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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Altered Pringles (as in chips) Can!

I'm joining in on First Wednesday of the Month Party over at Cottage Paper Crafts, part of Etsy Cottage Style found here: Cottage Paper Crafts.   This party is dedicated to all of us who love to create with paper.

A month ago, I created an altered Pringles can for a swap over at Your Paper Pantry for the "Populart" group.  I loved making this for Emma.   So, this is perfect to share over at Cottage Paper Crafts.
I used paper from the Die Cuts With A View paper pack The Primrose Stack.  I used a border punch to cut a trim for the top and bottom of the can.   I also used flat faux pearls to hide the raw edge of the border, plus it dressed it up as well.  The script paper is from Recollections and over that is a scrap piece of paper I had on hand.  Other layers I used was a doily with a label that reads "Shabby" (Emma loves the shabby chic look), flowers, leaves, a vintage key from K&Co., an ephemera ticket, bling flourishes and a butterfly.

The above two photos show the cover.   I used a large crystal 'knob' along with an assortment of flowers, a crystal beaded stem along with a punched 3D butterfly that is actually 'flying above' the can.  I attached it to wire so it 'floats' in the air.   I also used a Tim Holtz adagio ticket.

These pictures show the back of the can.  I wanted to hide the seam of where the papers meet in the back so I punched this piece using the same punch as I did for the top and bottom of the can.  I inked the edges (along with the other papers) to give it that vintage look.   The scrap of paper which is the layer with the label "shabby" on it is the 'corset' for this can.   I saw this on line and had to use the idea.

Here are some close ups of the front showing the layers of flowers and the butterflies I added for a whimsical touch.  I hope my partner enjoys her can.    Oh, we had to fill it with lots of goodies, but I didn't take pictures of those items.

Thanks for stopping by!   I'll be sharing more creations later.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Envelope Mini Album--Kathy Orta style!!

I am thrilled with this mini!  I created it for a swap over at Mini Album Scraps and it's so hard to give it away, but I know I'll get a beauty in return.   Although I've made several, actually dozens of minis, I had never made one in this style that Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon does.   Her tutorial found here: on YouTube is in four parts and is quite easy to follow.   There is tons of  'real estate' for photos and journaling which is what I love about this mini.

So, here's my Envelope Mini now finished and ready to mail:

 If you want to see more photos of the pages, you'll have to go to my YouTube page and watch the video.   There are waaay too many photos to put in one post.  Here's the link to my video:

Stop by soon.  I'll have a post on an Altered Pringles Can and another set of Altered Cards.   Hope to see you back.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

More Swaps to Share

I have two swaps to share with you---altered cards for the Artful Inspiration Deck group and altered salt shakers for the Romantic Cottage group, both of which are at Your Paper Pantry.

 These shakers are designed to hold glitter or very small beads or other items that are small enough to be poured out.   I couldn't find any vintage shakers, so I bought some modern ones at my local dollar store and used alcohol inks to color the chrome.  I then added layers of lace, a large crystal bead to the top for a 'topper' of sorts and a Prima rose, feather, glitter flower, and a key to dress up the front.  I used rose ribbon trim to cover the seam in the back.   This swap was to make 3 and get 3 different ones back.  I'll share with you what I get back once I receive them.

The other swap was for the Artful Inspiration Deck group.  This is the second month in which we alter some playing cards according to the theme of that month.  For this one, it was to use decorative paper napkins.  And, again, we had to use a quote or a prompt.  My prompt was to "imagine an enchanted place and create it in your journal using magazine clippings, drawings and mixed media".    Here's a look:

I had to make 20 this time around and saved one for me to add to the other assorted ones I'll get back.  The fronts are decorated with a napkin of flowers and butterflies.  I painted the back with 3 different colors--greens, sky blue and a mauve.  I then stamped a butterfly with Staz On ink then added my prompt outlining it in black marker.  

I'm also in the Travelogue group over at Mini Album Scraps.   I'll share that in another post.  Here's a sneak peak:

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back again, 'cause I have more to share!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crayon Art---what fun!

 My daughter found a crayon art project on YouTube and decided she wanted to make one.  So, off we go to Walmart, after getting my hair cut, to buy canvas, crayons and paint.   There are two different techniques she's going to do.  One is what you'll see below, the other is gluing the crayons to the canvas and melting them downward to create a design.  We only did one project today.

This is Jackie peeling the paper off the crayons.
Hold the crayon down with a knife and apply heat using a blow dryer.  A heat gun would work in half the time.
The paint swirls together creating a unique design depending on the angle of the heat gun/blow dryer and the colors you use.

