Monday, April 20, 2015

How To Make Your Own Faux Galvanized Containers....

Hello and welcome back again! 
It's almost Mother and Father's Day and Graduation here in the States, and finding a cute way to give a gift that is suitable for all genders and ages can be tough; especially, if you don't have a lot of time or ideas.  So, when I saw this post on Shelly Hickox's blog, Stamptramp, I knew it would be the perfect technique for what I needed.
Here are three that I've made so far...
On the left you'll see the original container. These came in green, pink and red and are a set of 3 for $1 at The Dollar Store!    Following fairly closely to Shelly's directions, but using what paints I had on hand, here's how I made mine.
The Step 1 was spray painting the containers with a solid base coat.  As you can see I did two in black and one of them with Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer spray.
Then I cut up a kitchen sink sponge and began splotching with the following paint combinations.

 Step 5 is here where I designed the label shape and I'd like to share it with you too.  
I cut this label out and then while step 6 was drying, I decorated the label in step 7.

And here is a close-up again.
These would be cute for holding almost any gift idea and when they've used up the gift, they can continue to use the container for anything they want.
So thank you to Shelly for the great technique and I hope you've enjoyed my take on her inspiration.  Super cheap, super fun and super cute!
Thank you so much for your visit. 
Big hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring and Pluto Matter, Dangit .....

Hello to you wonderful people!
I'm not exactly sure where Spring went. I think it might have been when I heard it was on it's way and stuck my head in the coat closet to find my galoshes and umbrella, only to reemerge and find less than enjoyable Summer temperatures.
 I have never been a fan of sweating (unless I'm maniacally chasing the ice cream truck as it turns the corner of my street) but other than that, I find it pointless.  
Therefore, I've  taken up camp at my favorite vacation spot, the river denial, and I'm crafting in memory of my lost friend, Spring, and I shan't hoard it to myself.   Here is a lovely gift basket full of cool and breezy pastel colored goodies that emanate the softness and tenderness of Spring for others like myself.  

Join me in supporting the cause by making Round Easter Basket Sets too and in doing so, you'll help spread awareness that ALL seasons are special and they ALL matter.  Please don't let Spring fall to the wayside like Pluto.  
Thank you so much for your visit. I appreciate you immensely.
Here's a BIG hug to you and have a wonderful day!
Lisa xx
(The equal opportunity shop for ALL seasons!)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vending Machine Gift Box

Do you know what's more fun than giving a gift? Making the decorative box to hold it!!
Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again....look no further, because The Cutting Cafe has the cutest ideas and here's yet another one!
This is Regina's latest creation called Vending Machine and the ideas are endless for decorating and filling.  
Here you see the gift box before all the hardware and price tag are added.
Along with the cut file comes a large sheet of sentiments; which had this saying, so I thought it fit perfectly for tape.
This was a complete hoot to make and so simple too! 
So if you have perishable or non-perishable gift, these little gift box vending machine holders would be perfect for ANY occasion! 
Just decorate and fill and good luck letting go of them because they're so stinking CUTE!

Thank you SO much for your visit.
Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa x

Monday, March 23, 2015

I Love Me Some M&M's.....

Hello! Hello! Hello!
I wanted to try making something for the current challenge @ Mixed Media Place where the theme is Typography.
We had this frame laying around that needed to be recycled and so I set about creating a faux canvas for the base using cardboard, brown paper wrap for backing and adhesive printable canvas sheets.
Here it is ready to start...
Since the theme is Typography, I used my silhouette machine to cut out a collage of M's. I would use the negative as a stencil and the positive as standouts to decorate.  I also tore out pages in the dictionary under the letter M.
Applying the dictionary pages with Mod Podge in a torn random pattern.
Then came the modeling paste.
Once dried, I outlined each pasted M with a distress ink marker to individualize them. 
When that dried, a light coating of watered down gesso was then painted over the top of  it all.
Instead of using cardstock for 'wordy' labels, I decided to stamp onto this material that I found in a flea market.
Handmade flowers, flourishes, and assorted frames and M's of various textures and types, along with "M" words for the wall hanging.
Some stamping, washi tape, wooden arrows and a little fraying....
Bottle cap mom, buttons and more arrows.
flowers and bling and more distress inking.
And there you have it!
Thank you so much for your visit.
Hope you enjoyed this and can join along in their challenge. The DT samples are mind blowing!
Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa x

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Barbara Streisand Easter Basket....

If you read the post title, you're probably thinking, "What???" or If you're much younger than me, you're probably saying, "Who?" Well, regardless, it was her AND her song that got stuck in my head while creating this cute little Easter Basket from The Cutting Cafe.  
"Misty water-colored memories of the way we were...."  

Only because I decided to water color with the Distress Markers to decorate the eggs, do I, two days later, still have this song stuck in my head, and now so do you.  You're welcome or sorry; either one. 
Thank you so much for the wonderful visit.
Hugs and Happy Crafting to you,
Lisa x

The Cutting Cafe

Monday, March 9, 2015

I'll Do It For Bacon.....

Hi there and welcome back!
When I ran across this little silver piggy bank for one dollar, I couldn't quite refuse. I figured he'd come in handy for something.  Little did I know he'd become a motivational speaker!
I lathered this little hog up in gesso and got to work covering him with sheet music.
Random and various shape stamps (hexagon, dots and splatters) were covered in Versamark, then stamped to his 'hide' and covered in clear embossing powder. 
Now that I think of it, it makes him look like he's working up a sweat flying...and reasonably so!
Then Old Paper DI was applied for aging.  
After I finished making the bifocals for his face, I realized the uncanny similarity between my bit o' flying bacon and this guy from Banshee. 
Here are the stamped wings that I made and then overlaid another sentiment stamp in white.
"Spread your wings and fly"
Perfect sentiment for a pig on the go...
This is one of the TH Custom Fasteners or 'brads' that I used as a button for his bowtie and those are his washi tape covered hooves.
Because that is a lucky number in our home....
Trying out the new remnant rubs that were travel and ticket related 
as he's obviously 'in flight'.
And now, I have no excuse to delay anything I was avoiding or putting aside for another day, because... 
he flew!
Oops....I almost forgot. At the last minute I realized his face was still kind of bland so I cut a piece of  cardstock and made him some black bangs. LOL!
This will sit in my studio and keep me inspired and motivated.
I hope you like him too.
This little buddy of mine was designed specifically for these three challenges that I would like to enter:
1.) Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - B is for ( all my B's are highlighted in the post)
2.) The Mirror Crack'd - Wings (no cards allowed)
3.) Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Birds of a Feather (So inspired by the incredible textures and sentiments)

Thank you so much for your visit.
Big hugs and Happy Crafting to you,
Lisa x