card making, jewelry making, Uncategorized

Shrinky Dink Earrings!

My boys and I are really into pop culture! I think that this shared love of pop culture puts me in the parenting win column but the I realized that I have at least one fail as a parent! This was realized tonight when my youngest asked me what I was making. My boys often see me creating projects for various design teams, gifts or for personal use but I guess I have never made anything with Shinky Dinks in front of them! I combined my love of pop culture, making jewelry and colouring to make Shrinky Dink earrings!!

I started by stamping my chosen Kindred Stamps onto Shrinky Dink film with my Momento ink. I let it dry for a few minutes and then coloured my images with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Once my colouring was dry I cut out the stamped image and left a bit of space at the top so that I could punch a hole into the plastic. That would be where I attach the earring hook or jump ring if used. I then used my heat gun to shrink.

The weird thing with Shrinky Dinks is that they always look bad before they look good! The above picture is during the shrinking process. Notice it looks twisted and not very nice. After heating a little longer you get the finished product.

Here is a picture of the Shrinky Dinks before and after the shrinking process.

You will notice that after shrinking the colours look a bit more concentrated so keep that in mind when choosing your colours.

This particular stamp shrinks to a nice size to be used as earrings or a necklace pendant.

Here are the completed earrings! I love how this turned out and now I have a sweet pair of earrings to wear in October. 😊

Products used:

Clear Shrinky Dink plastic

Momento ink pad

Spectrum Noir markers available at Scrapbook.com (affiliate link)

Kindred Stamps -Holidays Are A Nightmare << referral link 😊

Earring hooks or jump ring if making a necklace pendant

Pliers

Heat gun

So what do you think?

crafts, design team, dollar store crafts, Stamprints, Uncategorized

Rose Mackintosh on Canvas For Stamprint

I just realized that we are at the tail end of September. The month has been flying by and I have been so busy that I have’t done very much crafting. I did colour a few images here and there starting with this gorgeous image from Stamprints . You can find the image at Stamprints Etsy

I printed the Rose Mackintosh image 4 to a page and coloured them with Spectrum Noir and Chameleon markers. I decided to try different hair and skin tones and was originally going to make a series of cards but when I found some 4×6 canvases at the dollar store I decided to go that route. I used a red and black acrylic paint to create a drippy effect and left it to dry for a few days. Since I had coloured some of the small details on the image a golden colour, I wanted to add a bit of gold to the canvas as well. I achieved this with a Vicki Boutin gold glaze. I originally added a few streaks with a paint brush but ended up rubbing it on with a cloth. I let it dry a couple of days.

I used a dollar store stencil and some Heidi Swapp texture paint to create a bit of dimension. I laid it on pretty thick. Again I let it dry for a few days.

I cut the coloured Stamprints images to the desired shape and attached using a glossy ModPodge, and dried over night.

The last step of my mini canvases was to stamp my sentiments. I used 2 different stamps from Kraftin Kimmie, stamped onto regular paper. I tore the stamped sentiments to give then a bit more texture and then Mod Podged those as well.

Here are the completed canvases! I am quite happy with how it turned out. Next time I think I will lay my image down before the texture paint.

ball hockey, design team, Family, kids, sports, Uncategorized, vacation

Summer Recap (lots of pictures)

This is our last weekend before we head back to school on Tuesday. For the first time in forever we had a pretty laidback summer. We didn’t leave town and just stuck close to home. The only planned activity all summer was when my youngest son went to ball hockey camp.

He had a great time learning goalie skills and techniques and I showed up almost an hour early each camp day so that I could watch!

We made a couple of day trips including a trips including Airdrie to visit family, Calaway Park, Fish Creek Park, a few movies at the theatre and the rest of our summer was just decluttering, organizing things, painting and other small household improvements. We did some major tv binge watching too!

I did manage to get some crafting done. I made some jewellery, etched some Supernatural glasses, made an autumn wreath, painted some frames, made a few signs, did a couple of scrapbook pages and completed some cards and other projects.

