Thursday, May 25, 2017

Victorian Inspired Cantilever Jewelry Box

Hello, Crafty Friends!! Happy Thursday! 
I'm super excited to be back with Team Xyron today. We have partnered up with Paper House all week to bring you fantastic projects all week! 


And today, I made this Victorian Inspired Cantilever Jewelry Box.
I absolutely love brooches and pins. My mother is a fanatic. She wears a brooch on almost every outfit she has on. She was the one who started me on my brooch loving journey. She has given me some over the years and a few I still have till this day. Some were old and passed on to me, and some were brand spakin' sparkly, shiny, and new. 

Even though I love the bling and the shine of the new, I love the older ones more. They have a history. They tell a story of the people who have handed it down. And now their story become my story. Because my family and their history is a big part of who I am.

And even though I love these little shiny badges of pride. They all have one thing in common, a need for space. I hate when the get jumbled up on one another. I don't have a ton of brooches so a massive jewelry box didn't seem appropriate. So instead, I made this little jewelry box to store and house them neatly.



Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Memory Hardware - Montagnac Antique Cord Chain - Copper (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Vintage Mechanicals - Flowers Large (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Chipboard
Brads
Hot Gue Gun
Rubberband
Scissors

I started by cutting 6 pieces of chipboard to 5"x 6". 

I also cut 3 pieces each of the Grandparents Tags (Blue Floral) and One Big Happy Family (Burnt Orange Print) down to 5"x 6" pieces.

Then, ran the patterned paper through my Creative Station Lite. Once through I gave them a good burnishing with a bone folder to ensure maximum adhesion.

I peeled back the protective film and attached a sheet of each patterned paper to each chipboard piece.

Now that the chipboard is double sided, I die cut 6 drawer boxes using a Cantilever Box Die (making sure to place the chipboard piece only over the drawer box section of the die and placing blue floral side down).

Then, I folded up the drawer walls along the crease lines.

While the sided are folded up, secure walls by wrapping a rubber band around them. Then add hot glue to all 4 corners.

Repeat for all 6 drawer boxes.

Next, Hot glue two boxes together along its shorter walls. This is will be your bottom base drawers.

 I repeated the same step above for the lever pieces using the Love Lives Here paper. These pieces measured 2-3/4" x 6"(before die cutting).


I fastened the levers with brads, arranging them diagonally and then attaching with brads.

 I die cut the 2 feet and the 2 lids and hot glued them in place.


I cut a metal embellishment in half (one for each side) and adhere to tops. Then I topped with a flower (only glue down to one of the drawers).


At the last minute, I added these copper chains by just taking out the brads and inserting the prongs in between the links before inserting back into the holes.

And here is my finished jewelry box for my pins!!

I absolutely love it!!

I hope you enjoyed today's project! If you would like to see more creative inspiration please stop by Facebook and visit the Xyron and Paper House pages.

And as a special treat, Xyron is giving away a prize package! YAY!!
All you have to do is visit their page and comment on any of the Xyron/Paper House projects posted during the week! Easy Peasy!

I hope you were inspired and 
HAVE A SUPER CRAFTY DAY!!
~Mitsy

**DISCLAIMER**
This was a sponsored post. I did receive product to endorse prior to making this fabulous project. However, the designs, ideas, and opinions on this blog are 100% my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the companies above.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

G'Day Mate Card

Good Morning Crafty Friends!!
I'm back to share with you all another adorable little card!
I have gone absolutely bonkers over the little critters in the stamp set! 


How stinkin' cute is the little platypus?? When I first saw him I immediately knew this set was going to be a favorite. And check out the cute little cactus and Kiwi bird... that was it, I'm dead... this set just killed me with cuteness!!

Pink & Main Supplies Used
Koalaty Friend (Pink and Main)
Koalaty Friend Dies (Pink and Main)
Be Brave 6"x6" Paper Pad (Pink and Main)

Others SuppliesUsed
Blueprints 29  (MFT)
Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (MFT)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Ranger)
Versafine Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Natural Corrugate Stack (DCWV)
140 lb Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)


To make this card, I first stamped my images from Pink and Main's Koalaty Friend set with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media Paper.

I like to color more images than I need as a just in case. You know, just in case I mess up or have an accident, or little hands carry them off. LOL

Then I colored these cute little critters with Tim Holtz Distress Markers. 

For the platypus, I used Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo. 
]The cacti were colored Mowed Lawn and Worn Lipstick. 
And the little Kiwi bird was colored in Vintage Photo.

Once I the coloring was done, I die cut the images using Pink and Main's matching Koalaty Friend Dies.


For my card base, I used these awesome patterned papers from Pink and Main's new Be Brave 6"x6" Paper Pad. I framed and layered them onto a standard A2 (4.25"x5.5") corrugated cardstock card base.

