Friday, June 15, 2018

Steampunk Inspired Phone Holder

Hello!! I'm here today with a masculine Steampunk inspired Phone Holder. It's not often my hubby is the recipient of my work, but this week I made this project specifically with him in mind.

Start by cutting paper down to size and apply adhesive. My Xyron made this step super easy!! 

Apply paper to base and back of Phone Holder. Use a sanding block to smooth any overhanging edges and add distressed detail. 

With Black Soot Distress Ink add a bit of detail to the edges. 

Flip base over and remove paper from the holes the tabs go into. 

With Black Soot Distress Ink color the front piece of the Phone Holder. Using strong double sided adhesive apply the Tim Holtz Metal Measurement.

Apply Distress Collage Medium to the tabs of the front and back pieces and insert in slots. Allow to dry and set up. 

I added a word sticker to the top left corner that says "hello there" and a Tim Holtz Hinge Clip and a few Pocket Cards for a little spot for notes. My hubby has already put his new phone holder to use in his man cave. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. Happy Creating~ Jennalee

Monday, June 11, 2018

Blessed are the Curious

Hi everyone!! I hope you had a great weekend. I had a few days off and snuck in some creative time along with a bit of junking. I incorporated a few of my new finds in this piece. 

Begin by embossing a piece of gold paper from the Paper Stash Metallic Kraft pad using the Mechanics 3D Texture Plate. The secret to getting a good impression with the Texture Plates is to mist your paper before running thru your machine. After you have embossing lightly sand paper and ink with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. 

Cut and emboss Layered Butterfly from a 6x6 square of the cigar print found in the Dapper Paper Stash. Ink the embossed areas with Black Soot Distress Ink and apply random areas of gold metallique wax. 

Enhance metal embellishments. Apply a thin layer of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the largest size of arrow found in the Arrows Adornments. Using a Picket Fence Distress Crayon rub the crayon over the words on a Quote Token to make the sentiment stand out. 

Cut a small label using the Labels Thinlets set. Stamp numbers found in the Stampers Anonymous Etcetera set. I cut mine from this vintage Ticker Tape I picked up while out junking this weekend. 

Adhere label with Distress Collage Medium. Using an awl poke holes for the stitches. Attach Arrow Adornment with Craft Thread and needle. 

Stitch the butterfly down to the embossed background using coordinating Eclectic Elements Cotton Thread. Be sure to only stitch down the middle of the butterfly so that the wings will be able to pop off the background. 

Layer Baseboard Frame on top of the embossed background and attach with Hex Fastners on all four corners. Adhere piece to mixed media paper for some added stability and back with a piece of linen fabric ripped to size for frayed edges. Apply sentiment from Clippings Stickers. 

Adhere the smallest Measurements piece to background and layer on the Paper Doll with foam dots. Wrap top of the Quote Token with Craft Thread and tie a bow. Attach to piece with foam dots. The base is a large bolt that was also picked up on my weekend junking excursion. 

This piece came about because I was having so much fun playing with the Layered Butterfly die set I recently picked up. So don't be surprised if you see wings on lots of future projects!! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and get to sneak in lots of creative time this week. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hearts Have All Things

Hello and Happy Friday!! I'm here today with a collaged assemblage featuring the Doodled Cage with Solid Back. This cage was the perfect jumping point for the whole piece.

Start by prepping the cage. Emboss the front of the cage using Ancient Amber Baked Texture powder. Heat random spots a second time and sprinkle on Patina Oxide Baked Texture powder and heat set. 
Paint the back of the cage and add random bits of Patina Oxide Baked Texture. 

Make a copy of a vintage photo booth photo and add a layer of Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture powder for the perfect vintage touch. 

Adhere photo to back of cage. With sewing machine stitch down the top of the cage. 
The bottom of the cage ripped a bit when I was stitching it down. I love the added texture and detail. 

Begin building layers for the collage under the cage. As I was looking for the perfect pieces I stumbled across this bit from a vintage cabinet card folder. I added a bit of lace with my machine and some hand stitching with a needle and Tim Holtz's Craft Thread. 

