Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Burlap Memo Board and Push Pins


Today I'm sharing a basic old wood frame I repurposed
into a burlap covered memo board.
I created this project for the 
August Anything Goes Challenge at

There are so many ways to make you own memo board-
or to customize store bought memo boards!

It was simple enough to make,
using thick cardboard (or foam core), lightweight batting,
burlap, hot glue and a point gun.

I simply cut my cardboard slightly smaller than the frame
opening to allow for the fabric to wrap around the edges.

Lightweight batting was cut slightly smaller than the top of the card board
(to make it easier to fit in the frame) then hot glued into place.

Burlap was cut larger than than the cardboard,
allowing enough to wrap around all of the
edges of the cardboard with room to spare to glue the edges in place.

I started with each corner, folding the burlap over
diagonally across the back of the card board 
and hot gluing into place.

I then worked along the sides, starting in the center,
hot gluing as I lightly stretched the fabric along the back.

The completed piece is attached with metal points into the frame.
NOTE: before you begin, make sure your frame is deep enough
 to accommodate the thickness of the board, batting and fabric layers.  

I had then fun creating an assortment of push pins with various
craft supplies found in my stash. The items are glued on top
of upholstery tacks using a dollop of E600 adhesive.



I die cut papers leftover from my USA Photo Collage Map project
into butterfly shapes and added a scrap of wire for antennae


Crocheted (tatted?) flower that I added a
metal edged flat back pearl brad to the center of



Large old button, shank removed
TIP: brush on then wipe off black paint
to help make details pop on gold buttons



Fabric yo yo and wood button



Handmade burlap flower



Upholstery tack


There are sooooo many fun things you can use to create push pins !



Thanks for looking =)

Be sure to visit 
to see more inspiring ideas -
and to share your crafts with us !

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spread Your Wings digi kit






Spread Your Wings
is the newest digi kit by  JMC Designs
and is now available at

 Each packet is $1.00 until August 17th!


Spread Your Wings Elements – banner, 2 birds, 2 bows, 3 butterflies, butterfly button, 2 charms, 5 flair, 5 flowers, 3 frames, grunge, 4 hearts, 3 leaves, rainbow, 5 ribbons, 3 ric rac, scatter, staples, 4 stars, 2 stitching, 3 strings, 2 swirls, 5 word art




20 Patterned Paper Pack – 12X12 300 ppi





8 Cardstock 12X12 300ppi

Monday, August 7, 2017

Photo Painting Computer Background



Today's project is my design team image for Digitally Made.

The prompt we have for you this month is
to use Pets/Animals on your 100% digital project.


Although I have had several pets over the years that
I could have easily made a digital scrapbook layout of,
I decided to edit a digital photo of a bird for this project.
I wanted to make it look sort of like a painting.
I then added a quote. 








Original photo before editing in On1 Photo 10 software.
This pretty sandpiper (?) had been flitting back and forth
between a little bit of wood still above the flood waters
and the exposed gravel at the end of our flooded driveway.
It was late in the evening, the sun was well behind the treeline
so the lighting was not great. I took a few photos of it anyway 
since it's not a bird we would normally see in our yard !
The flood waters obviously pushed it inland. 

Simple edits to the photo to make it resemble a painting: 
Painted Photo filter, Watercolor Bright
Brown Rice Paper texture
Fibers texture (reduced opacity)
Text box added in Photoshop Elements 14, GistX Upright Bold font
Embossed edge in Photoshop Elements 14





The edited photo makes a nice computer screen background.






It could be printed onto card stock to make a card:


(card mockup psd file by graphic burger)





or even made into a print for a wall !


(frame mockup psd file by pixeden, edited)



Upload a digital photo to nearly any photo processing site
for numerous product ideas to have it put on!



Thanks for looking =) 

Be sure to visit the rest of the Digitally Made design team
 member's blogs to see their inspiring digital ideas !

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Lemonade Stand digi kit








Above are three projects I've made using 
the new kit, Lemonade Stand,
It is on sale for 50% off through August 12th at
and






Kit includes - 70 Unique Elements, 24 Patterned Papers,  9 Cardstock
and Lowercase Alphabet in each color of palette






Friday, August 4, 2017

A Girl and Her Dog







Time for a new challenge at Making Memories Crafting:
One for the Girls.

