Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Altered Bottle with Spooky Poinsettias

Hi everyone! I've returned from teaching my Haunted Village class in Jacksonville and now I'm cutting, cutting, cutting for next week's Carolina teaching tour. If you're in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area, or in North Carolina and would like to join in my classes, be sure to check my Calendar tab at the top of my blog for locations and details. I'd love to see you!

Today I've got a fun project with tutorial over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. It's an altered wine bottle transformed into a spooky home decor piece for the Halloween season. I've used the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies in an unusual way to dress up a very cool wine bottle I got from my friend Cindy. I hope you have time to pop over and check it out. It was a fun craft project to do in just a few hours.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Girlfriend Gift Bags with Susan's Garden Amaryllis

Hello everyone. I hope you've had a fun or at least relaxing weekend. I spent mine with four of my gal pals at our annual crop get-away in Orlando. We always bring little goodies for one another and my contribution was handmade girlfriend gift bags, filled with necessities like hand lotion, sanitizer, lip balm and face refreshing wipes. The bags are made with the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board, and the papers are from Graphic 45 (A Ladies Diary and Communique). The fronts are adorned with Susan's Garden Notes Amaryllis die.

I'm featured on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today with a tutorial on how to make these pretty flowers using Susan's die. I hope you can join me over there.

Our annual "pile on the bed" photo. Tiffany, Cindy, Me, Sherry and Charmin. Another fun and fabulous weekend.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Creative Carte Blanche - Video Inspiration - Whimsical Shadow Box

Hi everyone. I'm super excited about this month's creative adventure hosted by Linda Ledbetter over at Creative Carte Blanche. The theme is "Video Inspiration", specifically the video below...

What an amazing, artistic, beautiful video it is. I can't stop watching it, and my eyes well up with tears every single time. Some things have this effect on artists, while others simply cannot relate. My husband, for example, watched it and got nothing out of it. Nada. He just didn't see what was so great about it. Funny how different we are, eh?

I was inspired by the overall feel of the video and the way it made me want to step into that world and wander around. When that tiger jumped onto the piano and we see the wide shot of the stage with all the surrounding tropical flowers and plants, that's when I made a soft little gasp.

My vision was to create a whimsical, fantasy-like shadow box display. Out to the garage I went to find something in my stash. I had this pretty frame (which mimics the style of the grand theatre in the video) and a configurations box which fit perfectly behind the frame.

I fussy cut gorgeous imagery from several different Graphic 45 paper collections (Safari Adventure, World's Fair, and later, some blue butterflies from Botanical Tea...remember Elton John's jacket covered in them?)

To add a touch of whimsy, I accented all the cut pieces with a silver Wink of Stella pen. Hard to see here, but this added a slight shimmery sparkle around the edges.

That sky in the video. My goodness I wish I could recreate it. It was beyond gorgeous. I cut a piece of watercolor cardstock to fit into my shadow box (around 6" x 8") and swirled Stormy Sky Distress Ink in random areas.

Then Wild Honey in the open areas. Did you notice how the clouds weren't white in the video? They're a golden orangy-brown. I rubbed a little Rusty Hinge along the bottoms of my clouds.

Then a bunch of spritzes of water, plus some Antique Bronze Mica Spray for shimmer.

The colors melded and flowed nicely. This is a close-up of one small section.

I have to admit, I experimented quite a bit before finding that feel I was looking for. Here's my rejects. I even tried Yupo to see if I could get an interesting outcome. Nope. Scary.

After adhering my watercolor background into the back of the box, I layered in some hot air balloons with several layers of foam tape. The tiger is glued to the inside of the configuration box's lid.

I removed the lid to work with the other elements. Colored stars in a daytime sky? Yes please. Remember the stars hanging from the ceiling in the video? Then some tropical foliage and flower layered into the lower right corner, each one with foam tape for dimension.

Then I started going crazy and forgot to take photos along the way, but I think you get the point. I added some elements behind the box lid and others in front. I also enhanced the colors of my cut-apart pieces with bright Distress inks to really make them pop.

My pretty frame needed some antiquing, so I rubbed some Metallic Lustre on the raised edges. 

I glued the frame to the box with strong glue, then continued to shape and layer elements to the frame like those blue butterflies and more tropical flowers. I should mention that I painted the sides of the configurations box with an antique gold paint.

Here's another look at the finished piece. 

Now it's your turn to join us in this fun challenge! Be sure to upload your art to the Creative Carte Blanche September Adventure page here.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a fabulous weekend!