Saturday, January 30, 2016
It’s almost time for Valentine’s Day, the primary day of the year when we celebrate love and friendship. What sweeter way to show your love than with this treat-filled Valentine Box Stack?
This is a simple project that takes very little time and is easy enough to make multiples for a group.
You can tie three up in a stack or give them individually with your own special decor on each one.
Heart shaped boxes, three, graduated sizes, one with a textured base (Paper Studio)
Metallic Red, Silver and Gold Craft Paint (DecoArt)
Bead and satin trim (Teresita)
Air dry polymer clay, 2 ounces (Makin’s Clay)
Clay roller or clay machine (Makin’s Clay)
Heart Clay Cutter, small (Makin’s Clay)
Heart punch (Creative Memories)
Non-Stick Reusable Crafters' Mat (Kool Tak™)
Ultra Clear Adhesive, 1/4” (Kool Tak™)
Ultra Clear Adhesive sheet (Kool Tak™)
Punch Adhesive (Kool Tak™)
Sparkles, Red (Kool Tak™)
Inka Gold Fast Drying Metal Gloss Paint, Platinum
Ribbon, approximately 30” (Offray)
Scissors, small eye makeup sponge applicator (optional)
Roll out 1 ounce of red air dry clay to ¼” thick. Press a texture plate into the clay and cut out a heart shape with the cutter. Allow to dry overnight, then paint the heart with red metallic craft paint, allow to dry and rub the highlights on with Platinum Inka Gold, using your finger or a small eye makeup sponge applicator.
Roll out the remaining ounce of air dry clay on a clay machine, beginning with #1 thickness and gradually rolling to #9 thickness. Allow the clay to dry thoroughly, and then paint it with red metallic craft paint. When it is dry, apply Kool Tak™ Punch Adhesive to the back of the sheet and punch out heart shapes. Remove the release tape and apply the hearts to the gold/silver box.
TIP: If you have excess sheet clay with punch adhesive attached, just store it for later use. You can paint it any color you need.
Paint two boxes with red metallic craft paint and the middle size with a mixture of gold and silver metallic craft paint for a platinum or old silver effect and allow them to dry. Rub Platinum Inka Gold over the highlights on the textured box.
Apply ¼” Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear Adhesive around the box lids and attach pearl and satin trim.
Remove the release tape and place a piece of Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear sheet on red card stock. Trace the smallest box lid on the back of the sheet and cut it slightly smaller, about 1/4" all around. Remove the remaining release tape and attach the textured red clay heart to the center of the paper heart. Sprinkle Kool Tak™ Sparkles red glitter to the exposed edges of the paper heart, press well with your finger and place the excess glitter back in the tube.
Rub Platinum Inka Gold onto the small paper flowers with a small eye makeup sponge applicator or your finger. Attach two flowers to upper portion of the small box lid using ¼” Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear. Cut the other flower in half and attach to each side near the bottom of the box lid. Use scraps of Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear sheets to attach the glittered clay heart to the small box top.
Fill each box with candy, stack them and tie with ribbon.
Give these sweet treats to those you love, and you'll be their Valentine forever!
Monday, October 26, 2015
Autumn is here in all its glory. It's time for football games, burning leaves, harvest celebrations and Thanksgiving will soon be upon us.
Now is the time to get your table decor ready, and this quick and easy project will get your crafty holiday juices flowing
Here's how I did it:
Reusable-Non Stick Craft Sheet (KoolTak™)
Premium Extreme Adhesive, 1/2" width (KoolTak™)
Foam Adhesive Foam Pads, Clear, 1/4" x 1/4" x 1/32" (KoolTak™)
Layer Plus Tool (KoolTak™)
Little B Chipboard Pack, one sheet for every two place card holders (LittleBllc.com)
Patterned paper 1/2 sheet per place card holder (Paper Studio)
Kraft Paper, 8 1/2" x 11", one sheet per eight name tags and 1 sheet per four napkin rings
Mulberry paper, gold, one sheet per five napkin rings
Gold card stock, one sheet per eight name tags
Makin's Air Dry Clay, Brown, one pack (Makin's Air Dry Clay)
Makin's Push Molds, Christmas Nature (Makin's Air Dry Clay)
Inka Gold, Platinum, Orange (Viva Décor, available at JoAnne's Fabrics)
Organdy Ribbon, 3/8", orange, 12" per each place card holder and napkin ring
Decorative Edge Scissors
Bone folder or scoring tool
Dye Ink, Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye Distress Inks ( Tim Holtz, Ranger, Inc.)
