Thursday, October 25, 2012

You're My Number One Frame

Hello all! Today I am sharing a frame that I made for my son, using the new Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood Champion stamp set and a $1 frame I bought at a craft store.  This is an easy project to make, but one that the little athlete in your life will love.

I started with this plain wood frame.

I painted the wood frame with a coat of blue acrylic paint.   Acrylic paint dries very quickly on wood, so you won't have to wait very long for it to dry.

Next I added four pieces of ribbon, one for each side of the frame.  

I used a tacky glue to adhere the ribbon in the back of the frame and then added my photo.

I colored my image from the new Mulberry Wood Champion stamp set with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, using colors that coordinated with my photo.  (Colors show below.)   I also stamped the matching sentiment, "You're my Number One" from the stamp set.  This darling stamp doesn't show a specific sport in it, so it will work for all kinds of sports pictures.   

Spectrum Noir colors used: IG2, IG4, IG5, IG6, IG10, TN2, TN3, CG1, CG2, TB2, TB4, TB5

Once I glued down my stamped image and sentiment, I was all done.   Though this afternoon project was an easy and quick one, my son was absolutely thrilled with it!  

Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

DIY Holiday Treats Bag

Good morning crafters!  One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking

homemade treats and sharing them with friends and loved ones.  In fact, 

it's the only time I bake anything that doesn't come from a box!   This year

I have decided to create a treat bag for the cookies, rather than buying containers.

This treat bag was incredibly easy to make and I think people will really appreciate 

the special touch it brings.

To create the base of the treat bag, you will need (1) 12 x 12 piece 
of cardstock.  You will cut the 12 x 12 cardstock into (1) 6 x 12" 
paper and (1) 6 x 10" paper.  Using your Boxer Board, score the 
6 x 12 " paper 2 1/2 inches from one end and 2 inches from the 
other end, as shown below.

On the 6 x 10 inch paper, you will make one score line 2 1/2 inches 
from one end of your paper.

Once you have scored the two pieces, you will glue the two papers 
together using the 2 1/2 inch scored sides for both.   Place your glue 
on the small 2 1/2 " scored section of your smaller piece.  You will 
then place the 2 1/2 inch scored side of your larger piece right on 
top it, making sure to line up all the edges.   This will be the bottom 
of your bag.

For my treat bag, I added a clear cellophane bag filled with 
Hershey kisses.  (It's too early for Christmas baking and I had 
a chocolate attack thinking about what to fill the bag with.)

Once you have added your goodies, you will fold up your bag.  The 1 " 
scored section of your larger piece will fold over the smaller one.

While the top 1" is folded over, you will punch two holes 1/2 inch 
from the top of your bag.  Make sure you also punch through the 
top of your cellophane bag as well.  Thread a ribbon through the 
two holes and make a bow.  This will keep the bag closed and nestled 
in your treat bag.

For the outside of my bag, I colored the versatile Swalk The Present 
stamp set, using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and matted the 
image with red card stock.  (Colors listed below image.)  The 
perfect sentiment, "For you at Christmas", was from the 
Humphrey Hello Rudolph stamp set.

Spectrum Noir colors used: Clothes and hair bows: DR3, DR5; 
present: CG1, CG2, DG2, DG4; skin EB1, EB2; hair and eyes: EB5, EB8; 
shoes: WG5, WG7.

Do you enjoy baking during the holiday season?  What treats are you 
most looking forward to indulging in this year?  

I am entering my project in the following challenges:

Lil Red Wagon - Bow-dacious
Enjoy the rest of your day!  I'll be enjoying the rest of the chocolate ;)


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Crafter's Companion's Fall Colors challenge

This month we are celebrating Autumn over at the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog.  So get out a Crafter's Companion product (stamp, Spectrum Noir markers, etc)  and make something that reminds you of Fall so you can enter to win 2 six-packs of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers!  It can be Autumn images, sentiments, or colors.  It's all up to you how you want to interpret it.  My favorite thing about Autumn is the gorgeous, warm colors.  

