Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gothic Card for World Goth Day created by Amanda (aka: Scrimpingmommy) using Stampin' Up products

My sweet friend Amanda (aka: Scrimpingmommy on YouTube) made my day -- filled with gothic darlingness - she sent me a handmade "Gothic" card from "across the pond" using fantastic Stampin' Up products. It made my dark little heart grow three sizes . Inside was the cutest skull/winged stick pin. My pictures wouldn't do it justice so here's the YT video she made while creating it with me in mind (just love this lady). Even if you aren't crafty, she has that endearing accent we in the USA just love to listen too. Thank you soooo much Amanda .. you brought a long lasting smile to my heart. It is JUST LOVELY.



Friday, July 7, 2017

MERMAID Loaded Envelope

Joined a one-on-one swap on Loaded Envelopes Galore (a Facebook Group).  I've only made a few loaded envelopes before and they are my new favorite!! so much fun


 the back

I have to make them thick ... or I bust out the sides stuffing them with the goodies

 And here's what I stuffed it with LOL -- now you know why I have to make it thick --- the Mermaid Chunky Charm dangle and the "WISH" box it was attached to was put on the side ... if you haven't tried loaded envelopes .. hop on the bandwagon!!!

3 wands, 2 have bubbles .. you can't see it clearly but the sunset scene of a man smooching a mermaid),  the glitter tail fits in a pocket on the front of the Loaded Envelope.  On the back are two clips holding 2 Jolee's pack.

back-side of wands and tail

I made some "rusty" resin pieces from a Prima mold as one of the gifts.  Loving that mold!! (Prima IOD Nautica II mould)

Anna Griffin Madison Paper Collection Rosette Patriotic Centerpiece 4th of July

Made this fun mantle centerpiece using sheets from Anna Griffin's Madison collection and some glitter paper and scraps from my stash.  The largest rosettes are 8-10 inches across.  Such a fun easy project.  Use wooden dowels or chopsticks from takeout and hotglue them to the rosettes for a fun arrangement.  I used the patriotic washi tape from the collection to cover the sticks. Rosettes are easy to make and punches or dies can give a decorative edge.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Unicorn Loaded Envelope ( Mutant version - dual sided) Resin pieces - Graphic 45 Once Upon a Time papers

 Unicorn Loaded Envelope swap for Loaded Envelopes Galore (Facebook group) - that mutated into a dual loaded envelope-box-thingy - not sure what to call it but it was fun to make.  I rushed to take pictures in the middle of the night so I could get it out early to my swap partner - so the background isn't lovely and the lighting is muddy.. but you can get the idea :)



I used Apoxie Sculpt to create a little baby unicorn and to turn the plastic horse into a unicorn with curly mane and tale, scattered with rhinestones.  The paper clip is a resin piece from a mold I found on ebay.
The little horse was just a cheapo horse from my son's "Army men" pack when he was little, probably 12 years ago.  I found it in some storage boxes and was going to throw it away but ... just couldn't.  It's been sitting in the back room for 2 years now!  Finally, I knew the reason I let it "live"  lol - Now he is a topper for a pencil wand.


This large "wand" turned out to be MORE like a heavy scepter.  It is a clear ornament that I filled with diamond confetti and a double sided quote paper.  On one side it says "I'm Not Crazy Now Get Away from my Unicorn" on the other side "Always Be Yourself Unless You Can Be a Unicorn Then Always be a Unicorn.
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The image below is what I meant by "mutant" - I had some taffy and other  items that just would never fit in a basic LE so I made it reinforced with thick chipboard and Tyvek (so it wouldn't tear under the weight of the added items, then made a topper that tied it closed.

 That way, when you undo the ribbon on the front (attached with giant jump rings on Tim Holtz metal knobs) the LE falls open to reveal more pockets inside.  Don't you just LOVE that little castle die cut?  I have had that die for YEARS~~ and finally used it for the first time.  It is by Quickutz.

 When I pulled out some of the items on the inside, there is quite the stack. All tag images are from the internet.

The giant rhinestone Unicorn clip was once a necklace!  I removed the chain and attached it to a giant clip.

I did make a video before shipping .. but sadly it just disappeared.  I went to load it today and it was completely gone, I know that has happened to others but this is my first time!!! soooo irritating! I never knew how those other crafters felt until NOW GGGGggggrrrrrrrrr.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Loaded Envelope : A touch of Shabby Chic and Victorian with Lace, Handmade Flowers and a Domed Shaker Wand - Graphic 45 Romantique paper line

Darling Anna (my swap partner made a video of it (I'm grateful since I haven't been able to get my camera set up) Here' the link:  (give her channel some crafter's love and like and subscribe to her channel !! :D )

I wanted to get this LE out to its new home so I rushed to take pics and sadly the colors are muted since it was night and I only had a table lamp to light the area. I used Graphic 45 Romantique paper for the main color scheme:  browns, golds, coral, sage and a light blue.  I am loving this new "fad" in paper crafting -The Loaded Envelopes are like creating and receiving a mini Christmas!!

I made these flowers from a coral colored Bazzill cardstock using McGill Geranium Paper Blossoms punch.  They sort of remind me of Peonies.
The arched lace, white flat tassel lace, and the leaf (with rhinestone) lace (on the back) are from Tresors de Luxe .  I just LOVE everything from that shop!
I've been "envious" of all those crafters making the wands with domes.  When I received my order of clear ornaments I stopped what I was doing and made a shaker wand for this LE.  Who needs to vacuum anyway right??

It was a little "overstuffed" after I added all the goodies so I added a ribbon just to give it support in shipping.

