I don’t know about you but I am finally starting to settle down a bit after the mad holiday rush. Our New Year’s eve is usually a quite one spent at home. I will likely craft away the evening while watching the New Year excitement on TV.
One of the projects that I will continue to work on is these Mini Mixed Canvas Calendars (like the ones shown below).
To make these, I started with mini calendars (made by docrafts) and paired them with 3″ x 4″ stretched canvas panels with easel. To make each unique, I applied various acrylic paint techniques for the backgrounds and then added buttons, metal jewelry parts, gears and other embellishments to create the desired look that I was going for. Each are one of a kind and can be made to match every taste so, they would make great New Year’s gifts.
Pretty and Pink
Acrylic paint sprays.
Script stamp in background.
Texture paste applied through stencil.
Twine and word bead.
Skull and gears
Acrylic painted background with crackle finish
Butterfly and roses
Acrylic paint sprays.
Stamps in background
Lazer cut chipboard butterfly
So, with this post being published on the crest of a New Year, I am curious as to what your goals or resolutions might be? The big one for me is that I will be starting technique videos in 2018. This is a big step for me! I have been prepping me and my studio for this new adventure so I hope that things turn out well. I just have to pick the right project to start and and just take the final leap!
In celebration of being the December Guest Designer for Club Scrap Inc; I am hosting a giveaway of stamps from the Club Scrap “A Night at the Met” Collection. What will one lucky, randomly drawn person win?!?!
Jumbo Sheet (6.25 x 8.25) Unmounted Rubber stamps
4.25 x 5.5 “Art Nouveau” Unmounted Rubber Stamps
4.25 x 5.5 “Greetings” Unmounted Rubber Stamps
To enter, complete the steps below by 1/5/2018.
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I am so excited to announce that I am the December Guest Designer for Club Scrap.
I love Club Scrap’s products and am always excited to received my “Club Stamp” kit each month. Their stamps are high quality and their monthly kits are so interesting and unique. It was truly a pleasure to design 12 cards with the December 2017 “A Night at the Met” Collection.
Below is the list of Club Scrap products used in the 12 cards featured in this post:
Greetings to Go Pack
Art Nouveau UM
Plain papers from the monthly collection
In addition to the Club Scrap Products above, I also provided you with a list of additional products used as well as key techniques applied to each card. I sure hope you enjoy these cards as much as I enjoyed making them.
If you follow me on Instagram (loriscardscreat) you will know that I am often on the hunt for new and vintage items that I can use in my Mixed Media and Steampunk projects. I enjoy going to Antique and Vintage markets to look for treasures.
Well, today’s project is all about mixing the old and the new. New being the unexpected find of these Giant Wooden Dominoes (found at Tuesday Morning). Fabulous!
How Cool are these? They are approximately 8″ x 4″ and I picked up a box of 28 for only $20.00! This is officially a game set put out by Cardinal Industries Inc. and intended for actual Dominoe game play. However, when you love Mixed Media, anything can become a project piece. Oh Happy Day!
Like I said above, this is a mix of the old and the new. I used vintage keys, game pieces as well as an old flash bulb for a camera. These vintage items were mixed in with new products like gears, beads, home decor items and other fun embellishments.
I am really pleased at how this project came together and can’t wait to find new ways to put these Extra Large Wooden Dominoes to work! Don’t you love the unexpected?!?
My challenge to you this week is to go find something unexpected to use in your artsy adventures! If you do, share it with me on Instagram (@loriscardscreat) or Twitter (@loriscardscreat)! I would love to see what you have done!
As I was strolling through my local Michaels Craft Store, I found a wooden standing plaque and thought…I can do something with that! If fact, I instantly thought about the vintage fuses that I have had stashed away for a few months now (just waiting for the right Steampunk project).
And…with any good Steampunk project, you should have a story to go behind it. So, this little piece of work is my little Steampunk Music Maker, powered by fuses and happy thoughts. Ok, so I may not be the greatest at the story telling side of Steampunk but I sure hope you will enjoy this project anyways.
Standing wooden framed painted with Acrylic paint and Crackled with an application of One Step Crackle.
