Got Scraps?

Do you have a collection of bits of paper — scraps? Often times I will go through my scraps and will be amazed at how pretty the paper is and wonder why I did not use it up. Then, I wonder how I could use it. Often times we get stuck in a rut with our scraps. They are not big enough to be a base and to small to mat a photo. I discovered a great way to get the most millage out of my scraps by punching them! I like to create seasonal or themed “kits” to work out of. This allows me to utilize my supplies so I don’t turn into a hoarder. I also come up with the most creative projects when I have a few things set up and ready to go in a kit. I rummage through my stash of scrap paper and pull out all the scraps that would go with my theme. Next, I look through my stash for half used packages of things that would match. I punch out shapes and put them together to create unique embellishments for projects. When I have thoroughly enjoyed a kit and need to move on I either pass on my leftovers to my scrappy friends or toss them — and I don’t feel guilty about it. I really do get the most I can out of my supplies when I do it like this.

After I got done setting up this kit I noticed that some punches worked better than others and some downright hurt my hand! I wanted to share with you this information. That way if you are looking to purchase punches you will have a better idea of comfort and quality.

Fiskar: The Fiskar Hexagon punch is by far the most comfortable easy punch I have ever used. It fits nicely in my hand and is smooth. It does not require a lot of pressure or squeezing on my part to punch the shape.  I used it on card stock and cork. It cut like butter! However, the other Fiskar punches I have (most of which I have not used before this project and are new) did not punch through anything thicker than a flat piece of paper easily and hurt my hand. I will buy the Fiskar brand with the handle like that on my Hexagon punch, but I will never purchase any of the other kinds again.

Close To My Heart: These punches are about average. They cut pretty smooth, but after time they do become dull in places. When they get dull I punch them on foil a few times and that helps. I bought these because I used to sell the product, otherwise they would not be in my stash. They do not hurt my hand — which is great!

Stampin’ Up: I really like these punches! Not only do they punch well, stand the test of time, but they are super CUTE! They also have coordinating stamps which is really nice. They don’t hurt my hand when I use them. I don’t know if they can punch in anything thicker than a piece of flat card stock because I have never had the need to do so. I have used them a lot and they have not gotten dull yet — that is good because they are on the rather high end for cost. I will purchase these again.

EK: These are by far my favorite! I love them! They are fairly priced, can cut through thicker materieal, never hurt my hand and I have not had to sharpen them yet. I use these a lot, simply because they are so comfortable. They have a nice locking mechanism on the bottom as well. I always look at these stamps before I check out any other brand. I will purchase these again.

Here is the tutorial I created showing how to use your punches and a few ideas on setting up a kit.

 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
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Star Struck ATC

My daughter is involved in the drama department at her school. She has been in one play and one musical this last year. There was a mini album class featuring Graphic 45 and their vintage hollywood line. I knew it would be perfect for her, so I signed her up. She cam home with lots of scraps which I was thrilled with! I could not wait to make cards with them, but first this ATC:

To see the details on how to make your own ATC please visit the Rinea Blog . There is a ton of great inspiration over there!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Finnabair Steampunk

In October of 2016 I attended a mixed media retreat. I learned how to do the Finnabair technique and made this box:

I was addicted to this new form of art that I had never ventured into before. I taught it to my daughter and for Christmas we made boxes like the above for the ladies and for her Grandpa a big letter for his man cave! 

 When I was designing for Beacon I made this canvas:

 I have not gotten much of an opportunity to use this technique until a recent ATC trade in which I had to alter playing cards. One of the themes was steampunk. I created this for the trade:

 When I made the above card I wanted it to be an “Alice in Wonderland” theme. So, I used three digital downloads from Calico Collage . I was so happy with the outcome that I sent the owner a picture of it. She liked it so much and asked if I had done a video tutorial on it. Sadly I had not, but I decided to go ahead and do one. This is the card I created in the tutorial:

There are a few things to keep in mind when doing this technique. First, use your leftovers! Don’t go out and buy things for it because you will go broke. This is a great way to use up your stash. The cool thing is you don’t have to just use medal. You can use anything. I mean ANYTHING. It all gets gessoed black so it does not even matter. Second, it takes some time because there are multiple steps that require drying. Third, use a light touch and dry brush technique to apply the metallic color. If you want to check out the video on how to do this please go HERE.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz

Fairy DIY Gift

I made a necklace, matching card and gift bag for a Fairy Fan. I thought I would share how I did it. This was a super easy thing to make using a digital download. I found mine at Calico Collage ! She has the best art I have ever seen and a huge selection. It was hard to pick which one I wanted to feature.

To see how I put it together I made a video tutorial for you. You can find it here

Please subscribe to my blog and channel if you have not already done so. I have a lot of fun stuff coming out soon.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Happy Planner Pregnancy Journal

Hi friends! I had an online friend ask me to make her a planner for her pregnancy. She is due in December and she wanted somewhere to keep notes, appointments and a few pictures. She really likes elephants and wanted it more of a grown up theme than a baby theme. I am all about that! I really appreciated that she was not doing the stereotypical type planner. She picked out the Mandala kit from Calico Collage and I had a few elephant prints in my stash. This is what I created for her using the downloadable kit and my stash:

To see the inside go here 🙂

I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to use a planner and possibly a gift for someone special.

Until Next Time — Happy Crafting!

Betz