Friday, March 23, 2018

Nopales Cactus Card

Hi There! Michelle here with another colorful cactus creation! This time a card! Enjoy!
Supplies needed:
  1. Emerald/ Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
  2. Violet/ Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
  3. Fushia/ Fushia Starstruck Foiled Paper
  4. Large gold glitter
  5. Pencil and scissors
  6. Quick drying adhesive
  7. Blank card
Cut a 1" strip of the emerald foiled paper and fold 7 times. Trace and cut out the cactus pad shape. Cut a 1/2" strip of the fushia and fold into small squares. Trace and cut into 10 small hearts. 
Cut the hearts in half. These become the fruit of the cactus.
Glue the pads in place and tuck the fruit in place with some glue.
Embellish the cactus with the large glitter and finish with a pot at the bottom.
Here's another cactus variation. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Rainbow Mail Bag

 One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was to send and receive pen pal letters. I enjoyed hearing about life in different cities or foreign countries. Some of us have grown apart while others are still close, now relying on the digital age to communicate. I missed the anticipation of seeing if there was a letter in the mailbox and discovering what sort of goodies or gossip were waiting for me.

Then I found a pen pal group on Facebook!  It's fun hear about new friends while keeping alive snail mail- art!
But keeping the letters separate from the bills, advertisements and magazines was proving difficult so So I created this wonderful mail bag!

Supplies used:

  1. Dyeable Joy® Letters
  2. A 3 pocket card organizer
  3. Assorted embellishments and trim
  4. Colored marker
  5. Adhesive or iron

  6. See the full tutorial on the Joy blog!

    Saturday, March 10, 2018

    Blank Page Muse- March Challenge - ATC's!

     Hi Everyone,
    This months challenge for the Blank Page Muse blog is ATC's!
    For those of you that don't know what these are...they are miniatures works of art.
    A mere 2.5" x 3.5". They are to be traded just like Baseball or Pokemon cards!
    So fun!

    For my ATC's I used the following supplies:

    1. Medallion Rubber Stamps-
    2. Petals Rubber Stamps
    3. Artist Trading Card Stamps
    4. Art journal paper
    5. Watercolors
    6. Pigment black ink pad
    7. Zig glue pen
    8. Assorted colors Deco foil
    9. Scissors

    • Whenever I watercolor in my art journal, I always brush the excess paint onto a spare page because I don't like wasting any color. If you don't have a page like this, then just paint randomly colors that make you happy.

     When your watercolor is dry, then begin stamping in no particular pattern. The more random the better!

     After you are done stamping, add some color detail with the watercolors. Have fun, go crazy!

    Wait for the paint to completely dry before this next step.
    The zig glue pen will go on blue and dry to a 'tacky' clear. Since I was using different color of the deco foil, I only did a little of glue detail at a time per color.

     Place the foil onto the glue as shown and rub with your finger over the tacky glue. Then peel back the foil to reveal the color!

    Repeat with the glue and each color foil until you are happy with the results.

     Flip paper over and paint some more random colors, let dry before stamping the ATC stamp.
    Color in some of the ATC's with paint before cutting out.

     Cool right?
    Don't you just LOVE those colors?

    Visit the Blank Page Muse blog for more ATC inspiration!
    Enter there your own ATC creations for a chance to win a Blank Page Muse gift card!

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Foiled Paper Desert Scene

    Hi Michelle here to show you how you can make a tranquil desert scene with foiled papers!
    Supplies used:
    1. Blush/Glossy Gold Foiled Paper
    2. Emerald/Emerald Starstruck Foiled Paper
    3. Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
    4. Fushia/Fushia Starstruck Foiled Paper
    5. Marigold/ Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
    6. Jade/Jade StarStruck Foiled Paper
    7. Copper/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
    8. 12x12 Chipboard
    9. Tracing paper
    10. Pencil and scissors
    11. Watercolors
    12. Coarse sand paper
    13. Quick drying adhesive
    Start by drawing a desert scene onto your chipboard. Make sure to a have a focal point- your cactus and a background such as the hills and mountains.
    Trace the cactus onto the tracing paper and cut out.
    Paint your background with the watercolors.
    Fold a strip of the Fushia Starstruck into 3 squares. Use the pencil to freehand draw a simple heart. Cut through all 3 layers. Do this again, but slightly smaller for other blooms.Glue your hearts in place as shown.
    Use your tracing as a template for the main cactus. Trace the entire cactus onto the Emerald Starstruck as a whole, then just the torso 2-3 times and cut out. Fold torso pieces in half length wise.
    Distress the foiled paper with the sandpaper, starting in the center and out at a angle.
    Glue the folded pieces to each other, then to the main shape of the cactus.
    Crumple your Marigold, Blush, Gold and Copper foiled papers.
    Cut them into strips, then small triangles and squares. These are your desert rocks. Glue in place around the cactus and down the hills.
    For the spines, Cut a strip of gold foiled paper and fold it in half. Then cut up little strips.
    Dot the cactus with glue and leave to set up a bit, then attach the spines.
    Add more desert stones, scatter some and feel free to mix up the colors.
    Add more Fushia hearts if you want your flowers fuller. 
    Sit back and enjoy your beautiful desert scene!

