Delightful Arty Crush ~ Nellie Wortman

Aug 30, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is an ongo­ing fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cas­es artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. Today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is, Nel­lie Wort­man. If you have not seen her blog “Ear­ly Morn­ing Thoughts” you must give it a vis­it. What Nel­lie cre­ates using tex­tiles and oth­er medi­ums is tru­ly inspir­ing. Her blog is filled with pho­tographs of items she has cre­at­ed....

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CHA‑S 2013 ~ Bird Cage Card

Aug 29, 2013

Here is anoth­er card I cre­at­ed for Ranger using a few of the new Stick­les released at CHA‑S. It looks like this week on my blog it’s all about birds. I cer­tain­ly did­n’t intend it to be but it sure did hap­pen. This all occa­sion card is cre­at­ed using the Tim Holtz Sizzix ~ Caged Bird die. I accent­ed the cage and birds edges using Mer­cury Glass Stick­les. The Petaloo Col­or Me flow­ers are paint­ed with Per­fect Pearls Pow­ders ~ Con­fec­tions Kit then the edge of each petal is accent­ed with Ice Blue and Pink Taffe­ta Stick­les. I real­ly wish you could see how pret­ty these flow­ers look in per­son. The shim­mer from the Per­fect Pearls and the sparkle from the Stick­les real­ly makes the flow­ers shine. To fin­ish the card I placed sev­er­al vin­tage leaves under the flow­ers,...

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Outside My Window…

Aug 28, 2013

It always amazes me at all the wildlife we have around our house. Mind you we sit in the mid­dle of the burbs. But at any giv­en moment I can see Cana­di­an Geese strut­ting down our neigh­bor­hood street look­ing as though they are protest­ing against all the mal­lards tak­ing over the water­way. Or are get­ting ready for a West Side meets Easy Side scuf­fle. All day long I have birds vis­it­ing this bird­bath I made from a large piece of ter­ra cot­ta. Through­out the day birds come for a lit­tle drink on hot sum­mer after­noons or take a quick bath to cool them­selves off. And not a day goes by that I don’t have a mock­ing­bird and blue­jay spat­ting with one anoth­er out­side. I tell ya, it’s a busy lit­tle spot out­side my...

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Birdcage Home Decor Accent

Aug 27, 2013

This prim­i­tive style bird­cage was cre­at­ed with wire and you guessed it.… plas­ter. I tru­ly love the cre­ative free­dom plas­ter gives me. I dis­cov­ered when cre­at­ing with plas­ter, per­fec­tion is acquired with it’s imper­fect result. This is a free­dom I’m shocked I’ve come to embrace as you know with my paper art I’m not this way at all. Every­thing has to be pre­cise. I find it real­ly inter­est­ing how I embrace these two medi­ums so dif­fer­ent­ly. I’m going to con­tin­ue adding vin­tage bits and baubles to the bird­cage as I find them as well as a few inspir­ing words on the bird’s tail feath­ers. I envi­sion the base of the bird cage hav­ing a poem or some kind of word­ing wrap around it but I’ve not found the per­fect say­ing quite yet. So this...

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Chicken and Rice

Aug 26, 2013

This Chick­en and Rice recipe is so good I have to share it with you. My fam­i­ly loves it so much I’m going to need to start dou­bling the recipe. Ans­ley, Brit­tain and Alan are always sad there are nev­er any left­overs.  ...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Angie Redhead

Aug 23, 2013

As you know “Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a new on going fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cas­es artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find their work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. So today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is, Ang­ie Red­head although you might know here best here as Ang­ie Scrap­Scene. I have a seri­ous arty crush on Ang­ie’s por­trait paint­ings. I first start­ed notic­ing her paint­ings on Insta­gram and was soon hooked on...

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Miniature Art ~ Affections

Aug 22, 2013

Today, I’m shar­ing a fun lit­tle (and I mean lit­tle as in 2″ x 2″  lit­tle) minia­ture can­vas. I want­ed the tex­ture of this can­vas to have that old stuc­co look and feel I came to love see­ing on so many build­ings while in Bel­la­go, Italy. To start I cov­ered the entire can­vas with plas­ter, once dry I applied a thin coat of a cream col­ored acrylic paint over the entire can­vas. Since I want­ed the plas­ter to resem­ble old stuc­co I applied a col­or wash over the dried cream paint using a watered down brown acrylic paint. While the wash was still wet I used a dry paper tow­el to wipe off the excess col­or wash. This tech­nique worked beau­ti­ful­ly and the plas­ter fin­ish looks just like the build­ings I remem­ber see­ing in...

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Allie Creates

Aug 21, 2013

Look at all the awe­some projects Kids Crafts Art Box Win­ner ~Allie has cre­at­ed with her grand­moth­er Sue Adams. Sue nom­i­nat­ed Allie for a chance to win the Kids Crafts Art Box I gave away sev­er­al weeks ago and it’s awe­some see­ing all the fun things they’ve made togeth­er from the items in the Art Box. They altered an apron, made a bead bud­dy, cre­at­ed a set of adorable altered jean pock­ets, a set of altered clothes pins and pen­cils and even had time for a man­i­cure using some pink glit­tered flock­ing. Talk about some seri­ous craft­ing. Those two have been busy! I love see­ing Allie’s projects so much that I’m going to do anoth­er Kids Crafts Art Box give­away, in the near future. It’s just a lit­tle way I can pay it for­ward...

