Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team: September "Fall Back" Challenge

As you may know, I live in Southern California - Fall is far from here!  I am - nonetheless - enjoying getting my fall crafts started.
Here is the supplies list for the "Fall Wreath" I created for this month's Art with Heart Challenge:

- Straw wreath
- Burlap wired ribbon
- Prima Flowers
- Buttons
- 2 sewing pins
- Twine
- Eileen Hull Designs "Box with Lid, Cake Slice" Sizzix XL Die
- Sizzix Big Shot
- Die cut letters to spell "Fall"
- Scrapbook papers
- Tape runner adhesive
- Hot glue
- Heavy duty hole punch

Step 1:  WREATH:  Wrap the wreath with the burlap ribbon completely.  Hot glue the ribbon to itself on what you want to be the back side of the wreath.  TIP:  Overestimate on the ribbon length.  It will vary based on the width of the ribbon.

Step 2:  BANNER:  Next you will use your Sizzix Big Shot to create the "FALL" banner.  I used the Cake Slice die and ran a piece of thin cardboard through it since I would be covering it with scrapbook paper.  You can also run the scrapbook paper at the same time.  I used double-sided scrapbook paper so that it would coordinate well.  Once the 4 slices and papers are cut, you will use tape runner adhesive to adhere them.  Once you have these adhered, you should use a heavy duty hole punch to pierce holes to run the twine through the banner.  You can now add the die cut letters with foam dot adhesives, this helps to add a bit of dimension to the banner.  You can then string the banner together with a piece of twine - be sure to overestimate on the twine.  TIP:  Use a small piece of washi tape at the end of the twine to prevent fraying while you string the banner.

Step 3:  FLOWERS:  I used Prima flowers for this banner.  These flowers are great because they sell coordinating colors (I picked fall colors) and also they are stackable.  I used hot glue because I was drying to get the wreath done quickly, you can also use Aleene's Turbo Tacky to adhere the flowers and button centers.  TIP:  My favorite buttons are Buttons Galore :)

You should hot glue the flowers to the wreath, be sure that you have the spacing correctly as hot glue is not really forgiving on a burlap surface.

Step 4:  BANNER:  After the flowers are secured, now you can use the 2 sewing pins to position the banner.  I found sewing pins with small leaves on the ends - but really you can use any sewing pins!

Step 5:  Hang up your beautiful fall banner!

I liked using this Sizzix XL die set in an unconventional way - get creative with your dies and other craft materials!  The possibilities will surprise and excite you.

Enter the Art with Heart Challenge by clicking here.  
Good luck and Happy Fall to you Crafters!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crafty Night In is Friday, September 26th - Our Event Sponsors Rock!!!

Special thank you to our Crafty Night In Event Sponsors.  Crafters...  You should be ready for awesome SWAG BAGS and also please go check out these awesome brands!

Thank you to Our Event Sponsors!

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The Details:

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.


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

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Crafty Chica "Dia de los Muertos" Product Line at Michael's Stores now!

Photo Credit:  Joe Morrison Photography (www.joemorrisonphoto.com)
I have an amazing mentor - Kathy Cano-Murillo - most well known as the "Crafty Chica". I am so excited to share a project that I created using the Crafty Chica Dia de los Muertos Papers that are now available at Michael's Stores.  These delightful papers and many more craft products celebrating Dia de los Muertos are now available including bright color appliques, embellishments, juicy fabric markers and temporary tattoos.

I wanted to make something that would have a "wow" factor for a Dia de los Muertos Party! Lots of people love pan dulce, a traditional Mexican sweet bread enjoyed for breakfast with warm cafecito (coffee) so I decided to make a fun craft that would be easy enough to have a very festive set up for a brunch or party.
Photo Credit:  Joe Morrison Photography (www.joemorrisonphoto.com)
Here is my Craft Supplies List:

- Crafty Chica Day of the Dead Papers (20 pieces / 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches, Retail:  $4.99)
- Tissue paper
- Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
- Foam adhesives
- Fine tip scissors (I use Fiskars)
- Wooden picks

- Crafty Chica Day of the Dead Papers (20 pieces / 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches, Retail:  $4.99)
- Tissue paper
- Foam adhesives
- Hot Glue gun & sticks
- Cardboard
- Twine
- Washi tape
- Heavy duty hole punch
- Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue (optional for light colored tissue papers)
Photo Credit:  Joe Morrison Photography (www.joemorrisonphoto.com)

Step 1:  Fussy cutting is the most time intensive part of this craft - you need to fussy cut your Crafty Chica Day of the Dead Papers!  I cut the Frida, Sacred Hearts, Calaveras (skulls) and Roses papers.  It's awesome because I only used about 4 pieces of the packet for these Pan Dulce Toppers!  Take your time to make clean cuts of the images as they will really pop when you add them to the tissue paper.

