Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Just for fun!!

I was lucky to win an amazing supply of Smoothfoam products back in December and I want to share a small project, for starters; there will be lots more to come, I promise.

Now here in Indiana, we've had lots of snow this winter, and some weekends we've had to stay indoors and off the roads, this past weekend was one of those for me.  So I got crafty, worked on several projects and well I decided to make something simple to test how some of my favorite products would work on Smoothfoam.

This was my win from the Smoothfoam blog giveaway.

 First, I took some 3D Viva Decor paints and colored the smoothfoam in two colors.  While the paint dried I took my Quick Snippers by LIMIRI, LLC and cut some strips of yellow Rowlux film.

I used my handy Westcott knife to cut slits all the way around in the middle of the smoothfoam deep enough to press the edge of the Rowlux strips into the foam then folding the strips to the top half of the smoothfoam  ball where all the strips were held together with a beaded pin. 

I took some viva decor glitter and added a bit in between all the Rowlux strips to break off the color since my paint and rowlux turned out to be almost the same in color. Now that I was done painting and adding the Rowlux film in place it was time to embellish. I, like many people in Indiana and surrounding states are wishing for Spring, that is why I used the nice bright colors in paint, so I looked for flowers and butterflies to add, but before that, I had to do something to the center of the ball, to cover up where I pushed the Rowlux film since I pushed and bent the film, first choice was ribbon, but decided to go with some of Ranger's metal tape I added some glossy accents to the metal tape to make sure it would stay in place. 

Finding the perfect dimensional flowers and butterflies, I used glossy accents on these embellishments too, I wanted to make sure they would not fall off.  To finish this project I took a little bit of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin and added to the flowers and butterflies to make them look as if they had a glossy finish, some what like glass.
Adding Amazing Clear Cast Resin to the paper embellishments makes them look prettier as if they were made of glass and not paper.
This is a very simple project and is my very first smoothfoam project, I say the fun is just beginning, I need to play around using some of my most favorite materials in crafting.  Till next time,we'll see what I use next to decorate all my fun smoothfoam goodies. Thinking some ribbons, fabric, duck tape, clay, etc..... 

Here is a top view of the smoothfoam ball with a ribbon added as hanger.

This post is not sponsored by any company, but I will add the links to their sites because I like to share products that I tried and liked, so here are the links to the companies for the products I used on this project

smoothfoam ball  http://www.smoothfoam.com/
amazing clear cast resin  http://www.moldputty.com/
Quick Snippers  http://www.quicksnippers.com/
3D stamp and glitter paint pens  http://www.viva-decor.us/
Glossy accents and metal tape  http://rangerink.com/

Monday, February 10, 2014

Just for You!!!!

I decided to create a small little album, that can be given as a Valentine gift.  I figured the person giving this can either add messages, notes, quotes, photos that relate to both the giver and the person receiving this gift.

I have a lot of Maya Road albums, so I decided it was time to start using these.  I took a pumpkin album and thought it looked like an upside down tulip flower, so I decided to go ahead and use it as if it was a flower.

First thing I did is added color to the album pages, I used an ink pad and well lets just say my hands ended up the same color too.  Once all the ink was dried, I traced one album page on several pages of valentine scrapbook pages I had on hand.  I used Quick Snippers to cut out the shape because it allows me to have 6 different design scissors on hand, all housed in one handy tool, it also includes a straight edge as you can see on the photos below, I used the straight edge to cut out around the sides and bottom of the shape, and then all the other design scissors were used to cut the tops, I had to cut these smaller than the page, I needed some of the inked pages to show.

The photo below shows the top page of the album, I decided to use Rowlux film to go on the cover page, I love the transparency of this film but the white didn't work the way I wanted, you could see the cut out areas of the original pumpkin design, so I decided to use pink Rowlux instead and I only used it in the center of the page, I took different scrapbook papers to cover the sides of the front and back , and the pink Rowlux worked better with the rest of the papers and colors used, now I had all my pages done, cut and ready to be put together, I did use Glossy Accents to adhere the Rowlux to the album page.

Front page's first option, didn't quite work, so I moved on to other color option

Front page of album

Back page of album

Now the fun part for me, is to put all the pages together, I went and looked for anything I could use for Valentine's day in my  cabinet, I have like 6 drawers full of embellishments, and not to mention my own hand cut hand made flowers I make, I used these on the front page of my album (see photo of front page above).

On this photo you can see I took a Prima ink pad and added color to all the edges of the papers to give them a finished look. 

Below, shows the glue I used to adhear all the papers to the album pages, this glue worked great on this project.  It really is the first time I used it.  I usually use glossy accents for all my paper crafting.

Now here are all my album pages glued together and waiting for the final embellishments.

I wanted to add individual photos of each completed page, but realized it would only make this post longer, so I decided to just show two photos, each shows all the album pages completed.

This photo shows the front side of the album pages

This photo shows the back side of all the album pages.

Now I could have added a lot more stuff, I've seen albums done by others with a lot of embellishments, that look stunning, but I decided to use less and leaving enough room so that the person getting this album can personalize it to her(his) liking.  I hope you like this project, and that I've inspired you to get creative, make time for crafting, or get creative in your own way, whenever I find some #Cre8time I feel relaxed and accomplished.  

Creativity is everywhere, in everything and in everyone!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Broken Heart... No More!!

The other day my daughter came to me all sad, and handed me a tiny heart pendant, it was a gift form one of my sisters, it has a lot of sentimental value.  The back of the heart fell off and the tiny little pink beads that were inside it fell out, she was not able to find the backing or the beads. She loves this necklace so she asked me if I could do something to fix it.

I had been working on some resin projects and had some left over glittered resin it just happened to be big enough to cut out a heart to use as a back for the pendant.    

I took an ink pad and applied to the tiny heart so it would transfer to a piece of white paper so I would be able to cut the heart out in the right size and create a template I could use to cut out a tiny heart of the resin leftover.

I placed the three crystals inside the heart pendant, added a little of the glossy accents to the edge of the heart and placed the little glittered resin heart I cut and placed it on the glossy accents, it dried pretty fast and now my daughter can wear her favorite heart necklace, sure is not the same as before, but she can still wear it and she loves it. 

A simple repair to fix this little broken heart, it was fun and easy.  As I worked on my other project I had all these tiny pieces left of the glittered resin and was about to toss them away, but kept them, so glad I did, because it helped me fix this tiny heart, so next time you craft, keep your leftovers, you just never know when they might come in handy.

Here are two photos of the heart necklace all ready to be worn again.

This is the back of the pendant showing the glittered resin piece used as the new back for this heart
Here is the front of the pendant, you can see the crystals inside and the pretty glittered resin on the back
Materials used:
Glossy Accents
Westcott scissors
Amazing Clear Cast Resin glittered sheet (left over piece)
Three small swarovski crystals in three different pink colors

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