Sunday, July 29, 2012

I L-O-V-E Mason Jars!!!

I fell in love with Papertrey Ink's mason jar stamps and die cuts the instant I saw them. There is just something about a mason jar that takes me back to my childhood. Maybe it's the memory of both my Grandmother and my Dad canning fresh garden vegetables in them. The nostalgia of going out to the old shed behind my grandparents house to get the boxes of jars out so we could wash and sterilize them for canning. I can smell that old shed just thinking about it. Not that the shed smelled good, in fact it was quite dusty and musty smelling, but it reminds me of my grandparents and such a simple time of being a child growing up in the "country". To me, I had the best childhood ever! Even though we were forced to play outside all summer long, we learned to entertain ourselves with very little. We didn't have video games or computers, we had a barn full of hay bales, butterflies to chase, sprinklers to run in. We had the world to explore!!
This card is made of layers of different scrapbook papers that I distressed with a distressing tool and ink and stitched them together. The mason jar on the left was stamped with Versamark on a piece of kraft paper and embossed with white embossing powder. I glued a piece of a lace doily on it as well. The mason jar on the left was stamped on blue card stock and added Glassy Glaze to make it look like real glass. I added a piece of burlap and rick rack to the center and wrapped a piece of twine with a button to the "lip" of the jar.

 Here is a close-up of the little gingham flower and part of the mason jar. On the bottom, I stitched a piece of ribbon in a hap-hazard kinda way and then added buttons on twine.

This card makes me want to learn how to make some jam or jelly! I recently bought some really old Mason jars at a flea market, but I don't think I should use them to can anything in. I think I will just use those to store cute things in and maybe I will go and buy some new ones and figure out how to make that jelly!! I can't wait to make another card using these stamps and die cuts. I have a really cute idea in mind.
I gotta get off this computer and get a shower and go to bed. It's going to be a long week! Hope you all have a great Monday and I will see ya'll again very soon!
Until then, Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Baby Name Banner

I love making these baby name banners. Maybe it's because babies are just so special and I like to make something personalized and special. I hope that when I give these as gifts, they are thought of as keepsakes. This one is for a woman I work with. She has four boys and is finally going to have a little girl. She is so excited. She gets to finally have pink stuff around! Each letter started with a chipboard coaster that I covered with designer paper from a Recollections paper pack called Retro Collage. The blue banner pieces are from a piece of aqua blue cardstock that I embossed using Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls embossing folder. The letters are from an Alpha punch out pack and they are mounted on a designer paper from the same Recollections paper pack that I die cut using the Spellbinders scallop. All papers are Mod Podged to make them more durable. Above each letter, I glued some pink pom-pom trim from Stampin' Up! There is a pink heart shaped eyelet in each top corner and yellow organza ribbon is strung through each one to create the banner.

This is a close-up of the letter J. It really is that bright pink color in real life. She likes hot pink, so I hope she likes this banner!
Yesterday, I spent the whole day at a monthly crop and I worked on this banner most of the day. I also demonstrated a technique called cracked glass. They video taped it, so as soon as they get it edited and posted, I will link it here. I haven't done that technique in a long time, so it was fun to try it out again. Now I may have to create something using that technique. I am now officially the person that is in charge of the mini classes at our crops, so I am on the lookout for ideas for each month. No pressure or anything, lol. So far, I have the next couple of months covered. We also learned how to make our own glimmer mist. Oh-Em-Gee!!! I am so excited about this!! Glimmer Mist (or any of the mists out there) are quite expensive and I have spent my fair share of money on them. But, now, for very little money, I can have any color I wish. I think the most expensive thing is going to be buying the little spray bottles. The ingredients for your own homemade glimmer mist is water, a little Mod Podge and either Metallic Paint or regular acrylic paint and pearlized paint mixed together. Some of the other tutorials I saw on You Tube say to add Perfect Pearls or Pearlex to add extra glimmery shine, but the ones we made yesterday are pretty shimmery without that! I will make something using the homemade stuff and post it as soon as I can! Here is a link to a You Tube video explaining in detail the recipe and how pretty it turns out!

Well that gonna be it from me today!! Until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Different Kind of Flower

I really have no idea how this card started, but the end results are pretty, if I do say so myself! All of the papers are SU! Attic Boutique designer paper. The flower is made from a strip of drop cloth canvas that I just whip stitched and gathered and then I added a small piece of scalloped lace and some white beads to the center. I tucked at piece of pink tulle behind the flower. There is stitching around the edges of the card and the ribbon is also stitched onto the card. The butterfly was stamped with Versa Mark and embossed with white embossing powder.

