Monday, February 20, 2012

Birds, Eggs and Nest Tag

Egg Shaped Tag

I created this egg shaped tag using pages pulled from a damaged book. I sewed two layers together to give it substance. I used a faux speckled egg technique offered by Helga Strauss from Artchix on Gingersnap Creations. I used clipart from Artchix Studio and Graphics Fairy. The tag is embellished with a paper flower, a yarn pom pom and yarn fiber was used for the tag string.

I am entering this tag in the following challenges:

Emerald Faerie Garden - #18 tag it
Divas by Design - #22 wings & things
Simon Says Stamp - tag it
2 Sisters Challenge - #79 stitching
One Stop Challenge - #170 create your own background
Graphics Fairy - Brag Monday

There are lovely samples and submissions on the above listed sites. Take a minute to check them out. You will be happy you looked!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rhinestone Gem Bobby Pins

Gemstone Bobby Pins

These sparkly bobby pins were made from adhesive rhinestones found in the scrapbook department of Michael's craft store. The rhinestone is about 11/16th of an inch and faceted. They really catch the light. I removed the adhesive backing from the rhinestone and used hot glue to attach it to a 2" silver hair pin with a bezel. I found these at Hobby Lobby.

I am a scrapbook embellishment hoarder. I pick up every little trinket that catches me eye. Until, I run out of room for everything in my craft space and then I come up with ideas to use them.

If you like to be unique and have one of a kind accessories, you have to make them yourself. Or, these little gems are waiting at my Etsy Store.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fabric Covered Button Bobby Pins

Vintage & Damask Inspired Bobby Pins

Scrap book embellishments can make some very pretty bobby pins. Lately, I have been trying to clean out some of my scrap book supplies. I found a good use for fabric covered button brads. I decided to make hair pins out of them. I cut the brad off the back with wire cutters as close to the base as I could. I then hot glued the button to the bezel provided on the bobby pin. You can get really sturdy bobby pins with a flat area for gluing or a bezel type at Hobby Lobby craft store.

Take a second look at your scrap book supplies. If you like to add flair to your hair, scrap book supply bobby pins are easy and affordable to make. I have listed the above hair fasteners in my Etsy Store.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Magazine & Cereal Box Brooch

Paper Brooch

I created this brooch from magazine pages. I used a 1 5/8" punch to cut out the circles. I glued the circles together so that they created a fan effect. I used a piece of cereal box for the base of the brooch. I think recycling is important. This was an easy way to create something pretty out of a discarded magazine. You could use advertisements and junk mail also. So many possibilities!

I used only green images for this brooch so that I could enter the "glorious green" challenge going on at Gingersnap Creations. I embellished the center of my brooch with mini green seed beads. They are one of my favorite embellishments. I am entering this brooch in the "favorite embellishment" challenge at Little Darlings.

Check out the artwork on the above listed sites. You will be happy you did!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Blessings Bookmark


I created this fun book mark with a paint sample from Home Depot. I love to recycle these when I'm done with them. The rubber stamp design is from A Stamp in the Hand. It is one of my older rubber stamps but a favorite. The butterfly is from Dover clip art.

The bookmark is embellished with two green wooden beads, two green gems and some green glitter glue.

I am entering this bookmark in the following challenges:

Gingersnap Creations - #136 glorious green
Little Darlings - favorite embellishments
Scrapbook Sisters - #70 anything goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - #47 anything but a card
Charisma Cardz - #5 things with wings

There is some great artwork on display on the above listed sites. Check them out and be amazed!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Glorious Green Collage

Vintage Lady Collage Wall Hanging

I was inspired by the artwork and challenge on Simon Says Stamp and Show. Their challenge was to create a piece with torn edges, distress ink, buttons and wings. What an interesting combo.

My background paper is torn from a damaged book. I folded over the top of the page and stitched it down, leaving room to insert a large popsicle stick. I drilled some holes in the stick and attached some wire and beads for my hanger. It reminds me of a scroll.

My designs were from clipart books and catalogs. I used some distress ink, tore some pieces, bent some edges and left some pieces unglued to create texture and dimension to the piece.  I embellished the collage with some of my favorite embellishments. I used six chartreuse buttons, a green gem and a piece of lace-like yarn to bring this paper collage to life!

I'm so pleased with this wall hanging that I will be offering it in my Etsy store.

I am entering this wall hanging in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp and Show - torn edges, distress ink, buttons & wings 
Gingersnap Creations - glorious greens
Little Darlings - favorite embellishments
Paper Pretties - #192 texture
Scrapbook Sisters - #70 anything goes

Please check out all the beautiful design team work and submissions on these sites, you will be delighted!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Love Heart Balloons

Valentine Card

This card was created with Valentine's Day in mind. The heart balloons are made from six folded hearts. The hearts are punched from one of my favorite scrapbook sheets "floral patchwork" by Recollections. The card is embellished with baker's twine, ribbon and two red rhinestones. The attached tag says "You make my heart flutter". Who wouldn't like getting this card?

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Gingersnap Creations - #134 ribbon
Gingersnap Creations - #135 use your favorite paper
The Corrosive Challenge - #141 I heart you
Craft-room Challenge - Valentines
Crafty Sentiments - punches & dies
The Stamping Boutique - #25 Valentines
Paper Pretties - #191 ribbon or twine
Stamps R Us - Valentines/Love
The Stamp Man - embellish it
Divas by Design - #20 anything goes
The Paper Shelter - #49 love is in the air
Penny's Paper-Crafty - #72 love is in the air
Truly Scrumptious - #73 love and hearts
The Artistic Stamper - hearts
The Crafty Purple Frog - #33 show us some love
Do You Stack Up - #57 anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - #28 valentines
Moving Along with the Times - #134 have a heart
Sassy Studio Design - #110 valentine
The Emerald Fairy - #17 be my valentine

Oh so many Valentine and hearts challenges! Check out the lovely design team work that is is displayed on the above mentioned sites!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Queen of Hearts Valentine Ornament

Queen of Hearts Ornament

Valentine's Day is 13 days away. This pretty Queen was made with clipart from Dover and some of my favorite scrapbook papers. The crown and smaller hearts were paper punched. The ornament was embellished with pink and red rhinestones, a tulle bow and black ribbon.

I am entering this paper heart ornament in the following challenges:

Gingersnap Creations - #134 ribbon and #135 use your favorite paper
The Corrosive Challenge - #141 I heart you
Craft-room Challenge - Valentines
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Kings & Queens
Anything Goes Challenge - #59 To The One I Love
Crafty Sentiments - punches & dies
Lady Bugs Craft Ink - #53 Loves Me, Loves Me Not
The Stamping Boutique - #25 Valentines
Paper Pretties - #191 ribbon
Stamps R Us- Valentine/Love
Allsorts - one or more hearts
The Stamp Man - embellish it
Divas by Design - #20 anything goes
The Paper Shelter - #49 Love is in the Air
Penny's Paper Crafty - #72 Love is in the Air
Truly Scrumptious - #73 Love & Hearts

Well, that was a lot of Valentine challenges. Wish me luck!