Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Industrial Chic

Altered Art Found Object Necklace = Industrial Chic
I have had a bag of old keys for a while now with the intention
that someday I would alter them into something amazing.
Well there is a lot to be said for being retired because that someday finally arrived. 
Actually the last couple of days.  I had so much fun altering the first
key into a necklace that I made 3 more.  My newest altering favorites.

All the items that I used to make these necklaces I had
in my stash except the chain for the "Secret" necklace.
It feels good to be using up some of those hoarded supplies!




Sunday, February 5, 2017

Another altered bottle

I have been in an altering mood lately.  I forgot how much fun it can be!

I altered this bottle using a new technique (for me) using a glue and seal, crackle paint and distress stain.  I should have done a tutorial - next time. I pulled some lace, seam binding and flowers from my stash to complete this project.  It feels good to be using up that stash.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Love is in the air - Two projects today

I absolutely love the look of home decor projects that use oversized letters. There are So Many creative and easy DIY letter decor ideas out there to inspire you!  So with Valentines Day around the corner and love in the air, I figured it was time to purchase a letter or 3 and get crafting.

For this project I used cardboard letters from JoAnn's that I used my 50% off coupons to purchase along with a wreath that I got for 75% off.

Acrylic Paint
Spray Mist
Scrapbooking Paper
Mod Podge
Glue Gun
Modeling Paste
Foam Brushes
Distressing Tool

1) First I painted the sides and backs of my letters with black acrylic paint and let them dry completely.

2) Next I covered the front of the letters with Mod Podge and placed the scrapbooking paper wrong side down on top of the letters and let it dry completely (over night).

3) I then used a X-acto knife and cut the excess paper from around the letters.

4) I then distressed the edges of the letters with a distressing tool.

5) I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the letters and let it dry completely.

6) I used a stencil and applied the Modeling Paste (which I had colored with acrylic paint).  Let dry completely, I used a heat gun.

7)  Next I applied some spray mist to the front of the letters and let it dry completely.

8) I added my embellishments and adhered with a glue gun.  

I LOVE the way this project turned out and I'm thinking I can come up with ideas for using oversized letters for every season/holiday.

My second project is a card for a design team assignment on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog. 
I created this card using my Cricut and the center point feature to cut the heart in the middle of the card.  I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #905 with no insert to make the black border strip.  The little hearts are the negative pieces from the punch. You talk about getting a bang for your buck ... I love that you can get so many different looks from the same punch depending on the inserts and/or stencils you use with it.






Friday, February 3, 2017

Altered Bottle

I love altering things and inspiration hit me when I was searching on Pinterest.  I altered this bottle which is a fancy way of saying - decorating a bottle to serve some sort of purpose beyond it's intended use. 
I took this Plain Jane Prima flower bottle (which I have had for years) and transformed it into embellished awesomeness by using an old music sheet,  lace, twine and some metal accents from my stash. 



I have the Friday Inspiration post in the forum at Creative Inspiration today.  Check out the details here.  My challenge is for you to alter something ... anything.  Be careful, your creativity might go rampant.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I Love You

Today is February 1st and that means the Design Team reveal is up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.
The theme this month is: Valentines Day
Be sure to check out the blog, I'm sure you'll be inspired by the Design Team's cards and how they used the Kreaxions punches.

 I created this "I Love You" card using up paper scraps and embellishments from my stash.  I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 Punch #905 with the "B" insert and punched the end of a paint sample card.  I love the little detail the Kreaxions punch added to this project.


