Ginger Jar upcycled to Decor

Happy Monday Morning to all!!
In keeping with this month's  Reuse and Recycle I went to the second hand store and found this. 
My find was apparently a ginger jar estimated $40.00 (that I found out later) lol 
I painted this jar originally with chalk paint To my dismay this left A lot of streaks. 
I sanded, rubbed and finally it came to me this must be spray painted.  
I am smart.. just not quick.. haha

Finally I took out my eBrush by Craftwell and sprayed over my streaky mess. I chose chalk paint from Americana DecoArt a color called Refreshing.  I used Debi Tullers video as my lead and watered it down a bit so it would work with my syphon.  
Lastly I used some sticky lace stencils with some white acrylic paint to try to draw attention away from my now bumpy surface.  This was a bit of a trial and error project but I thought I would share anyway.  My end result was not terrible but I certainly would have done it much differently and used my eBrush to begin with. 

 I have to admit I did not clean my equipment good enough the last time I used it and when I went to use my syphon it was clogged. I used a very thin wire for jewelry making to help me unclog it but lesson learned. When I was finished spraying this time I got some water and sprayed until it ran clear.  We had a bit of fun with this as it was so hot we were spraying our faces, it was very refreshing!



Howl-oWeen Challenge #66 Hounds

H is for Hound is the challenge #66 over at the Sisterhood of Barky Stampers
So, I thought I would get a jump on a Howl-oWeen card since our theme is Hounds. 
I used my gelatos and some distress inks and of course colored my hound with my copics.
The inside sentiment reads:  GONE TRICK OR TREATING be back when my bag is FULL!
Come down and join us for our challenge and join in the fun! Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers
Have a great weekend!


1920's Box Camera Graphic45

Hello and Welcome! 
Today I would love to show you my design and take on a 1920's Box Camera.
This box can hold coasters as pictured or a mini album. 
The construction is made entirely out of black chipboard/cardstock and
Graphic 45 Communique Collection. 12x12 papers 

The footprint is 7"w x 10"L x 71/2"h
coasters or a mini album measures 5 1/2 x 7"


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Hello and Happy Monday!! 
Today I would like to share with you my plans to "REUSE and RECYCLE" a picture frame I picked up at my local second hand store. The frame I picked up was a brown well made frame with a second frame inside of the frame itself. I took out the picture that was inside the frame and took it all apart. 
I used white gesso to paint the outside of the frame and inside frame. Next it was time to go picking leaves in the yard as well as a huge leaf I picked out of my last flower arrangement from the hubby.  I layered my leaves small to big on the biggest paper I had which was a watercolor paper but I am sure you could use any kind. 

I took out my eBrush by Craftwell USA and brown markers and sprayed my top layers of leaves.  

 As I sprayed the edges of each leaf all the way around I was pushing them flat to try to achieve a crisper edge especially on the big leaf as it had the most underneath it. Once the top layer was sprayed I took a purple marker and sprayed the edges of the largest leaf.  I used the very thin stem to create a pattern on all the white space.  Lastly I tried my hand at hammering the leaves to see if they would leave a pattern.  Well, they did at the bottom of the page you will notice some green marks but not quite the result I was looking for. You can barely make out the green (not painted) leaves.  The green came from the leaf itself on the final pictures.
 Then it was time to put it all together.  I cut my paper into four pieces.  I backed them up onto black cardstock to give them each a framed look.  Before mounting onto the cardstock I used distress stain on the white edges after cutting to eliminate the white core of the paper.  With each of my four pieces ready to tape (double sided tape) I arranged them onto a cardboard backing and inserted that into my frame.  I put all of my pieces of frame back together and that's it! Wall Art!.
Reducing landfill garbage, Reusing and recycling the frame!

A bit hard to photograph as it is glass but I love it!!

Have a great week!!

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Inappropriate Snarky Sister

Good Morning Saturday Peeps! 
Today I have a little snarky birthday card for that special granddaughter just to remind her .. EVERYONE in the family can and does see her facebook posts!! So, I thought I would also add a friendly reminder .. you know just in case her mother hasn't done her job as well as.. well .. me.... teehehehe :)
 I started with a tag and stenciled some texture in with molding paste.  Followed by some serious spraying in my favorite distress colors.
 I added my focal image and sentiment.. With my added P.S. remark about facebook..
Next I thought she could use that Motherly advice I was speaking of earlier.. Just in case I added this small but informative information package that came with a little rubber if you know what I mean.. lol :)
 I backed this baby up on a colorful background paper and adhered it all to the card base.

