Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Free Spirit Layout

Hello, everyone! I'm sharing a layout I made for the March "Make it Prima" challenge.

Here's the mood board/palette:

The soft greens and pinks mixed with the pale brown and grey make a perfect color combo- not one I would normally use, but I adored working with them!

Here's what I came up with:

I used the Salvage District and Wild and Free collections for this layout, as well as some of the newer flowers (Oh my word- the new flower are heavenly!), and some older resin and metal pieces.

Here's a closeup that shows the stenciling- remember that older Prima lovely circle/ leafy stencil? That's what I used with some white crackle paste. I used Soft Teal Color Bloom spray for some splats.

That gate is an older Prima metal piece. And there are the clear Melange pebbles peeking out from the flower clusters, as well as some whispy white vines that I cut from printer paper and added the Bare Color Philosphy ink- t looks splattered, but it's really just that the I pressed the paper onto th ink pad and it leaves the pattern of the ink pad itself, which I love!

I added some alphabet chipboard that I treated with gesso, Mermaid Hair Color Philosophy ink, and some Metalique Wax in Brass.

Thanks for taking a look at my entry for the Prima challenge! Good luck to all who entered! If you haven't had a change to join the new Prima challenge, give it a try!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"You Got This" Canvas

Hello everyone!

Prima Marketing has a new monthly challenge this year, "Make it Prima!"and it's pretty cool!

And this is my take on it:

I made a canvas using a bunch of new Prima goodies:

I stated by adding a thick layer of light paste to a canvas, and then I pressed a vine stencil into the paste for an embossed look. I then added Peony and Cotton Candy Color Bloom sprays.

I used some Sparks paint (Butterfly Spells, which is a BEAUTIFUL light rose color) and waxes in Rose Gold, and Aged Brass, as well as some Artisan Powders in black and Mahogany Teakwood on the resin frame. 

Inside of the frame are pieces from the Rose Quartz ephemera pack. I also used a butterfly from the Mechanicals line that I gessoed and sprayed with the Cotton Candy and Peony sprays.

I fussy cut out the feathers form the Rose Quartz 12X12 and journaling card papers, and stuck those under the pretty Rose Verona flowers, also from the Rose Quartz collection. I also snuck in some small roses (Lovelies). 

Next, I added some Say it in Crystals from the Love Clippings collection, and then used Blush micro beads on the flowers, butterfly, and feathers.

I finished off the canvas by adding some splats of white gesso and the pink sprays.

Here's a close up of the how awesome the micro beads look on the flowers. :)

Thanks for checking out my project! I hope you have a lovely day!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mixed Media Doll

Hello everyone!

Last year I went to Prima's ArtVenture Seaside in Coronado, and I took the most amazing class- a mixed media doll class by Anna Dabrowska. The doll I made in that class took me weeks to finish at home, and it is one of my most treasured projects! You can see a detailed account of the process HERE. I loved the process so much, that I decided to make another doll.

I started this one this past summer at a retreat, and I have worked on it, bits at a time, and finally finished it up last week.

The color scheme was intended to be green, purple, and gold, Mardi Gras colors, but the tones didn't come out quite how I thought they would. However, that stunning purple-pink color is a Prima Color Bloom 2 mist, Black Tulip. 

I decided to make a mask for her because she is going to sit next to her blue sister who is always wearing a mask, so I thought they should have something in common.  And, after gessoing her face, her poor eyes are kind of a mess! :)

Here in this side view, you can get a sense of how tall that beehive hairdo is- the doll had practically no hair, so I bought additional doll hair to supplement. Of course, the beehive needed a massive crown, so I added several metal pieces- some are Prima mechanicals, some are just random pieces I've had for a while.

Another close up of the crown- you can see I added roses to her hair as well. I found the wings in the doll section of a craft store.

Here's a closeup of the roses- they are the Prima ones that come in the box and have gold edges. They have been gessoed, painted, misted, and painted again to create the marbled effect. (And they are very durable now.)

Here's a close up of her back. 

I used the Prima Color Bloom Empress Gold for the gold coloring, as well as Prima opal magic paints. I achieved the green color by using Tattered Angels Olive Vine, and also Prima opal magic paints. 

Thanks for having a look at my doll!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Prima December PPP

Hi everyone! I only had time to do one of the Prima challenges this month, so I did the PPP.

I loved the color scheme of the PPP challenge this month, and it made me wish that I had bought the Sweet Peppermint collection insread of just a couple of the flower packs, but I just have so much Christmas stuff, I really couldn't justify it! So, I had to improvise, digging out some new and old Prima stuff.

Here's what I came up with:

I picked up this circle wood pallet from Michaels a while back. I painted it with some Chalkboard Paint in Eggshell, randomly added some of Finnabair's snowflake paste, then added some of the new fresh mint chalk ink.

Here's a close up of what the surface/texture looks like:

The letters are also Prima, from the wood alphabet hexagon boxes. I lightly pressed both of the new red chalk inks on the letters to give them a distressed and rustic look.

Next, I treated the chipboard frame with white gesso and misted it with the empress gold Color Bloom spray. I cut up some of the ruby Relics and Artifacts rhinestone chain in the three different sizes to adorn the chipboard frame.

