Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Enter if you DARE!!!! Happy Haunting!

With Halloween just around the corner I thought I would share a spooky Halloween card.  There is a great selection of Halloween collage sheets at Altered Pages HERE!



Supplies for this card!
Card base
Lightning Blot Pattern Paper back of Hoo's Having Fun!
Halloween Mystery Collage Sheet
Purple and Orange cardstock
Stash: Puffy Ghosts, Bling & 3D-sticker
Glue Stick
Tacky Glue
Double Sided Tape
Dimensional Adhesive

 
I love a lot of layers of papers when creating cards.  You will always see my Altered Pages images cut from then  matted with at least one contrasting color.  Cut background Lightning Blot Pattern Paper and matted on purple paper, adhere with Double Sided Tape to the card base.  
 
 
 For this card I cut images from Halloween Mystery Collage Sheet and matted on cardstock.  I decided where I would like to place the haunted house and Ouija image before adhering and attached the ghosts behind the haunted house with Tacky Glue. The Ouija image is attached with Double Sided Tape, then adhere the haunted house with Dimensional Adhesive.


Finally, add the bling and "ENTER IF YOU DARE"


Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day ATC!

Did you know....
  • Labor Day was first proposed in 1880?
  • There was a Labor Day parade in New York Union Square in 1882?
  • In 1887 Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday?
  • Established as an official Federal holiday in 1894?
Summer is over!!!

For those of you that are fashion conscious, Labor Day is the last day to wear white for the year! 

Supplies for my ATC:
Brown Cardstock
Painters Tape
Nuts from the garage

Join us at Altered Pages during September for ATC Awesomeness! 
Create your ATCs and share them with us!
Read details on the Altered Pages Blog HERE!
 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Summer is almost over... vacations are ending!

With the end of August comes the last of the vacations, school shopping, change in weather and we get to scrap the pictures from summer.  Today I am sharing a card, but is could also be a part of a great scrapbook page.  I am sure if you traveled anyplace with kiddos in the car they were asking every few minutes... are we there yet?
 


Supplies:
Jolee's Stickers
Twine
Graphic 45 Secret Garden (Dark Green & Blue Pattern)
Brown & Light Green Cardstock
Corrugated  Cardboard
Glue Stick
Card Base

 
First, die cut the trees from green & brown papers, then adhere them to the Corrugated  Cardboard with Glue Stick .  Cut a strip of Graphic 45 Secret Garden (blue pattern paper) and adhere to the bottom of the  Corrugated  Cardboard.  Wrap twine around the bottom of the Corrugated  Cardboard and tie knot off to the left.   Adhere Jolee's Stickers to the card on the blue pattern paper (road).

 
The Jolee's at Altered Pages are a great buy... awesome to use to create cute one of a kind cards!
 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Awesome Paris Gift Bag!

I am honored to be on DIY Design Studio™  first Design Team with the other talented artist/designers: Trish Alger, Trisha Neal, Stephanie Siatta and Jean Moore.  Today I hope to live up to the expectations of this company and team. 

My first DIY project is upcycling my husband's jeans! About 3 weeks ago he was about to throw them in the trash... I told him they were too good to throw away!  He said, they are frayed and getting holes.  I replied, what better pair of jeans to make things from.  Here is my first project from his jeans!


A "JEANEOUS" PARIS GIFT BAG!
 
 
Supplies
Old pair of Jeans
Thread
Lace - 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide
Ribbon & Twine
Charm
 
Tools:
Sewing Machine
Straight Pins
Scissors
Ruler
Paper Towel
Spray adhesive
Painters tape
 
 
Measure the jeans before cutting, use a bottle about the size you would like to use your bag for.  Here I have a bottle of wine.

 
Draw lines to guide when cutting directly on the jeans, this lines will not show when you are finished. 

 
Spray the back side of the Paris Stencil with spray adhesive, let set a minute before laying on the jeans, this will allow the adhesive to become tacky, not permanent.  This helps keep the paint from seeping under the stencil. Once you have the Paris Stencil in place use painters tape around the edges to keep the stencil in place.
 
Use Dixie Belle Paint - Flamingo with a dry brush and dab the paint over the stencil.  DO NOT use a brush saturated in paint, if it looks like there is too much paint on the brush dab the brush on a paper towel before applying to the stencil.  Let the paint set for a few minutes, dry to the touch. 
 
