Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Minds Eye Layout

Today I am sharing with you a layout I made for the My Minds Eye Challenge. You can find MME blog here. MME is one of my favorite paper companies. And because I have so much of their paper I thought I would try my hand at this months challenge.

I used MMY washi tape on the left side, I thought the colors went well with the layout but It had one section with pink. So I just cut out the pink made a space and put a chip board embellishment in its place.

On the right of this pic I used two different washi chevron taps cut in half and put back together. This is my nephew Trevor helping me color Easter eggs. If there is a messy way of doing things Trevor and I will find a way to do it. Also That is my husband in the background doing the dishes. :)

The last pic is Trevor showing me he was a scary lion. All I did for this part was cut paper at different lengths and widths, then layered them. 

Thanks for looking and have a crafty day.



Monday, July 29, 2013

Day Two Christmas in July with Xyron

Staying with the vintage theme, I decorated an antique spool with some ribbon and burlap. I found this spool at a garage sale for only $1 I had no idea what I was going to do with it but I knew I could not pass it up. 

First I took the Xyron Photo Mount Tape and placed it on the back of my ribbon. Then I cut the ribbon in three pieces to fit the bottom of the spool.  
Then I tied a bow with burlap and hot glued a fabric flower and a charm onto the bow. What I like about the Xyron adhesive on this project is that it's strong enough to hold everything in place for as long as I need it. But I can take it apart without damaging the antique spool.    

I then added a stick pin with some vintage pearls. My daughter told me it did not look like a Christmas decoration to her, with having a butterfly on it. I told her it was all about the presentation.   

Lauren said this was a little better. 

One last thing. I have to share with you my first craft tool I ever purchased. It was this hot glue gun. It is 22 years old and still works great. Although there are days I wish I had a cool temp gun.

Thank for reading and have a crafty day



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Christmas In July with Xyron

It's been a while since I last blogged. My part time job has turned in to a full time job for the summer. So by the time I get home it's hard to get into the crafting mood. 

As I was looking at other blogs this last week I was seeing a lot of Christmas in July projects and it gave me some motivation to get crafty. But first I had to clean my studio, and in the processes I came across all of my Xyron adhesives. So the inspiration hit me. I should share with you my love of Xyron and Vintage Christmas decorations.
Today I am making a Christmas Box. I cut a strip of paper 1 1/2 in wide and long enough to go around the box. And once again I am using My Minds Eye, Lost and Found Two Paper.
I ran the paper through the Xyron sticker maker. This will cover the entire back of the paper and will stay nice a snug on the round box.
I took my bone folder and burnished the edges of the paper. Then I pulled the plastic off and I just made a giant sticker.
 I did the same processes for the felt ribbon, and put it around the lid of the box.
I punched a circle for the top of the lid.
There was a small space so I ran the rope through the sticker maker. This is so much easier than using wet glue. I used red for the pictures because it shows up better. But I really like the off white for a more vintage look. 
I am not done with it I still would like to make a bow under the tree but I don't have the right ribbon. And I would like to hot glue some pearls on the tree.
This picture doesn't do it justice but I painted the ends of the branches with Glue-N-Seal then put dry glitter Clear Rock Candy on the glue. In real life it looks like icicles on the tree.    

Thank You for looking, and have a crafty day.


Monday, July 1, 2013

July Banner with BoBunny Anthem Paper

Today is a busy day at our house, It is my parents anniversary and my mother-in-laws birthday. Happy day to all!

I have been trying to share this project with you for several days but the sun has not been cooperating. So when I woke up this morning and saw the sun I jumped out of bed and started taking pictures. My kitchen is on the north side of the house so the lighting is not that great even with the sun out.
I started this banner with the star shaped chipboard books from the dollar bin at Micheals. I painted them using Tim Holtz picket fence distressed paint. And when dry I used the distressed ink brick red and stormy sky. Then I inked the edges with vintage photo and did a quick swipe over the whole star to give is a vintage look,


Next I used my Cricut and the Ribbons and Rosettes cart to make the star shaped rosette. I used some old paper that I have know idea where I got it but I thought it matched the BoBunny Anthem paper. Then I used the Sizzix large rosette die to cut the BoBunny paper.

I was going to spell out July 4Th on the stars but when I saw the BoBunny Trinkets I knew they had to go on instead.
I think this made this project complete.
Finally I used the Sizzix framleits swirl die to make embellishments for my stars.

This last star I made is with the chipboard stickers from the Anthem Collection. 

Thank You for reading and have a crafty day!

Monday, June 17, 2013

BoBunny Layout

Today I would like to share with you a layout I made using only BoBunny paper and embellishments.

I used distressed stains with gems to make fireworks. The clouds are made with the Sizzix cloud die, and then I distressed the edges. This gave the clouds a soft look.
I made the balloon from the Cricut Everyday Pop Up Card Cart. It was cut at 21/2 in. And pop dot to make it look like it is floating. And I did the same with some of the clouds that are in the background.
I used the flourishes to make it look like it is tethering the balloon to the ground.

If you like to see the full layout and live in central IL, come to the Paper Forest in Washington IL. I have entered this layout in their BoBunny Challenge. And if you like give it a vote!
For those of you that live out of the area you can go to my instagram link to see a picture.

