Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Game Night

My husband and I are celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary this month.  I decided I was going to print a bunch of photos of myself & Ken from 1983, when we were married, up until now and use them in a scrapbook project before the end of the year.  It's been really fun to see how much we have changed over the years.

Today I am going to share my Paper Phenomenon October Kit Club Project "Game Night" which I finished yesterday.  When Kathy Orta, the owner/creator of the Paper Phenomenon Kit Club, previewed her October Kit Project I knew that was where I was going to showcase 30 years of our family.  I didn't even wait for my kit from her to arrive...instead I pulled out a paper collection which I had received from my "September Swirlydoo Kit Club" kit and used all of the photos I printed of Ken and I, along with enough family vacation & special family event photos to be able to complete the project.  I used Kathy's preliminary cutting guide and YouTube Videos she had made for us to help me along with this project.  Then when she finished up the remaining videos and completed the tutorial I was able to finish the project and share it with you!

It's called a Game Board but really it's just a very unique way for displaying our family photos.  I did add the monopoly money, game pieces and a timer, as per Kathy's instructions, but it's not really a game to play it's a scrapbook!  As you can see from the following pictures I made a game board, a box to keep it in and inside the box I made a game piece holder, a spinner and a tray.  When you lift the tray out there is a small storage area under it which I will be able to place the left over photos that I had printed but didn't use on the board.

The paper collection is from Hot off the Press called Stolen Moments and I also used Mixed Media 101 Travel Collage Pack by Splash of Color.

Here it is...enjoy!

This is the top of the Game Board Box.  I decorated it with Prima Flowers
and a Prima Butterfly.

This is the Game Board Box, the lid removed, with the folded Game Board nestled inside.

When you remove the Game Board you can see the tray and game piece holder.
You can also see the game pieces, the dice, the timer, play money and the cute clock spinner I made!
When the spinner is removed there are slots where you can separate the money if you want
to make it seem as though you are playing a game.

This is the Game Board opened to display 30 years of our family...
Each photo is mounted on the top of a pocket which is holding a tag that when you
pull it out there is an additional photo and some journaling.  It dates from November 1983 until
the summer of this year 2013!

Happy Anniversary to's been an amazing 30 years!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween Witches Boot

I have the cutest Witches Boot to share today. In August I joined a kit club called "Paper Phenomenon Holiday Kit Club" where I purchased a group of holiday kits.  Along with the Holiday kits, which includes everything you need to complete it including videos and pdf's, there is also a "bonus kit" that you get that is only pdf instructions and videos.  I am having the best fun with these kits!!!

This Halloween Witches Boot is the October Holiday Kit Club item.  I had so much fun making it...this one was not made using the  papers from the kit club because I just couldn't wait after I viewed the videos on the web I used some paper packs from last year, a few newly purchased papers and a bunch of new embellishments from this years selection.

I'm going to put all of the photos from my Children and my Grandchildren's Halloweens into it!  It will really be a beautiful holiday show piece for many years to come...

Here it is, the Witches Boot with the Album nestled inside of it...enjoy!

Side 1 of Boot...can you see the lacing of the ribbon up the front of the boot?

Side 2 of Boot

Now here are the pictures of the Album, and all of the pages, that you see inside of the boot you can tell from the photos there are lots of interactive pages to open and tags to pull out.  I am sure I will be able to fit tons of photos into it, but I may have to remove some of the interactive stuff because adding the photos will probably make it to bulky to fit back into the boot... :0(   

I don't know for sure...we'll see...
This is the Album pulled from the Witches Boot and the rest of the photos are of the
different pages inside...

My Project Recipe:

Papers and Embellishments that were part of the paper collections - Black Bazzill Cardstock, Fright Delight by Bo Bunny, Thirth One, by Pebbles, Happy Haunting by Graphic 45, Arsnic & Lace by Bazzill, 2012 K& Company Halloween Paper Pack, Trick or Treat by Bella Blvd and Thrilling by Authentique

Embellishments - Scarecrows on boot by Jolee's Boputique, #31 on boot by Theresa Collins Masquerade Party, Toe Tags by ? and Chalkboard Stickers by Pebbles

Misc Stickers - Fright Delight by BoBunny, Fancy Firlls by BBP and Halloween Parade by Doodlebug Designs

Paper Punches by Martha Stewart - Traditional Scallop, Boo, Cats, Spider Web, Spider and the Spider Web Circle Edge Punch

Paper Punch by EK Success - Scallop

WeR Memory Keepers Corner Punches - 1/4 Round, Photo and Stub

From My Stash - Ribbon, Brads, Charms, and Chain

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Boo! Layout

Good I am going to show you the second project my sister and I did...

