Monday, March 30, 2015

DIY Airplane Mobile Craft

We loved co-hosting the "Craft Corner" at the Brew with a View event at Packinghouse Brewing Co. this past weekend.  We are so inspired that my awesome intern, Lorena, came up with a DIY Airplane Mobile Craft that you can make at home!  Get ready to craft to new heights with this one.

DIY Airplane Mobile Craft

Supplies:
1 clothespin
2 popsicle craft sticks
1 skinny craft stick
Hole Puncher
Buttons
String
Cork sheet
Glue
Scissors or Craft Knife
Scrapbook Paper

Optional:
Star Punch
Rick rack ribbon

Step 1:  Start by cutting the cork in shape of a cloud. You can draw the cloud free hand or go online, search for “cloud template”, print it out and use that as a guide. Use the craft knife or scissors to cut the cloud, once you are done you may have to bend the cork a little to pop out the cloud shape.
Step 2:  To build the airplane, grab the glue, craft sticks and clothespin. Glue the popsicle sticks to the top and bottom front of the airplane. Cut the skinny craft stick to approximately 2 ½ inches and glue the sticks to the front and back. Add the button to the front. Let air dry.

Step 3:  Now let’s build the mobile! Lay out the cork cloud and here you should figure out how many strings you want to use. I decided I wanted to hang three strings, one with the plane and the other two strings with stars. I cut three strings in various lengths; the string where the airplane would hang is the longest, the middle string is a little shorter, and so forth. I made three holes in the cork cloud with a hole puncher. To add the string I used a needle since the holes were too small. I tied the string on the back of the cloud with a simple knot.
Step 4This is where you can get creative. Punch out 10 stars out of your favorite scrapbook paper. If you don’t have a star punch, you can draw the stars and cut them by hand. You can also use hearts, circles or letters. Use your imagination! Glue the stars to the string; glue buttons to the middle of each star. Let air dry.

Miss Rina also offered me the idea that it would be cool to add rick rack ribbon to the wings of the plane - I agree that would look pretty nice!  You can also use markers to decorate the sticks, this is what we did at the Brew with a View booth this past weekend.

Step 5:  Hang the airplane mobile on your favorite wall and enjoy!

Leave a comment and let us know what you are crafting this month.  We love to hear from you!!!


About Intern Lorena:
Lorena is soon to be a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, she is an awesome crafter in her own right and has a very cool Etsy shop too!  She is a pro at managing the Mothership Scrapbook Gal business Facebook page and very good with customers at our many events.

Check out her Etsy shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/OlaBonita

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Giveaway: Craft Your Stash by Lisa Fulmer

I love to buy craft supplies.  Ok, I said it!  I love paper, buttons, tools, organization bins and boxes, paper and did I mention paper?  I love crafting and craft stores are my happy place.  But... once you buy so much "stuff" you need to either use it or have a crafty de-stash garage sale...and who wants to do that... not me!  

Lisa Fulmer's book "Craft Your Stash" offers solutions for crafters 'round the world.  Lisa offers practical solutions and projects to get you going and motivates to use what you already have to make cool stuff!  I am lucky enough to know Lisa and she has provided me with an autographed copy of "Craft Your Stash" to giveaway to a lucky reader of this blog.
Check out Lisa on the following:
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/LisaLizaLou

Here is a link to buy Craft Your Stash today, click here.

Here's what the publisher is saying:  "This book is a Creative Crafter's Guide to Getting More Out of Your Stash.  If you love crafting, you love craft supplies. You have an ever-increasing stash of fabulous fabric, paper, stamps, beads, ribbons, glitter, paints, and more. But if your treasure trove has grown so much that every bin, box, and closet is overflowing, it may be time to stop collecting and start creating! This ultimate craft supply hoarders guide is packed with creative inspiration and ideas for getting the most out of your craft supply stash. Use this book to take control of your crafting life and start using your materials like a pro. Whether you use a dedicated craft room or just a corner of the kitchen table, you'll learn how to maximize your space, manage your materials, and make time to make. Author Lisa Fulmer reveals the secrets of creative crafters, from organization and color theory to basic techniques. She challenges you to use up what you ve got on hand, with creative stash-busting projects organized by stash type."

This book also provides awesome tips, including:
-Tips for storing and organizing craft supplies in any size space
-Creative stash-busting projects to use up what you ve got on hand
-Basic techniques that every crafter needs to know
-Tips on color theory and creating balance and texture
-How to use all of your crafting materials like a pro

About the author, Lisa Fulmer:

Lisa is a crafter, artist, teacher, blogger, and sought-after-on-air talent.  She is a craft industry marketing consultant and project designer who works with a variety of craft product manufacturers.  Lisa has contributed designs to numerous books, high-traffic websites, and national craft magazines, and she was part of a winning team on TLC's reality TV shows, Craft Wars.
On a personal note, I was introduced to Lisa last year by Eileen Hull, above is a photo taken at the CHA Mega Show in January, 2015.   Lisa is kind, funny and mega-smart - she knows her stuff be it crafts, social media or book publishing.  I am thankful for she has provided an autographed copy of Craft Your Stash for this fun giveaway on the blog.  You should definitely buy this book if you want an expert's advice on conquering your craft product empire.

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Disclosure:  Mothership Scrapbook Gal was provided a copy of Craft Your Stash as part of the publicity efforts of Lisa Fulmer at the CHA Mega Show.  Mothership Scrapbook Gal was not compensated financially to provide this review of Craft Your Stash.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky Buttons & Shamrock Wreath for IEShineOn.com

I am super excited to share my Lucky Buttons & Shamrock Wreath with you for this month's IEShine.com DIY craft!  Here is the supplies list:

- Foam wreath
- Foam shamrocks (plain and/or glittered - I used both)
- Buttons (my favorite are Laura Kelly for Buttons Galore)
- Glue
- Faux gold coins
- Red twine
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Scrapbook paper (for super DIYers!)

