Tiny Clipboard Note Pad

These little note pads come together in just a few minutes and will use up some of those pretty scraps of paper and ribbon you’ve not been able to throw away.ūüôā

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Start with some chipboard coasters – mine are 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches with rounded corners. You can pick them up in the scrapbook section of your local craft store. Or cut your own from thin chipboard and round the corners – or not, whatever tickles your fancy.ūüôā

I adhered patterned paper to the coasters and trimmed around the rounded corners. Then I sponged the edges with a coordinating ink color. 

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I picked up the hinge clips at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook section during a 50% off sale, but they are probably available at your local office supply store as well. I glued them with a strong craft glue to the coaster with the top off the edge. I thought that by doing that you could use the tiny hole in the clip to hang the note pad from a pin on a cork board or a hook on a peg board. You could also add some magnets to the back and hang it on your fridge. Then I tied a small piece of ribbon to the clip. I finished them off with tiny buttons on the bottom right corner. 

The tiny note paper is actually 3 x 5 inch index cards trimmed to 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches. I put about 20 pieces in each clip. 

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These were so fun to make! The color combinations are endless – you can make them to match any craft room, kitchen, office, or dorm room. They would make a great little thinking of you gift…perfect to jot down those little things you don’t want to forget.ūüôā

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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New Take Ten Magazine

The September/October/November 2016 issue of Take Ten Magazine will hit the bookstores in a couple of weeks. I’m so excited to have one of my cards published in this issue!!!ūüôā

And here it is!!

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The¬†stamp set is Happy Owl-i-days from Darcie’s¬†Heart &¬†Home Art Rubber Stamps. They have several other owl sets with¬†different themes – they are so cute!

I stamped the owl with black ink on white card stock, colored him with Copic markers, punched it out with a scalloped circle punch, and layered it to a circle punched from red card stock. The sentiment is stamped with black ink on white card stock, punched with a scalloped oval punch, and layered to an oval punched from red card stock.

To put the card together, cut triangles from 2 different patterned papers and attach to a white card. Attach sentiment to the card. Punch a small red circle from red card stock and attach to the card, overlapping the edge of the oval from the sentiment. Tie a green button with red twine and attach to the circle. Attach owl image to the card with foam tape.

This was a fun card to make and I’m so happy that they picked it to be in the magazine!!ūüôā

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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…enjoy the simple things…

Here’s a quick and easy card to remind you to enjoy the simple pleasures of life…like porch swings.ūüôā

The porch swing stamp and sentiment are both from Pink Ink Stamp Company.¬†The lattice background stamp is from Hero Arts. I’m not sure if all of these stamps are still available, but check out both of these companies – they have¬†amazing products!! I’m sure this card will just serve as inspiration as you see all the great stamps out there!

I stamped the porch swing with¬†brown ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I added a little clear glitter glue to the chains to give it the look of metal. I stamped the sentiment with dark turquoise ink on white card stock and punched it with the label punch from Stampin’ Up. I stamped 2 panels of turquoise card stock with the lattice background stamp – one is layered to a white card and the smaller one is layered behind the¬†porch swing image. Then the porch swing panel is layered to white card stock and¬†attached to the card with foam tape. The sentiment label is also attached with foam tape.

Just a simple card to remind you to “…enjoy the simple things…”

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Spread Joy Christmas Card

Unity Stamp Company has weekly challenges using sketches, color combinations, and other jumping off points to get the creative juices flowing. This is a card that I entered for one of their color challenges. The set is called Old Traditions and you can find it here.

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I stamped the truck with black ink on white card stock. The image is colored with Copic markers and layered to red card stock. The sentiment is stamped with black ink on white card stock and punched with the Decorative Label punch from Stampin Up. I stamped a second label from red card stock, cut it in half and layered it behind the stamped label.

To make the card, emboss a turquoise panel with the Softly Falling embossing folder from Stampin Up. Layer this panel to black card stock and tie with a red ribbon. Attach the panel to a white card. Add truck image and the sentiment to the card with foam tape.

