Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Clear Scraps Trinket Box

Happy Wednesday, Nancy here today to share with you an acrylic box I made.  I love these little boxes that came out at the CHA Winter Mega Show.  
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I chose to keep the box fairly simple, adding just a bit of lace sticker around the sides, along with a piece of Prima chipboard in the front.  
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The inside bottom was lined with a piece of Rowlux film, giving it a fun sea glass texture .  This film is super fun to use when designing projects as it offers a great texture with ease of cleanup.  Oh, and it comes in so many fun textures and colors...Go check it out.
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Finally for the top I added a large doily that I cut with my Sizzix,  a few bits and pieces of Prima flowers and fussy cut papers, along with a few chipboard pieces.  Oh, and how fun is that little tassle I found in my stash?  I think it is Prima as well.
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This box was quite simple to assemble and embellish and will sit on my night stand to hold little trinkets while I sleep.

Friday, July 24, 2015

You Can Cut What with the Cricut?

Hey everyone!  Bad blogger here, but it is Friday!!!  Hooray!!!!   Anyway, today I have a super simple project that everyone has probably made before, something I have made here before...but today I have something new to share.

Yep, another composition book, but check out the bling!  Almost time for back to school and you know how much fun I have been having with the Buckle Boutique Rhinestone Sticker Sheets.  This time I figured out how to cut the sticker sheets with my Cricut Explore!  Woo hoo!!!!  OK, it took quite a bit of trial and error, but here is what I did.

Tape that Rhinestone Sticker Sheet down, you can see I stuck it down on my heavy duty mat and then added tape...and don't skimp on the size of the sheet you are using.  Trying to use a tiny scrap will not work (don't ask how I know that, LOL).
I created a custom setting "Buckle Boutique" on my dashboard and set the pressure to 146 and cut 2x. With those settings I was able to cut the above circle and all the circles on my composition book.

From there, it was really quite simple.  I covered the book with a bit of paper from Dena Designs for Darice and a bit of scrap ribbon I had lying around.
Added my circles and Ainsley's name that I cut using my Sizzix (you have seen me cut Rhinestone Sticker Sheets with the Sizzix before....definitely my fave way).
And I was done.  This project really came together in  no time.  I think I am still going to play around with the settings a bit more.  While I was able to consistently cut a circle, I haven't tried anything more complicated and that may take a bit of work.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Clear Scraps Sassy Mini

Sassy Mixable

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a fun little mini album I made using the Mixable Sassy 8x8 Mini from Clear Scraps along with some older Webster's Pages papers I have in my stash.  I know this is supposed to be a fall/Thanksgiving line, but I really love the colors and thought I would go ahead and try it out anyway.
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I chose to keep this mini fairly simple by using the acrylic with the double sided pages to offer most of the interest.  The cover is fairly busy, but the inside pages are mostly flat (well, for me)
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 I always enjoy the depth that the acrylic lends to my papers and embellishments.  And some day I hope to actually add photos.  hee hee
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I wonder how many of these mini albums I have that don't have any photos?  I think if I wanted I could just sit down and add photos to all these minis and totallly get caught up on my scrapping.....
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Well, in theory anyway.  I usually try to stick to keeping my minis for an event or year in review.  Hmmmm, what do you use your minis for?
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Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Whimsical Paper Lighthouse

So, a little sad that I am sharing the last couple of posts I will be doing for Core'dinations.  After almost a year of working with Core'dinations  and before that with Darice I have to say I am a bit sad that our relationship is ending.  Before I go though, I want to share with you a few fun things I made (oh, and I will continue to make with their papers....just so much fun).  So, without further Whimsical Paper Lighthouse.
Whimsical Lighthouse Supplies:
lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_suppliesStep 1:  Cut all pieces from desired colors.   I know it seems like a lot of pieces, but this project is really quite easy to assemble.
lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  From here you could simply assemble the lighthouse using the video directions from SVGCuts, or you can add some dimension and texture to your pieces by embossing.  I began with the blue pieces and the Darice Honeycomb embossing folder.
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Step 3:  For even more interest, sand the embossing to reveal the Kraft-Core underneath.
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Step 4:  Continue embossing and sanding your pieces.
lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancy keslin_emboss baseOf course, the white cardstock only needed a bit of texture, no sanding needed here.
lighthouse_coredinations_svgcuts_nancykeslin_emboss panelsStep 5:  From here I simply assembled the lighthouse using the video instructions provided and added a bit of twine around the base.
You can add a battery operated tealight or LEDs to your lighthouse to add a pleasing glow.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Happy Birthday - Chibitronics & SVGCuts

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Today I wanted to share with you a project I made with the fun LED lights from Chibitronics.  Recently, SVGCuts released the super cute collection Country Market.  Well, the minute I saw the easel box with the arrow...I knew I had to light that arrow up with my Chibitronics.