This month our sponsor is Digi Stamps 4 Joy.
$10 voucher

I created a digital scrapbook page for my 
Design Team project.

I colored the Best Friends image by DS4J
using Photoshop Elements ,
saved it then exported it into 
My Memories Suite V8 software
to create the digital scrapbook page.
I also used papers and elements from the digi scrap kit
Friends by JMC Designs.




















I digitally colored the image  in Photoshop Elements before I even 
looked at my photos or picked out a digi scrap kit to use.
I probably should have done it in reverse so
the dress colors could have been different,
matching the digi elements a bit better .
Now I need to make a page for my son with the dog :)
Since it is digital and I have the working files saved,
 I can simply remove the colored image
and insert another photo, replace the other two photos,
change the text and I'll be done!


You have all month to create a family friendly craft project
to share with us at Making Memories.

I'd also like to plug our sister site,
for those that like purely digital crafts.
This type of project would be perfect for that challenge.

Thanks for looking !

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Paper Quilling


Today I'm sharing another old craft kit I put to use -
paper quilling ! 

When I bought this oh so long ago, 
I did make a couple of the cards to attach
to wedding and baby shower gifts.
Then the kit sat there as over the years I
started rubber stamping.


The finished cards are quite small at 2" x 2 1/2"
and are very lightweight, made on parchment paper.


Here are some closeups:


The instructions called for this to have yellow teardrop leaves.
 I cut some tiny scraps of green mulberry paper instead
and make a small black circle for the center.
It reminds me of the wildflowers on our back hill.










Am I a bad Mom for not feeling too bad about turning my sons old bedroom into a craft room last month? That's where I made these cards - and it was so much nicer than being in the dark old craft dungeon basement ! I had fresh air coming in a window since it was "cool" by normal summer heat standards that day and lots of sunlight bouncing off of the freshly painted white walls.

Thanks for looking =) 


I'm entering my quilled gift cards in the following challenges:
Use Your Stuff- Free Week
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes August 1-7
Crafting By Designs -August Anything Goes Challenge

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

House of Cards Challenge August



This months challenge at 
is to use flowers and/or the colors
in the inspiration photo below.







The card I created to share with you 
for this challenge uses both.
It is a larger sized card to accommodate the 
round frame rubber stamp image.








Various paper flowers, paper punches, twine,
organdy ribbon and rhinestones to create a 
pretty cluster on the frame. 






Medical supply gauze as an embellishment ?!






I love the dimension this embossing folder creates !
We R Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folder, Bouquet.
It is a 6x6 folder, making it easier to create larger projects.
I bought it from Amazon earlier this year.



Thanks for looking =) 


Be sure to visit the rest of the design team members blogs
to see their wonderful cards for the current challenge.


 Chanya13 | Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather 
Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarina | Merethe
Michele | Mynn Paula | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 


Monday, July 31, 2017

Sticker Fun Scrapbook Pages 3 and 4














A couple more pages created from an old kit by
Creating Keepsakes, using stickers.

I did add a few of my own embellishments
(rhinestone, glittery flower, organdy ribbon).

I've no idea what photos I'll put on these pages....
Maybe I ought to go out and take some photos?

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sticker Fun Scrapbook Page 2



Oops, I meant to share this a few weeks ago

It's made with items from an old kit by Creating Keepsakes.

This time I layered numerous clear backed stickers onto a tag
to create a collage, trimmed, added ribbon and attached to the page. 

I also made a simpler sticker collage tag to use on a card.




Thanks for looking =)



Friday, July 28, 2017

Babies Are Stardust Card







A second card I made to welcome the newest member of our large extended family.
This one goes to the grandparents.

The image is an oldie that I totally forgot about, already prestamped in the stamp box.

I stamped it again on pink card stock then trimmed out the bib and glued it on top.

I added a teeny bit of purple stickles diamonds glitter glue to the heart.

The image is backed with a piece of shimmery paper then mounted with dimensionals.

It is mounted on top of pink card stock that was run through a letterpress plate.

I wrapped shimmery edged organdy ribbon around the debossed pink piece, hot glued on a bow.

This is all attached to the front of a white card base.

Pretty, simple.

Thanks for looking =)