Saturday, May 3, 2014

Treasure Trunk Part 1: VERY rough draft

Ok, so as i have talked about in previous blogs, I have been spending almost all of my free time (whoa, wait you say, free time? What free time, you are a stay at home mom of three that home-schools and has a mountain of laundry that is beginning to take on human characteristics and a kitchen that is beginning to rival anything you might see on Hoarders and...well the list goes on). So okay, I's not really "free time" since my kitchen and laundry and all other parts of the house/chores are paying the price for my neglect, but whatever, we can ignore that small detail, right? Anyway, I have been spending almost all of my "after the kids are asleep and I really should be taking care of my responsibilities or at least sleeping" time, on various craft projects for my sister and her soon to be here baby girl. One of these projects is a very cool treasure trunk by Kathy Orta. I have decided to use Tim Holtz's Wallflower paper collection, I am absolutely in love with these papers, and i will be making a matching mini album to go with the trunk. I am also using Tim's faucet knobs and various other goodies. These are some pictures of the trunk in VERY rough form (as the title suggests) so please don't judge quite yet.

So as you can see, I have a TON of finishing work to do, but you get the basic idea from the pictures. I think this will be the perfect place for my sister to keep all the little keepsakes that come with having a baby, especially your first. Throw in a little mini album in one of the drawers, for the millions of pictures and ephemera (doctors notes, hospital bracelets, and other related memorabilia) and I think this is going to be a great shower gift. Hope you enjoy a sneak peek into what I have been doing with all my "free time."
Till next time friends,
Keep it Crafty

Birthday Card for my Love

Hey everyone... Today is the birthday of wonderful husband of almost 13 years and I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make him a card based off the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 6 sketch. For this challenge we also had the twist of using something old and something new... My something new are the papers. All the papers are from the new Graphic 45 line Good Ol Sport collection that just came out. Love the patterns in this collection, amazing colors. My something old are the metal embellishments, both the faux nuts and the little pyramids in the top right. I have had these in my stash for YEARS... I'm also throwing this in over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes the . Hop on over to either of these blogs for some crafty fun and great inspiration.
Enjoy the card and Happy Birthday to the only man crazy enough to join me in all the adventures this journey has to offer! Thanks baby, love you.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Check it Out...

Hello friends. So this blog post is about a new challenge that I am SUPER DUPER excited about (yes, so excited that I actually just wrote 'super-duper'). The amazingly talented Linda Ledbetter is putting on the Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III Challenge. Linda has put together an awesome Curiosity Crew to help provide some incredible inspiration (if nothing else stop by just to check out what these talented ladies come up with). She has also garnered the sponsorship of Inspiration Emporium AND The Funkie Junkie Boutique to provide prizes for each challenge. And if that wasn't enough Mr Tim Holtz and the Amazing Mario have also contributed tons of giveaways. This is going to be an incredible 34 challenge journey and I definitely encourage everyone to check it out here CC3C Challenge 1. Okay now for a little about the project I made...

This first challenge is based on Tim's Distress Paint Marbling technique. So for my first project I decided to warm up with a tag. I used some faded jeans, weathered wood, and vintage photo distress paint to create the marbled background. I then stamped script in embossing distress and heat embossed it in clear. I used my distress ink pads in faded jeans and vintage photo as well as some Archival Ink
to distress ink the edges. This is when I decided to use some sticky back canvas and the Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix Sewing Room die. I inked up and embellished the die cuts and added some wings from Tim's Heart Wings die. I heat embossed the wings and then I added some extra paint, ink and shimmer spray and called it good. Hope you like the tag. I am also going to drop it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.
I can't wait to see where the Curiosity Crew takes us next, this is definitely going to be an epic adventure in crafting!