This is a close-up of the flower. I saw a similar flower in a store and they were selling it for $4.00.
I knew that I could make many of them for that price! The piece of lace is part of a crocheted doily. I look for these at yard sales and thrift stores and never pay more than $1.00 for one. They go a long way when using them for little touches like this. This card is going up in my Etsy store. There is a link to my Etsy store on the side bar. Come check out my store!

Well, that is all for me tonight! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sweet Scooter

This is the first time I have used this stamp from Unity Stamp Company. It is from a monthly kit that I used to receive, but I can't remember which month this one is from. I think the little scooter is just so darn cute! I pulled all my colors from the designer paper that I used for the background. It is from Stampin' Up! and is so bright and cheery!! The flower is a smaller, more simple version of the ones I have been making for the last few weeks. I colored in the scooter using Stampin' Up! markers and mounted it on SU! Only Orange cardstock. The card base is Bashful Blue cardstock. I swiped my Creamy Caramel ink pad on all the edges of each paper layer. I finished the card off with some sweet blue polka dot organza ribbon.

This is a close up of the flower. The center is a little yellow button with a baker's twine bow tied in the middle.
I have also been working on some other cards that I will share later in the week. I was cleaning up a little in my craft building and I found a little chipboard book that I purchase a while back and I think I am going to actually work on that this week as well. I have a crop to go to this Saturday and I am so happy that I found this group of awesome women!! There is a link on my side bar if you are interested in joining us. We are a page on Facebook called Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts. Come see what we are up to!!!
Well, that's all for me tonight. Hope you have a fabulous week!!
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Take Me to the Ocean

I created this canvas for a weekly challenge with the Facebook scrapbook group I am in. This week's challenge was not easy. These were the rules:
1. THE USE OF NO CUTTING TOOLS!!! No scissors, no punches, no cricuts, no silhouettes, no blades, and no dies!!! (This includes actually cutting ribbon, lol!) Everything must be shaped by hand, or torn. Use your ingenuity to figure out new ways to accomplish the effects you want!
2. ITEMS FROM OUTSIDE!!! (grass, leaves, dirt, etc.)
Crazy, huh? For most of these challenges, I have made cards, but for this one, I had no clue what to do. But, I remembered that I still had not done anything with the few sea shells that Dakota and I got from Hilton Head Island back in March. I also used some store bought shells and sea glass that I had left over from Amber's wedding. The canvas was first painted with blues, greens and yellows and then I added layers of torn tissue paper that I stamped on using the Stampin' Up Canvas background stamp. The sun in the upper left hand corner was first painted and then added stickles to it. I also added Icicle Stickles to the letters to the letters and all around the shells. The letters were free hand written using a brown marker.

This is a close up of the sea shells. See how sparkly the  stickles made them. Looks like they are sitting on the beach in the sun! Dakota loves the beach and always wants to go out further than I am comfortable with. If I can't see the bottom, I don't wanna go in, lol. I am more of a mountains kinda girl, but when we are near the ocean, I have to go and dip my toes in and just look out at the awesome sight that God made. I have many fond childhood memories of the beach, except that I always got sunburned. Not so much fun!
Well, that's a wrap for today. Hope you all have a wonderful Monday and hopefully I will be back doon to share some cards that I have been working on.
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Baby Jace Banner

My cousin and his wife are really close to being first time parents to a sweet baby boy and they are naming him Jace. Such a cute name! Today is their baby shower and this is what I made for them. I have a little bit if a hard time making boy stuff because I love pink and lacy stuff, lol. It came together really quickly, though!

I used chipboard coasters for each letter. The papers are from the Sandylion Boy Paper Pack, the same one from the "Jack" canvas I made last month for a co-worker. The letters came from an Alpha Stax pack. The jumbo eyelets and the greeen ribbon are from Stampin' UP! Here is a close-up of one of the letters.

Now, I've got to go find something to wrap this in. After the shower, I have to finish working on my project for the swap I am doing this month. That's all from me today! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Red, White and Blue Swaps

I meant to post these last week, but time got away from me! These are two embellishments that I created for a monthly swap I am in. Our theme was Red, White and Blue and we were to create 2 embellishments per person. There were 14 people in the swap, so it was a little challenging for me. I am the type of crafter that usually does one creation that takes a long time to make.

These are flowers die cut using the Spellbinders Scallop die cut. The papers are from K&Company Military Marines Paper pack. I hot glued each layer together and tucked in a little tulle in each layer.

