Thursday, November 27, 2014

Altered Keepsake Box

Hello Crafty Friends... Just stopping by to share with you this elegant keepsake box I made for a very close family friend. 

Supplies Needed
Storage Box/ Photo Box (letter size)

eBrush by Craftwell with SP (Sharpie) adapter head
Sharpies( lt, green, dk. green, red, orange, brown, gray)
Flower steel rule die (Sizzix/ Tim Holts-Tattered Florals)
Embossing Tool
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Ostrich feather
Feather Butterfly
Chipboard Frame
Assorted Ribbon and Lace
Decorative Stick Pins
Pre-made Paper Flowers (Prima)
Patterned Paper or Sheet Music
Assorted Brads

Cut you patterned paper using Tattered Florals die. You will need at 5 flowers to make 1 complete flower. To make the the 3 peonies on my box I cut out 5 large & 6 medium (6 pt flowers), 5 daisies
(9 pt flowers), and 3 leaves.
I eBrushed my peonies with my red sharpie and then brown. And ebrushed my daisies with an orange sharpie and then brown. Adding the brown deepens the color so it doesn't look so flat. With my embossing tool I curled my flowers into a bowl shape and stack them together, alternating petals. 

For the leaves I started with the light green sharpie, then dark green, and added orange and brown  around the edges. I again used my embossing tool to curl the edges of the leaves.

I bought these stamens in the baking department of a major craft store, They come in a variety of colors but I always have white on hand because they can be colored to match any color scheme. I ebrushed these with just my red sharpie.

The stamen are double sided and come with a bulb at each end so I cut them in half and inserted about 12 stamen (6 halved) into a hole I punched of the top flower. Secured it with hot glue.

Then I attached the leaves to the flower with hot glue.

These butterflies are pretty in just plain white but it was a little too stark for my project. I toned it way down by ebrushing it in gray black. One of my favorite things about using the ebrush is that most colors spray on translucent... and when sprayed over glitter the shine still shows through. I don't lose any of the sparkly effect!

I added my rub-on sentiment to the pre-made chipboard frame. Hot glued my ribbon down to my box,  before hot gluing my frame. Then hot glued my flowers, feather and butterfly on top of my frame. I inserted my decorative stick pins behind the base of the flower. I did not glue them into place... some people like to wear their pins, so I left that option up to them.

and there you have it a beautiful keepsake box to hold treasured memories. It also makes a very elegant gift box that would surely "wow" it's recipient! 

I made this one to give to my children's god-mother. It will house a scrapbook full of  our children's pictures. She is such a beautiful person and I wanted something that reflected her loving nature.

Hope you have a Beautifully Crafty Day!!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

LOTS & LOTS of cards

Hey Crafty Friends, with the holiday season in full swing I have been swamped up to my eyebrows!!
SO... I am jam packing this post full of all the cards that I had recently made.

supplies used:
Oh Snap stamp set  (Pink and Main)
"Happy" pocket die from Thankful die set (Teresa Collins/ Craftwell)
pattern & cork paper by DCWV
Spectrum Noir Markers 
momento ink pad (tuxedo black)Mucho
supplies used:
Christmas Cardinal file ( Designs on Cloud 9)
Sentiment from the Sugarplums stamp set ( Pink and Main)
Doily die (We R Memory Keepers)
Lace Trimmings die set (Cuttlebug/ Anna Griffin)
Giga Scalloped Circle punch ( Marvy Uchida)

Card front made with  6x8 Cutout Pages December Album (Designs on Cloud 9)
Joy stamp set (Pink and Main)
Stitched Traditional Tag die from (My Favorite Things Die-namics)

Card front made with  6x8 Cutout Pages December Album (Designs on Cloud 9)
Joy stamp set (Pink and Main).
Scalloped oval die from TeresaCollins/ Craftwell.
Buckle is from a retired Sizzix die called Charms, Buckles.

Card base from Stephanie Barnard's Fancy Flip-its card 
Stamped image and sentiments from Pink and Main's Frosty friends, Snow Globe, & Ho Ho Ho stamp sets.

Here's another interactive card made from another Stephanie Barnard die...

This card base was made using Stephanie Barnard's Royal Stand-ups die by Sizzix... In fact, this whole card was made using 100% Sizzix stamps! Even the stamps are all from a stamp and die set Sizzix/ Hero Arts set called Floral.

The primitive hearts were from a retired Sizzix sizzlit Window and Frame Makin set.
Leaves were from the Flowers, Branches, and Leaves set.

And, here is the mot recent... 

I ebrushed the ornate heart frame (Sizzix), leaves (Sizzix), stick pins, and flowers.
Doily is from We R Memory Keepers.
Embossing folder is from the Anna Griffin Lace Trimmings set by Cuttlebug.
Scalloped edge is from an EK Success' Scalloped Scallop border punch. 

There ya go... lots and lots of crafty goodness!!

Hope you're inspired! Thanks for stopping by!!

And as always...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Give Thanks Fall Favors

Hello Crafty Friends... Today's project are fall themed favors.

These make great little treats for coworkers or to give to your child(ren)'s classmates for school. They also look great at thank you gifts to family and friends for those "oh, so important" holiday parties!