Next, highlight the stenciled image with  Dixie Belle Paint - Butter Cream. Use a very dry brush, wipe extra paint off brush on a paper towel before applying to the jeans.


 
Let the paint set for a few minutes, then remove tape and Paris Stencil, wash the stencil immediately after removing from jeans.   Let set over night!

 
I didn't have any lace that matched my painted jeans.  I made my own matching lace by painting it with Dixie Belle Paint - Flamingo!  Be sure to use a very dry brush when painting, after dipping my brush in the paint I dabbed it on a paper towel to get off any excess paint.  Let dry.

 
When the jeans & lace are dry sew the lace onto the jeans.  Pin the to the inside of the bottom of the jeans.  Use a heavy duty needle on the sewing machine as you will have to sew over some hefty jean seams.   

 
Carefully & slowly sew the lace on all the way around the bottom of the jeans.The frayed bottom of the jeans give the bag some character!
 


Now of the bottom of the bag, sew along the raw edge.  I did a straight stitch then a zigzag to keep the bottom from fraying and to be it was sturdy for the heavy bottle I might put in it!

 
Next create a flat bottom in the bag, with the bag inside out fold the bottom flat so that you have a point at one corner.  For my bag I used my large see-thru ruler to get a the seam in the middle to the two edges.  Draw a line and pin to keep the front and back side aligned. Repeat on the other side. 
 


Sew a straight stich where you drew the line on both sides. Now your bag should have two feet!

 
When you turn the bag inside out it should have a squared off bottom, as pictured below. 


Now the bag is ready to add twine, ribbon and an Eiffel Tower charm!!
 
 


 
Hope I have inspired you to create your own Dixie Belle painted gift bags!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Box Cards!!!

I love sending these little box cards... people are so surprised when they open them!  They are not that hard to make.  I wonder why I haven't made more of them!

 
Supplies:
Robin's Nest Clear on Blue Swirl Glitter Cardstock
Robin's Nest Fleur Plum Cardstock
Sea Horse Glitter Chipboard
Dew Drops Water
Small Starfish
Double Sided Tape
Tacky Glue
ScorPal
Paper Cutter

Cut the Blue Swirl Glitter Card Stock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, then score at 2, 4, 6 and 8 inches.  Then turn the paper and score in half (2 3/4 inches).

Cut off on of the 1/2 inch tabs and notch the remaining one (see image).


Fold all score lines.  To make the box add adhesive to the tab (the right side or the side with the glitter) fold the box and press flat, with the opposite side on box on the taped tab, press hard.


Form the Blue Swirl Glitter Card Stock cut two 2 3/4 by 3 inches squares, these are for the inside foundation of the box.  With the 3 inch side of the square at the top of your ScorPal score on the 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 inches.



Adhere the foundation pieces to the inside of the box as pictured (note: if they are a little off like mine, it is OK).  Most important is to make sure the box is able to close flat. 



Next from a contrasting paper, I am using Fleur Plum Cardstock, cut three pieces slightly smaller (depending on how much of a border you would like around them) than the flaps are 2 3/4 by 3 inches.  Adhere to the flaps.  Cut slightly smaller than 5 x2 inches for the back of the box from the Blue Swirl Glitter Card Stock, adhere to the inside back of the box.

NOW FOR THE FUN!!!

 
Use tacky glue to adhere one of the Sea Horse Glitter Chipboard to the back.

 
The second and third Sea Horsed will be attached to the two foundations pieces, using tacky glue on their tails.  The fourth is adhered to the front flap, aligning the tail with the bottom of the flap.  Before they are dry, be sure the card can fold flat and nothing sticks out the sides... if it does the card will not fit in the envelope!

 
 
Add Dew Drops Water for a little bling and  Small Starfish to the three panels!  Also if you like add a little bling to the outside of the box.


Since the fourth seahorse's head sticks above the fold when I mail the card I will not flip that panel up.  Now it is ready to put in the envelope! Using the measurements of my card this will fit in an A2 envelope.  Since I have the Dew Drops Water and Small Starfish on the outside of the box I would not mail this in the US mail unless it was inside a box or something to protect it... the metering machine a the post office would eat this card up!  You can write a short message on the back of the box... or I usually include a tag with a message!

When the recipient opens the envelope they have a beautiful box card!

 

What do you think?
Want to try to make one?
 
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