Monday, September 1, 2014

DCC Summer Vacation Hop

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection (DCC) Summer Vacation Hop!

Be sure to hop around, there are many fantastic designers sharing various projects about "what you did on your summer vacation".  Great techniques are featured along with an exciting variety of projects.

I went to New Orleans this July with my Elks Lodge.  I've always wanted to go to New Orleans, it was as magnificent and interesting as I had hoped. This 12x12 scrapbook page is my first of many for the week-long trip and features beautiful architecture from the city. New Orleans is loud and busy, there's so much to look at and take in, and so this layout is the same.

Patterned Paper - indi bloom collection by Basic Grey
Acrylic Paint - Pure Gold, Mushroom, Sand, Mulch by Eco Friendly Crafts
12 x 12" Harlequin Template by Crafters Workshop
Self Adhesive Black/clear bling strips by Want 2 Scrap
Self Adhesive purple Flourish bling by Zva Creative
Guilded Gate and Wrought Iron Dies, Die D-lites by Spellbinders
Gold Embossing Powder by Ranger Ink
Versamark Pad by Tsukineko
Decorating Chalks by ColorZ Chalk
MISC: black cardstock, fleur di lis eyelet, 1" circle punch, cutting tools, including small scissors. 

Step 1. Position the Harlequin template over the background paper (Basic Grey) and dry brush with Sand, Mushroom and Pure Gold acrylic paint over 1/2 to 2/3 of the background.


2. Reposition the Harlequin template to the areas that were not painted the first time and dry brush with the same 3 colors of acrylic paint. 

3.  Dry brush the entire area with Mushroom acrylic paint.

4. Print a fleur di lis shape on 12x12 cardstock and cut it out.  Then cut the inside of the shape out, leaving an approximate 1/2" frame of the shape. 

5. Apply Versamark to the entire frame, dump on the gold embossing powder and heat. Emboss only once if you like the texture, 2-3 coats for a completely shiny and smooth finish.

 6. Cut strips of black cardstock approximately 1/4" wide to create "window" panes for the fleur di lis frame by dividing the open area into 4 sections.

7. Attach photos to the open areas of the fleur, trim as necessary. 

8. Matte the photo fleur with black cardstock, trim to create an approximate 1/8" border of black around the gold frame and adhere to the background.

9. Crop and matte other photos and adhere into position. 

10. Print the title with Bangle font onto a scrap of purple card stock, trim to fit and adhere.

11. Accent the title with black and clear bling strips on top and bottom.

12. Punch a 1" circle from the same scrap of purple card stock, place it in the center of the window panes of the fleur di lis and adhere with a fleur di lis eyelet (or brad). Chalk the edges of the circle with black. 

13. Cut out the gateway and wrought iron die cuts from black card stock, adhere to the page. 

14. Place the flourish bling as shown. 

15. The photo in the upper left corner was cut out silhouette by hand.  It is a post on the sidewalks of New Orleans used to tether horses.  Add shadow around silhouette images with black decorating chalk. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are inspired by some of the techniques I've used on this jam-packed layout.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DCC Back To School Hop

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection (DCC) Back to School Blog Hop! 

Be sure to hop around and see all the great BTS crafts. Many fantastic designers and great projects.

Both of my children are in college. There is lots of books for the engineer and art supplies for the artist, but most of all being organized!  Every college student needs binders!  So, for this month's BTS craft, I created an  inspiring collage that fits into the clear sleeve on the front of a three ring binder.

8 1/2" X 11" Water Color paper-Bonjour Studios
Acrylic Paint: Periwinkle, Lake, Sunflower, Mulch. Pistachio, Blueberry, Black-Eco Green Crafts
Watermark Stamp Pad-Versamark Tsukineko
Pigment Ink: Sky Mist, Wisteria, Celadon, Ultramarine-Versa Craft
Dye ink: Meadow, Adirondack Earthtones-Ranger Ink
Rubberstamps: Bird-2004 Stampin Up, Sun-Rubber Romance Stamps, Flourish-2007 Stampin Up, Tree-Art Impressions
Gold embossing powder-Ranger Ink
Fonts: Bangle, Addict, Amazone BT, Blasphemy, Park Avenue BT, Times New Roman

1. Paint random blotches of color for a background on the watercolor paper.  I used watercolor paper because of it's texture and sturdiness.  The colors used are: Periwinkle, Lake, Pistachio and Blueberry.
2. Let the paint dry completely.
3. Create a word document with the quote using a different font for each line or word, then print it onto the painted watercolor paper.  Let dry or heat set.
4. Stamp the sun with Versamark and emboss with gold embossing powder.
5. Paint the center with sunflower acrylic paint.
6. Stamp trees along the bottom with Meadow dye ink, and then again with Celadon pigment ink. Heat set. 
7. Stamp flourishes along the top and sides to meet the trees.  Stamp first with Lake, heat set.  Then stamp with Wisteria, heat set.
8. Stamp the bird with Ultramarine, heat set.
9. Hand paint with acrylic paint inside the bird and create a branch. Add details to the bird with an ink pen.

