Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Blush and White Monochromatic Scrapbook Page

This blush and white, monochromatic page celebrates my daughters first Art Show at school. She was 7, into bright colors, and excited about her work. The photo has so many colors I needed to use a muted palette to let it shine. The blush, white, and pops of grey put my girl and her painting front and center!
~Art Show ~
For the background I used repeating, off set half circles of punched paper. I also stamped eyes with stylized lashes in peach tone ink. The stamp is from Pink Ink Designs Thalia set.
I added a bit of sparkle with the Rose Glory sequin mix by Spiegel Mom Scraps. Just little bits of glimmer here and there. The keys, the banner, and the hot air balloon each have a different type of sequin.
A cluster of Prima flowers enhance the lower right corner. I didnt' have leaves in the color scheme so I cut up a velvet flower. Creative Embellishment's laser cut gears peak out from behind the flowers, the banner, and either corner of the photo.
I didn't choose a particular theme for the diecuts. I was looking for a filigree style to mesh with the eye stamp. The wood shapes pop the photo up off the page for depth.
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Craft On!

~charity hotrum~



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mermaid Birthday Cards With Watercolor Details

This pair of mermaid themed birthday cards has lovely watercolor details and a fun sentiment. Pink Ink Designs Stamps have intricate designs, heavy on the flourish and smooth on the charm. They have become my new guilty pleasure. 
~ I SEA It's Your Birthday ~
The jewel tone card is layered with Glossy Violet/Gold Foiled Paper by Rinea. The mermaid and sentiment are from the Sea Nymph stamp set. The shell and seahorse are from the Shell Nymph stamp set. I fussy cut her two little friends and used foam tape to pop them up.
The pastel card is layered with Starstruck Jade Foiled Paper by Rinea. The fancy fish is from the Mermaid stamp set. Both card blanks are cut and folded from Craftsmith paper.
If you get an opportunity to sea Pink Ink Designs stamps in person you will be delighted. The detail and quality is stunning. Here's a link to the UK shop: Pink Ink Designs UK.
The watercolors I used are from Close To My Heart.
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Craft On!

~charity hotrum~

Thursday, August 1, 2019

How To Update a Metal Sign With Foiled Paper

I used Rinea foiled paper and Prima Flowers to update this metal sign for my craft room. I found it one day while out thrifting. I have always planned to give it some pizzazz and alter the message a bit. Having just updated my crafting space I knew it was finally time to get to this project.
I absolutely love the pale green color of this sign. The pressed metal has a great embossed design and the whole thing centers nicely on my crafting desk. The title doesn't quite fit though.
I used the Mini-WeRMrk Alphabet Punch board to make new letters. The embossed Starstruck Jade Foiled Paper from Rinea is the exact color of the sign. It cut and punched beautifully.
I sanded the sign and adhered Glossy Copper/Gold Foiled Paper from Rinea to the center. I then added the letters. Helmar adhesive is a fantastic all-purpose adhesive that doesn't leave wrinkles and worked great with the metal and glossy surfaces. 
I like bling so I ran a strip of copper and green washi tape around the border of the Glossy Copper/Gold Foiled Paper . 
It was looking a little bare so I added paper flowers and leaves. I was still on the green kick so I found some green and gold marbled flowers and set them off with white flowers and tawny leaves.
Here is the finished sign in all its foiled paper glory!
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Craft On
~charity hotrum~

Friday, July 26, 2019

How To Make a Mermaid Valentine Card With Stencils

Little did I know that when I posted this Mermaid Valentine card using Funfare Stencils that the technique I used to make the ocean and waves would interest so many people! This project was posted 4 years ago. I loved the process and am thrilled to share it for you again. It was a long and artsy process so settle in for a LIST of photos. 
~ Oceans of Love ~
Paper Supplies in Inches:
Heavy cardstock for card, 4x6
Medium to heavy weight cardstock for image base, 3.5 x 5.5
Scraps of paper for tearing. 7x3
Tear your paper scrap in half. Tear slowly and with lots of "dips".
Don't feel silly practicing this!
The torn paper is the key to the wave look.
Coloring Products:
 White embossing powder (Zing), white pigment ink (Clearsnap), and three colors of mist.
I used a mint green (Heidi Swapp), a teal (Tattered Angels)
and London Blue (Dylusions).
For tools you will need sponges or cotton rounds and a pointed stick (mine is for applying rubons).
Adhere the torn paper strip with the strait edge 1/4 of the way from the top. Apply the adhesive just to the ends so that no debris remains on the image base.
Mist the sponge with the lightest color and spread it on the base in a circular motion. The color should cover all the paper beneath the torn strip.
Repeat the process with the medium color but do not cover the entire paper.
Sprinkle the darkest color onto the base by removing the spritzer and tapping the tube. Be sure to cover the top of the base with a scrap paper to catch oops drips. Leave the drops on the paper about 10 seconds before spreading them in a circular motion.

