Monday, January 22, 2018

Pastel's and Misty Moments Layout

This month's mood board at the International Scrapbook Garden is all pastels and misty moments. It instantly reminded me of a rainy day photo I took of my hometown, Spokane. The sketch offered with the mood board made putting this page together a cinch!
~ Mist ~
 The misty photo melded perfectly with this grey dotted paper by Craftsmith and my Lavender/Gold Glossy Rinea Foiled Paper, embossed with a Crafter's Companion folder. To add a little warmth I die cut a lacy, circle frame from Gold/Gold Glossy Rinea Foiled Paper
 A thin line of ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever is all I needed to hold the foiled paper down. The No-Clog Writing Cap helped me apply the glue only where I wanted it. 
 A few more dots of BGE and I was ready to add a canvas hot air balloon shape. I used a die to emboss the shape onto the Canvas Corp Brands 10oz Natural Canvas and hand cut it.
 After a little houndstooth embossing with a Darice folder I added strips of the Lavender and Gold Rinea Foiled Paper to the title area. With the irregular shape and slick surface, ScraPerfect's BGE was the best adhesive for the job.
 This double balloon cutout is thanks to a pair of die's from Pink and Main. I cut the larger balloon, then centered and cut the smaller balloon. The smaller balloon I placed in the photo. The larger balloon frame I reserved for the title area.
 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Mardi Gras is misted through Aladdin's Screen, a stencil by Kite and topped with modeling paste applied through Drip Rings, a stencil by Memory Box.
 Hand lettering adds an elegant, personal touch to projects. I interpreted this skill with thin strips of Rinea Foiled Paper, folded and turned to spell out my title in script.
This misty layout is brightened by the scraps of Canvas Corp Colored Burlap in Turquoise and Light Pink.
The mood board and sketch contest starts with the image above. Details can be found on the International Scrapbook Garden Blog. Stop by for a peek at the latest kit reveal and enter the contest!

Scrap On!

~charity~


Thursday, January 18, 2018

How To Get The Best Use From Your Writing Cap

Here are some tips for how to get the best use from your writing cap. The No-Clog Writing Cap from ScraPerfect makes it easy to write with glue or paint. This Writing Cap also lets you put one tiny dot of glue exactly where you want it.
But what do you do if you notice glue seeping out between the writing tip and the blue collar? What a waste, what a mess! This happens when the inner pink tip is not screwed into the glue cap. Unscrew the blue collar, clean all the bits up, and place the pink tip back into the base cap. A clockwise, 1/4 turn will seat the writing tip securely. Screw the blue collar back on and you are ready to craft!
If you do not clean your writing tip after its last use, then leave it for a long time you might have a tragedy like the one pictured below. The glue has sealed the writing tip to the white pin top. It was quite stuck so I gave it a firm tug. The writing tip pulled right out of the pink collar it is meant to be permanently bound to!
The Good News:
The Best Glue Ever is so strong and so versatile that now the writing tip is permanently bound to the white pin top.
The Bad News:
The No-Clog Writing Cap is permanently damaged. I will need to get a new one.
The Moral of the Story:
Always clean your Writing Cap, especially if you will not be using it for awhile.
For frequent use simply rinse the cap with water when you have finished crafting for the day. Store glue up-right and you should have no sticky problems. If the whole cap assembly is stuck together Do Not get out the pliers and start tugging. Unscrew the cap assembly from the glue bottle. Spritz inside and seams with Best Cleaner Ever. Let cap sit for 10 to 20 min. The cap should disassemble easily. If not, spritz again and let sit.
You can find tips, instructions, and How-To videos on the ScraPerfect website. Take a look at what we have to offer. We want our customers to get the best use possible from these products!

Scrap On!

~charity~



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How To Make an Attractive Coffee Cozy

A coffee cozy is not only useful for protecting your hands, it marks your cup as different from the others at the table.While enjoying an afternoon coffee with a friend I made a DREADFUL mistake. I picked up the cup that looked exactly like mine and took a sip. The liquid streaming down my throat was clearly not my coffee! I quickly prepared her a new cup and made a mental note to do something about my look-alike cups.
 These are the products I used. The lace, pleated canvas garland, and glimmer mist are all Canvas Corp products.
 The tutorial for this project can be found on the CCB Blog. 
Here is a quick explanation of why this coffee cozy is different from others. The buttons on either end of this cozy are double stacked. A large one on top of a small one gives the band a notch to rest in so it doesn't go "flying off the handle" so to speak.
  The double button idea makes is possible to use an elastic hair tie for the cozy. One wrap works for a large cup, two or three wraps work for smaller cups. Not to mention, a hair tie is something I always have an extra of.

Craft On!

