Thursday, March 31, 2016

This Crafty Chic Needs Your Help!

If you could help me out with just a few minutes of your time, I would really appreciate it.  I attended a Blogger event while at CHA this year, and there is a contest connected to this event.


We had to create a project using a product that was showcased at this event.  I created a card with Deco Foil and the Peel N'Stick Toner Sheets.  You can see the full project tutorial HERE.  


To VOTE for this project to win the Best Blogger Contest go to FaveCrafts.com . . . or even easier, click HERE to be taken straight to the voting page.  Now scroll through all of the projects and find mine and click on the Vote! button.  Once your vote is counted there will be a green dot after the word vote.
                                  

You can vote once per day from each computer.  I would love it if you would vote daily!

Thanks!






Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Scrapbook Layout

Have you ever had a sheet of scrapbooking paper where you like MOST of the page, but it has one embellishment/accent you don't really like?  That was the case with this paper for me.


I love the all over pink and white pattern, but I was not a fan of the flowers on the right.  I decided to use this page for an Easter scrapbook layout, and I cut a large egg shaped piece out of the right hand side, which removed the floral pattern I did not like.


Then I did a mosaic of various photos from Easter inside of this large egg shape.

I added an accent of a baby chicken hatching out of an Easter Egg in the lower left corner of the page.


I think this little chick is so cute!

And here is the finish layout.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Bunny Memo Board Decor

I needed a little extra something on the memo board in the kitchen, and with Easter just around the corner I thought a bunny would be perfect.  But why add just any bunny when you can add Thumper from Bambi!


I used some markers and inks to give some depth to some of the cuts for Thumper.  This image is from the Disney Classics Cricut cartrdige.  Then to hold him onto the memo board I used flower magnets.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Photo Album Facelift

Before I became a scrapbooker, I had my photos in standard photo albums.  I know . . . boring!  But let's admit it . . . a lot of had, or still have, some basic photo albums on the shelf.  

Some of these album covers are less attractive than others.  Some of them look VERY dated due to the book styles that were popular or available at the time I filled them.  When we moved into our new house one of the features of the house that I loved were the built in shelves in the family room, but I knew that I had to do something to make these books look prettier.  

Here is how they looked before . . . 


Not all of the books were terrible.  I still like the look of the green fabric covered ones.


And finally, my scrapbooks.  At least I was consistent in using blue book covers for these . . . until the company I purchased covers from quit making blue, and then I moved to brown.


Okay, let's get back to some of those ugly books on the upper shelves.  I went online and found some contact paper in a fun weathered wood pattern.  Looking online helped to give me a LOT more choices for colors and patterns than I would have had if I would have limited myself to the contact paper sold in retail stores.



I started with some of the larger books since I did not want to have to piece the paper together to have to cover the book.  I wanted to be able to use one continuous piece of contact paper.


I wrapped the contact paper around the book, much like I was wrapping a present, in order to measure how much contact paper I would need.  Make sure to cut some extra to fold over to the inside of the book cover.


After I cut the size of contact paper that I needed from the roll, I laid  the piece out on the floor and peeled away just a portion of the backing.  This helped to keep the contact paper under control . . . sometimes if you peel off the entire backing the contact paper will stick to itself, or stick where you do not want it to stick.


I placed the book down on the portion of the contact paper that I removed the backing from, smoothed the contact paper down to the book and then peeled away a few more inches of the backing of the contact paper and smoothed it as I went along.  I continued to do this until all sides of the book were covered.


Now to take care of the edges.  I trimmed the contact paper down and folded in the sides


More trimming, and I folded in the top and the bottom.  I was able to do a nice tuck in the corner to make it look a little more finished.  This was so easy to do since the contact paper is sticky on the back . . . just tuck, fold and stick.


I was also able to make a few cuts around the binding and folds of the book so that the contact paper really formed to the book.  Below is a photo of some of these cuts.




Finished!


Here is another book I covered with the same contact paper.  Since I purchased a long roll of the paper I was able to cover several books.  No two books looked exactly the same, yet they all have the same colors and pattern on them.


