Friday, September 22, 2017

DIY Laminated Monogram Luggage Tags

Hey, Crafty Friends!! I'm back! 
This time with Team Xyron! This week the design team made projects using the laminate refill cartridges. And today, I made a few DIY Laminate Monogram Luggage Tags!

Supplies Used
140 lb. Mixed Media
Stitched Traditional Tag STAX (My Favorite Things)
Colorista Aqua Stamp Set- Love (Crafter's Companion)
Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers- Landscape, Nature (Crafter's Companion)
PITT Artist Pens- S, B (Faber-Castell)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink - Antique Linen (Ranger)
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Metal Findings/ Keyrings

I started by die-cutting 3 tags from 140 lb mixed media paper. I used this paper as the base of my tags because I was doing stamping and coloring and didn't want my colors to bleed through. This mixed media paper is nice and thick and it holds up to moisture very well.

I also die cut a 2.5" circle from patterned cardstock. Use whatever color you want for this part. White on white hurts my eyes and I just used a bold pattern to make it easy for me to see. 

Then, I ran my circle die-cut through my Xyron Creative Station Lite using the 5" Repositionable Cartridge to make the circle into a mask and placing it on my tag.

 I used a stamp positioning tool to help with exact placement and quick stamping. It really comes in handy when making multiples of the same project.

The rubber stamped I used on my tag was pretty big, it overlapped my tag on both sides. So, I placed my TAG at the 3" line so it would have room on either side of the stamp and not have a wall of the platform in the way of my stamp. I made sure to lay a piece of typewriting paper under my tag so I wouldn't get my platform inky.

Then, I placed my stamp on the "rubber" side of the platform lid, inked my stamp with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and pressed firmly down on the stamped image.

Then, I lift up the lid to make sure the stamp gave a good impression.

 Once satisfied with the impression, I remove the circle mask. Then, I placed a new tag down in its place (in the same spot, at the 3" mark). Then repeated the previous steps onto the other two tags.

Then, I came to my favorite part, the COLORING!!

I used my Spectrum Noir Aqua Makers to color in the flowers and leaves of the stamped image and then blended the colors out with a water brush.

After I was done coloring, I placed the mask back onto the tag to re-mask the blank area.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Antique Linen to shade the outer perimeter of the tag, leaving the center white.

I removed the mask, and hand drew my monogram. I call it faux hand-lettering. I can't hand-letter to save my life (#GOALS)!
But, I can draw each letter which is good enough for me, for now anyway! LOL

For my "faux" hand-lettering, I start by lightly drawing out my letters with a pencil. That way any mistakes I made or things I want to change can be erased.

Once I was satisfied with how my letters looked,  I traced over the pencil marks with a permanent ink pen. Then erased any pencil marks that I left behind.

I needed to switch out my cartridges. I wanted to make my luggage tags water resistant and more durable. So, I replaced the adhesive cartridge with a 2 Sided Laminate cartridge instead.

I punched holes at the top center of the tags. Then, ran them through the Creative Station Lite.

Next, I trimmed off the excess laminate and left a 1/8" border all the around.

I re-punched the hole to remove the adhesive. Then, slipped in a metal finding and attached a keyring onto each tag.

And here are my gorgeous Floral and MONOGRAMMED Luggage Tags!!

These can't just be used for suitcases!

How about on backpacks???

On School Supplies???

On purses and handbags???

Or why even hang it on a bag at all?? How but just using it as a keychain? 
I pretty sure you won't lose your keys now!! LOL

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!

And if you can't hand-letter, have a go at "FAUX" lettering and draw them instead!

Hope you all have a very crafty day!!
Until next time, Friends!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PrettyNPink Mixed Media Canvas

Hi, Crafty Friends!!
I'm back again with Little Birdie Crafts to bring you another "Clean" Mixed Media Project.
I love mixed media but don't like getting too grungy and dirty. I like the textures and layering but am more drawn to more bright and fresh color palette. 

