Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Creating the Crafty Life Monthly Challenge

Welcome to MY first Design Team project for Creating the Crafty Life or as most may know it CCL.  Misty asked me to be a member of the DT and of course I said yes! This is my first month with the team and I couldn't have started on a better month. Each month there is a theme that the DT sticks with all month long. Can you guess what it is?!?! ALTERED ART! Well the challenge is alter and item and you much incorporate lace. I love this theme so much. 

Each month the challenge runs for the entire month and there are prizes to be won. So again this months theme is Altered Art.  Go crazy with it. I love working with $1.00 Michaels frames because they are super cheap and make some adorable pieces of altered art. Here is what they look like when purchased:

Here is what I turned it into:

I LOVE these colors together and that stamped sentiment in the middle was perfect to use with a bee theme! :)

Altering frames is very simple. Here is a brief step by step tutorial of how to alter a plain wooden frame.
1. Prep your unfinished wood surface with a gesso
2. Paint your surface with a matching to your project acrylic paint
3. Trace the outline of the frame onto the back of a patterned paper
4. Cut out frame shape from paper and cut out the inside as well
5. Adhere to paper using Mod Podge 
6. Sand the edges to give a clean finished look
7. Decorate with embellishments and trims
8. VIOLA and altered piece of art

Supplies I used:
$1.00 Michaels Frame
Black gesso
Black Acrylic Paint
DCWV Lemon Stack for paper
Recollections, I Am Roses an Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Bee Embellishments from Recollections
Be Happy Stamp-Ditto
Black Crochet Lace by Recollections

MB's Treasurista Products:
Small Organza Butterflies
Black Pearl Bead Spray
Yellow Ruffled Satin Trim
Silver/Grey Ruffled Satin Trim

I hope you loved my project and are inspired to make your own. Please if you are not a member over at CCL stop in and join. I have met several amazing women and creators on that site! :)



Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sneak Peek Sunday!

I wanted to share with everyone my sneak peek Sunday project for MB's Treasurista. If you are unfamiliar with SPS it is where the DT for MB's Treasurista makes a project using some of the new product that will be available the first of the month. For my project I made a wedding card for a very close friend of mine. I do hope you enjoy.

New Products Used:

Pearl Drop Trim 
Twinery Twine

Check out the new products starting June 1st!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

MBT Father's Day Blog Hop

Hello and thank you so much for joining this months blog hop. Seeing as Father's Day is right around the corner we went ahead and are hosting a Father's Day themed blog hop. I can't wait to show you my creation as well as send you along to see the other design team members creations. :)

For my project I created a SUPER simple Father's Day card! Men in my eyes like simpler cards so that is what I made. Check it out:

MB's Treasurista Products Used:

ere is a lot of hidden blog candy to be won and then grand prize is also hidden on one of the designers blogs so be sure to follow and comment on all the blogs! Here is what is up for grabs for the Grand Prize:

$20 gift certificate to the MB's Treasurista store!!!

*Must "like" the MBT Facebook page-FACEBOOK
*Must be a MBT blog follower and comment on the hop post -BLOG
*Must* Follow and Comment on all the designers blogs

I hope you LOVED my project! 

Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think! Next up is the ever so talented Aliscia! Please go show her some love.

Here is the entire line-up in case you get lost! :) 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Story Time Sophie & Lucky Bookmark

Hello Loves! I am here to show you my DT creation for this month for Sweet Nothings Stamp Co. What super cute images were released this month you wonder?!? Well hop on over to SNSC to see all the new releases as well as the images from last month! Today I want to share with you the bookmark I created. I used Story Time Sophie & Lucky which were perfectly fitting for this project. I do hope you hop on over to the blog to see what the other ladies have been creating.



Another MBT's Teach Me Tuesday!

Well hello there! I am so glad you decided to join me for another Teach Me Tuesday brought to you by MB's Treasurista. 

This weeks TMT seriously couldn't be easier.  This month the DT received some gorgeous satin and organza pleated trim in three different colors.  The first being ivory, then brown and finally pale yellow. Check them out HERE! I knew that I adored the look of these trims but wasn't entirely sure I would use them because of the colors. I typically do not use white, ivories or pale colors. So here I sit thinking about what I can do with these... and VIOLA! I picked up from Tim Holtz Distress Ink and one of my applicators and I color away! Blues, greens, oranges, bright yellows, reds and pinks.... the possibilities are ENDLESS! You can literally (without any fancy schmancy glimmer mists or starburst sprays, but only because I do not own many at all) color up your trims. Here is a picture of the trim before the added color:

And after- look how nicely those colors were accepted and how vibrant they look! Wowza!

I hope you give this a try! Please be sure to visit MB's Treasurista HERE to get some of this awesome trim before it sells out.



Monday, May 7, 2012

Well Wishes Card for MBT

I am here to share a card with you today. My best friend in the entire worlds boyfriend got into a bad dirt bike accident and broke his leg. I wanted to make him a card and I was needing to make a MB's Treasurista project! So here it is! I used several MBT products including some new releases as well.

MB's Treasuristas Products Used:
Ivory Pearl Beaded Spray

Please check out MB's Treasurista for all the amazing goodies I used on the embellishments for this card! :)



Sunday, May 6, 2012

MBT Spring In Bloom Challenge

Happy Sunday morning! I am super happy that you are joining me today for the MB's Treasurista Spring in Bloom Challenge! :) This challenge will run from May 6th- May 26th! Below you will find all the rules as well as my creation! 

Here's an overview of the rules: (Detailed rules on the MBT Blog)


Must be Spring themed
Challenge is to include flowers
Submit project as a "linky" to the MB's Treasurista Blog Creative Challenge post or any designers post
Unlimited Entry submission per contestant 
Follow the MBT blog
1 winner will be selected based on "Like" votes
Projects must be upladed by May 26th 11:59pm

For some inspiration, I created a card. I new I was wanting to make a card using butterflies and flowers because of the spring theme so here it is:

Front of card

For the front of the card I used two different Martha Stewart butterfly punches out of varying colors of cardstock. I inked some of the edges of the wings with vintage photo distress ink. For the corner embellishment I used two different I Am Roses and the rest of the items are from MB's Treasurista. The larger of the two brown acrylic is new to MBT this month as well as the ruffled trim across the bottom of the card. 

 Inside of card

The paper used for this card is from an older Prima paper Madeline Collection. The sentiment is from the Vertical greetings stamp set and die from MFT.

Close up of flower embellishment

The winner receives a $5.00 gift certificate to the MB's Treasurista store!!

Can't wait to win!?!?
4 day sale! May11th-14th
20% off ENTIRE store!
Shop MB's Treasurista

Are you ready!?!? Just click the blue "Click Here to Enter" button below the thumbnails and follow the steps to join the party!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing ladies projects for inspiration! :)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Spring In Bloom Challenge Sneak Peek

Please join us tomorrow for an amazing challenge!!! :) Here is a sneak peek of my project! :)

Tune in tomorrow! :)



Friday, May 4, 2012

One Day Sale for NSD!

Please go to MB's Treasurista to buy some amazing goodies! :)