I had recently watched a YouTube video by Limor Webber on making her Boo! multi-media scrapbook page layout.  You can find it HERE!  It was the perfect way for us to display photos of our grandchildren's Halloween Costumes that they will be wearing this year.  It was very fun to do except for the cheese cloth!  They seem so easy to do but wow, we had quite a time getting it to look like a web verses a glob of cheese cloth...but I think we finally got it and here is the result.


Layout Recipe...
Papers by Prima - Engraver and Sunrise/Sunset Collections
Black Bazzill card stock
12 x 12 piece of Heavy Chipboard for backing the layout as we are putting them inside a display case/frame
Distress Paint - Black Soot (used to color BOO!)
BOO! Letters - Pebbles ABC Stickers
Clocks and Gears - Prima Mechanicals
Flowers - Prima and Recollections
Ruler - Colored wood with Engraver Paper Ruler
Chipboard covered with Engraver Paper flower Paper cut 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"
Metal Die - Tim Holtz Spider Web by Sizzex
Metal Flowers by Prima
White Inkssentials Pen
Black Leaves from the Prima Chalkboard Collection
Cheese Cloth
Black Lace
Prima Chalk Inks - Rusty Keys, Old Road and Black Coal

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Artist's Palette Altered

I just finished this cute altered artist's palette with my sister.  She is here to craft with me for a few days and this is the first project we completed...  We have lots more project to work on so I'll post more when we have them completed!   Three more fun crafty days ahead until she has to go back!

The inspiration for this project came from Miranda Edney...she made one for the Shimmerez web site.  You can find her altered palette HERE !  She is quite amazing as you will see...

I have listed below the items I used...Enjoy

Project Recipe:
Wood Artist's Palette from Hobby Lobby
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Glossy Accents
Stickles Star Dust
Acrylic Paints - Porcelain Doll by Martha Stewart, Ballet Pink by Folkart and China Blue by Apple Barrel
Glimmer Mist - Jingle Bells, Patina
Spritz - Cotton Candy
Heidi Swapp - White
Inks - Prima Chalks Coldsfoot Petals & Old Rose and Ranger Archival Black
Clear Stamps - Prima 960810, 563042 and 960896
Stencils - Prima Lg Butterflies 960452 & Checkers 960179, Heidi Swapp Butterflies, and Crafters Workshop Mini Fleur DeLis
Texturez - Crushed Coral
Prima Embellishments - Flowers, Bird, Topiary Tree, Corners, Wood Leaves and Flowers, Love Blub
Petaloo Flowers
Chipboard Bird Cage - Blue Fern Studios
From my stash - Cheese Cloth, Pearls, Pink Pearls, Pearl Strand

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

File Folder Holder

You know how you make something for someone else and then you get done and you think "WOW I really love this...maybe I can keep it myself"?  Well that's how I fell about this file folder holder.  LOL  I actually made this for my daughter and yes, I gave it to her today but I really wanted to keep it for myself since it turned out so cute...hahaha

This file folder is made from a cardboard box that I purchased from Staples, which is an office products store.  I'll post pictures of it below, you will see how very unappealing it is to start with.  Brown and black is not the greatest look.  So I took this and folded it and glued everything closed to be sure it stayed real sturdy.  Once it is completed the Heidi Swapp Scrapbook Files fit perfectly inside of it.

These are the steps I took to complete the look:  I painted the whole box with white Gesso the covered everything except the inside with Multi-Medium  Matte (as the glue) and Tim Holtz tissue paper.  Next another light cover of Gesso mixed with water and when that was dry I used some different colored acrylic paints brushing here and there.  Next I used some colored sprays to add some sparkle and drips.  The next layer is three different Prima clear stamps using three different colored chalk/inks.  On top of that I added a layer of Molding Paste and Texturez using a couple different stencils.  Once everything was dry I used the sprays and added a few light sprays here and there.  Once that was done the decorating began...

I started by adding the ribbon, a couple of doilies and cheese cloth, then everything else is just layered on top of these. Some of the elements have been altered using Gesso and the words "A Moment In Time" has been embossed using Shabby Pink Embossing pretty when embossed!  The ribbon was white and I sprayed it using Glimmer Mist Silk which turned it a very pretty color which matched my box perfectly.  Below is a complete listing of all the products I used...

See how pretty it turned out?  Now you know why I wanted to keep!  Well I guess I'm going to be making myself one too!

