Fancy Paper Crafters

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fun with Artist Trading Cards!

Hello again! Things have been crazy as always and I've neglected my poor blog. Just wanted to share a little ATC project with you today. These were made for a swap in Fancy Paper Crafters. The swap theme was Spring ATCs. I love all the flowers and butterflies that come out in spring so naturally, this is what I was going to do for my ATC.


With the designer paper that I chose, I had so many color options! I looked through my cardstock to see what I had in my stash (I'm on a mission to use my stash rather buy anything!) that would match and came up with this coral/pinky color. I used a Stampin Up punch for the butterfly. The flower center is a simple jeweled brad by Recollections. The jewels on the butterfly are by Nicole's Design (I think!). I couldn't find my flower punches so I used my spellbinder dies and embossed them. Pretty easy peasy right :). Thanks for stopping by today!! Have a crafty day!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Scrapbooking Project

Hey y'all! Sharing a scrapbook page with ya today (thought it would be good to mix up this blog a little instead of always doing cards!). When my oldest niece, Alex, graduated high school, I made a HUGE scrapbook of her life (birth to graduation). Well, I had so much fun with it and saw how much happiness it brought to her, I decided to do the same for my nephew, Austin, who graduated in the summer of 2013. This is one of my favorite layouts from his completed album.


The completed album had right around 40 pages total. This was a challenge for me as I wasn't used to scrapbooking "boy" themed pages (we only have dogs and they've all been female). I wanted to use only one picture on this scrapbook page as I felt the photo deserved to be the sole focus on the page. I don't remember the name of the designer paper I used but I know all the cardstock is by Bazzill. I used my printer to type up the journaling (my handwriting is terrible so I always print when possible). I dug through my button stash to find the blues and whites for this layout. Such a sweet moment between these two (luckily they are still close to this day!). 

Thanks for stopping by my little piece of craftiness today. Hope you're able to take some time and get crafty!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

For the Love of Quilling

Hey y'all! Back at ya today with a few quilled cards that I'll be teaching at AC Moore on Saturday, February 22. I would love to be able to share with you how I made these cards but that wouldn't be fair for those folks that paid for the class :). Hopefully I'll see you in one of my classes! If you have any questions at all, just ask!!




I can tell you that the designer paper in the cards is by Crate Paper and is part of their "The Pier" collection. The cardstock is all by Bazzill and is the heavy weight card shoppe paper line. The pearl embellishments are by Nicole Crafts and come in a wide variety of sizes and colors (and they are way cheaper that the Prima pearls). The twin is by Queen and Company (I just love those little packages of twine - especially since they're only $1!!).

Challenge yourself to give quilling a try. It's one of those hobbies that doesn't require a ton of "stuff" :). Happy crafting!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Just in time for Valentine's Day ...

Hello! The snow sure is pretty outside! I've had about enough of being stuck in this house though. Heading back to work tomorrow - it is going to be rough after being closed for the past 2 days. At least it's Friday and it's a long weekend thanks to the holiday on Monday :).

So, since I haven't been able to go anywhere, I've spent loads of time in my craft room using some of my newest goodies. The project that I'm sharing today features Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I also used the die cuts Love and Thank You by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Without further ado, here is the project for today:


Want to know how I made this little beauty? Keep reading!

Supplies:
- Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cuts (links above)
- Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheets (I used Ruby Gemstone, Pink Iris, Light Pink Iris and White Iris) (each piece is cut measuring 1 3/8 x 4 and then cut in half on the diagonal to form two triangles - emboss each piece using various embossing folders)
- Elizabeth Craft Designs White Velvet Adhesive Sheet for sentiment
- Scrap piece of heavy duty cardstock (this piece measures 5 x 2 3/4)
- Cardstock for card base and card layers (all by Bazzill) - Cotton Candy card base, Robins Egg card layer and Marshmellow used as an insert to the card
- Pink Flowers by Wilton
- Little Yellow Bicycle Heart Stick Pins
- Butterfly Punch by Stampin Up! - Punched out of the Blue Iris Shimmer Sheetz
- Turquoise flat back pearl
- Turquoise seed beads for embellishing butterfly
- White Sheer Ribbon
- Tweezers
- Glue Dots
- Glossy Accents (or other clear drying glue)

