Friday, January 31, 2014

on my mind...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I can't believe January is already over! Craziness!

You know what else is totally crazy??? I haven't written a tutorial for Unity's FWF in waaaaay too long! I really wanted to for today, but it didn't quite get done... So I'll have to share that tutorial in just a bit, so stay tuned!

In the mean time, here's a fun, shabby card for today, using a technique I shared a while ago... HERE

I love the shabby look you get when you combine dry embossing, gesso/paint, and sand paper! 

I know you can't really tell in the photo, but the letters are awesomely shimmery... To do that, simply stamp your image with embossing ink, then cover with Perfect Pearls. The mica powders are so fine, you won't lose any detail with your stamped image... it gives fabulous added interest without much effort!

Ok... I need to get busy with some Valentine Day projects! =)


Supplies Used:
Paper: Kraft, cardstock
Ink: Archival, Distress, Perfect Medium
Stamps: Unity "Where You Are", "Strength & Dignity", & "Vintage Hand Written"
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz "Fancy Frame"
Other: Gesso, Distress Paint, Perfect Pearls, lace

Thursday, January 9, 2014

hopping with Unity...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I am super excited today to be a guest designer on Unity's blog hop today! If you are just starting out, go ahead and click HERE to start at the Unity site. You'll want to visit all of the fabulous blogs to see the amazing projects the team  has to share, and leave a comment on each one for a chance to win a prize!

Today starts out an new Unity challenge. I totally LOVE their challenge!  They have 2 sketches and a color one, and the basic rule is you just have to use Unity! Here's this months:

Ok, aren't those colors seriously GORGEOUS???

They (along with the card sketch) inspired my project today.

I just got the fabulous "Create Today" kit in the mail this week, and I HAD to get it all inky!

I absolutely ADORE the saying... "in a world of possibilities, imagine yourself as one." How profound is that!

On that note, I'm going to send you back to the beginning to finish off the hop HERE.

Don't forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win a fabulous prize! (Unity never disappoints-- their prizes are amazing!)


Friday, January 3, 2014

bottle caps...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It has been quite a while!  I am so sorry! I have missed you all terribly!  

I promised to do a tutorial & product list on my bottle cap zipper pulls weeks ago... 

Between the holidays and a couple highly stressful situations, I feel like my entire world has been spinning upside down!  How fabulous it is to be doing something as normal and sane as crafting and blogging and sharing a tutorial!  

Thank you for your patience with me! You guys are the best!

So, remember these babies?

Here's the how-to

(I bought stuff in bulk since I was making a TON for gifts... however, I got most of it from Amazon. I'll let you know as we go, then you can search around where you like to shop.)

Step 1: Stamp your image on your card stock.

(on the original one, I layered several images from Unity's "Bee Happy Hexagons". For this one I'm using part of a stamp from Unity's "Lasting Thoughts" on a scrap of a gelli print.)

Step 2: Using a die (mine is from Quickutz) or a circle punch, or hand cut if nothing else.... cut out a 1" circle.

Here comes the bottle caps... I got mine at Amazon. You can get them either flattened or not... If they aren't already flattened, you will have to flatten them yourself. I didn't want to spend the time, so I got the FLATTENED BOTTLE CAPS

Step 3: Use Ranger's Glossy Accents to adhere your circle to the inside of your bottle cap, and let dry.

This tool is not necessary, but makes life a lot easier! EuroPunch Pliers 1.8 mm. This is for punching nice clean holes in the bottle cap. I think I paid around $12 for mine at Amazon. Totally worth it in my opinion. 

Step 4: Punch a hole in the top of you bottle cap as near the rim as you can.

These are 1" Circle Epoxy Stickers. Yes, I got them at Amazon. :)

Step 5: Peel off an epoxy sticker from the backing and place it in your bottle cap. Re-punch hole if needed. 

Step 5: *second option*  If you don't want to use the epoxy stickers, you can fill your bottle cap with Glossy Accents and allow to sit over night. Or use any other kind of resin and follow the directions on how to make it set... If you use this option, punch the hole AFTER the Glossy Accents/ resin has set.

Next you will need either a jump ring (you can get that anywhere that sells things to make jewelry), or a  large link from an old piece of jewelry...

Step 6: Use needle nose pliers to open the ring.

Step 7: Slip the ring, the clasp, and any other findings you want to jangle around, then close the ring using your pliers. 

I used what are called Swivel Lobster Claw clasps. Again, I got them at Amazon, but I was shopping bulk. Places that sell jewelry and keychain making supplies probably have them.

*For the blue one I used one of the butterflies on Unity's "Dream Big" set as well as a little flower charm.

So, super simple!!!