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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Making Stick Pins with ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever

Making Stick Pins with ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever

Good morning crafters, Penny here! Today I am going to show you how to make some super easy beaded stickpins.They look adorable stuck into some shabby chic flower's on a scrapbook page, or any other craft of your choice.  So in an effort to hunt for some cheaper beads my granddaughter Madison, and I went to a few garage & yard sales, and thrift stores. We bought up all the beaded jewelry we could find that we could cut apart.  Necklaces that have the string glued, or molded into the bead it's self will not work for this project, so make sure your beads are movable on the sting prior to purchasing the bracelets, or necklaces that you want to use.

Then we went to the store, and purchased any extra beads that we wanted to use, but that we didn't find in our yard sale travels. (That's my frugal crafting tip for you today, find cheap one's first, then buy the pretty one's that you really want to show off later!) We found a ton of beads in all colors, and shapes. This would also be the perfect crafty way to use your Mother's, or Grandmother's broken jewelry bits, and pieces. Beads smaller than a dime, and no fatter than a large pea, are about the size we were going to use, along with some seed beads, (not the TINY, TINY beads as they will not slide up onto the pin shaft, because the center hole in the bead is too small for the pin) and an assortment of beading items to go in between the beads. The choice it totally up to you, and you can save any of the larger beads for another project!

Of course you will also need the corsage pins.  This box cost about $5.00, and included 144 pins. We also used ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever . This glue is amazing, and you could use it two different ways for this project.

First you could put a small amount of glue all the way up the pin shaft, leaving the bottom 1/2 inch uncovered, and then slide all the beads on the pin shaft first, like the photo below. (You can use much less glue than I did here, but I wanted the glue to show up in the photo. Actually this glue will hold many projects with just tiny dots of glue.)

You could also put all your beads on the pin, then add a tiny drop of glue on the pin under the last bead that you put on the bottom. The glue will dry, but will still be slightly tacky. So to fix this I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch, made by ScraPerfect, and just lightly tapped it on the tacky part of the glue droplet, that was below the bead, It worked perfectly, and the glue dot held the bead, but would not stick to anything else.

We normally added the largest bead close to the top of our pin, but the design is totally up to you, which is what makes this craft so fun.  After adding the beads to the pin we left about 1/2 inch of pin left at the bottom so that we could stick the pin into our decoration, or layout.  This craft was easy for Madison who is only 11, and I think it would be easy for even younger kid's as long as they had an adult there to keep an eye on them, and they were large enough to not swallow the beads, or stick themselves with the pins. I found it to be fun as well, and between Madison, and myself we made probably 30, or more of these stickpins. Here are some of our completed pins

Some of our beads had two holes, so we used two pins for them. Here is a photo of the back of one of those pins.

and then the front side of the pin.

Then the completed pin.

Lot's of more pins, after we started making them we couldn't stop!

We even made some with flowers at the top of the pin. 

So give this project a try, and have some fun crafting today by yourself, or with your family! Till next time Happy Crafting! Love Penny

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Baby Boy Yuck" Layout with ScraPerfect

Baby Boy Yuck" Layout with ScraPerfect

Hi crafter's Penny back showcasing a layout I made this layout for a dear friend of mine, showcasing her grandson Beau.  

So these are some of the supplies I started with. The "YUCK" title is made up of a sticker, and a card. This card will also serve as a journaling block, or another place for someone to add a photo. I also used some ribbon, pattern paper, brads, and an invitation that was die cut in the shape of a diaper.

Since this was made to be used as an invitation, I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit inside of the die cut diaper. This can now be used as a journaling block, or a spot for an extra photo.

I also used the Best Glue Ever made by ScraPerfect to attach all of my products with.  It works on paper, ribbon, lace, metal, fabric, and just about everything I've ever tried to use it on. I have found during the time I have been using it that a little of this glue goes a LONG, LONG way! 

Next I added the ribbon, across the bottom, and the left hand side. and added the photo.

Then I added the bow, title card, and diaper die cut.

Here is what the diaper die cut looks like in place, and open.

Then I added the washi tape, and some brads to the title.

Then I placed a punched star on the ribbon.

and another star on the diaper die cut.

This shows where I placed stickers in the inside of the title card. I hope my friends loves this layout, and you had a fun time reading about it. Till next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Happy Sliver Anniversary Scrapbook layout

Happy Anniversary Silver Ring Scrapbook Layout

Hello crafters today I am up with a "Silver Anniversary" layout. I started with a teal colored page, with a tan border. Next I added the 3 lace doilies, with the "Happy Anniversary" title strip.  To that I added some bling gems, and a pair of silver hearts. Then I added the giant silver glittered ring, that I am going to use as a photo mat. It used used to be part of a wedding invitation kit. Then I added the matching journaling card with some word, and heart accents. On the bottom left I added more words, a bow, and a plastic ring accent. On the bottom right hand side I added the metal word "Love".  This layout was super easy, and cute. I hope you enjoyed it.  Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

How to Make Your Own Shabby Chic Flowers

DIY Shabby Chic Fabric Flowers

Good morning crafters today I am up with some DIY flowers that my granddaughter, and I made. Most of them used the same technique. Basically just sewing a gathering stitch in lace, and gluing them on top of each other. For the center of our flower's we used earrings, charms, buttons, silk flowers, and bead center's that we learned how to make by watching this video. Beaded center for DIY flowers ,  You will notice the center of the blue flower is missing the center bead.  When I took this photo it was still a work in progress. 

Here are lot's more samples of the flowers we made over the weekend.

It really didn't cost us anything since I already had beads, and lace already on hand.

These flowers would also work for little girls headbands, and other projects. 