 The base needs to be completely dry before begin this next step.
Using the pigment ink daub the base right at the edge of the torn paper. The width of the ink strip will be the width of the white caps on the waves.

Dust the ink with embossing powder. Tap off the extra and use a paintbrush to remove any unwanted portions. Use the stick to scrape circular lines in the powder. Heat to set. 
Place the mermaid stencil over the ocean and apply ink.
Dust with embossing powder, heat to set.

To complete my mermaid I used Clearsnap ink and WOW embossing powder. The Sentiment is MME and the sticker is Heidi Swapp. All papers used are Craft Smith.
I can't wait to see this technique showing up on projects!
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Scrap On!

~charity~

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

How To Make an Unforgettable Anniversary Card

We all have that amazing couple in our life. The one that's deeply in love, thinks the world of each other, and has everything they could ever want. How do you celebrate their special day?
With an anniversary card as incredible as they are.
Endless Love
Supplies:
12x12 sheet of patterned cardstock
1 yard of twine
1 extra-length brad
yarn needle
Paper Trimmer
Paper Piercer
Border Punch
Directions:
Step 1. Cut 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock in half. Punch length of the paper with border punch.
Step 2. Cut punched paper into 1 x 6 inch strips. Use a corner rounder on the ends of the strips. This will make 12 ribs.
Step 3. Cut 2 strips of paper, 1.25 x 6.5 inches. Punch the tops with border punch and the ends with a corner rounder. This will make 2 guards. 
Step 3. Pierce a hole 1/4 inch from the end of the rib, at the center of the paper. Pierce a second hole 4 inches from the end and 1/4 inch from the left side of the rib. Pierce a third hole 1/4 inch down from the second hole. Use the first pierced rib as a guide for all the ribs to be sure the holes line up exactly.
Step 4. Pierce a hole 3/4 inch from the end of the guard, at the center of the paper. Lay the first pierced rib over the guard, line up the center, end holes. Pierce the top two holes using the rib as a guide.
Step 5. Stack the strips of paper so the holes line up and the ribs are sandwiched between the guards. Feed all the strips onto a brad and secure. 

Step 6. Tie a knot in the end of the twine. Beginning with the last guard string the twine through the two upper holes 2 times.
Step 7. Lay the first rib against the last guard so that the edges over lap just a little. String the twine through the two upper holes 2 times. Over-lap the next rib and repeat with twine. Knot the twine after the final guard has been stitched onto the fan.
Step 8. Decorate the top fan guard. Add sentiment to the fan ribs with tiny type.

Scrap On!

~charity~

Saturday, July 6, 2019

How To Make a Paper Circus Tent

Send In The Clowns!
The juggler, the trapeze artist, the tight rope walker...between my three kids my house is a three ring circus until bedtime. What better way to commemorate their death-defying acts then this circus tent mini-album? Don't be scared away by its intricate appearance. Just grab a chair and enter the lions cage, you know you are DYING to see if you've got what it takes!!!
Supplies:
Thick Cardboard
Patterned Cardstock
Compass or large Circle Cutter
Paper Trimmer/Scorer
Scissors
Stapler, Sewing Machine, or other instant lock Adhesive
Tent Base
Cut 1 Circle 9.5" Diameter of Small Flowered pattern paper
Cut 1 Circle 8.75" Diameter of Black Cardstock
Cut 3 Circles 7.5" Diameter. 1 of thick cardboard, 1 of patterned paper
Cut 2 Strips 1"x 11" of Black Cardstock
Directions:
Step 1: Trace 7.5" circle onto thick cardboard, cut out, adhere to center of 8.75" circle. Top with 7.5" circle of patterned paper.
Step 2: Score strips of patterned paper lengthwise. Cut slits in paper strips from edge to center at 1" intervals down one side. 
Step 3: Adhere strips to edge of large circle so that a narrow gap remains between the upright edge of the strip of paper and the cardboard circle. Overlap the strips by one inch so that a 2 inch gap is left at the opposite end of the circle.
Step 4: Trace a 7.75 " circle onto the center of the 9.5" circle. Cut out center so that only the edge remains. Place 9.5" circle over Tent Base to cover the paper strips and edge of the base. Adhere.
Tent

