Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Easel Card

Annie's WCMD Mini Crop challenge over at Creative Inspiration was to create an easel card.  She has a tutorial posted ... check it out here.

My take on the challenge


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WCMD Card Sketch Challenge

Another challenge completed for the WCMD Mini Crop at Creative Inspiration.

This ones for Bev's "Card Sketch Challenge".
The Sketch

My take on the sketch

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lisa's WCMD Challenge

For Lisa's WCMD challenge { Bling or use a die cut machine} over at Creative Inspiration I created this card.

I used my Cricut and the Creative Cards cartridge. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Gift Card Holder

Creative Inspiration has a World Card Making Day Mini Crop going on this weekend and I decided to play along with a few of the challenges.

First Up:  Linda's challenge was to make a gift card holder.
Outside of gift card holder
Inside of gift card holder

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on the Handyman’s Holiday Hop. Make the rounds and be inspired.
The next stop is at Scrappin Granny.

  Anytime you get lost a list of blogs is on D’s Paper Studio.
Debby Lewis D's Paper Studio
Bev Code  Bee Cee Creativity
Peg Rounds Peg's Crafting Corner
Jean Marmo Pages In Time 
Connie Mercer  Crafty Goodies
Joan Borgelt The Gov's Place (you are here)
Colleen Lovette  Scrappin Granny
Roni Johnson Ink Stains
Beth Williams Guest Designer at D's Paper Studio.

Our “Be Inspired Giftaway” is featured at D’s Paper Studio.  Check out Debby's blog for the details. Four winners will be chosen from the comments on all the blog posts in the Handyman's Holiday Hop. 
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company

Heartfelt Creations 


 D’s Paper Studio


I love creating altered art projects so when Deb from D's Paper Studio asked me to be a part of the Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop I was beyond excited!  For me altering a paint brush with a Thanksgiving theme took some thinking ... outside the box.

1)  I started with a $2.89 3 inch paint brush from Lowe's.

 2) I wanted the bristles removed, nothing a pair of pliers couldn't fix. For this step I enlisted my husbands help.


3)  My process for creating is to gather my paper and embellishments, anything I think I might use.  What will work and what won't ... it's a process of elimination.

4) I covered the brush handle with several light coats of white Gesso.


5)  I then painted the handle with distress paint, adding layer after layer until I was satisfied with the results.  The hardest part was the waiting for the paint to dry.  That's when the heat gun enters to speed up the drying process.


6)  The handle was just to plain for me so I used distress embossing ink and gold embossing powder and stamped on the handle.


7) I selected the paper I wanted for the cover and cut it at 2 3/4 inches to fit inside the metal band on the brush handle.


8) To make a match book for the rest of the paper to fit in I scored the cover at 4 3/8 and at 4 5/8 inches.


9) Then the adventure began to find just the right paper for the insert.  I found a paint chip strip in my stash and some lace along with some burlap and tags that worked perfectly.  I adhered the paper to the cover with liquid glue.


10) I kept the embellishments simple and just added some lace, seam binding ribbon, a flower and my sentiment.





Monday, October 2, 2017

October - Design Team Sketch Reveal

Today the October Design Team Sketch Reveal is up at Creative Inspiration.

Hope you can join us for this challenge.  Check out the details in the forum.

October's Sketch
My take on the October sketch

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.]