Computer and Printer
Water and small brush or water brush
Protect your work space with the Kool Tak Reusable-Non Stick Craft Mat.
Make two pine cones and two acorns for each place card and napkin holder using Makin's Air Dry Clay and Push Molds. Allow the pieces to dry overnight. Highlight each piece with Platinum and Orange Inka Gold.
Place Card Holder
Cover the Little B card stock with patterned paper front and back. Note: This is very sturdy card stock, so it is not necessary to use patterned card stock to cover it. Trim to 4" x 12" and cut to make two pieces, 4" x 6". Use the Kool Tak™ Layer Plus Tool and a bone folder or scoring tool to score each piece at 1" from one end and 2 1/2" from the other end. Fold the 2 1/2" pieces one way and the 1" piece the opposite. Trim the 1" edge with decorative scissors. Ink all the edges with Spiced Marmalade dye ink.
Print name tags on kraft paper and trim to 3" x 2". Stamp swirls with Tea Dye Ink in the lower left corner of each name tag and sponge the edges with Tea Dye ink.
Trim gold card stock to 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" and sponge the edges with Tea Dye ink. Attach the name tags to card stock with Kool Tak™Premium Extreme. Attach the pine cones, acorns and organdy bow to each name tag with Kool Tak™ Foam Adhesive Clear Foam Pads.
Place the finished name tag on the place card holder.
Cut kraft paper to 2" x 10" strips. Stamp swirls in Tea Dye ink along the length of the strip.
Use the Kool Tak™ Layer Plus Tool to measure a line 1" from one long edge of the Mulberry paper. Wet the line and tear the Mulberry paper, then measure another inch and wet the line again and tear it. You will have a 1" wide by 11" long strip of frayed Mulberry paper.
Attach this to the center of the stamped kraft strip with 1/2" Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme and wrap the ends to the back of the kraft strip.
Attach two strips of Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme to one end of the kraft paper, wrap it around your napkin and mark where the end overlaps to get your width. Be sure the ring will slip on and off the napkin so you can use it again. Remove the release paper from the Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme and secure the ring.
Attach the silk leaf to the napkin rings with 1/2" Kool Tak™Premium Extreme, then attach the acorn, pine cone and organdy bow just like on the place card.
Note: Don't have enough hands to place and cut the Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme? Remember: it is easily torn to speed things up!
That's it. Quick and easy and pretty.
Here's wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
Monday, October 5, 2015
I love the Duck Commander stamps from KellyCraft and, while my hubby does not have a man cave, I thought this little fan pull would be great for his office space.
This tag is made from counter-top samples from the hardware store. Don't bother pretending to be looking for samples for your new kitchen; the hardware people usually have samples that are outdated and will happily to give them to you. If there is a stamped name on the tile front, just use a little Goof Off to remove it.
Here's how I did it:
- KellyCraft Duck Commander Acrylic Stamps, Set #2
- Acrylic Stamp Block
- Stazon Ink Pads, Black, Rusty Brown and Forest Green
- Small Swirl Stamp
- Tile Samples, two, the same size and shape
- Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
- Krylon Triple Thick Glaze
- Goof Off sticky residue remover, if needed
- Ball Chain
- Awesome Spray Cleaner
1. Clean and remove any stamped writing from the tile fronts with Goof Off.
2. Sponge on green and brown inks randomly, then stamp the main images on both tiles in black ink. Add the swirl stamp to Happy, Happy, Happy tiles edges. Sponge the tile sides in black and allow all to dry.
Note #1: If you have a patterned tile, you can just stamp the image in black and allow the pattern to provide your color.
Note #2 : If you happen to move your image while stamping to your image doesn't stamp the way you want, just spritz a little Awesome cleaner, available at Dollar Tree, to easily wipe the ink off the tile. It's also great for cleaning your stamps, even if the ink has been there for a while.
