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Good afternoon everyone. I hope your week is off to a good start. Mine has been a bit winter like yet as I awoke to yet another 3 inches of heavy, white snow. If it were not April, I would say it was incredibly beautiful and picturesque…but being that it was April…arrrrgghhh. This was our 3rd spring snowstorm here in MN this year…please Mother Nature…I am begging you to let it be spring….
I absolutely love spring as it is a time of rebirth and renewal. This is also true for our backyard feathered friends, birds. If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a passionate and avid gardener, but you may not have known that I also enjoy bird watching. My home’s landscape is a certified wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Foundation and has a 5000 sq ft. professionally maintained native prairie restoration garden. These two habitats provide birds with food, housing, water, and cover from predators; all of which are critical for birds to reproduce healthy offspring. Pictured below is a picture of my native prairie restoration garden from last year.
Birds have their pick of nesting accommodations within my home’s landscape: bird houses, trees, shrubs, potted containers, under the eaves of our deck,etc.. ..I really do not mind. However, I do have to keep watch and observe closely in order to locate various bird’s nests so that I do not accidentally disturb them. Today’s featured project was inspired by my study of bird’s nests over the past years.
Pictured above is an egg study shadow box containing an artful interpretation of nine of my favorite backyard visitors eggs. I applied a coat of Ver Day Iron paint to a recycled a shallow cloth gift box. Afterwards, I lined the shadow box with tissue paper from 7 Gypsies and applied a top coat of matte Mod Podge. The eggs are paper mache and were painted with various colors of acrylic paints and adhered to the inside of the box with Helmar Scrap Dots. Next, I created a label for the box using a Dymo label maker and inserted the Dymo label into an Ideology label pull. Lastly, I attached a saw tooth hanger on the back side.
Overall, this was a fun project to make and would be a great project if you have kids.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I will be back soon with another inspiring project to share. Have a great day!
Good morning everyone. It is finally Friday!!!! My week 3 VerDay Online Class assignment is ready for you. I decided to think outside the box and complete my assignment on a 8X10 canvas.
I do not feel comfortable about going into specifics in regards to techniques used on the canvas out of respect for those of us who have paid to take the online class. I used a new poppy stencil from Michelle Ward and her coordinating stamps for the label. I love how this canvas turned out. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone. This canvas is the result of a what if….. moment. Below are a few close ups.
Be brave and embrace your inner thoughts. I am yet embellishing my week 2 assignments and will post those as soon as they are finished. Thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to sign up for my $30 gift card drawing to help celebrate my first blog-o-versary. Click here to sign up. Have a great day!
Good Evening and Happy Halloween to you. Today’s post is a two in one. First, I have a featured project to share with you today, a chrysanthemum canvas. Today’s canvas is part of an ongoing monthly Scrap N Grow blog feature called Paperie In Bloom. For those of you who are first time visitors, each month I select a different bloom to feature. Then throughout the month, I feature additional projects and ideas that highlight that month’s particular bloom. This month’s featured bloom is the chrysanthemum. Below is a picture of a recently completed 16X20 canvas.
I tried real hard to photograph the varying depths of colors in this bloom. It is so beautiful in person. The canvas measures 16×20. To begin, I applied a base coat of Mocha Kaisercraft acrylic paint to the canvas. Once dry, I adhered several layers of Tim Holtz’s Defitinitions tissue paper from Ideaology using Mod Podge matte adhesive. Afterwards, I stenciled a chrysanthemum (Source: Cutting Edge Stencils) to the canvas using Golden’s Light Modeling Paste. I applied a pretty thick layer and let the canvas dry overnight. The next day, I applied a thin, watery coat of Yellow Ochre Golden acrylic paint over the entire stenciled flower including the negative space. I then applied several more layers of paints, each additional coat of paint was darker than the last. I tried to emulate a light shadow. Additional colors used in order of light to dark: Indian Yellow Hue, Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold, and Quinacridone Gold. I love this color palette from Golden Acrylics. After the acrylics were dry, I used various orange and yellow Faber Castell Big Brush India ink markers to add fine detail and additional shading to the flower. It took me an entire week, a little bit everyday, to apply the multiple layers of paint. The result is incredible in person and am sad that I had such difficulty photographing this.
I free handed the stem and used Liquitex Vivid Lime Green heavy body acrylic paint and Chromium Oxide Green Dick Blick acrylic paint. I applied additional highlight and shading using various green shades of Faber Castell Big Brush India ink markers.
