SWAPS GALORE!!!

HELLO EVERYONE. GREAT TO BE BACK.  SORRY I DID NOT GET TO POST LAST WEEK BUT I WAS NOT FEELING SO WELL AND DID NOT GET IT DONE….

SO THIS WEEK I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU A BUNCH OF SWAPS I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON… HOPE YOU LIKE AND GET SOME INSPIRATION…..

  1. FACEBOOK GROUP:  SWAP IT:
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    CREPE PAPER EMBELLISHMENTS

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    EMBELLISHED SHIPPING TAGS

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    HEART EMBELLISHMENTS

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    VALENTINE TREAT BAGS

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    JULIE NUTTING VALENTINE TAG

    2. FACEBOOK GROUP – MINI ALBUM SWAPS

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    VALENTINE MINI ALBUM SWAP

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    ROSETTE LOLLIPOP EMBELLISHMENTS

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    ANYTHING GOES SWAP

    3. SCRAPDAWORLD SWAPvalentine-gift-set-scrapdaworld-1

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    VALENTINE GIFT SWAP

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    PEARLS & LACE PRIMA DOLL TAGS

BEADED ICICLE ORNAMENT

HELLO AGAIN.  HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD TIME PREPPING FOR THE HOLIDAYS.  I KNOW I AM RUNNING WAY BEHIND BUT AM STARTING TO GET INTO THE SWING OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON.  IT SEAMS LIKE IT SNUCK UP ON ME A LOT FASTER THAN LAST YEAR.

TODAY I AM SHARING ANOTHER SWAP THAT I AM ATTENDING OVER ON MINI ALBUM SCRAPS. IT IS THE BEADED ICICLE ORNAMENT THAT HAD TO INCLUDE A CLASP AT THE TOP AND GLASS BEADS AS WELL AS A CONTAINER TO PUT IT IN.  IT IS A LITTLE HARD TO SEE IN THESE PICTURES, BUT I WENT WITH A RED AND WHITE CANDY STRIP THEME AND AT THE BOTTOM A LARGE JINGLE BELL PAINTED TO LOOK LIKE SANTA. (DON’T WORRY I DIDN’T PAINT THEM, I FOUND THESE LITTLE CUTIES AT HOBBY LOBBY.) I DECORATED A JEWELRY BOX WITH SOME CHRISTMAS PAPER AND ADDED A BELLY BAND WITH A SPRAY USING MY CONCORD & 9TH AND SIMON SAYS STAMP DIES.  YOU REALLY GOT TO CHECK THEM OUT.

BEACH BAG & RIC RAC FLOWERS

HELLO. THIS MORNING I AM SHARING A PAPER BEACH BAG I CREATED FOR ANOTHER SWAP.  “I LOVE DOING SWAPS…” THE THEM WAS BEACH, SUMMER, PICNIC ETC. SO HERE IT IS IN ALL OF ITS CHERRY GLORY WITH A LARGE RIC RAC FLOWER I MADE ON THE FRONT.  ISN’T IT PRETTY…. I THINK I WILL CREATE A FEW MORE FOR THE FALL CRAFT SHOW I AM DOING.wp-1466470385074.jpg

ALSO WANTED TO SHARE THE RIC RAC FLOWERS I CREATED. I REALLY GOT INTO THESE AND MADE SEVERAL STYLES TO ADD TO MY STASH. THE BIG ONES ARE MY FAVORITE BECAUSE YOU CAN ADD A BUTTON OR BLING TO THE CENTER.

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MORE ZIPPER FLOWERS

JUST A QUICK POST TO SHARE SOME MORE OF THE ZIPPER FLOWERS I CREATED WITH MY DYED ZIPPERS FROM THE POST ON JUNE 2, 2016.  I AM JUST SHOWING 1 OF EACH COLOR BUT I HAVE A HUGE BAG OF THEM PROBABLY ABOUT 10 PER COLOR AND 20+ OF THE WHITE ONES. I MADE EXTRA WHITE ONES BECAUSE I THOUGHT I COULD SPRAY THEM WITH INK OR PAINT ON THEM.THESE WILL BE ADDED TO MY EMBELLISHMENT STASH FOR LATER USE. wp-1466645758274.jpg

Zipping up a little fun

Hello everyone.  Just a quick post today on my first zipper projects.  I know I am a little late to the party but I wanted to try it anyway.

