Sep 30, 2009

An October Project...

Over at Bad Girls Kit Club, they have a challenge for today to create a 4x4 piece of art. I was looking for a 4x4 existing item to alter and came across this jewelry box.
  1. I used a Ranger Dabber to paint it.
  2. Dropped Adirondack Alcohol Ink by Ranger.
  3. Stamped Vintage Text stamp by Cornish Heritage Farms in black.
  4. Applied 7 Gypsies gaffer tape.
  5. Applied Basic grey rub-on (chair) and bat (Hambly).
  6. Applied film strip rub-on on sides (Daisy d's).
  7. Applied round metal embellishment (We R Memory Keepers).

I thought about using it as a box for gifts, or to hold my Halloween embellishments, or to use as a fridge decoration, etc...

Have a wonderful October!

Sep 29, 2009

Steal of a Deal!

I have been looking for something like this for a couple of years, and it just fell into my lap! I was celebrating a weekend with the girls in Collingwood, Ontario, and came across this little craft store. Turns out, they are downsizing their stamp inventory and had this unit to dispose of. They were selling it for $100 and proceeds went to Diabetes. The owner told me that she spent about $700 a decade ago to purchase it. STEAL OF A DEAL! You can see the before and after - I filled ever nook and cranny. :)

Now to clean the rest of my scrap room. :(

Sep 24, 2009

Are you sick of wedding stuff?? A Memory Box

Well bloggers, one more week to go until my friend's wedding and this is the gift I made for her bridal shower. She was so appreciative to receive it and called me later that night crying. I thought something was wrong until I heard "memory box" and "this is the most thoughtful gift....". She was so cute and emotional, and I think the reality of marriage is setting in. She has chosen a wonderful mate and I can't wait to give my Matron of Honour speech to tell them just how much I love them together.

For the Memory Box, I went to a cigar store in Yorkville in Toronto, and picked up a used cigar box for $2.00. Otherwise, they would just throw them out. She would appreciate this as she is an avid recycler! I covered it with paper that we used for some of her wedding invites, an embroidered "K" I found at Fabricland, and Prima Crystals. I also covered the sides with Bazzill Bling cardstock, Prima velvet ribbon, and a Melissa Frances keyhole.

For the inside items, I made an envelope for the many things brides do not want to forget such as, Our Wedding Vows, Our Favourite Photos, Marriage Documents, RSVP, Our Invitation, etc... I can still add more if she comes up with something else. I created the words in Photoshop and printed them directly on the envelopes.
I also made he a little trinket box for whatever will fit in it! I put a nice gift card inside for a lingerie store. ;)
Hope you can find some great tidbits from this and create a cherished gift for a friend.
Many blessings.

Sep 20, 2009

A Baby Shower for Jen!

Yesterday, I went to a lovely shower for my friend Jennifer, who is due with her baby one week before mine!

For some scrappy goodness, I found these envelopes on sale (4 x 9.5) and in a wonderful lime green, and used that as a starting point for my card. I also got Jen Burt's Bee's Baby Soap (which I highly recommend for a gentle soap for babies). Thinking of a new set I got from Cornish Heritage Farms, "Sweet Bee", the concept for this card all came together.

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms (Sweet Bee and Vintage Text Scrapblock)
Frame: Tattered Angels - LOVE THESE!
Adhesive: Glossy Accents
Lace Ribbon: K & Company
Ink: Ranger and Tsukineko
Paper: Basic Grey and Prism Simply Smooth
Dies: Spellbinders
Markers: Copic
Cheerio! Off to a BRIDAL SHOWER.....I'll have to post the memory box I made for my friend Vicky - very scrappy and very practical!

Sep 15, 2009

More Wedding Favours!

I have never made so many cards as I have in the last 2 months! I think the count is over 200! For nice and practical giveways for my friend's bridal shower, I made these cards, and will give them away in sets of 2 complete with envelopes! I sanded this cardstock paper from American Traditional Crafts that I picked up at Winners a year ago! I love using all my old stash to do fun projects like this.

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms (Key Elements and Sweet Bee, and Vintage Text Scrapblock, Script Essential Expressions)
Frames: Tattered Angels
Dies: Spellbinders

Sep 13, 2009

More Wedding Goodies!

I am hosting a shower next week for my friend Victoria, and I thought I would share these favours I made for the special occasion. Inside is a lovely quote and 3 magnets (2 lady bugs and a heart). I just LOVE how they turned out, and it was so easy to put together. The paper is from Graphic 45. One piece of paper covered 6 tins, inside and out.

Stamp: Cornish Heritage Farms (Wedding Centers)
Paper: Graphic 45
Flowers: Prima
Ink: Staz-on by Tsukineko
Brads: Making Memories

Have a great Monday! I'll have more favours to share with you tomorrow! Card sets!

Sep 8, 2009

Darkroom Door Cards

So last year, I found Darkroom Door, a cool rubber stamp and photo chip company in Australia, and I bought some stamps, and more recently, won some photochips to play with! Here is what I came up with. If you haven't seen this company before, go check them out, and shipping to Canada is REALLY reasonable and worth it.

Stamps used above:
-Prague Collection by Darkroom Door (Broken China Distress Ink applied to the B & W Photochip)

Sep 3, 2009

Creating My 2009 Album

This year is going to be a big year for our family, and I want to start creating annual albums to remember all the special things that happened. I'll get the kids to help me too!

I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and a Tattered Angels album to create the front, butterfly wings, and to colour the ribbons/lace. Since I had no coordinating ribbon, I took a white strip and sprayed it with Lime Twist, Wild Currant, and Patina Glimmer Mists to match the album cover.

Cover Directions:
  1. Sprayed with Lime Twist first, then hints of Patina (blue).
  2. Took green Staz-on pad and pressed directly onto the cover to distress it.
  3. Placed Glimmer Glass onto the front as a mask, and then Wild Currant isolated in the corner. Moved the Glass over slightly and glued down.
  4. Stamped a 6x6 CHF Vintage Text stamp with same green ink.
  5. Rubbed the edges with green ink.
  6. Went around butterfly with green stickles by Ranger.
  7. Stamped Explore (Darkroom Door - Venetian Vol 1).

You can see the Glimmer Mist on the ribbon/lace. What an easy and beautiful solution!
This is Glimmer Glass below, inked with Teal Blue Staz-on on the back, and a little on the front to distress it. I also stamped Vintage Text by CHF all over the cover, with Green Staz-on.

Only 4 more months left in 2009! Yikes, I better start using this to document the first 8. Time flies! Thanks for looking.