Monday, August 14, 2017

10-Minute Craft–Refrigerator Note Holder

Hi there crafty friends!  Today I wanted to share with you a little craft I made for my refrigerator.  It holds my appointment cards and any other notes that I don’t want to lose.  It only takes a few minutes to make.  It’s super cute and perfect if you need a last-minute item to add to any gift!

I used a digital image from Jen’s Koala T Crafts store.  I colored my koala digitally but you can color with any markers, pencil crayons, or medium of your choice.  You can also purchase an already colored version and speed up the process.  I used my digital imaging software to add the sign and to take a “bite” out of the cookie.  I cut him out with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine.

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Materials Needed:

  • 1 digital image or stamped image of your choice
  • 1 clothespin
  • 1 roll of washi tape
  • 1 magnet
  • a Glue Gun and Glue Stick


Here’s how I did it:

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First thing you need is a clothespin.

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Carefully take the clothespin apart and lay your pieces aside.

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Grab your washi tape and begin rolling it tightly around one of the wooden pieces.  Be careful not to pull too hard so your tape doesn’t break.  Smooth the edges down as you go.

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Use an embossing tool or a pencil and gently rub it over the tape to push it down into the dips in the clothespin and smooth it out.

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Once you are finished wrapping the first wooden piece, lay it aside and do the same thing with the second piece.

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When both pieces are wrapped, carefully put the clothespin back together making sure not to rip the tape as you do so.

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I cut a piece of  magnet from a roll I had on hand and used my glue gun to add  a strip of hot glue down the middle.  You can also use an individual magnet if it’s not too heavy.

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I adhered the magnetic piece to one side of my clothespin and glued my colored digi to the other side to complete my project!

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Take a look at it in action! (and now that you all know that I have a dentist appointment on February 6th @ 3:45pm., don’t forget to remind me, lol)

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I had another colored (by me) koala digi left over from a previous project so I decided to glue a magnet to the back of it for my fridge as well.


That’s it for my 10-minute project!  I hope you enjoyed it.  If you have some time, please take a minute to visit Jen’s store and check out all her fabulous digi stamps among lots of other fun products as well.  You can also find Jen on YouTube where she posts tutorials that will teach you how to make all kinds of fun stuff.  Live Video tutorials on Thursdays from 6pm – 7pm CST and Sundays from 2pm to 3pm CST each week.

Don’t forget we have our KTC Challenge #2 running until August 31st.  Graciellie Design is our fabulous sponsor this month and I hope you will take some time to join us for the fun!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Enamel Dots Using A Glue Gun

Hi there crafty friends, last week when I posted my card for the Koala T Crafts challenge blog, I promised you I would let you in on the secret to how I created the enamel dots on the front of the card (click here to see that card). 

I am back today with my quick tutorial on how to make enamel dots using a glue gun and a Copic Marker or Alcohol Ink.  When I created my card for the Koala T Crafts Challenge #2, I used a Copic marker but for the purpose of this tutorial, I decided to try a couple of other ways using different types of alcohol inks to see what would happen.


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  To create these dots you will need:

  • a hot glue gun
  • a hot glue stick
  • some form of heat resistant mat (I used an old craft mat that I cut up into smaller pieces)
  • Copic markers or your choice of alcohol ink


Let's get started!


1.  Drop a dab of glue onto your heat resistant mat.

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2.  Continue to do this making different sizes of dots.

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3.  Let the glue dots dry. It takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes. 
You will know they are dry when they begin to turn cloudy in color.

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4.  Use your alcohol marker and color the dots.  Set them aside to dry for about 10 minutes.  Once they are dry you can start using them on your cards or projects.

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Now it was time to start experimenting with different kinds of alcohol ink.
I have an ink refill, an ink spray, and an ink dauber here.


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I tried with the spray first and the ink slid right off the dot and pooled onto the mat.

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Next I tried the alcohol refill.  The ink stayed on the dot but also pooled on the surface of the dot as well as the mat.

 
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I used a paint brush to move the ink around and make it more evenly
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When I used the ink dauber the ink didn't adhere to the glue dot at all. 
If you look closely, you can see splotches of ink on the dot but that's about it.

