Friday, June 27, 2014

Graphic 45 By the Sea Bird House

A few weeks ago for Mother's Day I made a Treasure Box for my Mom using Grapic 45 By the Sea paper collection. I wanted to make a companion piece for my Dad for Father's Day. That was my whole plan which wasn't much. Since I was winging it, I didn't take pictures. So sorry no step by step tutorial.

I went to Jo-Ann's and bought a birdhouse that kind of had a light house look to it and flat sides to decorate. First I painted two coats of Folk Art Chalky paint in Antique Mustard. Next I Mod Podged paper on the sides. Adding the paper on the front of the bird house was a little tricky to work out. With the hole and the peg it was difficult to line up the paper right. I fooled around with a few pieces of plain scrap paper but couldn't get it just right. I tried using hole punches but nothing would line up right. I was getting really frustrated. Finally one night in bed (I usually do my best thinking when I'm suppose to be sleeping) I realized if I cut the paper in half vertically I could line up everything better. Phew! It still took a few tries but eventually I got it all lined up, mostly.

Look close, you can't tell that the paper was cut in half. I save every scrap of this paper. It's so beautiful I don't want to waste any plus you just never know what you may be inspired to use. Using scraps from the side pieces I cut angle pieces and used the reverse side around the base of the house. Some jute twine around the peg hides the fact that I didn't cut the circle exact. I hot glued a few shells from a walk on the beach last summer.

At first I had painted the entire house yellow but decided to change the roof to Americana Williamsburg Blue that almost matches the paper. I hated to cut a whole sheet for the roof but really liked the little anchors. Some jute twine wrapped around the top along with a few sea shells.

Here are both pieces together. I love how they complement each other and my parents home.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer "Wreath" Tutorial

I love having seasonal decorations around the house. While Christmas & Halloween are big in our home, I also like to change things up in between Spring & Summer. As much as I love my Spring Wreath I wanted to do something a little different for Summer. After playing around on Pinterest for awhile I decided to walk around my favorite craft store, Jo-Ann's to get more inspiration.

I found this awesome frame-thingy. It reminded me of screen door.

I decided on lilac chalky paint for the color. First step was to tape off around the chalk board. I painted two coats on each side. I have to say it would have been easier to paint if I could have popped the chicken wire out. Instead I used a small detail brush and took my time.

I knew I wanted seed packets to attach to the screen. I couldn't find the look I was hoping for at my local home improvement center. A quick google search under "antique seed packets" got me there. I printed them on regular computer paper from my inkjet printer, nothing fancy here. The size for each is roughly size 4" by 6". Using some thin, scrap, cardboard I inked the edges to give them a finished look. Using Mod Podge I attached the "seed packets" to the card stock. After letting them dry for an hour or so, I sealed them with more Mod Podge on top.

 The cloths pin was "stained" with some Rit Dye I happen to have.

I knew I wanted flowers but had a hard time finding a flat pot or container. After searching my craft room for something else I could use, I stumbled upon my stash of plastic containers. I save these cause you just never know when you might need to store paint, sand, mod podge, glitter or whatever.

Once the container was cut in half length ways, I used craft glue to attach a sturdy piece of scrap cardboard to the back.

Using hot glue I carefully covered the container in jute twine. I just used a little glue to hold the twine in place. Of course it was once this was done was when I am I going to attach this to the screen. I carefully made 4 holes through the back of the container and fished craft wire through the container and in between the twine. I cut a small piece of floral foam and added some silk roses I had from another project.

Once I tried to attached the container to the screen I realized the wire wasn't going to be sturdy enough. As you can see I wrapped a small piece of jute twine around the container and tied it tightly in the back.

I had purchased children's garden gloves and garden tools to attach to the screen too. However, they were too heavy and I couldn't get them attached to the screen the way I liked.

I really like the chalk board at the top. It will be perfect to leave messages for our guests when we are in the back yard.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Graphic 45 By the Sea Treasure Box

When Graphic 45 came out with By the Sea paper collection, I fell in love. I knew I wanted to make something for my parents using this beautiful collection. Ten years ago my parents retired to a small barrier island in New Jersey called Brigantine. I thought By the Sea would fit in perfectly with their decor. I chose to make a small treasure box for my Mom for Mother's Day.

Graphic 45 papers are not available at major craft stores. I found a collection of By the Sea tags at a small scrapbooking store near Lancaster, PA. I ordered the papers from At Joann's I found a cute set of boxes and picked the middle size for this project. The other two are going into my craft stash for a future project.

Like most of my projects I didn't have a clear plan. I decided not to paint the box and just to use the plain brown paper as a background. I used matte Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the box and lid.

The nice thing about Graphic 45 is that their papers are two-sided. So for the inside of the lid I used one side of the papers for the lid and the other for the sides.

For the inside of the box itself I used the same paper as the inside of the lid and added a tag in the corner. I also "fussy" cut a seashell out. "Fussy" cut means to target a specific area on a paper or fabric and cut out just that area. I had cut the bottom paper a little too small so I edged around with some jute twine that I had with hot glue.

Back to the lid - I cut the paper to show this cool fish. I also used the other side of the paper (not shown here) to the edges of the lid box. I gently coated the lid with Mod Podge to seal the paper and to protect the surface. While it was drying I made a tag with some navy blue scrap paper I had and a seashell I had collected in Brigantine. More "fussy" cutting and twine finish off the tag. The tag itself and the individual pieces were also Mod Podged for protection. To attach the tag I used a few glue dots. Glue dots are one of the best inventions around.

For the outside of the box I used the same paper as the lid and Mod Podged it down. I added a tag and some more seashells. Using Mod Podge I used craft sand the same way you would add glitter to a project.

This was my first time using Graphic 45 papers and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and weight of their papers. I very happy with the way this projected turned out. My Mom loved her gift.

I have plenty of paper left. I am currently working on something for my Dad for Father's Day.