Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday DIY

I wanted a teal blue typewriter- and now I have one, easy peasy! 

Step 1 - find a working typewriter, I found one at my local thrift store, a Brother in really nice shape- the ribbon was dry, but I use an "ink refresher" spray from Inkadinkadoo-  but you can also buy replacement ribbons online for just about any style.

Step 2 - pull it apart😳
This was not hard- unscrew every screw you see to get all the metal pieces off, remove the bottom piece as well as you need to paint it ( you will see it through the keys) take photos if you need to remember how to get a particular joint together, and mark the screws if you need to. 

Step 3- spray pieces in a well ventilated protected area with a good quality spray paint. 

Step 4- be prepared to go over each area many times to get an even coating. 

Step 5- put it back together and it's ready to use. 
Loving this so much- I'm thinking I'm going to do a purple one next 😉

Saturday, June 27, 2015

More Hazel & Ruby fun

So I have a heart for altered items, take old things and make them pretty and new again:)
So this was the $3.00 find and the thrift store, 
It was that lovely wierd brown shiny wood veneer- so I gave it a light sanding.
Then I sprayed the legs with a nice teal blue spray paint.
Then using modge Podge, I adhered the Hazel & Ruby grey dot tissue paper to the top of the table

There is a few wrinkles and imperfections,  but I'm ok with that!
As you can see the tissue was hanging over the edge, so I waited till the modge Podge was dry and then I sanded the edges with a nail file

It came off really easily, 

I then coved the rubber edge with cute Washi Tape from Hazel & Ruby as well! 
I added a little Sookwang ( be creative tape) first to make sure the tape stayed attached to the rubber.
And here is the finished project!

Super fun and super inexpensive! 

I hope you feel inspired!

Hazel & Ruby stencil fun!

Hazel & Ruby has a super fun line of stencils and tissue and paper and more, I loved it when I first saw their stuff, and how it suited scrapbooking, mixed media, home decor and more!

So project #1 was a canvas- just like the one they show how to do on the back of the packaging of the stencils! 
  The 1st step was covering a canvas with Modge Podge 
Then when the modge Podge is wet, I attached the paper from the roll to the canvas, making sure the edges are wrapped around the canvas and tucked around the back.
I applied a little heat to speed up the drying process:)

Using a ruler ( to keep the stencil straight) 
I put my words on the canvas, these letters and words are great because they have a repositionable adhesive ( which also keeps a nice tight deal between the letters and the canvas.
The outlines are also found on the letter package, I decided to use it as a border.

Then add paint- I played a little with this, I tried a watered down paint to give it more of a wash of color, I also tried a thicker paint, for a more opaque color, both looked good in different looks!
I pulled the letters off with tweezers, the letters looked pretty crisp!
Starting to look good- now for final details!!

I outlined the lettered with a white sharpie paint pen to give them more pop! Then also added some burlap and lace to finish off the canvas!

I wanted to try it again in a different color-
Here are are few pics if that, 

Fun & easy project, a couple of things I learned, wipe the lettered down with a wet wipe as soon as you pull them off the canvas ( I pulled them off while paint was still wet)  if you don't it doesn't affect the adhesive, but the paint will be harder to wash off. 
Also I liked using thicker paint, I found there was less bleed-through, under the letters.

I hope you feel inspired!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CHA Show in Anaheim

January Inspiration was amazing at the Craft and Hobby show- all sorts of companies from the Scrapbook & paper crafting industry all in one place! 
I took soo many photos of items made with the new products coming out in 2015- I will put them here so I can reflect and use them for inspiration once the products arrive in the store:)
Taylored Expressions stamps and Dies
My Besties stamps and flowers
I just liked the fold on this card
Jillibean soup boy line
Bella Blvd
Spellbinders die-cuts
More Bella Blvd
FabScraps paper and laser cut chipboard
Graphic45- one of Kathy's favorited!

Elizabeth Craft die-cut
New seven paper from Studio Calico
Met Shimelle- what a sweetie!
Amy Tangerine, she wants to come to Canada to teach... Gotta work on that!
Pink Paislee
Avery Elle stamps
Me Tim Holtz working his magic!
Adorable Lawn fawn
Gorgeous Heartfelt Creations
AI stamps- loved these owners and company!
Hazel & Ruby
Mica cards different booths

Bo-Bunny new Safari line
Kaisercraft travel line
Graphic45 new baby line  Precious Memories

Well there is some images just from my phone- lots more on my Camera, cants wait to get all this stuff in and play!!
I hope you feel inspired:)