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Monday, August 31, 2015

Do you forget to blog?

I always forget to blog!

Do you do that? I get busy doing projects and than forget about blogging them!
I have many behind the scenes projects that I can't show because they are being submitted for magazines or for Company blog posts.

But I have some I can show!

I did a lamp for my great niece. That was different and fun! I found the lamp at Target for $7.48! Bargain!

Add some Deco Art paint and now she has a brand new lamp for her nursery!

 Here is the girl I had painted for her. Now she has the lamp to match! My niece is so into octopuses! The whole nursery is octopuses!

I am also in a tag swap, so I decided to make my own embellishments!
They are turning out quite cute......if I do say so myself!

 Right now I am staining them to give them the old worn look!

I have just finished some projects for Glue Dots® and hopefully will be able to share those soon!

Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Old is New - Using Old Dies in New Ways!

Hello there crafty friends!  The Inspiration Team is back with even more fresh takes on some of Eileen Hull's older Sizzix dies.  The girls have been incorporating the “old” with new dies, products and techniques to give you some fresh inspiration!  You can join in on the fun by searching through your stash and breathing new life into some of YOUR older dies and supplies!  Enter our challenge with your old is new creation and choose your own theme for a chance to win a fabulous Sizzix prize pack filled with dies and embossing folders the IT is creating with.  

Art with Heart Challenge August "Choose Your Own Theme"

My choice was this die
Place Card & Flowers #657722 you can find it HERE

I thought this was the PERFECT size to make treat bag toppers!

This was soooooo easy and fast!

Any holiday, birthday or just a treat to make someone's day!

Just melt some Wilton's Candy Melts in the microwave. Dip or drizzle over pretzels, lay on parchment or wax paper to cool. Once cool, just add 10-12 per bag. The bags are 4" X 6".
They have many colors to choose from! I just happen to have yellow!

Once in the bag I stapled two small staples using Tim's tiny attacher. EASY RIGHT?
I do this because I don't like the staples to show on the toppers.
To attach the toppers you just run your tape runner on each side of topper and press over bag.

Now here is where we use the Place Card & Flowers die

I choose some different papers to show you that just this one die can cover holidays and birthdays,baby showers and so much more!

They are cut out and here is where you could go wild to decorate them!
You do not need to use the flowers if you don't want to, you can add so many other decorations.

Here I am trying to choose what to use

This one here I used the Place Card and the Flowers!
It's Cute!

I know the yellow is not very Christmas like, but I wanted to show you an example of Christmas!

Next is Halloween and I know many of us LOVE Halloween in a spooky kind of way!
So I had to make one for Halloween!

As much as I love Halloween......I LOVE this OWL using the Place Card die!

He is a piece of wood that I just colored with my Derwent Inktense colored pencils and then blended the colors with Gamsol. I love him!

All of these with just one Place Card & Flower die!

Just think you could do party favors and Place cards all from the same die! Baby showers and birthdays, Easter.......I think you get the idea! Oh gosh.....turkey's and candy corn!

Thanks for stopping by! I really hope you like my idea on how to use this die in a few different ways!

Please enter for out challenge, you know you want to! Right now we only have 3 entries!
Go HERE to enter!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Make it 3D with Eileen Hull dies!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend.  It’s time for a new Art with Heart Challenge and our theme for July is “Make it 3-D”.  The Inspiration Team has been busy creating with Eileen's Make it 3-D die and our dear Shelly Hickox had a great idea to use this particular die as the focus of an Art with Heart Challenge.   For those of you that don’t know the Make it 3-D die is an easy way to make 3-D projects with your two-dimensional dies.  There are three different ways to “Make it 3-D” with the Make it 3-D die so the possibilities are truly endless!  You can use the Make it 3-D die with ANY of the Sizzix dies in your collection too. Want to learn more about the Make it 3-D die?  Check it our HERE
Art with Heart July Challenge: Sizzix Make it 3-D | Eileenhull.com
I am sad to say I did not get mine in time for this challenge (insert sad face here).

So I did the next best thing! I put my thinking cap on and came up with a 3D project using another Eileen Hull die piece!

I used a piece from the Canister die.

I grab my Canning Jar die and cut four canning jars. I cut eight lids, one for front and back of the jars. I punched holes in each of the canning jars and added vellum paper over the holes. I cut one of the canister piece showing above and glued a jar to each flap. I added a thin line of glue to each side of the jars and adhered them together. Tie some jute around each lid and add a battery operated candle and you have a cute votive for your picnics or rustic weddings or parties!

