Facing the changes

20140903_101812My gosh! Where does the time go? Thanksgiving is here and it seems like just yesterday I was out West on vacation with the old guy. Thanksgiving dinner this year is at Rachel and Kevin’s. The newlyweds are hosting a family dinner for the lot of us.

It’s been a crazy busy Fall since we made the decision to move the business. We pulled off the move to our new location and with the help of family and some good friends we were able to get the joint organized and up and running without closing for even one day!

I’m back on schedule with the custom painting jobs and Rachel is back to painting pieces from her home. Classes have been running smoothly and you’ll see more pop up on the Calendar soon.

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We’ve made some social media changes by eliminating our web site and just sticking with a blog and our Facebook page. You’ll still find the link to our Calendar and Newsletter here on the blog sidebar.

Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving day however you choose to spend it. Be safe and enjoy!

Linda

 

Ugly box upcycle

linda_mug_2014I’ve basically built my new business on upcycles and redos so when I received a collection of Anna Griffin products from Xyron I knew I wanted to upcycle a box of some sort.

I hit up our local Salvation Army on Senior Day – one of the perks of getting older – to see what they might have. I selected this bright, bold and ugly box with three drawers. It was just gaudy enough to demand a redo.

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I know it looks like it might have six drawers but there are actually only three.  I thought about painting the base but then opted to leave it white and go with it.

I measured the beautiful Anna Griffin papers to fit the sides, top and drawer fronts. Then I inked all the edges with Ranger’s Black Archival Ink and processed them all through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station with permanent adhesive.

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The full adhesive coverage of Xyron makes the paper stick really well to all parts of the wooden box. I removed the knobs from the drawer fronts and painted them white to coordinate with the papers then reattached them after the papers were in place.

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I also cut more of the coordinating papers to fit the insides of the drawers as well.

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I had this idea that I would create several little 3″ by 3″ note cards to tuck in the drawers. I think I made nine and could have kept going. These are so easy to make using the scraps of papers left over from the box fitting as well as the cute Anna Griffin Stickers and cardstock borders. I just snipped the borders in intervals of 2 3/4″ and adhered them to the card front.

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A silver, gold or white marker would add a touch of elegance to whatever little note you wanted to send to someone! They store really nicely inside the little drawers. So the next time you’re perusing the aisles or your local resale shop take note of those ugly little boxes or trays that you can transform quickly and easily with pretty papers and a Xyron machine!

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A bunting we will go…

Oh what fun it is to play with Xyron and Heidi Swapp!

The Xyron team is hopping with Heidi Swapp this week and I’ve seen some of the projects already and let me tell you, you’re all in for a real treat!

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Thanks go out to Heidi Swapp for the collection of wonderful products we received. At first I wasn’t sure what to create, but this little pack of Color Magic Jumbo Pennants just kept calling out to me. I’m in love with buntings/banners recently. I’ve made a slew of different types and still haven’t tired of them. They can brighten up the dullest blank walls, mantles or windows and just put a smile on your face.

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Here’s the steps to create this rustic-style holiday bunting on your own. I started with the pennants and attached silver eyelets in each top corner with a Crop-a-dile. Then I edged all the pennants with metallic silver Adirondack Paint Dabber. I wanted to use some of Heidi’s Believe papers and cut eight 3/4-inch strips of the sheet music paper from her Believe 12X12 paper pad. I folded all those into accordion strips – by hand – no scoring tool used (think rustic). I threaded a needle with a good strong thread; I like to use carpet or heavy-duty quilt thread for these type of projects. Then I ran the needle and thread through the center of the strips. The needle actually goes through the paper pretty easily.

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To give it that rustic look I added strips of burlap as well, gathering it through the center with a simple running stitch. All the pieces are connected as we go along so you need to determine in which order every piece will lay. I alternated paper strips with burlap strips in between the pennants. Run the thread behind the pennants so it doesn’t show.

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The problem I ran into was that it looked so plain so I just went crazy and kept adding bits and pieces here and there – if you can call that a problem! The real problem is knowing when to stop and I didn’t. To add some burlap strips to the front of the smaller pennants I ran them through the Xyron Creatopia with permanent fabric adhesive.

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Because burlap is an open-weave fabric and the Xryon adhesive gives total coverage, I was able to add some beautiful Antique Silver Fine Glass glitter. I sprinkled over the entire piece of burlap and gently pressed it in before tapping off the excess.

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I encircled the word ‘JOY’ with a Heidi Swapp Color Magic Pressed Paper Frame that I painted with the metallic silver Paint Dabber; the Heidi Swapp letters are painted with the same paint. The frame is raised up with the Xyron Black Foam Squares from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

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I added two holiday phrases to two of the larger pennant pieces. They’re decorated by running the Xyron 1/2-inch Double-Side Tape on all four sides on the backs of these two pieces then pressing in silver tinsel pipe cleaners so they hang just slightly over the edge. These are also popped up with the Xyron Black Foam Squares.

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I also made several rosettes using the Tim Holtz Sizzix die and topped them with punched circles from another Heidi Swapp paper from the 12X12 paper pad.  The punched circle is also raised by the Xyron Black Foam Squares. I lightly inked the edges of the rosettes with Ranger’s Black Archival Ink and the punched circle is edged with the metallic silver Paint Dabber.

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The rosettes are adhered on top of the glittered burlap strips.

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This bunting measures around six feet and looks great hanging between two windows in the studio. I love the rustic feel the burlap adds to the white and silver elements.

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Be sure to visit all the other designers participating in this hop. You can find the links here: http://aintshecrafty.blogspot.com/