Monday, February 20, 2017

The excitement when you find your kind of book.



Those that know me know I am not a "book person". On the rare occasion that I do read it is typically non-fiction and takes me forever and a day to read. Although, craft and decor books are a completely different story. Mention anything that involves creating or color and I'm all ears. Naturally, when I first learned about Blogging for Books I pretty much ignored it. I simply don't have time to read. Then I saw the post of a fellow crafter which included CRAFT books...and coloring books. At that point I thought I did a little *happy dance* and excitedly said "count me in!". I was off to find something crafty--Everything Beautiful by WaterBrook was the something I chose.

This book is filled with gorgeous illustrations based on Scripture, quotes, poems and music. There are various images including random doodles like this:


And full scenes like this one:

After thumbing through the full 96 pages I could hardly wait to watch the colors appear and finally decided on the image below. I like that the pages are perforated so that they can be removed from the book. Pretty much the only thing I didn't like about this book was that the pages didn't remove as cleanly as I would have liked; but, it wasn't a deal breaker for me.


I liked that the images were printed on one side with details about them on the back such as lyrics and background information. I thought this was an excellent idea because if your chosen medium soaks through the paper you aren't losing an actual coloring page and you also aren't getting a lot of blank pages. Below is the back of the page shown above. It gives the lyric for the song illustrated. 


As an artist and crafter, I was also very happy to see that each page listed the artist who illustrated and lettered the image to be colored.

As far as the page quality, the pages are nice an thick so they work well with a variety of mediums. For this particular page I wanted to try alcohol ink markers to see if they would bleed through. As you can see below, they did bleed. But, as mentioned previously, this wasn't really an issue since the pages can be removed and there is no illustration on the back side. I would recommend removing them as opposed to leaving them in the book if you want to use a medium that has the potential to soak through the page.


Overall, I found this to be a high quality adult coloring book with beautiful inspirational images that are unique and easy to color. 



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I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.




*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Create Quick and Easy Watercolor Wishes for Winter

Hi all!! I can't believe it's already almost 2 weeks into 2017! If you follow me on Instagram you've probably noticed I've been working on quite a few projects since the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, it seems I have way more time to snap a quick "work in progress" photo here and there than to type up a complete blog post and when I do have a blog post it is typically on a company blog. But I am working on getting things shared here as well, even if just a short update. Huge thanks to the three loyal readers that have stuck with me and my sporadic posting. ;)

Now for one of my latest projects--


Supplies:
Cardstock: purple, blue
Watercolor paper
Vellum
Clearsnap ink pads: Cornflower, Plum
Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wishes stamp set
Buttons Galore and More Attic Findings embellishment kit
Silver metallic thread
Waterbrush
Non-stick craft mat
MISTI stamping tool
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Paper Snowflakes, Mini
Sizzix Extended Magnetic Platform
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®- EZ Runner, 3D Foam Squares, DODZ mini 



Instructions:

-Form 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch card from purple cardstock.

-Cut a piece of watercolor paper slightly smaller than card front. Wipe ink pads onto craft mat. Use waterbrush to brush plum ink onto panel as shown. Use waterbrush to flick cornflower ink on to surface.

-Now you will want to sit the panel aside to dry. One of the biggest issues and frustrations I have had with watercolors is the paper curling as in the photo below. I finally figured the remedy to this--place a heavy object on it such as a book or box then let it dry. I actually let mine dry a couple days because I forgot about it. :P

-Once the panel is dry, adhere it you your card front. Place in MISTI stamp positioner and stamp sentiment using cornflower ink.

-Die-cut snowflake shapes from both teal cardstock and vellum. I like to use my magnetic platform and die-cut both pieces at the same time with a single pass.

-You should now have two snowflakes. Curl edges as desired for added dimension. 

-Attach teal snowflake to card front using 3D foam squares.

-Attach vellum snowflake to previous snowflake using mini DODZ.

-Thread button with silver thread; attach to snowflake center using 3D DODZ.


-Using mini DODZ, embellish card front with sequins. 




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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Shine Bright with the Quick and Easy All Occasion Card

Good Morning! Time for another quick and easy card design. I am once again using the Tim Holtz Thinlits Mixed Media die set and my new Verve stamps. After I finished the card, I realized the Stephanie Ackerman star die is no longer available. Being a popular shape, if you don't already have it you can substitute your favorite star die or charm in its place.

Below you'll find the complete supply list, step-by-step instructions and a list of tips for this project. If you have any questions or comments just leave me a note and I'll be sure to get back to you! 

Also, if you missed yesterday's card using this die set, Tuesday's post using this stamp set or the Handmade Holidays Hop be sure and scroll down for those as well!

