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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Add some oomph to Polaroid shots

Do you have some old pics laying around? Well, of course you do!!! How about some Polaroid shots? Are you wondering what you can do with them? Well, let me help you with that!!

You can definitely scrap them!!

A few days ago, I was looking for a particular picture (which I didn't find!), and I ran across these two Polaroids of my daughter Ashley. My son Kevin (the photographer) took these about three years ago. I had them on my bulletin board, but when I lost my scrap room to my DS & DIL, I put them in photo boxes. I totally forgot about them, and I never really thought about scrapping them....... that is until now!

One edge of most Polaroid pics are usually wider. It doesn't make for a pretty frame!! And it's not like you can cut into the pic to remove it. But you can always cover it!!

You can add some pretty papers, or flowers or die-cuts or anything else you like to cover it!! I chose to add bits of paper from K&Company and some black ribbon for this. I layered my pics on a bingo card (K&Co) and a die-cut (CC) and placed them over gorgeous Cosmo Cricket paper.

Then I started playing with misc. die-cuts (K&Co) and Prima flowers. I layered all of these on a piece of pink lace.

The large green flower is rolled fabric, glued to a white felt circle. I misted the whole thing with home-made glitter spray, and added a large black rhinestone brad to the center. I also misted the medium sized black flower, and added Distress Stickles to the pink inner petal. I used a Martha Stewart punch on the K&Co paper for the smallest petal, and then added a small brad to hold it together.

The fancy flourish is an acrylic die-cut from K&Co. I layered it over a piece of Prima packaging (the colors were perfect!), and I cut around the edge, and glued the pieces together. Then I strategically added some Martha Stewart black pearls to help define it a bit more. A few more diecuts, buttons, ribbon, lace (misted), & sentiment, and there you have it!! No one would ever think that these pics were Polaroids!!
So, if you have any Polaroids, try it out. You might just like the results!!

Home-Made Glitter Spray Recipe
You will need the following:

  • Small spray bottle, travel size is best
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Alcohol Inks
  • Perfect Pearls or Pearl Ex powders.
Open your spray bottle and pour rubbing alcohol into it, filling it about 3/4 of the way up.
Add three to five drops (you can use more to get a deeper color) of alcohol ink, in your choice of color.
I used two different greens to get the color I wanted.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon of pearl powder into bottle. Replace cap, and shake sideways!!!
Tip: If you shake it in an up and down motion, the pearl powders will clog the little tube in the sprayer make sure to always shake sideways!
This is definitely not an exact science. Okay, maybe for some of you!! LOL!! Just experiment with different colors of ink & pearl powders. You'll be amazed at the results!!! And you'll save lots of $$$.
Tip: Do NOT cut into Polaroid pictures!!! There is a chemical inside them, that will release on your pages. Definitely not good for your layouts or for you. I believe that these chemicals can be toxic. As long as you are careful & don't cut them, you can use these pictures for any layout.
Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did making it!!
Love ya,

Monday, March 29, 2010

Alter It Monday - Pretty Pinwheels!

Happy Monday!

In honor of the Springtime weather that we are now being blessed with, I thought that perhaps we should celebrate with some Pretty Pinwheels!

Pinwheels are quite easy to make and look fabulous with a potted plant!
To create a Pinwheel you will need double-sided pattern paper, glue dots in mini and craft sizes, a skewer or other stick, and a button.

To begin, you will need to cut your paper into a square. I used the dimensions of 4"x4" for my Pinwheels.

Once you have your square, you need to make cuts in each corner. I have found it easiest to put the square of paper in my trimmer as shown below and then cut from the almost center to the outside point.You can see that I have marked a dot in pencil on one side of each cut corner. Besure to always use the same side of the point.

Place a craft size glue dot in the center of the pinwheel. Place a mini glue dot on each of the pencil dots you just made.Now the fun begins! Bend in an arc one glue dotted corner to the center of the pinwheel. Adhere glue dots together.
Repeat this process for each glue dotted point. Your pinwheel will now be formed!

