Friday, April 27, 2012

Frosted Designs Project

Hello All!

I hope this finds you all well! I have a special project for you this week. Like most of you, we have lots of special memories we love to display.  Store bought easels just lack character, so I made this Carpenter's Ruler Easel to display my favorite picture. 

It's super easy to make and only requires a few supplies.

I love to repurpose flea market finds and turn them into something useful around the house. I am pleased with the way it turned out.  It's going to be great to display not only pictures, but perhaps a mini canvas or mini chipboard book.  The next time you see a carpenter's ruler at a flea market or thrift store BUY IT! 

This week's challenge at Frosted Designs is rolled paper!  I hope you will link up your card, layout, or project over at Frosted Designs!

Stop by again soon!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge-Weather

It's time for a Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge once again.  This week we were challenged to create a project, layout or card focusing on weather.

This past couple weeks have been very emotional.  On April 3, my daughter and I were rear ended by a drunk driver.  Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.  However, it sure makes you think about your own mortality.  Life is so precious.  James 4:14 kept popping into my head, and was my inspiration for this card.  James 4:14 says,  "Why you don't even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."  I made this card for my family as a reminder of our short time on this earth.  We must not take our lives for granted.  Life can change in an instant.

To create this card, I first wet the entire surface with water.  I added a couple magenta and orange acrylic ink splotches.  The water allows the ink to spread across the paper.  I tipped the card to allow the ink to run and drip off the side of the card.  Once dry, I spread some Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in a couple spots.  I tore a Starbucks coffee cup sleeve and sewed it to the top of the card to represent the clouds.  Using the petal from my daisy stencil I added modeling paste raindrops.  I added more water and acrylic ink in magenta and orange letting it run across the surface. Using my Neocolor II watercolor crayons I outlined the raindrops in pink and orange.  I then used a wet brush to outline the raindrops I had colored with watercolor crayon.  It gives it a great watercolor effect.  I highlighted each raindrop with gesso.    I made a flower using a circle from the coffee cup sleeve, misc scrap papers, and added two buttons to the center.  The leaves of the flower are cut from a security envelope.  I stamped the man holding the umbrella to a scrap piece of paper and glued it to the front of the card.  I simply added the typed verse using my glue stick.

I hope this inspires you to get out your paints, inks and gesso!  Create something inky and fun!  Don't forget to link up your weather creations at Frosted Designs.