Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Altered Violin Shadow Boxes

 Ahhhh, I'm back!  Yes, I know I'm MIA again, but I have been crafting!  Today I have a special project to share with you.  My nieces were flying in from LA and both of them play the violin, so when I saw these from SaCrafter's Zibbet site, I couldn't resist. It was just too perfect a project to make for them.

When you get the kit, it comes with several layers of the outline of the violin and one of the backing.  I wasn't sure if I was going to make it a shaker box or not, so I glued most of the layers together and kept one separate just in case I wanted to put acetate in between.  I'm not a painter, so this is the junkest part for me.

After all the paint was dry, I was finally able to get to the fun part... decorating!  Here's what I came up with...

My two nieces regularly compete in violin competitions.  I've never seen one before, but my family sends me pictures.  This year, both girls won in their competitions!  Yay! I decided to use their pictures in the shadow box to personalize it for them.

 My younger niece is a very wise girl.  She is very self confident and very intuitive.  I love those qualities about her, so I chose to use a stamp I got from Michael's that says "Be Yourself, nobody does it better".  I think that really fits her personality!

As girls can get picky, I wasn't sure what color my niece preferred, so I decided to go with a pastel theme and just picked all different pastel Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima flowers for my project.  The background paper is from one of my Tilda paper stacks.  I had to trace the violin shape onto the paper to make sure it would fit inside.

On the side of the violin, I added some flowers and a little bird.  Love it!

This photo was actually from last year's competition. The photo they sent me from this year's didn't look right, so I decided to use last year's photo.

Here's a better look at that sentiment.

Oh.. and I made a heart using the heather flowers from WOC.  Love it!

And finally getting around to using some of my Prima charms.  Hard to let go of, but happy its going on a project that hopefully the girls will keep for years to come.

The second project to share was for my older niece.  I thought she still liked blue, but I guess I was wrong.  Found out she likes purple now.  I'm sure that will change in a few months.

For my older niece, she needs a little more encouragement than her sister, so I chose this sentiment from a Stampin Up set I purchased recently.. just for this stamp!  I love this sentiment!

And I used another charm on this one too.  Went with the bird one this time.

Here's a closer look at the flowers I used.  Again from WOC and Prima.

Added a blue bird to the flower cluster...

Hope you liked my projects!  I gave them their violins this past weekend and they seemed to really like it.  Will post another project soon. Hopefully I won't be MIA as much as I have been.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Crafty Friends Swap #2- Prima Doll Tag Bingo Challenge

I've been missing for awhile, but I gotta tell you.. I'm sooooo busy!?!  How the heck is it July?  Anyway, I'm finally back to share with you the 2nd swap/challenge with my crafty friends- Linda, Kyoko and Cami.  This time, it was Cami's choice of project.  She decided on the bingo challenge...

Your Choice
You must use 3 elements picked horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
*Anything YOU want to use:  state what you used on your project when we swap.
Color:  Gray
Have fun!

 I had never seen the Bingo challenge before!  I had a hard time choosing which embellishments to pick for my tag, so I just started making it and let the tag pick for me.  The main things that we all needed to incorporate was:
1)  It had to be a tag
2) Use any Prima Doll Stamp
3) Use the color gray

Here's a shot of all of our tags:

First up is Linda's tag.  She used the new Prima doily die in pink... love it!  AND she made that cute doily flower.  I think she said she sprayed it pink.  I'm pretty sure Linda, Kyoko and I all choose the Lace, Doily, and Bling options  Weird yah?

Here's a better look..

And there's the lace...

 This next tag was made by Kyoko... Love it!!!  I think I love her outfit the best!  That hat is just to die for.  She also made good use of her bling mesh. I have tons of that but have not used it yet.  Maybe this will inspire me.

She even put pearls on the brim of the hat.

Love that Eiffel Tower and her accessories all match!

And our swap hostess.. Cami's tag.  She always makes pretty packaging to go with her tag.  

All she did was decorate an envelope that the tag could slide in and out of.

I think I love that bow!  She layered a couple of bows together cute!

And that glittery dress is really nice. I don't think I have any of that paper... yet!

Love that lace.. it's so subtle in the background.

And finally, my tag.

I think it's funny that we all went with pink and gray!  The only requirement was to use gray!  OK there's a whole lot going on here.  First I made a bow using my new MFT's bow die.  Love it!  I cut it out of felt by PTI and added a mini rose.  I also loved using my new Memory Bow die and Heartfelt Creations doily die.  That stamp is by Stampin Up.. love that saying!

