Crafty Haul – Pick me up.

It’s been a crazy few months here and me and the little man decided it was about time to have a lil pick me up splurge.   I had an appointment today and lo and behold… it was bang right next door to Hobby Lobby, a new one we have never been to before.  But one we shall most definitely be going back to. Their clearance and sale selection was great…and even better…. the shopping spree was a gift.  Can’t beat that kinda gift 🙂

But it’s been a busy week all round so we had a little splurge to spoil ourselves and get ready to  get down to business with more new Abandoned Art Projects and Christmas gifts etc. We picked up a whole bunch of really great deals..so expect to see a lot of this in upcoming posts.

We’ll be sticking and stamping,coloring and woodburning and allsorts of craziness.  so many fun techniques to play with… he’s sure to have fun !

Check out this little pile of goodies.. Tim Holzt inks, stamps, stickers, some really cool Christmas tissue paper and ..I couldn’t resist this awesome paper pad by the Paper studio at 50 %.  there are a couple of extra son the pic that didn’t come from Hobby Lobby.. like the printable vellum and the Gina Marie dies and bling….and a bunch of clear stamps that I picked up.. but can’t show YET lol. And I have a shipment on it’s way over .. which I can’t wait to get and show you all…. but it could be a few weeks before that gets here.


But the best  part of todays haul…. my son, who is 5 … found a flower in the clearance section … and absolutely insisted we had to buy it … because he wanted to give mommy a flower and he thought I would like it.

he was wrong… I didn’t like it…

I LOVED IT!!!!

….. he made my insides go as gooey as chocolate brownie… It was one of those moments you just wish would never end. It’s not the greatest picture… sorry…. but this mommy is happy as a clam.  This is the most beautiful flower any man … or “little” man has ever given me…and it was offered with love,… not as a bribe, not as an apology … or any other reason I have ever had flowers given..it was given just  because he thought I would like it and it would make me smile.


..and I am still smiling  🙂

Time to burn your rubber stamps?

Not literally !! lol

I picked up this Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner Pyrography tool at Michaels Stores with a coupon the other day on one of my bargain ventures..it’s just a cheapie one and comes with 4 tips.  I wasn’t sure if I would still enjoy it; or get to use it much, so didn’t want to spend too much… but it’s actually a nifty little tool. I haven’t done any pyrography since I was in my 20’s …. and it shows lol. But I think I’ll be having a play with this and all the wood blanks I seem to collect haha.

You don’t have to be a fab artist to enjoy pyrography there are a tonne of patterns available..and if you just want a quick way to get a design on your piece… grab your stamps and an ink pad.  Alternatively, use the method I showed in a previous post  to transfer the design using your printer and a laminating sheet.

I had a quick play and just used this W174 Patient Pup stamp I picked up on Christmas Clearance and a brown pad to stamp this lightly on the back of my desktop easel for a guide..gave it a quick wash of color with some markers when I was done.

another fun way to use all of those fab stamps in your collection… practise practise practise !

Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.

Well this sure was an interesting departure from the card making for me. I had a lot of fun ..and let’s be honest, a lot of crude humor moments with this one.  Just be glad I didn’t do a Video Tutorial or Facebook Live with this one. Sometimes my humor is on the level of a 8 year old boy..   what can I say… some things are just always gonna be funny…. specially at 3 am LOL.

Anyways…. humor aside, I picked up these cheap wood boxes at Walmart on my milk excursion the other night.  I also picked up something I had seen a few times before and ALMOST picked up .. but never did.  I grabbed some Iron on Transfers from the fabric sewing section.  Now most of you will have probably seen these before so will know what I am talking about.. those of you who don’t… these are  sheets  with multiple designs on them. You cut out the one you want and iron it onto fabric and use it as your pattern/guide to embroider images.  They are cheap, and reusable… and come in a gazillion designs of all themes and sizes.

I picked up some cockerels/roosters, chicks and chickens…. chooks to you Aussies.  A set of vintage cars and a set of butterfly and flower designs.   Each sheet usually has about 10-15 or so designs depending on what you buy and these cost me 97 cents a sheet in Walmart.  Designs are limited in my Walmart, but the company has a tonne of designs to choose from.

I am not going to bore you with step by step explanations.. it’s pretty simple… iron on the pattern.. I drew the checkered background with a ruler … color with pencils.  I drafted out a color scheme first for visual reference.. stain, age, wax  or seal  & photograph.  Line if desired….DONE !!!