With another craft glue dot, adhere the button firmly.
There you go! A Pretty Pinwheel is now created!

To add a skewer to the Pinwheel, add a couple mini glue dots to the end/side of the skewer. I lined up 3 in a row and then stuck this to the center back of the Pinwheel.



Friday, March 26, 2010

PDSS#10 Winner ~ Mystery Prize Pack

Happy Friday Everyone!

First, I'd like to apologize for being late on announcing the winner of our last challenge let's just say things were a bit crazy this week! I'd like to thank everyone for playing along with us, card entries were all fabulous!

Now... The winner of our Mystery Prize Pack via Random.Org goes to:

#3 Fany

Lovely card and beautiful coloring! Congratulations Fany! 

Please email Nini and she will get that prize to you as soon as possible. You need to make sure you get in touch with her by the Monday. Or you will forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday with Kim - Easter project part 4

Hi girls! Here's another Easter project just for you!

First you'll need a 12"x12" pattern paper. I uses an Easter themed paper!

With this sheet you'll cut the following template, to get this shape. For the lucky one who own a Cricut here's the template I designed to use with SCAL, if you don't own a Cricut simply download the file and use the JPEG template instead!

Note: My file had a mistake and the project was made with that error (I discovered the problem while making my project) BUT, the file you will now download or cut has been rectified!

Score the line like the template. The dot lines, are the score lines.

Now fold the paper to give the general shape of your box.
I decided to make a little window to have a sneak peak of the content of the box, so I've take a Spellbinder and make a "punch" in my paper. (Be sure to make It it the front of the box.)

Glue your paper to make your box. Take some powerful tape because the content is heavy

Now your box is done, I let the window without nothing on It but you could put an piece of acetate.

I've bought 2 little spice containers, I filled them with some orange Jellybeans (yes, I know more Jellybeans... let's admit they are so versatile...) I embellished my box and placed the two flasks in my box. Here's the completed project! Cute isn't it?

Hope you've enjoyed today's project! Hugs and kisses!!!
Kim @ KLDezign

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

PDSS Challenge #11 ~ Pink Cat Studio Fairy Friends

Happy Tuesday!!!
Here's what you'll be working with for the next 2 weeks!
We had a blast looking at all the gorgeous entries on our last challenge, amazing work everyone! We cannot wait to see more of your wonderful creations!

PDSS Sketch #11:
You can flip, rotate, resize or do whatever your crafty heart desires as long as we can still see the original sketch in your creation then you're good to go! These challenges are on a bi-weekly basis, so that means you'll have two (2) weeks to get your creations completed, loaded and linked up! 

For this challenge Posh Designs Scrapbook Store is giving away a Pink Cat Studio Fairy Friends Stamp Set a value of 14.99$ CAD to one lucky winner using! How cool is that! :)

All you have got to do is participate by creating anything with the sketch in mind. Submit your creation to Mr. Linky below by typing your name and leaving a direct link to your project. Here's some inspiration from our lovely DT to help you get started!


Melissa (Layout)

Melissa (Card)




Deadline: April 5th @ 11:59 PM EST Canada. Please type your name & direct link to your creation in the Mr. Linky box below. Thanks & Happy Crafting! 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Alter It Monday ~ Tie dye ribbon with Glimmer Mist!

Do you have a bunch of plain ribbon kicking about?

Need a ribbon to match your project and can't find it anywhere? Perhaps you just feel like playing with some ribbon? I know I do! So let's Tie Dye some ribbon with GLIMMER MIST!!!

It's actually quite quick and simple and yields fabulous results! You will need a length of plain ribbon and the lighter the color, the better. I used a cream colored double faced satin. Other textures work great too! You'll also need your desired colors of Glimmer Mist. I used three different ones, Electric Blue, Flower Power, and Viva Pink. Remember to work on top of your non-stick Craft Sheet if you have one. If you do not, a piece of freezer paper will do nicely as long as you use it shiny side up.