The finished project!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our newest project.  Come back soon---I'll have more to share in a few days.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Couple of Projects Just Completed

I finished off two swaps for Your Paper Pantry and they've been mailed.  I can't wait to see what I get back!

These pockets I made are for the "Pockets For Your Thoughts" swap and the theme was Vintage Valentine.  I made three nearly identical pockets--they do vary a bit---and I'll get three different ones back.   I'm thinking of making a very small mini out of them.  We'll see.   I also did a video of the pockets that can be found here:

Here are the pictures of the pockets:   They are jam-packed with tags and we also had to send in a small goody for the receipient.  I sent each one a small package of flowers from the dollar bin at Michael's.

The other swap I was involved in was the "Artful Inspirations Deck".  For this swap we had to alter 14 playing cards and use a creative prompt for mixed media or for art journaling on one side.  My prompt was "alter an image from a magazine or book" and then I created a 'mini page' using that technique on the other side.

And here are all of them:

I'm now working on a travelogue, another set of cards for the Artful Inspiration Deck swap and will be making altered salt shakers for the February Romantic Cottage swap in the "For The Home" group at Your Paper Pantry.   I'll post those once I get them done.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Projects to Share!

I just finished up two swaps that I want to share with you, but. . .

It'll have to wait until tomorrow (Sunday).   I still have to take pictures and a video.  They were supposed to go out in the mail today and they didn't, so now I'll be able to take picture which I had forgotten about before and do a video.

I hope you'll stop by and see what I've created.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jack Frost came to visit . . .

Yup, Jack Frost came to visit last week and brought quite a chill to the air.   As I was bringing trash out to the garage, I looked at the windows of the garage door and saw how frosted they were.  When I got closer, I noticed that each window had its own design.   It's amazing how frost looks up close:

This week the temps are in the 40's---a heat wave!!    Just wanted to share something quick.   I'm off to do some shopping at Michaels.

Monday, January 13, 2014

I'm Back to Scrapping and Swapping!

I haven't scrapped or swapped anything in a year!   Well, I did attend a scrapping event for one day in November and I finished a mini album kit which had been sitting on a shelf for 2 years.   I was busy last year making bouquets for my daughter's wedding and planning a bridal shower as well.   On top of this, my husband and I were dealing with some behavior issues in our teenage grandson/adopted son.   Even as I write this post, we're still dealing with a lot of issues with him.  He's currently living in a residential treatment home about 40 minutes away.   That, in itself, is another very long story.

Anyway, I'm now involved in a couple of swaps over at Your Paper Pantry and it feels good to be creative again.   I'm now making three altered file folders for the "Love is in the Air" Pocket for Your Thoughts group at YPP.   I just started altering some playing cards using homemade Gesso for the Artful Inspirations Deck Swap where we alter 14 cards and decorate them, think mixed media, adding a quote to one side and on the front of the card we're to add a prompt--something that will inspire creativity.  My prompt is "alter a page from a magazine and use it on a journal page".   As I complete the projects, I'll post pics with more explanations.

I'm also trying to get my scraproom organized.   It is a total mess!   As the holidays approached, I just 'tossed' everything into the room and pretty much ignored it.  Plus, with the bitter cold we've been having, I don't even want to go into the basement and clean it---it's just too cold.

And, I just realized that I haven't posted since before Christmas!  I think I should share some pics of how we celebrated:

Only a small portion of my snowman collection sitting in front of the fireplace.

Jackie made these Candy sleighs for her ETL group.  

My great-grandson, Bentley--3 months old

My oldest daughter, Valerie, with Bentley

Angelina (Nina) who just turned 10, my youngest granddaughter

Me with Jazmine (my granddaughter) and her son, Bentley (my great-grandson)

My Santas---only a small portion of my collection

Another view of the fireplace with the tree

My mom in the middle with me (on the left) and my sister, Sherri.
My mother-in-law's hutch filled with my Santas I've collected over the years.

My tree (artificial) loaded with an assortment of ornaments that tell a story over 30 years of marriage.

Christmas Eve

Zachery on a home visit on Dec. 22nd, opening his gifts.

My son-in-law, James, with the quiver I bought him.

Jackson, my great-nephew, opening a gift.

Me, playing Santa, because I'm the oldest and had to take the place of my dad.

Valerie and James with a rustic birdhouse made by my sister, Sherri.

Michael (my husband) with the birdhouse from Sherri.

A tradition, playing a game after the gifts are opened.

Results of a storm (one of three) in a week