ProCRAFTINATING Apron

I have to share with you this apron I created with Chalk Couture transfer, chalk ink and Rita Barakat’s new flower Art Foamies. The new Art Foamies are awesome because you can swap out the centers!

First, I used a transfer on the top and stamped the flowers starting from one corner up to the next.

The green stamped image is actually a flower center as well as the pink faces.

To set the ink a hot ironed is pressed on to each image. The setting process takes about 20 minutes. This apron is for crafting and will only get better with age. All the mists and paint drops that are going to make their way onto it will be lovely!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Christmas In July — Ombre

I found a cute stamp set and matching die set on the Picket Fence Studio website. It stumped me when at first. I did not know how to incorporate the die and sentiment because they are both large and do not fit on a standard card front. So, I created this:

I created an ombre effect in green using Distress Oxide ink and a little mist of water. The image on the die cut was stamped in Candy Apple red Distress Oxide ink. I embossed with clear embossing powder. Pop dots were used to adhere to the card front. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold. To make sure the gold only embossed on the sentiment I ran some cornstarch over the sentiment spot before I embossed it. It was still looking a little on the boring side. I finished it off with a few Nuvo drops in gold.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Christmas in July — Use a Stencil

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the options in the craft industry. Options of the same type product are everywhere! Trying to figure out what is best or right for you can be a challenge. A product that has a lot of options and every company claims their’s is the best is ink! I must confess, I have fallen into the “I must have it all” marketing game. A few years ago I vowed to stop buying ink pads unless something really wonderful came along.

Catherine Pooler

In 2018 at Creativation I met Catherine Pooler and was introduced to her ink. I am not going to lie — I rolled me eyes in my head and thought “here we go again!” After I politely tuned the demo out I walked away — happy to escape the pitch. Over that year I slowly started to see what people were creating with her ink and I was impressed.

In 2019 I went back to the booth (willingly) and filmed a demo. There was a table in her booth in which people could play with the ink — which I did. I was impressed and saw the value of it in the craft room. The next five months I spent trying to talk myself out of purchasing it. In the spring Catherine Pooler released mini pads. That was it — I was sold. I went out and bought the Life of the Party collection and have been hooked ever sense.

Happy Holidays Stencil Card

Using a Brutus Monroe Stencil, Catherine Pooler ink pads, blending tool and a black fine tip pen I created this card for Christmas in July!

Using washi tape that I fuzzed on my shirt, I adhered the stencil to cardstock.

I selected three colors of ink and carefully shaded in the stencil. I would be trimming this down and did not care if I went over the edge of the stencil.

Once I removed the stencil I noticed the images did not pop as much as I wanted them too. I placed the stencil back on the cardstock and traced a fine line around each image. I then added threads to the top of each decoration.

To assemble the card, I layered the stenciled cardstock on a glittered black sheet and adhered it to the card base. For the sentiment, I placed it on a piece of tissue paper I had from packaging and placed it on top.

Though the card is relatively clean and simple it is striking! The important thing is it was fun to make and I am one step closer to completing my Christmas cards!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Rita Barakat and Faber Castell Blog Hop!

This blog hop is by far the most anticipated blog hop of the year for me! I adore anything Rita Barakat comes out with and have a crush on Faber Castell. Sadly, I do not have much of Faber Castell in my stash. So, when I found out we were having a hop with them I was over the moon! Faber Castell sent me four different technique based kits to play with and I played with all of them! Though today I am only sharing one — Abstract Art. Don’t worry though because I will be sharing everything over the next couple of months.

Blog Hop List

First, lets get the technicalities out of the way. There are prizes to be won on this hop! In order to qualify for a prize you must leave a comment on each blog and consider subscribing.

Abstract Art

I created three 4 by 6 panels with the Abstract Art Kit and Rita Barakat mermaids. Here is a video of the unboxing of the kit and how to use it: Abstract Art

Materials:

Now go hop onto the next!

Rita Barakat

Betz Golden

Martha Lucia Gomez

Yolie
Margie Higuchi

Michelle Renee Wells

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Portable Activity Center

With Summer in full swing you might be taking a vacation or a road trip. If you have little ones those can be boring for them. Today I want to show you an idea you can create that will not only keep your little ones busy on the road, but also stretch your creative muscle!

Busy Box

To create a busy box all you need is an old chocolate box and Rita Barakat’s Magical Theater Book! Simply gesso the box and adhere the scene to the top. This will serve as a place for the play to happen.

I added Glitterific to the edges to make it special!

To create the pieces for the play, pick two or three paper dolls. Assemble them on paper straws.

I added a little glitter to each of the dolls.

Fill the box with different things that compliment the play set.

The box is ready for play! The cool thing is you can not only play with it, but store everything in it.

I would love to know where you are traveling this summer? What was your favorite vacation? What is a place you would like to visit?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!