Monday, August 31, 2015

New Meet At The Scrappers Corner For September

Can you believe it is already September!?!
 My kids are back in school and we are settling back into our school year routines.

A new challenge starts today at Meet At the Scrappers Corner. The theme is always anything goes with a Bestie.
I made two inspiration cards for this months challenge.
For the first one I used Image 663. She is colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

The second is a 3D Printable Bestie. These images are so fun to use. They are pre-colored and can be cut out with a Cricut Explore or other cutting machine. 

Hope you will stop by and check out our challenge. Have an awesome day!

Challenges Entered
Scrapbook Stamp Society
My Besties International
My Besties en Francais

You're So Berry Sweet

Hi everyone. 
Today marks the start of a new challenge for the

I used Image 671 with the Strawberry Shaped Card from The Cutting Cafe
It goes perfectly with this adorable image!
The sentiment is a stamp from Virginia Turtle Stamps
I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Markers. 

Please stop by and check out the projects from the rest of the WWO DT and join our challenge. 

Can't wait to see your cards!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Steampunk Mini Envelope Album

Do you ever make a project that you are totally surprised by? 
This is one of those projects for me...I started out having NO idea what I was doing. 
Honestly, I was a little intimidated. 
I couldn't be more happy with the way my mini album turned out. 

My mini album started out looking like this.

 (I made the cover a tad bit bigger than the envelops that I used for the inside pages) The cardboard is from a cereal box. I sprayed the cardboard with Craft Bond and put it on the paper.

I cut each one of the corners off the front and back covers, wrapped the paper around and glued it down. Then I took the skinnier piece put it pattern side down, aligned the front and back covers on the sides and adhered them together to make a book.
  I hope I haven't totally confused you with those instructions. 

Once I had the book formed made, I covered the entire thing with Duct Tape. Then I put those little bumps all over using my hot glue gun. That's right...the bumps are just little hot glue beads. After the beads were done cooling I painted the cover with 2 coats of Gesso. (Let dry between each coat)
I have a step by step tutorial with lots of pictures on making a cover similar to this one HERE

While I was waiting for the Gesso to dry,  I used this THIS video to create the mini album binding. 

Now that the Gesso is dry, we are going to have some fun with egg shells! 
This was another first for me. A crafty friend had mentioned this tutorial over at Such a Pretty Mess. There's so many possibilities with this! 
To start you have you soak your egg shells (you want them to be big you just cracked them open and have 2 halves) in warm water with a couple drops of Dawn dish soap for awhile. ( I soaked them for a couple hours while I was doing other things). Come back and gently peel the lining out of the shell. (For pictures refer to THIS tutorial from Such a Pretty Mess) 
After I peeled the lining out I let the eggs dry. When the shells were all dry I started adding them to the cover of my mini album. You start by putting adhesive on your project. Then you grab a chunk of egg shell and push it with your finger. It will crack and lay flat on the adhesive. 

When I was done attaching egg shells, I let the cover sit so the adhesive could dry. Then I added one more coat of Gesso over the entire cover (egg shells included) and let dry. 

P.S...I found those little nut thingys in my husbands stuff in the garage. I adhered them with E6000. 

While the Gesso was drying I started working on the journaling cards and envelope pages. 

Journaling card front...


2nd journaling card front...

and back. I used hot glue to attach the metal pieces and bow to the journaling cards. 

I painted the cover with copper paint. It took a couple coats to cover it completely. After it was dry I sprayed it with Heidi Swapp black color shine spray

and took my heat tool to it for a bit. Then I dabbed off the extra with a paper towel and let sit over night. Really, this should dry for a few days, but I am not patient enough to wait a few days. Instead I just dealt with getting black stuff on my fingers whenever I touched the cover. 

The zipper started out white. I sewed the zipper to some card stock and then tore off the edges. Then I hot glued nuts to the paper and painted it metallic copper (Hand Made Modern brand paint). Once the paint was dry I inked the edges and the zipper with  StazOn Jet Black ink. 
Then I attached it to the cover. 