Lastly, I finished the canvas’s edges with the same colors as used in the bloom, and die cut the word chrysanthemum using my Provocraft Electronic Die Cutting Machine. Letters were adhered with Inkessentials Glossy Accents adhesive.
If you enjoyed today’s canvas, I included a of recap of links below to other Paperie In Bloom projects I featured earlier this month.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I invite to come back tomorrow as I unveil November’s featured bloom as well as a few other announcements. Have a great night.
Good evening everyone. How was your week? Today, I have another Paperie In Bloom inspired project to share, a set of chrysanthemum memo boards. For those of you who are first time visitor’s to Scrap N Grow, Paperie In Bloom is an ongoing monthly feature where I showcase a different bloom on or about the first of each month. Then throughout the month, I sprinkle in additional projects that highlight the bloom of the particular month. October’s Paperie In Bloom is the chrysanthemum.
Today’s memo boards were inspired by the leftover spoons from making my chrysanthemum mirror. Click here to view that post.
Each chrysanthemum memo board is actually an altered rat trap. Yes, a rat trap. This is not my original idea. I have seen several altered mouse trap projects on several people’s blogs as well as on Pinterest. While, I did purchase a few mouse traps, I used rat traps in today’s featured projects.
To begin, I used a pliers to remove the artificial cheese and the pin used to set the trap. Afterwards, I applied a base coat of Kaisercraft Mocha acrylic paint to the base. This covered up the trap’s rat graphics. Next, I stenciled and applied a few textures to each of the traps. I then perused my stash for potential trinkets. In the end, I decided to make two different memo board styles: one functional, and the other, artful.
Both flowers were made from cheap, white plastic spoons. Petals (spoons) were painted on both sides with Windsor & Newton Acrylic paint, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Sienna. I purposely did not prime the spoons so that the paint color would be translucent. Next, I die cut and painted 2- 2.5 inch circles from Tim Holtz’s Ideaology’s Grunge Paper. I used this circle for the flower’s base. Once my spoon petals were dry, I adhered petals to base using a hot glue gun. Note: I offset each row until it appeared that there was no more room to add additional spoons as the space had become to small. Though there was no room to add another row of spoons, there was still a significant space remaining in the flower’s center. After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to make a center bud for each flower out of card stock.
The flower centers are made from Bazzill card stock. I punched out several McGill’s large pear Paper Blossoms shapes. Afterwards, I painted both sides of each flower’s petal’s a coordinating color to match spoon petals. Once dry, I used McGill’s 8mm ball stylus to mold each petal. Once molded, I used Inkessentials Glossy Accents to adhere petals. Again, I offset each layer of petals. I think I used 20 petals for each bud. Once dry, I glued the bud to the center of the flower using E6000 adhesive.
While waiting for the E6000 to dry, I stamped the front piece of 3M Post It paper pad with a sentiment from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. The sentiment was stamped with Jet Black Ranger Archival ink. Next, I applied Vintage Photo around the perimeter of the note pad and then adhered the Post It note pad to the bottom half of one of the traps. As I mentioned earlier, I decided to make the other trap an artful collection of garden themed trinkets. I listed the items I used below. All trinkets were adhered with Inkessentials Glossy Accents.
Butterfly- Memory Box Die
Garden Note Card- Crafty Secrets
Heart Bingo Piece- Maya Road
Hinge Clip, Memo Pins, and Pen Nib- Ideaology
Flower Pot- Michael’s. Pot ‘s patina- Vintaj Patina Paint by Ranger
Floral Foam- Michael’s
GROW letters- Cosmo Cricket
Watering Can- Create For Less online store
I had fun making these altered rat traps and have other inspiring ideas for future projects. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you have altered a rat or mouse trap. Have a great night and see you again soon.
Good morning everyone. How was your weekend? The weather was unseasonably mild here in MN. We received some (not nearly enough) desperately needed rain on Saturday and reveled in the unseasonably warm 70 degree sunshine on Sunday. My weekend was productive as I had time to finally wrap up a few projects that have been on my work table. Today is one of those projects. Today’s project, a chrysanthemum mirror was inspired by Pinterest. For those unfamiliar with Pinterest, it is an online idea gallery for nearly anything you can think of. I find and pin (note) great ideas for projects like today’s, recipes, fashion, DIY home projects, travel, etc. The great thing is that the “pin” saves the source of the idea to reference back to later. For those of you already on Pinterest, I have a link on my sidebar, if you are interested in browsing or following my interests/boards.