Once you gather all of your supplies and cut all of your cardstock, you're ready to assemble your card! Starting in the middle of the scrap piece of cardstock (yes, you will have to measure to find the exact center), line up one edge of one of the triangle shaped shimmer sheetz and adhere to the cardstock. The "fat" end of the triangle should be at the top and you will have "over hang" on both top and bottom of the cardstock. All 8 of your triangles should fit snuggly on this cardstock (be careful not to use the same pattern next to one another). Once you've got all the pieces adhered to it, flip it over and trim the shimmer sheetz to line up with the edge of the cardstock. This creates the "sun ray" effect for your card front.

Next, adhere your sun ray piece to your Robins Egg cardstock. Take the sheer ribbon and wrap it around the cardstock tying a knot just under your sun ray (if you're good with bows - have at it! I cannot seem to master the technique of tying one of those cute little bows lol). Next step, take the 2 flowers and adhere them just next to your knot. Adhere the flat back pearl into the center of the flower (I used glue dots to hold the flower and pearl down). I tucked my hat pins in behind the flower and stuck it through the knot. Don't forget to use the plastic protector on your hat pins as you don't want to prick your finger (ouch!). Punch your butterfly out of the Blue Iris shimmer sheetz. Crease around the body of the butterfly so you'll have somewhere to put the seed beads (this also makes it much easier to adhere to your card as it gives you a flat surface to put your adhesive on the back of the butterfly. I used Glossy Accents to stick the seed beads on their side (be careful with these little boogers as they will fly away!). I then used my die cut sentiments and cut them out of the velvet adhesive paper. I LOVE  the velvet paper as it gives just the right amount of fanciness to a card without going over board (plus, I don't have to try to fight to put glue on the back of it as it comes on adhesive paper - woop woop!). Once I had the whole card front completed and my glue was dry, I adhered it to the cardbase.

And your done! That wasn't too painful was it? I hope you'll try your hand at creating your own sun ray card. Maybe if we all create one, the sun will actually make an appearance for a little while :).

Until next time peeps - happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Christmas Cards {just a bit late lol}

Hey peeps! We sure are enjoying the snow (at least 6 inches so far)! Being stuck in the house for now, I've been going through pictures and found some projects that I haven't shared yet! I found this gem in my Christmas Card stash. This card was designed by my fabulous friend, Mary Anne Magliaro. She offers a Christmas Card Club through Stampin Up that allows us to get our cards done throughout the year. Lots of cutting was involved but it was so worth the effort!!


So, the basics of this card are pretty easy. We used the Grand Merry Christmas die cut by Memory Box. The cardstock is by Stampin Up although I'm not certain the names of the colors we used (they were a bright pink and white). The flowers were actually stickers sold by Elizabeth Craft Designs and are the Daisies and Poinsettias with Doodles design. These stickers are so easy to use and there are so many options to choose from! We took the stickers and using the transfer sheets placed them carefully on sticky paper (we used the double sided scor-tape by by Scor-Pal). Then, we dipped the whole thing in the Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter by Elizabeth Craft Designs. You have to rub your fingers over this glitter to get it to "set" into the tape. It is the ONLY glitter that I will use as it stays where it is supposed to stay and doesn't get everywhere like other glitter. I then took my Copic Markers and colored the whole thing in. This glitter works PERFECTLY with copic markers (and it does NOT ruin your marker tips as long as you keep a light pressure when coloring). After I got them colored, I took my Fine Pointed Scissors (also by Elizabeth Craft Designs) and cut it out. Yes, it took forever but look how pretty it came out?!

Well, that's my project for today. Next year I will definitely get my Christmas Cards in the mail!! LOL Hope you all stay safe in the snow. Now is the perfect time to do some crafting!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cards Anyone?

Hey y'all! Back at ya today with some cards I recently made for a class at my local AC Moore. This class was in January and we had such a great time! This was a beginning card class so there isn't a ton of techniques in these. Hope you like them!





I think my fav is the Happy Birthday card using the sunburst technique. I've seen so many of these lately and wanted to try my hand at making one. Thanks for stopping by today :). Have a crafty day!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Swappity Swap!

