This was another really fun clock to make but hard to capture in a photo. I actually have this hanging in a window and it looks great with the sun shining through it. I used a window frame from Walnut Hollow (clock mechanism too) and backed it with an old BG transparency. I had to drill the hole for the clock hands and also had to use the circle of cardstock for two reasons - one, to hide the clock mechanism in the back, and two, to make the hands visible when the sun's shining! The flowers are from Prima and the flower centers are actually flat beads from Halcraft. Another thing you can't tell from the photograph is that I mixed in a gel medium and sponged the paint on - it has a pretty dimensional look to it in person.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
This frame was a teacher gift for my son's kindergarten teacher at the end of the year. I used Zsiage papers (Color Me 123 from the ABC's or 123's collection) and the tags were both done using the flip side of that paper. I used the Making memories tag maker rims to create the one tag (as well as a McGill punch and a Making Memories clip). The rickrac was from my stash. I didn't actually give it to her with the picture shown here (which was actually preschool graduation but I LOVE that photo of my son and one of his little friends!) as I wanted her to be able to put what she wanted in it. The quote was what I built the whole frame concept around - "The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings". Perfect!
This clock is one I custom made for one of my son's teachers. She requested something to go in her living room and this was the color scheme. I used my usual clock base and mechanism from Walnut Hollow. The papers are from Paper Adventures' Fanciful Flowers collection designed by Connie Haley. It's a gorgeous line, with embossing and glitter on many of the papers. The flowers were from Prima and the center of the flowers as well as all the edgings are a pearly dimensional glue from PSX.
This was another clock I had originally made to be used in the Herr's booth but ended up not being able to use because the paper line ended up getting canceled (a shame, because I LOVED this line - 7gypsies - so these samples I had are just a few of a handful actually printed). Clock base and kit from Walnut Hollow. The green paint I used (from Making Memories) ended up not being quite right, so I sponged over it with a creamy color to lighten it up a bit. The flowers are from Making Memories. The photo was one my dad took of my mom, my sisters and I at Thanksgiving 2006 (with the glare on the photo you can't see my youngest sister). I gave my mom this clock for her birthday or Mother's Day (can't remember which - they're within weeks of each other).
This was another clock I did for the Herr's CHA-Winter 2007 booth. I got a lot of skepticism when I said I could do a clock for each department and this one (soft crafts) everyone really wondered how I'd pull this off. Took some thinking, but turned out to be a really fun project! I used a Walnut Hollow clock base and put strips of Provo Craft's Teriffically Tacky Tape (the kind with the red liner) all the way across it and trimmed around. Then staring at the outside, I just started pressing on Boa yarn from Lion around the clock. It was a really simple process, but time consuming. However it's do-able in front of the TV because it doesn't require much attention. Attaching the rhinestone gems (from Cousin Beads) required a little more thought since the fluffy Boa yarn "moves". So I used a good liquid gemstone glue and kind of glued through all the yarn at each spot to make it sit still and form a "base" for the gems. I thought this would be a fun project for younger girls and would be a fun thing to have in their room!
Yes, I can create without Mod Podge! This clock was for the Herr's Pacific CHA-Winter 2007 booth. I created different clocks for different sections of the booth. This one used mosaic pieces and grout from Milestones and a clock base and kit from Walnut Hollow. This takes several days, but I was excited about the results! The main tip for doing this is for placement of the numbers. Those particular tiles need to be set into place FIRST (without actually gluing the numbers down until after you're all finished grouting etc.) so you know you have a place to put the numbers, THEN place all the other tile pieces.
I found these adorable wooden gift bags at Hobby Lobby and wish I had picked up more because I haven't seen them there since and they're a lot of fun to work with for a small project with tons of storage useage (this one is currently in my studio holding scissors on my workspace). I used Surf & Turf from Zsiage's new line New England (which is one of my all-time favorite collections from Zsiage - seriously yummy and versatile!). It's hard to tell from the picture, but I did not Mod Podge over the top of the paper. Instead I used Ranger's crackle finish over the swirls (looks shiny in the picture). The ribbon is just a piece of stray white I had hanging around. The flower is from Prima. The letters and flower center are Zsiage's chipboard. This stuff is awesome - it has a nice white glossy finish to it. I used Ranger alcohol ink and metallic mixative over them and then the crackle finish again. I'm not sure if it's the glossy finish or the alcohol ink/crackle finish that caused it, but it ended up with a super cracked finish - deep, crumbly cracks. It's a neat look - they look almost like amber! You can see where I somehow managed to forget to pull out a "t" when first doing this so I did the "t" later, resulting in a bad color match when trying to remember how much alcohol ink versus how much metallic mixative to use. So there's my next tip - proofread yourself when doing anything that requires color mixing!
This was something I whipped up on breaks at work one day (yes, working for a craft distributor does have its perks in access to things to work with!). The clock base and clock works are from Walnut Hollow. For the patterned paper, I used Pure from Around the Block's Uber Luxe line. The clear clock face is actually just a circle cut from a sheet protector and the circles for the hours are punched from the flip side of the patterned paper.
The boxes that Zsiage's Scrap-O-Dex's come in are really fun to decorate and use as a gift box. For this one, I used Altered Ego and Vintered Vagabond from Zsiage's Vintered line. I also colored Zsiage chipboard letters with a Sakura Permapaque marker and added a Prima and another piece of the feather boa I used for the frame on an earlier post.
This set is now sitting on my desk at work. It was featured in the April/May 2007 issue of Ready Set Create E-zine (it was my first publication - I'm so proud of this!). I used papers from Zsiage (Frosted Daisies and Night Sky from Jen Starr's Starr Brites I collection), a chipboard letter from Zsiage, fibers from Making Memories and silk flowers I think I took apart from a bunch I got at Hobby Lobby. You can't see it well in the picture, but I also used blue embossing powder around the all the edges of the pencil cup. The pencil cup is from an Australian company called Kaiser Craft that has some REALLY fun pressboard items - you'll be seeing more items from them as I complete them, lots of great scrapbook storage items! With the Mod Podge over the cut flowers, it stiffened them up nicely so they are nice and sturdy on the frame too.
The picture is a favorite of mine from when we first moved in here and my son first became fast friends with the two girls next door. We took a bunch of adorable pictures that day but this is my favorite!
I love how this frame turned out! Very easy too! I used paper from Zsiage (Moroccan Kingdom from the Out of Africa? line). The chipboard letters and swirls are also from Zsiage. Of course, my favorite dollar frames from Michael's and Mod Podge! I used glossy MP and it turned out that this paper ended up looking like inlaid wood - stunning in person, but my photography skills are just not up to the standard that could show this off! The picture is one of my son about to feed the giraffes at the Indianapolis Zoo several years ago.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
As seen in the December issue of ScrapStreet Magazine online!
I love doing these little frames. I picked up a ton of $1 wooden frames at Michael's and whenever I feel the need, I just grab some paper and my trusty Mod Podge and whip one up!
For this particular frame I used patterned papers, ribbon, a white vinyl tag and chipboard Thickers letters from American Crafts, glittery green Stickles from Ranger, and an epoxy tag and holly flowers/berries from Making Memories.
And now, 9 months after the fact, I finally have a place for Michael's picture with Santa from last year!