Friday, February 27, 2015

Playing With New Toys - Sculpey Clay

Hi All!  I am sure my few faithful followers are wondering where I have been.  Well, I have been away at a work related conference and I have been playing with new toys.

I love how Pinterest shows you things they think you would like to see.  Well we all know that can lead to trouble.  I was drawn in by journal covers made with polimer clay.  Naturally, I had to try it for myself.  Here is my first attempt.....

I really didn't know what to start with so I went with something familiar - flowers.  I rolled out a brown clay base and then used an embossing folder to impress the background image. I rolled flat a section of green and hand cut the leaves. I tried adding tiny micro beads into the leaf vein but they wouldn't go where I wanted them - too tiny!

I watched so many YouTube videos and visited a few blogs to get an idea of what to do and what supplies were needed.  Here are the links to a few of my favorites:

There are so many more to check out but you can find the ones you love by google'ng or searching YouTube.

My second attempt was a sea plate.....

This one has little pearl beads and assorted green glass beads, as well as more of the tiny micro beads.  I used a mold to make the shell and starfish shapes.  I am so loving this one and will probably make more of this style to actually put on a journal.

I also tried making flowers from two different cutter shapes....

I added Pearl Ex power to the clay and a bead for the center before baking.

I am really enjoying checking out what to do with polimer clay.  I am sure you will see more here soon.

Have a wonderful crafty day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

A BoBunny My Design Mini

Today's scrapbook has a bunch of new features and twists in design - so let's check it out!

Here are the cover shots ......

I used the BoBunny C'est La Vie paper collection pack along with the Life Journal Dividers and Ephamera Contents and the 6x6 pad.  To the cover I added Petaloo, Prima and Wild Orchid flowers, and Prima bling, a jewelry finding and wood button.  The punched edge around the perimeter of the album is from a Recollections punch.

Here is page 1 ..... (yes, all this is page one!)

The design of this album is from Paper Phenomenon and I combined the My Design Mini with acetate pockets and Kathy's faux post bound cover.  Kathy is currently working through an alternate MDM with this binding and acetate pockets on her Friday show.

Showing all the pictures one-by-one is tougher than just watching a video, so I made a video with my phone to show you how all the pages go together.

Ok, so the twists and turns I wrote about are the pages that are reversed from the original tutorial the addition of acetate pockets and pages, and the faux post binding.

Here are a few more pages .....

Project Recipe
Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon My Design Mini
Paper: BoBunny C'est La Vie paper collection pack, Life Journal Dividers, Ephamera Contents and the 6x6 pad.
Embellishments: Petaloo, Prima and Wild Orchid flowers, and Prima bling, a jewelry finding and wood button.  I also used  Recollections, EK Success and Martha Stewart punches. I used Ranger Gathered Twigs ink for distressing the paper edges.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this project as much as I did making it!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Good Day For A Fun Project - Bag-Tag-A-Lope

This is a funky scrapbook that is made entirely with different sizes and shapes of envelopes.  It is, of course another Paper Phenomenon tutorial for the current kit club quarter called the Bag-Tag-A-Lope.

I made the cover a bit different that what the tutorial suggested and I really like it!  I put the closure on the side instead of making a belly-band.  I also added a little camera charm to the decoration.

The paper is the KaiserKraft Closeup collection and a lot of DIY Shop embellishments.  I left the side open on the frame so that I can slip in a picture.

I love how this turned out!  I may have to add a charm or two dangling from the clasp.

Looking at the pages in this album you would never know that they are based on envelopes.  Here are all the pages......

We also used acetate to make see-through pockets!

I like to lightly embellish my tags.

This page is a layout.

Kathy used this paper for the cover but I put it on the inside of the envelop flap.  I also cut a slit in the paper so that I could stick in a few tags.

Here is the last page and the clear plastic envelop.

And finally the back of the album.

Project Recipe:

Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon Bag-Tag-A-Lope
Paper: KaiserKraft Closeup collection, Paper Accents cardstock
Embellishments: Album closure from Kathy's kit, DIY frames, KaiserKraft Ephemera, brads, luggage tags, DIY Kraft Envelopes, Treat bags (all this came in the kit)
Inks: Distress black soot

This is a wonderful project and you should give it a try!  If you can not find the right sized envelopes at the office supply store (or around your house) then give Kathy's kit a try too.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentines Scrapbook and Box

I made another Valentines project and this time it is a folio style with box.  This one is made with the My Minds Eye Filled with Love paper stack and Recollections Craft It Valentines paper pack.  I used Craft Smith Cardstock Shapes from Michael's and Spellbinder heart dies to add to the decorating.

Here is a peek inside the album!  I made lots of tags for photos and journaling to fill every pocket.

Here is the box....

Don't you just love this paper!

The album and box are made from a Paper Phenomenon tutorial from the December Holiday Kit Club.

This is the front of the album.

Royal Lace doily

Pocket cards and Cardstock Shapes help with decorating

The paper collection has nice raised an sparkly embellishing.

I die cut the heart square and glue down just a line across the middle so that I
could insert tags under the shape.

Here is a sample of all the tags.....

These two little tags are made with a We R Memories Keeper tag die.

This is a great project, easy to make and has place for loads of photos and journaling.

List of Supplies
  • Tutorial - Paper Phenomenon the December Holiday Kit Club.
  • Paper - My Minds Eye Filled With Love and Recollections Craft It Valentine, Recollections red card stock
  • Inks - Distress Black Soot
  • Embellishments - Spellbinders Heart and Scalloped Heart dies, Royal Lace Doily, We R Memory Keepers Tag Die

Challenges for this card

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

14 Days of Valentines - Count Down to Kisses!

I made my hubby a Valentines card that will treat him (with Hershey's Kisses) from February 1st through the 14th.  I am calling it the 14 days of Valentines or Count Down to Kisses.

I used a white gel pen to write out the sentiment.

The card is several layers of large size hearts tied together with ribbon.  Each page has a band that holds three tags.  The tags are numbered 1 to 12 and then there is a flip page and a envelop page to make 14 days.  They all hide sweet sentiments of why I love my husband. Mushy, I know!

You can see the card box in the background.

I punched little hearts and place them at the bottom of the heart to act as a stopper for the tags.
 The tags are 2 1/4 x 3 1/5 with a punched heart at the top for a pull tab.  I used the Elegant Alphabet die from Tattered Lace to cut the numbers.

The paper is My Minds Eye Filled With Love and Recollections Craft It Valentine.

Day 13 has a flip up tab with kind of a summary sentiment.
 Here is a sample of my sentiments.  I typed them into Word, printed out the page and cut them to size for gluing to the back of the tags.

The last page has a little envelop with a Dairy Queen gift card.
More sweets for my sweet!
The last page also has a Royal Lace doily under the envelop.  I made a box to hold the card out of red Recollections cardstock.

I used a Spellbinders Scalloped Heart die for the sentiment on top of the box.

It is difficult to get the whole card banner in frame for a picture.  My hubby will pin it to the wall and read through why I love him for the next 14 days and then we will enjoy a treat from Dairy Queen!

List of Supplies

  • Paper - My Minds Eye Filled With Love and Recollections Craft It Valentine, Recollections red card stock
  • Inks - White Gelly Roll Pen, Distress Black Soot
  • Embellishments - Spellbinders Heart and Scalloped Heart dies, Tattered Lace Elegant Alphabet die, craft ribbon, Prima and Wild Orchid flowers, EK Success heart punches, Recollections heart gems, MS leaf punch, Royal Lace Doily

Challenges for this card

Make one of these heart cards for your sweet and you too can enjoy 14 days to count down to kisses!

Have a great day!