Monday, August 28, 2017

It's All About Breakfast At Tiffany's For Me Please August #ccbchallenge

Hello, Welcome to INSPIRE!

I wanted to stop in and share with you
my latest project, which is actually my entry 
for the Canvas Corps Brands
August Challenge
"Let's Visit The Cinema".

My ideal visit to the cinema
would very likely be a film featuring 
my very favorite actress 
Audrey Hepburn.
One that is tops for me is 
"Breakfast At Tiffany's".

My project began with a
Tolsby frame IKEA.

I first covered the frame
with clear gesso, followed by 2 coats of
acrylic paint in a "Tiffany" bluish color of course.

Once the paint had dried thoroughly, I used a few spritz's
of a couple of my favorite Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in the shade of Blue Raspberry,
along with selections from the 
the Exclusive Heidi Swapp Color Kit.

I chose a mini promotional poster
of the film "Breakfast At Tiffany's" as the photo, added a a clipboard cut from cardstock in black & light gray, and vellum printed with wavy filmstrip over the surface of the frame.

Now, when I think of Tiffany's, I think
dazzle, sparkle & shiny,
so to finish the design, I added foiled stars (using ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever & Transfer Foil) in various sizes, and loads of bling.

For the backside of the photo frame
I used black yardstick, a couple of vellum filmstrips
with one of the most iconic images from the film,
Holly Golightly, standing with her pastry and coffee, as she walks and gazes into the windows of her 
beloved Tiffany's.

Thank you so much for visiting today.
Head on over to the 
Canvas Corps Brands Blog
for ideas featuring most crafter's beloved brands,
 like 7 Gypsies, Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp & so many more.

Until next time...... Be Creative!

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Dynamic Duo of Best Cleaner Ever & Best Glue Ever To The Rescue

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you ever heard of the 
Best Cleaner Ever?
How about the Best Glue Ever?
Did you know they are crafting's 
dynamic duo when it 
comes to rescuing your used cutting mats?

Well then, you just HAVE to
head on over to the 
ScraPerfect blog, 
where today I am sharing
a tutorial on how to effectively
clean & restore my  
cutting mats.

Seriously, you have to check this out!
Just follow this link
and be amazed!

Have a crafty weekend!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Adventures In Creating New Mixed Media-How To Create Beautiful Texture

Hello & Welcome

What's this? More than one post this week? Why yes! Summer activities have dwindled here for us and has allotted for some much needed creative time.

This new "lull", had me thinking, about my endeavors in finding new ways (to me) to create mixed media art.
It also had me reflecting about the many influences of seasoned MM artists that
I have followed for quite some time,and have learned so much from, and how some of my new discoveries, could be new to another.

So, I have decided to make a project each week, that has me trying new ways of creating, and sharing these new adventures here on my blog.

Here is the first in what I hope is many more creative ideas to share,
a mixed media canvas using used tea bags, vintage sheet music, sprays, Prima/Prima Artists mica powders to create a great textured background for the focal piece of this canvas art, a paper clay flaming heart.

I am new to using paper clay, and patience isn't my greatest trait, lol, but I have discovered that I can let this clay air dry for a certain amount of time, and then bake it at a low temperature for an extended amount of time, and the results are perfection.

As the background goes, I collaged the sheet music with the tea bags, using some to cover the sheet music, while collaging other bits of sheet music on the top of the tea bags, all using clear gesso.

I then used tinted mica powders in a light patina blue & ivory, sprinkled randomly on the surface, followed by sprinkling a metallic mica powder in the same manner. Once powder was in place, I misted each spot with water, made "drip" lines with some, then dried all with my heat tool.

Final step in the background, was using glimmer sprays in darker colors, to add points of interest around the edges & center of the canvas. I also used these to color the lace & burlap used.

Using a mixed media glue, I added the patina'd embellishments including the paper clay flaming heart that I had made, all in which I used a variety of gesso, paint & powders to achieve the aged look.

