Monday, December 16, 2013

Feeling a tad crafty!

been working on some more projects - here is another that I can now share as I have given it to the lucky kidlets!

I am sure many of you have seen this all over Pinterest, so my friend asked if this year we could do a Homemade Crafty Christmas - heck ya! She knew what she was getting as she requested it, just didn't know what the final result would be - turned out pretty sweet I must say!

Started out with a basic fence board, planed it down until it was nice and smooth, stained it with a favorite Minwax color Tudor and once dried over night, gave it a light sand with a find sandpaper.  Once cleaned up with tac cloth, started my stamping! I used my Tim Holtz Numeric Stamp Set from Stampers Anonymous with Ranger Ink's Jet Black Archival Ink - measured and spaced accordingly! And of course used my Tim Holtz Grid Blocks to apply the stamped image.  

Here are a few close ups of the process...

Measuring up the inch marks I simply lined up the measuring tape and angle square and marked it off with a fine point sharpie.  I went back later with the broad tip permanent marker.  Making sure to allow to dry for at least 24 hours before applying the clear finish.

Here is the final result! The board is 6 feet 2" in height but once screwed into the wall at the correct height (6" off the floor), will allow for them to measure the kidlets up to the height of 6'7"

Thanks for popping by and checking it all out!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

31 Moments in December...

As usual I am putting my own twist on something that is 'hot' right now (#decemberdaily).  I love the idea of it, but know that I and the person who I made this for simply do not have the time to do what it meant for a December Daily.

So my take on it is a "31 Moments in December!"  I used the Zutter (Teresa Collins) File Tab Chipboard Covers (3 pc) and decorated them up with the Teresa Collins Santa's List Collection along with a few of the add on's in the collection (File Folders, Envelopes, Borders, Decorative Tape and Sticker Sheet)
Here are a few close ups...

These Chipboard (book board weight) covers are about 7" x 13" in size so had to do some piecing, but hard to see unless you really look (so don't look too hard)!  There are three covers in the set, so in between the covers I inserted a variety of pages with accents, flips and folds. It is held together using 7 Gypsies Medium Binding Rings (Black).

I punched out the numbers from the Santa's List Music Sheet  using a 1 1/2" circle punch and set them throughout the album.

I don't expect there to be a photo for every memory, so on several of them I have simply decorated up a journaling card for a 'memory' to be documented! The journaling cards are either the Santa's List Notecards 12x12 Sheet or from the Die Cut Accessories Sheet (also 12x12").  The page below is the Snowflakes 12x12" Sheet scored and folded and a decorated tag adhered on the edge to act as a closure.

Many of the pages are blank, but what was left over in the collection along with some coordinating cardstock, I gave with it so they could add their own finishing touches.

As you can see above and below, not all the pages are the same size - changed it up a bit as that seems to be my style right now!

below is the inside of the above page.

Here I created a version of the Heidi Swapp Photostack so some extra real estate!

Below on the left side are two Santa's Letters cut up to use for the two kidlets in the house and of course to have a great memory for 2013 (since they are two and half and one year). The right hand side has two file folders tied together for more moments and memories to be saved.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Merry Christmas to YOU!

It is that time of year again, year end is quickly approaching and it is time for a... appreciation for all your continued support over the year(s), I am offering this amazing deal for the rest of the 2013!  Not only is it 'pre-inventory' but it is 'Thank You' for your loyalty!  So for 25 Days in December it is  20% off all stock!

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Last day of shipping before Christmas is Monday December 23 and will resume for December  27 & 30 and then back to regular shipping 
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Great time to stock up - get your favorites and enjoy your creativeness.

Have a wonderful holiday season everyone - stay safe!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Just a little inspiration....

We had the pleasure of meeting our 5 year old niece and 2 year old nephew this summer....wait - meet you say? Yup, hubby's sister lives down in Texas so she and the family do not get to come 'home' much.  I hadn't seen my sister & brother-in-law since 2006, so needless to say, it was well overdue!  I promised the kids I would make them a mini album for them to 'man-handle' at their own accord.

The album is Farm House Dry Goods 6x6" Binding Album that I simply decorated with an older Prima 6x6" paper pad called Road Trip.  I have had it for a while and loved the colors and thought it would go perfect with their trip to Canada! Again, it is very simple, due to the kids' ages and knowing they would love to know that it was for them and they could look at it all they wanted and not have to worry about wrecking anything.

Here are a few closer pictures....

All the paper is from the Prima Paper Pad except for a couple sheets of solid cardstock that I simply took from my scrap pile.  I also added a few strips of Washi Tape, used a Marvy Uchida Flower Punch and Circle Punch.  The larger letters are from Heidi Swapp (Invisibles), again - just using up some of my stash!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Creative Weekend... Part 3!

