Thursday, August 29, 2013

Good afternoon everyone!  Today I'd like to share a great recycling idea with you all.  This cute ornament was created by toilet paper rolls.  Yes, toilet paper rolls.  I'm not sure where I got this idea, if it was Pinterest,  a craft magazine, or just saw it online, but I put my own twist on it. 

All you have to do is take the toilet paper roll and smash it flat.  Then cut it into 1/4" strips, or wider depending on how wide you want your strips to be.  Then I just layed them flat, and glued them onto a circle, and continued to decorate.  I punched out my flowers with a cute punch made by the Paper Studio.  I also used some premade flowers made by Recollections.  I then rubberstamped the image.  I just love this rubberstamp.  Then I put tacky glue on the edges, and applied mica flakes by Melissa Frances.  Hang with some frilly ribbon, and that's all there is to it.

This would be a very inexpensive project for craft fairs.  Once you start to alter toilet paper rolls, you'd be surprised by how many amazing ideas there are out there.  Hope you all have a fantastic, crafty day!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hello everyone, I hope you have all had a wonderful week.  My week has been very productive.  I've been able to work on some crafts, and that always raises my spirits.  I have been trying to make my own light box.  I've been following instructions for a "MacGyver" light box created by Ivy Demos, that I found in an old Studios magazine.   It's still a work in progress, but I hope some of my pictures come out a little better.

I wanted to share a piece that I did for my mom a couple of years ago.  My mom passed away last year, and I've been thinking about her a lot lately.  I made her this collage to remind her of our special relationship.  I hope you all enjoy, although some of the pictures are a little embarrassing!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Wow, it's been awhile since I posted, so I guess I better get busy.  Today I thought I'd share a project that I did from inspiration on Pinterest.  Yes, I too am addicted to Pinterest.  If you haven't been on their website, beware!  You lose all sense of time when your on there, and get more ideas than you'll ever have time to create.

This is such an easy project to do.  I took a 12x12 canvas and painted it with black acrylic paint.  Then I cut out a flower leaf shape in many different pieces of scrap paper.  This is a great project to use up all those little scraps of paper that you never know what to do with.  I used Recollections paper for this project.  I glued down the flower shapes with Mod Podge.  After it dried I decided to write some inspirations with a white gel pen.  I then applied some bling in the center of the flower.  I'm not sure if I'm done with this yet or not, I may add more doodles, let me know what you all think.  I hope you enjoy this project, and have a great day!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Today I thought I'd share a tutorial on a really easy project that anyone can do.  Even kids!  Get yourselves an empty glass jar.  I used a pickle jar.  I have tons of them around since my son loves pickle juice.  Yes, the juice only.  I can't tell you all how many jars of pickles are in my fridge with no juice whatsoever in them. Weird right?

I like to get my decorative napkins at Tuesday Mornings.  Any napkins will do that have some type of design on them.  You can also use tissue paper.  Wash the jar out, and dry.  Cut out your designs.  If your using napkins, then most napkins have 2-3 layers of paper.  Separate these layers till just your design is left.  You can skip this step if you don't want your design to be more transparent.  Next, gather your Mod Podge, and a small paint brush and a cup of water.   Layer a thin application of Mod Podge on the inside of your pickle jar.  I do a small area at a time.  Then take your napkin and rip it into 1-2 inch size pieces.  Apply the napkin design to the inside of your jar with the decorative side facing out.  I then apply a  crumpled layer of tissue paper over the top of the napkin design.  This tissue paper is designed by Brave Girls Club.  You want to overlap the tissue paper.  Apply it anyway you want.  You can't make a mistake.  Just be careful to be gentle, you don't want to move your first layer of napkin around.


Continue to do this a small area at a time.  Makes sure you rinse your brush out as you go.  You don't want to end up with glue dried in your paintbrush.  You can use white tissue paper, or even colored tissue paper, over your napkin design.  Continue all the way around your jar.  Then allow your piece to dry.  I wait overnight just to make sure.  Then I check to see if I've missed any spots.  If not, all I do is drop in a battery operated tea light candle, and decorate the rim with ribbons.

That's all there is to it.  The ideas are endless with this project.  You could do one for your children with Disney characters, pirates, or whatever.  These make great night lights for children as it's a very faint glow.  I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

Good afternoon everyone!  It's been a yucky week for me sick in bed, for over four days now,  and it's the first chance I've felt up to posting on my blog.  I surely hope your week has been better.   I wanted to share a creation I did awhile ago for my son's birthday.  He's gotten into the hiking and backpacking thing and I loved making this card for him. 

Some of the supplies on this card are from Jolee's Boutique by EK Success.  I love using their products because everything is done for you.  I used cardstock to create the grass with Martha Stewart's fringe scissors.  These are amazing and so fun to use.  I just love the look you get with these. 

I tore the brown cardstock and inked the edges with chalk ink.  I then used many different rubberstamps to add character to the card.  Notice how I rubberstamped over the fringes, I think it adds great texture.  My son loved this card, and I hope you all do as well.  Have a great weekend!