First of all the one thing that shocked me is that zipper are pretty pricey, I use to sew a lot and make my kids dresses when they were smaller but I don’t remember zippers costing so much.  Anyway I went online and found a listing on ebay for like 100 40″ long white zippers for $20 and I snatched them up.  My next thing was to add some color.  I tried several methods before I hit the mark.  First i tried soaking them overnight in a mixture of reinker, vinigar and water (like you dye easter eggs) and that did not work at all. the color come right off. So I thought I might coffee dye them so I boiled them in a large pot of coffee for like an hour and barely got any color.  So I set them aside and then it hit me….. Alcohol ink…..  So I went down stairs and mixed a small amount of rubbing alcohol with a few drops of reinker in a ziploc bag and rubbed it around.  Then I added a hand full of my now coffee dyed zippers and rubbed them around and I finally got the look I was going for…. a variation colored zipper.  I think next time I will just go straight for the alcohol ink….:)

So then it was crafty time.  After watching several youtube videos and seeing how easy it was I sat down and pulled my zipper apart and got started.  Here you will see 2 of the flower embellishment I created….  Can’t wait to make more……………..

Shabby Chic Card Candy Swap

GOOD MORNING ALL.  TODAY I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY SWAPS THAT I CREATED FOR A SWAP OVER ON MINI ALBUM SCRAPS.  THE SWAP WAS FOR SHABBY CHIC CARD CANDY AND HAD TO MEASURE AROUND 2″, SO HERE IS WHAT I CAME UP WITH…..

 

STARTING AT THE TOP AND GOING CLOCKWISE.

1:  BOW (MADE WITH MY STAMPIN’ UP BOW PUNCH)

2. ALTERED MINI CLOTHESPIN W/ CLAY EMBELLISHMENT I ALSO MADE.

3. A LITTLE TAG

4. MINI SHAKER BOTTLE (CALMING JAR?, SEEN THEM CALLED DIFFERENT THINGS)

5. ALTERED MINI FRAME W/ CLAY EMBELLISHMENT I MADE.

6. ROSETTE

CENTER: DECORATED MINI SPOON (SOME HAD FORKS) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

THE SWAP WAS FOR 6 EMBELLISHMENTS BUT I MADE AN EXTRA BECAUSE THE TAG IS A LITTLE OVER 2″ LONG AND I WANTED TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST SWAP EVER WITH THIS GROUP AND I WANT TO DO MANY MORE……

I CREATED A LARGE CORRUGATE TAG TO SEND THEM ALL ON, ADDED A LITTLE LACE TO THE BOTTOM, BAGGED THEM UP, TIED THEM OFF WITH SOME COORDINATED RIBBON AND A HANDMADE LACE FLOWER (ALSO MINE)… AND THE GOOD PART ABOUT IT IS THAT EVERYTHING IN THIS SWAP IS REUSABLE EXCEPT THE BAG……..

I REALLY ENJOYED CREATING THESE LITTLE PRETTIES AND LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING MANY MORE IN THE FUTURE…………

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WHATS BEEN UP??????

SO HERE IT IS.  THE LAST WEEK OR SO HAS BEEN REALLY COLD HERE IN GEORGIA AND I HAVE NOT BEEN SPENDING AS MUCH TIME IN MY DOWNSTAIRS CRAFT ROOM BECAUSE IT CAN GET REALLY COLD DOWN THERE AND I DID NOT WANT TO CRANK UP THE HEAT FOR JUST A FEW HOURS HERE AND THERE, SO I GRABBED SOME SCRAPS AND A FEW SUPPLIES AND SETUP SHOP IN MY LIVING ROOM.

SITTING IN FRONT OF THE TV WITH SOME SCRAP PAPER AND SOME PUNCHES SEEMS TO BE THE BEST TIME TO GATHER SOME SHAPES AND USE UP SOME STASH.  SO HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I HAVE COME UP WITH.  ENJOY…………

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CARE BEARS… LOVE THEM.  BRINGS BACK SOME MEMORIES OF WHEN I WAS A KID AND HAD STUFFED CARE BEARS.

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FABRIC AND RIBBON FLOWERS, BOWS AND EMBELLISHMENTS.

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GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS??????  ELF LEGS……

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FAUX METAL EMBELLISHMENTS.  THESE ARE SO EASY. ALUMINUM TAPE FROM THE HARDWARE STORE AND SOME CARD STOCK. THE TOP PHOTO ARE SIMPLE SHAPES ON DIFFERENT COLOR CARD STOCK I WILL PUT IN MY STASH. I AM HOPING I CAN USE THESE WITH EMBOSSING FOLDERS AND SOME OF THE COLOR WILL SHOW THROUGH THE TAPE BECAUSE IT IS PRETTY THIN…  WE WILL SEE.

