Thursday, December 19, 2013

Up-cycled 3 Ring Binder to a Scrapbook

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The hop order is;
My Craft Channel
Tifany DeGough with special guest Midge Hammon
Abigail Stoops
Michelle Price with special Guest Justina Nadolson

This is a project not only inspired by, but using many products purchased on My Craft Channel. I really can't narrow it down to one episode because I have learned so many tips and techniques watching all sorts of episodes.
We were getting rid of some 3 ring binders at work (they had been well used and were falling apart). I decided to try salvaging the back piece that houses the actual 3 ring mechanism. When my October "Kit of the Month" arrived from My Craft Channel, I knew this was the perfect project for an all day crop.

Here are the results. 
The October "Kit of the Month" was all about the home. We just moved in, and I had put a lot of thought into making our home feel warm and inviting. I want to document what really makes a house feel like a home. 
The front of this album is a chipboard house shape sprayed with Color Shine spray (by Heidi Swapp) glued to a square piece of chipboard that was also sprayed. 
I cut 2 square holes in the house piece so I could make little windows with pictures in them. The windows are covered with clear acetate for the glass effect.
The old silver binder rings are visible on this type of up-cycle so I tied assorted ribbons to each ring to give them a little personality and color. 
The back of the original binder is covered with wood printed paper, and the edges are sealed with gaffers tape so that none of the original binder shows. I left the pocket on the inside back for momentos. 
Here are a couple of the inside pages dedicated to our Home. 
Honestly, I cried when I got this kit in the mail because the sentiments and sayings on each piece really touched me. The paper is double sided and beautiful, the ribbon and buttons included are adorable. they really do a great job of putting a delightful bundle together. (No, they don't pay me to say this, I mean it! ) 
Thanks for stopping (or hopping) by.
Happy scrapping! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Elegant Fabric Pumpkins (no sewing required)

I saw an idea on Pinterest that I had try, so I dug through my stash of fabric, twine and ribbon and made these glamorous pumpkins.

Start by stuffing a plastic grocery bag with fabric scraps (when I ran out of scraps I used entire pieces of fabric and old t-shirts). When it's the shape you want, set in the center of the outer fabric and pull all sides up around it. Fasten the top with a rubber band or twist tie. 
To get the indentation shape desired, I used a jute string and wrapped it from the center bottom up to the top, over and back down to the bottom several times spacing the string out for each pumpkin section. 
Finally, I made paper leaves, Curling the edges, then attach a junk bow out of twine, jute, burlap, raffia and ribbon. I always add a bit of sparkle ribbon, and the orange fabric pictured actually has tiny orange sequins all over it. The purple fabric shimmers and has a moon design. If I had a better camera you could see that. I'm working on getting a new one soon. ("Oh hubby, darling, it's my birthday next month")
Elegant for table decor, and the squirrels won't eat them.    

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fabulous, fun Pinspirational push pins. (Some say thumbtacks.)

 A very sweet woman who worked with has taken on a new job and today was her last day and farewell lunch.  I wanted to give her something personal and fun for her new at-home office.  I remembered an "Inspired by Pinterest"  episode on My Craft Channel where pushpins were decorated. I grabbed the E6000, the Mod Podge Melts, and had a little fun.
Included above techniques include Beacons 3 in 1 glue with Mod Podge plastic charm and cupcake and flower print on paper.
Mod Podge melts in purple glitter and clear with thumbtack pressed into hot glue. 
buttons, bling and scrapbook embellishments glued on with E6000.
What are you waiting for? Go decorate your office bulletin board...make work more fun!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Looking Back at Re-Creations, One Year Anniversary

Happy Birthday Blog!

My blog is one year old this month! I am so grateful for all of the opportunities I have had to meet new crafters, teach classes, learn new techniques, create and "re-create".
Here is a look back at a few my favorite projects. You can click on the links below the photos to view the original blog post of each project.


My Craft Channel Superfan Blog Hop  

Rubber Cafe Inspired Greeting Card
Side view of stand up card

Graphic 45 "Bird Song" Cards

Home Decor

Valentine/Anniversary Wreath

Real Leaves made into Fall Bouquet

Spring Childhood Memory Jar

Graphic 45 & Clear Acrylic Clipboard Display

Scrapbook Layouts and Albums

Graphic 45 + six more Layers Layouts

Using a Floral Paper on a Masculine Page

Tiny Canvas Frame Accordion Album

Made from Scratch Summer Album 


More UP-Cycled "Ugly Sweater" Beads

Just For Fun

T.P. Roll Challenge - Marionette

I hope you enjoyed viewing some of my favorites, and that I have inspired you to try crafting something new this year. 
Follow me to see some  unique Christmas decor, cards, layouts, and d.i.y. gifts to be posted over the next few months. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 30, 2013

My Craft Channel Superfan Blog Hop!

If you are hoppping along with us today: You should have come here from Andrea West's blog, If you did, you are in the right place, Welcome!        To join along in the hop, start at you can start at  My Craft Channel's blog. 
A Prize Give Away!
My Craft Channel is giving away a Black Ice Kit from Imaginisce. (Picture on their blog.) 
How do you enter? 
Leave a comment on each Superfan's blog along the hop. (No need to leave a comment at My Craft Channel's Blog to win). 
Blog comments close on Friday, September 6th at 11:59pm (Eastern). The winner will be announced on Monday, September 9th - so be sure to check back on the My Craft Channel blog to see if you’ve won.

The Hop Order:
Tifany DeGough with special guest Midge
Abigail Stoops -
Michelle Price with special guest Peggy Monroe
Andrea West - (if you skipped this page please visit Andrea next)
Sheila Lonergan with special guest Priscilla Joseph -
Andrea  West's blog,

My Guest today is Superfan, Priscilla Joseph.
Priscilla made this darling card inspired by the Imaginisce Black Ice collection. 
The Card Base Is Bermuda Bay cardstock from Stampin Up. 

