Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bringing the Sunshine

The temperatures have been mild for this time of year where I live, but the sunshine is voluminous.  In honor of the heat and sunshine I started this picture yesterday using some of the stamps I purchased at Hobby Lobby and RubberMoon.  I started out with a face stamp I purchased years ago and have never used.  After this project I realized why I never used it; it is the ugliest stamp EVER. I ended up cutting a circle out of some pretty scrapbooking paper I had and am totally in love with the picture now.

Here is the before and after pictures:



I used my puffy 3-D gel and Sharpie White pens for accents.  I would not recommend the White Sharpie pen, as if you push a little too hard the ink comes out in a big blob and is super hard to clean up.  I used a baby wipe to get most of it off, but it still left a hint of the ink.

-Triangle and Stampstracts stamps from RubberMoon.
-Flowers and grass stamps from Hobby Lobby.
-Acrylic paints
-3-D Gel Pens
-White Sharpie Pen
-Scrapbooking paper

I'm going to be adding a sentiment; I just haven't finalized which stamp I will be using.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Collaged Oriental & Fairy Boxes

So, I ordered coffee "samples" from a company called Intelligent Blends for our Keurig and they came in these really sturdy boxes.  I really like the boxes and decided they needed to be upcycled.  I have a ton of art/craft supplies and, so, I proceeded to start figuring out how to collage each box.  The first one has an Oriental feel and I love it.  I was going to give it as a gift and then decided I wanted to use it to store craft supplies. I am now using it to store the little containers of buttons, sequins, and gems.

Oriental Box

Supplies used:
-One Intelligent Blends sample box
-Various types of Oriental Inspired Rice Paper
-Acrylic Paints
-White pen
-Cherry Blossom, Geisha Girl, and Stampstracts Stamps
-Metallic Seed Beads
-Oriental Face Bead
-Glass Bead
-Macrame Twine

1. Tear paper into various sizes paying attention to color themes.
2. Open box and start collaging paper with Modge Podge to main flap, top of box, back of box, and sides of box.  I chose not to collage the bottom of the box, but that is really preference.
3. Stamp images, paint with acrylic paints, add accents with white pen, cut out each image, and adhere to box with Modge Podge.
4. Paint tops of sides with Acrylic paint or when collaging the side just go up over the top where it's thin.
5. Add sequins and seed beads.
6. Create closure with macrame twine and beads.

Fairy Box

Supplies used:
-One Intelligent Blends sample box
-Various types of Fairy inspired papers
-Acrylic Paints
-Fairy and Butterfly Stamps
-Felt Flowers
-Ribbon Flowers

1. Tear paper into various sizes paying attention to color themes.
2. Open box and start collaging paper with Modge Podge to main flap, top of box, back of box, and sides of box.  I chose not to collage the bottom of the box, but that is really your preference.
3. Stamp images, paint with acrylic paints, cut out each image, and adhere to box with Modge Podge.  For the Fairy and butterflies I used Modge Podge and sprinkled each one with a different glitter.
4. Paint tops of sides with Acrylic paint or when collaging the side just go up over the top where it's thin.
5. Add sequins, felt flowers, ribbon, buttons, ribbon flowers, etc.
6. I cut out the word "FAIRY" from some alphabet paper someone sent me and then rub ink over each letter.

I don't think I'm missing anything, but remember the possibilities are endless.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Life Goes On!

There have been many changes in my life in the past year and I find myself constantly looking back.  I know I should be looking at only today, as I've learned never to look back or forward, that we only have control over today.  I lost my dad last year and think about him a lot. I talk to my mom all the time now and value the relationship we have. I think this has made us closer.  I wish I could move to where she is living to be closer to her, but current circumstances do not permit this.

My youngest daughter is now out of school and will be in 7th grade next year. I can't believe how fast time flies and wish that she could be my baby forever.  I love my kids dearly, but if I'm being honest she is my favorite. She is kind, empathetic, caring, and has an awesome sense of humour.  She is so excited to be going to soccer camp this Summer at OSU for some intense goalie training. I'm hoping it helps to increase her self esteem.

