White Mice and Buttons

Altered Pages Design Team 
has joined the
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog 
Design Team for Challenge #14 
Button It in a UP Blog Hop! 

Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store…usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!  You can participate in the Craft Hoarders Challenge and win a prize from the blog sponsor… Altered Pages!

I admit it! I have tons of buttons stored in jars, boxes and even little baggies from the many swaps I have participated in the past and for me it is sometimes hard to turn loose of them and use them in my projects. But I would like to share a quick gift card holder/wall decoration that is easy to create using buttons and an empty toilet paper roll.  Are you ready to get started? 🙂

First off I painted the toilet paper roll inside and out. Once dry dry I flattened the roll which I ran it through my Sizzix die cutting machine to flatten it but if you don’t have one you can use a bone folder to get crisp edges. I used the Tim Holtz Scallops die on the bottom of the TP roll and the top I embossed with Geometric Ring embossing folder. Then I applied mod lodge on the outside, let dry and the inside the scalloped bottom added a thin line of mod lodge and clipped together with clothes pin and let dry.

Next I adhered a ban of cardstock from the Happy Travels Paper Pad right below the embossing on the TP roll, added lace, ribbon and seam binding bow to the outer edge of the roll. I cut a 10″ piece of seam binding for the handle and adhered each end to the inside of the roll. Then I finished it off with flowers that I punched out from  one of the Text Pages, shaped just a little, layered and adhered together and topped off with hemp cord and a button.

I cut one of the Victorian Labels out and glued to a piece of cardstock, added gathered lace, hemp cord and  buttons in various spots along with a couple of paper flowers to finish off this re-purposed and now useful project.

I hope you have enjoyed my project and if you have any questions please let me know.

Supplies Used:

Altered Pages: Glitz-Happy Travels Paper Pad, Text Pages, Victorian Labels AP-1303, Dyeable Seam Binding, Dew Drops
Sizzix: Tim Holtz- Scallops die, Cuttlebug: Geometric Embossing Folder, Hemp Cord, Lace,  Ribbon, Buttons, Acrylic Paint, Flower Punch, Chalk Ink



Tonya Trantham (you are here)

To find the links to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team posts visit Craft Hoarders blog http://gloriadesignschallenge.blogspot.com/ and check out the group of talented ladies that are listed below.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop to all the other blogs and see their take on what you can do with buttons and leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win some cool prizes too!
I hope your Monday is awesome and enjoy creating!

You Will Forever be My Always ATB

Hi everyone! Can you believe this month is almost over and July is just around the corner??? I keep asking myself where did June go??? I have had a crazy June to say the least, emergency room, a hospital stay and now a rash that my husband says is shingles…I say no way cause I don’t hurt just itch. I have felt like I just don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished that is on my to do list. Maybe July will be good to me…fingers crossed. 🙂
 I’m here to share a ATB I created using Eileen Hull’s Scoreboards XL Die Box Square. I used from the Robin’s Nest Wedding {in love} CollectionLight Ale Dew DropsPearl Dew Drops and Peach Glitter Cardstock to make an adorable block that could be used as a table decoration at a wedding.

I love the cut a parts that the Robin’s Nest now has in the Wedding {in love} Collection. All I had to do was cut out one of the sayings and add leaves, flowers, that I shaped and dew drops.

I used a Copper Shimmer Mist to add color to both bird cages that are on the ATB.

This sentiment I especially love! I can honestly say this is truly how I feel about my husband.

The top view I decorated with diecuts, buttons, dew drops, pearl spray and flower.

In all this was a quick ATB to put together other than shaping flowers and leaves. 🙂

Also I’m playing along with Eileen Hull’s The Art with Heart June Challenge that is still going on for only two more days. So please be sure to stop by and check out what everyone else has created.

Supplies Used:

Sizzix: Eileen Hull-Scoreboards XL Die Box Square, Sizzlets-Little Leave 
Robin’s Nest: Wedding {in love} Collection, Light Ale Dew Drops, Pearl Dew Drops, Peach Glitter Cardstock
Flower Punches
Gina’s Design: Bird Cages
Pearl Sprays
Mint green Cardstock
Melon Chalk Ink
Copper Shimmer
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Splendid Circles

If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!