The bigger rectangle mat measures 4"x 5.25" and the smaller rectangle measures 3"x 4.25". 
I also used MFT's Wonky Stitched rectangles to layer over the large rectangle mat and Blueprints 29 to layer over the smaller rectangle.

I stamped my little sentiment on the little flag, also from the Blueprints 29 set.

I used foam adhesive to pop up my images and adhered them to the front of my card.

Then finally added a twine bow topped with an orange button.

And here is my finished card...
I cannot get enough of this little platypus!! And the kiwi bird is the perfect little sidekick to any of the cute animals from this set.

Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card today.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting!!
~Mitsy

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Encourage Your Hopes

Hello, Crafty Friends! 
I'm back again with Team Xyron... and this week we partnered with the wonderful people at DCWV to bring you tons of inspirational projects!

This week I had the privilege to play with one of DCWV's newest paper stacks called Meet Me In Paris...
DCWV 12''x12'' Premium Printed Cardstock Stack-Meet Me In Paris
I was beyond excited because I had instantly fallen in love with it when first saw it at Creativation this past winter. This stack is GORGEOUS!! Oh, how I wish I could take it home me (that and many of their other stacks as well). 

Fast forward to the present and I couldn't be happier that it made its way home to me! If you are looking for papers that are utterly and romanticly charming, then this is the stack for you! 

So I used these beautiful papers to make this stunning encouragement card.



Supplies Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Chalkboard Paint (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Finnabair Art Ingredients- Texture Powder, White  (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Opal Magic- Rose Gold Acrylic Paint (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Finnabair Mechanicals - Grungy (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Finnabair Mechanicals - Vintage Trinkets (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Word Bands (Advantus)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Walnut Stain (Ranger)
Flourish Frames Evie (Gypsie Soul Laser Cuts)
Fabri-Tac
Brads
Self Adhesive Rhinestones
Crinkle Ribbon

 I started by cutting my paper down to 4.25" x 11". Then folded it in half to create a standard A2 sized card base. I also trimmed down a piece of patterned paper down to 4"x 5.25" creating a card mat.

I cut 2" and 3" squares from coordinating papers. Using Eileen Hull's Stitchy Flowers & Leaf dies, I die cut flowers 3 large flowers, 4 6pt flowers, and 3 of the small 4 pt flowers. I also die cut 3 Large and 2 small stamens but ultimately decided against using those smaller stamens.


 With a scissor, I made cuts toward the center of the flowers creating longer petals.

Then, I inked the edges of all the flower petals using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

 To make the small rose I used 4 - 6 petaled flowers and dampened them using a water brush. I shaped and curled the petals. Then layered them inside of each other and secured it together with liquid adhesive.

 For the larger flower bloom, I used the 3 large flowers that I made incisions into and again used my water brush to dampen and shape my flowers. To speed up the drying time and make the flowers firmer I heat set the flowers.

I layered the flowers and secured with more adhesive. Then repeated the same steps on the stamens.

Then. I attached a rhinestone cabochon to the sender.

The flower ended up being a little too brown for me so I decided to brush on a little Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink onto the flower petals.

 This flourished frame from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts was so pretty but seemed so flat... So I added texture by brushing on a mixture I made by mixing black chalkboard paint and texture powder.

Then dry brushed Rose Gold Opal Magic Acrylic Paint over the raised texture.

 I die cut 3 leaves (also from the Stitchy Flowers & Leaf die set). Then inked them with peeled paint distress oxide ink and heat set it.

I folded and cresed my leaves. Then inked Walnut Stain Distress Inks over the creased edges.

 Next, I inked around the edges of the card mat with more Walnut Stain ink.

I centered and attached the card mat to the front of the card base using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Then, attached the frame to the front of the card using more Mega Runner adhesive. The dot matrix system ensures that the adhesive sticks only where I need it to.

Then using a strong liquid adhesive I attached my metal leaves and bow to the frame. Then attached the leaves and flowers over top. 

Lastly attaching the metal butterfly and word band sentiment across the frame.

And here is my finished card...

I hope you enjoyed my project for the day and even more so I really hope you enjoyed Wrapping up our fantastic week with DCWV!!

Please come back and visit soon! 
But until then, 
HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~ Mitsy

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Be A Unicorn

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone has had a great start to their weekend! \I am so excited to be a guest designer for Lori Whitlock. I've always been a big fan of her unique and whimsical designs. And I am over the moon thrilled to be able to share with you this adorable Unicorn Card I made using her Center Box Card Unicorn.


To check out my tutorial and to see additional pictures, please visit the Lori Whitlock Blog!! 
Thank you all for stopping by!!

~Mitsy

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Very Berry Strawberry Journal

Hello Crafty Friends!!
I had such great feedback from my Berry Train case and card set that I thought that the paper would make for a gorgeous journal too! Since I had one last sheet of my precious strawberry paper left, I went for it! And I am sure glad I did... It turned out beautifully!!