So, I create my mixed media with my personal style and likes in mind.. because ART is about personal expression and there's no wrong way to do art!

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies Used
Renae Blush (Flowers)

Other Supplies Used
Tulle Ribbon
Mixed Media Glue (Beacon)
Pebeo Gilding Wax (Crafter's Companion)
8"x10" Pre-Primed Canvas
2.5"x2.5" Decorative Picture Frame (Michael's)
White Gesso (Liquitex)
Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell)

First, I started by applying whipped spackle onto my pre-primed canvas using a palette knife and Script stencil. As you can see in the pictures below, this is a pretty good sized stencil and it covers most of my 8"x10" canvas. I personally did not need to use painters tape or washi tape to hold the stencil in place. But if you could if you wanted it to be more secure.

I removed my stencil, set the canvas aside to dry, then immediately washed my stencil off. Removal of the spackle is a lot easier while it is still wet and it helps to prevent damage to the stencil.

After the spackle dried I painted the entire canvas(including the sides) with  Little Birdie Crafts' French Rose chalk paint.

Once the paint was dried, I applied Pebeo Gilding Wax onto the raised areas of the canvas and along the perimeter edges. This paste is so easy to use... just gently dip your finger directly into the wax and rub your fingertip across the surface. You don't need too much, a little goes a long way!

I removed the easel and backing off the small decorative frame then attached it to the canvas using mixed media glue.

I prepped my chipboard pieces. First snipping a couple of links off of one of my pendants. (I'll save it to add it to the top of my other later to elongate it). 

I prepared a texture paste by mixing 1 teaspoon white gesso with about 1/4 teaspoon - 1/2 teaspoon of texture powder.

I applied the mixture to all my chipboard pieces, making sure to get in between the small creases and along the sides.

Once the pieces were fully dried, I rubbed more gilding wax over the raised textured areas. The wax has a creamy consistency and is very easy to apply and very easy to wash off. Simply wash off with soap and warm water to remove.

I applied the Garden Butterflies Chipboard piece onto the front of the decorative frame with more mixed media glue.  

Then arranged the Renae Blush flowers and leaves and Kraft Leaves around the decorative frame in a cascading fashion, tucking the leaves behind the flowers. Once I achieved the look I wanted, I secured the pieces in place with mixed media glue.

I love how elegant the Renae Blush flowers are. The centers of the flowers are filled with pearl beaded stamens and rhinestones. 

And here is my finished canvas...

Look at all these amazing details!! Those flowers absolutely heavenly!!

And the tulle surrounding the canvas is so dreamy!!

I hope you enjoyed this mixed media tutorial! 
I absolutely adore this style I hope it inspires you to give it a try!!

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving- Farm Harvest Card

Hello, Friends!! I'm back with Team Pink with another adorable project! 
I am so glad that the summer heat is dying down. It hasn't gone down that much here in Texas and we still have weather in the low to mid 90's but that is far cooler than the nasty 114-118 temps we've had during the height of summer... Um, Thanks but NO THANKS... I think I'll stay my behind inside!

By next month for sure, we should feel a significant temperature drop. And then HELLLOOOO Fall!!

Then we know what that means... it's time to prep for the one day it's acceptable to gorge till we pass out! THANKSGIVING!! YES!!

And because of this occasion, I decided to make this adorable Scarecrow Farm Harvest card.

Pink & Main Supplies Used
Image 1   


Other Supplies Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Black Cardstock (Recollections)
Happy Day Stack (DCWV)
Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
VersaFine Ony Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Ranger)
White Pigment Ink
Polka Dot Satin Ribbon

I made a 6x6 card using the brown plaid paper from Pink and Main's Pumpkin Spice and the blue cloud patterned paper from the Take Flight paper pad.