I used some older Crate Paper patterned papers, and Core'dinations cardstock, along with my Cricut Explore to create the little box (which just happens to hold a new cell phone).

Lighting up the box was so easy, especially since the SVGCuts file came with a hole in the arrow and gift box where I could run my foil tape to the battery.
Of course, even without the battery in place the box is super cute....but I really do love the way it lights up.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Get Into the Beat with The Buckle Boutique

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday.  Hope you have great plans for the weekend.

Today I wanted to share with you a fun way to personalize your headphones.  I have been told time and time again by my teens, that all the "cool kids" where headphones and not earbuds, so I thought maybe I would personalize some headphones with a bit of bling to make them even more cool.

This was a super quick and easy project...and my daughter's old Beats definitely have a second life.
 To begin create a template for your Buckle Boutique Rhinestone Sticker Sheet.  You need to know how big to cut the rhinestones afterall.  I chose the Black Zebra Stripe because they looked so cute with the fuschia headphones.  (oh, and did I mention that pattern is currently on sale?)
 If, you aren't good with scissors and a template; or if like me, you just happen to own a Sizzix circle die in the correct size.....well, cut your rhinestone sticker sheet.  Either way, scissors or Sizzix, these rhinestones are simple and easy to cut.
From here, simply peel the backing off your rhinestones and adhere.  How quick and easy is that?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Clear Scraps and Clearsnap - You Rock

Hi everyone!  I know, I know...I haven't been as attentive as I should be, but the fact is that I am a bit burned out right now, swim is a bit crazy, and really?  I just want to enjoy a bit of summer.

OK, but...I still love creating, and this month Clear Scraps was lucky enough to get the chance to play with some of Clearsnap's new Surfacez inks.  These are perfect for acrylic and all your other slick surfaces.

shhh, don't tell Ainsley, but I snagged one of her selfies for this fun and grungey layout.  hee hee

To make the layout I started with a Clear Scraps XL Deco Sheet, the 12" Doily Stencil and my new Sufacez inks from Clearsnap in Berry and Bluebell.
 I used a makeup sponge to pounce the ink through my Mascil rotating the stencil to add texture to my design.  I also pounced a bit of both of the inks on the back side of the acrylic to add a bit of depth.
I then used my 6" Polkadot stencil with black Surfacez on the front side to add another texture.
Next, a bit of Sunkissed Smooch Spritz to add a bit more color with a bit of shimmer.
Finally I mixed the Sufacez refill with a bit of water and flicked it onto my acrylic to create flecks and inked around the edges for a bit more grunge.  Of course, I managed to get a bit of ink everywhere, but...more grunge.  hee hee.
From here I simply layered a few sheets of torn My Minds Eye Papers and a Doily, added a few embellishments, my photo and was done.
This project was tons of fun to make.  The Clearsnap products worked so well on the acrylic surface.

Be sure to check out all the project on the Clear Scraps and Clearsnap blogs this week to see what the other designers came up with.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Patriotic Banner - 4th of July!

Ugh...I can't believe it is already July....where has the summer gone?  Things here are crazy busy with swim, and the season is flying by.   I haven't hardly taken any photos of the children...hopefully today as we are headed to the beach in a bit.  

Well, today I wanted to share this banner I made for Core'dinations.  I love the Basics Patterned papers...they are so fun and suit my every paper need.  OMG....and the new Tim Holtz Metallics....swoon!  They are gorgeous to say the least.  
Patriotic Banner Supplies:
banner_suppliesStep 1:  Cut Patterned papers into circle shapes.  I chose to alternate the pattern by doing some large red and some large blue.  The largest circles were cut to 6 inches.  The white Polka Dot Pops to 4 inches and the inside circles to 3 inches.  I cut enough circles to make 8 completed pennants. (four of each color and eight of the white).
banner_cut_circlesStep 2:  Cut 16 stars from the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core paper.  Don't those stars look like metal?  I have a project in mind for more of this paper, as soon as I find the time.
banner_starsStep 3:  Assemble your circles by layering the colored circles.   I created a large red circle with a blue center...
banner_redand a large blue circle with a red center, glue securely.  How fun is the mix of patterns.  There is something like 150 different papers in the set.  crazy, huh.
 Step 4:  Fold each set of circles in half and attach one of the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core stars on each half.
Step 5:  Place twine through the folded circles and adhere the circle closed.  Be sure to add plenty of adhesive as you don't want your banner to unfold or your layers to peel back.
banner_stringThis little banner is so much fun, and by having the design on both sides it can easily be used in any location.