Saturday, May 5, 2012

a BIG shopping day

After weeks of thinking about it I caved in and decided on a big shopping day in Albany. The last time I went shopping I went by myself and spent many hours wandering around Michael's, AC Moore and Hobby Lobby! So I decided that it would be best if I had someone to go with me, but who?!?!? I mean with all respect who would want to spend hours with me walking around all of these craft stores--when I say hours I mean HOURS! Well lucky for me only one person I know would be able to not only tolerate but be just as happy as I am-- Jen! Jen is a MAJOR crafty person--check out her Youtube channel and Blog--Jenwithsprinkles.

When I got home I was actually able to take everything out of the bag and see what I actually got--plus I wanted do a video of my haul. That can be seen on my youtube channel creativemsapril. I wasn't the only one excited to see everything that I got.

Charlie, my adorable 4-legged child, was very happy to see all of the goods that I brought home. His favorite was the feather boa. Granted that is for Grandma Wendy's present from him for Mother's Day next week. He felt it would be best to craft her a present for Mother's Day.

As you can see there are a few piles of wonderful crafting supplies. I did get the feather boa (on sale at Hobby Lobby) because I could not find a bag of feathers anywhere. Now I have to cut all of the feathers off of the binding that they are attached to. I did get a letter "C" chipboard to create a monogram for Charlie to be attached to his homemade frame that I got at Michael's (on sale for $1.00 a piece), I will be wrapping the baby blue feathers around the letter and securing it with a glue gun. (I do intend to post pictures and a video of this gift this week).

In this picture is of some of the of my "treasures". There is a Chalk Stamp that I got at Hobby Lobby on clearance. A Tim Holtz Ink Bleander from Michael's and I will be getting some additional applicator when I return. On the top of the picture there is a white package, that is 3 Water Brushes. These are used to either spread chalk or ink. I have also used it in the past on vellum to create a torn lose edge look.

I also got a lot of stickers. Michael's had a clearance on some that made them $0.49 each. I must admit that I picked up a few of each--that way I will be able to use them if I decide to create a few of the same albums for friends on our trip.

Also pictured is the new washi tape for Smash Book from K&Company. I have to say that there is some length to this tape before it starts repeating the image.

 While I have to admit that I have NEVER used washi tape, it is one item that I am willing to jump into using 100%. These are 2 sets of 2 that I had found at Hobby Lobby by Tim Holtz. While I was informed that this is actually thinner than standard washi tape I was told it is just as fabulous because it is Tim Holtz!

To get a better idea of everything that I bought you can check out my and see my other video. I plan on adding a lot of videos so subscribe to my pages and I will keep you up to date.

Glitter by Recollections that was on clearance at Michael's. 

A mixture of stickers that I purchased throughout the 3 stores. 


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Crayon Drip Canvas

 So I was on my new favorite website--Pinterest and saw that they had these amazing crayon dripping. I wanted to try this as soon as I saw it.

What I used for materials:
1 white canvas
black sharpie marker (fine & bold tip)
painters tape
different shades of "blue" Craola crayons (about 10-15 crayons)

Now I will walking you through the step by step:

I found an image of a couple embracing under an umbrella. I printed & cut out the image and put some tape on the back so I could stick it to the canvas. I took a fine tip sharpie and traced the image of the couple.

Once the couple was traced I filled it in using a bold tip sharpie black marker. After the ink is dry, cover the image with some painters tape--that way the crayons will not cover the image.

Now the there were 2 different options to melting the crayons. One was by attaching them to the top of the canvas and using a heating tool to melt the crayons. The other one which I used was to use a glue gun. I decided to use a glue gun-- DO NOT USE A GLUE GUN!!!!! The crayon wax is too thin and seeps through the internal "electrical wiring" of the glue gun AND because of the thin consistency of the wax, it dripped out and burned the palm of my hand. Plus I blew the

What you do need to remember is to start at the top of the canvas and have the different shades of blue drip down the canvas. Once you get enough wax dripped--to make it look like rain, put the canvas off to the side and let it dry/cool down. Once the canvas is ready remove the tape and you have something like the image below.