Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Have a blessed and peaceful day.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Now I KNOW Spring is Coming!

A while back I wrote about the little hyacinth that sits in my front yard.  It's the first bit of greenery I see in March that tells me Spring is indeed on its way.  Today was the first day that we had sunshine and temps warm enough to make me want to go out for a walk.  And look what I found!

My hyacinth  - AND it's having a baby! After 20 years it's having a baby ... !!  (C'mon - it's been a long hard winter. Forgive me for being a little giddy!)
I immediately fenced it in with some netting to keep the rabbits away.  And now I know for sure that Spring is coming.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Carousel Wooden Plaque Tutorial

I'm continuing my quest to recycle/repurpose/use up all of the bits and pieces and supplies I have been hoarding saving.  I'm also preparing to submit some of my pieces to a local art/craft shop that opened recently in my neighborhood.

Sometimes a piece comes together easily without a lot of time and angst from me.  This is one of those projects.  It just worked out nicely for me and I'm pleased with the result.

Supplies used: 
Painted wooden board - 9" wide x 16" high x 1/2" deep
Carousel horse collage print
Decorative wood pieces
Scrabble letters
Wood glue/spray glue
Acrylic gloss finish
Hook for hanging

This is one of my favorite photo collages. I took the carousel photos several years ago and created the collage later.

I honestly can't remember what I originally planned for this painted wooden board but I thought it might work for what I had in mind.
I cut and painted some miscellaneous trim pieces left over from other projects, and scrabble letters from my stash.

I put it all together, using spray glue for the print and wood glue for all of the wood pieces.  Finally, I finished it with a hook on the back for hanging and a final acrylic gloss finish for protection.

As I said, it all came together very quickly (except for some drying time).  I wish ALL of my projects came together that easily.

Just so you know, the unmounted carousel print "Ride with me on the Carousel of my Dreams" is on sale for 50% off  in my etsy shop for a limited time only.  

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Funnies

Friday, March 22, 2013

Clear it out!

I'm having a clearance sale - 50% off digital collages and photographs - in my Another Bright Idea shop for a limited time only.  I'm contemplating some major changes in my shop so I want to reduce my existing inventory.  Not ready to announce what the change will be; too much to do yet.  But in the meantime you can get some great deals!

Here's a few of my most popular photographs or collages that are on sale.
Clearance Half Off Pale Roses Collage Print and ACEO With PoemClearance Half Off Ready for my Closeup Framed Collage with ACEO

Clearance Half Off Comes the Dawn Digital Collage Print

Clearance Half Off Hope for a New Beginning Digital Collage Print

Stop in and take a look!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

PIck a Card, Any Card

We're heading into the next few months of celebrations that generally call for the appropriate greeting card.  My line of scrabble cards on Etsy covers most of those occasions.

April - my birthday (just kidding!)

May - Mother's Day

June - Father's Day, Graduation, Wedding

And, if you simply forget to mark one of these occasions with a card, there's always this:
There's plenty more cards for other occasions all year.  Stop by and take a look!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Funnies

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Magnetic Recipe Holder Tutorial

 My next door neighbor and friend, Dawn, is obsessed with likes She's a baker and especially likes the surprise packages of goodies - they usually include cupcake liners or candy cups, and other baking supplies.  We split the last surprise box; she took what she could use and I took what I could use.

When I saw these magnetic sheets I immediately had an idea for what I could create that would be useful for Dawn.

I also had these 8x10 pieces of beadboard left over from another project.

When I start a project I tend to pull out all kinds of supplies to see what's going to work for my idea. So there's the supply of cardboard, metal and foam letters ...

New double-sided adhesive paper, glitter, flocking, and tools for my Silhouette Cameo ...

The surprise package also included these decorative bottle caps, and I pulled out my extra strong magnets also ...

With my silhouette cameo I also created some baking images ...

It was time to put it all together.  Of course, once I start doing a project I change my mind several times.  I also forget to take progress pictures so I'll have to talk you through the finished products!

Here's the one I created for Dawn.  I spray painted the beadboard pink, cut baking images in aqua vinyl with my Silhouette, painted cardboard letters with aqua paint, then put them all together. Glued the magnetic board to the top of the beadboard.

Glued some letters inside the bottle caps and coated them with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

To make a stand for the board, I used two machine screws and nuts.

I also tried adhering some metal letters to a magnetic strip covered with aqua glitter paper.

I thought it turned out well, and I hope it will be a practical addition to my neighbor's kitchen as she continues on in culinary school.

I didn't stop there.

Here's another recipe holder for a baker. On this one I used the Silhouette double-sided adhesive paper and pink flocking on the word "bake." I filled the bottle caps with seed beads and Dimensional Magic.  They really do look like baking sprinkles!

I didn't forget about the cooks. This one has Silhouette cutouts and metal letters inside the bottle caps, again covered with Dimensional Magic.



These were fun and easy to put together.  I have one more metallic plate. I think I'll make one of these for myself!

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