Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A "Thrilling" Canvas

Here is my post for the Basically Bare Blog :)
Hi everyone Sandy here.  Thanks for taking a look at my first post here on the Basically Bare Blog. For this post I created this cute 6x12 canvas with my adorable grandson on it.  Isn't he just the cutest little thing?
Sandy HubbardIn October, Basically Bare did a swap with Authentique Paper and I was able to use their Thrilling Collection.  Let me just say that I loved it!
Sandy Hubbard
I first painted the canvas with Art Anthology's Dimensional Crystals and Sorbet.  Here are the colors that I used ;) Guava and Red Corvette Dimensional Crystals, and Chocolate, Outrageous Orange, Kenyan Copper and Red Velvet Sorbet.  On the title block I inked the edges with Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.
Sandy Hubbard
I then put the "Magic" label partially on the picture and used a Basically Bare door to a Happy Little House embellishment pack to point from the Thrilling Collection and it spells out "under my spell", which I thought was appropriate.
 Sandy Hubbard
I used a quite a few Prima's, new and old on this.  I like to use plain white so that I can spray them to the exact color that I like.  The brown flower is one of the newer ones and then the others were white and I sprayed them with Art Anthology's Juicy and Paprika Spray.  
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my canvas and that it convinces you to take the plunge and make one for yourself.  They are really easy and fun to do!
Till next time,

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Doing the happy dance!!!

I can't believe it....Yesterday I was aggravated because I had taken my sewing machine apart to clean it as I have been doing some major sewing getting ready for craft shows that I am doing in November.  Well I couldn't get the presser plate (I guess that is what it is called) back on my sewing machine, and of course hubby was at work so I was out of luck on sewing.  So being aggravated I went and sat in the recliner (big mistake) kicked back and was ready to watch some tv.  I woke up an hour and a half later.  But I did get some good news.  Opened up my email to find an email asking if I was still interested in becoming a member of a design team.  Out of all that I had applied to recently this was the ONE that I REALLY WANTED!!!!!  Of course I said YES YES YES!!!!!

So with that I am proud to announce that I am the newest of the Basically Bare Design Team.  The ladies on this team are amazing and I hope to not let anyone down.  Stayce Dewid is the bomb and I love all of her products and am so excited to be working with her!  If you ever get a chance to take one of her classes then please do so!  You won't be disappointed.

So, go and check them out!!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

I WON!!!!

Okay, so about a month ago I went to a scrapbook retreat that I go to several times a year. It is hosted by Heavenly Scrapbooking Retreats and it is really wonderful and we have so much fun.  So, this retreat they did something a little different.  They had the BoBunny Monthly Challenge kits for those of us who wanted to buy one.  On Saturday night of the retreat you had to have your layout completed and could only use what was in your kit and nothing else!!!!  WOW, that was REALLY hard for me, but I did it and I was pleased with my layout but never thought I would win....But when the voting was completed I was shocked to see that my layout had one.  I printed out that photo that night as it was our states 150th Birthday.  There were a lot of pictures on-line of all of the fireworks and when I saw this picture of the fireworks shooting over our capital in Charleston, West Virginia....I new I wanted to use this photo to remember this special day.  I would like to give credit on the photo to James Stanton Photography, your photo is truly amazing.

Here is the layout that I completed.....

We were also told at the beginning that whoever's layout won would be submitted to BoBunny for their monthly challenge.  So I really thought no more of it and then on Friday evening on July 12th, I was jumping up and down.  Now let me paint a picture for you.  We own an auction house and the auction was going on.  Here I am jumping up and down, clapping my hands and jumping my way up to the stage where my husband was auctioning.  He was like what in the heck is up with you?  So he stops in the middle of what he is auctioning to listen to me....Well I told him, "you remember my layout that won the challenge at the retreat?"  him:  "yeah"  me:  "remember I told you it was going to be submitted to BoBunny for their monthly challenge"  him:  "yeah"  me:  "well I won"  him:  "huh"  me:  "I WON the layout challenge!"  him:  "cool, did you win money?"  me:  "no, but I won $150 BoBunny prize package and that is so much better!"  him:  "if you say so".  Then he goes on about auctioning and I am on cloud 9!!!!

So here is the prize package that I won!  Thank you so much to BoBunny for choosing my layout for your layout challenge!

I can't wait to use all of my new goodies!



Thursday, July 4, 2013

My first canvas!!!!

Well the other day I decided that I was going to make my first canvas.  Why?  Well Jen Starr came to our scrapbook store, Almost Heaven Scrapbooking and taught classes with Art Anthology products and Viva Decor products.  Let's just say that I was instantly hooked on them and love them so much!!!!  

So when my son came back from firefighter camp last week, there were some awesome pictures and it hit me that was the canvas I was going to do.  I could see it in my head before I even started on it and was so excited to get started on it.  And I was lucky!  I had all  the colors that I needed to do the canvas.  I am so excited to share it.  I really enjoyed doing this and I hope that my son will treasure it forever.

So here we go, grab a cup of coffee or something else to drink, put your feet up and I will share with you what I did.

First off I covered the canvas board with Claudine Hellmuth's Black Gesso.

After it was all covered, I dried it with my heat gun.

My next step is I covered it with Viva Decor 3D Stamp Paint in Copper.  Noticed I didn't do a complete coverage.

I then took the Viva Decor Modellier Creme in Metallic bronze and added texture all over with just a little of the black gesso still showing through.

Once again since I am so impatient, I dried it with my heat gun.

Once it was dry I then took smaller paint brushes and just placed fire looking vertical streaks with Art Anthology Sorbet in Outrageous Orange and Red Corvette in the Dimensional Glaze.