4. Apply Beacon 3-in1 Adhesive to the back of one tile and glue both together, back to back.
5. Add the ball chain for the pull.
That's it. Quick and easy-peasy.
Caution: This project is addictive, but the tile tags make great ID tags for luggage when you just need something to help identify your bag at the airport or tag your child's backpack. I suggest using initials or an image that your child loves, such as the Duck Commander logo, rather than a name that anyone with an ulterior motive can use to their advantage.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Nothing says Autumn like vintage Halloween images, and this is one of my favorites.
I recently attended the Bella Crafts Connections' craft retreat in Bloomington, MN and received a wonderful swag bag packed with new products and supplies. One of the inclusions was this sweet purple frame from Deflecto. I know it comes in a variety of colors, perfect for allowing you to express your creativity. I have used Deflecto products in the past to organize my workspace and have always admired the quality and variety or their products.Using this Deflecto frame makes the project easy, and once October is over, I can swap the image out for a vintage Thanksgiving image.
I had a lot of fall embellishments left over from a Makin's No Bake Clay project, and they were perfect for accenting this frame to display a vintage Halloween greeting card.
Here’s a tip that I used on this project: When you have bits and pieces of clay left from a project, either roll out and cut them with clay cutters, or use Makin’s Push Molds to create embellishments for future projects. See my Dancing Skeletons on the Makin’s Clay Blog.
Here's how I made it:
Deflecto 4" x 6" Acrylic Frame
Makin's No Bake Clay, yellow and red, 1/3 package of each, plus scraps of other colors if desired for cutting extra embellishments
Makin’s Clay Cutters, Halloween #37052
Makin's Clay Machine
Makin's Clay Cutting Mat
Inka Gold, Violet, Green, Copper, Apricot (Viva Décor)
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Ribbon, Olive Green, 1/8" x 24" (Offray)
Ribbon, orange dot, 12" (Bo Bunny)
Printed Halloween ImageInstructions
- Condition clay by running it through the Makin's No Bake Clay Machine.
- Mix half of the red and orange clay half and half, leaving
the clay partially mixed to create an orange-yellow color. The assortment of colors will make the leaves and
pumpkins look more realistic, although I got a little carried away and ended up covering most of the
color variety with Viva Décor's Inka Gold. Roll out mixed clay
and yellow clay with Clay Roller or Clay Machine. Cut pumpkins and leaves.
These embellishments were cut using the Makin’s Clay Cutters, Halloween #37052, from bits and pieces of leftover clay. The extras will be stored for quick embellishments for future projects.
- Attach orange polka-dot ribbon to top and bottom of frame.
- Apply Inka Gold to the pumpkins and leaves.
- Adhere bow to upper left corner of frame and attach three leaves on top of the center of the bow with Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive, covering the orange ribbon ends. Attach two leaves in the upper right corner.
- Attach the pumpkins along the bottom, covering the ribbon ends.
- Slip your Halloween image into the frame.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Recently, on a trip to my husband's family reunion in Morrilton, Arkansas, we spent an afternoon in the local antique district. We both love antique stores. He loves vintage musical instruments, and I love everything else.
I ran across a huge box of old photos from WWI to the early '50s and knew they would be perfect for using with some stamp sets I have, the Jimbo Lojik line from KellyCraft.
This blond had such a pretty expression on her face, but I had planned to use a sarcastic phrase from one of my Jimbo Lojik sets. When I actually got into it, I changed my mind at the last minute and went in a totally different direction.
Please note: This is not a detrimental commentary on the "dumb blonde" characterization. This phrase would work with a photo of any brunette or redhead as well as with a male image.
Here's how I did it:
• Get-it-Straight Laser Square and Multi-Mat (KellyCraft)
• Jimbo Lojik Polymer Stamps, Set D (KellyCraft)
• Makin's No Bake Polymer Clay, tan, 2 oz. scrap (Makin's Clay)
• Makin's Clay Push Mold, Borders, #39006 (Makin's Clay)
• Pearl Ex Powder, Light Green
Note: All of this came from my paper scraps box, so I'm not sure of the manufacturers.
