Monday, December 31, 2012

Paris Inspired Card

I can't believe that I forgot to post this card! I made this card a while back and totally forgot about it. The main part of the card is actually a decorative napkin that I glued to Coral Cameo cardstock and sewed around the edges. I let the napkin wrinkle in places and love that it looks and feels like canvas. The clothes pattern flower is many layers cut with a scallop Spell Binders die cut and has tulle ribbon between the layers and a SU! Fire and Ice brad in the center. The pink flower is a dogwood and was originally a pastel pink. I sprayed it with a brown Glimmer Mist to distress it.

The little green and pink swirls are just beads strung on wire and curled and then I tucked them under the flowers. I added strips of washi tape randomly in a couple of places on the card. Love how washi tape just adds a little extra dimension. The card base is Celery Green with a layer of Pacific Point and then the piece of Coral Cameo with the napkin is attached to that.

This card is so textural and pretty in person.

It is New Year's Eve and I am probably not going to last until midnight, lol. I have never really been a night owl. Think I will call it a night and will see y'all again asap!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy NewYear!!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Altered Canvas for Amber

I made this canvas for my daughter Amber for Christmas. I made it where she can swap out the picture using the miniature clothes pins. The canvas measure 11x14. I started by painting the canvas an olive green acrylic paint, then Mod Podged layers of crumpled coffee filters over the whole canvas. When it was dry, I rubbed a Creamy Caramel ink pad over the wrinkles in the coffee filters, then randomly dry brushed white paint all over it.

I painted the wooden "E" with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and Mod Podged the decorative paper to it. I rubbed the Creamy Caramel ink pad on the edges to distress it and then added the pink organza ribbon tied on a bow and glued a green button with twine tied on it. I adhered the E to the canvas with E6000 glue.

The rose and the sentiment "sweet" were cut out of a sheet of K&Company decorative paper and Mod Podged to the canvas.

I Mod Podged a piece of the same decorative paper used on the "E" to a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock, then sewed around the edges and Mod Podged the piece to the canvas. I created ruffles with strips of blue decorative paper and sewed down the middle, then hot glued the piece to the top of the canvas. The little letter beads are strung on some wire and just glued down. The two little clothes pins are strung onto a piece of twine that was attached to two pink organza bows with green buttons, then I glued the bows to the top corners of the frame. This way, Amber can change out the picture if she wants. The last little touches added is the lace trim with pink beads adhered across the bottom of the canvas and the lace doily piece with the little flower next to the picture frame. My daughter, Mariah took the sweet picture of Elizabeth during a last minute Christmas photoshoot. I loved this one printed in black and white. She is such a sweet angel, I love her so much!! I am so pleased that Amber likes the canvas :)

We all had such a wonderful Christmas!! I had a terrific four days off work, but tomorrow is back to the old grind :( I'm going to just take it easy the rest of the evening. Hope ya'll had a great Christmas!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy time with family today. We are off to my parent's for breakfast. I will be back later with a sweet canvas that I made for my daughter Amber for Christmas. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Penelope Name Banner

My cousin's daughter, Stephanie is have a baby girl named Penelope very soon and had a baby shower a couple of weeks ago. This is what I made for her.

This is the best picture I could get of the whole banner. Yeah, I know it's bad, lol. Let's take a look at each letter, they are better :)

Her nursery colors are turquoise and coral, so I made the banner with different hues of those colors. The letters are K&Company chipboard letters that were pink, but I colored them with a Copic marker to make them a deep coral color. Each letter is mounted on a chipboard coaster that is covered in patterned paper from a K&Company paper pack. The scallops are also from the same paper pack. After all the papers were adhered, I sealed it with Mod Podge. Each coaster is decorated with different ribbons, laces, trims and buttons.

This is how I wrapped it to give it to her...

The clear box is what some decorative pumpkins for a fall project came in. I thought the boxes would be perfect for unique gift packaging and I was right! :) I folded the banner up, placed it in the box and added irridescent tinsel around it. I tied white tulle around the box and added a couple of tubes of sparkly turquoise deco mesh to the top to make it whimsical.

