Friday, August 1, 2014

Altered Storage Jar

It's the first of the month, which means it's time for a new challenge at Scrap It Girl. The challenge for August is to use arrows. I had fun with this challenge, creating an altered jar to hold my paint brushes. 

I started by simply wrapping a jar with bakers twine.

Next, I painted a chipboard arrow with white acrylic paint, then drew an outline with a black Zig Millennium pen.

Next up, I inked the back of an acrylic text bubble embellishment from JnW Crafts with white StazOn. Next, I colored the edges with a black Sharpie. Then I stamped the sentiment with black StazOn ink.

Once the ink was dry on the acrylic embellishment, I adhered both the arrow and the text bubble to the jar, then added a few flowers on top.

To finish the jar, I added a few drops of Stickles to the flower centers and then added a mini light bulb.

This will make a wonderful, decorative addition to my shelves. And a much prettier way to store my paint brushes. You could also use this jar to store your colored pencils and markers too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 28, 2014

I Love You Wall Plaque

Welcome back friends! Let's jump right on in with today's project. Today I have a project made using the flower template from JnW Crafts.

Ready to see how it was made?

 I started by layering patterned paper on a 6 inch plaque. Then, using the flower template, I cut out individual flower petals from two different designs of patterned paper. Then I simply layered the flower petals around the outer edge of the plaque.

Next, I added a bit of ribbon.  Don't worry that the circle of ribbon is not perfectly round.  It will be covered with all sorts of embellishments later.

Next, I curled the edges of all the flower petals.  This as a quick process. I just took a dowel rod and curled the edges of the paper around it for a few seconds.

Lastly, I added on lots of flowers, lots of bling, mini playing cards, a butterfly, and a heart.

A beautiful project just ready for giving as a gift or to keep and brighten your own home.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Favorite Things Friday - Patterns

Ready for another round of Scrap It Girl's Favorite Things Friday? Well, let's get going then. This week is all about your favorite pattern.

Right now, I'm loving everything about dots and circles.  Whether it's paper, or stamps, or stencils, it's all fund to use to create color and dimension on projects.

So what's your favorite pattern to use?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Favorite Things Friday - Embellishments

It's time for another edition of Scrap It Girl's Favorite Things Friday! And the theme this week is all about your favorite embellishment.

Well, mine just happens to be all those wonderful, beautiful flowers. I could add layer upon layer of flowers to any project and be a very happy gal.

So what is your favorite embellishment to use?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Real Fun

Can you believe it's the beginning of another month already?  That means it's time for a new challenge at Scrap It Girl. The challenge for July is to use the colors red, navy, cream, and kraft. And since my birthday is just a few days away, I'm also hosting this month's challenge.  So head on over to the Scrap It Girl page and see what it takes to get entered in the July challenge.

For this challenge I created a card fit for any male recipient in your life.  So let's get going, and I'll show you how it was created.

I started with simply inking the edges of a piece of white cardstock.

Next, I layered the white cardstock onto a Kraft cardstock base.  Then, I adhered a piece of burlap for a bit of texture.

Now, on to the embellishments.  I wanted some bling, but I only had clear crystals.  No problem though. I just inked them with alcohol based ink, and instantly I had blue crystals.

Next I heat embossed a chipboard hat with white embossing powder.

For the lat embellishments, I used Unique Laser Designs wood pieces and also inked them with alcohol ink.

Now to just pull everything together.  I layered on a red die-cut, added my hat on top, then added a star and ribbon to the hat. I added the crystals to the top and bottom of the card, and lastly added the sentiment.

It all adds up to a quick to make card that full of color and texture!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Favorite Things Friday - Dies

Well it's time for another edition of Scrap It Girl's Favorite Things Friday. And this week's edition is all about your favorite die.

There's so many out there that it's hard to choose just one. But since I was forced (ha, ha, ha) to pick just one, I chose my Tattered Florals die. I love the different size and shape flowers I can get from just one die.

So what's your favorite die?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Welcome - Altered Tile

Welcome back! Today I have another wonderful project using Unique Laser Designs wood embellishments. Lots of color and texture come together to create a unique home decor project. For this project, I used a 6x6 stone tile as my based.

To start, I painted the entire surface of the stone with a tinted glaze. Once the glaze was dry, I added different colors of ink to give a marbled effect.

Next, I used a stencil and modeling paste to add a layer of texture to the tile.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled it with glitter.  Every project must have a bit of sparkle.

Once the modeling paste is dry, I added some ink to give the tile more color.

Now on to the embellishments.  I used a mixture of alcohol inks, Stickles, and dimensional paint to add color to my ULD embellishments.

Now it's just a matter of pulling everything together.  I added a couple strips of washi tape to the bottom, adhered all of the wood embellishments, then layered on the flowers.

