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Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's a #Cre8time Date... SRM Stickers Challenge with Designer Crafts Connection

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Bloghop with the creatives at Designer Crafts Connection... and our newest challenge featuring the new planner and journaling stamps from SRM Stickers and Stamps!!! 

Planners and Bible Journaling are quite popular trends right now... and who doesn't love stickers and stamps??! SRM Stickers and Stamps has a wide range of products for making cards, scrapbooks, party favors, planners - you name it!

SRM Stickers and Stamps provided each of the Designer Craft Connection designers with products to use in our creations - I received a set of planner stamps called "Today, Tomorrow, To Do" that have everything you need to turn any notebook or journal into a planner. To pop over to the beginning of the hop CLICK HERE to see all the stops on the hop!

I gathered up an promo notebook that I've monoprinted the cover to cover up the car images that used to be there along with the SRM Planner Stamps, black Dye ink, a ruler, colored InkJoy pens, an acrylic stamp block, washi tape and some misc. scraps of paper and ephemera from my stash.

I don't know about you, but anything with blank paper is a potential art journal or planner. This book has pictures smattered throughout but is mostly blank grid paper... perfect for transforming into a purse-sized planner!

I'm going to turn this book into a 2018 artsy planner that I can embellish as I fill it up. This spread is going to be for July. I'm starting here as it was easier to keep pages open/flat by starting in the center of the book. 

First I referred to my phone to look ahead to get the dates for next year. Then using a ruler and blue pen, I drew in squares to make my calendar. Five rows down and eight squares across for the days of the week. The grid paper made it easy to divide out the squares without need for measuring. I'm having fun already!!

Now with my squares in place... it's time to get inky. I selected "SUNDAY" from the SRM stamp set, placed onto an acrylic block, tapped gently into black dye ink and pressed into position. The clear stamps are see-through and make stamp placement a breeze.

I repeated with the other days of the week, then set off with the task of numbering each square. The stamp set has multiples of each number so you can set up many on your stamp block at a time. Keep in mind that you might need a smaller acrylic block when you need to stamp close to center of book. I was using a medium sized block, so I just adjusted stamp placement when stamping in the crease.

There are also about a dozen little doodles that you can use to make note of occasions. I added a couple of these as well.

One thing I want to point out about these SRM Stamps... I love that they have the image printed on the clear backing sheet so it makes finding/seeing the word you want easy. I have a lot of clear stamps and I only have a handful of stamps that are this way. This is something that stampers appreciate as I have spent a lot of time wasted looking for something I can't see, or I couldn't remember what set it came from to put it back. 

Here's my July calendar all stamped out! I repeated the month along the top of the pages, made a TO DO list using the leftover column, and stamped a month tab onto yellow cardstock affixed to page with washi tape. 

Once I broke out the washi tape... it was a washi party! I added bits and borders here and there to add a patriotic stars/stripes color scheme.

Now it's time for coloring! I have this stash of InkJoy pens that I carry around in my bag every day, though they don't get much use... UNTIL TODAY!! 

Maybe I will become a planner nerd yet! I'm more of a list maker and doodler - this sort of planner might be just what I need to keep my thoughts in one place. I've got loads of traditional day-timer calendars that get toted about, yet rarely written in and now all reside in the "for collage/arting" bin.

With the addition of colored pens... my calendar has come to life!

There's an annual family picnic for 4th of July... so I had fun making note of this occasion. I marked a place to write birthday's in unused squares at the bottom. 

It's a Cre8time Date!

How fun is this??! Now that I have the calendars blocked out, I'm six months ahead of things! This will be an ongoing project as I add info, doodling and ephemera... now all that's left is the artful planning! This project could be done with the kids and would be great in a blank composition journal too!

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the "Planners and Bible Journaling with SRM Stickers and Stamps" Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog and find more inspiration using SRM Stickers and Stamps!

You can find more info and ideas
at the SRM Stickers and Stamps website

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Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you are inspired to turn a notebook into something pretty and a little FUNctional! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. SRM Stickers and Stamps has provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's a #Cre8time Celebration... Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary #modpodge50

Hello everyone -- I am so excited!! Today, I am a part of a special bloghop TODAY with the Designer Crafts Connection to kick off the Plaid® Crafts Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary festivities tomorrow, Friday, May 19th.

I cannot believe one of my favorite Cre8time staples has reached such a momentous milestone. Tomorrow will be NATIONAL MOD PODGE DAY!! Be sure to follow the Plaid® Crafts blog or Facebook page so you can join in the festivities throughout the day. Let's get this "Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary Celebration" PARTY started! To pop over to the beginning of the hop CLICK HERE to see all the stops on the hop!