Kraft cardstock: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", folded to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Printed Cardstock, pink shades: 4" x 5 1/4" (Bohemia) and a scrap for the sentiment
Ivory Pearl: 3 3/4" x 5"
Tan: 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Pink Cardstock (back of the Bohemia patterned cardstock): a little larger than your photo
• Walnut Distress Ink (Ranger)
• Double-stick Tape (Sookwang)
• Printed photo on white cardstock
• Deckle-edge scissors
• 3-in-1 Adhesive (Beacon)
1. Push clay into the leaf pattern on the Makin's Clay Borders mold. Remove and allow to dry. When dry, dust with Pearl Ex powder and remove the excess.
Tip: This is a piece I had in my scrap bin made with clay left over from a previous project. When you have excess clay, put it to good use by using it in push molds or with clay cutters. You can always paint the clay the color you need later.
2. Sponge the edges of each piece of cardstock with Walnut Distress Ink.
3. Apply double-stick tape to the back of each piece and, using the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square and Multi-Mat to accurately line up each layer, place each of the four cardstock layers, leaving a 1/8" border all around.
4. Trim the photo with deckle-edge scissors and sponge the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink. Trim the pink cardstock a little larger than you photo and adhere the photo to it.
5. Stamp the sentiment with Walnut Stain Distress ink and stamp it onto a scrap of the Bohemia paper.
Tip: Having trouble lining up your clear stamps? Place an acrylic block on the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square and Multi-Mat, lining up the upper and right edges on the grid. Place your stamp on the block using the Multi-Mat grid to get the lines straight.
Place the paper you want to stamp against the right edge of the Get-it-Straight Laser Square and then ink the stamp and carefully place it against the edge of the Laser Square as well. The stamp will be lined up with your paper to make it easy to trim and keep the stamped image straight.
6. Trim out the sentiment and place tape on the bottom and sides to form a pocket when you attach it to the lower portion of the card.
7. Slip the layered photo into the pocket at an angle. When you are satisfied with the positioning, add a drop of 3-in-1 Adhesive to hold it in place.
8. Add the Makin's Clay Leaf Border along the top of the sentiment with 3-in1 Adhesive.
This card could be used for just about any occasion. I think I'll use it to bring a smile to the face of my BFF!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I have always loved bins, cubbies, anything to stash and organize small items. That’s why I adore this Deflecto four-drawer bin. It makes it so easy to corral all the little pieces that are essential to my work.
These four-drawer bins have an added advantage: You can clip on more bin sets to increase your organization abilities, thereby adding more storage to your work station.
I decided to use some papers that I have been hoarding for a while (because I love them and what they represent) to personalize the units. The rulers and letterpress letters remind me of my dad; the pen nibs remind me of my first calligraphy efforts; the accounting sheets, my mother’s job as a bookkeeper; the train memorabilia, the train tracks that ran near my grandmother’s house; and the game images, the happy hours my sister and I spent playing Bingo, Old Maid and Checkers. Just having this on my workspace brings back happy memories, also reminding me of why I love to create because all these people instilled this passion in my heart.
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If you love Deflecto products the way I do, here's your chance to win! Go to the DCC Blog and see how you can win these great Deflecto products!
• Deflecto Interlocking Stackable Organizer, 6”x 6” x 7 1/5”, four drawers, #350301CR
• Cardstock, eight sheets (two of the same print, but the others can vary), 9” x 9” (Tim Holtz Distressables, Ranger, Design Originals)
• Flat Glue Dots
• Double-stick tape, ¼” (Sookwang)
• Canning Jar Chalkboard Labels, 1 7/8” (Anchor Hocking)
• Clear self-adhesive shelf cover (Contact)
• White colored pencil (Prismacolor) or chalk
• Cord or ribbon, 36”
• Black ink (Stazon)
• Be sure to check each piece of cardstock for fit before adding adhesive. You can use double-stick tape on any surfaces that are frosted because the tape won’t be detectable, but use glue dots on the front lining of the clear drawers.
• Sponge all cardstock edges with black ink prior to adding tape or glue dots.
