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Beach Frame

Look for this in the July issue of Scrapbook News + Review!
This is a fun little frame I made because I walked past this bag of shells at JoAnn’s, lol! I’d never actually used Zsiage’s Surf and Turf line of papers for a beachy theme and I love how it turned out!
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For the title, I used 1.5″ Monica font film letters from Zsiage. If you haven’t played with these yet, do it! They are rather similar to the ghost items out now, but a little less transluscent AND, you can do things to the film that you can’t do to other fully clear products. Like heat embossing! But I’m getting off the point. What I was actually trying to do was make it look like beach glass. I should have gone with alcohol inks, but had my dauber paints from Ranger out so just went with it. I brushed them on with the applicator in order to get that streaked look then when it dried I covered them with Glossy Accents. Doesn’t look like beach glass, but it does look like a pretty polished stone so I do like the look even if it’s not what I was going for! Love happy accidents! Click on the title pic to see what I’m talking about, lol!
I wanted some of the beachy netting and although I have some real stuff somewhere, I was just being lazy and in looking at the net bag the shells came in, thought it could be made to work. I used alcohol ink to darken it up and voila! Free beach net, lol!
Don’t forget tomorrow is the last day to enter in the drawing for the Crop-O-Dile! Leave a comment on last Wednesday’s post to enter!

Beach Frame

Look for this in the July issue of Scrapbook News + Review!
This is a fun little frame I made because I walked past this bag of shells at JoAnn’s, lol! I’d never actually used Zsiage’s Surf and Turf line of papers for a beachy theme and I love how it turned out!
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For the title, I used 1.5″ Monica font film letters from Zsiage. If you haven’t played with these yet, do it! They are rather similar to the ghost items out now, but a little less transluscent AND, you can do things to the film that you can’t do to other fully clear products. Like heat embossing! But I’m getting off the point. What I was actually trying to do was make it look like beach glass. I should have gone with alcohol inks, but had my dauber paints from Ranger out so just went with it. I brushed them on with the applicator in order to get that streaked look then when it dried I covered them with Glossy Accents. Doesn’t look like beach glass, but it does look like a pretty polished stone so I do like the look even if it’s not what I was going for! Love happy accidents! Click on the title pic to see what I’m talking about, lol!
I wanted some of the beachy netting and although I have some real stuff somewhere, I was just being lazy and in looking at the net bag the shells came in, thought it could be made to work. I used alcohol ink to darken it up and voila! Free beach net, lol!
Don’t forget tomorrow is the last day to enter in the drawing for the Crop-O-Dile! Leave a comment on last Wednesday’s post to enter!

Alcohol Ink Carrier

Look for this in the June issue of Scrapbooking.com Magazine!

I’ve had my alcohol inks stored in a drawer for quite some time now and always forget about them. I like having my supplies visible – I’m one of “those” people who has to SEE my stuff to remember to use it. I also rarely create IN my dedicated space these days so even when I remember, I’ve got to drag it all out to the dining room or whatever square foot of surface space I’ve invaded for the moment. So I thought I’d use one of these cute little wooden baskets from Hobby Lobby (they run about $2.50).

They fit PERFECTLY! I fit 16 little bottles of alcohol ink (I have both Ranger and Jacquard brands if you’re wondering about the different colored bottle tops) plus my big bottle of extender solution and then there was room to tuck the little pads in along the side. I didn’t like just laying the applicator over the top of everything so I grabbed a chipboard shape from the Chippies line from Zsiage, hung it by a ribbon and the applicator hangs perfectly from it! The ribbon is actually strategically glued in a few spots to make sure it stayed where I wanted it and didn’t come untied.

I used Molten Madagascar paper from Zsiage’s Out of Africa line and another Chippie on the side. Both of the Chippies have been decorated with (shhhh, I cheated) glossy black spraypaint and glittering crystal Scribbles. The flowers are from Doodlebug and also accented with the Scribbles, some flower sequins and some black Stickles. If you click on the picture below you can see how sparkly… 🙂

Thank you, a frame, and another giveaway!

On Monday, Scrapbooking.com Magazine’s newsletter went out and editor Jami Petersen had bestowed the great honor

on my blog! This was obviously beyond exciting to me, lol! Thank you so much, Jami!! And thank you to all the new readers who discovered my blog through the link – I hope you enjoyed it and will come back to visit!

