Friday, July 29, 2011

Just 3 More Days...

Top 10 reasons why YOU should become a Stampin' UP! Demonstrator: 
10. Never pay retail for crafting supplies again
9.   100% Support from SU!, you don't even have to be creative
8.   Bonuses and other perks from SU! such as the monthly magazine exclusive to demonstrators
7.   Craft with your friends and call it a workshop
6.   Flexible hours
5.   Attend corporate events such as regionals, convention, and someday leadership!
4.   Meet demonstrators who shares your love of crafting
3.   Be your own CEO
2.   Earn cash $$$$$$$$$$...
1.   Do what you love most -STAMP!
With the current promotion ending on Sunday July 31st, you can get $185 worth of quality SU! products for only $99, that's nearly half off! Go to my promotions page to see the list of items also get a bonus Christmas Keepsake Kit, so cute!

If you are like me and you love to stamp, you're already spending plenty on your "hobby" so why not join and spend less. Please contact me if you want more information. I would love to share this amazing opportunity with you!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Altered Art and Secret Compartments

A really, really, REALLY long time ago I did this challenge where you take a hardcover book and convert it into a unique photo frame. I actually thought it was so long ago that I hadn't ever blogged about it, but I checked my archives, and wow, it is in there:

In all the time I've had this fun frame within view, I've often thought, why not carve out the INSIDE of the book and make myself a SECRET COMPARTMENT?! Everyone should have little hiding places for their treasures, and while this particular book is just begging to be picked up and held, I couldn't resist altering it further!

I didn't want the compartment to be just inside the cover so I skipped a few pages before I started cutting. I used a metal ruler and a craft knife to cut into the pages as many at a time as the knife would penetrate. Once you have the first few pages removed you don't need a straight edge anymore. But you do have to hold the cover "up" to keep the pages straight as you're cutting. To be honest my hand got pretty tired before I made it to the end, so I set this project aside for a couple of days before I completed the cutout.

Once I had all the pages cut to my preferred depth, I began adhering the pages together, starting with the back pages. I was using a liquid glue with a foam brush at first, but the pages were puckering a bit so I switched to Snail Adhesive. Either way is very time consuming, and I'm actually not really done yet, but the end result will be worth it!

I never throw anything away, and if you are a true crafter, you are probably hoarding some things for "that special project" that will come along someday. I used a lot of these cut out pages to make a layered die cut flower.

Of course I sponged them with ink to give them more appeal before I layered them together. The flower stem is also made of paper. It's a card stock strip that I just folded in half lengthwise and pinched it all the way up to distress it a bit. It's actually inserted into the bottom three or four layers through a small hole and then the rest of the flower is layered on top holding it all together.

Stampin' Supplies:
STAMPS - Love & Care*

PAPER - Tangerine Tango, Certainly Celery, "First Edition DSP"
INK - Peach Parfait, Tangerine Tango, Distressing Essentials Tea Stain
OTHER - Glass jar, Sponge, Top Note Bigz Die, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Textured Impressions Vintage Wallpaper, Satin Ribbon, Button
*Summer Mini

Stampin' Up! has many GORGEOUS packs of Designer Series Paper. One 12x12 pack called First Edition would give you the same look as above and also be archival safe. That's a pretty important feature when you plan to use it in your scrapbooks with photos. Here's a look at this paper pack:

Item No. 121878 - 24 sheets for $12.95

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