Sunday, August 25, 2013

13 days...project 2

I am back with project #2 for my 13 days of Halloween challenge. Today I made another super simple home decor project  using a 12x12 canvas, a sheet of paper from the DCWV Spooky Stack, black acrylic paint, Mod Podge, Zip dry, rhinestone stickers, and some Recollections flowers.  
To complete this project I painted the canvas black including the edges. After the paint was dry I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge over the canvas and then put my paper down so it would adhere to the canvas. I waited overnight and then I applied another layer of Mod Podge over the paper to adhere it and seal it to the canvas. Once the Mod Podge was dry I used Zip Dry and adhered a cluster of Recollections flowers to the bottom corner and added some rhinestone stickers to the banners for some texture. 

So what do you think? So far, I am loving the simplistic projects that I know are going to come together beautifully. That's all for today! I'll see you all next time with project #3. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

13 Days of Halloween

My favorite holiday is fast approaching, so you know what that means…CRAFTY TIME!  This year I am going to embark on a 13 days of Halloween craft challenge to myself.  I am going to start work on 13 different Halloween projects that I hope to have completed by October 13th.  These projects can be anything from scrapbook layouts, home decor, to making my costume.  To start my challenge, I decided to make a picture frame for my mantle decor. 

For this project I used black acrylic paint, a foam brush, a sheet of Echo Park paper from the Apothecary Emporium collection, Mod Podge, 3M sanding block, Chestnut Rhone Cat Eye chalk ink, and a wood frame from the $1 aisle at Michael’s.

For this super simple project I used my sanding block and lightly sanded the edges of this frame to smooth it out.  Next I painted the whole frame black with my acrylic paint.  While I waited for the paint to dry, I measured the frame and cut the paper accordingly.  I wanted the words at the top of the sheet to show so I cut the paper with this in mind.  As soon as my paper was cut and the paint was dry, I applied Mod Podge to the frame and then laid my cut paper on top of the frame.  I made sure the paper was smooth with no bubbles and then used the sanding block to adhere the paper to the frame.  After the edges were smoothed out, I inked the edges with some Chestnut Rhone chalk ink and then applied another layer of Mod Podge to the top of the paper to seal it all in.  Here is the finished product. A Halloween picture frame that will display a 4x6 photo which will perfectly coordinate with my planned mantle display.   

So what do you think?  My lighting in my craft room is horrible, so I brought this over to the guest bathroom to take a picture.  I will take a final picture when I have my whole mantle decor up.  I am thinking that I need to add a red rose, or something to dazzle this, but for now, I am very pleased with the way it turned out. 

So that is it friends, I hope you have enjoyed my first installment of my 13 day challenge.  I will see you soon with project #2.  

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Look what I found

I am so excited...look what I found!

Yes!  This means that Fall, Autumn, Harvest, Halloween, cooler weather, and all the good times are soon on their way.  As you all know, I am a junkie for everything Halloween, so I was beside myself when I saw these on the shelf at Joann's.  They were just putting up the display, but I was able to pick up these two 6x6 pads which are perfect for card making and also the 6x6 albums I am making.  From what I could see, they had these along with the 12x12 paper pads, coordinating card-stock packs, mat stacks, and the combined paper 180 page paper stacks.  These 6x6 were $6.99 each, which I gladly paid along with a 40% off coupon from the direct sales flier and a 40% off coupon from my phone and also used a 25% off my total purchase coupon I printed out from my email.  So not only did I find something I never knew I wanted, I also paid less for it.  Yay me!