While at Creativation this year, I was blessed to be able to meet Sandra Evertson, the talent behind Relics and Artifacts. She creates these amazingly gorgeous matte craft blanks from treasures she has collected around the world. I would definitely encourage you to check out her store. There are so many unique pieces there!
Sandra was so kind to offer to a few of us Canvas Corp designers the opportunity to work with some of her pieces. This is a new area of crafting for me, I have not worked with these blanks in the past.
Keeping it simple seemed like the best option for me. Since I have a memory planner that I like to decorate and journal in, making a charm for it was just the natural use for this gorgeous little flower that I received.
The flower was painted with a little Tattered Angels Verdigris Glimmer Mist. The greenish-blue along with the gold shimmer took to the blank just beautifully. It almost has a watercolor look to it when dry. The key piece was painted with some Vintage Brass Glimmer Mist, which also has gold shimmer in it. Since Glimmer Mist is somewhat transparent, I did add several layers of the color between drying it with my heat tool until I had the look I wanted.
After the pieces were dry, they were attached to a large lobster clasp and chain using some small gold jump rings. Then, to add some more interest to the charm, I used some little brass charm pieces that were picked up at a thrift store.
The little pink tassel at the top of the charm was created by wrapping some thin yarn around a piece of cardstock, then tying it and cutting the loops. Very simple, but it adds a little soft texture in contrast with all the metal brass charms.
The fact that this charm is handmade and totally unique to me makes it all the more special. The vintage feel of the colors and brass charms also adds to its personality!
There are still a number of flower blanks left, as well as some butterfly pieces that I have ideas for. Hopefully I can share them with you in the near future!
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I've been on a little bit of a galaxy background obsession. Most of the time, I apply this technique to paper. I love taking a plain white piece of cardstock and applying all the colors to watch the background come to life. Below is an example of a card I recently did for Brutus Monroe featuring the galaxy background.
This card was created using a combination of Distress Inks, Brutus Monroe inks, and some Liquid Elements from Brutus Monroe, as well. If you want more details on it, hop over the the Brutus Monroe Blog where I have a description of the process as well as a video.
Since I was having so much fun with these backgrounds, I decided to take it a step farther and discover what other surfaces I could apply these galaxies to. I have a black mug in my craft room that I store my heat tool in. I thought it was the perfect blank canvas to do a little galaxy-ing to (yes, I did just turn the word "galaxy" into a verb).
I started by applying some Crystal Tattered Angels paint to the black mug. Then, since I am impatient, I sped up the drying process with my heat tool. The next step was to add some color which I did with Brutus Monroe's Chalk Ink. I decided to use this ink because it does become permanent when dry. Distress Inks would wipe off much too easily.
After I had some color down, the last step was to add paint splatters to give the impression of stars. I did this using more of the Tattered Angels paint and flicking it on with a paintbrush. Then, I dried the whole surface again with my heat tool.
I plan on using this mug in my craft room to house my heat tool, paintbrushes, and any other little craft tools that might need a home. If you plan on using your mug for drinking or eating out of, you might want to go ahead and find a food-safe and dishwasher-safe sealant to apply over the galaxy background. Without the sealant the paint and ink may rub off and would definitely not be something you would want to ingest.
Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!
Christmas is coming soon, and as much as we crafters and DIY-ers love to make our own home decor, lets not forget about our kids!
My toddler is getting to where he is curious about my craft room and the things in there. Doesn't bother me a bit! I think its fun when we can do a craft together, especially on a day that we are stuck inside.
This project is super simple and you probably have most of these inexpensive items on hand already. All you need is:
A paper plate
Glue (I used Aleene's)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
A box, towel, or some other kind of table covering
Ribbon and embellishments
String or cord
Start by cutting a hole out of the center of the paper plate. Dont worry about making a perfect circle, you wont see it anyway after the cotton balls are glued on.
After your plate center is cut out, glue on the cotton balls to completely cover the surface of the plate.
Now comes the fun part! Spraying! I took a cardboard box to place our wreath in to contain the spray, but you could use an old towel, some kraft paper to cover your table, or even take it outside to spray. Go ahead and spray all over your cotton balls in any color you wish. I used Moss Glimmer Mist. I also sprayed a few single cotton balls using Lobster Glimmer Mist because I wanted to glue them on to look like berries.
Now, I will warn you, the cotton balls take a little time to dry. They are meant to suck up moisture so go ahead and spray them, let them dry, and come back later to finish!
I glued on the red cotton balls around the wreath and then took some red crepe paper to create a bow for the bottom. Then, all you need to do is punch a hole in the top of the paper plate and add a string to hang it by!
Super easy and its something the kids will enjoy! You can get creative with the different embellishments you put on the wreath. Try glittery ribbon, little Christmas bells, leaves, and anything else you have on hand! The kids will love using their creativity!
