Friday, November 17, 2017

Tutorial for OTR - an altered paint brush

I have discovered the art of altering paint brushes ... my new favorite thing to alter.


For this altered brush I started out with a 4" (new) paint brush from Lowe's.

 I covered the brush handle and bristles with a couple light coats of white Gesso.


 Next I gathered my supplies from my stash of things I thought I might use.


 Then I painted the handle and metal band with several layers of paint.


I coated the wood handle with a light coat of Mod  Podge and added the tissue paper to the handle.


My favorite part was adding the embellishments.  For me it's a process of finding balance, proportion, variety and harmony.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Off The Rails Scrapooking Mid-Month DT Reveal

It's the 15th and time for the Off The Rails
Mid-Month Design Team Reveal.
November's Mood Board
My layout for this month's mood board:


Be sure to check out the Off The Rails Scrapbooking blog
 to see what the rest of the Design Team did this month.
We have two wonderful sponsors for November:
Memory Maze & Stampin Up
Hope you can play along!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Card Sketch

A card sketch is a great tool to use for inspiration when making cards.

The purpose of a card sketch is simply to provide a design layout idea for card makers to follow.  The card sketch usually has the basic shapes and designs drawn out, but no other instructions are given.  You can adapt one card sketch for many different looks by varying the paper and embellishments that you use.

I'm using the same sketch that I used for yesterdays post and came up with a whole new look for this card. 
Card Sketch


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Card Sketch

Today is Sunday and I have the card sketch challenge over at Creative Inspiration.  You can check out the details here.


Bev Code provided another wonderful sketch to work with.

Be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow to see another card made with this same sketch with a totally different look.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

CI Thursday Scraplift Challenge

Today I have the Thursday Scraplift Challenge at Creative Inspiration.
Be sure to check out the details in the forum.
I found this layout by Julie under her Wednesday Stash
Challenge for August 9th.  I loved the idea of using up
some of my stash of rubons and the less is more concept of her layout.
If you're looking for some inspiration visit the Creative Inspiration forum.
Hope you can play along this month!
Julie's Layout
My take on the scraplift