Monday, December 26, 2011

Drink Charms with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

 I love making these little Drink Charms for you stemware or mugs! Stop by the Sakura Blog for complete instructions on how I made them! Stop by my blog tomorrow for a start to finish video from my show last Friday where I made some similar to these for a quick last minute holiday gift. Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Challenge #9 | Crafty Ribbons Sketch

WOW! Can you believe it's the L A S T challenge for 2011 for Crafty Ribbons Challenge?!? What a quick year we've had! For this challenge, our hostesses chose a sketch. This sketch just screamed ornament to me with these festive Crafty Ribbons ribbons!! I chose the printed grosgrains for the bows and the gathered ribbon element and the wired printed snowman ribbon for my focus square in the front! I really love how my ornament turned out. Thank you for looking!

This challenge runs from 22 December 2011--5January 2012

The sketch
The prize this week : 
Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed my projects! If you would like to join our challenge, hop on over to the Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog to check out the details.

leslierahye's crafty gig special | replay and an ornament download

Paper Ball Ornament from Special Ornament leslierahye's crafty gig
This past Friday I created this wonderful paper ornament on a special leslierahye's crafty gig. I love making this ornament as it's super easy but looks complicated. As promised, I made a printable download with a template in different sizes for you to use to make these ornaments! If you do not have your own sizzix die, this is the next best thing!

Paper Ball

Borax Snowflake from the show
This was the super simple Borax crystal ornament that I made on the show too. It was "done" within 12 hours. For the pint jar that I used for this ornament, I pour about a ½ cup of Borax in total to make the super saturated solution.
Below is the replay to that show! Thank you for looking!

AJs Digi Shoppe Post | Warm Winter Wishes Shaker Card

It's no secret that the owls are some of my favorite stamps that Amanda created for AJs Digi Shoppe...and this Gingerbread paper, well, you should be getting used to it by now! HA! I just LOVE it! 
For this last week before the Holidays, I wanted to make a few more cards for friends and family and thought this fun shaker card would be awesome. Hop on over to the AJs Digi Shoppe blog to learn how it came together and see some details...there's even a link to the trees I made for the background of the scene!  Thank you for stopping by! Warm Winter Wishes to you and yours!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Crafty Casted Christmas Creations with Amazing Mold Putty and Casting Resin!

I've been busy trying out several fun projects with the Amazing Mold Putty and this is probably one of my favorites. The mold I made with ordinary hardware washers has SO many potentials. Lots of brainstorming was going on during a recent special episode of leslierahye's crafty gig. I edited the video to include only the portions about the creation of these pendants. You can see the full show here.
I hope you enjoy my pendants as much as I enjoyed making them! Thank you for stopping by!

To make this project you will need:
Washers to Mold
Paint/Alcohol ink
scrapbook paper scraps
Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer
wire and beads

Thank you for looking!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

USArtQuest Design Team Entry | Resolutions 2012

If you are looking for my Weekly Challenge with Delightful Challenges, it is here.
I am pleased to announce that I am trying out for the USArtQuest Design Team which has many amazing products that I have grown up using as a paper artist and crafter. I would love to have the opportunity to share with you all how amazing these products are and the many ways they can be used in your projects. For this project I will in no way touch all of the products in their company, but I will highlight a few that are perfect for adding sparkle and shine to my Resolutions folder.

Because I find that goal and resolution setting is paramount in my life to a successful year, I wanted to create something to hold my goals for 2012 that would be pretty and make me want to reflect on them more! I had created a similar file-folder tag folder on my bi-monthly show leslierahye's crafty gig as a Halloween project and knew it would be a handy way to hold my lists.

For this project you will need:
Manila File folder and Cream Paper to print calender and lined pages on
a vintage looking 2012 calendar
Ranger Distress Walnut Stain
Ranger Walnut Distress Ink
Clear Detail Embossing Powder
VersaMark Watermark Pad
Blue Ocean Folk Art Paint
Electric Blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
BIC Mark-It's in Brown
Redline Tape
Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Glue
Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer
Random patterned stamps and sayings
Letter Stencil
Compass Rose Mask
Dry brushes

 On a USTREAM in September, I showed how to fold this great file-folder tag book!

After folding the base for my Resolutions Tag Book, I began decorating my folder by stamping swirls and dots on the folder with VersaMark Watermark pad, and then embossing them with Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

Next I dusted the swirls with Super Bronze and the dots with Super Copper  and then wiped off the excess with a tissue. I then melted it into the embossing powder by heating up the embossed areas with the heat tool. Then I began layer misting and ink to create the background below.

I repeated the process on the other side.
With a lettering template, I traced the word "resolutions" onto the "cover' of my folder and then painted out the negative space with Deep Ocean Blue Folk Art paint. I then added the numbers 2012 to the 2nd "o" and outlined with a loose "squiggle" the letters with a brown BIC Mark-Its. The "o" was then coated with Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer to add some shine!
To complete the "back of the folder" I cut apart the months of the calendar from the listed vintage-looking 2012 calendar. I added lined paper beside them that I made using Publisher and printed on cream paper. This will allow me to event plan or to keep up with important birthdays for 2012.

I added a strip of redline tape to the bottom of the folder and tapped on some gilding leaf in bronze to the tape. I then used a dry brush to brush it down on the tape removing any excess with the same brush.

