Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Printer's Tray Finished!

It feels like I've been working on this project forever, but really I just started and then forgot about it lol.  Last week I finally finished and I LOVE, LOVE LOVE it!
I looked for inspiration on Pinterest but like my own soooo much better than any I found.  If I was starting over I might desaturate the color on the photos a bit more, but you know ... hindsight ... Oh well, I still love it!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My First Pin Cushion

So after signing up for a Mason Jar Pin Cushion Swap, I was inspired to attempt my first pin cushion  before my swap creation.  One of the blogs I follow http://heartofagypssy.blogspot.com/ is Gladys Moreno who makes the prettiest pin cushions from vintage tea cups and anything pretty she can get her hands on.

 Sooooo . . . following her examples I started sewing and stuffing little cushions.  The first cushion I made was a little small for the jumbo sized mason jar I'm using for the swap, so I found this really cute pink ramekin in the $1.50 section and Michael's and created this little gem.  I absolutely love it!!  I use stick pins on the cover of most mini albums and on altered pieces, so having this pretty pin cushion to store them is perfect! 

I am not one to just sit and watch TV, so if there is a show I really want to see I will sit and make stick pins in different color combinations while I watch.  Now I can store them in a decorative way instead of just stuck into a piece of styrofoam and hidden.  I have so many stick pins still in the styrofoam though I think I need to make another pin cushion already.

My swap Mason Jar came out so adorable that I can't wait to show it off.  As soon as I know my swap partner has received it I will post the pictures.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my latest creation!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Prima Doll Tag - Birthday Card for Friend

So I bought my first two Prima Doll stamps because I love what I've seen other people doing with them and needed to try my hand at it too!


Well . . . what do you think?  I absolutely love the way she came out!  I created this for my friend's birthday (her favorite color is purple).  I found this paper pad at Michaels and knew I had to get it and hold it to make her something.  It has the most beautiful peacocks and feather prints, several of them in shades of purple.  This is the paper pad:

I used patterned paper adhered to the front and back of a chipboard tag (I painted the edges of the tag with purple paint first).  Then I stamped, texture pasted and went all Lindy's Stamp Gang on it.  After it dried, I inked the edges and added my Prima Doll whose dress and stockings are also from the paper collection.  She has a bit of crocheted lace, a fabric scarf and a touch of glossy accents on her hair and shoes.

I finished off the tag with some I AM Roses, a stick pin I made with beads from my stash, a stamped note (Stampin' Up), a Recollections bling border, some charms from my stash and one I made from a Tim Holtz acrylic fragment circle with paper from the collection, some baker's twine, ribbon and seam binding and voila!

On the back side I added a pocket (Sizzix die) with a friendship stamped image (Stampin' Up) with my birthday note inside.  Here is a picture of the back:

And here is her gift with the tag on the top:
I was quite pleased with the final outcome (and I think my friend was too!).
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Baby Boy Diaper Bag Mini Album

Thanks for viewing stopping by to look at my Diaper Bag Baby Boy Mini Album. I created this album for a friend. The couple having the baby are not into really cutesy stuff, so I used this paper pad that’s just a but more edgy than your average baby paper. I really love the way it turned out.

You can see more of the album in the youtube video:

I used the hinge binding (Laura Dennison’s I think - but I’ve seen it so many times on youtube that I’ve lost track of where it started).

The thimble charm tassel I saw here: http://www.youtube.com/user/gladysgarden (she has some fabulous videos - take a look).

The micro mini album I saw here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OJkbRmMMeE&list=FLipu2K09pXKN1KZpXxPYbpQ

The album itself I just created like you would any mini except that I added the purse handles and the paper / buckle closure (it has a magnet under the buckle so you don’t have to actually unbuckle the paper strap). There are 7 page sets. Each page has front/back, a large fold out flap and a large side pocket with a tag. I’ve embellished only the pages you see when you flip through without opening the flaps so that inside the flaps they can include full sized pictures of the baby (either 5x7 or 4x6). There is room for 28 full size pictures plus what will fit on the embellished pages (another 14+) along with the 20 + various sized tags throughout the album (some as large as 4x5). With the hinges leaving a full half inch between pages, you can fit A TON of pictures in an album like this!

Thanks again for stopping by!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Baby Carriage and Mini Album

I've been holding off posting this because it is a gift for my niece and her new baby (and with the sickness in the family, we haven't been out to see the baby yet).  But, I decided, that she's probably so busy with the baby that she's certainly no looking at my blog (I hope).  So, even though these are not great pictures (taken with my phone right after I finished it), I'm posting them as a "sneak peek."

I created the carriage from chipboard and design paper (the wheels from ribbon spools).  It's just big enough to fit the mini album inside.  I really love how it turned out.  The canopy actually opens and closes since the strips are held in place with brads.  The wheels actually turn too.  The design paper is Basic Grey "Out of Print."

I'll have to post some better pictures taken with my camera now that it has the baby's name and some cute charms hanging from the carriage push handle.  I am really excited about how it came out though.  It was fun to create and will be even more fun to give to my niece!

Thanks for checking out my carriage!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Okay, I know these pictures are not the best, but I took them at night with a really crappy light.  But I just love how it turned out so I'm gonna post these pictures even though they are not good and then maybe I will put some better ones up later lol. 

See . . .  blurry and yellow light . . . ugh!  But I took these quickly with my phone instead of using the camera, so that made a difference too.  Now I know I saw the idea to use the legs on the side on someone else's project, but I can't give credit because I can't find the one I saw.  So if I lifted this idea from you, let me know and I will give you credit and put a link to your project as well.  I think this little cabinet came out so cute.  I found it at a local thrift store (for like $.46) and painted it.  The paint treatment is hard to see, but I have been wanting to try it on a bigger piece of furniture and thought I would start small. 

The look I was going for was kind of like this one:

I think I got close but I didn't sand the edges at the end.

Then I just added all sorts of fun stuff inside.  I made the little books using a tutorial on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnhKe7BLRJQ).  I just altered the size to make them even smaller to fit in my cabinet.  The little book on the bottom is like a small file with tiny photo mats inside to put kids' Halloween pics. 

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my Halloween Apothecary Cabinet!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pictures Coming

If you are visiting my blog to view pictures of the Haunted Mansion Halloween Mini Album for sale in my Etsy shop, I will post them tomorrow.  In the meantime you can see the album in the YouTube video below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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