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CHA‑S 2013 ~ Dress Form Card

Aug 20, 2013

This is a card I cre­at­ed for Ranger using the new Stick­les they debuted at CHA‑S. Oh my good­ness are you going to LOVE the new col­ors. They are awe­some and I have a few new favorites to add to my collection/addiction, Mer­cury Glass, Cham­pagne and Pink Taffe­ta are my favorites from CHA‑S.   In this close up you can real­ly see how pret­ty the Pink Taffe­ta Stick­les looks accent­ing the design on the wings. It is the most beau­ti­ful shade of vin­tage pink. The dress form and bow are accent­ed using Cham­pagne Stick­les. This new col­or looks just like antiqued gold. It’s gor­geous. Tip: To make the Stick­les pop even more on the edge of the dress I first inked the edges using Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink. Then I applied the Stick­les.  I used...

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Plaster Posy

Aug 19, 2013

Before falling asleep one evening, I was think­ing about things to cre­ate with plas­ter and thought a flower would be fun. So the next morn­ing, I grabbed some wire and start­ed bend­ing and twist­ing it into shape cre­at­ing the base for a neat plas­ter posy. Once I had every­thing the way I liked it I applied plas­ter and got real­ly messy. I love the raw­ness of plas­ter and find it so inspir­ing. After the plas­ter was com­plete­ly dry I used bees wax to seal images onto the posy. Then to accent the edges of each petal and the leaf I paint­ed metal­lic gold paint all along the edges. I love how this lit­tle unas­sum­ing pop of gold looks. Paint­ing the edges of any project real­ly does help fin­ish off your piece. To com­plete the...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Danita Art from the Heart

Aug 16, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a new on going fea­ture I will have on my blog which show­cas­es artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. This fea­ture will include a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find their work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. So today, my first “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is, Dani­ta. I have a seri­ous arty crush on her and love every sin­gle item she cre­ates and she cre­ates a lot. First up are her dolls, Dani­ta makes the most incred­i­ble dolls. Each doll...

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Just carving, he said…

Aug 15, 2013

Sev­er­al weeks ago while work­ing in my stu­dio, my nephew Brit­tain, who is now liv­ing with us while  attend­ing col­lege came in to chat. Well all of a sud­den he start­ed work­ing away on some­thing that involved a knife from my work table and a chop­stick. While we were chat­ting he was intense­ly busy cut­ting small pieces from the chop­stick and using some Tim Holtz Dis­tress Mark­ers. I asked him what he was doing and he said, just carv­ing. Oh if you are won­der­ing why I keep chop­sticks on my work table… well, I keep one on hand when sol­der­ing. FYI… Using chop­sticks to steady pieces when sol­der­ing is an awe­some tip my sol­der­ing instruc­tor Trisha Con­lon-Perkins shared dur­ing a class. She has saved my fin­ger­tips on more than one occa­sion with this won­der­ful tip. After a...

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Home for Christmas

Aug 14, 2013

This is the sec­ond of three class­es I will be teach­ing at Cre­ative Cards and Crafts in Vil­la Park, IL ~ Oct.18th & 19th. In this Home for Christ­mas class I will show you how to cre­ate three old fash­ioned Putz style hous­es using pat­terned papers from the new Graphic45 12 Days of Christ­mas line. Once all three hous­es are built and accent­ed with Stick­les and glit­ter you will group them on a dec­o­ra­tive acrylic plat­ter cov­ered with faux snow and sisal trees to com­plete a minia­ture win­ter themed neigh­bor­hood. As a bonus I will show you how easy it is to bleach sisal trees at home if you wish for yours to be off white in col­or. And a vin­tage Christ­mas project would not be com­plete with­out includ­ing a few vin­tage mer­cury glass...

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Quilted Memories

Aug 13, 2013

I’ll be teach­ing three class­es at Cre­ative Cards and Crafts in Vil­la Park, IL ~ Oct. 18th & 19th. This project is just one of the three class­es I’ll be teach­ing. In my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class you will paint and alter a 5” x 5” wood­en shad­ow box using a beau­ti­ful but­ter cream col­ored acrylic paint and vin­tage sheet music. You will accent the back of the shad­ow box using stamps from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Line which I’ll be shar­ing so you can per­son­al­ize the back as you wish. Inside each 1.5” square you will attach fab­ric pieces from a tat­tered and torn quilt lov­ing­ly sewn by my great great aunts. You will accent each fab­ric piece with items like vin­tage shell but­tons, cro­cheted doilies hand­made by my mom, a vin­tage glass vial filled with sil­ver...

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Darby Smart

Aug 12, 2013

Have you heard of Dar­by Smart? If not, well let me just tell you all about it because Dar­by Smart is a real­ly cool online busi­ness with a super cool con­cept. Dar­by Smart has approved design­ers cre­ate sim­ple DIY projects from a wide assort­ment of items they send their design­ers. The design­er then cre­ates a DIY fash­ion or home decor project from these items. Once the project is approved Dar­by Smart turns the design­ers project into a kit. Each kit is then mailed to you pack­aged in a cool box and includes the mate­ri­als and instruc­tions need­ed to cre­ate the DIY project. Dar­by Smart even sells some kits as “Girls Night” kits so you and a group of friends can get togeth­er and have a “Girls Night” DIY craft night. How cool is that!...

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Online Store SALE

Aug 1, 2013

Now until August 31st, every­thing in my online store is on sale. This mean you get 25% off your entire order. You will find Delight In The Art of Col­lage Kits, Vin­tage But­tons, Feed Sack But­tons, Hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Dolls and more. I can com­bine some mul­ti­ple pur­chas­es, so please email me if you have any ques­tions regard­ing ship­ping. Hap­py Shop­ping....

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