Supplies Needed
eBrush and SN adapter
Spectrum Noir Markers (DG3, DG4, GB10, TN80
Maple Leaf die & embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Turkey Day stamp set (Pink and Main)
Versafine ink pad (onyx black)
Cardstock (olive green and orange)
Sheet of cork (DCWV)

With you personal die cut machine cut your leaves out of green and orange cardstock. Then with the coordinating embossing folder, emboss the leaf details.

With your eBrush machine and Spectrum Noir Markers, shade your leaves starting with your lightest green (DG3), then darker one (DG4). Do this by first ebrushing the outline of the leaf then add more depth by following the veins. Repeat using your browns... Lightest (GB10) then darkest (TN8). 

 Stamp the Give Thanks sentiment from the Turkey Day stamp set by Pink and Main,  onto a sheet of cork. I used cork from DCWV's cork stack. Punch a  hole on left hand side and tie one of each color leaf and tag together with twine. Attach to tin with glue dots.

Fill tin with your favorite candy. Since it's fall, I filled mine with candy corns. Not my personal favorite but my husband and kids love them. These were pumpkin spice flavored. Sounds yummy but I'll just take their word for it!

... Not a big candy corn fan (like me), try filling your favors with mints or M&M's... mmmmm, chocolaaaaate!!

And there you have it, super simple yet elegant fall favors.

Hope you have an awesome holiday season!

Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014

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 Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues.

 Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

Hello Crafty Friends... 
Today's handmade gift I will be showing you how to make hand-stamped stoneware drink coasters. All you need are a few supplies.

1. Tiles (preferably with a porous and smooth surface),
I bought mine from my local super center/ grocery market. The bottoms came pre-corked to prevent scratching and they came with a neat wooden holder to house them in while not in use.

2. Your favorite stamps
For my project I used Pink and Main's Bee Happy stamp set.
It has very cool mix-n-match hexagons that I am just ga-ga over!!
3. A black dye based ink pad
4. Alcohol based markers

Prep you coaster for stamping. Dust and dirt may have collected on the surface of your coasters. You want to work on a clean surface so your ink lays down nicely and your image is crisp and clear. To do this simply rinse with warm water or wipe down with a damp wash cloth and let it dry completely

Stamp image onto coaster using your dye based ink pad.
Using a dye based is important because the ink becomes permanent once it is dried. We don't want all our hard work ruined from runny ink. I used a ink pad that plays well with alcohol inks and water colors. Certain ink pads, even dye based ones, have a tendency to smear when coloring.

Here are those cool mix-n-match hexagon I talked about earlier. And because the are see-through they make for easy alignment and placement every time!

This set comes with 6 different hexagons
4 patterns- chevrons, stripes, dots, and a sort of "bulls eye" looking one,
1 solid,
and 1 outline.

Color in with your alcohol ink markers.This is also important. Again, we want to use a product that is going to be permanent when dried.You have to remember that these are for setting down drinks... condensation from cold beverages are going to pool on top the surface.

Start with your lightest color as your base. Add and blend the darker shades in areas you think will cast a shadow.

 Do the same on the rest of the stamped images.
And, you are done!!

Other optional supplies
Heat gun  (speeds up drying time)
When using a heat gun, you must remember that you will be heating up stone, not paper. Drying times on stone, even with a heat gun, are different from drying time on paper. AND, also remember to put protect your work surface. Use a silicone sheet or craft sheet when heating your tiles... They WILL get very HOT! Always, always, always use your heat tool with caution and keep out of the reach of children (and pets)! We don't want little hands and feet (or paws) to get burnt!

Not necessary.
Some people just like having a extra layer of protection. But there isn't a real need for it unless you didn't use alcohol inks to color your image. If you do choose to seal your project stay away from aerosols. They tend to be alcohol based and will ruin your project  and make the inks run and bleed.

Now, just need to wrap up your gift and give to a friend or loved one!!

Hope you enjoyed this handmade gift project!

~ DT Mitsy

 Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
  Ellison Educational Equipment
  ICE Resin
  Neat and Tangled
  Therm O Web
  Walnut Hollow
  Elizabeth Craft Designs
  Rowland Technologies
  Graphic 45
  Hydrangea Hippo
  Pink and Main
  The Buckle Boutique
  Tami Mayberry Art & Design - Tami Mayberry 
Jamie Dougherty - Jamie Dougherty Designs
  Elizabeth Craft Designs - Raquel Mason
  Meagan - The Charming Farmer
  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Angela Ploegman
  Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey
  Pink and Main - Mistyana Wright  (YOU ARE HERE)
  The Buckle Boutique - Niki Wilson
  It’s Sew Lorine - Lorine Mason   ‎
  Therm O Web - Andy Knowlton 
L. Grace Lauer - Uniquely Grace
  Clearsnap - Meihsia Liu
  Oh Snap Lizzie - Lizzie Sanchez
  Graphic 45 - Katie Zoey Ho
  Charity Wings  ICE Resin - Tatiana Allen
  Polly Carlson - Pieces by Polly Ellison Educational Equipment - Jan Hobbins
  RoseRedd Paper Studio - Rochelle Washington
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