Saturday, June 30, 2018

Patriotic Porch Decor 2018

Some old items I have added paint to in 
patriotic colors to for our front porch.
There are also red, white and blue buntings along the roof . 
Next up, once we have a break in this extreme heat,
adding red and tan to the columns. 
I bought the paint a month ago, 
but the weather (rain and hottest May on record)
wasn't cooperating. I may need to wait until late fall
to paint them - or winter if we keep having abnormally
warm temperatures for the time of year we are in! 

The pink wave petunia was a surprise -
they were all supposed to be white
in the potted plant I bought earlier this spring. 

Stop back by tomorrow to see the fun project I made
for the flower beds turned rock gardens this year. 

Retirement Sale at Kimeric Kreations

GORGEOUS, inspiring, versatile digital kits reduced substantially through July 2018.
These digital items can be used for much more than scrap booking!
You can create printables and hybrid projects with all the pretties in Kim's kits :) 
She also has some templates and CU products in her store.
While there, look at all of the fabulous pages that her
design team has created with the kits. Simply WOW. 
Her blog also offers loads of inspiration 
and she has very generously shared small add ons
to each of the kits for free there as well.
Check it out !

I was recently honored with a position on her design team !
 I will be posting pages I made with many of her 
current collections at the digichick throughout July.
My goal is to post a project using a different kit every single day.
Nothing better to do during this extreme heat wave
than to stay indoors, digi scrap and share ! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Flames Card

Hand drawn, hand cut, hand painted card stock flames adhered to a red card base.
Die cut 56 from "chrome" card stock.
Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my card in the inspired by a film title challenge
Not exactly inspired by the title "American Graffiti", but it is inspired by flame paint jobs on classic cars! I don't recall any of the main cars having flames on them in that movie, but there was one in "Grease".

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gingerbread Man Painted Acetate Glass Ball Ornament - tutorial

Today's project uses Gingerbread Cookie 
from Pattie's Creations to make a
painted acetate glass ball ornament.

It was made for my Design Team project at

It's never to early to start holiday projects ! 

Thanks to our generous sponsor of our
Anything Crafty Goes Challenge this week.
The Top Winner will receive 3 images.
Show us what crafty item you are working on ;)


How To:

NOTE: Before starting this project, you will want to do a test print on your transparency and try heat
embossing on your transparency to see how it will react. Don't hold the heat gun too close! You may
also want to try various paints and inks that you have in stock to see what they might look like on your piece and if they will dry. I have always used glossy (outdoor type) acrylic craft paints on my painted acetate glass ball ornaments. Most people use Sharpie markers and rubber stamped images when making these type of ornaments.

Resize your digital image to fit the glass ornament.
Mine is a 2" image for a 2 1/2" glass ball ornament.

Print image on transparency, making sure to leave enough room
to cut a circle around it. I used an old ink jet printer
and overhead transparency sheet. The ink will smear,
so be careful to not touch it.

Heat emboss digital image on transparency sheet immediately after printing

If you have stray bits of embossing powder like I do,
you can carefully remove them with the tip of a hobby knife.

Cut image out to fit your glass ornament,
being sure to leave a tab at the top to fit in
the neck of the ornament to hold it in place.
I use a Coluzzle circle cutting system.

Turn the image over so the embossed side is facing down on your work

Start painting, being sure to think "in reverse" if you are going to add layers
of color and small details. This means, if you want something such as a
highlight or snowflakes to be on the top layer of the finished piece, it will
need to be painted first. On this particular image, I painted the small "icing
and candy" details first. Toothpicks come in handy for tiny details
sometimes! They can be used to add the paint and even remove it if you
go out of the lines (a hobby knife will work to remove paint, too). Gently
scrape it off the transparency once the paint is dry. This is why I work on
the back side of the embossed image, it won't remove the image itself if I
need to scrape off a bit of paint. This paint removal trick really only works
well on the first layer of paint that is directly on the transparency.

back, painted side

front, embossed side

Allow plenty of time between color changes and layers for the paint to dry.

I normally paint a background around the painted stamp image. I do this
because the glass ball is see-through so Christmas tree greenery and such
show through, distracting from the painted image. Depending on your
image and the look you are trying to achieve, you may prefer not to paint
a background.

I also paint a solid white layer over all of the
other layers once they are dry. This helps
with "filling in" the background a bit more on
the images that I want a sort of blotchy look
to. I don't want greenery or lights to show
through the thinner parts of the painted
background. It also gives me a white surface
to sign my name and year on :)

Once you are done painting and it is totally dry ( I allow at least 24 hours),
roll it up and slide it into the ornament, being sure to keep the tab at the
top to sit in the neck of the ornament. This tab holds the painted acetate
piece in place.

When you insert the hanger, make sure the metal tabs go behind the
painted image.

Embellish as desired.

Depending on the image, I will place fake snow inside the ornament and
even adhere it to the top outside before adding a ribbon/hanger.

Usually when I make these ornaments, I simply stamp an image with black
Stazon ink on the transparency.

This heat embossed printed digital image
was an experiment that turned out okay!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Die Cut Floral Square Thank You Card

A simple enough card made with a die from Recollections (Michael's).

