Kiss Me I’m Irish Pop Up Box

The leprechaun from the Lucky Clover Joy Clair set looks adorable, but naughty. I knew that I wanted to create something of a surprise with it.

From the outside it looks like a pretty little box, but on the inside…

This little guy pops out! Isn’t it fun? Here is now I created this pop up box.

Material:

The box is just an old jewelry box I have hung on to for years. The pattern paper is from a Christmas line as well as the gold ribbon. I ended up painting the box over with an artichoke color. The green pictured was a bit to bright. I never used the stickles, but had them out just in case.

Directions:

First layer on some Gesso as to prime the box and paint it.

Using a gold paint dry brush a flower just enough to add highlights.

As the paint dries, color in the stamped images and cut them out.

Once the box is dry add the rainbow and sentiment in the lid.

To create the springs cut two strips of card stock and according fold every 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Adhere to box and leprechaun with glue dots.

Now your box is ready to be given away!

Make sure to hop through to other awesome projects created by the fabulous design team!

Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Magical Theater Presents the Love Princess

Magical Theater, by Rita Barakat, is the base for creating the Love Princess. It is a downloadable book full of whimsy and magic. This is a wonderful art resource to have on your hard drive. Not only are there tips and directions on creating your own paper dolls, there are also a few scenes completed. For this project I used things created in the book and added the finishing touches.

The base is a piece of cardboard from a package I received in the mail. Mod Podge was used to seal and attach the scene to the cardboard. For the princess I used a foam board as her base to give her structure and dimension.

The finishing touches on the piece were a mix of glitter glue, Nuvo Dew Drops and gems from the dollar store.

I used Glitter Mod Podge for the Princess because she needs to shine! Bits of extra trim from my stash was used along the edges.

It is okay to borrow other people’s creativity to spark your own. Or, perhaps like me you want to create something from the heart, but are limited on time. The Magical Theater is a great resource to have!

Here is another piece I created using it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Few of My Favorite Creator Friends Blog Posts from 2018

Usually at the end of a year we go back and reflect on what has transpired over the course of the year. A lot of bloggers will do a roundup of their favorite posts they have published. I have decided to do something a little different. A few of my creator friends have sent me their favorite blog and/or YouTube posts. I want to share those instead of my own. We live in a world in which we get so caught up in doing our own thing that we often miss the awesome stuff others are doing. There is so much creative talent in the art world and a lot of artists go undiscovered. Here are a few of my favorite creator friends blog posts from 2018.

2018 Creator Post Round Up!

Bright Mixed Media Canvas

Pam Bray has created an exquisite canvas with lovely texture and color. Lots of color (which is my favorite!). She used a variety of mediums to achieve her masterpiece from July 2018.

Alcohol Ink

Kristie Taylor is an incredible mixed media artists. These resin pendants is her favorite pick and I adore them. She showcases another way to use alcohol ink outside of paper crafting.

Easter Ornament

Margie’s innovated way to use decorative tape is spectacular! How many of us have loads of decorative tape and can’t seem to burn through it? Anything to help me use it up is a good thing. I really like that she took it out of paper crafting and created a gorgeous ornament. This is not a typical ornament for Christmas – but Easter! Everything about this project is unique.

Junk Journal

Linda Israel picked this amazing rainbow junk journal as her favorite creation for 2018. If you are not familiar with Linda, she is a well known and most talented junk journal artist. She recently started curating a subscription box with all of her favorite things to create junk journals.

Colorful Bowls

Iris Rod is a fellow Canvas Corp Brand Crew Member (Designer). She created these lovely bowls with vivid colors using ink. She gives great tips on how to use ink on clay to create stunning pieces.

Mood Board Inspired

Amy Martin Jones created this dramatic piece from a mood board. Though it has no color the contrast and texture on this piece makes it a real show stopper.

