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!


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