 Evening lighting!

I hope you join us for this months Art with Heart! Always a prize!

Enter your 3D Art here!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Western Tote with Canvas Corp!

 Hi Y'all, just had to say it!

I received this Boots and Saddle Canvas panel from Canvas Corp and decided to try something different! I did not want to use it in a layout or paint it. I let it sit and I waited till I came up with something.

So what I decided to do was embroider parts of the panel with embroidery floss. Nothing spectacular but not scrapbook related! I decided I would highlight some of the images by embroidering them. Nothing to hard, just a straight stitch.
 You will need:
1 Panel of the Boots and Saddle                   Needle
1 yard of fabric                                          Sewing Machine
Embroidery floss                                         Thread
Hoop                                                          Pins

 1. Embroider your panel. Use the color that coordinates with your fabric choice. I chose to do the skull, feather, cowgirls rope, pottery and the two designs.
Close up of skull
2. Cut one 3" piece of fabric for the side of panel and stitch together
3. Cut one 3" piece for bottom of panel and stitch-now your front panel should measure approximately 15" X 17". Cut three more panels out of fabric that measure 15" X 17".
4. Sew lining fabric right sides together on three sides (2 sides and the bottom). Now take your panel piece and back piece right sides together and stitch together on three sides (2 sides and the bottom)
5. Pinch bottom corner together and stitch across - 1 1/2" from top corner. (see above photo) Repeat on all four corners.
6. Cut two 4" X 22" piece of fabric for handles. Fold in half right sides together and stitch the open   side, leaving both ends open. Repeat for other handle. Turn right side out and iron flat.

7. Place lining fabric inside of outside fabric (panel piece) with right sides together.  Place straps in     between right sides of fabric on each side, 3" from side edge. Pin in place-sew about 1/2" from the     edge of bag leaving a 3" opening for turning.

8. Turn the bag right side out and iron it flat and tuck in the opening that was left open for turning.   Pin it shut and top stitch around top of bag.

It's reversible!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Celebrate 4th of July Home Decor

Art with Heart Challenge June Summer Fun with Sizzix | Eileenhull.com
Hey there!  Summer is right around the corner! At Art with Heart we are celebrating the upcoming Summer season with a new challenge for the month of June.  This months theme is Summer Fun with Sizzix!  Blow the dust off some of your old dies and get creative or treat yourself to some new Sizzix dies.  No matter how you choose to create you are sure to have some Summer fun when you get creative with Sizzix. 

I have chosen to Celebrate the 4th of July!

How did I make this? I used a few of Eileen's dies!

Thinlits die Banners & Pennants #660329
Thinlits die United States Map, Postcard #660328
Recipe Card & Label die #659870
Sizzix Mat Board
I threw in some of Tim Holtz Distress inks like vintage photo, barn red, and chipped sapphire. A few of Tim Holtz stickers and Flashcards. Even a few of his stamps!

Mix them all together and I now have the cutest 4th of July decor!

 I layered the stamped #4 over a watercolored effect background. Used some rub ons. Added some of Tim's stickers and the Flashcard celebrate!
 I LOVE Eileen's little star banner's! The little stars over the United States Map!
 I love each panel!
 I hope you have enjoyed my 4th of July home decor made with Eileen's great dies! Please join us every month for the Art with Heart challenge! Always a fabulous prize!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Feeling good!

Feeling good! 

I was sitting in my space looking at my poor neglected brushes and decided I should paint! I forget how much I enjoy painting! I have these paints from DecoArt media and I have used them in crafting, but not on canvas. I usually use the other brand. So why not try this new stuff and see how it goes!

I can't say enough about how much I LOVE the Misters!!!!

LOVE the drippage and the splats of paint that made my day!
I just wanted to play with the misters! I wish I would have had a giant canvas, I would have been in heaven!

So after I was done with the background (playing) I started on the girl.

This paint is fantastic, I love the coverage I get. I love the colors and how vibrant they are!

So this is how the painting evolved.......this canvas is 10" X 20"

 These bubbles are painted with interference Violet so that they have that bubble color. I wish you could see it here in the pictures!
 Maybe a little in this picture!
 I am happy with her and her friend the Octopus.
I still have the sides to paint and maybe just a few little items to do on the front, but for the most part it is done!

Do I recommend the new line of Media paints from DecoArts®? That would be a big fat YES!!!!