Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rinea Foil Butterfly Card

For this project, I used the following:
Ruby/Gold Foiled paper
Ghost Ink

4"x 5" watercolor paper
4 1/4" x 5 1/4" red card blank
Dandelion burst background stamp by Sin City Stamps
Butterfly punch
70% rubbing alcohol and paper towel.
Heat gun, scissors, pliers, gold wire, gold acrylic paint, water colors, adhesive, rhinestones, foam tape and washi tape.

See how I made this card here!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to make Blooming Cactus's with Kunin Felt

Welcome to the Kunin®  Felt blog hop!
I, along with fellow designer friends have been asked to share with you projects you can make with Kunin® felt.

(A little bit about Kunin® felt- Made in the U.S.A. This perfect all-around craft fabric comes in a wide variety of colors. Made from Eco-fi,® a high-quality fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled and BPA-free plastic bottles. Fade-resistant. Cuts cleanly with no fraying and can sew and glue easily.)

Now about my project, I love all things to do with succulents and cactus.
I especially love their vibrant blooms!  Here I have created "thorn-free" cacti you can handle easily and display all year.

  1. Kunin®  9" x 12" Classic Felt in Pirate Green, Neon Green, Cotton Candy Pink, Red and Yellow.
  2. Burlap
  3. Embroidery hoop
  4. 3.50 MM Crochet hook
  5. Scissors
  6. Black marker
  7. Needle and thread
  8. Doll stuffing
You can buy Kunin Felt locally at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's and Walmart.
See more locations near you and online here.

 Cut your felt length wise into 1/4" strips.

Place your burlap into your hoop and tighten until the burlap is taught. I used a 6" hoop, but you can use any size as long as the burlap is larger than the hoop.
 Draw your pattern with the marker. I generally don't label the colors but I did for you here. The lines in the greens section can help you in the beginning until you get the hang of it.
If you have ever done rug hooking, this is similar. Always start in the center of your project. Here we are starting with yellow. Push your hook through the burlap.
On the underside, hook a piece of felt and gently pull it through. Repeat until you have filled in the circle for the yellow felt.  If it's hard for you to grip the crochet hook, try wrapping the handle with a few rubber bands as I did.
After each strip of color or felt, trim off the excess carefully with your scissors.
Continue with rest of the colored felt. You can make your loops tight or long. If you mess up. just carefully pull it back through and start again.
The pattern for the sides of the cactus are shown above. When you are done, remove from the hoop and trim the burlap 1" from the project edge. Cut along the dotted lines to the center.

Turn your piece over and pinch the raw edges of the burlap together then sew shut. Do this all around.

Turn your piece inside out and stitch closed any burlap exposed areas.
Eyeball the size of the base of your cactus and cut from felt.
Fill cactus with stuffing and begin stitching base felt to the bottom, tucking in the excess burlap as you work.
Soft, vibrant, easy to handle blooming cacti!
 Display in a dish filled with rocks or crystals!
 Please visit the rest of the Kunin ® Felt projects and enter to win an assortment of both Classic felt and Premium felt valued at $75 to use to make your own projects here!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hanging Storage for your Pantry

 I don't know about you, but we always have a mess of straws, condiments and other loose items in our pantry!This simple project really helps organize those items for easy access.

You will need:
  • Joy Embroidered Iron-on letters
  • Hot iron
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive velcro
  • Hanging jewelry organizer.

  1. Remove hanger from organizer.
  2. Stitch or glue opening shut.
  3. Remove the Joy letters from the sheet and arrange them in place. 
  4. Cover with a pressing cloth, then iron-on the letters for 30 seconds.
  5. If you plan to store straws like I did, cut slits at the bottom of  a few pockets.
  6. Place the adhesive velcro to the back of the organizer and attach to the inside of your pantry door.
  7. Fill pockets with straws and condiments.
See more idea's here!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Decorated Succulent Container

 So most of you know by now that I love to work with foil right? And not just any foil, but Rinea foil! Now they have this fantastic new product called Ghost Ink. Its insane! It lets you stamp onto the foil and then when wiped off, removes the foil color where you stamped.
Cool right? Check it out below.

For this project, I used the following:

  • Empty container, clean and dry.

