Category Archives: Altered & 3D Items

Painting Office Storage Tutorial

A few months ago we produced a Product Focus at Splitcoast for one of my favorite storage solution companies, Stamp-n-Storage. I have several of their pieces in my office, and I put together a little tutorial to show you how I’ve painted my wooden pieces to match my office decor. It’s very easy. Just pay attention to a few key details and exercise a little patience for drying time. You can see the full review here and the tutorial here.

I’m working on a longer post with a tour of my office since we are basically finished with our renovation work now. Maybe in the next few days I can finish that up.

Have a great day!

Childhood Flashback & Crafty Collision

Last weekend I was somewhere on the internets, and I found a link to an altered artist store on Etsy, PaperCuts by CoreyMarie. I truly couldn’t hit BUY NOW and PayPal fast enough.

Four days later this arrived at my doorstep.

When I first clicked into CoreyMarie’s store, this journal was front and center. <gasp> I think I read every single Carolyn Haywood novel when I was in third and fourth grade. I can remember laying on our old, olive green couch with the super big cushions for hours on end reading page-after-page about Betsy, Eddie and Betsy’s sister, Star.  I loved the books so much, that as an adult, I’ve bought them on eBay and Amazon for my own daughters. True Americana.

The next thing about this particular journal that struck me was the use of kraft, ivory and Tiffany blue scattered throughout.

It was meant to be mine, but she’s a lot more beautiful journals and altered fun stuff in the store. I promise I left a lot of pretties for other crafters.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with this just yet, but I’m committed to doing *something*… For the moment, I’m just happy to look at it and recall favorite childhood memories.

I spent most of yesterday painting some crafty storage pieces black to match my office furniture. Love how they turned out. I’ll be back *very* soon with pictures.

Happy Monday!

 

Mixing Things Up…

The Splitcoast Product Focus review team has been playing with easy-to-use mixed media products in the Design Memory Craft line from art-giant, Faber-Castell. While I don’t participate in the formal review process, I try to use the product because I like to have a feel for what the team goes through. I like to make projects for the gallery, trouble shoot questions or concern (if there ever are any!), and sometimes I shoot various photos for the publication.

I really enjoyed working with this product. It made all of that mixed media/collagey/art journaling stuff so EASY.

After my trip to NYC last summer, I have such an infatuation with that beautiful city. My favorite building was The Chrysler Building all lit up at night. (“If this floor don’t shine like the top of the Chrysler Building, your backsides will.” – name that movie!) And, I have to say, there was something so cosmopolitan about standing in the middle of the street in theatre clothes and yelling CABBIE!

Very fun to make this mini ATC size canvas (I found both ATC size and 3×3″ square canvas at Dick Blick in San Diego last week) with Design Memory Craft supplies. I used blue and green gelatos for background color. I used the turquoise and yellow big brush markers to ink up my stamps. Notice how vibrant the yellow taxi cab is stamped over the gelato colored background. I’ve never stamped yellow over anything and been able to maintain such a vibrant color. Because the canvas has some tooth to it, I used the brush tip of the big brush marker to color in on the taxi. After the color and stamping were done, I added a little gel medium and glitter for razzle dazzle.

I’m not generally a mixed media type of girl, but was this ever easy!! Loved working with these mediums! In fact, I ordered a few more things to play with.

This is one of my last Valentine’s…I used the gesso from Design Memory Craft to create white space for my sentiment and to paint the edges of my cardstock. Love that rich opaque look.

  • Stamps: Chrysler Building and Taxi – manufacturer not known, but I got them at the cutest stamp store in NYC – The Ink Pad – ‘Make Life Shine’ sentiment made from several different Tayored Expressions stamps
  • Inks: gelatos, big brush markers, watercolor pencils, paint brush and gel medium – Design Memory Crafts
  • Accs: rhinestones – Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles – Taylored Expressions, glitter, key charm – unknown

Honey Do Lists

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Julia has been doing some beautiful stamp design work with the Rummage Bin line at CHF. I adore this Sweet Bee set, and I thought I’d make up a few Honey Do Lists for the girls’ teachers. I was really looking for a way to use some of my layered and buttoned flowers and a few bits of the new October Afternoon: Farm Fresh. 😉

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On Saturday afternoon, I took a jar of big creamy Prima flowers and layered them and sewed on buttons while I wanted a movie with the girls. My oldest always wants to know why I don’t ‘just watch tv’. Well, the truth is it’s hard for me to just sit still and not do ‘something‘.  So, I watched a cute movie, completed about 15 or so big ole button blossoms and had some wonderful quality time with my family.