~charity~

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How To Make A Bright and Cheery Owl Card

This adorable owl is ready to wish someone special a bright and cheery hello. Rinea Foiled Paper and Helmar Craft Glue made this card a breezy, beautiful project. She's made up of rows of circles. The quick and easy instructions follow.
~ Thanks ~
Supplies:
Cardstock
Grey 5x7 card blank
1 Grey 3" circle
Features
Sentiment
White Cardstock 3" Banner
Directions:
Step 1: Round the lower two corners of the card blank and cut a shallow curve in the top.
My rounded corners are 1" to 1.25" in from the original corners. The shallow curve at the top is 0.75" deep.
Step 2:Position the 2" circles in rows of 3 or 4, starting at the bottom.
I alternated my colors from row to row by flipping the circles over.
 I started out with alternating rows of 3 then 4 circles, as pictured. Then I decided I liked just three red circles at the top. The Helmar's Tacky Craft Glue gave me time to make that decision.
 Step 3:Add Mocha circles to the Silver "eyes", then glue the eyes to the owl.
Play with positioning to decide how you want your owl to look. Once you have the perfect look, add adhesive only to the center of the silver eyes to glue them down. You will need the side and lower edge free to slip the beak under.
 Step 4:Fold down 2 sides of a Mocha circle to make a beak. Glue the beak under and between the owls eyes.
The grid above is made of 1/2 inch squares. The measurements don't need to be exact, but it helps give you an idea of how I made my owl.
 Step 5:Cut Grey circle in half, position on the owls sides as wings.
I knew I wanted a sentiment on my card so I glued the straight edge of the owls wings down and left the scalloped edge free.
Step 6:Layer and attach assorted diecut shapes and sentiment. I glued my "Thanks" between the owls wings. A longer sentiment would fit easily along the bottom of the card.
 My owl will most likely go as a Teacher Thanks. I never seem to have enough of those. But what an adorable valentines or birthday card it would be!
Supplies:
Cardstock:Crafter's Companion
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Frame and Circle Dies:Crafter's Companion
Scalloped Circle Die:Echo Park
Scalloped Oval Die:Spellbinders
Word Die:Elizabeth Craft's Design
Adhesive:Helmar

Scrap On!

~charity~

Thursday, January 4, 2018

How To Make Tiny Details Quick And Easy

Today's project is a quick tip for making tiny details stick easily. This page from my homemade journal has thin die-cuts. In fact, the lines on these die-cuts are less than 1/16 of an inch. The foiled paper looks fabulous but needs a little extra help to stay put.
~ Storytime ~
The solution is simple with a little help from ScraPerfect products.
This glue tip screws on to a variety of products and gives the crafter ultimate control.
#2) The Best Glue Ever
Just a drop or two along the sides, top, middle band, and basket hold this foiled paper balloon to the page.
This page of my journal shows a variety of uses for BGE. The felt ric-rac, the foiled paper balloons, and the card stock balloon are all held down with the same product. No need to switch between bottles of adhesive. One does it all!

Supplies:
Cardstock & Rub-Ons:7 Gypsies
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Paper Diecut:American Crafts
Stickles:Ranger
Die:China
Ric-Rac:Little Yellow Bicycle
Washi Tape:Love My Tapes
Best Glue Ever and No-Clog Cap:ScraPerfect

Scrap On!

~charity~

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

How To Make Surprisingly Beautiful Layered Cards

Beautiful layered cards are surprisingly easy to make. Grab a Variety Pack of Foiled Paper from Rinea, choose corresponding dies, and put it all together. The wow factor is in the glow foiled paper brings to every project.
 Step 1: Gather and die cut card pieces.
The first step in creating Winter Wishes is to die cut each of the pieces. Because I was making a shaker card, I also die cut the card front. Not pictured below is the piece of acetate I used for the window and the 5x7 white card blank.
The snow flakes and sentiment plaque are cut from Rinea's Frosted Foiled Paper Variety Pack.
Step 2: Create the shaker using two layers of foam tape, add sequins.
Frankly, this is not my strong point. It took a lot of piecing of foam tape around the snow flake and the acetate window to get the shaker just right. I also ran a line of foam tape around the perimeter of the card. Don't forget to add the sequins before placing the card front on the base. 😕
Step 3: Adhere foiled paper snowflakes to front of card.
I like to use Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect. Just a few drops will hold the snowflakes in place. The foil is easily embossed and a bulky spot of glue will show.
The instructions for Best Wishes are simple: Gather, Diecut, Assemble.
When die cutting the foiled paper it is helpful to use washi tape to hold the die in place. Intricate dies take a few passes through the rollers and having the die slip is disastrous.
The balloon and sentiment for this card are 1/16 of an inch in places! I find that using a No-Clog Writing Cap assists in getting the glue exactly where I want it.
 I added glitter glue to my design. I love the color and sparkle it adds.
This card shows how easy it is to take traditional Christmas colors into the rest of the year. I used the Jolly Foiled Paper Variety Pack for this card.

