A little love for my sister....:)

A little love for my sister

My sister has been really sweet to me of late...leaving sweet (chocolate) and salty (chips) treats on my desk. So I decided to return the favour in a less fattening way...with her fave toiletries from L'occitane. Of course, they needed to be prettied up in a decorated brown paper bag. *winks*

Nothing like diving into my scrap pile for the right pieces! Since I wanted to send a little love, I thought the "love" printed fabric would be appropriate. Then, I found a fun speech bubble and some fussy-cut cute elements (deer, mushroom and tree). I also added some twine and a button. To finish, I used a Maya Road "Question Mark" clip to add a little mystery as to the contents of the package. ;)

It was a fun and quick project to make...and I'm sure my sister will recycle the bag to send a little love to someone else. :)

Happy week ahead friends!


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Another 9 ways to give a new lease of life to household items

Last year, I wrote 2 "Tips" posts for giving a new lease of life to household items. It's time for a new edition! Here are another 9 ways to give a new lease of life to household items. :)

Inspired by a piece of wrapping tissue
1. Use pretty wrapping tissue and broken/tacky accessories on a mixed media canvas.

Upcycled perfume bottle
2. Turn an old perfume bottle into an accessory holder.

Come join me for afternoon tea

3. Decorate a clear marker box and create a one-of-a-kind invitation.

An altered bottle
4. Turn an old juice bottle into a statement pen/brush holder.

Your weekend project: cupcake trinket pin holder
5. Use an old sponge as a base to make a sweet cupcake trinket pin holder.

Beer can turned mug for paintbrushes
6. Turn a sturdy beer can into an altered mug to store paintbrushes.

Fabric tag
7. Use denim and lace fabric from used clothes to make a tag.

The one where the princess refused to smile
8. Use a decorative box cover diecut as a mat for your photo.

A shabby chic magnet
9. Turn a small wood packaging frame into a shabby chic magnet.

There you have it....another 9 ways to give a new lease of life to household items. Which one is your fave? 


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The cost of messing around...with a finished project *winks*


The other day, I picked up this "open" wood sign from my local Daiso store and thought I could make it look a lot prettier with some Maya Road embellishments. :)

I chose some Maya Road embellishments, fiddled with the placement of them a little and then proceeded to adhere them all down with a hot glue gun. All done in 10 minutes.Whoa! I was happy.

Of course, days later, when I was about to photograph my project, it just looked way too plain. Like it needed MORE

I spied some lace that I just cut out from an old bra [I did an Amazon bra spree recently and had to purge the same number of brassieres I purchased to avoid massive overload in the undergarment drawer...come on, you understand right? *LOL*] and thought I should add that for a little more visual interest.

It might not have been such a great idea since it took ages to glue it all down and then trim along the letters. So a 10-minute project took over an hour! That's the cost of messing around with a finished project. Now, I think the lace is a little too much texture!  *LOL*

This project was created for Maya Road and first appeared on the Maya Road Design Team blog.


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Guess whose birthday it was....


A couple of Sundays ago, we paid a surprise visit to my brother's with a birthday cheesecake for a member of the Gangster Gang. Can you guess whose birthday it was? 

Could it be niece S's birthday? Or nephew #1's birthday? *winks*

Yeah, the shy birthday boy did not want to pose for fact the rest of the Gangster Gang were far more excited about blowing out the candles and cutting the cake than he was! *LOL*

It was the first time I made a topping for a cake so I was crossing my fingers that my mango gelatin layer stayed intact since I made up my own recipe [less sugar, fewer calories]. On hindsight, I should have gone with a no-bake cheesecake. Oh well, the verdict from The Gangster Gang was that it was "super delicious". :)

Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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The paper towel card...*winks*


So the other day, after a mixed media session, I found some lovely patterns on my paper towel and thought to myself, "Such a pity to throw it away...maybe I should try to use it on a card or something..." *winks*

I cut the paper towel to size and used dry adhesive on the card base before gluing the paper towel to the card. The paper towel is a little delicate so you have to be careful when handling it to prevent tearing.

Then I added my fave Maya Road embellishments with a hot glue gun.

The paper towel looks like lovely patterned paper, right?

What do you think?


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The redone canvas


I don't always like my completed artwork. About 99% of the time that is. Really. *winks*
Most of the time, I think it's an okay project...and then I cross my fingers that it photographs better than it looks to me. 

Lace canvas
Anyway, this particular canvas has been bugging me since 2013. It looks okay in the photo but the Silk Acrylic glaze colours started to bleed out after a while and it turned into this yucky purplish magenta hue. And I never really liked the word stickers I added. 

So I decided that I could wince every time I walked past my gallery wall or do something about it. 

I added some fiber paste to create a little more texture to the canvas, then painted it with two coats of white gesso. 

Once the gesso was dry, I added some Liquitex inks and manipulated the colours with a spray bottle filled with water.

Once I was happy with the colours, I finished off with a pearlescent mist for a subtle all-over sheen.

I like it a lot better now. I think.? *LOL*

Happy week ahead friends!


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Look! I actually used a stamp! *winks*


Sometimes the challenges I come up with for LESSology are really set for "force" myself to use items that I own but have neglected for a really long time. Like my musical notes stamp. Which was buried in a sea of other "oooh I have to have it" stamps. [Can you relate?*LOL*]

I started with a Kikki K box [let's not count how many planners I actually have..*winks*] and a sheet of Fancy Pants patterned paper. I cut the paper  to size and ran it through my Xyron Creative Station before adhering it to my box cover. I did a little subtle stamping at the edges so that they blend in with the patterned paper design.

Then I decorated with my fave Maya Road embellishments at the bottom...

And also at the top. I recycled the plastic birthday token that came with the purchase of a cake.

Happy weekend friends!


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Artist collaboration mixed media canvas


60 artists from all over the world played with the same set of found objects to produce some really cool art in huge artist collaboration called Starting From The Same Place, organized by the amazing Tina Walker. Here is my piece - a 12x12 mixed media canvas. :)

The instructions were to use a little of each supply item that was sent and of course, add on whatever items we wanted to make the piece our own. As a challenge to myself, I did not add any of my own embellishments to the mix. [Yay...go me! *winks*]

I chose to use every single item I was given by collaging everything to a 12x12 canvas...tearing and breaking up bits to create texture on my canvas. We were given a Stencil Girl stencil to use so I applied some Golden fiber paste with it to help unify the piece. Then I went over the collaged canvas with some clear gesso to maintain the original colours of the items.

I used some ink sprays in the hues of the original items and highlighted the raised areas with white gesso. I repeated the process until I got the effect that I wanted.

Of course, since I'm currently obsessed with drawing the eye, I had to paint one with inks. :) It was a little challenging paint on bumpy areas but the folds of the fabric that I painted on kind of helped create a little dimensional effect.

The end piece really combines my love of found objects with my current foray into drawing and painting. :)

The centre of the graphic shows the supplies we were given. Big thanks to sponsors Stencil Girl, Beacons Adhesives and Amazing Casting Products. If you have time, take a look at all the different interpretations of the same supplies by different artists [links below].


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