Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thinking of you with Through the Craft Room Door

It's Tuesday and that means that it's time for a new challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. As always the theme is anything goes.
 Our sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri.   The design team has made some amazing cards for inspiration...you can check them out by clicking HERE.

I chose to use the Pickled Potpourri Image - Daydreaming image. It is perfect for a thinking of you card. 
I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. I am still in the process of learning to color with them. I am slowly starting to get better. Practice makes perfect...Right?!?!

I cut strips of white cardstock and embossed it with my new cut'n'boss. Can I just say how much I LOVE this machine!  So much fun to use! 
After I embossed the strips of paper with the Woodgrain folder, I used Tim Holtz Antique Linen Ink Pad to add a little color to the "boards".
The flowers and the sign are Cricut images I cut out with my Cricut Explore. 

I scored along side the window and folded up the shutters to give the window a little dimension. 

This is a picture of the inside of the card. I used Spectrum Noir markers to draw the scene in the window.

I hope you have enjoyed my project for today. Thank you for stopping by Toadally Love To Craft! Have an amazing day! 

 Pickled Potpourri Image - Daydreaming 
Cricut Explore 
Cricut Image sets...Christmas, Disney-Pooh and Friends, Straight From the Nest 
Cut'N'Boss Embosser & Die Cutter
Teresa Collins Woodgrain Cottage Embossing Folder

Spectrum Noir Markers...
Skin: FS1, FS4, FS5
Hair: CR8, TN8, EB5, EB8
Dress: PL2, PL3, Pl5
Wall: IB1, BT2, BT3
Floor and outside window: TN6, TN7, TN8,EB5
Sky: BT1
Tree: EB6, EB7, DG1, DG2, DG3
Inside window trim: IG1, IG2

White Gelly Roll Pen
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Scotch ATG

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On An Air Adventure

Have you heard?!?! Cricut is releasing the new Cricut Explore Air on Feb. 18th.
 I've had the Explore for almost a year now and couldn't LOVE it more! Well, except now that they have an iPad app. I'm in crafting heaven! 
A Facebook group that I am a part of is having a contest to win a Cricut Explore Air and I have entered a Steampunk Swap. So, I am using my canvas for both =)
Project entries for the Cricut contest have to support an "Air" theme and use the color blue.  
Here's what I came up with...

It's an 11x14in canvas.
I know I have said this before, but I LOVE working with Regina's files!
 Her files make crafting so easy.  

I didn't know exactly how I was going to do the balloon when I first started this project. I just knew that I wanted it to be 3D. 

I started by cutting 7 balloons out of card stock and scoring them down the middle.

I put two balloons together and duct taped over both sides. Since I had an odd number I just folded one in half and taped it.

I added little beads of hot glue and then painted the balloons with Gesso.

As I was waiting for the balloons to dry I watched THIS video to learn how to paint a night sky on the canvas. It was much easier than I had thought it would be. 

Once the balloons were dry I hot glued them together. I used the same steps to make the balloons Steam Punk as I did in the Altered Composition Notebook I made. You can find that tutorial HERE.

The basket is made out of a small box that I covered with corrugated card board. I put little hot glue bubbles on it and then painted it. 

The cute little Steam Punk Love image in the frame, I found on Pinterest. 

The chains are attached to the inside of the box with hot glue and the gears are attached with E6000. 
I used Gel Medium to adhere the balloon and the basket to the canvas.   

I made the sand bags out of some scrap fabric...it wasn't the exact color I wanted so I painted it. I also painted the dark blue roses to match. 

I used the Explore to write on the flag. The writing feature is one of my favorite things about the Explore. I use it all the time for the inside of cards, tags, and envelops. 

 I had so much fun making this canvas! 

Thank you for stopping by Toadally Love To Craft! Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fun With Dress Forms With The Cutting Cafe

I'm going to put my husband on the spot today and tell you all he does not like the project I am about to share with you. HOW DARE he say something like that! RIGHT?!?! Well, actually, his sometimes brutal honesty is something I admire about him and our relationship. Whenever I cook something he doesn't like...he lets me know. He says he has to tell me so I don't keep making it. Lol.
 Okay, enough about my husband and on to today's post for The Cutting Cafe.

We were able to choose from the following files for today's assignment...
Each of these files are super cute and so easy to work with. Even if you don't have a fancy cutting machine...Regina's files also come in PDF form. 

I chose to use the Fun With Dress Forms for my project today.  I got the paper from the local stamp/scrapbook store here in Palmer. The wooden plaque came from Value Village.

