Friday, October 14, 2011

Altered Wooden Spoon Tutorial!

Hi there! Happy Friday to you all! I have a tutorial on how I created my altered wooden spoon photo album! If you missed my first altered wooden spoon, click HERE to see it! Since it is October I thought I'd create a Halloween photo album to share some of my favorite photos!

Here is my Halloween Spoon...... : )

Step 1: I purchased several spoons at Wal-Mart. I took spray paint I had on hand and sprayed it a cream color. After the paint is dry, lightly sand the edges to distress it.

Step 2: I took my designer paper (My Mind's Eye) and Modge Podged it to the handle of the spoon. Again, when it is dry, lightly sand the edges to distress it.

Step 3: Cover the designer paper with glossy accents and sprinkle with glitter.

Step 4: Depending on the size of your spoon, the Spellbinder's ovals can vary. Just find the size that fits inside the spoon! I used the Petite scalloped oval as well. : )

Step 5: I printed my pictures at a 2 x 3 size, but again, this may vary depending on the size of your spoon.

Step 6: I took my oval die and placed it over my image. I took artist's tape, which is a low tack tape, and taped the die down, so it doesn't shift while I am die cutting.

Step 7: Here are all of my pictures die cut! : )

Step 8: Using my scalloped oval die, I die cut 9 pieces.

Step 9: Adhere the photos to the scalloped ovals.

Step 10: I took black seam binding and glued my pictures to the seam binding side by side. Be sure to leave "tails" at both ends of your album.

Step 11: My cover which is an image from the Crafty Secret's Halloween Journal Booklet, was glued to the backside of my first image.

Step 12: Since the spoon has some depth, I added dimensional foam circles, and added a bit of glue to make sure it was more secure.

Step 13: Since this spoon was particularly deep, I added circles......

Step 14: Add a bit more glue, so the album doesn't go anywhere!

Step 15: Place your last image on those dimensional foam circles.

Step 16: To keep my album closed and secure I use some velcro cut into small pieces.

Step 17: To fold your album, use an accordian fold. (Back and forth, back and forth). Between folds use a small piece of velcro on the top layer and bottom layer.

Step 18: Tie the seam binding into a bow to secure the album's closure. Then embellish the spoon and pretty it up! I used my Cricut Expression and the Happy Haunting's cartridge to cut the bat. I added black glitter to his wings. The sentiment is by Crafty Secrets and is part of the Costume Cuties' set.

I hope my directions were clear! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment here and I will answer any questions you might have!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Altered Printer's Tray!

Good morning to you my friends! It is Wednesday already and almost half way through the work week! : ) I picked up a mini printer's tray at Hobby Lobby earlier this month and decided to decorate it for Halloween. I love these new papers by MME, Mischievous line! I love the softness to them and their vintage feel. I used my Cricut Expression and the Happy Hauntings cartridge to cut the pumpkins. I popped the second one up using a dimensional foam circle. I added a few leaves that I cut using the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge, some buttons and twine. I added a bit of Spanish moss for my pumpkins to rest on!
These are my two goofy guys last year with their finished masterpieces!

......and my girl dressed as Hannah Montana! Is she rocking that wig or what?! ; )

I used a paper drinking straw to hang my lil' banner from. I bought a bunch of them and now am dreaming up ways to use 'em! The owl image is by Crafty Secrets. I enclosed it in a Melissa Frances frame and added crackle accents to it.

In my house, Halloween wouldn't be complete without taking some silly pictures of my dog in his costume. This year we opted for a squirrel! Doesn't he look absolutely thrilled?

......such a good sport my Skippers!

I am so glad you stopped by! I appreciate your visits!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Best of Cluck!

Good morning! I am so excited to have today off! This means I get to stay in my PJ's and craft allllllll day! Yahooooo! Cort has school, Kyle is off too, but unfortunately has been down for the count since yesterday. Poor kid is running a fever and has a sore throat. He fell asleep about 6 last night and is still sleeping. (12 hours and counting).

Today I have a country inspired rooster card to share with you! I used Crafty Secret's Farm Chicks set. I colored it with Prismas and Gamsol. I did a bit of hand stitching around the rooster with black thread to make him pop a bit more. I pulled out a little kraft envelope and stamped the wire fence image on it. I swiped it with a bit of white acrylic paint. I added some cute rooster paper I had in my stash and did some crazy machine sewing around the perimeter! ; )
I added a bit of lace, ribbon, twine, and a stick pin to finish it off!

Wishing you a very happy Monday!!