I made this wooden frame a while back and never did post it. I used Prima papers and, of course, flowers. I used a gold glaze paint from Delta/Rubber Stampede to edge the inside and outside edges of the frame (which was painted using a metallic teal paint from Deco Art – same series as my beloved Rich Espresso). I also used the glaze to highlight the tops of the flowers. I did both paint techniques simply with my finger (my index finger was gold for a couple of days, lol). I pulled out some micro beads (Provo) that I have probably had for about 7 years for the flower centers. You really have to click on the picture to see all the blingy details. For some reason even my nifty new camera didn’t pick it up really well – might have to take it outside later and try again.

And last, but not least, I thought I’d get everyone involved again! I have a brand new Crop-A-Dile and case I’d love to give away (I have two for some reason) to a blog reader to say thanks for checking in on my creative endeavors! As I mentioned the other day, I got a new video camera and would love to do up some tutorials for you. Simply leave me a message with what kinds of projects or tutorials YOU would like to see in video form and next Tuesday (yes, I know that’s April Fool’s Day…maybe I’ll fool you and add in some extra goodies!) I will use my handy dandy low tech random number chooser (yea, a phone call to a friend asking for a number between 1 and x) to find a winner!

Oh! And one more thing! If you haven’t already, be sure to click on the link on the right to go check out the Craft Coalition – it’s a great idea and something everyone can get involved in to help strengthen the craft industry!

Marah Birdhouse

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!

I’ve been dying to find a way to make Marah Johnson’s papers work for a birdhouse but the designs are so large compared to these tiny birdhouses I didn’t think I could. On Saturday I went over for a crop at Blessed 2 Scrapbook in Champaign and in looking at the corners of one of the papers, found enough design in a small area to give it a try and I’m so glad that I did! I took the paper I needed from the corners and laid them out exactly to keep the design from the corners centered at the peaks in the front and back – LOVE the result! She has so many gorgeous papers I’d love to take a shrink ray to so that the design won’t be lost in a birdhouse this small and I’m so happy I found ONE to work, at least! I edged everything with black Stickles because I ended up having a few issues with trying too hard to capture the design that I figured out too late that this particular birdhouse was terribly uneven – to keep the designs where I wanted them I had to sacrifice perfect fit and the Stickles cover this nicely. Of course, I had to also cover it in Prima’s! I realized I’m out of little birdies so this house is still uninhabited for the moment. As usual, for a much closer look, simply click on the picture for the gigantic version!

On another note, I got a new toy this weekend! I finally broke down and bought a video camera! I would LOVE to do a few video tutorials so let me know what you’d like to SEE rather than just read my long-winded explanations of, lol! And then be patient…I have NO idea how to edit the video yet. More software to learn – just what I needed!

Marah Birdhouse

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!

I’ve been dying to find a way to make Marah Johnson’s papers work for a birdhouse but the designs are so large compared to these tiny birdhouses I didn’t think I could. On Saturday I went over for a crop at Blessed 2 Scrapbook in Champaign and in looking at the corners of one of the papers, found enough design in a small area to give it a try and I’m so glad that I did! I took the paper I needed from the corners and laid them out exactly to keep the design from the corners centered at the peaks in the front and back – LOVE the result! She has so many gorgeous papers I’d love to take a shrink ray to so that the design won’t be lost in a birdhouse this small and I’m so happy I found ONE to work, at least! I edged everything with black Stickles because I ended up having a few issues with trying too hard to capture the design that I figured out too late that this particular birdhouse was terribly uneven – to keep the designs where I wanted them I had to sacrifice perfect fit and the Stickles cover this nicely. Of course, I had to also cover it in Prima’s! I realized I’m out of little birdies so this house is still uninhabited for the moment. As usual, for a much closer look, simply click on the picture for the gigantic version!

On another note, I got a new toy this weekend! I finally broke down and bought a video camera! I would LOVE to do a few video tutorials so let me know what you’d like to SEE rather than just read my long-winded explanations of, lol! And then be patient…I have NO idea how to edit the video yet. More software to learn – just what I needed!

Beadutainment

Gotta love being a crafter on days like today! Because of Spring Break I agreed to watch the two girls from next door today and Monday. A bucket of beads I’ll never use, some safety pins, and some sequins and I’ve got hours of almost quiet with these three (which is rare, lol)! With a boy in the group it goes beyond the “princess” jewelry making and those pins of “jewels” are suddenly princesses and dragons themselves with Michael building castles with cannons and whole storylines are being played out while they create. A hint for a project like this – I laid down an old baby blanket that pretty well covers the table. This keeps the beads from rolling onto my hardwood floor and becoming cat toys!