Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cherrylana Design Team Call

As a member of the Facebook Group: Design Team Calls, I discovered that Cherrylana Designs has issued a DT Call. I have always used stamps in my crafting endeavors and particularly enjoy the designs Cherrylana has to offer.

My favorite in the Etsy store is the Feather Stamps set. I like the curlies on the feather edges and the patterns along the shaft! I would love to showcase these and other stamps. The beauty and detail of the product entrances me. Although I am new to Cherrylana Designs, I have long enjoyed the work of my delightful artist friends from Eastern Europe through Instagram. I would like to enlarge my crafting experience to non-USA companies. I hope that Cherrylana will be the first of many teams and that I will build deep friendships.
Click on the highlighted title for each of the projects below to reach the accompanying blog post.
My personal crafting style is characterized by unique, out-of-the-box designs that surprise the viewer. I pride myself on making the impossible happen, then describing it in such a way that ANYONE can make it. I have been creating these unusual designs since 2007. I started with scrapbooking my families adventures in Italy and Croatia and have advanced to 3 dimensional projects and altered items. I am a no drama, punctual crafter with a need to take pristine photos and make exceptional tutorials. At present I design for Just Imagine/Kreaxions punches, ScraPerfect, and The Robin's Nest. Links to these companies can be found in the side bar.

Scrap On!

~charity~



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Make a Unique and Convenient Display for Dies



Charity here with a tutorial on how to make a unique and convenient display for dies. I like to display my craft supplies so I remember to use them. Dies are such thin bits of metal that it is easy to damage or lose them if they aren't stored securely. That means I tend to forget about the variety I own. I came up with this handy holder to help me out.
~ Magnetic Die Display ~
Stop by the
Chattering Robin's Blog
today to see the full tutorial for this project!

Supplies:
Gallery Frame:Wayfair
Magnet:Tree House Studio
Paper, Dew Drops, Rub-ons:The Robin's Nest
Glue, Embellie Gellie, Cleaner:ScraPerfect
Shaped Punches:Kreaxions

Scrap On!

~charity~

Saturday, April 15, 2017

How to Make an Unusual and Stunning Shaker Card

Here's how to make an unusual and stunning shaker card. The stamps and sequins give it an adorable vibe but the secret ingredient that sets it apart is craft foam!
~ You Octopi My Heart ~
 Sequins provide movement when strung but tend to get stuck between the layers of the cardstock. I used a double layer of craft foam to give the sequins the room they needed to shimmy. I need this card to shimmy because it is my entry for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #2: Interactive Cards.
  The card base is a 5x5 piece of Kreaxions Rainbow Paper. I pierced a line of holes at either end. They are 1/2" apart and 1/4 inch from the top or bottom edge. I applied tiny spots of the Best Glue Ever over the holes and added a narrow strip of 1/16 craft foam. Craft foam may be difficult to adhere, but ScraPerfect Products get the job done with ease.
 For the top piece I traced and cut a heart window. I used Lawn Fawn's Octopi My Heart for stamps and dies. I stamped the sentiment under the heart. I used corresponding dies to cut hearts and bubbles. I stamped bubbles and hearts on to Kreaxions Sparkle Paper then glued them behind the cuts.
 When the glue had dried I added the octopus I had cut then stamped onto Kreaxions Sparkle Paper. I pierced the marked holes through the craft foam.
 Using silver thread and sequins from SpiegleMom Scraps I strung "bubbles" through the holes. I used an alternating pink and green pattern of  Mint Chip Sequins. I taped my thread on the back of the card to be sure it did not slide around.
 I glued a second layer of craft foam onto the threaded holes. I also glued a double layer of craft foam strips to the sides of the card base. I added glue to the top of the foam frame and placed the heart window. Craft foam is tricky to work with because it takes longer to dry, but the result is just delightful and the Best Glue Ever makes it fool proof.

Supplies:
Paper:Kreaxions
Stamps & Dies:Lawn Fawn
Ink:Close To My Heart
Sequins:SpiegelMom Scraps
Thread:Kreinik
Glue:ScraPerfect

Scrap On!

~charity~

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How To Make Stunning ATC's with Supplies on Hand