Here are a few of those projects in case you missed them!

I continued working on a couple of design team projects, was an August Guest Designer for the Stick it Down Blog and I got a second project published in Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!

We also had some wacky weather! A few hail storms rolled through. This is a sample of what came on August 2! Yikes!This summer was hot! I am quite content with the heat but my boys found it too hot to “do anything”! Part of our summer was smokey too! Smoke from the forest fires in British Columbia choked us out for a couple of weeks!

Our dogs spent a fair amount of time just lazing in the sun and then moving to the shade when they got too hot. Here are the obligatory pictures and our cute dogs!

I also spent a lot of time trying out the Instant Pot that I purchased on Prime day. My son loves making vegetable soup. I like making chilli and stews. We have cooked lots of other things like chicken, ribs, roasts and more in the pot. I even made a fresh raspberry compote! Everything was edible! Some things were delicious! My favourite thing to make in the pot so far has been banana bread!

We will be spending the last weekend of summer just relaxing because we know that starting Tuesday we will thrown right into the thick of things and back to our go-go life!

card making, design team, Uncategorized

Lazy Days & Summer Rays -Stick it Down

I have been asked to guest design for the Stick it Down Team this month.

I know summer is winding down for most of us but there are a few days left to enjoy. I made this card as an ode to summer!

This is the design sketch that I was given to work with. The first thing that I noticed is the eye catching pieces that are positioned in a triangular position. This is a quite popular design in card making and scrapbooking. It has a way of drawing the eye.

Here is my interpretation of the above sketch. I hope you enjoy it and also that you enjoy these last few precious days of summer.

Supplies used in the creation of this card are:

Doodle Bug Design– Sweet Summer Collection paper, cardstock, doodle-pops 3D sticker, Icon stickers (beach ball & ice cream)

Pinkfresh Studio– emphemera (last days & summer rays), enamel dots

These were all products that I received in my July SCT Sampler.

crafts, dollar store crafts, Uncategorized

Dollar Store Crafts

Just a quick post today to show you what I made with the rest of the stuff I bought at the dollar store the other day. (Same shopping trip,as the black tinted glasses that I etched in previous post! 😉)

I while back I bought 3 rolls of burlap from the dollar store for $3 per roll. I have hung onto this all summer but I did see that these rolls are still available at my local dollar store. I hope this is something that they stock regularly because it is a great deal and I want to make more burlap crafts!

I make this autumn wreath for about $12 in supplies and it took a little less than 1 hour to complete! ALL of the supplies came from Dollar Tree except for the burlap that was Dollarama.

In the craft section I found the wire wreath base in square and round shapes. I bought both but only used the round one for this project. The patterned wire ribbon, mesh, pumpkin 3 pack, leaves in a pack of 2, scarecrows in a pack of 2, metal word 3 pack (saved 2 for future projects) and 2 pack of bows. Each package or item was $1.25!

I loved making this project! I am going to have to try this dollar store crafting again!

Cricut

Glass Etching With Cricut

I was killing time in a dollar store last week when I found some gorgeous black tinted tall glasses. I put 4 of them in my cart along with about $40 worth of other stuff. I knew just what I wanted to do with them and today I finally found a little time to work with them!

A bit of back story here:

My 11 year son has been bugging, I mean seriously driving me crazy, to watch the movie IT. I told him under no circumstances was he allowed to watch it but that I would find him a different show that would be a little more age appropriate but was still “scary”. I had watched a few episodes of Supernatural a couple years ago but for some reason I never really got into it. I decided to give it another try but this time I would watch it with someone. That someone is my son. (It is rated PG according to Netflix so judge me if you will) Anyways he loves the show and we have been binge watching it all summer. We are currently half way through season 8. He loves it so much that he is going to dress up as Dean for Halloween. I will post more on that closer to Halloween as he wants us to make a hunting kit and everything!