 Paper pieced the dress and headband using some of my precious Tilda paper.  Love it!  And decided to use some of my bling stash.

I have more projects to share, but not sure I have the photos taken yet!  Will share them as I am able to.  Bye!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Forever In My Heart- Part Deux

The last couple trips home, my mom asked me to find the photo that was taken during my wedding of her and my stepdad.  I didn't realize she liked that picture so much!  She told me later it's because he was wearing a tux and never did before.

I was a little worried because when I first started looking for the photo, I looked in my hard drive and didn't find it.  I thought I only had a regular print and was worried I wouldn't find it.  Then I tackled my hallway closet and found it in one of the photo storage containers that had everyone's wedding pictures, including mine.  I was soooo happy to find it for her.

Then I went to make copies of it.  Decided to enlarge one so I could use it on a project for mom.  Then I remembered that Mom's birthday was coming up, so I decided to use it on a canvas.  Here's what I came up with.

The first thing I did was choose the paper.  Because our wedding colors were red, pink, and white, I decided to incorporate red into the project.  Plus mom is renovating her "woman cave" and has opted for a earthy rustic theme. She picked out dark colored wood, rattan type furniture, so I thought the red would match nicely in her new room once its done.

So the paper I chose is from Prima's Stationer's Desk collection.  Lately I've been into the whole shabby chic colors (pastels) but I think it was a good break to go with some bursts of red.  I fell in love with the paper that I chose and love that the opposite side is that dark red.  Its good that the opposite side coordinates well with the side I'm using.... for the reason below... If you curl the paper as I did and the opposite side doesn't match, it will likely ruin your project.

To make this little peek a boo window, you figure out where you want your photo. I then marked it on the paper and then cut an X from corner to corner.  Then curl back each end to reveal the photo.  Oops forgot to add that I sprayed the edges of the canvas with brown before I adhered down the photo and covered it with the DP.  After placing the photo down, I could then start decorating.

Not sure why but I had a hard time with this layout.  It took me several days to figure out how I wanted to do it, but I finally just started gluing and this is what I came up with.

Below is the top left hand corner of the project.  Not sure if you can see, but I layed down a piece of burlap, then a crochet doily, then all the flowers and burlap leaves.  The keyhole was also glued there but the key is at the bottom by the photo.  Oh yes, and peeking out from behind one of the large roses is some bling I got from Downtown LA.  Still having a hard time letting go of my stash, but I think canvases are the perfect project to do so with since it won't be discarded at the end of the day.  The "Love" branch is an embellishment by Prima that I got from one of their warehouse box sales (good find!)

Over the photo, I added some black Prima swirl bling and then glued on another bling from Downtown LA.

Here's the key I told you about.

I think the hardest part was finding the right sentiment for this project.  Not sure if you remember but a few posts back, I shared the mother's day canvas that I made for my mother in law. I used the same sentiment because I felt like this captured my mom's feelings for my stepdad.. he will always be forever in her heart.  Of course I had to add some hearts right?  (Hearts are my favorite!) So I decided to part with one of my heart blings I got at the last Rubber Stamp Expo.  Also shown here is the other part of that black bling and another bling piece from Downtown LA.

Hope my mom likes this present.  I made her a regular copy of the photo anyway because she wanted it for a special frame she bought.  Gonna surprise her with this when I see her.  Happy Birthday Mom!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Haley!

One of my niece's is gonna have a birthday soon!  I'm really trying to be good and get my cards out on time.  Hope I'm not too late!  

She loves animals- especially dogs!  Like Daba, my niece has a "Daba" called Woof Woof.  I think her name has changed to Lacey.  My brother (more like my SIL) was smart and got several Woof Woof dolls- just in case.  But believe me they know the difference between the "real" Woof Woof and the fake Woof Woofs.  Akemi could do that too.

So, everytime I see a puppy, I think of my niece. Hope she likes this card.  Oh, and she also likes the color blue, so that's why I tried to incorporate it into my project.

Here's a better look at Kiki...

And it's a pop up card!  Here's what it looks like when you open it up!