A wonderfully simply project with striking effect. Now I have something to display in my home to welcome guests.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Favorite Things Friday - Non-Electronic Die Cutting Machine

Are you ready for another edition of Scrap It Girl's Favorite Things Friday? Well so am I, so let's jump right on in! 

This week's post is all about your favorite non-electronic die cutting machine.  Mine happens to be my green machine, otherwise knows as the Cuttlebug lol. Sturdy, lets me cut a multitude of materials, and I can use practically every manufacturer's dies and embossing folders with it.

So what's your favorite non-electric die cutting maching?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Believe In Yourself Canvas

Jamie here with you today with another canvas using Unique Laser Designs embellishments. Ready to find out how I pulled it all together? Well, let's get started.

First off, I painted the entire canvas with brown acrylic paint.

Once the paint was completely dry, I took a page from a dictionary and painted it with pink acrylic paint, then adhered it to the canvas. Next I added an acrylic strip across the dictionary page.

Then, I layered on some lace and flower trim.

Setting the canvas aside for a minute, I started working on the embellishments.  I heat embossed the tree using multiple colors of embossing powder.

Then I layered the heart on the canvas. I also added some flowers on the tree and paint dots around the outer edges of the canvas.

Lastly, I added the sentiment, which was colored with Perfect Pearls.

A very quick canvas with stunning results.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Remember 2 Dream Canvas

It's the first of the month once again, which means it's time for a new challenge at Scrap It Girl. The theme for June is wings, and I have a super fun and colorful project that fits the bill perfectly.  How about a canvas full of mixed media pastes, sequins, and lots of  Unique Laser Designs embellishments. 

So let's get going, and I'll show you how it was done.

I'll start by apologizing because the first picture I took wouldn't transfer from my camera.  However, what I did was lay a stencil on the canvas and apply a light coat of modeling paste with a trowel.  I then let the canvas dry overnight. When the modeling paste was dry, I added lots and lots of color with my spray inks. Just keep adding color until you're happy with the result.  There is no right or wrong on this.

Now, to work on the embellishments.  I added a Glimmer Glaze to a canvas heart and alcohol ink to a set of wings.

Back to the canvas, I added a strip of washi tape to the bottom, lots of sequins along the right side, and a transparency across the middle.  I added a bit of glitter glue to the letter E to make it stand out a bit more.

I finished the heart by stamping a couple of flourishes and adding a layer of glass bead gel medium. then I attached the heart to the wings then attaching a pin and gem to the bottom.

Next up, I added several dragonflies that were colored with Distress Ink.

Lastly, I added a Grungeboard number that was colored with glitter glue and the word dream which was sprayed with Glimmer Mist. Lots and lots of shimmer and shine :)

The finished product is a highly textured and colorful canvas. Now the question is this, where to display it to best show it off?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Favorite Things Friday - Scissors

It's time for another editions Scrap It Girl's Favorite Things Friday. This week, the members of the design team are showcasing our favorite scissors.

Some might say one pair of scissors is as good as the next, but oh no no, that is most definitely not the case.  I have tons of scissors in my craft room, each with a specific purpose.  Decorative edge scissors, pinking shears, non-stick scissors, etc.  When it comes down to it though, my favorite pair would be my Fiskars Micro-Tip scissors.  The small design and pointed tip allow me to cut small details and the grip design is much less stressful on my hands. And the pink is a plus lol.

So what is your favorite pair of scissors?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Keychains and Earrings

Ready for another fun project using Unique Laser Designs products? Today I have some super easy, super fun, and super cute key chains plus a set of earrings, all made using the same process. So lets get started on how these were made.

First, we gather our supplies.  Wire cutters, beading pliers, head pins, jump rings, beads, wine cork, Unique Laser Designs butterfly (I pre-drilled two holes in it), eye screws, and your choice of inks and adhesives.

Start by taking a head pin and adding on several beads.

Next, using the wire cutters, cut the head pin, leaving approximately 3/4 inch above the last bead.  Then, using the beading pliers, bend the top of the head pin to form a loop.

Repeat the process to make a second link of beads.

Using your choice of markers or inks, add color to your wooden embellishments. I chose a butterfly from the Unique Laser Designs collection.

Now to connect all the pieces together using jump rings.

Color the wine cork using a shimmer ink.

Add eye screws to each end of the cork. Because the cork is fairly soft, you will need to add a strong clear drying glue to the eye screws to make sure they do not come out of the cork.

Using another jump ring, attach the beaded link to the cork.

Attach the key ring to the second eye screw using a jump ring.

Lastly, I used a chalk pen to add details to the butterfly.

Using the same process, I created a second key ring using a gorgeous teal color and a heart wooden embellishment.

How cute would these be holding your car or house keys?

The same beading process can be applied for jewelry also.  These earrings were made using stars which were painted silver, then sanded for an aged look, then added to a beaded link which was then attached to earring hooks.

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