This Little House

Hello my crafty and creative friends!

I have something a little different to bring to you today! It is the story of a little house, a really little house, for dolls!

For all of my sons kindergarten school year I volunteered in his classroom. I would come in for a whole morning each week and be of any help that I could. While visiting this classroom I fell in love with the teachers doll house. It sat in the center of the room and acted as a wall of sorts between the circle time carpet area and the work tables for learning time.

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Throughout the year I off and on heard bits and pieces about how this house had been a part of the teachers career. She seemed very attached to it but would often call it ‘sad’. I thought the house was quite lovely, but definitely needed some love.

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At the end of the school year, while all the other parents were pondering what gift to give their childrens’ teachers, I decided that I would be able to bring some life to this pretty little house. So I offered to take it home with me for the summer. Once I got it home I ripped out all the carpets, wallpaper and linoleum. I re-glued what needed re-gluing, I sanded what needed sanding and I removed the roof flaps and staircase.

Then I vacuumed, washed and scraped it clean and smooth. I went over the whole house, filling holes and gauges, smoothing scrapes and nicks in the wood.

All I had left were the little houses beautiful bones. I then sat in a chair in my garage and stared at the little house, I pondered and dreamed and planned. For 3 days I tossed ideas around in my head about what I should do with the little house. Should I make it look like a modern home? Should I make it old fashioned? Should I dress it up for the teacher to love? OR should I give it life for a kindergarten classroom?

In the end, the kindergarten classroom idea flourished and I went for a walk through our local HomeDepot store. I was looking for things that had different textures, for color pallets that would appeal to both girls and boys and for flooring that would be modern, and textural. I also wanted each room to be different. I then went walking through the paint aisle to figure out what color we should paint the outside. Luckily I had brought my young daughter with me and she helped me choose between pink, blue and teal. When I got to the flooring aisle I told the support person about my project and she walked with me down the aisle handing me scraps of carpet that I could use for this project. I went home with my paint and donated carpet scraps and started working. I painted the entire house, inside and out with white primer that night. I was so excited!

A week later I began. Starting at the top on the inside and working my way down I slowly created one room at a time. It took me a couple of weeks to finish all the painting and gluing. I had to touch up the paint a few times because because all the edges and trims over lap each other. But slowly, slowly, this cute little house came to life for the children.

IMG_2393The first room is in the attic, I painted the walls a creamy color and then cut 3 strips of carpet to size to create the impression of a fancy wall to wall carpet.

IMG_2394The second room is also in the attic. I had one small piece of red hallways runner and thought it would make the perfect, thick, luxurious feel of a Persian wall to wall carpet. I painted these walls cream as well.

IMG_2395The next room is blue, not for boys, but because blue and bubbles seemed perfect for each other. I used a stencil for the bubbles, but the house paint was a different viscosity than the paints I normally use and my canvas was vertical so my round bubbles lacked perfection. But this room made me think of a few things. One, we don’t have to be perfect to be fabulous. Two, blue bubbles are beautiful! And three, circles are part of kindergarten learning.

IMG_2396The fourth room is all about being simple. I painted it with left over purple interior house paint and then covered it with star filled tissue paper as wall paper. This room was a little difficult to do though because I realized too late that the star paper was actually patterned and I had to kind of fake it around the window…oops.

IMG_2397Room number 5 is a tribute to my daughter and all little children who love bright colors and lots of flowers. I painted it buttercup yellow with left over interior house paint from my bathroom reno last year. Then I grabbed some floral tissue paper from the dollar store and ripped it all up. I then covered every inch of the room with flower paper and acrylic matte gel.

IMG_2398Room number 6 is a tribute to my son and all little children who love black, silver and geometric shapes. The tile is this fabulously gel textured, peel and stick, kitchen tile. It is shiny and smooth and fabulous, or at least I think so! The flooring for this room and the one before is a left over strip of linoleum from my bathroom reno last year.

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The last thing I did was paint the roof. I found this fabulous charcoal colored chalkboard paint at the craft store and went to work painting the “shingles” of the house. I loved the look of it but realized, once it was out in the sun, that it would need at least 1-2 more layers of the paint to cover the white primer under neath.

IMG_2399 IMG_2392Once I was finished I got very nervous. Would the teacher like it? Would the children like it? Would the carpet stay stuck down? Would it fit into the classroom?

So I showed it to my children and for the rest of summer they begged me to let them play with it. When the teacher came to pick it up, she was very happy and appreciative.

I really enjoyed this project and hope you did too! Breathing life into this little house for the children made me very happy.

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to subscribe and come visit again!

-Lizzie

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Scrap Kit Saturday – Card & ATCs

Hello again my creative friends!

Today I am showing you the card and ATC’s that I made using Scrapbooking Fanatics August 2015 Scrap Fan Kit.