Remove drawers and set aside. Cut cardstock for the box top to 5 ¾” x 5 7/8”. Attach double-stick tape to the top side of the cardstock at each edge and slip the cardstock into the top of the bin. Press flat along edges to adhere.
Cut four different cardstock patterns, 5 7/8” x 2 5/8”. Attach double-stick tape to the top side of the paper at each edge and slip the cardstock into the side sections of the bin. Press flat along edges to adhere.
Cut two additional cardstock patterns, 5 7/8” x 2 3/4”. Attach double-stick tape to the top side of the paper at each edge and slip the cardstock into the back sections of the bin. Press flat along edges to adhere.
Drawers: Place clear self-adhesive shelf cover on the back of the two identical sheets of cardstock and trim.
Cut four pieces of cardstock, 2 ½” x 8 ½”, from these two cardstock sheets.
Attach Glue Dots to the top of the cardstock at the two front corners and double-stick tape about 5” from the opposite end.
Slip the cardstock into the bottom of each bin with the top of the paper showing in the front on the bin and the shelf cover side to the top inside the bin to protect the surface from dirt. Press flat along edges to adhere.
Tip: Cut larger flat glue dots in half to save a little money without losing the adhesive power.
Attach the chalk paper circles to the front of each bin and write the contents with chalk or a light colored pencil. Tie the cord around the box for added interest.
This piece can be used in just about any room in your home to hold a variety of small items, but I will use it for holding small craft supplies, especially those that I forget that I have when they are hidden away: clay embellishments leftover from previous projects, buttons, small corked bottles, and small scissors and tools.
Place it on your workspace and enjoy not only the organization, but also the memories invoked by the nostalgic theme!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The only thing better than KellyCraft's Get-it-Straight Laser Square and Multi-mat Docking Station is a combination of KellyCraft's Duck Commander and Jimbo Logic stamps.
When I finished it, it needed a little something extra, so I went through my stash of Makin's Air Dry Polymer Clay embellishments. When I have leftover small pieces of clay, I either cut them with a clay cutter or use them in a push-mold to create little pieces of art that I can use to finish out future projects. The color was a bright turquoise blue, but a coat of shiny black paint and a little Inka Gold took care of that.
Here's how I made this Uncle Si Robertson card, with the lojik of KellyCraft co-founder Jimbo Kelly's down home Southern sayings:
- Get-it-Straight Laser Square (KellyCraft)
- Multi-mat Docking Station (KellyCraft)
- Uncle Si Rubber Stamp (KellyCraft)
- Jimbo Lojik Sentiment Polymer Stamp Set H (KellyCraft)
- Cardstock, This Old House #4501107 and Craftsmanship #4501108 (Artisan Style Collection, Graphic 45)
- Black cardstock, 8 1/2" x 11"
- Paper, yellow/orange print (Affinity Paper Pack, The Paper Studio)
- Air Dry Polymer Clay (Makin's Clay)
- Push Mold Florals, 39005 (Makin's Clay)
- Score Tape
- Black Ink (Stazon)
- Craft paint, black (DecoArt)
- Inka Gold, gold (Viva Décor)
- Craft adhesive (Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive)
Tools: Paper Trimmer, brush
1. Cut the following:
This Old House cardstock: 2 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Craftsmanship cardstock: 4" x 5 1/2"
Paper Studio yellow/orange paper: 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"; 1 1/2" x 2 5/8"; 3 1/4" x 7/8"
Black cardstock: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"; 3 1/2" x 1 1/8"; 2 5/8" x 1 3/4"
2. Sponge the edges of all pieces with black ink and apply adhesive to all pieces of paper and cardstock except the folded black card base.
3. Place the folded cardstock in the upper right corner of the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square and Multi-mat Docking Station. Remove the tape release paper and begin layering the pieces according to the photos.
5. Paint the clay embellishment and allow to dry. Apply Ink Gold to the raised parts of the clay with your finger or a tiny makeup sponge.
6. Apply craft glue to the back of the embellishment and center it at the top of the card. Place a heavy object on to until the glue dries.
This will make a cute birthday card for someone who loves Uncle Si or just a little project to bring a smile to someone's face.