Sunday, February 20, 2011

Paint Chip Art

 I wanted something new to hang above my mantle, and a project that I saw a while ago came to mind. Use paint chips to make a collage. Since I own a paint store I have access to a secret stash of paint chips with no writing in the face of them. I saved all the past seasons of Pottery Barn colors (Benjamin Moore) because I just couldn't throw them out (must be the crafter in me!)
After trying several different layouts I decided on a paver pattern.

They are mounted on the foam core of a disassembled piece of art. I spray-glued the board then worked as quickly as I could to get them down before it dried. It got a little hairy at times! 

After they were attached I wiped a layer of stain over the whole thing. It gives them the look of stacked blocks of wood.

Here it is, framed and hung on the wall. I really like how it turned out...and it was FREE!! Now I need to work on a mantle scape for spring. I don't feel very spring-y today with the snow coming down, but I know it will be here eventually!

Have a great afternoon!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Day for Love

Happy Valentine's Day

Treats for everyone!
I hope everyone has a very happy, sweet day. 

I saw these chocolate-dipped strawberry marshmallows on quite a few blogs and I thought that I could make them too-it was so easy and turned out so cute! I made enough for all the kids' classmates plus a few extra for friends. (I had to eat a couple 'mistakes' while dipping-they taste good too!)

Valentine Mantle
Here's a quick picture of my mantle for February. I kind of just threw together what I could find easily to decorate for the holiday. The red cardinal fit right in! I have big plans for a spring mantle-scape. I'll post pictures when I get it all done. (I have to hunt for some architectural pieces.)

I am in the process of moving all my scrapbook stuff back home so I am in a mess right now. I will start posting cards and layouts again soon. 

Love to all,

Thursday, February 3, 2011

More Valentine Fun

Hello everyone! 

What a week-3 out of 5 days this week were volleyball games for my daughter-all out of town...and Saturday is a tournament. I had a few minutes today to make a quick card. I made this valentine for the Cricut Cardz Challenge Blog:

For challenge #60, make a Valentine's Day card for a man, using any cartridge and any colors you'd like. 

For this card I used:
  • 5x7 Craft paper card-inked on the edges
  • Dictionary paper mat, colored with Distress Ink-Vintage Paper (as I was working on the card I was reading the starts with the definition of arsenic...CRINGE! I was surprised that's what they picked to make into a scrapbook paper-I don't know the brand.)
  • Gypsy Wanderings for the heart-Red Barn Distress Ink
  • Brads are copper colored
  • Twine is Jillybean Soup-inked a little
  • I cut the file folder tab off an actual manila folder (heart is also cut from folder paper)
  • Small hearts punched from manila envelope paper and inked as well
  • Sentiment stamp is from Anna Griffin
I also had to share with you, a picture of my birthday gift from my sister, who is very crafty and talented. It is an awesome candle holder made with candy! I love it!! Thanks Andrea! :)