Like I stated above, today’s featured project, a chrysanthemum mirror, is another inspiring project for October’s Paperie In Bloom monthly blog feature. If this is your first time visiting, Paperie In Bloom is an ongoing monthly feature where I showcase a different bloom on or about the first of each month. Then throughout the month, I sprinkle in additional projects that highlight the bloom of the particular month. This month’s Paperie In Bloom is the chrysanthemum.
The mirror above is made from 650 cheap, plastic spoons purchased from Walmart. I used a combination of tutorials in order to make mine. I have provided each of the links below.
Many of the above links include detailed, step by step picture tutorials. For this reason, I did not take pictures of my process. It took me a few days to make my mirror. One of the tutorials above suggested to break up the steps, and I whole heartedly agree.
I have shared below a list of my variations as well as a few learned tips I encountered while making mine.
** I used my Provocraft Electronic Die Cutting Machine to cut a template. I used George and Basic Shapes to cut a half circle at 22 inches wide and 11 inches tall. I cut 2 and taped them together for my template.
**I used foam board to make my mirror only because my fiancé was out of town. If I were to make another, I would use MDF and have had my fiancé cut it with a saw. If you elect to use foam board, apply a width of masking tape around the center ring. This will help provide a clean round finished edge.
** If you use anything other than wood for the base, attach a saw tooth hanger to the backside before you get started. I did not do this and had to try several ideas before finding one to work. I ended up having to fish a thin wire between the glued spoons after the fact and it was not an easy task.
**Take time to practice appropriate spacing of outer row of spoons. I eyeballed it and ended up using double the amount of spoons listed in any of the linked tutorials above. Most tutorials used 300 spoons, I used 650. This resulted in an extra trip to the store.
** Ensure that you have an ample supply of hot glue sticks ready to go as you will use quite a few. I think I used 5. I forgot to rub a bit of Vaseline on the glue gun tip (tip from Pinterest). It is suppose to prevent glue strings. Because of this, it took some time afterwards to remove them.
** I concur with the tutorial that suggested to break up the process to make a mirror. My ideal would be: Day One- Purchase and cut spoons. Sand if necessary. Day Two- Adhere spoons, take a break and later, remove any stray glue strings. Day Three- Purchase Plastic Primer and desired color of spray or acrylic paint. The gentleman working in the paint department at Home Depot recommended to use a white primer for light colors and a gray primer for dark colors. I used Rustoloeum Gray Plastic Paint Primer and Rustoleum Glossy Cranberry Plastic Spray paint for mine. I used 1 can primer and 2 cans of color.
** If you elect to spray paint, do yourself a favor, and elevate the mirror to about waist height. This will prevent you from having to bend over to see if you have amply coated the interior spaces between the spoons. This also makes it easier to spray the underside outer row of spoons. Prior to spray painting, I gave the backside a coat of acrylic paint that closely matched my spray paint for a more finished appearance.
**I concur with the tutorials to apply a coat of adhesive to the mirror front and then place surround on top of mirror. I used E6000 adhesive and let mirror adhesive sit overnight to cure.
It cost me about $45 to make my mirror. $12 for spray primer and spray paint, $8 for foam board, $20 for spoons, and $5 for 12 inch mirror. Would have been cheaper if I had purchased supplies on sale or with a coupon, and if I had shopped a dollar store for foam board and spoons.
Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking time to read this lengthy post. I would love for you to comment below if you have seen or made a similar project, or perhaps if you would like to make one for yourself or for a gift as the holidays are fast approaching. Have a great day. I will be back tomorrow with part 2 of my Halloween Blueprint Cards. Hope you decide to stop back again soon.
Good morning everyone. As promised yesterday, I have another Paperie In Bloom project to share with you today, a sunflower picture frame.
The frame is 12X12 and was purchased unfinished from Michael’s. I first applied a light brown base coat of Kaisercraft Mocha acrylic paint. Once dry, I used a wood grain stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop for my frame’s background design. For added texture, I mixed nearly equal parts of Golden Light Modeling Paste together with Windsor & Newton’s Van Dyke Brown artist paint. I then applied paint mixture using an art spatula to stencil the wood grain pattern onto the frame and afterwards set frame aside to dry for a few hours.
