Friday, December 13, 2013

bottle cap explosion...

Hello my dear friends!

for those of you who have come to anticipate a tutorial on Fridays for FWF, I'm terribly sorry to disappoint today. 

I really am. I LOVE doing my tutorials! However, reality has set in... I injured my arm, and a tutorial just didn't happen... ok, not much crafting has happened this week. :(


Remember this bottle cap zipper pull I shared a couple weeks back and said I had to make a whole ton more... 

Well check this out!




(Unity Stamps: Bee Happy Hexagons)

christmas mini...

Hello my wonderful friends!

In anticipation of the upcoming craziness of Christmas time, I thought it would be nice to be ready ahead of time with a mini album all ready to go, and the "25th and Pine" line of papers and embellishments from Basic Grey is beautifully PERFECT for this!
This line is fabulous! The colors are traditional yet they are not the bright greens and reds... they are softer, more muted. 

I chose an album style that has pockets... I love the idea of having places to tuck photos and little treasures. 

For the moment, it is pretty plain... I wanted to keep it simple until I have the photos, stories, and memorabilia to fill it up... This is where the matching embellishment packs  really come in handy! They make snazzing it up quick and easy when the time comes!

Being ahead of the game should mean that I get the scrapbooking done, right? LOL!
 Guess we'll see. :)


Supplies Used:
Paper: Basic Grey "25th & Pine", card stock
Ink: Distress, Color Shine
Silhouette: Library Pocket Mini Album
Other: Basic Grey "25th & Pine" embellishment packs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

little box of happiness...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Ready for SUPER CUTE gift/stocking stuffer?  

How stinkin' cute are THESE???
Little decorated packs of TicTacs would make anyone's day, right?!?

The best part... If you have a Silhouette, they literally come together in minutes! If you don't, it would take a little longer, but STILL! 

What I LOVE about these particular ones is the PAPER! It is from DCWV "Holiday Glitzy Glitter" stack. In all honesty, I usually don't like glitter paper. But this "glitzy glitter" is a finer glitter, and has a more shimmery look... I am SO in love with it! It is GLAMOROUS  and ELEGANT. So pretty!


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV Holiday Glitzy Glitter, Core'Dinations
Ink: MarkIt
Silhouette: "Christmas Tree TicTac Wrap" & "Snowman TicTac Wrap"
Other: flocking, jute

Friday, December 6, 2013

distress tints...

Hello my wonderful friends! 

Ready for some Unity FWF fun (and a quick tutorial)?  

Yeah, I thought so. ;)

Today's card uses the bird from Strength and Dignity KOM, Flowers from Insightful Meadow, and Happy Birthday from Blossom Stackers

Stamp image onto kraft paper with clear embossing ink, then emboss it with clear embossing powder.

Next mix white acrylic paint with Distress Reinker. 

-at this point you are probably thinking "I'll just grab my Distress Paint."  Well, you can, but it will work differently. Distress Paint is designed to react to water while it is still wet, and be permanent when dry. If you mix Distress Reinker with regular acrylic paint, you will get a paint where the color will react with water every time it gets wet (similar to the inks). There is a place in art for both kinds of "Distress Paint" 

Cover your entire paper with your tinted paint. *GASP!*  Yes, I said the ENTIRE thing! I usually give it a coat, let it dry, then give it another coat for a nice even color.

Once the paint is dry, take a dry to VERY slightly damp rag or paper towel and buff the paint off the embossed image. It will act as a resist, and the paint will come off. YAY!

Now, here comes the fun part with the reinker tinted paint... you can flick water at it (along with other fun techniques) and..

You get some awesome results!

Now, for some distressed flowers... I love doing this... Instead of mounting your stamp, hold it in your hand. You will get uneven pressure, and you can get more faded and distressed look.

Here I wanted not only distressed, but also subtle, so I'm stamping them with clear embossing ink. 


Yes, clear embossing ink... then dusting with Perfect Pearls (in Perfect Gold) When it hits the light, the flowers shimmer beautifully, but they aren't overly THERE. It gives them a very SOFT presences. 


bottle cap magnets...

Hello my wonderful friends!

Are you looking for a fun little gift idea, or stocking stuffer? How about a set of custom bottle cap magnets?

These ones are made with DCWV "Christmas Made" stack. (which is a beautiful stack!) The pillow box gift box and tag are also made from that stack. A completely matching set. LOVE!
These magnets are SUPER simple to make! I bought a whole bunch of flattened bottle caps online, so I didn't have to worry smashing my own. I then used a die to cut circles the right size. This line of paper has a couple different designs with images that fit PERFECTLY in the bottle caps! 

A little Glossy Accents will glue the paper to the inside of the bottle cap. Once that is dry (which doesn't take long, fill the cap full of Glossy Accents. Set them aside to dry. This will take several hours, so you may just want to set them aside over night. Once dry, attach a magnet to the back with Glossy Accents.


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV Christmas Made
Ink: Distress
Silhouette: Bracket Pillow Box
Dies: Quickuz "Nesting Circles"
Others: Glossy Accents, magnets, bottle caps, ribbon