Then I added the flowers- I used some of the new Sweet Peppermint leaves and fabric flowers, and also some OLD, OLD Prima flowers- the Baroque red ones, and the gold pearl holiday sprays.

I finished up by adding a resin angel and a Shabby Chic metal lamp post.

Thanks for taking a look at my project.

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Prima Challenges for November

Hello, all!  Just wanted to share some projects that I made for the Prima November challenges. It was so great to be able to play along this month! :)

"Fun Guys" Canvas using the Prima Product Pick (PPP)

I love the softness of this color combo. It has somewhat of a feminine look to it, but I really wanted to see if I could make a masculine project with this palette, focusing on the grey and brown, and making the green/teal and purple highlighting colors. I came up wth this canvas:

This picture is one of my all time favorites of my husband and the boys!

I started with a a thick newsprint canvas from Michaels, which was a great background for all of these Prima goodies! I used a Prima stencil and crackle paste, then added soft teal Color Bloom spray, and water and little heaps of the purple mica powder that you can see in the closeup below.

I painted the metal barn starts with gesso, rose gold opal magic paint, and then added a little bit of rose gold Liquid Pearls to give it the brownish rose color from the palette.

I added some grey metals from the Junkyard Findings (the pipe frame and the spark plug) and the Finnabair heart. I added some more brown from the palette with the metal bird and the rusty washer.

And then to round out the colors I added teal, purple, and grey flowers, and brown leaves.

 And that is my masculine take on the PPP. :)

"Lovely" Layout using the BAP

I love this sketch! I had an idea for this layout using this picture of my daughter. I was kind of bummed that she took this selfie in Snapchat with that funky filter!

So, I made it better making a Prima flower headband. :)

I thought this picture would be nice with the Butterfly collection, so I flipped the sketch to make the top paper work.

In the middle of making this layout I bought the new IOD moulds and stamps so I used the script stamp all over, and made some leaves from the moulds with ice resin, which I colored with chalk ink.

 I also made one of the key holes and sprayed it with a gold color broom spray.

And I used color bloom sprays on the chipboard. 

I really love this sketch, and I think I will use it again. 

"Beautiful" Card using the Cards and Tags Sketch

Here's my take on it. I used the Bella Rouge collection, and I even used one of my coveted Prima pistachio branches to create the circle.

The red frame is a Shabby Chic Treasures resin frame that I painted using the royal red metallic paint and brushed it with black artisan powders. I also used green artisan powder on the lace sticker at the bottom right of the page. 

Thanks for stopping by to look at my latest projects! I hope you got a chance to play along this month! :)


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Wood Plank Wall Decor for Swirlydoos Kit Club

Happy Saturday!

I have a video tutorial that I did for Swirlydoos Kit Club using their October project kit. The kit was built based on a project I designed a couple of months ago, so if you follow me and this project looks familar, that's why. ☺

This project is so simple, and can be made in a matter of minutes!

With the exception of using embossing powder on the chipboard, everything you see comes in the October project add on kit, including ALL of those gorgeous Prima flowers. You can purchase this kit, as well as a wide variety of others in the Swirlydoos store.

Check out the quick video tutorial here:

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Submissions for the Prima July 2016 Challenges

Hi, everyone! I wanted to share some projects I've made the past couple of weeks. I love a good challenge, and my favorite ones are the Prima monthly challenges!

First up, I tried the Prima Product Pick (PPP). Here's the super fun summer palette:

This was a real challenge for me because I don't really love red or yellow, especially together, so this was a real challenge! :) I thought I'd try it out using the Prima watercolor coloring book and confections. Here's what I came up with:

I ended up using the oil pastels for the yellow flowers. I also used the art alchemy paints in rusty red to paint tiny dots on the yellow flowers and the word "beauty." The blue words were painted with the art alchemy deep waters paint. I finished off the color palette adding the brown by placing the watercolor paper in a beautiful Prima wood frame. I would have never thought I would like these colors together, but it's growing on me. :)

Next, I used the Build a Page sketch.

I followed the sketch, but I made some adjustments: I rotated the design vertically, and didn't use stars, but circles. I added some journaling at the top. I used the new Heaven Sent collection, as well as some Prima vines and alphas. 

This is the first of many layouts going into this little man's first year book, and I'll be using the Heaven Sent collection!

Lastly, I tried my hand at the newest Prima challenge for cards and tags. 

I love this sketch, and I knew I wanted to use the Heaven Sent collection because I'm not using the girly pinks for my boy book, but it's too cute not to use!

I love how the sketch showed the large layers, so I decided to curl mine for dimension. I love the look! I added a Prima doily die cut to the middle of the card, and I misted the paper with Color Blooms sprays in cotton candy and peony to kind of blend all of the pinks from the papers and flowers I chose. I fussy cut the baby and the "Baby" title from the papers and popped them up with foam tape. The heart resin is misted with the pink sprays that I used on the doily. I stuck in some of the vellum ephemera under the rolled paper, and added some of the pink crystals on the doily. 

Thanks for taking a look at my projects! I hope you get a chance to play along with these fun challenges too!