  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat gun
  • 70% Rubbing Alcohol
  • Baby wipes
  • Clear packing tape
  • Foam pad
  • *Optional -
  • Colored permanent markers, Glittered washi tape, Q-tips and rhinestones.

  •  Measure and cut your foiled paper to fit the width of your container, but still narrower than the tape.

    Ink up your stamps with the Ghost Ink.
    Use a foam pad under the foil when stamping to get better results.

    Be careful not to wiggle the stamp or you will have smeared results. Lift up carefully. Use the heat gun to set the ink- 2 seconds on high...or...5-10 seconds on low.

    Put some alcohol onto the baby wipe and wipe away the dried ghost ink.
    Continue this process all along the strip.
      For a little extra fun, dab a Q-tip into the Ghost Ink and add some dots to the border or detail to the butterfly's.

     Use your permanent markers to add color in some of the stamped design.

    Adhere the stamped foil to the container with the clear tape. The tape helps protect the foil from everyday use.
    Add washi tape if desired and rhinestones.
    lastly add your potting soil and a plant. Mist lightly and place in a sunny window.

    Thanks for coming by! Be sure to stop by the Rinea blog for more inspiration!

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Personalized Family Sign

     The nice thing about this sign is that it can be made for any occasion from Wedding, Anniversary, Birth to even the start of something new! Its quick and easy, takes a total of 15 minutes!

     Supplies needed:
    • Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters
    • Chalkboard sign
    • White chalkboard marker or paint pen.
    • Clear drying adhesive
    • Pencil

    Center your large monogram letter and glue into place.
    Lightly sketch vines around the letter.
    Fill in the design with the pen.
    Arrange the rest of the letters and numbers at the bottom, secure with the adhesive.
    Use the pen to accent the sign as desired.

    I added 3 heart to signify the 3 of us in our  family :)

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Flaming Day of the Dead Shrine Card

    I really love all things to do with Mexican folk art and Rinea Paper Foil!
    The combination is just so perfect!
    For this ATC, I used the following:
    Ruby/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
    Petaloo Flowers
    Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls stamp by Sin City Stamps
    Tacky glue, foam tape, white cardstock,  scissors, colored markers, rhinestones.
    1. Stamp your skull onto a piece of white cardstock and color in with the markers and cut out.
    2. Trim 2 pieces of foil and one piece of cardstock to be 2 ½" x 3 ½" .
    3. Adhere one foil piece onto the cardstock, gold side up.
    4. Cut and attach flower pieces as shown to the gold foil.
    5. Adhere the skull to the red foil. Cut flame shapes around the skull, removing in between pieces with your fingers or tweezers.
    6. Adhere the flaming skull to the ATC with 2 layers of foam tape.
    Please visit the Rinea blog for more inspiration!

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    You are Invited to a Witches Cupboard Charm swap!

    The years theme is "Witches Cupboard"

    Think of something you might find in a witches cupboard!
    Keep it spooky and wicked.
    No cutesy, please.
    The older looking...- the better!

    Size: Charms should not exceed 1 ½" and must included a jump ring.
    All charms should also include a  ATC.

    ATC's are coordinating  art cards that measure 2 ½" x 3 ½".
    One side is the artistic expression, while the other side provides the theme of the swap and the artists info.
    Shop my ATC stamps here if you like!

    You can get idea's from our past swaps of what materials can be used~ shrink plastic, wire, bottle caps, rusty things, glass, clay, recycled, felt,soldered, fabric, buttons, beads, findings...
    The only requirement I have it to make something that you would like to receive and make sure it is durable!

    ~Idea's of what you can make...
    • Tiny potion bottles
    • Creatures of the night...
    • Mini spell books
    • Witches brew ingredients...dried bat wings, eye of newt, toe of frog, tongue of dog.... 
    •  Voo-doo dolls
    • Crows
    • Black cats, Owls or Bats
    • Poison apple
    • Skulls
    • Crystal balls
    • Cauldron
    • Witch hat
    • Broom
    • Bones
    • Candles
     Current list with a few spots left....will it be you?
    1.  Michelle Frae Cummings CA
    2. Katleen Sites TX
    3. Erin Reed TX
    4. Lyn Gil TX
    5. Mary Ann Gross TN
    6. Susan Brown FL
    7. PJ Waldrop FL
    8. Carol Hoffmann
    9. 9.?
    10. ?

