.

I continued layering - some acrylic paint in pale green and aqua blue, some stamping with waterproof Archival ink and then a full misting with shimmering mist made from Almond Beige Primary Elements Pigment Powder, water and Gum Arabic in a mister.  The rose trim for the back of my shoe was white and I wanted all my trim off-white so I soaked it with the same Almond Beige mist.  Next I misted Fern Radiant Rain through a diamond stencil and then sponged on Fern Silks (for a darker look) through some sequin waste.  I finished my layering up with Radiant Gel in African Jade through a honeycomb stencil - I love adding that bit of raised texture.

I wanted to take advantage of the cool texture on the front of the shoe so I patted it real well with VersaMark Ink and lightly rubbed several colors of Primary Elements powder over it catching only the raised portions.

I added some lace across the toe and did the same thing with the VersaMark and Primary Elements.  Finally I glued on all of my trims.  I found that extra thick Gel Medium works really well for heavier trims (Along with a little painter's tape until they dry!)

Now want to know how to win a $25 gift certificate to the ColourArte store?

1) Comment on each of the blogs
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A winner will be posted on each of the designer blogs on August 7th, so make sure you stop back by to see if you are one of them!
Head back to the main blog to see everyone else's shoes!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Live Awake on the ColourArte blog

Hi all!
I have a piece on the ColourArte blog today!  Live Awake - with a complete step by step tutorial!  I would love if you stop by!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My home....

Hi all!

I have a piece on the ColourArte blog today!  Come by and check it out!

Have a great day!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Teacher Appreciation!

Hi all!

Hollyn had a list of teacher's to thank on for Teacher Appreciation week.  Rather than giving/making things they would have to pile up somewhere with the rest I thought a couple of good cups of coffee would be a good idea - my go-to gift for them - Starbucks cards for all!

I used my usual Cricut cut file - it comes from the Fabulous Finds cartridge.  The nice thing about using the Cricut Explore now is that I arranged the file, got the sizes and layers right and saved it so I just pull it up anytime I make a gift card now and whip them right out!  Should have used the computer for cutting a long time ago!  I cut out 5 of them in nothing flat.

For the outside design I used the card sketch on last week's Splitcoast Stampers card sketch challenge.  I left off a ribbon and embellie but I think it is pretty cute.  A little Distressed Stickles dabbed onto the flower center finished them off just right.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Altered Bluebird

Hi all!

What a month!  Is April really over?  I planned on using April to sew as I am behind on a lot of projects but I did not get as much done as I would have liked!  We found out last week we have another grandSON on the way!  He is due in September.  We are quite excited to meet him.  They live in New Hampshire so not quite as far away as Brennan who is all the way in San Diego now.  We had hoped to see Brennan this summer but that is all up in the air now.

I have a project and tutorial up on the ColourArte blog today:

We are featuring Silks Acrylic Glazes in May - love these paints!  Come check out my Altered Bluebird as well as all of the other incredible projects by my fellow DTs!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring in Bloom - ColourArte Featured Artist

Hi all!

My work is featured over on the ColourArte blog today - I hope you will go check it out!  I have done a full tutorial for you!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Joy - My Yard

Hi all!

Is there ANYTHING better than Spring?????  I wanted to take a minute to share my yard with y'all today.

A little background - prior to building this house 10 years ago I have never owned a home before.  I was always a renter.  Since I was a renter I was very limited as to what I could do to personalize any place I have lived.  There were lots of things I was VERY excited about when hubby and I started building.  But there were TWO things I looked forward to more than anything else - painting the walls something OTHER than white and gardening in my very own YARD!

As I was walking home from the bus stop a few mornings ago I came up to my front yard and I am absolutely in love with it!

These are my favorite of all my daffodils and the greet me at the foot of the driveway.  The Hyacinth smell SO good too!

I did quite a bit of garden design when we moved in, then we had a baby instead and well, you know how that goes.  Everything else takes a back seat!  So last Spring we began on the next phase of my front garden vision.  The front was lined with a row of boxwoods all the way across - I hated them!  So OUT they came!

Yep!  Hooked 'em to my truck and OUT they came!  We replanted a few things and then some accidental pumpkins sprouted and I wanted to let them go so they took over the whole thing and we sort of put additional planning on hold.

The other thing I hated?  The porch railings.  I prefer open porches with just the columns - reminds me of the south so this year OFF they came!  All of our planting has been chosen for it's shortness - I love the open-ness when sitting on the porch now!


I just love it!  I put in the low stone wall around the tree last year too.

This year I cleaned everything up and added in a few more evergreen type bushes and new perennials and annuals in the bare spots.  I really wanted my evergreens to be more interesting than just green like the boxwoods so I found this cute little bushes with teeny pinecones.  The flowers are Lantana - LOVE Lantana but it is an annual this far north :(

See the evergreens on either side of the steps?  Also more interesting than plain boxwoods!  They are not only variegated in color with the green to yellow but the foliage is pretty and lacey/delicate - reminiscent of ferns - another fave of mine but the front gets too much sun for ferns so these were a good 2nd choice.  We decided we needed a little bit more evergreen for the front for winter time so I added a few more of the yellow green bushes.  Everything is small now but will gradually fill in.

I designed and planned out the whole garden myself when we moved in and the re-vamp this time around.  It takes a lot of research but I am QUITE pleased.  All of the plants are able to withstand drought because we are occasionally on water restriction here during the hottest part of summer and I have it arranged so there is almost always something blooming from spring through fall.

I have extensive plans and ideas for the back of the house but unfortunately they come faster than the time/money/energy does!

Anyone else enjoy gardening?