Wahooo…… I’m BACK …with a splash !!

Well I finally got time to really sit down and actually color, admittedly it was a quickie session… but I got to color and dang but it feels good. Here is a really cool image by Cute As A Button “Bathtub Mermaid” and as if you didn’t guess already… yup I gave my new Chameleon Pens Color Tops a whirl. Add on a splash of Sakura Gelly Roll for some glitz and glam and detailing.. and voila!

I mounted her on a ply wood art tile/canvas  using double sided sheets of adhesive tape and inked up the edges with 3 tones of Color Smart Ink pads.  I’ll add a protective waterproof layer before hanging her in the bathroom.

This is my challenge image for July for the Cute As A Button Challenge Blogspot… come on over and play

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Mommy’s weekly specials! Menu for my picky eater

I was having fun playing with my Cohas adhesive Vinyl chalkboard again and made a sign to hang up outside of my kitchen.  My lil guy can be a fussy eater, so I thought I would make him a fun  menu so he could help meal plan.  This is just a flat canvas panel, covered in chalkboard vinyl and a couple of strips of ribbon… and I added  Beer and Barbeque Lady Digital Stamp,   but colored the bottle to look like Ketchup.  The image is colored with Zig Kurecolor markers.

Cohas Chalkboard vinyl 12 x12 sheets (formerly Ziggyboard)

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Hollywood Themed Gift Box

 Oh what a project this one ended up ….this is the final mystery DT project for the January Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.  A total 360 on the original vintage Hollywood idea, as it goes lol.  I had a completely different project in mind; but after goofing that one up, I went back to my original idea on this single image set.  Then I tried another idea; great concept, not enough time and missing some vital components …. and craft stores aren’t open at 3 am lol.

WHY !!!!

…so I diddled and I twiddled and then I had an idea… so here is the final piece. Glammed out in gold glitter card which I split to  take just the top layer of to keep it light and not affect the lid.  The canvas was also stripped down and then the canvas layer was  attached to the lid.  A bit of ink, a dab of glue..  swipe of tape here and there and a couple of ribbons.

and there it is, one gift box…  works for either sex as a gift box.. which you can personalize with  a matching tag and  contents.  I will leave that to your own imagination….it is 4:30 am .. you do NOT want to read about mine lol.  This is when the crazy half hour starts lol…… so I shall refrain haha

Image is “George Swooney” by KennyK Stamps

I am gonna have to cut and run on this one..so if you have any questions about what I used, or how I did it… leave a comment  🙂

Today is the last day to enter the January Crafty Awesomeness Challenge… come on over   🙂

I would say this is the last craft haul for the year….

BUT.. Grandma just sent me a Joann Gift card lol.

I had a quick run through Michaels on Wednesday night and Hobby Lobby yesterday… I guess today it’s Joann day haha

anywho.. here’s a quick look at what I picked up, got some great deals.mini-spree

I finally got my 12×12 frame for my Brianna Blaster project…. I inked it up in black and brown last night  for an old distressed look using a Craftsmart Black Dye Ink pad and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pads in Burlap and Walnut. Michaels don’t appear to be carrying  the larger ink pads anymore. Little man picked out a small wood frame for one of his projects.

I also picked up 4 packs of 6×6 canvas panels board for the lil guy to use with the Gelli Plate we just got.  In the Christmas  Sale  section we found a 3 pack of fondant rollers which will be fun to play with. they have 3 Christmas designs on them.

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I grabbed a few reels of ribbon,  some Celebrate It Tempo sheer black…  and a skinny lace in green that I use for lacing up cards like this.




And then I also grabbed 3 sets of clear stamps.. all on clearance andstampendous_skaters 2 of  them have matching dies.  I have been wanting this Stampendous Poinsettia one and when I saw it down to less than $5..I had to grab it.  Then we grabbed this one for the little guy, it is another Stampendous  called Skaters also under $5





and lastly this little set by Inkadinkado Warm Wishes.





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I also snatched up a couple of wood mounted stamps, the Patient Puppy was also on sale for under $5 and the fFern….I got 50% off with my coupon.



Of course I had to stock up on Recollections card too since it is on the buy 5 for $10 deal again.

