Saturday, September 29, 2012

Corn Husk People & Baby Blocks Go Country

Yee Haw!!!  This hars the weekin' n' I'm as giddy as a sow in slop! I's reckon yer wonderin', "Why in tarnation is she ramblin' on in her native tongue fer?"'s because I'm so stoked about our latest challenge happening over at Our Creative Corner! Our very own lovely Liliana has set a theme, so close to my heart, of
Let's Go Country & Use Some Plaid!! 
 Waa-Hoo!  I didn't have to reach far for this one as I reside in the resort,Villa de Podunk, but the process of creating this frame was insanely fun and I hope you like the outcome.  So grab yer pitchforks, them milking pails, overalls, sexy green tractors, and your love of art and creating and come on over fer a spell.  We'll leave a light on for ya!  Liliana has graciously included this inspirational photo to assist in your creative endeavors.  This doesn't need to be just a card, she'd love to see projects too!
I drew inspiration from the dried corn husk textures in the back, the white of the dishware and the scenery itself made me think of a wonderful gathering of family.
Here is a basic "blah" brown frame that I've applied patina colors to.  Even did a little powder embossing on the edges with TH's Ultimate Grunge stamp.
These were colored letter blocks (3"x3") that I found at a local thrift store. There were 5 of them for a quarter...MINE!  I sanded them down, filled them with Patching Plaster, let that dry overnight. Sanded them again to level out the plaster, then coated them with a light spray of clear sealant.
This little bird house was given to me by my Mom (She's an avid flea market junkie too) because she thought it had project potential. She was right! It housed the cutest little corn husk family.
Here is their new home. Surrounded by spare corn husks that fell randomly from the sky when the local farmers were burning off their land, again...MINE! A few berry sprigs snipped from a wreath I felt had ample to share and that little plaid and raffia bow.  The plaid is an old dishcloth that I soaked in coffee and married with another country element. The pinecones, well they are just all over the yard.
The blocks got a new life by printing out the words on my PC in 3" x 3" squares, rounded the corners with a punch, mod podged them onto the blocks and then stained the corners lightly with TH's Antique Linen DI. 
These hearts were THE coolest things to make. Using a recycled tea can, I punched out hearts with  SU's  Heart to Heart punch.  THEN, first time for me ever, used my new Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Rust & Espresso) with the Adirondack Pearl Mixative; purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, to turn silver into these gorgeous country feeling hearts.  I dry embossed them a bit to look like punched metal.  That's it!  All made from cheap finds, freebies or recycled products.
If you've made it this far in the post then hopefully you're inspired and  anxious to get started on your very own country card or project!
We'd LOVE to see you there. Please visit my incredibly talented teammates as they also have some amazing country inspired ideas for you too.
Heaps a Hugs n' Happy Crafting...
Lisa xx
(Use some Plaid too)
Coming in October, Our Creative Corner will be revealing a brand new element.  We are replacing our Guest Designer spot with Top Talent Thursday. What does this mean? It means, the entire day, our spotlight will be on a specially chosen winner!!  Want more details?  You'll have to check back in October and see what the buzz is all about. Submit your entries and the stage could be YOURS!



Chrissy said...

The first 20 mins since I turned up here for a visit was to decipher what you were actually I got the gist of it, and now I have a twang..'My Lady' will never unbderstand me we put the clocks forward, so she wont need me til 10am...poor old thing would have her..and now my friend, onto your incredible project, which I think is just fantastic, love every bit of it...and now I will take my new found twang, and go raid the cornfields down the road for husks...


Lisa Jane said...

oh my.. i just don't know where you get the time for all these masterpeaces.. this is fabulous .. and incorporates my favourite saying!
Lisa x

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Oh My this is amazing - love it.

Shahrul Niza said...

I'm speechless, Lisa!!!. Always will whenever you share with us your altered artwork!!. Gorgeous white frames and little white cubes. Cute little 'corn' people :). Oh don't let me start with the tin hearts!!!, I want one!.

