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!