I did not let it dry this time because I wanted to add a little more color so I used the Viva Decor Pearl Pens with a paint brush to blend in a little more.  I used Light Green and Sunny Yellow.

Then I added just a few touch of Art Anthology's Imperial Sorbet.  I think poured some to Tim Holtz's Distress Stain into a mini mister and sprayed the outer edges of the canvas.

This is what it looked like after it dried.

I then printed out two pictures that I was going to use on this.  One in an 8x10 and the other in a 5x7.  I tore around the edges of each pictures and then took a lit candle and burned around all of the edges.  Was a mess, but it was worth it and I didn't burn my house down, lol.  I then applied the fire picture with Modge Podge and then did the same with Cody's picture on top of the fire one.

Now here is where I had to be patient so i let it dry overnight.

I found a title that I loved in the Silhouette Store and knew immediately that I had to do the Drunken Scotch technique on it.

First you cover generously with Diamond Glaze, I am sure that any dimensional glaze that dries clear would work but Diamond Glaze is my all time favorite!

While still wet I applied dots of mixative randomly.

Then do the same thing with the alcohol inks.  You will see how they spread in the glue.

Once you get the look you want, then start heating it with your heat gun.  Keep it up until it starts bubbling.  Let it bubble and don't pop the bubbles.  Keep doing this for just a little bit, just don't let it burn.  The bubbles will shrink when cooled down and dry.

These are the letters and flames after all done.

From the side you can really see the texture.

And the completed piece.  I will get some mat board to mat it and then have my husband make a frame for it.

You can contact Beverly at Almost Heaven Scrapbooking Store  or call her at the store (304) 925-7272 and order all of the products that I used on this canvas.  I hope you enjoyed reading how I made this as much as I did making it.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

A little bit of altering...

I have been doing a lot of altering lately!  I will go through the house and see something and say to myself, "oh I could do something with that"!  That is exactly what I did with this project.

Do you have one these or have seen them?  This a bill organizer.  I found it at a flea market for $2 or $3 dollars.  It was just sitting in my kitchen not being used.  The other day I looked at it and a light bulb went off (if my husband reads this he will say that doesn't happen very often) and the scrapbooker in me had an idea. This would be perfect to hold those larger scraps of paper that you just have thrown into a basket, so yesterday I went to work on it!

So first I covered it with Gesso so that the paint would not chip off.  I will tell you the secret to getting between the little slots (because they don't come out) is using a foam brush.  Then I just took a small brush to get in the corners as best as I could.  I couldn't get the slots completely covered, but scraps of paper will be in there anyway to cover it up.

I then painted with black acrylic paint and you can see that I was able to get into the slots completely  I painted all four sides with two coats for good coverage. (Excuse the mess in the background it is on my worktable.


I figured out the colors I was going to use on it and I decided to go with the colors from the BoBunny Country Garden Collection.  I started digging through all of my stuff for texture, this needed to have texture to it.  I found this twisted paper in a Robin's Egg Blue and I thought perfect.  I also found some gauze and old pages from a book. 

Time to unroll the twisted paper and my mind is going ninety to nothing thinking of all of the things I can use this on!!!  Anyway...

Sorry for brightness of the pic...This stuff was a booger to unroll, but it lost and I won the battle!

Now to start tearing it and adhering it with Modge Podge (I love that stuff, it reminds me of being little and putting Elmer's glue all over your hands and then peeling it off, lol).  After I put the paper on there I then put some guaze, pieces of torn doilies, torn pages from books to give it texture.

I think cut out pieces from the Country Garden Almanac by Bo Bunny and adhered them to the sides with the Modge Podge.

Once that was all completed and dried I sanded the edges and the top to give it a distressed look.  Make sure this is completely dry before you do this or you will have a big mess!

After I added all of my textures and the Modge Podge was dry I used Sorbet Dimensional Gel Paint by Art Anthology.  I LOVE this stuff!!!  I used it this past weekend in a class taught by Jen Starr and fell in love with it!  Anyway the color that used was Viridian and let me say that the color is amazing!  Then I went through all of my little trinkets finding the perfect pieces to use on this.  Once I adhered the metal pieces with E6000 (this glue will hold ANYTHING) and let the glue dry competely.

I then started placing all of my flowers and other trinkets that I found.  Once I was happy with the way that it was coming, I glue all of them with Beacon 3-in-1 glue (yep, I love this stuff too!)  I then covered it all with Gesso (except for the metals).  Once I was happy with that, I used dYlusions Ink Spray inWhite linen and sprayed all over.  On the black parts I sprayed a couple of coats letting each coat dry completely.

Here is my altered Scrap Box

Here is one side view.  I didn't put any embellishments on the side as I will have other things on each side of the box on my desk. 

The other side view.

Some details.  I used Viva Decor Pearl Pens on the butterfly and on the wings of the birds.  And I used the Art Anthology Sorbet in the color of Viridian again on the wooden key.

I used a mixture of Prima flowers and flowers that were made for me by my best friend, she is wonderful and makes beautiful flowers!  I also used Prima bling and some of the other bling on here is from Micheal's.  The butterfly is from Recollections.  It was white and I painted it with Tattered Angel's Glam in the color of Tide Pool, it blended perfectly and gave the butterflies a little sparkle to them.

The title is also from Bo Bunny's Country Garden Collection and I matted it on Black Bazzill Bling (try to say that real fast three times) textured paper.

 I used some vintage jewelry pieces that I found in my stash and thought that they went perfect on the box.
You can also see where I went over some the flowers with Tattered Angels Glam in Tide Pool also.

And last but not least I wanted to show you this blingy butterfly.  It was actually a hair clip and I just took the clip off.

I hope that you enjoyed looking at my altered scrap box.  Go do one for you now ;o)

Happy Altering!