Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gelli Crazy and Leftovers!

Had some extra black paint leftover . . . and went crazy with stencils on the gelli plate! LOVE the chevron!!

My second leftover today was some acrylic paint mixed with water in a spray bottle. I put some circles on the gelli plate and sprayed. I LOVED the texture the spray paint made on the gelli plate . . . I know I will use this idea somewhere! 

Projects are all over my house!! So I also had some leftover tar gel mixed with some light blue paint.  I grabbed my Heidi Swapp heart stencil and filled it in with the mix.  When it was dry I brushed some watercolor onto the paper.  The tar gel mix resisted the watercolor.   Another fun technique that I might use again!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Making the cake . . .

I stared with some plain Golden Magenta mixed with water in a spray bottle and a Crafter's Workshop Peacock Doily stencil.  I put the stencil down on a plain white canvas and sprayed away!

Then I cut out the paper pieces to made my 3-tier Layer Cake! (The paper is  from Fancy Pants and Simple Stories.)  I used Claudine Hellmuth matte medium to put the pieces down.  I have started using this much more than glues because it is less sticky and my fingers end up with less mess on them!!

Originally, I had planned on making the background pink and white polka dot, but I couldn't get it to look right.  So I ended up spraying instead, but I had the polka dots leftover.  But if you can't have polka dots, you have to have confetti!! Luckily, I had the perfect color confetti paper! I used my basic hole punch and Voila, confetti!!

Finishing touches, washi tape edge, doodling, a small quote on the banner, a couple of American Crafts embellishments and it is complete!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

eclectic Paperie Birthday Bash!!

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Welcome to eclectic Paperie's Belated Birthday Bash!  Today we're celebrating the (belated) one year anniversary of the store's new ownership! It's been an amazing year, full of inspiring projects, wonderful classes, and many, many new products!!

eclectic Paperie wouldn't be where it is today without the ongoing support of our customers and as a BIG thank you you'll have an opportunity to lots of great prizes!  eclectic Paperie will be giving away the following prizes!  You have until midnight tomorrow (9/20) to comment. 

A full set of Tim's NEW Distress Paints
6x6 Paper Pad Bundle Dylusions Stencil Bundle
A set of NEW Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks
Crafter's Workshop Stencil Bundle

To be entered into the prize drawing, please be sure to comment on the eclectic Paperie blog and on each of the eTeam blogs.  Check out all of the thumbnail links below to view the rest of the eTeam projects!  Enjoy the hop! 


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Waiting for Paint to Dry . . .

While I am waiting on a couple of canvases to dry, I have been playing around in my journal! This little goofy owl seemed like a lot of fun! I really liked the way the black frame with my white pen finished off the page! I have a lot of fun projects coming up . . . I can't wait to share them with you all!! Stay tuned, October is going to be one BUSY month around here!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Paperhaus and Eclectic Paperie Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Fall Splendor Blog Hop with PaperHaus! We are celebrating the release of the new FALL edition of PaperHaus Magazine but also celebrating the 1 year anniversary of PaperHaus Magazine! We are excited to be part of this amazing celebration! Click below to check out the latest edition of this amazing magazine!  The Fall Splendor event is filled with inspiration from PaperHaus and the eclectic Paperie team so make sure you click through each blog for inspiration! Enjoy the hop and remember that the Fall Splendor Blog Hop runs from September 1st to the 15th so plenty of time to be inspired!

Here's the link for the magazine:

Please make sure to stop by the EP blog to check out our amazing Design Team's Work! 

 Eclectic Paperie 

Products Used for this project include:
(I used Golden, but Claudine Hellmuth is another favorite!) 

Scroll down to August 31st for a more in depth how-to on this canvas!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


I am SUPER excited to announce that I am now a part of the Eclectic Paperie Design Team!! I just adore all the work the design team has done in the past and I can't wait to create with the wonderful products from the store!! 

If you are new to my blog, Welcome!!  I hope you come by often and say HI!

$12 Goodwill Special and a messy desk - means FUN!

A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing through Goodwill and this old preschool bookcase for $12!  I was SO excited!! I felt a project coming on!!  

So here are the before pics! It was good yellow preschool furniture with stickers and scuffs all over it!!  I wiped on and scraped off Citri-strip to remove the cleaner buildup and sticker residue. 

Then I sanded down the wood and stained it with about 3 coats of General Finishes wood stain gel and polyacrylic . When the polycoat was dry, I taped it off and spray painted the pegboard white!  In the end, I LOVE It!!  The bookcase fits under my counter and is an amazing place to keep my canvases!!

And my desk area is a COMPLETE MESS!! I have been working on several different canvases, my journal and balancing kids activities!! Whew . . . so here is my mess . . . .

And I am glad that my journal is somewhere that I can feel safe to create. The pages in my journal might not always be perfect or pages that I want to show to people.  But without just having a place to get ideas out, I would never get anywhere!!  I admit that this page is not my favorite ... the colors are a little wrong and the sizes of the leaves behind the flowers are a little big. But I do see potential and it inspires me to try again!
 And just fun with new stencil . . . sometimes simple is just as fun as complicated!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What to do next time?

SO I have done an experiment. I made two different vintage trailer pics, one is acrylic and the other is watercolor. I knew that I wanted to paint a frame and make a trailer, but wasn't sure how to make them.

  I really love watercoloring so I drew and painted the first one on watercolor paper and tore it out. I mounted it onto a canvas board, created a frame around it, added some map paper and a saying.  I like it.

Then I drew one straight onto the canvas board and painted it with acrylic paint, doodled, and added the saying.   I like it too.

But I still don't know which one I like better, watercolor or acrylic?!?!?