Friday, August 19, 2016

Sequins Storage Idea

I have found a new love, and it is called sequins!!!  Brads seem to be phasing out of paper crafting, but I will say, I still love a brad or two!  ;)  I love buttons in my crafting too but find that they can be to bulky at times, especially for cards that need to be mails.  Sequins is my new favorite embellishment!  They are very light so they don't add extra bulk.  They can come in every shape, size and color!  They are SHINY!!!!  I love sequins!!!  
Now the next question is: how am I going to store all these new pretties?  I went back to my tried and true binder storage.  These are actually found in the jewelry section of your big box crafting stores.  You can also find them on amazon too. They are called Craft Mates Lockables. I have also have a Brads binder and a button binder in the Craft Mates.   I like these containers because each individual section "locks" so you don't accidentally spill your pretties everywhere!  They also don't let the sequins mix with each other, so nothing slides out between sections.  

I ordered some of the bigger compartments for some of my sequins that I had more of.  These containers slide in and out of the binder so you can interchange them. 

Do you like sequins?  Do you use the Craft Mates Lockables?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of them!
Michelle!!!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Love the Olympics? Olympic inspired Bark Box!!

Are you watching the Olympics?  I've caught bits and pieces of the Olympics and all the news updates of big wins.  This month's Bark Box is PERFECT!!!  Olympic inspired!!! 

I'll show the treats first.  I liked the variety this month.  I am sure Levi and Otis will enjoy them, as always!


There was a card included, you put it on your dog's collar and take a picture for the Bark Box website.  Neither Levi or Otis were feeling like posing today!  LOL

The toys this month are absolutely the cutest!!!  I'm pretty sure I say this with all the boxes, but these are super cute!!!  I love the torch, and the wrester is a hoot!!!  The rope on the wrestler's legs side, so sometimes I find him with one short leg and one really long leg!  Otis likes to drag him around....I find him in odd places in my house. 







There was also I liver chew treat......and it's already gone....Levi says "it was yummy"....while licking his lips!!! 

I loved this box!  Super cute!  And best of all the dogs loved it too. We opt for the extra toy, that's why we get three toys.  If you are interested in getting the Bark Box:

Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tim Holtz Distressed Crayons, Gelatos, and Pan Pastels Comparision

I started playing with some color mediums.  I got the Tim Holtz crayons first.  Later to get the Gelatos and the Pan Pastels.  This post is a comparison of the three and my thoughts on them.
First of all:  ALL of them are good, for different aspects.  I compared them using the baby wipe technique and water for blending.  This is only ONE technique you can do with them. For all three mediums, I used water coloring paper- to make all things equal AND I since was using the baby wipe technique.  I picked three colors that were closest to each other for comparison.


These are the Pan Pastels.  They are a chalk based coloring medium.  They come in every color under the sun!!!  I found them easy to work with, but you do need an applicator.  I used eye shadow makeup applicators: I don't use them for my makeup, I use brushes, so I get tons of these that I normally just toss!
The lids twist off, they sit nicely on the table to work with.


These are Gelatos.  They are chapstick shaped but work like crayons.  Easy and smooth to use. A little goes a long way!


These are the Tim Holtz distressed crayons.  These are the easiest to hold and use since they are much like a marker.  


For the first part: I just colored on the watercolor paper with each medium.  This is the distressing crayons.  Out of the three, I thought the coverage on the water colored paper wasn't as good with the Tim Holtz Distressing crayons. 

Then I took damp baby wipe and blended in the colors.  They blended easily. I had to be careful not to blend the colors more than I wanted because it seemed like the medium stayed more on top of the paper.   The colors became more muted.  


For the last step, I misted the results with water.....it made the colors bolder again.  Interesting, not sure it's a better look, but interesting result.  Now this is done ready to use.  I don't need to seal this in any way.


I did the same thing with the Gelatos.  I thought this was a great intense color.  Very smooth.  


I used the baby wipe to blend.  There was a lot of medium down so I think I could even use less, leaving more areas white to blend and get a great result. Colors blended very easily into one another. I tried to keep the to much of the colors from blending into the yellow.  Just because I liked the yellow on this.  