Back to the present:

As I said above my son loves Supernatural. I thought that these black tinted glasses would make great themed glasses for him. I had purchased the svgs previously to make t-shirts (we still have to do that!) I cut the svgs out of a stencil vinyl with my Cricut Explore Air 2 and weeded out the parts that I wanted etched into the glass, placed the stencil on the glasses and made sure that it was firmly attached especially around the inner edges where I wanted the etch to be crisp.

I put a generous amount of Rustoleom Tub & Tile etching cream. I left it on for about 15 minutes. I scrapped off as much etching cream as I could without moving the stencil then rinsed the rest off in my stainless steel kitchen sink.

After all of the rinsing I removed the stencil and rinsed again. I love the finished look! I was only able to make 3 this afternoon because I didn’t realize that I had broken the 4th glass on the way home from the store. I will go back tomorrow to get a few more of these black tinted glasses!

Here is the set of 3. If you are a fan of the show you will know the significance of these symbols.

I am most excited with how this one turned out! I had planned on giving these to him for Christmas but I was so excited with how they turned out that I decided to give them to him today! I will work on a different theme for his older brother.

Supplies needed

  • Cricut Explore to cut stencil (or prepurchased adhesive stencil)
  • Stencil vinyl
  • Etching cream (I used Tub & Tile by Rustoleom)
  • Sponge paint brush
  • glass
card making, Creative Moments Challenge, design team, Uncategorized

Flower Frame- Creative Moments Challenge #142

Mother’s Day is coming up very soon so that is the theme of this challenge on the Creative Moments Challenge Blog

My sponsor for this challenge is Scribbles Designs. There are many cute digital stamps to pick from at Scribbles.

I was looking for something a little flowery and found this cute little frame!

I coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils.

Here is the completed project.

Products used: Scribbles digital stamp, Prismacolor pencils, CTMH patterned paper and dots embossing folder, Recollections White cardstock, misc. lace ribbon., Mom stamp by Avery Elle

Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

card making, Creative Moments Challenge

Fredericka Debutante-Creative Moments Challenge #138

Wow is it really March already? I was hoping that March would bring some nicer weather than February did but so far it is not! At least with the cold, snowy weather I have had plenty of time to get crafty!

Welcome to Challenge #138 at

The theme for this challenge is International Women’s Day which is on March 8.

My sponsor for this challenge is

The image that I have chosen to celebrate this Women’s Day is the Fredericka Debutante digital stamp. Fredericka is a beautiful stamp!

Supplies used digital stamp by Polkadoodles, sentiment stamp by Kraftin Kimmie, patterned paper and sequins by CTMH, Recollections cardstock, Doodlebug Design heart clip, misc ribbon, Spectrum Noir markers, Chameleon markers, scrapbook Adhesives By 3L 3D foam squares

Challenges Entered:

Through The Craftroom Door-anything goes

Crafting By Design-anything goes

Artistic Inspirations -anything goes

Pammies Inky Pinkies-anything goes

card making, design team, Stamprints, Uncategorized

Team Player-New Design Team

This year has had a great crafty start for me! Back in January I was accepted to the Creative Moments design team and I have received word that I am now a member of the Stamprints design team. Yay! I am so excited for this opportunity!

Stamprints produces digital stamps and collage sheets. You can find these beautiful items here Stamprints Etsy.

At least once a month I will share a project that I have made using Stamprints products on my blog.

card making, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

SCT Sampler January

I was so excited to hear that Scrapbook & Cards Today was putting together a sampler subscription. I signed up as soon as I heard about it! I got my sampler on January 15.

It came packaged in a bag with this adorable hello beautiful card. On the back of the card it outlined who the products were supplied by.

This is just a sampling of what I received. There were sample sized papers, vellum, stickers, die cuts, chipboard & acrylic pieces and other embellishments. It also came with a stamp,and die set that is so cute.

There is a great assortment of goodies with plenty of product to make many things! I made these 2 cards using items from my sampler pack.

There is a lot of product in the small package! My favourite item in the pack was the gold sequins! I put that stuff on everything!