Sunday, April 5, 2015

Diningroom Furniture Make over part 1


Happy Easter Everyone!
A few months ago I decided I wanted to give my Diningroom a facelift. I got my Table done and then had to put it on hold because of my Husband's back surgery and complications. Well he's 99% his old self so I'm getting ready to finish the job :-)  Let me start by saying I adore DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint!!!  My poor table was a horrible mess, it's 16 yrs old and had taken quite the beating over the yrs. We're retired so buying a whole new set is out of the question.  I've been a Decorative Painter and Teacher for over 25 yrs and my all time favorite paints to use for that craft have always been DecoArt, of course I'm going to try out their chalk paint :-)  To sum it up, the DecoArt Chalky Finish comes in wonderful colors, it gives excellent coverage, easy to work with and very affordable (especially compared to the overpriced "other" chalk paint).  Here is a photo of my Table so far.
My Hutch/Chinacabinet will be next, just waiting on the rains to stop so I can open the windows to help speed up drying time on it.

I'll post photos as I go along once I start painting again :-)




Sunday, March 29, 2015

How I make the Steampunk Boxes



Many of you asked for a Tutorial on how I make the Steampunk Boxes, so here you go....

Supplies used:
Eileen Hull Square Box XL Scoreboard Die by Sizzix
Medium weight Chipboard or Matboard
Ranger Glue n Seal
Heavy Cardstock
Tim Holtz Clockworks Gear Embossing folder
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint or DecoArt Acrylic Paint
Double Sided Tape
Tim Holtz Metal Gears
2 Part Liquid Resin
Plaid Mod Melts Molds
Metallic Rubons
DecoArt Lustre Metallic Waxes
Sharp Craft Knife
High Tac Glue
Embossing/Diecutting machine Vagabond or BigShot

Begin by cutting your chipboard or matboard with the Square Box Die (you will need to cut 2 pieces).  Assemble your box, here is a quick video showing how to do it  Sizzix Youtube .
Cut your heavy cardstock into pieces that will fit into your embossing folder and machine. Cut 5 pieces.
Apply a coat of Glue n Seal to each of your box sides and top (do one side at a time) and apply your embossed cardstock. Once dry, use your sharp craft knife to cut off excess.


Apply a good coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish Carbon Paint


If you don't have the Chalky Finish you can use DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint. I prefer the Chalky Finish myself.
While your paint is drying, gather your metal embellishments. I've made quite a few of these this past week and didn't have any of the gears and such left that I wanted to use so I made some with 2 part resin and my Plaid Mod Melts Molds.
Once you're ready to add your embellishments, adhere them to your box with a high tac thick glue of your choice. (I use Aleene's Fast Dry thick glue for this part). Let them dry for about 15 minutes. Now paint a coat of the Chalky Finish Carbon paint all over the boxes and embellishements and let dry.


Once the paint is thoroughly dry start applying the metallic rub, I prefer to rub it on with my fingertips.
Apply the wax all over the entire box, including your embellishments. Lightly spray entire box with a matte sealer or brush on a coat of Glue n Seal matte. 

If  you choose to use the Label Hinge that comes with the box, use all of the same steps and once it's dry apply it with the thick tac glue to your box top.  Be sure to glue it on leaving a wee bit of space between it and the front of the box. If it's too close, it will be too tight to work with. 
And there you go! Have fun!



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Steampunk Box


One of my newest purchases is the Square Box Die from Sizzix, designed by Eileen Hull. I am SO in love with this Die!!  Last week I made a couple of Steampunk boxes and my best Friend fell in love with them so they went home with her. Well her Sister saw the photo of them and wanted one too so I made this one for her last night.  I will have a more detailed post tomorrow showing how I made them.
Thank you for looking!


