Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Cards

I'm up on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog today sharing two cards I made during my latest card making frenzy.  I found that my Cricut machine and my Gelli Printing Plate are a great combination when it comes to making cards. 

1) Apply several colors of acrylic paint to the Gelli Printing Plate


2)  Roll the paint into a thin layer using a brayer


 3)  Create a design by placing a stencil on top of the paint


 4) Place a sheet of paper onto the stencil and gently rub the paper with your hands to transfer the paint


5)  Pull the paper up to reveal your print

6)  Remove the stencil and follow steps 4 through 7 to make another print

* I thought if I was going to make two prints I might as well make a stack of them for future use.


 7) Die cut a variety of fall themed images


 8)  Emboss die cuts with an embossing machine if desired


 9) Cut cardstock for your card base and matting and cut your Gelli print to fit on top of you matting

10) Assemble cards using adhesive


Here are 4 tips to making multiple cards at once:
a) keep it simple
b) use the same formula
c) add little details
d) use the same medium



Friday, September 15, 2017

Steampunk Canvas

Today I have a Design Team project posted on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog.  The mood board is up and the theme for September is "Steampunk", which by the way I LOVE!  I started going through my never ending stash and found all these goodies to complete my canvas.  Being in my new scrappy room playing with lots of paint and ink ... so relaxing and so much fun!  Be sure to check out the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog and see what the rest of the Design Team did this month.  We have two sponsors this month; Memory Maze and Stampin Up.  Hope you can join us and play along.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Tools, Tips and Technique Challenge 9/12

I'm up on the Creative Inspiration forum today sharing the Tuesday Tools, Tips and Technique Challenge.  My challenge is to use "Washi Tape" on a project.  Check out the details here.

I'm not going to say I have an addiction to "Washi Tape".  I'm going to say I have a stash of it.  I think it's the pretty colors and patterns that encourage me to buy it.  I use my "Washi Tape" once in a while when  I'm doing a layout or making a card, if I remember to use it at all.  (I must stop hoarding it.)  I got on Pinterest the other day and looked for some inspiring was to use "Washi Tape".  I found some really cute and inexpensive ideas for projects to use up my "Washi Tape" stash. 
Today I'm sharing two light switch plates that I covered in "Washi Tape".  These are going in my scrappy room.  How fun are these?!



Monday, September 11, 2017

Altered Art

What is altered art?  To simplify the meaning think of altered art as a recycling craft.  Taking an ordinary unwanted item and decorating and embellishing it using ephemera and/or found objects to create a work of art.  I've found you can alter just about  anything.  You might be surprised at how many creative altered art possibilities there are.
That's why when I was asked by Debbie from D's Paper Studio to participate in an altered art blog hop using paint brushes I got excited and said yes.  Now this is the first time I've altered a paint brush so we'll see what happens.
Mark you calendars for "The Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop" , October 5th through the 8th.  Be prepared to be inspired and I hope you'll join in the fun and play along with us.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Birthday Treat Box

Today is September 1st and the start of the Creative Inspiration Birthday Bash.  Check out the details here.  I have an easy challenge posted; make a treat box/container or gift bag and share with us in the forum.  You have till September 10th to play along.  Hope you can join us!

This darling little berry basket was fun to make and will be fun to give.
I used my Cricut and the Spring Cottage cartridge to create the strawberries, which are little boxes.  You could fill the berry boxes with candy or little messages.  I found the cute little baskets at Target (4 for $3.00).  Adding the "Wishing you a berry special birthday" message made these little treat boxes berry special. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Me & You Canvas

I'm sharing this tutorial on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog today.
I have this vintage mailbox and when we lived at our old house it hung in the hallway at the top of the stairs.  I usually put a flower arrangement in it that changed with each season along with some type of little banner across it.  When we moved to the new house I found the perfect spot for it.  It hangs in our modern farm house bathroom right above the claw foot tub.  I thought it would be fun to use it as a mailbox, where my husband and I could leave each other love notes or words of encouragement.  If I do say so myself it has been one of my better ideas.  I love leaving him a weekly message of some kind and truly look forward to finding my messages from him.  When I received this card from Randy, I knew I wanted to use it on a canvas to capture the cuteness!
So that's the reason for creating this canvas and this is the process ...

1)  I painted the canvas with a light coat of white Gesso.
2)  Next I applied a coat of  Delta "Passion" Acrylic Paint.

