Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Diana mentioned in a previous post that she, myself and our friend Erica did a little Spring project swap with each other. Today, I would like to share what I made for the swap and show the beautiful projects I was given. This Spring banner was for Diana. I started with wooden craft sticks (shorter than a paint stirrer) and I traced them onto my patterned paper. I am not sure what manufacturer the paper is since it was a scrap, but I'm thinking it was Bo Bunny. Then I painted each stick with a vintage linen paint. While that was drying, I took my large alpha stamps from Technique Tuesday and stamped them on white card stock. I then cut them out and set aside. Once the sticks were dry, I adhered the patterned paper to them. I then sanded the edges with a Tim Holtz distressing tool. Once the paper was on, I just went about embellishing the way I thought Di would like it. I used various flowers, a little bling here and there, buttons, border punches and a Stampin Up butterfly stamp.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Welcome to another Art Journal Friday! If you haven't played along before, please feel free to come and join us - all welcome! On the last Friday of every month I post a journal prompt to encourage you to get your pens, paints, paper, glue, plus anything and everything you can lay hands on(!) and to have a play. We have an Art Journal Friday group set up at our Ning Community if you'd like to share your pages with us - you're sure to receive a lot of love :) click here to visit our Ning site.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Don't forget that we are continuing our Fan Appreciation Month over at our Crafting Community at Ning! You just need to go on over, be a new or current member of our community there and read the daily blog post this week. The blog post will have a question for you to answer in the comments section. A winner will be selected each morning!
Here is a direct link to today's post:
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Keeping up with the Spring theme, and also hoping to see more signs of it soon (fingers crossed) I participated with my friends Julie and Erica in a Spring Art Swap, they already received it so now I can share it with all of you.
I altered a 9” X 7” Canvas using Making Memories acrylic paint and the beautiful Twig collection from Little Yellow Bicycle.
A photo of there preference will go in the green empty area; the ribbon and banner are not glued on that part.
For the title I used October Afternoon Alphas and embellished it with some Prima roses and Maya Road pins. The ribbon is from American Crafts.
To make a frame I glued brown velvet ribbon around the canvas, and at the top added three more flowers.
Don't forget that March is TST's Fan Appreciation month and this weeks giveaway winners are being selected from our Scrappy Community, go over there and look up the blog post where Julie is asking a daily question :)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Spring is here today with rain to melt away the snow still on the ground. I am choosing to ignore the fact that snow is in the forecast the next couple of days and I'm focusing on the positive....snow is disappearing. I have a Spring card to share with you that I made awhile back.
I love vintage patterns and this girl reminded me of all the beauty Spring brings!
Prima Patterned Paper
Cosmo Cricket Rub ons
Colorbox Dune ink for aging
Thank you for looking today! I would also like to remind you that we are continuing our Fan Appreciation month over at our CRAFTING COMMUNITY. All you need to do is be a member of our community (if you aren't currently, you can sign up) and leave us a comment on our blog post's daily question. You will be entered in to win a RAK from us! Winners will be announced the following day in our blog post. Click below for a direct link to today's blog post:
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thanks you all for your comments and suggestions, we really appreciate the support we get from all of you J
Since this is the last blog giveaway day I decided to pick 2 winners, so Congratulations to……
A huge thanks to both of you and please send us your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can mail you a scrappy supply
March is not over yet, head over to our Scrappy Community because Julie will start the giveaways over there today.
Have a great day!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Since tomorrow will be the last blog giveaway, I would like all of you to have a chance to win, including the none followers that still keep on eye on us (blog stalkers ;)
So, leave a comment telling us what is your favorite craft and if there is anything new you would like to see on the blog, any monthly segment sugestions or group sugestion for our scrappy community, don't be shy, this is a blog made for all of you and we hope we are able to offer inspiration and ideas to you.
OK, leave your comments, you have the rest of today and all Sunday, I'll be back on Monday to announce the winner, good luck and thank you in advance for your sugestions.
I hope you are all having a great weekend, it is time to announce our winner for Friday and Saturday
Yay! Thank you girls for your support, please send us your postal address to email@example.com
Tomorrow I'll be announcing the last blog winner of this week, if you are part of our Scrappy Community check it out daily because Julie will be picking the winners from there, and if you are not a member yet, what are you waiting, we have groups for every type of scrapbooker :)
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I'll start this post by announcing yesterday's winner, Congratulations to:
Thank you for your support Gez :) please send us your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can mail you a scrappy surprise . 4 more days to go, todays winner can be you, so keep commenting or start following us.
Julie, Kristin and I would like to share a few projects we made for todays holiday.
This is a simple manila tag I painted with some green Glimmer Mist, the Note Page is from Making Memories and I pleated it using a bone folder, all the alphas are also from Making Memories and as a final touch I added the buckle button with ribbon.
When making a card for St. Patrick's Day, I remembered that I had this older stamp that was an Irish blessing! How perfect for today!
Finally, how about a cute, simple recipe to celebrate the day?
I am trying that tonight Julz,thanks! I made this LO of my husband and I on our wedding day, with the only St. Paddy's Day title I could think of..lol Have a great day everybody!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Hello, and welcome to my third mini album tutorial, has anyone received the February Trends Mini Album magazine? I was lucky to get my “Words that describe you” mini album published there, and for this months tutorial I would like to share with you the steps to make your own.
Most of my supplies are from my favorite Pink Paislee paper collection Queen Bee.
Maya Road Square Canvas Binder Album
Pink Paislee: Pattern Paper, Die Cut Paper, Ribbon Pleats, Cork Buttons, Flip Notes and Press On.
