Friday, May 18, 2018

Fairy Altered Playing Cards (ATCs)

I promise I'm still making jewelry, but as of late, my focus has seemed to be on art journaling and other paper-related arts. I think that has loads to do with preparing for and attending Art at the Beach 2018. And, creating in one art form often leads to inspiring me in another. Before even packing for the art retreat, I decided to "warm up" by participating in a swap. The parameters of it were to create three motivational cards (playing card/Artist Trading Card size) with a fairy theme to send to a partner. I made these.

I kinda love them! And, I'm pretty proud that I thought to record my process to share with you.

For all three cards, I started with basic playing cards that I painted with a coat or two of gesso as a base.

For my first card, this cutie on a swing, I stamped the Stampendous fairy image onto a piece of cardstock with embossing ink, covered it in a gold-sparkle embossing powder, and heated the image. I colored the fairy with Inktense Watercolor Pencils and a water brush before shading the background with Neocolor ii crayons and blending them with a wet paintbrush. I adhered the cardstock to the playing card, cutting off the excess. A phrase from one of Tim Holtz's sticker books was added. I went around the phrase with a black pen and inked around the card to finish it.

For the background of the second card, I used one of my own gelli prints, simply gluing it to the playing card. I photocopied an image of a girl in a ball gown from an old yearbook as my focal. To make her a fairy, I stamped petal images from EK Success' Inkadinkado stamps onto cardstock and cut them out. Her skirt was created from paper flowers that were folded and glued together. I stuck the wings on the girl, the girl on the card, and the skirt on the girl - in that order. Sparkles were added with aqua Stickles. Again, a phrase from Tim Holtz was used. The card was framed with a line from a Stabilo all-pencil and water.

To begin the last card, I colored directly onto the card with Brea Reese Glitter Inks in a pink, yellow, and blue. The colors were blended together with a little water. Basic black acrylic paint and the lid of a dishwasher liquid bottle were used to create the circles. The lady image and wings (more Inkadinkado) were stamped onto cardstock, cut out, and colored with watercolors. The lady was glued to the cards then the wings to the lady. I went around the fairy with the Stabilo All Pencil before adding another Tim Holtz phrase.  The prase and card were accented with a Faber Castell Pitt Pen to finish it.

I'm really happy with how these came together. And, I do love me some fairies! I think my partner liked them too. Yay!!

If you have any questions about how I created these or anything else, please don't hesitate to let me know!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Art at the Beach 2018

I just shared a wonderful extended weekend with several amazing and talented women. 
This wasn't a jewelry-related retreat but an art journaling one. Participating in more than one art-form keeps me open to all kinds of inspiration. I attended the first Art at the Beach and was excited to get back for more inspiration. And, boy howdy was I inspired! 

For this third Art at the Beach retreat, we began the weekend with a swag bag that included fabulous supplies from Liquitex, Roben-Marie Smith, and Happily We Go.
As well DecoArt contributed several containers of their mediums including crackle paste, gesso (white and black), and matte medium and some stencils for us to share. 

I made sure to take the opportunity to use many of these supplies while at the retreat. 
This spread included Happily We Go's watercolors and the DecoArt Crackle Paste. I also used a stamp from Cat Kerr and some of my own hand-carved stamps. 

One of the Roben-Marie Art Pops cards was used in the above page. Also included is a photo from Tim Holtz and a rub-on from 7Gypsies

Here are a few more of my completed pages - these are just my favorites as I was able to complete more than I would have predicted and don't want to bore you with picture after picture of my pages.



We also worked on several collaborative pieces in which we created in each other's journals. 
This was the first one in my journal. We were each given a minute to add background elements to the pages before passing the journal to the left. When your journal got back to you, you could add the focal. Fun right?

For the second collaboration, we were each given two minutes and the last person had five minutes to add a focal. 

This last collaboration was optional. If you were stuck on a page or had one in the works, you could pass it off to anyone in the group for them to work on it then they could pass it to someone else from there. Mine went to Tiffany of Southern Gals Designs (on Instagram) and then Michelle (Mickelnay on Instagram) to finish it.

I hold all these pages dear since my arty sisters each had a hand in their creation. 

As the hostess, Tiffany had us learn something new: eco-dying!
Unfortunately, I missed some of the information on how to do it. But, basically, we wrapped paper and fabric around leaves, flowers, and rusty bits - tying some of it tightly together with twine to secure it. Then it was placed in a large pot with water and a little vinegar. A large can of rocks was placed on top to weigh it all down. And, we let it boil for over an hour. Once done, we placed it on towels outside to dry before opening and revealing the cool marks on the papers and fabrics. Each of the organic materials left different-colored marks. I definitely recommend that do your own research to find out what works and what might be toxic. I know this procedure smelled pretty awful and impacted some of the ladies in different ways. 

While the house was near the beach, we only made one trip down to the water.

And, we took some pictures.

I had a total blast with this tribe of amazing women. We found inspiration and fostered friendships.
And, we made a lot of art!

If you're interested in seeing more from the ladies who arted with me, you can follow each of them on Instagram:
Tiffany (Hostess): southerngals_designs
Amie: amiesea
Lindsey: lrsifers
Michelle: micklenay


I know my soul is now more full than my art journal!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Jewelry Booth Update

I just got home from freshening up the booth at Southern Antiques and Accents.

I removed some items that have been there a while and added new babies, like these BRAND NEW brooches I made for #The100DayProject. 


As well, there's a ton of new earrings.

Plus, I even added new bracelets!

Oh, and definitely keep your eye out because reclaimed tin jewelry is finally hitting the shelves!

