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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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fancy Cupcake

I made a Fancy Cupcake today! Sounds yummy huh?  It has a pretty blue cupcake wrapper and it's loaded with flowers on the top of it!  Am I making you hungry for a sweet cupcake?  It really is cute but... unfortunately it can't be eaten because it's made out of paper!  Haha!

Awhile back I watched a video made by Miranda Edney, which you can find HERE, on making these cute cupcakes using Graphic45 papers.  The tutorial is actually at the end of the video because the beginning is her showing the projects she submitted to become a Graphic45 designer.  She did actually get picked to be a designer for Graphic45 and she well deserves it...her projects are amazing!  Check out her blog, she calls herself MsLiberty25, it really is amazing the projects she creates!  When Miranda made her cupcakes she made lots of them and created a really pretty display using a three teared cupcake holder that she also made herself.  This is a direct link to her blog posting...CLICK HERE it really is worth seeing it's so beautiful!

Anyway...I've been wanting to make one of these cupcakes but couldn't seem to find the time, so yesterday I decided to make time and here is my paper cupcake.  I did not use Graphic45 product opting instead to use some left over papers from the Sweet Nothings Collection by Kaisercraft.  It only takes one full 12 x 12 inch sheet of paper for all of the flowers and a 4 x 12 inch piece of contrasting paper for the wrapper.   It turned out so adorable!  The top of the cupcake is removable so I made a set of circle tags to sit inside.  I wanted the tags to kind of stand up instead of lying flat inside of the cupcake wrapper, so I added a cluster of items to one side to the bottom of the wrapper which causes the tags to sit inside at a slant.  When you take off the top you see the tags, then when you remove the tags you can see the cluster at the bottom.  It's very cute...

Fancy Cupcake

Top is removable - Can you see the tags inside?

Inside Cluster

Tags which sit inside of the Cupcake

I used the following for this project:
     Sweet Nothings Papers by Kaisercraft
     9 oz white paper cup
     3" Styrofoam ball cut in half
     Chipboard Butterfly from Blue Fern Studios - colored using Gesso, Shimmerz in Teal, Viva Inka Gold in
          Platinum, Perfect Pearls in Blue Smoke and the edges are inked with Distress Ink Vintage Photo
     Paper Punch - 1" and 1/2" Flower both by EK Success, Butterflies by Martha Stewart and a mini tag by
          Taylored Expressions
     From my stash - Pearls, wood spool, embroidery thread, mini wooden clothespin, ribbon, string and
     For sparkle I used Stickles Star Dust

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Everyday Vintage Paintables - 5x7 Canvas

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

Over the weekend, after watching a Prima YouTube video made by Limor Webber, I played with my new Everyday Vintage Paintables.  I used the Chalk Inkers by Prima/Ingvild Bolme stamping each color on my craft mat then added water to the ink which makes water color paints.  I watercolored the 4 x 6 Paintable card.

For the canvas I layered ripped pieces of the Everyday Vintage "Love" paper line, lace and stenciled a design using molding paste. Then I used the same water colors as I used for the card and colored up the layered canvas...lots of color dots, sprays and drips.  I also added a bit of gesso and stamped in black archival ink in a few places.

When both were dry I attached the 3 x 5 card onto the top of a 5 x 7 canvas using pop dots.  To finish I added a wood title "Smile", which was painted and stamped also, lots of prima flowers and a cute die cut swirl.  I also had this cute little clip hanger which I am using to display the finished project on my studio wall.  It's too cute!


I used the following things on my project:
     Prima Everyday Vintage Paintables 655350
     Prima Everyday Vintage Paper Pack & Button...Love Letters
     Chalk Inkers by Prima/Ingvild Bolme...Teal Damask, Coltsfoot Stemens & Rock Moss
     Prima Flowers and Leaves
     Prima Wood Embellishment "Smile" (painted, stamped & gesso)
     Prima Clear Stamps...960810 & 655350 and Black Ranger Archival Ink
     Prima Stencil 561048
     Molding Paste
     Masking Tape stamped with the numbers from a Prima Engraver Cling Stamp Set & black Archival Ink
     Lace Pieces from my stash
     Stickles Star Dust for some sparkle
     Pop Dots

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Sweet Layout

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

I'm going to share a scrapbook layout I made using a kit that I purchased from The Scrapbook Diaries.  It's called "Sweet" by Lene Bjornerud.  The kit comes with detailed instructions, access to a how to video and everything you need to complete the page including sprays, paint and gesso.  I added a photo of myself and my eldest daughter from when we were on vacation in Turks and Caicos this summer.  It really is so pretty with all of the different pinks included in the kit.  It was so cute that I mounted it inside of a black frame and placed it onto my studio wall...Love It!

Here is a photo of the layout...enjoy!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Birthday Cupboard

Today I have a very special post to share with all of you...

My youngest daughter is a very talented artist, kind of like her mom but!   For my birthday yesterday she gave me a wooden cupboard that she built and decorated.  It's to hold all of my cute little antique bottles.

I REALLY LOVE IT!!!  It's so me...

She knows me so well!  I have little antique bottles sitting around my studio/craft room that are filled with the tiny things that I use on a daily basis for my crafting projects...brads, buttons, screws, snaps, charms, beads, that kind of stuff. She decided that I needed something to hold them in so that they were all in one place and easy for me to access.  One of my other daughters gave me six more little antique bottles, three of which I have already filled and placed into the cabinet.  The cabinet also has two little drawers at the bottom, under the doors, which are perfect for storing some of my special paper clips and larger charms.

This is what she made...Isn't it great!!!  If you look closely you can see the tiny items inside some of the bottles...  Sooooo Cute and there's still room for more!


Front View
With the doors open...see the drawers too!
Close-up of top shelf
Close-up of bottom two shelves and the open drawers

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