Sunday, March 24, 2013

Shabby Grunge Book Box for Shimmerz

Hey pretty ladies :) And gents! I'm here today with a book box I altered using lots of yummy Shimmerz! I have a start to finish video on this at the Shimmerz YT channel.
Lots of fun techniques, and I just love the final product. I'm always hard on myself and a huge critic of my work , so when I like one it makes me happy Lol. I hope you all like it too!
Don't forget to mention my name when you checkout at the Shimmerz Store for a free spray/paint of your choice!!! Hugs!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Imaginarium Designs... Gardens and Grunge

Hello lovely crafters, it's Miranda here today to share some projects with you! I can't tell you how amazing it is to be on this team, to work with such amazing chippies! The possibilities are endless! Not to mention my fellow dt members are SO INSPIRING as well! I'm blessed! My first piece was a labor of love! I had a vision of a "garden" and just built off of that. Lots of fussy cutting, lots of folding papers Lol, lots of glueing! Hope you all like it :)

My Secret Garden

So yep , i did a lot of cutting and folding to make the rossettes! so much fun though!
I saw this idea on Pinterest of gardening vases stacked up together, so i had to try it!!! I really like the effect!   For both the Frame Piece and the Edward Relief Circle I simply painted it with 2 coats of gesso and inked the edges a bit.

For the Flourish Shape in the middle of the vase i painted it with pink paint, then used pearl dots to accent it.

I used the gorgeous Spade Picket Fence and wrapped it all the way around. I first painted it with gesso, then stamped it with a flourish stamp and frayed burlap distress ink. After that I sprayed it with a few Shimmerz mists in pink tones. For the Vine Flourish going up the post sign i just inked it with frayed burlap and covered with gesso, then added some pearl dots to the ends of it.

And now  I have a layout to share. Layouts have always been my weakness, I'm much more of an altered art type of gal. But I have been really enjoying making layouts lately. I had to capture this day at the beach with our doggy "Jolene" I used the Basecoat range and really went to town with the mediums. Lots of stamping, spraying, stenciling, smearing etc Lol.

For the Corner Piece and the Fern Piece to the left i gessoed them sparingly, just dabbing my sponge onto them. Then I  added some glue in a few places and adhered some mircobeads. I love this effect. The gorgeous Heart PIece (Lou's chippies rock) was colored with worn jeans Prima chalk edger.

The GORGEOUS Monarch Butterfly (did i mention gorgeous???) I treated with a 3 tone effect, the top is a blue (prima worn jean chalk edger), the middle part is a smokey color (frayed burlap distress ink), and the bottom is white from gesso.

Now i LOVED working with these cool Branch And Leaves Spray.  i used the large one and the small one. I took turns dabbing them with gesso, gold rub and buff, and worn jean chalk edger. I did this over and over until i really built up the color and depth on the pieces. The photo doesn't do justice to how pretty they look.

I always like to print my pictures out on transparency. I just love the effect of paper showing through.
You can really see the micro beads on this chippie.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mixed Media Canvas for Shimmerz

Hey lovely ladies! Wanted to share a canvas I created for Shimmerz, that somehow missed my blog! I'm telling you, i have to get more organized Lol! Anyways I have a mini class on the Shimmerz YT channel. Its a 4 part video and here is Part 1. Hope you like it :) Trying a few new techniques out! always fun! Don't forget to mention my name at Shimmerz for a free spray of your choice!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition

If you are here for the IAR blog hop click here.

So its pretty obvious how much I adore Graphic 45! Those of you who follow me, already know this hehe! To me, their company is just the creme de la creme! And to be on their DT, well thats a DREAM! So anyways, here is my submission. The first 2 Secret Garden projects are brand new that I created especially for the call, and the others are some of my faves from the past year or so using their products. Hugs!
1. My "Secret Garden"

2. Secret Garden Altered G45
(This will be proudly hung in my scrapbook room! My love for G45 totally inspired me to do this!)

3. Altered Clock " Le Romantique"
(full video tutorial on my YT)

4. Handcrafterd 3D hot air balloon (full video tutorial on my YT) using
Le Romantique, A Ladies Diary, On the Boardwalk



5.  Altered Cigar Box for your very own Arlene My butterflykisses using
A Ladies Diary and Le Romantique

6. Le Romantique 3D dressform (full tutorial on my Youtube )

7. Altered Mixed Media Bubblegum Machine using Le Romantique

8. Nutcracker Sweet Christmas boxes ( one mixed media, the other traditional explosion box)

9. Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Ornaments

10. Nutcracker Sweet Snowlady Top Hats ( full video tutorial on my youtube channel)

 11. Secret Garden Altered Frame ( did an image transfer onto the frame )

Now I just want to show a few projects that were special to me in one way or another using G45 goodness! There is no way i could post them all Lol, way too many!
This was my set of "stacked books" using Olde Curiosity Shoppe with a splash of Steampunk. I posted a tutorial on my YT channel and this just took off, and so many fellow crafters did their version of it. Its very touching to know it was so well loved and to see it everywhere!

This wishing well is about 22 inches tall, and was a labor of love! It took me weeks to finish up and build it all together! It has a light mechanism so the inside lights up. The arm actually works, everything is fully functional! The keyhole on the fussy cut lady is where the light switch is at. The base was made of jenga pieces
Cards are very very hard for me to do! So I was proud of this one using Olde Curiosity Shoppe.
I loved making this Steampunk clock! Its so grungy and just fun!

I wanted to give my mother in law and granny really special cards this past Christmas, so I made them stocking cards. They loved them.

One of my most special friends daughter was in the Nutcracker play , and she had told me a story about it. I just knew I had to make her a configurations box with this range. A sweet gift for a sweet friend!
(excuse the terrible photo)