Curse of the Crafter

Curse of the Crafter

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Year, New Design Team Project for Country Craft Creations!

Hello Everyone! and Happy New Year!
So since the holiday season that just passed was my son's first, I made the decision to limit my social media interactions, take a mini blog break, and really just enjoy all the special moments. It was amazing but, WE HAVE SOME CATCHING UP TO DO!!!! lol

But first things first, can we talk about how amazing is the new Bo Bunny Serenity paper collection?!?
CountryCraftCreations was awesome enough to send me the papers AND embellishments for some design team fun. So my theme for this month will be Chinese New Year.

My first project for the month is a fun garland as I love to decorate my house for any and every ocassion. Remember the Paper Taxidermy Garland? I finally just took that down lol. Well this one is several take out box paper lanterns that glow with some fun little fortune cookies in between.
So I found a great Chinese Take Out Box Template online and traced them onto the Serenity paper (my silhouette is still down otherwise I would have used it to cut the boxes). After folding, I punched holes to make sure the light would show once I placed the light source in the paper lantern. Next, I used my Scortape to hold all the folded pieces together.

For the fortune cookies I cut a bunch of larger circles out of the paper. Gently fold in half and push the paper backwards and the cookie almost makes itself.
To add a little more to the project, I painted some wooden balls gold and used some dark red craft wire to string up the lanterns and fortune cookies. I also added a little Chinese money bling under each lantern.

I used some black twine to string it all together.

I am so excited for all the amazing things in 2015. Thanks again to Country Craft Creations for supplying almost everything I needed to complete this really fun project.

XOXO,
Lish

Supplies:
Bo Bunny Serenity Paper Collection
Scortape
7 Gypsies Black Twine
Dark Red Craft Wire (purchased at Michaels)
Chinese Currency (gift)





Monday, December 1, 2014

Warm & Cozy Brag Tag Book

The Warm & Cozy Brag Tag Book

A Country Craft Creations Design Team Project


Happy Holidays!
Can I tell you how excited I am to be able to say that!!! Christmas is one of my favorite holidays.
This project concludes my Carta Bella Warm & Cozy DT Project series.




With a new baby at home, my husband and I have become coffee addicts lol. I have a bunch of extra coffee sleeves from the carrier cups I make for him to take with him to work and really wanted to do something fun with them. But I wanted to do something a little different and more interactive. So I came up with a small Brag Tag Book with several coffee sleeve elements that pull completely out of the album and turn into small free standing photo frames. 

    

I started this project by making the cover and binding for the 6inch by 9 inch mini book. I used chipboard, cardstock, and scortape to adhere the pieces together. 

Next, I used a strip of the Warm & Cody paper to create a small flap to adhere the tags. This is the inside of the book.   

  

Then I created the covers for the coffee sleeves. My apologies for the picture quality. Crafting while on vacation away from your stash and technology can be very challenging. 

Then I was able to add them together and start embellishing!! This paper series was so great because all of the stickers and cut-aparts really made for the perfect embellishments all over the album.



 Thanks again for stopping by and supporting my addiction lol. Looking forward to sharing my next Design Team haul from Country Craft Creations in Hooper and my December Projects!

XOXO,
Lish

Supplies:
Carta Bella Warm & Cozy paper
Carta Bella Holiday Washi Tape
Scortape
DCWV Corrugated Paper
3 Coffee Sleeves
Beacon 3 in 1 Glue
Velcro Dots purchased at Michaels
Heavy Weight Chipboard
7 Gypsies Red Twine
Bazzill Cardstock Ivy, Storm, and Pomagranate
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Maya Road Snowflake Paper Clips
Bazzill Basic Paper Snowflakes
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Tidings Tokens
Graphic 45 Tags

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Friday, November 21, 2014

How to Throw a Birthday Party in Less Than 1 Hour

How to Throw a Birthday Party in Less Than 1 Hour
A Design Team Project for Country Craft Creations 
                  

If you are anything like me, I always get the last minute requests for gifts, decorations, or "ideas". And by ideas I mean, " Hey Lish, I was wanting to make something special for someone. Do you have any ideas?" I usually share a fee ideas and then I usually hear, "Oh that sounds great, can you just make one real quick?". It's a good thing I have a good sense of humor because surely they are joking...right?? (WRONG)

This is a great project almost anyone can make in about an hour. 

I received a GORGEOUS Graphic 45 prefabricated box this month in my Design Team haul for Country Craft Creations. 


I secured a ribbon to the top of the box to create a soft closure. I then added some birthday paper (It's Your Day by Michelle Coleman) I had on hand, and covered the outside as well as the inside. I used my Scortape to adhere the paper so it was quick and no waiting time for it dry. 

I ran up to the grocery store and bought a candle, a cupcake, small wine bottle, and a bar of chocolate. I had the confetti, balloon, and horn already at home. 

I used several of the scraps I had from cutting the paper to decorate the box to create custom labels for the items that went inside the box. I also used a scalloped punch and Happy Birthday stamp to really embellish the items. 

Once everything was finished I arranged it in the box and set out to give to the Birthday Girl :)
XOXO,
Lish



Supplies:
Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box
Scortape
It's Your Day by Michelle Coleman paper 
Candle
Wine
Balloon
Confetti
Horn
Cupcake 
White Ribbon






Monday, November 17, 2014

November Design Team Haul for Country Craft Creations

Have you seen the new Carta Bella Warm & Cozy paper?!?!?!




