February 18, 2015

Vintage Chalkboard Frame

I love Thrift Shopping for treasures.  Granted I have not found any hidden gems worth thousands of dollars but every now again I do find something special for me to add a little paint, a touch of craftiness and a dab of creativity to make it my own.  I picked up this gold-leaf vintagy frame at a thrift store for next to nothing and set out to transform it into something quite special...


I had two porcelain ornaments on hand which were perfect for the project I had in mind.  I wanted to incorporate a branch from my garden for my birds to rest on and I wanted to have my frame a ocean blue.  When I discovered Plaid's FolkArt Chalk Paint and Wax I knew I had hit my jackpot.


1. The vintage frames were sold as a set and although I liked the gold leaf I LOVED the detail on the frame more so I was ready to start the transformation.
2.  After removing the glass, image and backing to the frame I painted the frame with FolkArt Chalk paint (good news that no sanding, stripping or prep required!)
3. Once the base layer had dried I applied the FolkArt Clear Wax to the frame.  
4.  Now it was time to apply the White Wax.  After I painted the White Wax on the frame I immediately wiped off the excess leaving wax in the recesses of the frame.  
5.  Letting my frame dry, I set to work painting the backboard of the frame with black Martha Stewart  Chalkboard paint. 
6.  Since it is winter in Colorado there is no shortage of dry twigs.  I painted one with white acrylic paint and adhered it and my porcelain birds to the backboard (I used superglue and it worked really well)
7.  Last step was to write something sweet with a chalkboard marker :)


This is a fun way to really express your creativity and explore ways to make fun pieces of art from items that need a little TLC.  It's really easy - I promise you!  Give it a try and let me know how you did.  

February 7, 2015

Pretty Vintage Style Easter Card

Denver is going through unseasonably warm weather for early February.  We are reaching record high temperatures which makes it feel like spring is on it's way already.  Craft stores are decked out in beautiful pastel shades and that is my inspiration for this card.  


I was browsing through a Pier 1 Imports catalog when I found this beautiful image of a bunny pillow.  It reminded me of a darling little stamp set I have from Fun Stampers Journey.  

{The Inspiration}
Pier 1 Imports Pillow


I created this card using stamps, ink, cardstock and embellishments from Fun Stampers Journey.  Simply click on the link below and select catalog to browse through an amazing assortment of beautiful products.  If you have any questions please email me at: nunutoolies@gmail.com




 Easter Bunny ATS Stamp Set AT-0053
Summer Garden Stamp Set SS-0078
Journey Rectangles Die Set DI-0041
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0094
Buttercream Cardstock CS-0006
Pineapple Smoothie CS-0026
Bubble Gum Satin Ribbon AC-0105
AC-0024 Pearls

I colored the images in with Copic Markers and will provide a video with tips on my coloring techniques in the next few days.  In the mean time please let me know if you have any questions on this card or the products I have used today.

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January 27, 2015

With Heartfelt Sympathy

This past weekend my dear neighbor passed away.  I wanted to create a card for her family letting them know how sorry I was for their loss.  Sometimes words fail us during these times of grief but I found this sentiment from Fun Stampers Journey so fitting for our friends.


I created this card using stamps, ink, cardstock and embellishments from Fun Stampers Journey.  Simply click on the link below and select catalog to browse through an amazing assortment of beautiful products.  If you have any questions please email me at: nunutoolies@gmail.com



The sentiment is so touching and conveys my sympathy to our friends.   I stamped the first line of the sentiment on the cover and the rest on the inside of the card. 

So Sorry for Your Loss, 
may God grant you and yours the strength
to remember the good and and the opportunity to 
celebrate the moments shared...
With Heartfelt sympathy



SS-0057 Many Wishes (21 Stamps)
SS-0126 Wonderful Day
DI-0039 Journey Circles
CS-0023 Oatmeal Cookie
CS-0040 Whip Cream
CS-0029 Pretty Pansy
AC-0024 Pearls
AC-0005 Journey Twine Natural
AC-0108 Lavender Fusion Satin Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Please let me know if you have any questions on this card or the products I have used today.

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January 21, 2015

Inspired by the Beach

I loved our little vacation at the beach.  We had a wonderful time swimming, snorkeling and sunning ourselves while reading on the beach.  Our family returned relaxed and energized ready for a brand new year!  I was so inspired by the colors and textures of the ocean that I designed this Thank You card using products from Fun Stampers Journey.



