Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Painted Art from a Coloring Sheet... a diy project

Think you can't paint?
Well.... I'm here to prove you wrong

I have a confession....
I'm really not that great at drawing...but I do love to paint {or try to paint}
I have days when I feel really good at it, but mostly.... I am not.

This entire project started as a little thought,
"hmmm.... I wonder if there would be a way to revamp color by numbers?"

And this is what happened...

To get started you will need a few things:

1 8x10 canvas panel {I got a three pack of these at Wal-Mart}
Acrylic craft paints
Paint brushes {various sizes}
A coloring sheet of your choice {google images "printable coloring sheets"}

Getting started is easy, you'll just need to do a little google image search for just the right print you want to paint.

The picture I chose, came from HERE

But... because this bright idea came so late at night, and taking pictures of the process wasn't really an option, I am also using this picture found HERE as well to walk you through the process.

Start by printing your coloring sheet.

Next, choose a background color for your panel. Lighter colors work better for this project

I chose a sunny, light yellow for this one

While the paint is drying, turn your coloring page over and color all over the back of the image with a pencil

After checking to make sure your canvas panel is dry {use a hair dyer if its not yet}
place the color sheet face up on your canvas, and tape it into place
{I trimmed the edges of my paper to fit}

Make sure to mark the corners so that you can find the exact placement again if needed

Now, take your pencil and trace away... press as hard as you can.

Once you have traced the entire picture, pull the paper away to reveal your transfer
{If some areas didn't show up that well, or you forgot to trace anything, use your corner marks to line it up again for more tracing!}

Now you have your drawing and you are ready to paint!

This is the part where you let your creative self take charge... there is no right or wrong, and no two paintings will look alike.

Choose a few of your acrylic paint colors to start... I started with the green stems and leaves

And then I moved on to the flowers, using my transfer as a guide...

My only tip would be to add in white paint to any color you have used to go back in and highlight, it adds some dimension, wouldn't you say??

Just keep working your way around, using your favorite colors... highlighting here and there as you go....
{I was channeling Bob Ross when I typed that...hehehe "happy little trees...."}

And.... a little more....

At this point, I wanted to transfer the "coffee" letters on the can again, so I made sure the picture was all dry and I taped the color sheet on again using my corner marks {see why those things are so important now??}

And it was finished!

So, tell me... do you think you will give this a try?
I would love to see your pictures if you do!
email them to me at:
I'll be so proud and excited I'm sure I'll want to share them on my Facebook page
 {with your permission of course}

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Valentine's Day Mantel....

I know what you are thinking,
"ummm.... it's January, why are you decorating for Valentine's Day???"

Well.... the thing is, I have a hard time with the month of January. It's gray, it's cold, it's mostly just a time I wish I could hibernate and live in my pj's.

I. don't. like. it.

So, to help me battle my "winter blahs" I decorated with lovey dovey things that make me smile.

ahhhhh... that's better :)

Fresh flowers...{ which I plan to buy myself again and again this winter }... mason jars.... chalk art... 
Oh, I think I am in love...

I love this little open frame... I made it last year using the same technique for scrapbook paper transfers as I did the "love lives here" sign....

So, tell me... do you get the winter blues too?? what do you do to help?

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look around! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Duck Dynasty Inspired Toddler T-Shirt

Hey, Jack... have you watched Duck Dynasty??

We laugh, laugh and then laugh some more at these crazy guys every week!

Phil Robertson, the original duck commander, has quickly become my favorite. He loves Jesus, he loves his wife, and he loves seeing everyone... Happy, Happy, Happy!
What more could you want??

I thought it was so cute when Liam tried saying, "happy, happy, happy" while the show was on, that I try to get him to say it all the time now... it's pretty cute {says his momma}

So cute, in fact, that I wanted to make him a tiny t-shirt....

I used the freezer paper method to make it... here's what you will need to make one too:

Freezer paper, fabric paint, exacto knife, sharpie, t-shirt and an iron

Step one: trace your lettering on the freezer paper. I cut the paper to size, lightly taped to my computer screen and traced the letters with the glossy side of the paper down.

Step two: cut out the lettering {very carefully} with an exacto knife, be sure to keep the small pieces that are removed from the centers of letters.

Step three: Iron the stencil onto the t-shirt. A few seconds with a hot iron will do the trick

Step four: Paint in the letters with fabric paint. 
*first* add a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so the paint won't bleed through to the back side of the shirt
I added a small line of paint beside the first row...

You can use an old credit card {or in my case, an old zoo membership card} to swipe the paint across the stencil

Step five: allow paint to dry and remove stencil. It takes only about 10 minutes for the paint to dry if there is only a thin layer. I used tweezers to remove the smaller pieces inside the letters.

and.... let your little guy model it for you.

On the coffee table, of course.......hehehe

Our future duck hunter is looking pretty sharp, and....

Happy. Happy. Happy.

Just the way his momma likes to see him ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to comment with any questions if I didn't answer them all here!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Glitter Tote... Nola's Review and a Giveaway!

My Nola girl felt pretty lucky when she opened a package from CraftProjectIdeas.

We always love a good craft project, but this one was just for her....

She received a Doodle Deco Glitter Tote...and for my girl, nothing could be more perfect ;)
Included in the set, were all the things she would need to decorate her bag in just her style... no help needed from mom 
{she may have been a little too excited about that part...}
there were markers to fill in the bold lines with any color that she wanted, and rhinestones she could use to add a sparkle 

She colored and blinged out her bag... and has been carrying it with her everywhere..... yep, she's pretty proud :)

I love these new crafty creations because they give her a chance to add her own style and personality to each project. And.... to be honest, I think she is pretty happy to have some independence with her craft projects now too.... I suppose that happens, huh? Geez, why do they have to grow up???

While I ponder that question some more, keep reading for your chance to win one of these too!

Doodle Deco is giving one lucky winner a Glitter Tote just like Nola's! 
Here is a little more info about the entire line of Doodle Deco items......

 Doodle Deco™ is a line of activity kits for today’s modern girl. From stylish bags to room décor items, like picture holders, wall décor, clocks and more, there is something for every girl.  The fun and on-trend icons applied to the wide variety of products allow girls to truly make their world a reflection of who they are. Each set includes markers to color in the designs and other fun embellishments! Find Doodle Déco™ items at your local Walmart. Ages 6+. MSRP $9.99- $17.99

To enter for your chance to win, use the rafflecopter below!
Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Easiest {and best} Chicken and Dumplings... ever.

Are you ready for the easiest recipe for Chicken and dumplings ever??

This recipe is from my brother in law's mom, and let me just tell you... it is SO good!

Here's what you will need:

1 cup of diced or shredded, cooked chicken {leftovers from a roasted chicken are great for this}
46oz chicken broth {1 carton and 1 can}
2 cans of small biscuits {10 biscuits per can}
salt and pepper to taste

Add the broth and cooked chicken to a large pot, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. While you are waiting for the broth to come to a boil, cut each of the biscuits into fourths {I cut mine like I would a tiny pizza} Once the broth is at a rolling boil, carefully drop each of the biscuit pieces into the pot. After you have added all of the biscuit pieces, give them one stir to make sure they are separated. Cover the pot and reduce to a simmer for 30-40 minutes.
And.... ta-da! 

Easy, easy and oh so tasty too!