Make Pretty Dimensional Elements with Scraps!

Hi friends! Today I have a quick tip for making page titles and embellishments using stuff you probably already have!

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This is the year title on the scrapbook calender I made my parents for Christmas. All you need is small scraps of craft foam (aka fun foam or foamies) something with texture like a rubber stamps and a heat source like a light bulb or heat tool. You can also use pigment ink like I did for a more dramatic effect. Watch the video to see how!

I hope you are enjoying the last few days of 2018 and til next time happy crafting!

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DIY Ring Display Box {Video Tutorial}

Howdy folks! Phew, the snowstorm we had last nigh only dropped about an inch of the white stuff so school is in session! I (as well as my kids) was pretty sure it would be cancelled today, boy, they will be bummed when they wake up. So this week, with my thoughts on spring I made this cheerful jewelry display box to use at craft fairs to showcase my handmade rings:

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I upcycled a Ferrero Rocher chocolate box and made the inserts with fun foam. Here is a quick video to show how I made it:

And here is a photo to show how I made it. Tip: Use a heat gun to remove the labels on the box and some goo-gone for any leftover adhesive under the labels.

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The center label would not come off, it seemed to be painted on underneath so I cut a cloud from felt and used some stickers to spell “rings” and hot glued it over the label. Works for me!

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I am thinking of trying to sell my wares at a spring craft fair, I think some product are better suited to spring such as elaborate jewelry and watercolors. This colorful display would be perfect for spring/summer I think! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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I’m not a sticker girl…

Nor am I a rub on girl. I hate to run out of E’s, L’s and M’s and having to settle for the font and color they come in. Give me my stamps, computer and my die cut machines and I am a happy camper! Actually I use both of my die cut machines in this project but we will get in to that later.

The fabulous Melissa over at the Rubber Cafe sent me some wonderful goodies to work with this month including the Marrakesh paper pack by Basic Grey. The stamps and papers are so lovely and I did not do them justice but I thought I’d shaveĀ  my first attempt with them because I think there are some fun ideas here you can use!

A fun quick project with my new Rubber Cafe goodies!

A fun quick project with my new Rubber Cafe goodies!

I love the fun bright summery colors and busy patterns of the Marrakesh line and The same day they came in the mail I got the new issue of Scrapbooks Etc Magazine and I was flipping through and saw an ad for the paper. Well, in the ad were the cutest little paper flowers and a website address where you can download a .pdf template so you can make some! How nice of them! Of course I converted the template so that I could cut a TON of them out using my Cricut Machine and SCAL software. sorry I can’t share the file because it is copyrighted but you can snag the template at the basic grey website, and you can read my tutorial on converting .pdf files to .svg here so you can cut it with your Cricut if you have Sure Cuts a Lot software. I had so many flowers left over I made these cute paper clips:

So cute and easy, why not make a bunch!

So cute and easy, why not make a bunch!

The Basic Grey paper was sturdy enough to use without chipboard. I simply hot glued (yes, I love my hot glue gun!) the clip to the backside of a flower and glued another on top and layered on more. The hot glue makes it extra rigid too. I did not come up with this idea, I saw it at Splitcoast stampers, they had a nice tutorial but at post time it was unavailable šŸ˜¦

Flower Template: Basic Grey, Leavs: Cricut, Hello: Sizzix, Stamp: The Rubber Cafe

Flower Template: Basic Grey, Leavs: Cricut, Hello: Sizzix, Stamp: The Rubber Cafe

As for the other die cut machine I used my Big Shot to cut “hello” out of black self-adhesive fun foam with Sizzix Original alphabet dies (the thick ones.) The cool thing about the font I have is that you get a positive and negative letter so no waste, and it’s a time saver too!

The beautiful stamp on the card is the Small Swirled Butterfly by the Rubber Cafe. the nice thing about this design is that it comes in 3 sizes, I can’t wait to try the large one, it should be fun to color! Speaking of color I used a blender pen and Pebbles chalk to quickly color the image, I love how quick and easy this method of coloring is but if you haveĀ  a cheap blender the tip my wear down and dry out. To remedy this take a pair of sharp scissors and trim the brush end at an angle (note: I am talking about the water-base marker blenders like the LePlume, don’t trim a waterbrush!) to restore the point. to re-ink my blender pen I pulled off the plastic at the fine tip end and squeezed in a couple of drops of clear embossing ink and put the end back on. You can also work some of the clear ink into the brush end buy squeezing out a couple of drops and scribbling the brush in it.

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Thanks for reading my LOOOONG post! Have a great weekend and until next time happy crafting!

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