Showing posts from June, 2015

Toulouse Lautrec-Inspired Greeting Card

I love the art of Toulouse Lautrec, Graphic 45 paper and Jimbo Lojik stamps, so when I saw this Graphic 45 paper, I knew I had to create something using KellyCraft's Jimbo Lojik stamps.

I was showing my cousin how to make prints using Distress Inks, water and a protective mat, so this design came together very quickly.

Here's how I did it.


Jimbo Lojik Stamps (Set H)
Graphic 45 8" x 8" paper slab (Typography)
Black card stock, 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" folded to 6 1/2"  x 4 1/4"
White card stock ,  8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Green card stock scrap
Distress Inks, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Broken China (Tim Holtz for Ranger, Inc.)
Protective mat
Water spritzer
Crafter's Tape double-stick adhesive
Black permanent marker (Sharpie)

Pat Distress Inks directly onto protective mat. Spritz the colors with water and press the white card stock onto the inks. If you have any bare areas, just add more ink, spritz and press agai…

A Bottle of Kisses

If you’re ever at a loss for a quick little gift, this is the perfect solution. I found the sweet little bottle of coleslaw dressing in the refrigerator section at WalMart while shopping for supplies for our family reunion this past weekend. My original intent was to etch the glass bottle, but when I found these beautiful metallic swirls at WalMart as well, I fell in love. Here’s how I made it: Supplies Makin’s Air-dry Clay, white, ½ packMakin’sHeart CuttersMakin’s Texture SheetsMakin's Clay Extruder and Extruding Disk Pearl Pen, Ice White (Viva Décor)Inka Gold, Rose Quartz, Violet, Lime Green (Viva Décor)Swirl stickers (Sticko Themed Stickers)Glass bottle (Market Stand Dressing, WalMart)Acrylic paint, Pthalo Bue and Pthalo Green (Golden Acrylics)Goof OffFast Dry White Tacky Glue (Aleene’s)Thin silver cord, 36”WaterTools: craft knife, vinyl gloves, measuring spoon, 1/8" ball tool
Instructions Mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon each of blue and green paint into the white clay. Knead the pa…

Summer Fun Flag

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop featuring products from Oly-Fun fabric. I had never used this product before, but now I am in love. It cuts beautifully with no fraying, is light-weight and comes in a great variety of colors. No need to stitch it on my sometimes-it-works-sometimes-it-doesn't sewing machine. I just used my old stand-by, Beacon FabriTak to put this together in an afternoon.

Here's how I did it:

Oly-Fun Fabric
Purple, 23" x 36"
Yellow, 1/2 yard
White, 1/2 yard
Green, 1/4 yard
Ribbon, 48" (Offray)
Fabric Adhesive (Beacon Fabri-Tak)
Vive Décor Pearl Pens, Sunny Yellow, Gold, White
Scissors, paper for pattern

Note: If your flag will be visible from both sides, you will need to double the amount of yellow and white fabric.

Draw a pattern for the large flower petals and cut five or more as desired.

Cut one large yellow circle (12-14") and two small ones (6-8"), 6 small yellow triangles, 2" x 3", and five g…

Summer Garden Flag

Welcome to another Designer Crafts Connection blog hop featuring Ann Butler's Background Basics Stamps and her line of Colorbox Crafter's Inks, all from Clearsnap.

I have had several of Ann's stamp designs, including my all-time favorite alphabet, and a selection of her bright ink colors for a couple of years, but when I received her newest stamps and colors, I developed a new-found appreciation for her products. Not only are the stamps red rubber on a firm foam cushion, but the ink pads are juicy, juicy, juicy. I think I'm in love!

I've been wanting custom garden flag for a long time, but never got around to making one. I have this beautiful mail box and address holder that my sweet friend Donna Lee gave us for Christmas a few years ago, but our driveway is long, and our mailbox is in my neighbor's yard across the street. I just painted our address on the placard and stuck it in my front flower bed, which is actually a sea of monkey grass. The sign had faded …