Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Halloween Upcycled Mini Album - CraftOnline Creative Team

While I was experimenting with my Distress Oxides the The Stickmaster Heat Resistant Tape was there on the back of my desk and I was inspired to put what I was doing away and instead create a mini album like the one I made for Earth Day this year.  Since it is heat resistant I wanted to see if it would survive a summer in my home and I thought I should make the same style I made for the Earth Day album so I can make a true comparison, I will also make a Christmas themed one with the tape I used to use to make a fair comparison.
I am excited to see the results of my test next March.

Items used
Fancy Pants Designs 6x6 Spellbound
The Stickmaster Heat Resistant Tape
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Carved Pumpkin
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Trimmings Halloween 6 pack
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Trimmings 2 pack black and orange
Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Stickers Moveable Skeletons
Jolee's Boutique Gauze Ghosts (no longer available)
Silhouette Curio
Helmar Acid Free Glue

The Halloween supplies I ordered to make a card for my friend made decorating this mini so easy, the 6x6 pad was perfect for a quick crop and glue down.
I also die cut a few Halloween items with my Silhouette Curio that I bought from CraftOnline last year.  Having a pile of die cuts that suited my theme ready to go really helped the creative process.

Here is the unboxing of the supplies.

Here is a process video of how I made this album.

I love how this mini album turned out and can't wait to give it to me friend.

Why not give making a upcycled mini album a go, they turn out so cute.
I will have another post later in the month with my decorating of the cover of my October Daily and experimenting with that gorgeous haunted house stamp, so if you haven't subscribed to my blog and YouTube Channel yet make sure you do so you don't miss out on seeing that post.  :)

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Easy Ucpcycled and DIY Halloween Decorations - Helmar Creative Team

I wanted to decorate for Halloween this year but I wanted to be a bit more environmentally friendly with my decorations so instead of buying new I decided to DIY as many things as I could and include some Upcycling where possible.  I also wanted some projects the boys could help with.
Today's post is about the easier decorations we made.

First we made some Witch Legs, Pinterest suggested a few pins of this fun project.  I wanted a really quick version that E could help with and to Upcycle where possible, so I went with the under the door mat/cupboard/house, etc version.

I picked up these glittery shoes for $2 at my local St Vincent De Paul Op-shop, some cute purple & black striped knee high socks to make this project with E.  We used stuffing from a pillow that is really uncomfortable and no one likes to stuff the legs, I set E the task of stuffing the legs.
To close the tops of the socks I used Helmar Fabric Glue, applying a spot and folding down on itself, and repeat until the top is closed.

I then used Helmar Fabric Glue to glue the stuffed socks into the shoes, applying some directly on the sock and some inside the heal.

Our Witch Legs are now ready for poking out of a wall, door or furniture.

For our second easy DIY we upcycled a empty liquid soap refill bottle into a potion bottle.
Start by applying 2 coats of black paint to the bottle (apply a third if you need to).  Then smudge some streaks of Distress Oxide in Seedless Preserves and some gold paint on the bottle.

Paint the lid gold but rub it off a little so the black is kind of visible to give it that ages look.
My paint peeled a little so I used a scrap of gauze that I had wiped black ink, and Distress Oxide in Seedles Preserve and Spiced Pumpkin with to hide this and my excess gold paint near the lid.  I just draped it around the bottle and glued it down with Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

To finish my potion bottle off I printed some free printable apothocary labels and adhered them with Helmar Premium Craft Glue to the bottle and gauze.  I love the results.  I need some more interesting shaped plastic bottles so I can make more.

For our third project in Today's post I Upcycled a wire mannequin jewelry holder into a witch.
It was gold so I smuged some watered down black paint all over it, you can still see hints of the gold but I love the look it now has.

I grabbed some scrap purple fabric and black lace.  I wrapped the fabric around the mannequin and adhered the seam together with Helmar Fabric Glue, adhereing the lace to the fabric with Helmar Fabric Glue.

I made her a cute witch hat by cutting 2 circles from felt, I cut 1/4 away from one circle and glued it into a cone shape with Helmar Fabric Glue.  I then snipped the middle of the base into triangles so that I could glue them to the inside of the cone. 

I made a tassel of trim and glued that inside the hat to represent hair.  I then finished it off by gluing some purple lace around the hat and poking a old earing through the front and bending it over with pliers.

