Thursday, March 26, 2015

Handmade Art Journal


Happy Thursday!

Yesterday, I was up on the Hazel & Ruby blog with a project that is near and dear to my heart! ♥ Art Journaling!

I have several Art Journals going at the same time.  A couple are traveling the world, getting filled with wonderful pages by my creative friends and a couple are here, in my Art 'studio', getting filled as the inspiration hits.  But you can never have enough I say!  ;)

The cover(s) for my journal are several thick chipboard covers from 7gypsies.  I sprayed them with Gesso and spritzed them with Snow Storm Vibez from Shimmerz, for just a bit of glimmer.

I embellished my cover to 2 molded resin pieces created from tidbits of my PA junkin' trips.  I used Amazing Crafting Product Mold Putty and Casting Resin.  My go-to products for mold making.  My chipboard alphas are from UmWowStudios.

I wanted several special chipboard inserts, so I covered 4 thick chipboard pages with one of my favorite DIY Decor Tapes, Color Me Floral.  This tape has an endless amount of creative options, and I find myself reaching for it over and over.

Using the technique I highlighted in this blog post, I painted my covered chipboard pages with Shimmerz Paints.  Once dry, I outlines the design with black and white pens.  I am in love with this look, and have used it on several Art Journal pages and projects.

To assemble my Art Journal, I punched holes (with my Cinch) in cut-to-size (5x7) heavy weight watercolor paper, my covers, and inserts and bound it together with wire coil. 

Now I have a great little journal that can bee easily carried with my in my purse, just ready when the inspire hits!

I would love to see your handmade Art Journal creations.  Please share them with me in the comments!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pine Wood Derby Challenge! This is how creative friends PARTY!


Happy Wednesday!

I have a super fun post for you today that is sure to inspire!

A couple months back, a few of my creative friends and I decided to host a Pine Wood Derby Challenge.  The idea was to all start with the same blank Pine Wood Derby car, then make it over is whatever style inspired you!  Be prepared!  The results are amazing!  

This was the blank we all started with...

You could add whatever you wanted to make your car, you just had to start with this blank.

I pulled bits & pieces from my vintage junkin' shoppin', with lots of crackled, aged goodness!  And here's my take on the challenge!

I used red metal wheels are larger accents for the plastic kit wheels, which were further aged with extra thick embossing powder.

I created my own wooden create with sticks, glue, and more aged goodness.  For a bit of whimsy, I added twine with baubles to the top edge.

My 'driver' was created by using a face clipart embedded into a small metal funnel.  Super fun!

I also added some bits of hardware to create my 'headlights' and for more details on my wheels.

And you can't forget a license plate!

My sister, Tracy Krueger played along with us too!  She doesn't blog, so I thought I'd share her Pine Wood Derby creation with ya'll!  

You can tell she loves the vintage look too!  Just look at the texture!  Super Yum!

And some close-ups of her wonderful details!

She didn't forget a license plate either!

I told ya it was fun!  :)

Wanna see a peek of what the other's created?  Here's a group collage!

I'd love for you to take a closer look at the other Pine Wood Derby cars, so here's a link up party, with links to everyone's car blog post!  I am sure they will all love a visit and hello!

I really love collaborative projects with my creative friends.  I am working on another that I should be able to share soon! So stay tuned!

As always, thank you for stopping by!  Have a terrific week!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Wall Art Made Easy with DIY Decor Tape


Hello and Happy Monday!  Today, I am up on the Hazel & Ruby blog with a super easy, super HIP, and super fun Wall Art Project.  All you need is a spare frame (I purchased mine on clearance at Michaels), scrap cardstock, and your favorite Hazel & Ruby DIY Decor Tape.

To create your custom inserts, adhere the DIY Decor Tape (I used 8" Damask and 8" Scatter Dots) to white cardstock.  I used white because I really wanted the black and white image to POP!  DIY Decor Tape is semi-transparent, so it takes on the color of your background.  White really makes the colors POP!

Since my frame openings are 4x6", I cut 3 of each design from my DIY Decor Tape covered cardstock.  I then placed them in my frame, as I would a regular photo.  I like to display wall art without the glass.  I love the organic, textural look it gives.

Now it's ready to frame!  Just like that.  Quick, easy, and super trendy!

I hope you enjoyed my project today!  Have a fantastic week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Possibility begins with Imagination!

Hello and Happy Friday!

If you've been following me recently, you know that I totally LOVE creating assemblage type projects!  I love combining bits and pieces together to create something unique, with a bit of whimsy!  Today, I have one of my latest creations to share with you.

Today's project was created with odd n ends found in my assemblage drawer(s).  I spy some Prima Marketing metal pieces, Tim Holtz findings, Watch pieces, and vintage milk can lids.

In order to pull odd-n-ends together, I always cover everything with gesso, then paint them in coordinating colors.  This way, it doesn't matter if the metal or findings are gold, silver, or pre-painted.  They can be used regardless of color. 

I embedded my gold bee (colored with Ranger Gold Metallic Alcohol ink), in Clear Casting Resin from Amazing Crafting Products.  (love this stuff).  It looks like it was caught in centuries old resin, captured in time.  The casing is a vintage pocket watch, heat embossed for added texture.

The pocket watch sits on an old red/white milk bottle cap, that I covered in gesso and painted to match.  You can never tell it was red and white!

I also colored my Tim Holtz sentiment with alcohol ink and hung it from my circular centerpiece with clips. 

This now proudly hangs in my Art Room as a daily reminder that anything is possible, as long as you can dream it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I've been bitten by the painting bug....

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Just a quick, short post today!  Since I've stepped down from a majority of my teams, I've been still getting my craft one, but have been bitten by the painting bug!  Large canvases, small canvases, and everything in between.

Here's a peek at some of my painting projects...

This is my largest to date - 30in x 40in

and my smallest, 6in x 6 in

and some in between...

I love the free flowing of painting and the unknown result.  It grounds me and let's me create for the sake of creating, nothing more, nothing less.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Have a wonderful week!