And to make matters even better the young lady also  tacked on a 30% off everything code for me too.  So that little haul from Michaels cost me just $66 instead of over $130 at regular price.

Then we have  Hobby Lobby… I got the two oversized sentiment dies by Momenta Believe & Dream on clearance for $5.99 each and  hubby and I each grabbed a set of the Chameleon pens  with the 40 % off coupons.  SCORE !  I have now completed my Chameleon set…   minus the fabulous case..which I would have loved.

..   but such is life.  $74  haul for only $46 .. can't complain at that.

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Printed Craft Canvas Panel

Here is a quick look at something I was experimenting with.  This is a scanned copy of something I colored,  then printed on craft canvas and then it was die cut using the Gina Marie Designs Lacey Lattice set ( link addded..sorry Dee lol ) I got recently.  I testing out some new double sided adhesive  I bought.

I like the look of canvas prints and this works just as well as buying the Inkjet canvas paper .. but doesn’t have the same coating on it  which some canvas papers have  that I personally find too glossy.

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Club KennyK Challenge card.. with a twist….ed sense of humor.

The minute I saw her, I knew I had to have some fun with this one…. she’s just too dang cute to be scarey. I grew up loving 50’s music, songs like “Love Potion No.9”  and when I saw this image that is exactly what popped into my head.

So here she is..  my naughty lil witch looking for love.  “Book of Spells” by KennyK.  she is part of the New Releases that came out recently.  If you missed that post, go check them out 🙂

Colored with Chameleon Pens  then scanned in.. given digital borders and hearts and reprinted on canvas paper for a lush deep color and texture.  I love my Epson Eco tank Printer, I no longer worry about printing out  in color and heavy black borders… *wub and running out of Ink too soon.

She is foam padded for an elevated effect and the background card is from the Red 12×12 Craft Smith pads, punched with a Fiskars heart border for a little extra fun.  The close up below shows how gorgeous this canvas is….

I entered her in the current Club KennyK challenge over on Facebook… and I think I’ll be sending this over to one of my witchy friends so she can give it to her hubby…she’ll get a kick out  of this one  🙂
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Saucy card — Imagine that !!! lol

Who woulda thunk it huh.. me doing something a bit saucy.. huh LOL

Don’t panic it’s not THAT bad..but it’s definitely NOT a mermaid, or a cute fairy  ..sorry M.. no butterflies either lol.  This is the second of two images I picked up by new artists, to me at least.  This is
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She was hand colored, then scanned into the computer so I could add some borders and print her out on Canvas Paper.  I frayed up the canvas edges… which sometimes is easier said than done, but I love that slightly grungy look.  This particular Canvas Paper is something I have had for YEARS…  but it isn’t widely available anymore   :/ I did find one place still selling it… www.consumercrafts.com in small packs of 2 if anyone wanted to give it a try.  Sadly, a lot of my specialty papers that I love are no longer available… so once I get through my stash… I shall have to look for alternatives.

She was colored with Chameleons and Zig Kurecolor,  my goto combo for most projects and a Zig Memory System Chalk Pen for the card background.. I love how nicely they play together 🙂  I added in some extra detail under the skirt area to give the impression of sheer frills…it’s kinda hard to see in the pics though.. sorry.

The image is “Arcadia Pin-Up” by ShadowClocksyDigis  which you can find on Etsy and also Facebook.  She is foam padded with a sheet of Darice Adhesive foam and the sentiment is a Heidi Swapp die.

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Take a walk on the wild side…. Canvas Paper Magnet

Total blonde moment this month…

I have this fab canvas magnet that I made as a DT project..and totally missed my post date..  so here she is .. late but finally here.

The image is “Autumn Wind” by Cute As A Button.  The original was colored with Chameleon pens, Zig Kurecolor and some Ranger Distress pens… then I scanned it in  and added borders, then reprinted her on Canvas paper.  Then I mounted her on some Magnetic sheet from Imagability.  I pulled some of the canvas threads to give a frayed worn edge .

I love the texture of this canvas paper….  she’ll be clear coated for durability with a quick spray of Modge Podge sealer  and  join my  Abandoned Art stash to be abandoned later this year.

Links to supplies below.

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If anyone is interested in Acquiring some magnetic sheet grab bags for projects like this… please let me  know  🙂

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Laugh till you pee!

