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.

Hugs

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.



Hugs.

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.

Embellished-DIY-notebook-DariceEMBELLISHED DIY NOTEBOOK SUPPLIES:

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.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-1

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Une Promenade - Clear Scraps

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share with you a scrapbook layout I made using a Clear Craft Sheet and the Small Oval Fancy Frame along with the 12"Quarterfoil and 6"Shattered Glass Mascils all from Clear Scraps.
Une promenade_layout_clearscraps_nancy keslin
I really love the depth that the acrylic gives my layout without adding any bulk to my page.  And, with the use of some Imagine Crafts IrResistable spray I was able to add quite a bit of texture as well.  Remember when working with acrylic, less is definitely more...use a light hand.  lol  
Une promenade_layout_clearscraps_nancy keslin_irresistables_no mark
I found these papers from Prima in my stash...oh how I love me some Prima.  lol  A mix of a few different lines, some Romance Novel, a bit of Cartographer, and even a little Engraver.  

Thanks for stopping by.
Nancy

Monday, October 13, 2014

This is the Life- Fancy Pants

Hello everyone!   Woo, another weekend behind us...how time seems to be flying by.  Happy Columbus Day?  Well, anyway, today I am at a Prima Retailer event and can't wait to share what I learn, but in the interim, I thought I would share with you another layout using some older papers and supplies from my stash.  This time, Fancy Pants.

This was the Daily Grind collection.  Love the transparency.  Why did I not use all the transparencies back in the day.  They really add so much depth to your project.  hmmmmmm

Hugs.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home Sweet Home Mixable Fancy

Hi everyone!  Hope your day is off to a great start.  Today I wanted to share with you a Mixable Fancy mini album from Clear Scraps featuring the lovely Now and Then collection from My Minds Eye.  I was lucky to receive a number of goodies and couldn't wait to create.

 Of course I had to add a few flowers from my stash on the cover.
But, as with most My Minds Eye collection there is a fabulous collection of coordinating embellishments available.
 Lots of foam dots were also used to add extra dimension and interest to the pages.
 And I love the clear bits peaking out from behind the papers.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs.