Sunday, May 1, 2016

Prima Wall Art Submission

Oh my, I was down to the wire on this one! :) In case you didn't know, Prima Marketing is having a "Wall Art" contest, and one of the items on the list that you could use was one of the new Prima DIY chandeliers, so that's what I made. First, here's the gallery wall in it's entirety:

Table top view.

I love all things beachy. It is my most favorite decor theme!

Besides the chandelier, I also made each project, mostly using Prima products, which I have already shared in previous blog posts.

So, for this chandelier, my main idea was to replace the "lights" with shells, and give it a bluish patina wash. 

Here's a couple of different pictures of the whole project.

I started out painting the chandelier with some VerDay paint, and then I added some gold crackle in random spots.  I then dry brushed the entire thing with white gesso, then I gave it a good spraying session with the color bloom sprays in deep teal, light teal, and glistening waves.  I also added some pearl strands from my stash, and well as some Prima Calcutta flowers I have been saving for a special project. 

I added the shells and then some art stones, both sizes, and dry brushed those with gesso, and then sprayed them with the color bloom spray in empress gold. Here's a couple more closeups of the shells:

Lastly, I added the Prima chandelier adornments. They were clear, but I decided to give them a beach glass finish, again using the blue color bloom sprays. 

Thanks for checking out my entry for the Prima Wall Art contest! 


Monday, April 25, 2016

"Dream" Layout for the April Prima BAP

I've been waiting to scrap this picture since this past summer! It's from my 20 year high school reunion. These two amazing ladies with me on this layout were my best friends in high school, and I LOVE them. They are both very special to me, and while we have kept in touch over the years, it was a dream come true to spend some time with them this summer. The Prima Vintage Emporium collection colors was perfect for this picture!

First, here's the Prima BAP:

There are lots of amazing elements in this sketch, and this is my take on it: 

I went for a mixed media background to incorporate a lot of layering and colors using clear gesso, white gesso, and various mists. 

In this closeup you can see the stenciling that I did using the Prima white crackle paste, which is one of my favorite products to use! I also used gold crackle paste on the chipboard flourishes. The lace is older Prima alencon lace. 

This closeup shows some of the misting and coloring, and shows a little bit of the flower clustering peeking from under the photo. 

For the title, I used one of the coordinating wood embellishments, placing it on a resin oval that I filled with crystals and flowers.

Thanks for having a look! 


Friday, April 15, 2016

"Life is Good" Wall Decor

Hi, everyone. I'm sharing this project I made a couple of weeks ago. I've had this pallet from the Bottle Cap Co. for quite a while now, and I thought it would be perfect for a beachy piece of wall decor, especially the new Prima French Riviera collection! I took these pictures on Imperial Beach in California a few weeks ago of my littles. 

I used a lot of new stuff on this project, but I also pulled out some older things, like that cream flower peeking out from under the photo. It's Prima. This picture also shows some shells- painted gold and also a Prima resin one from a couple of years ago. 

I added lots of paper layers, and also some burlap and netting for extra texture. These flowers in this closeup are from the French Riviera collection. The shell was an extra from an album I made at Art Venture in January. It's painted with crackle paint, gold acrylic, then dusted with the Prima artisan powders, and then filled with pearls.

Another closeup of the layers. That frame is chipboard from Blue Fern Studios. I used Stampendous Frantage Aged Ivory embossing powder. I LOVE that stuff! 

You can also see some stenciling peeking out under the layers there. I used a Joggles stencil with some white crackle paste, then kissed it with a light blue chalk ink to tone it down. 

Here's a closeup of a little cluster that I wasn't really intending to add, but I made a little mess/mistake with the crackle paste, and it needed to be covered.

Banners seem kind of natural on a beachy project, and I wanted to highlight that little bottle of sand, so I added them to the left corner. The banners are old- from Maya Road. The anchor and bottle are from the French Riviera ephemera pack. I filled the bottle up with sand I brought back from the beach. 

The title is the Prima adhesive rub ons with the blue foil adhered to it. 

Thanks for checking out my project!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"La Vie Est Belle" Altered Frame

This Prima frame is probably my most favorite Prima product ever. I LOVE the look of it! I used a few things from a past Swirlydoos kit. 

I started out by giving the entire frame a coat of blur Glimmer Glam, and then some silver and patina paints just to give it some sparkle. 

I used paper from the Authentique Classique: Elegant paper line. The alphas are also from that line. 

This closeup shows the chandelier that I picked up from Michaels in the jewelry section. The black lace is from JoAnn, and I got it a long time ago. 

I outlined the inside with black tulle that I twisted. On the outside I used tiny rhinestone chain from Michaels. The larger chain with pearls was from a special add on kit from Swirlydoos. And the staircase is a Prima resin piece.

I added A LOT of flowers in black, grey, and blues to bring all the colors of the project together. 

