Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Workshop Announcement! Rustique Birdcage Chandellier

Come join me for a lovely summer day of crafting and create this shabby yet elegant birdcage chandelier workshop July 14th in Culver City, Ca. This workshop is being hosted by Kim Caldwell from Artistic Bliss designs and if you know Kim you will be pampered with beautiful decor and tasty food! Class size is extremely limited and as I post this there are only a few spots left! You must EMAIL ME at for an invitation and link to register! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sea Queen Dress Form

This was inspired by my dear friend Andrea Villareal. She has a wonderfully witty blog called the Freckled Star. Today we celebrated her Birthday (a month too late but what the hell!) and this is what I made for her out of a paper mache dress form, some wire fencing, acrylic paint, seashells and some wonderful fabric trim for May Arts Ribbon. It's so easy to create for someone when you know their tastes and likes. Happy Birthday Andrea!
{I love the creamy colors with a little hint of metallic teal behind the crackle finish}

{I made a little corsage for her with real miniature seashells, and iridescent glitter on the flowers}

{an my favorite piece! This is a vintage seashell earring I found at Pudgy Beads in Long Beach}

{I just love how this came out, and want to make some more! Thanks Andrea for the inspiration}

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Graphic 45 Pencil Binding Tutorial

I had several requests to post a tutorial for my Graphic 45 Pencil Bound ABC Primer Mini Album, so here it is!
you will need some drink coasters or chipboard for a base
Paper cut to size for both sides of coaster base
measuring tape-fabric or plastic
colorbox chalk
My First Ticondergoa Pencils-or any round object
tacky glue

Find out how much tape you will need with a about a half inch extra on both sides for attaching

mine was 3 icnhes

cut 21 (6 per page x 3 pages and 3 for the cover page)

I find the center of my page and then measure out accordingly

I make sure they are spaced evenly

then I mark both side- i like to color it in to make it easier to see

then i use one page as a template to do the others- at this pint I ink all of my edges with colorbox chalk.

add a little tacky glue to each marked space- I use tacky glue doe to its good hold- tape adhesives do not seem to work as well-use them at your own risk!

For your cover page you only need 3 tabs- i put and x on them to remind me

glue only 3 tabs to your cover page

stick em down! I use pencil to line them up perfectly

then continue on to the other pages-i stack them as I go

and use my pencil to make little adjustments as needed- set aside to dry

then I bust out my Xyron creative station and line all of my cardstock pages. You can use tape runner for this instead

lay it over the top of the tabs you just glued down

trim any excess if needed

Continue to do the rest of the pages-one side only!!-Covering the tabs you have already made

TIP! I like to number my bases with my cardstock to match them up easier

After you glued all of the sides with tabs, you will now want to glue down the other side of the tabs to the backs

Double check to make sure you have sliding room, should fit loose enough to slide easily-to tight and your pages wont turn easily

The nice thing about using a measuring tape is you know exactly where each tabs needs to be glued

repeat for all of your pages. You should have 4 pages

3 with 6 tabs each

one with 3 tabs- your cover

Now take your cover  Page A and place a top your second Page B 

I bend the tabs to make it easier to see- bend the three to the right (tabs 1,2,and 3)

Start by going thorough the first tab of page B, then the first tab of page A -please note I mistakenly call page A, page B on this pic! sorry!

keep going, alternating through page A and B

got it right this time!

and finally last tab of page A

You should look like this now! Three empty tabs on page B

Now place page C on top of page B

and do the same thing, alternating through the tabs

and again....

and that will leave your back page with the three tabs, just run the last pencil though all three tabs

now you have this!

take a piece of thin twine and weave it through the pencils 

tie it in a tight knot
repeat on other side-dont worry if it goes all wonky, you can straighten it up as you go.

if you like you can put a small dab of glue where the knot is, to seal the knot and make sure it is adhered to pencil-but a tight knot usually does the job

my cover page

Hope you will give it a try!