To Find the Perfect Tree Train Case

Hi everyone! I am here to share my Eileen Hull’s Inspiration Team’s  Art with Heart project for this month using the bottom half of the Train Case diecut.

I cut the bottom from mat board and covered it with Graphic 45’s cardstock from the Gilded Lily collection. I know it isn’t really Christmasy but I wanted more of a wintery/snowman feel for my project since my house is decorated more in those colors. Plus I thought the little girl with the tree was prefect because I can keep this out and enjoy it in the winter months ahead.

The snowman I made from a 1″ and 1 1/2″ SmoothFoam balls. I gessoed and painted with an off white paint and once dry I put together and applied Antique Mod Podge and covered with glitter. I had baked “carrot noses” from Sculpey clay according to directions on the package. I adhered the nose and two dew drops to the snowman and added more glitter to the face. The “arms” are cut from wire which I rolled to make hands and then inserted on either side of the body and then added a little glue to secure.

I filled the inside of the case with tissue paper, adhered the bottle brush trees to that and the snow girl image I printed from the internet. I fussy cut out and adhered to one of the trees and added the snowman. 

The silver snowflake is an ornament that I had bought in a package of snowflakes and this one was deformed so instead of tossing it I decided to use as a back ground of sorts.

I worked tulle in and around the decorations and edges the ends with the gesso and glitter.

I finished off with snowflake sequins, paper flowers and thread. Be sure to hop over to Eileen Hull’s blog and link up your Favorite Things creation and see what the rest of the inspiration team has created!

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

Snowflake Snowman

Hi everyone! We are almost half way through August! Can you believe that??? Summer has sure flown for me. I have painted one of our bathroom and three coats of paint later I can say the walls are finished. Now all I need is to paint the trim and door, install the new light and flooring, vanity, mirror, faucet, make a curtain and I’m finished. 🙂
I want to share a snowman decoration I created. I received a box full of Smooth Foam ornaments last year for a blog hop and this is one of the leftovers I didn’t use in the hop.
First off I applied gesso to the ornament, let dry and then painted with white acrylic paint. While the ornament was drying I shaped a carrot nose from orange Sculpey Clay and baked according to the directions on the package. I also cut from a sheet of vintage sheet music a small hat. I rolled it into a cone and adhered together and glued silver tinsel along the bottom of the hat.

I adhered two black dew drops and carrot nose to the ornament shape, painted a dot for the mouth and then I applied Antique Mod Podge all over then covered in glitter.
I painted a chipboard snowflake white and once dry I applied antique Mod Podge and sprinkled glitter over the whole snowflake. I then adhered to the base of the ornament the snowflake, tied seam binding around the “neck” and finished off with dew drops to the bow and snowflake.

Lastly I glued the little hat to the snowman’s head. Easy peasy decoration to set out at Christmas or a super cute gift to give. 🙂

Supplies Used:

SmoothFoam: Ornament, Robin’s Nest: Dew Drops, Seam Binding, Glitter, Sculpey Clay, Tinsel, Vintage Sheet Music, Chipboard Snowflake, Black and White Acrylic Paint, Gesso
If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for stopping by, hope your Thursday is wonderful and enjoy creating!

The Robin’s Nest: There is "Gnome" Place Like Home

Hi everyone! I want to share a sneak peak at my projects I created using the Lodge Collection that is one of the Robin’s Nest featured products this month. This collection has a real woodsy outdoor feel and I decided since I had a leftover gnome printout from a previous project I was going to do something woodsy and whimsical. 

For complete directions please stop over at the Chattering Robin’s blog and check it!

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




Altered Pages: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Hi everyone! I’m here to share an art journal page I created using a junk mail envelope as a base for my page. I used some of the awesome collage images that are on the AlteredPages site and we are cross promoting  Leaky Shed’s assortment of chipboard dies this month too.

For more details on how I created this art journal page stop over at the Altered Pages blog and check it out!

If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday 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. 🙂


This and That

Hi everyone! It’s me Tonya and I’m back this month to share what I created using the Regency Collections that is 20% off this month over at the Robin’s Nest and  Heartfelt Creations which we are crossing promoting.
I kinda went crazy this month with projects. Instead of just one I have the box I altered into a ATC holder, eight ATC cards and one card using all these wonderful products.
If you are ready lets get started. 🙂

For the ATC holder first I found a box that was 3 1/2″x5″. Find the center of the box on the 3 1/2″ side, mark and drew a line down to the other 3 1/2″ side. Cut and then folded down on either side to make holder more sturdy.  

Make small holes for the “feet” that will hold up the box. Next gesso the sides and bottom of box. 