Acrylic sprays used to color and stain the project.
Gears, bits and bobbles focused around a metal vintage measuring spoon.
Brick textured background over vintage sheet music.
I loved using these vintage fuses and am going to have to go hunting at the antique mall for some more! Don’t they add such a vintage machinery feel to this project? Love it
And you know my other love of mixed media and steampunk is all of the gears, bits and pieces that come together to create something fascinating! Finding the right pieces and fitting them together is truly one of my favorite step in the process.
I kind of envision this little contraption as something like an magical music box. Is it a Relic from the Past or the Future? I will leave that decision up to you!
Vintage fuses & measuring spoon.
DecoArt Americana Premium White Gesso & Acrylic paints
Over at Stamp Nation they have a Snowman Challenge that I am participating in. I love Snowmen! I been collecting them for years and have a special spot to display them each Christmas.
For this card, I wet stamped a snowflake collage stamp with Distress Oxide ink to create a watercolor/distressed background (using 3 different colors). I then added a few ink splotches (with Distress Oxide Ink) to add some interest. The snowman was stamped in black and mounted on a piece of cardstock (tinted with the same Distress Oxide ink). Both the snowman and mount were die cut from nesting circle dies. This element as then adhered to the card with dimensional tape. For some contrast, I stamped coordinating snowflakes, in black, around the card and then embellished up the piece with twine and sequence. Finally, I added the “I love Snowmen” sentiment. Fitting, I thought.
The Angel Company, I Love Snowmen (no longer available)
A big thank you to Sara Emily for the wonderful comments she left on my blog today as well as for introducing me to the “A Vintage Journey” blog. They have a terrific Winter Wonderland challenge for December that she so kindly pointed out to me and mentioned that a few of my recent projects might be a good fit.
Upon checking the blog out, I find that I am very excited to participate and follow this group. As the name implies, the blog focuses on Vintage style challenges and welcomes different styles and modes of creativity. Very nice! I have already spied several lovely projects posted by their “Creative Guides” and participants.
I am re-posting and linking a couple of my recent Wintery projects to their Winter Wonderland Challenge for December. How exciting! I will definetly be adding this blog to my list of monthly challenges to participate in!
Project 1: Believe (was also entered into the November “The Mixed Media Monthly” Believe Challenge.
Project 2: My Mixed Media Round Canvas project titled “Wish”
For details, please see my previous blog post in regards to each of these projects. Also, be sure to check our Sara Emily’s Blog “Sarascloset” as well as the “A Vintage Journey” blog”. Both are great sites to visit and follow!
Tonight as I was sitting here at my craft desk, stamping away, I was thinking about my father. He passed away many years ago, right before Christmas. He was so special to me and still influences my life on a daily basis.
During the Holiday season, we often remember those special people in our lives. It is understandable as this is the season for being with family and friends. Our memories are filled with special days, special events and special people. It is still tough and feelings can be overwhelming. I find it easier to cope with these memories when I can work my feelings out in my crafting and card making.
So, the little empty bench in the card below is for my dad’s memory. He always loved the outdoors so, I created a little winter scene for his bench to sit in. It made me warm and happy to remember how much he supported me in everything I did.
This month, over on the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog, the theme is “Believe”. Which I was excited to see because I had a project brewing in my brain that was going to be perfect for this challenge.
This project is a mixture of Mixed Media, Assemblage with a bit of floral arrangement on the side.
It is really a treat when you can bring together so many techniques and different elements into one project! I started out by creating the mixed media canvas and then incorporated it into the wooden sleigh with the Santa figurine. Then I added the assemblage pieces and floral elements until I was happy with the results.
I just adore this little Santa and am happy that I finally got to use a Tim Holtz Decorate Deer from his Idea-ology collection. I have had these sitting around for a month or so waiting for the right project. I also dug out my stash of DecoArt One Step Crackle finish and used it on the Reindeer and snowflakes featured on the canvas. I really must use the crackle more often; it gives the project a nice aged and weathered look.
So, thanks to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog for another month of great inspiration!