I even finished the inside with October Afternoon’s Farm Fresh – South Forty and Farm House patterns (available late August) paired up with Core’dinations Cardstock from the Vintage Collection – Autumn color:

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inside quote: that is shall never come again makes life so sweet ~ emily dickinson

This skinny notebooks came from my stash. Like many of you, I buy the little legal pads at an office supply store and have them cut them down the middle for me. The store will cut the whole stack at one time with a nice crisp cut. The covers dimensions are easy: 8″ tall by 5 5/8″ wide – score at 2 5/8″ and then flip and score at 2 5/8″ from the other side. That leaves you with a 3/8″ ditch for the width of the legal pad. I attach the notebooks to the covers with a sticky tape. They aren’t going anywhere.

Mmm, paper buttoned blossoms and a lesson in fractions – all in one day.  I know Mish makes these notebooks a lot and has included lots of tips and tricks over time to make the covers, so I won’t re-invent the wheel.

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I did have a little ah-ha! moment while I was working on these last night. I originally stamped the Honey Do List four or five times on white cardstock with brown Memento ink and colored with Copics (YR21, YR23, YR24 and W1) and then realized that I should have used cream cardstock. Since I got an air compressor for my Copics, I’ve been much more liberal with the air brushing, and I thought I’d try to change the tint of the cardstock because ivory would look much nicer with my flower and my printed paper. Easy peasy:

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Virtual Stamp Night

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Pop some popcorn and plug in a movie for the kids…It’s time to stamp. Virtual Stamp Night at Splitcoast – it’s going on now thru Saturday night!

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Technique Lover’s Challenge: Out of the Box

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I made some time to stamp this morning. I had wanted to do the Whiff of Joy sketch challenge, but then I saw Lynn’s SCS Technique Challenge and thought I’d pair the two. Lynn’s challege was to create an orgami box. You can see the directions and PDF template HERE. I actually needed a little box like this (explained below). I used Cosmo Cricket’s Chemistry Paper. I got mine from Sweet Lindsey at Jacksonbelle Embellishments. The box is approximately 5″ square and 2″ deep. The instructions were easy-peasy and it can be made with 2 sheets of 12×12 cardstock.

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Last week I missed my monthly book club lunch due to a last minute conference call. I also had completely forgotten that I had volunteered  to bring dessert this month. I had made this big production (I know, my real-life friends are having trouble understanding that I would make a big production out of anything!?) My poor, poor book club lady friends – they had no dessert last Wednesday. It never even occurred to me until Wednesday night on my way to church that I had left them high and dry without chocolate. I feel terrible. My solution is to take each of them some chocolate chip cookies sometime this week. Now, we’ll see if I can actually get it done… but wouldn’t this box be so cute with the Willow with Cookies stamped image?

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Remember the weekend shopping trip I was so pumped up for? It was a fabulous day! I got the best piece of furniture for my stamping room, as well as some cool organizational stuff. The furniture comes tomorrow via Daddy’s Delivery!! (I live so far out in the boonies – the mailman is the only one that delivers here <eyeroll>) I can’t wait for Mom & Dad to pull up and unload the pickup truck. I have another piece that won’t be here until Friday, so hopefully over the weekend I can show pictures of my space. I promised that months ago, but honestly it’s such a weird space and nothing has seemed to work, thus far. I’m so excited to see it all pull together and share because I think it might work for several other addicts out there!!

I need to get back to work. Thanks for stopping by!

A wii little post…

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… to you wish you a Merry Christmas!

What a bunch of fun we’ve had today playing with the kids and learning the ins and outs of our new wii, playing Pitch with my parents and grandma, feasting on a wonderful dinner. It’s been a wonderful day!  Where ever this post finds you, I hope that your Christmas was happy, your fellowship was sweet and your heart was warmed with the Christmas Truth.

 See you soon!

 

Strong to the finish…

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While planning for my stress-free Christmas, I ordered some of these precut boxes from Taylor last month in my standby color: Chocolate! I’m so glad I did. I was able to assemble these treat packages with tags cut from Thomas Kinkaid scrapbook papers from CHF. Taylor carries a large variety of precut boxes and treat containers. They come to you, cut from beautiful Prism cardstock and carefully packaged for safe arrival.

