Thursday, September 27, 2012

All Things Altered Fall/ Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to the All Things Altered Fall/ Halloween Blog Hop
 
Are just arriving on my blog and want to start at the beginning?  Click HERE to start, but don't worry you'll come right back since I'm next. 
 
If only I could see your face right now, scrolling, puzzled looks, scratching your head wondering WHERE'S THE HALLOWEEN PROJECT????  I know shocking.  Nope, I'm doing FALL!  I have a new basement we are just finishing and I wanted something on my new mantle.  Fall is my favorite time of year so I created these altered wood letters so I could enjoy it every year!
 
 
I happen to have some Stampin Up Fall paper left, perfect for this project.
 
I used various Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers dies to layer along each letter.  The little acorns my kids collected this summer when we visited Mesa Verde.
 
I used the TH Twigs Border die, painted it brown and crackled.  This grunge twig is the base of each letter.
 
Oh yes, the $1 Store is where I picked up berries, silk leave and metal leaves.
 
I also used my TH Strip Die Autumn Gatherings.  There are so many leaves on that die!
 
The little pine cone we collected on a hike in the summer.  My kids had pockets full of mini pine cones.  They had so much fun!
 
I modge podged the paper to the letters, cut, sanded and inked the edges.  Then modge podge again the seal it all.
 
Those vines from the $1 Store are great.  Just snip and hot glue!
 
Oh I love this TH Mini Jalopy Movers and Shapers die.  Cut on grunge, painted brown and crackled it nestles perfectly in the fall foliage!
 
When it's up all the goodies are along the bottom.
 
BONUS PROJECT!
 
  I picked up a Hurricane Glass, $14, clipped some left over leaves from the $1 Store vines and tied it off with a piece of twine.  The big pine cones my boys collected for me.  A very inexpensive Fall Decor project.
 
I'm still working on decorating our new fireplace but for now the FALL letters along with some $1 Store vines fill my mantle. 
 
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Then you won't miss a thing:)
 
Your Hop list should you get lost.
 
1. Pammejo
2. Nicole {You are here} 
4.
Betty
5.
Gloria
6.
Irit
7. Christine
8.
Debbie
9.
Jennifer
10.
Jess B
11.
Barbara R
12.
Shelley
13. Candice
14.
Eileen 
 
Thanks for hopping!  Be sure to leave a comment on every blog post to be apart of the chance to win some goodies!  The Boss Lady will be checking;)  Now you're ready to get inspired and check out more awesome projects.  Click HERE to see the awesome Betty Boo!
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Monday, September 24, 2012

From Drab to Fab in 30 Minutes

Tissue Box Makeover...Crafting beyond Cards
 
Yep, that would be my guest bath toilet.  Now, before you think I have lost my blogging marbles there is a point.   I really dislike those tissue box covers/ cozies that sit on the toilet.  However, I dislike my favorite Eucalyptus smelling blue box even more!  So, I am caving and yes I picked up a wee wooden tissue box cover.  I'll show you how I made mine and it cost me $2.00!
 
What you'll need;
 
1. Unfinished Wooden Tissue Box Holder
2. Modge Podge (had it)
3. Favorite Paper (had it)
4. Sand Paper (had it)
5. Ink (had it)
 
{I really am the worst at taking step by step photo's...why do you stalk my blog again?}
 
So, I was at the $1 Store picking up an extension cord and happen to stumble down the crafty isle.  There it was, a tacky cheap wooden ugly tissue box holder.  Me and my crafty ways felt I could do something fabulous!  So it came home for the whopping cost of $2!
 
If you know me...and you know you do.  You know I try to find things as cheap as I can and make it into something that doesn't look cheap!  I used some stamps I have and my Cargo Number Stencil for the No 5.  Just stamp at will...
 
This paper I picked up at my LSS awhile back so I already had it on hand. You know you have fabulous paper you're hoarding for a little something special!  I measured each side of the box, cut the paper to match and glue it right on.  Then sand the edges smooth and ink away!  I sealed with a sealer but you can also seal with the modge podge.  I ran out:(
 
SEE TOLD YA SO! 
Much better right!  I'm still not a fan but if we must keep tissue it looks better in something I made than that ugly box it came in.
 
OK one more little thing I picked up to decorate. 
 
This one is more pricy.  I have these floating shelves in my basement and I wanted a focal point on the top shelf.  I picked up each hurricane glass from Walmart for just under $7 each.  The Vanilla Bean candles were $7 and the coffee beans (I used French Roast) came to about $5 per jar to fill, that's $19 each. 

 
Here are my 2 shelves with my scented candles displayed.  You can also change out the coffee for the season.  Nuts for the fall, berries or ornaments for the Holiday's, mini eggs for Easter?  For now my basement has a slight smell of fresh vanilla coffee.  So yummy!  You may have noticed some of the things I have posted on Canadian Nickel Scrap'n.  I've displayed on the shelves My Book Bundle, Halloween Pumpkin and My Family Sign.  The photo's of me and my husband (kissing to bug my kids, hehe) I printed on white cardstock in black and white and I already had the frames, so free!  The clock is a favorite, $50.
 
Hope this gave you an idea for your ugly tissue box! 
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Free Home Decor Project~Books

The Challenge
 
Now that we are days away from our basement renovation being complete, I need to furnish and decorate.  While the furniture will be trickling in over the coming weeks I still have to add those decorating extras!  We splurged on good furniture that can withstand teenagers.  And with 1000sq ft to furnish money gets tight for decor to finish the space.
 
