Thursday, June 16, 2016

Creating just for me...

It's been a busy month and summer is starting at the park so there are lots of wonderful people coming in from around the world.  It doesn't leave me much time to craft these days but it's fun to squeeze in something fun so i made up these letters to go in my crafty room.

 For my project i pulled out lots of my favorite Prima things to decorate up the letters.  Everything leads to some kind of inspiration with what you do and some of the things i ended up using and some i will save for another project.  But it's fun to start with lots and see where it takes you and i really had lots of fun doing this and that is what is most important.

So the wooden letters i got from my local crafty store really cheap and i painted them first with white chalk paint and then sanded them all around and smoothed out those rough edges you see.  Then i traced around each of them onto pieces of a Salvage District 6x6 pad in different patterns.  I cut them slightly smaller and then sanded again around all the sides with a nail file.  I wanted the papers to be really neutral so this paper line was just perfect.  Then i could added stamping and stenciling to it and it would really stand out.

For these 2 letters i chose pretty pink flowers and little bits of stenciling in white gesso.  I also painted one of the wood key pieces white to use on it.  If it doesn't match you can always paint it or chalk it to match so don't let all those pretty things in your stash stay unused ok.  Have fun and think outside the box when you work with your stuff.  And you never know what can happen and you will use up some of those things you have been meaning to use in your stash.

On my letter A i wanted to add the new little mini dots from Prima... these give it such a fun texture and it doesn't over power it.  I love this paper and all the flowers look so pretty on it.  I wished i had more flowers to use but i think i will go on a buying trip and get a few more for it and add them later.

For this letter E i used the pale white paper and then stamped it with a border stamp in a very light grey ink.  I also found these cute distressed hearts in the wood embellishments from the set so i used 3 of them on each of the letters.  And I tied a bit of the yarn on it just because.  

And here is my letters all out on the table.  I am going to put them above the window in my room and maybe make some prettier curtains to go under them now.  Seems like every project turns into another one.  There are some fun new DIY furniture things in Prima i would love to try so maybe that
will be next on my list.   Thanks for stopping over and have a really wonderful day!!

Supplies needed for this project:

white chalk paint
Wooden letters
scissors, nail file, adhesive (beacon 3 in 1)
White gesso

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Craft Hoarders Hop for June...

Thanks so much for stopping over today for our Craft Hoarders hop.  If you started at the beginning then you should have hopped over from the talented Wendi Robinson's blog.  And if you want to start at the beginning then please hop over to the talented Gloria Stengel to see what she has to share today with all of us.  We have lots of fun things to share today so be sure and stop by everyone to see.

Today in my crafty part of the world i have lots of cards to share.  A few of them i did for Spellbinders and loved them so much I thought this would be fun to pass on the ideas to all of you.  For this card i used one of my very favorite dies that has a kind of lattice look to it. It's super fancy so i just used some white card stock and also bits of pink that i had in my stash.  The birthday wishes is from Penny Black sentiments and is also one of my go to sets that i have.  I really love this one and how it came out.  Pink is one of my very favorite colors :)

My next card is also using a lattice type die from Spellbinders and with this one i mixed kraft papers and embossed them with an embossing folder for texture and then layered on the dies in ivory and kraft.  The writing paper is from Canvas Corp and goes really good for a backround on lots of things. I always keep these kind of papers for emergencies.  And to finish it i just added a tiny punched tag and a pretty satin sheer ribbon bow.  Super simple but the dies really make it amazing.

And then i got out some pieces of Doodlebug that i had left over from a class that i taught a while
back.  This one was just fun to mix and match all those amazing bright and cheerful prints that i
love so much from them.  I added a few Spellbinders dies in the layers but it's mostly all the stickers
and papers that come in the birthday set they had.

And lastly for today i made this card using a kaisercraft embossing folder that i got and added black cardstock in between and for the Eiffel Tower on the front.  This little die is new from Spellbinders and you can find it on the website.  It even has a cute little poodle in the set you can use.  And the sentiment was also in my stash and is just a sticker that i put on white cardstock and then cut it out.  It's super simple but it was fun when all those bits from my stash went together to make something fun i could give away.  That is why i love to do this so much and i hope you got a few ideas today and are ready to hop to Donna's blog......

 Thanks so much for stopping over and be sure and leave a comment if you like what i shared.  I always love to know who stops over and would love to visit you too :)  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Friday, May 13, 2016

God grant me the serenity card...

I had a great weekend off from the castle and a chance to create a few things to share
with my favorite dies that i have from Spellbinders.  Today i used the Regal Allure die
and also the Diamond Essence die set.  I think the two went pretty good together and i 
know exactly who i need to give this one to.  

My papers are ones that i digitally printed from my Crafty Secrets CD.  I picked pretty pinks with roses on them and then did clean white paper for the dies.  The Regal Allure die also has an insert
but i cut it out to show the back of the papers and turned it in the center.  Then i cut the biggest
circle die in the Diamond Essence and stamped one of my favorite Quietfire sentiments in
a mixture of Momenta Rosebud and Rhubarb stalk.  It came out good that way and matched
up with the paper so much better.  

Then i added a few 3D Foam dot from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and put it all together.

