Thursday, June 26, 2014

Scrapadabadoo Sizzling Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to the
If you are just coming across the hop, you will want to go to the
Scrapadabadoo Blog and start from the very beginning.

My bike was a project that just sort of grew as time went on.
Ever heard Leonardo da Vinci's quote,
"Art is never finished, only abandoned"
Well either that is the case or else I "just don't know when to leave well enough alone."
( I will let you be the judge.) LOL

I knew I wanted to use the Prima Stationer's Desk paper pack
because it was my favorite at the time I started working on this.
(my hubby claims I pick a new favorite every time I see a new paper line. LOL)

Of course I knew I wanted to make several handmade paper roses.
They were cut from white cardstock using my own cut file and digital cutting machine.

Next I decided to stain some ivory trim using Aged Mahogany stain.
Then I got the idea of using teal colored seam binding behind it for more contrast and color. I used TH Peacock Feathers distress stain for that. 
(I have an old video on how to color seam binding here.)
I used 2 rows of the seam binding on the top and bottom then covered them with the decorative trim.
I happened to have some Swarovski crystals in my stash that where the perfect colors.
I hotfixed them on.

I lined the inside and outside of the big wheel frame with the Stationer's Desk paper which added color and gave me something to glue the other embellishments onto.
I added paper to the back and "precision" cut some of the roses from the paper line.
The fussy cut sections were layered into the frame.
The top area needed something.
If you know me, butterflies are usually my answer. LOL

I used a really old paper punch and some of the Prima cloth covered wire to allow my little butterflies to flitter about.
Of course they had to had a little Diamond Stickles. :)

Next I added one of my Detailed Butterflies that I cut from white cardstock and colored with Aged Mahogany and Autumn Maple Crimson. The added some touches of Stickels.

Since I had the wire out I got a good idea to wrap the handles and body of the Penny Farthing. At least it sounded like a good idea until I realised how long it would take. LOL

(if I had taken the bike off the base like Debi did,
the wire wrapping would not have been as difficult. LOL)

Then the bike sat on my desk for a while.
It just did not quite seem finished to me.

It finally dawned on me that it needed an adorable little bird to sit on the seat.
So I got out the Air dried clay and ivory Flower Soft 
I used the same colors that I mentioned for the seam binding and trim. 
(There is a new video on the Scrapadabadoo Crafts YT
channel on how to color Flower Soft.)

I just love this little guy!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Be sure to follow along with the blog hop and collect all the secret letters.
Once you collect all 11 letters you can unscramble them to form 2 words.
Email your answer to
June 27th to July 1.

Scrapadabadoo will be giving away a Prima Bike frame to one lucky winner
and 2 more lucky winners will receive a $20 gift card to Scrapadabadoo!

You can always purchase your own Prima bike at this link Prima Bike Frame .

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Upcoming Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends.

I have some exciting news.
Scrapadabadoo has a 
Blog Hop coming up!

It will be a 6 day event with
2 blog posts revealed each day
from Sunday, June 22 to Friday, June 27.

I know it is going to be really fun.
There will even be a prize.
Collect the secret letters from each post then
leave a comment on the Scrapadabadoo Blog on the 27th.

Lots of good things coming up.
I am so excited!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yay! Summer

Well, it looks like Summer may actually come after all. It was such a crazy Winter and Spring that I was beginning to wonder if Summer would make it or not.

The fun colors in the Bo Bunny Lemonade Stand paper line reflect the excitement of summer activities to come.

The dark navy cardbase is A2 sized. Then there is a layer of white cardstock cut at 5 1/4 by 4 inches. Next is a green layer cut from the Lemonade Stand 6 by 6 pad. It is cut at 3 7/8 by 5 1/8 inches. Next is the red Double Dot layer that is 3 by 4 1/2 inches. (Scrapadabadoo has the Bo Bunny Double Dot papers that match the Lemonade Stand line in a convenient cardstock paper pack) The "Yay Summer" sign with it's colorful background is from the cut apart sheet that comes in the 12 by 12 papers. The ticket sticker border is included too. There was a cute little flower on the cut apart tag but since this card is going to an 11 year old boy I thought I would cover it up. LOL The chipboard star from the button pack worked perfectly. 

