Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Earth Day Junk Journal Challenge

April I was party of a Earth Day Junk Journal Challenge. Mimi Dibble one of the Admins on Scrappy Divas set up this challenge.

I am bummed I forgot to do a short video on it. So I will blog about it instead. Plus its been a while sense I have blogged on my Crafty page.

So the idea is to use junk items that you would have tosses, you have found, given to you, etc. No items from your stock could be used. No commercial paper craft items, etc

So my front cover here. Front is material from a dress that would have other wise been tossed. Some scrap plastic tassel on the front. Spine is canvas from a ruined painting that I saved. And the flower is made of tore jeans. Tie is made of Kitchen twine. I really love how the cover came out.

The inside pages like this one. I used old buttons and made flowers out of scrap material. The pocket is made out material as well. The pages are from ads you get in the mail. I sewed them together to make a book. And then covered them in this case with news paper. So many fun ideas you can do and make with recycled material.s This happens to be one of my favorite pages.

This page was fun to make. I made it like a flip pages it opens up to three different areas so that you can put pictures, etc in.

I used bubble wrap and paint to add texture to the ads. Used my butterfly punch to punch out from the ads in the paper. Tissue paper from packing material. All kinds of ideas to make a junk journal from.

This was a fun page to make. I loved using the bubble wrap to give the paper texture.

This was one of my favorite pages. I painted the ads black to cover them up. And then took old music sheet paper tore it all up and glued them down. The flower is made from scrap lace as well. See such simple recycling makes such a cool page.

Well there was many many more pages. But these are a few of my favorites. I hope my partner enjoys the book, as much as I do. I really had a lot of fun making it. Till next time. Scrap on!!!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Out of your Box challenge on Scrappy Diva's

Hello Everyone I know its been a while sense I blogged. Mostly because of my health. I will try to get caught up with all my past projects. Life as thrown a lot at me lately and I am trying to catch the balls one at a time and deal with them as the come. But as you know it life does not like to toss you one problem at a time. Anyways to take my mind off the avalanche of hard hits I joined a challenge at Scrappy Divas.

So the challenge is to actually challenge your self and your partner to a project you have been wanting to try. Now there are tons and tons of projects I have yet to try. But for some reason altering boxes and using flowers intimidates me. Actually anything that requires layering and using lots of embellishments intimidates me. Why? Because of my OCD and wanting things seam line and perfect. If I have two of something on one side there has to be two of something on the other. I get frustrated when I see to much going on in one area and overwhelmed when a lot is on the project. Its very much a mind over load for me. Its very hard to explain. I am very much a visual person, but things need to be in order for me for my mind to function. I call this my Autism trait. I got tons of them ;o)

Anyway I did create one altered box before this project. Here it is... As you can see it's very seam line, its not super busy at all. On either side of the dye cut in the middle there is a spray of flowers. But as you can tell there is an equal number of flowers on each side and the spray is pretty much the same. The pearls down the sides are even the flowers on the top have a pattern as well as the pearls. The top center flower is a flower I made using box pleated trim and it is actually used as a handle to open the box. I will be keeping my scentsy Bars in this. Its a fairly large box. Ok so you can see there is no layering, its pretty simple, yet its pretty. I love it actually. But its not out of my comfort zone just yet. Most of my Altered projects are not out of my comfort zone. I can tell you this challenge for me to beat my OCD tendencies will be very hard for me.

Ok so here is a picture of the box I will be altering for the challenge. As you can see its a smaller box. Yup did that on purpose. Figured if I can start small on using lots of embellishments and going out side my comfort zone it will be easier. This is just a box my new cell phone came from. I dont plan on returning it so I am going to use it. Plus I just like the style of the box and it can hold still a lot so it will be perfect for this challenge.

Not sure if this will turn into a swap yet. Still waiting on my partner for the challenge to see if that is something they want to do.

Ok ladies so wish me luck that I can get all fancy and use embellishments without worrying if there are equal numbers, and yadda yadda yadda. Ok so I will do another blog soon with the finished project. I have two weeks to complete this bad boy.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lace flowers

So I have been having fun making some lace flowers. Here is the tutorial on youtube that I posted for them. One is done by a running stitch the other one is a No Sew Lace Flower. They are super easy and super fun to make.

I am thinking about making a bunch of them to sale as well. Hence thinking about it. They will be hard to give up as I like to make them so much and they are perfect for my craft projects.

However, a lot of my projects I put up for sale. So I guess in the end they would get sold. hee hee

So here are a few pictures of the lace flowers I have made. I hope you enjoy watching the tutorial and making some for your self as well.

These are the first lace flowers I made. Except for one. The first one on this picture is a flower made of burlap. Which was fun to make as well. And I have already used that one on a project.

This one is actually a No Sew flower. The youtube video I have put up shows you how to make this. The center is a cute vintage button. I want to make some more of these. But I need to go to SAS to get some more pleated lace. Pleated lace is perfect for this no sew lace flower.

This one is made using the running stitch. The white lace I love. Its a very stretch lace and its perfect to work with. I actually used for the center of the white flower another running stitch lace flower I made. I thought it went well together. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

DIY Paper Carnation Flowers

So I have had a few requests to put up a tutorial on my Flowers I make. Here is a video tutorial on my Paper Carnation flowers.
Here are the supplies you will need.

Scallop Punch
Small Brads
Card stock
Glitter Glue

Watch the video for details on how to make these.

Here is a picture of the finished flowers you will have.

Enjoy Making them!!!!!