This is a comparison of the Gelatos and the Tim Holtz crayons.  Sorry for the side picture, a couple of these switched on me and I didn't realize it till after the upload.  But you can see the results between the two here.  I think the Gelatos have a more intense color, and blended easier.  But if you are look for a more subtle look, maybe the Tim Holtz is more for you.  Once again, its hard to say one is better than another, they are just different.

This is the Gelatos misted with water, the water seems to make the color more intense again.  Just interesting....not sure that it makes a difference but thought it was neat while I was playing around.



I did the same thing with the pan pastels.  The colors are beautifully intense.  The most intense.  Additional step to apply because you need an applicator, but it's just an extra set....not really harder. 

This is blended with a baby wipe.  Out of all of them, I think the Pan Pastels kept their intense color the best.  (the least intense color after blending would be Tim Holtz Distressing Crayons, the middle of the road are the Gelatos).



This is a comparison of all three of them.  I like the results of the Pan Pastels best, nice blended but the colors didn't bleed into each other two much.  Once again, it depends on what YOU like.  












This was the Pan Pastels misted with water.  Very pretty again.  Now, here's another step with Pan Pastels, you have to seal them.  Some people use just plain old cheap hairspray, so that seems easy enough.  Just spray a light coverage over your project to seal it, let it dry all the way.  And your done.  Is that a deal breaker for me, no.  Once again, it is an easy step.  For this test: I think the Pan Pastels gave the best look.  I was looking for intense.  And they kept their nice rich color.  They were easy to work with.  


Hope this helps anyone wanting to compare the three mediums.
Leave me a comment and let me know which medium of the three you have tried or want to try.  What is your favorite technique to use with them?
Thanks for visiting!
Michelle

Monday, June 20, 2016

Yoda Hat Layout and Using up Scrap Pieces


Today I am sharing a quick layout.  Although this is overly exciting, I like this layout.  I used up a bunch of random pieces I had from a DSP pack.  I also used up some random cut out pieces of October Afternoon on this layout.  Since I don't use Whispering White cardstock for background paper often, I think it's one of the reasons this layout makes me so happy.  It's clean but yet has a lot going on.  

The whole layout was focused around my son wearing his Yoda hat....cause who doesn't like Yoda!?  I was able to use some old Christmas alphabet up on this layout.  The letters were red and green, I picked out just the green ones, and I'm pretty sure you would never know they are Christmas letters.  The ink splatters are done with my favorite set Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  

More using up things, I used up these mini flowers that I had forever.  I'm not really a flower person but I think they worked on this layout.  I also used some brads in my layers!






I used the Stampin' Up board to create the lines, it's a long retired item from Stampin' Up but I like to pull it off the shelf and add some interest to a layout.  

Thanks for stopping by today!
Michelle

Friday, June 17, 2016

Layout option with Patterns paper and Solid circles

Do you have a layout that you always go back to?  I do.  Circles.  I use a lot of circles.  Circles are easy.  I can use punches or framelits to cut my circles.  I have tons of sizes to chose from.  EASY, right? I love using my tools and getting my money out of them.  Circles are one of the first punches I bought, and the first set of framelits I bought. Stampin' Up came out with another framelit set of stacked circles that is on my want list.  I know I will get the use out of them as well! 
  Using circles makes this an easy layout to do time and time again, especially if I get stuck for an idea.  This layout works for any patterned paper, I simple match my solid cardstock to the colors in the pattern paper.  For a twist, you could do the reverse....use solid cardstock as the background, then the circles cut from patterned paper.  Here's another idea, use scalloped circles instead, or do a mix of scalloped and regular circles!   That's what so great about this layout, you can switch it up, and it will never look the same from one layout to another.  With different colors, background choices, one page or two page layouts, it will always look great AND is easy to do! This is one that I rotate in my scrapbooks a lot!  I hope it gives you inspiration to add it to your layout rotations.


I used kraft for my background.  I love kraft so anytime I can use it, the better!  But white would have looked nice here too! Or a colorful pop on Black would look great!  


I like to ink the edges of my circles.  Also popping some up with dimensionals gives it some nice added interest. 


This is a great layout for scraps!  Use up that DSP!!!




I hope you enjoyed the layout!  Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle
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