Sunday, April 14, 2013

Altered Cigar box

Here's another upcycle project for National Earth  Month! My husbands birthday was a couple of days ago so I altered a cigar box for him since he can't ever find his keys, watch, and wallet! :)

Now he's the kind of man that doesn't like things to be too busy so I tried to keep this really clean and show majority of the wood. I chose to go with "No. 1 DAD" because of course the kids wanted to share in the giving process but not the making! LOL

Now the tag I actually received in a tag swap, but I can't remember the crafters name. I lined the inside bottom with some brown felt, but forgot to take a pic. :(
For this section all I can say is layer, layer, layer! :) I was really trying to get more color on the box without doing too much for his taste. Happy Birthday Sweetie! :) Thanks for looking everyone!

Altered containers

 Here's an upcycle project for National Earth  Month! These containers are perfect  for holding my smaller, loose embellishments especially once I cant find the original packing anymore! :)

 I altered vegetable spread containers, large and small as well as peanut containers.
 For the most part I chose to alter them with a theme or color scheme so I could readily know what I have stored inside without having to open every one. :)

 With just some card stock, embellishments and sealer, this upcycle project is not only fun but functional as well!

Thanks for looking! :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Altered mini frame

Hello everyone! The last project I did (Altered Nesting Boxes), I used some Distress Crackle paint and I really like how it turned out. So I decided to give it a try on mini frame that I have had sitting in my craft room for a couple of years now that I purchased from the dollar store!

This 3x5 frame started with a silver, shiny almost chrome like finish on it. I applied a coat of white Gesso first to prep it for the acrylic paint and let it dry completely. Then I painted a coat of pink acrylic paint over the entire frame and allowed it to dry. Now comes the fun part! I painted the frame with Distress Crackle paint and set it aside to dry. Waiting for it to dry was the hardest part! :) I really love how this turned out! The pink barely showing through the cracks really makes it pop! Then to embellish it, I just grabbed a flower from my stash and stick pin to match and hot glued them in place.
Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Altered Nesting Boxes

Happy National Craft Month!!! I've decided to alter some nesting wooden boxes. This project was fun and easier than ever!

The hardest thing about altering these cute boxes was decided whether to go with paint or paper to cover them...
So I did a combination of both! By using a coordinating paper pack from My Mind's Eye, all I had to do was use a coordinating paint and decided to go with Distress Crackle paint.
For the large box I used all paper to cover it. I inked the edges with Distress Ink Tea Dye and this is the only box top that I used a dimensional embellishment because the other tops would not be able to nest if they weren't flat embellishments.
On the medium box, I used the combination of covering 2 of the sides and the lid with Gesso and then Distress Crackle paint. I love the shabby chic look of crackle paint!
The smallest box I used all paper again, but this time I used the same pattern on all 4 sides and inked the edges with Distress Ink Tea Dye. I also used a piece of the pattern paper to cover the top and just used Stickles to embellish it!

Here's a list of products you can use to alter some boxes:

My Mind's Eye
Distress Crackle paint
Distress Ink

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine card & Shabby Chic Pearl pendant

This card was so fun to make...and fast! I used all card stock and printed paper from my stash.

 After cutting all of my layers, I used my eCraft Purpleberry to cut the heart. I inked the edges of the base of the card, the pink card stock, the printed paper and the heart. I embossed the word "Love" with some red embossing powder. After I glued all of my pieces down, I added some Stickles to the corners of the red card stock and around the heart. I also added a heart shaped gem as a last minute touch.

I wanted to share this Shabby Chic Pearl pendant I made as a gift to one of my scrapbooking friends. I made a smaller one some time ago and added to the "My First Altered Wood Box". Click here for the  tutorial.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Teacher's Rock!

Hello everyone! Today I made a card for my youngest darling daughter Sunshyne's teacher, using My Mind's Eye School Daze paper pad!
I wanted to do a little something for her to let her know that I appreciate the extra help she gives my daughter.
The sentiment says, "Teachers make the little ones count". I love how everything coordinates so well with this pad. I only added 3 pieces of solid card stock from my stash to create this card.
After fussy cutting the pencil out, I used my alphabet rubber stamps with some embossing ink to add little extra touch.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sending you encouragement

Hello everyone! I made this card for my Mom that just had back surgery. I wanted to use somewhat soft colors without using a lot of pastels.

 I chose to use the sentiment "Sending you encouragement" because every other card she received had the sentiment "Get well soon", I like to be different. :)
 After choosing the pattern paper that I wanted go with. I used some matching card stock, inked the edges and stamped the sentiment using Distress Ink. 
 I added some brown rhinestones to the corners and some clear ones to the butterfly that I punched.
The flowers were from my stash and I used Cinnamon Stickles to accent the column of dots on the side of the card. I hope you have enjoyed this quick and easy card. Thanks for looking! :)