Hello again! Yes, I realize "swappity" isn't a word ... just roll with it :). Bringing you a couple of cards I made for swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters. We swap stuff each month so check it out when ya get a chance!

I just love how these two cards turned out. After trying various designs, this is what the final product is:



So one of the things I usually do on my cards is ink the edges of white paper. I use a cut up yellow sponge (one of the circle sponges) which really lets the ink go on nicely. The flowers in the Fall card started out white and I just took some Tim Holtz distress ink and colored them to match my paper - I LOVE making my own custom colored things!

Thanks for stopping by my little piece of craftiness :). Have a craftastic day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Get Your Quill On!

Hey peeps!! Back at ya with another one of my recent projects. These were made for a class I'm teaching at Easy As Cat Soup on February 8. I am in LOVE with quilling and am very excited about this class! Unfortunately, because this is a paying class, I can't share with you exactly how I made the cards but I can give you just a few tips :).

Patience - like all new hobbies, it takes patience to learn what to do and feel comfortable with it. If you don't have any stores in your area to take quilling classes, You Tube is a wonderful thing. I will say though that there is something about seeing it done "in person" that makes it so much easier!

Practice - you know the old saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? Well, with quilling, this is sooooo important! This is not something you're going to be an expert at your first time. You have to work through the techniques to develop your skills.

Lastly, take the time and design yourself a quilling chart. You can include as many shapes as you want (mine is fairly basic). Just make sure that each shape you do, you use the same length paper strip so you know how small each shape comes out with the same length paper. Having the chart in front of you will help you in learning how other things are designed when you find patterns you like.

So, without further ado, here are the cards you'll learn how to make in this class:




Thanks for stopping by today! Have yourself a craftastic day!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quilling for Christmas!

Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I have a few quilled cards to share with you today. I had the pleasure of teaching another class at my local AC Moore store and these were the cards I showed them today. I can't share the specific details of how these were made as there was a fee for the class (and that wouldn't be fair to those who paid for it). I can give you some tips though when trying to make these at home :).
 
For this one, the best piece of advice I have for you is to design your flowers first before glueing the pieces down. This will ensure that the flowers lay down how you want them to rather than be "stuck" and then out of shape (thus causing you to hate your project).


For this one, be patient and practice, practice, practice! To get the bells "even", try various sizes of paper and pick your favorite size. Make notes as to what sizes your using as you go along so that when you find "the perfect fit", you'll know exactly what size you were working with.


While doing this one, you find you have more space in the center than 4 tight yellow circles will cover, simply make more yellow tight yellow circles! Keeping an even number will help with the uniformity of the project.

 
I hope you've enjoyed these projects today. If you're ever interested in a quilling class, keep your eye on the class calendar for AC Moore as I teach one about every 3 months. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Black, White and Red Frenzy

Hello again!! Back at ya today with yet another black, white and red project. I've been on this color combo kick for a while now (in case you haven't noticed lol). This is an older project that I just found in my picture archives and realized that I never shared it :).
 
 
This was a really simple card to make. All of the cardstock is smooth cardstock from Stampin' Up. The bling is by Bazzill. The flowers came plain white (by Prima) and I simply stamped over them with a script stamp using red ink (the picture makes them look off white but they're really white). There's also some twine stuck in the back of the flower to give it a little umph. The white cardstock was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. On the black cardstock, I used a Fiskars border punch.
 
Put it all together and the card is done! Easy peasy right?! Just a quick project for ya - thanks for stopping by! Do something crafty today :).

Monday, August 12, 2013

Christmas in July

Hello again! Yes, I realize it's no longer July :) .... I still wanted to share this card that I made for the Christmas in July Card Swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. I can't wait for Christmas!! I think it's wintertime that I'm ultimately longing for lol. The years that I'm actually put together enough to send out Christmas cards, I send out handmade cards. Some of my friends suggested we start our cards early this year and I jumped at the chance.
 
I found the triple layer stamping technique on Split Coast Stampers and knew I had to try it out! Once I had my idea, I needed some design inspiration. What better place to turn than Pinterest (can you tell I'm addicted)?!
 
