Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Hand Painted Tile Dresser Redo

I guess I never got around to posting this. I don't remember when I actually finished it. Apparently at least 3 years ago before my daughter was born. I still love it though! It serves as my nightstand and shoe storage right now.

I no longer do projects for DecoArt. Apparently I wasn't good enough at staging Pinterest worthy photos. So now I just make projects for myself or gifts for family and friends and I am perfectly fine with that.

From original post written about 3-4 years ago: 
Last fall I had picked up a small dresser that was placed on the curb. I was looking for something small to go in what I had hoped to turn into a guest room. Right now the guest room is on hold so the dresser just sat there getting no attention. Here you can see this sweet little dresser in all it's untouched glory. Straight from the curb where it was destined to end up in a landfill. 

A couple months went by and my little dresser just sat there feeling unloved when DecoArt posted a project to paint a piece of furniture with some interest other than the typical chalky finish. So finally the project of redoing this little dresser was moved to the front and it was going to get it's much deserved love. 

I decided I wanted to paint the drawer fronts in mosaic tile pattern so off I went searching the internet for some mosaic tile inspiration. I was found this pattern of tile from Wayfair and knew it was just the perfect thing!. So I drew up a similar pattern and adjusted the scale of the tile shape to fit my dresser drawer fronts. I couldn't quite match the soft blue of the tile with the paint I had on hand, but I really love the combination of the vibrant turquoise and cobalt blue that I already had. 

For all the painting instructions and tile pattern template you can check out the project tutorial over at DecoArt

The original hardware on the dresser was removed and received several coats of a gold enamel spray paint. The top was too rough to salvage so I covered it with three 1 x 8 boards that were cut to length, stained, and screwed to the top of the dresser from the underside. 

Even the inside of the drawers received some love with Chalky Finish paint in Serene and some decoupaged scrapbook paper for the bottoms of the drawers. 

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

I'm Seeing Stars

I've been meaning to make a card for this month's Creating Pretty Cards sketch challenge, but it just kept slipping to the bottom of my list for various reasons. Last night I finally had a chance to go into my craft room just to play for a few minutes and used some scraps on my table to whip up this easy and sweet birthday card. 

  • Island Indigo cardstock 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2"
  • Perfectly Artistic DSP 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Go Wild DSP 1-1/2" x 4"
  • Basic Black cardstock 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White cardstock 1/2" x 1-1/8"
  • Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (Hostess)
  • Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Lost Lagoon
  • Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 2-Way Glue Pen

I started off by folding the Island Indigo cardstock on the score line. Next I used some glue stick to adhere the striped Go Wild DSP onto the Perfectly Artistic DSP. Then I stamped the greeting onto the DSP in Jet Black Stazon ink.

Next I used glue stick to adhere this layer onto the card front. Then I stuck down the 1/4" wide Basic Black cardstock strip with 2-Way Glue Pen. I used the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to punch seven stars from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. Each star was glued in place with a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. 

Lastly I stamped the small greeting onto the piece of Whisper White cardstock and stuck it onto the card front with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals. 

This was a super fast and super fun birthday card to make. It's always nice to get a few minutes just to play around for fun.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Simple Spring Canvas

Whenever I'm in my craft room painting I always find myself working on at least three different projects at once. I will work on one and get to a point where I have to let the paint dry so I will start on another and get to a point where the paint has to dry, and it goes on. Sometimes I clean or sort or organize during this drying time, but other times I end up with my craft island covered in paint projects all in various stages of progress. I guess I'm just impatient and don't like having to wait...

This last weekend I was finishing up some projects to post to DecoArt's projects page and while those were drying I worked on this fun little spring canvas. Since it was Easter weekend I wanted to embrace the vibrant colors and some fun flowers for spring. 

This is not a sponsored post, however, I have received paint products from DecoArt for previous projects that I used to create this project. I also absolutely love working with DecoArt paints and choose to use them exclusively for my decorative painting projects regardless of whether or not I buy them or DecoArt sends them to me. 

I started off with a 5 x 7 canvas board that I painted with streaks of Citron Green, Snow White , and Purple Pizzaz Americana Acrylic paint with a 1/2" flat brush. To get these streaks of color to blend you want to work quickly while the paint is still wet. 

After the streak of vibrant color dried completely I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Titanium White and Medium Grey Value 6 with a round brush to paint the daisy petals. I painted the petals first in just Titamium White and then went back with a mix of Titanium White and Medium Grey Value 6 to add very light grey shadows onto the petals. Then this was allowed to dry while I worked on another project. 

For the flower centers I used a 3/4" circle paper punch on a scrap of cardstock to use as a stencil. Then I used a stipple brush with Hansa Yellow Light to fill in the center of the flower. For the shadows around the edges of the flower center I stippled Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Burnt Sienna just around the edges of the circle stencil. Then the flower stems were added with a combination of Green Gold and Viridian Green Hue for the shadows. 

