Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trinket Boxes

Mother's Day is right around the corner and today I want to share a quick, inexpensive gift for the Mom's in your life.   The supplies that I used are a 3" paper mache box (99 cents each!) from Hobby Lobby, several of the Momenta 6x8 Adhesive Stencils, Momenta acrylic and metallic stencil paint, my handy dandy Groove Tool, and some assorted ribbons also from Hobby Lobby.  

The Momenta paint is so creamy and has excellent coverages so I only needed one coat of paint to cover the boxes.  I used my Groove Tool with the foam applicator to do it quickly.  

Next, I began to stencil the boxes. I love how the stencil sets come with all different sized stencils and I was able to find this chevron pattern that fit so perfectly on the square boxes. 

The other nice thing about using an adhesive stencil is that you are able to easily stencil surfaces that are round. The stencils stays snug to the surface as you add the stencil paint. 
I was also able to add a sentiment on the top.  For this little box I chose the word "dreamer".  The rich gold metallic paint really pops on the teal blue!

I used some double sided red sticky tape to add the ribbons around the boxes and a glue gun to adhere the bow on the top.  I also stenciled a little wooden tag with the word true.

Hope that you enjoyed this project and I hope that it gets your juices flowing! Spring is here and who doesn't love a spring project!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring has finally sprung!

Hello Everyone!!
I am so excited to share some new products that I have been using recently.  Momenta sent me a hug box of goodies--beautiful acrylic stencil paints in a rainbow of colors and a mound of stencils!  I have had so much fun using these very versatile products.   Over the next week I will be posting projects that I have used to create these home decor projects. If you want to learn a little bit more about the paint themselves check out this video below from Momenta.

Today I want to share how I created this colorful one of a kind birdhouse.  The Momenta paints are very creamy and have such great coverage, I was able to apply just one coat of paint on most of the areas.  I was looking to create my birdhouse with a whimsical look that is colorful and fun! I have often created birdhouses but used die-cuts and patterned paper to do that.  I wanted to challenge myself and create my own textures and patterns by using stencils and paint in place of the patterned papers.  

This small birdhouse was purchased at Hobby Lobby for under $3.00. (bargain!!) I began by painting a base coat of several different colors on different parts of the birdhouse.  Once all of the base colors were chosen I began to stencil.  Below you will see how easy it is to cut the Momenta stencils in difficult areas like the peak of the birdhouse.  I LOVE THIS about the stencils.  You can still use them after cutting them in different areas or simply lay the different pieces together to utilize the stencils back to their original size. 

You can create patterns with the single stencils like I have done below with the arrow.  The unlimited ways you can use Momenta's stencils really impresses me.  Here I used the blue paint on the yellow background and love how it popped!  

On one side of the roof I first stenciled a chevron pattern and from there I used this smaller stencil to then add dots--creating texture--to the chevron pattern.  The possibilities are really endless with the use of these stencils.  

I hope that you enjoyed seeing how I created this one of a kind birdhouse!  Stay tuned to see what else I have made with these great products from Momenta.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Snowman l.o.v.e

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you are finding time to enjoy this holiday season! As crazy as things have been with myself I have purposefully found some time to create some art.  Today I would like to share with you an adorable snowman that I created using Art-C pallets.

So here we go!

First thing first--I used three different sized pallets and hot glued them together to create the shape of the snowman.
Once the pallets were glued together I then covered them with vintage book paper and sanded the edges with the Groove Tool.