Well I think everyone of all ages knows the magic of Mod Podge®... it makes decoupage so easy. I have this old plastic tray from the TV show "Friends" which has been sitting as a catchall on my computer table for about as many years as it's been off the air. This plastic tray is starting to fade and doesn't look so "friendly" anymore, so it's going to get a Cre8time transformation and make friends with two new Mod Podge® products!

For this special Mod Podge® celebration, each of the Designer Craft Connection designers were sent an assortment of Plaid Mod Podge® products use in our creations - each receiving different products... many new! 

For the "Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary Celebration", I received two brand new products -- Mod Podge® Ultra Matte Chalk, Mod Podge® Antique Matte and a blingy MOD toolkit. This 7 Piece Mod Podge® Tool Kit has everything I need contained in a super cute two-pocket zipper pouch: a 6" ruler; distressing stick; squeegee, 6 1/2" scissors; 3 1/2" scissors; and a 3/4" flat gold talkon brush.

The only other things I will need is something to collage onto my tray, a paper trimmer, a corner rounding punch, a circle punch, some glue Dodz, and some yarn. My collage papers is a leftover EK Success Halloween Treat Bag which I have been saving for a project just like this!! I'm going to give this tray a little Dia De Los Muertos makeover. The bag is a high gloss black paper with reflective silver foil in a beautiful skeleton flourish design.

First things first - I didn't even prepare or sand the tray. It's glossy and plastic and I was excited to slather on a layer of the Mod Podge® Ultra Matte Chalk. It goes on white and dries clear. I wasn't really concerned about the brush strokes as it dries clear. I painted around the outsides and bottom and set aside to dry. **A TIP** to keep your Mod Podge® lid from sticking to the jar... cover top with a section of plastic wrap before winding down lid. A simple fix which will save your sanity when it's time for your next project.

I just wanted to make the surface look like it's a painted wood surface and this did the trick! This is a section painted with Ultra Matte Chalk at top and unpainted {glossy} plastic at bottom. It's hard to see, but even my hubs was impressed. 

I usually "PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL" when painting - BUT this time I did not... and I had so much fun and was delighted in the results. There was a couple areas that I had to touch up with a light second coat, where the Mod Podge® beaded away from surface. This only added the texture and charm. I want this to look old and painted.

While my tray is drying, I gently disassemble my treat bag and use a paper trimmer to cut it to fit the inside {which is 10 1/2" x 7 1/2"}. I could have used scissors to round corners, but because it's handy and within reach, I used a corner rounder punch. Then I gently crumpled the prepared paper to add a bit of texture and to take attention away from the fold lines. I'm all for DISTRESSING things MORE!!! 

Now to work on the inside! I cracked open the Mod Podge® Antique Matte, which looks like pancake batter {though also dries clear}, and poured some into the base of the tray. I spread it around to the edges and cover the base completely, then brushed excess onto backside of prepared paper. I placed paper into tray then used squeegee to press out air bubbles and excess Mod Podge®. Then I used the brush to paint remaining podge to seal in the front {exposed design} in place and give it the antique treatment.

I am quite impressed with how it transformed the very reflective and glossy surface on the paper... and it's glued down, too. Now for some finishing touches!

I prepared some feet with recycled water bottle lids {these can't go in the recycling bin}. I placed several adhesive Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L DODZ around the edge, then wrapped the yarn around a few times. I secured to base with my Mod Podge® Mod Melter {of course... I have one of these}. I punched a circle of the paper bag to fit into the center of each and PODGED them in place. Easy and cute!

I made a braid of the Bernat® Maker Home Dec™ yarn to line the edge around my reNEWed decoupage tray.

Tacked in place using the Mod Melter. I placed the glue onto the fiber and pressed in place, as I found out the hot tip of the gun could melt my tray {I had to go back and patch one corner - but because this is a decoupage project... you can't even tell}.

My reNEWed tray makes
me Sugar Skull Happy!

The Mod Podge® Antique Matte dulled down and gave the shiny silver a whole different patina in just one coat. 

This finish can be built up in layers too! It's hard to see, but the aged, distressed surface is lovely -- I don't think anyone would know this was previously a paper treat bag.

I just love how the yarn contrasts and adds to the charm of the already pink tray. The braid gives a woven touch to this recycled project. I love how this turned out!! I might even go back with colored pens and doodle some flowers into the design.

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the "Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary Celebration" Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog and see all the FABulous ways you can use Mod Podge® in your creations!

OH YES... there's blog candy to be won and an extra special surprise, too! TWO readers who will win this great selection of MOD PODGE products! Follow instructions at the Designer Crafts Connection blog for how you can enter to win.

