Wednesday, June 15, 2011

fun in the sun

College Graduation - check!  So both girls have now graduated, one from high school, and one from college.  It's been a busy week full of smiles and photo ops.  What now you ask?  SUMMERTIME!

What better way to kick off summer than with May Arts' Back to the Beach contest.  [This is a re-post from June 2011.]

May Arts provided the ribbon, and I chose an aqua, yellow and tan color combination as the basis of my project.  Here is the finished plaque:

Summertime art projects

And here are photos of the creative process with a brief tutorial.

Paint outside edge of the plaque with "Bahama Blue" acrylic paint [by  Americana].
Let dry.  Cover area with painter's tape. 

Paint inner edge with "Bleached Sand", creating a picture mat effect.

While paint is still wet, CAREFULLY remove painter's tape. 
[Ignore the messy center because that will be covered with paper.]
Mod Podge paper to inside portion of the plaque.  [photo not available] 

My favorite part:  Embellishments!
flowers using ribbon
 Ruched flower using two different May Arts ribbon

Looped ribbon, adhered to back of acrylic photo frame; 
Chipboard letters, ribbon

 More ribbon tied to hanging wire

 Ribbon and sand dollar attached to letter "n"

photo frame transformations
 Close-up of ribbon combo

 A lot more ribbon, flip flops,
suntan lotion and seahorse charms pocketed in loops

 Flowers made with ribbon and buttons

transforming photo frames
Insert photo and Voila!

Now grab your towel and meet us at the beach
so you can create your own beach memories.

Sharing here:
Someday Crafts

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Next Step: Real Life

I'm sure you have been on the edge of your chairs just waiting to see how
this little $1 spiral notebook was transformed.  Well, wait no more. 
This 4-1/4" x 3-1/4" has been altered, despite its pocket-sized appearance.  Take a look:

Materials used include:
graduation-theme scrapbook paper
blue cardstock, stamped with graduation cap image
one small gold brad, yellow embroidery floss
square cutout chipboard
"Good Luck" & "Dream BIG" stickers
rosebud button, chipboard key
assorted ribbon, pink pearl bling
label maker, blue acrylic paint, Mod Podge

Put together with the photo frame and candy jar,
your graduate will cry tears of joy over all the work that went into this thoughtful gift ensemble. 
Yeah, right.  Who are we kidding?
Well, at least they were fun to make.   Pass me the candy jar.

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