I also added a Prima oval frame that I colored with black chalk ink for the background of the photo. The jeweled swirl is also Prima. 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 11, 2016

"By the Sea" Layout

We went to the beach for spring break a couple of weeks ago, and I got some pretty good pics! This is the first of many that I'm excited to scrap. The layout is also for the round robin challenge at Swirlydoos. I got to follow Bec. Here's here amazing layout:

And, this is my take on it:

I kept to Bec's fabulous design pretty closely. Her designs are always so beautiful, so it was easy to lift her. I used the roughly the same amount of flowers, ephemera in the layers, stenciling, and similar chipboards, but made it beachy! 

"Spring cleaning" was also part of this challenge- using old stuff from your stash! So, I used some Blue Fern Studios chipboard from when I was on their design team a couple of years ago. I used Stampendous Frantage embossing powder in aged teal on the "By the Sea" title. 

And the square frame is also from Blue Fern Studios. I primed it with gesso, dry brushed Prima copper paint on it, then touched it up with some teal chalk ink for a patina look. 

I also pulled out some older Prima lace to use, and some Viva blue modeling paste sitting on the shelf.

And, I finally decided it was time to use this big beautiful Prima flower, which I have been saving FOREVER! 

This is the first of many beachy layouts and projects from our spring break trip. 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Vintage Bird Cages

As soon as I saw these Prima birdcages, I had to have them! I decided to make them a coordinating set to put on a shelf. I used mostly all Prima products, including the Vintage Emporium collection.

I knew I wanted them to both be blue. The larger one comes with a white distressed finish, and the smaller one is rust, so I primed them with gesso, then used the Prima light patina paint. After it dried, I dry brushed them with some bronze paint (also Prima) to get this finish.

For both of the cages, I covered the back inside with papers from the Vintage Emporium line, then added some layers. I used sisal to create the bird nests, and placed a flower inside before gluing the birds in, and  then wrapped the Lumies light strings. The switches are on the outside of the cages and sit somewhat behind but on the side, but are concealed by the flowers in the middle of the two cages so that I can turn them on and off with ease.

I colored the resin pieces with chalk ink and bronze paint. The larger cage has the Prima playing cards to spell out the word "dream."

Thanks for having a look! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Peaceful Heart" Wall Decor

I am SMITTEN with Prima's "Tales of You and Me" collection! This is a piece of wall decor I made using this fantastic feminine, vintage, PERFECT line!

I started out by painting a square Prima wooden tray set from the Relics and Artifacts line by Sandra Evertson. I used gesso, the vintage rose acrylic paint, tea stain mist, and some purple chalk ink. Once dry, I cut paper from the 6X6 paper pad to fit in the squares, distressed them, gave them a light white wash of gesso, inked the edges with more purple chalk ink (Dewdrops brand in eggplant) and glued them inside before adhering the trays together.

The saying is a piece of Dusty Attic Chipboard. I primed it with gesso, then used a couple of different Shimmerz purple sprays, then dry brushed with gesso again for a muted look. I added the Prima lamp post and a bronze corner that I think I bought at Michaels. :) I added coordinating flowers and some flower trim.

 This is a close up of the flowers I used in the middle of that cluster. I cut up the "Tales" vine and then added them to the trays, leaving room to fill up the middle with various colors, again from the tales collection, and adding some flower trim in various spots and finishing it off with brushing on some gesso to soften the look.

I adhering the smallest tray to the top of the other two for a more dimensional piece. I cut out the image in the frame from the 6X6 paper, and added it to this Tim Holtz frame. I painted it with gesso and added the purple chalk ink again. Then I hung a chain, using the rosette brads from the Tales collection to make it look like they were holding the chain, but I just glued them on.  The trinkets are all from Prima. The little heart lock twisted in the wind when I was taking the picture, but that is from the Tales ephemera pack. I added the flower and lace trim to coordinate with the rest of the flowers. 

I cut up some elements from the Tales paper and used some ephemera pieces as well for this layered pile of paper. I distressed the edges, whitewashed each piece, then arranged them in a layered manner, adding foam dots to bulk it up. I tied some of them with cord, tucked some flower trim in between the layers and added a brad in the middle of the clock die cut.

Thanks for checking out my project!

Products used:

Tales of You and Me:
    6X6 Collections Set
    Amour de Ma Vie Flowers
    Je t'aime Flower Vine
    Moi aussie, Je t'aime Flowers
Shabby Chic Treasures Victorian Lamp
Vintage Trinkets- Locket and Crown
Posey Trim
Heavy Gesso
Vintage Rose Metallic Acrylic Paint
Color Bloom Spray- Tea Stain

Tim Holtz
Baroque Frames

Bronze Metal Corners

Punked Up Purple Spray
Moody Mauve Spray

Eggplant Chalk Ink