Supplies:
Light gray cardstock
Authentique patterned paper pad
Verve Let it Be Stamp set
Clearsnap poolside ink pad
Natural twine
Buttons Galore and More 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow embellishment kit
Light blue self-adhesive rhinestones
MISTI stamping tool
Sizzix dies*: Thinlits Mixed Media, Star
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: EZ runner, Adhesive sheets

Instructions:

  • Form a 4.25 x 5.5-inch top-fold card from gray cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of light blue text print paper slightly smaller than card front; attach adhesive sheet to back of panel.
  • Using photo as a guide, die-cut Mixed Media shape from text print panel; remove adhesive backing and attach to light blue patterned paper. Trim edges evenly; adhere to card front.
  • Stamp sentiment onto card front.
  • Die-cut star shape from yellow patterned paper; adhere to card front.
  • Embellish card front with rhinestones
  • Wrap card with twine; tie button to twine as shown.

*Ideas to note:

--Before die-cutting intricate designs such as the 
Mixed Media pattern attach an adhesive sheet to the back of your paper. Once die-cut, peel off the backing and attach to project.



--Use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform to hold dies in the desired position for die-cutting.

--Use the Sizzix Die Brush with foam pad to thoroughly remove small areas from designs with many small pieces.

--Layer patterned papers together and trim to same size to add a colorful pattern below Mixed Media patterns.


*Use the following Sizzix sandwiches when die-cutting the pieces:
Thinlits Mixed Media:
Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad,  paper, die (cutting side down), and, finally, the second Standard Cutting Pad





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*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Handmade Holidays DIY Soldered Charm Candy Dish




Hello Hello!! I am once again joining in on the annual Handmade Holidays blog hop and am excited that you stopped by to join me for "Decor Day" where I am going to show you how to make this fun soldiered charm candy dish.

We have a great line up of sponsors for the hop this year; and for this project I have incorporated products supplied by four of them:

Clearsnap: ColorBox Crafter's Ink, Art Daubers
Walnut Hollow: Professional Soldering Tool
Buttons Galore and More: 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Extreme Double-sided Tape, Dodz Adhesive Dots

Now, lets get started!

The first thing to do is to create the stamped ribbon that wraps around the dish. For this I used Clearsnap ColorBox Crafter's Ink in stone along with a snowflake stamp.


I continuously stamped the ribbon to create the desired pattern then heat-set the design with a dry iron.

Next, I wrapped the ribbon around the dish (found at the local dollar store) and adhered the overlapping ends using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Extreme Double-sided Tape.


For the embellishments on this project, I chose the Buttons Galore and More: 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit. This package contained product for this project and many more so you'll be seeing it a lot on future projects as well.

I used the silver string from the embellishment kit to wrap around the ribbon center and tie in place. I then used a second piece to tie a double-bow.

Now, it's time to make the soldered charm using the Professional Soldering Tool from Walnut Hollow! The kit contains all the soldering materials you need to get started and once you learn this easy technique you'll be able to make all sorts of jewelry and charms. To begin you'll need two pieces of glass and a design to encase between them. My charm uses two 1-inch glass squares with a silver metal snowflake and a sequin from the Buttons Galore and More: 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit.


Clean the glass thoroughly to remove any residue that might keep the copper tape from sticking. Layer the pieces layered together and wrap them with copper tape securing both the front and back evenly. For this charm I used a copper tape slightly wider than the one in the kit but any width can be used as long as it will wrap around both layers.

Burnish the tape to ensure the adhesive is securely in place and the surface is smooth.

Prepare the soldering tool according to manufacturer's instructions. Working on a solid heat-proof surface begin to apply the solder using the flat tip. Note that the lead-free solder supplied in this kit has a rosin core and therefore requires no flux or extra materials. When applying the solder, you can go around the edges and create a nice smooth frame like a typical charm. To me, one fun thing about soldering a project like this the ability to "draw" with the hot metal. I chose to add a textured pattern which mimics an icy design by adding mounds and drips like those shown along the bottom edge in the photo below. Simply experiment with the design and if you don't like the look just smooth it back out and try again.


Once I had the charm just like I wanted it, I used Ocean Breeze Clearsnap ColorBox Crafter's Ink  and an Art Dauber to sponge the frame filling in the creases and crevices. I then wiped away the excess and heat-set the ink using my heat gun.



The charm is now ready to attach using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Dodz Adhesive Dots.

For the top edge of the dish I once again used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Extreme Double-sided Tape. I lined the top edges of the dish then removed the backing.

I then pressed seed beads from Buttons Galore and More: 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit into the adhesive.


Finally I used Dodz Adhesive Dots to attach half-back pearls from the 28 Lilac Lane Let it Snow Embellishment Kit to the snowflake centers. 


Fill the dish with silver candy and there you have it!!
Now, that you've finished here, you'll want to scroll down to enter for a chance to win the awesome prize shown below then click on the next stop for another project and additional chances to enter.








Last but not least, many thanks to these hop sponsors:


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*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.