Monday, March 26, 2012

Lucky Penny Birdhouse


The March Challenge at Pages From the Heart was to make a project with a "Lucky" theme.  Here's my entry:

When I first started thinking about the "lucky" theme, I remembered the little jingle "find a penny, pick it up and all day you'll have good luck". So pennies were already in my mind. Then I saw a floor tiled with pennies on Pinterest....and then I found my collection of unfinished birdhouses.

I painted the birdhouse white so that any imperfections in applying the paper would look intentional. I carefully practiced the folded siding on another piece of paper since I had only one sheet of "Must Have" from the BasicGrey Sweet Threads collection. The paper is scored and folded at 1/2", 3/4" and 1" intervals to create the overlapping siding effect. The bottom flat layer is "Thicket' from the new We R Memory Keepers CottonTail collection available at Pages From the Heart. A bit of my favorite brown polka-dot pleated ribbon finishes off each side.

The pennies were easier to attach than I first thought - ScrappyGlue dried quickly and invisibly. I found some old washers to frame the cutouts and painted another lucky symbol, the "7" street address (also available at Pages) in a soft green to pick up the color in the siding.
I stained some Popsicle sticks using a copper ink pad and glued them into a flower box shape then filled it with paper flowers from Michael's Dollar Bin.
Thicket (We R Memory Keepers CottonTail collection)
Must Have (BasicGrey Sweet Threads collection)
Scrappy Glue (Pages From the Heart)
Cosmic Copper Brilliance pigment ink
Craft paint - white and lime sorbet
Ribbon, paper flowers and birdhouse (Michael's)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Next Class at Pages From the Heart!

“Genuine” Card Class - Use the fabulous new Genuine collection from Authentique to make 5 all-occasion friendship cards.   Learn how to make a pleated flower and a pleated border using the technique shown recently on the Pages' blog.  Create a fun ribbon and tag embellishment using a simple safety pin as a base.  These cards can be easily personalized with the recipient's initials using the alphabet stickers included in your kit and you'll have plenty of cardstock stickers left over to make your own gift tags.

Pages From the Heart
137 East Colorado Blvd., Monrovia

Cost $28.00
Thursday, March 29th   7:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday, March 9, 2012

Genuine Friendship Plaque

 Here's my latest project for the Pages From the Heart design team.  This  assignment was to create a 3D item using handmade embellishments. 

I used the new Genuine collection by Authentique for this month’s Embellishment project. I found a slate plaque at Michael’s and used it as the base for a Friendship wall hanging featuring my daughter Katie and her college roommate Mina.
To form a base for the embellishments, I wrapped a 2” wide piece of white grosgrain ribbon across the bottom of the slate and mounted a 1” wide piece of yellow Bazzill cardstock and then layered the matted photo, flowers and a few leaves on top.

The “Tried and True” banner and other items are from the “Details” 12x12 sheet of cardstock stickers, borders, alphabet and other embellishments which coordinates with all the paper in the Genuine collection. This is an easy way to get everything you’ll need to make cards, pages and projects in a single sheet – and it’s a great value!