Friday, September 28, 2012

Skeletons in My Closet

Welcome to the All Things Altered Blog Hop!

It's getting close to the bewitching time of year, and while I'm not a big Halloween fan, I am a fan of wonderful quotations. When I saw this quote by George Bernard Shaw: "If you can't get rid of the skeletons in your closet, you'd better make sure they can dance," I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

I had been hoarding these little 6" skeletons for a couple of years and I think I bought them as a garland at Dollar Tree. They've been sitting in my Favorite Stash Drawer (yes, it's all caps because everything in there is just that important), waiting for me to take them out to dance (no pun intended).

Larry and I are junk store junkies and a few weeks ago we went to a row of them in Memphis, just spending the day browsing. I went in one and immediately turned around and came back out. The proprietor laughed at me because he knew I was afraid of the 16' stack of junk on either side of each aisle with barely enough room to squeeze through. My claustrophobia didn't help either. He assured me that it wouldn't fall on me, and I went back in once again. I sure am glad I did because I found this little wooden cigar box for Rum Runner cigars for $2. I knew immediately that it was going to become the house for my skeletons.

I am putting a condensed version of the directions on here. If you have any questions, please email me at

Cigar Box
Plastic Skeletons
Duetica Lettering Arts Studio
Sizzix dies (Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals, Tattered Leaves and Texture Plates)
Graphic 45 Papers and Metal Label Holder
Pennant Borders (Paper Dreams Factory)
Metal embellishments (Tim Holtz for all flower centers;Monn was an online purchase from an individual)
Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Inka Gold,assorted colors, and Paper Soft Color, Walnut and Orange (Viva Décor)
Makin's Air Dry Clay, Black
Book Binding Tape
Double stick adhesive (Red Liner)
3M Scrapbook Adhesive
Adirondack Color Spray, Butterscotch
Glitter, orange, porple, yellow
Organdy ribbon, 3", three colors, 12" each
Gold Angel Wings (PaperDreamsFactory)
Ink Jet Printer and cream cardstock
Small Tag
Mulberry paper
Copper Sheet
Copper Paint
Small dowel or skewer
Wire, black and copper
Tiny clothes pins
Marvy 2" circle punch

Box Cover
1. Roll out Makin's Clay, impress with texture plate and cut to make doors. Set aside to dry.
2. Sponge orange alcohol ink over skull trim. I used alcohol ink rather than dye ink because it was a slick paper.)
3. Cut flowers and leaves from chipboard(cut additional leaves from mulberry paper and copper sheet), then run chipboard and copper sheet through Big Shot with assorted texture plates. Apply Orange Paper Soft Color to all elements except copper sheet, then apply Walnut Paper Soft Color on edges. Apply Inka Gold to all pieces.
4. Adhere metal embellishments to flower centers. and set aside to dry.
5. Apply small black pennant to inside of skull trim on cover.
6. Adhere Graphic 45 paper to chipboard, cut to allow a 1/8" border on the backside of the clay doors. Apply Inka Gold to door fronts.
7. Determine where you need to punch holes to hold key and latch. Attach key with black wire and latch with brad. Apply book tape to chipboard side of shutter liners, leaving 3/4" of liner showing. This will make your hinge. Adhere liners to clay shutters with 3M glue and allow to dry.
8. Place shutters so that they touch in the middle and adhere book tape to hold in place.
9. Print "If you have skeletons in your closet" on cream cardstock, trim and adhere behind shutters.
10. Tie on tag  and attach Metal Label holder.

1.Paint skewer with copper paint. Punch holes in box sides with awl. Run skewer through to make closet rod.
2. Fold ribbon in half to make 12" x 1 1/2" wide. Gather and stitch around skeleton waist. Adhere gold wings with double stick tape.
3. Form shoes around skeleton feet with Makin's Air Dry clay. When dry, apply 3M adhesive and glitter.
 4. Form coat hangers from copper wire. Use clothes pins to attach skirts to hanger and hook over rod.

Inside lid
1.Cut black paper to fit inside of lid, leaving skull border uncovered. Apply Walnut Paper Soft Color to orange pennant border. Use double stick tape to adhere  around inside.
2. Punch out printed sentiment with 2" punch. Punch and additional piece of chipboard with punch. Apply double stick tape to chipboard circle, then, with sticky side up,  add purple pennant border around edge. Cover chipboard circle with sentiment. Apply double stick tape to back of chipboard and add orange pennant border. Glue down in box lid center.
Note: The font I used, Piper, is from the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio. I was able to scroll through and make each letter look the way I wanted, especially in the word "Dance" so it looked like they were dancing, using this software, which I absolutely adore!

I hope you enjopy the rest of the hop.

Here are the participating artists' blog addresses:
1. Pammejo
2. Nicole
3. Betty
4. Gloria
5. Irit
6. Christine
7. Debbie -
8. Jennifer -
9. Jess B. -
10. Barbara R. -
11. Shelley
12. Candice -

Prize Alert!!!
Now to the best part, this is the "Prize" pictured above that one person will win. All you have to do is:
1. Leave a comment on ALL of the designers blogs and let Pam know, either on her blog or you can email her at
2. Become a follower of ALL our blogs, because as you visit through them you will be surprised how many are giving prizes away. :)

Now, hop on through all the blogs, then go hug someone you love!

