Friday, December 31, 2010

Create Your Own Epoxy Shapes and Acrylic Buttons

Photo courtesy of Epiphany Crafts
I just discovered these great craft tools! You can make your own custom epoxy shapes and clear acrylic buttons with the Shape Studio and Button Studio tools. They are made by Epiphany Crafts, and they come in a lots of different shapes and sizes. They are so easy to make and the finished product looks great! You can use them on your scrapbooking pages, cards, or craft projects. The tools seem a little pricey, but you save money in the long run, because epoxy shapes and patterned buttons are expensive! Check out their videos on how to use their tools: Shape Studio Tool.

Some of the available tool shapes:

Photo courtesy of Epiphany Crafts
Here are Amazon links to my three favorite tools:
Update (2015): They now have charms available to make necklaces, keychains, etc. They turn out so cute and make great gifts!
Photo courtesy of Epiphany Crafts
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Travel Scrapbook Pages

I am really excited to be going to the ocean again! I just found out that I will be going to Florida in March with my mom and aunts. We will be going to the Sarasota area. It will only be my second time to the ocean! The first time was when I went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2000. Here are some of my scrapbook pages from that trip.

Fonts are Jewels and 2Peas Flip Flops. Stamp set is Aloha by Stampin' Up. Sorry for the bad scan, I had to scan each half and merge them!

I made these scrapbook layouts all the way back in 2003! I still really like them! My style really hasn't changed, but I now spend a lot less time making each layout. You can see a bunch of my old layouts on my Facebook page. I will be posting newer pages soon. I really need to scrapbook more, I am way behind!

Paper is by Sanborn. Stickers are by Jolee's. Alphabet stamps are by Rubber Stampede. Alphabet stickers are Flea Market. The poem reads: Smelling the salt of the ocean, feeling the touch of the sea, There is no better way  of setting your spirit free. I found it on the Two Peas site.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Decoupaged Pet Picture Frames

I am such an animal lover! I grew up with cats and dogs, and now I have two cats named Cosmo and Rugby. I'm working on making more pet craft items for my Etsy shop. Here are two of my newest pet items; cat and dog picture frames.

I first decoupaged decorative paper onto the frames. The edges of the frame were given a distressed shabby chic look with paint. I painted the back and the stand to match, then I added a clear plastic insert to protect the photo. I then finished them with matte acrylic spray. Check out my these frames and more in my Etsy shop.

I also wanted to show a heart frame with my cat Rugby's photo inside (below). He's just so adorable, it looks like he's posing for the photo, doesn't it? This is one that I sold already, but I do have a similar one available.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bentleyville Tour of Lights

If you're ever near Duluth, Minnesota between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you must go to Bentleyville. It's a tour of lights right on the shore of Lake Superior. This year they added an amazing 120 foot tall Christmas tree, which has lights that change to the music. It's such an amazing time! There's a skating rink there, cookies and cocoa, Santa, a popcorn stand, and you can even roast marshmallows or just warm up by the fire. It's too bad that Minnesota is soooooo cold; it would be nice to hang out there a little longer when we go! Check out my photos and watch the video of the tree that I found on You Tube!

Right photo: I love walking through the tunnels of lights they have there!

The structure on the right is the Bayfront stage where concerts are held in the warmer months.

Left photo: I love the replica of the Aerial Lift Bridge, and then you can see the real bridge in the middle!

People waiting in line to see Santa.

Left photo: That's me, enjoying the lights and braving the cold!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mini Wall Hangings

Here are some mini wall hangings I made, which are perfect for a girl's room. They were all made using wood plaques and black rick rack ribbon. The wall hangings would also look great hung by a shelf peg or hook. They would make great inexpensive gifts! You can find them in my Etsy shop

The front and sides of the plaque has been painted pink. It has been stamped with paint and ink images of diamonds, flowers, and swirls. The words "Diva" have pbeen stamped with paint and then glitter glue was added.

The blue phrase was designed, printed, then decoupaged onto the front of the plaque. Then pink, green, and purple glitter glue was added. The sides of the plaque have been painted black.

The decorative paper and die cut letters have been decoupaged onto the plaque. The plaque edges have been painted black.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Deck the Walls Treasury

Etsy treasuries are a great way to discover fantastic craft items and shops. I'm always excited to find out that one of my items was chosen for a treasury! Recently my Peace Love Joy canvas wall art was featured in this Deck the Walls treasury. I just love this Christmas treasury! I wish I could get everything for my home! The treasury creator or "curator" is Timeless Inspirations, which sells great handmade jewerly. Check out her shop: Timeless Inspirations.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

These are some festive Christmas ornaments that I made using scrapook supplies. I used chipboard pieces and decoupaged scrapbook paper on them. Then I decorated them with die cuts, chipboard letters, glitter glue, paint, sequins, fabric flower, a brad, a rhinestone, and ribbon. These ornaments are not just for Christmas trees. They would look great on an ornament stand, a shelf hook, a fridge hook, or on the wall.

 You can find them in my Etsy Shop

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Seasonal Wall Clocks

I just finished making some wall clocks for Christmas. I decorated store bought clocks with scrapbooking materials. They would make great gifts! You can find them in the Christmas section in my shop: Etsy shop

This is my festive Joy to the World clock. I used christmas polka dot paper, buttons, and vinyl die cut letters with glitter accents. The "To The World" part was made by me on the computer, then printed and cut out. 

This one is my snowflake clock. I used snowflake paper, die cuts, glitter
glue, and rhinestones to make it look like a Winter Wonderland!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Blissful Things 2010

I was inspired to create a list of my own favorite things after watching Oprah's Favorite Things. These are my favorite items that I absolutely love. Unfortunately, I am not Oprah so I cannot give all these things to you! But hopefully you will find something you like to get for yourself or for a gift, or bookmark them for the future.

