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August 12, 2017

Be Authentic

Happy Saturday everyone, I'm up on the blog today with an Art Anthology Design Team post with a cracking technique that I use often..... very fun and very easy. 

I used an old piece of packaging for my tag foundation and applied kraft glassine paper all wrinkled up and adhered down, Then the addition of some pretty Art Anthology Sorbet in Chocolate, ran it across the high points to give it a leather appeal. 
Using my stencil and texture paste provided more texture to the backdrop. The photo was embossed 3 times with UTEE clear and then put in the freezer for a bit and then removed and bent back and forth to provide the wonderful cracks you see above.  

Hot glue was applied around the tag in dots and then painted with my homemade rusting mixture to give the appearance of rivets. Assorted chipboard and wood pieces were then added.
Some addition of feathers and ephemera formed my mat for the photo, and the key was textured also using my rusting mixture. 
It all came together quite nicely and I love the old antique look the cracks provided for my photo. Hope this has inspired you with another technique to use on your project. 
For a step x step process check out my Snapguide tutorial below.... Happy creating !

July 23, 2017

Color My World

Good morning everyone...It's my turn up on Art Anthology's blog today and I'm here to inspire you with a project using some old items laying around my craftroom that were ready for the trash but new creative life was given to them.  I had this paint palette that was ready to be discarded but I just couldn't seem to throw it away...lol I'm sure as crafters you know what I mean.
I used this to rust embellishments and items for my projects, it really wasn't useable for paints at this point, but never was able to let loose of it... lol So I decided to give it new life and a new home as a decorative piece to my craft room. 
The foundation was an old canvas that I had started a project and wasn't happy with it, so there the canvas sat for the last couple years. A few coats of black gesso and splatters of lucious vibrant colors fixed that. The paint palette was also covered with black gesso and then pretty paints were filled in the pots topped with Stickles for glimmer. 

To the frame I adhered packaging materials to provide a shaker box for my title and crayolas from the dollar store and and old paint brush that had seen better days finished off the project. 
And now I have a fun piece to display in my studio to inspire me while creating. Hope you enjoyed this and take a moment to enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below for the step x step process. xoxo Creatively yours Toni

July 14, 2017

Naked Beauty

Hi all our artsy followers, today I’m on the blog with a layout I created featuring an “au natural” photo I took at the beach of the gorgeous colors in the sand as well as pretty textures of shells, pods, feathers and drift wood…. all of natures eye candy.  I adore the beach, the feel of the sand, the smell of the ocean breeze, everywhere you look there is possibility for inspiration. 

I love photographing  mother nature stripped down, in the raw. The textures, the organic feel is truly healthy for my soul.  


I did add some florals as well as moss, shells and different sizes of art stones to enhance, but the foundation was provided by Art Anthology’s Mud Texture Paste run through the pretty Bubbles stencil. As well as splashes here and there of AA’s paints using Sorbet, Velvets and Stone Effects. 
I did add some florals as well as moss, shells and different sizes of art stones to enhance, but the foundation was provided by Art Anthology’s Mud Texture Paste run through the pretty Bubbles stencil. As well as splashes here and there of AA’s paints using Sorbet, Velvets and Stone Effects. (Below are a list of products used. )
Embrace what has been provided to you by the earth’s complexion, photograph it and then get messy with your mixed media products in order to save those memories. 
This piece entered in the following wonderful artsy challenges: 
Frilly and Funky-In The Good Old Summertime. 
Eclectic Ellapu-Seaside or Summer Colours

Below is a snapguide tutorial for you to enjoy and follow my step x step process. 

June 26, 2017

Mini Masterpieces with Toni

Hi everyone, my design team project for Art Anthology is to have some fun today with an easy and inexpensive technique for creating master boards.... shaving cream and inks, sprays or paints.
 Start with this....
  Then add your inks....
 Then swirl it around....
And you get this....
I used my master boards to make some fun ATC's. 
With some addition of modeling paste and stencils for more texture. 
Some textile as well as handmade papers to add interest and more texture. 
Mica powders, seed beads and glitter for sparkle 
Tim Holtz's Vintage Paper Dolls and chit chats for titles. 

