Monday, September 1, 2014

New Sizzix Dies by Laura Kelly Designs

I am so excited to share 2 projects I have crafted using the new "Pet Shop Flashcards" Sizzix Bigz Die Set by Laura Kelly.

The first is a banner that will be sent to a charity to encourage people to "Adopt Don't Shop" for their pets!  I can think of endless possibilities for the cute puppy and dog bonee dies - they can be teaching tools, party decorations, cards and so much more!

Here are the materials I used to create this banner:

- "Pet Shop Flashcards" Sizzix Bigx Die Set
- Cardboard (for banner pieces)
- Scrapbook paper
- Die Cuts with a View Adhesive Cork
- Die cut machine for letters
- Twine
- Heavy duty hole punch
- Foam Dots
- Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
- Googly eyes


Step 1:  Cut the cardboard pieces and scrapbook paper pieces.  My pieces are 4" by 4".

Step 2:  Die cut your letters for your banner message.  I am giving this banner to a local animal charity!  So I picked "Adopt Don't Shop".

Step 3:  Die cut the puppy and bone using your Sizzix Die Cut Machine and embellish your puppy with googly eyes and twine for a collar.

Step 4:  Assemble your banner, using Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue to adhere the scrapbook papers to the cardboard.  Use the foam dots to adhere the letters to the scrapbook paper.  Note:  For the middle tier of the banner, I used Die Cuts with a View Adhesive Cork (3" by 3") to provide some fun texture and contrast to the banner.

Step 5:  Punch holes in the top corners of the banner pieces using a heavy duty punch - I use the We R' Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile.  Then pull the twine through banner pieces, you now have an fun new banner!

I am so excited that Laura Kelly's die set includes a fun variety of sea life, reptiles and insects - including a snake, dragonfly, lizard, frog, crab and fish!   Here is the second banner I created using the materials listed above and also featuring the Die Cuts with a View Burlap Stack - I love the colorful burlap!

Comment below and let me know what YOU would create with the Laura Kelly Designs Sizzix "Pet Shop" Collection!  

Disclosure:  I am a crafty friend of Laura Kelly and was provided product to create this blog post.  Mothership Scrapbook Gal was not compensated for this post and all opinions are that of Mothership Scrapbook Gal.  Sizzix is a sponsor of Mothership Scrapbook Gal's Crafty Happy Hour events.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team: Stencil Girl & Craffiti Blog Hop

I am so excited to show you some fun and simple greeting cards made using Stencil Girl, Craffiti, Eileen Hull Designs for Sizzix and Clearsnap Colorbox Blends Ink products.
Here are the craft supplies I used to create my "Hi Friend" cards:

-  Stencil Girl "Free as a Bird" Stencil

-  Craffiti Stamp "Flower Sentiments" by Eileen Hull

-  White card stock & color/patterned scrapbook papers

-  Clearsnap Colorbox Blends Ink (Color: Leaf) by Eileen Hull

-  Clearsnap Colorbox Ink Archival Dye Acid Free (Color: Mudslide)

-  Sizzix Die "Flower Layers with Heart Petals" by Eileen Hull

- Tape runner adhesive and foam dot adhesives

My best tips for using all of these products - is to just have fun and know that a simple card that will truly be appreciated can be made with a few basic tools like this card - I used the (1) Stencil, (2) Blends Ink, (3) Flower Die, (4) Stamp sentiment, (5) cardstock/scrapbook papers and (6) Adhesive.  I used 3 techniques - stencils, die cutting and stamps - to make this easy and lovely card.  I can't wait to mail it to my friend, doesn't everyone love to receive snail mail?  I do!  I hope you get a chance to check out Stencil Girl, Craffiti and Eileen Hull's product lines - the information is provided below.

Check out Stencil Girl on these sites:



Check out Eileen Hull Designs and her awesome products here:




         
Here is the awesome PRIZE PACKAGE for the Blog Hop!  Comment on all of any of Blog Hop sites for a chance to win, here are the other 20+ bloggers in the hop - check out their amazing projects and GOOD LUCK!



Disclosure:  Mothership Scrapbook Gal was provided craft products from Stencil Girl, Craffiti, Clearsnap, Sizzix and Eileen Hull Designs for this blog post.  All opinions are that of Rina Gonzales aka Mothership Scrapbook Gal.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Craft Room Organization: Top 3 Myths of Organizing a Craft Room

Hey Crafters!