I used My Bestie image Scan00062 for the cover. She is colored her with Spectrum Noir markers. 

Here is the back of the mini album. 

Now for the inside...

I bought this pocket watch SVG from My Bestie Shop. They have some super cute SVGs. 

The Steampunk hat is an SVG from the My Bestie Shop also. 

Each page is an envelope, so there's lots of room to store pictures, 
notes or other keepsakes in this mini album. 

Doing this project was not only fun, I learned a lot. 
One thing I learned is that envelope mini albums use A LOT of score tape.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I didn't bore you to death with this long post! 

Challenges Entered

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Bestie SVG Guest Designer

Hello! I hope you are enjoying this fabulous Saturday. 

Today I have the pleasure of being a guest designer for My Bestie SVGs.  Sherri Ann Baldy has so SUPER cute SVGs. If you haven't checked them out, you totally should!

The digi I used is IMG43722. She comes with her face and eyes already colored.
I finished coloring her with watercolor pencils. 

I used the Barrel SVG and made the card out of it in Cricut Design Space. To do this you just weld 2 of the barrel bases together at the top. 

The leaves on my card were made with a die-namites die...Leafy Flourish.
 It's my favorite flourish die. 
The butterfly is a Joy Crafts die...6003/0033
The hay bail (my 8 year olds idea) is from the Old West Cricut image set and
the dragonfly is from the Pagoda Cricut image set. 

The flowers are made from the 7 Layer Scallop SVG. I only used 3 of the layers. To give the flowers a little dimension, I cut into the flower to make petals. 

The bottom flower is an example of the flower before I cut into it. 
After I was done with the petals I inked the edges of each petal with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. For the pink flowers I used Picked Raspberry and for the purple I used Dusty Concord. 
When the inking was finished I sprayed the flowers with water. (You don't need a lot of water...just a misting. This helps relax the paper so it's easier to form or roll.) 
For this next part you will need some kind of mat to work on. I use the pad I use for stamping. If you don't have one you could use a mouse pad or something similar. 
I used clay sculpting tools and gently push down on the flower and moved the tool in a circular motion. This makes the flower kinda fold up on itself. (A good substitute for a clay sculpting tool would be the end of a paint brush or a pen).

I love this technique! It really brings the flowers to life. This is something that I have learned from The Cutting Cafe. They have a video you can watch HERE

I attached one of each of the sizes of flowers together to make one flower. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a fabulous weekend! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Altered Paper Bag and Prima Doll Tag

Hello! Today I have an altered paper bag and Prima doll tag to share with you. 
The bag was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. 

The embellishments came from a bunch of different places. 
The butterfly and dragonfly are from Renea Bouquests,
The flowers are from Kraft Supplies 4 U and the seam binding is from Gone Artsy

The ribbon on the tag is also from Gone Artsy
The tiny bird nest is from Renea Bouquests

Thank you for stopping by today! Have an awesome night. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beautiful Mermaid and DT Call Extension

Hi everyone! 
I have a fun card to share with you today made from one of Ady Amanza's digis. 
This digi actually comes in a digital coloring book called Siren Dreams. The coloring book has 10 digi stamps and 2 pre colored images. I absolutely love these images! They are gorgeous. If you would like to check out more of Ady's doll art you can find her blog HERE.

To create the background I used Tim Holtz distress inks. 
The sunset is done with Victorian Velvet, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey. 
The water is done with Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans. 
I used Decorative Accents sand to make the beach and some tiny little shells. The starfish and sand dollars were cut with my Cricut Explore. 

I used watercolor pencils to color the image and then added sequins to her tail. 
The sequins are from Virginia Turtle Stamps

Good news!!! We have extended the DT call for Ady's digis. If you are interested in being on this awesome DT and working with these beautiful images please email me at with your name, pictures of 3 of your best projects, 
current/passed DT positions, and a little bit about yourself.
 Ady's Design Team will have a term of 6 months. Design team members will be required to have an active blog, do 2 assignments a month, enter projects in a minimum of 3 challenges, share projects in/on social media groups.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!