Friday, August 19, 2016

Playing with Felt

I am an avid crafter and even more dedicated scrapbooker and because of that I have all the tools needed in the paper crafting area. I used to have a cuttlebug die cut machine and sold it to pay for the Sizzix Vagabond and on occasion I pull the beastly thing out and die cut  all day long - My studio space is part of the living room so I I don't have all my tools out with easy access. One day..I will but for now I have to pull it out on the kitchen table and die cut my heart out.

This week I took a day and die cut felt flowers for use on some banners and some other projects but I had a specific project in mind.

Let me share - here I am die cutting - I like when I can cut a lot out of each run of the machine...


Here are all my flowers - just waiting for some fun projects...Made lots and it took a few hours...


So I found this cool felt pouch at a local thrift store and I thought I could use it for something - I was really hoping it would fit my IPAD air - it was only 1.99 so I figured - what the heck.

Heres the pouch... simple but well sewn.




This is what the front of the pouch looks like which I accented it with those felt flowers I cut
cute right?


and this is back of the pouch - didn't it come out great. Very girly but then again - I am a girls girl.

and best part was


It fit my IPAD - BONUS!!!!

When you stop to think about it - customizing anything that needs a little personality is quite easy and felt flowers well - you can't go wrong with those lovelies...

You can add this to the file of
THINGS TO TRY...

Here's wishing you a great weekend.

Happy Crafting
T


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It's that time again.

It's August and already I am prepping for the FALL. Which Don't know about you but FALL, Autumn and Halloween are hands down my favorite season of the year.

So to get things stated I made a few albums and some sweet cards that I  wanted to share them with you...
Here is one of the cards, nice right?


How fun and cozy is this album? I love it.


Here is another card -
looking at these colors get me all happy inside because I am counting the days
until the leaves change and the weather cools down...



Just wanted to stop in real quick and share some fun new projects I am working on.

Happy Crafting.
xo

Thursday, August 4, 2016

GoodWill Hutch - UPDATED

Three years ago - I made the ultimate find when I scored this cool HUTCH over at Goodwill for 70.00 and I shared the whole make-over on this post

this is what the original hutch looked like


It was a funky 1970's brown


totally needed a lot of work but what a steal


here was the finished pieced - I painted it a light gray with soft blue highlights and added a cream color on the inside


and here she was all put together with all my "STUFF" - not bad right, for a thrift store find?

Fast forward to this past weekend -- since I posted these photos (3 years ago) - we have gotten our kitchen renovated. New floors, new cabinets and new wall paint. So I felt it was time to change up our Hutch to match our new kitchen. It only took three years to decide to mess with perfection -

So this past weekend I did it - it went fast because here in Southern California it was 100' hot - so it dried really quick.

Here she is - looking dapper and FRESH

Yes I chose a white - not off white, or creamy white but solid WHITE and can you see there up close


Notice the change up in what I put into the hutch (much better looking - for sure)

Painted the entire inside white and


sanded the edges to give it that shabby rustic look - our cabinets in the kitchen are white and the walls are gray and the floors are gray wooden panels - so I think the white hutch helps you eye follow around the whole kitchen.

I will have to take a panoramic photo of the whole kitchen so you can see the whole thing put together!

Not only was this hutch a great find, it was also a great price at 70.00 and now I have had it for 3 years and its gone thru 2 changes in color and a complete over haul for my kitchen.
It also helped me purge the "stuff" I really didn't need inside the hutch - notice all the turquoise, white & red accents - kept it cohesive and un-cluttered!!!

Hope you like it and remember there is nothing embarrassing about shopping at thrift stores and you never know when you will stumble upon a gem in the rough :-)

Happy Hunting


xo






Monday, July 25, 2016

Let's be Mermaids

Ok, I know I sound like I am harping but seriously - here is another example of all the great things you can create with one entire KIT - this Kit is by Echo Park and is called Let's be Mermaids! Because who doesn't secretly want to become a mermaid? ME!!!

Sorry the photos are a bit out of order but this set of cards was made using all the cut scraps and left over stickers from the kit. Seriously just pieces of paper and left over stickers or die cuts from the kit - this photo should be last in the order


I usually always start with mini albums (paper bag albums to be precise)
so here is my first album - I absolutely love the cute little mermaid on the front...cuteness


Here is the second album I made using the same paper from the kit.


I also had extra journaling and die cut cards left so I made this cute "Project Life" inspired Mermaid themed double sided layout...
front

Back


Because afterall it could be filled with all the wonderful summer swim photos we take of our kids in the pool or at the beach or perhaps playing dress-up!

I also made 1 double-sided layout and 1 single sided layout - which I will share later - I have been having trouble loading my photos so I am looking around for those 2 photos and will share them as soon as they are down loaded ---

Anyway, again see my logic when buying kits...and in case you are wondering I get all my kits from these three online shops

Peachycheap.com
Steals.com
Craftysteals.com

XO

Happy Crafting

T

Monday, July 18, 2016

perks

I know I have said it before but I totally feel whole heartedly that if you find an entire kit of one line of paper and embellishments not only does it make the whole process of making your albums and scrapbook layouts but its cheaper too.

I wanted to show you what I got in the Doodlebug designs Patriotic kit I bought from CraftySteals.com and later share ALL the things I made using those pieces.




All this was included in the kit...


6 sheets of double sided paper plus 3 sheets of textured papers



Stickers, brads and journaling cards



rub-ons and puffy 3-d stickers


ribbon and some chipboard alphabets


all coordinating products


here's a video of all the goodness included in the kit.

Be back to share all that I made with all this awesomeness...

Happy Crafting



Thursday, July 7, 2016

the 4th

I wanted to share my newest album which I made just in time for the 4th of July photos that you are currently printing (wink & smile)


I used the paper kit from Doodle Bug Designs and just fell in love with all the papers & matching embellishments.


Cute and cheery right?


I mean really aren't these pages just screaming America?



Love that there are the traditional red, white & blue and then a little bit of my favorite TURQUOISE thrown in!



Perfect color combination.


I have something new to share and hopefully I'll post it tomorrow or friday at the latest.

Come back and see me.

Happy Crafting
XO


Thursday, June 23, 2016

I'm back

Wow! What an amazing trip we had.we saw a lot, we walked a lot, sweated a lot (tmi) and took lots of photos...which I will share at a later time. 

If you know me then you know that I took stuff to craft with on our trip. Mostly water colors and paper, a pencil and a glue stick to add stuff to my art journal I shared in my last post.

We came home early most nights, around 7:00 pm which was only 4 our time but we were getting up at 2:00 am our time here some mornings we were way tired by 7:00...

We didn't have tv while we were there so we streamed some shows and I drew. 

I had a bunch of ideas running through my head and started to draw out some fun animals dressed in circus outfits...

Here are a few sketches 

 


Cute right? I am attempting to try something new - a new idea...and I'll be sharing more soon.

Here is one finished piece...


Looking at this just makes me happy and hopefully it does the same for you! 

Hope you are having a great summer!!!

xo