Heat emboss a key and key plate from the Keys and Plates Shape Set with Burnt Copper Leaves powder. Punch holes in the key, the key plate already has holes and attach to top of collage with mini brads. Attach chain piece from Tim Holtz's Assemblage line to other side of key and key plate with mini brads. 

Add sentiment sticker to bottom of birdcage. I used a sentiment from Tim Holtz's Clippings Stickers. 

I really enjoyed this project. It was one of those pieces that I didn't think and just followed where it took me. I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Thanks for stopping by!! 
~ Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Red Thread

Hello!! Happy Friday, I'm here today with a quick tutorial for this assemblage piece featuring the rusty Altoid Insert Fairy Frames.

This piece was inspired by a Chinese Proverb I recently read. It says "An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of the time, the place or the circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break."

This proverb resonated with me so much because my husband and I worked at the same place for a few months back in 2010. Somehow we never noticed each other. And that's quite surprising considering he's 6'3 and red-headed. He moved cross country and came back in 2011 when we met and the rest is history. Our red thread led us to each other. 

I began by rusting up the frames from the Altoid Inserts. Paint all the frames with Burnt Umber while the paint is still wet apply ground cinnamon. Build layers and heat set until the desired effect is achieved. Add accents with Prima Metallic Waxes. 

Apply same rust technique to a couple keyholes from the Key and Plates Shape Set

Attach key plate to frame with gold brads. 

Adhere frame to postcard. 

Make copies of vintage photos. Apply 3 layers of Vintage Beeswax. 

The thicker you apply the Vintage Beeswax the more transparent your photo becomes. And look at all that amazing crazing. 

Attach photo with a simple hand stitched X in all four corners. 

Attach a vintage key beneath the Altoid Frame. I used glue dots to help hold it in place due to the weight. Add handstitched details. 

To connect the two postcards stitch on a set of hook and eyes.
For the hanger at the top of the assemblage stitch on just the eye portion and tie on a red string hanger. 

Complete the bottom card the same as the top. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. I really enjoyed this project. How can you go wrong with faux rust and some hand stitching? Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Stitching Accessories

Hello!! I'm here today with a quick set of stitching accessories perfect for a Mother's Day gift. The Dressforms 2 Miniature Set was the inspiration for this set. 

Aren't these great? 

Begin by prepping your chip board piece. Heat emboss the base with Hammered Metal. 

For the top of the dress form paint a layer of white. Add a bit of color with Frayed Burlap Distress Crayon. Heat emboss with Vintage Beeswax. 

Die cut needle book from Eileen Hull's Needle Book die from Sizzix. I used double sided adhesive to attach my ephemera pieces from Tim Holtz's Layers Collector to Sizzix Mat Board and then die cut. 

Add details to cover. I used some cigar label Design Tape and an Industrial Sticker both from Tim Holtz. 

Embellish the front cover with choice of ephemera. I used a calling card from Tim Holtz's Layers Botanical set. 

The Dressform Miniature Shape was tops off the cover perfectly. The heat embossed detail makes it really pop and draw in your eye. 

To make the inside pages I folded a piece of Warm and Natural cotton batting in half and cut a page using the Needle Book die. 

To attach the page in the book I simply used some Tim Holtz's Craft Thread wrapped around the spine and the page three times and tied off on the outside of the book in a knot and bow.  

Now lets get started on the needle minder. This is such an easy accessory and the Wood Medallion 1 is the perfect size. 
I began by painting the Wood Medallion black both front and back. 

Apply a thin layer of Distress Collage Medium to top of the medallion and add foil. Once dry adhere a magnet to the back of the medallion. 

For the needle minder you will need an additional magnet to place on the back of your piece of stitching to hold in place. It provides the perfect place to rest your needle when stitching. 

The dress forms are just so cute and inspired this additional piece when I was cleaning up my studio. It was embossed the same as shown. I can't wait to use the rest of the pack up!! 

I hope you enjoyed this simple project that packs a lot of vintage inspiration. I just can't get over how cute and inspiring these Dressform Miniature Shapes are!! 

Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. I hope you have a great weekend and get a chance to sneak in some creative time. Happy Creating ~ Jennalee