Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Sewing Machine Gets a Second Life

About a year ago I attended a craft meetup, and someone had brought their mother's old sewing machine to give away. It works perfectly, the only problem is that it's missing the "stick" on top that holds the thread! It was completely broken off. I had wanted a sewing machine for quite some time so I figured if it were given to me for free, I could surely find a way to fix it.

But I was stumped. That sewing machine sat around for almost a year. Until one day it dawned on me...MIGHTY PUTTY! My hubby loves infomercials and thinks his mighty putty is the greatest stuff ever, but it's not every day he actually gets to use it. He was more than willing (and I think a little excited) to help me fix my sewing machine. I found a small stick that came with some scrapbooking rub-ons that worked well as a makeshift "thread stick." (Does anyone know the actual name for this?)

Prepping the mighty putty. This takes concentration...
Adhering to the sewing machine...
All finished...just needs to set overnight! Ok, the close-up looks, well, you know...weird.
It may look a little funny, but it works! I don't sew often, so it doesn't make sense for me to spend a lot of money on a nice new one when this one works perfectly.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Hauntings: Halloween Card Using Bright Colors

I'm not big on Halloween (because I don't have kids yet), but I love this Thriller stamp set I got for free as a stamp of the month from Close to my Heart. And I thought this paper was perfect for Halloween. So I made a few Halloween cards for my 2 crafty neighbors and to send to my sister and her kids. Just for fun :)
Supplies
Thriller stamp set (Sept SOTM); Ink Colors: Sunset, Indian Corn Blue; bitty sparkles; paper and ribbon from stash

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wedding Gift: Memory Box Frame in Maroon, Tan & Black

You might remember from this post that I have been helping my neighbor make wedding gifts. This is the second one we created...it's a shadow box. She wanted to leave it fairly plain so the bride and groom couple pin mementos and photos inside. My neighbor told me today that the bride said this was her favorite gift...and loved it even more once she found out it was handmade!
I wouldn't have thought to use this background paper that looks like corrugated cardboard. I had a stack of paper I never use that my neighbor went through and pulled it out...I think it works perfectly to add some dimension.
I also had this tag embellishment that I've been holding onto forever, and it paired nicely with the colors she used.
To create the heart, she stamped the big heart from the Love Language stamp set onto the back of the paper, then cut out. We then ran it through my Cuttlebug in the Swiss Dots folder to add some dry embossing, and sanded the dots to reveal the white core.

Supplies
Shadow box from from Michael's, CTMH Vineyard Berry cardstock, CTMH Silhouette paper pack (polka dots), Corrugated cardboard paper from Joann's paper stack, CTMH Friendship Alphabet (large), CTMH Vineyard Berry & black inks, tag, ribbon, and bling from stash

Monday, October 11, 2010

2day Is Your Day - CTMH Hooligans Birthday Layout

I made this layout for my niece's 2nd birthday party pictures. I really wanted to use the Hooligans paper, but there were so many colors in the photos, and especially a lot of pink...so I turned them to black and white! I think it actually helps you focus on the photos this way because you don't have so many colors to try to focus on.


Supplies:
CTMH Hooligans Level 2 paper pack, George Cricut cartridge, Dimensional Elements Stars, Clear Sparkles, Blue & Green Sparkles, Glitz Glitter Gel, ribbon from stash

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stardust Grad Layout Using Magic How-To Scrapbooking Book

Here's the last layout I did for Chris's graduation...only took me 4 months to finish! These pics aren't the greatest...they were from my iPhone 3G (my new iPhone 4 takes amazing pics!). And I had a hard time getting a very good pic of the layout itself...so bear with me on this post.

I used the new Magic book for this layout. Absolutely awesome scrapbooking how-to book with tons of layouts with cutting diagrams. All the layouts have an interactive feature which is super cool...but for this layout I opted for non-interactive.

I stamped the circle of stars from the Circle Around stamp set on the red circle, and used lots of star dimensional elements. Most are simply inked (the dimensional elements come white which makes inking easy) and the star on the red circle is covered in paper from the Aspen paper pack.
For the journaling, I was able to match the color of the font exactly to the Outdoor Denim ink and paper I used. Here is a list of all the CTMH colors and the corresponding RGB values to use (I used InDesign for journaling...not sure if you can define RGB in Word...feel free to let me know if you can.)

