Category: Whimsy

Craft Your Stash: Neocolor box

I had a LOVELY trip to a local art store yesterday (Preston Art Center, for you local peeps) and couldn’t resist picking up more NeoColor II crayons. Have you played with these yet?? I just love them – they are so vibrant and I really like that you can color directly on your project and add water, or color on a craft mat (my usual choice) and use them more like traditional water colors.

But, back to Preston. They had a whole rainbow of colors for sale individually – it made me do a little happy dance. Literally. I knew I’d need a larger tin/box to store them in as the starter set I got a few years ago came in nifty tin….with no room for growth. I looked around the store and found some really nice pencil cases…for $15. And then I got to thinking about my stash of containers I want to “someday” alter. I decided to head home with my new little gems and see what I had that might could work…and guess what:


I found this cute little box – which I think originally housed a cord of some kind. Pretty fancy. It has a drawer with a metal pull and a hard plastic see-through window (Which is why I couldn’t throw it out and tucked it into my “someday” pile.)

imageI grabbed an old McCall pattern set and my neocolors and went to work.

imageNow, I use ModPodge for my glue of choice on most of my mixed media projects. I’ve also used gel medium – but I find it thick, stiff and really sticky – and it dries even faster than the ModPodge, giving me very little time to make any adjustments should I need to (and, let’s face it: I need to A. LOT.)¬† Plus, I really like the finish on the matte MP.

I added a few layers of the pattern, building up the texture. Because the sewing pattern is basically tissue paper, it does have a tendency to wrinkle a little – it will flatten out some when it dries, but it does have some wrinkles. I’m OK with that.

imageI have to admit: I liked the graphic texture and was tempted to just leave it. But, i couldn’t reaaallly stop there. I colored in the top slightly, letting some of the pattern show through. I scribbled directly on the top, using my finger with some water on it to blend most of it. I left some pretty rough, allowing it to look like a crayon:

imageI made stripes on all the way around with each crayon with a little hand written label identifying the color. Now I’ll know what it looks like on a project (a stroke of genius, really):

imageIt’s was a bit tedious, as the neocolors are, well, watercolors and are therefore water-based…so using ModPodge over the color smears. So, I took a small square brush, dipped it in the MP ran over the color, added the tag and another layer of MP, being careful to clean the brush after each swipe. I love the effect of the color smearing over the white label as I added the MP:

imageFinally, I did some doodling on top with my favorite Scarlet Lime pen (I will be sooo sad when it runs out – Christy has no more in her store!!), and added a half of a doily colored to match and some Thickers, to cover the little white graphics on the window:

imageI have lots more room in the box for more crayons – but no more space on the edge for colored stripes. I guess when I acquire more, I’ll have to add some paper to the bottom for my samples!

Hope this little project inspires you to pull something out of your “someday” pile and just create. Make it a great week!


Craft Your Stash – silver bucket

imageSo this week we had a parent/teacher conference with all of Emily’s 6th grade teachers. She’s in a new school – and it’s middle school, which is a tough transition. She LOVES her school and all of her teachers. They’ve been awesome, attentive, accessible and just plain fun.

I knew I wanted to bake a little treat to take to the meeting as a way of saying “thanks” for going that extra mile in helping her adjust and welcoming us to the school. When I drew my #craftyourstash prompt for this week – I instantly knew I wanted to transform this little bucket into a cookie carrier.imageI think the bucket has been in my stash for a few years — and I think it may have had some sort of Christmas treat in it…I vaguely remember a red and white band around the middle with snowman on it. I think. It’s been a while. And while I was able to recycle the paper part of the packaging, I couldn’t get rid of the tin. Because — someday I knew I could alter in into something cute. Right?

Three — (or four, who’s counting?), years later — here’s what I did:


I took some Tim Holz tissue paper (LOVE THIS STUFF for a background), added a pop of lime green paint over the top and mod podged (is that a word??) some white doilies from Studio Calico, all around the base. Added a thick ribbon, some gold glittery stars and a quick hand stamped tag with a bit of washi at the bottom for a completed look.

imageAnd the cookies. Oh. My. Heavens. I tried a new recipe I found on Pinterest – (dont’cha just love Pinterest?) They are completely decadent, totally Fall and just perfect. Brown butter, salted caramel snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles have always been one of my favorites (it’s a tough choice between that and peanutbutter – but if I could only have one for like, the rest of my life…it’d have to be snickerdoodles. And now that I’ve tried THIS recipe¬† from Two Peas and Their Pod – this is the one it’d have to be. True statement. Check them out over here. image

imageHope you find some inspiration to craft something lying around in your stash this week. And – don’t forget to go make those cookies — you’ll be thanking me later.

30 Days of Me

I’m embarking on a month-long mini album project: 30 Days of Me. It’s tough – as I’m usually the one behind the camera — or, rather iPhone — and don’t often find myself in front of the camera – much less take the time to tell my stories. The class is being led by the fabulous Maggie Holmes over at Studio Calico. Here’s a peek at my title page:

30daysofme-titleIt’s a smaller album for me – a handbook size, which I’m testing out, as I’m thinking next year Project Life will go 6 X 8. Lots of bits and pieces from the class kit and from Heidi Swapp’s new gold foiled PL kit ((love)) — seriously…drool. And, I’m not even a gold gal – give me silver almost any day of the week. But that kit…gorgeous.

For the “me” circle, I created that cut file (which you can download here), used Mixed Media paper in the Silhouette on the chipboard setting and then used Martha Stewart’s Gold Gilding. Love how it turned out. I followed the same technique for the “k” and the little arrow on the heart. First time I used that liquid gold paint and it was dreamy.


I’m excited to tell these stories – and to share my journey here. Hope you have a fabulous week.


Craft your stash challenge

I don’t know about you – but I get a little geeky about packaging. I often save cool boxes, bags, tins, etc. for the “someday” when I alter them for re-gifting or storage of my crafty supplies. I also am addicted to the dollar bins at Michaels and Target – often picking up neat little trinkets that would also be cool to alter in some way…over the years, I’ve accumulated quite the stash.

When I went on a cleaning spree this spring/summer – nothing in the house was sacred (except Emily’s stuffies). I had to make some tough choices, but I whittled down my stash of “someday” projects to 1 bin plus a box of various sized canvases.

Since “someday” is so elusive, I decided to push myself to “craft my stash” on a semi-weekly basis and get through my box and bin. I took this little container I’ve had from Close to My Heart for at least a year – (probably longer, truth be told) … and cut strips of paper for all the potential projects in my basement.

craftyourstash2ideasEvery two weeks, I’ll pull out a prompt and create something. I am so excited about the potential in that bin…I can see holiday gifts (or at least packaging) starting to form. I’m also excited to get inspired by that little slip of paper – challenging me to create something new – something out of my box.

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I encourage you to take some time to craft your own stash – I’d love to see what you create! Have a great week.


Let it snow

I just love snowmen. We don’t get much opportunity here in Louisville to make many. It gets cold, but we don’t get much snow. Not like Michigan. And, believe it or not: that’s one thing I miss about home. I love winter. I love the snow. My philosophy? If it’s going to be cold, there may as well be some snow on the ground.

Here’s a little canvas I made to get me in the mood for winter:

It’s going to be cold tonight – so stay in, cuddle up, make a cup of cocoa – grab a canvas and celebrate winter!

Until next time: enjoy!