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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




March 12, 2017

Collect Beautiful Moments by Toni




Hi everyone, it's time for a new design team project for Art Anthology and it's springtime here in the U.S. so I decided to create a butterfly canvas with pretty cool colors. I recently purchased some Finnabair Sculpture Medium and created the wings using cheesecloth molded into shapes of wings. 

The Art Anthology products took very well to the textures. I also purchased some Prima Art Decor Moulds and created my own embellishments to enhance the canvas. 


There are lots of different techniques and products used on this piece and it provided for some wonderful messy fun !


Wishing you a creative month and hope you "Collect Beautiful Moments" along the way. 
For more gorgeous inspiration on how to use Art Anthology's products check out our blog HERE.



March 2, 2017

Learn, Love and Create

Oh my goodness I am so very excited to be taking this class hosted by the fabulous Finnabair. For all my mixed media, scrapbooking, art enthusiast friends, you might want to check this out.  Come on and let's get messy together. The class went live on 3/1/2017 and I can't wait to get started on my project this weekend !!! For class registration go here for Art Transformation 



February 25, 2017

50 Shades of Greige

Hi everyone, I'm up on Art Anthology's blog today with a new design team creation. There is a new color trending right now on Instagram and Pinterest and it's called "GREIGE" and it is all the rage. It's a calming organic color mixed between grays and beige tones, and it's gorgeous.
My photo features my brother and the colors of the photo provided inspiration for different shades of greige. 
The use of texture provided the paints and sprays to cause shadows and highlights which is exactly what greige is all about. 
The background began with a collage of sheet music cut in strips and then texture paste added. The chipboard pieces were embossed with Distressed embossing powder that provides a gritty wonderfulness. 
The use of recycled items in your art is always fun, so I've added some old guitar strings as well as cardboard box pieces to add interest to my canvas. 
And there you have it, 50 Shades of Greige, hope this has inspired you to become a crafty chemist with your colors, mixing together different hues to create possibly that next trending color out there. Happy crafting and for more inspiration check out Art Anthology's blog to see what the other magnificent designers are creating. xoxo Toni

For your pleasure I have provided a Snapguide tutorial of my process for this piece. 



February 18, 2017

XOXO from Toni

Happy love month... it's February and everywhere hearts and flowers are popping out. I'm up on Art Anthology's Design Team today and decided to devote my creation to my love of steampunk.

Using a couple of clearanced wooden letters from my local craft store allowed me to go crazy with all my products from Art Anthology. 
Loaded with wonderful unexpected objects and textures provided my imagination to be unleashed. 
Many of the embellies were handmade from paper clay, such as heart, wings, knobs and clock. The textures were achieved using my glue gun, seed beads, floral rocks, cheese cloth and crafting sand. 

Gears were diecut from grungeboard and then loaded down with sand, paint, and inks. The rivets were created using my glue gun and then topped with beautiful metal effects silver paint by Art Anthology. 
Stenciled textured paste, seed beads and more hot glue art provided more interest and texture to my piece. 
And well, the aged patina'd effect that I was able to achieve with the use of Art Anthology's Dimensional paints was wonderful. I hope you have been inspired to use the abnormal, unusual to provide a bit more interest to your projects. Wishing you hearts and flowers this month of love. xoxo Toni
I am entering this piece in the following wonderful challenges: 
SanDee & Amelies Steampunk Challenge - New Stash Forgotten Stash 
Mixed Media World -Anything Mixed Media Goes 
We Love To Create - Antything Mixed Media Goes 
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes 
SanDee & Amelie Steampunk - New Stash/Forgotten Stash (Letters are new, metal embellies, clay embellies forgotten stash 
For your pleasure I have created a Snapguide tutorial below for you to follow along on my journey with this project. 


January 29, 2017

Love Always

Happy Sonday to everyone, I'm up on the design team blog today for Art Anthology with an altered frame I purchased at my local dollar store.
Don't you just love the dollar stores, lots of wonderful items you can take and customize to your own likeing. And if you don't like them you haven't really invested a whole lot of money in the product so no worries. I've had this photo of my daughter for quite awhile and means Valentines Day is coming up thought this would be a fun project to work on. 
Lots of textures using crackle medium and paste, along with cheesecloth and chipboard pieces that were grunged up a bit. The flowers were altered with different shades of pinks and reds and highlighted with gold metallic paint. For a full list of Art Anthology products used, please visit the blog HERE. 