Once the gesso is dry paint the sides and bottom of the box with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Cut five pieces of cardstock to cover the sides from the Gold Glitter Paisley Cardstock. I cut these a little bit smaller so a little of the black paint would show on the box. Also measure the inside bottom of the box and cut from the black glitter chipboard a piece to fit inside. I embossed it with the Flourish embossing folder and used Sahara Sand Chalk Ink to ink the edges of all the cardstock to give it an “aged” look. Adhere the  Gold Glitter Paisley Cardstock to the sides and bottom of the holder. Next attach the “feet” to each corner of the holder with the brads that are included. Now adhere the black glitter chipboard to the inside of the holder. 

 I used Gold Glitter Chipboard to cut out the book plate that is on the front of my ATC holder. This diecut is from the Heartfelt Creations Burnished Key Custom Design Die Template. I printed the “This & That” sentiment from the computer and inked it to give it a vintage feel. I added an old ear ring that I had received in a swap several years. At the time I didn’t know what I would even use it for??? Now it is the perfect addition to the bookplate and to top it off I added a purple Dew Drop

Don’t you think the holder has an elegant and vintage feel???

The next project I created was some ATCs for my little holder. If you don’t know what an ATC is here is the definition I pulled from the Internet.

artist trading card
Web definition
  1. Artist trading cards are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets.


I’m a firm believer in using up scraps of cardstock and scrapbook paper that I have laying around. Yes, I have hoarder tendencies…lol
I started with base of the ATC using the Vanilla Fluer Glitter Cardstock. It is double sided  The children are from a digital sheet I got from Cassi’s Creations. I fussie cut, chalked and added scraps of cardstock, dew drops, button, stickers and sentiments…printed from the computer and stamped. Also I found this mini playing card that I thought was perfect for the little “king of hearts”.

The base of these two ATCs are cut from Gold Classic Swirl Glitter Cardstock. I inked both bases with chalk ink which turned nice. The butterflies I cut from scraps of Robin’s Nest cardstock using the Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die. Adhered to the card along with a zipper pull, sequin, gold dew drops and dress pins for antennas.
The other ATC I cut from scraps a heart from the Hearts and Brackets die which I embossed with Gear Box embossing folder and added sprockets gears, game spinner also. I used the Burnished Key Custom Design Die Template to cut out a lock and key from the gold glitter Chipboard. Inked and then attached it with a ring fastener.

For the base of the lion ATC I used Calmity Jane Rose Glitter Cardstock, fussie cut the lion from the Red Lion Cardstock, used scraps and a sticker from the Regency Sticker Set.
The friend is ATC base is cut from Gold Classic Swirl Glitter Cardstock and inked in chalk ink. The sentiment is from the Clearly the Right Words stamp set and to top everything off I used a dolie and bird chipboard pieces, scraps of scrapbook paper, button and twine.

Both of these bases are cut from Gold Glitter Paisley Cardstock and the Cathedral Speciality Paper was used as an accent. Scraps were used on both along with a dress form and butterfly chipboard pieces, dew drops, flower punches, sentiments printed from the computer. The “grumpy fairy” is an image I cut from a Crafty Secrets sheet. The only problem was I had clipped off of the back side of the sheet another image and my fairy was missing an arm so I created the sign to cover up the fact she is a one armed fairy.

I hope you liked the ATCs I created for my holder. The plan is to use up scraps on ATCs and fill this little holder up. 🙂

Also I had to come up with a card for my secret sister and since I had leftovers I decided to create a card. So I’m going to share. 🙂
I cut a 5″x6 1/2″ (approximate) card base from Gold Glitter Paisley Cardstock. I cut from the Vanilla Fluer Glitter Cardstock a piece a little bit smaller than the card base and stamped with the Summer Seasons Pre-cut Set from Heartfelt Creations in Timber Brown StazOn Ink.

Next I cut a piece of Cathedral Speciality Paper  and adhered to the stamped piece. I embossed one end with the Fleur De Lis embossing folder and then inked all the edges. 

I used some of the stickers from the Regency Sticker Set. 

I started with the black Fleur De Lis tag sticker and used Robin’s Nest scraps to make two banners to add to the tag.

The little girl digital image is from Cassi’s Creations. I wanted to add a little bit more color to her so I dragged out my chalk pastels (I’ve had these since elementary school…lol) and used a swab to add color to hair, cheeks and dress.

I also added a tab sticker which I stamped with Hello and I cut a Fleur De Les from the back side of the Gold Glitter Paisley Cardstock using the Fleur De Lis and Eiffel Tower diecut and added to the corner of the card. I topped it off with a Black Diamond Dew Drop.



