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.  

The products used to create this project can be found by clicking the following links:

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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Friday, December 15, 2017

Buffalo Plaid/Check Holiday Sacks

I was wrapping some gifts last night and, as I was filling these adorable buffalo check fabric sacks that I found at Walmart, it occurred to me that a little burst of white Chalkology Paste would be a great addition.  Can I just tell you how satisfying it was to spend about 5 minutes decorating these five sacks?  They looked cute to begin with, but now they look exciting!

The images that I used are from two different Chalk Transfers . . . Mistletoe and Ho! Ho! Ho!  I wanted to link to the Mistletoe transfer but, for some reason, it isn't showing up online.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Holiday Gift Bags

I thought these fabric bags (sacks?) were adorable with their drawstring and generous 5" x 7" size, and I liked them even more once I finished decorating them with Chalkology Paste!  The ones in the picture below feature the Build-a-Gingerbread-Man Chalk Transfer.  Cute, huh?

The three bags in the next photo feature the following Chalk Transfers:  Winter Woodland Scene and Wise Men.

I was amazed at how little time it took to decorate these bags!  Seriously . . . it took longer to decide which images and colors to use, and the Chalkology Paste dried super fast on the fabric.  Although I could have added a fabric medium to the paste so the bags could be laundered, I opted to not do that.  I placed some cardboard inside the bags and just used the paste straight out of the jar.  Chalkology Paste takes quickly to fabric, so I would recommend that you decide where to start and then just place paste on the image, spread it as far as it will go, and then add more paste as needed.  You definitely want to be very careful to not get any paste off of the Chalk Transfer because you can't just wash boo-boos off of fabric.  ;-)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chalked ornaments make perfect adornments for gifts

We have a small tree at the mountain house that either needed a nice wrap around the base and/or gifts underneath, so today I wrapped some empty boxes to make it look better.  I found the buffalo plaid gift wrap at Walmart, and I love it! Even if the boxes are empty, a Christmas tree needs packages under it, right?

My apologies for the poor photo lighting.  I look forward to sharing a photo of these beauties after they've been placed under the tree.  That cute lantern that I used on the ornament is from the Outdoors transfer from Chalk Couture, and I'm sorry to say that it has been retired.   The burlap ribbon, Jute Twine, greenery (Boxwood Wreaths), and Green Sprigs are from Stampin' Up! and can be purchased from my web site.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"Vintage Truck" Christmas Chalkboard

Oh, the fun I had today working on this Christmas chalkboard!  Well . . . it was really fun until I had to re-do the truck when my placement of the tree image (in the back of the truck) ended up just a tiny bit too high.  I stood back and looked at it, but I just couldn't look past the fact that it was about 1/16" higher than the railing.  If you've never worked with the awesome "Vintage Truck" Chalk Transfer, then you might not know that the adorable truck is a 3-step process.  The first step was the part with the red paste, then the part with the white paste, and then the tree.  It all ended well, though, and it was worth it to me to re-do it.

I love the images that come with "Vintage Truck" because they cover a variety of seasons/holidays.  For instance, the large framed chalkboard that I used today is the same one that had the "Hocus Pocus" Halloween design that I posted HERE.  As much as it pained me to wash away that design, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't convenient to be able to do so!  I like not having to buy a new chalkboard for every design that I want.  Being able to just spritz a design with water and wipe it away is pretty nice.  Of course, if I loved it enough to keep it around all the time, I could just seal it and then buy a new chalkboard.  It's all about the options, right?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Oh, if only it felt like November!  I love Fall and Winter but, in North Carolina, Summer seems to be the prominent season, much to my dismay!  I had to switch the heat pump back to A/C last night.  Tonight, though, I had the house to myself so I went to Spotify, turned up the volume, and decided to do something chalky.  I picked up one of the boards that I recently stained and chose to work with Chalk Couture's "Baby It's Cold Outside" transfer.  I just love the mittens, although they don't show up all that well on this board.

If you haven't worked with Chalkology Paste and Chalk Transfers yet, then I'm sure that I can't convey just how fast and easy it is to create a decorative sign like this one.  The colors of paste that I used are Orchid, Caribbean, and White.  As I removed that large snowflake transfer (from the mitten on the right), I thought about adding glitter while the paste was still wet.  It turned out beautifully!  When I was sure the paste was dry, I lifted the board and let the excess glitter fall onto a piece of paper so I could return it to the glitter container.  

It's hard to take photographs at night--harder still to capture the shimmer of glitter, so I had to do some tweaking to the photo.  The colors are truer in the first photo.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sampler kits are in the house!

I put together some sampler kits today that include a Chalk Transfer, Chalkology Paste, a squeegee, mini chalkboard (it even comes with an easel), and instructions.  If you'd like to experience the fun that is Chalk Couture, let me know!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Good Tidings

The boards that I painted, stained, and waxed recently were staring at me today, begging to be put to good use and this is what I created:

I'm not exactly sure where this sign will land, but it will definitely have a place with my holiday d├ęcor!  

Chalk Couture products that I used include:

"Good Tidings" Chalk Transfer
Evergreen Chalkology Paste
Red Chalkology Paste
White Chalkology Paste
Small Squeegee

If you'd like to create a Christmas sign for your home, visit my web site!  If you'd like for me to make one for you, leave a comment with your email address or contact me at randari at Hotmail dot com.