THEN I CUT A FEW WORDS?

AND I HAD TO TRY OUT MY IRONWORKS DIE I PICKED UP AT TUESDAY MORNING A WHILE BACK FOR REALLY CHEAP.  I THOUGHT THEY WOULD MAKE GREAT ADDITIONS TO CLUSTER EMBELLISHMENTS OR AS A BACKGROUND ON SOMETHING.  THEY CUT OUT REALLY WELL AND ARE SO SHINY AND PRETTY…..

Echo Park -Sweet Girl collection

Sometimes you just don’t know until you try something.

So today I tried to see what I could make from just 1 scrap book page kit. OK so I added some solid cardstock and a few embellishments, but no other designer papers. I picked up this Echo park sweet girl scrapbook kit at Tuesday morning for just 5.99. What a steal….. It had 12 designer cardstock sheets and a sticker page. 2 of the sheets were cutouts and not 1 piece was wasted. So here it is…..

First I made this adorable little desktop photo display. The top lifts up with a spot for  some ad libbing and features a 6x6x1 drawer for additional storage.
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Then I made (2) 12×12 scrapbook page layouts.  The first is has a large shaker frame and is still flat enough to be inserted into an album.  The second one features tons of page flags and has tons of color and character.  Either one would be a great addition to any album or put in a frame.

After that I decided to create a mini album great for 4×6 photos. The cover is made of corrugated cardboard that has been distressed with white paint and ink and has a beautiful metal rose. The inside is created with craft paper and has 15 pages for photos or journaling. READY TO USE….

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Then I decided to take advantage of the cutouts and made a few tags/page embellishments.

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With all that being done I still have a few scraps and stickers left I will probably break out when I get around to making some more collage embellishments. wp-1451272861720.jpg

My Oh My, that is a lot of projects from a single album kit and some solid papers.  I wonder what I’ll come up with next…..

 

To purchase this and more visit my Etsy Shop at GAMARTINMOM.

Embellish This

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Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving all.  Hope you are planning a great day with friends and family. Today I wanted to share with you some embellishments I have recently put together.  I don’t typically buy a lot of pre-made embellishments except for stickers and flowers, so I decided to try to make some of my own embellishments and though some are pretty simple I was happy to see they came out ok and will have to continue to make more detailed ones in the future.

Here you will see I made some mini bows from my Stampin’ Up! Bow Builder Punch, Some poinsetta flowers from the Stampin’ Up! festive flower builder punch. Also I pulled from my stash of leftover sticker sheets and mounted them to white cardstock, layered with Crystal Effects and cut them out, and last but not least I made my very first shaker embellishment. We will just have to check back and see what I do with the bows and what more I come up with.  After all, I did just clean out my paper stash and have tons of scraps.

KEEP THOSE EYES OPEN 3

OK FOR A LITTLE SPIN ON MY “KEEP THOSE EYES OPEN” POST.  TODAY I AM ALSO USING AN EVERYDAY HOUSEHOLD ITEM AND ALTERING IT INTO SOMETHING AWESOME.  CHECK IT OUT:altered egg carton (2) altered egg carton (4)

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OK, SO I BET YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER GUESSED I WOULD BE USING EGG CARTONS TO CREATE THESE CUT LITTLE COMPARTMENT BOXES THAT I WILL GIVING AS GIVE AWAY PRIZES AT SOME OF MY UPCOMING SALES. I PAINTED THEM AND ADDED SOME PAPER, EMBELLISHMENTS AND RIBBONS TO FINISH OFF THE BOX AND THEN INSIDE I ADDED A PLETHORA OF GOODIES FOR THE RECEIVER TO CREATE THERE OWN PROJECTS.

KEEP THOSE EYES OPEN! 2

 

ALTERED JEWELRY HERE AGAIN WE HAVE ANOTHER ALTERED JEWELRY PIECE.  I WENT BACK TO WALLY WORLD AND WAS GOING TO PICK UP SOME MORE OF THE NECKLACES I USED IN MY POST ON 4/23/15 IN OTHER COLORS AND WONDERED ACROSS THESE LITTLE BEAUTIES.  AFTER A LITTLE INSPECTION I COME TO THE CONCLUSION I COULD REMOVE THE BEAD FLOWERS AND HAVE 5 FLOWER EMBELLISHMENTS FOR OTHER PROJECTS AND STILL WOULD HAVE A NECKLACE BASE TO WORK WITH.