3)  I then randomly applied Tim Holtz "Brushed Pewter" Distress Paint.

4) I used Mod Podge and applied some printed tissue paper to the canvas.

5)  For the next step I covered the entire canvas with a light coat of the white Gesso and then wiped it off with a baby wipe.

6)  I started randomly applying a variety of different mist and letting them run down the canvas (Heidi Swapp White Color Shine, Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain, Tattered Angels Boardwalk Mist and Shimmerz Sapphire Spritz).

7)  Wanting to add some texture to the canvas, I tinted some Modeling Paste with Tattered Angels Pewter Paint.  I then haphazardly applied the paste to the canvas using a stencil.

8)  I adhered the front of the greeting card and the saying to the canvas with Mod Podge.  Adding the cluster of flowers completed the canvas.

[ I love seeing how many layers I can add and still have a canvas work for me.  When I'm done, I find it interesting to see what I have chosen to conceal and reveal.]





Friday, August 18, 2017

Creative Inspiration August Mini Crop

The August Mini Crop starts today over at Creative Inspiration and I have a challenge up.  My challenge is to create a layout, card, tag, ATC or altered project using a vacation theme.  There must be stitching on the project either machine or hand stitching.
I created this layout for Jesse and Charlene's vacation album.  
Hope you can join in the fun!  Be sure to check out the rest
of the challenges by the other Design Team members.

Monday, August 7, 2017

August Creative Inspiration DT Sketch

Today the Design Team Sketch Reveal is up at Creative Inspiration.
My take on the sketch.
August Design Team Sketch

Be sure to check out the forum to see what the rest of the Design Team came up with.


Saturday, August 5, 2017


Since things have settled down a little around here I now have some time to play in my new scrappy room.  Be sure to check out the August challenges at Creative Inspiration.  I just completed this layout for the August 2nd Wednesday Stash Challenge.  You know the feeling when you complete a layout and you just love it ... it's your favorite (until you have a new favorite lol!).  Well that's the way I'm feeling about this layout.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My new scrappy room

I have taken a room in our basement at the new house and transformed it into my happy place ... I'm in scrapbooking heaven! 
Here are a few photos of the finished room.
My mother-in-law was going to get rid of this old secretary but I'm using it for storage and to house my Cuttlebug and all my dies.
The shelves and containers were from my scrappy room at the old house and they just happened to work perfectly in this space too.
I love the see through containers.  Being able to see my supplies helps me to remember what I have ... and to use it.  Not that I'm a hoarder of scrappy supplies.
These baby bed springs made the best bulletin board.
Randy built my Cricut table.  There are shelves on  the sides of the table to hold all my cartridges and Cricut supplies.
I'm using my old dinning room table as my craft table. 
The large work area is great.
I have this thing about cowgirl boots ... do you think!?
Randy built these shelves so I could
display them and use them as part of my decor.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Rise and Shine

Today I have a challenge up at Creative Inspiration for the May Mini Crop. This month the theme is "Colors" and I have "yellow".  My challenge is to create a layout, card, tag or altered project and it has to have the color yellow on it and you must use some type of  banner on it.  Be sure to check out the forum to see the other challenges from the Design Team.
Every month I host a girls night out for some friends.  In April the theme was Rise and Shine.  The girls had to wear their PJ's and I served breakfast foods ... what a blast!  I created this banner for above the food table. 



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Water Color Technique

I'm sharing a watercolor technique on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog today.

For this watercolor technique I started by using a wash of orange watercolor in the upper right hand corner and on the left side of the page.  I just used a set of Crayola watercolors, you know the kind you buy for kids.
I wanted to create some texture so while the watercolor was still wet I used a piece of plastic wrap and scrunched it on top of the watercolor areas.  This was the hard part.  First fighting with the plastic wrap and second letting it set while it dried completely.
This is the result of the plastic wrap over the watercolor.  I love the added texture.

Next I used a stencil and applied some Super Heavy Gesso randomly on the page.

I'm not very patient so I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time. 

For my creative process I went through my stash and pulled any items that I thought might work for this page.  Through the process of elimination I finally decide what papers and embellishments I was going to use.
After putting the page together I decided it was missing something so I found the perfect ink and did some stamping around the edges.

Not quite satisfied with the page I added some mist and gathered some flowers ... just in case.

Adding the flowers to this page was the finishing touch that it needed.