Red, White and Blue Challenge

sign4_candy_spiegelThis month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl is to use red, white and blue while making a card, layout or similar project.

I decided to take advantage of the challenge to make something I have been planning for quite some time — a “vintage” sign.

sign_candy_spiegelI started out with some barn wood from a friend who was demolishing a barn. My husband made a little frame on the back side with scrap wood to make it really strong (the barn wood was 150 years old and was extremely dry and fragile.)

sign_candy_spiegel_2Next, I used Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Gesso to give it a white-washed look.

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Then, I used painter’s tape to mark lines and painted them with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint. I think this is Modern Red. I also added a bit more gesso in places so things there would be crisp white in spots and dull red in others. I wanted it to look like it had been left outside for some time.

sign6_candy_spiegelNext came the lettering. I cut out the letters I wanted to use with my Cricut machine. I used both Doodletype and Street Sign fonts. Then, rather than using the letters, I used the paper they were cut from as a stencil and painted in the letters. I kept my brush dry and dabbed on the paint, like you would when stenciling. I just held the cardstock in place. It was a little challenging around the a, e and o, but I managed to get it.

The est. date is the year we got our first chickens and planted our first garden crops.

sign5_candy_spiegelNow came the personal stuff.

We live in the middle of nowhere, in a small town that never made it into being more than a township, several miles from other small towns and 30 minutes from any city. We have one red light, but the speed limit never drops below 45 mph, so you know how small the town is.

While we are definitely in the country, we live between two lakes, in a neighborhood where the houses are super close together. Although we don’t have lakefront property,   we live in a cottage-size house with cottage-size lots, so we feel like we live on the lake.

On the other hand, we rent the house from my husband’s parents. They also own four vacant lots that go from our house to a wooded area on a dead-end road. They graciously let us garden and keep turkeys on their property, so we are able to call ourselves “farmers.”

We have a huge garden with corn, beets, squashes, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, beans, peas, onions, herbs and more. And, we raise turkeys, meat chickens and hens for laying eggs. This year, we also put in a blueberry patch so next year we can enjoy fresh fruit as well. I freeze veggies to eat over the winter and my husband and mother-in-law can and make pickles. We’re proud of our farming attempts and have even thought of offering some of our naturally grown products at farmers markets.

Our situation is unique. We can walk across the street to go swimming or boating on the lake and we can walk out to our garden to pick dinner. In my mind, it is the best of both worlds!

So, I wanted to show both the nautical and country sides of our life.

sign5_candy_spiegelI started with one of the symbols of country living … a rising sun. Rather than yellow, I used paper from Authentique that features sand dollars. Then, I used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil and gesso to create the dotted rays.

I used Matte Glastique Finishing Glaze from Globecraft & Piccolo to decoupage the paper elements on to the wood. This way, I could work around the contours of the wood and make everything attached permanently.

I prefer Matte Glastique to similar products because it does not leave a tacky finish.

sign3_candy_spiegelI used another sheet of beachside paper from Authentique, along with a die from Cottage Cutz to create the windmill. Rather than decoupage the top of the windmill on, I glued the center and then coated both the front and back of each of the blades with Matte Glastique. Then I bent them out. The Glastique keeps them strong so they will not rip.

sign4_candy_spiegelFinally I added chicken dies, cut from both patterned paper and cardstock with a die from Die-Versions and anchors cut from cardstock with a QuicKutz die. A few pieces of twine (leftover from the stuff used to stake the tomatoes) and I called it done.

What do you think?

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Do dies get you crowing?

It’s June 1st and that means it is time for another challenge at Scrap It Girl.

This month, the theme is dies. I used an old Cottage Cutz die to create this adorable card …

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I started by cutting the die multiple times with different colors of cardstock:

056 Then, I inked the edges with Distress Ink to give it a bit of depth. I completely covered the comb so it would be a different color red than the tail feathers.057 I then added a bit of color to the cuts in the dies with a gray pen.058 For the eyes, I attached a piece of brown cardstock to the back.059 Then I assembled the rooster060 Next, I assembled the card using cardstock and Best Creations paper.061 Glittered paper is sometimes hard to adhere to. So I used Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive when attaching the pieces to the glittered portion of the paper.062 Then I thought the rooster needed a bit more definition, so I made country stitch marks with a black pen.

063Finally, I added a stamp from Darcie’s. Didn’t it turn out cute?!

scrapitgirl_candy_spiegel_june2013Now it is your turn.

Create something — a card, layout, mini album, altered art — using dies and post them on the Scrap It Girl website. The best entry will win an amazing prize package that includes Spellbinders dies!

You have until the end of June to enter … get cropping!

 

 

Birdy Easter Basket

Easter is, hands down, the best candy holiday.

But, if you have any chance of collecting jelly beans, Cadbury Creme Eggs or chocolate bunnies, you have to have a basket. Sure, you could buy one in the store … or you could use some of your crafting supplies to embellish a basket into a one-of-a-kind creation worthy of serving as a centerpiece on your dining room table.

I have had this particular basket for years. I think it once served as an Easter basket. When I got married, we added a little ribbon and used it to hold our tiny bottles of bubbles to hand out to guests. And, for the past several years, it has held things in my craft room. Since it holds so many memories, I thought it was time to make it a more prominent feature in the house.

Armed with a few die-cutting machines, papers from American Crafts (Peachy Keen), Craft Glue Dots®, Mini Glue Dots® and Micro Glue Dots® and a bag of paper scraps, I set to work. (Click on the photos to see a larger version). Here are the dies/companies I used: Fence, banner — Cheery Lynn Designs; large eggs — Papertrey Ink; nest and small eggs, sign, letters — QuicKutz; Easter Bunny — Cottage Cutz; house, cracked egg and birds — Cricut. I inked many of the cut outs with Distress Ink to add dimension.

I started by adhering ribbon to the outside of the basket. I used Craft Glue Dots® since they have such an amazing hold. I then tied a bit of leftover ribbon to the handles.

Next I adhered the letters to the banner and then added Liquid Pearls by Ranger. Once dry, I attached it to the basket.

I assembled the houses, adding brads for door knobs and making a chimney, and then used Craft Glue Dots® to attach it to the back of the basket and the fences to the rest of the basket. I tucked a few giant Easter eggs around the outside of the fence.

Then, I filled the basket with crumbled newspaper and then added Easter grass. I assembled the birds and then bent the bottoms so they would “sit” in the basket. They are only adhered on one side, but seem to stay in place.

Finally, I added the rest of the die cuts to finish the scene and then placed a few Easter eggs in the basket to finish it off.

I’m not sure if it was more fun to look at this one or make it!

This post was made while serving on the Glue Dots® design team.