Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fairy House

Hello Everybody!

I am super excited to share with you my most recent project!  Like seriously excited! First, I have to tell you that this is the first time I have ever made a Fairy House (or any place for a mystical creature to live.) Second there are a lot of pictures.  So I am going to take care of business first-and then please feel free to proceed on if your time allows :)

So here is my before and after photos:

I would like to submit this Fairy House to the following Challenges:

Frilly and Funkie: Home Sweet Home

Mixed Media Warriors: #40  Old to New

I have to first tell you also where my inspiration came from.  I was scrolling Instagram like I do and came across this house that Adrijana at Paper Beauty AK posted.  And I like fell in love with it.  Crazy-I know but it totally inspired me to make my house.  So Thank you Adrijana!  

I have had this house for about 2 years.  I bought it at Goodwill in August 2017.  My husband and I used to go to thrift stores a LOT and I would collect wood things with the hopes of transforming them into other things.  I buy faster than I create LOL.  And it's been awhile since I made anything this big (usually I make cards and scrapbook pages).  


It's funny because when I have shown a couple of people the before picture they say "oh that's cute."  And it makes me feel bad because all I saw was a project.  LOL  It's about an inch or so thick.  Before I decorated it-the house could stand on it's own.

I cleaned the dust off with a wet rag.  And started to gesso it.  Then I realized I didn't want the shutters-so I took those off.  The little nails were left behind so I left them there.  

I added Power Tex 3-D balls (some might call them art rocks) and painted the house white (Martha Stewart Paint).

On the right you an see the supplies and the finished paint.

Inspired by the other house-I wanted to use a nest too.  This is a Melissa Frances nest and those are Dollar Tree golden eggs.  You can find these kind of nests at Hobby Lobby also (like in the moss or fairy house section I cannot remember which).  I hot glued the eggs inside but not the nest just yet.

I painted the roof gray.

The roof makes me want to have a PayDay candy bar.  This is little gravel that came with a beta fish set.  I did not use the gravel for the fish because I refuse to clean dirty fish gravel.  So these are clean straight out of the bag and I used hot glue to apply them.  I only burned myself like 3 times.  ;)

I used my silhouette machine to make windows and a door.  The cut files came from the Silhouette Design Store.  I took clear extra laminating and applied yellow tim holtz alcohol ink.  Then I cut them to fit the window and glued them on with glossy accents.

I painted the underside of the roof a beige color.  It was gray before and didn't look right.  Then I added spring green paint mixed with white and dabbed it off with a paper towel.  This was cool because it created a lighter more organic feel.  The inspiration house is what gave me that idea.  That's one of the things I loved about it.

I wanted dimension and I figured an awning above the door would be a perfect way to accomplish that.  I took some light cardboard and cut it into pieces and curved them.  I covered them with these fake leaves I found in my stash.  I used hot glue to adhere and then I added more leaves to the front of the awnings.  

The door-I painted with tim holtz distress mustard seed.  Adhered material to the window using mod podge fabric glue.  That stuff is awesome for adhering fabric (me just sayin').  Bliss sign that came in a scrapbook kit and an orange brad for the door knob.

So here is what it looks like now.  Time for some greenery!  I added paper grass to the front and it's a Lawn Fawn die.  Then in my stash (gifted to me) are the green "bushes." I added moss (so fun!  and totally inspired) and then I found some little critters to put in places.  Also, I glue on the nest.

Ta-Da!  I painted a wood veneer butterfly pick raspberry (TH Distress Paint).  I bought moss from the Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby.  There are many different types of moss.  :)

Outside Picture

Side View

Other Side 

Inside Picture

And these are closeups of the little critters I found-that I didn't remember having.  LOL

And here it is again.  All finished.

If you made it this far--thank you and big hugs!  Until next time my friends...stay creative! :)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Father's Day Cards (3)

Hello Everybody!

I want to share with everyone the Father's Day cards I made.  I know I'm late.  Two were on time and the other will hopefully get in the mail tomorrow.  I know I'm lucky to make 3-one for my dad, my husband's dad, and my husband.

This first one was for my father-in-law.  He's not a cowboy but he likes Westerns.  :)  The background is paper from 7 Gypsies and I used this cowboy die cut from the Silhouette Design Store.

This card was for by husband.  I used 7 Gypsies paper and rub-ons.  The rest of it is Tim Holtz goodies.  The dude on the front is from the Stampers Anonymous "The Professor" set and I just love it.  My husband also likes fancy pens and noticed the ad for pens at the bottom.  Win! :)  

My dad loves computers but not gaming-and that can sometimes be hard for me to create around.  But he also likes a good nap (wink! ;) so somewhere in creative blogland I saw a hammock for fathers day and remembered I had this cute hedgehog in a hammock-yay!  I colored it with copics and added nuvo crystal drops-which I totally love.  The sentiment is stampin up and the leaf paper is vellum which I have had for a mighty long time-now I have a shorter piece of it.  LOL :)

Thank you for stopping by to check out my Dad cards.  Until next time my friends...stay crafty! :)

Happy Birthday Card

Hello Everybody!