     Finished charms are due to me (in my hands) no later than September 30th.
    It is very important to meet your deadline date. If for any reason you cannot meet this
    date (illness and emergencies do happen), please let me know immediately.

    Happy Creating!

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    How to Personalize Cards and Envelopes with Rubber Stamps

    Here's a fun way to add a personalized touch to cards and envelopes using one of my stamp designs!

    1. Dandelion Bursts Background Stamp
    2. Patterned paper with a simple design.
    3. Card blanks and matching envelopes.
    4. Paper trimmer.
    5. Black ink
    6. A large stamping block to fit the 3 ½" x 5" stamp.
    7. Favorite adhesive.

     Trim your paper to fit the front of your card blank. Then stamp the Dandelion Burst Background onto your paper.

     I left room at the bottom to write a special sentiment if needed....

      For the inside of the envelope, just trim a stamped piece in half and adhere to the inside.

     Here are some other variations.

    So fun!
    Feel free to join our Sin City Stamps fan page for more idea's!

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    How to make a Faux Blooming Cactus with Foil!

    When I saw how beautiful and rich the Emerald/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper was, I just 'knew' I needed to make a cactus of some sort.


    1. Carefully carve your cube into a mushroom like shape with a knife over a trash can. It will get messy!
    2. Roll the top part of the carved piece onto a hard surface. This will 'round' out the edges and make them smoother.
    3. Place you carved piece on a paper plate and spritz until it is evenly coated. Place this outside in a sunny spot to dry.

    4. While your piece is drying, you can start to texturize the foil. To do this, place your foil green side down onto a foam mat or the underside of a mouse pad. For the 'tool', I cut a small rectangle from clear plastic. Can you see it in the top left photo? I made quick indentations going one way, then rotated the foil and made more indentations, criss-crossing until I had 'spine-like' designs.

    5. Next I cut about (15)  1" x 4" strips of the foil with a few to spare.
    6. As shown in the photo above, I pinned them in place, leaving the center open. Then I flipped it over and pinned the rest of the strips at the base of the cactus. I added more strips as needed to fill any gaps.

    7.  I assembled the flowers, securing them at the top of the cactus with the decorative pins.

    I love the color contrast, just like a real blooming cactus but with out any prickly fuss!

    Please visit  Rinea Inspires for more foil idea's!

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Tea in The Garden Sun-Catchers with Laura K. Bray Stamps

    I've known Laura for many years. While our children had their mom's had a craft date!

    So, when Laura asked me to guest design for her new line of rubber stamps, of course I said yes! How exciting for her! Laura's stamps, Tea in the Garden, are super cute and fun for any project!

     The stamps come pre-mounted with a rubber cling backing. So all you have to do is cut them out, peel off the backing and start creating! Plus they come with a clear plastic sheet to safely store your stamps when you are done with your project.

    To make sun-catchers like mine, you will need the following:
    1. Tea in The Garden Stamp Set, by Laura K. Bray
    2. Stamping block 
    3. A black pigment ink pad
    4. Colored permanent markers
    5. Colored tissue paper
    6. Clear contact paper
    7. Clear plastic (packaging from a store bought item)
    8. A large beverage cup to trace
    9. A hole punch
    10. Scissors
    11. Colored beads and fishing line 

     Trace the top of your cup onto the contact paper and the plastic.
    Trace the bottom of the cup onto the tissue. Cut all of these out.

     Place your stamps onto your block, ink and stamp carefully onto the tissue paper.
    (It helps to have a piece of scrap paper under the tissue paper while you stamp and color)

     Color in the stamped design with your markers. When done, flip the tissue over and color in on the other side.

    Peel off the backing on the contact paper circle and lay face up.
     Next, carefully place your tissue paper circle in the center of the contact paper.
    Take a brightly colored marker and draw a simple design onto the tacky party of the contact paper.

     When you have finished your design, you can place the plastic circle on top.
     Flip over and smooth out any bubbles with your fingers.
    Punch a hole at the top and thread your fishing line and beads.

     Hang in a bright sunny window for all to enjoy!
    Happy creating!


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