I have to say, this MM canvas, is my very favorite so far. And the products I used, were just AMAZING in bringing the look together.

Thank you so much for stopping by. 
Please visit again soon!
Until next time, have a creative adventure too!


Monday, August 21, 2017

We All Need A Little Faith, Hope & Love

Hello there!
Welcome to INSPIRE.
Thank you for stopping by today.

Today I am sharing one of my latest
personal projects,
some inspirational word art.
In today's world, we all can use 
some faith, hope & love.

The core piece in this project was the pre-made
lacquered word faith.
Only using minimal items to create this, gesso, gel medium, glue, a couple of embellishments,
made this a relatively easy project.

I raided my hubbies scrap wood
stash, and found a perfect piece
to mount the word to.

The first thing I did, was lightly sand the base, 
followed by a coat of white gesso
to cover it.
I chose to do a light sanding when the gesso had dried
 to give a bit of distress look.

Using gel medium,
I added delicately printed 
rose tissue paper to the front of 
the word FAITH, 
in a random sort of pattern.

I then used mini stencils & 
distress ink, to ad the words Hope & Love to the front of the base.

While snagging scrap wood,I snagged a bottle 
of my hubbies wood glue,
to glue "faith" to the "base".

To complete my design, I added
a couple of mini paper roses 
(in shades of pink course).

A delicate shelf or desk sitter,
to inspire, to encourage 
in these times in which we live.

Hope you like this project.

Visit again soon
for more projects

Happy Crafting To You!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How To Make A Cute & Simple Birthday Card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Welcome to INSPIRE, 
a blog for creative projects & idea's.

I wanted to share with you the links to my 
latest dt project for
The Robin's Nest,
a cute & simple birthday card,
featuring Riverside Mini Dew Drops.

For full details, follow the link below 
the project photo.

For these beautiful products used 
in this project, 
follow The Robin's Nest
online store link below. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Until next time....
Be Craftily You!

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Colorful Whimsical & Fun Art Journal Layout: My Crazy Life

Hello there!
Welcome to INSPIRE.

What a busy summer we have had.
All the memories made were 
worth every single minute 
spent with loved ones.

Now, I am finally getting back
into the "crafting" drivers seat.

First project accomplishment,
getting back to my art journaling.

I had so much fun with color
in this art layout, using
a variety of sprays, 
some with hints of glimmer & metal
Some bright and vibrant.

So what better to go with these 
but whimsical paper dolls, butterflies,
& flowers with the reminder of
"Don't Forget To Fly".

Fun flights of fancy.
What a way to live.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Until next time.....
Be Craftily You!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A ScraPerfect Exclusive How To: Add Fabulous Texture To Canvas With The Best Glue Ever

Hello Crafty Friends!

Wanted to stop in and share the link to my latest dt project for ScraPerfect, using the Best Glue Ever & Transfer Foils to add text and pizazz to an altered canvas.

Just follow the link below the photo above for the full tutorial over on the ScraPerfect blog.

For the Best Glue Ever, Transfer Foils and more
visit the ScraPerfect online store, following the link below.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Until next time
Happy Crafting!

Michelle Wells 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Beautiful Ballerina Mixed Media Canvas How To

Hello Everyone!
Hope you are having a blessed day!

I wanted to share the link to my latest 
design team project for
The Robin's Nest
a shabby inspired mixed media canvas.

For full details, just follow the link below the photo.

For the RN cardstock & embellishments
I used to make this beauty,
follow the link below.

Until next time...
Be Craftily You!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How To Achieve Great Organization With The Best Glue Ever

Hello there crafty friends!
Welcome to INSPIRE.

Stopping by today to share with
you the link to my latest
ScraPerfect DT project,
using the Best Glue Ever.

My project this week is actually an 
organizational tip, I first seen on
A very clever way to store ALL
of my blending tool sponges.

For full details on how I did this, just follow the link
below the first photo above.

To purchase the Best Glue Ever,
follow the link below the product picture above.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until nest time
Be Craftily You!