21 May 2016

Enchanted Castle Antiquity Shrine

The magical, enchanted and mystical world of fairy tales is one that is always nostalgic and wondrous.  I decided to create my own piece of magic using the Castle Antiquity Shrine from Retro Cafe Art.


Magical right?  This shrine houses a Coat in Arms all dressed up in my favorite paint system ever, VerDay.  The shield is part of the Mythos set of Relics & Artifacts.  To give the shield that regal "coat of arms" look add a battle axe and sword from the Medieval Weaponry chipboard set.

For the Griffins standing guard, break out that ol' heat tool and those embossing powders you keep stashed away and put them to work!



I simply covered the castle pieces in beautiful paper from "Enchanted Forest" by Graphic 45 and embellished with Dresden trim.


Some beautiful ball chains or chain from old necklaces add a nice medieval inspired touch.  Just be sure to adhere them with a good, strong adhesive like E6000.  For our evil and menacing dragon, get out that heat tool and embossing powder again.  It really is that simple.


I love bringing the magic of fairy tales to life in my own way.  Why not reach into your imagination and bring some magic to life?

Cheers!

Supply List
Large Castle Antiquity Shrine
Dragon Cut-Outs
Heraldic Griffins Cut-Outs
"Enchanted Forest" 8x8 Paper Pad
"Mythos" Relics & Artifacts Set
Dresden Border Assorted Designs (Gold)
VerDay Paint & Patina Set
Ideaology Ball Chain Set

Other Supplies
Jewelry Wire
Piccolo Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Adhesive
Prima Chalk Ink Pad

25 April 2016

Summery Dream Catcher

Oh man!  Summer is right around the corner.  The temperatures are rising.  Days are getting longer.  Margaritas and pina coladas are flowing.  It's time to don the brights, let loose, and parrrrrtay!


Aaaaaah.  It's so colorful and whimsical.  And yes!  It's made from an embroidery hoop.  This makes me want to whip up a Rum Runner or a Mai Tai.  OR WHY NOT BOTH?


All I did was slap some black and white gesso onto the hoop.  The weaving is actually very easy to do and it's even more fresh with color variety.  The easiest thing I have found to do the weaving with is hemp cording.  It's also best to do it sober as well. 


Now just look at that Flora piece!  That is from the "Flora" set by Relics & Artifacts.  Sometimes the best thing to do is just leave things as is.  Which I didn't do!  I added some black and white striping and some of the coolest flower beads.  Just pile glue in and cram 'em in!

Cheers!
::hiccup::




22 April 2016

"Spring Has Sprung" Fairy Shrine

Hello everyone!  Spring has sprung!  ::insert Beavis laugh::  My post is full of whimsical awesomeness.


Just look at all of that springy color!  Makes me all giddy and bubbly inside.  You know what else makes me giddy?  How easy it was to put together!  

Now it's important to tell you that I got all sorts of caught up in my mojo groove and forgot to take step out photos.  Talk about horse blinders!


Start out with your Ornate Flourish ATC Shrine Kit.  That would be the beautiful "Bohemian Bazaar" collection from Graphic 45.  It cover the shrine inside and out, just cut from the papers and fussy cut the designs.  Adhere with your handy dandy pop dots for insta-dimension.


Cover unsightly and unfinished edges with some fancy and purty dresden trim!  


Spice up the flourishes with a simple and BASIC TECHNIQUE!!  Heat embossing, yo!  I used a live green embossing powder for my flourishes.  As for the fairies, I don't know about you, but I suuuuuck at painting human features so I always go with a silhouette.  I busted out some chalker ink pads and more embossing powders and went to town!  


Who doesn't love finishing details?  I snagged one of the treasure chests and cotton spun 'shrooms and made some magic.  Glue a bit of moss down and stuff your box!  Glitter your pedestal with some fierceness and call it done!

Cheers!

Supplies:

Bead Spray (Prima)
Chalk Ink (Prima)
Magenta Acrylic Paint (Liquitex)
Embossing Powders (Piccolo, Ranger)
Glitter (Doodlebug)
Moss (my stash)




12 April 2016

Mistakes and Hot Messes are Okay!

Have you ever had this great, fantastic, mind blowing vision in your head and then you start to work your magic.  You start to see your vision come to fruition through your fingertips.  You find your groove.  You are totally jivin' and feelin' it come to life.  Then, the moment of realization occurs.  You take a step back, tilt your head, look at your completed "vision" and think, "What the hell have I just done??!!"  Don't lie.  We've all done it.  We've all had these great ideas but something happens during the process and a disconnect sets in and once it's completed, you end up with a hot mess that you can't believe just flowed through your hands and all you can say is, "WTF?"

I've had them many times and as luck would have it, I just finished one right on the heels of making it onto one of the hottest mixed media teams around.  Yep.  My project can only be titled as, "WTF happened??!!"

Behold!  The hot mess that can only be described using the words of a very good friend of mine, Jess, "Oh damn!  A whole lot of work for it to look like a snow cone!" hat.


Aaaaah.  Just look at that in all it's Easter gone tweaker glory!  Flowers, flowers, wings, and color.  Just an explosion of "Oh my gaud(y)!" all over the place.


Because what every hot mess needs to make it look even more chaotic is GLITTER!  Loads and loads of glitter makes everything exponentially......worse.


If you EVER feel the need to play "mad scientist" with your sprays, DON'T!  You end up with this psychedelic trip gone horribly wrong in the end.  JUST DON'T DO IT!  And no matter what, a very prettily embossed Relic will not "make it all better."


Not sure if you can tell in the photo, but why not highlight the mind altering "WTH" with some.....LED lights!  Because every train wreck of a project should be lit the heck up so all can see and wonder whether you were drunk or unconscious when you put this together.

I can't tell you where or when the vision in my mind turned into a snow cone on acid, but I will say this.  MISTAKES ARE OKAY!  Not every project is going to be awesome and beautiful.  But in those mistakes and visions gone horribly wrong is where we learn, grow, and hopefully find some humor.  Every single person who creates, no matter if they are on a design team or not, has at least one project in their closet where they look at it and all they can do is shake their head and toss back a shot of vodka.  This one is mine.  Enjoy and salud!

Cheers!

11 April 2016

Rock Star Ambassador with Sandra Evertson

Good morning and what a good morning it is indeed!  I have been holding on to this news for about a week now but I can finally shout it from the rooftops.  I am joining the outstanding Rock Star team over at Relics & Artifacts!

I never in a million years would've thought that I would be part of such an outstanding group of talented artists.  I love these products and truly believe that no matter the artist's skill level, they will open up a whole new world of creativity for anyone who plays with them.

I look forward to sharing this creative adventure with all of you and hope that you will join me and my fellow Relic & Artifacts Ambassadors for what is sure to be an inspiring journey.

Cheers!