Doll house Halloween decor

Got my hands on this little Altered Doll House by Prima last week and decided to use Graphic 45’s An Eerie Tale to create a little Halloween home decor. It came together so easily and quickly especially with the use of Xyron!

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I began by measuring each square and rectangle then selected papers from An Eerie Tale 8X8 paper pad and cut to fit. Edges were inked then run through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station to put a solid coverage of adhesive on the backsides and stuck them down.

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I covered a Globecraft DIY Ornament frame with paper and used my Xyron Glue Stick to adhere to the frame then sanded down the edges.

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There are so many beautiful papers and cut-outs in the paper pad to choose from, it was fun to play with placement and to decorate each little room.

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Dimension is added in the doll house rooms with matting and layers. The globe holds a cut out from the papers and Art Glitter adds the sparkle in the background.

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This Altered Doll House is fun to work in and An Eerie Tale paper pad is the perfect accompaniment. Register for this class at Green Door Studio by calling (810) 225-9190. Visit our calendar for more information.

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Fall workshops are just around the corner …

Even though temps are still pretty high around here my attention is focused on Fall – Fall workshops that is. I’ve been working on several projects this summer that will be offered this Fall as workshops and I wanted to share some sneak peeks with you all. My calendar is being updated as workshops get confirmed so check back often.

The first is this Christmas-themed configurations tray using Graphic 45 papers, Art Glitter, Globecraft Memories and Xyron. Go figure! I managed to work them all into one project that I think you’ll love to display each year during the holiday season. We’ll work with acrylic paints, inks, embossing powders, fussy-cutting, glitters and so much more! I’ve titled it “Compliments of the Season.”

This next workshop, “Glimmers of Hope,” came about as I was designing a project for the Graphic 45, Art Glitter and Want2Scrap Blog Hop recently. The project received so many nice compliments (thank you to all of you for those!), and is able to work so nicely into a workshop. I’ll teach you how to turn a Graphic 45 plain craft-paper box and accordion book into a beautiful keepsake. Once again, we’ll use those gotta-have-’em papers from Graphic 45, Art Glitter and Ranger products – more technique!

Who doesn’t love hand-made ornaments? These cute little globe ornaments from Globecraft Memories are so much fun to create with. You can put just about anything inside them – they’re not just for the holiday season! This workshop will really get into fussy-cutting using some Crafty Secrets cut-out sheets. We’ll add some bling, by way of Art Glitter and Want2Scrap and you’ll be able to play with the new Piccolo embossing enamels from Globecraft Memories too! Join me in this “Victorian Gewgaw” workshop.

There are a couple more in the works still. As soon as the samples are done you’ll find them here so check back often! Any of these workshops can also be scheduled for private groups of six of more in your home or other location. Contact me via my email: lneffscraps@gmail.com  to make arrangements.

This blog-hop is in the box!

Graphic 45, Art Glitter and Want2Scrap are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using our products!

 

After you check out my project be sure to head on over to the Art Glitter, Want2Scrap and Graphic 45 blogs to find out what the talented members of these Design Teams have in store for you today! Art glitter will be giving away 4 prizes! Just leave a comment on Art Glitter Blog by Sunday July 29th!**********
 

I was so excited when we got word about the Art Glitter, Want2Scrap, and Graphic 45 Blog Hop! It took awhile to decide what project I was going to attempt but settled on using the cute little Graphic 45 Staples Kraftboard Altered Art Box. The box comes complete with  an accordian-type book inside and a magnetic closure on the cover. At first I was going to cover it with Graphic 45 papers so I painted all the corners and edges with Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber. The more it dried, the more I liked the look so scratched the paper-covering idea and painted the entire box – inside and out! Love the elegant black finish!

I made the three-layer medallion (Tim Holtz Paper Rosettes, Alterations by Sizzix) for the box center from Graphic 45 papers Forgotten City and Joyous Noel (I wanted a black base for the medallion and had this paper handy; it worked out well); Joyous Noel for the base, Forgotten City in the middle and the backside (Kraft-color) for the top.  The outer edges and the upper creases are all inked with black ink, stacked and a large Want2Scrap gem added to the top center.

The beautiful sparkly gems on top are Want2Scrap, Beautiful Bling Borders by Nina Brackett – Fancy Waves. I was able to cut the two borders to fit the perimeter of the cover. Don’t they look pretty against that black finish?

The side panels are double-sided sticky tape and Art Glitter Fawn No. 728 and Tree Bark No. 524, both microfine glitters, using the double-glitter technique with a strip of lace. These colors closely fit the color scheme and I just love the look of the faux lace.

   

For the book I cut Forgotten City and Mechanical Mind to fit just inside the book’s pages. The edges were all distressed using Zutter’s Distrezz-it-all; inked them all with black ink and the edges of the book too.