Christmas is upon us, just 2 more days to go! I am done shopping, almost done wrapping and only have a few groceries to buy for Christmas Eve lunch. My kids, grandbaby and Mom and Dad will be here to eat lunch and open gifts, a new tradition we started last year. We always have brunch at my parent's on Christmas morning with my brother, sister in law and some cousins and their kids. We each bring our "famous" Christmas breakfast dish. I make a casserole made with bread, sausage or bacon, cheese and eggs. It is yummy :)
I hope y'all have a wonderful Christmas with your families and I'll be back with some new projects very soon. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Card Swap

This is the card that I made for the Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts November swap. There is a lot of stuff on this card and lots of layers :) The card base is Old Olive with a layer of red gingham and then a layer of script designer paper. For the Mason Jar, I die cut it, then stamped it and stamped a tree with snowflakes. I brushed the bottom of the jar with glue and then dipped it in iridescent fake snow that I bought at Walmart. I tied a piece of twine around the neck of the jar to finish it off. There is a piece of red/white polka dot washi tape at the bottom and a piece of music note washi tape on top of that.

The flower is made of felt. The star is die cut from designer paper and added the swirls die cut from designer paper. The sentiment is stamped on Chocolate Chip card stock in Real Red ink, then cut out in a tag shape and curled it with a bone folder. The numbers two and five were stamped in Old Olive at the top.

We had to make 15 cards for the swap. When I have to make so many cards at one time, I make them all the same. I completely make the first card as my "template" and then cut everything for the rest of them and then assemble them all. It took a while to make all 15 cards, in fact I went ahead and made a few extra while I was cutting everything.

This past few weeks have been really hectic at work, trying to get our company Christmas party planned and set up and this week we finish up all our projects to help get our boss and his family ready for their Christmas Eve Brunch that they host every year. It is a lot of work and I am so ready for Friday to get here so that I can relax a bit and get the rest of my Christmas gifts purchased and wrapped.
I am working on a few more handmade Christmas gifts this week, too. Will share those after Christmas.
That's all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Finally Can Share This!!

I was recently in a Secret Santa swap and this is what I made for my Secret Santa..

It is an 11x14 altered canvas, with lots and lots of stuff on it! I started by painting the canvas in blue and green. Then I stamped random images on coffee filters, tore them in pieces and then Mod Podged them to the canvas. I glued pieces of designer paper that I cut the butterfly, dragonfly and leaf images out of.

I painted the frame with Annie Sloan Old White, added some blue acrylic paint and then applied dark stain to it and rubbed off immediately to age it. Inside the frame is a scene of Paris which is actually a napkin glued to the canvas. The little bird on the frame is stamped and colored and glued into the twigs to make it look like a nest. On the bottom right of the frame is another little fancy chipboard frame that I inked and distressed and then added a little butterfly and flower picture behind it. I added some little flowers around the little frame to finish it off. Along the bottom of the canvas is a piece of lace with pearl beads added to it.

All of the flowers on the right side of the canvas are either paper flower that I made or silk that I have reworked or altered in some way. The silk flowers have been taken apart, inked and only the petals put back together. Have you ever taken a silk flower apart? I did not realize that there are lots of parts and pieces to them. The paper flowers are made of a piece of sheet music patterned paper. There is one flower that I made from felt. It is the brown loopy flower near the top. There are also some little crystal flowers and swirly twigs tucked here and there. The final touch is the scrabble letters spelling out "dream".  I love using these little wooden letters :)

My Secret Santa really loved it and I got lots of sweet compliments on it, too :)

I am going to try to get my Christmas tree up this week. I decided not to put out my lighted village that I usually do, it's just so much work. I am only doing the tree, the mantel and the dining room table. I have a bunch of ideas of how I will decorate the tree this year, thanks to Pinterest, lol. I am going in a whole different direction than I normally do. I will share pics as soon as it's all done.

