Crackle Finish Dress Form- with Earth Safe Finishes and Creative Imaginations

Crackle Finish Dress Form
Crackle Finish Dress Form
If you read the site last week, you might have noticed I love dress forms. They were every where at CHA. I don’t think there was an isle without on on display in some form. I embellished this dress from the Creative Imaginations “BE” line a few years ago for the Earth Safe Finishes Booth. The dress forms come blank and are ready to be enhanced. I have several of them in my crafty cave. The paint on the form is one of my favorite colors – Tiffanie Blue. The base coat was done in Tiffany Blue and then a layer of crackle medium was added. Once that was dry a top coat of brown was added, Then the rest of the little embellishments were added to create the finished piece.

Shabby Chic Embossed Fleur-de-lis-Metal-Ornaments

Shabby Chic Embossed Fleur-de-lis-Metal-Ornaments
Shabby Chic Embossed Fleur-de-lis-Metal-Ornaments

Each Christmas season I am invited to several ornament exchanges. I toil about what ornaments to bring to the exchange. I wonder if the recipient will be a traditionalist and do only red and green? Will they be a mish mash tree person or are they like me and do a themed tree? Buying a gift for the unknown drives me crazy. I like to put a lot of thought into my gifts. I try really hard to pick just the right gift. Then I decide I was placing to much pressure on myself for something that is supposed to be fun. That was when I decided I would make the ornaments. Two years ago I came up with the first version of the ornaments. Only they were copper. The next set I made was also out of copper but I placed a patina on them. All were gorgeous, For the Ornament section of Crafts N Things I cam up with the Shabby Chic version If you would like directions they are in the December 2010 issue. The recipient of this set plans to use them as decorations in her windows since her house is kind of a Beach Chic meets Shabby Chic. I was so excited when I found out that she could use them year round.

It’s fun going back….

Back and designing a card for Card Positioning Systems that is!!! CPS is celebrating it’s FOURTH ANNIVERSARY last week and Tami asked all us Alumni Designers if we would like to help celebrate and do up another card for the blog…I had a blast with this! It’s just too much fun to “be part of the CPS team” again. 🙂 Thanks for asking Tami!

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Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Prismatics
Patterned Papers: American Crafts
Stamps: Layers of Color
Ink: Tsukineko
Dies: Spellbinders
Copic Airbrush System & B00 Sketch Marker
Accessories: Flowers, Gems, Ribbons & Decorative Straight Pin

Bookmarks made easy

A great project to do with the kids that can utilize their artwork and recycled items is bookmarks. They’re quick and easy to make and very low cost. You can create simple bookmarks just by cutting cardboard. At a minimum you need thin cardboard such as cereal boxes, scissors and markers or crayons. Or make elaborate bookmarks by including extra embellishments, your own painting or drawing, and other add-ons.

Easy handmade bookmarks by Jen Goode

I like to add eyelets, ribbons and rounded corners to all my bookmarks. However, you can create whatever look you like!

Bonus idea: This is also a fun project to make when talking about a specific book the kids are reading. Cut out the bookmark pieces and have your child draw a picture that goes along with whatever book is the current favorite.

For full instructions check out my making bookmarks tutorial.

“Nothing To It” Single Layered Stamped Card

This week I had the pleasure of being asked to guest design for the City Crafter Challenge Blog! 🙂 This week’s theme is – “Nothing to it”.  The challenge was to make a single layer card, no layers, no embellishments, no nothing! So I got creative and this is what I came up with. I cut a piece of white cardstock 4.25×11 inches, folded it in half and die cut the front. I then left the die in place as I airbrushed around the outer edge. I then stamped on both sides of die cut area. Then I closed the card and stamped through the window onto the inside of the card. Finally I added the sentiment and my card was complete…no layers, no bellies…nothing to it! 🙂

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Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Prismatics
Stamps: Layers of Color
Ink: Tsukineko
Die: Spellbinders
Copic Airbrush System & B00

Stenciled Bird balsam sachets – Not just for Christmas

Stenciled Bird balsam sachets
Stenciled Bird balsam sachets

My mother loves the smell of Pine whether it Pine Balsam or Pine-Sol. Me not so much. Last year I need to make a piece for the Crafts N Things Christmas Issue and these sachets are what I created. (For directions you will need to see that issue.) When she saw the past issue she requested I make her some in non Christmassy colours that she could place in her entry and in the mudroom of her home. Being the wonderful daughter that I am I have not gotten around to it, LOL But I will. New stencils from Crafter’s Workshop are on there way and I look forward to making some more. Plus I think sachets are a great way to use up your extra fabric scraps. Look for a post soon on my next version of the sachets.

Lily Sketch Layout

This week over at Pixie Dust Paperie Blog there is a sketch challenge. And while I don’t have this month’s kit, I thought I would play along anyway, it’s a great sketch. Head on over and check it out, Kirsty always has AWESOME prizes for those that participate! I had all these papers and stickers from a line of paper from Doodlebug Design that I was given for having a card published in CARDS magazine. I knew I would get around to using it, I just needed the right push! LOL The “thickers” are from an old set by American Crafts and I just had to have them when I saw them…they are FABRIC covered chipboard…talk about FUN!

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upcycled cigar box turned stationary set

upcycled cigar box turned stationary set
upcycled cigar box turned stationary set

There once was a generic looking cigar box that really wanted to become something beautiful. One day, that box ran into some lovely chocolate paint and a really chic fleur de lis stencil. They happily all became one. But after a while they felt empty and like they needed a purpose. After much wondering they stumbled upon some Piggy Tales pattern paper and the idea of a stationary gift set was born. After much toil, trouble and paper punching the stationary set was complete.

Stamped butterfly Shadow Box

butterfly frame
butterfly frame

Spring is on its way! This stamped shadow butterfly shadow box was made to honor this wonderful event two years ago. It is still as beautiful as the day I made it. I think Spring is my favorite season of the year. To make this project you will need a shadow box, a mat frame, vintage book page, butterfly stamp, background stamp, crystal swirl, paper flowers and your favorite ink colors. Micro tipped scissors are best to cut out the detailed stamp and 3 dimensional dots of some sort. I used Clearsnap ink, Prima crystals and flowers.