I was laid off in February from a job that I loved and have not been able to find any work. I worked for the third time for an insanely controlling, unorganized, and lying employer out of CA, but quickly quit that job.  I value my time with my family and flexibility is key for me. He wasn't so understanding of that and I found myself working all weekend to keep up with the deadlines that he promised other people. I truly believe we have to be happy with what we are doing and that was not a healthy situation for me mentally.

My middle daughter now has a job and is working 2 days a week. This may not sound like much, but with the disabilities she has, this is an amazing thing.  She just turned 20 and is now learning how life really works and that money doesn't grow on trees. She is also learning the freedom of having a job and money and I think that helps her feel a little more independent.

My husband is working towards an engineer degree, but is taking the Summer off this year; he was in school last Summer. So, I'm hoping we are able to do some memory making and possibly go visit my mom before the hustle and bustle of school again in August.

I have don't any art work in over a year. With the loss of my dad and a close dear friend last year, the losing a job, and the constant bombardment of life; I just haven't had the motivation to do anything.  I really would like to get my mojo back and do something creative. I do miss it dearly.  I'll just have to take one day at a time and trust that God will show me the reason I'm supposed to be here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Loss of My Dad

I haven't been much on blogging since last year and this year my dad passed away 6/25/14.  I was feeling hopeless this weekend and then I went back to a church I attended last year. I am hoping that God has great and good things in store for me.  I was able to spend three weeks with my mom, as we watched my dad pass away.

I miss her dearly and hope that she has the strength to carry on.  I feel people are so impersonal these days and I'd just like to say, as a reminder to myself as well, put down whatever it is you're doing and call a loved one.  You just never know when you might not see them again and after they pass away it is too late to hear their laughter and their voice.

I love and miss you dad; you will be forever in my thoughts and on my mind.

Friday, January 25, 2013

O Christmas Tree!

Messing around with a Christmas present I got like two years ago.  It's the Hallmark Digital Scrapbook USB program.  Enjoy!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Flat Sprial Beadwork with Millefiori Beads

I knew this was going to be tricky, but I didn't realize how tricky.  I made two bracelets last night using my favorite glass beads, which are Millefiori beads.  I love their colors and how beautiful they look when making jewelry pieces.

On the first bracelet I used a Flat Sprial bead stitch, which I had to adapt for the size of the beads.  This bracelet was all about the color red that needed to pop out of the clear Millefiori bead.  Well, I accomplished that, but I did not like going thru two of the beads and will be redoing that bracelet today.

 The second bracelet was using an outstanding green Millefiori bead and this time I went thru only one bead.  It came out so much better than the first one and that is why I decided to redo the first one.

I am now selling on a wonderfully fun and exciting new online shop platform called TheCraftStar.  Unlike the bigger guy "E", it is more personal and the people who operate it have been wonderful.  I am still using the same shop name "Ivonnardona's Creations", so come on by and check us out.

I'm running a Valentine's Sale offering 15% off anything in my shop; just use VALENTINE15 as the coupon code.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tin Can Lid Ornaments

Wondering what to do with those tin can lids after you take them off of the cans?  I wondered the same thing as well and came up with these Christmas ornaments.  I would suggest running out and buying a smooth edge can opener, so you or someone handling the ornaments doesn't get cut.

First, I primed each lid with Gesso, which you can find in any Craft or Art store.  I let this dry and then broke out my acrylic paints.  I chose a paint that would compliment the colors in the die-cuts that I used for the main piece of each ornament.  I gave each lid a good coating and then let that dry over night.

Next, I broke out my Cricut machine and cut some circles out of scrapbook paper that fit just inside each lid.  Since my Cricut only cuts out certain sizes I went ahead and cut out larger circles and then trimmed them until they fit.  I then glued each circle onto the colored side of the lid that it went with and let the dry for about an hour.

Finally, I took the Christmas die-cuts and put clear glue dots around the centers and then centered them on each lid.  Some of the die-cuts were bigger than the circle, but I like that.  I didn't want to cut the edges, but that is your preference.

Here are the finished ornaments:

  Have fun making your own and Happy Holidays!


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