I created this card using stamps, ink, cardstock and embellishments from Fun Stampers Journey.  Simply click on the link below and select catalog to browse through an amazing assortment of beautiful products.  If you have any questions please email me at: nunutoolies@gmail.com




The stamp set is called: Sea Side Treasures (SS-0071) and consists of 8 stamps.  I used the Starfish, Thank You sentiment stamp and background script which tells the most beautiful story:

Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.  He had habit of walking on the beach before he
began his work.  One day he was walking along the shore as he
looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.  
He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the 
day.  So he began to walk faster to catch up.  As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but 
instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something
and very gently throwing it in the ocean.  As he got closer he called
out, "Good Morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused,
looked up and replied, "throwing star fish in the ocean." " I guess I
should have asked, why are you throwing Star Fish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.  And if I don't throw them in they'll
die."  "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles
of beach and starfish all along it.  You can't possible make a
 difference!"  The young man listened politely.  Then bent down, 
picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, passed the
breaking waves and said
"It made a difference to that one"


Supplies

Seaside Treasures SS-0071
Oatmeal Cookie Ink IP-0011
Pearls AC-0024
Journey Twine Natural AC-0005
Wooden Accents AC-0031
Journey Glaze AD-0003
Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock CS-0023

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Please drop me a line if you have any questions about this project or any of the products I used today.
Hugs

November 8, 2014

Tag Happy

Christmas is just around the corner and just like many of you I am a busy mama!  I love making handmade decorations, giving beautiful cards and baking during this time of year so I thought I would get a head start by making quick and easy tags ready to adorn festive treats.


I put these together using fun Christmas and Holiday themed stamps and products from 


{Let it Snow Christmas Tree Tag}


I made a stencil tag shape from regular cardstock and used it to trace and cut all my tags.  Once that was done the assembly line was ready for production!

1. Stamp tree image with Green Olive ink
2. Stamp sentiment with Cranberry Bliss ink 
3. Dot Journey Glaze for snow flakes and add to snow on the tree.
4.  Sprinkle Journey Sparkle Dust over Journey Glaze and allow to dry.
5.  Finishing by adhering red bling for ornaments



{Let it Snow Christmas Tree Tag}


Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Winter Wonderland (SS-0093),
Ink: Green Olive (IP-0072), Cranberry Bliss (IP-0049)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002), Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013)

Other: Adhesive red gems
{Snowman Tag}


For this tag I used Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight die template for the base.  I made 15 of these and cut the all the base tags out first so that stamping would be quick and easy.

1. Stamp snowflake background onto the tags using Linked Dots background stamp with Whip Cream ink.
2. Stamp Snowman onto Whip Cream cardstock, color with markers and fussy cut.
3.  Apply Journey glaze to the side of the snowman and sprinkle with Journey Sparkle Dust
4. Adhere snowman to tag with foam squares.



{Snowman Tag}


Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040), Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023)
Stamp Set: Linked Dots (SS-0051), Frosty Fun (AT-0106)
Ink: Whip Cream (IP-0009)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002), Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013)

Other: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight, Copic Markers





{Let it Snow Mini Tag}


These are so cute and so easy.  I thought they would make great little tags for homemade goodies, placement cards, even little drinkie-poo name tags ;)

1. Cut rectangular strips from cardstock and fold in half to form mini tag.
2. Stamp sentiment and snowflake images with Whip Cream ink.
3. Adhere mini gems to center of snowflakes
4. Run the edges of the tag sides with Whip Cream ink



{Let it Snow Mini Tag}


Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Snow Burst (SS-0144)
Ink: Whip Cream (IP-0009)

Other: Mini adhesive gems





{Merry & Bright Ornament Tag}



The base of this tag is another Spellbinders die called Labels Twenty-Nine.  After cutting all the tags with my Journey Grand machine I was able to do some quick stamping.

1. Stamp ornament onto Whip Cream cardstock with Cranberry Bliss Ink
2. Stamp sentiment alongside ornament with Lemon Grass Ink
3.  Apply Journey Glaze dots to some of the ornaments - allow to dry
4. Finishing by adding a bright green button to the top of the tag



{Merry & Bright Ornament Tag}



Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Merry Bright (AT-0022),
Ink: Cranberry Bliss (IP-0049), Lemon Grass (IP-0022)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002)

Other: Button






Whew.  I think this is a great headstart :) Please stop by soon again because I will be adding to this collection of quick and easy tags for the Holidays as well as throwing in a mix of quick and easy cards too!

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October 14, 2014

Today I Count My Blessings

Here is a great idea to dress up a Thanksgiving table or present something special as a Hostess gift.  Fun Stampers Journey has a bunch of beautiful stamps in their newly released catalog including beautifully designed stamp sets, crafty boxes and fabulous embellishments for your Thanksgiving festivities.


Stamps: Give Thanks Stamp Set (SS-0041), Autumn Days Stamp Set (SS-0006). Dies: Treat Box Die (DI-0006).  Ink: Cocoa Powder True Color Fusion Ink Pad (IP00016), 
Pumpkin Bread True Color Fusion Ink Pad (IP-0057).  Cardstock: Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023), 
Whip Cream (CS-0040).  Accessories: Journey Twine Natural (AC-0005).  Other: Copic Markers



Just a few simple steps to create this darling project:  1. Stamp leaf images and label image and color with Copic markers.  Fussy cut leaves and label.  2.  Die-cut box shape and ink edges to distress.  3.  Adhere a strip of patterned paper around length of box.  4.  Wrap twine around box and secure in a bow.  Adhere leaves and label.


