Sunday, July 31, 2016

Got Milk?

When I first saw the Bird's SVGs 'coming soon' message regarding the Nature's Bounty kit, I was truly excited to see a milk can in the collection. Over the past year or so, I've been trying to combine my love of both paper crafting and genealogy into some of my projects.  

My great-grandparents lived on a farm in Pennsylvania, and my great-grandfather Harry was a dairy manager. Unfortunately, my great-grandmother passed away at a very young age when my grandmother was barely four years old. One of the few pictures I have of my great-grandmother is this one with my grandmother as an infant, and a few milk cans in the background. 


Add in Harry's career as a dairy man (pictured on the right in the photo below) and you can see why I thought this project would be so much fun to incorporate into my family history projects/home decor.  Because this milk churn is also a box, I'm thinking it might be fun to put together a mini album with some of these photos which I can store inside the can.  That'll be a project for another day though.

Okay, family history lesson over!  I did an online search to get a feel for what vintage milk cans looked like and notice that many of them had raised/embossed lettering on the sides with the name of the dairy they came from.  I love that Harry's name rhymes with 'dairy,' so I decided to make that the name for the side of the can...Harry's Dairy!  The next trick was figuring out how to get the look of raised metal letters.  

I decided that I could cut the letters out of the same metallic paper I was using for the can and then just glue them on. I used Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Thinlets to cut the letters.

There are also a lot of photos of very rusted and distressed old milk cans, so before I added the letters, I scratched up and sanded the metallic cardstock panel pieces and then inked them all with some Distress ink in Walnut Stain.  

Once I was done making an inky mess of myself, I adhered the panels to the can and fell in love with the final results. I may have gotten a little bit carried away with the distressing in a few spots, but overall, I just love how this turned out.  

Thanks to Bird's wonderful design, I was able to put it all together in just an hour or two which included everything from the time I fired up my Cricut until I was taking pictures of the finished project.   

There are a few days left for you to get the Nature's Bounty kit from Bird's SVGs while it is still on special - a great deal with so many fun projects. 

You can find it here:  Nature's Bounty SVG Collection

And here's one more look at my finished project:

Thanks for stopping by!  I'd love to hear what you think of my vintage milk can in a comment below.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Exciting news!

I'm so excited to announce that I have been selected to be a design team member for Bird's SVGs! You can read more about it here.

I have been following Bird's Cards for years and have always loved her designs. In addition, I have appreciated her generosity in designing hundreds of free svg files for her friends and followers. When Bird opened her SVG shop last Fall, I got straight to shopping!

If you've never visited Bird's store, you really should check it out. Look at the lovely Nature's Bounty kit which Bird released last night (shown below). As if paper crafting isn't enough, one of my other hobbies is genealogy, and my great-grandfather was a dairy man. I'm really looking forward to making the milk can very soon and personalizing it to include this family information.  

Nature's Bounty

The very first kit Bird released in her new store was the free Birdhouse Collection which includes several cards, a tag and a 3D birdhouse! I think it's so cute and plan to make the 3D birdhouse with a Christmas theme this year. 

Birdhouse Collection

Thanks for stopping by to share my happy news and please follow my blog or stop by often to see what new projects I'll be posting.  And special thanks to Bird for inviting me to join her design team - this made my whole month!

Creative Chemistry Homework - Week 8 - Faux Cracked Glass

The past two weeks have been crazy busy and I've been neglecting both my blog and my homework!

This week I only had time to play with one technique, but really had fun doing it. I present to you "Faux Cracked Glass."

I can't tell you exactly how I did it (you need to sign up for a Creative Chemistry class at for that), but I can tell you that once I finished the technique I added some Citrus alcohol ink to add a greenish hue to the Tim Holtz Corked Vial bottle.  

I also wiped a little bit of a neon yellow/green Stickles here and there around the bottle. I've been planning an assemblage project in my head for way too long now and a green bottle was just what I needed, so this is perfect! Maybe I'll get this UFO (unfinished object) done in 2016!

Thanks for stopping by to check my homework!  I hope to see you in Creative Chemistry 103 next week!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Creative Chemistry Homework - Week6 - Layering Stencils

I don't think to use my stencils as often as often as I should, so I had fun playing around with them this week.

I tried several techniques as shown below, but my favorite turned out to be this mixed media, paint resist holiday print!  I also used the spatter brush to add a little picket fence snow over top when all was said and done.

I kept some of the techniques and colors close to the same as Tim just to make it easy on myself and not spend too much time fussing over colors and patterns.

The rest of my homework included from left to right:

Mixed Media, Embossing Through, Ink Monoprint, not even sure on this one - was making it up as I went along, and Mixed Media/paint resist again.

I really need to start doing this more often and using the resulting backgrounds on cards and the SVG projects I build.

Thanks for stopping in to check my homework!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Creative Chemistry Homework - Week5 - Marbling & Colored Crackle

I used the same two techniques (Distress Paint Marbling & Colored Crackle) on both tags, but used different colors and had fun experimenting with the results.  

On the first one I used traditional ocean blues  (salty ocean, broken china, faded jeans and chipped sapphire) for the distress paint marbled background. I inked on some mermaid lagoon, wilted violet, and peacock feathers and added a little spritz too. I used the new Tropical thinlet set to cutout a few palm fronds and snipped off some leaves so it would look more like seaweed. I snipped a quote from Graphic 45's Voyage Under the Sea paper and added it to the top. 

The second tag might actually be my favorite of the two, because it's a little more outside the box for me.  I'm a big fan of Florida artist Leoma Lovegrove and her fierce use of color. In fact, I have this Leoma seahorse art on a cup that I use practically every day. This was the inspiration for my 2nd tag.  I still have a lot of work to do to get so carefree and liberal with color, but that's what this class is all about - experimentation! I added a little chit chat sticker which I inked with twisted citron to remind myself to just go for it. I think I used mustard seed, barn door, picked raspberry and dusty concord for the marbling and inked the edges with some more dusty concord.

I'd love to hear what you think...which one do you like best? 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Oh say can you SEA...

I just fell in love with the Waving Flag Bag in the new Happy 4th SVG kit from SVG Cuts!  I considered making it in the traditional red, white and blue colors, but for me the 4th of July was often celebrated on the New England seaside and I've always had a love of the beach and could just picture this flag with a bit of an ocean theme.  

When flipping through my paper stash, I came across an older K&Company stack by Tim Coffey called Travel which is loaded with wonderful designs, so I picked a few to represent the red, white and blue and went from there. I inked the panels using Distress inks in Antique Linen, Iced Spruce and Fired Brick.  

I also dug into my Tim Holtz die inventory to create the starfish 'stars' for my beachy flag. These are from the Sand & Sea dies, Bigz and Movers & Shapers.  I tried to keep the color light so it would show up against the relatively light blue background. I rubbed the stars with a little Distress Stickles in Scattered Straw.  It looks a lot like sand in person.

As usual I spent more time on paper selection than actually building the project. This is a super easy project to do and makes such a nice seasonal decor piece.  

Happy 4th of July!