Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Tips & Techniques

Drywall tape + ink = amazing!

My friend Andrea Buckley was kind enough to share the idea of this technique with me for this blog.  I am not going to lie, it sounds so un-glamorous, that I was skeptical at first.  However, once I watched the less than 10 minute video with France Martin of Frenchiestamps.com, I was ready to run out to my local Home depot right then!  Not only does this technique produce some really cool results, but it is super easy.  I am all about super easy for cool techniques!  It reminds me of the magic mesh that they used to sell some years ago, which you purchased in different colors.  The beauty of drywall tape is, there is virtually no waste!  You can color directly on the drywall tape and use it as an embellishment, and then you can use the image that remains from where you colored it, as well!  Unlike the magic mesh, where you would have to buy several packs to get different colors, you can purchase 500ft  of drywall tape for around $10….and then use whatever colors you choose!  As you will see in the video, it is as simple as cutting the desired length off of the roll, laying it on your paper of choice and then coloring.  And, voila!  Instant embellishment, background or accent!  Below the video, I have added some finished creations, by stamp artists Loll Thompson and Karen Dunbrook.  Within minutes of watching this just over 8 minutes video, I promise that you will be on the road to your local hardware store! Thank you, Andrea!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Decor - All Year Round, Decor - General Home

“Wood” u b my Valentine?

Wood decor is all the rage right now, especially hand crafted….whether it is crafted by yourself or someone else.  Below are some super sweet wooden rustic signs that are easy to recreate, and can be used for Valentines Day decor, or all year round.  Click on the Crafts On Fire website, to see some more Love themed rustic wooden signs.  Some of these would also make great gifts for weddings, anniversaries, or even birthdays.  So go find some of that old wood that you were planning on trashing and turn it into a work of “heart”!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Cards - Hearts / Love

Love letters by Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn is another one of my favorite stamp companies, they have such cute and fun images.  Check out the adorable card below, made using their Love Letters stamp set and Love Letters lawn cuts (matching die cuts).  This is a super sweet card, and can be used for an everyday card, or for Valentines Day.  I also love the script background.  I found this image on Pinterest, but unfortunately could not find the artist to whom to give credit.  None the less, it is a super cute card, using Lawn Fawn‘s great stamps!  Be sure to check out their site, to see all the other fun images and stamp sets that they have to offer.

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

 

Posted in Craft Room - Storage finds, Decor - General Home

Bed springs…not just for sleeping!

One thing that I absolutely love is seeing old furniture re-purposed for craft rooms!   I love it when someone is able to take a piece of furniture that might otherwise be thrown away, and give it new life.  It truly amazes me how a little paint, hardware and creativity can produce some exquisite pieces for craft display and storage.  Below are just a few samples that I have seen on Pinterest.  The last picture is where some creative genius re-purposed an old bed spring as a delightful area to store craft goodies!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Cards - Hearts / Love

Clean and simple

Sometimes, when creating cards, less is more.  The card below was created using Stampin’ Up! products, by Erica B. Cerwin, of Pink Buckaroo Designs.  Erica used the Heart Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Heartfelt Blooms Wood-Mount Stamp Set to create this sweet card.  I love the clean and simple design of this card, which also equates to easy and quick! This would be a great Valentines Day card, but you could also use it throughout the year, just to let someone know that you are thinking about them.  I always like when stamps can be used for more than one occasion, and these sets definitely meet that criteria!  Be sure and check out Erica’s blog, Pink Buckaroo Designs, to see more of her inspiring creativeness. 

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

 

 

 

Posted in Decor - All Year Round, Decor - General Home

DIY candle ideas

Valentines Day is approaching, and here are some cute ideas for using votive candles or tea lights.  You can use these for Valentines Day for a little romantic ambiance, or you can create them with materials that will play well for any season.  Personally, I have done this project previously, stamping on vellum and creating a shade, like the image below with the fall leaves.  It is super easy, cheap, and makes a great gift.  You can also use pretty patterned card stock or paper.  I definitely want to try the project below that uses a votive and lace, I think that is a very nice accent.  The great thing about this project is that you can get the glasses, votive holders, votive candles and tea light candles cheaply at Dollar Tree, Walmart, or other discount stores.  Most of us crafters have plenty of paper and card stock laying around, and even have bits of lace or material to use for the votive project.  The links for more details on how to create these projects are below.  Remember, these don’t have to be used just for romance, they can be used all season long…..with or without romance!

1. Stamped Vellum shade

2. Pretty Paper shade

3. Lace Votive

stamped-and-embossed-lampshade    candles    candles2

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Landscapes, Cards - Winter

It’s snow o’clock somewhere….

We may not have snow here in Florida (not where I am, anyway!), but we can always bring some snow into our lives with our own creativity, like the card below.  This card  is one that Esther Asbury created for Repeat Impressions “Anything Goes Challenge”, using Repeat Impressions stamps.  Another one of my fave stamp companies, Repeat Impressions offer a wide variety of images and themes, that are hand drawn and created from high quality red rubber.  This company is near and dear to my heart specifically because I have known the wonderful owners, Bill and Wendy, for many years.

What I absolutely love about this card is Esther’s use of acetate.  I think it is a medium that is often overlooked, but it creates such a gorgeous effect.   Esther used the Penguin Trio, Lg Pine Tree and Snowflakes to create this adorable card.  Make sure that you check out Repeat Impressions blog, as they issue a new challenge weekly, in which you can actually win a gift certificate!  Also, make sure you take a peek at Esther’s blog, Shoregirl’s Creations, to see some more of her stunning creations!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda