Today I am sharing with you four canvases that I made a couple of months ago. There is an elephant, a butterfly one, a mermaid one and a steam punk cogs and gears one. The elephant was super quick but the others to ages as my indecisiveness got in the way, lol.
For the butterfly MDF circle I used a Kaisercraft butterfly stencil with Liquetex modelling paste. I gessoed with Aldi Primer and then misted various pink and purple Distress Sprays and Dylusions. I used a Kaisercraft stamp in the background with archival ink. Then I cut letters with a Kaisercraft alphabet and layered them up 3 or 4 times and rubbed over them with Hydrangea Inka Gold. Finishing up with a few pearls. The big butterfly is from a Tim Holtz die set.
The next canvas is 5″ x 7″ and was nice and quick to do. I used a Kmart Stencil in the background and some Jo Sonja Black Gesso to cover the canvas. The elephant chipboard is from Scrapbookingncraft. In the background and on the elephant is Prima Antique Brilliance. I then added a couple of black rhinestones to add dimension to the eyes.
The next two canvases have multiple layers and are more complicated. The Mermaid again uses chipboard from Scrapbookingncraft, the mermaid and the bubbles. Distress and Dylusions sprays have been used over a spotty stencil and the chipboard was painted with Prima Opal Magic. The little bubbly balls are Prima art stones coated in distress spray then coated with Inka Gold in colours as closely matching as possible to give them a little shine. I used some random bits I had in my stash to decorate, a metal turtle charm, a starfish, a real shell and a piece of coral from a Kaisercraft wood embellishments pack and they have been gessoed and painted with opal magic.
The ones that took the longest!
And finally the most ambitious one. A steampunk industrial fiesta lol. Again I used various cogs and pipes chipboard pieces from Scarpbookingncraft. I also used the Tim Holtz bigz cogs die, Ideaology metal cogs and Kaisercraft Wooden Flourishes cogs. To this I also added an Ideaology key, sentiment banner and accoutrement button. The large circle pieces are repurposed earrings and everything has been coated with white gesso then misted with Dylusions and Distress sprays. Both the pipes and cogs background stencils are from Kaisercraft.
Sorry for the really long post lol, it was a lot to fit in! I can’t pick a favourite between the Mermaid and the Industrial Steampunk Canvas. Let me know in the comments which of the four you like best. If I’ve missed an item or you have a question comment bellow. Hope you’re doing some arty crafty alchemy yourself, thanks for stopping by.
Today I wanted to share how I used contact to make my own specialty papers super cheaply. There is a cost breakdown at the end of the video below. I used many dies and stamps sets to make my cards so if you’re interested in cross brand card making this is the video for you!
For the first two cards I used two different Altenew sets for the sentiments and the die is from the Kaisercraft Rose stamp and die set used without stamping. Using a similar style I also made a card using the Tiger Lily Spellbinders D-Lite die. Last in this batch is a card using a Lifestyle Crafts die that I paired with some Gansai Tambi Starry Colours watercolor.
The next two cards use Kaisercraft dies again. The first is using the Circle Posy with a sentiment from the Inkadinkado Expressions set. My favourite card uses the Bouquet die with a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Mom + Me set.
The next two cards have an ocean feel. One uses the mermaid from Kaisercraft and a spellbinders label die, the other uses a Fish from find it trading and sentiments from Kelly creates and Your Next stamp. Lastly I made a card with a balloon vellum background and sentiment dies from Crafti Potential.
I hope you enjoyed these cards using the DIY Specialty Paper, let me know your favourite below. I hope you’re creating your own arty crafty alchemy. Bye for now.
Today I am sharing how I decorated my planner for the whole month of August. It was a bit of a marathon! Keep reading to see what I used.
The Reject Shops amazing paper pads and ephemera packs are mostly what I used to decorate, though I did throw in a Kaisercraft at the end. Unfortunately I don’t own many matching Kaisercraft pads and ephemera.
I started with my favourite pad and ephemera from The Reject Shop, the Fanciful collection. Mermaids, unicorns and fairies, swoon! All in pretty pinks and purples. I used one of each along with some other ephemera to accent the papers.
Next I used my Here & Now journal cards and ephemera as I don’t have the paper pad that matched this collection. I trimmed two journal cards down and used pieces as matting, borders and an accent piece. I also used one of the larger pieces as a replacement for paper. The ephemera pack for this collection was huge. 180 pieces! It was hard to choose what to put on the page!
Then I used the Twig & Twine Collection. Opting for the more pale orange pieces instead of the stronger peach colour. This collection even has butterflies, which is another of my favourite things! This collection has a lot of vintagey goodness 🙂 I also stamped some plain washi to match.
This next one I think is my favourite layout for the month. I used the gorgeous Carpe Diem collection. Beautiful purples, mauves, pinks and blues. Again I cut up a journalling card in place of washi as well as some glitter tape. I had to add the gorgeous rose even though it didn’t leave me much space to write lol.
Lastly I used Golden Grove by Kaisercraft with it’s lovely golden yellows to indicate coming into spring. There was a paper with lot’s of strips I utilised as washi. I used some of the bigger pieces of ephemera for this week so did not need to use many.
Hopefully you enjoyed my month long planning lay outs. Go do some arty crafty alchemy yourselves. Catch you all later.
First an apology, due to technical difficulties the card post I wanted to share has been pushed back a few days, sorry 🙁 But on the upside I can finally show you what I bought at the KaiserCraft outlet and Typo. Beyond excited to have finally gotten to go to the KaiserCraft outlet. Typo was just a bonus lol.
At Typo, which is a stationary store, they had a clearance table where everything was $2 but most were broken or damaged items, some were beyond repair or missing pieces. There was an articulated wooden mannequin to use when drawing figures, he just needs his foot glued back on. The mermaid pencil case had to come home with me, so pretty. If I hadn’t dropped fortune (for me anyway) at the KaiserCraft outlet I may have gotten a couple more. I also got a couple of nerdy calendars and presents for others that I can’t share…
The KaiserCraft Outlet was where it was at though. If you watched the video you’ll see I got a tonne of bargains! There was some confusion and a little disappointment when I first walked in as I couldn’t even see the KaiserCraft products in the shop. They were hidden all the way at the back. At first I only saw full price products too. Imagine my relief when I found the bargains, woo!
A whopping two hours were spent in there :O I got bargains for myself and for my sister too. I was somewhat restrained though and put a lot of the thing’s I wanted back and went for the most useful things. Though I am kicking myself for not buying the new fairy stuff even though it’s full price. I may have even sat on the floor at one point to sort out the must haves for myself and my sister, hey I had just walked all around Ikea too haha.
Do you have any of the products from my haul? What’s your favourite?