Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day Dads

I made three Father's Day cards this year for the various men in my life (the third was too anxious to be mailed to be photographed). I had a hard time getting these to photograph correctly. The bronze rectangles and the two vehicles that are pop-dotted up are super shimmery and bronzey :)

I used some DCWV papers, mixed with cardstock that was painted bronze with acrylic paint and some old dictionary paper that I inked with Distress Inks.

I hope all of you dad's out there have a fantastic Father's Day!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wedding Card for Dad

Tomorrow, my dad is getting remarried to his long time girlfriend. Given that I moved to Michigan, where he lives, a few months ago, I only have to drive a couple of hours to his wedding :)

Work at JoAnn has been absolutely taking over my life. We've had our yearly inventory, our yearly audit, and the loss of all of our managers (with the exception of myself and one other) in the last two weeks or so. It's been crazy, therefore, it seems that when I do have a spare hour or so to craft, I have NO creative juices flowing.

Looking through my Google Reader the other night in search of some inspiration to make a wedding card, I came upon a great card, here!


Sadly, I don't have any of the Tim Holtz Distress Stains that she used, so I improvised by stamping with my Distress Inks. I loved the rolled flower, so I found an SVG set that I liked over at 2peas.

 Congratulations to my dad and his new bride, and may they have a fantastic life together!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Core'dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection

I finally did it!

I got my hands on the new Tim Holtz Distress Collection with Core'dinations! Sunday night, I was helping one of the members on my stocking crew to finish a HUGE cart of open stock scrapbooking paper, and as we were opening the packages of paper, Tim's signature (you know that one...) caught my eye. After freaking out a little that JoAnn was catching up with the times, and carrying some more of Tim's distress products, I went on to tell my team member my history with Tim's products. She opened a package of dark brown paper from the new line, and I said, "I bet that one is Walnut Stain." After turning the paper over and reading the label, I got "wow, you are good..." in response :)

JoAnn is having a big sale this week, and all of their open stock paper is 5 for $1, including the new Core'dinations Distress Collection. The large format stores are carrying 30 of the 36 colors that are available. I picked up one of each.

I actually have a day off tomorrow, so I can't wait to play with my new paper!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Shabby Chic Desk Cup - Tutorial

Working in receiving for a craft store, I get a lot of shipments that include random fillers to weigh down the boxes. I happened across a few of these tubes that are similar to those used in bulk sticker rolls, and had to take them home :)

I glued a chipboard circle (that I traced and cut out) to one end of the tube with Glossy Accents, and when that dried I painted the entire thing with acrylic paint. Don't forget the inside :)

While the paint dried, I trimmed a piece of patterned paper to the size of the tube, and stamped a collage of Tim Holtz stamps (of course).

I adhered the paper to the tube with Mod Podge. I Mod Podged (is that a word???) the inside also, to protect the inside from whatever pens or tools I decide to keep in it :)

Once all that was dry, I used my Tim Holtz paper piercing tool to pierce a hole through the side. I put a large jump ring through the hole, and attached a piece of chain (Tim Holtz...againz). 

Using a few smaller jump rings, attach assorted findings to the chain :)

Don't forget to use your Glossy Accents to attach a few rhinestones!