Thursday, September 23, 2010

Soap Making!

Here's a fun class we're going to have this month.  Making Melt n Pour soap is pretty easy to do.  You just need to decide on the additives, scents and molds.  The fun part for me is dressing up the soaps.  Here I used scrapbook paper, raffia, Tim Holtz embellishments (the key), embossed metal, and Jolee's dimensional stickers (the fleur de lis).  With the holidays approaching and budgets tight, this could be a great solution to gift giving.  You can use scrapbook paper to match the decor of your friends and embellish with things you probably already have in your collection of craft supplies.

Halloween Craft

Here's a quick and easy Halloween craft to make. I began with a dollar store white candle. (After I bought this I found a pack of 5 various sized candles for $9.99 at Ikea!).  I added Sunset Orange and Metallic Copper Alcohol Ink using the Ranger applicator to change the color of the candle. For the metal, I ran pieces of black Ten Seconds Studio metal through the Cuttlebug using 4 different embossing folders. Then I sanded the metal and punched out a bat using a EK Success paper punch. I glued the bats to the candle using Beacon 3 in 1 glue....and that's it! The whole project took less than 10 minutes.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Eskimo Kisses Card Making

I realized I never did post all of the Eskimo Kisses cards we made in class! So here they are... This month our class is the Eerie line featuring lots of dark oranges, blacks...and just lots of things Halloween! Next month we're going back to every day cards using the Indian Summer line!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Another Maya Road Favorite...Accordian Albums!

This was a really fun album to make. I love bright colors and these colors were right up my alley! It's time to be thinking about Halloween decor and gifts so I thought this would be a good store sample. The background paper is We R Memory Keepers new line called Black Out, the stamps are from Inkadinkado and all the little goblins and words are from the new Pinecone Press collection Hocus and Pocus. This paper made great embellishments! And as usual I embellished with buttons (Basic Grey), Stickles and some 3-D dots. I inked the edges in black and used some Bazzill black dotted swiss for photo borders.

Maya Road Tins

I love the Maya Road tins! There are several sizes and I like them all. The one featured here is the largest one, called Lunch Break. And they'r so affordable. Retail price is $4.99! I decided to make this one a card storage tin for all the handmade cards I'm accumulating. The beauty of the tins is you can change them to fit your needs. On this one, I wanted a bright color on the tin so I just used Citrus alcohol ink, the alcohol ink applicator...and presto, instant chartreuse tin! I also added some buttons from Basic Grey, the Petaloo paper flowers (with Stickles, of course!), Grungeboard letters (I added red ink) and the paper is from Pinecone Press.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

7Gypsies Letterblock Printers Tray

I finally had some time to make the store sample of these wonderful trays. I wanted something with a vintage feel so I ordered some photos of a trip to France my sister and I took in sepia matte. I used some vintage buttons and embellishments from Tim Holtz and Jolee's Boutique and some left over Ten Seconds Studio metal from the last tray.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Christmas Card Layouts

I'm supposed to be designing our next monthly card making class but I've chosen Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses as the theme and it's really hard to get motivated to create Christmas cards when it's 112 degrees outside! Here's one I finished using Burgundy Stickles. You gotta love Stickles! Now I only have 11 to go...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

7 Gypsies Letterblock Printers Tray

I finally had time to play witht this new tray! I used some Tim Holtz embellishments (the key and lock), Thickers and Ten Seconds Studio metal to complete it. I made this for my brother and sister-in-law's new grandson Daniel...and since I gave it away I need to make another one for me! I'm going to make one for the trip to France my sister and I took recently. I'll post it when I'm done...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I love being able to use scrapbook paper for home decor projects. There are such beautiful pages these days that it's almost a shame to hide them away in a book! This is the Adornit Dynamite wooden kit that I covered with Creative Imaginations and Karen Foster paper and then I added some embossed Ten Seconds Studio metal to the stars.

Monday, July 5, 2010

7 Gypsies Printers Trays

Tomorrow the 7 Gypsies Letterblock Printers Trays arrive! I can't wait to get my hands on them! I want to make a baby boy collage as a gift...and of course I'll have to make something else as a display for the store. I'll post a photo when I'm done with whatever I end up doing!

Max and Whiskers Card Designs

I love this new Max and Whiskers line of Basic Grey! The rich chocolates, golds and coppers make me think of fall...and the pets are so cute! I made these and a few others for a class we had at the store.