Sara Barba of xoxorganizing is back this month with some awesome organization tips!  Have you been enjoying her posts and learning from her suggestions - I sure have!!! 

Here are the top 3 myths of organizing a craft closet/room:

1. "I can mix school supplies in with my crafts." 

It's better to keep these two categories separate. Your kids should be able to go into the school supply cabinet and get what they need without being distracted by "cool" things they find. 

2. "I don't have to put supplies away after each project." 

With all the embellishments, ribbons, buttons and paper that are in our craft areas, it's better to put as much away at the end of the day as possible. If you're working with specific tools and craft supplies, there's no harm in keeping a few things out, but try to keep things as tidy as possible so you don't have a bigger mess the next day.  Use containers to store the small pieces for each project you have out. This way, no one will mistaken your artwork for trash.

3. "After a craft day with the kids, I'll put everything away because I know where it goes."

Get the kids involved so they'll learn responsibility and organizing skills. Supervise them the first few times until you're confident they can do it themselves.  Labeling your drawers/containers could come in handy when the kids are responsible for putting away crafts.
To contact Sara for a consultation and more organizing help:

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team: August "Sneak Peek" of Vintage Kitchen

I am so excited to share a "sneak peek" of a new Sizzix Collection  by Eileen Hull Designs called "Vintage Kitchen" that recently was showcased at the Craft and Hobby Association's Paper Arts Show!

Eileen never ceases to amaze me - I am always able to take her designs and make projects that are fun and also "outside of the box".  Here, I made a cute and sparkly container for my lip glosses - I use lip gloss everyday and it makes me happy to be able to see this as I get ready to start my day.

For this project I used the following products:
- Washi Tape
- Fun quote by Actress Mindy Kaling
- White paper
- Paper with lips (Nikki Sivils) and circle punch
- Sequin bow embellishment
Tape Runner
- Foam dots

Step 1:  Run the Sizzix Dies and glitter paper to get the perfect cuts for your lip gloss container.  Adhere the container together with Aleene's Tacky Glue (you may want to use clothespins to help too.)

Step 2:  Cut quote and white paper (mount the quote on the white paper) to fit the Cookie Jar, adhere with tape runner.

Step 3:  Cut the washi tape to look like a flag, adhere with tape runner or foam dots.

Step 4:  Adhere the sequin bow embellishment with foam dots.

Step 5:  Use a circle punch to add a fun embellishment to the side of the container.  I used some scrapbook paper by Nikki Sivils that had lips!
 
What would you you make with the "Vintage Kitchen" Cookie Jar Die?  Let me know!

Check out Eileen's post this month and enter to win her "Art with Heart Challenge" drawing to win some awesome crafting goodies.  Click here to go to Eileen's blog.

Happy August!

- Miss Rina

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Save the Date for Crafty Night In


Save the Date for

Crafty Night In
 
 Friday, September 26

 6 pm – 9 pm

Downtown Riverside

 What can you expect at Crafty Night In?

Crafty Night In is a new signature event by Mothership Scrapbook Gal, our first event was a total hit and we can't wait to shower you with more crafty fun at our next Crafty Night In.

Crafty Night In includes:

- 3 crafting stations - all projects are completed at Crafty Night In!

 - Appetizers

- Desserts

- Flavored Water & Wine

- Sponsored Goodie Bag 

All craft materials are provided and inspiration and a beautifully decorated venue will inspire your crafty mojo. Craft projects will be announced on the Mothership Scrapbook Gal Facebook event page:

http://bit.ly/SeptCraftyNightIn

Crafty Night In is $40 per person (until September 12) and $50 per person (September 13-20), food is being hosted by Rina and/or contributed from some event attendees. An offer to bring a food dish (appetizers or dessert - think mini quiches or cupcakes) will be greatly appreciated and happily accepted!

Pre-Payment is required in advance and late registrations are not accepted after September 20, please pay via PayPal link below. There are a limited number of spaces for this event.

Questions? Email Rina directly at rina.gonzales@sbcglobal.net with any questions you have. Be sure to check out Mothership Scrapbook Gal's Crafty Night In Facebook Event page for all updates:
http://bit.ly/SeptCraftyNightIn

 Thank you and hope to see you at Crafty Night In!

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