Decorate an envelope while you are creating your card. All it takes is a small piece of one of the patterns of paper you are using. For this card, I tore the bottom edge of the patterned paper before I attached it to the card front. I also colored the torn edge by inking it with Fluid Chalk stamp pads. This is a great way to give it a vintage look. Decorating the envelope was as simple as tearing a scrap of this paper and coloring the torn edge with the same stamp pads. This was cut the size of the envelope and glued to the front. Now all that is needed is the name and address added to the front. This will easily go through the mail or makes for a nice look if this card is being added to a present.
The greeting for this card is a rub-on from a set of rub-ons by Bo-Bunny Press. There couldn't be an easier way to add words to a card and this set includes a number of greeting that work perfectly for Christmas cards.
Solid cardstock – WORLDWIN Papers/Dark Heritage Gray/ColorMates
Patterned paper – Teal Floral & Newsprint Flat/Ancestry/K&Co.
Scallop Oval and Oval punch – Marvy
Rub-on Christmas greetings – Bo Bunny Press
Mini bronze brads – Karen Foster
Fluid Chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap
Scallop scissors – Family Treasures
Envelope – I Am A Scrapaholic December Card Kit
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Posted by Linda Beeson at 1:24 AM
Thursday, December 20, 2007
As many of you know we drew a name from all the comments posted on our new blog through the 18th to win a RAK. Well....we have 2 winners! I did not realize that we have two people with the same name ahead of time -I discovered it when I was double checking. So the easiest thing to do is give a RAK to both people. Congratulations to both TAMMYs! Please e-mail me your addresses and I will get those out to you!
Thank you everyone for visiting our blog! Be sure to watch for more great items and RAKS.
Posted by I AM A Scrapaholic at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday Pond Crafts Acrylic Snowflake Wall hanging
Ok, I have to say - this was SO FUN to make! I used the acrylic snowflakes in the Little Pill Kit to make this decorative wall hanging - my kids LOVE IT! (They think it's actually going to bring snow LOL!)
Here are the instructions:
1. First peel off the lining on the acrylic snowflakes (yes, Lynn is laughing at me right now)
2. Ink the snowflakes with a white ink (I used Colorbox Frost White which came in a previous kit)
3. Emboss with clear embossing powder.
Note: If you emboss with aluminum foil under the snowflakes, they will not warp as much. I tried it with and without the foil and I liked the without the best to add dimension)
4. Accent the snowflakes with stickles. I'm not too great at the doodling thing, so I placed a doodling rubon under the snowflake and traced it with the stickles.
5. Ink your grungeboard letters. I applied the white frost color first, let it dry and then applied a blue. Then I accented the edges of the letters with Cinnamon stickles.
6. Adhere the letters to the snowflakes - use a strong adhesive, especially if the snowflakes warped during the embossing process.
7. Connect the snowflakes with ribbon (I only punched holes in the top one), hang the mittens on the bottom flake and Wallah!
Posted by Holly at 7:46 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
CRACKLE PAINT-GRUNGEBOARD card
Grungeboard letters and Crackle paint just go together!!! One of the really fun things about a package of these letters is the variety of sizes that are included. That makes it a natural to mix the sizes for a great look. Here I simply painted the letters with the Ranger Crackle Paint. The letters already have a texture to them so the cracks in the paint are a bonus.This patterned paper by K&Co that is part of the December kit has a metallic bronze to the print, making it so wonderful for a Holiday card.
Posted by Linda Beeson at 11:00 AM
Monday, December 17, 2007
Need a few last minute holiday cards? This quick card set is easy to make and very festive with the simplistic designs. Sometimes less is more and that's a hard concept for me =)! But, you can see that a few simple embellishments, stickers and patterned paper really jazz up these little cards.
Posted by Mary Jo at 11:46 AM
Sunday, December 16, 2007
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Saturday, December 15, 2007
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Friday, December 14, 2007
The body of this tree is a styrofoam cone from Michael's. I cut my papers into 1" X 4" strips and used straight pins to secure them to the cone. Then I added some of the MM holly berries.
For the title, I used white acrylic and chipboard letters. I coated them with the Silver Ice Stickles, let them dry overnight and adhered them to the paper with ZipDry.
Posted by Holly at 9:41 PM
Thursday, December 13, 2007
by Elisa Kammerdiener
- Picture Frame (Maple Lane ready to make frame)
- Tim Holtz Crackle Paint (Black Soot and Peeled Paint)
- Making Memories black paint
- 1 1/4 Die cut chipboard squares
- 1 sheet of pattern paper (to mat your photo on)
- Embellishments (rub-ons, ribbons, puffy paint, pen, etc)
- craft knife
- Take your regular black paint an paint the entire frame with a thin coat and let dry.
- Using your crackle paint (peeled paint) paint the entire frame. You want to paint it really thick as seen in photos below. Then set aside for several hours to dry.
- While your frame is drying take your black soot crackle paint and paint 6 squares. Paint these with a thin coat as seen below. Set aside to dry for about 30 min
- Once dry line your squares into a box and adhere your photo then turn over and with your craft knife carefully seperate your squares. once you have all 6 of your squares apart sand all your edges.
- Trim your pattern paper to fit in your frame but be sure to make it a little bigger then the opening. If you are using the Maple Leaf frame I simply took out the insert and used that for a measuring guide. Once you have that done carefully insert it into your frame.
- Center your squares and adhere them to the pattern paper in your frame.
- Once your frame is dry embellish it with your rub-ons, ribbon etc.
- Roll your crackle paint bottle in your hands for a few minutes. This will help stir your paint and warm it up at the same time. You will notice the difference.