Thank you for reading and have a crafty day.     Kristi

Friday, June 7, 2013

Dad's Birthday Card Part Two

 First I would like to say that my dad is 83 not 84 like I put in his card.

I used MME Lost and Found 2 for the inside of this card. And Karen Burniston Pop-in-Cut Die. The clouds are made with sizzix cloud die, and the hot air balloon (dad thought it was a Christmas ornament) was made with Everyday Pop-Up cards (cricut cart). The mustache tape is from Teresa Collins He Said She Said line. And the cupcake and 84 stickers are from Authentique.
I tried to make a spinner card to make the hot air balloon look like it was floating away. You can find the directions to make this HERE.
My balloon did not float vary well, I think I made it backwards, but I did get it to float. Karen makes everything look so easy. I'll have to give it another try. At a later date!
My motto is if you don't succeed try try again.

Thanks for reading and have a crafty day!  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Birthday Card for Dad

Today's card is full of all the new trends. It has Washi Tape, Trendy Twine, Chalkboard Art, Banners, Chevrons and of course Sizzix Pop-in-Cut. This card was for my dad's 83rd birthday, so I pulled out all the stops.

  I started the base of the card with black card stock and the rest of the paper is from MME "Lost in Found 2". I love this paper collection, I have had it for some time but could not bring myself to use it. It has a nice vintage look to it, just fitting for my dad :)  

I used the Sizzix chevron die to cut a mask. then used Broken China and Picket fence Distress Paint, to make a chevron pattern.
I used the On the Edge die for the front of the card.
Next I used the Sizzix banner die and broken china paint.
I used picket fence for the stamp and some clear embossing powder. Then I fussy cut and pop dot it to the front of the card.
I finished the banner with more MME paper and clear stickers. Then added some Wahsi Tape mustaches and tied a banner with some Trendy Twin to the bike.
 This is all I have time for right now. I will be back later to show the pop-up on the inside.

Thanks for reading and have a crafty day!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pinterest Inspired Weekend

I did a lot of work out side this last weekend, and not much scrapping. So I thought I would share with you what I did make.  Last summer I attached some wire planters to my deck. You know the kind with the tightly woven straw that holds in the dirt. Well this is what mine looked like after the birds got-a-hold of it this spring.

 After spending some time on Pinterest I found this site that shows you how to replace your straw or coco mats with burlap. You can find that site Here. Because my wire basket was such an odd shape I couldn't find anything to fit, so this was perfect for me.

 I purchased one yard of burlap at Wall-Mart  for $2.95. This burlap is not a tightly woven burlap, so I decided to line it with the leftover straw. If you don't have this I recommend you line yours with a paper bag so you won't lose dirt when watering.
 This is the end result and it worked out great, I'll have to keep you updated with pictures this summer.

Thanks for reading and have a crafty day :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mothers Day

I hope everyone is having a happy mothers day. I finally finished my mothers day presents for my mother and mother-in-law. The soap turned out wonderful. The packaging was another story. I tried to stamp flowers with  alcohol ink, it worked  but it was too light. So I just used Trendy Twine and some Washi Tape.
Washi Tape will not stick to the parchment paper but will stick to itself.  

Added a soap dish, tulle, and antique seem binding, and the gift is complete.
Thank you for reading and have a crafty day.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mothers Day Gift

Today's post is not scrapbook related but is crafty all the same. I have been working on two projects this week. First is Mothers Day and the second is for my daughter Lauren. 

Thanks to Pintrest I decided to make Lemon Soap for our mothers, and It was so easy. I am not going to post how to pics, because you can find it all on Pintrest. Just search homemade lemon soap.
This soap smells so good!
And looks pretty too!
I will post pics and how to make a parchment paper for the gift package later this week.

Next is all about Lauren!!!! She has been doing so well in school this year so I wanted to do something special for her. I made her a necklace with my scraps from the Authentique paper line "Grace"
Needless to say it was a big hit and she has asked me to make more for her. How can I say no?
So once again I will be posting more pics and how to make this later this week.

Thanks for reading and have a crafty day

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Carta Bella Paper and Sizzix Dies

Today I have made two cards, one card is a Mothers Day card and the other is a encouragement card.  I have used Carta Bella Paper Line "So Noted" and Sizzix Dies for both cards. First I would like to talk about the Carta Bella Paper. This paper line is new to me and I just love it! It is a heavy textured paper that is good for crafting, not just scrapbooking. And with one quick fold you have a sturdy card.

With Carta Bella (and with most paper lines) you can get a sheet of coordinating die cuts and stickers. this makes card making vary simple.

 This encouragement card is made with using just paper and the die cut stickers.

  The card base is made with Sizzix Pop-in-Cuts Circle Label die and more die cut stickers from C. B. So Noted.

                For the mothers day card I used Sizzix Circle Flip-its Card Die.

And Sizzix Flower Layers die. Then inked the edges with vintage photo ink.

                                  Put it all together and pop-dot the flower.

               The inside of the card has a nice spot for your own sentiment.
               For more ideas  here is a link to the Carta Bella Paper Blog.
               And here is a link to the Sizzix Blog.

Thanks for reading and have a crafty day.