Here is how to make stunning ATC's with supplies on hand using ScraPerfect product to fill in the blanks. Crafting is one of my best stress relievers, but I don't always have time for a full blown project. ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) are only 2.5" by 3.5"  and anything goes. NO rules, NO need for extensive planning, just playing with the latest techniques and your favorite products.
~ Dragonfly ATC's ~
For the first set of ATC's I misted cotton and used it to layer colors on white card stock.
I stamped dragonflies on the cards then added a layer of gold rub-on. I re-stamped the dragonflies on the blue card since they weren't showing through so well.
The next step was was heat embossed stars and Transfer Foil for the dragonflies. The lower orange dragonfly had to be refoiled. The dragonflies for the blue card were outlined in foil. You can see the Best Glue Ever drying below.
The finished product features the words Happy and So Happy on the gold card and Dream on the blue card. When I first stamped the word Happy it smeared. I quickly added a spritz of the Best Cleaner Ever to a cotton round and wiped away the pigment ink. I re-stamped the word Happy and heat embossed it. I added Robin's Nest Dew Drops to the gold card and flourishes to the blue card using modeling paste and a stencil.
~ Happy & Dream ~
The second set of cards started with cotton dabbed with ink and rubbed on white cardstock.
I wanted just the butterfly body of a rubber stamp. I stamped the design on paper then cut out just the part I wanted. This created a mask that I could stamp through. For the wings I used a different stamp, twice. I added Stickles and Liquid Pearls to accent the wings.
I accented opposite corners of the cards with rub-ons and added rub-on words as well as layered washi tape. A couple stripes of hand stitching and dotted white ink finish off the second set of cards.
~ Pure & Genuine ~
The third set of cards are a lot brighter. I used 3 colors of highlighter and cotton to blend the inks.
I used a flourish stamp and a dragonfly stamp for images and gems to decorate. A white pencil toned down the vibrant colors a notch. 
To add a frame I dipped my finger in white acrylic paint and edged the cards.
These last two cards depend less on technique and more on color to grab the viewers attention. They are simple yet still follow the dragonfly theme.
~ Hope & Adventure ~
Although these ATC's use widely different techniques they blend easily as a set. The dragonfly theme brings them together while the colors set them apart. 
ScraPerfect Glue, Cleaner, and Foil made this project go smoothly.

Supplies:
Paper:Recollections
Stamps:Kaiser Craft, Hot Off The Press, CTMH,
 Inkadinkado, Stampabilities, My Minds Eye
Stitching:Sew Easy by WeRMrk
Dye Ink:Close To My Heart
Pigment Ink, Mist:Clearsnap
Embossing Powder:American Crafts
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Stencils:Momenta, The Crafter's Workshop
Washi Tape:Love My Tapes
Acrylic Paint:Pentart
Narrow Washi Tape, Gems:Michaels
Stickers:Glitz Design
Rub-Ons:7 Gypsies, Glitz Design
Highlighters:Sharpie
White Pencil:Crazy Art
Stickles, Liquid Pears:Ranger
Dew Drops:Robin's Nest
Glue, Cleaner, Transfer Foil:ScraPerfect

Scrap-On!

~charity~

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

How To Make a Terrific Card Using Gears for a New Look

Today I have instructions on how to make a terrific card using gears for a new look. My favorite card sketches offer placement for flowers. To use such a sketch for a masculine card apply gears or stars as your go to shape. 
~ Today ~
More tips and instructions for this card can be found on the
Chattering Robin's Blog

Supplies:
Paper, Dew Drops, Tag:Robin's Nest
Adhesive:ScraPerfect
Sentiment:Bella Blvd
Gear Punch:Stampin' Up
Star Punch:The Paper Studio
Border and Corner Punch:Kreaxions #902

Scrap On!

~charity~

Saturday, April 1, 2017

How To Make a Stunning Candy Jar Topper

If you love beautiful results in no time flat than check out this post for how to make a stunning candy jar topper. Today is reveal day over at the Just Imagine Crafts blog. We each used the Butterfly Die in a different way to spark your imagination. Stop by the blog to view the designers handiwork.
~ Candy Jar Topper ~
 The butterfly die has long been a favorite of mine! I like to find new uses for it every time I get it out. This time I cut three layers from Kreaxions Sparkle Duo Paper.  I punched the tips of the butterfly's wings with Kreaxions Punch 305
I added a Robin's Nest Little Friend and turned my butterfly into a Wee Fairy Babe. To glue the butterfly layers together as well as the Little Friend to the wings I reached for my Best Glue Ever. Sparkle paper is notorious for resisting adhesive, but ScraPerfect products are built for the problems crafters face every day.
The butterfly die is designed specifically to be used with Kreaxions 4-in-1 Punches. Get one for yourself today:
Butterfly Die

Supplies:Paper, Punch, Die:Kreaxions
Doll:Robin's Nest
Trim:Webster's Pages
Candy Jar:Dollar Store

Scrap On!

