Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Secret Sister Valentine Card

I made this card for my Secret Sister to go with the altered box from the last post. I started with a Kraft card stock base with a layer of Coral Cameo. The next layer is a piece of K&Co designer paper. I layered some K&Co flowers and butterfly cut-outs and added the stamped sentiment and lace to the bottom of the card. That's it! This card came together really quickly :)

Last week I finished a swap for Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts and can't wait to show it to y'all!! We were to make a Valentine in any media we chose. I decided to decorate a little heart tin by Maya Road. Wait until you see how they turned out!!

That's going to be all from me tonight! Hope y'all have a great week! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Altered Cigar Box

I made this for a Secret Sister Valentine Swap where we were to decorate/alter a box and fill it with items that our Secret Sister likes. I started off with an old cigar box. You can find these at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales or you can get new ones at a cigar store. My local cigar store sells them for fairly cheap, some as low as $1.00.

I painted my box with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint. It took 2 coats.

I then Mod Podged a rose patterned paper to the sides and a black and white patterned paper to the top. I added a floral patterned paper on top of the black and white. After all the papers were dried, I dry brushed light pink paint over the papers and then rubbed a Tea Stained Ranger ink pad all over the box to distress it. For the top decoration I adhered a piece of designer paper that had a sweet little bird on it and added twigs, moss and flowers. Then I added a Flower Soft Display Globe with lace and added more flowers and twigs around the outside of the globe.

I added some cute little wooden feet to the bottom of the box that I painted and added a little pearl bead to the bottom of each one.

I also added a little pink bead to the front with some strung pink beads adhered to the top to form a little closure for the box.

And last but not least, I decorated the inside by adding some pink felt, beading and lace.

My Secret Sister liked it! This is her after opening the box.

I also made a card to let her know that I was her Secret Sister. I will share that in my next post.
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Amazing What a Little Scoring Can Create!

I ran across a Youtube video by Kimberly Van Diepen that was just so cute! She is a hoot :) She showed how to make the sweetest little box that you can tuck cards in (or chocolates). It's pretty simple, but there is math involved, lol. Thank goodness she gives the dimensions/instructions on how to cut and score it. This is my version. I used Old Olive 12x12 textured card stock for my box. You need two pieces of card stock cut,  one at 4 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches and one at 6 1/2 x 6 1/2. For the first piece you score it at 1 1/4, 5 7/16, 6 11/16 and 10 7/8. For the 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch piece you score at 1 3/16 on each side and also score each corner diagonally. Hope that's not too confusing! I decorated the top of my box with a piece of a heart shaped doily that I applied Tim Holtz tea stain to and free hand some doodles. The "Love You" is a rub-on. The flower is several silk flowers that I took apart, inked and glued together with a button in the center and added leaves and a piece of lace underneath the flower. I added a piece of music printed washi tape to the bottom and top corners of the box lid. Last, I tied a piece of pink seam binding around the box to hold to lid down. I bought the seam binding from Bluebird Lane on Etsy. You may remember my blog post about it here.

What's great about this box is that it folds up so you can mail it flat if you need to. So go check out Kimberly's video!! She also did a video on how to create the flower that she put on the top of her box. It is also a must see :)
That's all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sweet Adorable Angel

I made this canvas for Elizabeth's other Grandmother (they call her Nana) for her birthday. I used the same picture as the one I made for Amber for Christmas because I just love that picture. I started off by painting the canvas an aqua blue and Mod Podged crumpled tissue paper over the whole canvas. When it was dry I rubbed a distress ink pad all over it to bring out the wrinkles. I used several different patterned papers on this canvas. There are flowers, buttons and ribbon galore on there, too! There are two little chipboard fancy shapes on there that a new crafting friend gave me :)

Some of the flowers I made and some are silk or ribbon flowers that I purchased. The words on the tag (sweet adorable angel) were part of a designer paper that I just cut out, distressed and then shaped with a bone folder to make them wavy.

I cut the letters out on my Cricut. On some of the buttons I used ribbon and on others I tied twine in a bow. I really had fun creating this canvas and Elizabeth's Nana really loved it.
I have been busy altering a cigar box for a Secret Sister Swap and am almost done with it. I have to finish another swap that I am in, too. I will share them after the other swappers receive them.
I am so glad that tomorrow is Friday!! That means that I can stay up late and work on projects :)
Hope y'all have a great Friday! Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Old Hoosier Cabinet Restore

This cabinet was in my Grandmother's kitchen a long time ago. For the last 30+ years it has been in my parent's storage room holding paint and tools. They gave it to me a while back and I finally got it home :) It was very dusty/dirty, so first I wiped it down with paper towels to knock down the dust and cob webs. Then I used hot water with Murphy Oil Soap and several dish rags to clean the dirt off. The white paint is very chippy and actually gone in a lot of places. I am not sure if I should scrape off all the paint and repaint the whole thing or leave it the way it is. I love, love, love the chippy paint!!

The hutch has the flour bin in it, but the sifter has been long gone. There is also a roll top cabinet. The bottom of the cabinet has a large storage area and three drawers. Inside the cabinet door on the bottom, there is a wire rack that I am assuming was used to hold cookie sheets. The enamel top is partially painted green and looks a little funky. I think I want to also change the knobs as they are metal and kinda rusty, but then again, that kind of gives it character. I am so torn about how to fix up this cabinet. What would you do?  Leave it chippy and maybe just polyurethane it or scrape it all and repaint it? Add new knobs?
I think I'm going to just bring it in the house and put it in the dining room and just live with it as it is for a bit.

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