Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ann Butler Designs and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop

Hello everybody, I am so excited to be a part of this Ann Butler DesignsWalnut Hollow blog hop and share this project with you. This is a very special project since I made it for my mother for Mother’s Day. My mom loves jewelry, surely I don’t take after my mother when it comes to jewelry, so I thought what better gift than a jewelry box. Right from the beginning I wanted this box to look like made in India with the use of bright colors and sparkles. So here it is……………

And now I want to apologize. When I started working on the project I intended to post step by step photo tutorial but I got so engrossed while working that I completely missed taking pictures so I am going to do a written tutorial instead.

Here is the complete list of the products I used:

Wooden beads 
Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Paints
Clearsnap Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter’s Ink
White card stock
Momento black ink
Crystal sheets by prima
Liquid glass by close to my heart
Zip dry glue
Painter’s tape

Step 1: glue the wooden beads to the bottom of the box
Step 2: while my glue was drying I painted a piece of white cardstock with Ann Butler Iridescents "Aquamarine"
Step3:   Paint the box, I used Martha steward light orange and mixed some bright orange from Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter’s Ink. I had never used walnut hollow products before but I am loving them, great quality and ready to work surfaces.
Step 4: while the box was drying I stamped the Ann Butler 1” Doily Picnic Faux Quilt Stamp image on the painted cardstock and let it dry while I put on another coat on the box
Step 5: Then I cut the faux quilt stamped images.
Step 6:  Now I did some measuring and using the masked technique, first stamped the borders on the box using Ann Butler's EZ-De's sampler set A stamps, then I glued the cut stamped images.
Step 7: I cut out strips from the crystal sheet and stuck that along the stamped border. I used the prima crystal sheet for the first time, just a slight comment here I had brought two sheets one was the great but the other when I started cutting the strips out the crystals started falling off.
Step 8: to decorate the top I painted the center with Ann Butler Iridescents ink, just love the shine you get with these iridescents inks, I also painted by crystals with the iridescent to give it a slight aquamarine hue and finally to personalize it I put my mom's initial and covered it with the liquid glass to give it a glass effect. I used stickles for some more bling because there can never be too much bling.

Easy pesy. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and hop on over to all the other blogs to be blown away creatively of course and along the way be sure to leave a comment to win a giveaway…………………...I love blog hops.

Here are few more photos of the finished project. You can click on the pictures for a better view.

Hope you enjoyed the project, let me know if you would like to see a photo tutorial because I am sure my sisters are going to want this box too.

To Enter for the giveaway please leave a comment.  For each blog you leave a comment on, your name will be entered into the giveaway drawing, so be sure to check out the entire Blog Hop for more chances to win!

Thanks for stopping by...........

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Teacher Appreciation with Faux Quilt Stamps

Hello everybody, today I want a share a project I made for my daughter's teachers as part of the Teacher's Appreciation Week. We absolutely love my daughter's school and what makes this school so amazing are the teacher's, they are truly wonderful and teach the kids so much. Its truly rewarding to see their little minds take off like they are, feel very blessed. So all the parents wanted to do something special for the teacher's to make them feel appreciated and as part of appreciation week I had prepared 5 question list which the kids were answer for each teacher and then I bounded those cute little answered sheets into a book for the teachers. I was pretty happy with the result.

These were very quick and easy to make, especially with Ann Butler's 1" faux quilt stamps and their unique no edge design.

First I arranged my faux quilt pattern on an acrylic block.

Then stamped my card stock.

In the empty squares I stamped some sentiments like "one of a kind", "you're appreciated", stapled the cover with the sheets and covered the staple with a embossed piece of cardstock. I then personalised each book with the teacher's name first letter using the Ann Butler's EZ De.s Flourishes 2" stamp set by kellycraft, put it on spellbinder's die cut and embellished them with want2scrap rhinestones, I also made some flourishes with stickles. Below are all the 10

Hope you enjoyed this project, I sure did enjoy making them. Thanks for stopping by...........