Friday, September 30, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu October 2016 Pink Team Challenge

My design team project for Eclectic Ellapu's October challenge pushed my crafting boundaries a bit. That's what challenges are for, right? This month's challenge theme is "shabby chic", so I tried my hand at shabby chic for the first time. I had some good technique inspiration to apply to my project by way of Pamellia over at My Little Craft Things, whose work has drawn my eye since the first time I saw one of her projects.

My two most used supplies on this card? Crackle paste and white acrylic craft paint. So much white acrylic paint! Only the pearls, tea-dyed lace, and rafia were left untouched by the white paint.

{crafted while listening to Annalisa Tornfelt's "Ride a Unicorn Sideways" and "The Number 8"}

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu September 2016 Pink Team Challenge

Over at Eclectic Ellapu, the Pink Team's September challenge is the theme "Gifts". If you want to join in, make something with a gift-giving image/sentiment, make gift packaging, or make a gift!

My Design Team project is a gift that also has a gift theme, because really, every day is a gift. Once the invincibility of youth gives way to recognition of our mortality, this sentiment gains depth. With the idea that each day is a gift in my mind, this month's project took shape: a daily gift of one of my daily gifts. Thus, my tea book was born: seven pages of tea, one each day as a gift and a small way to reach across the miles to share a cup of tea with my friend.



Supplies used:
  • upcycled cake box
  • Lemon Chiffon Apple Barrel acrylic paint
  • Sea Green and Yellow Brushos
  • Memory Box Texture Drip Rings stencil
  • Golden Semi-Gloss Regular Gel
  • Tea Dye Distress Ink
  • Prima Marketing Bloom (Paige) stamp
  • Versamark and Ranger super fine black embossing powder
  • Twinkling H2O's from the Autumn Brilliance, Passion, and Holiday Sparkle sets
  • stash paper
  • Beacon 3-in-1 glue
  • plastic page protectors and We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool
  • green embroidery floss

{crafted while listening to Mystic's "Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom"}

Monday, August 15, 2016

"To Read a Book" Postcard

This handmade postcard was a project for Postcrossing and a great excuse to play with some newer supplies. A book lover who likes handmade cards = a perfect recipient of my first postcard attempt!

I had some kraft postcard 12x12 paper on hand, so I gessoed it and started playing with gelatos, Brushos, and Twinkling H2Os. Not until after I water-sprayed the Brusho powder did I remember that gelatos are water reactive, and I was really wishing I had some fixative spray on hand. Lesson learned! Fortunately, it was the kind of creative accident that does not detract from the end result. The focal stamp is from Papertrey Ink's "All Booked Up" stamp set.

Does anyone else here have a love of reading? What book is a particularly loved "old friend" of yours?

{crafted while listening to "The Number 8" by Annalisa Tornfeldt}

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu August 2016 Pink Team Challenge

Where did this summer go? I am about to leave home again for another 9+ months after a couple of blissful months at home. Onward and upward, right? I am looking forward to beautiful sights and time to craft this fall and winter, but leaving home is getting harder each time I do it. It was a mood of home-based sentimentalism that inspired this month's Eclectic Ellapu piece for the Pink Team's Floral challenge.

Supplies used for this project:
  • Gessoed game card
  • Mister Huey's Color Mists - Mint Julep, Manila, and Overdue
  • red plastic projector slide frame
  • Smash post-it flag
  • mini glass beads
  • Distress Stain - Aged Mahogany
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist - Buccaneer Bronze
  • Thickers silver glitter alphabet chipboard stickers
  • Stickles - Xmas Red
  • red adhesive crystals
  • Petaloo "Color Me Crazy" flowers

{crafted while listening to The Echoing Green}

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu July 2016 Pink Team Challenge

It has been a slow crafting month but busy life month for me. Eclectic Ellapu's July "Anything Goes" Pink Team challenge gave me the motivation needed to carve out some time to craft! Killing two birds with one stone, I used my crafting time to create a present for a friend. These wooden initials have been hanging out in my stash for a year or two, intended for this project, so I am very happy to have finally put them to use.

Stained wood with Distress Stain and Dylusions spray.
Test layout of miscellaneous stash findings.

Papers picked, cut, torn, layered, and glued.
More Distress Stain, through stencils.

Modeling paste dyed with 3 inks, then stenciled.
Glued down stash embellishments.

Added metallic mist and mica flakes to complete.

{crafted while listening to Twenty One Pilots, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Phantagram}

Monday, June 6, 2016

Gypsum Mixed-Media Finished Work

Here is the finished mixed media piece inspired by the poem "Sunday Run".
Read the poem in its entirety at Gypsum Words:
There are numerous other poems on that site that I love, but this is the one that worked its way onto my cardboard canvas.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu June 2016 Pink Team Challenge

The theme for Eclectic Ellapu's Pink Team challenge for June is Midsummer!

This was a fun one for me, as I originally learned about the Midsummer holiday via green walnuts. Seriously. It is odd, but true. Turns out that St. John's Day, aka Midsummer Day, aka June 24, marks the first day that many (European) markets have green walnuts available. Why would people want to buy unripened walnuts? To make pickled walnuts, vin de noix, and nocino, of course!

May you have a heady Midsummer Day!

The painting depicted on this card is "Salome with the Head of John the Baptist" by Guido Reni, circa 1630-1635.