Hope Haley has a great birthday!  See you soon!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Magic Wands

At work, I joke that I need a magic wand to make all the impossible things happen.  I even bought my (now retired) boss a wand when I went to Disnelyand once I realized all the "magic" she had to do at work.  LOL!  I think I'm gonna start a magic wand collection- what do you think?

So now that you've had a good laugh, I thought you might enjoy this project.  Every year I have to come up with something to hand out at my daughter's annual recital.  This year, I saw some of these wands at the Target dollar bin.  They did NOT come with the embellishments and flowers on it, just the wand with ribbon.  At first I was ready to just hand them out as is, but after I looked at them for awhile, I decided I couldn't let them go without pretty-ing them up a bit.  Here's what I came up with...

I am trying to use up some my stash so I was very free with what I added to each wand.  The must include on each wand was a shabby rosette.  I have an overabundance of these pretties, so I need to find ways to use them up.  Here I added them as a base and then layered other elements over them for different looks.  Here's the five varieties I came up with.  I really should have taken a photo of them without any embellishments so you could see the "before" shot.

Oki doki.  Trying to figure out if I have the strength to make tags for them now.  We'll see- I have another week.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Handmade Flowers- Sort Of

Hello There!

I was in the middle of deciding what to make for my upcoming Sister Stamps Release and found a set of large paper flowers that were just taking up room in my container.  I decided to try to use them up by making them into a fuller flower.  I think I would use this type of flower on a project than a flat flower, plus if they are already done, it makes it so much easier when working on a project...

So while I was brainstorming of what to do for my projects, I decided to be useful and work on a project.  All I did was add a large pearl to the center of a flower, and clue the petals around it.  Then kept adding more layers until I had about 4 per flower.  Love how they turned out!  Good, maybe I'll start using them now!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Another Gorjuss Surprise Pop Up Card

Happy Aloha Friday!!!  Did you ever wake up and think it was Saturday... sucks yah?  Well, that's what happened to me this morning, but I'm determined to make it a good day... cause it's the start of the weekend after all!

So yesterday I was able to whip up a card using one of my new Gorjuss Girls stamps, Yay!  The new stamps are much larger than the previous releases.  I like the size for canvases and other projects, but its sometimes challenging to put them on my cards.  This card was especially difficult to find an image that would fit, but since this girl is sitting, I thought she might be able to fit on the pop up portion.

So after I figured out how to make the card larger, I made several that are just waiting to be decorated.  This is a great time saving tip because when you mass produce you don't have to keep looking at the dimensions.  I also like this card because it reminds me to use up my 6x6 papers that are just taking up space.

I believe the papers used on this card is by Prima and I want to say its the Nature's Garden stack.  Love this paper!  Since it was predominatly gray, I went with pink accents.  Then I opened it up and realized it had more blue undertones... Oh well.

Here's a closer look at the image.

And some of the flowers I used.. Some are from Downtown LA, Wild Orchid Crafts and I am Roses.

The part I like best about this card is when it's popped up!  I knew I wanted the girl to pop up, but I thought it looked a little empty... so I experimented a bit and ended up attaching a Memory Box die cut behind her so that when you slide the card open, it is still attached behind her and looks like its floating.

Here's a better look at it...

OK gotta go get ready for work!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Gorjuss Friend

I guess I've become bored again (not of Gorjuss Girls!!)... mainly with regular cards, so I've gone back to my roots and looked up some of the interactive cards that I made when I first started blogging.  What's old is new again right?  While researching...I found the tutorial for this center step card that I don't think I've ever made before!  Believe me, it's super easy to cut!  Before I knew it, I was decorating!

I like the size of the card too cause it can hold my new Gorjuss Girl stamps which are pretty large compared to the older ones.  I also pulled out one of my favorite sentiment stamps by Paper Inspirations.  I don't know if they are still available nowadays, but you might get lucky on ebay or something.

Decided to go with a pink and black theme this time and picked out this pretty paper by Authentique.  This Gorjuss Girl is called The White Rabbit. I thought about putting one of our Sister Stamps bunnies next to her, but I was rushing and forgot about it.  I will have to do that next time.  I think she's supposed to be like Alice in Wonderland?

And of course I had to add some bling and flowers!

Here's that sentiment up close so you can see the words.  Love it!

And here's a better look from the side.  I like how it can stand up on it's own.

OK I'm pretty sure if you don't like Gorjuss Girls, I've lost you on all of these posts! LOL!  I can't help it.  I'm Addicted!