Friday, December 2, 2016

What I've been up to crafty-wise

Has anyone altering paperclips? I have had a blast doing them. Mostly just using buttons, but I'm going to start using other things, too.
 The first one is actually made with mummy stickers, front and back. The second one has a pilgrim girl on one side and a pilgrim guy on the other side. The third one has the same pumpkin on the front and back.
 I used two sparkly flower buttons for the first one. The second one is a button with a gold fleur de lis, the back has a plain button on it. The third is a Rudolph button with red felt on the back. The third is a snowman piece I found on my walk home with red felt on the back. On the second row, the first has some buttons and monster faces on them. The second one is a heart brad with a button on the back. The third is a flower button, there is a smaller flower button on the back. The last one is a faceted black button with another button on the back.
I signed up for a Christmas paper clip swap through one of my FB groups, so I will be making more.
I also had a RAK for one of my FB groups, I had a ton of fun wrapping the things I sent:
 That big blue one the left has some burlap leaves on it. The yellow one has ribbon with layered buttons. the third one has a strip of burlap ric rac and buttons. The fourth one has some ribbon with a turkey sticker. the fifth one is harder to see, it has a couple lizard stickers on top, and then I made a little banner embellishment with a pumpkin on the bottom. My favorite is that burlap belly band with the layered leaves. The last one is just a couple of pieces of paper layered.
I also signed up to do a holiday tag swap on FB.
I used dictionary paper and paper from a 12x12 all-occasions paper pack from Hobby Lobby for backgrounds.
 Here's some close-ups:
This one has paper for the background. I added gingerbread guy stickers from Dollar Tree and some puffy white paint to add some dimension. I used a foil washi on the bottom from Hobby Lobby.
This next one has plaid paper for the background. I'm trying to make rosettes, so I bought some cupcake papers at Dollar Tree. This is my first attempt with a felt owl from Hobby Lobby in the middle. I also added some Christmas tree washi from Target to the bottom.
I don't have many doilies, but I like using them. I used a wood grain paper for the background. I added half of a green doily, that I got in a swap,  and a little guy I got off of some tags from a magazine, I should have added some white paint to him too. I used plaid washi, from Target, that I cut in half at the bottom.
I used plaid paper for the background here, too. I found this piece of burlap in my stash and layered a felt bird ornament, from Hobby Lobby, on top of it. Here is the full width of that plaid washi I used on the tag above.
This one has the wood grain paper for the background. I put some teal colored 1 inch circles with wood veneer snowflakes, from Hobby Lobby, and bling, from my stash, on top. I put some blue glitter washi, from Dollar Tree, at the bottom.
This one has dictionary paper for the background. I cut these houses out of notecards, from Dollar Tree, and added some puffy white paint to look like snow. I also added some bling, from a swap, at the bottom.
This one has the dictionary paper background. I added a felt tree, from Hobby Lobby, and some Christmas tree washi, from Target, at the bottom.
I don't use a lot of color ink, but somehow I always end up running out of it around Christmas each year. I attempted to print a bunch of vintage looking Christmas images from my computer, and ran out of ink halfway through. So, I went back and printed them in grayscale, I ended up coloring this with my metallic pens, and added some bling for the ornaments. The washi at the bottom is cut in half and is from Target.
This one has the dictionary paper as background with a tree sticker, from Dollar Tree, and plaid washi from Target at the bottom.
I've seen trees made from strips of whatever you want, so I used my thinner washi from Hobby Lobby to make one. I added a metallic star sticker on the top. I should have added something for the trunk at the bottom, but couldn't find anything that looked right, so it looks like it's just floating. The plaid washi at the bottom is from Target.
This one has the dictionary paper background with a sticker I found in my stash and washi from Hobby Lobby on the bottom.
This one is another variation of the other snowflake one above. I used dictionary paper as the background with black 1 inch circles, more of the wood veneer snowflakes and bling. I put plaid washi at the bottom.

I did not get a picture of these with the string/twine in them. I honestly can't remember what I used, but I did add some.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Flip book for a friend

A friend of mine has been having some rough days, so I made her a flip book to cheer her up:
 I chose some bright colored pieces from my Hello Baby 12x12 paper pack I got at Hobby Lobby. I attached the pages together with some cupcake washi. These animals on the front are from a folder that I got from BAM. I have no idea where I got the letters. It says "Sending you happy thoughts"
 When you flip this open:
Close-up of the left page:
 This background piece was sent to me in a swap. I added pink sequins and tiny bling to it so it wasn't so flat.
Close-up of right page:
The letters are sparkly. The remember is a sticker. I got the quote in a swap. I cut the hot air balloons out of another paper and affixed them with foam tape. There is gold foiled heart washi on the bottom and an arrow sticker.
When you flip this one to the right:
 close-ups of middle page:
 I made a waterfall of project life cards, using gold foiled diamond washi tape to hold them down.
 I added some pink glitter tape to cover up what I didn't like on the back with a cute sticker from a Finding Dory sticker book and some flat back pearls.
 This was from a cut apart someone sent me, it says "She our lives with sunshine and our hearts with love" I covered up the she with a sticker that said "you" and added some sun stickers to the corners.
 I should have flipped the dog sticker around, I also added stickers saying "You are loved"
 I also should have stamped the fish the other way.
 And I should have put something on the back of the top card. I wrote "don't forget" on the top of the bottom card.
Close-up of right page:
I had another project life card that said "Take a deep breath" and had a cup of coffee on it, but it was my last one, so I just spelled the quote out with alpha stickers, and put a coffee cup and a box of donuts underneath it. I also added the words "tomorrow will be kinder", that's from a song. I also added some monster washi to the bottom because "monsters make me smile :) "
The back just had a note attached to it.
I hope she liked it, I had a lot of fun making it for her. I also hope it helped brighten her day.

