Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Beads and butterfly greeting card

I made this card for my aunt's birthday - it's folded so the front is shorter than the back, then the beaded ribbon trim hangs down to the bottom.

I diecut the butterfly itself for another project, but the negative space of the paper I cut ends up with a really cool debossed outline of the die edges. A few chomps with a fancy corner punch, a little bling and we're done!

I like the denim paper with accents of gold, rust and brown...quite the Levi's colors.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cast-offs are always a crafter's treasure

Today I went to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse and came away with some great stuff for just ten bucks.

500 clear cocktail straws
25 diecut papers
10 white buttons
5 long black zippers
5 records
5 wood blocks
3 National Geographics

I have projects planned for everything here; stay tuned to see what I do with it all!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Paper weaving cures "the uglies"

My altered tray is featured this week on Cool2Craft.

Underneath this pretty woven sheet of handpainted and batik art papers is a super ugly litho image. I found this tray on clearance at the local craft store (gee, I wonder why it was so cheap?) and I just knew I had to alter it. It's made from a lovely dark-stained wood with cut-in handles, perfect for my nightstand.

Click here for my video tutorial and full project instructions - enjoy!

Friday, February 15, 2013

From the archives: Radical biker chick

I made this collaged postcard several years ago with a photo of me being super silly with funny wigs, crazy glasses, and my high school besties.

The things we do to make each other laugh...this card sits in a postcard rack in my hallway with several others I have made...I still get a chuckle from it every time I walk by.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

From the archives: Tin Man Valentine

This was a fun card I made a few years ago with parts of a robot paper doll die-cut that I colored with silver marker to make him more like the poor Tin Man who only wants a heart. Makes a good valentine for a dude!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wood scrapbook panel to celebrate a trip to the island

This week on Cool2Craft, my special Hawaiian-themed wood panel is featured in an episode all about having fun with words. Click here for complete project instructions and my video tutorial.

These art panels are really great to stain, paint or decoupage. I wanted the natural woodgrain to show around the edges of this project, so I just stained it lightly.

My friend Glenna had brought me these wonderful papers and embellishments from a scrapbook store she went to during her recent trip to Maui. I gave this frame to my mom to display one of her favorite photos from her trip to Hawaii a few years ago.

The word "ho'olaule'a" means celebrate!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Felt flower greeting card

This was my project featured this past week on Cool2Craft...a cheerful needlefelted greeting card!

I love working with felt and fabric on my cards, it's a nice break from paper every once in a while. It's also easier to go "off the edge" with the design and not worry about it getting crimped or torn.

Click here for my video tutorial.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Glitter and lace technique

Ahhhh...tonight was my monthly ATC group and it was just what I needed. Although I didn't have a chance ahead of time to make ATCs to give, so I gave some IOUs, lol.

Cathy was in charge of our demo this time—she shared this great technique where you apply a double-sided adhesive sheet to the card, peel off the top liner and lay a piece of lace lightly on top, nice and flat. Then you sprinkle glitter on top, shake of the excess and peel off the lace. You get a gorgeously glittered reverse pattern of the lace.

Then you sprinkle a contrasting color of glitter over the areas of the adhesive that were previously masked with the lace, tap it off and it's beautiful! You can also work with multiple colors to create an ombre or marbled effect.

The same technique can be done with metal stencils...it's recommended that you rub some natural bar soap on the stencil first, and apply the soaped side to the adhesive when you mask, so it releases easier. I tried it with a seahorse stencil, soooo cool!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Hearts & button butterflies wallhanging

The first Monday of each month is the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop—this month our theme is "Handmade with love." After you're done here, click on the hop links in the DCC logo on my sidebar to go to the next blog. Look for the same logo on each blog to hop through them all!

I made this romantic little glittery three-heart wallhanging in one of my favorite color combos, purple and olive green. Here are my project instructions, it went together very quickly!

1.  Sand three thin wood heart shapes until smooth and drill two holes at the top and one hole at the bottom of each.

2.  Paint both sides and the edges with one coat of Hydrangea Purple Martha Stewart craft paint, let dry.

3. Paint the tops with one coat of Sugar Plum Glitter Martha Stewart craft paint, let dry.

4. Rub a purple StazOn ink pad lightly around the top edge of each heart, let dry.

5. Arrange a selection of buttons (mine are from Buttons Galore & More) into a butterfly shape on each heart, and glue down with Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue.

6. Add a self-adhesive teardrop rhinestone for each butterfly's head, and self-adhesive pearls for antennae.

7. Place a large pearl brad in the bottom hole of each heart.

8.  Thread a length of sheer ribbon through the top holes of each heart, knot in the back.

9. Slide the ribbon from one heart over and behind the brad of the next heart (for the bottom two) so all three hang together.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Rockin' the Mod Podge and glitter with my friends!

While I was at the Craft & Hobby show a couple weeks ago, I got to work in the Plaid Crafts booth with my crafty sistah Andrea and her supah-crafty hubs Cliff

We filmed a fun demo together for Plaid's YouTube channel showing off Andrea and Cliff's super cute ideas for crafting quick and easy awards and trophies using found objects, upcycled cardboard and wood scraps, some blingy embellishments, Mod Podge and truckloads of glitter!

Everyone deserves a glitter trophy for something, right?