Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How To Update A Planner The Quick and Easy Way

If you need quick and easy ways to update a planner this post is for you. I have three projects that will take just minutes to complete. Kick back and take it easy today!
~ Thrifted Planner ~
I bought this cute mini-binder at local thrift store. It measures 6 7/8 x 8 7/8 " and I have cut my pages to 5.5 x 8.5". The star of today's show is the Best Glue Ever. She comes to you from ScraPerfect, magically perfect products, to demonstrate these simple uses. 
Binder Liner
The inside of the binder had carefully printed measurement charts and other standard Mead subjects. Useful, but not pretty. I cut and corner rounded a piece of floral printed cardstock to cover the mundane.
 I used watercolors to paint the flowers and detail the lattice. The paper dried quickly with little curving.
 Thin strips of the Best Glue Ever were spread around the edges of the binder with a few strips in the center.
  Because this glue doesn't make the paper buckle, the final product is quite polished. The muted colors give off a shabby chic air.
 Budget Page
I needed a chart to keep track of my spending. Sometimes my need for stickers, clips, and pretty papers gets out of hand! 😏 I used a ruler to mark out my chart on graph paper. I wanted to use my new month dies but the lines are so tiny!
 My bottle of Best Glue Ever is topped with a No-Clog Writing Cap. It was a breeze to add squiggles of glue to strategic points.
Bee Clip
I need to be able to flip between my weekly and monthly plan for keeping track of my activities. This happy embroidered bee patch is just the thing.
 I centered a bit of foam adhesive on a circle of cardstock then added a thin strip of the Best Glue Ever around the edges. I fit the clip over the foam into the glue then added a few dots of glue on top of the foam for good measure.
 I used a clothes pin to clamp the Bee Sandwich together and let it dry over night.
  The Best Glue Ever spiffed my planner up quickly. I can trust the glues holding power and long lasting effect. With these easy updates I am ready to go!
Stop by the ScraPerfect Blog for more projects and ideas.
Supplies:
Binder:Mead
Cardstock:Photo Play Paper
Watercolors:Close To My Heart
Bee Patch:Amazon
Clip:Dollar Tree
Month Die:Peachy Cheap
Glue and Writing Cap:ScraPerfect

Scrap On!

~charity~

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How To Make Something Beautiful With Simple Diecuts

This beautiful card with simple diecuts is so easy to learn how to make. This month Rinea is teaming up with Pink and Main! Stop by the online shop to see the lovely stamps and dies. I snatched up the Hot Air Balloons immediately.
~ Adventure ~
This stamp set comes with matching dies so the card practically made itself. 
 I chose Rinea's Glossy Blush foiled paper. I cut balloons in all 3 sizes, then I used Rinea Ghost Ink to add graphics to my balloons.
 The top of the large balloon has a ruffled cloud shape. I used it as a stencil to add clouds with pigment ink.
 I heat set the pigment ink till it was mostly dry. Then I dusted on embossing powder and gave the clouds a golden glow.
I assembled the card and added the sentiment from the stamp set. Quick, classy, and versatile. Stop by the Rinea shop to see more colors of Foiled paper and make your own flashy cards.

Supplies:
Cardstock:Craftsmith
Pigment Ink:Clearsnap
Embossing Powder:WoW
Stamps and Dies:Pink and Main
Foiled Paper and Ghost Ink:Rinea 

Scrap On!

~charity~

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cosmic Dragon Wings From Foiled Paper

The tutorial for these stunning Dragon Wings is on the
ScraPerfect Blog.
Stop by and check it out!
~ Cosmic Dragon Wings ~  

Scrap On!

~charity~

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How To Make a Fantastic Canvas with Brilliant Colors

In celebration of Mexican culture and childhood memories here is a how-to for a fantastic canvas with brilliant colors. During my teen years I lived in Texas. My family made various trips over the border and was invited to some amazing fiestas. During that time I was introduced to The Day of The Dead, a day to celebrate family members and friends that have passed on. It is a beautiful celebration of life and love. One symbol of that day is the sugar skull.
~ A Day To Remember ~
 I recently picked up a pack of stencils because of its fabulous skull and crossbones. Included was a sugar skull template. The idea for this wall decor was sparked!
 I applied a bit of Modeling Paste to this canvas with stencils. Then I was ready for COLOR! I spritzed on bright ink sprays and added metallic paint around the edge. Finally I decorated the skull with dots of glitter glue.
The Sugar Skull represents a very important day, so I needed a title to reflect that. I started with a strip of Rinea Foiled Paper in Glossy Violet. After decorating with flourish and heart stamps using Rinea Ghost Ink I was ready for words.
The letters are die-cut from Ebony Starstruck Rinea Foiled Paper. I punched the corners with a decorative punch and laced it to the canvas with twine.
Supplies:
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Spray Ink:Ranger, Heidi Swapp
Alpha Die and Glitter Glue:Ranger
Acrylic Paint:Deco Art
Foiled Paper and Ghost Ink:Rinea
Stamps:Inkadinkado
Twine:Two Berry Creative
Corner Punch:Kreaxions

Scrap On!

