Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Hi everyone!  Just a quick pop in to say Happy Halloween and share with you a card I made using a file from Cricut and my new Explore.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Core'dinations and Turkeys?

Hi everyone!  Today I am up over on the Coredinations blog with a cute project for your littles (I had my niece and one of her friends for a playdate one afternoon) this fall.  Hop on over and check it out....

I will be back later with the tutorial for the "girl" hat.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Vintage Kitchen - Eileen Hull Event

Hi everyone!  Sorry I am a bit late today, but things have been quite busy.  Brighton came home for the weekend, and to be honest, although I was working hard at getting assignments done, I just felt it more important to spend time with him than blog.  oppsies.  hee hee

A few weeks ago I shared with you that I went to an event at Cathe Holden's Inspired Barn to see Eileen Hull and create a few projects with her dies.  We were able to play with her new Vintage Collection, which hasn't been released yet!  How fun is that?

First I created these little boxes.  I loved the fun shapes and I planned on using them to hold all the little bits and pieces on my desk when I am done creating.  I didn't venture far from their intended use, but the little cookie box (the round one) it has a hinged top and I have lots of fun ideas in mind for it.

This little cream and sugar set was so sweet.  Everyone in the class created the same project, doodling the design and then coloring it with Eileen's inks from Clearsnap.  It was really fun and would make a super cute gift filled with tea bags, a gift card, whatever.  
Finally there was this little oven.  The front of the oven is a drawer, how cute is that...with the little clear window?  sigh.  Thinking of putting a little something in their as a gift....a bun in the oven?  hee hee

These new Vintage Kitchen dies are so fun, I really can't wait to add them to my collection.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trick or Treat

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a bit of Halloween Decor, but don't worry if you don't have the supplies, this technique will work for any occasion.  I already have plans to make more of these.

 I love the look of chalkboard art.  But some of the tutorials seem so difficult, and my handwriting skills are often somewhat lacking.  So I came up with this super simple way to get the look without all the fuss.  All you need is one with a one of Clear Scraps Clear Craft Sheets, these sheets can be easily cut to size and shape, a white paint marker, and a printed graphic.  I chose to frame mine....

Step 1:  Print the desired graphic onto paper.  

Step 2:  Place Clear Craft Sheet over image and trace with your paint pen.  Clear Scraps sheets are crystal clear so you can easily trace your design.  So easy, right?   
All that is left is creating our background.

Step 3:  Chalk black cardstock.  I dropped an eraser onto my cardstock a number of times and then rubbed it in.

I wouldn't draw with the chalk directly onto the cardstock as that might be harder to smooth out to give you the 'chalkboard" finish.   What if you don't have an eraser full of chalkdust?  You can make chalkdust by scraping the chalk onto your cardstock with a plastic knife.

That's it.  Place your acrylic sheet into a frame, place the "chalkboard" behind it and you are done!  
Just think of all the fun "chalkboards" you can make.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Layout a Week

Good Morning everyone!  Just a quick post to let you know I have a layout up over on A Layout a Week today.  Stop by and take a look.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Circles of Fun

Hey everyone!  Just a quick post to let you know I had a project go up on the Core'dinations blog over the weekend.  We always have so much fun with photo booths around here, I couldn't resist making a cute background.  So easy to recreate, you should definitely check it out.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Embellished Notebook - Dena Designs

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your day is off to a great start and that you have fun plans for the weekend.  Me?  The usual, lots of time with family and friends.

Today I want to share with you a project I made a bit ago for Darice and Dena Designs.  I really had a great time playing with the Dena Designs papers, and couldn't resist creating this fun little notebook and pencil set for my teens, so way better than the $5 sets they sell at Justice.  hee hee  Here is the complete post from Darice.


Begin by choosing your papers.  For this DIY notebook I chose Peace, Sunshine Circles, Fuschia and the Black Emboss from the Haute Girls Pack by Dena.  But feel free to mix and match to create your favorite combinations.  I cut each of the papers to size and then used Mod Podge to adhere them to the composition book.
Here are the sizes I used:
  • Peace – 6.5 x 4″
  • Sunsine Circles 6.5 x 6″
  • Fuscia 1 x 9 5/8″
  • Black Emboss 6.5 x 1″
  • Bling on a Roll – 5.5″
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-2I chose Mod Podge to adhere the paper as not only would it hold my paper firmly, but would add an extra layer of protection to your DIY notebook. With Mod Podge, it is best to use thin layers and let it dry thoroughly before adding more.  Doing so will help keep your papers from bubbling.
When the first layer was dry, I punched the Black Scallop paper with the border punch and adhered it over the seam.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-4Add the Fuschia paper and bling on a roll rhinestones next.  This layer of Fuschia paper will help cover any imperfections in your cuts.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-5Finally, I cut a few of the card pieces to add to the top of my DIY notebook, something to make it a little more special.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-6And to make the DIY notebook even more special, why not take a few minutes to make a coordinating pencil with washi tape?  The neon color washi tape is so fun with the Haute Girls papers and right on trend for the back to school season.
To begin, make sure your washi tape has a straight edge and line that edge up with the metal part of the eraser.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-7Tear washi tape to match the edge of the painted part of the pencil.  It takes two strips of washi tape to cover the pencil.  To sharpen the pencil, simple peel back the washi tape a bit.