Leave a comment on my blog and your name will go into a  random drawing for a Kreaxions 4 in 1 Punch #905.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Creative Inspiration January Mini Crop

Today I have a challenge up at Creative Inspiration for the January Mini Crop.  My challenge is simple ... create a project using a Christmas related photo.  You can create a layout, card, tag, altered project or ATC. 
Be sure to check out the forum for the details and
the rest of the Design Team's challenges.
"Have Yourself a Cozy Little Christmas"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Art

Today I'm sharing a Design Team tutorial that I did for Off The Rails Scrapbooking.
I have always been fascinated and intrigued by any craft project using old books and/or book pages.  I am especially in awe of folded book art.  Unlike some diehard bookworms, I have no problem up cycling old books.  You can Google "Folded Book Art" and get hundreds of ideas and tutorials.  You can even purchase pre-marked books that tell you just where to make the folds ... and so I did.  After I complete my folded book art project I decided it needed a special cover.

 First I made a book cover to fit my book.  I used a heavy weight white wrapping paper.  I used the same concept as making a book cover from a brown paper bag.
1)  I applied a light layer of Mod Podge to the front side of the book cover.
2)  For this step you have to work quickly.  I  laid a piece of printed tissue paper over the adhesive and  pressed it flat with my hands, smoothing out any wrinkles.  Then I had to let it dry.  To speed up the drying process I used a heat gun.

3)  I trimmed the excess tissue paper from around the book

cover using a pair of scissors.

4) I then distressed  the edges of the book cover using a distressing tool.
5)  I  applied four colors of distress paint on the tissue paper using my fingers.
6)  While the paint was still wet I misted with water to blend the colors.

7)  I partially dried the painted tissue paper with a heat gun.

8) I then sprayed the painted background with two mists of distress spray stain.
9)  While the stain was still wet I misted with water to react the spray stain and blend the colors. I blotted off the excess color with a paper towel to achieve the look I wanted.
10)  I printed the quote on cardstock and cut the individual words out.  I then adhered the words to the front of the book cover.  I highlighted a few of the words using a distress marker along the edges and immediately smudged the ink with a  Q-tip dipped in water to create a shadow effect.
11)  I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to seal the book cover.
12) Adding the key and some metal embellishments completed the project.





Sunday, January 15, 2017

Off The Rails Mid-Month Design Team Reveal

The Design Team Mid-Month Reveal is up on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog. 
This month it's all about a monochromatic color scheme.
When creating a scrapbooking page with a monochromatic color scheme you will use variations in lightness and saturation of one color.  Neutrals can be combined with the monochromatic colors.  You'll find that when scrapping a page with a monochromatic color scheme it's easy to choose your products and know they'll go together when you narrow down your choices to one color and its various shades and levels of saturation.  To create this page "Tell Me A Story" for Vincent's album I mixed a variety of patterned papers keeping to my monochromatic color scheme.  I used 11 different patterns on this monochromatic grid based page.  Surprisingly (or maybe I shouldn't be) I  found embellishments in my stash to complete the page
and stay within my intended theme.
Be sure to check out the blog and see what the rest of the Design Team came up with.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snowflake Card

I have a design team card up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today.  "Snowflake" - to create this card I used the Star Stencil and the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #312 to create the snowflake doily.  I then used an embossing folder to emboss it.  I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #920 to punch the border strips and used both the positive and negative pieces.  Be sure to check out the blog and be inspired by what the rest of the design team posts this month.





Monday, January 2, 2017

Super Hero

It is January 2nd which means it's time for the Design Team at Creative Inspiration to reveal their layouts using the January sketch. 
Be sure to check out the forum and be inspired by their work.

This is the January Sketch:
 My take on the sketch:
 After drawing the chalk buildings on the driveway my daughter had the kids lay above them and drew the cape and then took photos.
... how cute is this photo of Elisha!?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Let It Snow

There is a Design Team  Reveal up on the blog at Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches.  The theme this month is: snowflakes, blue or winter.  I created this "Let It Snow" card  using the Kreaxions Circle Cutter and the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #312 with no insert.
Kreaxions Circle Cutter - I have to say this is one of my favorite scrappy tools.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas Tag

I made a tag for Isaac's gift and it fit right in with a challenge for the December Mini Crop at Creative Inspiration -   Create a tag - the challenge was to create a tag and use any form of embossing and the color silver.
This is my take on the challenge: