Living an ART filled life...“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” - Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline

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Holiday Cards & Tags

Holiday Cards & Tags

Happy FALL! The Fall and Winter months remind me of all I am thankful for!  I love this time of year and look forward to Spending time with loved ones as we enjoy Hot Soup and Chili, Logs on the fire, Homemade Caramel, Gingerbread Men, […]

The Next Level: Totes:)

The Next Level: Totes:)

I’ve been expanding my horizons from paint, ink, and pens on paper & canvas to Fabric. I have extremely basic sewing skills, and have never been one to have a mind that enjoys following a pattern…too precise…but, with a desire to paint on textiles, I […]

Love Beyond Measure: Mixed Media Card

Love Beyond Measure: Mixed Media Card

Mixed Media Greeting Card

 

Mixed Media Greeting Card

Vacation Memory Box Tutorial

Vacation Memory Box Tutorial

Click on the photo above to go to FROG DOG’S Blog for the complete tutorial using the AWESOME  July Mixed Media Kit Below

Found Object : Antique Stereo View Cards

Found Object : Antique Stereo View Cards

Antique Stereo View Cards for Cross-Eyed Viewing. Stereo view cards had two pictures mounted for parallel viewing, on 7 x 3.5 inch heavy cards, usually curved slightly with axis along the long length. The pictures were taken with a two-lensed camera, recording the subject from […]

Christmas Ornament Ribbon Project…RIBBON : more than just a “finishing touch”

Christmas Ornament Ribbon Project…RIBBON : more than just a “finishing touch”

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I LOVE ribbon…I have since I was a little girl…carefully choosing just the right grosgrain to highlight my ponytails and match my coordinating outfit or cheerleading uniform:)

Not to mention the tying up of gifts. I am a gift giver…I love to search out special surprises for the people I love…and one of my favorite parts of the giving is taking the time to wrap it beautifully…hoping to catch the fancy of the receiver before they even see what’s inside….and of course, the crowning glory of the wrapping…the finishing touch…you guessed it…ribbon:)

As I have mentioned before, I collect it. I have spools, and reels, and drawers full…and now that I have found a spectacular source for all things ribbon (May Arts) I have decided to create a project using primarily RIBBON.

It will be MORE than just the FINISHING TOUCH…it will be the MAIN ATTRACTION.

I can’t help it…I’m already thinking about Christmas. I don’t often get a jump start on my homemade gifts, but this year will be different!

RIBBON ORNAMENTS using MAY ARTS Ribbon

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Here’s how…

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Start with BEAUTIFUL May Arts Ribbons!

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

& 3 X 3 mini canvases. These come in a 6 pack, (Black or White)

I found them at Michaels.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchNext, draw an ornament “pattern” using a circle that is about 2 1/2 inches in Diameter. I used a bottle of Gesso I had sitting on my table. Then, trace the pattern on card stock and cut each one out.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Next, use adhesive (I used my ATG gun because it is less messy and fast.) You will later stitch on top of all the ribbon, so don’t worry too much about getting the ribbon completely secure. It will be later.

*note: the tape will accumulate on the sewing machine needle, so I kept a baby wipe on hand to occasionally wipe the excess off my needle. Really not a big deal.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchOnce you lay each ribbon across the card stock ornament, flip it over and carefully cut off the excess.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchI used a lighter & very lightly “tapped” all the way around the ornament, touching the flame to the ribbon to “seal” the ends and prevent fraying.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchNext, stitch around each ornament several times. I like to add a little detail to the tops, mimicking the way a real ornament has a metal “hanger top.”

Don’t worry about being super precise. I like them to look a little “wonky.” The thread adds texture and character:)

AREN’T THESE RIBBONS BEAUTIFUL?!!

They all have a really nice “weight” to them along with a beautiful “sheen.”

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchHere is a group with finished stitching. I decided to add another shape…it reminds me of the vintage ornaments from my childhood. (I guess that make me vintage as well)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchTime for the Stamped charms.

I purchased this stamping set at the hardware store for $9.00. You can find them online if you’re interested here.

