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. 
Cheers,
Kathie

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 on....it 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!
Kathie

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!

Enjoy!







Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blog Hop with Catherine Scanlon Designs & Art Gone Wild!

Welcome Everyone! What an exciting day....today 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. www.kookydelucy.blogspot.com 

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.



Thursday, March 06, 2014

be. brave. you. happy. original. just be.

Good Morning!  
I created a project for the upcoming Mixed Media Madness Retreat and when I was done I had some elements left over and wanted to create a complimentary piece as a second sample for students to get inspiration from.  I wanted to share it with you today.  
always....be. b.r.a.v.e
Texture is such an important element to me whether I am creating it through the use of inks or as I did here with the use of textile fabrics.  I like the organic feel of this piece with the use of burlap, thick raw canvas, and then some sewn elements.  I also threw in some vintage book text and corrugated cardboard as some additional texture.  Many of these items I am sure are laying around your studio and you could easily incorporate them into your project too.  
beautiful how the ink
pools around the stitching.  
I layered some sewing patterns onto the hearts and sprayed them with some Dylusions ink spray, and some perfect pearls, and then topped it off with Distress Crackle Paint.  I chose to paint and spray both the canvas and the burlap also.  
the texture of this section is y.u.m.m.y

For some of the final elements of the piece I grundged (made this word up!) up some buttons so they fit in with the motif. Doodling on a canvas can add such super special element to your work that can bring your artwork to another level.
here are my "grunged" buttons

If you haven't heard about this amazing upcoming retreat click here and read all about it!!
have a brave day.
k.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Simple yet Elegant!

 
Good Morning Friends!
Last night in the studio I created a quick and easy card that I love the results of.  I have this Queen Anne's Lace stamp from Catherine Scanlon Designs and I have generally always used it as a framework and added watercolor to it.  Today, the card I created used a different approach where I embossed the image with white embossing powder on some really pretty solid paper and the results I think are amazing!

To begin, a trick I like to use when embossing is to run a dryer sheet across my paper to help with any possibility of embossing powder sticking where I don't want it.  It is a household item I always have on hand and it gets the job done!  Next, I simply stamped the full image once with Versamark ink and then stamped only a portion of it a second time.  Sprinkled on the white embossing powder, and used my embossing gun to emboss.  Super simple and very quick.
  
here are my supplies for that
After that was all set, I wrapped some seam binding around the card and made a sweet bow.  On a simple card like this it allows me to use some embellishments that I have in my stash without the card looking over done.  Finally, I mounted the card front to the base and called it complete! 
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this project, and also make a girl feel special and follow my blog! :)
 
Have a great weekend,
k.