Thursday, March 30, 2017

Personal Projects

Here are two projects I have had completed for forever, but life happened and I never shared them on here! Better late than never...

The first one I actually started right before Alan Rickman passed away. I had just finished re-reading all the Harry Potter books, and I re-watched all the movies and was in total Harry Potter world. This project is relatively small - only a 6" x 6" canvas board. I didn't have a doe chippie, so I removed the antlers off of a buck chippie I had (sorry Bambi!) I then heat embossed the chippie with silver embossing powder. The flower quilling is really fun for me as you know - so I made a ton of those out of white copy paper and colored them with various glimmer mists. I used Prima's crackle stencil and modeling paste on the background and sprayed with glimmer mists. This is another piece that I'll add to my wall! Even if you're not a Harry Potter fan, I hope you like it!

The second project is another one I did for myself. This all started with the "The best day ever" chippie. As soon as I got that, I knew what I wanted to do with it.

Now, almost 10 years ago when I married my husband, I thought that was a pretty good day. But the Best Day Ever was when Makayla was born - hands down.  A friend of mine came over when Makayla was 8 days old and did her newborn photo shoot (she's amazing) and I had tons and tons of gorgeous pictures to decorate the house with and to put in albums etc.

Example: 1. Tiny, gorgeous baby child.

I had a black and white photo from the shoot I knew I wanted to do something with, so I grabbed an 8"x10" canvas and went to town! 

This little beaut is hanging on the wall next to my computer, and it shall stay there as long as my mother doesn't try to steal it from me!! :-D 

Thank you for taking the time to check out my projects. I hope you enjoyed them!

aka TMCL

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Altered Chipboard Heart Box

Clearly it has been a while since I was able to sit down at my craft area and play! Things in my life have slightly changed (for the better) but it meant that crafting couldn't be my number one anymore.

Well, that wasn't making me happy, so I decided to do some juggling and here we are! I will maintain a regular blog again - which means I get to craft regularly again!

Anyhoo, I sat down yesterday and started working on this little gem. I have a plethora of chipboard pieces just waiting to be altered, and decided this one was due!

As per my usual M.O. I had no idea what I was going to do so I just started doing. I glued all sorts of random pieces I have in my stash from old poker chips, to buttons, to charms, and beads. I also mixed some soft gel matte medium with some 13arts fine-grained grit and applied it to the sides of the lid and bottom with a palette knife.

Have you attempted one of these pieces yet? Covering the whole thing with gesso is almost impossible to make sure you get it in every nook and cranny! But after a lot of patience (A LOT) I managed to cover every square inch!

Now, here is the fun part! I grabbed a bunch of my mists (Dylusions Bubblegum pink and vibrant turquoise, Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in Pop Rocks, Verdigris, English Ivy, True Turquoise, and Iridescent Gold to top it all off) and went to town spritzing and spraying (& drying in between each color.)

The fun thing about the colors on the black gesso is they don't react the way you think they will! The Bubblegum Pink actually turns gold on the black gesso while the purple of the Pop Rocks turned teal! I sprayed and sprayed all over the piece until I was happy with the results. Finally, I dry brushed the relief areas of the piece all over with Finnabair's Art Alchemy Opal Magic paint in violet/gold.

I hope you enjoyed my latest piece! I can't wait to keep sharing more with you :)

Thanks for taking a peek,
aka TMCL