There's definitely more to come later, but I did make sure I added some new pieces since the big event is tomorrow. 
Yes, it's  LADIES' NIGHT!

As always, there'll be sales throughout the shop, food, and fun!

Oh, and I've had a few people tell me that they've had a hard time locating my booth. You can find it right behind the checkout counter.
When you come in the door and walk up the ramp, you shouldn't be able to miss it. I'll admit though, the store is stocked will all kinds of treasures, so it's easy to get distracted!

Make sure you come around behind the cash register to see all the gems I've got there.

Southern Antiques and Accents is located at 254 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL.
If you can't make it for Ladies' Night this month, they are open seven days a week (yes Sundays too!)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

May Challenges and Inspiration

There are always quite a few challenges, prompts, and inspiration throughout the online creative community. However, it's sometimes hard to find them all together. As such, I like to make a list of the ones I've discovered. Most of these run just the course of a month or a few weeks before the reveal. However, some are longer. Here are the ones I've found for the month of May. 


  • The 100 Day project is still in full swing. Depending on your drive, you might have time to catch up!
  • Earrings Everyday has issued their monthly We're All Ears Challenge for May. This month, the theme deals with movement and momentum. The reveal is May 18th. 
  • Each month, Sarajo of SJ Designs Jewelry shares the inspiration that her husband sets for her and welcomes other designers to play along. She calls it the Honey Do List. The reveal date is May 21st, but she usually leaves the link tool open until the next reveal date.
  • Art Elements' May Theme is Tide Pools. While the blog was initially focused on jewelry-making, they have opened the themes and posts to include other art mediums - giving all artists the opportunity to participate. Make sure to read the requirements at the bottom of their post. Their blog hop reveal is set for May 31st. 
  • The Artisans Create Together Facebook Group has monthly themes as well. This month it is Happy Dance, and the inspiration photo includes a variety of bright, colorful, boho elements. You have to be a member of the group to participate and are welcome to reveal anytime throughout the month. 
  • Open through the whole month also is the May Monthly Challenge at Art Bead Scene. The main requirement of this challenge is that you use or make an art bead that corresponds with the artwork featured for the month. 
I have to admit that I don't participate in all of these challenges each month. And, some months I can't even seem to get around to any of them at all. But, it's always nice to know that the inspiration is right there waiting for me.

These are just the challenges and inspirations I've been able to find at the moment. I'm positive there are tons more out there. If you are aware of any others (bead or art or whatever), please let me know so I can add it to my list. 
Now, go be creative!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Peek at my Week - April 29-May 5

As I mentioned last week, I've decided to try to focus on one medium each week for #The100DayProject as part of my own #Altering100 project in which I alter something for 100 days. This week I chose to alter erasers into stamps.
I picked up an array of stamps from the Dollar Tree and Dollar Store and made sure to carve at least one new design each day. I was inspired by many different things. On day 30, it was the upholstery at Panera Bread. My bedspread at the beach house (see below) inspired Day 32. And, on Day 33, I asked the hostess of the art retreat to draw me a few designs. She's so awesome!

Now, as far as the rest of the week. It was another blur of a week. 
On Sunday, I realized I hadn't checked the mail. I was happy to discover these AMAZING earrings from Sarah Shoot in the box. I love them so much! You should definitely check out her shop. 

I continued my face-drawing obsession through Sunday and Monday. My favorite tool so far seems to be an array of basic colored pencils. 

But seriously, I drew faces...

and drew more faces...
And, there were more. But, you get the idea.

Pat left out of town on Sunday afternoon, and I always take the opportunity to make something he might not eat for myself while he's gone. 
This time around, I played around with cauliflower. I made a cheese sauce like I would for mac-n-cheese, adding bacon, peas, and caramelized onions; mixed in lightly cooked cauliflower; topped with panko breadcrumbs and parmesan; and baked for 20 minutes. It was delicious. I didn't miss the pasta at all. I think he might actually eat this.

Wednesday was Pat's birthday, but he was out of town. We still wanted to make it special. 
You have no idea how long it took for me to get that picture. 

I had a surprise of my own.
There are beans in the garden!!

And, I discovered this armadillo-made tunnel out of pine straw in the yard. Cute, right!?

On Thursday afternoon, before Pat even got home, I headed South a few miles for Art at The Beach 2018, hosted by Tiffany of Southern Gals Designs on YouTube and Instagram. It was so great to get to spend some time with like-minded creative ladies. There was a whole lot of art-making

Loads of fellowship
And, the beauty of the beach

I'll share a whole post about it later.
I have to admit that I'm still exhausted from all the fun but trying to get back into the swing of things.  This is a start at least. 

How was your week?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Shop CraftyHope Etsy

I'm headed off for the third Art Art the Beach extended weekend hosted by Tiffany of Southern Gals Designs on YouTube and Instagram. I've made the decision to keep the CraftyHope Etsy Shop open during this time, but have posted a shop announcement that nothing will ship until May 8th at the earliest rather than place the shop on vacation mode. This gives y'all the opportunity to browse the shop while I'm away and see more detail on beauties like these.

Teardrop Clay and Filigree Earrings
Leather Bullet Tassel Necklace
Rusty Filigree and Rosary Bead Earrings

Green Fringe Bracelet

Brass Key with Green Beads Necklace
Bone and Arrow Earrings

My posting may be sporadic here for the next few days, but I do plan to share some of the art fun on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. So, please make sure you're following me there as well. 

And, if you have any questions about the jewelry in the Etsy Shop, please don't hesitate to let me know. I'll get back to you as soon as I can!