Sunday, October 5, 2014

I Thank My Lucky Stars...

 Well, it's been awhile since I last blogged.  Sorry for the absence, but craft fair season is right around the corner, so I've been crafting, just haven't really had the energy to update my blog.  Although I'm in "mass production mode" (aka I have a lot of unfinished projects in the works), I thought I'd share an older project that I did for my friend Cami.. (Hi Cami!)

Cami's birthday was last month and because I only get to see her when I go visit Oahu, I had to plan ahead and get my project done for her birthday.  We had already agreed on the clipboard swap (see previous post) so I had to get that done too, but I still wanted to make something for my friend.  We decided to deviate from our usual dim sum and go to Tsukiji's for lunch.  It was good!  Now I know why it's Cami's favorite!

On to the project...  I had found this alarm clock from Ross awhile ago and had always meant to alter it.... Then I saw Sabrina's clocks, which inspired me to dig mine out of the closet and make one too!  My biggest challenge was the painting.  It was a really dark color- not sure if it was brown or black, but you get the idea.  It took several coats of gesso and paint to get it the color that I wanted.  I went with white since then I could accent it with any color flowers.  Here's how my clock came out...

I think I shared earlier that Cami loves Magnolia images, so I decided to use some of my new stamps on her clock.  These girls are growing on me! I think its cause they really match the whole shabby chick thing.

I found some of my little birds and added a pink one to the handle.  (oops, you can really see the glue there!)

I added this Tilda stamp on top of the clock.  It was fun to play around and add her to the outside of the project.  I stamped her with a brown ink before coloring and really like the results.   BTW- all flowers are by petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts, and Prima.. oh and some from Downtown LA.

Here's a better look at the main image.  I think she's one of my favorites.  Do you also see that teapot stickpin?  Love it!

Sorry, this shot is a bit difficult to see.  I used a piece of silver mirrored cardstock and embossed the sentiment in white.  I like this new stamp set I got from Simon Says Stamp called W plus 9.   I thought the sentiments in the set were cute and matched this project.  I was kinda worried about the embossing on mirrored cardstock, but it seemed to come out ok.  Oh yah, that pearl star is from DIY boutique.  Love it!

A better look at that cute teapot stickpin!

Here's the side of the clock that is right behind the Tilda image. I think you can see that I actually ran some lace around the clock before adding all the flowers.

And here's the back of the clock where I wrote a message and added more flowers.

Cami really seemed to like it! I'm so happy!  It was pretty fun to make.  I have a few more frames that I should try out too.  Now I want to get more of those alarm clocks!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Crafty Friends Clipboard Swap Projects

 Hey Peeps!  I can't believe the weekend is over already.  I didn't get as much done as I wanted to, but at least I started on some craft fair projects.

Just wanted to share my friends projects from our altered clipboard swap!  If you would like to see the clipboard I created, check out Linda's video here.... and if you want to see what Cami made for me, visit my channel here...

Sorry, I guess I didn't take photos of Cami's clipboard for me, but you can watch the video!  Ok now I did get pictures of Kyoko's and Linda's clipboard projects.  First up is Kyoko's...  So cute!  Love that her Magnolia is on a swing!  I think it was a separate stamp from the Tilda image but it looks like is from the same stamp.

Here's a better look at Tilda..

Next up we have  Linda's project...  For the back story on this, watch Linda's video here...  LOL!!

Here's Linda's 2nd project.

And a close up of Tilda...

Again, don't forget to check out my video to see Cami's project!

Hopefully I'll have more projects to share soon!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Crafty Friends Swap #4- Altered Clipboard

Phew!  I sure had a hard time recovering from the Labor Day weekend!  I guess I'm getting old cause I could totally handle before, but I feel like I've been a zombie this whole week! Thank goodness I only had to work 4 days after the holiday before my next day off!

So during my trip, I got together with my crafty peeps so that we could share our swap projects.  This time we headed to Tsukiji restaurant for some yummy sushi and other goodies.  I tell you, it's always best to go with Mrs. Lum cause she will always get us the best table, etc.  LOL!

After lunch, we shared our swap projects with each other.  This time it was Kyoko's pick and she decided on an altered clipboard.  The "rules" this time around was that we had to have the following on our project:

  • Magnolia image
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Use the color red
Let me tell ya, I was stumped for awhile. I think mainly because I had just used red on my last project for Cami's canvas and didn't want my next project to look the same.  Plus the clip part was scaring me a bit since its hard to cover the clipboard with the clip portion in the way.

So we almost postponed the swap because everyone was having a hard time with it... especially Linda!  She said she stayed up to 3:00am the night before trying to finish it.  I will share everyone else's project in my next post.