I received product from Sizzix, PaperDreamsFactory, Viva Décor, Duetica Lettering Arts Studio and Makin's Clay.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mark your calendars!

I will be having two book signings for my new book, Scrapbooking for Home Decor, in October. It contains 12 projects with complete details on how to recreate them for yourself. I will have several of the projects from the book on display at each signing so you can get an up-close and personal look.

Sunday, October 7
Trinity Baptist Church, 2-4 p.m.
5970 Brighton-Clopton Rd in Brighton, TN 
(Proceeds from the Trinity sale will benefit Trinity's new AWANA program.)

Thursday, October 11
Eclectica Scrapbooks and Stamps, 5-7 p.m., 
2965 North Germantown Parkway Suite #104

Books will be available for purchase at each location. If you just want to stop by and say, "Hi" that will be fine too!
Hope to see you soon!

Saturday, September 8, 2012


This is it, technically a three-post week. Ok, enough of that.

CraftyKT is sponsoring a Kool Tak Manufacturer Challenge, the Fabulously Fall Blog Hop. Kool Tak has some wonderful products (I especially love the Super Tacky Tape!). I also received the Layer Perfect tool, Kool Tak Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets, Clear Foam Tape and Clear Adhesive Foam pads.

We have a blog hop going. Yep, that's right. Just click on the Designer Craft Connection button at left to hop forward or backward and see some other projects made with these great tools by eleven more CHA designers.

I had lots of ideas for my first post on this subject, but decided to start with a nice simple scrapbook page about Jim and Mildred Wilson, my maternal grandparents. I took a little artistic license with the Fall theme, but after all, brown, orange, peach and black are fall colors.

What's that? What do you mean there's no journaling? Of course there is. I tucked it into a pocket on the back because I just had too much to say about this wonderful couple. It leaves my layout nice and clean but still holds information about their wonderful love story. — and doesn't show off my chicken-scratch (as my granny would say) handwriting.

Here's how I did it:

1. I started with these three layers. The photo is approximately 4 1/2" x 5 1/2", the peach layer 4 3/4" x 5 3/4" and the brown layer 5 1/8" x 6 1/8". All edges were sponged with  Colorbox Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.

2. I wanted a tiny border of the peach cardstock, so just one unit on the Layer Perfect tool was perfect. It's so easy to line up the corners and lines and get  perfectly straight layers. (I usually don't notice that they are crooked until after they are glued down good and tight. This tool and the Kellycraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square eliminate that!) From the website: "Made from recyclable acrylic with 2 steel cutting edges, evenly spaced holes for piercing, a grid background, thoughtfully printed in pink or green ensuring whatever colour card stock you are using, you will always achieve perfect matting and layering."

I used Kool Tak Clear Foam Adhesive Squares to give the photo a little lift.

3. Adding the third layer is a snap!

4. Once the third layer was aligned, I used this fabulously strong Super Tacky Tape to adhere it.
5. This great paper from DCWV's Timeless Type Stack is perfect. I used my Westcott Craft knife to cut out the right side of the rose, leaves and buds. 
Note: The flowers, leaves, buds and some additional swirls are clear embossed so you can apply ink to the entire image, then wipe off the excess ink to make the embossed images stand out. I also used Colorbox Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink to sponge all the cutout edges to hide that bright white.

6. I wanted a larger margin on the 8" x 8" layer, so my measurement is 3/8" on each side. I added the rose paper and only applied the Super Tacky Tape to the edges, leaving the center loose so that I could slide the photo in under the flowers. I used the Super Tacky Tape to adhere it.

7. I used Kool Tak Clear Adhesive Foam Pads to support the roses, buds and leaves.

8. Here's a cool trick. If you need to put double-stick tape on the front of a diecut to add glitter or foil, adhere it on the cardstock before you make the diecut. That way, you don't have the trouble of little bits of Super Tacky Tape sticking to your fingers and the edge of your diecut, which are probably bigger than these photo corners (I know mine are!). You can also add it to the back to make it easier to place them on the layout.

9. Peel the tape off the front of the photo corner.

10. Press the corner, sticky side down to the back of the Kool Tak Shiny Transfer Foil Sheet. These come in several colors. I used the Earth Tones. Each sheet is 4 11/16" x3 9/16" and you get five colors, two sheets of each per pack. If you have any place where the foil doesn't adhere, just press it down again. Add these to the corners of the bottom photo layer for a little bit of bling.


11. I created the tag using the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio Mandolyn font. I altered the J, m, M and e to give it a custom look, saved it as an outline and printed it on cream cardstock. I was then able to go in with my wonderful Prismacolor colored pencils to add just the right amount of color. Duetica makes this so easy! A french border from PaperDreamsFactory was added and then highlighted with Viva Décor's orange Inka Gold. I had to trim the lower leaf a bit to keep from covering my grandfather's name.
  At this point, I used Colorbox Chestnut Roan Chalk ink on all the flowers, cut edges and page edges, then wiped the flowers with a paper towel to remove excess ink and highlight the flowers.