I challenged myself to decorate on a very tight budget but free is even better.  Here's where you can cheat.  You can go the expensive stores like Restoration Hardware (which I LOVE) and drool over their decor like me.  Then go home and figure out a way to make it on a dime.
 
Yep, I saw these books tied with twine at Restoration Hardware when I was buying my Media Console.  What a brilliant concept.  Now before you start sending me hate mail for destroying my books... my husband is in the book business (third generation) so books are a huge part of our lives.  And decorating with books like this just really fits. 
 
These are some of my favorite books that I wanted to display.

 I used paper back books and stripped off the cover and spine of the books exposing the paper.  Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and I have read these over and over. 
 
Once the books have been stripped you're ready. 
 
See, I'm stripping!  I'm not very good at it, but you don't need to be!
 
I grabbed some twine, my scissors and my Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
 
I lightly inked up the edges of the books including the spince, cover and back.
 
Then I cut a huge piece of twine and wrapped it like you would ribbon on a Christmas present.
 
See how pretty that is.
 
Next I made a tag using parchment paper and TH Tag and Tie By die, #5 if you don't have the die.  The sentiment I printed on the computer.  Then attach to your stack of books. 
 
And here is my FREE Home Decor project sitting on my new shelves next to yesterday's Halloween Pumpkin project.
 
 Take a look at some of your old books.  The more you've loved them the more worn they are and the better to display.  There's nothing like holding a book and flipping those paper pages.  And because I only removed the cover and spine, I can still read any of these books.  All my pages are intact. 
 
I hope this inspires you:)
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Terrific Tuesday Challenge~ HALLOWEEN

Halloween Time!
 
Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge is all about my most favorite time of year...HALLOWEEN!
 
I made this paper pumpkin using Tim Holtz Kraft resist Halloween pack and some parchment paper.  I alternated the paper and embossed only the parchment.
 
I cut 11 strips of cardstock 1"x5 1/2".  I used a small hole punch (the kind that a brad goes into) and punch about 1/4" from each end.  I could punch about 4 at a time.  Then use a brad on the top and bottom to hold the paper.  Now start pulling to make the pumpkin shape!
 
Using the new Goosebumps set I stamped and embossed "You've got Bat-itude" on a Tiny Tags die then inked it up!  I also popped on a little wooded #31.  They come in red so I used my TH Dauber, Black Soot.  A little hot glue and boo...you have a cute tag!
 
I attacked the grunge movers and shapers bats with copper wire.
 
The movers and shapers tree branches painted black, then crackled gives a spooky element.
 
Once I embossed the Halloween sayings onto the paper I inked with Walnut stain.  Pretty Boo-tiful!
 
Check out other Spook-tacular Halloween projects the DT has made, HERE.  And play along this week with Scrappy Moms!
 
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Super Simple and Masculine

 My oldest Son is 14 on Monday!!!!  Since we came home a couple weeks ago it's been on my mind to get his invitations done.  Well Back to School and our home renovations have taken up all my time.  Not today!  I have a little break in my reno's and I spent that time in my craft room.  Among other things I whipped together I wanted to show you his invitations.
 
Here's how I got there...
 
Teenage boys are past all those Robots!  So I'm keeping it industrial and minimal.  This Teal card stock is a cool splash of colour and is cut 6"x3" giving me a 3"x3" card.  I cut the black card stock at 2 3/4", then ran it through my Bigshot with my Cargo Stencil Number die!  DREAMY!
 
Crafty Tip; I buy those oven liners then cut them up into sheets to craft with.
 
  I cut them 1/8" smaller than the 2 3/4" with my cutter.  Great way to sharpen your blade.  Then I ran it through my embossing folder, ummm it's a Tim Holtz one.  I glued mini glue dots to adhere it to the card stock, then dimentionals onto the teal card.
 
To save time and the pain of trying to read my horrible printing I simply wrote up the details on WORD.  I blurred the private info so you won't all start showing up;)
 
The dimensionals really show off the Cargo Stencil and metal I embossed.
 
My son Brayden taken this summer.  Seriously, my most favorite photo of him.  He's turning into quite the character and this photo says everything about who he is.  He's goofy and funny, intense and sensitive, he loves anything to do with technology and is always talking.  He's a great son and I adore him!  Such a handsome dude.  Such a proud Mommy my heart swells!
 
These took me about 30 minutes to make.  Not bad!!!
 
 
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Friday, September 7, 2012

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME

 I feel shame!!!!!!
 
Scrappy Moms Stamps has a new HALLOWEEN RELEASE, Goosebumps and I got nothin!  How is this even possible you are asking yourself knowing as you do my completley healthy obssesion with Halloween.  I will get to this set as soon as I can.  I do miss my paper and I have a ton of scrapbooking I want to tackle having just returned from the US. 
 
Here is the reason I have not been crafting.  My BIL and SIL were living with us for awhile and have just moved out.  We are doing a minor reno with a major house paint.  All my kids are getting new paint and we are finishing off our basement renovation.  Which includes painting, wood stain and rock for my fireplace. 
 
AND SMS is saying Goodbye to summer with an End of Summer Free Shipping sale! From today (9/7) thru Sunday 9/16 all orders will have FREE SHIPPING. :)
 
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