SMART WAYS TO USE YOUR CHERISHED OLD CARDS

  Inside: smart ways to use all your old cards from the holidays. Instead of throwing them away reuse and re-purpose them!   This time of year we all have many cards around the house. On one hand I always feel really bad throwing them away because people took the time to pick them, write something and then send them but on the other hand I don’t really want to keep them because it’s just a card with a few words like I get every year and if I keep them all I’ll need another room… Lol So I started thinking if keeping them or throwing them were my two only options… apparently not!     WAYS TO USE OLD CARDS   KEEP THEM   Keep cards from special events like a wedding or Bar-Mitzva as a piece of family history to show your children or grandchildren. Don’t keep all of them just the ones with special design, words or …

HOW TO MAKE ARTIST TRADING COINS AND WHY

Inside: introducing the new hot trend in the art world: Artist Trading Coins – what are they and how to make them   I have a new obsession: Artist Trading Coins! They are not only super fun to make but they answer two of my main needs in paper crafting: first, using my scraps – it just bothers me if I see a large scrap pile. The second, creating paper collages – I just love taking small pieces and turning them into a work of art.   WHAT ARE ARTIST TRADING COINS Artist Trading Coins are an evolution of Artist Trading cards which first appeared in 1997 in Switzerland when a local artist hosted their first swap. Since then it has taken off in the art world and many crafters and artists have embraced this art form. These are small artistic projects in a shape of a circle. They can be made in any style, with any material and in …

20 QUICK SKILL FREE IDEAS TO SCRAP YOUR LEFTOVERS NOW

Inside: 20 easy and fun ideas to scrap your leftovers without using special skills or tools.   Leftover supplies…paper scraps… we all have them in boxes, drawers and containers! Some of us have a lot and some of us just a little but we all stare at them not knowing how to use them. In this post I want to share with you some fun and easy ways to use your leftovers on your scrapbook pages so these piles will get a little smaller.     WHY DO WE HAVE SO MANY LEFTOVERS? We love buying craft supplies for a specific project or just because we saw something we like at the craft store. But we usually buy more than we need. We use the supplies in a project but we don’t use all of them so we have little pieces of paper, ribbons etc. These leftovers go to a drawer or a box and we kind of forget them. …

Altered Toys Configuration Box

Hi dear crafty friends! I just went over my blog and realized I never shared with you my Altered Toys Configuration Box that I create a long time ago. This project is from such a long time ago the photos are not so good and I didn’t even wait for the glue to dry before I took them… I did remember to share the video though…     Altered Toys Configuration Box What do you do or did with your kids old toys? I’m a sentimental girl and it’s hard for me to throw things away especially if they have a special meaning to me, like toys my kids used to play with. So I didn’t want to throw them away I wanted to preserve them in a way but not forgotten in a drawer.     I decided to present them in my own configuration box. After collecting a few small jewelry boxes I could start working. I covered …

Leftover Chipboard Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Do you have a lot of chipboard leftovers? letters, pieces you can’t find what to do with and even the chipboard sheets that held the shapes you already used. I don’t throw them away and I have a LOT! So today i want to share with you how to create a Leftover Chipboard Mixed Media Canvas. Leftover Chipboard Mixed Media Canvas For this canvas I used an 8×8 canvas. First I added a little texture to the background with a stencil and modeling paste. Then I started adding leftover chipboard letters.     The next step was to add leftover chipboard sheets in the center to add height to more chipboard shapes like borders and frames. I also used circle chipboards that had the letters in them.     Then I painted everything with black gesso and added metallic paints. To finish the canvas I added a few metal shapes to compliment the paints. The final …

Recycled Mixed Media Steampunk Project

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share a Recycled Mixed Media Steampunk Project I created completely by accident. I planned to create something else and then while planning my project I found a chipboard sheet of a used chipboard shape that I used for another project. The only thing that was left was the empty chipboard sheet, but that gave me an idea…     Recycled Mixed Media Steampunk Project         I wanted to use this chipboard sheet as a base for a mixed media project and include more recycled materials. So I added  a piece of corrugated cardboard and a string. From there the project just had a life of its own and took shape almost automatically. I also added some cogwheels and lots of texture with art stones. The focal point of the project was some metal pieces that were placed on another empty chipboard piece. Then I painted everything with metallic acrylic …

Steampunk Hot-Air Balloon

The steampunk queen strikes again! FYI I didn’t give myself this title…you did, or at least some of you Lol! I sure love steampunk and I’m happy to share with you another project. This one looks difficult but it’s much easier than you think! It’s because of all the tricks I’m using here to create faux metal and keep everything light weight. I started with a plastic ball I got at the craft store, you can use an ornament or even a glass ball, although you will need to be a little bit more carefull with that. I covered the ball with pieces of gold Duck Tape and then painted it with black acrylic paint. I waited for about half a minute and then wiped the paint with a paper towel, creating a really pretty effect of blackened metal. I added faux leather stripes with faux rivets and steampunk embellishments, including a propeller. I used an old cardboard box as …

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