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Monday, July 27, 2015

#Cre8time Road Tripping...







Greetings Friends! Hope you are having a fantastic Monday. I just wanted to share a bit from my weekend artsy field trip... and to let you know that the "ANYTHING GOES" challenge at Anything But a Card Challenges has been extended until midnight August 1st, 2015.


The Challenge is OPEN - Anything But a Card Challenges No. 49 is ANYTHING GOES. Share you're creations, whatever it may be... scrapbooking, collage, ATCs, tags, art journal pages, altered shrines... whatever tickles your muse and her fancy!


Over the weekend I took a Cre8time road trip up to a magical place called Art More Place in Melbourne, FL to attend a workshop from the super fantastic Cat Kerr. This is the second workshop I've taken with her learning to make charmed soldered whimsies. If you missed out and would like to take a class from her she will be having another workshop there real soon {CLICK HERE for event listings}. Last month I traveled up to Art More Place for two days of painting "Funky Little Houses" with Jodi Ohl.


Soldering is new to me and I think it's beginning to grow on me. It requires patience, attention to detail and leaves you living on the edge of your seat awaiting the end result. With the excitement of a kid on Christmas morning, I am ready for a day of learning and creating with abandon - stocked with healthy snacks and a jumbo homemade smoothie.


I brief message came across social media the night before instructing us to bring any photos, charms or other misc personal ephemera we would like to use in our pendants - I filled my scrapbook roll-a-round. In my stash I selected items to pair with a supplied stamped mermaid make a seaside pendant; and an assortment of christmas theme/colored items for a holiday vignette. The time invested in learning new media always gives my muse a giant shot of vitamin "C".

"Mini Soldered Shakers"


Thanks for visiting! CLICK HERE to jump over to Anything But a Card Challenges and see what everyone else has created. I hope you join in and share your creations. Have a creative week! :) Sb

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#Cre8time for #Upcycled Handmade Holiday Decorations... Christmas in July Bloghop with The Robins Nest and Smoothfoam™



It's Christmas in July!! Have you started your handmade holiday cards or giftmaking? I have and I just returned from having a Christmas in July with my whole family in Chicago. This trip it was hot, just like South Florida... but anytime I'm home in Chicago I can get in the holiday spirit... and I've captured "Frosty" in a snowglobe!



Today you are in for a treat - so go grab some hot chocolate and some cookies! Today we have a new Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop which we have teamed up with Smoothfoam™ and The Robin's Nest... making dimensional, paper-crafted Christmas projects to get you ready for the holidays and early enough to get your holiday Cre8time creations started.


I began with a Smoothfoam™ 12" x 12" x 5/8" Scrapbook Page Mount and one 2 1/2" Diameter Ball cut in half, then quartered. The Smoothfoam™ is suprisingly easy to cut and doesn't leave a blizzard of foam bits around.


  

I'm fashioning my snow globe from recycled one liter water bottle, topped off with a recycled wine cork, and a recycled container lid for a base. I trimmed the bottom off the bottle, laid on side and traced shape onto The Robin's Nest Black and White Pinetree Glitter Cardstock with a pencil. I cut the shape using a paper trimmer for straight edges and scissors to round the top, then slid into bottle to test fit. After a few adjustments to the height and width - this snowy scene is a perfect fit!

  

The foam circle cut serves as a base for my snow globe scene which will be concealed when complete. This will help suspend my background and snowman. Using a metal ruler I created a gap going about halfway through the foam to slide the pinetree cardstock into. I hot glued a section of the quartered foam ball to each side of the background paper.


After fussy cutting The Robin's Nest Glitter Snowmen, I added some dimensional glaze to the hat, eyes and nose and adhered Black Diamond Dew Drops to his front. The scarf is a tied section of Robin's nest rick-rack with edges frayed. I added clear adhesive to keep fraying to a mininum - this darkened the The Robin's Nest Rusty Rose Rickrack... so I added more lines adhesive to create a striped effect. So cute!


I could have two completely different scenes in my snowglobe, but for this project - I made it the same with a snowman on each side. The embellished snowmen are hot glued to the base. I filled in around the base with some scrunched up white tulle and a section of recycled tree tinsel.

  

I punched a snowflake from The Robin's Nest Stormy Skies Glittered Cardstock, then adhered six Clear Diamond Dew Drops in a star pattern to add dimension and shine. This will be my topper accent piece - nestled amongst a wrapping of fuzzy fibers and a wrap of matching Rusty Rose Rickrack.


Using a clear adhesive, I glued Pearl and Red Diamond Dew Drops around the edge of my recycled container lid - this adds some color and transforms the lid into a whimsical base for my snow globe.

I tore a strip of 
The Robin's Nest Stormy Skies Glittered Cardstock and wrapped around base of bottle to add a layer of faux snow and to conceal edges of foam structure inside. Placed onto the blinged up base... this scene is complete.

"Frosty the Snowman" in a Bottle!


CLICK HERE to see jump to the beginning of the hop at DesignerCraftsConnection.blogspot.com.

Visit The Robin's Nest blog at

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Want to get a jumpstart on your Christmas Crafting... there's blog candy to be won! Enter to win $50 worth of 
Smoothfoam™ and $35 worth of The Robin's Nest products by leaving comments on each post. This blog hop runs today through midnight 7/28/2015.



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Thanks so much for visiting! For more ideas and inspiration follow the Designer Crafts Connection "Christmas Crafts Challenge" by selecting hop back/forward on the logo below to enjoy all of the wonderful creations. Sb :)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

#Cre8time Dormroom Doodling... Heading Off to College with Deflecto Craft



Hello Everyone! Today I'm bringing you some "Back to School" inspiration using some supplies with Deflecto Craft. My project is geared for the college student who's moving into the dorms and setting up for classes and studying in style!

My project is super fun and easy... and perfect for the college student - combining sweet treats and brand new school supplies in a caddy that is hand-doodled with Deflecto Dry Erase Chalk Markers. These pens can turn virtually any surface into a place to leave a Cre8time impression! A college student could go wild in the blank canvas called a DORM ROOM.


I customized the outside and around the framed inside of the pencil cup creating a whimsical circular pattern. Who doesn't love to doodle? The chalk ink can be wiped away with a damp cloth and it's ready for new design.



In lieu of photos, I added some fluorescent pink cardstock to the photo frame and wrote a fun message using the blue wet erase chalk marker onto the protective plexi window.


The Deflecto Craft Pencil Cup with Photo Frame Item No. 35004 makes desk organization easy! Conveniently store pens, pencils, scissors and more. The matte black surface and photo frames are ready for a personal touch and ready to hold all your necessities within reach {for my student its candy and plenty of colored pens}!


How will you dress up your desk with Deflecto Craft?

Thanks for visiting! CLICK HERE to jump over to the Deflecto Craft Facebook Page or Deflecto on Pinterest to see more of the teams creations.  :) Sb



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