Wednesday, October 31, 2012

True Blood Configuration box

Hey Y'all....

I'm still working on my distress ink holder, but I decided I'd share with your my last project.  I was holding off until the recipient of the project received it. 

Here's a pic of the entire box

So, it's a True Blood Configuration Box!!  :)  Eric Northman is the subject and I vamped this box up! 

I did a video explaining everything that I used in the box.  I will link it below, but here's a list of what I used.

Elmer's glue
black paint
red paint
red feathers
black feathers
white feathers
clock necklace charm
momenta clock piece
clock charm
celebrate it black flicker battery operated candles
red mesh bling
gray card stock
silver beaded trim
red chipboard letters
gray resin roses
red metal roses
acrylic sealer
clay (true blood bottle, gargoyle/bat, heart with wings)
Fleur De Li charm
red box pleated trim
red lace
coffin necklace piece
handcuff charms
black mesh recycled packaging
fang necklace piece
black tulle
silver chain
white chain
Recollections mini roses
Metal Corners from Wild Orchid Crafts
Mesh sheets by Making Memories
Tim Holtz game piece
Blue Moon Beads Moon Charm
Mini White Roses from Paper Wishes
Thickers - Glittered Black
Thickers - Linen Fabric Gray
Tim Holtz Pin nib
Shrinky Dinks
Red Zipper

WOOOO....that was a lot.  So, here's more photos

I had a really good time making this box.  It was lengthy, but it was mostly due to the limited time I have to craft.  This was my first configuration box and I have to say...after this one...I see many more in my future!  It was a blast, not to mention it was for one of my friends...Monica(scrappin4myboys)!!  Go over and check her blog out...she is a talented chick! She also has a youtube channel.  You can visit her channel HERE

Here's my video for an explanation of what I did creating this beauty...

Thank you for taking a look at my creation!  I am proud of this one.  :)

Have a wonderful day and may the sun be shining where you are. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Another work In Progress

Hey Y'all!!  Here's the other item I've been working on.

A spinner for my distress inks!!!

I saw a great idea on Youtube by can link to her Channel HERE.  She has a great tutorial on her blog and put together a little video on Youtube as well.  Click HERE for her blog.  You can click HERE for her Youtube video. 

So I adapted what she did a little.  I have all these boxes laying around that I have saved.  You might have some too!!  Do you ever get those little packets of sugar free mix to add to your water?  Well I sure do because I HATE water alone.  So, that's what I used to make the base of my distress ink holder.  I flatened them out and cut them down to the size I needed(about 3 inches).  These 2 brands of mixes...Wylers and Hawaiian Punch were the same size.  The packets I had bought at Walmart with their brand was not wide enough for the distress pads to fit inside.  This is why I went for these 2 brands of recycled packaging.  You may try others, but those are the 3 boxes I had.  I have been keeping these forever!!  So, I had well over 20 of the 3 brands to chose from.

Here's a pic...

After I cut them down, I folded the flaps back up and taped them. After that was done...I painted them with Black acrylic paint.  You can chose a color to match whatever paper you like. 

After I was finished and I let them dry, I stacked them on top of each other and glued together.  I repainted in all the areas that were showing the pattern on the boxes.  Then the bare side of the boxes that showed I also painted the edges.  After those were dry...I added chipboard over them and added the patterned paper to coordinate with my other altered items in my craft room. 

So, here's where I am at so far...

So far I am loving this!!  I didn't get it perfectly straight when I taped my boxes together, but when I add my embellishments, it will be GREAT and don't think it will be that noticeable.  The only thing I wish I had done was to add a piece of thin chipboard between each layer.  That would have made it easier to align and added some strength between layers. 

So, this is my adapted version.  It has been quick!  You could probably do it in one afternoon if you could devote an afternoon to it.  I wasn't able to do that.  You can customize this to hold however many pads you have.  Myself, I have less than 20 right I made mine to hold 20.  I am going to use re-moveable tape on the top to be able to add more.  Also remember if you want to do that to keep some of your paper for covering if you want it to match!  I'm also thinking of adding something on the top to store my alchol inks and stickles.  I just haven't decided completely yet.  I wanted to decorate the top of COURSE!  Will see what I can come up with. 

Thank you for looking and any comments are appreciated! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What I've been up to...

So, I've been busy.  Crafting when I can.  I just finished a Configuration Box and I'll share that it detail whenever my Internet cooperates and I get the video uploaded. 

Here's another thing I'm working just sharing my progress on this.

My favorite colors are Red, Black, White/Ivory/Cream and Silver.  I have decorated my craft room in these colors.  A while ago I altered my ATG stand.  The pink gun kinda stood out like a sore thumb so I decided to alter it as well.  IT is a WORK IN PROGRESS.  FOR SURE! 

Here's what I have so far.

I painted the back of the gun with acrylic paint.  Then I realized how easily this was gonna scratch off.  I ran over it with a black sharpie and it covered well.  Then I decided to seal it with acrylic spray on sealer.  This has worked well, but if you decide to do this, I don't think I'd recommend this method.  When I lay my gun down on the black side, it tends to take the shine off the sealer part.  If that makes sense!  If anyone has suggestions on how to alter your ATG without it scratching off so easily please post!!

Next...i added alcohol ink on the inside.  I went with Silver.  I thought if it covered better, I could recover the outside, but this scratched off as well.  Not as easily, but still scratched...So, I just did the silver on the inside then decided I'd cover the clear side with paper to Tie in the RED in my room.  :)  I added a piece of scrap paper from my stash and used some of the same black and cream paper that I used on my ATG Stand.  I'm not finished with it.  I even thought about adding some clear rubber stopper type things on the black side so when I lay it down it won't take the shine off.  I do have a stand, but I craft upstairs and downstairs a lot.  Maybe I need 2 stands!! 

Any suggestions from anyone please let me know!!! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Altered Letter "S" for a friend

Hey Y'all!!  So...looking like I am gonna average about one blog post a month!  That is just sad, but anyway...

Here's my latest project.  It's an altered "S" that I made for a friend.  I haven't mailed this to her yet, so if she sees it I guess the surprise is ruined.  HAHA!!

I got the S from the Dollar Spot at Micheals.  I'm not sure if it was more than $1.  It's been so long ago that I bought it.

The letter was silver and I painted it purple.

I then added some purple paper over the top of the S to add some texture.  The purples were a little different in shade, so I painted over the paper as well.
After letting it dry I added my embellishments
I used Zva Creative pearl flourishes, a white I Am Roses flower, 3 green recollections roses, 2 Metal corners by Wild Orchid Crafts, Misc beads from my stash, an acrylic butterfly from the Micheals $1 spot and 2 Wild Orchid Crafts rosebuds. 
Here's a few close ups

Simple and quick project that took me about 2 weeks to complete!  HAHA!  I am sure you could do it much faster.  :) 
Thank you for taking a look and any comments are appreciated.