    See more Rinea Foiled Paper inspiration here!

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    Fresh Cut Flowers Welcome Sign

     With the warm weather we've been having in Southern California, I'm anticipating a early spring! I wanted to be ready so I created this sign for our front door because nothing says "Welcome", like fresh cut flower's, right?

    To make a sign like this, you will need the following supplies:

    1. Dye-able JOY letters in your favorite font and size.
    2. A wooden sign to hang.
    3. A colored permanent marker to match your door hue.
    4. Green vine trim- enough to wrap twice.
    5. A empty plastic tube- I used the container from a epi-pen.
    6. Flowers, fresh cut or fake.
    7. Colored ribbon.
    8. A pencil
    9. A hot glue gun
    10. *Optional- extra embellishments- beads, buttons, rhinestones....

    1. Color in your letters with your marker.
    2. Sketch a light circle with your pencil onto the sign.
    3. In sections, draw a bead of hot glue and adhere the vine trim. Overlap the glue and trim a second time.
    4. Hot glue the letters in place.
    5. Cut off the top of the tube if it has a cap. Tie the ribbon in place and adhere the tube to the sign.
    6. Add extra embellishments if desired.
    7. Hang your sign on your front door or anywhere else in your home.
    8. Place your flowers in the tube, don't forget to add water for fresh flowers!


    Joy® iron-on embroidered letters are available in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors in the general crafts area at your local craft store.

    Visit the Joy Blog for more creative idea's!

    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    How to make Confetti Cards

    Hi everyone, Michelle here with a clever idea on what to do with your foiled paper scraps. How about a confetti card? Below you will find instructions to make 2 types of confetti cards. Enjoy!
    Supplies used in making this card:
    Fringe scissors
    Clear shipping tape
    Blank card and cardstock cut smaller than front of card.
    Tape runner or double stick tape.
    Hot laminate machine *(optional)
    With your fringe scissors, cut your foil one way, then the other way. Do this over a large platter to catch any flyaway pieces. 
    Pull off a long piece if the clear shipping tape and lay across your top card, sticky side up. 
    Sprinkle your confetti onto the tape, keeping within the card perimeter. Leave some gaps for the card color to show through and allow the tape to adhere to the card. When done, gently press the confetti onto the tape with your fingers and shake off any excess.
    Trim any overhanging confetti or leave alone. 
    Flip the tape over and align with the card. Starting on one side, carefully press the tape in place with your your fingers. Secure the ends of the tape to the back of the card. 
    *For a more finished look, before adhering to the card blank, run this through your hot laminate machine. 
    Adhere this card to the front of the blank card and add your sentiment. 
    Here's another variation. 
    Card #2
    Clear contact paper
    Hot laminate machine
    Clear glue dots
    Blank card
     I used my rainbow confetti mix which was a combination of all the bright colors of Rinea Foiled Paper from glossy, frosted, metallic and the star struck foiled papers. I used standard scissors and fringe scissors for a randoms cut of colors. 
    For this card you will want to cut a long piece of contact paper the same width as your card. Fold this piece in half. Peel off the backing and lay the contact paper sticky side up. Add confetti to one side only. Then starting at the fold, carefully press the other sticky side onto the confetti. Trim off the sides before running through your laminate machine. 
    Cut to size for your card and adhere with the glue dots.
    You can also run it through your die cutting machine for some whimsical shapes. 
    I store my confetti in clear stacking containers.
    Here are some color combinations I made for future use. 


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