Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crowded Attic

Hello friends!
Today I want to tell you about a great new paper pad I purchased this week. It's called, Crowded Attic and it's by Tim Holtz.
As you can probably tell by the name, it is full of lovely antique patterns.
The best part is, you can find it at Michaels and get it with a coupon!
Michaels has redone their Tim Holtz section and added a lot of new goodies from Tim! You can also find it here on Amazon.

This journal I created using paper from the Crowded Attic paper.
I added a vintage crocheted flower from my stash and a fun trinket pin to the cover.

Mini canvases are also a favorite item in my craft room right now!
I love all the possibilities these minis can hold!

You can find these items here in our etsy shop!

Wishing you a lovely day, Lindsey

Thursday, May 19, 2011

5 and Dime

Hello friends!
My latest fun find is these little mini canvas that comes with it's own easel.

For my canvas, I first painted around the edges in a soft pink and then covered it with paper and embellishments. One of my favorite new embellishments right now are these star shaped stick pins. They are by Maya Road and come in a  set of both white and yellow stars.
You can find this mini canvas listed here in our etsy shop!

For my mini canvas I used October Afternoon's 5 and Dime line. I am in love with this paper!
So pretty!

Wishing you a happy day, Lindsey

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Moment In Time - Sketch Challenge

Hello friends!
This is my first layout created using October Afternoon's 5 and Dime line!

This layout was for October Afternoon's Sketch Challenge.
Here is what the sketch looked like:

As you can see, I turned the sketch on it's side to give the layout a different feel to it.
You can visit October Afternoon's blog here to see the other layouts created using this sketch.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Altered Cigar Box

Hello friends!
I love altering cigar boxes.
 They are easy to find at most antique shops or thrift stores.

This one measure 5 3/4 x 7 3/4.
I am also using one of my favorite lines of paper for this.
Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket.  I have done several projects with this line and never get tired of it! When I was pulling out my stash for this project I pulled out these 2 lovely women from a sewing pattern. They were so cute and matched the paper so well, that I decided to use them for the front.

Another fun product I used is film strip ribbon.
 It's by Tim Holtz and it is awesome!  I highly recommend it!
You glue your paper to the film strip and then bend and shape your ribbon as you attach it to your projects.

I love seeing how many layers
 I can add without taking away from the general look and feel of it!

I also enjoy covering the inside too!
Perfect size box for holding vintage greeting cards!

Wishing you all a lovely day, Lindsey

Friday, May 6, 2011

My Creative Space: Bows and Polka Dots!

Hello friends!

This week I have been playing with corrugated cardboard. I really love the rough look of it! I was inspired by the color combo this week of grey and yellow. I started this project by creating the paper bow and worked with those colors to create this piece. It was also my first opportunity to try out my knew Jenni Bowlin Banner stamp set. It comes with 2 acrylic stamps in polka dots and strips.
The black and white polka dotted crepe paper was a fun find at our local party store, Party City.

This wall collage is listed in our etsy shop.

This week I wanted to talk about my favorite adhesives! The most important item for crafters! If you have a favorite, please let me know what you like to use!

My all time favorite is this glue stick! Yes, a simple, cheap $1.99 glue stick! Available at Michaels, it's by Pioneer brand, and it works great! Super strong and quick drying!

For more simple projects like gluing paper to paper, I use this Scotch adhesive dot roller. There are so many rollers available and I was so overwhelmed by them all that I hadn't tried any, until I was walking past the Scotch booth at CHA last year and this guy said, "here take one, you'll love it". Well how can you pass up free stuff? So when I got home and tried it, I loved it! If I accidentally get it where I don't want it, I can simply rub it off with my finger. So nice! You can also find these at Michaels. I love to use my coupons to stock up on refills.

When I need a good wet adhesive, I go for Aleene's Tacky glue. It's a great thick white glue that has been around for a long time and is available at Wal Mart.

I have also used this clear liquid adhesive by Tombow. It's great for using with glitter!

Also a must have in my craft room is this bottle of Glossy Accents. This great product by Ranger is a great multi use item. It's mostly known for being dimensional and used for creating rain drops and other fun effects. It's also a great adhesive! It dries completely clear so I also reach for it when working with a clear or see through surface. It's very fast drying, and creates a very strong bond.

I love to layer my projects so foam dots are a must. Some dots I have found to be so thin that I have to stack 3 or 4 together just to get the right thickness. For me, these are just right. By All Night Media, these pop dots are a staple in my craft room!

So these are my favorites!
 Please let me know what are your favorites or if you love these too?

Wishing you a great day, Lindsey

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pretty Girl Mini Album

Hello friends!
Today I am sharing this sweet little album I have been creating this week.
This album is made out of file folders! I found a great tutorial for this album here at Burst Of Creativity blog, last week and knew I wanted to try it!

I had a lot of fun pulling out my favorite bright and colorful paper patterns for this cheery little book. The main line used throughout this book is Modern Homemaker by October Afternoon. I also mixed in some Cosmo Cricket and Crate Paper.

This book has 8 pages plus the pockets on the inside covers.

I added lots of layers to this book and really had fun playing with embossing on Core'dinations cardstock. Core'dinations is really cool because after embossing it, you can sand it down to create a cool vintage look. You can find Core'dinations cardstock at Joann's.

I just love the feel of spring these lovely bright patterns bring! I love paper!
I used to be a paper hoarder and never wanted to use it, but when I worked for a scrapbook store I realized that it was okay to cut it up because there would always be something new and just as pretty to catch my eye!

I had so much fun looking for fun embellishments to compliment this book. Martha Stewart edge and corner punches are some of my favorite tools to use!

This book is held together by a piece of seam binding dyed pink using Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

This mini book is now listed in our etsy shop!

Wishing you a happy day, Lindsey