Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Sea Weathered Crackle Blue Jasmine Chest!

Hi Blog Friends!
Well, I promised I would show you the chest I have been working on....
It is done & sitting in our master bath now.
I'd had doing this in my mind for sometime, but when I saw Julia here:
I was inspired to get going!
This is the first time I've done a piece of furniture like this.
My hubby said he'd help me, but he knew this was "my project!"
The only thing he did for me was give advice, & help me carry it in & out of the house to work on.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece & I took pictures for you throughout the process, so you could see what all goes into doing a piece like this.
So, get ready for a blitz of pictures! LOL
Let's get started, & I HOPE you enjoy.
First of all,
This is the chest I picked out for our master bath,
 found on Amazon.... 
It's made of wood from a rubber tree, which is easier to finish from what I understand.
Here, it is sanded between 2 coats of wood sealant.
(Notice the white dust?)
I sanded, put sealant on, sanded again, put another coat of sealant on & then sanded again using the different grades of sanding paper, sanding it the final time about 3 times.
(Always dusting between the sanding.)
I went from using 220 to 320 to 400 in sandpaper,
going from a rougher sandpaper to a finer sandpaper.
I wanted it smooooooth!
I wanted the chest to store towels in.
 I know you might be wondering, how is she going to do that?
That is coming....
I applied Painters Tape where I didn't want stain or paint.
 I applied Painters Tape on the drawers too....
All ready to stain.
I believe this is the first coat of stain. 
I could have applied paint as the first coat with what I'm going to do, but I chose stain instead.
Don't forget, before you stain or paint, wipe down/dust the wood of the white dust from sanding.
This is the stain I used, found at Lowe's.
Here is the first coat of stain on the drawers.
Here is the chest with a few coats of stain; you can see I left the inside as is.
Working at this angle is difficult &
you'll find out that working on a vertical piece like this has other drawbacks. 
You can leave your project in pieces to work on or  not.
It's a matter of choice.
Here the drawers have had a few coats of stain.
You can also see I've stained the end of a decorator piece, an oar.
(I've seen these on Amazon & the more expensive ones have the tip painted...
 I just purchased a plain one....)
You'll also notice the difference in the stain color from the oar to the drawers.
 That is because of the base color, the stain is painted on.
(The oar gives the truest color of the ebony stain.)
 I ended up doing about 3 coats of stain & realizing, that if you leave the stain in the corners & at joints, it tends to antique the piece.
I even had a brief moment of wondering whether or not I wanted to paint this piece at all,
 I liked how it was coming out so much!
When applying the stain, I used rags & paint brushes & then wiped it off, as if buffing it.
The next step?
You can find this Crackle Medium on Amazon here:
 Reading the directions & comments from others on Amazon, I found that others were confused as to how to use this medium. So, I was worried about how this piece would come out!
 I didn't want to re-do it!
 I took things slow & read & re-read....I thought, "Ok, here we go!"
What wasn't clear in the directions, was what part don't you overlap? The crackle or the paint?
So, I painted on the crackle in one coat which is clear, but it was easy to see as I did it,
without overlapping.
By the way, I have so much of this left over, I could do another chest, or three or four or......
Picking out the paint:
I picked out the paint color to match the blue in my master bath rug.
I then, picked out other blue paint chips from other companies that just might match up, just in case.
All those paint chips & guess what?
I picked THE PERFECT COLOR the first time! LOL
Take a look now after the paint is applied:
I know it looks REALLY BLUE, but hang in there with me.....
First, can you see the crackling?
All that was needed was one coat of  paint.
I used Sherwin Williams-Blue Jasmine- HGSW3343 Latex Paint.
As I give you closer looks, you can nearly see my brush strokes, as the directions said to paint with a  "hatching & cross-hatching" motion.
Where you overlap the paint, the crackling won't come through, so use a light hand.
Also, if you want large crackling, you will want heavier paint on your brush, for smaller crackling, you want less paint on your brush.
I wanted smaller crackling, because I knew this chest would be used a lot
& I didn't want the crackling to come off.
Take a look at the drawers with crackling!
The sides....you get a glimpse of why it might not be appealing to do this on a vertical piece. 
The larger "crackling" is where the paint just wanted to slide off the crackling medium.
But, I thought it looked more realistic & aged; just my opinion.
The other side....
 The bottom shelf...
It's "Crack-o-licious!" LOL
Time to varnish.
The varnish will seal the latex paint onto the furniture.
Helping to keep the crackle on....
The directions for the Crackle Medium said if you have your piece of furniture in a high moisture area, like a bathroom, you will want to varnish it.
I also researched on how to Antique your varnish...
Just add Burnt Umber & Yellow Ochre tint to the varnish!
Well there was no "tint" to be found at our hardware!
So, because the Formby's Tung Oil Finish is oil based, I pulled out my oil paints!
I just kept adding till it was the right color for me....
You can see the Burnt Umber & Yellow Ochre there on the side of my bowl.
It does yellow up the varnish, which is normally clear.
The varnish took 12 hours to dry, but the second coat didn't take near as long.
Remember now, my master bath is in a Nautical Theme.
NOW, take a peak at the finished chest!
I think this is my best picture!
And now you see just how I'll store those towels.
Here are some more pictures for you to look at:
This is the chest without the baskets & towels....