Step 1:
Arrange your foam shamrock pieces (plain and/or glittered) on your wreath and sort you buttons so they flow like a rainbow and once you have them in order you can glue them using a tacky glue.  I use Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue to apply my rainbow buttons to the foam shamrock.  It will take a while to dry, perhaps even overnight.  You can also stack and glue 2 sets of 3 faux gold coins.

Step 2:
Now you can hot glue your shamrocks to your wreath, you do not need a lot of hot glue but you need to apply and stick them done promptly because you do not want the glue to dry.  You will also hot glue the faux gold coin pieces to the shamrock foam pieces, do not use too much glue as you can melt through the foam if you do.

Step 3:
You can now add the red twine by tying it to the shamrock stems.  This adds an extra pop of color and layer of texture to the wreath.

Step 4:
Next, you should line the inside and outside of your wreath with a colorful piece of scrapbook paper, you can use tacky glue to adhere the paper to the wreath.  Although you can't see it on the sample photo... trust me... your wreath will have a nice polished look when you are finished and hang up your wreath in your home, office or class room!

I hope you have a fun time creating your wreath!  Always be on the look out for fun items in the dollar bins too - you don't have to spend a lot to make cool crafts.

Happy Crafting and I hope to see you at my Crafty Happy Hour this week - Thursday, March 19th at The Salted Pig in Downtown Riverside, 3700 12th Street, Riverside, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, in the Downstairs Banquet Area!

Mothership Scrapbook Gal




Monday, March 2, 2015

Lovely & Quick Greeting Cards with Eileen Hull Designs and Stampendous

I am very happy to be sharing a quick DIY for some Lovely Greeting Cards using Eileen Hull Designs and Stampendous products!

Here is the supplies list:
Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Die # 658978 - Ribbon, 3D
Stampendous Stamp Set - Pen Pattern Repeat (see below for image/link)
Stampendous - Spoonful of Confetti
Stamp Ink Pad
Craft Glue - My favorite is Aleene's Turbo Tacky
Embossing heat gun
Card stock for greeting cards and to cut the ribbons
Colored burlap (I used burlap from a DCVW stack)
Optional:  buttons, sequins, twine, colored pens

Step 1:  You need to cut the ribbons using your Sizzix Big Shot machine.  I used white card stock to cut my ribbons and - of course - the Eileen Hull Designs Ribbon, 3-D die.

Step 2:   Once the ribbons are cut, you can begin to stamp, color and decorate them.  The ribbons are flat when cut and after you decorate them you can fold them and glue them to become 3-D (see Step 3.)  For the orange ribbon card, I used the Stampendous Spoonful of Confetti and my embossing heat gun.  Because the ribbon is somewhat thin, I used a very thin coat of craft glue on the paper and then added the Spoonful of Confetti and then used my embossing heat gun - the result is a bright and festive ribbon.

I used the Stampendous Pen Pattern Repeat set and I loved that this set gives endless options and can be used for any occasion.  Here is what the set looks like:
Step 3:  After your ribbons are decorated, you can glue (the ribbon needs to be fold/created) them using a craft glue such as Aleene's Turbo Tacky.  I used a clothespin to help secure the center and then to add the center embellishments - I used buttons by Buttons Galore/Laura Kelly Designs!

Step 4:  Now you can add the decorated ribbon to a greeting card.  I used kraft colored cards and some colorful burlap scraps as a background for my ribbons.  You can use craft glue to adhere the ribbon to the card.
These cards were actually very easy and will certainly be brighten someone's day!

Have you used any Stampendous products lately?  If so, what products are your favorite - let me know in the comments.

Happy Crafting!

- Miss Rina

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Advanced Paper Flowers Class with Tania Fischer Design

I am so excited that Tania Fischer Design is returning to Riverside to teach her 
ADVANCED PAPER FLOWERS CLASS 
here are the details:

Date:  Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time:  11 am - 1 pm
Location:  Sweet Epies Bakery, 3540 9th Street, Downtown Riverside, CA 92501
Cost:  $75 Early Bird, $85 Regular Ticket


HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

These flowers have been featured on Hostess with the Mostess, Casa Artelexia and Urban Style Weddings blog!!!  The photo below is  the paper flower background that we had at our Crafty Night In last summer after Tania taught me how to make them - they are so wonderful and add a pop of color to any special event.
THIS CLASS IS AWESOME!

In this class we will take your paper flower skills to the next level, we will make 2 new gorgeous flowers and you will learn more tips and tricks to make beautiful flowers, how to make your backdrop, you will learn more about materials.

INCLUDED:  This class includes SOME materials such as the flower templates, scissors and paper.
You will take home all your materials and the flowers you make during class.

PLEASE BRING THESE SUPPLIES:  Bring your glue gun, regular scissors and curling tool (these were in your kit from the Basic Class)

*CAN I COME IF I DIDN'T TAKE THE BASIC CLASS?
We are very sorry...  the answer is NO, out of respect to the people that already took the basic class I can't let you take this class with out taking the basic one first.  Further, you will need the tools from the basic class kit.

NO REFUND:  The tickets are not refundable (they are transferable though!)

LIMITED SEATS:  Seating at this event venue is very limited, please sign up early to reserve your spot.  This event will likely sell out.  If a seat is not available, your money will be refunded in a timely manner.


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