Monday, May 2, 2016

My Other Creations: Prima Notebooks
 "Home Decor" is the theme of the week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  And we also wanted to highlight Prima products.  Since I can't ever seem to find a notebook around when I need one, I decided to make a notebook set which I housed in this spiffy little tin that I revamped from a previous project.

I adore my Cinch binding tool and used it to bind together these 4x6 notebooks.  I cut out the paper for the notebooks using a 4x6 rounded corner die (monotony factor = 7).  And you can't have a set of fancy notebooks without some frivolous pens!  I made  mine from some straws which I stuck pen parts into.

The covers of the notebooks were made by using a paintable Prima 4x6 card as the background, then I added a tag, then I stuck some adorable Prima matchboxes on top (which can still open if you need to leave a secret message).  I added a folded inked Prima flower as the topper to my matchboxes.

Most of the products I used came from one of my all-time favorite Prima lines: Garden Fable.  I adore the pastels and whimsical sketches.

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm always looking for clever home decor ideas, so I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 to Simon Says Stamp.

Monday, April 25, 2016

My Other Creations: Artsy Key Ring

"Show Us Your Metal" is this week's theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  It was the perfect excuse to play with paint and some old keys.  I envisioned the type of crazy key ring a muse or a modern-day fairy might carry around and this is the result:

To make the colorful keys, I started by sanding the surface of some old keys I had in my stash, then covered them in heavy white Gesso.

Once the Gesso dried, I smudged and smeared on various shades of Dina Wakley acrylic paint, which you know I'm highly addicted to!

To give them back their weathered look, I sponged on some StazOn Timber Brown ink.  When they were done, I adhered word strips to them.

Another favorite element is the colorful dangly flower-wad thing I created (for lack of a better term).  That started out as a Prima flower, which I colored with Distress Ink.

I folded up the colored flower, punched a hole in it, inserted an eyelet and had another fun element for my key ring.

The best part about this key ring is that it has absolutely nothing realistically useful on it for opening a door.  I would expect nothing less if it truly were owned by a mythical muse or modern-day fairy!  Here are some more detailed pics where I spread the charms out a bit.

I love using the letter B on my projects because it reminds me to "Be __________" (fill in the blank with some inspiring word).  In this context, letter B always seems like a strong action letter.  Be bold!  Be brave!  Be you!

And if you look really closely in the upper left corner of the picture, you can see a little scrap of floral fabric!  Ha!  Had to get my fabric fix in somehow!

I have to say that I thoroughly and totally enjoyed this project and had a hoot making it!  Here are the supplies I used from Simon Says Stamp (maybe I should've called it the Kitchen Sink key ring because I feel like I threw in everything but!):

How will you show us your metal this week?  Can't wait to see what you create!  Upload your metallic masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to inspire the rest of us AND be entered for the $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!