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!


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!


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~
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Renew, Redo! My Maiden Voyage with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints

I've decided that my  Bedroom needed some freshening up and I want to create a tranquil space.
You may wonder what the heck this hideous little green chair has to do with that?
I've been perusing Pinterest and collecting decorating ideas for my Coastal Themed Room.

In my travels, I found some great ideas for painting furniture and decided that I definitely wanted to renew and redo my tired, mismatched, BORING wooden Furniture.

In exploring some options, I came across some wonderful samples created with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. I found that you can't just purchase these paints at any paint store, but rather you have to find a "Stockist" who has trained with the famous Annie Sloan as a condition of carrying her line of paint.

What was more exciting, is that in searching for a Stockist I was delighted to find that we have one  in Bath Ontario; Elizabeth at The Melon Patch 

I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Elizabeth earlier this week to stock up on some supplies and "pick her brain" for some basics with regard to using the Chalk Paints.

That's where this hideous little chair comes in.

Rather than tackling one of the larger items on my renew/redo list, I thought I'd start small in order to get a feel for the paint!!! 

So here's a little blogography of my process!

First I cleaned the chair with a little soap and water and dried it well.

I applied two coats of Graphite for my undercoat.

I must say that the paint was so very creamy and went on well.

I used a damp brush to apply a lighter coat the second time through.

How about this Primer Red?? Oh my GEE, I love this colour!

Totally does NOT fit in with my coastal theme, but I had to get into this deliciousness right away!

I applied two coats of the Red, leaving some of the Graphite show through.

That was a little scary, but I want to create a similar effect on my larger pieces and the next time, I'm going to get a little less uniform and expose the layers even more I think!

Two coats of  French Linen to the seat, followed by some serious scuffing!!

A coat of clear wax.......Never was partial to waxing my floors or my car, but I have to say this was kind of fun!

Then the good part- the DARK wax.......again, a little scary as it is quite dark, but I applied it sparingly with the proper brush and my fears quickly faded when I realized it's actually quite nice to work with. Being a Chalk paint Virgin, I must say that I'm looking forward to working on my next piece, which is a mirror that I spent many hours tole painting....... Out with the Old, in with the New!

I think perhaps that there will be many many more projects in the works!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What's not to LOVE- Day 3 of the Impression Obsession Blog Hop!

Yep! I Love the "LOVE" Die so much, I'd Love to share another card for you to Love!

Today is Day 3 of the IO Stamps Spring Die Hop 

Make sure you visit the IO Blog to get a full list of the Designers who are posting more samples!

Additionally, leave some LOVE on our posts and you may be the LOVE ly winner that gets to choose some IO Goodies!!!

I decided to share two cards today, because there are so many fabulous dies in this release, that it was hard to decide to choose what to showcase!

The card above uses the LOVE die (of course!) 
and the beautiful

That gorgeous flower also compliments the Open Scroll Butterfly that I used on Day 1 of the Hop!

This card was a quickie, but I think it's pretty darned cute!!!

The Floral Panel Cutout is just so pretty!

I decided to add some sweet white Bunnies to create my triangular focal point

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me such sweet comments

I read each and every one and I SO appreciate them!

Have a wonderful day and good luck with the draw


Vicki xo

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop Day 2

Good Morning!

Welcome to Day 2 of the IO Stamps Blog Hop!

You can find all the newly released Spring Dies HERE

I had a hard time capturing the look of this card, so I do apologize for the poor photography!

this card is actually quite fun and funky in real life!!!!

It's pretty clean and simple! 

I've found since I began Art Journalling, my cards have taken on a more simple look

That is unless I'm creating a scene!

Anyhoo, for this card I used two dies

The LOVE die, which is Scrumptious!!!! I will be using the reverse image for this one a LOT i'm sure. The second die I used is The Tied Line. How fun is this? Especially when want the look of Ribbon, but don't have the right colour! This is absolutely PERFECT!!!!!

Be sure you head on over to the IO Blog if you haven't been hopping already to get the full blog hop list so that you csn leave comments on each blog and win a prize!!!! Just think of all the fun things that you could create with the new dies!

Good Luck~

Monday, March 9, 2015

Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop!

We have some beautiful new  Spring dies  to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day (March 9th – March 11th) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST.  The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
All of the new dies you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

Gasp! That was my response when I first saw this gorgeous Open Scroll Butterfly Die

I've used it a couple of different ways to show you it's versatility.

I would say it's safe to say that I'm the last stop on the fun die hop!

But just to  be sure, head back over to the IO Blog to hook up with all the links!

See you tomorrow with more Dies to DIE for!!!! {GRIN}

Happy Stamping!