I posted an introduction video of the kit to my YouTube channel back on August 1st and then made a scrapbooking layout with it the following week. Here are the videos if you missed them!

Next week I will be doing some altered art with this kit, so keep your eyes peeled!

August Card and ATC

I made this project with the August 2015 kit, as well as components from the May 2015 and July 2015 kits for a bit of variety.

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If you are interested in joining this kit club, please visit Sandy over at Scrapbooking Fanatics and send her a message.

Thank-you for visiting, and don’t forget that you can subscribe below to the blog posts that catch your interest and never miss a thing!

-Lizzie

 

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Creative Arts Collaboration #pawgustart #artjournal

Hello, hello all you crafty and creative people! Thank-you for stopping in!

This month I am taking the opportunity to join a cause! This cause is dear to my heart and speaks loudly to my future in the arts. What is the Creative Arts Collaboration? It is a group of YouTube content providers who were all gathered together by Cinnamon Cooney into a Facebook group. She has provided us with a place to share information and lessons learned and to band together once a month to create similarly themed content and to all use the same # so that the work is able to be found. So far, Cinnamon has gathered together around 300 YouTube contributing artists! I find this amazing, I find this exciting, and I hope you will too!

This month is August and the theme for our August art collaboration is “animals” therefore the # will be #pawgustart. There are also 11 other sub categories that you could # at the same time so that your search would only bring up that genre of art videos. This month I have chosen #artjournal to add to mine. I may add a different one next month, depending on what kind of art I choose to create!

So grab a beverage of choice, sit back, relax, and get out there to see what this creative YouTube venture can offer you!

#pawgustart

-Lizzie

 

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Fast Frames Friday – Floppy Flowers

Hello again my creative and crafty friends!

Today I am bringing you a very short video about how I make my floppy flowers.

What are floppy flowers?

Cute little textural flowers made out of string and glue dots.

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The reason I am bringing these little flowers to your attention is because I was asked to in a comment on one of my youtube videos!

I am going to give you the supplies list here and you can follow along with the video and make your very own.

In the video I mention that I use these flowers in the base layer of some of my mixed media projects. I like the added pops of color, their versatility and the added texture.

 

 

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To follow along, you will need:

2-3 Glue dots

1 of these, bakers twine, cording, yarn, string, ribbon

Rangers liquid pearls or glitter glue

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this Fast Frames Friday!

-Lizzie

 

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Homework Trays #KSDT2015

Spark Some Kreativity Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak

Hello my creative friends!

It is that time again!

I get to show you my August KraaftShaak.com design team project! This month our theme is all about “Back To School”. For me, this topic made my mind nearly explode with ideas so I had to narrow down the field a little bit. These are the criteria I chose to use to sort out my ideas:

Does it help the children?

Does it make mornings easier?

Does it solve any of the problems we had last year?

Yes, yes and yes! This project met all of my criteria. I am calling it a “homework tray”. The IDEA is that when the children come into the house after school they will hang their back packs on a hook in the kitchen, remove and empty their lunch kits and place ALL the papers and their agendas into their own tray. Then, at homework time, I can help them sort through and read the papers, finish any homework and sign off on their agendas. Everything that goes back to school will go back to the tray so that in the morning it is easy to grab the pile and put it in their back packs with their lunch kits.

I started this project out with 2 wooden file trays that I picked up at Home Sense, which is a home decor store here in Canada. I then sat down with them and my mixed media kit from the Kraaft Shaak and started to play. Normally I like to decorate in a kind of “over the top” way, but this time I wanted to keep things simple so that they wouldn’t get damaged through regular wear and tear. I even asked my children for their opinions on some things.

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To summarize, I am creating a single place where all the stuff that comes home from school can congregate!

Does it help the children? YES, because when mom and dad say “where is your agenda?” we wont hear “I don’t know”

Does it make mornings easier? YES, because everything will be in one easy to find place!

Does it solve any of the problems we had last year? YES, because there were many mornings where we were scrambling for things like library books, permissions slips, agendas and homework. The “I don’t know” monster had emptied the backpacks into the gaping hole (a.k.a front door) and everything had vanished into thin air!

So, while I do not look forward to the bumpy road of establishing the routine of “how to empty your back pack after school” I do look forward to a little bit less stress!

If you would like to watch the process video for these trays, you can find it here:

Lizzie’s Workshop Homework Tray Tutorial

Click here to pick up your very own KraaftShaak.com Mixed Media Kit

And visit here: Kraaft Shaak Blog to see what our round two team has been up to!

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment so I know you were here, and don’t forget to subscribe down below so that you never miss a post!

-Lizzie

 

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The Garden View! #KSDT2015

Spark Some Kreativity Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak

Welcome to the garden view!

As soon as I opened up my brand new Mixed Media Kit from the KraaftShaak.com Store I knew that I would love creating with it! I dug through to the bottom to discover that my altered item was in fact a beautiful wooden double “door” frame for a 4×6 picture.