I then mixed white chalk paint and silver metallic paint together to paint the pallets. To apply the paint I used the Groove tool with the bristle brush attachment.  The really cool thing about the tool is how much texture I was able to get by using it with the sponge & bristle applicators.  (Check out this video to learn more)

Once all of the pallets were covered with the paint the way that I wanted, once again I went back in with the groove tool, this time with the sanding block attachment, and distressed the edges to show some of the wood from under the book paper.
Next it was time to bring the little guy to life.  For embellishments I used the Art-C wood letters and these adorable metal snowflakes (swooning-i love them!).  
The letters were a natural color so I painted them with the white chalk paint and while the letters were wet I tapped them in iridescent glitter to add some winter sparkle.  I attached the letters onto a little pennant banner that I cut out of green corrugated cardboard from a collage kit, I strung the banner together with bakers twine and tied it onto the twig arms that I glued onto the pallets. It is so cute!
I chose some vintage buttons for his eyes and button on his chest.  Cut out a little orange nose, and tore up a flannel shirt to make his scarf and used my white gel pen to add some last minute details. Last but not least, I created a black hat with a piece of cardboard from the Art-c embellishment packaging.  I distressed the edges of the hat with the Groove tool with the sanding block.  Once I glued the top hat to him he began to dance around! lol.

This little guy will be able to stay out all winter long on a shelf with some other knick knacks for my family to enjoy!
I hope you find some time to create some beautiful art this holiday season.  All of the supplies that I use for this project are available at your local Michaels. 

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Jingle Bells!

It is Christmas time again!  This year I feel that Christmas hasn't been shoved down my throat the minute we shut our lights out from passing out Halloween treats to all of the ghosts and goblins.  It has remained more low key; enjoyable even. With limited time this year to my create art I have decided to make more purposeful art.  Often I buy ornaments from my Christmas tree, however, this year I thought it would be nice to create some ornaments instead.  I have really enjoyed working with Art-C wood pallets recently.  Isn't everything cuter when it is tiny?!?! :)
This little ornament is made from a small wooden pallet. Also used were Art-C paints and their adorable stencils, collage pack, and hanging clips for this project.

To begin, I used the Art-C metallic gold paint and painted the pallet and all its nooks and crannies. This paint is creamy and has very good coverage.

Next, I used these great little number stencils; they come in a set and are sticky on one side. The stenciled numbers fit perfectly on the pallet vertically! The fact that they are sticky is great for working on small surfaces like the pallet.  They stayed put as I sponge daubered the brown gel stain on.  I had to apply two coats in order to get a good solid coverage.  


Finally, I cut out some Christmas Tree from some colored corrugated cardboard from one of the Art-C collage kits.  I glued them to the pallet. At the end of the project I used the sanding block on the Groove Tool to distress the edges and to add texture to the tree. 

To complete the project, I used little clips on the pallet, and then added some vintage seam binding to make a bow for hanging.  These little pallet ornaments are great for your own tree to to make as sweet DIY ornaments as gifts.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas.  Stop by again soon for some more great projects!

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Art-C Groove Tool

Hello Everyone!

Long time no see!  Life as a teacher has been busier than expected, but, I am trying to make an effort to make time for my art again.  I just began my second year teaching at a high school about 25 minutes from where I live. I must say I really love my job!!

I've begun working with some new products by Art-C and I am excited to share them with you. Today I am going to share a quick little video that I have made.  This tool is so versatile and can do so many cool things!  If you suffer from arthritis this tool will be a godsend to use!

Here is a link to the Groove Tool

Friday, August 08, 2014

Gelliplate Fun!

Hi Everyone!

Summer has been passing by with beautiful weather and slow days that I have been enjoying.  I have been creating like crazy and wanted to share a couple of things I have been up to lately.

I took a class at Kept Creations with Catherine Scanlon last month.  We used a 5x7 Gelliplate with acrylic paints on fabric to create beautiful one of a kinds works of art.   I had owned an 8x10 Gelliplate that I had used occasionally but I have found the 5x7 much easier to work with, especially when creating greeting cards.  These just came easy.  I love the couple that I used gold paint added another dimension of texture to the piece.  I hope you enjoy seeing the cards I have created.  If you haven't followed my blog yet please do so. When I reach 100 followers I am going to have a drawing for some goodies!

Enjoy your day!