I then tied some ribbons and trim around the waist, chest and underneath in the centre so they would hang out from under the skirt and represent the legs.
I adhered a dimensional bat sticker to her chest and a cat die cut from black glitter foam which I received in a die cut swap to the fabric with Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

How cute did she turn out?

October 2018 Challenge List

Welcome to the October Challenge List.

I will try to update the Challenge List mid-month with any challenges that are not up yet.  So check back in a week or 2 to see what new challenges are up.

Due to positive feedback I will continue to split the list into Australian based challenges and International challenges, so make sure you scroll through and check out all the wonderful challenges as many allow entries from all over the world.
Please if I have put a challenge into the wrong catagory let me know, I worked hard to be correct but we can all make mistakes.

Please if there are any Challenges you are aware of that I have missed let me know.I am really loving participating in Challenges, it is getting me to craft more often, to do projects I may otherwise save to do later, and some there is the added challenge of completing them when I have limited supplies that meet the requirements but that just adds to the fun.
So now for the list, I will provide a link to each challenge that has a direct link for it and either their Facebook page, website, shop, whichever is appropriate so you have all the details you could possibly need.
Those that are in a Facebook Group I will link to the group, please contact admins of the group to let them know you are joining to participate in the challenges or look at the challenges as some admins have requested this due to the waiting list. 

White with 1 is a lovely grey this month and a fun sketch to help inspire you.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Scrapping Good Time - Scrapbooking Group Australia is a Closed Facebook Group that has multiple Scrapbooking Challenges and sometimes a Card Challenge each month.  This month they are having a special giveaway and to be in the draw you need to enter every one of their Challenges and participate in some other things throughout the month.

Scrap the Girls has a beautiful and inspiring breast cancer moodboard this month.

Scrap the Boys has a cute prompt this month. Here is a link to their Facebook Page.  Make sure you check their blog for the rules of their Challenges.

Scrapping Clearly has a lovely moodboard this month.

Dusty Attic has a lovely moodboard up on their Facebook Page and their Blog and for even further information, they also have a Website.

Sketchy Boards Challenge has a great Sketch and prompt this month and a fun prompt this month.  Follow the link for inspiration and rules.

D-lish Scraps Inspiration Board this month is a lovely summer feeling board, make sure you follow the link for inspiration and the rules of this C

Use Your Stuff is a great weekly challenge that is all about using the stuff you have.  

Kraft+ Challenge has a fun prompt this month, make sure you head to their blog and read the requirements for this one. Here is the Facebook Group.
Archi-scraps has a interesting prompt this month.

Anna's Craft Cupboard has a lovely sketch challenge this month which you enter either via a Online Gallery or their Facebook Community.

ARTastic has a lovely artwork on a plate this month.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Mystical Scrapbooks has a fun sketch this month.

SCRAPBOOKIT has a fun word prompt this month

Made to Scrap - the Aussie way! is new to the challenge list this month.  They have a fun sketch this month.

Off the Rails Scrapbookinmoodboard this month.  Here is their Facebook Group.  Make sure you check their blog for the rules of their Challenges.

International Challenges

CSI Challenge - Color, Stories, Inspiration is a fun challenge formatted as a case file for you to do.  I look forward to giving this challenge a go. 

Crafty Creations Challenge is a bimonthly craft challenge.  Make sure you read their rules as entry closing dates are different to most challenges.

Pixel Scrapper is a Digital Scrapbooking community that has a monthly challenge.  I am so glad I found this wonderful community. 

More Than Words has a great prompt this month.  Here are the Rules for their Challenges. Here is their Facebook Page.

Lasting Memories Scrapbooking Challenges have multiple challenges each month to inspire you.

Creative Inspiration is a online forum/group that features multiple challenges throughout the month.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge is a great concept where you take inspiration from a new kit that is out and create a kit from your supplies using that inspiration and so create layouts with your own kit.  They do a blog hop with their team showing each person's kit and layouts.  Well worth checking it out.

Scrappy Land is a bimonthly challenge that is all about getting out those dies and using them.  Make sure you list  the brand of die you used and that it is one their store stocks.

Craft-Dee Bowz is a monthly challenge that involves using a bow.  Head to their blog for more details. 

Stick it Down has 3 Challenges a month, a card sketch, a single page sketch and a double page sketch.  Head to their blog for further details. 

