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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Snowman Shovel Ornaments

I found a mess of little rusty shovels in my stash and decided to paint some snowmen on them.  The result is my own original design.  To mix it up a bit, I painted three different types of hats, in colors to match ribbon I had on hand.  I wanted to dress up the handles with more than ribbon so I created the little tag charms using shrink plastic.
(Sorry this picture isn't clear.  I didn't realize my actual close up photo was bad until all the shovels were sold).  To create the charm, I used a rubber stamp for the sentiment.  I stamped onto white shrink plastic using Archival Ink, punched out the tag shape and the hole and baked.  The ink was brown but due to the shrinking process, I could wipe most of the brown away, leaving me with gray print.  I was fine with that and liked the look of the streaky brown on the tag.  I wired the charm to the handle and covered the end with the matching ribbon.
Easy peasy ornament that was so popular, it sold out!
Buy a similar one HERE.
See more of my ornaments this weekend in Traverse City, Michigan!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Free SVG - My Sister From Another Mister!

Do you have a girlfriend that is as close or closer than a "blood" sister?  If so, here's a great free SVG file for you to get creative with!  I was inspired to create and use this file for a recent scrapbooking event.  Our group, which consists of mom and sisters (all from different misters) choose the name of "Scrappin Sistas".  We ordered matching shirts and of course I needed to complete the theme with drink ware.  This file cuts and fits wonderfully on wine glasses.  A perfect gift for your "Sister From Another Mister" this holiday season! 
Get the file free HERE.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Oy Vay, Another Birthday (Card)

 This card is one I did especially for my sister's birthday, which happens to be today!  I started out with this awesome vintage image that I printed and cropped.  I'm not sure where I got this image as I have a huge collection.  But it is of an opera singer,  I'm sharing it here in case you'd like to use it too.
The type style I used was "Traveling Typewriter". You can grab it for free HERE,
 I outlined the wording using a fine Sharpie marker and then distressed the paper with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I cut the pieces out and used a glue stick to add them to the photo. I used the same font inside and it said "Not Another Birthday?!!" 
I matted the photo with a dusty rose piece of card card stock.  I used gray card stock for the card base and a coordinating piece of decorative paper on top of that.  A brown piece of glittery ribbon runs down the side.  I die cut the flower pieces from more scrap, outlined the edges with a silver marker and held them together with a small brad.  Several glue dots held it to the card.

And here are some pics of me and the birthday girl.  These were taken this past March when the two of us went on an amazing trip to Israel.  We had such a fantastic time and I highly recommend that if you have a special sister, go on a trip together and make lasting memories!! 
 Looking all pretty and fresh BEFORE our long journey from Michigan to Tel Aviv, Israel.
 A selfie of us in the Mediterranean Sea.
 After being baptized in the Jordan River.
 On the Sea of Galilee.
Sightseeing in Jerusalem.
Happy Birthday Jen!  xoxox

Saturday, December 3, 2016

More Seasonal Signs

Can you tell that painted signs are super popular?  And I'm sure you can tell that I don't like to make the same ones over and over again.  Here's one of the latest batches of signs that I've hand painted and taken to craft shows.  The Winter Wonderland signs were hand painted from an SVG file design  I sanded them to distress. 
 I change up the look of the sign depending on the size and shape of the wood I'm painting it on.
 Merry & Bright was also hand painted using a SVG file design.  
I added a heavy dose of snow (flyspecking) to this sign.  To get the look, I use an old toothbrush and watered down paint.  Simply flick the bristles of your toothbrush with your thumb and spray the sign with specks.  The more watery the paint, the lighter/smaller the specks.  Make sure to do this in a box!
 The sign above is my own design.  I fly specked this but then also added small dots of Stickles (glitter) in the center of the stars for extra sparkle.
This design was hand painted using a SVG file.  I heavily distressed this one, sanding off a lot of paint in the corners.
Today I'll be selling these signs in Boyne City, Michigan!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Silent Night Chair

Chairs are always a popular seller at my vintage and craft shows.  I painted this one up in black and red chalk paint this summer and then left it until late fall to put the design on. 
I chose a winter scene for the seat.  It is my adaption of a design by Trudy Beard. 
On the chair back, I created the typography and hand painted a simple "Silent Night" on the back in white.  I outlined the wording with black.  The entire chair received several coats of polyacrylic to protect it.  It sold at our November Open House Event.
If you're in northern Michigan, I hope to see you tomorrow at this event...


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wood and Tin Ornaments

More painted ornaments to share with you!  
The wooden tags above (designed by Deb Antonick) feature mixed media: a song book page and stamping.  I changed the design up just a bit and added the year to the hat.
Painting Tip:
Use your rubber stamps with paint.  Just be sure to wash them immediately after use.
This design (by Nancy Scott) is painted on a small tin tile.  I added the wording.
Painting Tip:
Use computer software and decorative fonts to add lovely lettering.
This darling snowman (designed by Monica Cebeni ) also features background stamping.
Painting Tip:
Get rid of small burrs in your wooden surface by "sanding" with a piece of brown paper bag.
I'll have these ornaments and lots more available this weekend at our annual Holiday Open House.  If you live in mid-Michigan, I hope you'll stop by!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Bounty of Christmas Bulbs

One of the most popular selling items at craft shows are ornaments.  It's been a while since I painted on colored bulbs, so I was happy to get a stash of them at the end of last season.  Here are some of those I recently painted.
The floral design shown above is my interpretation of a design by Arlene Swiatek Gillen.  I really like the contrast of the pink roses on the silver bulb.  
Painting Tip:
Pick up plain Christmas bulbs after Christmas when they are marked down 70-90%.
The chickadee is my interpretation of a design by Johanne Morin.  
Painting Tip: 
To get a nice circle shape for the design I created a template using card stock and a circle punch.  I also used the template to cover the rest of the bulb when I added the fly specking.
I changed a barn into a church in this interpretation of a Linda Lover design.  
Painting Tip:
Stay away from rubbing alcohol to clean up any over painting on these type of bulbs.  It removes the color!  Right down to a silver ball.  To fix it, I removed all of the gold and then used gold alcohol ink to reapply the color.  
My interpretation of a bulb I saw on Pinterest.  
Painting Tip:
An ultra fine black paint pen made applying the lettering super easy. 
Another interpretation of something I saw on Pinterest.  I did several versions on how I wanted the arms to look, finally deciding on this one.  I left room under the snowman to add a name.
Painting Tip:
Personalized ornaments are big sellers at craft shows.  Bring a Sharpie marker or paint pen to offer this service at your next show.
I'll have these ornaments and lots more available this weekend at our annual Holiday Open House.  If you live in mid-Michigan, I hope you'll stop by!