I have been on a kick lately of using black, red and white. However, I knew I didn't want to use black on this Christmas Card but liked the idea of sticking with the red and white. I found this gorgeous card on the PartiCraft blog (from Pinterest). She didn't provide directions but since I found a simliar technique on SCS, I thought I'd be okay.
 
So, here's what I came up with:
 
 
It was actually not to difficult to make, just a lot of little steps. The cardstock is by Stampin Up!. The little pearls are by K & Company. The snowflake stamp is by Hero Arts. The ornament itself is one of the heirloom ornaments by Spellbinders. The embossing folder was also by Stampin Up! I tried using a simliar embossing folder by Darice but found that it did not work well on thick heavy weight cardstock at all. It actually tore the paper when embossed - if you have any suggestions, feel free to share :).
 
The technique itself was done by lightly adhering the 3 layers of paper together (you could certainly use more if you wanted) and then stamping directly on the layers. I also embossed the snowflakes to make them pop more. I used pop up dots between the layers to give it some dimension. When doing a a multi-layered card like this, I've found that it works best for me to approach in an assembly line fashion (I had to make 8 of these for the swap). I get all the parts ready before assembling which makes it much easier to put it all together.
 
Thanks for stopping by today!! Until next time, happy crafting!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Diaper Wreaths

Hey y'all! So I have 3 coworkers that are having babies. Of course, I had to figure out something handmade to make! Someone else was already doing a diaper cake so I knew I had to go a different route. So, off to Pinterest I went!
 
I searched for general "diaper" projects and came across several ideas for diaper wreaths and decided to give it a try. It was much easier than I thought it would have been and was able to get all three done in just one evening.
 
The supplies were pretty minimal: a wire wreath form for the base, diapers (how many depends on your wreath size and diaper size), ribbon to match the color scheme you're going for and decorations/embellishments.
 
I used an 18" wire wreath form. If I choose to do this project again, I'll use something smaller, probably a 13" wreath. I think it would look better. Also, I might try using a straw wreath form to allow the diapers to be fuller and not quite as flat around the wreath.
 
Once you have that worked out, you'll want to choose the type of diapers to use. For these wreaths, I used size 2 diapers by Luvs. Since we don't have children, I had no idea diapers came in such a wide variety! I asked a friend, and she suggested Luvs. Standing in the diaper aisle at Target, I went through all the brands seeing what the pictures looked like on the diaper. I'm sure the Target employee thought I was crazy LOL. I was trying to get "boy" themed diapers and "girl" themed diapers. Well, price wise, it was going to cost a good bit more to do this so I opted to stick with one brand. In case you didn't know, the Luvs brand come with a purple design with a monkey on the front so it worked great for either gender.
 
Now to figure out what you want to use to "connect" the diapers to your wreaths. I opted for ribbon. You can also choose twine, jute or any other type of string to tie the diapers to the wreath. I tried to coordinate my ribbon with the themes the ladies were using in their babies room. I chose to use two different ribbons and alternated as I went around the wreath. I'm horrible at tying bows so I went with a very simple knot and clipped the ends of the ribbon on a slant. The trick is to get your knot tied as close as possible to the wreath and tight enough where the diaper doesn't slide around (but not too tight as you'll damage the wreath and won't be able to see the monkey on the diaper). For this size wreath, I used 26 diapers on each wreath. This easily covered up all the wire wreath form. You could use more if you wanted them more tightly packed on there.
 
Next up, you'll need to decide what type of embellishments or decorations you want to use on your wreath. Since the diapers I chose already had a design, I didnt want to over do it and make the wreath look like a baby store threw up all over it ;). I found a 5 pack of onesies while at Target and rolled them up and attached them using a sheer ribbon (make sure you tie them tight or they'll slip off easily). Other items you could use would be light weight toys, mini bottles, wash cloths or burp cloths. Whatever you choose, just make sure they're light enough to be held on with ribbon. I also chose to add the babies initials to the wreaths. I found simple white letters at my local craft store and just added a bit of ribbon, bling and buttons. I would have painted it but didn't have an appropriate paint for them (I tried acrylic and it rubbed right off (sanding them didn't work either and I was pressed for time so I just left them white)). They blend in on the wreath but the intention is for the parents to take the wreath apart and use the diapers, onesies and keep the the initials if they'd like.
 