I plan to add some metal corners to this one, but I don’t have them yet.. I also have a second box which I am currently converting into a place to store my Zig pens..stay tuned for that one.

Supplies

Medium –  Wood blank
Design – Iron on transfer Aunt Martha’s – colonialpatterns.com

Pencils – I used my new Crayola Color Escapes premium pencils
Misc.  – Distress ink, ink pads  tim Holtz alcohol inks, distress pads and Craft Smart black Dye ink pad , candle wax, heating tool and old face clothe, Ruler, Iron

I definitely plan to do more of these…  The vintage car one looks  like it could be very cool for some manly gifts  and I shall be checking out more patterns.

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Decoupage Wall Plaque “Baby Boy Blues”

I was playing around with ideas again.. you know how that goes LOL.

I picked up some of these cheap wood blanks at Walmart… I only went in for milk honest.

2 gallons of milk and $50 of craft supplies later…. haha ..oops…and I had some fun stuff to play with for me and the lil man.

Now cute isn’t really my thing, but I still like to have a play around with ideas and  try new things…and sometimes I get a does of the “cuties”.  I think that is how you learn what you like and don’t like; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t…. but you will never know unless you try.

What I loved about this one was the soft Wedgewood style color Palette ….what I didn’t love…. sticking on what felt like a gazillion tiny flowers and  pearl cabochons.  But I like how  the flower clusters turned out on it…it’s a very handy die, I just wish it did more than one at a time.  I can see a few places I think I probably should have added a few stray flowers, but it’s so easy to  go too far and OVERKILL strikes  lol.

Anywho here she is, this is my  New Release project for Cute As A Button “My Baby Boy” . The idea would work with a photo instead of a digi image too.

Supplies listed below.

Basics:

Wood Oval Blank – available at Walmart, or any craft store.
Mod Podge Matte & sponge applicator
Image “My Baby Boy” by Cute As A Button
Colored with Chameleon Pens

Card 110lb Georgia Pacific from my scraps box
2 shades of Blue from "Cape Cod" Recollections 65lb  card

Dies:

Gina Marie Designs "X Stitch Rectangle Die Set" ( small flowers )
Gina Marie Designs "Fern Die Set"
Lil'Inkers "Stitched Mats:Oval"
Large Flowers, Foliage, Scroll Foliage Ebay-Wangrea

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Everything but the Cricut….and

 ..the varnish& glue came from Michaels craft stores….and that is just because I already had those  🙂 This is actually a project I made last year for  my self, but I think it would make a fab Abandoned Art piece, so I think I will make another one ..or two lol.

These are so easy and quick to make and you don’t have to use a state cut out mat frame, but it’s a fun idea if you want to.  It’s a cool project to do with  the kids too… the letters are all pre-cut, as are the wooden shapes. and they come in different fonts and shapes. You are sure to find something  that works no matter where you live, or what your theme is. These wooden shapes are cheap and plentiful and you can find those in any Michaels store.

Of course being here in Texas..  what else could I choose but a nice natural wood and a state of Texas photo mat.  You can pick up pre-cut mats, or buy sheets of it to cut your own… or  go without….whatever your preference and budget dictates. At $7 a sheet.. throw in a coupon… it aint looking so bad  now is it 🙂

The frame, letters and shapes are all readily available at Michaels and don’t cost an arm and a leg.   Slap on a quick swipe of  stain and voila..instant  personalized frame.   Fun piece to abandon… someone is gonna love your project and take it home and hang it on the wall with a family photo.. you wait n see.

If you don’t have stain lying around…  acrylic paints work great too, just water them down a bit and then  apply with a soft cloth and  then seal it.  That allows the wood grain to show through and with all the fun colors available…. sky’s the limit ! The selection of  unfinished wood pieces is awesome… frames, boxes, blanks .. so many options. Some of  my frames are like a $1 each, less if you are a nifty thrifty coupon wielding crafter….  so it doesn’t have to cost the earth to give the gift of a smile to someone.

Most all of the projects  in the Abandoned Art section  can be made for a couple of bucks or less and what price tag can you put on a smile on a strangers face ….and knowing you put it there 🙂texas_frame

Make someone smile today…. Abandon Away !

 

Stamping and coloring on Plaster of Paris

Yup…I went and done it again lol

went off on another one of my crazy little adventures in crafting.. so who’s along for the ride… All ABOARD !!!

