08 October 2015

Halloween Decorations For the Ballah On A Budget!

Why hellooooo Muses!  You guys are getting a crafty overload from me this week!  Two posts?  Within days of one another?  I *must* be enjoying the heck out of my newfound free time.  You are correct!  I am!  I've been an artsy crafty machine this week and there's more coming!
So we know what October symbolizes.  HaLLoWEen!  It's time for parties, costumes, sugar ODs, maybe more than a few "ODs" from tasty libations.  In the rush and bustle, we often forget about decorating our own houses and I have just the remedy for you.  
I picked up a few inexpensive things at the base exchange and breathed some new life into them that makes them unique, fun, decorative and still functional!
Check out this broom!  I couldn't believe it was $4.99!  Add a large Halloween floral pick I snagged at our on-base craft store, some May Arts ribbon and you have THE cutest witch's broom around!
A simple witch’s hat turned Halloween Glam and a witch’s broom made all cute and shiiiiiiz.  This witch's hat was a pretty cool find in that it had a lacy veil attached to it.  Once again, stupid cheap and still functional!  
"I'm ready for my close up, Mr. Deville!"  Check out the AFFORDABLE magic that was made in about an hour total time.
Cute, stylish, fun.  Everything a witch could look for in a "compact car"!
Who doesn’t love houndstooth?  Some orange ribbon to hide the unsightly stick from the spray and a fancy schmancy bow to finish it off makes this broom AAAAAAH(!!)-mazing!
That wonderful lacy goodness is the veil that came as part of the hat.  Just bunch it up, glue with some hot glue and fluff.  Instant glam!
Another really cute floral spray that I just glued to the hat adds a haunting yet sparkly look to an otherwise boring ol’ hat.  Just jazz it up with some rhinestone eyes!  "I put a speeelll on youuuu!"
Happy haunting!

06 October 2015

I'm Not a Policeman! I'm A Faery Princess!

Why helloooooooo Muses!!!  Holy schnikies it's been a while ::cue Staind::  Now that song is stuck in your head too!  As you can tell by the date of my last blog post here, I haven't exactly been keeping up with this thing like I should be for a few reasons.  Work started taking up literally ALL of my time.  I swear it was like being back on active duty again minus the MREs (...wait...nope...ate all kinds of fast food so same thing right?), deployments and standing duty!  Well, to make a long story short, I resigned from my job so that I can have my life back and go back to school.  And by "life" I mean *MY* time!

And check out what I have in store for you guys!  I bet you are wondering why the weirdo blog post title.  Have any of you seen "Kindergarten Cop" from waaaaaaay back in the day?  Remember the little girl who told Mr. Kimball (Arnold 'I'll Be Back' Schwartzenager), "I don't want to be a policeman!  I'm a princess!!"?  She was so cute and that particular line came to mind as I was working on THIS:

See??!!  What did I tell you!  When I come back, I come back with a bang!  I absolutely love how this piece turned out.  This is one of the fabulous Santos Crowns I ordered from Retro Cafe Art.

This is the flip side.  It's amazing what some paint, stamping, and heat embossing can do!

To get this texture-ific color fiesta, lay down a nice coat of gesso.  Once it dries, lay it down again.  Use a make up sponge to dab on a nice grassy and mossy green acrylic paint.  I used Liquitex paint.  Of course, once it dries stamp over it using any background stamp you like and a metallic gold ink pad.

Now how did I get that wonderful gritty look?  I used a "Shamrock Dream" embossing powder from Piccolo (sold by Sweet Stamps).  Just take your embossing ink pad and dab it over the crown.  Sprinkle some of that wonderful embossing powder over it using your fingers to move it around.  Hit with your heat tool then drop the mic because you are done!

For the flash of pink and blue, use what I call "finger paints for adults", or more professionally Inka Gold paint by Viva Decor.

Just look at all of that floral goodness!  Wanna know where I get my flowers and those really nifty pearl sprays?  I li'l ol' shop call Wild Orchid Crafts.  They have suuuuuch a huge selection.  Truth be told, these flowers were suppose to be for another project but oooooh well!  They were perfect for this one!