This is an embellishment that can be used as a bookmark or on a scrapbook page. The stars are Papertrey ink die cuts from some of the same paper as the flowers, but the red gingham is from Papertrey Ink. The button pieces are a Sizzix die cut. Each star is stitched on with my sewing machine.
These were created for a fabulous Facebook group called Scrapbook Friends & More that I am a member of. This is an awesome group of ladies (and some gents!) We hold local crops, monthly swaps, weekly challenges and give-aways. We have grown really fast in the last couple of months, but welcome more! So, if you scrapbook, make cards or any craft really, come join our awesome group!! We love learning new crafts and techniques and love to share ideas, too!
I am currently working on this month's swap. We are to create something that depicts our favorite holiday. Since Christmas is my favorite of all holidays, I am making Christmas ornaments. I am not a big fan of Halloween, but with my luck, I will get all Halloween things back, lol.

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

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sing a Summer Song Canvas

Yes, another canvas creation!! LOL I think I am addicted to making these! This is a small canvas, I think it is 8x10. I have been looking for different ideas on Pinterest and am loving all the awesome things people are creating. I get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest. I lose track of time on Pinterest, lol. I think that one thing that makes my canvases a little different is how I add the texture in the very beginning of creating one. First I apply Gesso, which is a normal step, and also apply some paint based on my color scheme. When it is dry, I add coffee filters that I have crumpled up and slightly smoothed out and then Mod Podge them all over the canvas, leaving the wrinkles and slight folds. Sometimes, I add a little more paint when the coffee filter layer is dry. Usually I rub an ink pad on the edges and over the wrinkles, too. For this canvas, I also stamped different images on tissue paper and applied it as well. The little house is a rectangle cut from a piece of designer paper and run through an embossing folder. The roof is a piece of designer paper cut out with a die cut. The little door is a piece of paper punched out using a tag punch and then added a little metal key that I dabbed with white paint. The windows are little heart die cuts. The little flowers along the bottom of the roof is a ribbon piece. The flowers are die cut and layered and the centers are bottle caps that I painted, added the buttons and applied stickles all over. The birdbath is just paper pieced together from different punched pieces, added Crystal Effects and stickles. The bird is stamped, cut out and Mod Podged to the canvas. The words are old Scrabble type wooden letters. Here are a couple close up pictures of some of the elements.

 If you have any questions about any of the items I used on this canvas, ask away!! I love sharing ideas and techniques. It is one of the best things about crafting :)

Well that's all from me tonight. It's back to the old grind tomorrow.
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Blue Eyes Smile Canvas Creation

Last week, I shared a sneak peak of some embellishments that I was going to use on a canvas. I was asked to do a class on how I create my canvases and I made several things ahead of time. This is the canvas that I worked on for that class. I did not complete it during the class, because as I was putting it all together, I found that I did not like certain elements that I had originally made for it. I had made the letters blue, but they did not stand out very well against the blue background. So, I changed the letters to red and what a difference it made! Since the picture has red in it, I pulled that color out for part of the frame and then the letters and I really like how it all works together. The flower(s) that I had originally made had just a hint of red, but it was more of an orange red, so I decided to make a different flower. I made this flower a little bigger so that I wouldn't need a second flower.

I also added some little swirly stems with beads behind the flower to add a little more interest. Between each flower layer, I added some tulle to soften the look of it.

This is a close up of the butterflies. I added a piece of twine and looped it to form the resemblence of the butterfly flight trail. Then I added some stickles to make it shimmery.

I have also been working on another canvas that I finally finished today. I will post it a little later, so until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Orange and Blue Color Combo

I love using different color combos and one of the hot color combo lately is orange and blue. I have always loved orange. I had an orange room when I was a little girl. My Mom says that I wanted an orange baby brother! So I guess I was dissapointed when my brother, Joel wasn't orange when they brought him home from the hospital, lol.
This card started with the orange and blue flower paper. I love it! The flower was cut out using the Loopsie-Daisy die cut from Papertrey Ink. I cut two circles out of the same paper for the front and back of the flower to hold it together and added the blue crystal brad. The tag is tea dyed. I bought them at a scrapbook show a few years ago. There is a little scrap piece of a french script scrapbook paper and a piece of lace on the tag. The butterfly is a Stampin' Up! punch that I also embossed and then added some tulle and a cute little orange vintage button. The orange swirly is also a die cut. The bottom scalloped piece is out of my many scrap pieces. I sewed that piece down and then distressed the top edge.

Do you love this card as much as I do??? It's going in my Etsy shop! Come check out my shop!!
Well, that's all from me today! Hope you have a great Sunday! Until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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