October 18, 2014

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

It's Steampunk time again  and this was such a fun project to make. 
Every girl should have the ultimate closet to keep her couture in and that is what I made with this paper mache box. 
 The dress on the left was created by making the corset first then adding the skirt as well as the ruffles and embellishments. I will be doing a tutorial on this technique in a later post. I added a dowel inside the closet for the dress to hang properly on a coat hanger ready for that special occasion.  
The inside of the closet furniture and picture frame (mirror) are all chipboard pieces from Blue Fern "Second Hand Furnishings". I used 3D paint to add details to the pieces first, then applied their base coat. Once dried, Rub N Buff in Antique Gold was applied to provide an antique look. I used Ideology Mirrored Paper and glued it on the back of the picture frame to create a mirror. The clock was created by making a custom mold using Amazing Putty and I pressed Sculpty Clay inside and once cured I applied Rub N Buf to the top. 
The inside of the closet was painted teal and while still damp I applied a paper towel and pulled it off so that it created a chipped worn look. The paper for the walls of the closet are from G45 Steampunk Debutant collection. On the back wall dampened the paper and ripped a hole to give an "aged" appearance. 
The mannequin on the right I've had in my stash for years. I Mod Podged 7 Gypsys Tissue paper and sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang Treasure Island Aqua for a pretty glow. The wings were made from an old heart earring which I cut in half and it made the perfect wings. Using assorted laces I created her dress. Then added some cogs, chain with watch and love heart. Butterfly is from G45 Steampunk Debutant and was fussy cut then Glossy Accents was applied. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting ! xoxo Toni

Fun, fun, fun project and I would happily like to contribute this piece to the following challenges: 
That Craft Place - Girls But No Pink
The Cracked Mirror - Body Beautiful -Something Featuring the Human Form
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes 
Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk - Steampunk Couture

October 12, 2014

Autumn Magic / Spring Wonder

Wherever you are in the world you are either watching the season turn to spring or fall.  And even though we are still having a heat wave here in California, I can see signs of fall peeking right around the corner. The evenings are a bit cooler, leaves are starting to turn and I can hear and feel a calm breeze blowing. 

This month at Anything But A Card Challenge we are celebrating the changing of the seasons and our prompt is "Autumn Magic / Spring Wonder". My design team project consisted of a picture frame I found on clearance at my local craft store. 
 "Everyone must take time to sit & watch the leaves turn"... Elizabeth Lawrence
I saw this quote and it really spoke to me because sometimes I just get so busy I don't take time for the small things. Before you know it summer is gone we're going into Christmas and you wonder where did the time go. I decided to create a window to watch those leaves change from season to season.  I really had fun getting out my Flower Soft product that I've had for several years and playing with it. 

 I love the texture it provides for your projects and it's so easy to use. I really hope you will stop by Anything But A Card blog for some wonderful inspiration. This theme will run 3 more weeks so you have plenty of time to bust out your goodies and get messy. But remember create anything but a card using the prompt provided and then link back to our blog here so others can be inspired by your creativity.

If you would like to view my process you can check out my tutorial on SNAPGUIDE below. Have a beautiful week !

Check out How to Create Texture Using Flower Soft by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

October 2, 2014

Harvest Bounty

Hi crafty peeps, wow it's already October and it's finally feeling like fall here in California. So glad because I am so tired of the triple digit heat waves we've been having here. With a new month comes and new RAQ (Readers Art Quest) over at Unruly and this month it is "Harvest Bounty"
I love these colors and we have a photograph also for inspiration. I decided to create some little baskets that can be used on your Thanksgiving table for place card sittings. 

The baskets are actually doilies I purchased at Michaels for $1.50 that have been stiffened and molded and then filled with different fall foliage. Most craft stores have their autumn foliage on sale already so these little baskets didn't cost much to make. 

The baskets are fun because you can make each one different and it gives your guest a little something to take home as a keepsake. 

I created a SNAPGUIDE tutorial below if you would like to view the process. I hope this helped with inspiration on this month's RAQ and hope you decide to play along with us at Unruly.  Don't forget to link your photo because the winner chosen will get a fun surprise. xoxo Toni

Check out How to Make Thanksgiving Place Card Bouquet by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.