I was instantly reminded of a picture of myself from many years ago. I was visiting ghost towns with a cousin while travelling through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We stopped and adventured through one that had only a single wall remaining of a small dwelling. In this wall the bricks were stacked and mortared with this little wooden window casing that opened up to the outside. My cousin and I took turns taking pictures of each other through that window because it was just such a perfectly framed image.

I took that inspiration and ran with it, recreating that brick wall, adding some life to it with creeping vines, flowers and metallic objects.

 

 

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This was one of those projects that evolves slowly, over the course of several days. I would add a little bit to it and then set it aside for another day, I would repeat that process until one night I decided to make it FINISHED!

As you can see I just added more and more elements until it just couldn’t take any more!

I wanted to write this big elaborate blog about how much I enjoyed working on this project, but decided instead that the video is significantly more entertaining!

So please stop in a watch my process video for this project here: YouTube Video

Here is a list of products that I used for this project!

I went to my mixed media kit for the following: Wooden double door frame, dictionary pages, Prima Chalkboard paints in golden olive,  cheese cloth, Lindy’s stamp gang shimmery magicals, Finnabair art ingredients glass beads in butter color, metallic findings, Charcoal art sugar by finnabair

I shopped at the Kraaft Shaak for the following: Finnabair Art Extravagance white sand texture paste, Color Bloom Spray in deep teal with vintage metallic finish, 3D gloss gel by Finnabair,

And I pulled this stuff from my stash: Golden Matte Medium, Vintage Stampin’ Up Stains – Mahogany and charcoal, Brick stencil by Crafter’s Workshop, mini mister sprayers by Ranger, Martha Stuart glue pen, grass by Citadel, a maple leaf punch, mini flower punch, wedding confetti green flowers by Brides, Ranger liquid pearls, Primas botanical mix, chipboard and glossy accents by ranger, Prima chalkboard paint in jewel blue.

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Lizzie

 

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Kraaft Shaak Design Team Project for July 18th #KSDT2015

Welcome to my creative blog!

If you have been following me, over the past couple weeks, you will have noticed that I have been talking about nothing but the Kraaft Shaak Design Team and all the things that they are creating on a weekly basis!

This past week we had our good friend Sheri from “Cards and More by Sheri” create a triptych! She added layer upon layer of product to create a very dimensional and colorful 3 paneled piece of art!

If you would like to read all about it then you can pop over there using this link: Cards and More by Sheri

She has even linked a video in at the bottom of her post so that you can get inspired watching her create!

Don’t forget to pop in next week to see what I create for the  Kraaft Shaak Design Team with my Mixed Media Kit

OR, you could always subscribe below and never miss a thing!

-Lizzie

 

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Round 2, Kraaft Shaak Design Team! #KSDT2015

Hello again my creative friends!

Once again I am bringing you something special!

An introduction to the Kraaft Shaak Design Team!

It all started THIS year! In the beginning of 2015, Heather, over at the Kraaft Shaak issued a “Design Team Kall”. I submitted this Design Team Submission and was informed shortly after that, that I had won a position on the second round of the design team. So then all through April, May and June we have been seeing all the wonderful Design Team One Projects

As we head into July though we are bouncing around with excitement about Design Team Two

I am part of this design team and am really excited to be off and running with altered projects from my kit…oh, you haven’t heard of the kit yet? Check out THIS blog for more info! Mixed Media Kit Intro

How does the design team work? Well, I am glad you asked!

So every week on Wednesday our team leader will put forth a little “Spark of Creativity” which is essentially a teaser of what is to come! It will look something like this:  Teaser

And then on the following Saturday, you will get to see the whole project on the creators blog, It will have a title like this: “Spark some Kreativity Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak”. And look a little something like this:  Have Art, Will Travel! your other option is to search on your computer for #KSDT2015

Hope you join us for all our exciting projects from July through September. They will surely inspire you to create something each and every day!

-Lizzie

 

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Kraaft Shaak “Mixed Media Kits” #KSDT2015

Welcome! Fabulous creative people!

Today I am going to tell you all about the creative inspiration kit that Heather Kraafter came up with over at http://kraaftshaak.com/

Here we were a fine group of creatives who all had ideas and stashes of things. So did Heather. So she began to gather more and more stashes of things so that she could bring us this fabulous thing called a “Mixed Media Kit”!

It is a box that you order online from here: https://kraaftshaak.com/product-category/kraaft-shaak-exclusives/kraaft-shaak-kits/

And then it comes straight to your door! Not only do I use this kit for my mixed media projects, but it also keeps finding its way into my scrapbooks, tags, atc’s (artist trading cards), card-making and art journals.

But don’t take my word for it, check out my video to see all the supplies that came in MY kit.

I will be featuring this kit over the next 3 months in many of my projects, so keep checking back or subscribe below to the categories that interest you!

-Lizzie

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