This week's Four Ways Friday is all about how you can use the Boho Blossoms punch in fun and exciting ways!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday! I hope these ideas inspire you to use your Boho Blossoms punch in new and exciting ways!!!! I wish you a wonderfully creative and peaceful weekend! (I will hopefully be doing some more house painting...I'll try to take more pics so you can see the progress!).
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I don't know why I've had an aversion in the past to showing you works in progress and why I have felt the need to always share completed projects. Do you know why that is? Do you come here expecting to see something in its completed state? I realize that just showing you completed projects and videos of completed projects doesn't really share the truth of my creative process. I have a lot of "ongoing pieces" in my craft room. Some wait for days...or months...or, yes, years...waiting for my return to move them forward. I am very much like these projects - a work in progress. I am never completed - I am always changing, building up, taking away. We are all works in progress - just like our art. So today I'm going to show you a work in progress and we can enjoy the journey together (and yes, I promise to share how this piece transforms...whether that be a day from now, a month from now....or maybe even a year!).
Today's piece started out much like my "create art" sign. I began with die cutting chipboard - time time using the Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die and the Simple Alphabet dies. I then adhered the pieces to the base using glue. This time I decided to start adhering metal tape from the home improvement store and adding a bit of sequin waste that I adhered with matte medium. I want to thank RachO113 on YouTube for this inspiration. If you haven't watched any of her videos and want to be absolutely inspired, you need to go and watch her at work with her art in her videos - she is truly amazing to watch! Thank you Rachel for the inspiration! Here are a few pictures of the process unfolding:
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Delayed Gratification Can Help You Appreciate What You ReceiveIn today's world of instant everything, I find that I can forget to really appreciate that which I receive. We have learned that we can get what we need at the click of a button - be it information; something new we buy on the internet; a message we receive from a friend through instant messaging, texting, or email. It seems to train us to believe that everything comes quickly and it also seems to train us to not stop and really marvel at what we receive. If things seem to appear automatically, we can begin to take them for granted. So thank you for coming back by today for a little delayed gratification! I hope you didn't mind the wait...and if you did, ask yourself why you minded and whether you can slow down your desire to have it all "right now!" I am trying to teach myself this same patience and this same appreciation to allow things to come at their own time.
When we left off yesterday, I shared with you the sign covered in masking tape. The next step was to sponge Soft Suede ink to the entire piece. Next came some Chocolate Chip ink sponged in some places and then some Basic Black ink, sponged particularly around the letters to give them a bit of definition. I then used my fingers to apply Champagne Shimmer Mist paint to the entire panel, right over all of the ink. In person this sign has some great sparkle and shine!!!! The paint also acts to "seal in" the ink. I then stamped the word "create" from one of the stamps in the Charming stamp set. I used my Soft Suede marker and Very Vanilla card stock and then cut out the word and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink. The word was applied to the sign using glue. The brass hand was something I had in the craft room - it came in handy :) I attached it using matte medium. Next I stamped a brass metal tag using Staz-On ink and the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set. I attached it to the sign using an antique brad. Finally, I adhered the entire panel to a piece of Basic Black card stock and added some D-ring hangers with matte medium. I haven't decided yet if I want to hang the sign using wire or ribbon...but I know I will decided when the time is right :) I hope you like it! Tomorrow check back to see how else you can cover chipboard signs for a totally different look!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: It All Begins With An Idea Or An ActionToday's project started with the idea to make a sign for my craft room after I had completed yesterday's "create art" card. What I find is that most of my art begins with either an idea or an action. Sometimes I walk into the craft room and sit down and have an intention - an idea of where I want to start or what I want to do. At other times, I sit down and I am clueless! I have no idea what I am going to do or where to begin. Either way creates a beginning - a place where my art begins. You don't have to have an idea to actually get started - you can just get started :)
This first photo is where I began to bring the idea to life. I cut a piece of chipboard for the base and then die cut chipboard with the Serif Essentials dies and adhered the letters to the base using glue. I then began to apply strips of masking tape, smoothing the pieces around the letters as I went along. Here are some pictures of the process I went through:
Monday, October 24, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Create ArtToday's card is as much a message to myself as it is a card to post. I still struggle with letting things get in the way of my creating art - my inner critic; time; needed the next supply before I can do anything - Do you suffer from any of these? If I can just sit down and clear my mind a bit, then I seem to be able to overcome those things that try to get in the way. So this weekend I spent some time sitting and, as a result, created some art...and it felt GREAT! It all began with this card - my new mantra for myself :) You may see this message again tomorrow...(hint, hint!)
This card was so simple and I love the Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake effect. I ran the card base through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips embossing folder. I actually ran it through backwards - so the card front is "debossed" - I decided to just go with it :) I then die cut the letters using the Serif Essentials dies and the Big Shot. The letters and the card base were sponged using Soft Suede ink. Next I stamped the word "create" by only inking that word on one of the stamps in the Charming stamp set. I then cut it out and sponged the edges. The letters and the word "create" were then adhered to the card using dimensionals. I hope you like it...more importantly, I hope you like the message :)