The flowers at the bottom are from Prima and i also added punched leaves and some tiny
pink rhinestones.  And then i dusted the whole thing with a bit of pixie dust glitter.  It's hard
to see but it has such a pretty sparkle to it.  


Quietfire Gentle Thoughts Sentiment #5875
Spellbinders Regal Allure and Diamond Essence die 
Momento Ink: Rosebud, Rhubarb Stalk
Prima Flowers
pink rhinestones
Pixiedust glitter
White cardstock, digital papers
adhesive, papers trimmer, 3D foam squares

And... that's it for today.  Have a wonderful rest of the week!! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Just Breathe....

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks for taking the time to stop over to visit and see what is new.  Today i have a card to share using some Prima that i just got and the sentiment is perfect to describe how life is these days.  

For some cards i am trying to make them easier and use what the artists have given me to
create with.  So for this i used the die cut with the sentiment and then just cut simple layers
with the Salvage District 6x6 collection pad.  I love the beautiful neutral tones in this paper and
the glittery look of the sentiment was so pretty....

To make it just a bit more twinkly i added some pixie dust glitter in a few places and also
the mini dots in aqua and pink to match it.  And of course a few prima flowers that match.

*Sometimes life throws you curve balls but it's important to remember to breathe, relax and
figure out a better way to look at life and handle those really hard situations.  This one is going
up on my wall to remind me each day.... to breathe.

Thanks for stopping over and have a wonderful day...


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Prima Bag Tags to share today...

It's National Scrapbook day today and there are so many fun challenges and things to do today for inspiration so i thought i would share my bag tags that i just finished with some new Prima papers and other goodies that i just got.  It was a really fun and relaxing project to make and I had fun trying out a few new products that they just came out with so i hope that you like it too.

For my project i used the new Prima French Riviera collection.  This is a super cute 6x6 pad collection that even comes with letter stickers and tags in it.  I also used the Ephemera set that had so many pretty images like clocks, crabs, lighthouses and other fun goodies to use.  I also used
 a few of the lazer cut wood pieces for a little more of a 3 D look.  And of course flowers and
a new stencil that i picked up.  There are so many new artsy products that they carry at Prima
and i am really having some fun trying them out and making fun things with them.

So here is a quick photo of how i kind of started the tags.  I layered bits of the papers to make the
base of the tags about the size of a bookmark and then stenciled a bit of ? on the one at the right with my new stencil and added some of the new art stones they have onto it and pushed them in.  I thought it would really give it a more sandy kind of look and it was fun to experiment.  

Here is a closeup photo of the tags all done and you can see all the pretty pieces of this set.
The colors in the papers are so pretty and the flowers have these pretty bronze beads in each
of them and really look so pretty. I also love the ocean designs --- it reminds me of Long Beach
 and Dana Point and all the fun places we go when we are down there.  

Prima also carries a fun set of Mica flakes so i picked up one of those sets and the pink
one went great with this line so i added bits of it with some liquid adhesive all around.  You
can barely see it but i think it adds that perfect touch to it.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have fun making some fun crafty 
things today with whoever you are with!!  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Craft Hoarders Hop for May today...

Hi everyone and thanks so much for stopping by today with our Craft Hoarders Hop for this month. We all have lots of fun projects that we did with things in our stashes so i hope that you will have a chance to stop by all the girls blogs and see what they have to share.  If you started from the beginning you should have arrived here from Patti's blog.....

My post today is sharing 3 cards that i did with some of my favorite dies from Spellbinders in my stash of dies.  I have so many that i want to use so I thought today would be a good time to start!

For this card i used little bits of things that went with this heart paper and the sticker sentiment.
The die for this one is called Swirl Delight and is a Die D'lite and it fit perfect behind the sentiment that i also matted in gold.  I found some bias ribbon in my stash from Really Reasonable Ribbon
and also a bit of gold thread and a gold rhinestone that i had too.

This one too is from a bunch of different things i found while cleaning up my scrapbook room.  I  
love the poppies and thought it would be fun to cut them up and create a little bouquet on a
few layered Spellbinders dies that i had.  One of them is called Diamond Essense and the other is another favorite called Doily Die and you can find them on the Spellbinders website.

Another new die is called Ferns and is a Die D'lite too.  It's fast becoming one of my 
favorites because the size is perfect for flowers and there are 3 styles in it so it's perfect
to add extra foliage to your flowers.

This is made with one of my favorite new Spellbinders dies called Labels 50 and it's companion
die called Labels 50 Decorative Accents.  The base is made with an embossing folder from
Richard Garay's line and since all of it had so many beautiful details i decided to do it in white
so that all of it would really stand out.  I also put a few Ferns in it from the die set and added a
pretty flower and bow from my stash of goodies that i have.  

The Heartfelt thanks is from Verve Stamps and i just found that one again too while i was
cleaning and straightening up this last week and it went perfect.  I used my favorite black ink
from Tsukineko (Versafine) and that was it.  Super easy and ready to give to my friend.

I hope everything gave you a little inspiration to create a few things and maybe something
nice for your mom this Sunday too.  Thanks so much for hopping over to my blog today 
and be sure and hop on over to Jacquie Southas blog to see what she has to share.... 
and if you want to start at the beginning be sure and go to Gloria Stengels blog :)

Have a wonderful and crafty day!!


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