Now let's Tie Dye that ribbon in 5 easy steps!

1. Bunch up the plain ribbon in a loose heap.
2. Mist ribbon in a few places where desired with your first color. Leave blank spots for the other colors and mixing.
3. Take your damp ribbon and swipe it through the excess mist that is on your craft sheet as if you were wiping up a spill.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 two more times with remaining colors.
5. Fluff up ribbon into a very loose pile and let air dry. You can speed up the drying by blasting the ribbon with a heat tool if you need to.

There you have it! Custom ribbon for your project! 

Enjoy and have a Great Monday!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Altered Recipe Box

Hey everyone!!! My name is Melissa and the web based communication coordinator and designer here at Posh Designs! Feel free to read more about me here! This is my first post on the Posh blog and I wanted to share with you a recipe box that I altered into a mini!!

I had a lot of fun creating this project but had a hard time keeping it simple so everything would fit into the box! I did not do a whole lot on the outside of the box but do like how it turned out! All I did to the front was distress it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink from Tim Holtz the words "of" were from some leftover Thickers I had and the "life" was cut with my Cricut using the Graphically Speaking cartridge.
Here is what the inside of the recipe box looks like. I wanted it to look like a recipe box, so I used the From My Kitchen cartridge and cut out all the index cards. I used very thin chipboard. The patterned papers I used through out the entire mini was the Mi Casa stack from DCWV.

The first index card is called "love" and there is a picture of  Dave and I. Remember I have to keep it simple so I did not do a whole lot, all the edges were distresed and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I used a Fiskars border punch called Upper Crest. The "you and me" was cut out using the Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge
I did not do a lot on this page I just distressed everything. I used some Sassafras buttons called in Stitches Blue Buttons I used the same stamp set though out the whole mini it is from Inkadinkado I think the set is called Flourish but I am not to sure I have had it a long time and it is a well loved stamp set! I also used Pearl Ex through out the whole mini. I used series 2 and I used pretty much all the colors!
I just distressed each page and used a label maker for the titles on each index card. I am not going to show all the pages; a lot of them are just journaling so I don't want to bore you with that but you will see most of the mini.
Here is my Mom for her page, I distressed everything and used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist the colors I used was Creme de Chocolate and Wheat Fields. I also used a Prima flower and some unknown bling!
I did not to do much with Lindsay's page. I just distressed and used Electric Blue Glimmer Mist
Electric Blue would have to be one of my favorite colors right now, its a very fun color.
Amanda's page was a lot of fun, I distressed the edges very lightly with Broken China used the pink Pearl Ex I also used Viva Pink and Sweet Clover Glimmer Mist. I love how it turned out it just kind of sucks that I got ink all over her boyfriend oops!!!
Here is my cat Holly!! She is a sweetheart but let me tell ya very sassy!! I just distressed like all the others. I used Gold Pearl EX then Gold and Wheat fields Glimmer Mist
Here is me!! I used some Prima flowers everything got distressed! I used the Gold Pearl EX again as well as Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist. If you want a really nice red that looks red this is the color for you I do have Scarlet but when it dries it looks more like pink then red. I really like how the Candy Apple Red looks once dry!
The last page I did not do much to this one I just used Gold Glimmer Mist and that is about it!

I hope you all enjoyed my recipe box mini it was a lot of fun to do and I hope that you guys give it a try and if you do post your pictures on the PDSS Gallery so I can see what you came up with!!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

KISS (Keep It Simple Saturdays) with Michelle - Background Stamping & Heat Embossing

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Well although we are half way through March, Spring is certainly in the air here in South-Eastern Ontario and I do hope the warm weather stays around.

