Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Digital Download

Sharing some Digi Love with you all....



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shabby Vintage Inspired Magnets

If there is one thing I always need more of, then its definitely magnets.  My refrigerator is covered in art work, pictures, permission slips, grocery lists, and math and spelling reviews for the coming week.  So whats a shabby vintage loving girl to do?  

Well, make some magnets of course!!


Magnets - I purchased these at Lowe's as I am not fond of regular craft store magnets.  These are strong and sure to hold many papers together without falling off every time the fridge door is opened and closed. 

Buttons in various sizes - I used all vintage mother of pearl buttons

Vintage rhinestone earrings and buttons & vintage beaded clip on earrings

E-6000 glue


Shallow dish or pan to hold the rice

Start out by stacking buttons and vintage rhinestone pieces to get an idea how your magnets are going to look.  You may have to clip shanks or earring back off with a pair of jewelry nippers, but please be careful because those little metal pieces will go flying. Its best to wear safety glasses or even sunglasses to protect your peepers!

The backs of beaded clip on earrings can have their backs pried off with jewelry pliers.  This allows the magnets to sit nicely inside the back of the earring.  

Using E-6000 glue, start gluing the magnets onto the back of earrings or rhinestone buttons and set them into the rice so they will lay flat and avoid the magnets from sliding around while drying.  

Using E-6000 glue start gluing the buttons and vintage bits and pieces together and then set them into the rice so they will lay flat and avoid the buttons/rhinestones from sliding around while drying.  Don't glue the magnets on yet.    

After about an hour or two, to allow the glue to set up a bit, flip the buttons over and glue the magnets on the back of the buttons and again lay them flat in the rice to avoid the magnets from sliding while drying.  

Allow your magnets to dry for 24 hours before using them.  

Now you are ready to use your magnets!  These are perfect for any magnetized surface, such as this vintage enameled tray.  A vintage postcard and vintage photo is finished off with a few pretty shabby vintage inspired magnets.  

For more details about using E-6000 and rice, please see the Sparkling Vintage Bling Ring tutorial.   

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Heartfelt Banner

Do you love sweet heart doilies and creamy vintage buttons? 

Here is a sweet heartfelt banner that is a fun, easy and beautiful way to tell those special people in your life how much they mean to you.

Supplies Needed:

Assorted Doilies
Ink Pad - I used Van Dyke Brown Ink Pad
Alpha Stamps
(you can also hand write sweet messages instead of stamping)
Maya Road Heart Stick Pins
Vintage Buttons

Stamp (or write) sayings on each doilie.

After completing each doilie, now is the fun part...

Add vintage buttons to a stick pin and pin each heart on the twine.

Then hang up and enjoy....

If you want something a little more colorful, spritz Tattered Angels Glimmer mist on doilies "coloring" them your favorite color.  Let them dry and then add your stamps and complete with colored stick pins and buttons.

Wishing you all a creative day.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kids Corner - Valentine's Day Mug

With Valentine's Day just around the corner (26 days to be exact) I wanted to share a fun and easy project that moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and teachers would love.

These mugs can be used as coffee cups, and would also make a wonderful pencil holder at a computer desk, or even a nice little vase for some pretty handpicked wild flowers. If you do use to drink out of, I would recommend handwashing and gentle dish soap.

What you need:

* Plain white mugs from the Dollar Store - you can also use plates, bowls, platters, etc.

* Oil based sharpie paint markers (You can also use porcelain paint markers - be sure to follow the instructions on the package.)

I did want to mention that I purchased these markers for other projects, but you can find them at Michael's in a pack for around $15 dollars or about $3 each. If you use your weekly 40% off coupon than you can get them much less!

Let your little one draw and write to their hearts content and let them help you wrap it into tissue and package it up and then they are ready to give!!