My spray inks received a workout with this project!  I used both of my go-to's, Heidi Swapp and Dylusions.  It's hard to see in the photo but there is such a slight yet beautiful shimmer goin' on here.  The leaves were sprayed and when they dried, I used my big-girl finger paints (Inka Golds) and brushed over them.

That amazingly awesome center piece is actually a big ol' pendant from a busted up necklace.  Truly trash to treasure!

Thank you guys for stopping by to take a gander at my Faery Princess crown.  Here's something for you.  This is the first crown in a series of 3 and not all 3 are faery themed!  I wonder what I have up my sleeve ::MUAHAHAHAHAAAAAA::

If you are curious as to what I used, the supply list is below as well as links to where you can grab your own shwaaaag!


Supply List:

Santos Crown #3 (Retro Cafe Art)
Flowers, Leaves and Pearl Sprays (Wild Orchid Crafts)
Inka Gold Paints (Viva Decor)
Bead Strands (May Arts)
Embossing Powder (Piccolo)
Spray Inks (Heidi Swapp, Dylusions)
Paint (Liquitex)
Stamp Ink Pad (StazOn)
Embossing Ink (Ranger)
Rhinestone Pendant (personal stash)
Adhesive (Helmar 450 Quick Dry, hot glue gun)

04 May 2015

A Phone Case Extreme Makeover!

Good day, Muses!!!  I have a quick question for you.  Do and of you have an old, used up, washed out, phone case lying around but you just don’t want to pull the trigger on a new one?  Do you have a "plain Jane" phone case that needs some pizzazz?   I have the perfect solution!  Bust out some paint, and stencils and ALTER IT!


Good laaaaawd!!  Look at all of that color and texture!  Did I mention Art Anthology is perfect for use on leather?  I'm hard on my phones and have been using this case for a couple weeks now and it still looks brand new.


The full monty, front and back!  Just look at all of that texture and color!!


Talk about baby got back!


This is easily one of the coolest projects I’ve done and I can’t stop staring at it.  Give your phone case an extreme makeover!


29 April 2015

Poppin' Pocket Scrappin'

Why hello Muses!  So as you may know, I've gotten into the whole pocket scrappin' trend and I gotta say.  I love it!  There really is so much you can do with it.  You can use cards from a kit or you can do what I did with my Gelli Plate, Art Anthology paints and mists, and some Viva Las VegaStamps and create your own cards.

Just look at this luscious spread I put together showing our trip up to Nago to see the cherry blossoms and visit the pineapple farm (and tasted some delicious pineapple wine!).

So much color and completely unique, making your own cards is fun and easy!

Pocket Spread (8)

I used Colorations mists and they are the bomb!  Combining Art Anthology, VLVS, and my Gelli Plate made making my own cards super easy, messy, and fun.

Pocket Spread (7)

Some Glorious, Plush, and that fun film strip stamp make these cards pizazz!
Pocket Spread (6)

Some more paint and inky fun but let’s throw the Bubbles stencil and that barbed wire background into the mix.  Oh heck!  Why not stamp with the checkerboard background too!

Pocket Spread (4)

I am totally hooked on making my own pocket scrapping cards and will absolutely show you as I create them.  It’s nearly impossible to make a mistake and it sure as heck takes a lot of pressure off for getting that “perfect” look.  I do hope you give it a try!


05 April 2015


You may remember this piece as one of my last posts before my hiatus.  It came from a very thoughtful place after a lot of soul searching.

I have finally created the second of this series of three.  This one also came as a result of a personal battle I fight.  I have depression and I am coming out of a particularly nasty slump.  This most recent rut started out as anger and then morphed into a deep sadness.  I’m not ashamed and I find that talking about it is rather liberating.

Vida (8)

Each piece of this canvas hold meaning.  The chaos that always seems to be in the background, the chains that sometimes feel like they will never let go, the flashes of happy color through the chaos, the feeling that *I* can’t be seen and the constant reminder that life, vida, has got to be lived.

Vida (7)

I’m lucky to have a very understanding husband who is my rock and my light.  And I always appreciate and understand that I am NEVER alone and if you can relate,  you aren’t alone either.  I’m not ashamed as it’s very much a part of who I am, of my irresistible charm.  ::wink::