Paper Measurements
Brown Plaid: 6" x 6"
Black Cardstock: 5-5/8"x  5-5/8"
Cloud Pattern: 5-1/2" x 5-1/2"
Green Strip: 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" 

 I used Eileen Hull's House Pocket die to create the little barn in the background.  I just added 2 doors instead of one and I cut 1/8" strip from white cardstock and formed X's over the front and layered them on white rectangles that were 1/8" bigger than the doors. Then use o small window laid sideways for the top window the barn.

I attached the barn onto the front of the card using my Mega Runner. Then layered my stamped images in front. First applied the corn stalks then added the scarecrows on top, adding foam adhesive to the backs for added dimension. Then I topped off with a row of pumpkins, again adding foam to the backs for even more dimension.

Lastly, I adhered the whole card front to a 6"x6" mustard yellow card base. Then stamped the phrase Happy Thanksgiving from the Turkey Day Stamp set onto the barn using white pigment ink.

And here is the finished card...

And then... at the very last minute, even after all the picture taking was done, I decided to add a bow... LOL hahaha, I love where creativity takes me!

 Hope you enjoyed this card... and the newfound fall weather!!

Happy crafting, my friends!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sweet Succulent Vignette

Hello, Crafty Friends!!
I'm so excited to finally get to play with one of Eileen Hull's newest releases from Sizzix... the Book & Pages, Trinket Box, & Frame. It is 3 dies in 1! It makes a mini book (including pages) and a 3-dimensional trinket box, and frame. But really can do so much more!!

For my project, I transformed the box and frame components into a shadowbox vignette!

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull's Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame- COMING SOON
(Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - 662360)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase Succulents 2D & 3D (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Wildflowers (Sizzix)
Little Sizzles Matboard (Sizzix)
Cardstock- Assorted shades of green
Tim Holtz Word Bands (Advantus)
Finnabair Mechanicals- Grungy Butterflies (Prima Marketing)
Wooden knobs & finials (Darice)
White Acrylic Paint
Texture Powder (Prima Marketing)
Mixed Media Glue (Beacon)
VersaMagic- Purple Hydrangea (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Pebeo Gilding Wax (Crafter's Companion)
Crinkle Ribbon

Like most of my Eileen Hull projects, I start by cutting my materials down to a di-cuttable size. Usually about 6"x 12". Then I run my papers through my Xyron Creative Station and adhere them to the matboard. Making sure to apply my patterned paper to both sides.

Once the matboard is covered, I die cut it face down (the pattern I want on the top of the cover should be touching/making contact with the foam and blade). And presto, double-sided matboard cutouts!

I creased and folded the tabs and flaps of the 2 side panels. I used mixed media glue to adhere the little tabs to the other panel to form the sides of the box.

I added more mixed media glue to the under flaps and attached the ornately shaped back panel. Once that was secured in place I added more glue to the inner flaps and attached the back plate onto the inside of the box. Then I set it aside to dry.

While I was waiting for my glue to set, I mixed white acrylic paint with texture powder and applied the mixture onto wooden ball pulls and a wooden finial.

After the paint dried, I applied gilding wax over the raised texture areas. Then used more mixed media glue to adhere the 4 ball pulls to the bottom of the box for feet.

Once dried, I attached the wooden finial to the top center.

I attached moss to the inside bottom of the box with, yet again, more mixed media glue.

While the glue was setting I die-cut assorted shades of green cardstock using Lynda Kanase's Succulents dies. 

How many petals I used for each succulent
Large- 6 Lrg petals, 2 medium, & 2 small
Medium- 2 medium & 2 small
Small- 3 small

I shaded all the edges with Purple Hydrangea chalk ink before piecing them together to form my succulents.

Then, glued my succulents to the inside of my box. 

I ran glue along the edge of the box and attached the frame piece over top to create a shadow box.

Once the glue was totally set, I added metal embellishments. I love this inspiring phrase on the Tim Holtz Word Band and centered it over top. Then positioned a couple of Prima Metal Butterflies surrounding the oval opening.

I added a couple of wildflower cut-outs I die cut from white cardstock using Tim Holtz's Wildflowers dies and positioned them behind the succulents. 

