Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Graphic 45 Steampunk Suitcase

So, I wanted to try something a little different than my usual style, so I created it this steampunk suitcase using an Este Lauder purchase with purchase travel case.  I like how it turned out . . . not exactly as it was in my mind, but close.

I started with 7 Gypsies tissue paper and added some Maya Road trim around the outside edge.  The next layer was the flowers - the four roses are Recollections; 3 cream roses that I inked and glimmer misted up and the last was a red that I glimmer misted a bit.  The flower with the bling in the center  made using a cream organza type synthetic fabric (Walmart remnant) using Leanne's (luvleescrappin on youtube) technique and the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix die.  When I was finished I used the Tim Holtz reinkers to make a dye and then used a little black soot on the edges (it's kind of hard to see the different color tones in the picture).  After the flowers I added in the Recollections leaves which I have inked up also.  I I embellished with a Tim Holtz birdcage Sizzix die which I've embossed with the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo embossing powder to give a rusted metal look.  I attached some metal charms at the top of birdcage and added some bling at the bottom.  Just over the birdcage and under the flowers I tucked a Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante woman which I fussy cut, inked and highlighted with Glossy Accents.  I added a metal timepiece at her bustle which kind of fell to the side in the picture (it's supposed to hang down from the bustle).  I tucked in a couple of metal gears and some stick pins I made with crystals and beads; and finished it off with a glittered butterfly I bought at Michaels in the Christmas decorations (I just added a body made from crystals and beads).  That's it!  It was fun to make and I hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Random Act of Kindness

I was the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness (RAK) this morning for the first time ever!!  Okay, wait, I should clarify . . . first time ever to happen out of the blue from a stranger.  I was in the line at McDonald's this morning and the person in front of me paid for my order!  I was having a bad morning and was in a real mood and it was totally transformed by this one small act.  So, to that person out there whoever you are . . . THANK YOU!  Thank you for making my day better and reminding me to continue with Random Acts of Kindness to others.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Stack of Old Letters Secret Box

I found this tutorial on Leanne's youtube site (again) here is a link to her video http://www.youtube.com/user/Luvleescrappin#p/u/8/YChXxeV2eGo.  She got the idea from another youtuber who got it from this youtuber's video http://youtu.be/m2kArL5ydBw.  I really like how Leanne changed it up and added the photo spot on the top.  The pictures below are just a prototype (I never use good products on the first try, knowing I will mess it up or find things I want to change) so don't judge it too harshly - lol.  The idea is really cute though.  I think I might come up with one for Valentines Day and call it "Love Letters."  So here are my pictures of the rough draft . . .

 As you can see, I didn't think much about where I was going to put the ribbon . . . need to change that for the next go around.

If you haven't been checking out youtube videos for scrapbook samples, you are really missing out.  There are so many talented ladies (and a few men - lol) who have some great tutorials and happily share their work.

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fabric Owl using a Sizzix Die

My friend Michelle created this fabulous fabric owl bag using a Sizzix die flower die.  Hop over to her blog and check it out here:

Class Halloween Party Treat Bags

We had our class party and my treat bags were a hit (thanks to Valerie, one of the room moms, I had more to stuff inside of them and some cute pencils to attach to the back).  My husband told me I was putting too much time into making these things; and, I have to say, after several hours of die cutting and I still wasn't finished, I was almost at the point of agreeing with him . . . but the look on my son's face (not to mention all of the other children in his class) when I walked in with my tray of bags, was worth every moment I spent.  People say that 2nd graders don't appreciate something like that, but when you have little girls asking you questions about how you did certain things (whether you drew it or stamped it, etc.) and children who hug you and tell you "thank you" for taking the time to make treats for them, you know it's not true!  Here are some pictures of the finished product:

Here is a great picture of the "aftermath" . . .

 Do you think he's had too much candy already?!?