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I usually don't send pixmas cards but I like to send our thank you cards with updated pics of the kids. I took a picture of them holding the chalkboard frame which said thank you and happy new year. I wasn't sure how I was going to put it together until I saw that THE DIGI CHICK came out with a beautiful chalkboard themed kit called LIFE STORY.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The design team members at THE HYBRID CHICK have started to challenge ourselves to come up with unique ways to use some of the designers templates from THE DIGI CHICK. This month we were asked to come up with ideas for the SOAP BOX by KELLEIGH RATZLAFF and this is what I came up with.
It is a little box that I converted into a moose. I think it would be really cute for an animal themed party. I have a tutorial on how it was made HERE and check out what a couple of the other design team members come up with HERE.
Posted by Kim at 4:28 PM
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
We have a very long hallway which I use as a picture gallery. I started out wanting to make a stenciled "family" sign to go on one of the walls but I saw the beautiful, vintage style letters in this VINTAGE CHARM SCRAPBOOK KIT by Quirky Twerp and thought they might make a nice sign.
I started out with an old, light oak, kitchen cabinet door front that I got from our local rehab place Construction Junction. I can't remember the exact price but I know it cost less than 2 dollars. I didn't take a pic before I painted but it looked pretty much like this.
It is easy to wipe off as much stain as you like as long as you use a damp cloth. The top shows what it looks like after wiping with a dry cloth and the bottom after a damp one.
It is always better to remove a lot and then add more if you want a darker glaze. This was how it ended up after a couple applications/wipings of the glaze.
I printed out the word family from the digital kit onto tissue paper. This is done by taping the tissue paper all around the edges onto a standard sheet of copy paper and printing as you normally would. I sized them to fit the center rectangle spaced evenly.
I used a newer product called Mod Podge Antique Mat. It is supposed to give your projects a vintage tone.
I used 4 layers and it maybe, kinda looked a little vintagey????? Since the wood was already glazed it was hard to tell. I not only put it on the letters but the also the entire sign to keep it uniform.
The letters are so pretty and the Mod Podge blurred everything a little which added to the vintage feel.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Posted by Kim at 11:32 AM
Monday, January 7, 2013
I made this as a Christmas decoration but it isn't necessarily Christmasy so I am leaving it out. I want to make a few more to hang around the living room but it took a while to make the flowers so I am not sure when I will get to it.
I started out cutting four Spellbinders Labels 20 dies out of grunge paper. Make sure to use the paper not the board as I hear it doesn't cut very well with the dies. I glued two together for each side then painted them a bronze metallic color.
For the flowers, I used the Posy Patch Die from Heartfelt Creations.One each in the smallest and up to the fourth largest of both a solid color and printed.
The edges were sponged with a light brown ink.
On the smallest two flower sizes, I used a stylus and a foam mat and worked in circles to bring the petals toward the center.
On the two larger flowers, I turned the petals outward with a piercing tool by wrapping the edges of the petals around it.
The two largest petals were attached directly to each other and a pop dot was placed on top.
The next set was then placed on top of the pop dot and the center on that.
The flowers were then added around the edges of the candle. It took 5 loosely placed to go completely around.
The tea light was attached to the frame with glue. It took a while to hold it together while the glue set because it is an awkward arrangement. I added a couple flourishes and flowers to the edges and wrapped some wire around a pen to make a hanger.
It looked so pretty lit up at Christmas!
Posted by Kim at 12:56 PM
Thursday, January 3, 2013
This is what the box looked like when I found it. Someone had rubbed off the picture that was on the side but they were good sturdy boxes and way cheep.
And then attached it to the candle.
I am entering this project in the monthly DIY PROJECT PARTY
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
This started out as an idea to make a wall clock for my son using the robot/steam punk theme. It morphed into something I really love and want to use in my living room. My son will have to wait for a new clock....or maybe a trip to target to buy one.
I had a cigar box that I bought at a flea market which was used for the base. Paper mache boxes were used for the top portion. I used only the deep parts of the boxes and left the back open because the lids interfered with the stacking of the rounds. So, ignore the painted lid in the picture. They were painted with two coats of a dark brown craft paint.
I wrapped the edges of the circles, covered the front and base with some scrapbook paper from Simple Stories Documented collection.
The decorative elements on the box are Spellbinders dies cut from brown card stock.
To make a little shelf to hold some tiny Tim Holtz bottles was made using another die. I cut one of paper and one of grunge paper. I trimmed off the top and glued the two together.I folded the edges to form a little shelf with the center of the die.
I made the gears for the front of the clock using Sprightly Sprockets die, also from Spellbinders and grunge paper from Tim Holtz. The far left is the raw grunge paper. They were then painted dark brown and then covered with some bronze metallic paint.
I wish you all the best for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! I am entering this in the monthly DIY PROJECT PARTY