- Painting a thin layer of crackle paint on your project will give your finished product a lot of very thin cracks.
- Painting a thick layer of crackle paint on your project it will give your finished product a lot of deep cracks.
- You do not have to be neat when using the crackle paint. It will all settle as it dries. I actually found that the messier I applied the paint the cooler my project looked as it dried. What I mean by applying it messy is not just a straight line. Apply it on your project in every direction you can think of. Side by side, up and down, circular etc.
- If you are working on a smaller project and the brush that comes in the bottle with the crackle is too large for you to use. Then use your own brush. Not a foam brush. You need to use a bristle paint brush. You can find them at any craft store. Be sure to buy a nice one where the bristles won't fall out on your project.
- Drying time. Well that really all depends on how thick you want it. As I have told anyone who has asked me. Don’t start a project that you are going to use crackle paint on unless you are ready to give it the time it needs to dry on its own. Yes you can use a heat gun on it when it has STARTED to dry. As it dries it starts to crackle. However, it looks much better if you just let it do its own thing. So paint and set it aside for a few hours. If you painted it on thin it will not take that long to dry. Maybe 30 minute to an hour, but if you applied it thick give it a few hours.
Now I have some cool fun technique tips to share with you. It will for sure get you pulling out other supplies to use along side your crackle paint.
- Paint your project with a different color before you use your crackle on it. I painted a wooden haunted house with an orange paint. Then I took the “black soot” crackle paint and painted over it. When my crackle paint dried my cracks were all orange.
- Use your distressing inks over the crackle once it’s dry to give your cracks a more visible feeling or to give your crackle a different color.
- Use your embossing inks over the crackle to give it more dimension. Don't be afraid to stamp on the crackle paint with embossing ink and using your embossing powders. Put rub-ons over your crackle paint when it's dry. In other words don't be afraid to embellish your crackle paint.
- Use it on anything and everything. Your photos, Overlays, chipboard, buttons, felt, metal, glass etc.
Posted by Elisa K at 12:12 PM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Papers: K & Co. Ancestry/Burgandy Medallion Bronze, Tan Eye Oval & Swirls Froth
Saturday Pond Crafts 3-D Chipboard Star Ornament Bo-Bunny rubons
Posted by Holly at 10:11 PM
SPARKLE TREE/MERRY CHRISTMAS card
It was fun to give some bling to this chipboard tree in a completely different way then I had ever tried before. The main secret is the embossing powder. It is Opalescent by Clearsnap. The longer you heat this powder, it changes colors. Very interesting. But before I used the powder, I did some prep work so the instructions below define that.
Solid cardstock – WORLDWIN Papers/Pure White/Treasures
Shimmer cardstock - Bazzill
Circle template – Coluzzle
Patterned paper – Best Creations, Inc.
Chipboard tree and star – Cosmo Cricket
Rub-on Christmas greetings – Bo Bunny Press
Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Clearsnap
Glitter brad – Making Memories
Peel Paint and Scattered Straw Crackle paint – Ranger
White Pigment ink – Colorbox/Clearsnap
Opalescent embossing powder – Clearsnap
Gathered ribbon – Making Memories
1. Cut cardstock to make a 5 ½” square and fold it. Using a circle template (I used Coluzzle) position the circle over the side where the fold is so that when you trace or cut the circle, you are leaving a portion of the fold in the circle.
2. Cut a smaller circle from the Shimmer cardstock and a still smaller circle from the patterned paper and glue these layers to the front of the card.
3. Using the Fluid Chalk stamp pads, ink the outside edge of the card and the edge of the patterned paper.
4. Using a hand-held punch, punch two holes INTO the fold and thread the ribbon from the inside of the card to the outside and tie this in a knot or bow.
5. Paint the chipboard tree with the Peeled Paint Crackle Paint and paint the star with the Scattered Straw Crackle Paint. Let the tree dry and while the paint is still wet on the star, sprinkle glitter on it. I used a very fine glitter.
6. Rub the white, Pigment ink stamp pad all over the painted tree, making sure to get extra ink along the edges of the tree. Sprinkle this with the Opalescent embossing powder, pour off the extra embossing powder and heat. This embossing powder reacts to the heat by changing colors a little bit depending on how long you heat it.
7. Attach the star to the top of the tree with the glitter brad and attach the tree to the card, putting it a little off center.
8. Add the “Merry Christmas” rub-on greeting to the card front.
Posted by Linda Beeson at 1:33 PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Make your own Postcards by Marci Knecht
Everyone loves to get mail. In this electronic age of digital photos and email, sometimes we forget the joy and excitement of opening the mailbox and finding a letter, or better yet a postcard, just for us. Have you ever thought about surprising your family and friends with homemade Postcards?
Postcards are less expensive to mail then a regular letter, just 26 cents (within the U.S.) as long as it conforms to the USPS guidelines. A “Post card” must meet the following measurements:
Height 3.5 inches 4.25 inches
Length 5 inches 6 inches
Thickness 0.007 inches 0.016 inches
It must be rectangular in shape, unfolded or uncreased, paper or cardstock.
Your design could range from a very basic 4x6 photo with no embellishment, to a more elaborate, intricately stamped, painted, embossed or glittered design. You can use strips of fabric, felt or foil for texture, collage scrapbook paper and small photos – your imagination is the limit. If you want to protect your creation, laminate it before attaching postage.
non laminated postcard
Next time you’re wondering what to do with those little “scraps”, surprise someone with “happy mail”…..and make a postcard!
Posted by marcibun at 5:05 PM