Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Faux Rusted Metal....No April Fools!

It's April Fools Faux Technique month over at Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine!!  And I chose to do a faux rusted metal technique I'd been wanting to try!  I've seen several tutorials on how to make a rusted metal look and I really love this simple version....I will say I don't recall WHERE I saw it....so I apologize in advance to the creative person who came up with it.  Maybe Tim Holtz for all I know!....lol.

Using 2 of Tim's lovely products....Vintage Photo Distress Stain, and Vintage Photo Embossing Powder, you can create what looks like a faux rusted metal.

I started with this wooden box you can find at most craft stores:




You start by painting your project with the stain....it does stay wet for a minute or so, but still best to work quickly, so I did a section at a time and the finished "rusty metal" looked like this:
 

Applying to one side of handle, one side of box, then same on the other side....it worked very well for me when I did this.

This project felt steampunk to me....so I went with that and created this:
 

I am absolutely in love with it....it will be holding some of my specialty pens/markers in my craft room.

Supplies I used to finish it:
Shattered Cardstock from Core'dinations is the blue/green base.  I sanded and distressed the edges, and inked with Vintage Photo Ink.
Graphic 45 paper (the Thesauri piece)...inked and distressed also.
Tim Holtz corners (bronze) gears (bronze) flower (bronze) and ticket....distressed....also used water to create drips.
Recollections bronze metal dots
Unique Laser Designs wooden feather....this was covered with bronze distress stain, then inked with Vintage Photo ink--and I brushed the edges with Gold Adirondack Paint Dauber.

Here's a little close up too to show off the details in that gorgeous feather:

 
Being my first project using the Unique Laser Designs wood product....I thought I'd link this up to their monthly project contest.  Would you like to play along too?  You can find it HERE.

Thanks for stopping by....do you have a technique you've been waiting to try?  Give it a go....you may love the result!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

By the Sea, By the Sea....

By the Beautiful Sea....you and me....ahhhh.....longing for the beach....only a couple of months and we'll be there!  But for now....I'm enjoying my mini vacay using the By the Sea collection from Graphic 45:



This wall hanging will be a reminder of good things to come and sweet beach memories.

I created it using Graphic 45 By the Sea papers, alpha sticker sheet, G45 adhesive
metal studs, G45 tags, Tim Holtz book plates, and jute by Darice.  the border on the
center piece is from a Martha Steward punch.  Everything is inked using Vintage
Photo Distress Ink, and the anchor has been hit with a layer of glossy accents.

Bottom Close Up:


Top Close Up:


Thanks for stoppin' by today.....remember to take the time to craft some wonderful everyday!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dance in the Rain!

When life sends you storms and showers....what do you do?  Well, pull out your cute boots and go splash in some puddles, of course!

Bright, cheerful Springtime is here!  The Spring in the Air Kit of the Month from The Rubber Cafe' has so much Springtime goodness from Doodlebug, Queen & Co.....and cute, cute, CUTE new stamps!

Sharing a card made with the kit here today:


I had never used one of the garlands before....gotta say I'm liking it!  Thanks Doodlebug!

Here's a close up of the image panel and the garland with Queen & Co Bubbles in the center:



For a list of details and products used...find them on The Rubber Cafe' blog HERE.

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  Have a creative day!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Don't Worry.....Be Hoppy!

Yes, it's FINALLY SPRING!!!  The Robins are bobbing around, it's raining instead of snowing....I'll take that any day and twice on Sunday!

And it's time for a little Springtime crafting too.....at least this lil' funny bunny seems to think so:



She's made from a little cardboard alterable available at Hannah's Home Accents in Antioch, IL.  It's meant to be a Christmas Countdown calendar, but I took one look at it and saw this cute lil' bunny peeking back at me!  I drew out some patterns for feet and ears, and she just appeared!  Isn't she sweet?  And the little drawers in the middle open to hold some Easter/Springtime treats....hmmm....maybe some yummo jellybeans--now that's SWEET!

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  Welcome Spring!!

Supplies Used:
Paper: Doodlebug Designs Springtime collection; American Crafts Cardstock
Embellishments: Doodlebug Designs: Springtime Collection mini icons-Blossoms, Want2Scrap pearls, Darice twine, Darice pompoms, Darice google eyes, Trendy Twine Totally White, ribbon and button from stash.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Challenge Time: Tags and Bags!

There is a great challenge over at Scrap It Girl this month!  It's all about Tags and Bags!




These 2 sweet little tags are made from Teresa Collin's Daily Stories collection....and using her new embossing folder from the Craftwell eBosser.

Want to play too?  Link up your tags or bags over at Scrap It Girl.  You can find the post HERE.

Thanks for stoppin' today!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Favorite Things Friday: Color and Style Edition--And a SALE!

Do you have a favorite color you use to create with?  I'm honestly not a huge fan of purple or yellow.....but I'll use both if the occasion arises (like Halloween!).  I've always been a fan of aqua and brown....just love that combo, which leads me to one of my favorite color palettes:


The blues, sandy brown, aqua, gray.....makes me think of the beach!

We are sharing our favorite colors today over at Scrap It Girl....come over and join us HERE

As for the "Style" part of Favorite Things Friday:


This stylin' card is full of Queen and Co. goodies, as well as the gorgeous stamps from The Rubber Cafe' taking center stage.  For details pop over to THIS POST.


And last but not least....did I say SALE???!!!!  Why yes I DID!!  And it is one amazing sale of some of the top sellers from The Rubber Cafe':

You can find the Sale HERE....on their Facebook page!  My favorite glue, and fun deals on stamp sets, even glitter!  It's going on all weekend....so there is still time!

Thanks for stoppin' in today.....and tell me....what color inspires you in your crafting?  Share here, and remember you can link up a fun pic over at Scrap It Girl!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Swept Away....Craving Warmth, Sunshine and Waves!

Right about now....with another dusting of snow on the ground, I thought it would be the perfect time for a little summer vacation.  By The Sea from Graphic 45 inspired thoughts of days by the sea.....

So this LO comes with thoughts of warm sunshine, sea breezes, and sandy toes:


"Seaswept" LO by Laura Cox

A few close ups of the details:


The shells are fussy cut....the keyhole metal piece is also G45.  Goosebumps bling add a little sparkle.


The Pier 45 journal box is a perfect fit for our fishing off the pier....the ribbon reminds me of a fishing net....it's held in place with Tiny Attacher staples.

Page Two:


Close Ups:


More fussy cutting here....a little distressing with the Tonic Distresser Tool and some Vintage Photo Ink (all edges were inked with this).....thought this beach rules sign fit the pic pretty good too....lol.


A bit more of the netting ribbon....the seashell border is a Martha Stewart punch on cream cardstock. The postage stamp strip is from the border paper....always love a collection that includes those!

And a wee bit more fussy cutting....that to the beach sign looks so textured, so many details on these papers!

A final pic of the two page LO together....


Thanks for stoppin' by today.....hope you enjoyed a little "beach vacation"....now for the REAL thing!