Cut 1 Circle 7.5" Diameter
Cut 8 Triangles {2.75x4.5x4.5} from Narrow Striped pattern paper
Cut 8 Trapezoids {3.25x4.5x2.25x4.5}Coordinating pattern paper
Cut 4 Rectangles {5x5.5} Wide Striped pattern paper
Directions:
Step 1: Score all Triangles at 1/8 inch on both 4.5" sides. Adhere scored 1/8 sides together with seams
on the outside.
Step 2: Score all Trapezoids at 1/8 inch on both 4.5" sides, and at 1/2inch on 2.25" side. Adhere scored 1/8 sides together to form second tent tier, leaving top 1/2 inch loose. Fold these 1/2 inch sections down and to the outside of tent.
Step 3: Trace 7 inch circle at the center of 7.5 inch circle. Cut circle from edge to traced line at 1/2 inch intervals. Fold flaps toward the center of the circle.
Step 4: Adhere flaps to inside of large end of second tent tier. This step will create a "ceiling" for the third tent tier to rest against.
Step 5: Adhere tent peak to second tier by placing adhesive on inside of folded 1/2 inch sections from step 2 and matching them up with undersides of the tent peak triangles.
Step 6: Evenly space 5 eyelets on both 4.5" sides of 2 rectangles, and on one 4.5" side of the other 2 rectangles. Use twine to lace 4 rectangles together to form third tent tier.
Step 7: Place third tent tier in the narrow gap between the tent base and the black side strips. Top with first and second tent tiers (do NOT adhere). Decorate at will.
Step 8: Cut multiple 7.5 inch circles for Mini album, using ribbon to connect instead of rings. Store album in lowest tent tier.
....and that's all folks!!!

Scrap On!

~charity hotrum~



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

How To Make A Treasure Pocket Pillow

This tutorial for how to make a mermaid pillow includes a treasure pocket for secret letters and tiny trinkets. Painted scales suggest a nautical theme while the script printed canvas makes the perfect heart shape pocket. Your favorite mermaid enthusiast will be tail-over-fins for this fanciful pillow cover.
Tools:
Circle Punch
12x12 Cardstock
paint brush
needle
Supplies:
Gold Braid
14" Round Pillow Cover
Printed Canvas
Glitter Fabric Paint
 Step 1:Make a Mermaid Scale Stencil
Punch a series of circles along the edge of a 12x12 piece of cardstock. 
Cut the row of circles in half.
 Step 2:Paint Mermaid Scales on Canvas Pillow Cover
I chose two colors for mermaid scales and used an alternating color pattern. I placed the stencil at the edge of the pillow cover and painted the first row of scales. I centered the stencil on the first row of scales to paint the second row. This gave the scales an overlapped appearance.
 Step 3:Trace Heart onto Printed Canvas Fabric
I cut a heart shape about 5.5" tall from the 12x12 piece of cardstock. I folded the Printed Canvas Fabric in half with the printed side in. I laid the pattern on the fabric so that I had room for 1/2" seams around the sides and point. The top of the heart I laid flush with the edge of the fold. I traced the heart shape lightly with a pencil.
 Step 4: Cut Heart from Printed Canvas
I pinned the halves of the printed canvas together and cut out the shape leaving at least 1/2" of canvas outside of the shape for seams.
Step 5: Stitch Heart Shape on the Printed Canvas 
I machine stitched the heart shape along the pencil lines, leaving a 3" gap along the side. I made a series of shallow cuts in the seam allowance along the edge of the curves and at the point. These clipped lines ended close to the seem but did not go through it. Clipping the curves lets the fabric stretch and settle when you turn it right-side out.
 Step 6:Turn Heart Shape Right-Side Out
With the 3" gap along the side turning the heart is fairly easy. Run the eraser end of a pencil along the inside of the seams to ensure they are all turned properly.
Step 7: Stitch Opening Using the Blind Stitch
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.
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.
3) Continue this pattern for the length of the seam, alternating sides.
4) Pull the thread snug so that the edges match up exactly, but not so tight they pucker, and knot off thread.
When hemming a shape such as a heart with curves and points it is difficult to keep the desired shape. Tracing and stitching the pattern directly onto folded fabric, then turning it right-side out preserves the shape and prevents any edges that could ravel.
 Step 8:Pin Heart to Pillow Cover
Pin only the sides and point to the pillow. The top of the heart will be left open to form the pocket.
Step 9:Stitch Heart to Pillow Cover Using a Feather Stitch
The feather stitch is a series of "V's". Each new stitch begins at the point of the previous stitch.
The first stitch come up through the fabric at point a and goes back down at point b leaving a small loop. The thread comes back up at point c and catches that loop. The thread goes down into the fabric at point d, leaving a loop which is caught by the thread coming up at point e.
I used a flat foam pillow to stuff my pillow form. My chairs are not deep and I wanted to be comfortable with multiple cushions. Of course it didn't take long till the cats had to try out the new pillows. Noir is hoping Mermaids taste like fish. She is willing to wait all day for a nibble!
This project was originally posted on the Canvas Corp Blog in July of 2018.

Craft On!

~charity hotrum~