I absolutely loved this image, so when we got the opportunity to work on Bloobel Stamps for the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge this month… it was no brainer. For someone like me who has a “quirky” strange sense of humor, this image has so many possibilities to create unique and fun sentiments  for cards or other projects.

I’m not a huge fan of overly fussy cards, for myself …. it’s just not something that comes naturally to me.  I love seeing the work other people do, but it’s not something that I can really translate over well in my own work as a  general rule.  I  tend to  get my inspirations from the images I use and let them dictate the direction I go in. And since my sentiments are usually inspired by the images….I like to keep the projects pretty CAS so the image and humor are the main focus.

I’m also not a die hard card maker, so I love to play around making magnets and framed art and  notebook covers etc… things that tend to have a  longer shelf life and won’t get shoved in a drawer at best….and the trash at worst  LOL.

I also recently got involved in something called Abandoned Art which is a lot of fun and non card projects are great for that too.  I would image this one, or at least a copy of this one will find itself into my AA bucket to  be enjoyed by some random person at some stage this year.  I confess I really like how this one  came out and I am not sure I want to give away my original  lol.  I think she will end up hanging in my new craft room when  we move later this year.bloobel_giggles_framed_wmd

She was printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific, I am a bit of a rebel, I don’t  buy  marker specialty paper.  This and the Neenah 110lb suits my style and my needs for most  coloring projects… when I want specialty paper, it’s more likely to be canvas paper, inkjet watercolor paper, printable polysilk, or velvet paper….  occasionally shrinky dink..or a bed sheet… yes I did say bed sheet and yes I have printed on it LOL.

She’s colored with a mix of  Chameleon pens, Zig Kurecolor and The Tim Holtz Ranger distress pens  and the sentiment is straight from my own  warped mind and was added to the digi before printing.

If I keep her she will be matted and mounted in a simple black frame… if I abandon her for someone else to find… she will most likely be framed… or  made into a notebook cover.  I guess we shall find out   🙂

She could quite easily  be a card front… but I’m just not feeling it for this project.   She deserves to be seen and enjoyed for more than 5 minutes:)

FOOT NOTE :

and she did indeed.. become a notepad  LOL…

I scanned the original and reprinted her on canvas paper, laminated it and then added in pages with random little fun stamps on some of the corners… the back page was elongated to include the inspirational ” Live Love Laugh Stamp ”  and she is indeed going in my Abandoned Art Bucket… along with the other copy I printed on Canvas… who will probably become a magnet  🙂

 

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Build your own portable Craft Cart

Here is one even the ladies can do… so don’t think you need to add this one to your honey do lists.

I was lucky enough to have a cube set and canvas totes to “recycle” which cut down on my costs and let me spend a bit more on a nice top surface…. and I already have a can of the stain I want to use. Both units cost just over $100 in materials, but if you have to buy the cubes too ….that will obviously bump the price up to closer to $200.   You would be hard pushed to find a commercial cart for that price, let alone two.  If you can recycle/upcycle..  all the better.

 

Tool list..

Drill and  drill piece for pilot holes ( save splitting the wood when you start putting the screws in)
Screwdriver or driver piece for drill
Screws  size depends on what you choose for a top and bottom surface.
Casters 4 per unit.. 6 if you want added support for longer units

Supplies

Cube storage units.  These can be picked up  online, or in stores… Home Depot, Walmart, Target.. all carry these and you can pick up deals if you watch for them.  I picked up  a whole bunch of them a few years ago to build a cube wall in my baby’s room in a Home Depot Thanksgiving sale.  I think I got 10 units, each of which came with 4 storage totes and the whole lot cost me just under $300, which considering they usually retail around $40 each and then an extra $10-15 for the totes.. was a total steal.  He is getting to that stage of wanting to fetch his own books etc., so I removed the top layer… I know my kid….I will walk in one day and find him scaling the cubes like a monkey to get something.