Then for a bit of interest and more texture and added a little piece of glitter tulle into the arrangement.

I wanted the succulents to look like they grew out of the box, so I pulled the moss and succulents partially out of the box and had them "trail" out.

Then lastly I tied a bow made from crinkle ribbon to the wooden finial at the top.

And here is my finished project...
I really love how this project turned out! There's something about all the different hues of greens that make me feel so tranquil when I look at it.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are looking forward to more of Eileen Hull's new releases like I am!

Stay tuned because I have more to come!

Until then...

~ Mitsy

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fall Themed Sunflower Canisters

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Today, for my project, I decided to make some fall decor that is both pretty and functional with these Fall Themed Sunflower Canisters.

Gorgeous Kitchen decor made with this simple sunflower. 

Super easy to piece together with a huge WOW FACTOR! Just add some raffia and plaid ribbon and you have Classic Country Chic!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Schoolhouse Thank you Card

Hello, Crafty Friends!
I'm so excited that summer is officially over. Don't get me wrong, I love my children but they do get to be a bit much during the summer break. I 'm ready to get back into a routine that doesn't include having to answer the calls of "mom, what can I eat" or "mom, (so and so) hit me", followed by the famous, "they started it". Yes, I'm ready for the calm and quiet.

It takes a lot to just discipline children throughout the day. Now, add trying to teach them something and keep them busy throughout the day and you have yourself a never-ending task. We as parents need be thankful to our school teachers and school administrators for what they accomplish every day throughout the week!

I try to show my gratitude each year by bringing cold bottles of water for the teachers who are in the car line every day. At the beginning of each school year, the temperatures can get brutal.We are still in summer weather and often temperatures reach well over 100 degrees. Usually, our principal and other teachers are standing in the hot sun and manning the car line to make sure that things run smoothly and that your children are picked up safely. 

This year, I wanted to do something a little extra. So I, made my children's principal this Schoolhouse Card to let her know I appreciate all she does for us.

Supplies Used
Thanks To You (Pink and Main)
Thanks Dies (Pink and Main)
Teresa Collins Alpha Embossing Folder (Craftwell)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
White, Red, Schoolbus Yellow, Black, & Kraft Cardstock
Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Oxide Ink
White Pigment Ink
Mixed Media Glue

I started by making the little schoolhouse. I used the house die from  Eileen Hull's House pocket Die to die cut the base out of red cardstock. 

Then, used the same die to trace an indent and peak into a 2"x3" piece of cardstock for the school tower. I used scissors to cut along these lines. 

I used the roof die to die cut 4 pieces out of black cardstock.

Then I used my Xyron Mega Runner to attach the tower and rooftops.

Then trimmed the excess overhanging roof tops off the tower. 

Then die cut windows from white (window frame) and light blue cardstock (window panes).
I used black cardstock for the door. 

Then attached the pieces with my Xyron Mega Runner.

I embossed a piece of 4.75"x 6.75" kraft cardstock with the Teresa Collins Alpha Embossing Folder. Then inked over the top of the raised areas with Faded Jeans Oxide Ink and a mini blending tool.

Then attached it to a 5"x7" card base made from Schoolbus Yellow cardstock.

I die cut the word "thanks" for black and White cardstock. Then glued the pieces together offset so that the white was a shadow. Then onto the schoolhouse.

Then stamped the words "a huge" and "for all you do" in white pigment ink around the die cuts.

Then cut a 3"x3" and a 1"x2" piece of fun foam and ran them through my Xyron 3" Sticker Maker. I flipped them over and ran them through again so that I would have adhesive on both sides.

Then, adhered them onto the back of the schoolhouse. Then attached the schoolhouse onto the card front.

As a finishing touch, I added a twine bow with a little golden bell to the tower.

And here is my finished card...

I really hope our principal like it. She is such a wonderful educator and lady and I really want her to know that all her efforts are very much appreciated!

Happy NEW School Year, Everyone!!

~ Mitsy

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