Monday, June 30, 2014

Posy Holder DIY Wedding

Good morning!  I hope your day is off to a great start.  Today I wanted to share with you this tutorial I made for Darice featuring gorgeous Core'dinations papers, Martha Stewart trims, and the most adorable little chalk boards. 
Posy wedding aisle decoration supplies:

Step 1: To form the cone, I used a large plate to trace a 1/2 circle out of the Whitewash Coredination's  paper (my plate was about 11 inches).  I love the soft, shabby look this paper has once sanded.  I cut a small piece out of the circle to make it less bulky when rolled.
Step 2:  After sanding, I placed a piece of double sided tape on the back side of the semi circle across one of the edges.  This will hold the cone together and create a clean seam.

Step 3:  Roll the cone tightly, being sure to keep a nice point at the bottom.  Once rolled you can do any additional sanding necessary, but it really is much easier to sand the flat surface..
Step 4:  Embellish the top of the cone with a bit of the lace duct tape and some flower ribbon.

Step 5:  For the bottom of the cone, I made a smaller cone using the same technique with a doily.  I poked a couple of holes into the bottom of the cone and then threaded a jump ring through it.  I used a headpin through the pearl bead to create a dangle.
Step 6:  For the finaly embellishment, I used Zip Dry to attach a small piece of the leaf ribbon, some pearls, and a large flower to the chalkboard tag and clipped to the cone.
To hang the cone, you can use either more of the small string pearls or the ribbons.  For this one, I chose the pearl string.  All that is left is to fill your posy decoration.

Such a fun and special item for that perfect day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beauty - Prima Scrapbooking

Good morning bloggers!  Hope your day is off to a good one.  Today I wanted to share with you a scrapbook layout I made using some older Prima Marketing papers and other gorgeous Prima goodies.

With the help of a Creative Scrappers sketch and some lovely mists and sprays I came up with this scrapbook layout of Mackenzie at the piano.  
So fun creating the background and coloring the ATC card.  I hope you like it.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Feather Acrylic Bookmark - Clear Scraps

Good morning everyone!  Hope your Monday is off to a great start.  I am a little late sharing this, but Saturday I had this fun tutorial up on the Clear Scraps blog on making a bookmark from one of the Clear Scraps Feather Mixers.

To begin, you will need your Clear Scrap Feather Mixers, coordinating acrylic paint colors, a paint brush, and paper towels.
Begin by painting your first layer of paint onto the feather.  After paint begins to dry, wipe gently to remove some of the paint, revealing some of the clear acrylic.

Continue adding layers of color and removing excess paint from the acrylic as it dries.

Lastly I splattered bits of white paint over the top.
If you like, you can add a layer of Glossy Accents to seal the paint and add an extra layer of shine.

Who wouldn't love this fun bookmark to do their summer reading?


Friday, June 20, 2014

Snapshots - Scrapbooking

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  Things are finally settling down around here.  That was a quick couple of weeks.  Amazing how quickly cabana swim season sucks up my life.  lol

Anyway, enough abou me....How about today I share with you another layout I made.  This time using some Simple Stories papers.  I love this collection.  So different for me.

My not so littles anymore and our good friend Chris.  We had everyone over for lunch (of course, not everyone is pictured) while we discussed our plans for Brighton and Chris to room together next fall at UCSC.  Oh goodness they grow up so fast!  And how much do I love that look on Mackenzie's face.  shhhhh, don't tell her.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Prima - Mini Album

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great day today.

Today I wanted to share with you a little mini album I made using some of the ATC cards I have accumulated from different Prima Collections.  These little cards are perfect for pocket scrapbooks (which I don't do, hmmmm) ATC cards....again, don't do, and greeting cards....hmmmm, finding a theme here.  lol

What's a girl to do?  I used a bit of washi tape and glued them together to create a mini album.  Cause that you know I do do.  lol

Just a few of the photos from last years trip to beautiful and such a great adventure for our family.

Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, June 16, 2014

You Make Me Smile

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  Things here are still crazy busy, but I am trying to be a better blogger.  Funny, you would think with summer I would have so much more time.

Today I want to share with you this layout I made using some older Fancy Pants papers and some of the super fun clear banners from Clear Scraps.  Did you know you can use your Stazon ink to stamp on them?  Then, I used my Kaisercraft Kaiserfusion markers to color.  So super fun, and so unique.
I really love this photo of Ainsley, she is growing so fast.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Beach Memories - Scrapbooking

Hi everyone!  Goodness, summer has come on hard and fast.  You wouldn't believe how crazy busy things have been around here.  I have barely had time to breathe, much less blog.  sorry.