Woke up to yet another brisk morning -

This is such a beautiful place to get the perfect photo - so much to see (if you are a prairie girl)! I have this fascination with fence posts, my uncle always loved to look at them and especially took pride in the ones I took at his place as they were always perfectly straight!

Day 3 results - not a lot accomplished in the form of scrapbooking, but five was all I could manage that day as I was trying had to not drop it all and hit the art journal!

here we go....layout #1 is a 12x12" pocket page with 6 4x6" pockets.  The only embellishment I did on this page was to use a We R Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy Grid Card  fancied up with some Film Strip Washi Tape by Love My Tapes, a stamped chevron from my 7 Gypsies Clear Stamp Set Postale Par Avion and a rub on from the Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs 'Words' - oh, and I finished it off with an American Crafts Date Stamp!

The flip side is layout #2 - here I used 7 Gypsies Antiquaries Postal Paper Collection to create three inserts. Working from top to bottom... used the Crafter's Workshop Sunburst template (but you could easily use Tim Holtz Rays) with yup, you guessed it - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs! Then added a Tim Holtz Compass Coin with a metal floral brad that was distressed with some Inka Gold - Copper. The stamped letters are from Cocoa Daisy's Stamp Kit of the Month (don't ask which month please)!  Next one is simple, a few Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs , again from 'Words' but broken up so they looked stamped, the AC Date Stamp again and then just made a flag banner with the paper and rolled the top and stapled using the Tiny Attacher. The last one is pretty simple as well - just added some Prima Mechanicals along with a Tim Holtz Wire Pin.

here is a close up of the mechanical's - adhered with Glossy Accents.

Layout #3 is once again a 12x12" but this time using 6x4", 4x6" and 2x12" pocket page!  Here I used 7 Gypsies Off the Wall Paper for the 2x12" border strip and once again used the We R Memory Keepers Memories Made Easy Grid Cards and made my own embellished card.  'Journey' is once again from the Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs 'Words', I popped up the words 'Enjoy the' using 3L Foam Squares and the stamp is from My Favorite Things Enjoy the Journey.

Layout #4 is the reverse - all same products except the addition of Kaisercraft's Texture Stamp Chevron to make it look like tire tracks!

  Layout #5 is a page out of the Becky Higgins Project Life Small Variety Pack 1 to which i simply added two decorative tags that I created using EK Success French General Labels in Glassine Envelope.  I love this line, I think that the internet simply does not do it justice.  The tags are sticky back, some are are fabric - yes, I said fabric!  They ink up beautifully and lay well!  The stamp used is the Hero Arts Calendar Stamp and then '2010' is from Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs 'Numbers'.

Here is a close up of the tags...

Now comes the fun stuff!  Finally got to my Art Journal (Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal) - I had seen a post on Pinterest of a lady doing some very inspiring forms of art journaling - this is my take on that page! Her name is Vicky and her site is amazing!

My background is 7 Gypsies Collage Tissue Numero, my papers are from an older 6x6" pad (sorry, just can't remember which one). I used Liquitex's Light Modeling Paste mixed with Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Paint Black and it does not dilute when mixed!  I then used my Prima Finnabair Stencil 'Checker' and my Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Schoolhouse for the numbers.

Here is a close up of the texture.

This next one is still a work in progress.  I used Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap 'Composer' and created a rough Canadian Flag using the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves stamp, and then some Tim Holtz Distress Kraft Cardstock.  The red ink used is Wendy Vecchi's new Archival Red Geranum and then I sprayed some Mister Huey Classic Dark Calico.  The whole idea of the page was to use some Tim Holtz Frosted Film, but it just didn't do what I wanted it to. 

You can see below the remnants of the Frosted Film - since I took the photo though, it is all come off.  I wanted to to be a top dress over the maple leaf and I then was cutting it away so it looked like the leaf was breaking free from it's constraints....yah - that didn't work!  That stuff does not stick well once it has been inked up!  I wanted to stick it down with some form of glue...tried Mono, Glossy Accents - none would stick!  Now as I type this, wondering if Glue Dots might have worked...dang it! The leave is a stencil I have a friend cut out for me on her cricut simply using a scrap piece of cardstock.  I then used Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste and sprayed over top of it using Ranger Adirondack Color Wash Spray 'Red Pepper'.  It looked so cool...or at least it would have!

One day I may get back to it, or it may just be one of those pages with a story behind it!

Thanks for popping by, hopefully it won't be as long next time for me to share some creativity!  In the mean time, be sure to head over to my Facebook page for more regular postings!