Sonia said...

Wowwwwwww Lisa, you are so talented^_^
I love This fabulous Home decor creation:) Very very sweet like you^_^
Have a Wonderful day my dear friend:)

Lady E said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Sandy said...

I see you won the most talented at the Mrs. U.S.A. pageant. Lisa your project is grand and I love your creative mind. I think you see possibility in everything that comes your way. Really cute design on your blog. I love Halloween. It is so much fun. Now back to your project. An old dish cloth - soaked in coffee! You gotta be kidding me. I love this Lisa and now I have to find the time to visit flea markets.

Desire Fourie said...

This is gorgeous. Everything works so well together. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

Meihsia Liu said...

Fabulous card, Lisa. Love all the beatufiul details and cool recycled materials.... :)Brilliant!!!

Jeanne J. said...

Wow Lisa - another fab project. I love your twang and how you proved that you can make beautiful things on a budget - from your thrift shop and flea market finds to the free pine cones - this looks like a million bucks! Bet it would fetch a pretty penny in a boutique! Gorgeous!

Pat K said...

Lisa, I'm so glad to be one of your followers....every time you post it's something fabulous, like this beauty. TFS, hugs.xx

Mitralee said...


I am back in the saddle and by luck, yours is the first e-mail on the top of the pile! I LOVE those little people made out of corn husks! Your Mom has a good eye ball.

And those little hearts are darling!!!

Love those recycyled blocks too, good idea on nabbing those!!!

Huge hugs from NY!

Annie said...

Wow Lisa. This is a fabulously creative, inspirational piece.

I love the little couple and what bargains. I am afraid I don't like shopping so online is great for me.

Thanks for sharing and I love the Yee Haw !!

Crafty hugs

Annie x

Words and Pictures said...

Utterly lovely - the soft blended pink and neutral is so fresh, with those fab pops of rusty red. What an amazingly inspirational piece... beautiful!
Alison x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Love love love! This challenge is fabulous! I will play if I have time. I love your wall's perfect in every way, and then that pop of French Red Check is even more perfect! Love your table...reminds me of Sandra Lee...where's the alcohol?!? Fabulous Lisa!!!

Alyce Kit and Clowder said...

...WOW!! Lisa you are incredible. I wish you lived over here so we could craft together (/get your help making amazing art for my home hehehe!!) I love how creative and imaginative you are...just so many beautiful details xxx

Mary J said...

OH Lisa, you are so darn talented! Please send some my way! Gorgeous makes! And lvoe the new Halloween blog look!

Lori said...

Fabulous frame - love the addition of the blocks and those little corn husk dolls make me speechless!

Tracy said...

Awesome Twang! Those corn husk people are too cute and I love how the blocks turned out. Another amazing imaginative project! Hugs!

Shelby said...

Hey you knew that you live in the same village where I grew up!!Love all of the amazing details and those people you've included. Beautiful girl just beeeeeeutiful.


Margaret said...

You crack me up!! Native tongue!! LOL! Podunk or not, this is awesome! Love all of your recycled and rescued items put together to make such a wonderful display! LOVE those altered blocks! Hmmm... think the preschoolers would miss their's??
BTW-LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the vintage Halloween background!!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

All your artwork is wonderful, Lisa, but I 'pulled my wagon up' on this one(smile). It is lovely and exudes so much folksy warmth. Love it. I was in the hospital for a bit and am due to go back for a CT Scan so I told Ignacio I would be absent for awhile. Your lovely comments made me feel good this morning. Waiting for my son and grandson (8) to arrive from Winnipeg for an over-nighter. Larry (DH) is off this weekend so we will have a nice visit. Our 1 year old grandbaby and her mom are staying home as the baby has been sick for 2 days so we will miss seeing them. This is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. I know yours is closer to Christmas. Off for now. Let's keep in touch. Hugs, Gayle.