Friday, November 17, 2017

Tutorial for OTR - an altered paint brush


I have discovered the art of altering paint brushes ... my new favorite thing to alter.

 

For this altered brush I started out with a 4" (new) paint brush from Lowe's.

 
 
 I covered the brush handle and bristles with a couple light coats of white Gesso.

 

 Next I gathered my supplies from my stash of things I thought I might use.

 

 Then I painted the handle and metal band with several layers of paint.

 

I coated the wood handle with a light coat of Mod  Podge and added the tissue paper to the handle.

 

My favorite part was adding the embellishments.  For me it's a process of finding balance, proportion, variety and harmony.







 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Off The Rails Scrapooking Mid-Month DT Reveal


It's the 15th and time for the Off The Rails
Mid-Month Design Team Reveal.
 
November's Mood Board
 
 
My layout for this month's mood board:
 
 
 


 

 
 
Be sure to check out the Off The Rails Scrapbooking blog
 to see what the rest of the Design Team did this month.
 
We have two wonderful sponsors for November:
Memory Maze & Stampin Up
Hope you can play along!
 
 
 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Card Sketch


A card sketch is a great tool to use for inspiration when making cards.

The purpose of a card sketch is simply to provide a design layout idea for card makers to follow.  The card sketch usually has the basic shapes and designs drawn out, but no other instructions are given.  You can adapt one card sketch for many different looks by varying the paper and embellishments that you use.

I'm using the same sketch that I used for yesterdays post and came up with a whole new look for this card. 
 
Card Sketch
 


 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Card Sketch


Today is Sunday and I have the card sketch challenge over at Creative Inspiration.  You can check out the details here.
 

 

Bev Code provided another wonderful sketch to work with.
 
 

Be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow to see another card made with this same sketch with a totally different look.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

CI Thursday Scraplift Challenge


Today I have the Thursday Scraplift Challenge at Creative Inspiration.
Be sure to check out the details in the forum.
I found this layout by Julie under her Wednesday Stash
Challenge for August 9th.  I loved the idea of using up
some of my stash of rubons and the less is more concept of her layout.
If you're looking for some inspiration visit the Creative Inspiration forum.
Hope you can play along this month!
 
Julie's Layout
 
 
 
My take on the scraplift
 
 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

CI October Mini Crop Challenges


I've had some time to create a few projects for the October Mini Crop at Creative Inspiration.

Bev has a challenge up for using layers.
 
My take on the challenge
 

Tracy has a challenge up for using die cuts.
 
My take on the challenge
 
 
And my challenge is up for using layers which I created another layout for.
 
 Life With Faith-Anna
 

I hope you have some time to check out the rest of the challenges from the design team and participate.

Friday, October 20, 2017

CI October Mini Crop


Today I have a Design Team project up for the October Mini Crop at Creative Inspiration.  My challenge is for you to create a card, tag, layout, ATC or altered project using a "family" theme.  This can include siblings, parents ... anything to do with family.  You must also use some layering on your project. 
Be sure to check out the forum for the details and see the other challenges posted by the Design Team.
 I used a very sweet photo that my daughter
took of Faith-Anna and Leah. 
All the materials I used were in my
never ending stash supply.
I love to add layers to my scrapbooking pages because ...
layering adds visual interest, texture and dimension
layering lets you add a lot of cute and
meaningful embellishments
layering is a way to have fun and play
with interesting patterns and images
 

 
 
"Sisters"
 


 

 

 
 
 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Easel Card


Annie's WCMD Mini Crop challenge over at Creative Inspiration was to create an easel card.  She has a tutorial posted ... check it out here.
 

 
My take on the challenge

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WCMD Card Sketch Challenge


Another challenge completed for the WCMD Mini Crop at Creative Inspiration.

This ones for Bev's "Card Sketch Challenge".
 
The Sketch
 


 
My take on the sketch
 
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lisa's WCMD Challenge


For Lisa's WCMD challenge { Bling or use a die cut machine} over at Creative Inspiration I created this card.
 

 
I used my Cricut and the Creative Cards cartridge. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Gift Card Holder


Creative Inspiration has a World Card Making Day Mini Crop going on this weekend and I decided to play along with a few of the challenges.

First Up:  Linda's challenge was to make a gift card holder.
 
 
Outside of gift card holder
 
 
Inside of gift card holder
 
 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop



Thank you for joining us on the Handyman’s Holiday Hop. Make the rounds and be inspired.
The next stop is at Scrappin Granny.

  Anytime you get lost a list of blogs is on D’s Paper Studio.
Debby Lewis D's Paper Studio
Bev Code  Bee Cee Creativity
Peg Rounds Peg's Crafting Corner
Jean Marmo Pages In Time 
Connie Mercer  Crafty Goodies
Joan Borgelt The Gov's Place (you are here)
Colleen Lovette  Scrappin Granny
Roni Johnson Ink Stains
Beth Williams Guest Designer at D's Paper Studio.

 
 
Our “Be Inspired Giftaway” is featured at D’s Paper Studio.  Check out Debby's blog for the details. Four winners will be chosen from the comments on all the blog posts in the Handyman's Holiday Hop. 
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
 
Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company


Heartfelt Creations 


Helmar 


and
 D’s Paper Studio

 


I love creating altered art projects so when Deb from D's Paper Studio asked me to be a part of the Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop I was beyond excited!  For me altering a paint brush with a Thanksgiving theme took some thinking ... outside the box.
 

 
1)  I started with a $2.89 3 inch paint brush from Lowe's.




 2) I wanted the bristles removed, nothing a pair of pliers couldn't fix. For this step I enlisted my husbands help.


 
 
 

3)  My process for creating is to gather my paper and embellishments, anything I think I might use.  What will work and what won't ... it's a process of elimination.


 
4) I covered the brush handle with several light coats of white Gesso.


 



5)  I then painted the handle with distress paint, adding layer after layer until I was satisfied with the results.  The hardest part was the waiting for the paint to dry.  That's when the heat gun enters to speed up the drying process.

 



6)  The handle was just to plain for me so I used distress embossing ink and gold embossing powder and stamped on the handle.


 



7) I selected the paper I wanted for the cover and cut it at 2 3/4 inches to fit inside the metal band on the brush handle.

 
 
 


8) To make a match book for the rest of the paper to fit in I scored the cover at 4 3/8 and at 4 5/8 inches.
 

 



9) Then the adventure began to find just the right paper for the insert.  I found a paint chip strip in my stash and some lace along with some burlap and tags that worked perfectly.  I adhered the paper to the cover with liquid glue.

 
 
 

10) I kept the embellishments simple and just added some lace, seam binding ribbon, a flower and my sentiment.