Rochelle Spears has a new Scrappy Friends Challenge.   She also has a bonus challenge this month

Scrap Our Stash has a fun prompt this month.

The ScrapRoom is a bimonthly challenge starting with their Sketch Challenge this month.  Their Freak Fast Formula for July is also up.

Altenew has a inspiration challenge this month.  Head to their blog for rules and inspiration.

Project Life

Here is a list of Challenges that would suit creating Project Life layouts.  Note I do need to check the challenges that are new to the list and update this sublist.  I will update shortly.

Scrap the Boys have said they will accept PL layouts.
Scrap the Girls have said they will accept PL layouts.
Kraft+ Challenge accepts tradition layouts, art journalling, tags, etc so this challenge would suit PL I think.
ARTastic Challenge Blog accepts all forms of Scrapbooking as entries.

Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia accepts PL entries.
Show us your stuff accepts PL entries.
Scrapbook Boutique accepts scrapbooking, off the page, etc so I think it would suit PL.  The new challenge is posted on the 10th of each month.
Dusty Attic states in the August Moodboard Entry Rules (so assuming it is the same) that your project can be anything you desire including layouts, cards or off the page so it sounds like PL will be accepted.

Previous Lists

My scrappy friends who only scrap when at a crop, or who have stopped or reduced their time scrapping for any reason I think you will love some of these, have a look at each one.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Happy Days Diner memories - Craftonline DT

Welcome to my first post for Craftonline's new team.  I am so excited to be on this team, my creativity is flowing and my brain is full of ideas.
My first idea was to record my memories of taking family to Happy Days Diner so I selected supplies that would coordinate with the colours and theme of the restaurant.

Here is a list of all I ordered that is still available.

Sound of Music Die Cut Border by Find It Trading Amy Design
Vintage Vehicles Punch Out Sheet by Find It Trading Amy Design
Bazzill Mylar Silver Cardstock
Deep Red Stamps Vintage 45 Record Stamp
NY Cake Silicone Mold - Dress
Prima Marketing Havana Mulberry Paper Flowers and Leaves
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Alphabet Stickers
Crate Paper Wild At Heart Thickers Charming
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Willow Lane 6x8 Paper Pad
Simple Stories Good Vibes Stickers
Dovecraft Accordion Sticker Flowers
Pink Paislee Colour Wash Title Stickers
Pink Paislee Nantucket Crabcakes paper
We R Memory Keepers Hello Darling Radiant paper
Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Paints Set 1
Versacolor Pigment Ink Cyan
Versacolor Pigment Ink Lilac

I decided to prep my embellishments first, starting with a cute 50's dress embellishment.  I was inspired by Farrel's Helmar blog post on making your own embellishments with Helmar Glue and a silicone mold, so I wondered if Craftonline had any silicone molds that would suit a 50's theme and I found this fantastic dress mold.
Due to my mold being much bigger than Farrel's mine would not dry properly, so I decided to try making my own paper clay with archival safe paper scraps and Helmar Acid Free Glue. 
I started by tearing up some archival paper scraps and soaking them overnight in water.  The next day I used my blender to turn it into paper pulp.  E had fun squeezing the water out of the pulp, I got him to do it as it is a great activity for Fine Motor Skills and Sensory Processing.
Once the water was squeezed out of my paper pulp I added Helmar Acid Free Glue until I had a clay consistency, then I dusted my silicone mold with corn flour and filled it with my clay and let it set over night, hitting it with my heat gun a couple of times to help it dry to be sure it dried well.
I had fun painting my dress with Vicki Boutin paints in Cotton Candy and Banana.
I decided to make a second dress but I didn't filly the middle to the top, I wanted to try doing a hollow dress.  It turned out really well, I mixed some cyan Versacraft ink with white paint to paint majority of the dress.  Then mixed some lilac Versacraft with white pain to do part of the bottom of the dress and a base on the flower and bow.  I finished the flower, bow and the very bottom of the dress with cotton candy Vicki Boutin pain mixed with white paint.  I then painted the bottom edge with white paint.  I absolutely love how this dress turned out.

When I was waiting for my glue attempt of the dress to dry I die cut this awesome die and this amazing Silver Mylar cardstock from Bazzill and I stamped my records and coloured the labels using some distress inks as watercolours.

Now that all my embellishments were ready to go I started scrapbooking.  I got 5 layouts done with all my wonderful supplies and I have lots left for more layouts.