I think that about sums up how I did these wreaths. So, without further ado, here are the 2 boy wreaths and 1 girl wreath.
 


 
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed seeing these cute wreaths :). If you have any questions at all, just ask!
 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Butterfly Love

Hey y'all! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Tomorrow is hump day! (are you say "hump day" like they say in the commercial? LOL). I have a quick project to share with you today. I made these for an acetate swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. They were really quite simple! I don't have all the paper details as I used stuff from my stash (it was basic cardstock and I have no idea about the designer paper - sorry!).
 
I'm in love with these butterflies!!

 
I think it's the sparkly nature that has me dazzled lol. To make these pretties, I took a piece of Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs and embossed it with my Cuttlebug folder. I used my new Stampin Up! butterfly punch and punched out a bunch of these. The layers of paper on the front and inside were made using Spellbinders (those things are so convenient!). As much as I love my Cricut, sometimes I don't feel like dragging it out just to cut out some squares. The stamped image on front was also by Stampin Up! and had a coordinating stamp set (also another very convenient thing to have!).
 


Pretty easy project today. The finished card measured 3x3 which is the perfect little card to give along with a gift card (or to hang from a gift bag). Thanks for stopping by my little crafting world! Until next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Fancy Folding!

Hello again! I have a fun project to share with you today. This card was for a swap at Fancy Paper Crafters and the theme was "fancy folded cards". I scrap lifted the idea from this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I just love the tutorials they have over there! However, for mine, I wanted it to fit in a standard size envelope as I didn't feel like making my own. So, I altered the tutorial to make my finished card the standard A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). This card is called a Center Step Card since it has a small step in the center. So, without further ado, here's what I came up with:

 
Want to know how I did it? It is really quite simple if you just take your time and get everything planned out. Here's a list of the product I used:
 
- Bazzill Cardstock: Juicy Pear
- Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz
- Generic Brown Cardstock
- Generic White Cardstock
- American Crafts Designer Paper: Amplified-Rock Opera
- Stampin Up Ink: Melon Mambo
Stampin Up Markers: Melon Mambo & Chocolate Chip
- Stampin Up Bitty Butterfly Punch
- Stampin Up Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set
 
Here's the skinny on how I put this card together. Start off by cutting down your card base to the size of 4 1/4" x 11" (I took one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper and just cut it in half). Once you have that cut, use your trimmer to cut a slit on each side, 1" in on each side from the 1" mark to the 6 1/2" mark. Here's what that looks like:
 
 

Next step, you want to put your score lines in your paper where your card folds. This is especially important if you're using "good" paper like Bazzill or Coredination as without score marks, your paper could tear when it is creased. Score on both the left and right sides of the center piece at 1", 2" and 6 1/2". You will also score at 5 1/2" but only on the center piece. This score line will create the "step" in your card. Here's what that looks like (hope you can see the score lines well enough):
 
 

Next, crease all of your scored lines. This step should not be skipped as this will really help keep your card upright and not falling open. The 1" score line is a mountain, the 2" score line is a valley, the 5 1/2" score line is a mountain and the 6 1/2" score line is also a mountain. Here's what your card should look like at this point:
 
 
Now, it's just a matter of layering all of your pieces on your card front and inside. Here's all my pieces laid out that I used (sorry for the blurry picture - I was trying to dodge the light reflection and didn't realize the picture was blurry):
 
 
On the inside of the card, I layered a piece of designer paper (cut 4 1/8" x 4 3/8"), a piece of brown cardstock (cut 4" x 4 1/4") and a piece of white cardstock (cut 3 7/8" x 4 1/8"). I'm big into layering so feel free to skip out on all the different layers if you don't like it. On the white, I took my sponge and inked around the edges with Melon Mambo. The little butterflies were punched out with my Butterfly punch and then embossed with a dotted Cuttlebug embossing folder. Here's what the completed inside looks like:
 
 

Now for the measurements for the top layers on the card. The pieces on the left and right are layered with pink cardstock (cut 7/8" x 4 3/8") and designer paper (cut 3/4" x 4 1/4"). The bottom piece is layered with pink cardstock (cut 4 1/8" x 7/8") and designer paper (cut 4" x 3/4"). I used a piece of sheer pink ribbon about 8" long. I did try a bow but I can never get those made to look right and opted for the knot :). The center pieces are layered with designer paper (cut 2 1/8" x 4 3/8"), pink cardstock (cut 2" x 4 1/4") and white cardstock (cut 1 7/8" x 4 1/8"). I sponged ink on the edges of this white cardstock as well.
 
