March 26, 2015

Get Messy Art Journal Blog Hop

Hey everyone, today is the blog hop for the Get Messy Art Journal group's "Season of Love".

I signed up for the Get Messy Art Journal challenge when it started at the beginning of the year. I thought it would be a good challenge for me to- 1. Get Messy. 2. Explore new techniques. 3. Journal more and document my feelings + life.

The Get Messy prompts come in "seasons" and the first one was the Season of Love. The prompts were all loved theme. As someone who is single, I was concerned I wasn't going to be able to use the prompts much, but they were easily interpreted into something that worked for me- family love, puppy love, self love, etc.

Anyway, here are my pages-

So, there you have it- My "season of love" in my art journal. If you want to join the Get Messy group you can register here.

What's a blog hop without somewhere to hop to, right? Hop on over to the blogs of the other two ladies in my hop group-

  1. Silvia
  2. Katie (me)
  3. Caylee
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DIY Embossed Washi Tape

I shared this cool technique on the Love my Tapes blog last week but I wanted to share it here as well! What is it? Embossed washi tape! Now doesn't that sound awesome?

I had my Spellbinders Artisan X-Plorer out using it for something else when I decided to try embossing some tapes. Some of the tapes are a bit busy and it's hard to see the embossing, but it gives them some really great texture.

Here's how I made these:

I started by just lining up tapes onto plain pieces of scrap paper. 

Than I layered the washi taped papers into an embossing folder and ran them through my Spellbinders machine. 

That's it! It's super easy to do. Try experimenting what tape patterns and embossing patterns you combine. 

You can sort of see the embossed patterns in the photos below:

Have you tried this? What are your favorite materials to emboss?

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March 25, 2015

Pine Wood Derby Car Makeover- Steampunk Space Ship

Welcome to the Pine Wood Derby Car Makeover Blog Hop!

Let's start off this blog post with a little background story- when I was a kid my Dad and I did some pinewood derby racing. He's an engineer, so our cars not only won a lot (not bragging, I'm just saying... My Dad knew how to make them!) but I also had lots of fun making them. I had a penguin car, a beaver car, etc.

So when my friend Tina asked if anyone was interested in doing some mixed media cars, I said "yes!"
Here are all of our cars, you can find the links to all of our blog posts at the bottom of this post.

It took me a few days to decide just what I wanted to do with my car. I mean, there are just so many options! In the end though, I decided to make it a steampunk style spaceship (sort of Firefly style, because I was pretty sure I couldn't make it look like the Enterprise).

I started by covering it in some embossed foil (learn how to emboss foil here) I had laying around. I used alcohol inks to add some color and adhered the foil on.

The wings, the strip on the back end and the tear drop shaped embellishments are made from resin and that is a wooden spoon on the front end.

I'm pretty pleased with the end result and now this can go with the cars I made as a kid!

What would you decorate your car as?

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March 24, 2015

Adventures in Pine Needle Basketry - part 3

Hey guys, Happy Tuesday! It's time for an update on my adventures in making pine needle baskets! You can see my original post here, and my 2nd set of baskets here.

I've made a couple more recently so I figured I'd share photos of them!

I decided to try making a vase shape, and I am super pleased with how it turned out. While I'm pretty sure it won't really hold water (I'd have to find some way to seal it.) I still think it's amazing and could hold fake flowers. Haha.

I did a "meandering coil" around the vase, and added some fish beads that I got at a local craft show.

Something cool about making pine needle baskets is that I learn new things on every one! There are so many different stitches and techniques to experiment with!

On the basket below, I made a basket center out of resin! I started by making a mold with the Amazing Remelt  mold, and then added Amazing Clear Cast resin and put a piece of rosemary in the resin. Once the resin was dry, I stabbed holes in it with a small awl.

As you can see above, my basket collection is really starting to grow! The only 2 baskets I've made that aren't pictured there are the 2 below, the owl basket and the Southwest themed basket whom I've found new homes for.

I'm working on a new basket as well, It should turn out neat- it uses dyed needles! :)

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March 23, 2015

Make it Monday

Hey guys! Here are some tutorials I've found this week that I think are pretty awesome!

Stitch up this adorable Felt Flower Bag using this DIY.

Make some magical Narwhal Easter Eggs using this tutorial.

Learn how to make Bleach Spotted Fabric using this DIY.

Make a Stamped Metal Cuff using this tutorial.

Create Gold Dipped Necklaces using this tutorial.

How was your weekend? We did a "tweed bicycle ride" yesterday, which was lots of fun. I'll definitely be scrapbooking it and sharing pictures soon.

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March 20, 2015

Book Review- Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

Cut out + Keep has been a favorite craft site of mine for years now- I've been featured as a "Super Star" crafter there and I'm one of their "Craft Test Sidekicks"

The founder, Cat Morley is super talented and Cut Out + Keep is releasing their first book, Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects!
Here's my review:

First of all- I like the idea of this book. A lot of craft books are just crafts. Which I mean isn't bad because you pick them up looking for crafts. But I love that Cat and Tom documented their adventure by making craft projects and the book includes photos and little snippets about their visit to every state!

Book Review- Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects
Book Review- Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects
Book Review- Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

There are projects for all 50 states, each one unique! Personally, I love the UFO Cake Pops, and the Jackalope Jewelry Holder.

It was neat to read little tidbits about their travels in the different states, especially my state- Texas! I have driven by that big arrow in Quanah, TX many a times, and it looks like they stopped here in Fort Worth too!

I'd say that the only thing that would really improve this book is slightly better tutorial photos. They are good, but they could be better.

I do love this book though, it's fabulous, and such a great way to "travel" the USA from home!

You can find the book on Amazon here. If you're looking for even more great tutorials by Cat & talented crafts, stop by Cut Out + Keep!

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