This would work with reclaimed kitchen and bathroom cabinets, old bedside cabinets, or similar….depending on your needs and what you can get your hands on.  If you are a handy crafter that likes to recycle, or you have a handyman available… reclaimed pallets would work great as a rustic work surface.  Kitchen work tops are great for their easy clean and cut resistant surfaces too.  There are lots of alternative to buying cabinets and work top that can be used, if you can lay hands on them easily.  If I had more room down each side of the space I have this in….I would have put some rails or peg hook board down the side too.  Another possibility; if you can get it, is some magnetic paint or magnetic sheet on the sides to hold the thin metal dies…. or a block shelf with drill holes, to hold pens and brushes etc …. as I said…. so many possibilities to customize this kind of project to suit your space and needs.
I shall probably build a pen block to hold all of my brushes and pens and other small tools. that I can just sit on top when I am using it.

Casters I got basic, non locking casters and since it won’t have a whole lot of heavy stuff in it, I didn’t see the need for the heavy duty ones.  These cost around $3 each at Home Depot.

MDF base board 2×4 sheet cost around $10 per sheet for the 3/4 inch.  If you have the room and ability to buy the bigger sheets and cut them down to size…. It is usually  cheaper. I don’t have a truck and live in an apartment now, so no workshop space and limited tools make pre-cut easier and quicker for me.  These 2×4 sheets will slide in behind the front seats across the foot well of a Ford Fusion.. for anyone in a similar situation.

Birch Plywood  2×4 precut sheets for the top surface.  They have a choice of surfaces to suit budgets and tastes.  So depending on how you plan to finish the top off….  you can  save some money by choosing something else, if it suits.  These were just under $20 a sheet.  Obviously, again bigger sheets and cutting them down would be cheaper and leave you with some extra lumber for adding in extras shelving, racks etc  in the rear of your cart if needed.

Ok…. assembly… that’s pretty much a drill and screw no brainer.

I flipped the MDF and attached 4 casters using 1/2 inch screws, flipped it over.. aligned my cabinets…. I set mine up against one edge so there was no gap when I  pushed them together.  If you are only doing one…. you should center it obviously.  I set it back slightly to create a lip, so when I am using the front edge the tote handles wouldn’t be so annoying. I screwed down from the top into the MDF to secure the cubes to the base.  Then I added the birch top, aligned and screwed that to the cubes from the top.  If you aren’t planning to stain the top or are using another type of top surface….you will want to attach from the underneath side instead.  I will be bedding my screw heads below the surface and filling the holes before staining mine, so they won’t be seen when it’s finished.

cartI then turned it round and installed 3 pillars for support and added in a recycled wooden crate to hold my oversized paper and sketch pads that won’t fit in the totes. I’ll be adding in a few shelves at the top of that cart, then a bunch of shelves in the other one between the two poles. To finish off I will put some backing board on the backside of the cubical frame to hide the totes from the other side and then staining.

 

Voila… easy peasy rolling craft cart that can easily be built from upcycled/recycled materials.  I have the glass top from an old desk in my closet, but since I have a toddler who will share this craft space and is a bit heavy handed… I don’t plan to use that just yet ….but that is a great addition if you paint, ink or stain  and want to protect the wood.
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I live in an apartment with no  dedicated craftspace…. so this makes an excellent practical solution for my crafting needs for me and my son, whilst blending in really well with our existing furniture. We live upstairs and these are low profile windows, so it also covers my safety concerns by keeping my son away from the windows when he is running around like a fruit loop without blocking natural light too much

 

….and also removes monkey boys chances of scaling the walls in his room

Easy to move and push together to create an activity space that all of us, as a family can use together when needed and because we have a recessed window…. it fits in without using up valuable floor space.

All in all; a totally cool project, quick and easy to do….unless you have a mini helper….in which case add on an extra day  LOL.

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I’m not going to wait to finish this off before posting this project.. mainly because I plan to wait a little while before staining this….and because I can’t seem to get someone off it long enough to do it haha.  My son has already laid claim to HIS new crafting/play space.

 

But I think the pics and instructions are easy enough for anyone to follow.  This is a seriously cool project for  any crafter; no matter whether you live in an apartment, or a house with a dedicated craft room.

 

 

I know my son is going to enjoy this new work/play surface just as much as I am…. and hubby…. well he will just be happy to get his desk back to himself and not have to see Craft stuff everywhere  LOL…

… all round a very happy family.11902574_902602156472902_6912734688643080552_n

 

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