June 2014

June 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas using Traditions Kit from Frosted Designs!!!!

Hello there crafty friends!!!! It's Brandi popping in with a quick tutorial on a simple Christmas gift for the holidays!!!!

Here's a look at what I made using this month's "Traditions" kit:

Two very simple wall hangings using a variety of things from the kit!!!!
I started with a bare wood frame and painted it with my desired colors, then went over them with distress crackle paint for some shine!

I measured out my papers and added them to the wood:


I chose my pics, added them to the paper, then embellished with tid bits from the kit and flowers!!!

I cut the holly berry wood pieces and colored them with distress markers, then tucked them behind the flowers!

I fussy cut some of the sayings from the papers to add them as well!



I used the stamp included in the kit and some pigment ink to add the text directly to my photo:

I finished each piece with the twine from the kit using hot glue on the back!!

 And there you have it!!!!  Two Christmas gifts and plenty more left over :-)





Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Altered Canvas with Simple Stories "Cozy Christmas" from this Month's "Traditions" Kit!!!!

Hello there gang and happy December!!!  Yes, the last month of the year has finally snuck up on us which means: new month, new kit, and a new challenge!!!

Here's a look at all the beauty that's included in the "Traditions Kit":

Oh, I just LOVE this time of the year!!!  The beautiful colors are like heaven to my eyes :-)  It also means that I get to take my "altered project making" to a whole new extreme!! Seriously, projects for days!!!

We also have a new challenge for you!!!  Just create ANYTHING you like using ANY Frosted Designs kits (past or current) for your chance to win a prize pack valued at over $30.00 from Scrapmatts!!!!!

Now, here's a look at what I created:

Isn't it a fabulous addition to any holiday room decor?!?!  

Here are some close-ups:
I started by painting the canvas, using painters tape to mask off the areas in between colors.  Once it dried, I chose my favorite "card" from the papers included and adhered it to the canvas.  I cut a frame using my trimmer and some chipboard, then added my desired paper atop of it.  I also added some flowers and one of the metal embellies from the kit :-)  

I love the look of raw wood and especially for this kit!  I just sprayed a little of the Perfect Pearls Gold Shimmer mist from the kit for some shine and left it alone :-)


I finished the piece with several cut up pieces of twine to make this a complete wall hanging!!!


 Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)


Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Wish Box with Creative Embellishments Chipboard!!!

Hello everyone!!  Winter is officially upon us here in the states and with that comes one of my FAV holidays: Christmas!!!!  I LOVE making altered projects this time of year and there's no lack of them this month!! I'm up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with a fabulous idea for the kids this year!

I found an idea for a Christmas "wish box" on the internet a while back and knew immediately I had to have one!!  I browsed my local craft store and found a shadow box with a slit at the top which made it perfect for this idea! I sanded it down and went to work!

Here's a look at the finished piece:
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I simply adore this box... seriously!!  And my girls absolutely love it!

I started by removing the backing and adding my selected paper (I again chose the 'Vintage Christmas' paper pad by MME... My new fav go-to Christmas paper!), then created a subtle background using the Distressed Burlap Stamp (my absolute FAV stamp of ALL time!) and some Walnut Stain distress ink.





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I needed to keep the backing on this as flat as possible (no flowers or bulky embellies) since this was going to be inside the box.  Chipboard was the PERFECT solution!  I started with the "Spiral Tree", coloring it with Lindy's mist, then going over the stars with a gold leafing pen and adding dots with a white Signo pen as well.
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I used a combination of distress inks and homemade glimmer mist for my "Flourish Ornaments" until I achieved my desired colors!  Look at all that shimmer!
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I finished the backing with some "Chipboard Snowflakes" which were altered with white mist, gel medium, and iridescent glitter!!


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I also added more accents with my Signo pen!


And there you have it!  Once project down, several more to go!


brandi

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gift of Giving Winner Announced!!!!!

Hello there gang!!  I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and got your bellies full :-)



I'm stopping in to share the winner of my Gift of Giving Blog Hop prize!!!!!  Thank you to everyone who "hopped" along with us and made our hop a success!!!!

And the winner is.... (drumroll please!!!):
MARSHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Marsha, please email me at Brandimatos@gmail.com to claim your prize!!!!!!
Thanks again everyone!!!!  Have a wonderful day :-)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Advent Calendar for Creative Embellishments with MME Vintage Christmas!!!!

Hello everyone and welcome to December!!!!! Can you say... excited?!?! I LOVE this time of year!!!  

A new month means a new challenge over at Creative Embellishments and we have a spectacular challenge!!! Here's this month inspiration photo:

Creating altered projects is my favorite past time but making Christmas projects is just so much more fun!!! I decided to make an advent calendar for my girls this year using a paper mache one I picked up at my local craft store. 

I coated it in white paint, then added my papers from the MME "Vintage Christmas" paper pad (LOVE the colors and patterns in this one!!), adding some depth with the "Distressed Burlap" stamp. I added a bunch of the Chipboard Snowflakes that were misted with white, then coated with gel medium and glitter! I used the leftover medium mixture and a snowflake stencil to create iridescent snowflakes on the back! I colored the "Merry Christmas" title with red distress ink, homemade glimmer mist, and a green Sakura glaze pen. I used the same glimmer mist(a gold shimmer) to color the Christmas Bulb "hanging" from my title! I finished the calendar with the smaller Santa's Sleigh from the pack, using various mists to achieve my desired results!!!

Here are some close-ups:







Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Joyeux Noel for Creative Embellishments!!!

Hello again crafters!!! I don't know about you but the weather here has certainly taken a dip... Cold air is moving in which means winter (and one of my FAV holidays!!!) is right around the corner!!

Today I am sharing a Christmas card I made using some wonderful Creative Embellishment goodies and sketch #111 over at Cardabilities:


Here's a look:


I used this month's Rustic Beauty kit from Frosted Designs (designed by yours truly!!) to create the card.

I first created the background by adding some molding paste through a layering stencil, then doing some "second generation" stamping with the "Distressed Burlap" stamp.


As you can see, the Steampunk Clock is the "main attraction" here on the card. I colored it using some mixed media ink and shimmer mist, then layered up various flowers and die-cuts.


I was also able to sneak in one of the butterfly flair pieces (these make GREAT fillers for ANY cluster!!!) to finish off the card!


Well gang.. Thanks so much for stopping in! Have a LUCKY day :-)




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Altered Tag with Frosted Designs

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!! It's Brandi here today with a quick mixed media/altered tag tutorial using this month's fabulous Rustic Beauty Kit!!

First, here's another look at this month's kit:

Isn't it amazing?!?!

And here's a look at the tag I created using goodies from the kit:


Isn't it lovely?!? I just love the colors in this kit and the goodies to play with :-)  Here are the steps to create the look!


1.  Grab one of the tags, ink, and something to apply the ink.
1.  Create a base on the tag using the ink and stencil included in the kit.
2.  Using the same ink, go around the edges of the tag.



4.  Grab the marker, stamp, and mini mister.
5.  Color directly on the stamp with the marker and mist a small amount of water.  Stamp over tag sporadically until you receive your desired look!
6.  Add some of the die-cuts from the kit around the tag and distress the edges.



7.  Grab some of the trim from the kit and mini mister.
8.  Mist a generous amount of water over the trim and crinkle it up.
9.  Once dry, unravel the trim and use for bow!


There you have it gang!!!  Can't wait to see what you create!!!!!