Saturday, January 18, 2020

Black and Gray Kitty Shaker Card and Tag Set - Buttons Galore and Creative Embellishment

Gray Cat Shaker Cards and Paw Print Tags

When art imitates life. 
Today's post is a tribute to my three gray cats.  They certainly have bold adventures, and shake up my household.  

Funny - I am paying tribute to three cats but only have one on the card?  Does that make sense?  Yep - it does actually.   My "Grays" are as close to being identical as cats can be.  Show one is to show all. 




The inspiration for my shaker card set is Creative Embellishments Challenge for January 2020 .  I'm celebrating all things kitty cat - taking my inspiration from the black cat in the challenge collage idea board.  


The challenges usually have some sort of twist, with January's twist to add texture somewhere to the project so I added stenciling, yarn and beads.  

I used the following chipboard pieces; Paw Prints left natural, ATC Tag - Set 2  painted black,   Cat shaker painted black.

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Every shaker needs fabulous shaker mix.  My mix is from Buttons Galore and More and is called Starry Night Embellishment Kit.  It has a vintage looking combination of burnished silver and gold assorted embellishments with accents of cream and taupe. Really very striking. 

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My paper choice today is Echo Park - Little Lumberjack  : 
Echo Park - Little Lumberjack Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad

Thank you for stopping here.  Happy crafting and think about joining the monthly challenge at Creative Embellishments


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Echo Park - Little Lumberjack Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad



Friday, January 17, 2020

Love - DIY Shaker Home Decor Wall Hanging

DIY Valentines Day Shaker Wall Hanging

I'm getting ready for Valentines Day by making a DIY shaker home decor piece to hang on my wall.  To be truthful, I was going to gift this to my friend, but I can't part with it.  Is that bad?  Don't judge me...haaaaaaaa.  We all fall in love with some pieces and can't part with them.  

I actually bought a  Hanging wood wall decor piece from Hobby Lobby that said, "You are so loved".  Half price too!  Can't beat that. 

The sign started off good but I knew I could make it better by gussying with chipboard from Creative Embellishments  and cheery shaker mix Buttons Galore and More.   
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I combined the "Love Makes the World Go Round" chipboard  wreath and veneer Conversation Hearts from Creative Embellishments to decorate my piece.  The wreath with cream acrylic paint and topped with Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium.  
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Every fun shaker needs cool fabulous shaker mix.  I used mix from Buttons Galore and More to bedazzle my wall hanging. 




If you are like me, I have forever been frustrated using beads and even sequins on my work.  Pike it up and the beads and sequins flake off to the floor top sweep up.  Very discouraging.  Soon there are no little glass beads left on the project. 

What's the best way to keep the little beads, sequins and buttons on a mixed media piece like this?  Where ever I wanted embellishments, I slathered a generous amount of Prima - Finnabair - Heavy Body Gel directly on the wood or chipboard.  

Why this particular product?  It dries totally clear and NOT glossy.   And because it's super thick and the beads and sequins can relax into the gel a bit to hold...not sink and be covered.  

I like to think the embellishments are being hugged  by the gel medium and gently encouraged to hang around to be enjoyed.   

Want beads to stick? ....slather on the Heavy Body Gel .  
Want to add a big bold button?  slather and glob
Need sequins to behave?  Yep slather and stick. 
Prima - Finnabair - Art Basics - Heavy Body Gel - 8.5 Ounces

The big bold red button focal embellishment is also from Buttons Galore's Cookie Jar full of Fancy Gold Buttons  - a gorgeous, rich collection of various gold buttons; some have jewels, some look vintage, some are shiny, a wonderful surprise in the jar.
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Thanks for stopping here today.  Happy crafting. 



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Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Basket of Flowers Love Accordion Card - Spellbinders


Basket of Flowers Accordion Card for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day

Hello  friends.  Valentines Day is approaching and I am prepared.  I'm here to share a cheery accordion card made using a combination of the sweet die designs from Spellbinders monthly clubs for January.  

I combined the Amazing Paper Grace (APG) Die of the Month with the Large Die of the Month  for January into one cool collapsing accordion card that is perfect for so many occasions and especially in time for Valentines Day.    

You can see all the exquisite die images below.

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Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership     
       APG Die of the Month
Large Die of the Month Membership

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This is a happy and bright basket of flowers that will cheery anyone up.   A lot to look at an enjoy, like a real bouquet of flowers - just without the fragrance. 
I also love the fact it collapses for easy mailing. 

 Imagine all the different occasions for these dies:
Mother's Day
Birthday
Anniversary
Congrats
Wedding
Appreciation and thanks...and on. 

Spellbinders club dies are designed for versatility and to be used together.  This month, the die choices are perfect for grouping and combining. 


And as always, the dies for Spellbinders monthly clubs are exclusive to Spellbinders and you won't find them anywhere else. 

Here is another accordion card made using January's club dies from Spellbinders.  Click here to see the details on this card. 
Thank you for stopping here today.  Happy crafting.

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Large Die of the Month Membership
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
Small Die of the Month Membership

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 Spellbinders Clubs - Small Die of the Month

Spellbinders Clubs - Card of the Month

Spellbinders Clubs - Amazing Paper Grace Dies (APG)

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Spellbinders Clubs - Stamp of the Month
Spellbinders Clubs - Large Die
 Spellbinders Clubs - Glimmer Hot Foil

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