Imagine it with yellow rhinestones in the centers of the flowers.
I added them after taking these photos and didn't take
new pictures with the rhinestones. Oh well ! 

Additional supplies:
Almost Amethyst card stock, Stampin' Up!
scrap of striped paper, unknown
vellum, Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Pastels, Stampin' Up!
butterfly punch, Martha Stewart

Yes, this is the same die that I used for a sympathy card earlier this week by cutting out the
"Thank You" portion of the die cut.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Chest of Drawers Now Bookshelves

This started out as a chest of drawers from the early 1990's.
It is solid wood and had a reddish color stain with brass hardware.

Here is an old photo of it since  I didn't get any
before or during the process pictures:

It was part of a complete bedroom set we bought back then,
you know the style that had "etched" mirrors with big chunky 
decorative shelves built in around the headboard and mirror.
I passed it on to my daughter over a dozen years ago. 
She's decided that she won't be using it any longer
despite still liking it, having grown up using it.
Rather than donate the entire set, I kept the chest of drawers
to refurbish into a small book case to store scrapbooks ! 
If I had the room to keep it, I would have done something similar 
to the dresser base. Despite them being "dated" and out of style
(or maybe they are coming back in style ?), I was surprised
that the massive headboard and hutch mirror were taken so quickly
by other people ! Perhaps they were going to refurbish/repurpose them.

Basic how-to (sorry, no photographs):

Four drawers were removed.

It was sanded, spray painted matte gray then
brush painted with white "chalk" paint.

Two shelves were made from white laminate boards.
I wanted to use them rather than paint actual wood,
I thought it would be better for scrapbooks to sit on. 

I considered lining the back with decorative contact paper,
but decided not to waste my time or money since I intend on
filling the shelves with scrapbooks. 

A bit of sanding in places and 
a new nickel drawer pull to finish it off.

I like how it turned out! 

White laminate shelves

Home made chalk paint over
gray spray paint and primer all in one,
lightly sanded to reveal some gray.

 A quick digi scrap page I created to 
document the chest of drawers turned into bookcase.

I used the gorgeous
Get it before it is gone, it is being retired ! 

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yellow Hollyhock Card

Stamp image heat embossed white
then watercolored with ink and an aquapainter.

A tiny "With Sympathy" stamp image
was added at the lower right when I sent it.

All papers, inks, stamp iamges were from Stampin' Up!

The polka dot ribbon was from the dollar store

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Floral Die Sympathy Card

I had a need for a few more sympathy cards this week :(

Computer generated sentiment 
printed on vellum
then layered under a detailed die.
The die actually cuts out "Thank You" 
inside the heart, but I trim that part out with scissors.
I lightly colored the flowers and leaves with chalks
and added a small paper punched butterfly.

Thanks for looking 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Exciting News !

I'm thrilled to announce that I am one of the newest creative team members for
Kimeric Kreations !
I'm so very excited and am looking forward to working
with the super talented ladies on her team.
I also hope to learn how to create the gorgeous
"blended" type of pages that they create often.

About once a week I should be sharing a new kit and
digi scrap page with you using her most recent release.
I only hope I can do her gorgeous digital kits justice ;)
They can be found exclusively at The Digichick. 

The first collection I worked with was released yesterday:
 For The Love Of Summer

The For the Love of Summer collection includes 3 paper packs, 3 element packs, graffiti, word strips and alpha packs and is all bundled up for great savings!  All products here coordinate with the other June Hatchery products.  Mix and Match!   Created at 300 dpi in png and jpg formats and is for PU/S4H/S4O uses. Please see individual products for further descriptions.  All alpha sets are separated.

You can purchase portions of the kit individually if you wish,
but buying the entire collection is the best value. 

My photo layout is based on a freebie by
Feelin' Flannel blog hop at Gingerscraps.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Jolly Snowman Snowflake Decor Piece

Today I'm sharing a project that I created
using a digital image from Bugaboo Stamps
and several supplies in my crafts stash.
I made it for the current Anything Goes Challenge at

It's never too soon to start holiday projects ! 

Thanks to our sponsor at TTCRD this week,

They've generously donated a
 $12 certificate
to the Top Winner of our
Anything Goes challenge this week !
Show us what crafty item you are working on ;)

Thanks for looking.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Baby Themed Journaling Cards PT2

Today I am sharing my DT project
for  the new anything crafty goes challenge at
Love To Craft Challenge Blog:
 journal / filler / project life type cards
for old pocket photo albums I redid.

There were never any in the albums before,
so I decided to make some cute ones for
"Baby's Firsts" and other things.
These are just a few, it's still a work in progress.

I used various stamp images, papers, doodads, etc to make them.
I tried to keep them relatively flat so as not to damage photos,
but I did get a bit carried away on some of them ;)
Here are a few closeups:

I made doubles of each, some were identical
but most were slightly different colors
since there is a girl set and a boy set.

Thanks for looking !
We'd love to see what crafty projects you
are working on this month.
Our challenges are always
anything crafty goes, so long as it is
family friendly.