I think it would also be fun to add a photo in the middle and give it to the grandparents. Grandparents love this kind of thing, right??
I did take a video of the process while I was doing this craft with my son. My toddler is almost two, and this is totally appropriate for his age but you can also use it for older kids as well! With a little help with the glue and the spraying my son had no problems doing this (other than just being distracted by all the other cool toys in Mommy's craft room).
Hope you enjoy the video!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this gives you some fun ideas you can do with your kids or in your classroom.
If you are interested in theBrutus Monroe Chalk Ink that I used in the video, I've included a link below:
Recently, Shannon Green shared a video on How to Make a File Folder. It's pretty simple! You just need two sheets of 12x12 paper, some adhesive, and a paper trimmer. You can also use whatever embellishments you would like, but thats totally optional.
Anyway, after she posted her video, she challenged a few of us from the Creative Crew to go ahead and make our own file folders in our own styles. Well, ok then! I think I can handle this one!
I started by grabbing a few papers that I've had for a while now. I like to hoard those pretty papers but then I realize I end up never actually using them and that does no body no good, right?
I followed Shannon's instructions from her video and came up with a bright and modern file folder. Here's my video of the process:
I've always got more and more papers coming into my house and I really need to keep them organized, so hopefully having the knowledge to make my own folder with help in that area!
Best thing about making your own is that you can customize them to fit whatever office decor you may have!
Hope this gives you some ideas on what to do with that paper you have been hoarding (don't deny it, we all do it)!
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!
We recently had fun with a little project that Erin Reed from Scraps of Reflection came up with. The guidelines of this project was to find some rocks, paint them with Tattered Angels paints, and then hide them in your community with the hashtag, #TatteredAngelsRocks.
Hopefully then the finder will share the rock on social media and we can see where our rock ends up! Maybe they will even get in on the project and decorate some of their own rocks!
Well, Hayden and I started our project by going for a walk to look for rocks. I had to help him find appropriate sized rocks because he either wanted pebbles or huge rocks that we couldn't reasonably take home. (Is there no happy medium with a 2yr old? Why does it always have to be one extreme or another?)
Anyway, once we had our rocks home, I taped down some kraft paper to the table, set out my Tattered Angels paints, and let Hayden get busy! He LOVED getting into all the paints! We started with Glimmer Glams and High Impact paints because I thought it might be easier for him to use a paintbrush.
After globbing a good amount of paint on a few of the rocks, I was curious to see how well the Glimmer Mists would work on the surface of the rocks. Turns out they looked amazingly bright and pretty! Once Hayden saw the spray action of the mists he was hooked! No more boring paintbrush for him!
We pretty much used different sprays for the rest of our rocks. Then, over the top of the spray we added some more Glimmer Glam to add some extra sparkle! We let our rocks dry completely before writing the hashtag on them and hiding them outside.
Here's our finished rocks!
We had so much fun with this project. I can't wait to see if our rocks turn up somewhere on social media with the hashtag. It would be awesome to find out if they've been found or even if the finder wanted to join in and decorate some of their own rocks!
Hayden and I might even go out again and decorate more rocks to hide in our community. Its a great way to get out and enjoy some air, get crafty, and connect with the community!
Feel free to hop in on this project yourself, too! Just grab some rocks, decorate them, and add the hashtag, #TatteredAngelsRocks.
Are you ready for a super simple idea you can use in your planner?
I have had these little Flair buttons from Fancy Pants Designs for a while now, and they have just been begging for me to turn them into something cute for my planner!
All you need is these buttons (or any other cute little embellishments you might have), paperclips, paper, and foam adhesive.
First, take your paper and cut out some circles the same size or slightly bigger than your clips. Then, using foam adhesive, Adhere your clip to the back of your embellishment.
Remove the backing from the foam adhesive and sandwich your paperclip between the button and the paper.
These are so simple you can make a bunch in no time at all. You aren't limited to only using them in your planner, either! Use them on cards or in scrapbook layouts, in your office, or as school supplies.
I also made a quick little video of how I put these together. Enjoy!
Scrapping some photos to put into frames is my new favorite thing! I just love to scrapbook but I hate to file those layouts away where they will hardly ever be seen! This is a simple way to add a little pizazz to your usual framed photos!
My sister was an angel and took some amazing family photos for us this summer. I went ahead and printed out a few of my favorites in wallet size- 2x3.
Next, I created the striped background by watercoloring some simple stripes at an angle. I didnt worry about them being perfect. I like the hand painted look!
When the background was dry, I arranged my photos, placed soem paper doilies in a few places, a strip of washi tape in the background, and I placed a Heidi Swapp wooden saying towards the left side. I just love this wood cutout. It came with the printed paper that I used to cover the back of it. It fits the colors in the photos perfectly!