DayBook Swap

Hi guys... Sorry its been a while since I have blogged lately. Health issues have been horrid. Between IVIG for my MS and then my Asthma acting up. Seems like I can't stay ahead of the game. I still have tons of appointments coming up. So here it goes. Signed up for a Daybook swap off of Scrappy Diva's on Facebook. You can find the group by clicking HERE

My partner happens to be a Facebook friend as well as local in Maricopa. So that is kind of cool. Saves on shipping cost. hee hee. So here is a picture of the Daybook I created for her. I hope she likes it. I know I do and I enjoy making them as well. They are so much fun. Facebook Friend Mimi Dibble who is on Scrappy Diva's as well does these challenges and swaps for the Daybooks. She is a Daybook pro her self.

Here is a youtube video I put up of the daybook as well. Remember to subscribe to my youtube videos.
I hope you enjoy and like the daybook. Remember to also follow my Blog.

Talk to you all later.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A very special Paper Bag Album

So I made this very special "Paper Bag Album", Well I would like to think its super special. Why is that? well. Recently I decided to contact a cousin who I have not seen in years. To be specific I have not heard from her seen from her in almost 10 years. Now in the past I have tried contacting her. Maybe I should have tried harder. But I thought to my self here I am going to be 35 soon and we are a month a part, we grew up together, played together. Granted we had our ups and downs. But isn't Blood suppose to be thicker then water right? So I am going to try again. Hey that is all I can do right? So I wrote her a letter. Granted I have not heard back from her yet. I sent it via Email. I am not sure if she will send one back Email or in a letter in snail mail. I would like to hope I do hear from her. In the mean time I do have her mailing address. So I made this Album for her and might send her a few other goodies. So this is my attempt at restarting a relationship. I love this album personally. And I did put a lot of love into it as well.

Here is the youtube video showing the details. I hope you enjoy looking at it. I know I enjoyed making it.

Altered Starbucks Jar into a Vase Tutorial

Altered Starbucks Coffee Jar
So I have seen many tutorials on how to alter these Starbucks jars, into many different things. I took a little bit of each and did what worked best for me.

Here is a list of things you will need
Starbucks Coffee jar, Cutting board,
Acrylic paint (any color you want)
Designer paper to match your paint
Mod Podge, Hot Glue Gun, Paint Brush
Flowers, ribbons, accessories to coordinate with your paper and paint.

Empty Starbucks Coffee Jar
First you want to get your self an empty, of course starbucks coffee Frap jar. Clean it out. Take off the top rapper. You can leave the rest on as it will be covered. Or you can use Goo Gone to clean of the sticky mess after you rip off the label. For me this was a waste of time and just a long extra step to take. So I left them on as you will not see the label what so ever after you are done.

Painting the jar

Next take your acrylic paint and paint the top portion of the jar. be careful let the first coat dry, and then apply the next coat. But don't go over one area to many times as the first coat will start to come up and bubble. I paint more then half way down the jar onto the label just to make sure I have the expiration date covered, also this reassures that there will be no none painted spots showing above  my paper line at the top.

You can leave it without paint, but your expiration date will show, there is product called "Stays on all purpose cleaner" that will take the ink off. But I like how it looks painted, plus I did not have that product on hand.

cutting the paper
Next you want to make your cuts to your designer paper that you have chosen to use for this project. Here are your dimensions for your cuts. Cut your paper 8 3/4 inches long and then by 2 3/4 inches wide. So you will need your cutting board for this part of course.

Mod podge your paper
Now after you make your cuts. As an alterantive You can use double sided tape. I did not like how my ATG Gun worked on the jar. I tried Mod Podge and it was wonderful.

Flip over your paper and take what ever you use to spread your mod podge and give it a good layer on the back of the paper. Don't be afraid give it a good coat. You want it to stick to your jar.

Line up your paper on jar
Next lay your jar down flat. Front of the label if you have left it on, should be facing to the front and then line up your paper to the bottom of the label. Make sure its centered because you want the rest of the paper to wrap nice and neat around to the back of the jar and have a nice even seam.Sometimes it will be a little uneven if you did not make your cuts strait. However, no worries most of the time your embellishments, ribbons, etc will cover your mistakes. You can always cover these little errors up. No one will be the wiser.

Lining up seem

At this point you should be to the back of your jar making sure your seam is nice and even. Make sure to smooth the paper down going around all sides. You want to make sure you have no bubbles from the mod podge. You want to make sure everything is going to stick and not come up. And if you used a good coat of Mod Podge you should not have this issue.

Adding embellishments

Now you can start taking what ever embellishments and accessories you have chosen to adorn your jar with and start using your hot glue gun on them. Placing them on your jar  to your style and taste. 

Adding Mod Podge to paint
This is a very important step, you don't want to forget this step at all. You can do this either before or after your embellishments. I try to do this before. If you miss the step before embellishing like I did in this case, no worries you can work around your embellishments.But you need to coat your paint with mod podge. This seals it and keeps it from scratching and piling off. Just like your paint dont stroke over one area for to long or your paint will get to wet and start bubbling and piling up.

Let it dry

Last but Not least. Let your jar sit and dry. It will not take to long depending how hot or cold your work area is. But if your working under a nice lamp they tend to dry very quickly I have found in my case.

Finished jars
Once they are dry you now have a beautiful altered Starbucks Coffee Jar turned into a Vase. Have fun with them. Try different embellishments and styles of papers. I am doing these for a School fundraiser for my kids private school. And plan on making some for my shop to sale.

Have fun creating, Altering, and Scrapping ladies. Till next time. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.