To create my card, I stamped butterflies from the Flying Colors stamp set onto both paper and a clear transparency.  On the back of the stamp on the transparency I applied pink, orange, and yellow alcohol ink.  (For a full tutorial on how to do this, check out my link HERE.)  Once it dried, I cut out the butterflies.

I then added the butterflies on the transparencies to the paper butterflies I had cut out, adhering them in the center where the glue wouldn't be visible.  I also bent the transparency wings back slightly so it would be more three-dimensional.   

In the center of the butterflies, I also added a few rhinestones.

Once all my butterflies were finished, I simply added them to my patterned paper and added the "celebrate" and "best Wishes" rub-ons to the tabs on the card stock.

I hope I've inspired you to create something that reminds you of Fall.  

Have a fabulous day!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christmas Fun Mini Album

Good morning crafters!  Today I have a cute and inexpensive mini album to share with you.  This is a great way to capture your favorite Christmas memories quickly and easily. Like most people, we are fairly crazed in November and December, and not too much scrapping goes on.  Bearing this in mind, I decided to create a small mini album that would not need a ton of embellishing.

I started by painting both sides of two 4 x 6 pieces of bare chipboard and sprinkling a tiny bit of glitter into it as it dried.  I only painted the outside of the album since I would be covering the centers with paper.

While the paint was drying, I cut out multiple 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 inch double sided patterned paper.  I covered both sides of the chipboard with paper and then punched three holes in the chipboard and remaining paper, making sure to line them up.  One way to be sure everything is straight, is to punch holes in only one of the pieces and then use it as a guide for the remaining ones.  Make sure to use pencil, so you can erase any stray markings.  

For the cover of my album, I chose Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Christmas Tree stamp set.  I stamped the tree twice onto Premium White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black.  I colored my trees using the Spectrum Noir Greens six pack of markers.  On the 2nd tree I only shaded the edges of the tree, as the inside of it wasn't going to be seen.

After cutting out the two trees, I layered my first tree right on top of the second, using Double Sided Adhesive Foam Squares.  By doing this, I added a more three dimensional look to the tree.  I used few small brown pearls for ornaments. I also stamped and cut out the words, "Christmas Fun" from the Humphrey Feed the Birds stamp set and adhered it onto a small strip of paper.

Once I glued down the Christmas tree and title of my album, I bound the album using three 1" loose leaf rings and tied matching ribbons to them.   Now I'm all ready to add my pictures to it!

Do you create mini albums for special holidays?  If so, what kind?  Do you include all your pictures of the year's festivities or only your favorite one each year?  

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Crafter's Companion new embossing folders

Today I have a gorgeous new Die'sire embossing folder from Crafter's Companion to share with you.  I am in so in love with these embossing folders because they allow you to customize your projects.  I also think they add such a sophisticated and professional look to projects.  Not only do they do you have many 6" x 6" inch sized folders to choose from, they also carry larger 8x8 inch sized embossing folders, as well.  These are great for embossing 5x7 cards, as well as larger boxes or scrapbook pages.

For my card today, I used the Die'sire 8X8 Flower Power Embossing Folder.  Isn't the floral design lovely?

To alter my newly embossed paper, I gently chalked over the design, using a sponge-like applicator.  The key to chalking embossed backgrounds is to slowly add your chalk, until you achieve the color you want.  Because the designs are raised, it picks up the chalk easily and a little bit of chalk goes a long way.  If you don't have any chalk, you could also add distress inks or mist your paper as well.

For the center of my card, I chose this darling Toread Comge stamp.   The new Toread collection will be available for purchase this week! I colored her using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  (Skin: FS2, FS3, FS6; Hair: TN3, TN4, TN5; Eyes: TB3; Dress: DG2, DG4; ponytails: LV2, LV3)

To give my card a little sparkle, I added rhinestones randomly in the centers of the flowers on my embossed paper, as well as some paper flowers under my Pixie.  

I didn't add too many embellishments to my card.  The embossed flower pattern of Die'sire 8X8 Flower Power Embossing Folder is just too pretty to cover up.

Thanks for stopping by!