~charity~

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How To Make A Breathtaking Carousel For An Epic Birthday

 Today I bring you a tutorial on how to make a breathtaking carousel for an epic birthday. My daughter's Sweet Sixteen is next week and I have been flooded with constant memories of my three kiddos growing years. This cheery carousel describes the delightful glow I get when thinking of them!
~ Birthday Adventure~
  ScraPerfect designers are creating with Lawn Fawn products and I couldn't be more thrilled! I was sent the Bicycle Built For You stamp and die set as part of our cross promo. It is one of the cutest sets I have ever played with!
This sweet wooden carousel from Sea-Land stands about 9" high and has a 7" diameter. I assembled a rough draft so I could determine the alterations I would make with the structure. These balsa wood puzzle kits are fragile so repairs and replacements are common.
The pieces were coated with a waxy substance to prevent splintering, but it also prevented me from painting or gluing the pieces on one side. ScraPerfect to the rescue! I sprayed the pieces lightly with the Best Cleaner Ever then scrubbed the waxy film off. I wiped them with a rag and they were ready for painting or covering with paper. The entire carousel is decorated using the Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn.
As the wood pieces dried I stamped the design elements and cut them using the coordinating Lawn Cuts Dies. The balloons were painted with the vibrant colors of Dylusions Ink Spray.
I dotted the Best Glue Ever onto the wood and smoothed the paper over the top. This glue dries without leaving ripples in the paper and is so strong it should be used sparingly.
 The assembled carousel had a lot of holes and irregularities. I added washi tape between the roof sections, pom-pom trim around the roof edges and vintage ric-rac around the floor edges.
 To enhance the birthday theme I used sentiments from the stamp set on strips of paper and added them to the roof with dimensional adhesive. 
 ScraPerfect has both Holographic and Solid Transfer Foils.The central panels are decorated with Holographic Foil in place of mirrors.
 The bicycles are foiled in holographic gold, green, purple, and blue.
 These ADORABLE children represent my three kiddos with their assortment of pets. Their hair and bicycles are colored with marker and mist. I used the Bicycle Built For You stamps and the Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper to fashion their outfits. The tiny flower and hearts stamps that come with the set fit perfectly on the clothing.

This carousel project is my entry for
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #1:Happy Birthday

Supplies:
Paper, Stamps, Dies:Lawn Fawn
Glue, Cleaner, Transfer Foil:ScraPerfect
Markers:Sharpie, Pentel
Mist:Dylusions (Ranger)
Dye and Pigment Ink:Close To My Heart
Washi Tape:Love My Tapes
Trim:Stash

Scrap On!

~charity~

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How To Make a Nifty Gatsby Inspired Gift Set

With the right supplies it's so easy to make a nifty Gatsby Inspired gift set. I love the glitz and glamor of the Roaring Twenties. I ran across a vintage vanity bottle while out thrifting and visions of flapper girls with pin curls and beaded gowns danced through my head. Of course it came home with me, and here it is in all its altered glory.
 Although this bottle is probably a much later style, it still has the metal filigree reminiscent of the 1920's. With a new color scheme and sprinkling of gems this item looks ready to join the trinkets on Daisy Buchanan's vanity table.
 The tarnished metal cap and removable filigree base were carefully painted and left to dry. I used Deco Art Metallic Acrylic Paint, in Shimmering Silver. The cap was difficult as it is filigree over plastic and I didn't want gobs of paint to muck up the delicate style.
I glued lavender Diamond Dew Drops around the base in sets of three.
The base was uneven at the back, where the metal overlapped. 
I added dots of Scraperfect's Best Glue Ever and let them dry.
This provided an even surface so I could continue my pattern.
 The bottle received a good wash to remove finger prints and then
 a dab of the Best Cleaner Ever to remove the price sticker residue.
 To enhance the lavender and silver theme I decided a strip of Holographic Transfer Foil should go around the bottle. I used washi tape to block out a space then painted it with a VERY thin layer of the Best Glue Ever. I removed the tape and left the bottle to dry to a translucent finish.
I laid transfer foil over the glue, pressed it firmly onto the glue, then quickly removed the foil.
I quickly discovered all the places I had missed with the glue and foil and patched those spots.
 To define the edges of the foil I painted them with Shimmering Silver,
once again using the washi tape to ensure straight lines.
 Pearl toned Diamond and Mini Dew Drops complete the Art Deco design.
 The card is made from Robin's Nest Papers and Cards.
The base is a 4x6 piece of Snow Covered Trees Cardstock layered with Smoky Chevron Cardstock. The cards are from the Aristocratic Blues Collection and the Orange Crush Collection.
The black doily and corners are made using Kreaxions 4in1 Punch #305 on a 3in circle.
 I used Obsidian Diamond Dew Drops and Silver Bells Dew Drops to accent the card.
The dew drops are difficult to place exactly so I used the Embellie Gellie System
and a drop of the Best Glue Ever to secure them.
Stop by ScraPerfect for other products that will ease your crafting woes.
Together these Gatsby Inspired items make a luxurious gift set.
Since I enjoy making these pretties more than I enjoy keeping them,
I am on the lookout for someone to gift them to!
Supplies:
Paper, Dew Drops, Cards:Robin's Nest
Glue, Cleaner, Transfer Foils, Embellie Gellie:ScraPerfect
Embossing Powder:Wow Embossing Powder
Ink:Clear Snap
Stamp:Close To My Heart
Acrylic Paint:Deco Art
4 in 1 Punch:Kreaxions

Scrap On!

~charity~