American Crafts: Thickers
Others: Glimmer Mist, Chalk Ink, Assorted Brads, Ribbon, Cotton Twine
Lets start with the album cover, since the inside will be visible I recommend that it gets painted, take the canvas cover off and use your preferred type of paint, I applied 3 coats of Glimmer Mist with a paint brush, make sure you also paint the edges, do the same with the edges of the chipboard pages.
Make your title with Thickers or any other alphas of your preference. Just as an extra detail you can add a piece of the plaited ribbon to the books spine.
The inside pages have a simple and easy design. Coordinate a piece of pattern paper with one of the Flip Notes. Add a piece of ribbon on the corner opposite to the binder holes and tie a piece of Cotton Twine around the top part of the page.
Here is a finished page.
This album has two Canvas Pockets, The family name will go on the front part and on the back part I’ll add another photo with the same clean and simple design I used for the chipboard pages. The pockets have a snap in the front that will keep secure anything extra you want to include in the album, I'll be putting my journaling notes there.
Here is the finished album cover, as extra embellishments I added the cork buttons, a prima rose and three different thicker fonts.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and get inspired to make your own, using my album themes or any other topic that fits your life.
I’ll include this tutorial in my Mini Album Group at our Scrappy Community, become a member and remember you can upload photos of your album creations there; I would love to see what you make.
"ANNOUNCING TUESDAYS BLOG WINNER"
Congratulations to Applemimi!!!!
Please send us your postal address so we can mail you a Scrappy supply.
Thank you Applemimi for your support :)
There are 5 more days left on our Blog Giveaway, so keep those comments comming and don't forget to start following us.
Next week the winners will be picked from our Scrappy Community . We invite you to join our diferent types of scrappy groups, I'm sure you'll find one that fits your crafting style
Enjoy your day, and I'll be back tomorrow to announce todays winner.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"ANNOUNCING YESTERDAYS BLOG WINNER"
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Hello readers! With St. Patrick's Day coming up, I thought this month's Inspiration Challenge should focus on that! I did a google search of St. Patrick's Day images and found this cute one to share with you today. For the challenge, use this image on any project and upload to our
NING GROUP by next Monday! We'd love to see how you use this image.
I must admit, I was under the gun a bit to whip something up quick for this post today but I thought a tag might be pretty fun. I used green scraps for the tag base, an EK Success border punch, a black scrap, the Lucky image, KaiserCraft gemstones, and Offray ribbon to complete my tag.
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend and getting some scrappy time in. Today I wanted to share a few projects I have been working on.
The first is fun and simple and would cost about $8 for you to duplicate. I started with a bare wood Eiffel Tower from Michaels. I think it ran about $4.99 but they have many different things to choose from, ranging from $1- $6.
I started with a layer of black gesso, 1 8 x 8 sheet of the 7 Gypsies Lillie paper and their acrylic travel stamps. I painted the tower first and while it was drying, I stamped the label images (using an ink dye, so it wouldn't run when the Mod Podge was applied) onto the 8x8 sheet of paper. I waited briefly for the ink to dry, cut the labels up and started to lay them down where they seemed to fit shape and design wise. * Note, when using Mod Podge, remember to use it under and over to get a good seal and to protect your image completely.
The thing I like about this is you can do this with your real stubs or tickets or other things you may collect while on a trip and really get to appreciate them in a piece that may just hang out in your house and remind you of your fun time. As I mentioned you can choose from lots of different bare wood items from frames to memory boxes.
Next up, my tribute to Gayle's St. David's Day Challenge, if you haven't seen, check it out here, she found some cool little goodies for the prize! The challenge was to create a project using green and yellow, two of my favs!
I went with an altered canvas, about 8x11". I started with a beautiful piece of pattern paper. I knew I wanted to do a few flowers, so I decided to use some embroidering floss as the flower stems and did that first before I got out the handy Mod Podge (of course) adding a full layer above and below the PP to attach it to the canvas. I Let it dry then added my embellishments. I cut out a few flowers, added some doodling, some rub-on's, dangle ball ribbon, a few butterflies out of book text, and tried a few painting texture techniques.
Here you can see the Bubble wrap I used to add some dimension as well as a roller stamp in another shade of yellow for more texture and shading. I doodled on the flowers and butterflies to add more interest to them and to tie them into the black rub-on's I used at the bottom of the piece.
This is a good shot of the screen technique, where I brushed on a layer of green craft paint, rested a small screen on the paint while it was drying but picked it up before it stuck permanently, instant circle design!
Those are my Sunday Funday projects, hope you get inspired to break out the Mod Podge and have some fun To learn more about Mod Podge or just see some really fun project ideas, go HERE!
Lastly, please help our friends in Japan if you can and continue to hold them in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this terrible tragedy. Click on the picture to learn more about ways you can help.
Have a blessed day.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Remember the Resolution Tag Book Gayle made Here? Resolutions are so easy to forget as the months go by, that is why I liked her project and decided to make my own.
My book is small because I only have four resolutions.
The home of my book is this 7 Gypsies Match Box that I decorated using Chatterbox paper and embellishments.
Have you heard that March is TST’s Fan Appreciation month? There has been a daily scrappy supply giveaway, Kristin already announced the 7 lucky winners from our Facebook page, I heard that this month Gayle is monitoring our Twitter account and next week I’ll be checking our blog, so if you have not become a follower yet what are you waiting for, and start leaving comments to increase your possibilities to win (hint hint ;)