Hope you enjoyed this project, take a moment to enjoy the Snapguide tutorial for a step x step process as well as a list of supplies used, and be sure to stop by Art Anthology's blog to see other wonderful inspiration from the design team ..... Happy creating xoxo Toni


June 18, 2017

Te Quiero Mucho Daddy

Hi everyone and a very special "Happy Father's Day" to all those magnificent men out there. I'm up on Art Anthology's blog today with my project that is dedicated to my daddy, of course, and the photo I have of him is when is was about 3 years old. I'm not going to spend my time explaining a lot about my project as at the end of my post there is a Snapguide tutorial for your pleasure to check out my step x step process on the creation, but I really wanted to just share a bit about this amazing man that I call daddy.

My daddy has always been somewhat of a hero to me. As long as I can remember he has held at least 2 jobs at once, sometimes working 3 at the same time. He was always a machinist of some sort, but on the side line he also was a singer/musician... drummer. At the age of 40 he decided to go to school to become a cosmetologist... what ??? Something so completely different then he was used to, Three years of schooling and then got his license he began to start styling hair at night after a long day on his machinist job. Then when he turned about 60 he decided to go to optometry school.... again WHAT ????  Also, still playing the drums and doing hair on his off time. Now at the age of 82 you would think this man would relax, but he is still working, occasionally goes and gives back to the American Vets and cuts there hair for free or spare change, beats on his drums when he can and works cleaning a local laundromat in his community. 

I'm sure that is where I get my working drive that I have, and thank you daddy for that. The one thing he always said to me when I was little is "smile"... it's something that costs absolutely nothing and is priceless to give to another person, (of course when I was little I didn't understand and quite frankly it would get on my nerves ... lol).  As my daddy is getting older it's sometimes very difficult to watch him at times be in pain or cranky and not his vibrant self, but deep beneath all that is  his smile, never changing, always welcoming and warm. 
Daddy I will always be indebted to you. Te quiero mucho daddy. 

I'm entering this project in the following challenges: 
Frilly and Funky - Your my Inspiration ..... that would be my daddy of course
Country View Challenges - Hearts.... my heart belongs to daddy

Mixed Media Monthly - Rustic #28

May 28, 2017


 Happy crafting day to all my friends. I am here to inspire you with some ideas for some quick cards to make. Sometimes you don't have alot of time to spend on creating that custom made card and I'm here to tell you that's possible with just adding a bit of mixed media to your card background. Using plain white card stock allows you to create your own color palette to match your gift bag or present. Art Anthology has provided a really pretty mood board for color and idea inspiration:
These colors are so pretty for the spring and scream happy  happy happy. So I used them for my color choices for cards.  
With the use of stencils, I sponged on some 3D paints from Art Anthology (photo on the right) and the other card was 3D paint mixed with Art Basics Snowflake Paste. 
The image on that card was stamped with black archival ink on water color paper and then colored using Art Anthology's Colorations sprays and I watered them down for a nice pastel effect.  The stamped image is from Oxford Impressions. 
The last card I stamped my title and stars with embossing ink and heat embossed with white on water color paper, then spritzed the page with water and using watered down Colorations Sprays I painted the background. Stamped my cupcake image with  and added Snowflake paste and seed beads for the frosting. Quick easy cards that didn't take alot of time but were fun to make. Hope you were inspired. 
For a full listing of supplies check out my post on Art Anthology's blog 

Wishing you a weekend filled with happiness ..... xoxo Toni


May 7, 2017

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hard to believe it's already May and it's such a pretty time of year. Everywhere you look gardens are bursting with greenery and color so my project today I decided to create something also bursting with color. For my design team project with Art Anthology I wanted to utilize a tutorial I watched quite awhile back from Holly Young on YOUTUBE showing a DIY video on how to make some wonderful flowery fluff simply out of crushed styrofoam.... so thank you Holly.