The card sketch for this Scrapadabadoo Crafts FB challenge
includes a banner. I used twine and pieces cut from the 6 by 6 
paper pad to make the two banners on my card. 

There is a banner in the embellishment pack that is ready to be used but I already have big plans for it. LOL

This Lemonade Stand collection is so fun! If you want to get a good look at it, check out this video where I show it off.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Memo Board Instructions

Hello crafty friends!
Remember the Time Traveler Memo Board I did for the Scrapadabadoo Crafts Ustream Event?

There is a magnetic memo board on one side.

And a magnetic dry erase calendar on the other side.

I even covered the dry erase marker in paper. LOL

I FINALLY got the instruction manual and templates finished! (yay me...LOL)
I took forever just because I am slow when I am hurting. But, hey they are here. :) 
I thought I might feel up to streaming again to show the project but have not been up to it yet. 

You can see a video where I show the project here.

There are a couple of things I should explain about the files.

  • They are in a compressed folder to make it easier to download. You will need to download it, then click on the folder and choose "extract all files" in order to open the files the first time. You only need to do this once. Your computer will save the files for you and from then on you will just go to the folder where you saved the files

  • The templates come in a separate folder from the Assembly Guide to insure more accurate measurements. They are also easier to print this way. 

These are just examples.

Assembly Guide comes in 2 forms

     1) a PDF instruction manual that contains working links and allows you to scroll
     from page to page. However, some of the images and print comes out blurry in
     this format.

    2) Individual PDF sheets. You will have to open each page separately but the
    images and print are much clearer.

(I suggest you start with the first version and if you come across some thing you would like to have a better image of you can switch to the individual pages. NOTE: the page numbers do not all match up between the 2 copies)

So here is the link to download all the files for the Time Traveler Memo Board/ Calendar.

I tried to make the instructions as easy as possible with lots of pictures and cutting guides.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Primrose Cards with Bo Bunny Papers

Check out the beautiful cards I made using the Bo Bunny Primrose 12 by 12 paper pad from

I got a little carried away, but with all these
beautiful butterflies and lovely papers,
who can blame me. LOL

You can "catch" the instructional videos on how
easily these cards came together on the 

(you won't even need a net)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Update on Teacher Appreciation and Graduation Projects

Hello crafty friends!

I have been really busy with projects but have not posted many of them. LOL
Some of them will be coming up soon on the Scrapadabadoo blog.
I thought I would post and update on some of the other projects though.

I made a couple of apple boxes for a customer who needed teacher appreciation gift boxes. They ended up being pretty big (8 inches by 4 inches). I used chipboard to construct them so they were very sturdy.  Then I covered them in paper.

Speaking of the paper... I found this stash of school themed pattern paper recently. It has been packed away in a box in the garage for SEVERAL years. LOL It was perfect for the box so I used it all up.

Any guess how old this paper is???
5 years?
10 years?
I bought it in 2002! Yes, it is 12 years old. 
Can you believe that!
My only excuse is that it got packed away years ago when we moved back to Texas from New Mexico and just never ended up getting unpacked, LOL

Oh well, I found a nice place to be now and looks great for this project. haha
I used my old school cut files but if anyone is interested in how or wants new cut files, let me know and I will add them to my Etsy listings.

I also made cut files for graduation luminaries and made several. (just never posted LOL)

Added some cutout pieces to them too.

Those pieces would make great decorations too.

Made a few of my grad cap boxes too.

Made an ADORABLE little chick with Flower Soft and a plastic egg but was hurting too much to post it around Easter.


More projects coming soon.
I may even dig up a few more that have never been shared.