Monday, August 5, 2013

Studio 49 Grand Opening Giveaways....go check them out!!

Check out the newest Deal-a-Day site for scrapping stuff!! Grand opening and lots of giveaways going on on their Facebook page, their Instagram and on their Blog! Go check them out!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Love me some Wild & Free - Glitz Design

Oh my....I'm in love with this collection! There is just something about it that makes me want to have it and make pretty things with. Things for me, about me, celebrating me. I usually do my scrapbooking and memory keeping about my boys....this would be mine!

Check out some of my favorite pieces of this new collection from Glitz Design called Wild & Free:

Loving the sticker sheet, so many great elements...the dream catcher, the feathers, that horse...wild & free baby! 
glitzdesign wild&free TA1240

This pattern paper with the dream-catcher on one side and the gradient tones on the still my heart.
glitzdesign wild&free WF1615

This giant roller doddle stamp with the tribal image! LOVE it!!

glitzdesign wild&free RD1332

And my favorite of all of the pieces would have to be this tin of wood mounted stamps! So much awesomeness in one little tin....just amazing!

glitzdesign wild&free ST0816

They also have some great pieces that would work fabulously for my life project book...those day of the week stamps and some really great 3x4 cards and die cut pieces! You can check out the whole Wild & Free collection right here on their blog!! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

May Arts Design Team Round 2 - Boho Headbands

I've been growing my hair out for some time and it's finally at the point where I can braid it and style it all kinds of ways. I find that a lot of the headbands on the market are too tight for my head and end up giving me a headache within an hour of wearing them and are not quite my style or the ones that are my style, aren't in my budget. For my last design team tryout submission I decided to make some headbands to add to my collection using a variety of May Arts Ribbons and Trims. Each one of these headbands is measured to fit my head perfectly so there's no worries of headaches!

There are 3 different headbands which can be worn alone or with any one of the 5 interchangeable clips. I also made a boho head wrap and I have pictures to share with you on how I made all of them!

This first one I called the Golden Leaf Braided Headband.

I used the Aqua 5/8" Twill for the band and wrapped the ends with the Natural Burlap String. I took three equal lengths of the twill and stitched them over an elastic band then braided them loosely. The clip on this band is made with the Suede Leaves in the golden brown colour. Once I was finished building the leaves up I added a wooden button tied with more of the burlap string and then finished the back off with some alligator clips so it can be taken off and used on another band. This one kind of has a Grecian feeling to it.

This next one I called the Twill Lace Headband.

It uses the same Aqua Twill as the above headband as well as some of the Suede Flowers, but this time in the cream colour. It also uses the 3/8" Cream Crochet Trim. I took a couple of the suede flowers, hot glued them together, stitched a couple of buttons together on top of them and then added an alligator clip to the back of it. For the band itself, I stitched the cream crochet trim over the center of the aqua twill then wrapped and stitched the edges over the elastic bands.

This one is my Denim and Linen Rose Headband.

For this one I used some of the new 5/8" Denim ribbon in the blue, the 1.5" Faux Linen in the light brown and the 1.5" Net in cream. The band is simple, the denim stitched over the elastics with a bit of the denim wrapped around the edges for a clean look. For the rolled rose I used my circle die to cut a few circles out of the faux linen and one out of the net. I glued 6 of the faux linen circles together to make a base, tied a knot in the end of my ribbon and started rolling and gluing until I had the rose made. I topped it with the net circle, stitched a bead in the center then glued in some aqua beads around the center bead. This also has an alligator clip glued to the back of it.

Here are a couple of the other clips I made for the above headbands. 

This first one is a simple double layered lace flower using that same cream crochet trim as above. It has a pretty wooden button glued in the center and an alligator clip glued to the back...easy peasy.

This one is my shabby flower.
I took that same faux linen as above and cut a bunch more circles out, this time free handed. I did 2 of 4 different sizes, glued them all together, scrunching the 2nd layer of each flower as I went and then gluing another wooden button to the center.

This last one was my favorite and the most boho piece of them all.  It's not a headband per say, more of a head wrap.

