I am so happy to introduce our Featured Fan today- Tonya Trantham of Creative Addiction to Paper.
Tonya’s creations for the Art With Heart Challenge that we do each month on the blog really stood out to me. Her projects always blow me away because they are so creative, charming and colorful. Tonya uses dies in unexpected ways, which I love because it shows people how versatile dies can be. And wow! Has she shown us some beauties today- oh my gosh, they are so clever!
I invited Tonya to come over and tell us a little bit about herself- what got her into crafting and what she has been creating lately. Here’s what Tonya had to say…
Ever since I was small I have always loved to draw and make pretty things. Of course I took art all the way through school and even got a degree in commercial art…before computers…everything was drawn by hand. So I had big dreams of being an illustrator or working in graphic design but I got married, had a child and that dream got put on the back burner. When my son was in elementary school I discovered scrapbooking, which lead to card making and then altering and up cycling things which lead to me trying out for design teams…some I made the team and some I didn’t and then I saw the different challenges which lead me to Eileen Hull’s Art with Heart Challenge I have been participating in the Art with Heart Challenges ever since Eileen started this challenge last year and was blown away when she asked if I would be willing to do a guest post for her blog. Without hesitation I said yes. When I do purchase a diecut I always try and think of different ways to use each die other than what it is intended for and that is why I love the versatility of Eileen Hull’s diecuts. I am guaranteed to come up several fun projects and the Mixing Bowls and the Cookie Box diecuts are no exception.
My second project I have had this idea in my head since I first seen the cookie Box die but wasn’t sure it would work. Not all the ideas that swim around in brain translate like I want at times but I am happy to say I made it happen. I turned the Cookie Box Diecut on its side to create some storage for some of my many rolls of washi tape I have. As you can see I glued two halves together by using my hot glue gun and I adhered six of the tabs to the ends/sides and cut the rest off to create the lid.
I painted the edges of the scalloped circles with Mowed Lawn Distressed Paint and covered with patterned cardstock.
I punched two small holes so I could add twine and knob as a closure for the chest.
I adhered lace on the back of the chest to cover the edges of the cardstock I cut to define the base and the lid.
I glued four small spools to the bottom of the chest and adhered lace around the bottom to create a skirt.
I used the Rose, 3D Diecut (558504) along with the Holiday Greenery Diecut, a few punched flowers, tulle, thread and moss to add finishing touches to the bowl.
This little bowl I kept simply by adding a little moss, paper flowers and leaves and I finished off the outside with lace and flatback pearls.
I have you have enjoyed all of my projects I shared with you today and if you have any questions about any of them please let me know.