Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Last but not Least: Photo Frames

Here are my last two Christmas Photo Frames....6a00d83495455153ef0133eda32469970b320wi.jpg

The frames are painted with magnetic paint so these can stick on them. This set says "sorry we party." 

This set says "long hair don't care."

These are my go to girls for all occasions where ruckus might be found. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Over at "Creating the Crafty Life" they post weekly challenges. This week I've been having quite a bit of fun working on them. 

This first one was the card challenge. 

On this card I worked for the first time with a mask. Although its a bit hard to see you can see it peeking from behind the images on the right. I will say, I didn't feel like they stuck as well as I expected. I had to ink quickly and keep smoothing it down. User error or design flaw I'm not completely sure. Can you see the little photos inside the glass pieces? One says Holiday Wishes, the other is a candle. Glossy Accents really adheres the paper to these well. It only takes about 5 seconds and I can cut!

This was the color challenge. We were able to create anything using the color burgundy, which was really fun. I am really enjoying how CCL incorporates lots of different people who enjoy crafting. For example (jewelry making, clay creation, scrap book, needlework, etc). So even though I entered a tag, others will create something completely different. 

USED: Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium papers, white acrylic paint dabber (for snow drift), Rock Candy Stickles, pop up foam pieces,  and of course my favorite Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. 

 The Layout Challenge

Though I've done the other two challenges in Christmas themes, I found that I was leaning toward an album I've been working on for quite some time. It is mostly filled with senior photos and high school memorabilia form my cheerleading days, but I had senior photos that also needed to be included. Did I mention this is also my first run at embossing? I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China and it really made a subtle/dainty difference to the layout. 

Lots of pretty flowers from Iamroses. I have grown quite fond of using these. 

Picket Fence cut from the Monsters cartridge on my Cricut. Its really suppose to be a bit spooky but with some white crackle paint and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, it looks much more whimsical.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Homemade Christmas Pt2

As I said before, I  certainly love making my gifts custom...
This particular frame is a christmas present for a friend who has a very bright&colorful personality. She enjoys hoola hooping, has been involved in many charity events for children, & has a super big heart. 

For her frame I chose a blue base of acrylic paint, then crackled the multi-toned topcoat using Martha Stewart crackle.  

A close up of the crackled effect. 

A CLOSER close up. hehe
Love how that blue came through.

I got a nice package from I am roses this week. After witnessing the gorgeous work of a truly great crafter // katie from Memories to Keepsakes, I wanted to check them out. Lovely product and great customer service from this company. I would certainly recommend them!

I also used some silver stickles in the flowered corner...

This frame came out lovely. Its very simple and bright. If I find a pretty butterfly before wrapping time, I'll definitely add it. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Personalized Birthday Presents//

Happy Birthday to a wonderful young lady I know, Mk. She's my daughters older half sister. So, the big 12! I must say this age puts me in my place. I was a bit stumped on what to get her. She's an edgy girl, I wouldn't say a tom boy but definitely loves skulls and chucks and skateboarding

First I made her a winter headband. I had made one for lily, which she seems to enjoy quite a bit. 

This time I used freezer paper to customize the headband with her nickname. A little E6000 and rhinestones jazzed it up.

On the inside I lined it with skull fleece. 

I went a little bit more girly with the bag, I would call this my decoy. She probably thought I got her a bunch of skirts&bows.   :)

A close up of the tag. 

I found a super awesome wallet on this blog ... it features the old school cassette tape. I am proud to say that even in high school i loved making mix tapes! 

I didn't photograph the inside once it was finished but its lined with felt. How awesome is that though?
Once again used E6000 to put bling on it. I was thrilled to discover the gems fit perfectly into all of the holes where the screws were. 

She was really excited and started putting all her birthday money into it. A good indicator I think. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gearing up for the big day: Christmas

Breaking for a photo op

On our way to the Christmas Tree farm

Lily chose this as our Christmas Tree...

... but then decided it wasn't the best one. 

Finally found one that was pretty and NOT sold already, yay!

Got it!

Mom approved. 

They told her she could put all the brush she was carrying around into the burn pile, she declared that she loved fire. I can't blame her though, it smelled wonderful. 

Ended our day by going to see Santa Claus and buying a very pretty red holiday dress. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Photo Frame Christmas Gifts

Custom Frames 
I used:
Acrylic Paint 
Martha Stewart Crackle Paint
Modge Podge 
Old book pages
Recycled Scrabble Tiles
Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage Photo