Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thrift Store Thursday Upcycle

Hey all! Just wanted to share a flea market find from our Mom. When we all went to visit her last summer we did a Flea Market Challenge, 1 hr/10 dollars and you must only use items found.
You can see the challenge here: and part 2 where we show what we found is here: The quality isn't the greatest because I recorded it on my cellphone, but you can get the idea.

My mom has been organizing her craft area so her items are being repurposed for her craft area.
A toothbrush holder, a small bud vase, plastic 45 sleeves and a bill paying center is what my mom found with her 10 dollars. (she said she even had 3 dollars leftover!)

 The toothbrush holder became a craft brush holder, the bud vase fit right down into the center which would normally hold toothpaste, that way she can fill it with water to clean her brushes and then put them in the holes to stand them up to dry.
A leaf stencil and a little paint helps freshen up the bill paying box which now houses her embellishments in the 45 record sleeves.

No need to spend all kinds of money when organizing your craft supplies just look around I am sure you can repurpose something.

Sneak Peeks of our upcoming project for the Saturday, June 7th Ustream class is just around the corner, I hope you will mark it on your calendar and spend the day with us.



Friday, May 16, 2014

Day 11 Card

I was so happy to see that the first card to make today was being taught by Tim Holtz : ) Here is what I made:

I had been holding on to this stamp for months now, she is so pretty. I got to pull out my Tim Holtz stencils and mini distress pads too. I used Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar. 

Wish I had the time to do the other two cards shown maybe tomorrow. 

See ya,

Ladies Who Lunch Ledger Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Collection

Hey everyone! I just finished the Ladies Who Lunch Ledger from our Ustream show. Before I send it out to the winner, Cardmaker Mom, I wanted to show you how it turned out.

I loved working with the Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Collection, it doesn't crack and is such great quality.  Tomorrow I will post the new one I just made for a friend where I used Crate Paper On Trend collection.

See you tomorrow,

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thrift Store Thursday Project-Upcycle a Faux Filofax

I find these organizers all the time in my local thrift stores. Sometimes they are leather and sometimes they are vinyl but either way they make a great organizer. In 5 easy steps you too can transform one of the unsightly calendars into a beautiful gift for a friend or for yourself. 
 1.  First measure out your organizer. Pick out your papers and take a sheet of sticky back canvas, scan the paper that you choose for your cover and print on the sticky back canvas. 
  2. Cover the organizer with the sticky back canvas cutting around the snap closure ( I had to piece mine to work but I simply covered the seam with trim)

 3. On the cover I added a piece of trim, some canvas chipboard stickers to add the word "life" and then I also added a rub on saying "secrets".  You can decorate however you choose according to who will be using it.

 4. Punch holes in decorative paper to make dividers. I added a calendar, notepads, washi tape, binder clips, a pen, and a calculator but you can add whatever you think you'll need while you're on the go.
 5. This organizer had a slot for a notepad in the back so after covering with the sticky back canvas I added notepad in the slot.

Well there you have it, 5 simple steps to an awesome organizer hope you had fun and I hope you go digging to find your own, maybe you even have one of these stashed in a drawer somewhere. Hope you join me for next week's thrift store Thursday upcycle xx, j.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Day 9 Watercolor Card Class

 I went off on my own with this one and decided instead of doing stacked packages I would free hand a cupcake stand and banner.

I love how it turned out. Now I want to make more of them. I used Stampin' Up ink pads as watercolor, the picture doesn't show that they are vanilla with pink frosting. The inks I used are Pretty In Pink, Barely Banana, I added Lindy's Pearlescent to Blue Bliss on the banner and to Chocolate Chip for the table. The inks and Lindy's really mixed nicely.

Off tomorrow and I need to get a few things done, mail packages, finish up some projects for people, so I won't be posting pics tomorrow, well maybe just 1 : )

P.S. I decided to post 2 other cards from today's class.  The Celebrate card was to use your handwriting and the tree was free hand water coloring, which I loved because all it was, was splattering!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

What do a Camper and an Altoid box have in common?

Nothing, but I sure do have a lot of Altoid tins laying around. I was getting ready to throw it out but out of the corner of my eye I saw a camper lol! Yes I admit I dream of vintage campers. So I gathered some supplies I had on my work table and began making this sweet little camper treat box.

