Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Tutorial: Steampunk Inspired Tag

Hi Everyone!
Today's tutorial is a Steampunk inspired tag using some cool metal pieces from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.

Start with a #8 black tag and wings cut from lightweight chipboard or heavyweight cardstock.  I used a cracker box and the Tim Holtz wing die.  You can easily free hand cut the wings yourself as well.

Choose two or three metallic acrylic paint colors for your tags background.  Sponge the paints on randomly.  Once the paint is dry, spray different colors of spray onto a craft mat or wax paper.  She your tag and smoosh it all around in the spray ink.   Dry the tag with a heat gun or set aside to dry.   Repeat the same steps with your wings.

Once your tag and set of wings are dry, glue the wings to the tag.  I chose to have my wings raised in flight, coming slightly off the tag base.  The fun part was choosing which of Miriam's Crafting Supplies  metals to add as my focus piece.  Place your metal piece just at the point where your wings join,sponge lightly with the same acrylic paint colors as your tag.  Use a few more pieces of Miriam's metals on your tag in any pattern you choose.  Finish off your tag with a stamped sentiment, cut it out and ink or paint it.  Glue the sentiment down using a strong glue stick or Glossy Accents.

Tip: for a sturdier tag, glue your finished tag to another #8 tag or cut a 2nd tag from chipboard.  That way if you choose to display your tag, it will stand better

Supplies Used:
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Glossy Accents
#8 Black tag, Tim Holtz Ranger brand
acrylic paints, metallic
color sprays, Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Please Meet Lady Pink

Hi Everyone!

Long time no blog, I know!  This month the DT over at Miriam's Crafting Supplies are doing pink projects in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I made this beautiful dress form that I've named Lady Pink!

She is approximately 13 inches tall, paper mâché and embellished with Miriam's awesome supplies.  some of her features include hand painting, glimmer spray, artist mulberry paper flowers and lots of love. Lady Pink along with items made by the DT will be auctioned off by Miriam.  After all the pics I will post info on how you can bid on this original piece of art.

Please follow this link to join in the Shades of Pink Challenge over at Miriam's Crafting Blog .  If you can't join the challenge or bid please do tell your friends, the proceeds go to a great cause.  Thank you so much for stopping by,  I'm honored to be part of a great event!

products used:






Friday, October 3, 2014

Little Pink Boxes Tutorial

Hello everyone, this month over at Miriam's Crafting Supplies we are doing everything pink.  As you know, October is  Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I decided to alter some mini paper ache boxes.

Start with a paper mâché box and two shades of pink craft paint.  You can gesso your box first, I did not because I want some of the original box color to show through.  Paint boxes inside and out with darker pink paint, let dry.  Next, randomly go over boxes with lighter pink shade, use a baby wipe to remove paint or lighten some areas.  Once your boxes are dry, distress ink the edges, use as much or as little as you like.

Next begin embellishing your box tops with Miriam's Crafting Supplies charms, bling and flowers of your choice.  I chose to use Miriam's dragonfly, pink bling, pearls, bra charm and winged charm.  The brass color of the charms work perfect for this project because I wanted a vintage feel.

I didn't want to overdo it so I had to stop myself with the pretty charms! You can add Miriam's embellishments to the side or inside of your box for added dimension or interest.  I chose to do the tops only because I want mine to serve as storage for more embellishments.

I hope you've enjoyed this quick and beautiful process.  Please go to Miriam's 
Crafting Supplies this month and join us for the Pink Challenge.

Miriam's Crafting
craft paint, use two shades, one dark, one light
paper mache boxes(any size, I like the miniature ones)
strong adhesive(Ranger Glossy Accents)
paint brush
paper flowers(search Google or YouTube, so many suppliers out there!)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fantasy Theme For Miriam's Crafting Supplies


I'm here to share with you a few quick projects for the month of August using my DT package from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.  This month, our projects are in the theme of fantasy/whismsical.  I love to make ATCs and had a blast making these canvas back ATCs, canvas provided by Miriam's shop.  I used Dylusions spray inks for my background, fussy cut images of children(found via Pinterest), glitter glue and some of Miriam's goodies.  I did adhere my canvas to some cardboard upcycled from my little one's fruit snack box to give the ATCs a backing.

 I used the blue flat back pearls from the shop to add some interest to the little fairy girl ATCs, gives the eye somewhere else to look I think.  For the Fairy King ATC, I used one of Miriam's lovely corner pieces and positioned above the little boy's head to represent a crown, he's so handsome!  Can you tell I love angels? The beautiful metal piece used on the angels kissing ATC gives the effect of a halo over those two cuties.  I simply printed up various words to use for my ATCs on my home printer, then cut them out and adhered with Glossy Accents.  As you can see, I also used Tim Holtz Stickles glitter glue around the borders of the words and ATCs for further interest.  All of my fantasies involve glitter!

I also created this awesome wood panel for Miriam's Crafting Supplies this month.  This project is inspired by the altered canvases I've seen on Pinterest and  YouTube.  I had a package of precut wood panels I'd purchased eons ago from AC Moore.  Basically here's what you do:

Take a wood panel or canvas board(any size you prefer), layer various metal pieces found in Miriam's shop all over the panel.  I used E6000 to glue mine down, use it in a room with good ventilation.  Let your collaged pieces dry for about an hour or so.  Since my wood was raw,  I used two or three coats of gesso randomly all over the panel.  Once the gesso was dry, I started painting with liquid acrylics using no particular pattern.  I chose five colors to work with, any more than that is overkill.  My colors were teal, pink, cream, lilac and white. 

I did originally plan to let my Priam Fairy Belle torn papers show but then decided to use them more as a texture.  I glued them down to the gessoed canvas, then painted over the papers and the metal accents using all the colors of paint except white.  When paintingover the metal pieces and beads be sure to not mix your paint colors.  I used a combination of fingers and brush to paint in the panel.  Once the colors were down, I let them dry then went in with white acrylic paint.  Paint all over the panel with the white or whichever focus color you choose.  When painting over, you want your other acrylic colors to show through but not be out there in your face.   In order to achieve this paint randomly and lightly, if you do it to heavy or too many coats, you don't get the white washed effect.   Add flowers or any other accent pieces items, such as the metal embellishment from Miriam's shop and the Tim Holtz doll.  Did you see the little crown I got from Miriam? It looks awesome glued to my doll's head!   Lightly dry brush more white paint onto your final embellishments, let dry and display.   I hope you've enjoyed this quick tutorial, if you have any questions please do ask me or check with Miriam and we'll get you an answer!  Thanks for stopping by, here are a few more little pics for you to enjoy.

Products used:
canvas ATCs from
acrylic paints
wood panel or canvas board
paper flowers
spray inks
computer images, words
glitter glue
strong glue such as E6000
Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz doll figure
  Items below are courtesy of Miriam's Crafting Supplies: