Monday, March 28, 2011

about that art parts key...

I like when products have more than one use...

I mentioned in the last post that I had an idea for my art parts key...& it worked as planned...
YIPPEE!

now speaking of different uses...

my art parts creative covers were specially designed
to be a perfect fit with tim's ring binders...
they make great sturdy books/journals...
I like the ring binders better than bound books,
because pages can easily be added or removed...

on a side note, I like the large size for journals,
because then you can add lots of FAT pages...

and I like the small size for creating cool cards...
people don't expect to receive a card made like that!

and...creative covers have other uses too...

because they have no holes,
they make the perfect solid base for a project...

the more I thought about the key idea,
I couldn't stand it...
it was one of those things...

I HAD to do RIGHT NOW...
I think the term is OCD?

so I put making class kits on the back burner
& got to work...
OK...playing...

now the key is a stand for a birdhouse...
the perfect project for spring!


here's the key up close...
if you want to play along...
here's a list of the items I used...

the base is a small creative cover...
it's been inked with brushed corduroy distress ink...
and stamped with the plaid background...

the mini butterfly was stamped on
Clearly For Art BLACKOUT
with the gold paint dabber...

the large scallop trim & the key were both painted black with the dabber then sanded with the sanding grip &
the edges were inked with walnut stain...

I added an eyelet to the center hole of the key...

the insert from the art parts rectangle frame
is the smaller base...
it was inked with tim's new weathered wood distress stain...
the edges were distressed with walnut stain &
the background stamp was inked with coffee archival...
the index stamp was inked with jet black archival & stamped along the left side of the rectangle...

the scallop corner makes a good roof for the smallest residence...
the corner & the mini trim were inked with faded jeans distress stain...
the corner was stamped with this stamp...

the stem & leaves were stamped on grungeboard...
the stem/leaves & the house were inked with peeled paint distress stain...
use the tiny attacher to add the leaves to the stem...

the house was distressed along the edges with walnut stain distress ink using the blending tool...

I stamped the house with this stamp...

the mini bird was stamped on grungeboard & inked with fired brick distress stain...

the center is the cut out from the spool...
it too was inked with wild honey distress stain...
then stamped with a portion of

I totally LOVE the medicine label stamp...
& used it on the mini scallop trim & on the straight flower stem that the key rests on...

the circle star accent is tim's stamp,
on a cutout from the spool kit...

oops...forgot...
across the top I stamped "and so the story goes"
...in black...

instead of drilling a hole, I used a metal ring (jewelry section) with a black cardstock circle under it...

were the finishing touch for the flower...

now plan B...
the key will also make a base for this new dressform...
another option...
that REALLY makes me happy...

you'll see that I am in LOVE with the distress stains...
I use them for everything!

they are absolute perfection over art parts...
it's quick & easy to lay down a base coat of color, then add shading with distress inks & the blending tool...

the only problem is...
we don't have all the distress colors...


we seriously NEED the other 24...
yes I've said it before, but I need to make sure
the powers that be are listening...(Justin & Alain)

you'll notice that I didn't say TIM...
I'm certain he will agree with me!

this was fun to make...
art parts make me happy because
there are lots of mix & match possibilities...

Next...
I'll be back on Wednesday with a *special* guest artist...

I spotted her art & I think she will inspire YOU to...

make art
wendy...
ps...see you on Wednesday.

37 comments:

Tona said...

Omgosh! That key makes the perfect birdhouse stand. Another amazing project. Thanks for the inspiration.

Hels Sheridan said...

ooooh, I lurve this heaps WEndy, that is a FAB idea!!! Can't wait to see who the guest is... shall be stalking your blog til then lol
I am with you about the Stains... we need THEM ALL... SOON!! xx

Gail Bales said...

Love, love, love this! you are so clever. You always inspire me! Thanks so much for the info and inspiration.
Gail in Oklahoma

Helen said...

I'm with you on the stains - and I don't even have one yet!! This is just fantastic..... You are such an inspiration. Thank you. Just gotta go cook tea then can - make art!

Eileen said...

Totally fabulous! And how cool is that key!

SusanK said...

I just LOVE multipurpose art pieces!!! I used a key just the other day as a stem/leaves for one of your flowers. Yehaw! Bring on spring!!!!!!!!!

rhonda said...

I have collected birdhouses for years so I love this project! Thanks Wendy for everything you do!

Sharon said...

I really think that some "art parts" should be one-of-a-type packages. Like the keys! Like the stars!!! Like the hands! Just saying...Maybe both...the mixture for trying them out and the individual packs for those of us who have real favorites...you could take a vote. Got to say that I love your using the key as a stand for the birdhouse. Doing your part to help us all develop the Daoist "flexible mind". Thanks.

Mall Rat said...

How totally cool ! I love the idea .. you are too awesome !! Thanks for sharing.

Linda Elbourne said...

Beautiful art The Wendy Vecchi and yes we want 36 stains and when do we want them???? NOW :0)

TheLastOfNine said...

I guess the powers that be didn't read my letter (on your previous post). (knock)(knock) Hello is anybody home!?! Again listen to Wendy.
Gloria

Missusg said...

as always i simply love your art!!!!
beautiful darling.. beautiful!!

Cher said...

just fab..as usual!

Therese said...

Hi, just love your ideas..........smarty pants..........I agree with you on the stains but I am afraid of running out so I need another set for back up..........

Elaine A said...

Absolutely wonderful! I'm still amazed at how your mind works - LOL! I know I only saw a key. FABULOUS Wendy!

Elaine Allen

Tara C said...

OCD ... I know the feeling-- here I lie in bed after being diagnosed with influenza a and b this am and the first thing I do after my nap is blog hop. That's bad. Get some rest... But no my mind is wonder into my scrap room think what's small enough I could drag it into the bedroom and work on in between naps. That's OCD!!!

Kirsten Alicia said...

That's beautiful. Really, really beautiful.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Awesome piece of art. The key is fabulous as a stand.

lois Skiathitis said...

Very nice work indeed. I'm loving this project very much. Very interesting what you have done with the key. It makes me smile. TFS!!! :-D

Lori said...

Love this idea for the key! Perfect for the birdhouse!

Debby said...

Cool key ideas! Need to make some time to play. Not much free time today. But I love these ideas! The book parts do make great books. Used the large ones to make a book for my son for his birthday- Today!

Sandra said...

What fun Wendy!
Thanks for sharing.
Sandra ltb

Kathy Eddy said...

What a great project onmce again. I am in love with the stains and my secong half of the set arrived today! Yeah!

Noreen said...

Love, LOVE how you used the key for the birdhouse stand! So fun!

Vic said...

Another totally fab project! TFS

Dorothy said...

Love it lots!!!

Linda R said...

I'd be willing to bet my stash that the other colors are in the works....just sayin'

sue said...

Love the bird house. I did a bird house trade. That would have been a cool idea. I need to look at my art parts first for inspritation next time I do a trade. Thanks!

jill said...

Another fabulous project from you, Wendy! Can't wait until the distress stains and art parts, etc. come to my little burb! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

Nicholas said...

Love the key as the stand! Sooooo perfect!!!! Love the whole piece!!! Way cool!!!!

Julie said...

Sweet!

jan said...

What a pretty project you are showcasing today!

Nova said...

Wendy,
I love seeing your art and reading your funny little stories, but I do not like the changes in typeface sizes. The really small type is really hard for my eyes to read and is nearly invisible on my smart phone. Please consider sticking to just one type size with your posts. It would make reading them even more enjoyable.
Thank you.

karen said...

Looking at your creations makes me happy! The birdhouse is just plain too cute for words! I love how you use the art parts in such imaginative ways...it helps me to remember to think "outside the box". I do not know who owns this box and I wish they would quit trying to fit us into it!
Thank you Wendy for the happy smile I have on my face now!

scrappin-scrappin said...

This is just to darn cute!! Now I know what I'm going to do with the key I got in my Art Parts!! Thanks Wendy for always inspiring me!!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Love that key ... makes me think of a wind up toy. And, I totally agree about the stains ... we NEED the rest of the colors!!!

stephanie said...

what an amazing project.