SO.. long story short, one of the girls on one of the Facebook coloring/cardmaking groups I am in.. shared a post about another Facebook Group and this crazy worldwide thing they got going on.  It was late, I was between projects and being as the giveaways ended ..I figured it was hookey time for me..  so I went off to read the article she was a featured artists in and ended up checking out this group.

It’s called Art Abandonment…. some of you may have heard about it already on my Facebook page and wall…  some of you may not.

So anywho.. I decided me and the lil guy just had to get involved in this and so I signed up…. I needed a project that was  cheap, preferably with materials I already have and something both of us could do together..and maybe even get hubby in on  it.  He’s not  the crafty type… but he will try and join in when we ask lol.

The group are fantastic….I wasn’t sure if this was even an idea that would fly as abandoned art.. but they were all totally supportive. So here we are.. and I have yet another crazy project idea to share.

The first batch of abandoned art  me and the lil guy will be doing is these………….. I don’t have a technical term for it.. so call it what you will.  I’m just going to call it “stamped PoP rounds”

Ok so if you follow the blog at all you will remember I picked up some Stazon Ink pads to use on my acetate a week or so ago…. so.. for the record that is also the ink I am using on these projects to stamp with.

The Blank rounds are made with Plaster of Paris, I find craft stores charge too much for too little… so I always try and grab mine at the local DIY store because when I get stuck into projects like this… I’m gonna make a lot.   I actually had  virtually untouched and an unopened bag sitting around already from other project ideas…. so I was sorted.   A 25 lb bag will set you back about $15 at Lowes or Home Depot.

Pop

Mixing instructions come on the pack … but I’m not one to A follow instructions B wait patiently… so I tend to mix mine up a bit thicker and  that speeds up dry time..  that also drops the time you have to shake it around and get air bubbles out and make it nice and smooth… so if you are a newb at this ..try their ratios and don’t mix too much at a time.  The time you save with a thicker mix will be  doubled when you have to start sanding the back flat because you didn’t get it  leveled in time.

 

Ok molds… molds molds.. you can get sooo many molds for  plaster of paris  silicon, rubber, plastic… just depends on what you are doing and how many times it will need to be reused. For this project,  you don’t need anything fancy.. just a simple  shallow shape round square whatever you have handy…  just make sure whatever you use if you are recycling…. that it has some flexibility to it.  You can get items out of rigid molds EVENTUALLY lol…  but if you are new to this and just want to craft and have fun… don’t do it lol.

shaker 1

 

For this particular project, I just happen to have some shaker windows that I won’t sell because they have some imperfections…  nothing major and nothing that will affect this project.. but still.

..So I keep those in my stash for blog projects and other craziness where tiny blemishes aren’t a big deal for me.  These are 3 inch diameter and 1/4 inch deep.  I have a few other shapes and sizes and depths.. but have’t tried them yet.  Obviously these won’t handle mass production… but I have already reused  the set I put aside for this 4 or so times… no problems at all.

 

 

 

 

 

testpiece

 

 

The first one I did as a tester… was just a random stamped floral pattern…   nothing spectacular.. and to be fair the PoP wasn’t even really dry  yet…. it was dry enough to stamp and color on.. but still holding a lot of moisture. As we will discover.. that does make a difference LOL

 

 

 

 


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This one … is a mixed media.. the red and blue are Crayola inks that came with the blank markers I picked up in a Crayola Marker Maker kit on Clearance at Walmart …and usually use as blender pens.

The  Eagle is colored with a fine brush and Ranger Adironack Ink.

As is this sunflower PoP round below….  this was  colored with Adironack Inks and a fine brush.

sunflower_wmd

 

cover_up

 

 

 

Foobahhed!  (messed up)… cover up with Stazon base and then stamped a few ghostly images in White Stazon, dropped blue and purple Adirondack on background and over stamped a last time with White Stazon while still wet

 

 

wax_crayon

 

 

 

 

Wax crayon heat bonded with embossing heat tool…polished with scrap paper to lift off excess

 

 

 

 


pencil

 

 

Cheap $8 pencils from Walmart blended with Isopropyl alcohol in a marker pen

 

 

 

 

pooch

 

 

Adironack Inks and a fine brush

 

 

 

 

 

 

mono

 

 

 

 

Adironack inks in a blender pen with a touhc of Ranger distress ink pen

 

 

 

 

Pebeo

 

 

 

 

Pebeo Porcelaine 150 glass paints. ( original version  ) Now renamed and with new colors, but available at Michaels.

