Tuesday, August 14, 2018

12 x 12 Tuesday

Welcome back for another 12 x 12 Tuesday!
As promised last week,
the goal this week was to create multiple cards 
from a single 12 x 12 sheet of paper.

You can check out my new Pinterest board,
for some suggestions of cut layouts.
The cut map I choose could make 16 cards,
however, I decided to use multiple pieces on several cards,
which left me with 11 cards.
I challenged myself to make 11 very different cards.
I did use 2+ additional sheets of the same pattern paper
to line and decorate the envelopes.

As always,
my kid cards are going to:

Happy Hugs,

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

12 x 12 Tuesday

August is 12 x 12 Tuesday month
(my own personal declaration)
Every Tuesday I will feature one 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper,
and share how I have used it.

This week features this beautiful paper from Echo Park
(double-sided paper is a must for this project)

The goal was to use up as much of the paper as possible.
I was able to create an A2 size envelope (5.5" x 4.25"),
a mat for the front of the envelope,
a mat and frame for the card face,
and fussy cut flowers.

An 8.5x11 sheet of white cardstock,
foam squares,
stamps and ink,
and a few floral sequins
were the only additional items required.

I used a few dies,
but the rectangles could be cut with scissors or a trimmer,
and a circle would work just as nicely for the focal stamped image.

I have already begun next week's project,
and it is a bit of an opposite approach to this week.

Instead of using one sheet of paper on one card,
I will see how many card faces I can create with one 12x12 sheet.
This is contrary to how I usually work.
I have so many supplies that I feel I will never use them up,
so I seldom worry about making one sheet of paper cover so much ground.
It should be interesting.

Thanks for visiting today!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Let Me Introduce Daphne (and does anyone see July hiding around here?)

Daphne is my latest paper doll created for a 
Facebook group I belong to.

This month's theme was "Circus."

I wanted to keep to a black and white color scheme,
but you know I had to go colorful with the packaging.

I feel as though I have been gone forever,
well it is nearly a month since my last post.

July was a whirlwind,
but I am back and have a bunch of new projects to share.

I did not forget July's giveaway.
I have been in contact with the winner 
and since I never announced what the prize would be,
I will keep it under wrap until she receives it.

I hope you are loving summer wherever you are.

happy hugs,

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Stash To Treasure Saturday #8

Here is an assortment of old mixed media bases
which have been collecting dust for years.
This week, I will be using one of the mini albums in a tin
(top center).

Here is just one of the scraps bins I keep.
These are the remains of many days of crafting.

The tin came with an accordion fold insert,
and probably coordinating papers and tags (long gone).

Step one, was to decorate both sides of the accordion pull-out with scraps from my bin.

For step 2, I pulled out some of my Cavallini sticky notes and washi tape,
adding more layers to each page.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love polka dots?
Step 3 was to put dots on every page,
some were miscellaneous stickers,
others were ink dots made with a pencil eraser.

For Step 4 I used Tim Holtz paper dolls and this sticker book from
American Crafts designed by Maggie Holmes.
Embellishing this little journal is challenging,
no dimension allowed or it will never fit back into the tin.

I am going to end this post early and share closeups of the finished pages
and the decorated tin on my next Stash To Treasure Saturday.

Please leave a comment.
At the end of the month,
I will announce a random winner
of a special gift.
(only one comment per post will be entered).

Happy hugs,

Friday, July 6, 2018

$5.00 FriYAY!

$5.00 purchase from the Dollar Tree


spread pony beads on a parchment lined cookie sheet,
holes facing up

melt in 400 degree oven for about a half hour
(warning, these smell as they melt, so it probably is not the healthiest thing to do indoors,
I suggest using a toaster oven outdoors,
some people have melted them on an outdoor barbecue grill)

adhere the little blobs to strips of glue dots for easy use
(so technically, this is over $5.00 because of the glue dots,
but there are plenty of colorful dots to use in future projects)

A few stamps, some inks, and adhesives
were all the additional supplies needed to make these cute boy cards.
The travel theme stickers are nearly used up,
but otherwise, there are lots of leftovers for future projects.

These cards will be going to:

Please leave a comment.
At the end of the month,
I will announce a random winner
of a special gift.
(only one comment per post will be entered).

Happy weekend hugs,

Monday, July 2, 2018

And the winner is...

...Jackie P. Neal!

Thanks to all who read and left comments on my blog
throughout the month of June.

New month-new giveaway!
Please leave a comment.
At the end of the month,
I will announce a random winner
of a special gift.
(only one comment per post will be entered).

Have a lovely week!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Stash To Treasure Saturday #7

Welcome to 
Stash To Treasure Saturday #7!
Every week I will dust off some long overlooked 
item(s) from my stash
and create something new.

This week I am sharing a big, fun project.
This accordion book and tags (actually this is a second book,
so the colors are different than the one I used)
were from Cosmo Cricket,
part of a large craft kit purchased on QVC
(if I remember correctly).
I don't think they even make paper products anymore,
but I did find the kit on Ebay.
Just search "Cosmo Cricket crafting kit,"
and be ready for sticker shock.

I used a lot of other items that have been around my studio for years,
I will try to point them out as we go through the photos.

I created a boho junk journal of sorts.
Some of the older product used on the cover include:
wood mount Anna Griffin stamps for the background,
number ephemera from K&Co were used here and throughout the book
the background paper was by Basic Grey,
the ink bottle ephemera was K&Co

Most of the paper used for tags and pocket stuffers is
Cigar Box Secrets from Prima Marketing (2014),
not super old, but definitely my all time favorite Prima line.
I may have been working from the 3rd paper pad purchased from this line.

These butterflies were fussy cut from (I believe) more K&Co 

The tags are blank on the reverse side
leaving plenty of room for photos and journaling.

Vintage lace snippets have been used throughout.

This is a cute little flip book with room for plenty of journaling.

The flip side of these journaling cards are blank too.

I used a very old sheet of stickers throughout the book
(see the banners and label on this page)
I want to say they were by Basic Grey,
but I am not sure.

 I even used up the last of these beige pearls,
which were purchased for a special order years ago.

This is a small matchbox album,
it was a kit from Basic Grey.

It was intended to be used as a mini photo album,
there are a number of pages.

There were so many more old bits 
 that were used in the making of this piece,
but honestly I cannot remember who made them.

(Note: the people and most of the words are from Tim Holtz)

Thanks so much for visiting.
I hope I have inspired you to dig through those drawers and cubbies to find your newest treasure.

Please leave a comment.
At the end of the month,
I will announce a random winner
of a special gift.
(only one comment per post will be entered).

happy hugs,
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