Here is what the first layer of lace looks like before the second layer is attached.  You can either glue the second layer on, or sew it on, both ways work great, 

Each flower has a different look depending on what lace you use. 

Here is a spider flower I made for a Halloween project. For the bottom portion of it, I used a little girls hair bow.

So the next time you are feeling crafty, or frugal give these flowers a try. 

Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny 
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Friday, October 28, 2016

What to do with Cruise photos

How to Scrapbook Cruise Photos

Good morning crafters today I am up with another one of those pesky cruise photo's that can be so hard to work with since they take up so much of the page. For this layout I started by mounting the photo on some green cardstock, and then cutting some leaves out by hand in that same colored cardstock.  Then I glued down the doilies, which was actually just one doily that I had cut in two pieces. Prior to gluing down my photo I also added the flesh colored ribbon, and held it in place with brads. I really didn't add a title to this layout, I just added a journaling card from a project life kit, and at the top of it I added a small punched flower, with a jeweled brad.  Next I added the large flower, and the center jeweled brad. To finish it off I added the cream colored bows to match the dress, and flower. For other ideas on how to scrapbook cruise photos. just scroll down on my blog, as I have scrapbooked several other examples for you. Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Picture Perfect Frog Layout

"Toadally" Picture Perfect

Good morning crafters Penny here with a simple layout, but a cute frugal tip.  The layout features a friend of mine's grand children, enjoying a bath with their toy frog. The fish are stickers, the small frog head on the right is made from felt, the journaling card is from a project life kit. However the line of frog's on the left hand side are actually pieces of beaded door curtains. Below is a close up of them.

Super cute, and since I bought them second hand, I have a ton of these I can use for next to nothing.  I can cut the frogs apart, or use them as a string/border like I did here. I have also purchased flowers, crowns, and other door curtains that can be used in the same fashion. Some are cloth, but most are beaded like the frog shaped one's in this layout. So that's my frugal tip for you today! Til next time, Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

With All My Heart Pre-Made Wedding. 2 Page Layout.

With All My Heart 2 Page Layout

These are more of the pre-made wedding album pages I made for my family.  The top layout started out with just some pattern paper, some twill ribbon attached with some brads, and a title strip.  

After that I added the DIY flowers, that I made with some pre-made paper flowers, some green punched centers, and some orange brads. The photo mats were made from old photo mats that I cut from an old album.  I attached them to the pattern paper with brads. I also added more twill bows, and some bling gems to the title.

For page 2 I used one more material photo mat, more flowers, brads, and bows.  For the bottom I used heart shaped die cut stickers, and punched butterflies that I placed on matching pattern paper.

The colors don't show well in this photo, but they are a really nice pastel.  I hope you enjoyed these pages today, and that they might inspire you for your next set of wedding photos. Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny                 
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Guest Designer Post for Shabby is Chic Boutique

Guest Designer for Shabby is Chic Boutique. 

Hello friends! Penny Arnold here with my very first guest designer post for Amy Love's site Shabby is Chic Boutique.  I was thrilled when she allowed me to design some projects this month with her wonderful products. I was even more excited when they finally arrived in the mail! That poor mailman, I was stalking him, and that package for a whole week! I was even more giddy when I started unpacking all those great notions, and laces.  How did she get SO many items in that one little package? Truthfully, I don't know, but it was exciting pulling out each, and every one of them!

So this is one side of my finished cotton drawstring gift pouch. I love how it turned out.  Follow along with me, and I'll show you step by step how it was done!

So I started with this cotton drawstring pouch .  So cute even without adding anything to it, but even nicer after adding all of Amy's goodies to the outside of the bag. So I started decorating it at the bottom of the bag, and measured out just enough of this Butterfly dangle trim to go all the way around the bottom of the bag, on both sides.

Next I folded the lace inside out, and sewed the two edges together that I had just cut. Then I turned the lace to the right side again, It was now a circle that will fit the bottom of my bag.  If you do this, and your bag is a little smaller, or larger than your lace circle, don't worry as it you can adjust it as you sew it to the bottom of the bag. I also lined up the dangle part of the lace pieces so they were back to back.

Next I cut a piece of chipboard cardstock to fit the inside of my bag so I didn't sew both sides of the bag together while I was attaching the lace.  While trying to keep your lace even, and centered I sewed the lace around both sides of the bottom of the bag with simple hand stitching, and a good white quilting thread.  Regular thread will work, but quilting thread is slightly stronger. I probably should have pinned it in place, but instead I just held it in place as I sewed.

I probably should have pinned it in place, but instead I just held it in place as I sewed.

Wow, it's looking pretty already! A little lace adds a touch of class to everything!

Next I added the heart-applique , to one side. I first glued the heart in place to keep it from moving around, and then I stitched it in place with small hand stitches.

While I liked that look, I of course wanted more! So using quilting thread I sewed seed beads in all the hole patterns on the outside of the heart applique. Adding some larger beads on the inside of the heart, and on the bottom sections of the butterfly dangle trim. After doing this I noticed that this heart shape would also make a perfect owl shape as well when you added the beads, especially if I added a long bead where the beak would be on the owl's face. (Sounds like another fun project for me)

I loved the way the front side looked, but I wanted just a small touch of embellishment on the back side of my gift bag, so I sewed on a single flower cut from this white lace pearl flowers trim. Too cute, and it already had a pearl bead in the center of the flower so I didn't have to add one. I did however add two beads to the dangle trim at the bottom of the pouch.

So here's the front of my pouch.

This is the back!

I was going to give this bag to someone with a small Christmas gift inside, but after it turned out so pretty I will have a hard time giving this away! Be sure and check out all the trims, and other products at the store, they change out quite often, and you don't want to miss any. You won't be disappointed. I know I'm not! Till next time, "Happy crafting!" Love Penny
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