Wedding Tea Cup and Robin’s Nest Design Team News

Hi everyone! I’m here to share some exciting new!!! I get to still be a part of the Robin’s Nest Design Team!!! YEAH!!! I am also excited there are some familiar faces coming back  and new ladies that will be sharing their creativeness with everyone. 
Also I would like to share a quick project I created using Robin’s Nest products and the tea cup template from the Layers of Color blog. I sized the tea cup and saucer down 65% and printed it on the backside of the Wedding Swirl Glitter Cardstock. Then I cut it out and adhered it together. I glued a Gina’s Designs Cardstock Doily on top of the saucer before I glued the tea cup on top of it. I printed a vintage wedding couple from Graphic Fairy and fussy cut it out. I added a little tissue inside the tea cup and adhered the wedding couple to it. Next I cut out a saying from the Wedding Cut-Outs Cardstock and inked the edges, cut out a rosette from the White on White Classic Glitter Swirl Cardstock and then adhered to backside of the couple. Then I finished it off with Dew Drops, lace and paper flowers and flowers punched from Peach Glitter Cardstock.

This would make fun table arrangements for a wedding.



Supplies Used:

Robin’s Nest: Wedding Cut-Outs CardstockWedding Swirl Glitter CardstockDew DropsPeach Glitter Cardstock, White on White Classic Glitter Swirl Cardstock
Gina’s Designs Cardstock Doily
tea cup template
Lace
Sizzix: Brenda Walton’s Rosette Die
Flowers Punches

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Friday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!


Easter Bluebird Cup

Hi everyone! I’m here to share a super fun project I created for the Robin’s Nest using the Spring Collection which is 20% off this month and we are also cross promoting with Altered Pages too.

I love creating these little tea cups and saucers. They are quick to create and makes a fun gift to give to someone that collects tea sets or it could make the perfect place setting at a party.  All you will need to do is print off the Paper Tea Cup and Saucer onto Spring Flower Glitter Cardstock and then cut out and ink the edges of the saucer before adhere together.I spritzed a doily from Gina’s Designs with Tattered Angels Lemon Zest Glimmer Mist once dry I glued it to the saucer and then adhered the cup on top of the that.

I next fussy cut from the Sweet Easter Cards printout the little bluebird. In the bottom of the cup I wadded up a piece of tissue paper and glued inside. Next I adhered the bluebird to the tissue paper.

Next I added Easter grass around the bird to cover the tissue paper.

Now all you have to do is add paper flowers, mini eggs, lace, ric rac and anything else that is Easter related. See super easy and cute to boot!!! 🙂



Robin’s Nest: Spring Flower Glitter Cardstock, Dew Drops and Purple Flower Glitter Cardstock
Paper Tea Cup and Saucer
Altered Pages: Sweet Easter Cards
Gina’s Designs: Cardstock Doily Set 1
Tattered Angels Lemon Zest Glimmer Mist
Sizzix: Rosette Diecut
Brad
Buttons
Ric Rac
Paper Flowers
Flower Punch
Sequins
Lace
Easter Grass

If you have any questions please let me know and remember to stop by the Robin’s Nest and check out the Spring Collection and while you are at it stop at by Altered Pages too.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday is awesome and enjoy creating!!!

P.S. Remember to check out the Robin’s Nest blog hop this Monday, March 31st for awesome ideas from all of our designers and some really cool blog candy!!!  



The Fairy of Spring

 Hi everyone!!! I’m here to share a project I created using the Eileen Hull: Food Jar, 3-D and Spoon Diecut which is for the New Beginnings-Art with Heart Challenge.  This die has so many possible uses. I wanted to create something with a whimsical vintage Springy theme and this is what I came up with. 
The jar base is cut from mat board which I inked all of the edges and then adhered together. I dressed it up with cardstock from the Lost and Found collection from My Mind’s Eye. I added a little bit of tissue paper into the “bottom” of the jar. I fussy cut the Flower Fairy Vintage Graphics out and adhered to the tissue paper, added moss and then proceeded to add lace and the flowers that I had punched/cut out and shaped. 

The butterfly and the little birdie is fussy cut from theVintage Spring Printable-Country Living Project sheet. For the butterfly I added a little Stickles and an antenna made from 24 gauge bead wire which I wrapped with Tim Holtz Elements Tissue Tape. 

The little spoon is cut from mat board and to get its shape I dampened the bottom half of it. I used the largest stylus to make a “bowl”. I then used an actual baby’s spoon to finish shaping the “bowl” and the handle. Once dry I inked and adhered cardstock to the front and back of the spoon and inked it again. 🙂

I added a bit of moss, little birdie and a punched flower, sequins and dew drops to finish off this adorable spoon.