Here's the back
Adored this rhinestone brooch!!  I left it where it could be easily removed so the wonderful crafter receiving it could use it on another project .. or if she likes "blingy" jewelry like I do, she can wear it. 


What it looked like before being "stuffed" 


Now for the GOODIES!!  
Not having enough room for all the gifts and goodies is a bummer - so I made a close-able, expandable middle.  
 All of this is stuffed inside!  The three little mini book charms do have beads attached but the pic isn't showing them.  Some die cuts, a Gorjuss stamp, flatback rhinestone chains, tiny decorated mini notebook, wood mini candle holders, some charms, Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder, ribbons and more .. and .. I included an Idaho Spud Candy Bar lol -- some people love them, some people think they're disgusting .. I'm like "IT'S GOT CHOCOLATE IN IT" so it's all good.    

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 Anna Griffin's new pocket dies were perfect to create a rose design pocket to hold some tags on the back of this little sewing kit .. of just buttons.
  Here's the backs of the wands - both of these are shaker wands.  Sad that the colors look so washed out in the photos but you can get the idea.
THANKS FOR LOOKING!!!




Monday, April 24, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Altered Lunch Bag with handmade flowers, Spring Fairy Theme

Joined a swap in MAS for Altered Lunch Bags - requirements were a tag, a wand, a card, and a handmade item.
Used Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper and Bazzill for solid colors.

Created the flowers will punches from McGill.  
For the "handmade item" I made some simple earrings on moon topped eyepins, butterfly charms and Swarovski crystals.  The mirrored pieces are Tim Holtz Adhesive Mirrored Sheets cut out with Tim's Alterations Trellis die.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring themed Stuffed Loaded Envelope (using Graphic 45, Anna Griffin, Tim Holtz, Crafter's Companion, We R Memory Keepers supplies & tools)

Usually spring / Easter colors are my nemesis, but this project turned out to be a happy one!  I stuffed it a little too much so I went back, took off the back pocket and added more gussets.  I used the Crafter's Companion 11 x 17 thick double sided cardstock (which is thicker than Bazzill) to create the envelope.  Graphic 45 has several spring and garden paper lines that I used for most of the images and designer papers.  Lots of eyelash fibers, ribbons and laces, and so many happy embellies made it a very enjoyable project.  Made me feel all "springy" inside.
There are 2 pockets on the front (3 if you count the tiny pocket holding the purple flocked tag) and one on the back,  and a little dangle hanging from the top.  
Here's a side view.
Kept the back more "flat" so it would be easy to lay on the desk or table.  There was enough room in the back pocket for some handmade embellies and a card (and cardmaking kit) in the back pocket.  The little pink and green bows are Anna Griffin.

When I pull everything out of all the pockets, there's a "spring explosion" -
In the envelope are 2 bags with several yards of pink and blue ribbons, 4 tags (5 counting the tag that's in the pocket of one of the tags), baggie of 3 handmade embellishments, small card and envelope (decorated on back and inside) and supplies to make a card of your own), 2 Wands (the rosette wand is on a pencil so it can be sharpened, the pinwheel wand is on a simple wooden dowl and made using the We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board, and off course, what spring envelope wouldn't be complete without some chocolate? ... so there's a little Ghirardelli Caramel Bunny.
a few close ups of what's inside
3 embellishments made from my stash.  Metal charms and a wood laser cut birdhouse, Tim Holtz' Big Chat stickers, metal filigree and some punches made them cute.
Holding it up so you can see the beaded fringe on the bottom.  I LOVE BEADED FRINGE!! 
The girls are Graphic 45, the flower cut outs are Anna Griffin, a purple flocked tag in the pocket has 2 little charms that I took off a braclet, the bird in nest was an embellishment I received in the Cat's Meow Swap I joined last year in MAS, gold filigrees are Jolees, gold Venetian lace is from Tresors de Luxe (etsy).
the top with all the goodies removed - Leaf rhinestone lace (Tresor de Luxe) and two yellow buttons were from years ago when I sold Stampin' Up - forgot I had them until I was searching through the button stash.  The butterfly is on a gold glitter mini clothespin, so it is removable.

This pic just shows the backsides of the tags, wands,
 and envelope.  On the tags there are a couple of birds I made using resin.
Close up of the little Rose beads, bird charm, Swarovski crystal dangle (on a Tim Holtz swivel clasp)

If you haven't made a Loaded Envelope yet - HOP ON THE BANDWAGON.  They are great fun and bring a smile to the person who receives it.  









Sunday, March 5, 2017

Steampunk Prima Julie Nutting Doll Tag with Resin Wings & Corset, Peacock Feather, & Top Hat

Adore making tags with Julie Nutting's Prima Doll Tags.  I joined an "open theme" swap in MAS and decided to do a Steampunk Doll.  I combined two doll stamps because I wanted the long legs and smaller shoulders so the corset would fit.  First I made some wings & a corset from resin. The Top Hat and skirt are from embossed material I found at my local Walmart that looked like real leather.  The large Gear Die is Sizzix and the smaller Gear die is Tim Holtz.  Both dies are covered in Anna Griffin's glitter paper.   Background paper covering the tag is by Paper Wishes.  A chain for hanging and folded a piece of filigree I found on ebay for extra decor.  Added a small chain to the side with a few little embellies and some doll hair ... she's ready to hit the town!


The rhinestoned trim along the boots and hat is from my stash, not sure how many years it has been stuck in one of my ribbon drawers.  The small gears on the hat are also from resin.  All resin pieces were painted black and touched with copper Inka Gold.






On the back I pulled out some long forgotten punches, a GIANT oval and scallop oval.  The corset paper is Graphic 45.  The piece on the bottom is resin I molded and some beaded fringe was hot glued along the base.  Love how the peacock feather pokes out all over.