I tried a new technique on the papers that I watched ‘Blanche’ from La Blanche Stamps use at CHA last week. Using Ranger’s Perfect Medium Pen I colored some areas in and sprinkled with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) then heat set. It really adds a lot of dimension and texture. The Ornate Plate (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) is painted with Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, then sprinkled with UTEE and heat set. I love the shiny look this achieves!

A few of the elements on the papers were cut out, UTEE added and popped up for added effects. The ribbon is laid down prior to the papers being adhered to the book pages. I was so pleased with the results of this project – especially going into the project without a clear vision! What do you think?

 
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Be sure to check the Art Glitter Blog every day this week for more project inspiration! We have Blog Candy to give away to 4 lucky commenters! Visit us, as well as our friends over at Want2Scrap and Graphic 45, each day this week; prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way!Also, make sure you stop by the Want2Scrap Facebook Page and Graphic 45 Facebook page this week and tell them Art Glitter sent you! Check out my cohorts on the Art Glitter Design Team and see the wonderful projects they’ve created for this blog hop. They’ll be posting for Art Glitter this week! Be sure to leave them a comment as well as on Art Glitter’s Blog for your chance to win BLOG CANDY!
Monday the 23rd Trudy & Carrie
Tuesday Emily & KC
Wednesday Linda & Cherie
Thursday Karen
Friday Laura & Kristi
 

Focusing on the positive…

If there was ever a time when everything falls apart it was in class this past weekend and, as an instructor, that’s the one place you never want it to happen.

I’ll admit, the majority of my classes usually go extremely well and I consider myself very fortunate. It doesn’t just happen, though. There’s a lot of time put into designing my projects, keeping track of all the products used and writing easy-to-follow instructions with color photos for all the students. I package kits and pack extra supplies. The store owners receive a complete list of products that will be used in class and they receive a sample for display.

Techniques are the focus of all my classes. I love teaching technique so have learned to incorporate them into projects that can be completed in an allotted amount of class time. I’ve been getting much better at estimating class times and classes have been finishing on time – until this past weekend.

Boy, my estimates were way off and everything that could go wrong did! Students were very understanding and still commented about how much fun they had and that they loved their project, but underestimating the time to complete the project combined with confusing instructions was frustrating for students as well as myself.

On my journey home I churned the day’s events over-and-over again in my mind, working through all the kinks – I do make an effort to learn from my mistakes. These mistakes needed to be corrected because I’m teaching this class again in a couple of weeks and I’m positive it will be a good time for all!

Sharing school memories …

Are there any memories more vivid than those we have from our days spent in school? It’s where many of us made life-long friends, decided on a career path or met our spouse. Not all memories I have of school are good ones. I still remember my 6th grade teacher – Miss Pomeroy – who would whack her pointer stick on my desk when she’d catch me biting my nails (by-the-way, I don’t do that anymore).

I came across my daughter’s year books recently while cleaning and had a sit-down to take a look through them. She was involved in lot activities and had a slew of nice friends. It made me wish I had discovered scrapbooking earlier, while the kids were in grade school. I could have put together cute little mini books for the grandparents rather than just send an envelope full of photos.

That’s what I had in mind while creating this little mini book for the back-to-school season. It’s small in size but big in personality with plenty of tags and nooks and crannies to hold a good amount of photos and journaling. The Graphic 45 ABC Primer collection of papers that were released recently were just the perfect fit for this adorable school-themed mini.

Check my calendar often and watch for locations, dates and times for this class and others – I’ll be listing them soon!

Celebrating random chunks of time …

My mother-in-law has been delivered safely to her home back in Florida – a three-day drive there and two-day visit and then another three-day drive home. The lovely lady spent the summer with us and was right at home with the temps we’ve been experiencing.

After weeks of 90-plus degree temperatures and air conditioning everyday it’s now in the 50’s and I’m tempted to turn on the furnace! Go figure.

Dennis and I celebrated our anniversary today with a brisk 2 1/2-mile walk at Kensington finished off by pizza at home from Soda Pops – yum! I can’t help but wonder – if it’s been 42 years does that make me old?

It’s been a whirlwind two weeks but I’m finally back on track to creating! Couldn’t wait to get back home and settled so I could open my delivery from Graphic 45 (those are the new papers from ABC Primer on my desk). I’m working on a mini project for back-to-school. It’s coming together even better than I envisioned – couldn’t put it down and next I knew it was 2:30 a.m.!

That little feeling of success was topped off today by an email from Scrapbooks & More that my class there for Saturday is FULL and Thursday’s classes are selling well too. Looks like I’ll be busy all week kiting – I’m lovin’ it!

Looking forward to our Cracker Jack Stampers meeting this week and our Crafty Murder Mystery Book Club starts up later this month – yeah! Can’t wait to catch up with everyone!