Thanks for joining me today.  Do let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the Fun Stampers Journey products.  

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October 4, 2014

World Cardmaking Day with JustRite




World Card Making Day

Today marks the 9th anniversary of this super fun event!  Crafters around the world unite to create beautiful cards and the bonus - enter those cards into a contest to win fabby prizes!  Details here:





My card today features a Justrite Papercraft new release for the October collection of beautiful stamps.  




I colored the stamps using Copic markers and added detail with Spectrum Noir pencils.  The shape of the card was created using Spellbinders beautiful die template called Reflective Moments


The cards for this set are simply amazing.  Take a peek at what the team has created here:













Thanks for stopping by today.  It's a beautiful here in Colorado so we will be stepping out to enjoy the weather.  Hope some of you will be participating in World Card Making Day

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October 3, 2014

Falling for Fall

Oh my goodness I just love, love, love this time of year.   Fall is by far my most favorite season.  The colors, the temperatures and of course the baking!   It's time to bring out the boots, warmer coats and enjoy the crisper temperatures.  It is these wonderful inspirations that make me happy to craft all day if I could!


You all know how much I love my goodie bags.  It's just as easy as making a card but of course there is room inside for a little gift.    When we are invited over to friends for dinner I love taking over a little hostess gift in a specially decorated bag.  There are 2 stamp sets that I used from JustRite Papercrafts October Release:





I purchase the brown craft bags at Bigbox craft stores or even at the Dollar store.  They usually come 5 in a pack and I simply stock up.  I colored the leaves in using Spectrum Noir markers and added detail with Spectrum Noir pencils

Design Team Inspiration



 Here is a little Colorado Fall inspiration for you all.  This picture was taken yesterday morning on my morning walk 


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have the opportunity to get creative as the weather in your neck of the woods changes too.

Hugs

October 2, 2014

Too Cute to Spook Halloween Cupcake Toppers and Wrappers

It's almost that time of year when our neighborhood is filled with little "creatures" scurrying around at dusk to earn some treats.  We love celebrating Halloween - so much so that our girls have been planning their costumes since August.  We finally committed to the final one last week - which leaves me some time for the party planning preparations!



I created these spooky cute cupcake toppers using Fun Stampers Journey Stamps and Papers:

Supplies:

Trick or Treat Stamp Set (SS-0084)
Journey Circles Dies (DI-0039)
Zombie Nights Cardstock (PP-0006)
Journey Glaze (AD-0002)

{Shop Fun Stampers Journey: Catalog}

Other Supplies:

Spectrum Noir Markers and Pencils
Cupcake base template downloaded from the internet
Cupcakes (yup these are store bought)


I stamped my images twice onto white cardstock.  I cut the first image out using a pierced circle from the Journey Circle Dies. The second image I fussy cut and adhered it over the first image with a small adhesive foam square.  I stamped the sentiments onto white cardstock and colored them with markers.  After cutting them into little banner shapes I attached toothpicks to both the sentiment banner and the cupcake topper.  To make the Cupcake wrapper template I downloaded and printed a template from the internet.  I cut out the shape and traced it onto my paper.  After cutting it out I simply wrapped it around the cupcake base and secured it at the back with tape.

I have more up my sleeve (bwhaaahaha) for Halloween so don't forget to follow me here or on Pinterest.  

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September 28, 2014

A feature in Somerset Memories Magazines

I received a beautiful copy of Somerset Memories magazine in my mailbox.  This is their Autumn 2014 Artistic Scrapbooking & More issue.  One of my projects is featured on page 76.  I created a mixed media canvas of Ashton at the Lake.  


After paging through this magazine, worthy of a "coffee table book" I am so inspired to create beautiful artistic keepsakes of our family - but the real bonus was discovering beautifully designed Artists Paper in the back! Wow - tear out sheets for me to use!  I am in love :)

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity Somerset Memories

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September 16, 2014

Vote for these Bistro Chic Chairs


When Krylon issued a challenge to crafters to "Make it Yours with Krylon" I knew exactly what I wanted to create with my Krylon® spray paint. My Mom and I were shopping at garage sales a few years ago when we stumbled upon these metal folding chairs.  They are black with limey greeny vinyl seats.  Fabulous was not a word I would use to describe them but they were sturdy and definitely filled a purpose for overflow seating.  


With Krylon's Spray Paint the transformation from bleh to Gorgeous was super quick and easy.  The hardest part was deciding if I want to use one color on all the chairs or go for a fun assortment.  There was no way I could choose one so an assortment of colors it was!


This how they turned out after a splash of beautiful trendy colors.  Ashton, my oldest daughter, was so pleased them that she claimed these two for herself. Alexandra got to choose her own colors for her two chairs!

{Voting}

This is a contest amongst other crafters so I would love your vote if you love my little project.  Please  click on the link below to Vote and to see the other projects.  

Bistro Chic Chairs

I am so inspired to repurpose and create.  Hope you are too!!!
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