Begin by lightly sanding and painting the tin with distress paint.

Trace around the tin to get your pattern and cut out of paper and apply to thin chipboard. Glossy Accent the wheels behind the hubs and then layer the side pieces over top. Dry completely.

I put paper behind the acrylic pieces and used as a door and window, drew on bumpers with a silver marker then drew in details with a fine black pen.

Placed a hitch knob on the bottom of tin to hold it up then I glossy accented a hinge as a step to the door.  To make the hinge stay at a 90 degree angle, place some Glossy Accents in hinge and let dry at that angle.

I added a rub on under the window!
Won't these make a cute gift box or name plates on a table setting?
Dig in your purse you know you have a mint tin just hanging around waiting to go on adventure!


Day 4 onlinecardclasses Watercolor card class

Today's classes seemed to be a little more challenging for me. I used the gelatos to stamp with on the second card using Indigo Blu stamps. The first card I used Distress Markers coloring in the stamp and then sprayed with water, you then press the image onto your paper.

 My favorite card is the one where we put the sprays on the acrylic and then stamped into that with your stamp. So many new techniques,  loving it!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Day 3 of the Online card class part 2

Just wanted to post my latest card, I hope you all are not getting tired of looking at watercolor! This class is 2 weeks long so just a heads up LOL!

I used an old Stampin' Up truck stamp and hitched a new Close to My Heart camper stamp to the back of it and water colored with Distress Markers. This technique was a little different and I must say I quite liked it. First you rub the marker on your stamp then stamp it on watercolor paper, I used the Ranger brand. Then take a dampened brush and lightly go over the lines. It really does give a nice effect.

Well that's all for tonight,
Lights out!
XX, j

Day 3 of the Watercolor Card Class

Yahoo!!!!Today's 2nd lesson I broke out my Tim Holtz stamps from Italy. They were only given to the people on that trip and exclusively made and designed by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous. Now I must confess I have not broken these out since the classes in Italy and I forgot how beautiful they are.

I am running through some great great memories of Italy and all the special people I met.


Onlinecardclasses Watercolor Cards

I can not say how much I am enjoying this class. There is so much information and new techniques, it is well worth the 25 dollars. It is not too late for you to join in on the class The watercolor class began on Monday we are now on our third lesson. Here are my cards from day 1 and  day 2. I hope you enjoy, I'm off to the classroom,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 watercolor card class day 2

Today I got to pull out my Derwent Inktense pencils and create a background. I used  Mallard Green, Dark Aquamarine, Sherbert Lemon, Iris Blue, Sea Blue, and  Cadmium yellow to create a background wash.

This is an amazing card class packed full of innovative techniques and great card makers. I can't wait to see what the next 3 days will hold.

Join me and a dozen other crafters on twitter and hashtag your card #wcclass,

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pretty Pretty Princess

Hi everyone, it's Darcie again. I promised you pictures of Gabby in her tiara, since I made her one too. The tiara is made with the EK Success Scroll Pattern punch and some glitter cardstock. A little bling, a flower and some ribbon in the back and voila! I think she likes it!

Hmmm, so far so good. This is going better than the usual photo shoots when Gabby gets dressed up.

Oh, here it comes..... the sulking pose as my model gets tired of the fanfare. I knew it was too good to be true!

Off comes the tiara, we don't want a sad little princess, do we? Time for treats!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ustream Show - Pretty Princess Pillow

Hi, it's Darcie here, thanking you for joining us bright and early on National Scrapbooking Day! This is the project we worked on, a sparkly tiara set on a pillow with a mini album inside. The tiara is made with the Martha Stewart Fans and Flourishes die and glitter card stock, and of course lots of bling.

 It makes a great gift and can store memories of a child, a pet or hey, make one for Mom!
The pictures are of the C'est La Vie line from Bo Bunny and the line we used on the show was their Primrose collection. Those pictures will be coming soon. The mini has a canvas and ribbon binding and is a nice size for 4x6" photos.

If you missed us live, the recordings for making the box are available so we hope you will check them out. The mini album will be recorded soon as we ran out of time. So much to do today and we didn't want to miss any of the other wonderful crafters. We hope you had a great day!