This card is a favorite.  I like how the background looks, but, also how I used the pieces of scrap paper that I had trimmed from the other papers I created using the Gelliplate.  I love the the significence of the quote along with the little pieces of scrap papers that signifies how we bring a little bit of our pasts along with us to create the person we currently are today. And look how beautiful the scraps can make us.  Deep I know, but it spoke to me. :)
this one has gold!
some more gold!

like the bright colors of this one and the pop of white uniball pen.

The card above is all metallic colors.  It was fun working with metallics rather than the regular gloss finish.  I love the touch of a white pen!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blog Hop with Catherine Scanlon Designs & Art Gone Wild!

Welcome Everyone! What an exciting is a RED letter day for me --as this is my very first time as a BLOG HOP participant.  Exciting huh?!?!  YES!  I would like to thank Catherine Scanlon for the invite and give a shout out to all my co-blog hop buddies.  I just know you are going to have a ball 'hopping' around to see all the beautiful work they have created for this fun day!  (links to their blogs below)
So....let's get started! The stamp set that I worked with is from Art Gone Wild! designed by Catherine Scanlon Designs.  I used the set named Clara Paisley and it was so fun to work with!  Here is a picture of the entire set.  You can see the versatility of this set... it can used with many different mediums and also can be used to create a variety of projects.
When you head over to Art Gone Wild!  Look for this image above and click on it to see Catherine's full product line.  
One of the ideas that immediately popped into my head when I saw this set was to use this set to create a stationary set.  This is such an easy project to create and it would make a great Mother's Day gift. 
You can view the tutorial over here at Splitcoast Stampers to make the box.  With the use of the Scor-Pal it just took a few score marks to create it. Also included in this stationary set are hand stamped stationary cards and hand stamped envelopes.  To begin, I used the paisley stamp with Versamark to create the printed pattern on the green card stock.  This particular image would also be beautiful as a focal point on a card front.  

I stamped one  of the flourish stamps on the stationary cards and then  stamped over the flourish image the letter "K" in dark chocolate ink.  I colored the flower with a Copic marker, added a pearl and called it a day!  Simple. Simple. For an extra touch I used Glossy Accents on top of the letter k to make it dimensional. For the envelopes, again I simply stamped the image in green ink, and colored in the berries for a pop of color.  
For the top of the box I made a simple tag; again stamping it with one of the flourish stamps. Added some adorable printed paper and seam binding for a bow. Cute. Cute. Cute!  There truly are so many possibilities with this stamp set.
I hope that you have enjoyed the project I have created. Again, thank you for visiting!  Please share some love and leave me a comment and let me know you were here.   Follow the links below enjoy all the other great ladies' blogs!  Be sure to visit Catherine's blog for the opportunity to win some 
Now head on over to some of my new crafty friends blogs......Enjoy!

You are here: kookydelucy by me...Kathie DeLuca. 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Make a Wish....

Hello Friends!
Today I would like to show you this adorable card that I made with a cute stamp set by Catherine Scanlon Designs.  I used the Flower Stamp 2 set from her collection over at Art Gone Wild!  I also used her Metal Ovals die set.  
This is the Flowers Stamp 2 Set

As you can see I made the flower my focal point of the card.  To begin, I stamped the image with with Black Momento Ink and fussy cut the flower and leaves.  I then used my Derwent Inktense Blocks to color the flower and then for the leaves I used Distress Stain.  Once that was done I used Distress Crackle Paint on the flower and leaves and set them aside to dry.  Once they were dry I used Distress Stains in Pine Needles & Mustard Seed over the Distress Crackle.  Love how it seeps into the cracks of the Crackle!  In the middle of the flower I used red sticky tape and micro beads to create the center.  This adds some cool texture. 

To finish up the card I used my sewing machine to add some sticking around the edges of my patterned paper, added my sentiment, and then a couple of pearls to finish it up.  For the oval mats, I popped them up with foam tape before adding the flower.

Thanks for visiting!  Come back every day for the rest of the week to see more great projects that I have created with Catherine's great designs.  On Thursday I will also be part of a fun blog hop that I know you won't want to miss.  If you haven't already click on the right to become a follower of my blog!

Cheers~ k.