Handmade By Susan

Handmade By Susan

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My First Canvas

What can I say I Love Art!! I wanted to try painting for quite sometime. My friend bought a condo and talked about needing wall art so I saw a perfect opportunity! This canvas was covered in liquitex sand medium.. Then I used Martha Stewart paints to do the blue ombré finish. I loved the result and so did he :)

REpurposed School Uniform

My dear friend had an out grown private school uniform dress… She wanted matching hair things and wala I whipped up 9 headbands, 2bows and 2 pony streamers.. I love how they turned out!


Furniture Refinishing

I started another hobby! I love making old or not so fashionable pieces into beautiful furniture in my home. Project number one was an old computer table.. The paint was so bad it scratching off! So I sanded and painted the first coat in black (from home depot ) then I mixed a coat of black paint, plaster of Paris and water to make a grey white wash.. When try I distressed the edges with sand paper and added a coat of wax.
The second project I bought on super clearance at target. It was a mustard yellow– yuck! It had some dings I just used the power sander and it was ready to paint. I painted black.. Distressed the edges and waxed.. I love the new look!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

First design team application and lessons learned

I love crafts so much it sometimes takes over my world lol! I make girls hairbows and tutus, home decor and paper crafts. I sell my hairbows but I lost the joy of it. Its no longer fun, its stressful. I havent had as much time to give to my first passion of paper crafts. I saw a design team call for Jillibean Soup (products I adore)...I tried but I see things I could have done better. I didnt make the team :( but I see ways to improve and make it my goal to keep trying and improving.

Here are the things I see in my work that can improve for the next application:

  • Create a photo box for better pictures
  • Create more projects for my blog 
  • use the most current supplies for the team I am applying for
Here are my submissions, please feel free to give feedback as this is a learning experience for me, Have a Great day!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Project Life Style Layouts

I am so behind in my scrapping! I have some layouts to share from last summer (2013) in the pocket style. I like to change it up, mix brands, layouts and styles...I mixed up Simple Stories paper lines, MME, Jillibean Soup and American Crafts accessories..Bright and fun!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

From scraps to pretty art

I just love the look of layering different papers and embellishments! I used scraps of MME paper and a clearance pack of die cuts from Micheal's to whip this sweet card together in minutes. I had this pack in my stash for a long time...Love it...so I urge you to use your scraps and stash to make something pretty! Have a great Sunday!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Jan. IAR Challenge

I took a break from cleaning, organizing and working to have some fun! I haven't done a layout in a while so I decided to play with some of my I am Roses! My favorite is the daisy flower, if you haven't seen these flowers in person...believe me the quality in these handcrafted flowers are AmaaaaZing! Go check it out www.iamroses.com (I am not paid to say that! lol I am just addicted).

Here is the layout, its me an my daughter, sad to say 6 years ago (yes I am that behind!) I used K&Co paper in pink of course to match our matching coats! I love butterflies, so this was fun :) I used DCWV burlap stack and cut a circle background. The letters are AC thickers in burlap. The metal butterflies and bobble are recollections (Michaels), Smile embellishment is My Minds Eye and to the best part the daisies are white and the pink cherry blossoms are I am Roses. Have a great day!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My craft room!

Eeek! I can actually say that after 11 years scrapbooking I have a craft room! I love it, but it is not unpacked (after 7 months moved in) and its a disaster...So I am blogging my embarrassing disastrous before...so I can motivate to get myself a clean room tour! I bow my head in shame...but more to come!