Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ScrapTiffany Recycled Blog Hop

It's time for the Scrap Tiffany Trash to Treasure blog hop.  If you just visited Renee, then you are in the right place.  If you were just dropping in to check on me and make sure I didn't fall off the face of the earth, well thank you.  But what are you waiting for??!!  Start out at Scrap Tiffany for lots of fun, prizes and tons of trashy treasure!!  I have had this old raggedy clipboard around my house for years.  I wanted to transform it into something beautiful.  I decided to take pictures throughout the process to show you how amazing I am....I mean how amazing the clipboard turned out...haha...but my camera has a mind of it's own and didn't want to upload the before picture.  You know that old saying "You're so ugly that you broke the camera"? Well that's how ugly this thing was, so let's just leave it at that. 
I chose some hot pink houndstooth print paper that I picked up at Michael's on clearance for 14 cents a sheet.  Score!!  The paper was not quite long enough to cover completely, so I cut a three inch strip off the bottom and started modge podging the two pieces to the board.  I put a layer of Sparkle Mod Podge underneath and on top of the paper, smoothing out all the air bubbles as I went.  I did one side, then trimmed the edges with my exacto knofe, then flipped it over to do the front.  This was a bit harder to make it go up underneath the clip but I finally managed to make it work with only a bit of the ugly wood showing.  I then added a strip of zebra print paper to cover the gap, and then after it was all dry I pulled out my acrilyc paints and dabbed around the edges to hide all the rest of the ugly wood.  Of course I used my fave color, lime green.  Once dry, I coated the whole thing with another layer of Sparkle Mod Podge.  So here it is all nice and pretty but it is not quite done yet. 
Next I wanted to hide that ugly clip.  I cut some scalloped circles with my Nesties and black cardstock.  I stacked about 5 or 6 of them on top of each other to add depth, and I embossed the top one with the Divine Swirls embossing folder inmy cuttlebug.  The letter "B" is cut with some scraps and the Storybook cartridge on my Cricut.  Some adhesive bling flourishes finished it off.  And here is the finished project.
I wish I had thought to take my camera with me to the training I just went to in Sacramento for a week.  I took this with me and every one in the room wanted one, including the man who was sitting next to me, haha.  Your next stop on the blog hop is Danielle at http://ecoscrapbook.blogspot.com/
What better place to continue the recycling theme, than the queen of recycled papercrafting.  Don't forget to vivit all the designers as their are prizes hidden along the way.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bad, Bad, Blogger

I have been a very bad blogger.  This full time job stuff is no joke.  I come home from work in time to eat dinner and fall into bed.  I did however recently attend Scrap Camp.  That's what my group of scrap buddies call our semi annual retreats since the camp it is locaed at is pretty rugged; we have to bring in our own fire wood and trek through the mud to the bathrooms or the cabins, but it is cheap so we keep going.  I had a ton of fun working with stamps which is something you all know I never do.  So without further ado, here is the first Scrap Tiffany challenge of April
We were to use this sketch to create a card or a LO.  I changed it a bit to fit a card and used all Stampin Up papers and inks along with an American Girl Stamp and a few stamps from Close to my Heart.  Here is what I came up with, what do you think?

The colors are Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, So Saffrom and Pretty in Pink.  The flower and butterflys are American Girl stamps and I added a few rhinestones.  Stop by Scrap Tiffany and see what all the other designers came up with for this awesome sketch!