That's gonna be all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Scrunched Seam Binding = LOVE

Yes, I LOVE scrunched seam binding!! It is one of my favorite kinds of ribbon to use on cards and other projects. I found an Etsy shop called Bluebird Lane and fell more in love with seam binding because of all the awesome colors that shop owner Donna offers! I placed an order and was so excited when I received it. Look how it came packaged...

So cute!! Love those tags!! Will definitely be using those on a project :) 
After oohing and aahhing over the outside of the package, I finally opened it and...

Don't you love those colors?!!! and look at the cute way she wraps each color with a piece of sheet music and a glittery bird cutout. And then I noticed that she included a freebie...

A little package of Christmas tags. I will be making ornaments with these :)
I used some of the aqua/turquoise scrunched seam binding on a project that I will share as soon as it is delivered to the recipient.

The stomach bug has made a visit to my house this week and I am really hoping I don't get it, but cleaning up after others will probably be my demise, lol.
I have to go now and get ready for the week ahead. Until next time..
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Special Weekly Challenge

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving!! Mine was great! Had an awesome time with my family and great food :)

This card was made for the Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts' weekly challenge, but it was not an ordinary challenge. We were to make a birthday card for the special little niece of one of our members. The specifics were to use the color purple and stickles and the name Kiara and the number 10 had to be on the card. Well, I screwed up and did not put the number 10 on my card!! I'm not eligible to win anyway, because I am an administrator of the group. One thing my card does have is purple!! The card base is Orchid Opulence and all other papers are from a K&Company paper stack.

The flower is made with a Spell Binders scallop die cut and then each "petal" was snipped. There are 5 layers in this flower and between each layer is a small piece of white tulle. Under the flower is a very sparkly butterfly that is actually a Christmas ornament that I got a the Dollar Tree in a pack of six. I took it apart to leave only the wings. The butterfly antennae are made from bead trim. The ribbon is Lilac scrunched seam binding tied in a double bow.

I also decorated the inside with a little cutout butterfly with stickles added to it. I really hope that Kiara likes it and all the cards that were sent to her :)

I finally finished the 15 Christmas cards for this month's swap, also for the Scrapbook Friends group. I will share that after everyone receives theirs, which will be a couple of weeks. I still have to finish my Secret Santa gift. I'll share that, too very soon.

That's all from me tonight. I hope you all have a great week. Until next time..
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sheet Music Christmas Ornament

Good Saturday morning!! I hope y'all are having a great weekend so far. I have been really busy working on swaps, a Secret Santa project, Christmas gifts and decorations and challenges. Last week I was in a craft fair and that took a lot of work, but was so much fun. I sold a few things and lots of people asked for my contact info. I even made a new friend or two :)
I made this ornament as an experiment and really love how it turned out! I Mod Podged torn pieces from an old hymnal onto a glass ornament. Before it was completely dry, I added irridescent ice embossing powder and heated it to set. Then I rubbed a Copic marker all over the ornament to give it an aged look. I added a piece of sparkly garnet ribbon to the top and a piece of dark brown ribbon for the hanger.
I have lots of ideas for more ornaments and will be working on those this weekend. I will share those very soon!
I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Thanksgiving is only 5 days away! Can you believe it? And Christmas will be here before you know it, too. I better get in gear making all of the projects that I have floating around in my head, lol.
That's all from me today. We are off to see a movie this afternoon and then tonight I have a wreath to make. Have a happy and safe weekend!!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ugly Challenge

No, I was not challenged to see how ugly I could be! I was challenged to make something pretty using some pretty ugly and random items. This was a challenge in the Facebook group Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts that I am an admin of. I love this group of crazy talented women (and men)!! We each received an envelope full of strange, random objects that you don't normally associate with scrapbooking or card making. We even had to use the envelope that it all came in! I made a pocket page using the envelope as the base.

On the front, I Mod Podged the rooster napkin to the envelope. The green flower is made from a strip of green and white polka dot fabric. The flower next to it is a chipboard piece that was painted red a and the center is made from a piece of foam weatherstripping.

This picture shows the inside tag piece that fits inside the envelope.

