Friday, March 29, 2019

Trinket Tin Book

Hello friends,

Today i'm sharing an easy little project using a Trinket Tin.  I had used Opaque Crackle Texture Paste on Vignette Panels and Collage Paper but never directly on metal so I decided to give that a try.
I sanded the metal just to give it some "tooth" and then wiped the Opaque Crackle over the edges of the lid.  Once it was dry I just scribbled Distress Crayon over the crackle and rubbed in it with a wet brush.  It's just that easy.
I created the center piece using a few of the new metal pieces, Date Dials and Adornments Deco Frames.  I also added a charm from the Adornments Milagros pack to the bottom.  It is secured with a foam square so I tucked the loop at the top up under the Deco Frame.
You can see there are holes in the crackle on the left side.  I found that when you have larger cracks you can pick at the cracks to create holes in the crackle finish...especially over the painted metal.  When you do this technique over paper you often only find a dark spot underneath but the painted metal resists absorption of any ink or crayon so it appears as new.
I used one of the Photobooth pictures from the new pack.  There are now 40 strips in the pack (more than before) and we have added new photos along with some old favorites.
You can see everything is layered so that the center is raised up from the tin.  
Inside the tin I used the same Journaling Cards as I did in the Petite Fabric Journal but this time I only used the smallest size (seen in the red circle).  This size fits perfectly into the Trinket Tin!
I painted the inside of the tin with Media Gesso to again, give the slick metal "tooth" or something for the paint to stick to.  Once dry, I painted over the gesso with Weathered Wood Distress Paint, let it dry, then sanded it down on the edges.  I added Worn Wallpaper to the little door, coated it with Collage Medium and then "painted" it with Distress Crayon using a damp brush.
Nine Journaling Cards have been taped together with Design Tape or sewn together with strips of leftover fabric to create a small zig-zag book inside the Trinket Tin.  There is no order, I just picked cards I liked and began sewing.  I found it was best to sew the cards together first in sets of two and tape the sets together.  This way you have visual placement for the Paper Dolls and words.
Speaking of Paper Dolls, these are all from the NEW pack that is now shipping from the warehouse!  You should start to see it in stores very quickly. 

All the flowers are from the new Layers Botanical that has not started shipping yet but will soon!

All the coloring was done with Distress Crayons and a damp (not wet) Detailer Water Brush.
I popped up some of the girls from the Journaling Card with THIN foam squares.  I know I have talked about the Scrapbook Adhesives THIN Foam Squares before, but they are so good that I have to mention them again!  They are the perfect 'lift' for most things!
And here is the little book all lined up...this is just my favorite!
I added the following pictures just to show a flat line up.  You can see the cards that were sewn together and the ones that were taped on the backside.

The backside - nothing fancy!

I hope you will try this little Trinket Tin idea!  It was fun and easy to do and I had the best time coloring all the Paper Dolls...kinda addicting I tell you!
Now carry on,

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Petite Journal

Hello Friends,

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite projects from Creativation.  This was a take off from a larger journal I made last year.
This time the size only 4 1/2 x 6" which makes the perfect size for the new Found Relatives that come in three sizes in the pack.  The book is made from heavy canvas covered in Collage Paper. Collage Medium will bind the Collage Paper to the canvas so it appears as oil cloth.  The canvas signatures (pages) are stitched into the book once complete.  I made a long, skinny tube of fabric to wrap around the cover to close it.  The keyhole is from the pack of Keyholes that has been around for many oldie but a goodie!

 The canvas pages are random sizes and each has Eclectic Elements fabric stitched along the outer edge.  This brings color and helps to contain the strings on the raw canvas edge.
 All the paper used in the journal are cards from the new Journal Cards pack (100 cards in 4 sizes).  They make the perfect background for the Found Relatives.
This page was fun because I added some collage paper over the found relatives dress and gave her a butterfly on a string.  I stitched on the cards I could... and some I stapled with the Tiny Attacher.
 I used Distress Crayon to color the Found Relatives.  In larger areas, I use a damp q-tip and in the smaller areas I used a Detailer Water Brush with VERY little water.
 Using the Detailer Water Brush you are able to blend small amounts of color that you could never do with a q-tip.  The numbers are from the Clippings sticker sheet.

 I used Eclectic Elements Craft Thread for the hand stitched XX.  The red label is from eh Classic Label sticker pack (it comes with 4 sheets of red, black, blue and pink stickers).

One of my favorite pages...because it appears so delicate due to the coloring.
FYI:  The flowers throughout the Journal are from the new Layers Botanical pack.  This is a running change (or update) for us so we never know exactly when the product will be flowing into stores.  I will let you know once the new botanicals (which are wonderful btw) can be purchased.  That being said...If you like the ones we have now, with the butterflies and the calling cards...It might be the time to buy a pack before they go away because once they are gone, they are gone.
The halo was created using one of the Classic Label Stickers with the pink edge...cutting it to fit her head.  The inside was colored with Distress Crayon to give a warm glow.  I love the flowers here too...all colored with crayon and the Detailer Water Brush.  I believe I used Fossilized Amber, Evergreen Bough and Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint...all in very small doses.
 On this page I used a card to create a pocket.  The eyelet in the corner is just for show.

Journaling cards and a Stencil Chip M are all layered onto one large card, then stitched to the canvas across the top.
This Found Relative was so fun to color!  I added the wings and then colored in her entire dress from the buttons, to the flowers, to the hat!
 Here's a little close-up so you can see the flowers better.
 And the last page...I love this Found Relative of the mother and son.  The red coloring around the clippings sticker is more crayon work.
Well I hope you like my little journal.  Like I said, it is a favorite of the things I created for the show because of the size and the ease in putting it together (no wrong way to do it).  I love combining stitching and's just the best of two worlds that I love.
now carry on,

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Spring 2019 Class Schedule

Hi friends,

I am teaching four unique classes this spring featuring many of the new idea-ology products released this month.  You will find a list of dates and locations below with links to each store.   Class signup's have already begun for Memory Bound in Iowa and the Crafty Scrapper in TX.  Each store has the complete class information and supply list.   If you have any questions about classes you can email me at or click on the email button in the right sidebar.
thank you!

April 5th and 6th 2019
Ankeny, Iowa
#(515) 965-1102

Down To Details
May 11, 2019
Stevenson Ranch, CA
Wildflower Garden
Tokens of Affections
(registration not available yet)

May 17-18th 2019
Waxahachie, TX
#(972) 923-3151

June 21-22nd 2019
St Petersburg, Florida
#(727) 827-4911
(registration not available yet)

 Be Genuine

 Wildflower Garden

Tokens of Affection

Lost and Found