Monday, February 13, 2017

Blog-Aversary Freebie--Last Week--Painting Pattern

Here's an easy painting project perfect for Valentine's Day, a memory box or just because!
Grab the complete instructions FREE for a limited time HERE.
Be sure to grab the other two freebies from the Blog-Aversary, as they will be coming down soon.
Thanks again for hanging with me these past six years!  It's been a pleasure!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Blog-Aversary SVG Freebie!

A look back to this pillow box file from 2012.  
A simple little box that can be used for all kinds of occasions.  
At this time of year, they are perfect for holding Valentine's Day treats. 
Lots of inspiration in the photos below, several which are from the Design Team.
Grab the FREE SVG file below. 
A plain pink card stock box, decked out with embellishments. 
Classic black and red box. 
Another simple, yet perfect box from the DT. 
Some shine on this box from the DT. 
Sweet stamping on this box from the DT. 
Pretty shades of pink on this box from the DT.
Now it's time to make your own pillow boxes!
Grab the file free HERE.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Blog-Aversary Freebie--Valentine's Day Project with SVGs

It's been 6 years of blogging!
To celebrate, I've brought back this project and for a limited time, have made it FREE!

This is a complete project containing step-by-step instructions and photos.  You will also receive a pdf of the printable vintage images.  Some of the pieces were created with an electronic cutter using SVG files.  The two SVG files will also be included.  No electronic cutter? Don't worry, alternate ways to create those pieces will be explained.
Have fun creating a beautiful Valentine's Day decoration for your own home!
Get the project HERE.

Monday, January 23, 2017

HELP! I'm Behind in my Scrapping!

I feel like I'm losing the scrapbooking race.  I'm a few years behind.  But after talking to many of my crafty friends, I find that I'm not alone!  So while I may be a bit behind, I have a few tips to keeping up with what can be an overwhelming task....scrapbooking your memories!
1.  Organize your photos
A little bit of housekeeping every few months means half the job of scrapping is done.  Get your photos off of your phone or camera memory card and put them on your computer.  Mine are in folders for each year, then separated into folders by event, ie:  Mother's Day, Christmas etc.  Then when I'm ready to actually scrap them, I can easily find the important events.  Plus when they're on the computer, the date they were taken is also easy to see by hovering over the picture with my mouse. 
2.  Keep a Journal
Details on events like the ones shown in these scrap pages are easy to remember (even a few years later).  But if the event spans a few days, take some time to write down a few basic (or more if you have time) details of what's happening.  It will make getting those memories on the page--and the journaling-- a breeze. 
3.  Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Do you feel like you don't have the perfect paper or embellishments to put together that special layout?  Do it anyway!  Your photos and the memories of them are the most important feature of your scrapbook.  Sure those fancy things add some pizzazz, but in the whole scheme of things, a basic finished page is so much more appealing than pictures still in a box or on your computer! 
 4.  Scrap With Friends
Sharing memories and getting helpful advice on layouts are just two of the perks of scrapping with your friends.  Don't have friends who scrap?  Go to a crop!  You'll soon have plenty of new friends.  Plus when you're with a group of dedicated scrappers, you can try out all of their tools!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Black & White & Read All Over

I had coordinating black patterned scrap paper leftover from another project so I decide to use them to refill my stash of cards.  Adding black, white and gray elements gave the cards an easy elegant look.  Scroll down to see the cards and some design tips. 
I punched a black card stock border and over that laid a gray silk ribbon.  
I added a stamped and punched sentiment accented with a white fabric flower. 
 Black embossed flourish, gray taffeta ribbon and three black matte gems are this card's embellishments.  I made this one an anniversary card.
I cut a black card stock banner and added the white ink stamped sentiment,  A clear gem accents the left side of the banner.  A gray taffeta ribbon runs vertically down the card. 
The sentiment was stamp and punched out then matted with a larger black circle.  
The dimensional bow is a punch from Stampin' Up
Some of the same embellishments as mentioned above, just arranged differently. 
Another elegant birthday card.  This one features a round punched sentiment.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Project: Custom Travel Ornament

Looking for a personal and unique gift?  You can't go wrong with a custom hand made ornament that celebrates a special event in your life.  I made mine as a gift to my sister.  It's a remembrance of a trip we took together.  But you could make one to commemorate a wedding, a birth, a graduation or any special event.  And it's super easy to make too!

Supplies Needed:
  • Wood Ornament Blank (I used a 4.25" round available at Cabin Crafters)
  • Laser Printer and Graphic Software (I used PhotoShop Elements)
  • Matte Medium (I used Ranger Multi-Medium Matte)
  • Acrylic Paints (I used DecoArt Americana & Delta Ceramcoat)
  • Cord for hanging
  • Pencil, scissors, sand paper, brushes

Let's Make It!
  1. Using your computer software, create the front and back portions of the ornament.  You can use artwork, wording, photos, etc.  If you don't have the software to create something this detailed, you could simply use a picture that would fit the size of the ornament.  You do want to cover the entire surface with the paper so be sure to take that into consideration.
  2. Print out your design on regular copy paper using a laser printer.  (If you do not have a laser printer, I have done a similar technique where I printed using an inkjet printer and then used a spray sealer to set the ink.  You may want to try that, using a test sample first.)
  3. Using your ornament blank as a template, trace around your artwork and cut out each side.  
  4. Working quickly, apply a nice coat of the multi-medium on one side of the ornament and on the back of your paper using your finger.  Press the paper onto the ornament, being mindful of where the top hole of your ornament is and orienting your paper to it.  Put more MM on your finger and carefully smooth out any bubbles.  You can use a squeegee to help.  Once everything is smooth, add more MM to the surface, being sure to completely cover the paper.

5.  Let this side dry completely and then do the same thing to the other side. Once the ornament is completely dry (let sit overnight for best drying), carefully sand the edges to eliminate any paper overhanging the ornament.

6.  Paint the ornament as desired. Once dry, use an awl or toothpick to ream out the hanging hole.  Add the cord. Enjoy yourself or give as a gift!
I highlighted the place and year with a bright color.  I also lightly shaded the photo, coloring the faces, hair and water.  This gives it a real vintage look!
I used the same colors on the back but painted them in a circular fashion, green on the edge, blue in the middle and an offset center pop of yellow.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Awesome Organization and a Free SVG File

It's the new year and many crafters have "getting organized" on their New Year's resolutions list.
Here's a quick and easy idea that is perfect for reaching that goal!
It all starts with this great set of metal storage containers that can be found at Ikea.

It's a set of three and is called Hemsmak.  They are super cute when you dress them up with vinyl. For the most versatility, I cut the center circles from chalkboard vinyl.  
I have this simple SVG available for you FREE here so you can make your own!
I gave this set to my Mom for Christmas.  The dotted turquoise vinyl goes perfectly with her sewing room.  Inside the tins I included a wrapped piece of chalk and a gift certificate to her favorite quilting store.