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Haunted Mini Birdhouse

Another birdhouse I actually finished last year but after the holiday and I just saved it for this year and then it went into the October issue of Scrapbook News + Review so I’m just now sharing it.

The paper is from Zsiage and I decorated everything with a mix of Jolee’s stickers from EK and some transparent elements from Making Memories.  The transparent spiderwebs are kind of fun because they’re actually set onto the outer roof lines so it looks like they’re hanging in the eaves.  I don’t remember what kind of adhesive I used on the ghost, but obviously it wasn’t the best choice (ahem, and I’m assuming I chose something that SAID for vellum/transparency…).

But my absolute favorite thing about this birdhouse is the roof. Or roofs.  Those little dimensional polka dots?  GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Scribbles!  So much fun!  My son got the biggest kick out of how it lights up, lol!





Home Sweet Home Altered Shutter

This was originally a finished seasonal piece I had purchased.  It had cutesy snowmen or something or other and I got tired of it almost immediately, lol, but LOVED the frame itself.  Already distressed and ready to go!  I simply added some My Mind’s Eye papers and cardstock to the centers of the frames.  I used a paper from the same line to cover a Valentine’s Day chipboard heart from Making Memories and use some Stickles to edge it and give a little more pop to the letters.  The little wood houses come four to a pack at Hobby Lobby for a dollar, I believe.


The mottled look on the “Home” letters was completely a happy accident!  I had attempted to use Glimmer Mist on my Zsiage Scrapbook Film letters and I didn’t like the result.  When I went to spray paint over them, I went right over the Glimmer Mist and got that neat look.  Then I took the Glimmer Mist again over the top and rubbed at it a bit with a damp rag when it was almost dry to give it that little bit of gold.  It looks like aged hammered iron and really went well with the existing hardware.  Sorry the photo really doesn’t do it justice!


A simple wooden purse

I’d been wanting to try one of these wooden purses forever and finally sat down and did this one.  All the papers are from American Crafts, the flowers from Prima and the chipboard letter from Zsiage.  I used black Stickles for the flower centers.  The wooden purse itself was a Don Mechanic purse from Michael’s – I actually removed the handle and took the metal pieces off so I could spray paint it (it was originally that light brown).  One thing I learned from this is that you need to let Mod Podge cure for about a week if you’ve done what I did and used it on the inside edges, otherwise the purse won’t open…I also found that rubbing wax over the dried Mod Podge will help alleviate the sticking problem!  Woohoo!  This was in the August issue of Scrapbook News + Review.  Ummm, why K?  Shhhh, mainly just because it was a pretty letter, lol!  I’ve been meaning to give it to the girls next door (Keri and Kayli), but am dreading their mother hating me because they’ll fight over it…

More acrylic pendants

Yea, I’m getting a little addicted to these!  Kinda cool how many you can get out of a single extra mini book page and some paper scraps!  These two were in the September issue of SNR and I have to admit, the first one is probably my favorite yet.  And it’s all the paper – I just love letting the paper BE the design and just add some sparkle!

Supply list (top):

Patterned paper – Daisy D’s
Acrylic – Clear Scraps
Glossy Accents – Ranger
Stickles – Ranger
Rhinestones – Westrim
Ribbon – American Crafts

Supply list (bottom):

Patterned paper – Zsiage
Bead – Fire Mountain Gems
Ribbon – American Crafts
Stamps – Hot Off the Press (swirl) and KI Memories (word)
Embossing powder – Stampendous
Acrylic: Clear Scraps
Inks: Ranger and Tsukineko
Glossy Accents: Ranger

Contrary to popular belief…

I have NOT fallen off the face of the earth. Feels like it though, huh? Just been insanely busy for some reason. And what should one do when they’re so busy they can’t think straight? Of COURSE…do a major re-do of the crafting workroom. Yea. I’m out of my mind, lol! And my house is now a complete maze as I have made little piles of product everywhere while I organize everything I removed from the room and now have to figure out how to get back IN the room. Soooo not doing anything for my creative spirit, lol! Just about everything I’ve done in the past few weeks is off limits for the blog until after publication but I’ve been busy!

Now that the August issue of Scrapbook News + Review is up, I can share some of the projects I had in the July issue. Here are a few of my cards (there were more of my cards in the issue but I’m trying to figure out where I filed them on my computer, lol) :

This one is simple, using Bo Bunny papers, some Prima flowers, some Queen & Co felt, and a velvet brad.

Again, a very simple card – Prima papers and flowers, and some Target $1 spot adhesive pearls! Ooh – and this could even be considered hybrid (lol) – the words are computer generated!

This one was for a technique article on using glitter. Zsiage papers and chipboard letters, Prima flowers and loads of glitter! The article gives a quick tutorial on each of the techniques I used for making this card glittery (yea, it made my hair and house glittery as well…) Wondering why I scattered pink flowers in front with the teal ones? That’s what the small flowers on the card looked like before I glittered!