The key was created with a mold I made using Amazing Mold Putty, you can view a Snapguide tutorial HERE that I created to check out the process. I of course added more texture paste to the key and different shades of paint to provide that old vintage look, then finished it off with wrapping some gold wire around it. 
And to add a bit of bling I alcohol inked some crystal rhinestones to add here and there to the frame. I hope this has inspired you to get creative with your mediums, have fun and enjoy the journey.
Love Always, Toni

For your pleasure I have provided you with a Snapguide tutorial to view the process of my creation. 

January 22, 2017

Happy 2017 !

Hi everyone, it's my turn up on the blog for Art Anthology and I'm here to share with you an art journal page I created. Now I don't do New Years resolutions because I can't ever keep them, so I always try to choose a word that will motivate me to be a better "me" for that year. This year I chose "CONFIDENCE", I tend to be a perfectionist and that sometimes allow my failures to hinder my dreams. So I'm focused on trusting my abilities knowing full well that I'm a work in progress and only through trials and errors do we grow and excel in all aspects of a human being.
Using some yummy texture with modeling paste provided my foundation. I decided to go with a cool color palette and created my main focal butterfly as a 3D layered piece. 
With the use of acrylic sheets I stamped my floral images and adhered with Glossy accents to the page. 
To add more bling I used Metal Effects paint in Gold along with German Glass Glitters in coordinating colors through the page. For a full list of Art Anthology products used please visit Art Anthology's blog here. 
Wishing you a year filled with "Confidence", try something new, think out of your box to expand your horizons, and above all, embrace your imperfections. For your pleasure sit back and enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below. xoxo Toni 

December 18, 2016

That's A Wrap

Merry Christmas everyone, I'm up on the blog today for Art Anthology Design Team to inspire you with some mixed media gift tags.
My Christmas color theme I chose this year is hues of aquas, teals, chocolate and golds, therefore all my packages nestled under the tree are in coordinating colors. 

I first began by using Sizzix tag diecut to create my tags and then began layering wonderful Mud texture paste with gorgeous Art Anthology's Colorations Sprays.  Below is  a Snapguide tutorial for step x step process and a full list of supplies I used. 
The chipboard pieces I used are a combination of Dusty Attic and Blue Fern and they were embossed with assorted Lindys embossing powders in golds, patina's, and champagne colors. Enhanced with a bit of Stickles for a added bit of bling here and there. 
When making these tags this gives you the opportunity to use up those small bits of paper you have for layering effect on your tags. I paid special attention not to make these tags too chunky as these were going to the packages. 
The tags added a little bit of creativity to each package and I have to admit they look so pretty. Give this a try and send off a little piece of art with each gift given this Christmas season. Hope this has inspired you and wishing you nothing but sparkle and magic this Christmas holiday. xoxo Toni

Enjoy the following Snapguide Tutorial for detailed process for the tags. 

This project is entered into the following creative challenge: 
Mixed Media World - Winter Wonderland

November 28, 2016

It's Beginning to Smell Alot Like Christmas.... Salt Dough Cookie Ornaments

It's my turn today for Art Anthology's Design Team project and I've been baking up some magic in the kitchen. 
It's that time of year when eveything is glistening, Christmas music is playing, and the smel of cookies fills your home. Today I have a fun and easy project that the chidren can particiate in preparation for the holidays. We are going to make salt dough Christmas cookie ornaments and decorate them using Art Anthology's Minx Shimmering Inks and Dimensional paints. 


My Christmas tree in my kitchen is decorated with all things from the kitchen, os I knew these ornaments would be perfect for the tree. Super easy, last for a ife time and you won't gain any extra holiday weight from them... (lol... their not edible). 


Using very simple ingredients that we all have in our kitchen and with help from some glitter and glam and gorgeous products from Art Anthology, these ornaments turn out really cute. 


Hope this has provided some inspiration for a new idea for Christmas ornaments, stop by Art Anthology's blog for more wonderful ideas and ways to use their products. 

Enjoy the short YouTube video displaying more of the cookies and be sure to check out my Snapguide tutorial below for a step x step process.  Warm wishes xoxo Toni





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.