Supplies Used
Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal Die (Sizzix)
Chipboard
Strawberry Die Set (Stamps of Life)
Stitched Circle Dies (Pink and Main)
Tim Holtz Distress Stain- Bundles Sage (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Distress Paint-Candied Apple (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Walnut Stain (Ranger)
White Gel Pen (Sakura)
Jumbo Metal Bookplate
Metal Embellishment (Momenta)
Metal Leaves - Mechanicals (Prima Marketing)
Flower Lace- Trim - Magnolia (Prima Marketing)
Paper Flowers- Flower Clippings- Love Clippings (Prima Marketing)
E6000
Self-adhesive Rhinestones
Twine

I love that these journals are so incredibly easy to make! Once you got the basic concept of how the come together assembly is a breeze and you can decorate as you please. GO WILD!! Your only limited by your imagination!!
 When making my journals I always cut my material down to size so they can easily be die cut. For the Eileen Hull Journal dies I start by cutting to pieces of chipboard and 4 pieces of patterned paper down to 6" x 10". 

I run my patterned paper (patterned paper side UP) into my Xyron Creative Station Lite to apply adhesive to the back. I do this for the back and front of my chipboard so that one side is covered in those pretty strawberries and the other with the black with white polka dots. Do this step for both chipboard pieces.

Once, the pieces are covered, I place one covered chipboard onto just the book panel of the die. Whichever side you want to be on the outside of the book should be face down (towards the foam and blades) on the die. In the last picture above, the polka dots shown, will be on the inside of my book when assembled. Again, do this for both covered panels.

Because we attached the paper to the chipboard first, all the crease lines are already pre-scored. 

Apply strong liquid adhesive to last segment of the spine on one of your book panels. Over lap the last segment of the other panel and line up all three pre-cut holes.

Make sure your covers are straight so they close nicely. Then put aside and leave to dry. I like to clip my books at each end to ensure the dry properly aligned. 

I decided to die-cut some strawberries, stems, and leaves from chipboard to go with the whole strawberry theme of my paper. These will go on my cover and on my inserts inside.

I cut the strawberries out using Stephanie Barnard's Strawberry Dies. I painted the strawberries with Tim Holtz's Candy Apple Distress Paint.

I colored the strawberry leaves and stems using Bundled Sage Distress Stain.

I inked the edges of all my pieces using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Then glued the stems to the strawberries and drew seeds and highlights with a white gel pen.

For an focal point I die cut a circle from more patterned paper and chipboard. Then ran them through a 3" Sticker Maker and adhered them together. Then ran the piece back through the sticker maker and attached to the front cover of my book.

I used a strong liquid adhesive to attach a jumbo metal bookplate over the circle.

Then attached my strawberry leaves surrounding the bookplate and my lone strawberry over top. The rest of the strawberries were left to add to the front of each insert.

Finally, I attached beautiful Prima lace and flowers over top. Tucking in metal leaves and adding rhinestones onto the tiny flowers. Then added my metal "laughter" embellishment to the center of the bookplate.

I bound my inserts using natural hemp twine. I usually use elastic bands but I think the twine adds to the country chic charm of this book.

And here is the final project...







This projects is so bright and cheery! Who wouldn't be happy receiving this journal as a gift?

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it put a smile on your face!!

Till next time...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsy

For other inspirational ideas using Eileen Hull dies, please check out Eileen's ebook...

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Koala-ty Friend


Hello Crafty Friends!
I'm back with Team Pink, to share a quick and super easy, yet totally cute koala card!!


Supplies Used

 





Additional Supplies Used
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
140 lb Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers- Hickory Smoke, Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Light Blue Tulle
Light Blue Rhinestones 
Foam Tape
Light Blue Cardstock

I started by stamping my image with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto 140 lb Mixed Media Paper.


I colored my images using Tim Holtz Distress markers and blended out the color with a water brush. I sped up drying time with a heat tool and added additional shading by going back over it with more coloring.

Then die cut my image out with the matching Koalaty Friend Dies.

I made my card front by die cutting paper from the Be Brave 6x6 Paper Pad with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Dies


Then die cut a window from the card front with a circle the Stitched Circle Dies.

On the backside, I used my Mega Runner to apply adhesive around the window and then attached a sheet of light blue tulle to the back.

I attached  my koala to the front of the tulle window, then attached foam tape to the backside.

I cut an oval label using the Stitched Greetings Dies from white cardstock. Then stamped my sentiment using more black ink. Then used more foam tape behind the label to pop it up off the card front.

I attached blue rhinestones onto the tulle and label for a little bling.

Then attached the card front to a A2 (4.25" x 5.5") card base made from light blue cardstock.

And here is my finished card...


I hope you enjoyed my card for the day!

Happy card making Everyone!!!
~Mitsy