So we decided that since this was a bigger project, we would only make it for one person (not all 3).  Kyoko told us our swap partner would be the person that made our canvas for us, so last time I had Cami, she would make for me... Lind made the canvas for me, so I make for her.  

After starting my project, stopping, looking at it, then scrapping it... I finally got inspired and put the decoration portion of it together in one night.


I started off by painting the clipboard around the edge with gesso, then white acrylic paint.  that way, I didn't have to worry about sizing the paper all the way to the edge since the clipboard portion would be in the way.  After that dried, I used some of that wood looking paper (sorry I think it's by Kaisercraft but it's kinda old).  I decided to go mostly white and cream with red accents.

Pictured above is the lace I used to dangle from the bottom of the clipboard.  I love that trim.  Really need to find me some more of that.  Then I also put some of that small daisy trim around the edges so that you don't notice the paint job too much.  (It's all about layering!)  Then I added a resin frame that I got from Prima ArtVenture when we went to LA last January.  I really wanted to use the Mangolia that is peeking around the corner, so I used the frame as the base for her to peek from.   Then I layered one of the wood "friends" that I picked up from SaCrafters on Zibbet.  I just ran the wood across my black Archival ink pad to give it the black color.

 Here's a better look at the image.  I think she's my favorite.  Oh, and there's the pearl heart!

I made the cream colored roses awhile ago and decided to use them on this project.  I had added some glitter too for a frosty look.  You can also see the pearl bling and acrylic flower I used in the cluster.

 And I had completely forgot about the ribbon, so  good thing I checked the guidelines again.  Just added a bow made with seam binding onto the clip portion and then a red rose in the center.

Thanks for checking in!  I'll share the rest of the clipboard projects soon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crafty Friends- Canvas Swap

 In case you were wondering.. yes we did have a Crafty Friends Swap again.. This time it was my choice.  I decided to challenge everyone (including myself!) to make an altered canvas.  The criteria was to include a Gorjuss Girl image since I'm totally addicted to them, do t up in vintage theme/colors, needed to include a word or sentiment, and include at least one handmade embellishment.  Cami had given us some 5x7 canvas boards earlier, so we decided to make our canvases that size.  Considering this was my idea, I had a hard time! 

Because everyone was a little intimidated by this challenge, we decided to just make one canvas and pick names.  That in and of itself was an ordeal.  We must've picked like 4 times before we had it so no one picked themselves!  LOL!  I ended up picking Cami and was excited to get to work.

Now whenever I think of Cami, I always think of pastels, so this was a bit of a challenge for me.  I started off by cutting some music sheet paper but ended up not using it on the front.  I used it to cover the back instead.  Instead, I opted for the stationer's desk paper by Prima.  Since there were touches of red in that paper, I decided to use red as my accent color.

For some reason, when I think vintage, I think Paris and the Eiffel Tower.  I cut out one using my La La Land die- love that Eiffel Tower die!  Then colored up the Ladybird Gorjuss Girl image.. she's one of my faves.  The handmade embellishment I used was that crochet flower you see in the corner.  added some twine and a flower center to the middle. Around it is a cluster of roses and some pearls.

Recently, I purchased some wood pieces from SaCrafters.  I love her stuff.  The Friends pieces comes plain, so I just rubbed the front against my archival black in pad and it seemed to do the trick.  The sentiment below was from a PTI set.  Below is the other cluster I added for balance.  Included a doily, more roses and a metal butterfly piece I got awhile ago from Butterbee Scraps.  I'm finally using them!

Since I also love hearts, I added some crystal hearts to the project.  I also added some black lace and a long crystal flourish.  I think it was a Recollections brand?  Not sure.  I gotta say, once I got going.. it was really fun to make!  Now I wish I made one for myself!  But I was very excited to see what my friends came up with...

We met up at 99 Ranch (that's a whole 'nother story that I'm not gonna cover) Market and had lunch while we shared our projects.  Kyoko went all out and made this beautiful canvas for Linda.  I was so jelly!  I wanted that one too!  Love how she did it portrait style. I found out that Linda asked for her canvas to be in blue.

Her coloring's getting good!!!! Love it!  And love that she included green with the blue!  One of my favorite combos.

Next up is Cami's canvas for Kyoko. Cami always makes pretty packaging to go with her project.  Love the box in the back!

Here's the canvas for Kyoko. That color scheme is so pretty!

Here's a close up of the image. Even her dress is Gorjuss!

I believe she made those flowers.

She probably made these too.

And there's her sentiment. She used frantage to accent it.  Still haven't used mine yet.. LOL!

And here's that beautiful box!

Pretty sure she made this flower too.

