Monday, July 21, 2014

Neon Mixed Media Heart Tag

I often use large tags to mop up my work area. Usually all they need is a little bit of stenciling, a quote or a focal image (in this case, the heart) to pull it all together. 

The heart was a mixed media background I made. To read more about making backgrounds in bulk you can read my tutorial here

IMHO, nothing (short of a hyper-color t-shirt circa 1987) says summer quiet like the HOT! HOT! HOT! shades of neon. Thusly, this is my entry for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:

"This week the Monday challenge group has a fun and unique challenge for us! They want us to create something inspired by the hot temperatures, the starry nights and the long days spent by the water. You can create whatever the summer means to you, so head to your craft room/space (hopefully it has air conditioning!!) and let’s see what inspires you!"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Painted Thrown Pillows: Upcycle

I had bought some orange cushion covers at Ikea 

No matter what I sat them next too, the brilliant orange looked a little rusty and autumnal. While that is gorgeous, my house leans more towards the bright and bold so dusty colors just don't gel with the rest. 

After placing them in my donation box but dragging my feet about dropping them off, I finally grabbed some fabric paint to see what I could do. They were already a loss.

Now we love them! And the pillow forms inside were thin and cheap so I double-stuffed them with my lumpy old gray cushions too. Those things looked like they were full of baking potatoes. 

But the two together - rich, thick, deluxe comfort. 

I'm a happy lady and my living room has one more bright pop of color.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Embellished Scissors: GRACE

Happy Monday, everyone!

Don't you just love gold and purple together? I think it's one of the great underused color combos.

Classic, pretty, soothing.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Embellished Scissors: DARE

This is my favorite pair, I know you shouldn't share the one you like best so early on but it's Friday...

Friday is kind of like the party you get to have every week.

This is the only sharp pair of antique scissors I decorated. All the rest have nice, friendly rounded ends. 

But dare... DARE is not a 'rounded edges' sort of proposition is it. 

And they're ORANGE. My most favoritest, loveyist, audacious color of all. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Embellished Scissors: BRAVE

Good Morning, everyone!

Today I'm debuting another pair of embellished scissors. 

These adorable decorations really make my heart sing.

I started with antique children's scissors, dyed them with alcohol ink and then embellished them with wire, beads and a word of inspiration or encouragement.

What do you think?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cardboard Stained Glass Window Upcycle

My husband works from home and his office has a cut out space above the door. While I'm sure it serves some unknowable purpose as a design element in an otherwise unremarkable hallway, it is not conducive to privacy in the least. He has video meetings so our options were to be quiet during work hours, be inconsiderate, or fill up that space.

Here is a pic of the hallway so you have a visual.

I looked into ways to fill the space - stained glass, a window... but they all cost a ton of money. 
When you've just bought a new home, a pile of money is not exactly on hand. But what I did have was a pile of cardboard; and to this industrious crafter, it was sort of the same thing.

So I painted and stenciled, mod-podged, spray-painted and doodled.


And once it was a big, ole mess of colorful jubilance I blocked out my cathedral windows with a Payne's Gray sort of color. Did you know to make the best grays you mix equal parts black and primary blue and then add white to the color you are looking for. It's so rich and lovely. I go through scads of it. 

I love arched windows. Seriously. I could stare at them forever. 

Cardboard is a terrific sound barrier (especially as there is a piece on each side) and it adds a glorious pop of color in that long, dark hallway.

The way the moulding frames the art really works for me.

Here are some close ups of the office side. I went  little more organic with the 'leading' and I adore it!

The office is still a cherry tomato red. It's certainly a vivacious color but it leans garish. 

Here's a IRL pic - with the paint swatch on the wall, the mess. Reality. 

The art really holds it's own in the space and gives his office that little touch of art it needs.

One more quick shot. Top is the hall way side, bottom is the office side.