TBT to January 13, 2015

HAPPY THURSDAY!!  Today will be my last installment of weekly Throwback Thursdays over at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog, and we’re featuring a project that’s close to my heart, even two years later–

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SPOILER ALERT!!  This project ended up being chosen as one of Tim’s Valentine Blogworthy Links in February 2015-

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–it also ended up being picked as…..

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….for the Frayed Fabrics Challenge that was going on at the Compendium of Curiosities III challenge at the time–Talk about a double honor!!

A BIG THANK YOU to Scrap’N Stamp Blog and store owner Raya for inviting me to participate in the weekly Throwback Thursdays for these past few months!  It’s been fun to revisit and share these projects with you!

Come on over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog to see what this project was all about!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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TBT to February 26, 2015

HI THERE & HAPPY THURSDAY!!  It’s time for a sneaky peek of my Throwback Thursday project over at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog today–

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Today’s Throwback Thursday creation comes from February 26, 2015 and was my try at Tim’s February tag design that year.  Head on over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for all of the thrown-back details!  Hope to see you there!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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Junk in your Trunk at Our Creative Corner

HELLO & WELCOME to a new challenge for the month of March at Our Creative Corner!!  This is going to be a fun one!!  This month, my very creative and ambitious teammate Candice, (you’ve got to check out her blog Tincan Handmade Craft Deli) has tasked us with doing something with that ‘Junk in our Trunks’!!  Here’s what she’s talking about:

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For the challenge this month, create something out of any kind of “junk” & refashion it into something useful and/or functional and/or beautiful!  The interpretation of “junk” is up to you!!  How FUN is that?! 🙂

Candice gives examples like-Hideously patterned china? Smash it and make a mosaic!  Unused decorative/patterned papers? Rip’em, cut ’em-Collage them!  Skeins of Wool? Rusty bits & pieces–Create whatever you want to!  The only rules are that your project MUST contain something that you consider junk, that you have reclaimed or recycled.

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The sponsor for our March Junk in Your Trunk challenge is Crafty Individuals!!  One randomly drawn participant will receive a surprise parcel of Crafty Individuals goodies, and of course the overall Junk in Your Trunk Winner is awarded Top Talent Honors and will be invited back to Our Creative Corner for a future Top Talent Spotlight!  We also have Blog Badges awarded to our Top 3 favorites, too!!  Lots of reasons to join in!!

OK, So here I go!!  My “junk” is something that I’ve had my eye on to reclaim and beautify for a long time now!!

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 This ugly, junky, shaky, paint can/tarnish can/stain can holder!!  It’s been splattered on, dripped on, stained on–just a yuck piece of utilitarian yuck!!

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With some coats of paint (failed painting techniques!) and a custom sewn seat cover, this utilitarian piece of junk that it was, has been transformed into the nice stool it deserves to be!!  And, it doesn’t rattle around any more and sits still!!  Let me show you some of the successful, and not-so successful, things that I did to this stool! 🙂

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I gave the stool a good sanding in preparation of the first layer of paint I’m going to apply.

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I painted the legs a light yellow & the seat a darker sunflowery yellow color, with the full intentions of these colors peeking through the crackling technique I was going to apply.  I’m leaving out the steps I took of, the stamping of random images onto tissue paper, that then got randomly adhered to the legs and seat of this stool, that I had the full intentions of said random images peeking through the crackling technique that I was going to apply next….

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…Uh, Nope!  No crackly paint technique happened here!!  It’s more like a melty, smolten looking copper sludge!!  But, this just so happens to be an area where the stamped image peeks through…kind of!!  The ‘why & how’ I ended up with this melted looking top layer of copper paint, lies within the type of paint, the copper paint is.  After I had adhered all of the stamped images onto the stool, I applied a thick layer of Elmer’s Glue over everything (I worked in sections), then brushed a layer of this hammered copper metallic paint over the wet glue.  For crackle-you need to use ACRYLIC paint!  This copper paint IS NOT ACRYLIC, but a paint that I had on hand, for around the house/metal patio furniture painting.

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BUT–making the best of a still decent transformation, I ran some pieces of foil tape through random embossing folders and stuck onto the cross-sections of the legs and to the tops and bottoms of the legs.  I then used Black Soot Distress Paint, that I dabbed onto a paper towel, then rubbed over the surface of everything!!  That ended up being a pretty cool effect.  It toned down the bright yellow that does peek through the copper layer.

Now I’m going to move a little faster with the seat cover–

I started by making a paper pattern of the seat.  I cut out strips of Eclectic Elements fabrics and randomly and roughly stitched together.  I pinned the pattern to the backside of the seat cover top, and machine stitched around the perimeter.  When finished stitching, I ripped the paper pattern away.

I added a long strip of EE fabrics that I had sewn together, to the bottom of the seat cover.   See, I’m so not a sewer, I don’t even know the technical sewing term for that whole extra piece of fabric that I attached, that hides the cotton twill pull tie that will cinch this cover tightly over the seat-LOL! 🙂

I’m not quite through with the seat cover yet–I’m going to make some flowers for it!  I roughly cut out different size circles of EE fabrics and sewed together.  Then, I roughed up the edges with my craft scratcher, then sewed onto the top of the seat cover.

