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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodland Fairy House on: April 28, 2017 06:12:23 PM
I made this for The Woodland Creature and Enchanted Forest Swap.

I started with a cardboard organizer and just went to town with the glue gun lol! I painted the background and added some different papers to the top "rooms". I used some ephemera from Alpha stamps for the fairies and critters. I had some natural elements such as the moss, rocks, shells,and cinnamon bark. I made the mushrooms from poly clay and painted with glow-in-the-dark paint.I also had some little do-dad bits that I thought would look at home here as well. I constructed the ladder from a twig and hot glue Wink

This was alot of fun to make! Thanks for looking!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Some Bleached Tees on: March 01, 2017 02:19:30 PM
I made a few bleach spray tees with some kid's t-shirts I had for a project I never got around to lol. I got some new vinyl sticker/stencils to play with and decided to try them out on the tees! Nothing fancy, I just like how they came out!

First is the LOTR fellowship silhouette!

Then The Hobbit group silhouette!

Some dragons!

And Pegasus!

I had made the bleach solution a bit too strong, but I still like the effects (mostly). Thanks for looking!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered BINGO card: Friday the 13th! on: January 27, 2017 11:56:05 PM
I am following the Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along and the January theme was Friday the 13th. I had gotten some BINGO cards from audio in the paper goodies de-stash swap recently and had an idea to use one for the theme.

For the base, I layered on some spray inks and a bit of tissue paper in the corners for a little texture. I had masked the numbers 13 and 66. I then stamped some circles with found objects in white paint. I used various stickers and papers that I felt went with the theme. The "13 skull" was made out of poly clay using a mold from a charm I had. I then brushed a bit of paint to give it a copper patina. I used some craft feathers and a bit of yarn and straw and that's about it!

I was meaning to go darker and more ominous, but I like the more colorful vibe it turned out with!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ouija Cheese Box on: December 19, 2016 03:29:57 PM

I got my hands on some wooden cheese boxes from a somewhat local cheese shop for like $3 a piece!

I immediately had this project in mind when I saw it! My sister-in-law likes scrap-booking and taking photos and you can never have enough good storage for your supplies, so I created this ouija board/box! It was sort of a pain to burn all the lettering, but totally worth it! I ended up liking it so much, I may have a hard time giving it to her lol!

So, after stenciling and burning the letters, numbers, etc., I took a torch and burned around the edges of the top. I then applied some polyurethane clear coat finish. For the bottom part, I blended some brown and bright blue acrylic paints to give sort of an antique patina to it. I then clear-coated that as well.

For the inside, I just left bare with a bit of upholstery material to the bottom. With the humidity we get here in Michigan, I didn't want anything that could be sticky inside since she will most likely have photos and papers stored in there.

I'm sure if I had some hardware or other bits to add to it, it would look even better, but I was on a budget and using what I had.

In the end, I think she will like it!

Thanks for looking!!!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wood slice ornaments on: December 10, 2016 11:31:39 AM
I was in the ornament swap and was inspired to make some wood slice ornaments! I've been wanting to make some and this got me to actually get going.

I was lucky to have a piece of cedar that was already peeled, sanded, and kiln dried, and ready to be cut into slices! I also had some juniper that I had cut down this fall, so I used a couple pieces of that. That turned out to be a little buggy, so I treated it with some borax and kept it for myself.

Here are the finished products...

First is the cedar piece I made for my swap partner...

And the other side...

And here are the rest that I will keep or give to family!

And the other side...(these are glittery!)

These were done by using a standard craft wood burner tool and some acrylic craft paint. I used little screw eye hooks and ribbon to hang with. I got inspiration for the images from Pinterest and some adult coloring books Wink .
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Autumn Leaves mobile on: September 17, 2014 10:15:44 PM
I made this for my partner for the WWP Mabon 2014 swap! Our theme was one hanging item and so I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration. I saw a few different mobiles using drift wood or some sort of "stick". I had been saving a limb that had fallen from our large maple tree, hoping to use it creatively Wink It was already without bark and interesting looking so it was perfect for this project.

To "cure" the wood of any critters or other unwanted things, I baked in the oven for a few minutes. I would have "nuked" it in my old microwave but it was a little too big for that. Nothing seemed to be in the wood so I then sealed it was a "matte" finish sealer.

After the sealant dried, I had the eye screws that I screwed into the bottom side of the wood. Then, I hot-glued some moss and wooden ladybugs to the top part. I used some twine and attached some pine cones and cinnamon sticks to the bottoms for weight. I then used some artificial leaves, small pinecones, and small pieces of cinnamon sticks. I used some thin wire to attach those to the twine.

For the finish, I used a bright heavy ribbon to hang it with! Its pretty simple yet effective! It smells very nice but not overpowering with the few little pieces of cinnamon.

Thanks for looking!
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Painted pumpkin on: October 26, 2013 02:43:42 PM
So my work is having a company carved/decorated pumpkin contest. I cannot carve very well so I decided to paint one. I was really inspired by this pumpkin I saw on Pinterest Wink http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2009/10/messy-pumpkin-tutorial-giveaway-winners.html  SO I decided to go for it! It took a few hours since there are a lot of layers of paint! I used shimmery metallic paints for the background and finished up with a gold glitter glaze over top! The office ladies loved it so we'll see how well it does in the contest Wink (The winner wins a company sweatshirt lol)

Thanks for looking and hope it inspires you too!!! Happy Halloween!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nightmare Before Christmas chunky house/shrine on: October 18, 2013 11:11:46 PM
I made this chunky house or shrine for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap. I used a pre-made birdhouse and demolished it hehe! Then I had my hubby help drill random holes in it for a mini string of Christmas lights. I made the pumpkins, the moon, and Zero out of ploy clay. The hill with Jack and Sally are cardboard.

Thanks for looking!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Spooky Fan Art on: October 18, 2013 11:02:26 PM
I made this painting titled "Nightmare of the Fandoms" for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap. I'm a bit out of practice with my painting but you can tell what it is lol! I added some cool spooky glow-in-the-dark stickers I had saved for something special. See if you can pick out the different fandoms....

Thanks for looking Wink
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Beach sprayed t-shirts! on: June 16, 2013 01:24:47 AM
So I've been meaning to try the bleach sprayed shirts for awhile now and finally "sat" down to do it! I made my dad a couple of t-shirts for Father's Day. He likes eagles and wears a lot of skulls so I used those as my inspiration. I found some pictures online and copied them free-handed onto some card stock type paper. I placed the paper on the shirt and sprayed away lol! For the eagle shirt, I just flipped the stencil and moved it around. After each shirt had dried, I rinsed in cold water and let hang dry again before washing.

I just like how cheap and simple it is to turn a $5 t-shirt into a more expensive-looking custom piece!

This shirt I made for the IYP 23 Swap with edelC! She loves flamingos so I came up with this design! This was actually my first attempt at bleach spraying.

The latest bleach sprayed shirt for a swap!
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