Step 2:  Cut your tissue paper.  I folded up a long piece of tissue paper (approximately 2 by 3 inches) and cut the scalloped edges.  I wanted to make the images look like they were on papel picado - without the mess and fuss of lots of cutting!

Step 3:  One you have your tissue and images cut - you can now put foam adhesives on the images and adhere to the tissue.  Be sure to line up the images in the center of the tissue paper and do not attempt to lift the image once you adhere it - the tissue will rip very easily.  

Step 4:  Now you can add the wooden pick to the back side of the tissue paper.  Use a small amount of Aleene's Turbo Tacky and dip the wooden pick in it, then place the pick on the tissue paper.  It will dry fairly quickly - that is why it's TURBO!  CRAFTY TIP:  For light colored tissue - here the yellow paper was very sheer so I used a thin coat of Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue to adhere an additional piece of tissue paper.  I glued the 2 tissue pieces together and you can barely tell there are 2 pieces but the color is much better than just using 1 piece of yellow.


*Follow Steps 1-3 above.

Step 4:  Cut small rectangular cardboard pieces (smaller than the cut/scalloped tissue papers) and plug in your glue gun.  Punch the cardboard pieces in the top corners with a heavy duty hole punch (I used the We 'R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile).

Step 5:  Now, your glue gun should be ready to go, put a small amount of hot glue in the middle of the cardboard and smear it so it is a thinner layer, this will help to have the tissue paper lay flat on the cardboard.  

Step 6:  Once you have hot glued your tissue papers with images to the card board pieces you can now thread your twine through the holes of the cardboard. CRAFTY TIP:  Use a piece of washi tape (a small piece) to cover the tip of the twine before you begin to thread your twine through the banner, this will prevent your twine from fraying and also you will not waste twine!!!

Step 7:  Once your banner is created you can use washi tape to adhere it to a cake stand or if you want to hang it from a wall in your home you will need to use a stronger tape such as a small piece of Duck tape.  

I would LOVE to hear what you would create with the Crafty Chica Day of the Dead Products!

Happy Crafting!

- Miss Rina

Disclosure:  Crafty Chica is a brand of I Love to Create.  I Love to Create provided Mothership Scrapbook Gal with a press release and Crafty Chica product box for craft/DIY bloggers.  Mothership Scrapbook Gal was not compensated for this blog post.  All opinions are that of Mothership Scrapbook Gal.  I Love to Create is a sponsor of Mothership Scrapbook Gal's Crafty Happy Hour and Crafty Night In.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Save the Date: Mothership Scrapbook Gal Holiday Crafts Workshop

Join Mothership Scrapbook Gal for a 
Holiday Crafts Workshop

Where:  Packinghouse Brewing Co.
6421 Central Ave, Suite 101-A, Riverside, California
Date:  Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time:  Noon - 3 pm

Class & Materials Fee:  $30 AND for crafters that are 21 years and over there is a 2 drink minimum, drink tickets must be purchased on day of event and prior to the start of workshop.

What is included:
- 2 craft projects
- Mothership Scrapbook Gal Holiday Themed Card Kit
- Holiday Craft & Embellishment Kit
- Delicious Sweet Treat

We are excited to offer you an afternoon of merriment, fun & inspiration to get you crafting up a storm this holiday season!

For tickets:  
Send $30 payment via PayPal to rina.gonzales@sbcglobal.net, must pre-pay before Friday, October 31.

***We anticipate this event will sell out, so buy your tickets early.***

Thursday, September 4, 2014

4 Organization Tips on Storing Your Crafts

I am so excited to share more organization tips from Sara of xoxorganizing and share her #XOXO30DAYS challenge!  You should join Mothership Scrapbook Gal and accept this organization challenge - NOW is always a good time to get organized.

This month, Sara is giving tips on what crafts we really need to keep in the craft room and closet!

Just because you own it doesn't mean you need to store it:

Often times we pack our crafts and embellishments for a crafty night in and notice there are supplies that we don't seem to use- time and time again. The goal of organizing isn't to simply put things away. Make sure that what you're taking the time to store is worthy of your space.

1. Gather all like-items together so you know what you own.

2. Offer the items you know you'll never use to a friend or a project at your local community center.

3. Organize your supplies so you know where everything is.

4. Repeat these steps as often as needed.

You have one organizing task this month. Your job is to go through your crafts, paper, tools and embellishments to see how you can create a little more space in your craft closet.
Here is the #XOXO30DAYS challenge for September - Mothership Scrapbook Gal has already started to purge and it feels great!  You should join in the fun too :)  

For all the details and encouragement, go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/271624683027052/


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