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I used my Label One Spellbinders Die, Christmas sentiment from CHF and glitter to accent the tag. I cut, stamped and glittered 4 in about 5 minutes last night. You can use this same concept with pretty printed papers.

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What’s inside? 7 layer – Magic Bars. These are a Christmas favorite of mine since I was  little, little girl. My mom would make them every single year for us.  They are so easy. If you can smash graham crackers in a ziplock bag, you can make these yourself in about 6-7 minutes of prep time. No mixing, stirring or mess to clean up. The recipe is for a 9×13 pan, I cut mine into 5×3 chunks. I got 6 blocks from each pan. They fit perfectly in my boxes.

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Wrapped in wax paper allows the recipient to sneak a peak. It also prevents the oils from the butter from seeping thru to the cardstock box. Easy, easy. I did purchase Taylor’s Sticky Tape to assemble the boxes. I’m glad I did. The tabs aren’t all that long that hold the boxes together, and you need a strong adhesive that works well in a smaller space. This worked like a charm.

I can’t wait for the girls to take these to a few neighbors later today and tomorrow.

Joyful Winter Wishes

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I’m all about Merry Christmas, but these silver cookie tins were calling for a snowy, winter themed tag. Good thing to because the last day of school before Christmas break was called for a power outage this morning. At the least, this message will still be timely when the girls carry them to teachers in a few weeks.These gorgeous tins come filled with Danish sugar cookies, 4 tins to a package for $9.97 at Sam’s. LOVE THEM!

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I made some pretty red, chocolate and gold ones, too. But I was thisclose to a Amy Rohl idea steal, that I can’t bear to show you. That girl has got pure, beautiful talent! You can oogle and ah over what I copied HERE. :)  Have a warm, wonderful weekend!

  • Stamps: Joyful Winter Wishes & Heart Warmers by the lovely Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms
  • Cardstock: Whisper White & Ski Slope DP (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Accs: pink glitter (Art Glitter Institute), orange marker, Label One Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Cupcake, Carols & Copic Giveaway!

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So, here’s that Cupcakes & Copics project I’ve been working on and a double chance at sweet blog candy!

Finally, I remembered to select my patterned paper first thing, Good Cheer from October Afternoon. It was easy to match my Copic colors up to the pretty patterns for coordinated cupcakes.  I had colored them over the weekend and glittered them up. I cut out all these little cupcakes while I was sitting under the hairdryer at the beauty shop yesterday. Yes, here in small-town America, it’s still the beauty shop, just like in Steel Magnolias. :) No salon trips for me!

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I’m going to  let the girls have a few friends over for caroling, cocoa and cupcakes in a few weeks. I made these little song books for each of them. My girls love to sing, so I know it will be a fun, fun time. I’ll keep it *really* simple – we have a retirement complex just for ladies on our street, so we’ll go there and a few neighbors.

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My girls are still pretty little, so I only included 4 songs. That’s enough for them, and less chance of the pages blowing out and away like that. 😉 The pages are tied into the book with Baker’s Twine from Martha Stewart. Then, I’ll bring the girls back here for a quick cupcake and oh, so sad, it’s time to go! Gotta keep it short and sweet or I’ll have barbie heads and polly pocket shoes all over the house in a matter of 3.8 minutes. You think I’m kidding?

I do think this will be fun! I’ll try to remember to post pictures when we do the thing…I bet you think some Copic and Cupcake blog candy would be a lot more fun than watching my 2 angels sing and sling cupcake crumbs. :)

Well, Happy Thanksgiving this is for you:

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How about an adorable stamp set, ‘Season’s Sweetings’ from my fabulously fun and giving friend, Taylor at Taylored Expressions?!  Wait! there’s MORE:

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Copic candy to go with it! Prize package from Marianne at Copic Markers. (Note: I did edit my picture from the original post. What is pictured is what you will receive in this blog candy!) Now isn’t that sweet?

How do you enter? Leave me a comment with title of your favorite Christmas carol! It’s that simple…I’ll choose a winner on Friday evening, post on Saturday morning and ship this prize pack out on Monday.

But wait, there’s MORE! Double your chances to win by dropping by to see what Sharon Harnist has created with her Season’s Sweetings and/or Home Sweet Home stamps from Taylor. I got to see the sweet beginnings of her project when I was at her home earlier in the month…you are going to drool over it. I know!! She’s also got a blog candy package just like mine! So, with that, I’ll wish you good luck and get back to my pre-Thanksgiving chores. :)