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I have been inspired by all of the crafting blogs I have visited. This blog is my way to share items I have crafted, websites I have found, and just about anything that I find interesting. Enjoy...I hope you find something you will like!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fishing Vest Album

Kathy Orta at Paper Phenomenon has an Outdoor's Man album project that was the pattern for the project I made.  Kathy's was a more generic paper to cover a lot of different male outdoor pursuits.

This is my take on it:        

I made my matchbox large enough to hold an 8.5 x 11 inch album.
Behind the jacket is this:
And the inside of the matchbox drawer looks like this:

I made this whole project to give to a fundraiser for the Warrior Weekend "Muster" Organization.  Each year this organization sets up a weekend for those individuals who have Served our Country.  They take these heroes out for a weekend of fishing.  That is why I thought it was appropriate to make a Fisherman's Vest.

The album I made was not the one Kathy used in this project.  Since I wanted a bigger album, I used a pattern by Laura Denison called Photo Pholio.  I did not even follow all of the Photo Pholio pattern completely...I used pages from the One Flip, Two Flip album that is also designed by Laura Denison. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Beaded gifts

I came across the prettiest heart shaped pendent video tutorial on youtube!!  The video is easy to follow and the project takes about 30 minutes to complete after everything the supplies are assembled.  Here is what the last bunch of pendents look like:

I had already made another five that I have already given to co-workers.  This is what my supplies look like:

And the link you have been waiting for.....

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Altered Book Journal

If you have looked at my last few posts you can see that I am working on a book theme!  I have always loved books and paper and the youtube videos that I have found are perfect for both of these loves!! I have been a happy camper working on these projects!! :)  I found a altered book journal video from Ephemera's Vintage Garden:

I have many of Debbie's free printables but had never seen this video she made for her altered journal.  There is a second video that uses the pages that are taken out of the original book, so make sure and watch it too.  This is what my journal looks like:

I did sand the spine to age it and to obscure some of the author's name.  I have not made a ribbon or bead dangle yet, but will get that done.  Because it would take so long to take pictures of each page, I did video the journal.  I was going to try and talk during this video, but every time I started talking, my cat would walk into the video for petting, so the third time, I just videoed the book.  I think she did you a favor!!  This is only the 3rd video I have made and the last two are with me holding my ipad while trying to turn the pages, so it is very awkward as well as the added fact that I apparently was holding it sideways so that when I loaded the video, it is shown from the side instead of head on like I taped it.  I hope I do not make you sick while you see the pages, but I am a work in progress videographer and hope I can improve!

I used score tape to secure my pockets instead of wet glue and it works just fine and I purchased my books at a local thrift store for $1.00 each.  The papers I used for this journal are mostly digital and the links to the different places I either purchased or were free downloads are as follows:

Parisian Daydreams Printable Journal from Tsunami Rose Designs .
Most of the tags and postcards are also from Tsunami Rose Designs (this link is to her blog)
This first pink page you see in the video is a digital image from The Graphics Fairy that I altered in the GIMP software.  This is a free digital software if you want to learn about the process without investing any money.  Heather A. Hudson has some youtube videos on using GIMP as well as producing some beautiful digital graphics of her own.  I used several of Heather's graphics in this journal and she also occasionally gives away images.  Another digital graphics designer is Debbi Moore from the UK.   I used two of her papers and the link should take you to her page of free papers and ideas.  I really love the depth and texture of her designs.

I filled in some of the pages with scrap paper from my stash.  These include papers from My Mind's Eye, DCWV, CTMH, K&Company, The Paper Studio, some papers I found at Big Lots, and the Printery Collection 6x6 paper from Hobby Lobby.

I really enjoyed making this journal and already have 2 more started.  One is a cookbook that I want to give to one of my exchange daughters that loves to cook.  I want her to be able to have a diary of her cooking experiences and new recipes as she grows as a chef and plan to send her favorite recipes of mine.  My husband could not believe that I would actually tear pages out of a book.  I told him since I bought them at a thrift store for this purpose and not to read, it did not bother me...go figure!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Chance for some Blog Candy!!

A talented crafter, Michelle Pearson, is celebrating her followers and subscribers!!
Here is what Michelle has gathered to give away:

You just need to be a blog follower!  To get additional chances for the blog candy, Michelle has several other ways to get more chances! Just go to Inspiration Blooms   and check it out!
Have a Great Sunday!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Folded Pages Decoration

Here is another altered book:

I bought a hardback book at a local resale shop.  The background paper that lines the front and back inside of the book is from my scrap drawer.  Flowers and leaves are from Arne's in Houston, the laces are gifts from my Mom...I come by this crafty gene honestly!! :)  The silver trim is actually a find at a garage sale!  The cameos on the end are from Jolee's Boutique that I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I used a paper doily cut in two on the ends also.  The doily and the folded pages were darkened with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distressing ink.  The bracelet and green jewel are also finds at a garage sale and the cream pearl beads is from a roll of beaded strand from Hobby Lobby that I got on sale for 50% off.  The individual cream beads are from another necklace that I bought and cut up.  I just played with different elements that I had until I found what I favorite part of crafting!

