Coordinating Valentine Card and Valentine Gift bag

Coordinating Valentine Card and Valentine Gift bag
Coordinating Valentine Card and Valentine Gift bag

To create this set you will need a pattern paper that has a Valentine feel. I chose coordinating papers from October afternoon, Tim Holtz Alteration Die Baroque from Sizzix, Clearsnap Design Adhesives and Clearsnap Glitter, and some velvet ribbon from Prima. By sticking to a limited color scheme and a small amount of material you can easily make a cohesive set. Now, what you put in the bag is completely up to you.

Make a Framed Scrapbook Page

Framed 8x8 Scrapbook Page

Hi fellow crafters!  Most scrapbook pages are, quite simply, a work of art!  Yet, they often get tucked away into a book that gets placed in a drawer and on a shelf.  Ask yourself, “How many times do I take my scrapbooks out for everyone to enjoy?”  Well, why not share them?  One great way to do that is to frame them.  Let them be seen!  I guarantee that prominently showcasing your pages on the wall will bring a smile to everyones face!!

Make handpainted sneakers with your kids

Hand painted sneakers by Jen Goode
Hand painted sneakers by Jen Goode

With all the super fun bling shoes that have been popular lately, I thought it would be fun to make our own. I picked up some $5.00 white canvas shoes to use as our blank canvas. Then my 3 year old and I set out to make these cute hand painted sneakers. I painted outlines of color and then she painted the different areas. I then went back around adding different little doodles and dots. We used a metallic fabric paint so the entire shoes has a really pretty sparkle. Gotta love the wearable art!

Beach Chic Shadow Boxes

Beach Chic Boxes
Beach Chic Boxes

Have you ever gone on a beach vacation and picked up shells on the beach? I know that is something we do every trip. Most of the time the shells make it into a mason jar, where I have placed shells from past trips. I decided to make a piece for my home where I could display extra special shells. The show boxes were at the Dollar Store quite a while back and I could not resist purchasing a half dozen of them. I did not know what I was going to do with them at the time. While going through my “project” stash I had a brilliant idea. I would combine the two. (I have brilliant ideas all the time – but lets say some are best as ideas and the execution could be better.)

materials used: Krylon Spray paint, Clearsnap Ink, Shells, Unity Stamp Co. Adhesive and Shells.

Directions: Ink inside of box and spray paint outside box. Stamp back ground paper and adhere inside box. Adhere shell inside box. Repeat these steps for each box.

Quick and Easy Thank you card

flower  thank you card
flower thank you card

Cut a 12×12 sheet in half. Then fold that sheet in half. You have created a card base, Take your favorite pattern paper and cut strips to 1×5. Place them in random order on the card front and adhere, Add Stickles to a flower. Let it dry before attaching to card front. Use rubons to create sentiments on chipboard and them place the chipboard in center of flower. Attach a strip across the front then adhere the flower

Simple Snowmen and Penguin Ornaments

Hello Crafters!

This week I wanted to share with you a really easy and fun way to make snowmen and penguin ornaments.  Now, I will admit, these are not “quick”.  This is simply because you will have to allow for drying time.  The benefit is that in between you can do many other things!

So let’s get started!  You will need a few items…starting with clear glass balls like these….

Then you will need just a couple of other things:

  • Acrylic paints in white and black (make sure they are fluid acrylics, tube paints won’t work unless you mix them with a fluid medium)
  • Deco Paint Pens
  • Pretty Ribbon

That’s it!

The first thing you want to do is take the hanger out of the top of the ornament.  These pull right out.  If for some reason, one is being stubborn…just give it a twist like you would a soda bottle.  When it loosens, you can then pull it out.  Like this….

Then you want to squeeze some paint inside and start swirling the paint around until the entire inside of the ball is coated.  Then you want to drain them.  To do that, you’ll need to put then upside down.  I take the tray that comes with the ornaments and cut a hole in the bottom of each section.  Then I place that over the empty box so that there is  enough space for the paint to drain out.

I usually leave them upside down over night.  Then the next day I turn them over and leave them for a couple of days to dry out.  It’s important that they are completely dry inside otherwise they will leak if they get turned upside down.  That’s just icky!

This may sound like a lot of work, but it really isn’t.  I like to work on several things at once, so while these dry…I’m working on other projects.

When the inside is dry, I put the hangers back in and started to decorate!

Using white, black and orange Deco paint pens, I began to draw faces on my ornaments.  I started with the penguin faces first because I wanted to make sure that adorable white face was dry before adding black eyes and an orange beak.  The snowmen took a few minutes.  Just be careful not to smudge any wet paint while you are working.

I actually left the penguin ornaments dry overnight before adding the other details.  When I was done, they came out like this…

Aren’t they cute?  Last, I attached some pretty organza ribbon instead of using ornament hangars.  Of course, they make really pretty decorative hangars now a days, but I like the ribbon.  I can’t lose that!

Artfully yours,

Theresa

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions gift box with Samantha Walker Paper
Christmas Traditions gift box with Samantha Walker Paper

When I found this Samantha Walker Christmas paper I knew instantly what I wanted to create with it. Growing up my grandmother gave out Christmas baskets filled to the brim with delicious baked treats and delightful candies. Each family had their own basket and returned it after the goods were devoured. I wanted to start this same tradition but with a twist. My other grandmother always had us take a photo in front of the tree. She kept the photos in a special box that was decorated with Christmas wrapping paper. So here is where the twist comes in. I purchased a bunch of empty cigar boxes a while back with the intent on using them for something cool. I knew they could be easily upcycled.
Samantha Walker Paper Gift Box

Samantha Walker Paper Gift Box

I decided I would make a gift box for my little sister that would start out with a delicious bunch of goodies, their recipes and a photo. The box is to keep and place all of her future photos in. Or she could use it as a giant recipe box. Plus it will look really cool when it is sitting out since it is so decorative. I hope she really likes it and will make this a tradition of her own.
Samantha Walker Paper Gift Box whole boxSamantha Walker Paper Gift Box whole box

Materials: Samantha Walker Christmas Paper, die cuts and rubons by Creative Imaginations, Krylon Spray paint, Prism Cardstock, Clearsnap Ink, Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®, Sizzix Die Cuts

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Who you are layout…

Good Morning!

I thought that today I would switch gears a bit and share a layout I finished yesterday. I am on a local store’s design team and we each had to make a LO showcasing a photo of ourselves and our style. I thought about it and I really don’t have a definitive style. Some days I am crisp and clean, others I am distressed and dirty! However, I am usually technique oriented. I love using stamps, ink, paint, dies, ribbon and other embellishments. On this layout I used all of those items and more!

The  list of materials I used:

The techniques you will see here are:

  • Stamping
  • Stamping with Paint
  • Distressing
  • Inking / Aging
  • Airbrushing
  • Sewing
  • Masking

As you can see, alot of detail went into this layout. What started out as a cream piece of cardstock became this project that is now before you.  So what is your style? If you had to create a layout showcasing a photo of you and an idea of who you are, what would it look like? Please leave a comment and let us get to know you! Got a project that reflects just that? Leave us a link, we want to see WHO YOU ARE!

Gourmet Cocoa Stamped Winter Gift Set

Gourmet Cocoa Stamped Winter Gift Set
Gourmet Cocoa Stamped Winter Gift Set
This Gourmet gift set was featured in the Newsletter for Crafts N Things Magazine and is perfect to share again at this time of year. The recipe for the Cocoa came from Recipe Goldmine and they have been a great resource for food gifts from the kitchen. The recipes are very well organized and they have a gifts in a jar section. Check them out and share a picture of your fantastic creation.