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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Simply Prima


I enjoy making these floral cards. I've never sent one through the mail, so generally the recipients of these cards are local. This card is quite similar to the  Birthday card in that I used the Prima Seashore collection. What differs is the colour combination. With this care, I focused on the earth tones, rather than the blue. 

The sentiment is from the Hydrangea Cling Set, which also has matching Hydrangea Dies! 

Way too cool!!!!

Hope to be back soon with another share! I've been busy working on my Bedroom.......

Out out OUT with the Old, in with the New

#mysanctuary!

Happy Stamping!

--Vicki~~

Thursday, April 9, 2015

You are enough


A very quick and simple share from Impression Obsession

I used this fabulous Sketched Roses CaC stamp masking out an oval for the sentiment.

I chose to highlight a single rose and colour it with my Touch Twin Markers as I thought it would drive the point of the sentiment home

Don't forget- You are Enough!

Have a wonderful day~ xx

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Renew, Redo My Coastal Shabby Dresser


Oh my gosh, with my first two projects, I got my feet wet. I was quite happy with the chair and the frame and so with this one,  I dove right in!

I forgot to take a before picture, but the dresser was essentially a knotty pine..kind of blah!

The colours I used were Annie Sloan French Linen , Duck Egg Blue and Old White

The natural wood peeking through does not look as harsh in real life as it does in the photo's

I'm really enjoying the ease of the application of the paint and the results that I'm getting.

I'm currently working on my bedside table and am looking forward to sharing with you!




Thursday, April 2, 2015

Impression Obsession Designer Challenge-You Did it!


Good Morning and Happy Spring! Although we are expecting snow today, I'm am positive that spring is on it's way, as you can actually see patches of grass through the snow. I've spotted some pretty chubby Robins kicking around and have seen some Ducks floating it bits of thawed sections of ponds and on the lake. That makes me super happy!

Today's challenge is to create a celebratory card, perhaps a card of accomplishment, like a graduation or a job promotion. A wedding card would be appropriate or in my case, a baby card!

If you want to enter your card in the challenge, head over to the Impression Obsession Blog to find out what you need to do to get the chance to win some stamping bucks from IO

While you're there, you can see who's playing the challenge today. Alternatively, you can follow the links on my sidebar~

For my card I used 


I hd some Recollections Valentines Paper kicking around and used some Crumb Cake Ink to distress it a touch.

Hemp Ribbon Border and Button are by Prima Marketing!

Have a wonderful day and good luck with the Challenge

--Vicki~~



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Renew, Redo....Getting a little more brave!







Last week, I dipped my toe into the Ocean of Chalk Painting as I am renovating my bedroom.

This fine gem of a mirror definitely doesn't meet the "Coastal" Theme.  It did however, look quite nice over my green Formica Vanity. That was in 1997!  I would say that I had invested around 40 hours into tole painting this frame. My initial thought was to put it in the next yard sale, but then my not only lovely, but bright mother mentioned that I should repaint it! Well of COURSE! Renew, Redo! Also,  the pittance that I might receive for the clearly dated mirror wouldn't amount to the cost to replace the beautiful bevelled mirror that I had installed into the frame.

Last weeks project, the chair was all about playing around with the paint and getting the "feel for it". Funny, I've always felt that there is a distinct feeling when applying paint and knowing that you are going to have success with it. That may sound weird, but in my Tole Painting days I knew that a shadow that I was laying down would be perfect, because I felt it!

Anyway, I keeping with my Coastal Theme, I felt that I would try to get a look of Weathered Wood..think Barn Board. I was a little nervous as again, but on that note, I also know that if it didn't work, I could paint it over~







I started by applying French Linen and Duck Egg Blue wet into wet, using two brushes.
For this technique, I didn't paint right out of the can, but rather poured some paint onto plastic plates as I didn't want to contaminate my lovely paint! I have much more in store for it!





After cleaning my brushes well, I made wash out of Graphite Paint. I added about a Tablespoon of Paint into a paper cup and about 2-3 tsp of water. I went over the frame here and there to add some dark texture in.





I found it a touch dark and so after letting it dry, I dry brushed in a little more Duck Egg Blue....DELICIOUS!!!





My next step- To sand and distress it up a touch. There are a couple of places in which the "Old" Paint showed through. I was initially going to go back in and try to cover it up, but then I thought I kind of liked the look and decided to let "nostalgia" shine through. In fact I then got a little more aggressive with the sandpaper and removed more paint in several places.

It's still looking a little rough pre wax, but I had faith that it would turn out.

I wanted to have a little darker look, so I mixed my wax at a ratio of one tablespoon of clear wax, with a smidgen of dark wax!


I'm actually VERY pleased with the final project! Must apologize for the picture, but I couldn't find a bare space to take it, with all the reno's going on~ When it makes it to it's proper place, It will warrant another share!

Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more  projects!

--Vicki~~

Saturday, March 28, 2015

For a Special Friend


A dear Friend of our Family is turning 85!

My Mom asked me to make her a pretty card " You know" she said, "one of those special ones, with all the flowers and ribbon and such"!  So here is is. All Birthdays' warrant a  pretty card, but I think an 85th warrants an extra special one too! 

I sure hope she likes it!

Supplies

Paper and Flowers by Prima Marketing
Seam Binding-Stampin' UP!
Button-Prima Marketing
Metals-Tim Holtz
Sentiment Stamp is from  Impression Obsession Hydrangea Clear Set


Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Ocean



The Ocean

"The deep blue sea speaks to your soul, healing and soothing you. Even the act of imagining yourself dipping into it's healing womb brings about desirable effects. Better yet, spend time physically near the ocean. Allow its power and beauty to wash away all cares and concerns"


-Author Unknown~