I guess I really was all about the easy cards this issue! This one features Fancy Pants paper and a bunch of their stickers layered on. I even used a border sticker to add a quick embellishment to a candle to match. Cardstock stickers won’t really stick to candles so I just made about a 1/2 inch overlap in the back and stuck a short straight pin in to hold it in place!

For this card I used one of my favorite quick and easy techniques. By simply cutting a chunk of paper into even strips and then lining them up with a little space between them, you retain the pattern and give it a whole new look! Love these papers from Stemma! Oh – and the candle WAS a burgundy thing that’s been sitting around my house for years and years. I wanted to use it because the candle holder just looked kinda cool with the card but the burgundy just clashed. So that’s white alcohol ink (Jacquard Pinata Ink) toning it down! Please note I have NO idea what would happen if I tried burning it with those inks on it. The round design makes it (in my mind, at least) an un-burnable (my invented word for the day, lol) candle anyways sooooo…I guess I’m just saying if you try this at home I’m not responsible for any sparks, fires, etc.! 😉

There were some really great cards in the July issue! If you missed it, don’t despair! Subscribing now gives you access not only to the August issue, but also every back issue we’ve done! So that’s FIVE issues now!

Don’t forget the giveaway for my upcoming Blogoversary here!

And the countdown begins…

The countdown to CHA, that is! In exactly a week I will be arriving in Chicago (I’ll be driving so leaving VERY early next Friday morning) for a few days of pure bliss! I’ve been to a lot of these shows but this will be my first NOT going as a buyer but as a member of the press (I’ll be going with Scrapbook News + Review). I don’t know yet what to expect from this new role but I’m definitely so excited to see all the new goodies, catch up with old friends, and just be in a totally creative atmosphere for a few days!

And speaking of Scrapbook News + Review, we are looking for submissions for our August issue! You can find the main calls here. Several of the departments have separate calls now as well, including mine! Have I mentioned yet that I’ll be coordinating the newly re-vamped “Altered Art and Home Dec” section? 🙂 I’m so excited about the future plans for this section! And I’d love to see your work for it! Here is what we’re looking for:

Artful Rooms – We’re looking for items you have altered for your kitchen – utensil holders, spice racks, kitchen art, altered cookie sheets and cutting boards…anything you can put in your kitchen!

Options – Time to see how you keep your household on time! We’re looking for a wide variety of altered clocks – any style – what makes YOU tick?

Seasonal – We’re looking for items altered with summer or beach themes.

Wearables – We’d love to see anything made with scrapping supplies that can be worn (totes/purses count) – jewelry, shoes (would love to see some flip flops!), etc.

ATC’s – Show us your favorite ATC’s for a new ATC gallery feature!

Call Guidelines Please submit your projects with the following guidelines: – Of any size – No restrictions on whether it has been posted to an online gallery, blog, etc., but we respectfully request that you take them down when requested for publication. Submit to <!– var prefix = ‘ma’ + ‘il’ + ‘to’; var path = ‘hr’ + ‘ef’ + ‘=’; var addy40974 = ‘jfranklin’ + ‘@’; addy40974 = addy40974 + ‘scrapbooknewsandreview’ + ‘.’ + ‘com’; document.write( ‘‘ ); document.write( addy40974 ); document.write( ” ); //–>\n jfranklin@scrapbooknewsandreview.com <!– document.write( ‘‘ ); //–> This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it <!– document.write( ” ); //–> Deadline: July 31, 2008

I hope to see some of your work!!!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with one of the projects I had in the June issue – an altered wooden gift bag I made for my dad. I’m so in love with Basic Grey’s Archaic line! I also used leather trim on this and clipped off the backs of some brads to just glue them on. The chipboard letters are 1.5″ Prim & Proper font from Zsiage hammered with the Tim Holtz texture hammer then inked and swiped with gold and covered in Glossy Accents. Click on the picture to see the mega version and the details!

Let me know if you’ll be at CHA too! I’d love to be on the lookout for you! 🙂

Door Hanger

It’s been a long summer, lol! While I’ve loved being home with my son over his break, it’s been hard to get things accomplished when he wants my attention all day. I finally decided to make a little door hanger to let him know when I was working (or please give me some peace and quiet) and when I was playing (please come play WITH me!). I used the cover of a Zsiage chipboard peek-a-boo album (I’ve been working on something else with the interior pages – more on that another day!). Zsiage Fountain Blu paper, flowers from Prima, 1.5″ Prim and Proper font scrapbook film letters from Zsiage, paint dauber and Stickles from Ranger, embellishments from Making Memories, and fibers from Hot Off the Press.

Here is a closeup of another detail I did on both sides. I used the negative space from some Zsiage chipboard swirls to apply glue which I covered with Provo micro beads I’ve had forever and ever. I wanted to make it a little more noticeable so I tried to use a Sakura Glaze pen to outline the shape after the glue had dried, but the Glaze ink seeped into the beads, making for a kind of messier than anticipated outline.