Check out my sister's posts and join in the challenge "Inappropriate" and have some fun with us!


25th Birthday Card

Hello and welcome! Today I am showing the card I made for my daughter who is turning 25 on August 8th. I cannot believe 25 years has gone by sooo fast!! Soon she will be having babies herself! Oh my.. it turns out she will be visiting New York City for her 25th and I thought the stamp would be perfect!

Today's supplies include my eBrush by Craftwell USA and Clearsnap our sponsor.

I started with photo glossy paper and I stenciled my paper using my eBrush and alcohol markers.
I chose yellow, orange and light blue for my marker color choices.
 Next I stamped my cityscape image from clearsnap onto white cardstock and fussy cut it out.
Then I took a black fine marker and drew along all the edges.
I had a precut clock in craft cardstock and I used my inks from clearsnap to color the clock silver leaving some spots to show through to help it look aged and metal looking. 
Along with some coordinating patterned cardstock I put all my pieces together
layering each piece of cardstock to match my images. 
 I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and have a great Week!!!
Peggy Oliver


Resist Technique with the Sisterhood of Snarky Sisters

Challenge # 64 "R - Resist Technique"
Today I have my last post for the Sisterhood of Snarky Sisters. 
I made for you a dry embossed resist technique using embossing folders
and coloring only the raised portion of my image. I used gelato's to color this butterfly by dragging my sticks of gelato lightly on top of my raised image and resisting the de-bossed image. 
Then I lightly sprayed my image to activate the water colors of my gelato's. 
I backed up my card on some lovely Graphic45 papers and added the SHINE letters to the top. 
Check out my Sisters at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.


Mixed Media Sea Themed Art Card

 Happy Wednesday Everyone! 
Today I am sharing an art card I made with several mixed media supplies and mediums. 
Supplies used today are; 
Golden Molding Paste
Watercolor sticks
Pigment Ink
Stazon  brown Ink 
Collection of driftwood, sand dollar , oyster shell, tree lichen
dyed cheese cloth
hand drawn large sand dollar
Mini Art Stones Finnabair
Black Gel Pen
Dictionary page
Golden matte medium 

 I laid my watercolors down and let it dry. Then I used the molding paste and stencils from Mixed Media Supplies.  Next it was time for some stamping in Stazon inks so not to smudge. I used dictionary paper in a few sparse places with some matte medium to stick it down. 
Watercolors were used for color on my white background and splattering was a must!
I used a cap to create the circles on my page again I used brown stazon ink. 
The black circle to the right is a real baby sand dollar I picked up from my many trips to Rathtrevor Beach on Vancouver Island. 
I hand drew a larger sand dollar and cut holes in it. I also drew the star shape in the middle and covered it with mini art stones. With a gel pen I made marks on the sand dollar as well as the edges of my card. 
And that's it! I put all my embellishments in place and glued it all down.


Watercolor Fun!

I am loving my new watercolor pencils by Derwent and crayons from Staedtler. I had no idea it could be this fun! I love this medium and this is my first attempt at watercolors on 140lb watercolor paper.

Happy Tuesday everyone! 


Calm Moonlit Night Card

 Happy Moonday! lol
Today I bring you a card made with my eBrush by Craftwell USA and our sponsors this month Teresa Collins and Clearsnap. 
 I used the City stamp by Clearsnap and Teresa Collins fabulous pigment, archival platinum silver and feisty red ink pads.
I started with some white cardstock and taped off half of my page with painters tape which is not the best as it will lift your paper if you pull it up too fast upon removal. 
I sprayed the top of the card with four shades of blue alcohol based ink markers using my eBrush by Craftwell 
 Next I stamped this cityscape with platinum silver for the buildings and feisty red ink for the land by taping off the stamp to apply ink.

 When I removed my tape I was able to cover the top portion of my skyline , turn upside down and mirror image the stamp image for the water reflection. I added wave like marks with a paint pen as well as draw the moon. I also added some yellow watercolor paint on top for a city glow on the water.
I backed my image up on white and black cardstock and adhered all to a card base. 
I hope you enjoyed today's card. 
Peggy Oliver