Monday, March 26, 2012


Hello and welcome to my "introductory" post as a COWGIRL, a new member of the Purple Cows Design Team!

I'm am over the top EXCITED to be a part of this team!
I can't wait to begin creating with all of the amazing tools and supplies they sent me! OMG HEAVEN! Hot tools, punches, wire, laminator, paper trimmer, stamps and so much more!

Please jump over the the Purple Cows Blog, they are introducing the new team all this week.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Festive Friday Blog Hop #6

Welcome to the Festive Friday Blog Hop! We will post Christmas Cards (or other Holiday projects) every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month EXCEPT December. Use the link on my side bar or at the end of this post.

YES! ANOTHER TREE :o) They are just my FAVORITE.

This tree was really fun, and a little messy.

I spread craft glue (Elmer's) on a non-stick craft sheet approximately 4x6 and covered the glue with a single but full layer of colorful fibers, some metallic. After it tried completely, I peeled it off and cut a triangle from the center holding it horizontally.

I used the two end pieces, bring the uneven edge to the center and overlapping to create the tree shape. I punched a snowflake border (EK Success) from sage card stock and placed it behind the edges of the tree on the background paper.

The gold foil star is Jolee's Boutique. Background paper is GCD Studios.

Thanks for hopping! Be sure to visit all of the blogs, you may find some blog candy! Come back often, the next Festive Friday will be April 13.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Robin's Nest: Summer Scrapbook Layout

Hello and welcome to my Robin's Nest post. It's barely spring but I'm yearning for much warmer weather :o) I pulled out some of the summer pool fun photos and had a great time creating this very layered scrapbook layout.

Teal Stamp card stock
Daisy Stripe card Stock
Glitter Wedding Swirl card Stock
Teal Woven Mesh
Glitter Chipboard: Teal, yellow and gold
Blue Glitter Card Stock Letters: Classic
Fresh Mowed Grass Dew Drops: yellow ones

Other Supplies:
gold embossed card stock, Star Punches (3 sizes), Teal Color Wash (Ranger Ink) Circle punches (2 sizes and traced a CD as large circle template) Embellie Gellie (ScraPerfect)

I used this sketch as my inspiration for the layout but changed a few things. I "liked" in on Pinterest: click the image for the original link by Susan Stringfellow at

Tip 1: Add color to embossed papers with ink or color washes. I tinted the Glitter Wedding Swirl card Stock with teal color wash so it would compliment this layout.

Tip 2: I cut the Daisy Stripe paper nearly in half and turned the second piece 90 degrees to create a side and bottom border.

Tip 3: Use Embellie Gellie to pick up and accurately place small embellishments such as the Fresh Mowed Grass Dew Drops.

Thank you for stopping by. I challenge you to use this sketch to inspire you to create a fun layout too. Please visit the Robin's Nest blog: Chattering Robins for more project ideas and inspiration.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Perfect Printing (& Stamping) on Canvas

The Perfect Crafting Pouch
The Perfect Cleaning Cloth
9 x 12" Lyons Standard Artist Canvas
Inkjet printer, your photo
3d Crystal Lacquer: Color, Metallic and Pearl
Stickles- Ranger Ink
Butterfly Lady Stamp- VivaLasVegasStamps!
Stazon Ink-Black

1. First, treat the entire canvas with a gentle wipe of the Perfect Crafting Pouch to optimize color quality.
2. Print the photo and let dry over night.
3. Lightly rub the area where you will stamp your image with the Perfect Crafting Pouch. Stamp and let dry or heat set.
4. Gently remove any residue around the stamped image with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth if necessary.
4. Color the stamped design with Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquers: available in clear, colors, metallic and glitter colors and Stickles (by Ranger Ink)
5. Let dry completely, frame and Viola!

Thank you for stopping by the BC Designs blog today. Please visit often for more project ideas and inspiration. The Scraperfect Blog also has lots of project ideas and the website is full of helpful tutorials.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Festive Friday Blog Hop #5

Welcome to the Festive Friday Blog Hop! We will post Christmas Cards (or other Holiday projects) every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month EXCEPT December. Use the link on my side bar or at the end of this post.

For me, the "Tree" is the most symbolic of Christmastime. I've had these buttons hanging around for um.............. 8+ years LOL and it was time to give them a purpose. Some of them are fairly small, but Embellie Gellie made my task easier.

This card is 5x7". I cut a piece of textured wallpaper 4.5 x 6.6 then layered it onto patterned card stock. I added some stitched zig zag detailing with gold thread. Next I punched out circles of the patterned paper, using the backside and put dots of The Best Glue Ever! where I wanted the buttons to be. When the glue is dry, use the Embellie Gellie to pick up the buttons and place them onto the glue areas. Viola! Quick and easy. I am a woman of few words :o) If I add a sentiment later it could be a miracle, mostly I write my greetings inside the cards.

Thanks for hopping! Be sure to visit all of the blogs, you may find some blog candy! Come back often, the next Festive Friday will be March 23.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"WHO'S" Ready for Spring? Owl Sachet

I'M READY FOR SPRING! Welcome to my Robin's Nest post.
My favorite part of spring is the returning of my feathered friends, having my morning coffee outside and letting them entertain me with their aerial dances and antics around the bird feeders.
We haven't had an owl in a while, but they certainly seem to be trendy in fashion and design this spring, so I've created a cute but useful accessory for the home.

An Owl Sachet to freshen drawers or hang as an air freshener and ornament.

Shocking Pink Sorbet Glitter Cardstock- Tummy section
Water Color Honeycomb (can be found on the back side of Distressed Honeycomb and has the words BOO in various fonts) - Nose and centers of eyes from "Boo" dots
Autumn Leaf Card stock- Back body, wings and large eye circles
Glitter Pink Crackle (back side) Front body
Chocolate velvet ribbon (trimmed)

Other Supplies:
white card stock, batting, scented pellets, sewing machine & thread
Punches: 1 1/4" circle, 1" circle

1. Use my photo to create a basic pattern, cut out all pieces as identified above. Specific papers listed above name the body parts.

2. Glue the front of the owl together.

3. If you want a hanger, cut a 3.5" piece of brown velvet ribbon and tape to the inside of the back owl shape. Tape well below where you will be sewing to avoid gumming up your needle.

4. Cut a piece of batting approximately 1/4" smaller than your basic shape.
This one was a little too large, I trimmed it again.

5. Pour about 1 - 2 tablespoons of your scented wax pellets into the center of the batting. If you are using potpourri or another scented source, you may not need or want the batting. I wanted it to be puffy and soft instead of lumpy.

6. Hold the top layer into place, keeping everything aligned and sew a single stitch around the edge.

Thank you for visiting the BC Designs blog today, I hope you enjoyed this project. Please stop by again and also visit the Robin's Nest Blog "Chattering Robins" for more project ideas and inspiration.

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Designer Crafts Connection: SPRING IS COMING!

Welcome to this month's Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop! We are a group of talented designers sharing and inspiring all you crafty peeps out there. We post on the first Monday of each month and there are also lots of give-aways.

This month we are celebrating SPRING and NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!

For me, Spring means the return of my feathered friends, I just LOVE birds :o) and was inspired to create this wall art from fabric scraps.

Eventually..............(ha ha) it will be framed and hung!

Please use the hop button below (or in my side bar) to visit all of the participating blogs, be inspired and find some blog candy!