Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Altered Box for Miriam's Craft Supplies


I'm happy to share another  DT project for Miriam's Craft Supplies.  This month our challenge on the DT is the theme of containers.  I got this cute little wood box from my local Dollar Tree a while back.   I knew I wanted to alter it somehow but was stumped.  I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found so much, I was mind boggled!

So the first thing I did was paint the box, then I did some faux distressing with a few swipes of black acrylic  paint.   Then the poor box sat there all lonely and things.   When I was asked to join Miriam's DT-the light went off!  I saw those metal corners and the metal pieces she sells and I was hooked!

Like I mentioned before. Pinterest is my place to go to for inspiration.  I decided to practice my collage skills mixed media style.  Thanks to Miriam's store, I now have myself a cute little jewelry box.

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I hope you've enjoyed the project/pics and please stop by and join in the challenges and do some shopping.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Quick Tutorial for Miriam's Craft Supplies

So happy to be here and share a quick little project for Miriam's Craft Supplies where you can find some great products at great prices for your projects.

So I started with the supplies you see pictured.  I had no idea really where I wanted to go with this except I knew, paper would be torn! For this project, I used a 4x4 canvas board, you can pick them up at just about any craft store in a package of four or five.  I'm a huge Prima paper fan so I chose the Cartographer line for this canvas.  I used liquid acrylic craft paints which you can often find on sale at most craft stores.  The little copper colored stud was actually found in the upholstery section at Joann Fabric.  The beautiful silver flower is from Miriam's Craft Supplies.

Using the gold paint, I painted the wood butterfly and the canvas.  Next, I put down a wash of white paint all over the butterfly and the canvas.  There is'nt a right or a wrong way to lay down your paint, just put on and begin having fun.  I did'nt gesso the canvas as it came pre-primed.

Here, you can see I went a little heavy with my white paint using a pouncing motion with the brush.  Again, it's okay to paint or not paint to your desire.

Begin tearing your Prima papers to your liking, adhere with gel medium.  Make sure to press firmly in order to get rid of any air bubbles.  Repeat the process using as much or less papers as you like.  Do the same tearing paper/glueing down  technique with your wood piece, however, choose a coordinating paper for some interest.

Using a good glue, here I used E600, glue your wood piece to your canvas.  Press firmly and give it a bit of time to dry.    This time, give it a gold wash of acrylic paint all over the whole project piece.  This tones down some of the white and accents the papers used in your background.

Attach the copper stud through the center of the metal flower, be careful because the stud is sharp.  I tried pushing real hard but my fingers were'nt strong enough. No problem, give that baby a few taps with a hammer or mallet and she went through the wood shape and the canvas!

Here you can see I finished off the project with a white wash of white acrylic paint, highlighted the metal piece with a few brushes of the gold paint and then finished off the whole canvas with a spray of glimmer mist.   There you have it, a cute little piece of mixed media artwork created at minimal cost!

I hope you've enjoyed this project and please head over to Miriam's Craft supplies and give her store some love.


metal flower-from Miriam's store!
copper stud or metal stud for your center(hey! a brad might work too!)
4x4 canvas board
acrylic paint in at least two colors, I used white and gold
pattern papers, at least two different prints
gel medium
strong adhesive such as E6000
glimmer spray or color spray, I used Tattered Angels Old Lace and Irridescent Gold

Thursday, July 3, 2014


My challenge entry for July over at  This month our challenge is to alter a container and the container has to be able to be used to house something.  In my case, I altered a frosting container using Prima Stationer's Desk, Miriam's metal embellies, Prima flowers, My Mind's Eye pearl bling and two Prima button metal embellies.If you use any of Miriam's products you get more entries, so go join the challenge for July!