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

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.

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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Super Strong Reinforced Binding Photo Tutorial for Handmade Custom Mini Albums Using Stacked Deck Hidden Hinge folding Cardstock and Tyvek

About 6 years ago I was using this method of binding my mini albums and still find it is the best for me after all these years.  I made this post on my OLD blog Put The Glue Down but had a few friends ask me for it, so here it is !  There are many tutorials online and years ago I watched several and put them together in what suited me the best.  I have no idea who the first to do anything was or I would give them credit.  At this point I think we are all just enjoying the hodgepodge of ideas and having fun creating - and that is what it all is about.

I'm just going to copy and post most of this, if there are typos ... blame the old me from years ago :D

First - get yourself one of those Tyvek mailers (or a piece of Tyvek from the hardware store or Amazon) they're the ones that are hard to tear but they're a different material than paper (but not exactly plastic either) - Here's one that's been used (because it's not legal to use free USPS materials for anything than shipping with USPS= but it does say to "recycle" the used ones so ...

Cut the Tyvek and a piece of cardstock the same size (the color you choose will be inside your book).Cut them as tall as your mini album will be (say a 6" mini album would need a piece of cardstock and Tyvek 6" tall and a minimum of 11" long for a 5 page mini album) glue the 2 pieces together using a STRONG glue or Xyron .. NO glue sticks!! I like E6000 spray but some people don't, you can use whatever you like as long as it will give a good bind without being bulky.  Let dry thoroughly.  If you are using the E6000 spray, remember to spray completely on one of the pieces and press hard, keep pressing occasionally and let dry COMPLETELY before moving to the next step (usually about 4-5 minutes with the E6000 spray). 
This sounds confusing, but it isn't, just look at the photo ...You will leave 1.5"  or more on each end of the paper/tyvek piece.  Start in the middle, score in the middle. On each side of the middle score line, do a scoreline 1/2 inch away - then a score 1/4" away on each side, then a 1/2" score on each side, then another 1/2" score, then a 1/4"  - do this until you have as many page holders as you need (a page holder is 2 of the 1/2" scorelines, when folded on the scoreline, the 1/4" spacers just leave ample room for your embellishments).  Remember to leave AT LEAST 1.5" on each end to hold your covers.

Fold on lines - Mountain folds between 1/2" sections and Valley Folds where 1/4" meets a 1/2" section ... On the back side, where the Tyvek is, put a piece of ScorPal Tape,Terrifically Tacky tape, or strong glue if you use several clips till totally dry, between the 1/2" sections to hold them together,  You will be attaching your pages on these. 

I'm making two bindings for 2 different books at the same time -- that's why you will see two in the pictures below.  After you stick together the 1/2" sections, use a bone folder and press the creases. Push the 1/2 sections to the other direction and press well again.  
Push the ridges back and forth to get them limbered-up for the turning of your pages  - don't forget that little 1/4" on each end (the one right before you get to the 1.5+" space on the very end ... those will be the ones that hold your front and back covers with a spine cover between.

Use a Black Sharpie marker, or a touch of black alcohol ink to touch up little edges where the tyvek is showing through and 

You prefer a flexible spine and not one covered by chipboard.  If you want a flexible spine and want "extreme" reinforcement (I'm always afraid a drop or tug will destroy a book I've worked on so I usually go this extra mile ---

Cut another piece of Tyvek and another piece of paper the same size as your binding.  Glue the Tyvek to the paper (this paper will be what everybody sees as your spine).  Let dry completely.  Once dry, you can emboss it - paint it or any treatment you desire BEFORE attaching it to your page binding.

If you want to emboss your spine cover, now's the time to do that.  I ran these through a Tim Holtz Halloween embossing folder and more embossing on the edges with a steampunk folder (you can see that in the video below) and then put a drip of  white acrylic paint on a paper towel and lightly brushed over the embossed image.

Now attach (strong glue again, the ScorPal or Terrifically Tacky tape) the binding piece to the spinal cover piece (You will be gluing the 2 Tyvek sides together).  Make SURE you get the edges and corners glued together well. 
If you use a strong glue instead of ScorPal or other tacky tape, make sure you clip it tight and let complete dry before using for your book.  A week bonding glue will not work well for this project or last over years of using your book. 

Now just add your pages and covers.  
Here is a Steampunk Halloween Mini Album that I made from this bind.
Sorry if the video makes you seasick, YouTube said "we see your video is shaky, would you like us to fix that ?" I clicked YES and .. now it's not shaky .. but it's wavy and weavy lol.

If you have ANY questions or something isn't clear, please don't hesitate to leave a comment and I'll see if it is something I can help you understand.  Thanks for lookin'.