Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mixed Media Butterfly Box by Cindy Bristow

Mixed Media Butterfly Box
by Cindy Bristow
 
Howdy!
 
Today I want to share a 3-D project that I have been working on for quite a few days.  You saw a picture of it last week when I showed you what was on my desk.  It sat on my desk over the weekend, and part of the day Monday as a thought about what I wanted to do with it.  I still feel like it is missing something, but for now it is going onto my shelf so I can admire it.
 
 
This box started life out as a balsa wood box I grabbed from a local craft store.  I started with a base coat of gesso followed by a few different colors of Liquid Color.  After the first coat dried, I decided to add some lace that I had in my stash to the sides and the top. I painted another coat of gesso on the box and then added  Cool Pool Acrylic Paint along with some Blue Lagoon and Whip Cream paint.

 
I stamped and die cut 2 butterflies from the Small Things stamp set and added about 4 coats of Journey Glaze to  make them stiff.  I really wanted them to stand up on their own.  You can see that I glued the bodies together and kept the wings separate. 
 
Now it was time to start adding layers!  I painted a wooden flourish using the Blue Lagoon paint so that it matched the color scheme.  I pulled out some crochet flowers that I had for years and used my Lavender Fusion color splash to die them.  I love how they turned out.  I dabbed a small bit of paint onto the edges to pull the blue into them.

 
The box is finished off with a few die cuts, ribbon and pearls. 
 
Thanks for stopping by,
Cindy
 
 


Friday, January 11, 2019

What's on your Desk Top?

What's on your Desk Top?
 
Howdy!
 
Today's post is all about reality... not staged reality, the real truth reality about what's on my desk top.
 
Most crafters are messy... we have piles, we collect stuff, and we don't finish projects.  That is reality, well at least that is my reality.  So I wanted to share what my desk looks like today, and yes this is what I walked into this morning.
 
 
What a mess!  but, I know just where everything is.. or at least I kid myself that I know where everything is.  This is what I consider my primary work spot.  I started on this box project 2 days ago.  The first day, I worked on coloring the 2 butterflies and painted gesso on the box.  Yesterday, I used some Liquid Colors on the box.  I wasn't liking how it was looking, so I left it there to dry.
 
You can also see a few stamp sets I used this week... guess I need to put them up, my 2 catch all baskets where I keep the essentials- adhesives, scissors, crease tools, ruler, pens, pencils... everything a crafter needs.  I also have a new collection going right behind my coffee cup, that little tin has recent receipts, a book of Christmas postage stamps and Christmas cards.  I need to put the cards in with the Christmas stuff so I have a few ready for next year, the receipts will go in my tax binder once I clear out 2018 tax stuff...what a mess, but it's my mess and I know where everything is.

 
Let's move to the other side of the table.  My other work space I try to keep some what clear for online class videos... as you can tell, I used it for my box yesterday.  I have my basket of full of Liquid Colors and Create a Palette Pads sitting right where I got frustrated.  I also have my folder for my Coloring Your Creative Journey Class, the 2 cards I made this week, and unfinished mini Christmas album, a used watercolor paper towel, scraps from the mini, and my sheet of patterned paper that I take pictures on.
 
This my friends is what my reality is... along with the avocado green carpet, bright yellow flower wall paper, a few trashcans that need to be emptied and 1 box of new products that I really want to play with but haven't gotten to.  If your reality is similar, leave me a comment or better yet a picture!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Cindy
 


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Texas FlagHome Decor project Tutorial by Cindy Bristow

Texas Flag Home Décor project Tutorial
by Cindy Bristow
 
Howdy!
 
How about a 3-D project for todays post?  I had a few of the middle sized blocks from the House to Home trio packs left over from Christmas projects so I decided to make a Texas themed décor project.  How fun is this?!!!
 
 
I started out by painting my block with Gesso - this primes the surface so the wood doesn't soak up all your paint.  Once the gesso was dry, I pulled out some washi tape from my stash. I have a ton of washi tape and never seem to use it much, but it's great for masking off areas in craft projects!  I painted the back, all four sides and then 1/2 of the front using Navy Blue paint from Deco Arts.  Then I painted the bottom right quarter with Candy Apple Red paint.  Once it was dry, I took it out on my patio and sanded all of the sides and a bit on the flat surfaces to give it a distressed look.

 
To age it a bit more, I grabbed my Oatmeal Cookie Ink Pad and inked up my edges and the flat surfaces. Make sure to use a light touch on the flat edges so you only catch the raised surfaces of the wood.  Next I tapped some Whip Cream Silk all over it.   

 
While my silk was drying, I cut 2 stars out of light weight chipboard using my Star Dom die and glued them together.  I used my finger to dab some Whip Cream paint onto the front and sides, I didn't want it to cover the chipboard all the way so it looked old.  I also used my Oatmeal Cookie inkpad on the star.
 
To finish off this project, I used the blessed stamp from  the Humble and Kind stamp set and my Clear Pigment inkpad and Black Embossing powder.  I love how it is raised off the wood.

 
Thanks for stopping by,
Cindy
 


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

BOGO Spellbinders and FSJ Sale

BOGO Spellbinders and FSJ Sale
 
Howdy!
 
Enabler Alert!!!!  Spellbinders and FSJ are having a BOGO SALE!!!
 
 
This is a limited time offer good only until January 10, 2019, so shop early for best selection.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by,
Cindy
 



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sweet Mouse Valentine Card by Cindy Bristow

Sweet Mouse Valentine Card
by Cindy Bristow
 
Howdy!
 
Today I am sharing a cute Valentine card I made using the Valentine Pals stamp set.  The characters in this set are so adorable and are perfect for any age group.
 
 
I started this card with a Rustic Rose cs base and layered a fun stripe from the Follow Your Heart Prints paper pack on top of it.  Then I grabbed a few scraps of River Stone cs, Rich Coral cs and Whip Cream cs to add another layer to my card.  My Raspberry Berry cs heart is die cut using the Lace Hearts die.  I heat embossed the sentiment with Whip Cream embossing powder.

 
Next I stamped the cute little mouse and colored him with my Color Burst Pencils.  I used pencil numbers 03, 09, 34, and 46.  After I finished coloring, I die cut him with the matching die, Valentine Pals die set.   The finishing touch was to layer white sequins and pink gems form the All the Things embellishment pack for that little splash of bling.

 
Thanks for stopping by,
Cindy
 
 


Monday, January 7, 2019

Furry Friend Valentine Card by Cindy Bristow

Furry Friend Valentine Card
by Cindy Bristow
 
Howdy!
 
Today I am sharing a furry friend card I created using the Valentine Pals stamp set and my Color Burst Pencils.
 

I started with  River Stone cs base and topped it with a cute print out of the Follow Your Heart paper pack.  I love these hearts with all the little dots in them!  I layered scraps of River Stone cs and Haystack cs to ground my focal point.  I also tucked a scallop punched Black Licorice behind the image also.

 
Next I stamped the cute puppy and colored him with Color Burst Pencils # 05, 15, 34, 38, 39, and 42.  Then I cut him out using the Valentine Pals matching die set.  Don't you love it when stamps have matching dies?!!!  See all those cute little hearts on the sentiment square?  Those are also included in the Valentine Pals stamp set.  I stamped them with Pineapple Smoothie ink.  The sentiment is stamped with Black Licorice ink.  My puppy and the sentiment square are both popped up with Foam Squares.  As a final touch I layered sequins and gems form the All the Things embellishment pack for a little bling.

 
Thanks for stopping by,
Cindy