Anyway, all my little kittens are home for the summer and I hope soon to have more days like this one we spent at the beach.  I love the beach.  And I love this new collection from Prima Marketing.  The soft, muted colors are perfect for our northern California beaches.

Surprisingly enough, this day we actually had blue skies and sun.  lol....


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Topiary Tutorial - Darice and Core'dinations

Hello everyone!  Ah, summertime!  I so adore being out of school...long lazy days and beautiful weather.  I think a trip to the beach is in order.  But before I go, how about I share with you this topiary I made for Darice with Core'dinations paper and a few basic craft supplies.

Spring DIY topiary supplies:

Step 1: The first step is the most fun – creating the flowers.  I chose three beautiful colors of Core’dinations cardstock for my paper flowers. Then, I used my Cricut electronic cutting machine and the Flower Shoppe cartridge to create a ton of flower die cuts.  I cut each of the spiral flowers to 2.5 inches.  I was able to get 16 flowers per sheet of cardstock. Cut Cricut Flowers
Step 2: Assemble the flower die cuts.  Each assembled flower should measure approximately 1 1/4 inches across.  You don’t want to roll them too tightly.
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Step 3: I sanded each flower to expose the lighter core of the paper as well as open up the flower.  You can see the difference below.
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Step 4: When you complete the sanding process, begin gluing the flowers to the Styrofoam ball in a random pattern.
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Step 5: If you would like to make a double DIY topiary like mine, cut the dowel rod into multiple pieces. The lower rod should be 12 inches and the top rod 3 inches.  Stick one dowel rod into each of the flower balls and then the shorter lollipop into the longer. Place the Styrofoam disk into the flower pot and then the lollipop flower through that.
Step 6: Add some moss to the top of the pot to hide the disk.
Step 7: Add a pretty satin bow to the base of the DIY topiary flower ball.
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 I hope you give this spring DIY topiary a try.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Countdown to Disney Tri Fold Frame

Happy Friday everyone!  Wow, this week has just flown by.  Today I want to share with you a project I made for Clear Scraps.  I love this Tri Fold Mouse Frame, and with our upcoming trip to Disney, I couldn't resist creating a countdown calendar.  Yes, I know my littles aren't so little, but it is still fun to countdown the days till we spend some quality time with Mickey!  lol
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I love that with the tri fold I could have sections for both photos as well as the "countdown".   Of course, I needed to add an old photo when they really were little, as well as a more recent shot with Mickey.
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To add the "countdown" I carefully drilled small holes in the acrylic while the paper was still protecting both sides and then inserted my cup hooks.  The acrylic easily held the hooks in place.  Then, I just added a bound set of numbers, 0-9 to each hook that I made with my Bind-it-All.  A bit of baker's twine holds them in place.
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So, how does your family plan for Disney?  Do you do a countdown?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Stenciled Brag Book

Hello everyone!  I hope your day is off to a great start.  I know mine is. 

A bit back, I made this tutorial for Darice and wanted to share it here as well.   I know many people  have trouble with stenciling so I have included lots of tips to help you with the process.

Stenciled-brag-book-DariceStenciled Rose Covered Brag Book Supplies:

Tip 1.  To begin a project like this, I find it easier if I make a sample of my design on a piece of scrap paper.  This way, if I don't like the design, I don't have to try and get the paint off to start over.  You don't need to be neat, or are just trying to decide on the design.
sample_stencil_brag bookTip 2.  Start with the lightest color in your design and work toward the darker colors.  You can always make a color darker, but you can't make it lighter.  The center of my rose was the cantaloupe, followed by the pink flamingo, and finally the outside in raspberry.  You may find it helpful to wipe your stencil as you move it around the brag book.
light to dark_brag book_darice_nancy keslinTip 3.  When you are stenciling an image that is on the edge of the stencil material, it can be helpful to add a border of tape to prevent any paint over flow.  Both the flower and the leaf I chose were very close to the edge of the stencil.  Adding a bit of tape to the edges helped ensure a clean image with no paint being pounced over the edge.
tape edges_stencil_brag book_nancy keslin_dariceTip 4.  Allow the paint to dry before beginning the next layer.  I waited a good half hour before coming back and laying the leaf stencil over the top of my flowers.
brag book_darice_nancy keslin_leavesStenciling can be a lot of fun, and with just a few helpful tips, can come out lovely every time.
Stenciled-brag-book-Darice-1I hope you give stenciling and this brag book a try!