I painted the plaque, sewing needles, scissors and measuring tape  with a couple layers of Gesso and let it dry. I found an old sewing pattern that belonged to my Grandma and glued it to the plaque with E6000 Spray Adhesive. I let that dry for a bit and then painted over the pattern with a couple layers of watered down Gesso. After that was all dry I glued on the measuring tape with E6000 and then put the dress form on the plaque with foam squares. I used Gel Medium to attach the buttons, beads, sewing needles, and scissors. Then I moved on to the 3D Paper Flowers (A Cutting Cafe File), leaves, and chain which are also attached with E6000 (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite adhesives). The pearls in the center of the flowers are attached with hot glue.

Here's a few more pictures of my creation...

Be sure visit The Cutting Cafe Blog to see the Design Teams inspirational post on the 7th and 21st of every month. If you leave a comment you will be entered in a chance to win 3 free files of your choice.

Thank you for stopping by Toadally Love To Craft! I hope you have been inspired =) Happy Crafting! 

Challenges Entered 
Scrapper's Delights Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting by designs - Anything Goes
Craft your passion - Anything Goes
Craft From the Heart  - Anything Goes
Art By Miran - Anything Goes

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Football Canvas

Hi everyone! It's time for a new challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. The Challenge runs from Feb. 10 - Feb16. As always, the theme is anything goes. The winner gets a $10.00 gift card from our sponsor...Just Inked.
 I was so excited when I saw this Football image. I knew it was something that my son would love. So I decided to make him a canvas to hang in his room. 
I printed the image on cardstock, colored it with watercolor pencils and then fussy cut it.

I had an idea of what I wanted the back ground of the canvas to look like but had NO idea how to do it. So, I went to YouTube and found THIS video on how to paint a sky. 
I followed the steps in the video to paint the sky and the grass. Keep in mind that you have to work fast during this process so the paint doesn't dry while you are trying to blend it.
these are the steps I took:
1) Gather all the supplies you will need and get them ready...A jar/glass of water, 2 paint brushes (1 to paint with and 1 dry one to blend with), a canvas, Gesso, paints and paper towels.
2) Paint the canvas with water
3) Paint the canvas with your wet paint brush and Gesso
4) Clean the paint brush
5) Starting at the top of the canvas paint it blue (as you move down the canvas the paint will naturally get lighter) Paint a little past where you want your sky to end
6) Take your dry paint brush and lightly brush over your wet paint. This will blend it a little more and helps to remove any lines there might be. 
7) Wash out and dry your blending brush 

You will repeat the steps above for the grass on the canvas.

Once I had the canvas all painted and dry, I set the image on the canvas where I wanted it and lightly outlined the bottom of it with pencil.  

For the shading I blended some green and brown paint together. I took the dry paint brush and lightly dipped it in the paint and then wiped off the excess. I painted the shading over the pencil line on both sides by going in a circular motion. I then placed my image on the canvas to see if I liked the shading. I ended up adding more shading underneath the helmet and calling it good (let dry).

I attached the image by spraying the back of it with E6000 and letting it sit for a few seconds. Then I gently placed it on the canvas flipped the canvas over and rubbed the back of it where the image was to make sure it was secure.   

Just Inked image...Football image
11x14 Canvas
Recollection Cardstock
Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
E6000 Spray adhesive
Real Blue, Nutmeg Brown, and Kelly Green Acrylic Paint

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges...
Party Time Tuesdays #195 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Art By Miran #25 - Anything Goes
Craft You Passion #248 - Anything Goes
Sami Stamps #22 - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by Toadally Love To Craft! Be sure to stop by  Through the Craft Room Door and join in the fun. Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Getting Ready For Valentine's Day With The Cutting Cafe

I can't believe it's already February! My mom always told be that the older you get the faster time goes. I hate to admit it, but she was right! Anyhoo, 

It's inspiration time over at The Cutting Cafe. Regina (the owner) has everything you'll need to get ready for Valentine's Day. Today, I made projects using the I Heart U Word Shaped CardMailbox Template and the Valentine's Day Coupons. Here's a picture of what the coupons look like. 

I just love them! I think my husband will too =) 
I printed 5 sheets of these and made a little coupon book.

I used my YourStory book binder and Laminator to bind the book. I've had it for over a year and hadn't used it to make books yet. It's super easy to do and it turned out really cute.
I used My Minds Eye cardstock to make the cover. I found a video on YouTube that explains how to make your own cover...you can find that video HERE. The hearts were cut out with my Cricut Explore...they are from the Image Set Tie the Knot. 

The  I Heart U Word Shaped Card is a shaker card. I used my Explore to cut out the pieces for the card. The shaking parts, I made by using a tiny heart shaped paper punch.  

Putting little spots on the card like this something that I learned from Miss Regina. They add the perfect finishing touch to my card. 

I absolutely LOVE the mailboxes! The file comes with two different styles of boxes. 
I think I will be making the other style really soon! 

Thank you for stopping by Toadally Love To Craft today. Don't forget to check out The Cutting Cafe's inspirational post on the 7th for more ideas. If you leave a comment you will be entered in a chance to win 3 free cutting files of your choice.  

Challenges Entered