I used the following videos from youtube to give me direction in this project.  I am thinking of this as a beautiful desk decor that is very useful or decorations for a large party, be it a wedding party or some type of themed party...I think the options are endless since you can use the pages to display a program, pictures, themed decorations, etc,

I am always grateful for such talented people willing to do tutorials and share their finished projects on youtube to inspire the rest of us!!  Thank you!!  And for those who stopped by, Thank you for visiting my blog...I really do like sharing what I have found and made!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Box

I was looking for craft projects in relation to books and since youtube is such a gold mind of talented people, I found some great ideas to try.  My first craft-lift is making a book into a box.  The following videos are just a couple of the ones that I used to design my book box.


I went to a local thrift store and bought a few hardbound books for $1.00 each.  Then I committed sacrilege against the books...which means I cut out the bound paper and that left the outer shell empty! :)  I then made a box from corrugated cardboard that I got from the box the lunch bags of chips came recycling was accomplished with this project!  I used paper from my scrap drawer to line the inside of the box and then I used Jani Lewis' technique to make the outside of the box look like pages.  I cut a strip of paper the width of the box and using a ruler drew lines across it in pencil. I wrapped that around the outside and used some Distress Inks - tea stain to distress it a little with a sponge.  I wanted to keep the texture and look of the outside of the book but I did not want to keep the book name visible so since the book I used had a light color, I used layers of masking tape to block out the book title on the spine.  Next to decorate the outside of the book, I used digital papers called Parisian DayDreams from Tsunami Rose.  The designer, Daisy, is a very talented graphic artist and has other beautiful printable journals you need to look at when you get the chance.  The rest of the decorations were things I had in my collecting stashes.  For the first one I have made, I think it turned out very pretty!!

I already have another book project in mind, so stay tuned!  Thanks for stopping by! : )

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Out with the Old, In with the New

Shelly's Images is having a challenge.  It is "Out with the Old, In with the New".  You do not have to use their images to do this challenge, but since you can get them for free, why wouldn't you?  I do have some of Shelly's images, but I needed to make a wedding card...that is waaaayyyyy late!!  So I found this beautiful image of wedding bells.  So my new for this challenge is the new digital image I just got from them.

I printed the image on vellum and colored it from the back, so I did not have to worry about staying in the lines!  I used DCWV Formal Affair paper which had this awesome background with the word "Love" across it.  I made photo corners with silver metallic paper and the flat bow out of mesh ribbon.  Thanks for stopping by and do not forget to stop by Shelly's Images for this challenge and to look at their digital images!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner - Week 35

I am finally getting to do an entry into the Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Monday - Week 35 .  I really loved this week's inspiration:

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Five Inspiration Piece (image)

There is so much going on with this Magazine cover that I wanted to use.  First I focused on the word "ART" and went looking for quotes about "Art".  I found some very good ones and some I would never use on anything!  I went to The Graphics Fairy , the go to place for digital images thanks to Karen!!  After playing around with the different elements, I had 3 that I really liked and because I couldn't decide which I liked best, I used all 3!   So for my entry this week, I did not make a card, as I normally would, I made a wall hanging for my craft room.
The frame is one I found at a garage sale and I painted it with blue paint, than dry brushed on some white gloss paint and ended with rubbing on some metallic gold paint with some paper towel.
My three "ART" quotes layered on paper from a K&Company paper pack.  The dimensions on the inside of the frame are 10" x 13".  I used the packaging from my Martha Stewart score board to make the backing because the original frame backing was torn up.
The large blue flower and the sheer ribbon were bought at a garage sale, the metallic flowers and the beaded fringe are from Hobby Lobby.  The white flower with blue on it was bought at JoAnn's in a package.
The tassel was found at a garage sale and the beautiful pearl medallion was won from Angela Holt Designs who is also my inspiration for making this frame!  What she can put together with random pieces that she has is "Amazing"!!

The flowers used in this cluster were bought at Arne's in Houston, TX.  They have some wonderful ribbons and floral accessories to purchase for weddings, etc.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed looking at my new "Art" piece for my craft room!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Another Entry for Paper Phenomenon!!

I wasn't sure if I was going to make the deadline...but I am a few hours early!!

The voting has begun, so please go to the Paper Phenomenon website and place your votes!  My entries are number 19 and 42, I would really appreciate your votes!!  Thank you for voting, no matter who you vote for, there are some very talented people with beautiful projects that have entered this contest!

For this entry, I chose "The Journey", a small suitcase with a scrapbook inside.  The suitcase was easier to put together than I thought, but it was very time took me a day to complete...with breaks for taking care of household things.  The scrapbook itself took several hours spread over a few days last week.  It probably would have been faster if I could have stayed with it, but that is life when working. :)   I have included the pictures from our vacation this past summer.

I have a photo collage that covers parts of the suitcase making and then the scrapbook before pictures were put in. 

This is the video that goes through the scrapbook after the pictures are added.