Mermaid Shadow Box (and a HOP!)

Anyone interested in a hop? I am super excited to be part of the collaboration hop between Rita Barakat and Style Tech Craft. After you check out my blog on how to upcycle a Dollar Tree Frame to a Summer Shadow box hop on over to Rita’s blog to see all the details on the hop.

Summer Vibes

I found a pretty bling shadowbox at the Dollar Tree and decided it would make the perfect Mermaid inspired decor piece.

The vinyl I choose are colors associated with water. I mixed in a rather plain one so the glitter is not overwhelming.

Next I used a wave ruler as a stencil.

After the waves were cut out, I laid them on the shadowbox back piece for alignment purposes.

Using a roll of transfer film, I carefully adhered the vinyl together.

Basically you lay the transfer sheet on the vinyl, remove the film protector from the piece you want to layer and lay it on top of the piece you want to cover.

Make sure to smooth it out between layers.

Once the vinyl is layered pop it back into the shadow box and cut your letters! I was so thrilled that it cut beautifully in my Scan-N-Cut! There are a few alphabet options on the machine. I cut two sets of letter in different colors. One was slightly larger than the other to create a shadow effect!

This silver is very cool! I had to use it on this project!

I just could not get over this holographic one either.

To lay out the letters I just eyeballed them and did not use transfer film. They adhered beautifully! I repeated with the silver.

Now for the stars of the show — MERMAIDS!

To achieve a lot of depth and dimension, I placed one mermaid on the backdrop with mixed media glue. I placed another using pop dots.

Once the first two mermaids were adhered, I popped the backdrop into the frame and added a mermaid to the front.

A little Stickles to finish it off.

Isn’t this a perfect piece for summer?

Now make sure to hop on over to Rita’s blog to join in the fun!

Hop List!

Rita
Betz Golden

Yolie Burke

Michelle Wells

Margie Higuchi

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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A Vintage Girl DCC Blog Hop

Candy Rosenburg has created a new line that has been a decade in the making — A Vintage Girl. Today, I am participating in a wonderful blog hop featuring this line with the DCC! I got to play with three of the awesome chipboard sets to create this mixed media canvas:

Instead of going to with the traditional steampunk vibe gears and pipes lend themselves well to, I went with a whimsical approach. I used Plaid’s new Color Shift and Dragon Glaze, Rita Barakat die cut and embossing powders and Lisa Kettell pieces.

Directions:

Take a stretched canvas, turn it over to create a shadow box. White gesso it and use a stencil and modeling paste to create texture.

Once the piece dries, paint with Color Shift and top it off with Dragon Glaze.

Using several different thick embossing powders, emboss and heat set the chipboard pieces. Use a clear embossing ink on each piece and cover with powder. Set it with a heat gun.

Adhere the chipboard pieces to the frame. Next, fill in the blanks with metal and button gears and clocks. Add a drop of alcohol ink to each addition and dab with a blender.

Add a few few Lisa Kettell pieces on some of the gears.

Use a little of the Color Shift and Dragon Glaze to make them blend in to the piece.

Finally, add the Rita Barakat Alice in Wonderland die cut to the center on pop dots. Highlight her with some glitter glue.

Final Piece

The piece ended up taking on a life of it’s own. Sometimes (almost all the time on things I create) I have one thing in mind for a project and it ends up somewhere else. That is okay and part of the creative process! This went from whimsical to dark fantasy.

Now it is time to hop through the other designers blog for even more inspiration with A Vintage Girl. Please leave a comment at each stop!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Soar and Dream Big!

The following are two layouts I created for the Canvas Corp website featuring Tattered Angels and 7gypsies. It is so wonderful to combine my work assignments with my passion — scrap booking!

Dream Big

We headed up north to catch my oldest play basketball and made a stop at the lake. This picture of the lake and sunset is gorgeous! The layout needed to add to it. I used a few different sheets of papers that I painted as the base and finished them off with Architexture stickers.

Soar

We found the wings painted on the wall of a local mall. Unfortunately when I took the picture it ended up being tiny. So, I decided to play on it and really build up a pair of wings on the layout!

Additional Material

Here is a list of other material I used in addition to Tattered Angels and 7 gypsies.

Until nex time ~ Happy Crafting!

Felting with Rita Barakat and Clover!

This month Kunin Felt Clover and Rita Barakat have joined forces! We have combined felting with mixed media. I learned how to needle felt in 2007 using a Clover felting needle. However, the awesome brush was not out at the time, so I felted on a thick foam sheet. The brush is a lot better because it was designed to use with the felting needles in that you never poke yourself or damage your needle because you went to far. I know that probably makes no sense, so to help clarify here is a quick video of how to felt using the felting needle and brush:

When I saw this at Creativation I immediately thought a canvas of a girl with hair of felt flowers would be magnificent! For this collaboration I created this:

To create this masterpiece I used Rita Barakat’s Draw Stencil to create the face. I have a huge love affair with big hair. I love creating it. The bigger and more colorful the better. I used lots of texture with Jane Davenpot paint over pens, Stickles and Nuvo drops.

My intention was to create a bunch of felt flowers. In fact the first thing I felted was the flower up in the corner, but once I placed it on the canvas I thought it was overpowering, so I created felted circles using a mix of wool felt and felt sheets by Kunin.

Make sure you join Rita Barakat’s Rise and Shine group on Facebook because on Thursday April 11, 2019 I will be showing you how to create felt shapes from wool! If you miss it, don’t worry! It will be there for you to check out later. Also, please make sure you hop along with us starting at Rita Barakat’s website.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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!