While the frame was drying, I cut out the sunflower parts using my Provocraft electronic die cutting machine. I manipulated a leaf cut from the Freshly Picked Cricut Art cartridge. After cuts were complete, petals were inked using Mustard Seed Distress Ink from Tim Holtz. I then used a ball stylus and a Blossoms Molding mat from McGill to shape and mold each petal. Afterwards, I assembled each flower using Inkessential’s Glossy Accents as my choice of adhesive. Full detailed instructions to assemble these flowers can be found here.
The flower stems are wooden dowel rods also purchased from Michael’s. I painted them with green acrylic paint. The leaves were die cut using Spellbinders Sunflower#2 die set. Once die cut and embossed, I applied Peeled Paint Distress Ink to both sides of each leaf and then molded and shaped leaves similar to the petals mentioned earlier. I adhered leaves and stems using Inkessentials Glossy Accents.
Next, I adhered the sunflower heads to their stems. I added 3-4 pop dots behind each flower head along with a dab of Inkessentials Glossy Accents and adhered each flower head to a corresponding flower stem. To complete each flower, I coated 5 Prima wooden buttons with a product called Elements: Mud Pie. Elements has several available textures in their product line. I love this product even though it can be a bit messy to work with. I applied a liberal coat of Inkessentials Glossy Accents to each button and poured on the Mud Pie texture. Please allow this product ample time to dry. I was a bit ancy and handled the buttons a bit too early and found that some of the texture fell off and actually slightly discolored a few inner petals of the flowers. Not a big deal, but it is a lesson learned.
Lastly, I cleaned the frame’s glass insert and cut a coordinating 5X7 piece of card stock for presentation. I hope you enjoyed today’s featured picture frame. I love making frames as everyone has family photos they like to display. Unfinished frames are inexpensive and are so easy to personalize and make great “expensive” looking gifts. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please stay tuned as Monday, I plan to debut October’s Paperie In Bloom flower. Have a fabulous Saturday.
Good morning everyone. Whew, it is finally Friday! Today’s featured project is another inspiring creation for this month’s Paperie In Bloom series featuring the sunflower. For those new to my blog. Last month, I started a new feature called Paperie In Bloom. Each month I will feature a flower, this month’s flower is the sunflower. Then throughout each month, I will feature additional projects that incorporate and highlight the month’s featured bloom. Today’s featured project is one of those additional projects, a macro sunflower canvas.
This canvas definitely evolved throughout its creation. My original idea was to use a solid black canvas for the backdrop to feature a macro view of a sunflower’s flower head. After laying it out onto a black canvas, I felt it appeared rather bland and disjointed. I felt that it needed a bit of texture and subtle color to provide contrast between the canvas and the flower head. After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to use various shades of black and brown. I felt these colors would remain subtle, but yet provide a bit of interest to highlight the bright yellow of the sunflower ‘s flower center.
After rummaging through my stash of textures, I began to add various textures and subtle shades of black and brown to a 16X16 Deep Edge Gallery Profile canvas from Dick Blick. To begin, I prepped the canvas using black Gesso. In the picture below, you will see remnants from a previous painting attempt. The macro sunflower petals were die cut using my Provocraft Electronic Die Cutting Machine and the Freshly Picked Cricut Art cartridge. I used 2 shades of Bazzill card stock for the petals and inked the petals edges with Tim Holtz’s Mustard Seed Distress Ink. Afterwards, each petal was molded using a McGill ball stylus and their molding mat. Petals were then adhered to the canvas using Inkessentials Glossy Accents.
After several attempts to re-create/mimic the center of the sunflower, I decided to use actual sunflower seeds. I love the texture and color that the seeds provide. The seeds were poked into a painted piece of Styrofoam. If you look real close, you will notice that a few seeds are missing. These were lost during the final assembly of the canvas. My initial reaction was of course to re insert them. Instead, I decided to leave them missing, because if you look at a real sunflower’s center, there are several open holes where the bird’s have eaten the seed from the flower. In the end, I feel that a few missing seeds adds character to the piece. Below I included several steps of the creative process.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the creative process that went into creating today’s featured Paperie In Bloom canvas. I would love for you to comment and tell me what you think. Thank you again and I hope that you will stop by again soon or subscribe to future posts if you were inspired by today’s canvas. I typically feature 3 projects a week, likely will be more with the upcoming holidays. Have a great day and a great weekend.