I love this machine for making cocoa, cappuccino, and chai tea. You just add the mix, water or milk, and turn it on. The machine blends your drink perfectly and heats it to the perfect temperature. You know when it's done, because you can hear it stop. Then you can use the frother button and dispense it into your cup with the nozzle. If there is still some left, you can leave the machine on and when the temperature falls, then it will start back up again and reheat it. It's perfect for cold winter nights or use it year round.
*Update: this version is no longer available (recall), but here is a comparable machine: Nostalgia Electrics Retro Series Hot Chocolate Maker  

I love buying handmade items for gifts! They are so unique and are very well received. I don't own this clock yet by the company Uncommon, but I just love it! They have a great Etsy shop with other fabulous clocks, as well as other wooden handmade items. They also sell gift certificates; in case you can't decide what item would be the perfect gift.

I love using Maghound to get my magazines! You get your magazines for one low monthly price. Memberships start at $4.95 per month. The more magazines you get, the more you save. The best part is there is no commitment; you can change your magazine selections or cancel at anytime. If you have a magazine that isn't monthly, then they will send you one from your substitute list on the month it doesn't come. They have a free trial and gift memberships. Give it a try!
*Update: Sorry, Maghound is no longer in business.

This is a great little exercise machine! Someday I hope to get a full-sized elliptical machine, but this one is perfect for me right now. It's portable and affordable. It's also very quiet; it's perfect to use while watching TV. You could put this anywhere: in your living room, bedroom, or office. You can change the tension with the knob and there is a timer on it. Plus you get a great workout!

I just recently got this and I love it! I'm big into iced coffee and this is perfect for on-the-go. It is a double walled acrylic cup with screw on lid and thick straw. The double walled cup keeps hands and table dry from condensation. This is also great for smoothies or other cold beverages. 

 Deluxe Salad Kit                   Cereal To-Go 

EZ Freeze StayFit Containers

I have a few of these and they are great! They come equipped with little ice packs in the lid that you store in your freezer. They are really handy for on the go, they keep your food cold and separate in a small, portable container. I especially like the Deluxe Salad Kit and the Deluxe Cereal Kit, which are shown above.

                                          So Easy                     The Food You Crave
Ellie Krieger Cookbooks

You may have seen Ellie Krieger's show Healthy Appetite on the Food Network. I do like her show, but I LOVE her cookbooks! I couldn't decide on just one for the list, they are both great! I've made a bunch of recipes from each and they have all been so good. Most of them are really easy to make, and they are good for you. I was lucky enough to see her cooking live when she made a few recipes from her cookbook and then signed them at the Mall Of America.

These YourStory bookbinding kits make a great gift for a photo taker or a scrapbooker. The machines come in two sizes. The older version in white binds books up to 12 inches as well as laminates. The newer version in gray is smaller, less expensive, and doesn't laminate. The new version is perfect for making 4x6 and 5x7 photo books. Both YourStory kits come with book covers to bind your books, the larger one also comes with laminating sheets. You can also find websites that tell you how to make your own book covers, and also what other brands of laminating sheets will work in the machine.
*Updated Links (11/2014) : Large Version and Small Version 

I received one of these as a gift and I love it! The one I have is very similar to this one, just without the ornate wood pieces. This one is from the store Kirkland's, which you can also get on their website. There are other versions at different price ranges at this store and other stores. The best things about these mirror jewelry armoires are: they don't take up much room, you hang them on your wall, and they hold a lot of jewelry. They hold necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and more. I don't wear rings, so I put my smaller hoop earrings in the ring slots.

*Update (2015): This one is no longer available on the Kirkland's link, but I found a comparable one on Amazon SEI Wall-Mount Jewelry Mirror, Cherry

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Handmade Christmas Home Decor

I love Christmas! And I really enjoy decorating for Christmas. A great way to save money on Christmas decorations is to buy items at thrift shops or dollar stores and alter them with scrapbook supplies. They would also make great inexpensive gifts! Here are some Christmas home decor items that I've made.

Supplies: The paper is by DCWV. The  die cuts are by Paperbilities.

A wooden wall clock that I bought at a thrift store. I covered the front and sides with cardstock. Then I added patterned paper and die-cuts.

Supplies: The cardstock is by DCWV. The  tree embellishments are by JoAnn's.

This is a thrift store picture frame that I made into a decoration for Christmas. I covered the mat with cardstock, then cut out the rectangles. I backed the mat openings with more cardstock. Then I added wire Christmas tree embellishments with foam adhesive.

Supplies: The die cuts are by Paperbilities. The gold embroidery floss is by Making Memories.

I strung Christmas die-cuts on a thrift store mirror for a decoration. I used embroidery floss to hang them.

Supplies: The paper is by DCWV. The stamps are Philadelphia Foam alphabet stamps by Making Memories. Gold paint by JoAnn's.

A frame from the Dollar Tree that I made into a Christmas decoration. I cut out rectangles from patterned paper and then cut them diagonally. The letters were stamped with foam alphabet stamps and gold paint.

Supplies: The paper is by DCWV. The stamps are foam stamps by Plaid. White embossing powder.

A trifold Christmas frame I made into a Christmas decoration. The Christmas images were stamped with foam stamps and white ink. Then I embossed them with white embossing powder.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Craft Artist Spotlight: Red Crow Arts

There are so many fabulous craft artists out there that I would love to share with you. Today for my Craft Artist Spotlight I chose Red Crow Arts. She makes beautiful mosaic art and handmade clay creations. I especially like her stoneware clay pendants, which come in a variety of designs and colors. Here are some of my favorite items in her Etsy shop.