Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Herb Wall Hangin

Go to the Smoothfoam blog to see how I made this light weight wall hanging for my kitchen.

While you're there, check out all the great projects made by the Smoothfoam Design Team!

Monday, May 18, 2015

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop: Dare 2B Artzy Inspirational Frame

Welcome to the CHA Paper Arts Blog Hop!

Each day this week, you can see unique projects created with great products from a variety of manufacturers, and they are all made by CHA Professional Designers. Don't forget to  check at the bottom of this post to see how you can win $500!

When I received stamps from Dare 2B Artzy, I was blown away. The detail was incredible, and I knew right away that I was going to be doing some serious heat embossing and watercoloring. My only regret is that I didn't have a bigger space to include more of these wonderful images. Be sure to follow my blog to see more projects made with Dare 2B Artzy stamps in the future. You can see their entire line of fabulous stamps here.

My inspirational frame has a great quote about time and flowers. but you could also place a photo in the space.

Here's how I did it:

  • Dare 2B Artzy Clear Polymer Stamps, Butterfly Tangle and Tangle Thanks
  • Card stock, Graphic 45  Steampunk Slab, white, 12" x 2" and white 8 1/2" x 11"
  • Printed paper, 8 1/2" x 11"
  • 12" x 12" frame (Michael's)
  • Stazon Ink Pad, Black
  • Distress Ink, Broken China
  • Versamark Clear Embossing Ink
  • Embossing powder, gold and white
  • Watercolor paint (Peerless)
  • Black craft paint
  • Double Stick Tape, 1/8"
  • Glue Dots, small and large
  • Spray Adhesive (3M)
  • Heat gun, scissors, craft knife, paint brushes, 1" and fine tip, decorative scissors

1. Remove the backing easel from the frame, paint the edges and back of the frame and set aside to dry.

2. Cut a 12" x 5" strip of floral patterned paper from the Graphic 45 slab. Mount the Tangled Thanks stamp on a clear acrylic block, being sure to line up the stamp across the block, about 1/2" below the top. Mark the center of the paper, ink the stamp with Versamark ink and center the stamp on the page top with the top of the block lined up with the top of the paper. Apply white embossing powder, dump off the excess and heat emboss the image. This makes seeing the image easier when lining up the other two stampings. Ink the stamp again and line it up on the right side, apply powder and emboss. Repeat with the left side.

3. Cut along the bottom of the floral strip and the strip of white card stock with decorative scissors.  Use the 1/8" double stick tape to attach the white strip under the floral strip.

4. Apply black dotted paper from the Graphic 45 slab and the floral strip to the top of the frame front using spray adhesive. Flip the frame over and trim out the opening with a craft knife. 
Tip: The piece you cut out will make a great card front, so don't throw it away.

5. Referring to the project photo, stamp the butterflies, leaves and flowers with Versamark ink on the large sheet of white card stock. Apply gold embossing powder, return the excess to the container and heat emboss. Paint each image with watercolors. You don't have to be very careful when painting, especially around the edges since they will be cut away. When dry, trim the pieces closely and sponge the edges with Broken China Distress ink.

Tip: When you cut out paper or card stock, there is usually a white edge in the paper core that shows, especially if you are mounting it to a darker color paper. Sponging the cut edges gets rid of this distraction and makes your piece look very finished.

Tip: Peerless Watercolors come in sheets, approximately 8" x 4". I punched out a 1" piece of each color, adhered it to a piece of chip board and wrote the color name under each swatch.  I bound it between two pieces of black card stock to make a portable watercolor palette for travel journaling. When the watercolor is used up, just clip out another piece and glue it into place.

6. Since the butterfly antennae and curly tail would be too hard to cut out, position your butterflies where you want them, make note of the position of the first butterfly and stamp the butterfly again with Versamark ink directly on the black and white paper. Emboss with gold embossing powder then attach the cut and colored butterfly over the embossed image with large Glue Dots, lining up the antennae and the curly tail. For the large butterfly, stamp the individual antennae only and gold emboss. Attach the butterfly with large Glue Dots.