I found the “blank” charms on sale at Hobby Lobby, ranging from a set of 3 for $1.29 – a set of 6 for $1.99.

Once you stamp each letter, “color” the letters by rubbing a black sharpie over them and then rubbing off the excess with a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol.

The ink will help the letters stand out.

You could stamp names instead of sentiments for an extra special personalized gift!

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchFor this one, I cut out a section of a page from a vintage Christmas song book to use as a background for the ribbon ornament.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

After the stamped charm was glued in place, I attached the Ornament to the canvas. ( I used craft glue for both) I LOVE the super cool “burlap” twine tied onto the charm.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

This is what I used to make the holes for the twine hanger. It’s called a

Crop-A-Dile Eyelet Snap Setter Hole Punch

(Along with setting eyelets, this thing can punch holes in metal! It’s goes through the mini canvas like butter)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I wanted to use a collection of the ornaments for a larger piece and I found this 5 X7 canvas at Hobby Lobby for 4.99. (If you use your 40% off coupon it’s around $3, yay!)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I glued each ornament onto the canvas with craft glue, sketched around them with a Pitt multi liner, and then painted “Christmas 2013” on a Red Grosgrain ribbon that I “sealed” by lightly burning the edges.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

The above white doodles are done with a Uni-ball Signo and can be found here.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I really like how these turned out. I especially liked doing a project where the RIBBON was the STAR. I hope you have gained some inspiration to create ornaments at home with your own personal touch! These wouldn’t be the same without the beautiful selection of ribbon from

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Altered IKEA Canvas

Altered IKEA Canvas

A friend recently purchased a Canvas from IKEA for her daughters newly decorated room. Click on canvas and go directly to IKEA’s page for details  (It is 22 x 11 /$14.99) Her room colors are Turquoise and Grey. So, I took out my Alcohol Markers […]

I am honored to be officially welcomed to Frog Dog!

I am honored to be officially welcomed to Frog Dog!

Click on the Badge above to see the whole team!  I am so excited to start working with Frog Dog’s amazing Mixed Media Kits!

Mixed Media iphone Cover

Mixed Media iphone Cover

Do you ever grow tired of your phone case?  Why not paint it?!!  I have painted the one I have 3 times now…instead of buying a new one:)

Start by prepping the case surface with a few coats of Gesso.

If you don’t have Gesso, use a left over indoor  primer. (We have cans of the stuff out in our garage)

Next, I used Matte Medium to adhere torn pieces of a vintage book.

(You can use Mod Podge if you have that on hand)

Mixed Media iphone Case

You can see around the “Apple” the paint that was there before, it was blue:)

I was never happy with the last “paint job”  The lettering didn’t turn out the way I wanted …it must have been the pens:)

After it’s good and dry (give it a few coats of the mod podge or matte medium) you can start drawing with permanent markers.  I used Copic (alcohol markers) but you could even use sharpies.

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I outlined and “doodled” with a Faber Castell XS Black Multi liner. (available at Michaels, & Hobby Lobby) LOOK at how JUICY the Copic Markers are…the ink oozes out. “It’s the little things”

When you are finished coloring & doodling, take it outside (I use my garage, but my hubby gets a little testy when I forget to “cover” my spray area-Our garage is quite colorful.) and spray with an acrylic sealer.  I used a gloss, cause that’s what I had.

Mixed Media iphone CaseThe Book I used was an old Children’s Bible Story Book…I love it.  I know that for some of you (my English Professor Son in law) that’s criminal…ripping pages out of a book!  But, I say it’s better to be read and enjoyed on my phone than sitting dusty on a shelf in an antique store!
Mixed Media iphone Case

Mixed Media iphone Case Mixed Media iphone Case

Christmas in June : Stamped Washer Ornament

Christmas in June : Stamped Washer Ornament

Last year I bought this great little Steel Stamping Set.  It wasn’t very expensive ( under $10) and it’s great for stamping words into inexpensive washers, blank metal charms, metal storage boxes and more! In this project I used them to stamp words onto washers […]


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