For a few last details, I placed some black heart rhinestones here and there, and then wrote the date in with a black Micron pen.
I kept it super simple, because I always feel like if I try to do too much it just doesnt look right!
I havent decided where to place my frame yet, but Im thinking of just keeping it in my craft room for a while. The colors match perfectly with my craft room, and these two guys are the inspiration for most of my projects!
Im also linking this up with:
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge!
I'm half tempted to go ahead and just use all the frames in my house to scrap in! I think its a fantastic way to add a little personality to your decor.
I thought I'd share with you a fun and easy way to use some of your own photos to create some amazing postcards!
CCB has some fun postcards in their shop that I used for this project. I started out by cutting the postcards down to size from the 12x12 sheet (they also have precut postcards available, but this is what I had on hand). Then, I cut a piece of canvas fabric just a tad larger than the postcard. Then I adhered the canvas to the postcard and my photos to the canvas.
To add a border and to make sure all the layers stayed together, I also ran along the edges with my sewing machine. It's that easy!
To bring the whole set together I also made a fun little box to put them in. I have the whole process and instructions in this video.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed it!
When we bought our couch it came with three ugly pillows. They didnt coordinate at all with my living room so I went ahead and sewed some simple envelope pillowcases for them out of some canvas fabric. Ive had them on my couch like that for a while now, and decided that it was time to go ahead and decorate them!
This first pillow I did by simply cutting a piece of burlap from Canvas Corp to go around the middle. Then, I took a piece of 7 Gypsies lace and a piece of Jute Cord and tied those around as well, hot gluing them into place.
For this second pillow, I sewed a burlap ruffle onto the pillow's opening. Then, I hot glued some fabric flowers to the front. For the lettering, I penciled in "rejoice evermore", and when I was happy with how it looked, I used my Tombow monotwin permanent marker to write over my pencil marks.
This last pillow took a little more time to accomplish. I took some of the Mixed Media paper from Canvas Corp and painted it in with some Tattered Angels' paints. This paper is so unique because its paper but it feels and acts as fabric. It's so pliable that it makes it possible to sew it on as an applique, which is what I did here.
After my paper was painted and dry, I cut it out and then laid it down on a piece of burlap. I cut the burlap into a square for the rooster to fit on. Then, I took some ticking fabric and ruffled it around the burlap. The way I ruffled my fabric is just by folding and pinning into place. After all my ruffles were pinned, I sewed them on.
After my ruffles were sewn, I sewed on the rooster. I am not a very good seamstress, so I went very slowly during this part! Then, I took the whole burlap square and just hot glued it onto my pillow. Since these are decorative pillows and I dont plan on throwing them in the washer, I don't mind cheating a little and using hot glue.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of these pillows and have been inspired to try your own! These pillows were also featured on Canvas Corp's Blog, so jump on over there to check it out, as well!
Have a great day and happy crafting!
Heres some products I used:
I love the look of really tall, elegant candlesticks. I think they just add a lot to the feel of your decor. I DONT, however, love the prices on those things!
I figured there had to be a cheaper way to make your own, so here's what I came up with!
First, I found a wooden baluster at my local home improvement store. I think this particular one I bought was about $5. I now wish in hindsight that I had taken pictures during the process of this project but since it was mostly an experiment I didn't bother. It's fairly simple to do, though, so I think you will get the general idea!
I enlisted the help of my husband to chop the baluster in half using his miter saw. He also shortened one a bit so it gave a little variation to the two candlesticks.
Then, I painted them! I picked up a small container of sample paint from the home improvement store as well. Its a light greenish-blue and its just gorgeous. I put this color on first and let it dry completely.
After the paint was dry, I applied a layer of Valspar crackle glaze. I let the glaze dry for about an hour before applying the second coat of paint.
For the second coat of paint, I used Canvas Corp's Crystal DIY paint. It's a beautiful white. Applying it over the glaze, I could see the cracks begin to form almost immediately, showing some of the blue underneath. The effect is just gorgeous!
I let the candlesticks dry completely. Then, for the tops and bottoms of the candlesticks, I found these wooden squares at my local Hobby Lobby. I applied the same blue that I used on the candlesticks but I didnt bother to crackle them. I thought it looked nice to have a bit more of that gorgeous blue showing.
When the tops and bottoms were dry, I just adhered them on using a small amount of wood glue. I just applied the glue, added the wood squares, and then placed a can of soup on the top of each candlestick to give it some weight while it dried.
Voila! Thats it! I have these candlesticks on my table right now with some battery candles on top. They really add the "wow factor" to my table. I feel like I could also embellish them in the future with some burlap or cute charms or something. Maybe change out the look for the seasons.
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