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The last experiment I tried was to use a Copic marker and color a circle on my paper.

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I adhered my glue dot on top of the colored circle using a light coat of
Tombow Aqua glue.  I think I like this result the best.

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Here is a side-by-side example of each test that I did.  Leave me a comment
and let me know which one you like the best?


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That's it for me today.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I'd be thrilled to see you enter our challenge on the Koala T Crafts Challenge Blog using one of these homemade enamel dots on your card.

Our challenge runs from August 1-31, 2017 and we would absolutely LOVE to have you join us!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Koala T Crafts Challenge #2–Sweet Birthday

Hi there crafty friends.  I’m here today to share my card for Challenge #2.  This card was made with a very special friend in mind.  Kim and I “met” through a blog hop group and since we are both a little cray cray, we hit it off right from the start.  Kim celebrated her birthday back in July so when I chose this scrumptious cupcake and sentiment from this month’s sponsor, Graciellie Design, I had her in mind.

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The theme this month is Turquoise OR Yellow OR Balloons.  I chose this teal colored cardstock from Michael’s for my card base.  I already had the perfect digital designer papers in my collection so I created a faux matted look by layering the patterned digital paper on top of a teal digital paper in my Photo Imaging software and merging the two into one graphic.  I duplicated the image three times and printed them onto some white cardstock and after cutting each one out I set them aside for just a moment.  Then I printed my sentiment onto some white cardstock and cut it into a 3.75x5-inch piece on which I adhered the three rectangular pieces side-by-side.

Next I cut a teal scallop and a pink polka-dot circle and adhered the two together.  I used my Cameo to cut out the cupcake leaving a small white border around the edge.  I colored the cupcake using Copic markers:

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The pink circle embellishments were made with my glue gun, some hot glue, and a pink Copic marker.  I will go into that in more detail in an upcoming blog post.

Once I had the front looking the way I wanted it to, I set about to pretty up the inside with another sentiment.  Once again I used the magic of my Photo Imaging software to create the matted look for the paper and sentiment.  This completed my card.


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Don’t forget that our challenge runs from August 1-31, 2017 and we would absolutely LOVE to have you join us!

Visit our sponsor Graciellie Design in August and save 40% off most items with coupon code SUMMER2017

Check out Jen’s blog for some inspiration from our talented Design Team.  You should also check out Jen’s YouTube video where you can watch her create something fabulous using a Graciellie Design.  Don’t forget to hit that like button and subscribe to her channel while you are there *wink*.



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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Koala T Crafts Challenge #2

Hi there crafty friends, it’s August and that means we have another challenge for you.  This month’s challenge is sponsored by Graciellie Design.  Go and check her out because she has some beautiful stamps in her store.

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August  Challenge Theme Choices
:
Turquoise OR Yellow OR Balloons

* R U L E S *

  1. Be a follower of Jen’s blog - Jen's Koala T Crafts
  2. Create any project using any one, or all, of the monthly themes
  3. Post a direct permalink URL that leads to your challenge card post using our Mr. Linky Magical Widget
  4. NEW projects only please, no back linking
  5. Limit 3 entries per person

Challenge runs August 1-31, 2017

Visit our sponsor Graciellie Design in August and save 40% off most items with coupon code SUMMER2017

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my card for the challenge.  In the meantime, check out Jen’s blog for some inspiration from our talented Design Team.  You should also check out Jen’s YouTube video where you can watch her create something fabulous using a Graciellie Design.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Still Time -- Koala T Crafts Challenge #1

Hi there crafty friends, I hope you are enjoying your Saturday!  I just wanted to take a minute to remind you all that the KTC Challenge #1 will be ending very soon.  Don’t worry, you still have a little time left to enter and I sure hope that you will.  You can get more details over on the challenge blog by clicking here.  Make sure you read all the details when you get there so you know exactly what you need to do.

Keep in mind that you don’t need a blog to participate.  Just upload a picture of your card to a photo sharing site and you are good to go.  I’ve posted instructions here. which will help you figure out how to do that.

I really do hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Winner–Bleached Cards Technique Hop

It’s time to announce the name of our winner from the A Year Of Card Techniques “Bleached Cards hop picked by Random Name Picker!