Finished File Box

File box as it comes from Staples
Back of File Box
Left Side/Front View
Right Front/Side View

Inside View
Another shot of the Inside

Project Recipe:
Studio Gesso White
Studio Multi-Medium Matte
Liquitex Flexable Molding Paste
Sprays: Spritz-Truffle, Vibes-Jeni B Blue, Glimmer Mist-Silk and Heidi Swapp-White
Acrylics - Lime Green, Porcelain Doll, Robins Egg
Texturez - Patina
Ingred Bolme Chalk Inks - Teal Damask and Old Rose
Ranger - Archival Ink Black
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap and Forest Moss
Stencils - Crafters Workshop-Mini Tiny Circles and Prima-564278
Prima Clear Stamps - 960896, 960810 & 563042
Prima - Delight Paper Collection
Tim Holtz - Tissue Paper and Metal #25 Tag
Flowers - Prima & Petaloo
Finnabair - Metal Clock Circle
Prima - White Metal Clock, Zipper Pull, Wood Flowers & Leaves, White Frame 570019, and
     Topiary Tree 569983
Leaky Shed - Chipboard Ring
Gina's Designs - Chipboard Words (embossed using Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel) and Steampunk
     White Doily (sprayed with Heidi Swapp White)
From my stash - Brads, Doilies, Cheese Cloth, Beads, Light Bulb, and Clear Acrylic Bubbles

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bonus Project for September's Paper Phenomenon Kit Club

I recently joined an online kit club over at Paper Phenomenon which is owned and operated by Kathy Orta Files, you can find it HERE.  She has really amazing projects that she designs herself.  Each of her kit clubs consist of three months of projects along with a bonus project for each of those months.  I am currently in the September, October and November kit club and this is the bonus project for September.  It's an 8x8 inch box that opens up in the front and holds three albums inside when it's closed.  One is a larger album 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" and two smaller albums that are 3 3/4" x 7 1/2".  The smaller albums are perfect for using #6 tags and they can hold 8 tags each.  I made most of the tags myself using 8x8 inch papers from the paper collection I used and also bazzill cardstock in colors that coordinate with the collection.

The paper collection I used is the Graphic 45 Typography papers and chipboard embellishments.  I also added two wood pieces, from Kaisercraft, on the front which I painted with black gesso.  The closing clasp was something I found a year or so ago at my local scrapbooking store and it works great for keeping my box closed.

Here it is...enjoy...

Box Open and Albums Displayed

Box Closed
Side View of Box...The Albums are visible through the opening.
Largest Album
1 of 2 Smaller Albums
2 of 2 Smaller Albums

The other items used for this project are;
     Bazzill Cardstock - Black, Red, Blue, Green and Gold
     Clock Face and Brads by Prima
     Metal pieces by Finnabair (Prima)
     Metal Die - Decorative Duo by Die Namics
     One Inch Hole Punch by EkSuccess
     Film Strip Punch by EkSuccess
     Metal Key Hole by Graphic 45
     All edges are inked using Ranger Distress Ink, Black Soot
     From my stash - Metal Crown, Lace, Doilies, Paper Clips, and Tags (some I purchased and some I
          made myself)

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Vintage 8x8 Box

Today I am going to share my "finally" finished class project from a class I took last evening at my favorite scrapbooking store "Scrapbook Island".  It was taught by Karen France, an amazing teacher who is so talented.  My youngest daughter and I love to attend her classes together.  She just started a web site, with a good friend of hers, called "The Mixie Chicks" which you can find HERE.  Check it out and you will see she is amazing!!!

I didn't actually finish last night but I worked on it today and finally got it completed!  I LOVE IT!!!  It was made using a Graphic 45 8x8 box and lots of Bronze Ver-day by Ten Seconds Studio.  The papers were from Prima called Delightful, which is a very vintage line they just came out with.  Karen also provided us with vintage string, lace and buttons.  The sewing machine, bird cage and dress form are metal dies by Tim Holtz.  This project was so much fun to do... the class was four hours and jam packed with things for us to do, so much so that I could't keep up and had to leave with my project 80% completed...haha.  I rarely complete my projects in the classes I take but the truth is that I would rather finish them at home anyway, that way I'm not rushed and all stressed out!

We put the Ver-day on most of our embellishments.  It's very time consuming because of the drying time but It looks great!  Look closely and you can see which items we did this on...Top Knob, Buttons, Photo Corners, Straight Pins, Hat Pin, Flowers, Scissors, Bird Cage, Dress Form, Clothespin and the Initial on the top tag.  We also did parts of the box which makes the box look like it is made of metal.  So beautiful!  You can tell by the green patina look...that's what Ver-day does.  It turns wet bronze areas green...

Here it is...

Finished Box

This is the back of the box

Top Corner Cluster

Top and Looking down into the box

This is the inside of the box before the cover is slipped on

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