7. Lay the stamped pieces out in your desired pattern. Remove the flowers one at a time to stamp the stems with Versamark Ink, stamping more than once if necessary to get a longer stem. Apply white embossing powder, remove the excess and heat emboss.

 8. Attach all the stamped flowers with large Glue Dots and the leaves with small Glue Dots.

9. Print out your preferred sentiment on printed paper and place in the frame opening.

I love making this type of project for gift-giving. It can be customized to fit the interests of the recipient and  will become a treasured family keepsake, especially since it was made with love.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beautiful Budgie Treehouse with Makin's No Bake Polymer Clay

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Anniversary Guest Book

We have so many friends and family planning fun events this year. Our friends Eddie and Berniece are planning a late summer 50th anniversary party with a rustic theme, perfect for my favorite cream, brown and peach color combination.

The Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop is featuring Decorative Trimmings, my new favorite source for lace and braid trimmings. (This is a wedding-themed hop, so I figured a 50th anniversary party was very wedding-y!) Click on the Designer Crafts Connection logo on the right side of the page to see what other designers have done with this wonderful product. 

Here’s how I did it:
  • Lace and Braid, Natural (Decorative Trimmings)
  • White chipboard acid-free book covers, 8” square (Zutter)
  • 3/4" O-wires(Zutter)
  • Bind-It-All (Zutter)
  • Double-stick Tape, 1 ½” and 1/4” (Sookwang)
  • Buttons
  • Makin’s No Bake Polymer Clay (Earthtones)
  • Texture Sheet (Honeycomb, Makin’s Clay)
  • Heart Cutters (Makin’s Clay)
  • Clay Machine or roller
  • Printed paper, two 10” square sheets overs), and two 8” square sheets (cover liners)
  • Card stock, cream, for pages, 7 ¾” squares, 10-12 sheets
  • Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine (Spellbinders)
  • Floral Ovals Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
  • Oval punch, 2” (Stampin’Up)
  • Quick Grip Adhesive (Beacon)
  • Needle and thread
  • Distress Inks, Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose (Tim Holtz for Ranger)
  • Ribbon and lace, ivory satin, peach organdy and small lace braid, about 24" of each 

Roll out Makin's clay to 1/8" thickness and apply the honeycomb texture plate. Cut several hearts of various sizes with the Makin's heart clay cutters and set them aside to dry.

Apply printed papers to chipboard covers, centering, with double stick adhesive. Trim each corner at a 45° angle. Fold the remaining flaps in and secure with 1/8” double-stick tape. Apply the 8” pieces to the backside of the covers.

Punch the inside papers and covers and bind the book with the Bind-It-All and attach the heavy lace braid to the front left cover with Quick Grip adhesive. Sponge Tattered Rose Distress Ink lightly around the cover edges.

Cut one piece of paper with the largest floral oval die. Cut the second-largest floral oval from cream card stock. Sponge the edges of each with Vintage photo ink. Print out the names on a printed paper scrap and punch with the oval punch. Assemble the three pieces with double-stick tape and attach to the book front.
Gather two 12” pieces of 1/2" Decorative Trimming lace with needle and thread and join the lace into a circle. Attach to the book front with Quick Grip adhesive, and add the buttons to the circle centers. 

Add the Makin’s Clay hearts and additional flowers with Quick Grip Adhesive. Tie ivory, pale peach and small lace braid through the o-wires to give a touch of elegance.

I think my friends will like the rustic elegance of this guest book and hope it will become a family keepsake, cherished through their descendants.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Fear the Beard!

I am totally in love with the Duck Commander stamps from KellyCraftTM! They are the creators of the Get-it-StraightTM Laser Square and the Multi-Mat Docking Station as well as the Jimbo Logic stamps, which will make you laugh out loud.