The Frosting is Bermuda Bay bay Ink from Stampin Up. 
The designer papers on top and around ring are from the Black Ice collection. 
The Stamp is from Simon Says Stamp "Cup Cake Party"
The wrapper is colored with Copic markers.
The "Happy" die cut is also Simon Says Stamps, "Oh Happy Day". 
The bling is Imaginisce rhinestones set with the iRock tool. 

Here is where we were going to list the My Craft Channel episode that inspired us, and add to link to it. I had a problem with doing that because I can't decide on just one! So, here are a couple of links to fun episodes. Imaginisce-iMagicut-Ribbon-CutterClearly-the-Best-Stamping-with-Close-To-My-HeartDCWV-Deals-My-Sunshine-Cards

Back in June, I was luck to receive a box full of goodies from My Craft Channel  and Imaginisce.  I had been thinking about making some cards that were more interactive, or that had a little surprise inside that a person could actually wear. These tools and papers were the perfect motivation.
The box included the irock heat setting bling tool...
and some bling. This was a tool I thought I would never use, and now that I see how easy it is, I'll use it for everything that needs a little bling. The other tool was the ribbon cutter and sealer. This was great for cutting beautiful ends and angles, and stopped the ribbon from fraying.  Finally, I received the Black Ice cardstock collection...
Black Ice  It's really beautiful, so click on the link to their web-site above and check it out. It's very good quality double sided cardstock, and a really nice weight for crafting.
Here are the cards I created with these products, and a few more as listed with each card. 

Card shown when honey comb flower is folded down. 

 For this card I made a pin (brooch) first with honey comb paper. On the card, It is pinned to the ribbon across the front. In addition to the irock bling that you can see dotted around the polka dot paper, I also used velum cut and embossed with my Spellbinders die cut tool, and Cherry Red Powder Puff Chalk Ink (my favorite chalk ink ever) from Quick Quotes.

The out side of the card shows a little charm that I made with the new Mod Podge Plaid Company "Mod Melts". I have to say, that stuff is addicting. I added a little gold leafing (inspired by an episode of My Craft Channel) and hot glued it a piece of ribbon. When the card is untied, the inside of the card contains this cute punky ribbon bracelet, made with the irock studs and rhinestones. Other elements include a doily, Powder Puff Chalk Ink in Amaretto, and Tim Holtz vintage washi tape.

Now for the most difficult card. It took me a while to figure out how to engineer this, but now I've got it and I'll be making more of these for sure. I LOVE hats!

Using the honey comb paper again, and attaching it with hot glue to paper, and to a hair clip. I think anyone would love to get this fun card.  The clip is attached to the ribbon after the card is assembled. There is a strip of strong red tape on the underside of the triangle you see above here, so when the shape is lifted, it opens up, and the paper can be pealed off of the red tape, and the sides can be connected around to make the hat shape and glued together. I know this sounds complicated, so if you need more instructions, just email me and I will send a step-by-step.

A little shopping bag with a surprise inside.

 Some of the papers were begging to be colored with my Copic markers, the cardstock holds up very well, and the colors blend well without any of the ink on the paper smearing. I made a necklace, or, desk top banner? 1/4 inch ribbon strung through paper circles. Tuck it all into a custom made card/gift bag, and Viola, adorable gift. I added a pieces of clear acetate to the front cutout portion of the bag for the peek-a-boo effect. Also used a border punch on the top edge.

I used the ribbon cutter/sealer on all of the ribbon pictured here. Including silk, grosgrain and seam binding.
Here is a view so you can see the 1/4 inch fold for the pocket.

My final card is not a wearable, but I was carried away with the fun irock tool and a cupcake came to mind. Additional supplies included washi tape, and a fabulous chalk board mini clip I found at Michaels. Did I also mention that I use "Scrap Happy" glue from The Rubber Cafe for everything, unless hot glue is needed.
So, that's all for now crafters. I might just have to spend a little time cleaning up the "craftermath" .
Remember to leave a comment on each Superfan page for a chance to win.
Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tiny Canvas Frame Accordion Album

This is a project I totally dove into, with items from My Craft Channel Kit of the Month (Echo Park paper and stickers, My Minds Eye embellishments, Miss Caroline baker's twine) and featuring our Grandson.
I had this nice block of uninterrupted quite time at home (rare) and lost  myself in color, paint, and sweet memories.
Front of 4x4 canvas

Inside view- see brass hinges and mini shadow box.
I think it's really cool how the 1/2 inch depth of the little canvas makes a tiny shadow box on the left side. The accordion album is tucked into the right side.

 Materials used;
Two 4x4in Artist Canvas (stretched over wood and pre-gesso primed)
Echo Park papers and embellishments
My Mind's Eye Wood button
3 ft Seam Binding
A bit of Muslin
Acrylic Paint
Green Crepe Paper
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink with Close-To-My-Heart Stamps (that I won from MCC!)
Plaid's Dimensional Magic
 A set of tiny brass hinges
 Quick Quotes chalk ink in Amaretto

If you want to try this at home, learn from my mistakes. The hinges are very difficult to put into the canvas, so ask a handy husband, and do this first, otherwise your album may get damaged while trying to do it afterward. Next time I will just hot glue ribbon as a hinge.
Paint the canvas LAST. It was hard to stamp or stick paper to canvas after the flat surface on the outside had been altered. Make your accordion fold mini album and stick it in first. MCC has a few tutorials on making an accordion fold m ini album- View Melissa Francis, Heidi Swapp, Or Teresa Collins past shows here.