Rinea foiled paper brings on the glamour while ScraPerfect glue and accessories make construction possible.

Supplies:
Cardstock:Recollections, Craftsmith
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Glitter Glue:Ranger
Sequins:Spiegel Mom Scraps
Alpha:Recollections
Border Punch:Martha Stewart
Dies:Darice, Poppy Stamps, Crafter's Companion, China
Glue and No-Clog Writing Cap:ScraPerfect

Scrap On!

~charity~


Friday, December 22, 2017

Canvas Cover for Spiral Bound Journal

 Ric rac and paint decorate a canvas cover for a spiral bound journal. Hand made memory books are common this time of year. This particular one is a Gratitude Journal. This journal cover protects the spiral binding so that I can toss my book into my bag and not worry about it getting caught on things. It also gives me one more surface to embellish!
Directions:
Step 1 Measure the width of the journal and the length from page tip to page tip.
This should be done with the journal closed. I used a bit of trim that was the same thickness as the material I planned on using to cover my journal. The length of fabric needed to cover an item will vary depending on the fabrics thickness. I stretched my trim from cover to cover and over the spiral binding then laid this on a yardstick for the final measurement.
Step 2 Add 1 inch to the width and 3 inches to the length. Cut fabric to size.
I was using scraps of canvas so I didn't have one the correct length. I knew I would have to piece my cover together. I choose two pieces the right width and an inch more than the right length when added together.
 Step 3 Sew a basting stitch 1/2 an inch from either edge down the length of the fabric. 
Although this step is not strictly necessary, I have discovered that my rolled hems are not very even when I just eye-ball them. If I give myself a folding line the rolled hem turns out much better. A basting stitch is a long loose stitch that is easy to remove.
Step 4 Sew a rolled hem on either side of the fabrics length.
The purpose of a rolled hem is to trap the raw edge so it doesn't ravel out. To do this, fold the fabric twice so that the raw edge is hidden in the second fold. Fold the fabric in 1/4" increments with the right side down and the wrong side up. When you have folded it correctly the basting line will run straight down the outside edge of the fabric. The right side is the outside with any decoration. The wrong side is the inside, with the seam edges and hidden stitching. After you have sewn your seams pull the basting stitch free.
 Step 5 Turn the ends of the fabric under 1/2 an inch and sew a seam 1/4 inch from the folded edge. We will not be making a rolled hem on the ends because the thicknesses of fabric increases with each roll and the needle has difficulty piercing all the layers. This end is rolled under when the pocket is formed and the raw edge will be protected.
Step 6 Make a pocket to slip over the journal cover at each end. Fold 1 inch of the fabric over (wrong sides together) so that the raw edge from Step 5 is hidden. Use a blind stitch along the overlap at each end to hold the pocket in place.
Blind Stitch Tutorial
The blind stitch is one of my favorite hand sewing techniques. When this stitch is done properly the thread is completely invisible. It makes me feel like a MAGICIAN! Side a and side b are both hemmed leaving a 1/4" space along the edges to be joined. I used red thread for contrast, a thread that blends with your fabric is preferable for this stitch.
Step 1 The stitch begins on side b. Pull the needle through, anchoring the knot inside the hem space. Insert the needle in side a, directly across from where the thread emerged in side b. Slide needle in the hem space for 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch, exit the hem space still on side a.
Step 2 Insert the needle in side b, directly across from where the thread emerged in side a. Slide needle in the hem space for 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch, exit the hem space still on side b.
Step 3 Continue this pattern for the length of the seam, alternating sides.
Step 4 Pull the thread snug so that the edges match up exactly, but not so tight they pucker, and knot off thread.
Because I used two pieces of canvas rather than one long piece, I joined them with a 1/2" seam. I covered the seam with ric rac.
Decorating Tips For The Journal Cover
To give my journal cover the look of a bound book  I added strips of ric rac trim where it bent around the spiral binding. The finished length of my cover is 16 inches, from edge to edge. The ric rac trim that curves around the binding is in 4" lengths.
 I chose felt trim because the ends do not ravel out. I sewed the pieces that run the width of my cover onto the fabric, then snipped the ends so they were the exact length I wanted.
 I added the flourish design to the front of the cover using Tattered Angels High Impact Paint and a stencil. I tend to get too much paint on my brush when stenciling which results in a smeared design. Instead, I prefer to use a cotton round (the sort for make-up removal) to apply the paint through the stencil.  
My final step was adding the Beaded Rose Ornament. A couple of quick stitches hold it in place, but a good fabric glue would do the same.

Supplies:
Canvas Scraps and Burlap Flower:Canvas Corp
Red Paint:Tattered Angels
Papers:7Gypsies
Stencil:Pebbles Inc
Felt Ric Rac:Little Yellow Bicycle

I decorated the Burlap Flower using the Beaded Rose Ornament tutorial.

Craft On!

~charity~