For this one I used the same crochet trim and suede leaves as above, along with the Satin String in a copper colour and the Suede String in the dark brown. I took the lace, satin and suede strings, measured around my head and doubled them over. Where the loop was, I added a length of satin string which will act as one of the ties. I wrapped the loop in some cotton thread, hot glued the end of it, then braided the trims together. At the end of the braid I put a dab of hot glue on the trims, then fold the lace only over another length of the satin string then hot glue that down. I cut off the excess suede and satin string from the braid and wrapped the end in the cotton thread like I did the first end. For the danglies, I used some blown glass beads and some weighted suede leaves. I cut one leaf open - they are double layered and only glued on the edge - so I was able to weight it with a penny. Then I glued a 2nd leaf to it, to sandwich the penny between them, punched a hole in one end, added some jump rings and tied it to the satin string. I weighted the leaves down so they didn't get stuck in my hair and get blown around by the wind, on their own they are too light.

So here is what each finished piece looks like on me! I love them all and I think I will be making some more of these...a bunch of interchangeable bands and clips. One for every mood I'm in!

I hope you enjoyed these tutorials and hopefully you've been inspired to make your own. 

Keep your fingers crossed for me, I'll find out at the end of July if I made it onto the May Arts Design Team. In the meantime, these will be up on the May Arts Blog on the 15th of July along with all the other finalists projects so make sure you go check them out! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

May Arts Nautical Craft Challenge

I had the opportunity to participate in another great challenge put on by the lovely Ribbon Lady over at the May Arts blog again, the theme this time was Nautical...perfect for an ocean lover like me! 
I decided to make a shadow box about Peggy's Cove. It's going to be our 10 year Anniversary this Fall and this is where we were engaged. We can add it to our Peggy's Cove gallery wall in our hallway at home.

I found a great video tutorial on YouTube for that Celtic Heart Knot, it was pretty darn easy to make and adds a lot of texture and interest to this piece. I also added a message in a bottle and a pressed penny that I got done at the Sou'Wester Gift Shop in Peggy's Cove. 

My banner is the layered banner and square chipboard pieces from UmWow Studio covered in washi tape from My Mind's Eye and Freckled Fawn. I was going for a Nautical Flag kind of look. 

Here's the full project. The ribbons I chose to use were Burlap Cord SP10, Woven Chevron Stripes/Wired 443-59-01, Twill  QN14 and Solid/Diagonal Stripe 424-18-03.

Other products I used were My Mind's Eye pattern papers, enamel dots and brad, Close To My Heart cardstock, American Crafts cardstock, October Afternoon Tin Pins and pattern paper, Studio Calico Mistable Stars and Mr. Huey's Mist, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and misc. tag and mini glass apothecary bottle.

Check out the rest of the entries on the May Arts Blog, choose your favorite(s) and leave a comment for your chance to win some yummy ribbons...3 whole rolls of your choice!

Friday, May 24, 2013

May Arts Ribbon Blog Design Team Call - Round 1

WARNING: Picture heavy blog post!!

I am so excited! May Arts Ribbons is having another Design Team call and I'm trying out for them this time! I've participated in a lot of their Craft Challenges and have placed in the Top 10 every time, they make a great product with so many color and fabric choices, I just can't help myself!! 

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite projects from the last year or so that kind of show off my style and my skills and of course, show off my use of ribbons...most of which include May Arts! I'm also including towards the end, a group of pictures showing a step-by-step tutorial of one of my projects.

First up is my Love Notes Tin I made for one of the Craft Challenges, this one uses 4 different May Arts ribbons and was such a fun project to create. All my love letters from my husband are tucked inside here.

This is a birthday card I made for my oldest, he loved this. There's so much texture to it, that burlap ribbon is from May Arts.

This is a layout I recently created where I stamped the background leaves, and then stamped those same leaves and colored them in with my Distress Markers...they are topped with a button tied with some May Arts Burlap Twine, which you'll see a LOT of in my projects, it's my absolute favorite ribbon to use!

Here's a Printer's Tray I recently made to show off the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 Oliver papers, but of course it's showing off some great May Arts Silk ribbon and their Burlap Twine too!

