Treat Box and Card Set – dt project for Creative Embellishments

Wow! I can’t believe it’s Thursday again already! Time sure flies these days. I’m up with a project on the Creative Embellishments blog. This time, I decided to go off page again…I seem to be doing that a lot lately! With Halloween around the corner, I figured I’d make a super quick and easy tutorial for an altered/upcycled treat box and matching card. Here’s how it turned out:

treat box step 7

I started with the packaging left over from my phone’s silicone protective cover. I took out the insert and used it for the base of my tag which later becomes a bookmark for my kiddos once they’ve opened their treats. I cut a notch at the top where the display hook opening is so I can attach ribbon, fibers and trim and still close the case:

treat box collage

I covered both sides of the insert with patterned paper. I decided not to decorate this part further because the wrapped candy will be rubbing against the purple side and I didn’t want the other side to be too bulky to close. I then decorated the outside of the case w/the fabulous CE chippies which I altered with Distress paint, acrylic paint and Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal.

treat box collage 2

Lastly, I created a card to match using more CE laser cut chipboard pieces.

Happy Haunting card

Again, here’s my finished project:

treat box step 7

Materials:

Creative Embellishments laser cut pumpkin face
CE Halloween Cat
CE Halloween Witch
Pink Paislee Hocus Pocus papers
Webster’s Pages stickers
Distress Paints and ink
Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal
acrylic paint

TFL! Don’t forget Creative Embellishments also offers monthly challenges! You could win a $25 gc to the CE store! For more info about the October Challenge, CLICK HERE!

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Heart Canvas – Inspired by Tracy and Helmar USA

Just about every Monday night Helmar hosts a live Ustream class. Usually Tracy Weinzapfel hosts the show, but sometimes Jess (Kinderstamp) hosts as well. This last Monday Tracy shared a page with us from her art journal which inspired her to create a canvas piece and the class showed how to recreate it. CLICK HERE for the recorded show.

I’m always inspired by the Helmar classes and like to create a project based on the class, but usually add my own spin on things. Here’s my take on her canvas piece from the class:

Materials:

8″x10″ canvas board
acrylic paint
charcoal pencil
gesso
India Ink
lace trim from my stash
Prima flowers
Liquid Pearls

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Helmar 2 step crackle

I stuck pretty close to Tracy’s inspiring piece…what I changed was minimal. I chose a quote that spoke to me personally rather than using her words and did not add any rubons. Her version is handwritten using india ink and has the loops filled in with white acrylic ink. I wanted all of the words to really pop on mine rather than a single keyword, so I painted the words with white gesso (you could use white paint) and shadowed them using black india ink, intentionally capitalizing the first letter on a few chosen words and the enter word “heart.” The quote is from Helen Keller.

TFL!

The Local Wildlife – Mini Album

Paper Secrets manufacturer challenge this month is American Crafts. Lucky for me, Kristi (owner of PS) sent me these fabulous Campy Trails AC papers in my dt pack! Unfortunately, we’ve never been camping, and the most outdoorsy things we do are go fishing and take the kids to the playground. Hmmm…no pics of either! Yes, I know…I’m horrible at remembering to take the camera with us outside of the house. Well, July is the last month of my term for PS, so I thought I’d make more than a card with it. And since Kristi was nice enough to go out of her way to make sure I had AC product to work with, I wanted to use as much of it as possible for my last project with them. So, I decided to go with a mini album. I used a Kaisercraft Beyond the Page album as my base. I tried to minimize the other products I used so you can really see the AC papers well. After taking the photos I’ve since added some ribbons to the rings that hold the album. Here’s the mini closed:

Here’s the first open spread. Taten, like a typical 11 year old boy, thinks it’s hilarious to fart audibly at any time. The louder the better in his opinion. Which earned him a dubious nickname this last school year…which he is unfortunately proud of. Stinker.

Next it opens to Alex wearing deer antlers. It was the second time that year I received a photo of him wearing antlers since he came home from school with another photo of him with more realistic ones on, but that photo was too big for this album. This photo was taken at Larry’s huge annual family Christmas party. Opposite that page is Madison who was chasing Matthew around the living room growling like a bear. ๐Ÿ˜€

On the last spread there is Christian with his little chipmunk cheeks. I think that cutout image is actually a squirrel, but I figured it was close enough? What do you think? On the last page is Matthew…our little Imp. ๐Ÿ˜€

Sorry the photos aren’t clearer. They were taken on a hot, hazy and overcast day earlier this week. TFL!

Materials:

American Crafts Campy Trails papers
Kaisercraft Beyond the Page Album and rings
The Beary Patch cutout sheet
Alcohol Inks
Distress Ink
Maya Road Alphas
Jillibean Soup Journaling Sprout
Fancy Pants rubons
trims and twine from my stash

Adhesives:

Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Adhesive Runner
Helmar Zapdots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Check out the PS manufacturers challenge and post your American Crafts layouts, cards, tags, altered item or other projects for an entry for this month’s prize…a $25 gift certificate to the PS store!

Paper Secret’s May Challenges

The May challenges have been posted on Paper Secrets. Enter any or all of the 4 challenges to be entered to win the monthly prize! One is a card sketch challenge with a twist. The twist is to use a bare chipboard piece on your project and alter it in some way. For my card, I used a Maya Road butterfly and coated it with a Viva Pearl Pen (kind of like liquid pearls). Here’s what I came up with using Webster’s Pages, new Trendsetter 6×6 papers, bloomer, trims, pins, and their sparklers from last year:

Another is a layout challenge based on a pagemaps sketch. I combined it with a “something old/something new” challenge on Sketches4All that also required you to add sparkle and dimension to your project. For this one, I went with MME’s original Lush line (the light blue patterned paper, trim and brads) and mixed it with Lush 2 (the fuchsia and navy papers and journaling spot). The buttons were also old, as were the WP and Cosmo Cricket alphas for the title. Here’s how it turned out:

The journaling is just explaining how incredulous we were when when Matthew was an infant (he was early too) and Madison was a year old (90th percentile for height and weight), how often we were asked if they were twins. Ha! ๐Ÿ˜€

The last example I have is for the stash/supply challenge. For this month, all you need to do is use 3 or more rubons on your project. For mine, I used a Kraft base, scraps for the matting, American crafts trim, yarn from my stash, and Bo Bunny rubons. Since I wanted to add dimension w/the rub-on images, I adhered them to plain cardstock, fussy cut them, then popped them up with foam dots. Here’s my example:

The overall design was a scraplift challenge on another site. The fourth challenge is a manufacturer challenge. This month’s featured manufacturer is Glitz. Unfortunately, I do not have any of Glitz’s fab products, so I wasn’t able to create an example for this challenge. Hope you stop by and join in on some of the great new challenges and don’t forget, we have a wonderful event scheduled to take place this Saturday, May 7, 2011 (National Scrapbooking Day), as well as the Scrap Your A** Off contest starting May 13th (sign up before May 12th to join in). HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! ๐Ÿ˜€