Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chalkboard Technique

Hello Crafters,

Today I am talking about a technique that is all over the Internet for card making/scrap booking.

The Chalkboard Technique...

First up is the video tutorial from my favourite:

This next video tutorial is from Papertrey Ink and she used a different colour, more of a green/blue chalkboard look.

Here are my attempts....

Here's all the cards that I made

This one was made at my Card Night on the weekend.  We used the Embossing Buddy for the chalk dust marks in the background and then added some of the white ink too.  I used just the white ink.  Either way, it does the trick. 

This is my favourite that I made.  I used some red and blue watercolour pencils to add some colour to the telephone booth.

PS: the Stamp Set that I used is one of the "Sale-A-Bration" sets from Stampin' Up!  Currently, for each $60 that you spend you get one free item from the Sale-A-Bration flyer... this one is one of those free ones...

I have really enjoyed trying the Chalkboard technique and I will be making some more today, probably!  ;-)

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment, I love to hear feedback.

Until next time...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pinterest Post Day

Hello crafters!

Today is Friday and you know what Friday is...

Pinterest Post Day!

Here are a few of my favs....

Who wouldn't want a few pairs of these cute crochet slippers... I would choose maybe a brown with teal trim! ;-)

I may have to try making these in the summer, when my arthritis in my thumbs doesn't hurt as much. :)

This one would be a great DIY bird's eggs with nest decoration for Easter... 

The nest is actually knitted and the eggs are needle felted.  The nest is put through the wash(on hot) to make it look the same as the eggs.

This next pin is another one for Easter, but is more kid and parent friendly...

Who doesn't love a good glittery egg! 

Yarn wrapped

These ones are made with my favourite... Washi Tape

And a little more glitter with polka dots.  

That's all for today... I hope that you got some ideas from the post, today.

Have a great weekend, I off to the land of sun, sand and warmth on Sunday, but I do have a draft post ready to go so I don't miss the whole week! ;-)

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Guest Post: Paper Stars / Jar of Stars Craft

Also dubbed "Lucky Paper Stars" or simply "Paper Stars", I was first introduced to this when exploring Chinatown in downtown Toronto with a friend. We entered this cute stationary shop and came across an entire shelf FILLED with "jars of stars". My kawaii (Japanese for "cute") friend showed me how to make these stars, which involve a few simple folds with a long piece of paper. 

I started with horrible chubby stars, but with more practice, they became effortless. Some stores sell paper specific to making these stars, and you can find them in most Asian stationary shops (e.g. the ones that sell sanrio products... like hello kitty plushies, and other little trinkets).

Step 1: Pick a Jar!

Step 2: Fill it with stars!

I start with a piece of paper 7 mm in width, and 15 cm in length. These are not strict measurements and there are even techniques available to fold the paper stars using straws. 

Here's a tutorial I put together (font used was passing notes, photos with my iPhone 5, and pictures enhanced with Photoshop CS5) for Rock, Paper, Scissors, Craft!

Another thought I just had after completing this, I really should have painted my nails or something. Horrendous!!

Straw stars look like this:

Thanks for reading!

About Guest Blogger Anne
Anne blogs at Annezca, and works with Terri. She enjoys Latin dance, taking care of her bunny and travelling. When she's not reading up on Orthopaedics and seeing patients at clinic, she's web and graphic designing, on Pinterest, or catching up on the latest movies. She has a mini-obsession with cupcake couture, and is an avid gym-goer. Her dreams include being a home organisation guru, joining an acapella group and travelling the world!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Not Pinterest Post Day...?

Hello my craftin' peeps!

I know that, normally, Friday is "Pinterest Post day" and I'm sure that I can find this pinned on Pinterest, but I found it on Facebook...

So, yesterday was Valentine's day and I hadn't made my card for my hunny.... I decided to make two...

Here's my version of the of the "Sheldon" card:

This is the other card that I made for Hubster...

These are the little quick and easy cards that I made for our (& the other great staff that work there too ;) great staff at my Husband's office

I hope that you all had a fabulous Valentine's day!

Thanks for reading and until next time....

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Twist Me Pretty Giveaway!

Hello Crafters... 

I know, this post is not a craft post, but it is a great chance to win a great Hair Straightener from Misikko.  

The giveaway is going on over at Twist Me Pretty and her blog is one of my favourites that i check out every day.  I have been attempting her hair advice and most of the time it works. (She has great hair that curls lovely, mine... just hates me, I think, won't curl if my life depended on it! I think I need a better curling iron?)  

Anyway, here's the giveaway....

I really hope that I win, I would love a better straightener... since my hair doesn't like to curl, may as well have a good straightener for it!?  :-)
PS:  I ordered the Hana Styling Iron Cleaner and the Hana Shine Shield Thermal Protectant yesterday.  I hope that it comes soon, I am eager to try the Shine Shield! 