This was a fun project to do. My husband brought home this lamp from an antique store, but the silk shade was so stained and stinky from cigarette smoke that I couldn't do anything with it, so I made it over with a whole bunch of lace trims from my stash. Some of them are Bo Bunny, some from Webster's Pages and then others from my friend Nina's stash.. The whole wire frame was wrapped in May Arts Silk ribbon first though! 

This boxed card set was another Craft Challenge I participated in through May Arts...this uses a whole bunch of their silk ribbons which I fell in love with while making this project! They are so pretty and drape so nicely. 

Making mini-albums from scratch is one of my favorite things to do. I created this mini from the ground up...shaped and cut all the chipboard myself  then decorated and embellished it. This one used some brown satin ribbon from May Arts. Such a fun book!

Playing around with one of my favorite My Mind's Eye collections on this mini, though I think this is the only one of my projects today that doesn't use May Arts ribbons. The heavier burlap twine on this one comes from My Mind's Eye, but it's hard to come by, which is why I was excited when I found the thinner stuff from May Arts! 

This is another boxed set of cards I just recently made as a class to teach at my local scrapbook store. I've been teaching classes there for going on 2 years now. I've done cards, mini books and layout classes, always a fun time!

These next few pictures are of another Craft Challenge I participated in with May Arts...this was an Ink It challenge. All the ribbons and trims were neutral and the only rule set forth to the participants was to ink them. What a fun and MESSY project!! So this is my tutorial I want to share:

Sunflower Candle Holder

First thing I did was cut some of the flowers from the length of trim.

Using my darkest stain (Walnut Stain), I dyed the centers of the flowers.

Once that was done, I used the Scattered Straw Stain and dyed the outside edges of the flowers.

Using my heat gun, I dried the flowers, taking caution not to melt them, because it will happen. I had to hold the heat gun about 6-8 inches away.

Once they were dry, I cut the rest of the fabric away from the back of the flower... so!

Next I took the Forest Moss Stain and dyed the suede leaves.

This shows how they look in different stages and different amounts of dye applied.

I dyed them all, some darker than others, and I did that by layering on the colour.

Next thing that got dyed was the Mesh Ribbon and for this I used Vintage Photo.

This one took a couple of coats with drying with the heat gun in between each coat.

The final pieces to be stained were the canvas ribbons and these ones just got a bit of aging with some Antique Linen Stain.

Here are all the pieces once they were dried. I used a few glue dots to adhere these to my glass candle holder.

This is what the finished product looked like. It made a great centerpiece for my Fall tablescape. I love that the flowers look like sunflowers and I'm really happy with how this turned out! 

So those are the projects I wanted to share with you today...and keep your eyes out, I'm participating in another May Arts Craft Challenge coming up in June!

Oh, and fingers crossed on this too!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Blanket Stitched Heart....My April Crop Chocolate Design Team project.

The theme this month was all about Grandma's quilt. I loved this theme, I love quilts and we own a whole bunch of them, most of them handmade by you guessed it.....grandmas! 

Here's what my finished project looks like. There's lot of handmade elements and hand stitching, just like all our quilts have, all done by hand, every detail, no machines allowed.

For the step by step instructions on how to make this, make sure you check out The Crop today!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Mind's Eye + Printers Tray = Beautiful!!

I'm getting ready to head up to Moncton for Crop & Create and was finishing up some last minute project samples to stick in the stores booth. This is just to give people an idea of how wonderful some of these collections are, and give them some ideas on how to use them. I've had My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 Oliver for a while now, and I've made a couple of things, but not the big project I initially bought it I did that up! 

Here it is completed...a Printers Tray with our family portraits in it that my friend and photographer pal Jessica did for us last fall. I printed all the pictures in B&W so there was no competition on the colors. I think they look great this way too. I used paper, brads, enamel dots, washi, stickers, layered stickers, lace and metal adornments and chipboard all from the Oliver's so pretty!! Silk ribbon and jute twine are from May Arts, Printers tray is from Close To My Heart and the white paper roses are Recollections from Michael's. If you're in Moncton at Crop & Create this weekend, you can check this out in person!