Supplies Used:
Robin’s Nest: Gold Glitter Paisley CardstockVanilla Fluer Glitter Cardstock, Red Lion CardstockCalmity Jane Rose Glitter CardstockGold Classic Swirl Glitter Cardstock, Dew DropCathedral Speciality Paper,  Regency Sticker SetBlack Diamond Dew Drop, Gold Glitter Chipboard, Very Black Glitter Chipboard
Digital Images: Cassi’s Creations
Heartfelt CreationsBurnished Key Custom Design Die TemplateSummer Seasons Pre-cut Set 
Spare Parts Antique Silver, Box Feet
Apple Barrel Black Acrylic Paint
Sahara Sand Chalk Ink
Martha Stewarts Chalk Inks
Pastels
Gesso
Mod Podge
Tim Holtz: Ring Fastener, Sprocket Gears, Game Spinners 
Sizzix: Flourish and Postcard Embossing Set, Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die, Hearts and Brackets, Fleur De Lis and Eiffel Tower die
Cuttlebug: Gear Box and Fleur De List Embossing Folders
Prima Cling Mounted Stamps
StazOn Timber Brown Ink
Gina’s Designs

Well, that is a wrap! I hope this has inspired to hop on over to the Robin’s Nest  to check out the sale this month and while you are at it stop by Heartfelt Creations to see all of their die cuts and rubber stamps they have.
If you have any questions about any of the projects I created please give me a holler and I will do my best to answer. 
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!


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!!!


Snowman Love

Hi everyone! Can you believe Christmas is only nine days away?!!?!? YIKES!!! I have been shopping, wrapping presents and crafting up a storm and I’m still not finished. I decided to take a break and share a snowman I created using a Smooth Foam ball I had received in package of ornaments a month or so ago.
I started out by applying two coats of gesso to the ball and then painting with some white acrylic paint. I lightly penciled in the eyes and mouth. Painted the mouth with black and “pounced” the cheeks with a light pink acrylic paint, adhered two black Dew Drops to the ball for the eyes and shaped a carrot nose from Sculpey clay and then baked it.

The chipboard snowflake cut out I painted with white paint and then added a fine glitter to it. I gessoed a bottle cap which I used as the “neck” of my snowman.

I used an old sheet of music to make a cone hat for my little snowman fellow. Added some silver tinsel, button, mini snowflake and a white Dew Drop to it. I set the hat aside and then covered the whole snowman head and scarf with fine glitter. Let dry and then glue the cone hat to the snowman. 

I plan on adding this little fellow to my collections of other snowmen that I have on the  fireplace mantle.

Supplies Used:
Chipboard Snowflake Shape
Bottle Cap
Fine Glitter
Vintage Sheet of Music
Tinsel
Round and Snowflake Buttons
Orange Sculpey Clay 
Gesso
Antique Mod Podge

Black and Pink Acrylic Paint

If you have any questions please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them. Hope you can stop by tomorrow…Tuesday…cause I have another quick project to share. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today, hope your Monday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!


December Daily Altered Book Cover

Hi everyone!!! I’ve always wanted to create a December Daily Journal but to be honest it has always been kinda overwhelming. One thing that stopped me dead was the thought, do you have to take a photo everyday and what if you don’t have anything to share for that day??? What to do??? Well, after scouring the internet…Pinterest especially…blogs, YouTube, kicking ideas around with a group on Facebook and my son paying for a December Daily online class to take…YAH!!! So I’m creating one for this year!!! 🙂
The December Daily I’m going to create is actually an old cookbook for teenagers dating back to 1969. 

The spine was intact and I could cut out the pages with no problem whatsoever.

  
After cutting the pages out this is what the inside looks like. Next I gessoed the outside cover twice and around the inside edges of the book too. 

Let dry and then paint all gessoed areas with Sea Breeze Americana Acrylic paint. Do two coats and once dry seal with Satin Mod Podge. 

I used a couple of scraps of cardstock I had leftover from other projects to decorate the cover along with Red Glitter Stripe cardstockLakeside Dew Drops  and Teal Mini Dew Drops and all this came from the Robin’s Nest online store.

The banners are printable from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden. It’s a simply adorable kit.

I cut scrapbook paper to fit the inside and then adhered. Next click on the Ring Binder link and this will take you to a past project I created showing how to attach the ring binder to the book spine. Be sure to use mod podge and I used binder clips to hold everything in place while it dries. I added book corners protectors to keep the edges of the book from being bent. Next I cut pockets from Red Glitter Stripe cardstock and adhered on three sides to the inside cover.

Next I used two #10 size tags which I cut 1 1/2″ off the bottom and decorated with Cindy Lou Dot Glitter AquaMarine Glitter and Eggs Glitter Cardstock on the tags below. I finished with diecuts, punches, paper doilies, glimmer mist and embossing folder. I also inked all the edges of my tags with Stem Green Chalk ink.

Now all I have to do is add pages which I can’t wait to do! 🙂

Supplies Used:
Doilies
Sizzix Snowball Embossing Folder
Sizzix Snowflake Diecut
Tim Holtz Ring Binder and Book Corner Protectors
Seal Punch
Stampin Up Tab punch
Tattered Angel Mantis Chalkboard Glimmer Mist
Sea Breeze Americana Acrylic paint 
Ric Rac
Round and Snowflake Sequins
Wooden Snowflake
Book Plate
Mod Podge
Gesso
Chalk Ink
Also be sure to stop by the Robin’s Nest and check out all their Christmas cardstock and embellishments. Thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!