To learn about Mod Podge®
and the entire product line 

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Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy the celebration! I'd love to hear about your Mod Podge® decoupaged creations! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. Plaid® Crafts has provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Add a little BLING to your #Cre8time... with Rinea® Foils and Designer Crafts Connection

If you have arrived for the StencilGirl Products and Amazing Casting Products Bloghop... please CLICK HERE for my stop on the hop.


Hello everyone! Today I am excited to be a part of a bloghop featuring Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil from Global Crafting with the Designer Crafts Connection. This paper has made my paper folding dreams take on a whole shiny new dimension!!! 

Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil is a wonderful option for creating dimensional ornaments and whimsies from folded paper. This SPARK-ling paper has become a new favorite to create folded paper designs I have been wanting to try... and my project I'm sharing has added BLING to Spring!!! 

Back before the holidays GlobalCrafting provided each of the Designer Craft Connection designers with Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil to use in our creations - we had so much fun with these papers that we have been challenged again to "Rock Your Sparkle with Rinea®". To pop over to the beginning of the hop CLICK HERE to see all the stops on the hop!

Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil is a specialty craft paper imported from Germany. It is made up of a thin sheet of paper sandwiched between two layers of thin aluminum foil - the paper gives it sturdiness and stiffness while the foil gives it the shininess and the malleability to maintain the shape however you bend or fold it. It is more than just origami paper due to the specific thickness and the quality of the foil used, making it ideal for many interesting crafting ideas. The paper does not wrinkle like foil and does not cause painful cuts like thick sharp foil can. 

The paper comes in many interesting colors with shiny, matte, and embossed surfaces giving you lots of options to play with and combine. I have selected a magenta star pattern and pale pink matte finish for today's creation.

To my delight, when cutting my papers to size, I discovered that the backside of the pink matte Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil is a lovely gold color... a bonus for my planned paper folding, saving me a step of gluing two sheets together to get this effect.

For my project I cut one square to 6" square and the other about 5" square. I made a test using scrapbooking paper first that was 4 1/2" square and it was hard to make the folds in the finishing stages due to the thickness of the paper.

I love Origami, Kusadama and other styles of paperfolding... and have loads of books with fabulous patterns. For my project I selected a practical pattern from "The Origami Handbook" by Rick Beech... the Easter Basket. For the last bloghop, I created a folded pattern from the same book that I combined several modular sections to form a beautiful bracelet. I encourage you to look this book up at your local library!

This pattern has many steps, though I find making multiples are easier when doing sections of the folding in stages. You can see how much folding this shape has to be done, putting the Rinea foil to an extreme test of durability.

The common problem with Origami and Kusadama folding is that with more intricate shapes, the paper becomes very hard to manipulate due to it's thickness {or lack thereof}. Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil solves this issue while providing a metallic {solid or textured} finish in a variety of colors that lends itself to folding and holds it's shape.

No scraps of Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil goes to waste as I even quickly fashioned some coordinating blingy Easter grass for these mini baskets. I cut thin slivers {approx. 1/16"} with my paper trimmer, but you can certainly use scissors. I tried using my fringe scissors that cut five strips at once - though they were a bit thick for this purpose. I ended up cutting them all in half to make them thinner. The green shreds are how the strips look straight from the trimmer... LOVE the curls!! I think Quillers would love this paper. A quick, gentle crumble and circular swirl between my hands and perfect grass is done!

This basket is the result using the two-tone pale pink with gold. The basket is only one 6" square paper and the handle a folded 6" long by 3/4" wide strip. I've filled with the green Rinea® shred and a couple wooden vintage mini decor. The best part... NO GLUING!!

This basket is the result using magenta star paper. The basket is only one 5" square paper and the handle a folded 6" long by 3/4" wide strip {which is how it ended up a bit taller of a handle}. I've filled with the pink Rinea® shred and teeny Darice mini eggs and one vintage painted wooden egg. I finished off with two tiny satin bows added with a mini glue dot.

A perfect way to show off 
mini vintage Springtime decor!

Oh the possibilities!!! These little baskets would be great for party favors or place holders. I'm totally making Grinchy gifts with these at Christmas and filling with those funny coal shaped chocolates - LOL! 

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the "Rock Your Sparkle with Rinea®" Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog and find more SPARK-ling inspiration and projects using this gorgeous and versatile foil paper!

You can find more information
and ideas at the Rinea® website

Find loads of folding ideas using Rinea Foil on Pinterest

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Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you are inspired to try out this unique paper and fold up something beautiful! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. GlobalCrafting has provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.
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