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Even with the failed paint technique, this doesn’t look half bad!!  I’m pretty happy with how this whole transformation came out–Maybe the happiest with the seat cover! 🙂

I know it’s an ambitious challenge, but that’s what it’s all about–Moving outside your comfort zone and just going for it!!   All of my Our Creative Corner Teammates have performed some amazing transformations to their ‘Junk” for inspiration–Let’s see what kind of Junk is In Your Trunk and join in on the challenge!  We’d love to have you and see your junk metamorphosis!!  The challenge closes Saturday, March 28th, 11:55pm (GMT).

Thanks so much for joining me with this 2nd posting of the day!!  It’s a new month & new creative challenges await you!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES IS USED:

  • Wood Stool; Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coats); Batting; Tissue Paper; Foil Tape (Home Depot)
  • Archival Ink; Elmers All Purpose Glue; Hammered Copper Metallic Paint; Two Shades of Yellow Paint
  • Sand Paper; Paint Brushes; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coats); Cotton Batting; Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Embossing Folders (a mix of Tim Holtz/Sizzix & Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Tissue Paper; Archival Ink (Ranger); Stamp Images (a mix of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)

My First Art Journal

HAPPY TUESDAY and HELLO & WELCOME to my new followers!!  I’m so glad that you’re joining me!!  🙂

I worked all weekend on my project for the latest Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3!!  I’ve been looking forward to this one because I’m getting to use some of Tim’s wonderful fabrics again, from his Eclectic Elements line.  It’s CC3 #19-Frayed Fabrics, found on page 66 of Tim’s creative tome.  You’ve got to have Tim’s book to play in this challenge, which is being sponsored with a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium!!

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 I was sooo inspired by CC3 Creative Crew member Cheryl Grigsby’s  creation, that I pretty much copied her, right down to using one of my new Yvonne Blair Inky Art Journals!!  This is one of the Inky Art Journals that I actually won from Yvonne when she first shared her news of this product being released last year 🙂

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As CC3 #19 is a technique based challenge, I can’t show you all of the details that went into making this journal cover.  But, I can show you some of the pre-assembly prep and sewing that I did to make this all come together.

 I’m using my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal to take measurements for the pieces of Eclectic Elements fabric that I’ll need to sew together to cover this journal.  I have 6″x6″ & 12″x12″ EE fabric scrap packs to choose my fabrics from, so this is going to be fun!!

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Now, I’m no sewer and an even worse fabric cutter!  Even with the most precise cutting tools and doodads available, I will still cut a crooked line!  Thank goodness for one of my fav Tim mottos – “Embrace Imperfection”!!  Oh, this journal cover will be a celebration of imperfection!!  These are the sections for the front and I added two more shorter pieces at each end for the inside flaps.  I roughly machine stitched all of the panels together.

I created a patchwork square out of 25-1.25″ squares which were roughly machine stitched together for what will become the patchwork heart on the front of my art journal.

I made my heart pattern from a chipboard heart that I photo-copied at 150%, pinned to the back of my patchwork square, then machine stitched around the perimeter of the heart.

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Here is the front side of the patchwork square showing that first line of stitching.  I went over it several more times to enhance that imperfect stitch line and when I was finished, I ripped away the paper pattern from the back.

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I stamped the word ‘artist’ with Jet Black Stazon onto a piece of muslin and then stitched it to another little scrap of EE fabric, then stitched it into place to the top center of the front panel.

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The word ‘journal’ was treated the same and stitched into place to the bottom center of the front panel.

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The heart was stitched into place as my main focal point, right in the center of the entire front panel.  I love it!!

I left all of the metal embellishments on this journal ‘naked’ if you will–I liked them with their natural finish, plus I think the silver of the metals look great with all of the mixed fabrics.

As a homage to Yvonne Blair, I included a butterfly as one of my embellies–Yvonne always includes a butterfly (or many butterflies) in her creations and as I won this journal from her, I wanted a reminder of the promise I made to her, to create in her art journals this year!!

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As a reminder to myself, I included these 3 Chit Chat stickers to keep me motivated and inspired.  Just as I did with the making of this fabric cover, I imagined what I wanted, I created what I had imagined and discovered–I Can Do This!! 🙂

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OK–now remember that ’embrace imperfection’ motto?  Do you notice anything WRONG with this picture?  Ummm, yeah, well, things started in the right direction!!  Yes, this is the back side of my journal cover, and it is in fact, sewn upside down!!  LOL!!  It is what it is and like I admitted earlier–I am definitely no sewer!! Imperfection Embraced!! 🙂 🙂

The front and back flaps are very simple and serve their purpose of holding this journal cover in place–and yes, the inside front flap is also upside down!!

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 And here is the beginning of my very 1st art journal.  I’m really looking forward to creating on the inside of this journal.  I think I’ll probably end up sharing a few pages here and there as 2015 progresses!!  Stay tuned 🙂

Alrighty then–I’m headed off to Studio L3 now to get this Frayed Fabric creation entered into Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #19!!  It’s open until this coming Friday the 16th @ 11:55mst, so if you’ve got Tim’s CC3, come on over and join in on the fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coates); Muslin; Cotton Batting
  • Stamps:  Classics #1 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Marker (Tim Holtz/Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Self-Healing Cutting Mat; Hand-Held Rotary Cutter (Fiskars);
  • Chit Chat Stickers, Nature Adornments, Pen Nib & Mini Corners (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Ink Blending Tools (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)