Good Afternoon everyone. It is finally Friday! Yeah!!! The sun is shining bright and the temperature is perfect here in Minnesota. Today, I have a fun home decor project to share with you that was inspired from Pinterest. Those familiar with Pinterest are aware of the countless creative ideas to be had. Quotes are one of my favorite things to search for and pin on Pinterest. I have a Pinterest pin board solely dedicated to quotes that move me in some manner. Click here to view my Pinterest quotes pin board.
Today’s project features one of my pinned quotes in the form of subway art. The quote I used is actually a song lyric that is part of the chorus for Johnny Cash’s popular hit titled “You Are My Sunshine”.
I used my Provocraft Cricut electronic die cutting machine to die cut the letters out using the DC Comics Batman Cricut cartridge. I cut the words sunshine and happy at 2.85 inches high and the remaining letters at 2 inches. I used smooth white card stock for the letters. Next, I applied a coat of Mars Black Windsor and Newton acrylic paint to a 1″ deep primed 16X20 wooden cradle board purchased from Michael’s. Once paint was dry, I placed letters accordingly and adhered the quote using Inkessentials Glossy Accents. Lastly, I applied a coat of matte Mod Podge sealer over the entire board. I love the results and will hang this quote in our master bedroom.
I have a link on my left side bar to my Pinterest site if you are interested. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I would love for you to leave a comment and include if you have or plan to create your own subway art. Have a great weekend!
Good morning everyone. How is your week going thus far? Mine has been rather hectic and busy. Today I am sharing a pileated woodpecker chalk board that was requested by a friend after she “adored” my robin chalk board that I posted last month. Click here for that post.
For this chalk board, I used a rectangle shaped wood trunk slice that I purchased from Michael’s in the wood burning aisle. I first applied 2 coats of Martha Stewart brown chalk board paint to the tree trunk board. I then die cut the woodpecker using my Provocraft electronic die cutter and the 50 States Cricut art cartridge. I cut the image three times, twice in black and once in red. I cut away the crest (head) portion from the red die cut woodpecker and set aside. Next, I applied dimensional pop dots to one of the black colored die cuts. I then adhered a scrap piece of white card stock to mimic white head and chest feathers. I adhered this to the bottom black die cut. Next, I adhered the second black die cut woodpecker onto the first black die cut. This created a dimensional pileated woodpecker. Lastly, I used a wiggly eye for his eye and adhered the pileated woodpecker to the chalk board using Inkessentials Glossy Accents. I adhered him at a slight angle in order to simulate him pecking at the bark in search of insects. In the lower left hand corner, I spiral wrapped a small section of brown wrapped floral wire to hold the chalk. I adhered this to the chalk board using Inkessentials Glossy Accents.
I am pleased with how this turned out. I do wish the 50 States Cricut cartridge had more layers for each of their images as it was a bit fussy to customize the shape for the white feathers as well as for the crest. Thank you for stopping by. This weekend, my fiance’ and I are going to harvest our hot peppers. We are planning to make salsa, pickled peppers, pepper jelly, and hot sauce. I will be back on Monday with the results as well as a Paperie in Bloom project. Have a great day and weekend everyone!
Good morning everyone! It is finally Friday and also the start of a long holiday weekend for many including myself. I have a few things planned but no travel, just staying close to home this weekend. In lieu of sharing a new project today, I instead wanted to take the time to thank everyone for the wonderful comments and encouragement regarding my new blog feature called Paperie In Bloom that I launched earlier this month. I started this feature on the first of August and featured the hydrangea bloom. Throughout the month of August, I created several other projects that highlighted or showcased the hydrangea. So I thought that with today being the end of the month, I would compose a recap post featuring each of the Paperie In Bloom projects featured throughout August with their appropriate hyperlinks. I have decided to hold till Monday before showcasing September’s Paperie In Bloom since it is a holiday weekend, otherwise my intention is to showcase each month’s bloom on the first of the month. Thank you again everyone for making my new Paperie In Bloom series a success. Be sure to stop back on Monday for September’s featured Paperie In Bloom bouquet. Until then, enjoy a recap below of each of the projects I featured throughout August showcasing the beautiful hydrangea. See you on Monday. Have a great and safe holiday weekend.
Paperie In Bloom: August 2012
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