 

 

 

 

 

And this is the results after spraying with Modge Podge Acrylic Matte sealer ( except the wax and Pebeo versions )

Conclusion…

Adironack inks fade to a much gentler color.. but still really nice results. In some cases the color change was quite remarkable..not just a fade ….but a total color change.  Most noticeable on the Hello floral and  the text on the pooch.

Pebeo glass paints retain vibrancy and is probably the most durable of all the techniques. Water based so can be watered down to make painting easier, specially if they are old like mine and a bit thick. << the paints.. not me lol.

Pencil is  harder to apply, but  gives a soft color

Stazon is great to do a cover up if you mess up the original stamping and can give a vintage Goth look with some fun color effects when mixed with  inks. Be warned, when sealed the inks will bleed into the white Stazon.. but it looked cool LOL ..and you could easily spray THEN apply the white design and  the spray a second coat.

Wax Crayon –  very  strong coverage and depth of color… but not as durable since it has no top coat.  Great if it won’t be handled much…and def a cheap fun  project for the youngsters, obviously with adult supervision since you are using heat tools.

Crayola markers... great  way to do this project on a budget,  or with kids, but make sure your base blank is fully dry and expect some soft bleeding and color absorption when sealed.

Alcohol based markers  same as with the Adironack inks.. a softer more subtle color after a day or so….sealer will brighten them up quite some… but not to the original color depth.

Now I can’t say at this point whether residual moisture in the blanks is partly to  blame for some of the color shifts etc… or whether they would still react this way if fully dried and  a few weeks old…  I guess we will find out 🙂   but all in all even the  Crayola marker one which was very “new” and had a lot of moisture… still shifted into something kinda cool.  But I am guessing that if I had waited a day or so and done it, the shift wouldn’t be quite so dramatic… and if I hadn’t of already sealed it I could have done a second coat to  make it much like the original image before it absorbed the inks.
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Now that is a lot of information and still doesn’t really cover everything..so please feel free to ask questions based on specific need to knows and I will do my best to answer them 🙂 But at the end of the day… the best way is to jump in and try it with whatever media you have at hand or want to try.   We all have different tastes, budgets and requirements ..sky’s the limit !!!

so .. Comment away and feel free to share your results  if and when you try this 🙂

 

 


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Fill in the blanks “saucy” Birthday Shaker Game Card

Ok.. before you click on the link …or scroll any further down this post, if you are overly sensitive, PC… or easily offended.. leave NOW. I take no responsibility for the minds of anyone who comments on this post LOL. Although I do have moderation turned on….I am not going to refuse to publish any comments, unless they are beyond even my limits of bad taste..and let me be clear.. aint much offends me lol.

It’s all in good fun ..and if you can’t take it in the way it is intended… best go check out some flowery cards 🙂  I have those too.

Ladies feel free to use Hash, @ signs etc. when you filling the blanks whilst commenting…. if you feel the need  🙂 .  It is not  necessary to make a saucy comment.. just a fun and fitting one, but there is always the possibility that someone will GO THERE ! Remember this is more a reflection on your minds.. than mine LOL .. so feel free to make use of the tags, I am sure everyone will be well aware of what you are trying to convey  LOL.

This is a card I have had on my todo list for a good 4 months or more.. and I finally got to do it in the wee hours of this am. I was chatting with one of the girls online about 5 am about what sentiments I wanted to use….when it occurred to me, this would be a fun giveaway.  So yet again… here is a chance to grab a 10 pack of shaker card windows and balls and have a laugh at the same time.

I love these kind of fill in the blank cards, so much fun to personalize them to the recipient.

shaker game cardI am sure I don’t need to tell you .. she is a KennyK girl… This is “Cabaret”  colored with Chameleon pens and riding a  3inch diameter shaker window game card.

Ok ladies..start filling in the blanks…  anyone can comment with their ideas, but only US residents are able to win the shaker windows.  Sorry, shipping is way too expensive internationally for small packets like this…and this all comes out of my own pocket.  To make it easier on everyone, specially me.. please indicate if you are outside the US in your comments.

A winner will be picked randomly  May 31st and announced June 1st .. If you are the winner, please make sure you check and respond to the email you will receive at the address you used  to comment.

 

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