And the winner is…


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Congratulations, Emma!  Please contact me at apieceofheart.blog@gmail.com with your mailing address and I will pass this info on to Debbie so she can send you your awesome prize!

Thanks for playing along, everyone! Don’t forget to check back with us on August 19th for our “Stamping On Patterned Paper” hop! You won’t want to miss your chance to win another fantastic prize!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We Want YOU!

Hello there, crafty friends! I’m hoping you will consider joining us over on the Koala T Crafts Challenge Blog for our very first monthly challenge.  July’s theme is red, blue, or stars.  At least one of those three things must be included in your project.  This challenge runs through to the end of July so you still have some time to link up your creations over on the Challenge Blog.  You have a great chance at winning because there aren’t many entries yet!  Make sure you read all the details when you get there so you know exactly what you need to do.

Keep in mind that you don’t need a blog to participate.  Just upload a picture of your card to a photo sharing site and you are good to go.  I’ve posted instructions here. which will help you figure out how to do that.    I no longer recommend using photobucket, however, as they have changed their posting rules recently (in the process of revising my post).  I’ve posted some other options for you to use so check it out and come join us for all the fun!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Meadow At Sunset Bleached Card

Hi there, Crafty Friends.  I am back with more details about my favorite bleached card I made for yesterday’s blog hop.   I call this one “Meadow At Sunset”.

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To start off, I used different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink and sponged it onto a piece of cardstock making sure to blend one color into the other.  I wanted to give the appearance of a field with a beautiful sunset sky above.  I don’t know about you, but I love it when the sky has that pretty pink glow in the evening just before the sun goes down.  Once I was happy with how it looked, I poured some bleach onto several pieces of paper towel which I had folded up to use as a make-shift ink pad.  I used enough bleach to saturate the paper towel but not so much that it wouldn’t be able to absorb it all.

stamp set exampleThe stamp set I used is Inkadinkado’s “Meadows” set.  I mounted the stamp (bottom stamp in picture) on a block and tapped it onto the bleach “ink pad”.  I held the stamp to the paper for about 30-seconds to make sure I would get a good impression.  I tapped my stamp onto the bleach “ink pad” again and stamped a second time just in case it needed that little bit more.  I let that dry for about 3-minutes before stamping the tall grass with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

I used the stamp-off technique when stamping the other stamps onto my cardstock so that they would look more faded. The stamp-off technique is when you stamp once off the paper before stamping the image onto the card.
 

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I added a little sparkle to the butterfly and wrapped some twine around the card a few times before adhering it to the card base.  I haven’t added a sentiment to this card yet because I’m not sure what occasion I might use it for in the future.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this and it has inspired you to create a bleached card of your own. 

Before you go, don’t forget to check out my TECHNIQUE CHALLENGE post if you haven’t already done so and be sure to make a comment for your chance to win our fabulous prize this month. 

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon with another card.

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques–Bleached Cards

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:



Our amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.


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Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Debbie's blog, click here.


And the awesome prize this month is:


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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 23, 2017 on this blog, so be sure to check here on Sunday the 23rd to see if you are the lucky winner.


Since I’m the first stop on this hop, let’s get started!  But don’t forget to continue on with the hop once you are done here so that you don't miss out on increasing your chance of winning by commenting on  each blog.

Good golly, I’m not going to lie to you, I found this technique one of the hardest I’ve ever tried.   It took me a while to find my groove, but once I did, I think I managed to pull off some half decent cards.

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Making sure I was in a well ventilated area, I poured some bleach into a small cup, selected a paintbrush, and went to work. 


 


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I kept the first card fairly simple.  I stamped the daisies onto my dark blue cardstock with VersaMark ink.  Then I added some black embossing powder and heat set it.  I did this to try and keep the bleach confined to each area.  The embossing powder on the top left flower kind of clumped a little because I forgot to rub my Embossing Magic pillow over the cardstock before stamping.



I painted each petal with the bleach and watched the color start to fade.  I had to be careful not to go crazy with the amount of bleach I used because it would saturate the paper too much causing it to tear.   I found it intriguing to watch how the bleach reacted with different colors of paper. 


