Sunday, August 16, 2015

Welcome Home

Hi all!

Come check out the owl wall art I made to welcome my 2nd grandbaby home next month.  It is featured on the ColourArte blog!  As always there is a full tutorial for you too!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Blog hop winner!

Hi all!

Hi everyone!

I am super late with this post but the winner of the Altered shoe blog hop gift certificate is Linda Simpson of Crafty Pieces of Heaven.  You will need to head to the ColourArte website and register an account to receive your gift certificate!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Doodling Fun...

Hi all!

I hope y'all have been having a fun-filled summer!  I have an art journal page up on the ColourArte page - come check it out!

Doodling Fun

I have not been doing as much art & scrapbooking as I have miniature making - if anyone would like to see what I have been up to let me know!

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
2)  Comment on the main ColourArte blog
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.