Today I'm sharing with you a card I made for a friend of mine.  She said all she wanted from me on her birthday was a handmade card.  If that doesn't fill my heart-I don't know what will!

So I said totally!  I love this card for the little details.  There is gold stenciling and the frame-which I'm not good at using.  This is a frame from Stampin Up from a looonnnggg time ago.  I used some paint to distress it.

I used a pattern paper from a K & Company paper pack and the paper lace ribbon is from them also.  The burlap flowers were from a friend a long time ago.  And then a couple of pink enamel dots and a wood butterfly, and the little paperclip.  And the sentiment is a sticker (from Hobby Lobby). 

I would like to submit this to:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...keep making cards! :)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

You are a Blessing Card

Hello Everybody!

I have to share this card with y'all tonight also.  I used Jane's Doodles stamp set and I am just in love with it.  This little angel is just the sweetest!  I added a cup of coffee from Stampailities to make this card a bit more personalized.

The vellum helps the angel not have to compete with the gold foil background.  I got that paper from Michaels and I just love it!

Here is a close up of the angel.  I had to ask my husband if her freckles were ok.  I don't usually add extra things because drawing is not my strong point-but I just felt she needed freckles.

Thank you for stopping by again!  :)  

Anniversary Card

Hello Everybody!

I have been busy making cards-which is an awesome thing because that means the mojo is flowing!

This is an anniversary card that I made for my husband.  I made a background with distress oxides in a rainbow.  I cut out Tim Holtz stars and I love how you can see the background.  This navy paper is from stampin up so it took a few go throughs with the Cuttlebug to get all of those little stars cut out.  Paper dolls-aren't they the best!?  And a cool little cluster of things.

I also added the material in the back of the bridge-trying to create dimension but it looks like part of her veil lol.  ;)  The 11 is for 11 years! :)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Over at {PIN}spirational Challeges this is the inspiration #241:

My card is an Anniversary Card. :)  

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...share the love! :)

Edit:  This card was chosen as a favorite!  Woot Woot! 

Pipes Thank You Card

Hello Everybody!

I am happy to show ya'll a card that I made with a die cut that I have been wanting for a long time-and finally bought!  Yay!  It's the Pipes from Tim Holtz/Sizzix.

Here's my card:

So I knew I wanted to do something grungy with the pipes.  And I saw a video on YouTube-and I knew what I was going to use--sand and some tiny 3-D balls from Powertex to create the mixutre.  The lady on the video altered a phone so if you would like to see that check it here

First I cut the pieces out of watercolor paper so I would have stronger bases.

I used distress rusty hinge and fire brick inks to give the pieces color and then I used gel medium and glossy accents to put the sand and balls on.

I wasn't 100% sure how this process would go.  So I painted everything black!  Using black gesso.

It gets a little crazy here.  I used foil tape paper by Ranger and embossed it.  I used caramel and red pepper alcohol inks on the embossed foil. (I don't have the newer alcohol inks boo!)  Then I grunged it up a bit by adding and wiping black paint.  This background looked great when finished-but you know this doesn't get used.  No-it competed too but with the little pipe pieces-and I couldn't have the background still the show.  I liked the brick so much that I used just plain o' black cardstock.  But I had to share this!  It's beautiful ;)

Here's a close up of the pipe.  I used black, silver, distress bronze, distress salty ocean and shabby shutters and distress gold paints to try to achieve a patina rusty effect.  The drop of water is a recollections tear drop.

The sentiment is a Tim Holtz-and the background of it is ranger yupo paper and various ranger alcohol inks.  Not the new ones-I must use up what I have first! (Which is a lot-I'm just sayin is all I'm sayin.)

I love the pipes.  I am excited to make some more projects with this die cut.

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Vintage Elephant Birthday Card

Hello Everybody!

I'm so excited to show you this fun card.  I had to wait a little before I posted it-I didn't want her to see it too soon.  

I used a stencil and paste for the background.  Then I used distress inks and added water to make a watercolor out of them.  

I added some lace that I was gifted.  The lace is cool because it has gold scallops.  The Wish is a Tim Holtz ticket and so are the stars.  I purple dots are Nuvo Drops.

The elephant is from a Steampunk show I went to.  The vendor had old jewelry blanks and pieces because they bought a warehouse of stuff from a company that went out of business but had been around for many years.  I love this elephant but it was time for him to go :)  The metal flower is from an earring I bought at the show too.  There were many metal flowers on the earrings so I still have a little stash of those. ;)

I am submitting this card into the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday Anything Goes  #166 with an option-I didn't do the option

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...stay colorful! :)