Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Coordinated Ensemble

Here it is late January, and I'm still writing up my to-do-list for the new year.  So many things to take care of.  One of my resolutions is to carve out crafting time a few times a week.  Until I get this prioritized, I have decided to re-post favorite Valentine's Day theme projects.  Here's one which includes an entire coordinated ensemble.  Enjoy!

A heartfelt handmade gift means so much, both to the giver and receiver. You know how much love goes into making something special, so it is equally important to know who your recipient is as you create it.

I decided it would be fun to create an entire coordinated ensemble of altered artwork to mix and match for a good friend or two.

Finding vintage-style coordinating scrapbook paper online a few years ago, I loved it so much that I bought all that was available. It's a subtle Valentine mix of dark red, soft yellow, sage and black -not a hint of pink or bright red in the bunch.
Since I just altered a wood photo frame (see February 2 post), I decided to create coordinating items, adding a small notebook, pillar candle, clothespin clips, a large spiral notebook, a note holder, and of course, a glass jar filled with chocolate.

Here is the beginning of my embellished mini notebook. I found these small spiral notepads (with pens) on our recent visit to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- in the college bookstore for less than $2 each. Here are the before and after notepads.
And here is it is shown with the matching pen and altered clothespin clip. Embellishments include ribbons, chipboard circle stamped with "Friendship is a work of heart," a wooden bead and metal heart charm, and of course, the coordinated scrapbook paper.

And a surprise envelope inside for love notes or perhaps a sweet gift card?
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And a few stamped images throughout the pages.
...the large spiral notebook
...matching tile coasters embellished pillar candle

and this altered glass hinged jar full of kisses--chocolate kisses!

And a photo of the complete ensemble:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Be My Valentine

You look so familiar.  Do we know each other?  
Oh yes, I recognize you now. 
We frequently run into each other in the $1 aisle at Tar-che[z]!

Well in that case, you probably bought a few of these tin mailboxes. 

Did you get one in red, white or pink? Oh, one of each color! Me, too...
Most probably you will use this cute little box to "mail" Valentine goodies to your special someone[s].  That's exactly what I'm going to do. 

But first, I must alter the mailbox...

  • one tin mailbox (your choice of color)
  • Decorative scrapbook papers
  • Three coordinating Ribbons
  • Metal Charms (lockets, keys, hearts, etc.)
  • Flowers
  • Buttons
  • Mini tag
  • Mod Podge
  • Dymo label maker          
Measure and cut one piece of decorative paper to cover the main piece of the box. I cut it 4" wide x 12" long. The 12" just barely covers the entire body of the box. Adhere paper to mailbox using Mod Podge, starting at the bottom center of the box.

Carefully move the flag out of the way as you adhere the paper.  If the area around the flag anchor tears, you can cover it with a flower later, and no one will be the wiser. Let paper dry with flag in up position. 


Cut additional piece of paper 1" wide x 3" long. 
Adhere to one of the open sides. 
You can, of course, cut two pieces of paper, and embellish both sides.
Let dry.

Using Dymo label maker, type "Be My Valentine"
or other phrase of your choosing, and stick label below paper. 
Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the entire mailbox.

Cut 5" lengths from three different ribbons. 
Tie together all three ribbons into a knot,
catching charm locket in knot as well. 

Tape ribbon ends of one ribbon to inside of mailbox.
Trim additional ribbon ends.

Embellish flag with flowers, buttons, key charm, and mini tag. 

Add contents.  For the chocoholic, use kisses.

Or fill mail box with stationery, tissue pack, key chain and a candle.
You can also add a gift card and coupons.

Don't forget to place the flag in the up position!

Partying with these lovely bloggers:

Friday, January 6, 2012

Welcome 2012: Enter at Your Own Risk

Happy New Year!  Hope you had a wonderful and creative holiday season. 

Have you packed up all the holiday decorations yet?  We did.  It's always so nice to bring them out from the garage every year.  Then it's a chore great putting them away. 

Our home always looks so clean afterwards with just one exception:  my craft cave.  [I call it a cave because it is slightly larger than our master bathroom.]  It is currently a dangerous "Enter at Your Own Risk" space with craft supplies everywhere except where they should be: spread out on the floor, piled high upon the chair, and strewn across my desk.  Everything needs to be organized.  Ugh!  All I want to do is create new altered art projects.  However, I cannot even walk into the room without tripping on a cutting board and hundreds of ribbon spools.

So in the spirit of recycling, and in avoidance of the inevitable purging and organizing that awaits, I offer you my first post from last year as the first post of this year!   However, I've left out the rhetoric.  I'm not going to even pretend that I achieved all my goals.  That's what January is all about. It's the start of a new year. Everyone gets a clean slate to tackle the old and bring in the new resolutions, goals, aspirations and ideas.

So good luck to me, and good luck to you!  Ready, Set, Go! 
Calendar & Photo Canvas

Material List:
  • 9" x 12" and 6 x 8" canvas panels
  • coordinating scrapbook paper cut 8-1/2" x 11-1/2" and 5-1/2" x 7-1/2"
  • acrylic paint & foam brushes
  • Acrylic adhesive sealer
  • Binder clips
  • Buttons
  • Spiral paper clip
  • Hemp cord
  • calendar, cut to fit smaller canvas (I found these for 50 cents at Michael's)
  • metal label holder & brads
  • 4" x 6" acrylic flat photo frame
  • photo (which is interchangeable)
  • double-sided foam tape
  • assorted ribbon, ric-rac
  • silk flower (cut from stem and backing)
  • number stickers
  • hot glue gun

If you like the bright color combination used for this calendar canvas, click here to see the matching mail & note holder I made last year.  Also, I have a written tutorial available.  If you would like a copy, just leave me a comment with your email address :) 

And here's another calendar canvas created with a different color scheme:

Editor's Note:  I plan to clean up the craft cave this weekend, and create something new, and post it next month sometime week.  Also, for those of you keeping count, I admit to only posting four Chanukah projects in my Eight Projects of Chanukah series.  [sigh]

Attending these wonderful parties:  Oopsey Daisy, The Answer is Chocolate, 504 Main,
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