First Look

Posted on June 6, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like, Art & Photography with comments

Boy, I've been busy designing lately. A lot of my new designs have been going to my Pingg Gallery, so I wanted to add some to my Etsy shop too. Btw, if you haven't heard of Pingg you need to check it out now. It's a super stylish way to send online invitations, especially if you choose one of my designs! How's that for shameless self-promotion? I don't know if I should be saying this, but when I explain to people what Pingg is I always tell them that it's like Evite but with designs you actually want to send to your friends!

Ok, now here's a look at the newest designs in my Etsy shop. They're all really different from each, so I think there's something for everyone.

Retro Airstream Camper

Classic Peacock

Minimalist Watercolour

Rainbow Confetti

All of the wedding sets in my Etsy shop are printable designs. Printable wedding invites are something that I really believe is going to become very popular. Nowadays, most people have a printer fancy enough to handle these designs. And if you don't, there are roughly 10 million places you can take the file to get it printed on the cheap. There are even online printers now, so you can get it done without leaving your couch. If you're interested in printing your own invites, but you have questions just let me know. I'd be happy to help!

Huesday: Splash of Colour

Posted on June 5, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

This week's Huesday comes from my inspiration folder for the new house. What a great way to add some colour without doing a boring old cliché accent wall. I'm thinking about doing this in my office with a pink or fuscia to define a little reading nook.

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

The View from my Phone: Week 22

Posted on June 3, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Tiring week. Can't write in full sentences. Rest of post will be bullet points.

Top Row:

  • Ended our lease in prep for moving to our new house!
  • Caught Marshall yawing during art time.

Middle Row:

  • Flowers like rain.

Bottom Row:

  • Rewarded myself for answering 10k billion emails.
  • Worked behind the bar at a cabaret today.

Sorry guys. Back to normal tomorrow. Promise.

DIY Wall Art: Sparkly Confetti

Posted on June 1, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

I was so happy with the way this DIY wall art project turned out, I decided I needed to try another variation on it.

This project is super easy to do and so inexpensive. I think I spent under $10 for all the supplies. The canvas is really the most expensive part, but if you look around or aren't too picky about the size you can usually find a good deal.

The supplies you'll need:

  • canvas
  • tissue paper
  • glitter paper
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush (or paint brush)
  • white paint (optional)

The optional prep-step is to paint your canvas with a coat of white arcylic paint first. I had to do that last time I did this project because I felt my canvas was a little grey, but this one was nice and white so I skipped that step. Side note: I've stopped trying to get all the kitties out of my DIY photos. They just love getting involved! Especially Marshall, he was all up my business during this one.

First, cut out a bunch of circles from the tissue paper and glittery paper. You should be able to find glittery paper in any craft supply store in the scrapbooking section. I used a penny and nickel as a template for my circles. If you fold the paper over on itself several times, one cut will give you a bunch of circles.

Next, arrange the confetti on your canvas to get an idea of where you want it to go. I liked how it looked when I concentrated more of the confetti in one corner and had it spread out across the canvas.

Once you're happy with the placement, start gluing them down with the Mod Podge. It works best if you spread some on the canvas first, lay the circle on top of it, then add another layer of Mod Podge on top of that. When all the confetti is glued down, add another quick coat of Mod Podge to even it out.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I even unknowingly matched my nail polish to the design! Guess I had pink dots on the mind this week. This would look great in just about any colours though. I'd love to do dark blue tissue paper with gold glittery paper.

But pink really goes with Barney's fur.

Like I said at the beginning, this was based on a previous art project of mine, so if you like this one be sure to check out DIY Wall Art: Bubbles.

Note: My husband read this post and he wants you to know that we are aware of Barney's "weight issue". He's on a special diet and we try to get him to run around but he's just a big boy. Soon he'll have a whole house to run around in. And Barney would like to point out that this is a very unflattering angle.

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