Also some other challenges I would like to submit my little Spring Fairy to:

Cut It Up Blog Challenge: National Craft Month, Anything Goes! Challenge #41

PAPER SWEETIES MARCH INSPIRATION CHALLENGE #17 – ‘POLKA DOT LOVE

Supplies Used:
Eileen Hull: Sizzix ScoreBoards Die – Food Jar, 3-D and Spoon
Other Sizzix Dies: Flower, 3-D Rose, Sizzlits: Flower #2 and Sizzlets: Stampin’ Up Little Leaves
Flower Punches
24 Gauge Bead Wire
Tim Holtz Elements Tissue Tape
Versa Magic Dew Drop: Aquatic and Oasis Green Chalk Ink
Crystal Stickles
Mat Board 
Lace
Sequins
Moss
My Mind’s Eye: Lost and Found Collection 
The Robin’s Nest: Pink Glitter Cardstock, Dew Drops 
Eclectic Anthology: Flower Fairy Vintage Graphics
The Graphic Fairy: Vintage Spring Printable-Country Living Project


If you want to play along with these challenges be sure to stop by Eileen Hull’s blog, Paper Sweeties and Cut It Up Blog Challenge for more details. Also if you have any questions let me know.
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Thursday is awesome and enjoy creating!!!


Easter Bunny Altered Egg Carton Swap

Hi everyone! I’m here to share another egg carton that I altered for Esveyde in a swap that was over at My Scrap Room site. The requirements the carton had to be decorated in a Easter theme, three cups filled with Easter candy and three with craft goodies for a total of six cups. Since I couldn’t find a half carton either at Walmart or Target I cut a dozen egg carton in half which I had found at Target. It had an indention in the center of the lid which made it a lot easier to cut in to. 
First I gessoed and painted the egg carton. Then I fussy cut a bunny from the Vintage Easter Images from Altered Pages. I used a combination of dew drops and cardstock from the Robin’s Nest to decorate the top of the carton along with paper flowers, store bought and handmade, and lace and trim to complete this adorable container.

A close up of the inside lid and this image is from the Vintage Easter Images too.

I included an assortment of candy and crafty embellishments  so my sweet partner could eat chocolate while she works on a project. 🙂

If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for stopping by, hope your Monday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!


Do You Hear Spring Calling?

Hi everyone and Happy Spring! I’m here to share my project for the Robin’s Nest. This month I used the Spring Collection which is 20% off  this month and I might say it is simply springy.  Also we are cross promoting with Altered Pages which has some awesome vintage collage images.
I have an over abundance of buttons, lace, ribbon, charms, ephemera from swaps and I really want to get it contained into one storage container. Well, this is what I came up with…an altered egg carton!!! It has 18 cups to put away tidbits of crafty goodness.


I started with gessoing the egg carton inside and out. Once the gesso is dry paint with acrylic paint. I didn’t paint the top or inside of the lid because I would be covering it with cardstock.

Next cut two Green Butterfly Glitter Cardstock (I used the backside of the cardstock) to fit the top and inside of the lid.

Adhere to the top of the lid.

Also to the inside lid…I inked around the edges of the cardstock to add more color.

I added Moss Green Glitter Cardstock to the top along with Purple Ants Glitter Cardstock and Spring Stripe Glitter Cardstock which I made banners out of and adhered to the lid. Next I glued lace around the outer edge of the egg carton.

I used this Metallic Blue Christmas Trim that I got on clearance for 40 cents at Hobby Lobby…I love a great deal! 🙂 I glued it just above the lace all the way around. I then added sequins and Beach Dew/Tear Drops to ever other “bead”.

A close up of the bow with stacked buttons and topped off with a Beach Dew/Tear Drops.

I fussy cut from the Little Spring Birdies collage sheet a bird and nest with baby birds and adhered them to the corners of the lid and then decorated with paper flowers (some store bought and some handmade), dew drops, gems that were rescued from a damaged prom dress and mini Easter eggs. I also added Stickles to the images.