Handmade Embellishments

I signed up for a swap on one of my facebook groups where we had to make 5 handmade animal embellishments. I had two partners so I made 10.
Here's what I made:
 A few paperclips, some banners, some tiny rosettes and a leaf.
Here's what I received from one of my partners:
 I love those tags and the rosettes are great.
Here's what I got from my other partner:
These are so fun and cute!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pocket Letter

I made a pocket letter for Karlene, one of the channels I watch on YouTube. She said she liked rainbows, pink, unicorns, butterflies, Pokemon. I tried to incorporate a lot of that into the pocket letter.
 This one is a lot flatter than I usually do. I took some cloud paper and watercolored a rainbow onto it. I added this butterfly paper tape to the side. Mostly everything is stickerse from my stash. I added the 'be awesome' words from a journaling card. The butterfly in the second row is actually layered with a piece in the plastic sleeve and a piece on top of it.
The keychain on the side, I just thought she'd like
Here's the goodies:
I wrote my letter on the back of the 'you rock' journaling card. I tried to add stickers from what I had used on the front. I also tucked in some Hello Kitty stickers because she said she liked those, as well as Lisa Frank stickers, some washi samples and cute panda stickers.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Halloween Flipbook

For some reason I really wanted to make a Halloween flip book. I think part of it was because I found a pack of 6 (maybe) felt jack-o-lanterns at Target for $1. So, I did a private trade with someone on one of my FB groups. I'm still waiting to receive mine, but here's what I sent her.
 The backgrounds are from a 6x6 paper pad I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I used the silver foil spiderweb washi from Target for $1. The "boo" foam sticker was from a swap. The gem tape at the bottom was from Target for $1.
When you flip this to the left:
 Close-up of left side:
 I had a hard time with this page and still feel like it's missing something. The "boo" foam sticker was from a swap. The 'smiley' faces were from Walmart on clearance. The October 31 chipboard sticker was from a kit I got at a garage sale. The pumpkin sticker is from the Dollar Tree. The "Happy Halloween" is from an all seasons 12x12 paper pack I got at Hobby Lobby.
Close-up of right page:
 I had this cute Tim Holtz ephemera that had this quote on it, so I just tried to illustrate it. It says "Halloween Greetings Screeching owls and flying bats Fighting spirit in black cats, Will make a spooky Hallowe'en With lurking witches and ghosts unseen" The background paper has flying bats. The owl is from the same Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera pack, it's layered on a skull cupcake liner that I got in a swap. The cat is a sticker from Hobby Lobby. I stamped a ghost in the background. I have no idea where I got that stamp.
When you flip this page to the right:
 Close-up of middle page:
 The background has bugs all over it. This napkin I got in a swap, so I just glued it to some cardstock and made a pocket with it. I probably shouldn't have put the Frankenstein sticker on it, but the page was kinda blah, and it needed some color.
Close-up of page on right:
 I probably shouldn't have used this paper as background, it's really busy and I also had a hard time with it. I ended up just making a spooky scene. The postage stamp sticker is from Walmart, the bats are from Hobby Lobby and the gravestones are from Walmart. The haunted house is from a clip art book, I just colored it with a gold gel pen.
When you flip this page to the right:
 Close-up of third page:
 This one is my favorite page. The large monster is actually a wall sticker from Dollar Tree, I just added a gemstone mustache to him. The green monster was in my stash. The blue and purple monsters are from Walmart. The mummy is from a sticker book from Micheal's. I tried to pick monsters that looked like they were dressed up.
Close-up of right page:
 This one just kinda came together. The strip at the bottom is from the all occasions paper pad from Hobby Lobby. The cat and pink post-it notes are from Target. The Witch piece is from the Tim Holtz ephemera pack. And the "W" sticker is from my stash.
The back:
 This background is actually from that all occasions paper pack from Hobby Lobby. I don't know if you can really tell from the picture, but I fussy cut some of the sweets and attached them with foam tape so they stood out. The label is from the Tim Holtz ephemera pack.
I love wrapping up my stuff when sending it out:
This one I wrapped up in a Halloween towel I got in a swap (I don't decorate for Halloween, so I wasn't ever going to use it.), I used some orange lace to make a bow and tucked in this purple skeleton guy. I'm not really sure what he's supposed to be, but he was cute.

