Friday, June 15, 2018

DecoArt Front Door and Shutter Makeover


As I mentioned in my last post, I have moved on from the world of design teams and publication and replaced it with a "just for fun" attitude. I am experimenting with everything from paper to paint to fabric and home decor. Over the past few months I have created quite a few fun and easy craft projects to share. Today, I wanted to share the biggest project, which is also the one I am most excited about. My front door and shutter makeover!

When we built our house over 15 years ago I wanted blue. Everything blue. But over the years the blue of the shutters and door had faded, the white around the windows became outdated and the trim needed work due to the fact a puppy we previously owned liked to use it for a chew toy.

Front Door (before)
Shutters (before)

Now, that my kids are grown and less in need of supervision I decided to tackle the task of correcting those issues. With the help of Americana Decor® Curb Appeal™  exterior paint in New England Navy and Farmhouse White I finished the task and was thrilled with the results!


I began with the shutters. I was going to take them down to paint them but my husband wasn't quite as into that idea as I was, so they stayed attached. It actually wasn't as difficult as I had imagined and I was able to finish all 6 shutters in one day.  I started with a narrow brush and painted the slats and then went around the outside edges.




Here is the before and after difference side-by-side:


The next day, I began to tackle the front door project. I taped around the windows and brick and my son patched the chewed up trim with wood filler. I began with the side panels and then did the door the following day since it had to be taken off and I wanted plenty of time to finish it.


The door itself only took about half a day so we had it off, painted and back on before my husband got home from work.

Front Door Before and After 

Now everything is fresh and new! Except the landscaping, but that is currently in the works and almost finished too!!



That has been my biggest project this year but I have more fun things to share soon, both inside and out! 

To keep up-to-date with all of my projects and see sneak peeks as I go be sure to follow me on Instagram!


*Products featured provided by DecoArt


 

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

My Retirement and Five Creative Goals for 2018




The last several months have brought about many changes in both life and my creative journey.

In my personal life, I'm thrilled to say we have added both a grandson and a daughter-in-law to our family. I'll be telling you more about them in the near future. My daughter-in-law has degrees in both Art and Graphic design, so you'll be seeing her work around here soon. As some of you know, I homeschool. With two kids married and on their own and two wrapping up high school that leaves me with just my 3rd grader who needs close supervision...and lots more free time.

As far as my creative life, some adventures have come to an end. In December I found out that after 13 years working on a variety of projects with CardMaker magazine that the Winter 2017 issue was the final issue. So, at this point, I will no longer be working on projects for publication.

This month marks 5 years since I joined the Sizzix design team. This is also another area where I will be moving on. You'll still be seeing projects using the MANY dies from my 5 years of collecting, but they will simply be what I'm calling "hobby projects" instead of design team assignments.

So, where does this leave me? Well, I am stepping back and looking at the vast landscape of possibilities.  

While I do work with DecoArt, I'm no longer on any design teams or have any monthly commitments.  (Although, I am considering applying for a few guest designer spots, after-all, old habits die hard. lol)

I love arts and crafts. No escaping that fact. So....

In honor of my supportive husband and his love of YouTube click bait.. 😜

5 Creative Goals for 2018

  1. Continue to use and share all the products that I've been using for years as well as any new favorites I find.
  2. Continue making paper projects--scrapbooks, cards, project life, planners. Because even after 20+ years, I still love paper. Clean and Simple, as always.
  3. Explore and experiment more with both paint and fabric.
  4. Lots of Pinterest inspired home decor projects. Once, the weather warms up those projects are going to extend out into lawn and garden. 
  5. Down-sizing of my craft supplies. I'll be donating a lot of it and selling some of what I no longer need.


Basically, I'm going wherever the path may lead...and it will be far from boring!! I hope you will continue to join me!


 




*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

An easy make for those who LOVE to color



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Do you love to color? If so, this is the card for you! Keep reading to find out how to make this cute card using products from Sizzix and Katelyn Lizardi. Great for Valentine's Day or any other day!

Supplies

  • Cardstock: light green white
  • Double-sided patterned paper
  • Alcohol ink markers
  • Scrapbook adhesives by 3L: EZ runner, 3D Foam Squares
  • Big Shot Plus
  • Extended Magnetic Platform
  • Extended Cutting Pad
  • Just for You Sendables Coloring Book by Katelyn Lizardi
  • Sizzix Thinlits Hello Friend Gatefold card set
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    When I was a kid I loved to color. I still remember how excited I would be to have $2.50 so I could go buy a coloring book and box of 64 crayons (with a built-in sharpener!!). So when I received the new Just for You Sendables Coloring Book by Katelyn Lizardi,  it was like being a kid all over again. Plus, by combining this with the new Sizzix Thinlits Hello Friend Gatefold card set, I was able to create something I could use to brighten someone else's day as well.

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    To create this card, begin by selecting your desired image and coloring medium. I chose to use the "Love You Lots" design shown above and color it using alcohol markers. Once finished, cut out along the marker border.

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    For the card base I used the Hello Friend Gatefold card set and used the usual Sizzix sandwich of  Extended Magnetic Platform, a Extended Cutting Pad,  patterned paper, desired die (cutting side down), and, finally, the second Extended Cutting Pad. Note, when placing the paper onto your extended magnetic platform, place the pattern that you want to show on the card outside (hello pattern) face-down.

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    The Hello Friend Gatefold die not only die-cuts your card but also scores it, so once you die-cut the design, simply fold the side panels inward. In addition to the card base you will also die-cut the inside panel (green) using the included die. This will give you the three pieces shown above.

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    Now, simply adhere the green panel to the inside of the card and attach the colored image to the card front. When attaching the image you will want to adhere it to one side panel only so that the card can be opened and closed. I like to use 3D Foam Squares for added interest.

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    Another thing to note is that if coloring your image with markers, as I did, you may have ink showing through on the back of the panel.

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    It is simple to remedy this situation by cutting a piece of cardstock the same size as the exposed area and adhering it to the back of the panel to cover the ink.

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    And there you have! Quick and easy with the help of these great Sizzix products!






     




    *This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.

    Sunday, January 28, 2018

    Create it Simply Sketchy Sunday

    Time once again for a Sunday sketch! This week's sketch from CPS 50, February 2008.



    Two cards I created for that week are featured below.  Both cards used felt, Clearsnap ink and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L-- products I'm still using 10 years later!!

    This card featured a pattern stamp over patterned paper. Embellishments included a felt flower, heart brad, printed twill, pearls and Magic Mesh. Who remembers Magic Mesh?? I think I owned it in every color!!


    This version featured patterned paper and tag from Cosmo Cricket. One of my favorite paper companies!


    That's it for this week's sketch, be sure and share your take on it through the social media sites below or leave me a comment! 


     




    *This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.