These are also sweet little gifts that can be given year around and decorated depending on the holiday. I also think it would be a fun end of the year gift to a teacher if you had all the students write their name on the mug or a plate. The possibilities are endless!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bottlecap Blooms

I love flowers.  What girl doesn't?  But, this being the month of January...there aren't too many flowers blooming these days.  I miss flowers.
What's a girl to do?  How about make your own easy-peasy project, I promise.
Supplies needed: pages from an old book, bottlecaps, scissors, glue, magnets, glitter{I used Stickles}, a 1-inch hole punch, a circle cutter.
Now I don't own a circle-cutter, so I had to make my circles the old-fashioned way.  Placing several book pages in a stack, I traced around the top of a mason jar to make a circle and then I cut around it. Holding my circle pages together, I cut from the edge towards the center, all around, creating "petals".
Then, I scrunched my paper flowers a bit {I also sprayed one with TatteredAngels Glimmer Mist and inked another...optional steps} and glued a bottlecap to the center.
I used a variety of embellishments to place in the bottlecaps.  One bottlecap, I chose to print out "seek joy" and use my hole punch to make a center.  I also used a stamp and a pre-made die-cut image.  I glued the centers to the inside of the bottlecaps and then placed an epoxy dot{optional} on top of them. 
You could use just about anything...a vintage button, a bingo calling number, a flower, or even an old clip-on earring.  Whatever you want.  I made magnets out of my blooms, but you could use them without as an embellishment for a card or scrapbook layout.
I found it worked best to glue each "flower" page to the next...creating layers.  On the back, I glued another bottlecap with a magnet glued to it. 
And for just a bit of shimmer, I added some Stickles{cinnamon} to the edges of my petals.  And there you have it..."fresh" flowers for wintertime!
Keep on blooming!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Simple Seashell Heart Ornaments

I've always had a fondness for the gorgeous Sailor's Valentines of yesteryear.
Hundreds of tiny shells, placed ever so carefully in a beautiful pattern...
I can only imagine how long they must have taken to complete.
Just breathtaking!
These heart ornaments are fun, simple, and much less time-consuming!
Cardboard scraps
Assorted small seashells
Clear-drying liquid glue (such as Elmer's or Tacky Glue)
Strong scissors or an exacto knife
Twine or string
First, cut a heart shape from the cardboard.
Then, decide on a pattern and glue the shells in place.
Let dry completely and add a string loop to the back for a hanger.
Make a bunch to decorate a Valentine's Day tree, or to tie onto gifts!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January Exclusive Kits

We are pleased to offer our January Exclusive Kits to get your New Year off to a creative start. 

Heather has created this creamy goodness...

Vintage Petite Inspiration Kit - Snowy Whites

A lovely little tin full of fabulous vintage jewelry bits to add to your

Items are made of glass and plastic and include beads,
cabochons, and rhinestones ~ in gorgeous shades of white and cream.

Limited Quantities.  Click here to order your Vintage Petite Inspiration Kit - Snowy Whites.

I am excited to offer....

Nesting Inspiration Bracelet Kit

This kit kincludes all the pieces to creating your own Nesting Inspiration Bracelet.
(see one example of a completed bracelet below)

Complete instructions will be included to create your nest charm and beautiful bracelet.  You can purchase your Nesting Inspiration Bracelet Kit Here.

This year, Sarah, Heather and myself are working on some wonderful new things, in addtional to our creative tutorials, that we can't wait to share with all of you!

Wishing you all a creative day!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Little Girl Cape and Leg Warmers Tutorial

Okay I have to confess, I LOVE redesigning sweaters.  After taking a class taught by Charlotte Lyons at Silver Bella over two years ago, I have been hooked.  Charlotte taught us to make hats and I went home and made five!  Then, I started making scarves and have had sooooooo much fun.  This year I saw 100 scarves leave my hands to keep others warm.  All made from sweaters.  

When I began making the scarves, my daughter, Kitt, wanted one for herself.  I knew that a 3 year old would never keep a scarf on longer than a minute so instead of a scarf, I made this... 

She enjoys wearing it but I thought it was time for an update....

Here's what you do...

Find a round neck wool sweater, wash and dry on hot, and you are ready....

Cut half way across and then fold the sweater so both sides are even....

Set your sewing machine on the zig zag and sew the edge....

The edge will naturally ruffle.

Add some little lovelies and you're finished!

With the extra part from the sleeves, zig zag the tops and you have a pair of leg warmers!

Add some lace, trim, anything!

I was so happy to hear that she wants to wear them to dance on Tuesday!  

(NOTE:   I cut the collar out for this one and then did a zig zag stitch because the neck hole was too small after it was washed.)

Happy Upcycling!