Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mixed Media Fly Canvas

This project actually started out as an attempt to make a card for one of my Graphic 45 projects.  As you can see it did not turn into a card.  I immediately felt better once I decided to turn this into a mixed media canvas project. My inspiration colors were: Tuscan Sunset, Bon Voyage, Heritage Kraft 

I used Steampunk Spells and a few precious butterflies from a coveted sheet of Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Here are the rest of my supplies.

Steampunk Spells 8x8
Steampunk Spells 6x6 Pattern and Solids
Steampunk Spells Flowers
Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2
Staples: Ornate Keyholes and Keys
Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12x12
Craft wire
Burlap Canvas
Matte Medium
Tissue Tape
Ideaology Newsprint Letters
Ideaology Tissue Wrap
Gilders paste, copper
E6000 adhesive

Lots of layers, matting, gilders paste and embellishments give this canvas piece a lot to look at.

I even made a snaguide for how to make the flowers!

Hope you enjoy!


Check out How to Make Mixed Media Flowers by Rhea Freitag on Snapguide.

Monday, June 30, 2014

An Erie Tale Altered Box

The Halloween collections that Graphic 45 creates seem to always be some of my favorite papers.  The new Erie Tale paper line is no exception.  

For this project I intended to create something that did not look typical Halloween, so I chose papers that were generic enough for gift giving year round. I did end up throwing in a few pumpkins and toadstools, to add to the mystical theme.  

On the top I used a few of my precious metal staple flowers that I embossed in a spiral pattern.  To add to the eclectic look I added a few vintage buttons and some warm toned flowers.

To close this recycled box I made pegs from Tim Holtz hitching posts, so I could weave ribbons through it like a corset.  I really like how that turned out.  The box I used was actually an old gift box from Sephora.

To edge out the box (and cover up some mistakes,) I used a bit of the geometric tape from Graphic 45.  You all know how much I love to use tapes!

This floral design is just to die for.  I think I need to make a book out of this too!

Since I could not just leave my little box empty, I fashioned this paperclay heart to stick inside of it.  In a way, I was inspired by the Snow White tale...

The heart has a Shabby Chic Keyhole glued on with a tiny scrap of Steampunk Spells behind it.  To get texture on my heart, I simply used a rubber stamp.

The Spanish moss made for a perfect little nest for my fun heart.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Botanical Tea Box

This project has been waiting in the wings for ages!  I made it some time ago for Graphic 45 and I am excited to finally show it off.  They also posted it in their introduction of me they posted last week.  I was so humbled and touched by what the Graphic 45ers had to say about my work. Too all of you who took the time to comment, thank you!!!

Supply List:

Botanical Tea 12x12
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keyholes
May Arts Ribbon
Tim Holtz Foundation Feet and Curio Knob
Vintaj Patinas
Silver and Patina Gilders Paste
Kraft Recipe Box
White Gesso
Xyron Glue Stick for Corners

I have had the box on hand and primed from a previous creative funk.   Sometimes I find it helpful to prime or prep pieces to work on later when I am in a creative lull (like I am right now....)

I love all the texture and movement that the ribbons provide.

In this image above you can see how lovely a little bit of patina gilders paste looks on the new Shabby Chic Keyholes.  I adore this finish!

The colors in this line are perfect for spring and summer projects.  They also have lots of classic prints such as polka dots.

On the feet I used Vintaj patinas to change the color to go with my palate.  Altering metal is so much fun and so super easy!

I hope you enjoyed today's post!