Monday, February 27, 2012

Cardboard Wall Hanging

I spent a little time in the studio this weekend playing around.  I have been working on another cardboard book (like my junque journal and london calling book).  I am not quite ready to show that yet but I did whip up a quick little wall hanging from a piece of a cardboard box (cardboard is my new favorite material to work with!):
 And that cute little wood bird cage?  From the Michaels dollar spot!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Muddy Flowers Tag and Tutorial

Happy Friday!  I whipped up a quick tag to show you today.  I got my hands on the new Sarsaparilla by October Afternoon - they are one of my favorite brands and I HAVE to have everything they make even if in this case its a little bit more masculine than I usually go.  I added some flowers to this with a quick tutorial on how to make your own "muddy flowers" (perfect for those boy scrapbook pages?)
Muddy Flowers Tutorial
1. You will need two different shades of brownish paint/color mist.  In this case I used October Afternoon's Sasparilla line - Saddle and Hitching Post.  You will also need a big stack of white flowers (I always stock up with Michaels is having a sale!)
2. Spray your flowers in the lighter shade of mist on a nonstick craft sheet - these particular mists are nice because they give a nice even coat in one spray!
3. Dry the flower (but do not clean up the excess spray on the sheet yet!)
4. Spray a little bit of the darker shade of spray into the leftover lighter paint still on the sheet.  (I think my sprayer was broken which is why the spray in the picture looks off) With your finger - mix the too colors so that you have a darker shade of the original color.
5. Using your finger apply the color in blotches to the flower - it will pick up really well on the ridges (if the flower has any) - and there you go muddy flowers!
6. Bonus tip - wondering how I attached the vintage bottle cap? I layered three pop dots (foam dots) on top of each other and then it sat flat on the tag!
Want to add a little vintage flair to your project?  Check out the shop for vintage soda bottle caps and Colorado postcards!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Is it spring yet??

I don't know about you but I am ready for warmer weather!  And even though it snowed last night - I am pretending its spring and making sunny happy tags!