For the "inside" of the folder, I stamped words and phrases that made me remember key ideas while I'm planning my resolutions and goals for the new year. I created a 4×7½" tag with a 65# cardstock which I stamped with Ranger Distress Ink in Walnut Ink. I then misted them with the Tattered Angels mist in a matching color. Next I printed using Publisher the cover page lined sheets with titles for the areas I focus on when goal planning. I also printed extra pages for behind the cover page. I glued them down at the top of the tag using Beacon 3in1 Craft Glue.

The tags will be used to write down my goals and resolutions for those areas of my life. They fit neatly into the pockets on the inside of the folder.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my project and that you are inspired to try one of your own!  I hope someone in California is WOWed today!  

Weekly Challenge | Anything Goes!

Good morning and welcome to the last challenge post for Delightful Challenge this year! I can't believe we've come to the end of 2011 already! It seems like I just tried out to join Delightful Challenges and now I'm a senior designer! What an amazing year for me! I can't wait to start the new year off with Wendy's awesome digital stamps and papers! In preparation for the coming year, I created this fun little New Year's Card with Top Hat and Tails Slippy! I hope you enjoy him!
This weeks challenge is...

For this card you will need:
Digital Stamps: Top Hat and Tails Slippy
Digital Paper:Heavenly Digital Paper Pack
Accessories: PrismaColor Pencils, Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer and Colored Lacquer, Perfect Pearls, Bling, Watch Parts, and foam squares

You are not required to use a Digital Delights Image to join in on the fun
but if you do you can enter TWICE
To enter twice you when using a Digital Delight image your
1st entry use your card link
2nd entry use your blog address and add 2nd entry after your name
**Please be sure to follow the challenge theme or it will be removed
We have a wonderful Sponsor this week
We are offering a $10 certificate to our store

This will be the last challenge of the year! Stay tuned for more information about the coming year next week when we announce the winners of this weeks challenge.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Paper Bead Bracelet with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

Hop on over to the Sakura Hobby Crafts Blog and check out how I made this beautiful paper-beaded bracelet with glass tile focal. Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer makes the beads clickity hard and gives them a super sheen. Learn how to make ANY paper beads the exact color you need them.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Crafty Ribbons Challenge #8 | Christmas, Traditional Colors

It's time again for a Crafty Ribbons Challenge. For this challenge we are doing Christmas, Traditional Colors! You can use red, green, cream and white in your creation to participate.
At Crafty Ribbons they have some fun printed wired ribbons that make yummy bows for ornaments and tags. For this challenge I made a bow and hanger for a glittered pine cone that will be an ornament on my tree this year. 

I also made another fun Christmas Gift Tag. I used some spotty digital paper from my friend and digital art designer Amanda Marks--you can get the paper pack here. I added the digi paper to a large countertop sample and then used the velvet embossed Happy Christmas ribbon to look like ribbon on a package and the glittered snowman wired ribbon to make a large bow. The back has a to/from card and can be used for a gift tag and then a hanger can be added to make it an ornament for your tree. Love the versatility of that!
Thank you for looking!! 


This challenge will run from 8.30am 8th Dec until 6pm 21st Dec.....

This challenge is sponsored by Mulberry Crafts UK
Fabulous Flowers

 Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed my projects! If you would like to join our challenge, hop on over to the Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Weekly Challenge | Blue Christmas

This week we have another challenge that is perfect for the recent release of totally cute wintery digital stamps at Digital Delights by LoubyLoo . This week's challenge at Delightful Challenges is Blue Christmas! I hope you enjoy my card!

Digital Stamps Winter background &;Baby It's Cold
Paper: Bazzill Basics & Snowflakes Digital Paper Set
Markers: BIC Mark-its
Accessories: Stampin Up Ink Cool Caribbean, MS Glitter/Snow, Sakura Stardust Pen

Thank you for looking!
You are not required to use a Digital Delights Image to join in on the fun, but if you do you can enter TWICE. To enter twice you when using a Digital Delights image you:
1st entry use your card link, 2nd entry use your blog address and add 2nd entry after your nameWe have a wonderful Sponsor this week

You could win these festive ribbons from
Crafty Ribbons

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

AJs Digi Shoppe DT Post | Christmas Tag with Ducks!

Hop on over to AJs Digi Shoppe Blog to see how I constructed this fun To/From Tag for gift giving that can double as an ornament! I love the new Gingerbread papers and this cute little duck just makes me feel all festive! Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Weekly Challenge | New Release & Let it Snow!!

This week Wendy has released some totally cute wintery digital stamps at Digital Delights by LoubyLoo which are perfect for the Let it Snow Challenge at Delightful Challenges! I hope you enjoy my door plaque!

Digital Stamps : Flurry the Snowman Winter background & Snow Sentiments
Paper: Bazzill Basics & Snowflakes Digital Paper Set
Markers: BIC MarkIts
Accessories: Crafty Ribbons Ribbon, Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, Stampin Up Ink Pacific Blue

Thank you for looking!
You are not required to use a Digital Delights Image to join in on the fun, but if you do you can enter TWICE. To enter twice you when using a Digital Delights image you:
1st entry use your card link, 2nd entry use your blog address and add 2nd entry after your nameWe have a wonderful Sponsor this week

Simon Says Stamp is offering a $20 certificate to there store