With Spring in my step and inspiration from one of my favorite blogs 'Nini's Designs'; I used the upcoming Card Sketch Challenge (yet to be announced but soon) to create this card. Although the sketch is a simple one, I used alot of supplies and tools to assemble my card together.
Normally at this point I would go through and list the supplies and tools I used to create my card. As well I would breakdown the steps on how I assembled this card. But because the sketch is self-explanatory; I also want to encourage you to stretch your creative muscles. Instead, I will give you my tips and tricks on how I achieved certain details on this card effortlessly. Let's go...

1. Starting with the cardbase - I used a large background stamp to cover its entire side.
Tip: To stamp a large background stamp -- lie your stamp face up (with the rubber facing you) and take your ink pad and pounce gently all over the stamp ensuring even coverage. You may have to go over the stamp a few times but that's okay as long as you are mindful of how many times you are circulating that ink pad over the stamp.
Tip: Once the stamp is well inked -- leave the stamp as you inked it and take your cardfront and lay that over top of the stamp. Use a brayer (optional) or your hands/fingertips to apply firm yet equal pressure over the cardfront to ensure the stamp image coverage.
2. For the strip cardstock piece - I chose to heat emboss my stamped image after using pigment ink.
Tip: If you use pigment ink such as chalk ink, using a matching embossing powder to heat emboss with only intensifies the color in which always produces amazing results.
Tip: If you do not have a pigment ink in the color you need, using a watermark ink can give you the same results. You may have to heat emboss 2 or more times to get the color intensity you want but it is well worth the effort.
Tip: To heat emboss 2 or multiple times -- apply more embossing powder once the original powder layer has heated through then repeat as desired. This trick works well when the powder is still hot/warm so that the extra layer(s) can be absorbed quickly.
Honestly... Those 2 layers used the most supplies and tools to add interest to my card. Otherwise I used the usual stamping tools such as ink pads and punches to bring my card together. I also stayed consistent using 4 colors - plum, yellow, gray and white. And truth be told, I am still a beginner stamper and cardmaker so ultimately my most used tools are sketches. I love them and love to put my spin on them. I hope to see your card sketch challenge interpretation in the Posh Designs Community Site's gallery really soon. There are fab prizes to be won and but most of all these sketches are so much fun to do.

Have a Great Weekend and Happy Crafting!

KISSes and Hugs ~ Michelle

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fun Friday - Bags, Boxes, Books and Chocolate!

Thanks for joining us for another "Fun Friday" project!  This week's project is a magical two for one.  How do you turn a card into a box?  Are you ready?'s the card.

This card uses the butterfly template from The Cutting Cafe. You can use just about ANY shaped card template to make a box.  I printed my template onto 110 lb. plain cardstock for the card base, then printed the shaped card front onto K&Co. Brenda Walton Chelsea Pink Glitter paper.  The antennae and body were printed separately and then glittered with Eggplant Art Institute glitter.  Now, here's the box!

Here's the recipe for turning any shaped card template into easy.

1. Print the shaped card template.

2.  Cut the template into two pieces.  They will become your front and back.  If desired, print and cut extra layers for decorating.

3.  Here's the magic box part.....Know in advance what you want to put in your box.  I wanted the flexibility to fill with candy or small travel sizes (Bath and Body type) of soap and/or lotion so I've found that a 2" wide finished width is about right.  You can make yours bigger or smaller. 

I cut my cardstock 3" x 11".     Measure your template across the bottom where you want your base to sit.  My example here is 31/2" across the base.  Score. (dark lines added for easier visibility)
4.  Measure from one scored edge to where you want the top of your box to sit.  Trim each side equally if necessary, then score a 1/2" line down the length of each side.  (this is a sample center width is 2").  Use your scissors to snip each side to the scored line.

Add a tacky tape (Scor-Tape or Redline) to each section.  You should have 3 taped edges on each side.
Apply the bottom edge to one side of your box then up each side.  Repeat on the second side.

A perfect little gift set for a special friend! The butterfly template, tag and card sentiment are courtesy of  The Cutting Cafe.  The handle was made with a Martha Stewart border punch and butterflies are Martha Stewart punches. 
Here's to a creative and Fun Friday!


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