Monday, October 31, 2011

Bottlecap Earrings

Jamie Pope back with you again today with a fun set of earrings! By now, I think most of you know I like projects that are quick and simple (it's the whole instant gratification thing for me :) ). With the exception of drying time, this set of earrings can be completed in about 40 minutes.

Start by selecting a patterned paper with a small print and cut out two circles to fit inside the Basically Bare bottlecaps. Glue down the paper and then cover with a thin layer of Ranger's Glossy Accents. Once the Glossy Accents is dry, it's time to add the beads and earring hooks.

Using a piercing tool, add two holes to each bottlecap - one at the top and one at the bottom. Add the earring hooks through the top holes. On the bottom holes, add a jump ring and on the jump ring add three beads which have been attached to head pins.

Here's hoping everyone has a spooktacular Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Spiderweb Tealight Holder

I'm always looking for unique ways to use my Basically Bare items so when the idea of turning the pennants into a tealight candle holder popped in my head I had to run with it! And the best part of this project is that it took less than 30 minutes to complete (drying time aside). Which means you could make several of these and turn them into a spidery tablescape.

I used four of the Basically Bare large canvas pennants and stamped them with Ranger's Archival Ink in black. Be sure to use a permanent ink for this project, otherwise the stamped image will bleed out in the next step. Once the stamped image is dry, I inked all four pieces with a watered down mixture of Distress ink reinker and Perfect Pearls. Because the canvas pieces hold a lot of moisture from the inking, I sped up the drying time by tossing them into my dryer for a few minutes.

While the canvas pieces are drying, I made the spider. I simply stamped the spider on white cardstock, heat embossed with black embossing powder, then cut out the embossed image.

Once the canvas pieces were dry, I used a hot glue gun to glue all four pieces together. Lastly, I added a piece of black zipper trim and then the embossed spider.

Note: As this piece is made from canvas and thus flammable, only use with a battery operated tealight candle.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I fell in love with these pics of the munchkin the minute I saw them. She was lost in her own little world playing with the blocks. So of course I had to scrap them right away.

I've been on a clean and simple kick for a bit and this layout is no exception. I used a scrap piece of cardstock to mask the area in the top left hand corner and then used a mister for the ink splatter in the lower right hand corner. For embellishment, I layered strips of tissue tape and film strip ribbon, added a piece of pom-pom ribbon, and some chipboard letters.

The finishing piece was a Basically Bare acrylic heart inked with two colors of StazOn ink. I now have a secret weapon in my arsenal that allows me to layer StazOn colors without them mixing or bleeding together, a fairly new product called GlazOne. Simple apply the first color of StazOn to the acrylic heart and allow to dry for a few seconds, apply a thin layer of GlazOn and allow to dry, then apply the second color of StazOn right on top. No mixing of colors so you can now clearly see both colors of ink on the acrylic piece!

Monday, October 24, 2011


I created this layout for the second October Challenge at Better Living Through Scrapbooking. Head on over, take a look at the challenge criteria, and get entered for the monthly prize!

This layout has my oldest niece as she was just finishing her makeup. The picture was a bit blurry, but oddly enough, the blur really fits with the Halloween theme.

I found a really fun way to distress this layout: bleach! Who would have thought. I just took a paint brush, dipped it into bleach, and then splattered the bleach onto the layout. Then I took my heat gun and ran it over the spots of bleach to speed up the bleaching process. A very simple technique that adds a lot of visual interest to a layout.

Another thing I really love on this page is the headstones. I simply diecut them using my Cuttlebug and a die. Then I covered them entirely with black Stickles and once the Stickles were dry I inked around the edges with silver and pearl alcohol inks. It really gives an aged look!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Fall

It’s finally starting to feel a bit like fall here in the south, so I figured a fall inspired card was in order.

I took a piece of Tim Holtz patterned paper and inked up the edges really well. Next I tore a strip of Core’dinations cardstock and crumpled it into a ball. Once I was sure it was wrinkled, I flattened out the paper and then inked it up. The ink will highlight the wrinkles add a bit of depth to the card.

Next I added a couple of Basically Bare gears, once that was plain chipboard and the other was corrugated. The largest, I inked with a bright orange ink from Clearsnap and then randomly sprinkled bits of embossing powder. I purposely overheated the embossing powder to a point where it bubbled just a add another bit of texture. Just be careful not to burn the chipboard. Next I inked the corrugated gear with Smooch Spritz, which gave it a nice metallic finish. Lastly I stamped and colored a pumpkin and added it on top of the gears.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lil' Munchkins

It seems like it's been forever since I posted, but I know it's only been a couple of weeks. Life has been uber crazy but hopefully things will be back on track soon. Anyway, I have a couple layouts to share that were in the July issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

The first one up clearly shows the moodiness of a two year old. Laughing one minute, crying the next.

The second layout I have affectionately called the Meme Monster! :) We were playing tickle and she looked so adorable reaching over my sister.

Both of these layout are fairly clean and simple, which seems to my style right now. Who knows what style I'll be in the mood for tomorrow!

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Have you noticed I seem to have a never ending supply of pictures of the munchkins? I think most of us do. I try to scrap them soon after they are taken so the day and events are still fresh in my mind.

I chose to keep the colors of the layout and embellishments in the same colors as those in the picture (of course using lots of pink :) ).

All three of the hearts are Basically Bare canvas. Love, love, love the canvas! Did I mention I love the canvas embellishments? :) They take color amazingly well. I inked them all using Liquitex acrylic ink that was thinned with a bit of water. Once they were dry, I chose to give each of them a different treatment. One I stamped on, one I added little drops of Ranger's Enamel Accents, and the largest heart I sewed on letter beads. All completely different techniques and yet the canvas is up to the job!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mixed Media Items

Welcome to my latest post! Today I'm bringing you a couple of items that were in the August issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

If you haven't tried your hand at making inchies or ATC's, I have to ask what's holding you back. They're a fun way to get creative and try out new techniques. And since they are small projects, you won't waste a lot of product if you decide you don't like the technique.

With this set of inchies, I stamped the background with stamps from The Rubber Cafe. Once they were stamped, I ran each of them through my Cuttlebug using different embossing folders. The last step was to add some Grungeboard covered in Perfect Pearls and a bit of Stickles.

For the ATC, I layered on several different stamped images and several different colors of Distress Inks to create the background. Then I cut out a vintage schoolgirl image and then stamped the pen images. Quick and easy.

Thanks for stopping in today!
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