Some of the random things that were in my envelope were a straw, a coffee stirrer, tin foil, clothes pin, fabric, printed seam binding and foam weather stripping (black sponge in the pic above). I had to really think outside the box on some of these things, like the straw and coffee stirrer. I cut them in strips and then used a bonefolder to curl them up to make the swirls behind the flowers.
This was a fun challenge, but I don't think I want to ever do another one like it, lol. It was not easy figuring out how to put it all together. I used lots of paint and ink distressing to try and make it all work.

I have got to go through my pictures and post some projects that I completely forgot about. I will be working on that in the next day or so.

I can't believe how time flies. Thanksgiving is next week! and we only have 40 days until Christmas!! Yikes, I need to get myself in gear and get some gifts made :)

That's going to be all from me tonight. Until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Spendor Blog Hop!!

Welcome to my part of the Christmas Splendor Blog Hop hosted by Angela Holt Designs! Each of us on the hop were sent a package of Good Tidings Bling from Want2Scrap to use in a project (or two, or three!)
If you began here you will need to start at the beginning of the blog hop by visiting Angela's Blog first. Follow this link to begin the hop: Angela Holt Designs
The first thing I made with the awesome bling was this sparkly Christmas ornament.

On the inside, I used spray adhesive and then inserted Buffalo Snow Flakes (purchased at Walmart) inside the ornament. For the outside, I added the smallest snow flake from the bling packet and also some sparkly, ruffled ribbon. This ornament is really shiny!!

Next, I made a Christmas card using the tree bling piece.

The card base is Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery stamped with the Canvas BG stamp in Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink. The designer papers are also from Stampin' Up! The flower paper was run through the Big Shot using the Divine Swirls embossing folder and then I swiped the Tim Holtz ink pad over the entire piece. The Want2Scrap tree bling was added to the DP by Stampin' Up! and the edges were inked. The bow is made with SU! Early Espresso Scalloped Tulle Ribbon. The sentiment is stamped in Red Stazon on a piece of an old tag that I had left over and the edges are inked and then I made it wavy using  a bone folder.

The last project is a tag Christmas ornament or it can be used on a pretty package.

The base is a distressed tag that I have had a long time. The little snowman is a gift tag that is mounted on a scrap piece of red DP. The blue DP was also a scrap that I had left over from another project. I ran it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder and ink distressed it as well. The flower is made from pages from an old hymnal that were cut out using a Spellbinders scallop die cut. There are layers of  Crumb Cake Tulle Ribbon between the layers of book pages, a piece of red gingham DP and a sparkly green foam ball that I cut in half before gluing to the center of the flower. The Want2Scrap Holly bling is in the top left corner. I colored over the bling using a Copic marker to sort of tone the brightness down. The sentiment is stamped in Red Stazon on a piece of the same tag as the base and ink distressed the edges. I made the sentiment tag wavy using a bone folder.

I hope y'all enjoyed my part of the blog hop!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to create something with some bling!!

Here is a link to all the other awesome gals in the hop!! Be sure to check them out!!

1. Angela Holt (Angela Holt Designs)
2. Connie Mercer--
3. Lorrie Simons-- (YOU ARE HERE NOW!)
4. Tabetha Watson--
5. Jan Hennings--
6. Michelle Well--
7. Dee Dee Carton--
8. Barbara Ohanlon- link to her Facebook page HERE
9. Susan Brown--

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Blog Hop Announcement!!!

I feel so very lucky and extremely happy to be invited to participate in a blog hop hosted by Angela Holt!!! It is going to be awesome and there are some pretty talented ladies signed up for this!! You won't wanna miss it!! It starts on November 12th and runs though November 17th, which means 5 days of blog hoppin' goodness!!!
I have a lot going on with making stuff for tomorrow's craft fair and the blog hop and making something for a Secret Santa swap and our upcoming crop and the holidays are fast approaching, too!! So busy, busy!! But I kinda like busy :)
So be sure to tune in on November 12 for my first installment on the blog hop tour!! See you then!!!

Angela Holt Designs
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!