Once the paint was dry I sealed the canvas with a coat of Satin Varnish. I used my Silhouette to cut a bunny from some Silver Glimmer Paper and glued it onto the canvas then gave the canvas another coat of Satin Varnish to seal in all the glitter. 

Finally I needed a way to hang the canvas so I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes in the top corners which I threaded some white lace ribbon through and tied it into a bow. 

This simple and sweet little canvas ended up making a lovely Easter gift for my best friend.

What do you like to do while you're waiting for paint to dry?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hip Hip Hooray

I had a request for a St. Patrick's Day card. But St. Patrick's Day isn't really something everyone sends a card out for. So I used the Balloon Celebration bundle to make a card that works for a birthday or for St. Patrick's Day. Whichever you choose to use it for...

  • Smoky Slate Cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Stamps: Balloon Celebration, Perfect Pairings
  • Ink: Jet Black Stazon ink, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White Craft Ink
  • Accessories: Balloon Bouquet Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Cucumber Crush cardstock scraps, Whisper White cardstock scraps. 

For starters I folded the Smoky Slate cardstock on the score line. Then I stamped the small cloud image all over the top of the card front in Whisper White Craft Ink. Next I stamped the greeting from Perfect Pairings in the lower right hand corner of the card front in Cucumber Crush ink. Finally I stamped the balloon strings in the lower left corner of the card front in Jet Black Stazon ink.

Now for lots and lots of balloon fun. I stamped the large and small solid balloon image onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock in Cucumber Crush ink. I stamped the large and small balloon outlines onto scraps of Cucumber Crush cardstock in Jet Black Stazon ink. Next I stamped the shadow images for the balloons inside the outlines in Cucumber Crush ink.

All the balloons were punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch and were glued onto the card front with a combination of glue stick and Stampin' Dimensionals.

For the inside I stamped one single balloon string and the large balloon out line in Jet Black Stazon ink. Then I stamped the solid balloon image in Cucumber Crush ink.

Lots and lots of stamping on this one, but overall not that difficult.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Simply For You

I have another super simple yet pretty Make and Take card to share with you. This one features the Birthday Blooms stamp set and coordinating Birthday Bouquet designer series paper. This card really packs in the sparkle too! 

This Make & Take card was inspired by this project made by Julie. 

  • Mint Macaroon Cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Birthday Bouquet DSP 1" x 5-1/2"
  • Stamps: Birthday Blooms
  • Ink: Mint Macaroon, Pink Pirouette, Jet Black Stazon
  • Accessories: 2-3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, 2" Circle Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Glue Dots, 2-Way Glue Pen

I started off by folding the Mint Macaroon cardstock on the score line. Then I stamped the large flower image from Birthday Blooms in the lower right hand corner of the card front in Mint Macaroon ink.

The strip of DSP was adhered to the left edge of the card front with glue stick. The strip of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper was adhered right next to the DSP with 2-Way Glue Pen.

The greeting was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock in Jet Black Stazon ink. The greeting was then punched out with the 2" Circle punch. The small flowers were stamped around the greeting in Pink Pirouette ink. The small dots were stamped around the greeting in Mint Macaroon ink.

The 2-3/8" Scalloped Circle punch was used on a scrap of Blushing Bride cardstock. The greeting circle was adhered onto the Blushing Bride scalloped circle with glue stick. The layered circle was stuck onto the card front with a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

To amp up the sparkle the Bitty Butterfly punch was used on a piece of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. The butterfly was adhered next to the greeting with a glue dot.

And that's another Make and Take project done!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Flying Birthday

This card uses one of my absolute favorite stamp sets from Sale-A-Bration. Unfortunately this set is no longer available, however, if you order quickly it may still let it add the set to your cart as your rewards! I just submitted an order this morning and it still let me add these limited time only SAB items. So if you hurry you may still be able to get this fantastic stamp set! 

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The reason I love this set??? Well, first off it's just plain awesome (pun intended). Second, my husband is a private pilot and this is PERFECT for cards for him! 

  • Tip Top Taupe Cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
  • Basic Black Cardstock 4-1/8" x 2-7/8"
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock 4" x 2-3/4"
  • Stamps: Sky is the Limit
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede
  • Accessories: World Traveler Embossing Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Crumb Cake Marker
As per usual I started off with folding the Tip Top Taupe cardstock on the score line. Next I ran the large piece of Very Vanilla cardstock through the Big Shot in the World Traveler Embossing Folder. To make the cardstock look old I used a Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink to highlight the raised embossing and sponged lighter in the recessed areas just to make it look aged. This panel was glued onto the card front with Glue Stick. 

On the small piece of Very Vanilla cardstock I stamped the plane and smoke trail image from Sky is the Limit onto the cardstock in Early Espresso ink. The greeting was stamped in Soft Suede ink. Then I used the Sponge Dauber just like I did before to sponge along the edges and all over the cardstock to make it look old. 

The fuselage of the plane was colored in with a Crumb Cake marker to make it stand out more. This piece was glued with Glue Stick and adhered onto the Basic Black cardstock. The layered panel was adhered to the card front with a few Stampin' Dimensionals.