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Found Objects

I swooned a little when I saw what Sanna Lippert submitted for her favorite blog post of 2018. The playing cards paired with the pop tabs is perfection. This is truly a wonderful example of using found objects in art.

Welcome Wreath

Lynn Lilly of Craft Box Girls made this incredible wreath! Lynn is known for easy to follow directions. I had the pleasure of meeting Lynn in New York. Her positive outlook is infectious and a joy to be around. I love her on trend fun projects she shares and look forward to her Tuesday shows on Facebook.

Painted Journal

Josefine created this journal with several different paints. The profile is stunning on the black background. She created a wonderful tutorial to create a similar piece.

Boys Will Be Boys

Sandi Clarkson created this gorgeous mixed media canvas. She altered chipboard pieces and used a heart substrate to showcase the perfect boy photo.

Steampunk Box

Linda Simpson created a steampunk box featuring perfectly paired medal pieces. The stars and small heart with wings is a great contrast of shapes.

CCB Junk Journal

Elizabeth Robinson made this amazing junk journal. The mason jar on the front really sets it a part from all the rest. The mixture of textures is beautiful!

Altered Board

Bea Grob created a colorful coffee sign. She up cycled a board to make it. Re purposing or up cycling items is a wonderful way to stretch your creativity.

Pink Teal and Gray!

Katie Lamb created this cheerful page with one of my favorite sayings. She was challenged to create something using pink, teal and gray. The color on this along with the whimsical feel is just perfect.

Card Set

Julie created 5.5 by 5.5 cards for Christmas that are lovely. In the video she walks you through how to create similar cards.

Meaningful Canvas

I have included my favorite post from 2018 — Have Faith (Dealing with Junk) . This is my favorite post because of the meaning of it. I make myself vulnerable and raw in the post.

I hope you enjoyed seeing other artist’s projects and found inspiration. Make sure to click through to the post and poke around a little. You may find your new favorite blogger or You Tuber.

Who is your favorite artist? Please let me know in the comments. What was your favorite project shared today? Let me know in the comments and tell me why.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Mini Album

I have had beautiful pictures from a recent trip to Utah that have been needing a home. Nothing seemed to fit until I got my hands on the February Bad Girls’ Couture Kit ! I saw it and I knew it was what I was going to use to create the perfect home for my treasured memories of my trip to Utah with my daughter!

 We love a good road trip and one of the things I collect are the “You are Here” Mugs from Starbucks. Now, I have been to Las Vegas a ton, but I did not have the mug — until this trip 🙂

 Of course my daughter was silly so I have to capture it! The buildings in Salt Lake City were absolutely amazing. This was one building that was the mirror of another building right next to it. Basically it was the same building just facing one another. It was really cool!

 Though we are not Mormon we did visit the grounds. Everything on the grounds was beautiful. We took a tour and were impressed. We even got to witness newly weds taking pictures in front of the church. It must have been so special to them to get married at the popular church. I am sure their marriage has extra blessings because of it.

 We had a wonderful time visiting downtown and seeing the other side of the tracks (so to speak). The historical financial district is now where the rest of the population hang out that are not part of the church. We found a fabulous pizza place that made delicious Gluten free pie!

 On our way home we stopped by the Young Living Farms. I have been using YL for a few years. I was blown away by the tranquility and perfectly kept grounds. The Lavender Fields were in bloom. Not only were they pretty the smelled spectacular!

 The entire reason we really went was to attend the summer Mixed Media Convention. It was so much fun, but not the best part of the trip. We had a great time spending time together. A picture of us seemed fitting to end the mini album with:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Winter Wonderland Reverse Canvas

Today I am sharing a fun canvas I made for Christmas. Living in the Southwest we don’t really get a true winter. We get more of a spring and summer. Keeping that in mind I created this canvas:

I used Rinea Foiled Paper, Lisa Kettell Design Clay pieces, straws and my stash to make it. 

Here is a video on how it all came together: 
Make sure to check it our how to make a couple different flowers and the frame! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!