Thursday, April 14, 2016

I'm running away....and joining the circus!



Ok come on,you know you want to...I mean who doesn't..at least for a little while,want to escape to the circus! 

 After I assembled the Circus Wagon cart I painted the front and back in Americana's Lipstick Red paint and then using a dry brush I brushed on some white Deco Arts Media Gesso.


Next I added splatters of Deco Art Media Fluids Carbon Black and Cobalt Teal. I then took some Deco Arts Gold Rush Metallic Lustre and mixed it with some drops of water.This created a vibrant gold that I used to splatter on the piece.


I painted the wheels in the same color teal...


and attached them to the base as well as adding Gold Mini Dresden Trim. I also sprayed on some of the Gold metallic lustre on the wheels. Plus I added card stock to the inside and outside walls.



In order for the animals to pop out I glued in some spacers.


I attached circus paper cuts and added Stickles glitter glue to all the edges.


Last minute,I decided to change the ticket by adding another circus cut out and word text as well as adding height by adding wire tinsel stems and painted teal card stock. Final touches included rhinestones on the wheels,Black Dresden on the sides,and more glitter glue on the edges. 






Retro Cafe Art Products used in this tutorial:

This week I also managed to make these yummy Art Tags using Retro Cafe Art's chipboard words! I simply painted them with Rich Expresso Dazzling Metallic paint. I love the way came out and the way they pop on the tags!



Lastly,I wanted to announce the winner of Brenda Schweder's Dvd giveaway from the last post..
Thank you to those that participated!!
Heather from Thicketworks! 
I will get in touch with you Heather! 
Congrats! 

Happy Creating friends!!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, April 8, 2016

Wire Wrangling and a Giveaway!


Ever get totally pumped to work on a project and then to your surprise you end up with something completely different from where you started?
This happens to me all the time
and I think it's pretty wonderful! 

I love using my "Now that's a Jig" and when Brenda Schweder came out with her new Dvd the "ABC'S of Wire Wrangling" I just new I had to get it!! 


Now as you may already know,I love making jewelry,but I also love making all sorts of projects from assemblage work,to fiber work and one of the reasons I enjoy this jig is because it allows me the freedom to not just work on Jewelry,but to make wire shapes that can be used in different projects! 

So after watching the Dvd, I decided to make one the fun links she used in her project...
but me and my nutty noggin thought...
what about using the links as a base to make a cage like shape to hold a Relics and Artifacts Milagros Doll. 




...of course,here is where my plan went to the birds...you see I had originally planned on making this cage like structure by feeding in and out assorted wires ,covering it with strips of glued book text and finishing it with a layer of resin. My hope was to create a pendant to wear around my neck...

But instead I painted the entire piece in black and added beautiful Color Bloom sprays and Art Ingredients Micro Beads from Prima Marketing! 

I fell in love with the piece so much,that I wanted to display it, instead of making it into a pendant,so I used one of Sandra Evertson's shadowboxes,covered it in beautiful Prima papers and glued in the focal.




Now what I loved about this process
was the wide open bank of ideas that came along with it. I made two links on the Now that's a jig and went from there...but the possibilities are endless.With the assortment of pegs you could make all shapes and sizes and you could make jewelry ...or not. 

When I contacted Brenda about the piece I made using her jig,
she was so generous 
and offered me a Dvd to giveaway to my blog readers! 

How cool is that! 

So if you want to give wire wrangling a try,
just leave me a comment! 
I'll pick a winner Friday the 15th!

...and remember...
when it comes to creating..



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,




Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mommy & Me


It wasn't until I was about halfway through this project that I decided to use the precious kitty face cut outs from Retro Cafe Art.  My original plan was to make a tea cup fairy. I had the face image already picked out, I had wings already cut and mounted,but somehow, my muse had other plans. While creating the little metal tart tin,I came across the rub on words  "Mommy & Me" and just like that,my direction changed,my heart felt happy and the kitty faces became a perfect match.



First I assembled and glued the deep shadowbox and put it aside to dry.


Then I added paper to the Tea Cup fairy and then embellished it with crochet trim.

 I knew that I wanted a gap in between the cup base and the top part of the cup so I glued on a spacer as well as on the face part. 


I embellished "Momma" Kitty face cut out with a a mock barrette. 


and when the box was dry I added paper to the outside and inside of the box. I also flipped over some silver Dresden and glued it on the edges...


and splattered some paint on to the box to coordinate with the ribbon I had selected for the inside of the box.


I next stitched on a piece of muslin onto a scrap piece of a Crochet doily and  glued it on to the inside of the shadowbox.


I created a rusty bell garland using some 22 blackened steel wire...and then drilled 2 holes in the box and fed the garland and knotted the ends to keep it in place. 


and created a itty bitty kitty cat "me" using a tiny fairy



I also created a small embellishment using this tiny metal tart tin,some crochet trim,mica pieces,a wood button and rub ons.


I then finished the outside of the box with mini scalloped black dresden on the trim of the box and I created a decorative element for the top of the box using IOD molds and Amazing Casting Resin.

I first add metallic powder to the mold.

I then poured two equal parts of Amazing casting resin into small measuring cups. Next, I added some drops of black dye to part A of the resin and mixed it thoroughly. Then I combined the two equal parts,mixed them together and then poured them into the mold and let them cure for about 10 minutes. 


When cured,I pulled them out and finished the piece I chose with Metallic Lustre and glued it into place. 


 Lastly, I glued everything else to the inside of the box. 




And in the end,this precious tea cup Momma Cat and her itty bitty kitty,hold a special place in my heart.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. 



Items used in this tutorial:



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I do believe in Fairies. I do,I do.



That's my favorite line in the Peter Pan story. It makes me happy just saying it! These little Fairy homes were inspired by the line in the book...
because
we all need to believe, right? 

First I drilled a hole in every other scallop of the Fancy pedestal top.Then I took how ever many pieces of 18 gauge blackened steel wire I needed and created a loop on every end. I then fed each wire through the holes collecting them at the top. I next took a piece of 24 gauge wire and wrapped it around the top.I trimmed the excess wire and created little curly Q's on the top. I then glued the top to the base using wood glue.


I then spray painted the entire cage 


and then added multiple layers of glitter to the cage part...


and distressed the base...


and added a little fairy with flowers,crochet trim,seed beads, mushrooms and moss to the inside of the cage...


and finished the base with some rub ons and black Dresden Trim.





Retro Cafe Items used in this tutorial:

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,