 Here again with the baskets, found at Lowe's.
The liners for the baskets were made by me.
I just got some muslin material from Joanne's Fabrics & pulled out my sewing machine...
Inside the drawers:
 I painted the bottom of the drawers.
If you look at the earlier pictures, you'll see one of the drawers had a rusted looking mark on the bottom. I didn't like it, so I decided to paint the bottoms.
I also varnished the inside of the drawers to make it less likely the paint would come off with use.
I will also line the drawers with drawer liner.

A look at the side with the baskets....
I also put place mats under the baskets to help  protect the crackle painting.
(You can't see those!) ;)
A close-up of the baskets & towels....
I replaced the wooden handles that came with the chest & added antique Drawer Pulls from Lowes.
Here, you can see the crackle drooping up under the top of the table & you can also see the "good" crackling up close. Personally, I don't mind the drooping of the paint.
Another reason I don't mind it, I can see the stained undercoating  just a little better....
Here, another look at the bottom shelf.
Another plus for antiquing your varnish, is that I think it brings out the crackling just a little bit more, not to mention, it tones down the brightness of the blue!
Here, the decorator piece--the oar, that is also crackled & varnished, along with the paint chip I used.
(The Blue Jasmine is the blue swatch next to the lightest shade, or next to the bottom swatch.)
This is the top of the table, where I only used the Ebony Stain & the antiqued varnish.
I didn't forget the back of the chest!
I just didn't bother with applying the crackle medium to the back panel.
Here's the chest inside with my inspiration piece!
I can tell you, I am QUITE PLEASED with how it came out!
We still need new towel racks, a wall paper boarder, etc. but we are on our way now!
It will be a Sea-Side Oasis! LOL
So, what do you think?
Do you also think like I do, that this piece looks like the sea has weathered it just a bit?
I hope you enjoyed this post & are thinking of something you can Crackle!
P.S. A few more little decorator pieces to complete here for our sea-side oasis,
 & I'll show you those too when I get them done!
I just can't promise it will be soon.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Hi Blog Friends!
Father's Day is this Sunday.... 
Do you have your Father's Day Cards done?
(Or purchased? Oh, let's not go there! LOL)
It took me forever to get to this Father's Day Card....
 Idea's spinning around in my head....
BUT, I sat down yesterday & got it done!
(Sometimes, all you need to do is sit down! LOL)
Lot's of coloring....
So, yes I will enter this into
Kathy Racoosin's
30 Day Coloring Challenge here:
I will be adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge here:
The challenge is to use your favorite technique or product.
Well, my favorite technique is to make a card with a different kind of fold than the ordinary,
 thus the Diorama.
(Our kids hate it when I use the word, "thus!" LOL)
Here is where I got my inspiration:
I will also enter this in the 
Our Daily Breads Inspiration Challenge.
You can join in too; you have until June 21rst, by 8 p.m.
Now, you know I promised sea worthy treats...
& Our Daily Bread just happens to have them!
So, here's just a little step by step for you:
Starting with the ODB image- The Wave on the Sea.
I stamped my images with Memento Ink to start with,
then I colored them with
Distress Markers, SU Ink, Letraset Water Color Markers, & a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen-White 101***;
  I elongated the image by adding just a bit more sea at the bottom.
I used my Distress Marker & an EK Success fine point marker for that.
I placed this image in a piece of card stock cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/4",
scoring it 2" on either end & centering the image between the scoring.
Next, I used the ODB image- The Mighty Sea.
After coloring & cutting this piece to fit, I mounted it on a 1 1/2" x 6" strip,
 after scoring it 1" on either end.
I added Terrifically Tacky Tape to the ends of this piece, burnishing them well.
Position this piece on one side of the back piece flap & attach.
 Then move to the other side.
Making sure to burnish them well.
I used my bone folder, as it wasn't easy getting in those small, tight spaces.
In this picture the middle piece isn't attached yet, but it will give you an idea of how it will look.
I find when doing these diorama's, it's good to piece them together, little by little,
 & stand back & look...
For the front piece, I stamped the ODB image-Fishing Net Background at the top.
I also used the ODB image- Light of the World.
Coloring it, & doing an "Out of the Box" technique to do the cutting.
The flag/banner with the sentiment is also an ODB sentiment from The Waves of the Sea.
The sea gull dies are Impression Obsession & smudged with an Earl Grey Gelato.
Attach the front to the back two pieces with Terrifically Tacky Tape.
Here are some additional photos for you:
This cards measurements are:
4 1/2" W x 5 1/4" H x 2" D
So, what do you think?
I know I didn't use "masculine" colors typically used for masculine cards,
 but I was going for the sunrise/sunset that was in the inspiration picture
 & thought the purple & pink would be alright.
I like a little pink & purple in my sunsets/sunrises anyway!
Preferably, sunsets as 
 the next day, is usually
To all you Father's out there,
P.S. Next week,
I'll give you a look at the table I did!
And there will be more projects with these sets from ODB soon too!
******* UPDATE: This card was chose as a SCS Favorite this week! *******
******** UPDATE: This card won the Shining The Light Award at ODB! ********
***************UPDATE: This card won SCS Favorites Best of 2015!**************
Supplies used & not mentioned above:
Spellbinders Classic Circles
SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
IO-Sea Birds-DIE078-F
SU- Paper

