Well I'm in my 60's now, my children are adults and I've spent a wee bit of time doing crafts in my retirement. But just recently I received an order from Crafter's Companion which contained my Paint Fusion kit by Sheena Douglass and it totally changed me. I was totally enamored by the first paint brush I picked up and the paint I loaded onto the brush. It was a warm comfie feeling, great memories of home came flooding back. A huge package of supplies were all provided, a wonderful practice sheet to use over and over til I get it right (for me), and just fun packaged JUST FOR ME!
Each month my desk receives a new 6x6 calendar - all handmade and full of fun. That calendar inspires me daily! So I began by gathering my supplies.
I learned of a better and more economical way to crackle a background than I've ever done. Wow! And on chipboard - yet another way to use and love chipboard - so many ways to use it! I did the crackle background with the simple instructions provided me on the Sheena Douglass Paint Fusion DVD - first a wash of paint and let it dry, then a wash of PVA glue and partially let it dry and then one more final coat of a coordinating paint and warm it with the heat gun. Wallah! Then I decided to do my favorite flowers - the daisies - and yes step by step instructions were provided on that DVD again.
I really appreciate the fact that the acrylic paints are eco-friendly and all the accessories were chosen by her personally to coordinate with the stamps, which she also created.
Meanwhile I set up the cardstock backdrop of the 6x6 with various papers from the Fairyopolis 12x12 packet, added a darling doily (visit your wedding aisle for them) and a yo yo flower button. Even the yo-yo flower represents my childhood - as Mom taught me how to make them. Back then we used them for hats for our small dolls! This particular one came from my best bud Teresa - and you need to visit her blog as well - go to: T's Scrappin' Spot!
The small vintage colored calendar can be printed out from the net, tie up a few buttons and adhere and do a double mount of cardstock for the last background.
|Here's a photo of my May desk calendar.|