I really love the vintage truck in this set! Bringing home the tree reminds me of my childhood when we would go searching for the perfect tree!

Happy Stamping!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Fall Mason Jar

Are you thinking of Fall yet? The kids have returned to school already here in Alabama (even though it is still ridiculously hot!!) and that always turns my thoughts to the cooler, colorful days of Fall. This is a simple project that will add some of those beautiful colors to your home!

You will need a quart size mason jar – I had this one left from some delicious honey we picked up from the Farmer’s Market – some turquoise chalk paint, antique wax, and your favorite Fall floral stems. The paint I used was Native Turquoise Premium Chalky Acrylic Paint by Craft Smart from Michael’s. The wax is Home Decor Antique Wax by Folk Art from Hobby Lobby.

Wash and thoroughly dry your mason jar. Apply 2 coats of turquoise paint with a paint brush, letting dry completely between coats. When the second coat is completely dry, apply a thin coat of wax over the paint with a paint brush. The bottle says to let it dry overnight, but I immediately rubbed off the excess with a paper towel. Let that dry. If you want a distressed look, lightly sand the raised areas and randomly around the jar with sand paper, which is what I did. Although it did look really nice without sanding it РI wish I would have taken a picture for you!!

Here’s a picture of the finished jar…

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And here it is with my floral stems…Now is a great time to buy Fall decor at your local craft store – great selection and lots of it is on sale already!

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You can also put fresh flowers in the jar since it is painted on the outside. Just be careful to not get water on the painted surface.

Looking forward to cooler, colorful days…

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Marker Storage

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I use Copic markers to color my stamped images quite often. I’m not an expert in coloring with them by any stretch of the imagination, but they have become my marker of choice. So many colors to choose from and they blend together beautifully.

As my collection has grown, I needed to find a storage option that could not¬†only¬†store what I have but also leave room for more – because we all know that more colors will find their way into my craft roomūüėČ.

I found this great galvanized carry all here on the Target website. One side is divided into 3 compartments.

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The other side is one open compartment. Plenty of room to store markers and other coloring mediums Рor markers in one side and a project in progress in the other.

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Here it is with my Copic markers in the divided side and I put my water color crayon sets on the other side. With plenty of room to¬†grow my collectionūüôā.

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Happy coloring!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Work of Art Christmas Card

Earlier this week I posted a birthday card using the Work of Art stamp set from Stampin’ Up. Today I wanted to share a Christmas card using the same set and basic layout. Yes, I know it’s only AugustūüėČ – but the months are¬†going to fly by, so it’s time to get started on those Christmas cards!

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I stamped the large swoosh 3 times using (from the bottom up) Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Certainly Celery inks from Stampin’ Up on white card stock. Let¬†the ink dry¬†completely – this is a very important step. If the ink is not¬†completely dry, embossing powder will¬†stick where you don’t want it!! I stamped the Christmas¬†tree with Pear Pizzazz ink over the swooshes and immediately sprinkled clear embossing powder over the tree. Tap off the excess and heat with your heat gun to melt the powder. (There are a lot of options on heat guns. Here’s a link to Amazon with several choices. The one I have is made by Milwaukee. I think they may have¬†discontinued it – I’ve had it forever and it’s still¬†going strong!) The tree is from the Bottle Trees set by Hero Arts – sadly the set is no longer available on their siteūüė¶. But if you don’t have a tree that will work, I think this one¬†would be great.

Stamp the sentiment with Pear Pizzazz ink. I’m not sure who made this stamp –¬†it’s been in my stash a long time and it’s not marked with the company. Just use your favorite Christmas sentiment!

Layer the stamped panel to green card stock. Add red and white striped ribbon and attach the panel to a white card. Tie a green button with red twine and attach over the ribbon.

The same basic layout as the Work of Art Birthday Card in this post, but a totally different look!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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