12. The finishing touch is a Vintage Natural Brass butterfly added in the upper left corner using Kool Tak's Clear Permanent Adhesive Foam Strips in a 3D roll. This stuff holds tight and it's the perfect size to hold the beautiful butterfly (3/16" wide, 1/16" thick and you get 1.6 yards on each roll!).

I know this has been a long post, but I wanted to go into detail to show how easy it is to create beautiful projects using these wonderful tools. 

And now for the best part: 

Make sure to ENTER the The Kool Tak™ GIVEAWAY HERE, 
which is valued just under $70.

One lucky giveaway winner* who signs up for the Crafty KT newsletter will get:

Kool Tak™ 1 Layer Perfect (Use it for centering, piercing, and edge stitching) Tool
Kool Tak™ 1 Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards
Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME 2 ½ x 27 yards

*Only those with a mainland USA shipping address 
are eligible to win the giveaway.

Be sure to enter to win, then go out and enjoy this fabulous September Saturday with someone you love!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Drum roll, please.....

This is a first, at least for 2012. As of Saturday morning, I will have two - count 'em - two posts in one week. Be sure to come back Saturday for a new blog hop with some of my favorite products and a scrapbook page about my maternal grandparents!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Everything Old is New Again...

...sounds like a good line for a song. Oops! It's already a line in a song, but it explains the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop for September. The theme is "vintage" and you can apply that any way you like. My take on it was to use items I had collected in my stash that I'd had for more than five years. The only exception was the DCWV Timeless Stack paper slab that I picked up on sale last week.

My project began with an upcycled panel, a $2 yard sale find, which had already been upcycled from being a cabinet door to a welcome sign. I cut out the center, added mulberry paper, Sophisticated Finishes copper paint, Krylon-painted chicken wire, foam board and beautiful paper for a jewelry hanger that is not only practical, but adds a nice vintage look to my bedroom and keeps some of the jewelry handy that I wear most often.

Here's how I did it:
This is the original piece.

• Cabinet door or picture frame
• Mulberry paper
• Sophisticated Finishes paint, copper
• Chicken wire
• Krylon Spray Paint, Satin Black
• Aluminum Rods, cut into 1 1/2" pieces (K&S Engineering)
• Patterned paper (DCWV Timeless Type Stack)
• Stazon Ink Pad, Black
• Stamps, Inkadinkadoo and B Line
• Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
• Paint brush
• Heavy-duty staple gun
• Heavy-duty double-stick tape
• Needle nose pliers
• Drill
• Jigsaw
• Black pennant trim (Paper Dreams Factory)

1. Drill and cut center panel with jigsaw. Sand cut edges.

I cut the center away from the frame.
2. Tear mulberry paper and apply to frame using Sophisticated Finishes paint as adhesive. Wrap to inside to cover any rough edges. Allow to dry, then apply Stazon black ink to frame front to highlight rough surface. Stamp swirls with Stazon Ink. Attach black pennant trim with Beacon Zip Dry adhesive.

3. Cut chicken wire 3" wider and taller than opening. Spray paint black, allow to dry, then attach to backside of frame with staple gun.

4. Cut black foam board the same size as the chicken wire. Adhere patterned paper to foam board.

Use the paint as an adhesive.
5. Cut small squares of black foamboard to fit inside wire openings. Stack two pieces together and adhere to frame back, 1" from inside frame using double stick tape. Attach paper/foamboard to stacked foamboard with double-stick tape. (This creates a space between the wire and backing so that you can hang small hooks to hold jewelry.)

Make S hooks, then paint them black
6. Use needle nose pliers to bend aluminum wire into s hooks. Attach to  chicken wire, then crimp one side to hold in place.

7. Add eye screws and wire hanger. Hang and enjoy.

Be sure to click on the Designer Ctafts Connection Button (above, left) to hop to other blogs for more vintage inspiration!

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Beginning September 8, there will be a blog hop with Designer Crafts Connection sponsored by Crafty KT, the KOOL TAK™ Manufacturer Challenge: Fabulously-Fall Blog Hop, Sept. 8 -18.
Join us and visit the blogs of 12 professional and creative craft designers as we show you how to create some great fall projects with Kool Tak™ products. Make sure to enter the The Kool Tak™ giveaway, which is valued at about $70.
• Kool Tak™ 1 Layer Perfect Tool, used for centering, piercing, and edge stitching
• Kool Tak™ 1 Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)
• Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick
• Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards
• Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME 2 ½ x 27 yards
One lucky winner will be chosen from those who sign up for the newsletter, and you only need to enter once.
Only those with a mainland USA shipping address are eligible to win the giveaway.
Now, go hug your sweetie and enjoy your Labor Day!

• Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive was donated ( This was the last unopened bottle of an assortment that I've had for almost five years. What does that tell you about this great product?).
• The beautiful earrings in the upper right corner of the top photo were made for me by my bud, the über-talented Veronica Goff.