The most time consuming part of altering this egg carton was the gessoing and the painting. Other than that it is easy peasy to decorate. 🙂
I have already added my collection of goodies to all the cups. Now I will be able to have them at my fingertips when I need to add the right little something to one of the many projects I have going on. 
Also notice I added a dew drop to each “tip” of each cup. 🙂

Supplies Used:
Empty 18 count egg carton
Green Butterfly Glitter Cardstock
Purple Ants Glitter Cardstock
Spring Stripe Glitter Cardstock
Moss Green Glitter Cardstock
Beach Dew/Tear Drops
Water Dew Drops
Cherry Chocolate Dew Drops
Altered Pages: Little Spring Birdies
Sequins
Christmas Garland
Paper Flowers
Flower Punches
Crystal Stickles
Mini Plastic Eggs
Lace
Ceramcoat Caribbean Blue Acrylic Paint
Gesso
Buttons
Sizzix: Sizzlits Little Leaves

Be sure to stop by the Robin’s Nest and check out the sale that is going on this month and while you are at it stop by Altered Pages too. If you have any questions give me a holler and I will do my best to answer.
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!

P.S. Be sure to stop back on Monday cause I have a “mini” altered egg carton that I want to share… it’s an adult version of an Easter basket. 🙂


Winter Fairy Ornament

Hi everyone!!! It’s me, Tonya!!! I’m here to share my design team project for the Robin’s Nest this month. I used the Winter Collection (Russia) which is 20% off this month over at their website and we are also cross promoting with Ecstasy Crafts this month too.
A couple of months ago I ate a cheese soufflé at Panara Bread. It was served in this cute little paper container that looked like a tart tin. Well I knew that I could alter it into something cute. 
Once I got it home I cleaned it, added a coat of gesso, let dry, painted with navy blue paint, let that dry and finally mod podge to seal. 

Next I used the 3D Precut Fairy Children sheet and punched out all the pieces which are numbered in the order they should be added to the main photo. Instead of using pop up dots I used the “extra leftovers” from the rubber stamps I cut out. It works perfectly, great way to recycle and, of course, save money too!!! Once I pieced the little fairy together I added a little bit of glitter to her wings and then I let dry.

Next I adhered a four inch doilie to the inside and back of the “tin” and glued the fairy child, which I rounded the top to fit inside the “tin”, on top of the doilie. I sewed a ruffle from lace and tulle. I didn’t measure either when sewing. I “eyeballed” until it looked right and then I adhered it to the inside corner. I then added gesso as snow here and there on the lace and tulle and then sprinkled glitter on top of that to give it a snowy look. I also added a little bird’s nest and some pearly sprigs. 
Next I punched out a bunch of flowers from Snow Angels Glitter Cardstock and Boy Polka Dot Stamp Cardstock scraps I had left over from other projects I had created. I inked some of the flowers in Ocean Depth Chalk Ink. While those dried I misted the other flowers with water and then shaped with a stylus. Once they have dried completely, adhered two together and add a pearl dew drop in the center. Next, the blue flowers I glue a Lakeside Dew Drop in the center of each. One of those blue flowers I added snowflake stickers to give it a wintery feel. Now the fun part…adhere them in and around the nest and fairy child and them add gesso on the doilie, flowers and edges of the photo and while still wet sprinkle glitter on everything. Once it is completely dry you can use a dry paint brush to remove the loose glitter.

I used one of the Winter Glitter Chipboard Snowflake, Silver Snowflake sticker from Ecstasy Crafts, Lakeside Dew Drop and snowflake die cut from White Snow Glitter Vellum. I adhered all together and then glued to the side of “tin”.

Also I punch two small holes in the center and threaded silver ribbon through the holes and tied off. This is what the front of my ornament looks like. 

The backside of the ornament I cut from the Circle, Scallop #2 die using the Winter Glitter Snowflakes Cardstock, White Snow Glitter Vellum, White Snow Glitter Cardstock, Glitter Chipboard and sticker Snowflakes, Lakeside Dew Drop and a sequin which I adhered to the back. Simply adorable!!! 

Supplies Used:

Ecstasy Crafts: Snowflake Stickers and 3D Precut Fairy Children
Gesso
Ceramcoat Navy Blue Acrylic Paint 
Two 4″ doilies
Mod Podge
Silver ribbon
Extra Fine Glitter
Cuttlebug Snowflake Diecut
Lace
Light Blue Tulle
Needle and Thread
Small Flower Punch
Small Bird’s Nest
Sizzix: Circle, Scallop #2

Be sure to stop by the Robin’s Nest and check out this month’s sale. If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you and your family the Merriest of Christmases and a very Happy New Year!!!