I came up with the idea for this Artist Trading Card (ATC) with the help of Ana Araujo from When Creativity Knocks. We were discussing the beauty of Kunin Felt PlushfeltTM, when Ana pointed out the "hairyness" of it, which makes it perfect for a beard. (Check out the When Creativity Knocks YouTube video with complete directions for my Valentine Gift Box project using Kunin PlushfeltTM. )

Here's how I made this little ATC jewel:

  • Patterned card stock scraps, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" and 3 1/4" x 2 1/4"
  • Cream card stock scrap, approximately 3" x 3/4"  and 4” x 3”
  • Mulberry paper, brown, 4” x 2”
  • Ink (Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger, Vintage Photo)
  • Ink (Stazon Jet Black)
  • PlushfeltTM (Kunin Felt)
  • Cork, approx 4" x 3/4"
  • Double-stick tape or paper glue

1. Sponge the edges of the base cards with Vintage Photo ink. Line them up on the KellyCraftTM Get-it-StraightTM Laser Square and the Multi-Mat Docking Station and adhere them with a 1/8” border all around.

2. Stamp the Duck Commander group stamp on the larger piece of cream card stock with black ink and fussy cut the image. Sponge the edges and image with brown ink. Stamp Fear the Beard on the smaller piece of cream card stock. Trim the top and bottom closely, then tear the ends.

3. Sponge all of the Fear the Beard strip with Vintage Photo Ink and mount it to the cork strip. Trim the cork to leave a 1/6” border all around and sponge the edges. Attach the phrase to the top of the ATC, just below the top layer.

4. Attach the bottom straight edge of the group image to the bottom of the top layer of the ATC. 

5. Place the Mulberry paper in the corner on the KellyCraftTM Get-it-StraightTM Laser Square and the Multi-Mat Docking Station. Set the gauge at 1” and then using a brush with water, lightly brush a rough line across the paper. Gently pull from top to bottom to create a ragged straight edge. When the paper has dried, place it at the base of the ATC, then wrap it around to the back on the bottom and sides and secure with adhesive. Sponge brown ink on all the edges.

6. Cut small pieces of Kunin PlushfeltTM to create the beards. Ink the fabric to create the colors of the beards by pushing the felt into the ink pad. Attach the beard with adhesive.

This is a great little embellishment for a manly birthday card, scrapbook page tag or simply as a card to trade with other artists. 

These stamps are so much fun. I plan to explore them further and will report here, so check back often. Try them and you’ll be happy, happy, happy!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Duck Commander Christmas

We are hooked on the Robertson family, so when the Duck Commander stamps arrived at my door, I was overjoyed. I could see all kinds of possibilities, and since Christmas is upon us, I knew my first piece would be a Duck Commander Christmas card.

There was only one problem: these are not Christmas stamps.

My Kellycraft Get –it-Straight Laser Square and MultiMat really made the job go quickly, and I knew when I finished, everything would be aligned.  (I can spot something a quarter of an inch off at 50 feet thanks to my years in display design. I’m not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse.) Check out the great Kellycraft specials for the holidays and get your own Kellycraft products here. 

Back to the Christmas card. Here’s how I solved my problem:

KellyCraft Get-it- Straight Laser Square
Duck Commander Stamps, Uncle Si stamp, Faith, Family, Ducks stamp
Dye Ink: Black Soot, Pine Needles, Fired Btrick (Ranger, Tim Holtz Distress Inks)
Cardstock: green, 6" x 12" folded to 6" x 6", red and white scraps
Printed paper, two patterns, one 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" and one 5 1/2" x 5 12"
Red Ribbon, 8"
Foam Dots (Kool Tak)
Premium Extreme Adhesive  (Kool Tak)
Liquid Paper Glue, Clear Drying 
Wreath Embossing Folder (Spellbinders)
Grand Calibur Machine (Spellbinders)
Colored Pencils or Markers
PearlEx powder
Glitter Pen, Red (Viva D├ęcor)
Swiffer Sheets
Sharp scissors


1. Stamp Uncle Si with Walnut Stain on white cardstock. Color with pencils or markers and trim the image.

2. Fold the green cardstock to 6" x 6", and use the magnets to hold it in place on the Kellycraft MultiMat Use the KellyCraft Get-it- Straight Laser Square to align the patterned papers onto the green background, adhering with Kool Tak Premium Extreme. 