If you haven't you are absolutely missing out! I was so excited to receive this paper collection for my November Design Team Projects for Country Craft Creations. What was inside?

- The complete Carta Bella Warm & Cozy paper collection
- A Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box (infinite amount of possibilities!!)
- Scortape 3/8 (I was almost out of Scortape so that was a great staple to add more of in my craft room.)

I have a few really awesome ideas that I will be sharing. Take a peek at the papers below:

  

Ok, now I gotta run! So much to create and share this month!!

XOXO,
Lish

Monday, November 10, 2014

This Project is Cursed, Seriously.

Cursed Coffin Design Team Project for Country Craft Creations
(www.countrycraftcreations.com)



While I love how the final look of this project turned out, this project was one of the most difficult pieces I have ever created. I truly believe this project is cursed lol. Anything that could go wrong, did. Things that NEVER happen, happened. Things like running out of cardstock all the way to progress photos going black. Even as I type this, I am waiting on a password to reset so I can upload additional photos and videos lol.

I created the coffin piece first from some clear acrylic sheets I had in my craft room and assembled it with some silver foil tape. The coffin measures 11 inches long and 4.5 inches wide. I used Tim Holtz hitch fasteners for feet, hinges to allow the top to open, and curio knob to pull the top open. I created almost about 15 white flowers to cover the top (and also hide the magnets). I used the amazing Marion Smith Bloom Impressions Tool to mold the petals and really make the flowers look more alive.



I used black cardstock to create the base of the tag album. I created simple 8x4 envelope-type pages with the top end open to slide the tag in. Using my handy dandy Scortape made it a quick task. I used quite of few of the cut-aparts from the Wicked Time papers to really embellish the sides of the envelope pages.
   

Instead of a square or rectangle accordion shape, I created a triangles with a rounded edge to attach the envelope pages to ensure when the coffin opened the pages would spread and all the paper and pages were seen.

I covered these specialized corners with Multi-Medium Matte paste to ensure they would not crack or tear as the album was moved.

Prior to covering the two ends, I secured the Basic Grey magnets to the envelope pages and the coffin to ensure the album could be easily removed and viewed. Because this paper was so gorgeous, I made sure to include to large pages that I folded in half and slipped into the two ends. Lots of room for extra photos or journaling.

Below is a short video tour of the project showing how it opens, closes, and the album being removed and displayed.

video


I hope you enjoyed the 3rd and final project for the Country Craft Creations Design Team for the month of October. I can't wait to see what Marion comes out with next. Make sure to swing by www.countrycraftcreations.com to check out the paper and supplies in stock and the clearance is amazing! (Steampunk anyone?)


XOXO,
Lish

Supplies
Marion Smith Wicked Times Paper
Scortape
Basic Grey Magnets
Marion Smith Bloom Impressions Tool
Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners, Hinges, and Curio Knob
12x12 Acrylic Sheet
Silver Foil Tape
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte
DIY Shop Chalkboard Tag
Trick or Treat, Poison, and Dentifrice embellishments from my personal stash
Halloween Ornate Tags by Jamie Koay (svg file)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tombstone DT Project Tour

Hey Everyone!
My latest DT project for Country Craft Creations was another fun Halloween inspired piece. This playful tombstone has a few fun aspects hidden inside and outside.

video

I started out by making 2 different boxes. One for the base and one that would sit on top. Using regular 12x12 black card stock, I measured, scored and cut out the unnecessary areas of the paper to assemble my boxes.



Next, I traced half of the top of a plastic lid to get the round curve I needed for the top piece of the tombstone. I made two of these and attached them together with one strip of card stock. Then, I cut a hole in the base piece and added the 3 pieces of twine.




Once the twine was secured, I secured the boxes together with Scortape. Prior to adding any paper to the piece I carefully planned and secured all of the magnets I would use in this project I used 10 total Basic Grey small and large magnets. I wanted to ensure they were hidden but still effective. I also laid out the items I would glue to the twine.



Now that I had all the main items in place, I started attaching and embellishing. I used a lot of the awesome cut apart pieces that were in this paper collection. I was able to use them throughout the project without having to purchase a bunch of additional pieces.





I hope you enjoyed the additional information on this project. I really love the versatility of this paper. Make sure to swing by Country Craft Creations for some great deals on this paper collection as well as magnets and Scortape. www.facebook.com/tammyscountrycraftcreations

Congrats again to Monica Baker for winning this project!!!! More giveaways coming soon!

XOXO,
Lish

Supplies:
Marion Smith Wicked Times Paper Collection
1/4 inch Scortape
Basic Grey Large Magnets
Basic Grey Small Magnets
The Paper Studio Silver Sticker Frame
Small 1x2 Mirror
Recollections Halloween Sticker
American Crafts DIY Shop Chalkboard Tag
American Crafts DIY Shop Chalkboard Labels & Die Cut Frames
7 Gypsies Jute Cord
Small Glass Dome Ornament purchased from Michaels
Plastic Bone Hand purchased from Michaels
True Hemp Crafting Cord