~charity~

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sweet Dreams of The Big Eyed Kitty

The Big Eyed Kitty and his Sweet Dreams poses gives me endless opportunities for great photos. The October 1st sketch from Stuck?! Sketches lent itself perfectly to this photo of kitty relaxation. It also left plenty of room for a bit of mixed media play time.
~ Sweet Dreams ~
I didn't do a complete step-by-step photo session for this scrapbook page, but I caught the highlights and that means a few tips for you. The first is the distressed edges of the paper inside the coral zipper. To get the roughened look I laid the paper on a ruler and used a finger nail file on the edge.
I wanted a bit of metallic shine on my page so I dabbed DecoArt acrylic paint through a stencil.
I added more layers and texture with a different stencil and Liquitex modeling paste. I painted random paisleys with peach Color Shine.
The multi-faceted gem die cut served as an unusual mat for my title. I needed the vellum to stick to the paper without leaving unsightly marks. I used the No-Clog Cap and Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect to accomplish this chore.
The finished title reclines dreamily on a rub-on couch with a periwinkle flower.
I added wood elements to my page in the form of gears and book plates.
A generous helping of tangerine and periwinkle flowers decorate the gears.
See the Sketch by Laura Whitaker at
  Stuck?! Sketches   
He sleeps like that all the time. Isn't he just too cute!!!
He even has his own Insta Tag: #theBigEyedKitty 
Supplies:
Paper:Craftsmith, The Paper Studio
Vellum:The Paper Company
Rub-Ons:Glitz Design
Flowers:Prima
Zipper and Trim:Stash
Wood Shapes:Peachy Cheap
Paper Dies:Spellbinders
Ink:Close To My Heart
Stamp:Martha Stewart
Embossing Powder:Wow
Alpha:American Crafts
Border Punch:EK Success
Stencils:The Crafters's Workshop, Stencil Grid Products
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Acrylic Paint:DecoArt
Scrap On!

~charity~

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How To Make A Happy Card With Bright Paint

This happy card made with bright paint all started when I received a sugar skull paper die in the mail. It has fantastic detail and cuts beautifully. I knew my ScraPerfect products would be put to good use.
~Watercolor Sugar Skull~
 The base for this card is black cardstock, folded to 6.5"x 4.5". The background is a 4x6" sheet of watercolor paper. To get this look I simply painted the paper with strips of bright color. Painting with watercolor is very relaxing and so pretty! 
 I punched the edges of my water color paper with a border punch then used the Best Glue Ever to adhere it to the base. This glue from ScraPerfect doesn't buckle the paper and only requires a thin line.
 I attached the sugar skull last. The No Clog Writing Cap made it easy to add glue only where I wanted it.
  
The final product is happy to see you!
Stop by the ScraPerfect blog for more brilliant ideas!
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Supplies:
Watercolor Paper:Artist's Loft
Cardstock:Recollections
Border Punch:Kreaxions
Die:Amazon
Glue and Writing Cap:ScraPerfect

Scrap On!

~charity~

Sunday, October 1, 2017

How To Make Stunning and Vibrant Dragon Wings

This blog post is all about making Dragon wings as stunning and brilliant as any fire breathing creature could want. Why Dragon Wings? Because Dragons are my favorite creature. Because I have rolls of this gorgeous foiled paper and needed to make something worthy of its shine. Because I can!
~ Cosmic Dragon Wings ~
 Instructions:
Step 1: Draw skeleton and wing membrane onto paper. Cut out skeleton.
I wanted my wings as big as my foiled paper would allow. I cut paper to the size of a roll of Star Struck Marigold Rinea Paper then drew a diagonal line across it. I drew (with many erasures and adjustments) a wing that fit on one side of this line.
 Step 2: Trace skeleton onto heavy cardboard or drawing board.
I picked up my drawing board from Michaels. This one was 16x20 and I was able to fit both wing skeletons. I flipped my drawing over and traced it again to get the pair of wings.
 Step 3: Cut wing from board using utility knife for best results.
The bone structure can certainly be cut with scissors, however, they bend cardboard and create creases. A utility knife uses pressure straight down and eliminates the extra stress. 
 Step 4: Paint wing skeleton.
I used DecoArt Acrylic paint in black satin. It took three coats of paint to satisfy me. I added one coat of paint to the edges of the board also. 
Step 5: Cut slits for harness. 
I cut four 1/2"x1/8" slits in the wide part of the bone structure for harness attachment.
Step 6: Trace outer edge of skeleton onto foiled paper. Fill in curves for membrane, cut, and glue.

I waited to trace the wing onto the foiled paper until my skeleton was finished. There are always little changes when transferring a design from paper to board. I didn't want to waste a scrap of my Rinea foiled paper.   
  Step 7: Trace skeleton onto contrasting foiled paper. Cut and glue to front of wings. Decorate. 
The back side of the wing has the black skeleton for definition. For the front I used Glossy Mocha Rinea Foiled Paper. I punched suns, moons, and stars from the Metallics Variety Pack for membrane decor. The Stars are punched from Copper Foiled Paper and show the color difference between copper and marigold.   


On the skeleton I used Rinea Starburst Stamps with Rinea Ghost Ink. I added a gem to each starburst.
To attach the Foiled Paper from the hefty skeleton to the tiniest star I used ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever. I did have one or two "oops" moments that left sticky spots on my skeleton. Knowing these would dry to dull splotches I used ScraPerfect's Best Cleaner Ever to remove the glue spill.

 Step 7: Lace wings together with wide ribbon. 
Wrap ribbon over shoulders, across chest, and under arms to make a harness for wearing the wings. 
Each wing measure 22" from lower wing tip to upper harness corner and 16" from lower wing tip to claw. The handsome young man in the photo wears a men's size medium shirt. I was able to fit this pair of wings onto one roll of each color of foiled paper with careful placement.
Supplies:
Foiled Paper, Stamps, Ink:Rinea
Drawing Board:Canson

Acrylic Paint:Deco Art
Gems:Michaels
Flourish Die:Echo Park
Punches:Close To My Heart, Stampin' Up, Studio g, 


Scrap On!

~charity~