3. Create the wreath impression on green cardstock. Fussy cut the edges, then sponge dark green ink around the outside and inside circles. Lightly tap  the Versamark pad over the raised surface, then dust on PearlEx and wipe away the residue with a Swiffer sheet. 

3. Place Foam Dots on the wreath back, leaving the lower part of the wreath empty so that the Uncle Si image can slide below the wreath. Remove the release paper and  place the wreath on the patterned paper.

4. Place foam dots on the back of the Uncle Si image, making sure the top dot is no higher than 1” from the top. Remove the release paper attach it to the inside of the wreath, leaving the top portion outside the wreath. 

5. Stamp Faith, Family, Ducks stamp on white cardstock, trim it, layer it onto a scrap of red cardstock and attach at the bottom of the wreath. Add red glitter dots to the wreath with Glitter Pen. Tie the bow and attach with a drop of glue.

That’s it. Your own Duck Commander Christmas card, with no Christmas sentiment whatsoever, but with the Faith, Family, Friends stamp, you can convey the warmth of the season. After all, that’s what this season is about, no matter what your religion.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a very Merry Christmas, from our house to yours.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Ornament

Welcme to the Smoothfoam Holiday ball!
I just love hot air balloons. They are always so colorful, and when the sky is filled with them, you can’t help but look up and smile.

Smoothfoam’s balls, which range in sizes, lend themselves perfectly to creating an entire brigade of these little gems, floating across your Christmas tree or hanging anywhere during the year. I used the 4” ball.

Here’s how I did it”


Smoothfoam Ball, 3

Metallic Craft Paint, Turquiose Blue

Thin Silver Cording, 4 yards

Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Aleene’s Metal Jewelry Adhesive

Small Glue Dots

Double-stick Adhesive, ¼”

Silver Craft Wire, 3”

Curio Knob (Tim Holtz)

Small metal container or box, no larger than 1 ¾” wide

Rhinestone circles, ¼”, about 36

Aluminum sheet, 3” x 5”

Texture Plate and Machine (Cuttlebug)

Tools: Scissors, Craft Knife, Paint Brush, black permanent fine-point marker


Paint Smoothfoam ball and set aside to dry. Add an additional coat if necessary.

Make a loop of craft wire and twist it twice to create a hanger. 

Cut silver cord into six 24” pieces. Holding the cord in the center, place the ends of the wire over the cord and twist all the way to the bottom.

Tie the cord and add Aleene’s Tacky Glue to secure it. Note: It might be easier to tie every two pieces than to tie the entire hank of cord. Add Tacky Glue to the wire below the knot and insert it into the ball.  Note: make the hole larger if needed with a wooden skewer. Set aside to allow the glue to dry.

Using the center line as a path, add a mark every ¾” around the center of the ball with the black marker. Place a small glue dot at each point.

Pull the cording taught as you adhere one piece to each glue dot. 

Trim the cording to 4” below the center, measuring and cutting each piece from the center line.
Cut a piece of black card stock the height of the container and the length of the inside of the container. Cover this with Double Stick tape and attach each cord around the bottom on the outside, about ¼” from the edge. Carefully place the circle inside the container and press from the inside to adhere it.

Use the texture plate and Cuttlebug to texturize the aluminum. Cut  a strip to fit around the outside of your container and adhere it with double-stick tape.

Place a small glue dot on the back of each rhinestone circle. On the center line, place one circle over each piece of cord and one between every two pieces of cord. Add circles to top of container, butting the circles up against each other, then adjusting as needed. Tip: If you place two circles on either side of the ball, then two circles between the first two, then as many as will fit in the remaining blank spaces, you will end up with well-spaced circles.

Place a Metal Adhesive dot on the base of the Curio Knob and attach it to the center of the container bottom.

This is a pretty quick project, easily done in a couple of hours.

And since it's only December 1, you have plenty of time to make a tree full of these!