I've already bought a 6x6 Christmas paper pad, so I'll probably be doing more flipbooks.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Esther Luka's Fall Swap

Here's what I sent to my partner, Chrissy for the swap. You had to send a pocket letter or a flip book. I was looking at other people's swap videos, and I feel like I'm the only one who created a flip book. I've been having so much fun doing flip books lately, that I kind of miss pocket letters, mostly the goodies because I tend to decorate my flip books more than put goodies in them. 
We decided to do a fall rather than a Halloween theme.
 I chose to use some burlap looking duct tape for the binding, but it still wouldn't stick in some places, I don't know why. I used a lot of fall paper from that big all seasons 12x12 paper pad I picked up at Hobby Lobby, I also used a couple pages from a Halloween paper pad that weren't solely Halloween.
The background here is just brown, I put a strip of paper that says fall on the bottom. I actually waited to finish this page last because of how bulky that sunflower is. It's glued on with hot glue and I should have put it further up, but you know how it is when you have the hot glue and it's getting cooler, it just goes where it falls.
When you open it up:
 a few close-ups:
 This is the left page, this strip was from my stash, but there's a very similar paper in the 6x6 Halloween paper pad I picked up from Hobby Lobby, it's a pocket. The ribbon was in my stash, I believe it's from JoAnn's, it's kind of a twill ribbon. I fussy cut an extra acorn and turkey out from the background paper and layered them so they popped out. I also layered a plastic apple button on top of an apple in the background. I did put some goodies in the pocket on the side.
 I had a hard time with this page, mostly cause I forgot it was there. I was so intent on doing the inside pages, that when I flipped it closed and noticed I had to finish this page, I found it very hard to get inspired. I just ended up finding some Project Life cards that were fallish. I attached them with a washi I thought was kinda fallish as well.
When you flip up the top card:
Looking at it now, it looks pretty plain and I probably should have put something on it.
 When you flip up this card:
 And when you flip up this card:
 I used a brown ink pad to distress it a little bit.
When you flip this page to the right:
 I added this paper to create a pocket. The background paper was pretty but a little too busy for me. This paper was from a notebook in my stash, I just trimmed the bottom and a bit off the sides because it was a tiny bit too big. The caramel apples are actually out of the fall page above, I fussy cut them out and added the ends of toothpicks and attached them with foam dots.
 I really love the background on this page. It was a 12x12 page I bought singly cause I love the pattern. I also had a hard time with this page. The boy and his mother are from a book. The turkey, corn and pie are felt stickers. I'm a little low on alpha stickers, so I just wrote "time to eat" with purple sharpie and outlined it with a gold pen. I also added "Yummy" in gold alphas.
When you flip the middle page down:
This paper just had words about fall on it. I added the journaling spot, it's actually a pocket page from Hobby Lobby. The alphas are from a sticker book from Walmart. Someone sent me the flowers, I believe they're from Micheal's. The ladybugs were in my stash. The pumpkins are from Darice sticker books except the one in the middle, that's from Hobby Lobby.
I did very little to this page. I just added the brown block at the bottom and added some vintage stickers from my stash.
Here are the handmade cards:
 We really only had to send one, but I made the Thanksgiving one, and thought it was kinda sad, so I made the other one, now I really like the Thanksgiving one.
Anyways, I'm not that great at cards. I just need to get one of those magazines that shows you how to layer paper to make really neat cards. If you look closely, you can see the layered paper on the Thanksgiving card is crooked, I'm not that great at straight lines either. I just layered some paper, a turkey sticker and spelled out "happy thanksgiving" in alphas. I always mess up the spacing when I spell things out.
The other one is a weird size, I had this pink polka dot paper on my desk so I folded it in half, added a couple of pink washi banners, a strip of washi tape from the Dollar Tree and a word sticker from Hobby Lobby.
This picture has my 5 samples of washi, 5 handmade embellishments, and 1 or 2 extras:
 I'm working on making embellishments, I thought these were cute. I don't have a lot of fallish washi, I thought these were the most fall I had in my stash. The sparkly orange at the top is from Target, all the ones on the card other than the brown one are from Dollar Tree. I'm not sure where the brown one is from.
I also included a caramel apple candle and some pumpkin ribbon.
Here are my paper sheets:
 I have a couple 6x6 paper pads, so I just gave her one of every sheet in both pads, they're kinda vintage looking. the 2nd and bottom rows are from the same pad, there's a vintage birdcage theme going on there. The top row is kinda like vintage/distressed notebook/ledger paper.
Here is my mug and stickers:
I also included this cute fox print I picked up from Target and some leaf doilies from TJ Maxx. The mug is red and filled with candy. I already had it wrapped up before I took the picture.

I really like what I sent to Chrissy, and I can't wait until Esther's next swap.
If you'd like to see what Chrissy sent to me, click here.