If you struggle with your hair, like me(45 years now!) head on over and check out Abby's hair tutorials!  There are a few free ones on her blog and you can purchase her FABULOUS ebook and get a whole bunch more videos along with it!!  I hope that you check it out... They are pretty quick and easy styles as she has two small children(the cutest) and doesn't have the extra time to fuss with her hair.  She always looks awesome!  

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rainbow of Colours....

Hello crafters...
So to throw a wrench in it, I thought that I would post today instead of Monday!  

I was chatting, as I do a lot, with my Crack Dealer ... um Friend and Stampin' Up! demonstrator... Kathy Nelson.  And she saw this video tutorial from Blue Jelly Stampin' and was going to try it.  

This is such an easy technique with such an awesome result and so fun!  I will be trying this later on today, so I will post a picture of my attempts later on today or tomorrow. 

So on a similar vein... My friend Shelly was visiting me last week and I got to have a friend to "play" with... we tried the following technique... from Frenchie, again! ;-)

I have to admit that it was a lot of fun and made us a bit light headed.  Here are some of our pics from our adventures...

The 3 pics above are of Shelly trying it out... I should have got her to take pics of my process too, but I forgot... I think that you can get the idea... 

This was her Valentines Card for her fiancĂ© Gary.  I also wish that I took a pic of the final product.  I was pretty cool!  

The rest are my finals... I have some more cards to make with what we did in this play session and I am definitely going to make more... love the effect!

We even used the technique on the strips left over after we cut the paper to size(before we put the ink on with the straws)  

All in all the play-time was a success!  I loved the colours and how our version turned out.

Thanks to you all for reading!  Have a wonderful day and let me know if you've tried either of these techniques or want to, I love to get comments!!

Until next time...

Friday, February 08, 2013

Pinterest Post Day

Hello Crafters from snowy, blustery Toronto!
I hope you all are staying off the roads and staying warm while the snow keeps coming down and blows all around.  

Today is Pinterest Post Day!!  

For my first pin, this is to make us all think of warmer weather and try to imagine the sun shining and warm.... I thought this would be a fun idea for a child's birthday party or a summer BBQ get together...
Twister on the grass!

I mean, really!  Who doesn't love a good round of Twister!?

These two pins are great for recycling those dreaded toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls... 

I would probably opt for the paper towel rolls for the wrapping paper... what do you think?

This next pin is a favourite future-DIY-project for our future home... 

I love this look and you could cut them in half to show the round ends or this...

cut them in half lengthwise to show the printing on the outside of the corks.
PS:  the above photo is NOT cut in half, which, to me, is a waste and if your like me and like White Wine... there isn't as many corks with those, nowadays! :(

For days when it's snowy and blustery or wet and yucky, with some masking tape, this fun indoor track would be the perfect activity for boys and girls(I L-O-V-E-D dinky cars when I was young!)

This pin is for the organizer in all of us who dislike having to waste a bunch of shelving for ALL the cleaning products!  Check out this great use of those shoe organizers that hang on the back of your doors...

And last but not least for today, another pin that I pinned long ago and just didn't know where to go for the item in the picture to recycle it!  This is such a great look and a fun way to display your books....

I really want to do this, but store my stamp sets on it!  

I guess that I will stop here and leave some of the pins for future Pinterest Post Days.  

Have a fun weekend and stay safe and sound.  If you have to go out in a snowstorm, please drive carefully.

Thanks for reading and leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

WHAAAT!? A Pool Noodle Wreath!?

Heeeellllllooooooooo crafters!

So like the title states... you can skip spending the big $$$ on the foam wreaths in the crafts stores and buy a simple pool noodle and make one yourself...

My Two Butterflies blog is the spot that I found this great and pretty simple tutorial.

Now, this blog suggest buying the pool noodle at a dollar store... unfortunately for me, I was unable to find any at my Dollarama stores here in Burlington.  I found mine for pretty cheap in Walmart.  I have yet to attempt to make one with the 4 noodles that I purchased, but I will be shortly.  Looks pretty quick and easy and let me tell ya, the ones at Michael's are too pricey for me.  Especially since I know that I can make them out of a simple pool noodle for a 10th of the cost!  

Here are some of the types of wreaths that I want to make with my pool noodles....

These two are just a matter of wrapping yarn around the noodle and adding a felt flower embellishment...

This one is just so cute and I want to make it for Easter!  The link is to my Pin on Pinterest and it links to a Chinese blog and I can't find the wreath... but the Pin image tells you enough about how to make it.

Here is a link to the Pin for the above winter wreath... it will take you to a site that has many different ideas for this white furry base.  All are lovely!

 This little cutie is at this Pin and it will link you to a fabulous idea to just make one wrapped base/pool noodle and make several embellishments to interchange!  It's really a great idea!  
I hope that you found these tips and links useful and are going to try making a pool noodle wreath yourself!  Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Thanks for reading and 
until next time...