ALTERED JEWELRY (1)SO HERE IS WHAT I COME UP WITH. I HEATED THE BACK OF THE NECKLACE WITH THE HEAT GUN AND THE FLOWERS POPPED RIGHT OFF.

ALTERED JEWELRY (2)I TOOK A COUPLE OF THE FLOWER PIECES AND ADDED TO SOME LACE FOR A LARGER FLOWER EMBELLISHMENT..  NEXT I CUT SOME CIRCLES FROM DESIGNER PAPER TO FIT INSIDE THE NECKLACE.  I ADDED SOME GLOSSY ACCENTS AND ONCE THEY DRIED I BENT THEM TO GIVE THEM A CRACKED GLASS AFFECT.  I GLUED THEM INTO THE NECKLACE BASE AND THE ADDED SOME MORE GLOSSY ACCENT TO SEAL THE DEAL.

ALTERED JEWELRY (4)I THINK THEY COME OUT REALLY WELL.  THE TOP ONE I AM CALLING “PICTURE PERFECT” AND THE BOTTOM “LOVE LETTERS”

SO WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT “KEEP THOSE EYES OPEN”  BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU WILL FIND A GEM OR A GREAT DEAL THAT YOU CAN DESTRUCT AND CREATE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PROJECT.

KEEP THOSE EYES OPEN! THERE IS INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE……

FIRST OFF…..SORRY I HAVE BEEN MISSING IN ACTION THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS, BUT DON’T FEAR I HAVEN’T GONE ANYWHERE.  FIRST WE TOOK A SMALL VACATION TO A FAMILY REUNION IN FLORIDA AND I HAD EVERY INTENTION OF TRYING TO GET IN SOME CRAFTY TIME AND BLOGGING BUT THAT DID NOT WORK OUT SO WELL.  WE DONE SO MUCH RUNNING AROUND I DID NOT HAVE TIME FOR MUCH OF ANYTHING ELSE, AND WHEN WE RETURNED I FELT LIKE I NEEDED A VACATION FROM MY VACATION AND ENDED UP UNDER THE WEATHER FOR A FEW DAYS.  BUT DON’T WORRY BECAUSE I AM BACK UP AND RUNNING AND HAVE A TON OF IDEAS TO WORK ON.

OK NOW TO THE GOOD STUFF.  EVERYWHERE I GO I SEE INSPIRATION.  AFTER LOOKING AROUND FOR SOME THRIFTY BLING I RAN ACROSS SOME CLEARANCE JEWELRY AT WAL-MART AND THE LIGHTS WENT ON.  THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT OF IS HOW COULD I TAKE THIS APART AND MAKE SOMETHING ELSE OUT OF IT. …..  WELL HERE IT IS…..

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I BOUGHT THESE 3 NECKLACE SETS, THE OUTSIDE 2 WERE $5 AND THE MIDDLE WAS $3, AND AFTER A LITTLE TIME AND PATIENCE I GOT THEM ALL BROKE APART AND ENDED UP WITH WHAT YOU SEE BELOW.  I ENDED UP WITH 5 LARGE PIECES FROM EACH OF THE OUTER NECKLACES AND 8 PIECES FROM THE MIDDLE, THAT IS A PRETTY GOOD PRICE ONCE YOU BREAK IT DOWN AND COMPARE IT TO WHAT YOU SPEND PER PIECE AT LIKE HOBBY LOBBY OR MICHEAL’S AND YOU STILL HAVE THE CHAIN YOU CAN USE ON ANOTHER PROJECT SO DON’T THROW IT AWAY, SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY PROJECT.

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NOW TO SHOW YOU A COUPLE OF THE PIECES I MADE FROM MY JEWELRY DEPARTMENT FINDS….  I PLAN TO MAKE SOME DANGLE CHARMS AND POSSIBLE SOME MORE FLOWER EMBELLISHMENTS AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE I WILL COME UP WITH.

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BEACHY GREETINGS

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I CAN SMELL THE SAND IN THE AIR ALREADY.  WETLANDS IS A GREAT SET TO MAKE PICTURESQUE CARDS FOR ANY OCCASION, EVEN FOR MEN.  CHANGE UP THE COLORS A LITTLE BIT AND THE CARD HAS A WHOLE NEW LOOK. ADD SOME “GORGEOUS GRUNGE” FOR THE LOOK OF WATER DROPS AND MORE.  STAY TUNED FOR MORE FROM THE “WETLANDS” COMING SOON.