Archive for June, 2011

Creations by AR winner!

Announcements: Winner and a New Event!

Thanks all for the sweet comments & here’s some news from Adela of Creations by AR!


Our new Challenge Team invite you to stop by and visit our brand new blog, Challenges by AR! Beginning next Thursday, July 7th, we have a very special week-long Blog Opening Celebration with a winner a day for seven days! You will find all the info for this event HERE! Be sure to become a follower so you won’t miss a thing!

Now the winner of the Blog Hop:

Congrats, Liana Miranda!  Be sure to contact Adela of Creations by AR for your prize.

June Release Blog Hop

To celebrate the new releases from Creations by AR, we’re celebrating with a Blog Hop!

Here’s one of the new releases, called Elegant Sole.

I used white paper, but embossed it in red for a patent leather look.  If you emboss it a few times, it really gives it a high gloss patent look.

Shoes with out a matching purse?  No way.  So here’s the new gift card holder with purse-onality!

With Digital cutters, you can size the pattern to whatever you want.  I love to size things down.  Inside of the purse, I put a little sentiment instead of the gift card.

Hope you have fun with these templates too!

How do you enter?  Just leave a comment on my blog or for more chances leave a little love for the other DT members:
Adela Rossol

Lisa Somerville

Magdalena Cortez

Mandy Gill

Maria Bell

Amy Park — > that’s me!

Winners will be announced Friday, July 1st  and you can have your choice of the NEW templates just released!

Quick Patio Lanterns

This week’s 3d Challenge at Paper Craft Planet, 3D 120, is Mason Jar Patio Lanterns.

We had a street party here last week & I wanted to dress up the front with some patio lights.  This was a relatively quick & inexpensive way to do it.

The mason jars, at regular price here are $7 for a douzen, I think, but you can get them on sale.  Tea lights, from Ikea, super cheap & I have more tea lights than I know what to do with more.  Besides that you’ll need some kind of piercer (I used a punch) & wire.  C’est tout!

Take the mason jar apart and remove the flat lid part.  Punch/pierce the rim lid twice at opposites sides.

Measure off some wire, about 10″.   Don’t use soldering wire, which I mistakenly first tried to use.  Man that stuff just falls apart.  To be truthful, the soldering wire wasn’t labeled LOL, but I figured that one out pretty quickly.

You only need a bit of wire poking through on the inside.

Then just screw on the lid onto the jar.

Do the same with the others.  You could decorate with tissue paper, if you’d like coloured lights, but I like them simple.

Recruit helpers to add tea lights.

And one more long wire to string along like a garland so the lanterns can hang evenly.

They were a hit!  I never worried about the lights, because tea lights last an hour or so & then they just melt off.

Be sure to give this one a go.  It’s a fun & inexpensive way to dress up the night Patio.

Scrapbooking handwriting

At Paper Craft Planet, this week’s Scrappy Sunday Challenge, from Kim Burmeister, is Work Smarter, Not Harder (week 4).

While having my coffee this morning & I found this list that my 11 DD left about. It made laugh so hard. This maybe one of the few pages I haven’t put a photo of a person in.  Scrapbooking my DD’s handwriting personalizes the page all the much more.

The Quick Page, a freebie from Dianne Rigdon, isn’t really a page, it’s two 5×7 quick cards, but I put 2 together :D

Thanks, Kim, for the motivation to add another page to the album!

Fran•táge Friday: Jewelry Holder Form

Fran•táge Friday: Paper Craft Planet

Each Friday, Paper Craft Planet shows you a technique using the new Fran*tage line of stamps from Stampendous. So much fun.

You can win all the stamps demonstrated, just by leaving a comment!

Today’s lesson is using gesso, crackle paint & some fabric, along with some beautiful stamps from Stampendous.

Sometimes slick surfaces can be tricky with Crackle Paint, but this Shabby Chic technique creates a 3D jewelry holder in the shape of a mini dress form & gets around that issue:

Okay let’s start.  Raid your daughter’s Barbie doll collection.

Step 1: Use a bit of tissue to cover her up (so the tape doesn’t stick to the doll) and then use duct tape to tape over top.  I believe this is Belle that Liam found in Emma’s room.

Step 2: Cut off the duct tape with one cut up the back.

Step 3: Tape the back closed.  Stuff the form.  Add a stand.  For a stand, I folded over some floral wire.  You could use bamboo sticks and a plasticine base.

Step 4: For the arms, I used a plastic chop stick, but once again any dowel or bamboo stick would be fine.

Step 5:  For the skirt, stamp some fabric with StāzOn Ink.  Sew along 1 side and gather the stitch.

Stamps used for this project can be found here, from Stampendous:

Cling Music Score

Cling Heart Friends

Cling Bird Frame

Step 6: For the embellishments, stamp on some grunge board.  It embosses really well and is much more hardy than regular card stock.  You can use distress ink & colour the grunge board.  Because the sentiment is embossed, the distress ink will rub off of the embossed area.

I had grunge board in heart shapes, but I just cut it to a straight edges.

Step 7: You can use old travel tags.  If they are roughed up a bit the Tim Holtz distressing ink will settle darker in the creases.

Step 8: Use super stick tape and ribbon on the backs of the stamped images.

Step 9: Okay back to our dress form.  You’ll need to make a gesso papier maché over top of the duct tape form.  This is where the slick surface prep comes into play:

Step 10: What on earth is gesso … it’s like a white glue that prepares the surface of your medium.  In your craft store, wander out of the scrapbooking isles & head toward the paint section.  Look for a dude with a big fro & that’s the gesso.

By painting the form with gesso, then adding paper towel & then painting over top of the paper, it creates a maché.

Step 11: Paint it on, you may need a couple of coats, just make sure you cover up all the duct tape.

Step 12: Don’t skip the gesso step.  Why?  Without a prepared surface crackle paint will COMPLETELY chip off.

Step 13: Let it dry.  About a bike ride to the park & playtime on the tire swing with 2 kindergarteners.

Step 14: Then for a nice texture, add some Tim Holtz crackle paint.  There are a bunch of colours you can choose from.  This took a bit longer to dry, because it was humid in the garage.

Step 15: Just put it all together and hang jewelry!
Have fun with this one!

Want to win the stamps used in this tutorial? Comment HERE (click the link — comments on the linked blog post count. Comments here are just nice) and let us know what technique you’d like to learn. You have until Thursday at midnight, Eastern Time. After that, we’ll pick a winner through and announce that lucky duck on the next Fran*tage Friday.

Good luck!

Thanks to our good friends at Stampendous for sponsoring this event!

Edited:  Here is the winner folks, congrats, JasminePatrick:


Here was a quick challenge from PaperCraftPlanet’s Scappy Sunday folks.

Week 1: challenge –> Scraplifting

I chose to scraplift a beautiful page from the Scrapbooking Guru, Ali Edwards.  Ali had a traditional scrapbook page, which she stitched on the number & I went with a digital adaptation.

I still much prefers her layout; however I loved the idea of scrapping the grown ups in the family & a snapshot of us.  I took these photos with my iPhone on our  way to church yesterday.

The zig zag paper & dotted number I made & the freebie elements are from Chrissy (chrissyw_febfreebie_rec) and the antiques, another freebie, from Graphirehere.

Here’s a 4×5 of the numbers or you can download a free 9×11 .png (300dpi) set of numbers here.

Here’s a small version of my zig zags, for a 12″ 300 dpi band, you can download it here!