I searched through my stamps until I found this perfect stamp set (Serene Silhouettes by Stampin Up). This little guy fit perfectly on this cardstock! I tried a different technique that one of my friends, Mary Anne Magliaro, taught at one of her fabulous Stampin Up classes. I took my Stampin Up markers (Melon Mambo and Chocolate Chip) and actually colored my stamp two get the two different colors in one stamp. This was so easy and came out really nice! Just be sure to "huff" on your stamp after you have the whole thing colored to make the "ink" wet again before you stamp.
 
Well, that's it folks! Not too hard, just takes some pre-planning and cutting a bunch of cardstock (I had to make 7 of these!). Thanks for stopping by today! Have a craftastic day!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

No More Bare Frames!

I had the pleasure of doing a demonstration today at AC Moore working with Vinyl Transfers and Wooden Frames. To do this project, here's what you'll need:

- Wooden Frame
- Vinyl Transfers of your choosing
- Acrylic Paint of your choosing
- Paint Brush
- Something for you to put paint on (like a paper plate or plastic tray)
- Popsicle Stick, Bone Folder or other item to rub your vinyl on your project
- Scissor or Xacto Knife for trimming

I forgot to take pictures of the roll before I used it but will do my best to describe it. The vinyl transfer sheets come on a roll about 12" x 18". The Nicole Crafts vinyl comes with the vinyl pattern and the transfer sheet all in one package (made it super easy to use!!). Here's what the frames look with nothing done to them:

 
 
The frames come with "thingies" (yes, that is what they're called when I don't know the official name lol) on the back where you can hang them up on the wall with ease. After you unwrap the frames, just go over the whole thing with your hand to wipe off any tiny wood pieces that may be hanging around. For both of these, I started by applying two coats of the acrylic paint. You need to let the paint dry about 30 minutes to an hour between coats. Once the paint is completely dry, now it's time for fun with vinyl! 
 
Take the vinyl sheet off of the roll. Peel the transfer paper that has the vinyl attached off of the backing paper (save this paper as you can reuse it for the pieces of vinyl you don't use). Apply the vinyl to your project. Be careful that you get all the vinyl securely adhered to your project (check all the edges too!). Any pieces hanging over in the middle and the edges are just trimmed away.
 
For the yellow frame, once you have the vinyl down, trim around the edges and you're good to go. I found that it was easiest to use an xacto knife to go around the edges of the frames where the vinyl hung over and just trim it off. I did try scissors as well but found it cumbersome to deal with the transfer paper and scissors at the same time.


For the teal/black frame, once I had the first two coats of teal painted, I applied the vinyl to the frame. When taking off the transfer paper, be sure the vinyl sticks snuggly around the edges! This is a very important step so don't skip it. I then painted over the top with two coats of black. Once the black was dry, I simply peeled off the vinyl pieces leaving the really cool pattern in teal!
  

Well, that's it for today! Hope you enjoyed this little project. These make really great gifts and are so easy to customize to your liking!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Crafting for Moms

Hello again! I wanted to share with you a special project I did for a demo at AC Moore recently. The demo was showcasing the Gallery Glass paints by Plaid Online. This was definitely outside of my comfort zone as I have had no experience with this product. Fortunately, I was given great directions by the corporate office so I had very little trouble putting this together :).
 
I started out with a template underneath a blank Leading Page. You can snag templates off of the internet as virtually any image can be traced. I simply traced the template with the Leading Paint and ended up with this. If you have trouble keeping the bottle squeezed while you trace, try using both hands (this also helps if you're shaky):

 
Move it out of the way so that it doesn't get touched while drying. Once that dried (give it at least 24 hours), I took my other paint colors and filled in each section.



