Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Reverse Canvas Project

Today I'm sharing a project that was made with a regular 12" x 12" art canvas . . . except . . . the wood to which the canvas was attached ended up framing the canvas.  Say what???  On my Facebook page, I have shared a slideshow/video showing exactly how this was done.  Check it out HERE

Monday, April 30, 2018

Summer-themed chalk transfers coming tomorrow!!!

You read that right . . . TWENTY-FIVE (25) brand new designs, and all of them celebrate SUMMER!!!  Be sure to visit my web site tomorrow to see them all!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ramsour presents . . . Star Spangled Banner chalkboard

I've had the "Star Spangled Banner" Chalk Transfer since last summer, and today was the first time that I've applied Chalkology Paste to it.  What took me so long?!?!  I'll admit that I was a wee bit intimidated to use multiple colors, afraid that some of the chalk paste would dry before I was finished, but the process went smoothly and easily.  When I took the chalkboard outside for a little photo shoot, Ramsour demanded we also play ball but then he sat very handsomely.  

How about one more sweet Ramsour pose?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

For the kitchen

How cute is this little bottle cap-shaped chalkboard for the kitchen?  I think it also resembles an old pie pan, and I love the fact that the design can be washed off so the surface can be decorated again and again!  

Another idea . . . I think this bottle cap chalkboard would look fantastic as part of a kitchen-themed wreath.  Can't you just see it tied among cookie cutters, a tea towel, old silverware, mini shredder, etc.?

I love that Chalk Couture products are so versatile and can be used in large or small applications, and the image transfers can be used multiple times.  Being able to make d├ęcor items and change them out as desired has been a lot of fun, but the ability to make some awesome gifts for friends and family is a real plus!  

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Unique Recipe Holder

I recently came across some jumbo wooden clothespins that I acquired when I was on the design team for a craft supply company, and it occurred to me that I could use one of them as a recipe card holder.  For someone with aging eyes, such as myself, an elevated recipe would be a great thing!  I gave one of the clothespins a coat of chalk paint, and then I added some decorative pizzazz by using  Chalk Couture's Shimmer Silver and Coral inks to transfer images from the Roll with It and Mama's Kitchen Chalk Transfers.  

The Coral ink is such a bright, striking color, and the Shimmer Silver is really quite shimmery!  It's hard to capture the shimmer in a photograph, but can you see it?  

The Mama's Kitchen Chalk Transfer isn't available in my online store just yet--it will be available in April.  Both of the transfers that I used for this project are great choices for decorating tea towels with the Couture Inks. 

Did you know . . . Our Couture Ink offers permanent color when heat set and is ideal for fabric, apparel, and other soft surfaces. Read all use and care instructions for fabulous results, and test a small area on your favorite surface before use.  The ink can also be used on metal, coffee cups/mugs, ceramic, glass, mirrors, etc.--anywhere that you want a permanent application for your transferred design.  

Sunday, March 25, 2018

What goes with springtime and Easter?

Tulips and bunnies, of course.  

I had a lot of fun working with the Build a Bunny Chalk Transfer, and I also used text images from Chalk Couture's Love Grows Here transfer.  After the pail of tulips and bunny were in place, they really needed a ground.  Since I wanted to use text, it occurred to me to employ the ombre technique to give the "grows here" a grassy look.  I love the way it turned out!

I think everyone needs to give Chalk Couture products a try!  If you would be interested in a small "try-it" kit, leave a comment.  As well, let me know if you have questions about the awesome products and how to use them.  If you'r3 ready to do some shopping, just click HERE to visit my online store.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Preparing for Spring

"Full Bloom" is such a lovely transfer, and it's quite easy to use.  It looks like this:

It's easy to see that the two largest images are intended to be layered, and there's an easy trick to that.  The image with the most detail (the upper image with the branch/stem) should be the second image that you chalk.  I used Bubble Gum and White Chalkology Paste on the flower images, allowed time for the paste to dry, and then I placed the branch/stem transfer on top of the flowers, lining them up the best that I could.  I used Mocha Chalkology Paste, and you can see in the photo how well the detail shows up.

The second new transfer that I used is "Today is a Good Day".  Isn't that a cute expression?  