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Once I had finished up with the bleach, and after it had dried thoroughly, I added some color with a Zig Clean Clear Color Brush and some water.  I finished it off by adding some twine and a sentiment.






Let It Snow_bleachedcards_ocmMy 2nd card is a little ‘ode to Christmas in July.   I have had the Stampin’ Up set “Snow Much Fun” for years and I’ve never used so I decided this was as good a time as any.  I stamped the snowman onto some red cardstock with some VersaMark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder.  I painted the snowman’s body, face, and snowball with the bleach and was happy to see it turning white (or at least some shade of white).  I colored the hat, scarf, nose, and boots with Copics.  I printed off some patterned blue digital paper to layer on top of the card base as well as a colorful snowflake digital paper which I adhered behind the image.  I added some snowflake brads and a sentiment to finish it off. 



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My last card is my favorite!  I decided to use the bleach in a different way this time and I love the way it turned out.   I’m going to share more details on this card in a separate post so if you want to find out how I achieved this look, please visit me here again on Sunday.


That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the cards I shared today.  Now you’re off to visit with Claudia, but don’t forget to comment first for a chance to win our awesome prize!  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!


Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost: 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Koala T Crafts July Challenge – Live Like It’s Summer

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Hello there, crafty friends!  I’m here today with my first Koala T Crafts Challenge Card!  I am so excited to be part of this DT along with an amazing group of talented women.  We were given a few images to choose from and I chose this awesome and cute Sherry Baldy digital stamp, “Fluffy Sunshine Girl”.   I have to say, Sherry Baldy is one of my all-time favorite artists so when I heard that she was going to be one of the artists for the Koala T Crafts Challenges, I knew that I had to get on the DT and I’m so thankful that Jen chose me!


The theme for our very first challenge is red, blue, or stars.  At least one of those three things must be included in your project.  Here’s a look at mine…


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I choose to use blue as my focal color with a paper that had red, blue, yellow, and brown polka dots.  I colored the image using the copic colors below:


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This challenge runs through to the end of July so you have lots of time to link up your creations over on the Challenge Blog.  Make sure you read all the details when you get there.   If you aren’t sure how to link up a card without having a blog, read my post here for instructions!

I really hope you will join us for this fun challenge.  I’ll be back again soon with more crafty fun!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

How To Enter The Koala T Crafts Card Challenges Without Having A Blog…

Hello there, crafty friends!  Did you know that you can enter the Koala T Craft monthly card challenges without even having a blog.  It’s super easy.  All you need to do is use a FREE image hosting service such as Pixlady to do it.  Let me show you how.

1. Pixlady

Pixlady is a free image host that does not require an account.  Simply go to the Pixlady site and select “Choose File”.  Navigate to the photo of your card saved on your computer and select it.  Then click on “Upload” to upload the card to the Pixlady site.  Click on the name of the image to find your link.


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Copy the link in the box marked “Share this image”.  That’s it!


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See the Mr. Linky directions below to find out how you can now enter your card into the Challenge.


Mr. Linky Directions:

Once you have added your card to an image hosting site, it’s time to head on over to the Challenge Blog where you will find the Mr. Linky widget at the bottom of the challenge post.  Type your name and paste your URL in the appropriate places and select “Next” when done.


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Next, put a checkmark in the box beside “Upload an image file from your computer”.


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You can then click “Choose File” and navigate to the photo of the card saved on your computer.  Once you have selected the photo saved on your computer, click “Enter”.


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Click “Done” and you have successfully entered your card into the Challenge.  You may need to refresh your page to see it on the challenge page.


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There are many FREE image hosting sites on the internet that you can choose from.  I’ve listed a few more below.  Some require accounts and some do not.  Choose the site that works best for you.

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Hopefully this has helped you to understand how you can enter challenges in the future.  We, at Koala T Crafts Challenge blog, would love to see you join us!

Before you go, please take a few minutes to check out my blog.  I have tons of FREE Digital Sentiments for you to download for personal use.  I also share lots of fun cards and I even giveaway Blog Candy from time to time.  I have tons more ideas of where I’d like to take this blog in the future if there is enough .  It’s no fun sharing things if there is nobody around to enjoy them so I would love it if you would consider following my blog so I know you are out there.

Thanks so much and see you soon!