 
It's important to make sure the paint touches the edges of the leading paint. If it doesn't touch, when you peel it off of the leading blank, the piece will not come off in one section. Also, you need to eliminate any air bubbles that come out of the bottle of paint (try using a tooth pick or pin to pop the bubbles). The more often you release the pressure on the bottle, the more often you're going to have bubbles.
 
You also want a decent layer of paint so that you will not have splotches when it dries. The thicker you lay the paint on, the longer it needs to dry (I did learn a lesson on this tip as I failed to let it dry long enough and I had bits of paint stay stuck to the leading blank but I was crunched for time and wasn't able to continue to wait for it). Seriously, let this thing sit and dry for at least 48 hours. Once it is all the way dry, it peels off the leading blank relatively easily (slow and steady wins the race!). After you peel it off, stick it to whatever project you have! This is how my block turned out:


There are countless things you could fill this with as it has a wide opening at the top - lights, flowers, sand, marbles, easter grass and so much more! This would be such a cute project for kids to do and I bet Mom would really enjoy having a handmade gift this year! I know my mom likes my stuff :).
 
Hope you've enjoyed this little demo. Happy crafting everyone and a big Happy Mother's Day to all those special mom's out there (most certainly mine!)!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Animal Card Cuteness

Hello! Want to see something super cute? Well, you've stopped at the right blog today. This little card was made for a swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. The theme was "Animal Cards" and when I ran across this cute little stamp, I knew I had to use it!


Here's what ya need to complete this card (it's really quite simple):


 
 
Supplies:
- Cardstock (my patterned paper was from Basic Grey)
- Embossing Folder (I used a daisy one from Darice)
- Stamped Image (I believe this little guy was by Stampendous)
- Copic Markers (love!!)
- Embellishments (ribbon and bling on a roll)
 
Once you have all your supplies gathered, it's really just a matter of putting everything together. I used my Copic Markers to color in my image (no shading really due to the small stamp). One little trick I do for my layers is to measure everything. So, if my card base is measured 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (it's the standard A2 card size), then I cut my first layer on my card an 1/8 of an inch smaller and then my second layer another 1/8 of an inch smaller. As long as my cuts are straight, my card layers are nice and straight! I did the same thing with the matting for stamped image (I'm a numbers person so measuring works well for me - I'm not fortunate enough to be able to "eyeball" things).
 
Well, that's it for today! Thanks for stopping by :). Have a crafty day!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quilling Madness

Howdy folks! Back at ya today with some of my recent quilled cards. These are also inspired by things I found online (http://pinterest.com/angelasprouse/quilling/). I am thrilled that this art has come back around. I started many years ago and tucked everything away and went a different direction. About two years ago, it made a reappearance so I pulled everything back out and started working on it again. So, here's what I've come up with recently (these were made for another class at AC Moore):



 
My crafty friends will tell you that I've been on a black/white/red kick lately. I think it's going on 6 months now and I don't really see an end in site lol. The one on the bottom was a new technique for me (I think it's called husking but am not certain). Admittedly, it was much harder to get the feel of than regular quilling. I probably tried 5 or 6 different sizes and techniques before it finally clicked and I got it. Thanks for stopping by my little crafty world today. I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Taggin' It!

Hello again my friends! I don't know what has gotten in to me! For those of you that know me, know I have a thing about getting messy. This is one of the reasons I will very rarely ever use glitter or "alter" anything. I just can't do it! Well, I got this hair brained idea that I should teach a Tim Holtz inspired tag class at my local AC Moore store (5/11/13 @ 1:00). I seriously have no idea what came over me when those words came out of my mouth LOL!
 
So, as I sat in my craft room trying to come up with ideas, I am not ashamed to admit that I had a little bit of anxiety ;). Like any wise crafter would do now a days, I turned to pinterest to see if I could find any good ideas. I started my own "tag" board if you're at all interested in what I found: http://pinterest.com/angelasprouse/tag-youre-it/. Without further ado, I'm pleased to share with you my very first Tim Holtz inspired tags (please be kind lol).


 


 

Unfortunately, I can't share with you how I did all of these as that wouldn't be fair to those folks paying for this class. I am very excited to be teaching this class though and surprisingly made it calmly through getting my fingers all inked up!
 
Until next time ... happy crafting folks!