12 Tags of 2015 with Tim Holtz-March



Greetings from Southeast Arkansas where winter is stuck LOL!  I'm so thankful for my warm and cozy craft room!
Don't you just love Tim's March Tag? Once again I don't have the exact supplies that Tim used so I improvised. Now normally I make a tag but this month I've made a gift for a very dear Friend.
I built a wood frame, painted it black and then coated the black with DecoArt Weathered Wood medium. Once the medium was dry I applied a coat of DecoArt Mocha Acrylic paint and sat and watched the beautiful cracks appear.
Next I cut a piece of black matboard and used Tim's Clock Stencil along with some opaque texture paste that I had mixed some purple acrylic paint into. Applied to the matboard and dusted with some Ranger Pearl Ex Powder.
I cut and embossed the Dragonfly using Tim's Layered Dragonfly Die, colored her up with pearlex powders, added some half pearls to her tail then covered her completely with Ranger Glossy Accents.
Before I adhered the Dragonfly to the frame, I gave the whole frame a coating of Rangers Glue n Seal and once it was dry I did some antiquing all over the frame with some of Tim's Black Soot Distress Paint. Apply the distress paint , wait about 30 seconds then rub it back with a soft cloth until you get the desired look.  I appllied some Picket Fence Distress Paint to one of Tim's keyholes, waited a few seconds and did a quick light rub with a soft cloth.

I really enjoyed making this, at first I felt funny not doing a tag but Tim does encourage us to take inspiration from his and run with it...I ran LOL  Thank you for looking. Now I must get this boxed up and mailed off to put a bit of happy in a dear Friend's day.

Don't forget to head to Tim's Blog and join in on the fun!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 with Tim-February


My goodness I wasn't sure I'd be finished in time! I just love Tim's tag this month (of course I love all of his tags lol), and wanted to get that same romantic white washed feel that he did. I improvised with most of it and have to admit, I'm happy with what I came up with :-) 

I used Tim's Seasonal Papers, Grungeboard, Seasonal Stickers, Metal findings and his lovely inkable, scrunchable Ribbon Binding. Add in some Distress Paint, Distress Markers and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and voila! I adore the look of Picket Fence Distress Paint on metal
What's not to love about Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter...I believe it's my most favorite glitter EVER!

Be sure to head over to Tim's Blog and join in on the fun!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Big Giveaway from The Idea Room!


TheIdeaRoom is giving away a Cricut Explore! Run, don't walk........

TheIdeaRoom big giveaway

Good luck Everyone!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Steampunk Canvas Tutorial

I had a few requests for a Tutorial on my Steampunk Canvas.  I took a bunch of video, pulled it all together and attempted to upload it here on the blog...no go! Blogger just isn't co-operating. I then tried to upload it to youtube but an hour into uploading it was only at 6%.  Soooo, I'm afraid you're going to have to settle for photos and text.  Feel free to ask any questions here on the blog and I'll answer them as quick as I can.

Supplies:  Canvas (any size), Cheesecloth, Gesso (black and white), Ranger Glue n Seal, Thick Tacky Glue, E6000 glue, Flowers ( I use flowers from I Am Roses, Petaloo and Prima), metal pieces ( I use a lot of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology metals, gears from old watches, springs from old pens and watches, nuts, bolts, the pop tops from soda cans, zipper pulls and any old stuff I find in the garage.) Buttons, laser cut wood shapes, grunge board shapes, and anything else that looks interesting to me.  Dylusion Ink Sprays.

Cover your Canvas with a layer of Glue n Seal and let dry.

Arrange your cheesecloth on your canvas and cover with Glue n Seal, let dry.

Start glueing your items all over the canvas...no rhyme or reason, just have fun glueing it all on...you can even stack items if you like how they look together.

Once you have all of your items glued to the canvas, cover the whole thing in a good solid coat of black gesso.
Once the black gesso is dry, take a scruffy paint brush , dab it into the white gesso and brush it across the canvas..go in all directions brushing lightly in some places and heavy in others.


 Once this layer is dry, cover any photos with paper towel and using Dylusion Ink Sprays have fun adding splashes of color all over the canvas.



If your canvas is a stretched canvas, paint the edges with black gesso.    There is no "right" or "wrong" way to do these canvases and they are very forgiving, for instance: you can always add more layers of stuff at any point, even after adding your sprays. Just be sure and do each of the steps again if you do add more.