Supplies (CTMH unless noted):
Rustic Alphabet stamp set, Felicity stamp set, Circle Around stamp set, red sparkles, Stardust level 2 paper pack (retired), Aspen level 2 paper pack (retired), Dimensional Elements stars, Clover Meadow ink, Outdoor Denim ink, Cranberry ink, Recollections sparkle brads from Michael's


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hooligans Pinwheel Tri-Shutter Card & Gift Card Holder

I love making these tri-panel cards...they're fairly easy and have a big impact! I'm having so much fun playing with this new Hooligans paper from Close to my Heart. I love the colors and how it can be for Halloween if you want it to be, or for birthday, or anything else!
How cool is the pinwheel? I made another pinwheel card here, with instructions on how to make it.
I also love that this can double as a gift card holder. The very center panel is the perfect size to adhere a gift card, and you can write a little note in the section next to it. Great option for Christmas...then it feels like you're giving a little gift with the gift card :)
You can see a Christmas tri-shutter card I made here, with a link to a tutorial.

Supplies (all CTMH):
Hooligans Level 2 paper pack, Sparkles Blue & Green collection, Happy Birthday stamp set, Sunset ink

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Martha's Done it Again!

I love Martha Stewart. I record her show. I follow her on Twitter. I receive her daily craft and recipe emails. I subscribe to her magazine. I use tons of her crafting supplies.

Her punches are my favorite. (Ok, her glitter too...it's the sparkliest!) And she and her amazing staff have done it again and created something that had me saying "Wow, I NEED this" while at Michael's the other day. I was about to purchase a lace border punch when I found this new DOUBLE-sided border punch. It cuts the whole lace strip out like a die-cut. This way you can still layer it under something and have just one edge sticking out...OR you can use it as a border on cards and scrapbooks...or ribbon around a package...or anything else you can dream up! I am in love ;)
Stay tuned for my first project using my new punch. I can't wait to use it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wedding Frame Gift: Pink & Black with Damask

Last week I introduced my next-door neighbor to the wonderful world of paper crafts. She's pretty crafty, but had never made cards, scrapbooked, or worked with paper. She mentioned she has several weddings and bridal showers coming up so I showed her some gifts I've made in the past and she couldn't wait to make her own!

So, we went to Michael's and picked out some paper, embellishments, and frames and got to work, also using several items from my own stash. This is the first frame gift we came up with.

The whole strip with the gray background, heart, and wing is one piece of Heidi Swapp scrapbook paper going across the width of the frame. The wing came perforated, so we popped it out and put foam squared underneath it. You can also kind of tell that the black damask paper is fuzzy! It's SO pretty in person.
Close-up of the couple's initials in glitter! I used double-sided sticky paper from Stampin' Up and cut it out on my Cricut, then once it was adhered to the paper we covered in Martha Stewart glitter (the sparkliest!). You can also see some of the Bitty Sparkles. I LOVE using bitty sparkles...sometimes they're just the right amount of bling without going overboard.
But sometimes you need some bigger sparkles, too :)
And here's the matching card we made using a pattern from the Wishes cardmaking how-to book. To make the heart, I stamped the big heart from the Love Language stamp set on the back of textured pink paper and cut it out. The black spiral used to be pewter, and I sponged it in StazOn ink to turn it black. To create the distressed lines, I scored the back side of the paper, then sanded the front, and inked in pink to subtly match the heart.
TIP: StazOn sticks to non-porous surfaces so you can use it to dye metal, plastic, etc. It works great to ink the edges of clear cards or other clear shapes. Be sure to let it dry completely before handling...and be careful of fingers...it takes a long time to clean off!

We made another wedding gift that I'll post soon, so stay tuned!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Adorable Alphabet Vinyl Wall Art

My sister recently bought this adorable vinyl alphabet on Etsy and I helped her put it up the last time I visited. How adorable is it for the playroom wall?!
There is a ton of cute vinyl wall art all over Etsy...you can find this alphabet here. You can even customize the colors to match your room.