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sea Creatures Die Fun!

Hi Blog Friends!
Thought I'd pop in here & show you what I've been working on....
this will  be added to Kathy Racoosin's Coloring Challenge here:
 Remember, you don't have to make a card, just COLOR!
So, in working on my decorating the master bath, I was in need of some Sea Creature goodies in paper crafting.....I found some at Simon Says Stamp here:
 Tim Holtz's Sizzix Mini Sand & Sea Dies Movers & Shapers 659582 Item # 64403.
And I began to play with them, just seeing what I could do with them....
Well, I started with finding images on the net to refer to.
You can check here for Sand Dollar images:

& you can check here for Sea Horse images:
Do take a peak at the images, as there are many different images & colors for both!
Here's what I did:
Starting with Tim Holtz Dies & you can see the color of the paper I used here too.
I REALLY like this die of the Sea Horse, it's so realistic!
(I rarely go for comic looking images....)
Next, I used my McGill Stylus' & an embossing/piercing pad.
Putting creases where I thought they should be.
Here's a close-up look at the Sand Dollar.
Tim Holtz does have a star image in the sand dollar,
but I accentuated it & added more embossing to make it even more realistic.
(This is the back side of the sand dollar.
You can see where I pushed through just a bit on one of the stars' hands.)
Next, the Sea Horse. Can you see the lines I created?
(Again, this is the backside of the sea horse.)
Time to COLOR!!!!!
This was fun!
 I used SU- Going Gray Ink, sponging it on....And I also used a Picket Fence Distress Marker, along with a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker. I thought the Frayed Burlap looked too sharp, so I used a water color brush & added just a bit of water to the Frayed Burlap & it bleed out a bit, which is what I wanted.
Next, was this lovely Sea Horse!
 I used SU- Pumpkin Pie, sponging on color to start. Then I used my Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker to add the darker orange color in strategic places. (Don't forget to refer to those images I mentioned above.) For the darker spots I used my Frayed Burlap Distress Marker & also accentuated the embossed areas I did. Then, for highlights I used my Picket Fence Distress Marker.
Take your time & just enjoy the process when you do this, I did!
What do you think? Do you like these little Sea Creatures?
Seriously, I am tickled with how they came out.
These Tim Holtz "Movers & Shapers Dies" coordinate quite well with my SU- Movers & Shapers Base. So, you can make a card & punch out a shaped window & also have these dies to add to the inside of the card. If I find time, I will work on cards to use these little creatures with.
These little Sea Creatures will help in my decorating the master bath,
 my purpose for buying them to begin with.
I do love how you can use this craft to decorate your home too!
"And God called the dry land Earth; & the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: & God saw that it was good."
Gen. 1:10 KJV
"And God said let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life,"
Gen. 1:20a KJV
"And God created whales, & every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, "
Gen. 1: 21a, b, c, & d. KJV
"And God saw that it was good."
Gen. 1:21 g KJV
Be watching for more Sea fun in coming posts!
Enjoying the warm summer breezes here!