If you would like to create your own, you can print the image below of the text I used, or create your own.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you will continue to hop to the next blog to see more crafty Back To School projects.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop

Welcome to the hop!  This week the Designers are participating in a manufacturers challenge with Smoothfoam and the Robin's Nest and are creating ornaments!  The Holidays will soon be here, hop around and get some great inspiration for family heirlooms and hand made gifts.

This is my creation:

Smoothfoam 3" ball
gold metallic Dew Drops, Robin's Nest
Blueberry acrylic paint, ECO Green Crafts
Low Odor Clear Finish; Krylon
Glitter Blue Ice Stickles, Ranger
Heavy Duty gold tone beading wire
Decorative Tassel, Greenbrier International
Hot Glue Gun
Wire Cutters/twister tool
3/4" Gold metallic wired fabric ribbon, Wrights
piercing tool, paint brush


1. Pierce a hold directly up through the center of the Smoothfoam ball.  This took some work with a piercing tool and a narrow wooden handled paint brush.
2. Cut 8" of heavy duty wire. Insert the wire up through the hole.  Spiral the bottom of the wire and pull it up inside the hole to create a little loop to tie the tassel on later.  Loop the top end and wrap it around itself, pull the loose end to tighten so it will sit firmly to the Smoothfoam.

3. Paint the Smoothfoam ball with acrylic paint.  Use two coats.
4. Hot glue the Dew Drops, evenly spaced onto the painted ball.  Do this by starting with one Dew Drop directly in the center of one side, then put the next one exactly 180 degrees on the opposite side.  Then place a Dew Drop in the exact center of those, and then one more between each, in the center.  That will be your center row and you'll find easy placement for the other two rows about 1" above and below the center row, but centered between the two above or below it.  (This sounds confusing until you're doing it, LOL.  If you read it slow and one step at a time, it makes sense).
5. Apply the Stickles as shown to create a diamond pattern.
6. Attach the tassel to the wire loop you created on the bottom of the ornament.
7. Using about 7" of wired gold fabric ribbon, create a small bow, trim the ends and hot glue to the top of the ornament at the base of the hanging loop.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Altered Arts Magazine: Spring Vase

Welcome to my Altered Arts Magazine Design Team Post.

Sometimes, you need a quick solution.  How about this quick and crafty flower vase for your spring clippings?  Turn an empty spaghetti sauce jar into a lovely container.

Empty large jar (7" tall x 5" diameter)
Scrapbook paper, Stained Stripes, Willard Collection-Fancy Pants
Fairy image and floral border, Winged Things Collection-Mailbox Muse
Green Flourish Bling, Zva Creative

1. Cut scrapbook paper to fit around the jar, and tall enough to cover any writing or depressions in the glass.
2. Cut out and glue the border to the top of the scrapbook paper.
3. Cut out and glue the fairy image to the front center.
4. Embellish with bling!


Be sure to check out the Altered Arts Magazine site and follow them on FaceBook for more crafty projects.

Make art every day!
Altered Arts magazine - Hudson, OH

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Designer Crafts: BUTTONS GALORE Challenge & Give Away

Welcome to the March Designer Crafts Connection Manufacturer Challenge and Give Away!  This month, it's all about the buttons, with Buttons Galore & More.   This month, we have many talented Designers sharing projects made with buttons and a fabulous prize package. The give away starts today and ends on March 17th.  Leave a comment to enter.  There will be a prize for one participating Designer and one Reader who comments.  Drawings are random, so leave comments on all the blogs for more chances to win!

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I had this BLAHzey black crocheted back that needed some perking up, but I wanted it to be a little quirky and still classy, a perfect fit for those Buttons Galore & More! 

I had plans of adding stems with green rick rack, but after I completed one, it just ruined the "classy" so I removed it.  This is an easy way to add a pop of color and whimsy to something just a bit too boring.

SUPPLIES:  Fabric flowers, 3 lime green buttons by Buttons Galore & More, Black embroidery thread, 8 ply cotton, large hole needle, and your drab garment or bag.

1. Use all 8 plies of the thread.
2. Remove the center of fabric flowers, use two layers of flowers behind each button.
3. Sew the button and flowers to the garment using a cris-cross only once, tie off on the inside of the bag.
4. Be mindful of placement and adjust as necessary when sewing.

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