Saturday, June 28, 2014

Happy Hippo Punch Art

After two days of frustration with Photoshop (numerous crashes that it turns out could only be resolve by uninstalling and reinstalling the program) I was finally able to complete the instructions for my first Zoo animal punch art.

So today I have for you my happy hippo.

I created two cards to show how easily these critters can be posed in different positions.
Supplies used:
Card 1 - Father's Day Hippo
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU
Punch: Medium heart - PB
Embossing Folder: Stylish Stripes - Sizzix - SU
Ink: Colorbox
Misc.: foam mounting squares, black Zig marker, White gel pen - SU
Card 2 - Celebrate Hippo
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Express Yourself - SU
Punch: Lace Ribbon Border - SU, Fla is an old Mega Nankong punch
Ink: Colorbox
Misc.: 3/8" balck gingham ribbon for bow, foam mounting squares, black Zig marker, White gel pen
Full punch art instructions below:
Note for the side view Hippo I used a Bird Builder wing for the tail.

Come back soon for details on the Rhino punch art.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Zoo Animals

So I finally had a chance to take a break from painting and spend a few hours in my craft room.
My first creation was a Father's Day themed card featuring a great, big, happy hippo. This led to a couple more zoo themed animals (with several more coming to life in my mind).

Here is a quick preview of what's to come in the next week (just need a little time to write the instructions).

Aren't they just adorable? As they are on the large size, these would be amazing on a zoo themed scrapbook layout.
I thought I'd also share a little before and after photo of our family room.
Now mind you the before is prior to starting any renovations and reflects the decorating style of the previous home owners (I personally am not a big fan of teal green walls and floral curtains). We did the floor and the fireplace tiles a little while ago. The wall paint, wood stain and new cabinet hardware is the current project.

I think it barely looks like the same room. Note that based on the items on the shelves we've also "matured" a little, lol. No more Disney Video's and littel TV. Instead we have a more grown-up DVD selection and of course my husbands "must have" big screen TV.

Unirtunatley that's all the time I have for today.
Come back later this week for the first set of punch art instructions for my Zoo buddies.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lack of posts this month

I apologize for the lack of posts in the last 2 weeks. Unfortunately I won't be able to change this by much for a few more weeks. We are undergoing renovations at home at the moment and most of my free time is currently spent there and not in my craft room.

We have beautiful wainscoting throughout our main floor. Unfortunately it is an outdated honey oak as are the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room cabinets, all the doors, trim and stair banisters... you get the picture).
We debated back and forth for a couple of years now as to whether we should paint it all white or stain it dark. We finally reached a decision and dark won (for the most part, the railing spindles and interior doors will be white).

We are using General Finishes Java (very dark espresso colour) Gel Stain. The Family room (wainscoting and a build in wall unit around the fireplace mantel) and laundry room (cabinets) are pretty much done.

It looks absolutely gorgeous!

It's taking forever though as we needed to wash, dry and sand before staining. Then 3 coats of the gel stain followed by 2 coats of clear coat. Not to mention the optimum drying time between coats is 12-48 hrs (12 between 1st and 2nd coat, 24 between 2nd and 3rd coat and 48 hrs between the 3rd and the first clear coat as the stain is oil based and the finish water based).

Did I mention we are also painting all the walls? Too much to get into but let's just say my original choice of yellow did not turn out so well (yellow is a tricky colour; doesn't look the same in store as on the walls and you don't want green undertones, trust me!)

Up next is the hall and foyer, then the dining room and last the kitchen and nook (not to mention the upstairs; painting, new flooring, 2 bathroom renos...).

The good news is that although we are doing most of the interior reno ourselves (not the bathrooms or new countertops), the exterior we are contracting out. The large trees in our front yard are being cut down tomorrow (we will finally have some light in the living room) and the house exterior is being painted in 3 weeks.

Sure hope the weather holds home for a few more weeks so we can have everything completely ASAP.

In case anyone is interested I'll see if I can manage to post a before and after photo of the family room this weekend (I might even squeeze in some reno related punch art (would work great for Father's day).
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