Because I can't leave well enough alone, I thought the top left corner needed something, so I chose the feather from "Tribal Feathers" Chalk Transfer.  I randomly placed small "globs" of Bubble Gum and Mocha paste on top of the transfer, and then I just swirled it with my finger and made sure all open areas of the image were covered.  

The framed chalkboard that I used for this project is the 9" x 12" Aiden.  It's a wonderful size, and I can't stress how AWESOME it is that when I'm ready to change the design, all I have to do is spritz the design with water.  Let the water soak on the paste for just a few seconds, and then use a paper towel or damp cloth to just wipe the design away.  

ONE chalkboard to hang in ONE place that you can use OVER and OVER again.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

"Farm House" Pail

A trip to Ikea is always so exciting to me, and this little pail (and the fake plant, too) came home with me last week.  I thought the tin would be a perfect surface for some of Chalk Couture's brand new Couture Ink.  In case you haven't heard of it, it's a permanent ink that can be used on fabric, metal, glass, ceramic, or just about anywhere that you want a design that won't wash away.  As I looked through my [ever growing] collection of Chalk Transfers, I just loved this one element from the "Farm House" transfer.

Paired with black Couture Ink, it turned out to be perfect for my inexpensive pail!  On my Facebook Page, I have shared a video of this project in the making.  There's also a video ("Think Ink") that gives more detailed info about Couture Ink.  Visit my Facebook Page to view the videos.  Be sure to Like and Follow my Page, too.  

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What a fun (wooden) mason jar project!

These three items . . . 

became this:

Over the weekend, I painted the unfinished wooden mason jars with chalk paint and, once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded them to create a smooth surface.  A small amount of wax was applied to the surface where I would use Chalkology Paste, but I wouldn't say that wax is a requirement.  I used images from Chalk Couture's Under the Sea transfer to decorate the jar using Thai Teal, Nantucket, Mint, White, and Evergreen Chalkology Paste.  The top needed something, and didn't the twine finish it nicely?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Topped it off with a bird

As I looked at the chalkboard that I decorated for Valentine's, I kept thinking that it needed a little something.  A bird on the branch!

I had a little goof by his tail feathers but, still . . . it looks complete now, don't you think?  The bird image is one of the transfers that comes with Bless Our Nest.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bye Bye Christmas, Hello Valentine

Today I played with Chalkology Paste to create a Valentine decoration for my home.  My surface is the Aiden chalkboard from Chalk Couture, and I absolutely love that I was able to wash off this Christmas design and re-use the chalkboard:

Aiden Chalkboard decorated for Christmas

Aiden Chalkboard decorated for Valentine's
Notice the ombre technique on the hearts border along the bottom?  I'm a wee bit addicted to that fun technique, which was created by blending the red Chalkology Paste with the white (obvious, huh?).  I have a video of this project HERE.  Be sure to Like, Follow, and Share my Facebook page and the post featuring this project!  :-)

Chalk Couture products featured on the Valentine project include:
Bless Our Nest Chalk Transfer (re-useable)
Cut Apart Hearts Chalk Transfer (re-useable)
Red Chalkology Paste
Bubble Gum Chalkology Paste
Peachy Chalkology Paste
White Chalkology Paste
Mocha Chalkology Paste
Small Squeegee

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ombre Technique + Video

One of Chalk Couture's newest image transfers (You're the Sweetest) has the prettiest cake!  It would be so pretty for bridal, birthday, and baby events.  Of course, it makes for a pretty wall decoration on any given day!  Today I gave that gorgeous image a pretty ombre color (Lilac and Orchid) and placed it on a Mint Green cake stand.  You can see a video of the process to make this project HERE.  Please be sure to Like, Follow, and Share my Facebook Page!

In real life, the cake stand has such a vintage flair all decked out in that soft mint color!  Since my creation isn't for any particular occasion, I thought it would be a perfect "be happy" reminder.  

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

"Mountains are Calling"

I shared this video on my Facebook page and wanted to try posting it here . . . I hope it works!  In the video, I am showing the framed chalkboard that I decorated with Chalk Couture's Mountains are Calling Chalk Transfer and White Chalkology Paste.  

I will eventually learn how to add music to my videos, but at least it's a sped-up quick one to watch.

This is what the Chalk Transfer looks like:

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