After I placed them back on the shelves, here is how they looked . . .


I also purchased contact paper in a cream, beige and coral stripe.  I did not want to have too much of one pattern on the shelves and I felt like this was a good way to break it up.


Before the older books stood out like a sore thumb on the shelves.  Now these books blend in with the colors in the room and allow some of the framed photos and decorative accents on the shelves to stand out.  





Friday, March 4, 2016

Dino Fun Card

This week I have been sharing three dinosaur cards that I created.  This is the third card . . . if you missed the other two you can click HERE and HERE.

When my son was young he loved dinosaurs, and now I have nephews who are fascinated by these same creatures.  When I saw the Dino Play Cricut cartridge on sale recently I had to purchase it.  I knew that it was filled with images that would be perfect for creating cards for my nephews.


I started off by choosing two shades of green cardstock, one teal blue and an off-white to use for the layers on three different dinosaurs that I created.  This saved me some time since I could load all of the cardstock onto my Cricut mat at once and then cut the layers for three images.


I love the cute little smile on this dinosaur.

I used a double sided pattern paper for the accent paper.  The colors for the patterns on both sides are in the same color family, so I knew that either side would go with the dinosaurs.  I used the polka dot paper as a background paper for this card, and I was able to use a small scrap for an accent in another one of the three cards I created.


I find that when I want to make several cards if I pull out colors that work together from my cardstock stash, I can combine those same colors in various ways, and this really helps to speed up the card making process.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dino Play Card

This week I have been sharing three dinosaur cards that I created.  This is the second card . . . if you missed the first one you can click HERE.

When my son was young he loved dinosaurs, and now I have nephews who are fascinated by these same creatures.  When I saw the Dino Play Cricut cartridge on sale recently I had to purchase it.  I knew that it was filled with images that would be perfect for creating cards for my nephews.


I started off by choosing two shades of green cardstock, one teal blue and an off-white to use for the layers on three different dinosaurs that I created.  This saved me some time since I could load all of the cardstock onto my Cricut mat at once and then cut the layers for three images.



I used a double sided pattern paper for the accent paper.  The colors for the patterns on both sides are in the same color family, so I knew that either side would go with the dinosaurs.  One side had polka dots, and the other had this fun stripe pattern.

I find that when I want to make several cards if I pull out colors that work together from my cardstock stash, I can combine those same colors in various ways, and this really helps to speed up the card making process.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Baby Dinosaur Card

This week I will be sharing three dinosaur cards that I created.  When my son was young he loved dinosaurs, and now I have nephews who are fascinated by these same creatures.  When I saw the Dino Play Cricut cartridge on sale recently I had to purchase it.  I knew that it was filled with images that would be perfect for creating cards for my nephews.


I started off by choosing two shades of green cardstock, one teal blue and an off-white to use for the layers on three different dinosaurs that I created.  This saved me some time since I could load all of the cardstock onto my Cricut mat at once and then cut the layers for three images.

The teal corrugated cardstock from DCWV added some great texture and depth to this card!

I used a double sided pattern paper for the accent paper.  The colors for the patterns on both sides are in the same color family, so I knew that either side would go with the dinosaurs.  In my card for tomorrow you will see the pattern on the other side of this paper.


I find that when I want to make several cards if I pull out colors that work together from my cardstock stash, I can combine those same colors in various ways, and this really helps to speed up the card making process.  



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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National Crafting Month - coloring for adults

March is National Crafting Month!  How do you plan to celebrate?

One great way to celebrate is to relax with one of the fastest growing crafting trends . . . coloring books for adults.  There are books with images and inspirations, helping you to relax and forget about the stress in your daily life.  (click on any of the images below for more information on the specific book or to purchase the books)


Adult Coloring Book Category


Day of the Dead Coloring Book



 Some coloring books even come with hidden pictures

 

 Or they include images from our favorite themes, like Doctor Who

 

 Harry Potter

 

 or my personal favorite . . . Disney!

 

So grab your crayons, colored pencils or markers and let's do some coloring!