Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scrap Storage

Here is a picture of my scrap system. I store each color in a 2.5 Gallon zip-top Hefty bag. Walmart has them for ~$3 for a box of 12. Then I keep the scrap bags in my Thirty-One medium utility tote. They fit perfectly and then I can carry them with me to scrap retreats. Sometimes I will go through the bags and clean out the smaller scraps and organize them by size.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Relaxing Birthday Card

There was something about this pink paper that reminded me of wallpaper. I imagined a giant tub and then I found a cute chandelier sticker in my stash and those clear raindrop bubbles to complete the look.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Table Scraps: Part 2

My refinishing project is complete! The table and chairs were finished a while ago and I am just slacking posting the details. Do you know what was the hardest part? Ok, there were two really hard things. Using the staple gun and trying to make sure the nails did not to go through the chair! Finding a trim that worked by hot gluing it AND one that was wide enough to cover my mistakes and the staples. Maybe that is really four or five things!

I went to Joann's five times before I picked a fabric. I went to Joann's three times and bought trim (that I could not return). One of them unraveled when I cut it. Two of them were too thin. I finally drove 30 minutes away to a discount fabric store and found a trim that would work.

I am so happy with how it turned out and I love the peacock feather fabric. It is a perfect fit for my purple dining room.

Things I learned from the fabric/trim process.
1. Hot glue burns.
2. You don't need as much glue as you think you do.
3. Invest in a really nice staple gun.
4. A black sharpie is a great mistake hider!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Back with more cards!

I am not a fan of months where I don't post anything. It happens though and you can't look back at what could have been, you can only look forward to what will be! I've got lots of cards to share and my next big project is going to be a wedding scrapbook for my cousin (a Christmas gift)! I've already got the supplies, photos and an outline. I am also working on a 2nd birthday party and look forward to sharing some cute stuff from that event!

Here are a few cards from August that never got shared.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Wedding Card

Summer has been super busy so crafting time is at a minimum. I am currently working on some Camp Scrap assignments and hoping to have at least one posted next week. The most pressing item on my list was a card for an upcoming wedding. I used one of my go to designs and personalized it with the bride's colors. My scanner cut off the bottom, but the cake is centered in the middle of the polka dot paper. The bride is much shorter than the groom, so the cake topper was purposely placed that way! :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Headed to Camp!

Camp Scrap that is!! This is one of my all time favorite classes by May Flaum. It is 100% fun and I always learn so much from May and all the other campers. This summer there are 4 main technique sessions and you can choose to do all of them or a few of them. Head on over to May's website to learn more. It is not too late to sign up. I hope I will see you there!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Table Scraps: Part 1

I really don't like to see such a large gap between my blog posts, but I kind of have a good reason. I actually made a list of goals I want to accomplish this year and I've been focusing on one of the top ones: refinishing a piece of furniture. Actually 5 pieces!! A whole dining room set. I found this very sad 70's cane back set for dirt cheap. I am kicking myself because I didn't take a true "before" picture of the ugly wood with coffee stains and all.

I got to work on the 4 chairs thinking that it would not be that hard. (Hahahaha) Here are the chairs after I primed them white and started to paint them black. I don't know exactly what kind of wood they are, but they are solid and heavy! I love the square design on the top of the chair and also the clover design on the bottom edges. This is what made me bring this beast home with me.

 2  coats of primer
2 coats of paint

Here is the whole lot of chairs. You can see the wooden table on the back right corner in the garage and the legs are behind the first white chair.

Things I learned during the painting process:
1. Don't paint outside on a windy day. The plastic kept blowing up into my chair legs, along with leaves and bugs.
2. An excessive amount of paint on the brush will cause drip stains that are hard to sand out.
3. Apparently, if you are using black, you should tell the guy at Lowe's so he can color the primer so that you don't have to use multiple coats of paint.

Part 2 will be all about buying fabric and my battle with gimp/trim.