Friday, December 30, 2011

Webster's Pages "Sunday Picnic" giveaway!

Webster's Pages
 is having a FANTABULOUS giveaway!!!  One super lucky winner (me, me!!!) will win a huge assortment from their New Sunday Picnic collection! Sweet!
Here is the pic they have up on their blog:


SO fun, huh?!

You can go to their blog for more deets on how to enter to win!!!

Free paper and crafting goodies?  A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!  ;p

Blessings, Janice  :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Hand Soap teacher gift

So, I've seen this done at one of my MOPS meetings when I was back in the states and I knew I wanted to make some as teacher gifts as soon as my boys were in school.  What teacher doesn't like hand soap, for herself of her classroom?  I know I would!

So, I decided to tackle that project just a day before I thought I was going to give them away.  (My planning loving self has not done so well here.   Lots going on inside and out so, I have embraced the last-minute pretty much everything!)  I bought some inexpensive hand soap at our local grocery store hoping that the labels would come off with ease.  Well, they did but the adhesive did not.  :(  I visited a couple of blogs that had tutorials on this project and one of the recommended using Goof Off to get the adhesive off.  Here is that blog and post, The Idea Room. Well, I didn't have time to go searching for this product so I used Bar Keepers Friend stainless steel cleaner instead. (Can I just put in a plug for this cleaner for a minute?  LOVE it!  Cleans just about any kind of stain from stainless steel pans plus rust, porcelain stains and GOBS of other things--my go to cleaner for so many things.) I thought that I might be running the risk of scratching the surface of the container but it was all I had and what am I if not a resourceful, last minute problem solver?  ;P

I got the adhesive off without scratching the surface BUT it did take the gloss sheen off the container.  Boo.  Luckily, I had some clear glaze (glossy mod podge would work, too) in my crafty stash and a thin coat of that brought the gloss right back.  :) 

Here are some photos of the finished projects:
Don't you love that Poinsettia?  One of Melanie Muenchinger's fantastic stamps sets from Gina K Designs, "Holiday Basket" has that little stamp.  It is just perfect and beautiful!  I colored it with Copic markers of course.  :)  I have to mention, too, that Melanie also has a "to die for" stamp set (really a series of sets) called "Stately Flowers1" that has stamps of all the states' flowers plus some fabulous sentiments to go along with them.  LOVE it and want it and the ones that follow!  :)

Pic of the full bottle.

Lovin' those tags?  Well, they were a free download from Jones Design Company.  I don't know how I stumbled across their blog but it is now one I subscribe to and love.  SO many cute and beautiful DIY ideas there!

It says, "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"

All three in all their glory!  :)

OK, now for the transparency deal.  I have to admit, third times a charm.  Ha!  You need to get printable transparencies and use a LASER printer.  Inkjets will not work as the ink will just slide off the transparency once inserted into the bottle (took mine over night to slide off).  That one blog suggested you can print the transparencies at your local copy store if you don't have a laser printer.  Of course, I do not have a laser printer and I was DETERMINED to make this project work for me.  And, remember, I am resourceful.  :)  I figured that if I print them using my inkjet let it set for a few minutes then coat it with my glaze that the glaze would act as a nice coating over the ink and it wouldn't slide off!  Yes!  

SO, yes, I used what I had with me (Aleene's Paper Glaze).  The first one worked perfectly!  Using a foam brush I brushed over a very fine coat of the glaze, let it dry completely and then inserted it into the bottle.  48 hours later, no drippy ink.  Now, the second and third bottles I applied a thicker coat. BAD idea.   The thicker coat, even though it was transparent-ish, was visible and looked tacky.  And, an even worse idea was to insert the "almost" dry transparency into the bottle.  It wasn't transparent.  It was opaque.  And it looked really tacky!

So, that is when the third time came into play.  I redid those last two, applying a thin coat of the Paper Glaze, let them dry completely and then inserted them in.  

SO, I'm hoping the glaze will hold. I think it will.  :)  

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 16, 2011

CPS Sketch 248 :)

Welcome back!  I was productive today was able to make a card for the Card Positioning System's sketch 248.  :)  Here is the sketch:

Great sketch, huh? I love "sweet and simple" sketches.  They just make card making super easy to do!

Here is my take on  Tami's sketch:
I used Layers of Color's "Angelic" and "Glad Tidings" clear art stamp sets and DCWV paper.  I adore clean and simple cards and this sketch was just perfect for that!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Janice :)

CardPatterns Sketch 145

Hey, there!  Today I have a card using Card Patterns sketch 145.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my card with a Christmas theme:
Well, I should first say that I am dying to get the rest of my craft supplies in!!!  I need my Spellbinders dies, Grand Caliber, GinaK card stock, all my embellishments, embossing gun and powders, etc!  Need!  ;)  Oh, parting with them was such not-so-sweet sorrow but alas, I shall see them again soon.  I truly hope so anyway!  Our boxes (that we shipped) are supposed to have arrived already and we are just waiting on the call or email saying we can pick them  up!

Anyway, moving on.  I used Layers of Colors "Glad Tidings" clear art stamp set for the main image and sentiment on this card.  If you've not gone over and checked out Layers of Colors fantastic Christmas stamp collection (or any of their stamps really!) you need to! This set along with so many others are just so fun and inspiring!

I used DCWV paper for my background and Seven Gypies red gaffer tape to create the "ruffles".

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Janice :)