I started with a 8x10 canvas and used the inside of the canvas to provide dimension to my project. 
The background was first stenciled with texture paste using a brick stencil. 
The chipboard pieces were prepped with gesso and then painted silver and smudged with black soot DI to give it a pewter look. Flat side pearls were added to the gate to provide rivet appearance. 
Reindeer moss was added as the greenery then to make this cute flowers out of the crushed styrofoan and then all the cute little blooms were added to the moss. These blooms were quite easy to make. Don't let them intimidate you. Just put on some cool music and grab yourself something to drink and sit back and create. 
Ideaology pieces were added to the piece for interest, as well as mini art stone here and there for more texture. 
Be inspired by natures art, go outside and take a walk, get some sun, breath some fresh air, then come back inside and get messy with your products. Creatively yours, Toni
Entering this piece in the following challenges: 
Country View Challenge- Flower Power 
Frilly and Funky - Put on your Inking Cap
City Crafter Challenge-You Can Do It #360
Simon Says - The Great Outdoors 
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes 
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes with a Twist-Watercolors

For your pleasure here is a Snapguide tutorial to share my process for this project. 

April 29, 2017

Mechanical Love

Happy Saturday everyone, today I'm up on the blog with some mechanical love my next design team project for Art Anthology. Inspired by the wonderful mood board this month.
My 12 x 12 layout features my father back in the early 60's on his job as a metal pourer. 

This layout has layers of different textured papers as well as rusty elements with the cogs and light fixtures. 

Chipboard pieces were altered with Art Anthology paints mixed with craft sand, heated with heat gun to a bubbly goodness. 

Addition of washi tape as well as muslin for the matting under the photo creates a more masculine look. 
Grab yourself some of your old photos and create beautiful layouts adding layers and textures. For your pleasure please enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below and also drop by Art Anthology blog for some unbelievable inspiration and techniques for using our products. 
Entering in the following inspirational challenges: 
Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk-Anything Goes, Steampunk / Industrial
Eclectic Ellapu- Vintage or Shabby Chic


April 9, 2017

Creating Rusty Effects.

We have a beautiful mood board to provide the creative inspiration this month at Art Anthology, The deep rich tones of patina'd items with the wonderful textures of rust opens a plethora of ideas for creativity.
My design team project for Art Anthology is an egg crate that I found in the trash and decided to alter it for an Easter project. The thing that really captured me with this egg crate is all texture on the material the crate was made from. 
I primed the surface first with gesso and then began to transform this item into a pretty spring piece. 
Filled with textures the once egg crate became a Easter decor piece.
The cross was created from air dry clay and then altered with crackle paste then painted with Art Anthology's paints for the antique effect. 
With the use of floral fillers and assorted flowers, the piece came together right in time for the Easter season. 
For a step x step tutorial on my process with this piece, please feel free to check out my Snapguide tutorial below. Also for a full list of Art Anthology products used and much more inspiration from our design team using our mood board, please jump over to our blog HERE.

I will be entering this piece in the following wonderful challenges: 
Crafting By Design - Anything Goes 
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge-Whats' Your Superpower.... My Faith 
Try It On Tuesday - Botanical
Rhedds Creative Spirit-Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes 



March 29, 2017

Altered Antique Photo Album - Part 1

Hi everyone, it's my turn today up on Art Anthology's blog with a new design team project. I recently purchased this very old photo album at an antique store and had just the project in mind. I was able to photocopy some very old pictures that my mother had of relatives I have never actually met. They were from long long ago and I have always treasured the photos but had not done anything with them, so I knew this photo album would be a perfect place to preserve these memories.

The album was in pretty bad shape but I loved how sturdy it was and held together with metal fasteners.  I recently enrolled with the infamous Finnabair with her on line class "Art Transformations" and thought I would give it a go on this album cover. I'm not going to go in detail with my entire process, for that you will just have to sign up for the class HERE, Believe me you won't regret it, the class is filled with wonderful creative inspiration and insight from the precious Finnabair. 

What fun this was to give an old broken down album some new life. The inside pages are thin and discolored (yessss I loved that) but that post will be the next one when I fill the pages with my special photos. 
For now I am loving the way this turned out and I hope this inspired you to make someone elses junk your treasure. 
For now wishing you  wonderfully inspirational week, treat yourself to some fun antique stores that allow your imagination to go wild. And if your looking for some inspiration, don't hesitate to drop by Art Anthology's blog to see what the other designers are up to. Creatively yours, Toni

Grab yourself a cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below




art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.