More frantage around this GG.  I love this image.

And what a cute tag!

Next up was my canvas from Linda.  Eek!!!! I was so excited!! Especially since it came wrapped like this!! (you know I'm gonna save that flower too!)

I  LOVE THIS CANVAS!!!!  OMG! I couldn't believe it was for me!! Thank you sistah!  You used one of my favorite GG images.  Love it!  And check out all those handmade flowers!!  I feel super special.  She picked one of my favorite images!  I actually special ordered this image for myself.. so happy she chose that one for me!

 Here's a closer look at Daisy. I love all her pearl jewelry!  I am pretty sure she sprayed her canvas.  She chose my other favorite color combo!  Pink and brown!

I gotta figure out how she made those beaded sprays.  Super cute!  And do you see that white leaf?  That's made from those mod podge melts.  I feel bad cause Linda RAK'd that too me awhile ago and I haven't tried them yet.  I'm scared when it comes to new things.

Here's a close up of her paste.  Love it!

 Looks like she used burlap on this flower...

 Oooh and my favorite pearl spray!  I made her go to find these in Downtown LA on our trip.  Love it!

And I feel so special that she used her Prima "Love" branch on me!

Overall I'm so proud of all of us!  We've really stretched ourselves and managed to accomplish things we never thought we could do! (patting us on the back).  Seriously, if you have some crafty friends, you should do swaps. It really does inspire you and push you to new crafty levels!  Thanks again ladies for another great swap!

Friday, August 22, 2014

RAKs for my Crafty Friends

 See.. told you I've been crafting!  Just not posting!  Sorry about that.. but I have some time now and I'm trying to catch up on posts to show you what I've made. I think I mentioned this before but we are not supposed to buy any RAKs for each other.. we can only give each other food items or handmade items.

First up are some shaped tags that were inspired by Tmika.  You can check out her blog here... and her YT channel here.  She's one of my favorites to watch!  She's so cute- makes me want to make everything she makes.  She hosted a swap that I was too chicken to enter, but I still wanted to play along, so I just made my own and shared them with my friends.  

 I cannot take credit for these.  I saw the mason jar on her video and someone posted the bubble gum machine tag on her facebook page as a share.  I loved both of them and really wanted to make some!  I still want to make the teacup one too.. need to try that out soon!

 The other thing I gave them was some altered clothespins.  The first group of clothespins were inspired by my friend Rina Scrapstress!!  She made some cute flowers using shells as the center, so I copied her use of shells onto this clothespin.  I used the Prima Seashore paper and corrugated stack by DCWV for the hearts.  Included some cheesecloth and twine before adding the shells and pearls. I love how they came out!

I made some Hello Kitty and rosette clothes pins as well.  Here they are packaged up.

And also gave them some handmade flowers.  CreativeKelly4rmCali did a tutorial on how to make kanzashi flowers that copied.  I also tried out Natalie's (Putsomeblingonit) 9 petal flower tutorial.  (Thank you ladies!)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have more projects to share.. including my swap!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Erin Condren Life Planner


For a little while I was using my iphone as my planner, but after about a year, I realized that it just doesn't work that well for me.  I guess I'm a visual person and it helps me to see everything coming up on my schedule.  So I jumped on the planner bandwagon after watching some of Nadine's videos (hi Nadine!!). If you haven't checked her out yet, you need to.  She's hilarious!  Now I'm in no way as hardcore as a lot of others out there, but I do enjoy decorating my planner!

The Erin Condren planners really appealed to me. I was thinking about getting one anyway... and then I saw a preview video on YT that said that... wait for it... you can change out your covers!!!!  Yippeeeeeeee!  SOLD!  So I placed my order and patiently waited for my planner to arrive.  Above is a photo of what came in my box.  I know you must think I'm nuts, but I got the pink/platinum combo and then bought another cover in the same design but gold and mint.  Love it!!

The other thing that I got really excited about was my new Magical Beans kit by The Greeting Farm.  I got the set from Jamie at Not 2 Shabby and do not regret it one bit!  Each image is so darn cute!  Since they are "magical" I decided to color them up with colorful hair...

 Then I had some creative block and didn't know what to do with them...  I looked over at my planner and then the light bulb came on....  Hello!?  Put them in your planner!!!  Here's how I used them... I think the mermaid is one of my faves, so she gets to go on the inside cover!

The next page was a piece of vellum, so I added my second favorite bean there.  Cool how you can see the images on the next page peeking through!

Here's the next page..

I love the sentiment on this next 2 page layout!  So cute!

And a closer look at the images...

Here's the last of the Beans...

Hope this has inspired you to start decorating your planner.. if you still use a regular planner!  Enjoy!