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25 January 2016

Vintage Valentine's Banner

I just finished the sample for our upcoming Vintage Valentine's Banner Class.
Here's a peek at the finished banner:
I used Burlap Paper from DCWV for the dove tail banners and Felt for the pennant Banners. Focal pieces are cut from Authentique's Enhancements paper from their Adore Collection. I just loved the vintage images in this Adore line! Scrunched up seam binding colored with Dylusion's Post Box Red & Gold Shimmer Spritz was used as the hanger for each of the banners. 

Below is a close-up of each of the banners:
I used three of these, spaced evenly on the banner. The Red Felt pennant was cut with a Jen Hadfield die. I layered on a 4" doily and the cut away part left over after making the dove-tail pennants layered over the top of that. For the book page heart, I tore the shape by hand and crinkled it up and inked it with Vintage Photo Distress ink, then smoothed it back out for a worn vintage feel. Then I layered on a red felt heart cut with the Tim Holtz movers and shapers heart die that comes with the cupid set. I attached the two hearts together with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher in a criss-cross design. Everything was glued together with Glossy Accents.  

I created this one by cutting a burlap paper dove-tail banner and added a 5" doily layered on top. Next I inked the schoolboy focal piece  with Vintage Photo Distress ink and added glossy accents to the heart and sprinkled it with Red Phoenix glitter from Blue Fern Studios. Then I added some pretty pleated ribbon with lace that I found at our local thrift store. It's been in my stash forever...I finally found a project for it! Once assembled, I adhered it to the seam binding with Glossy Accents. I followed basically the same steps to create the other dove-tail banners shown below, only I changed the location of the pleated ribbon on the center two to add more interest.

The two cupid pennants are shown below:

I started with a Red felt pennant and layered on a 4" doily. Then I used the Tim Holtz Cupid Movers and Shapers die to cut the two cupids out of Bazzill Card Shop Licorice cardstock. I love this cardstock because it's very heavy duty and cuts beautifully with dies and stands up well to wear and tear. Next I cut two book page hearts and two red felt hearts using the heart die from the Tim Holtz Cupid and Heart movers and shapers die set. I adhered them together slightly offset to give a shadow effect. I inked the book page heart with Vintage Photo Distress ink and added a thin line of Glossy Accents around the edge of the heart and some Champagne glitter from Blue Fern Studios. It just had to have some sparkle added to it! Then I adhered the layered hearts just behind cupids raised hand to make it look like he was holding it up as an offering. As you can see, the cupids are facing opposite directions on the two pennants. I flipped one of the die cuts because I wanted them facing each other. 

I am offering this as a class this week at the store. This class and others are listed on our Events tab out on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/InTheCraftLab/events

If anyone wants a kit, Kits will be made available for $15+tax & shipping. Some items not included in the kits will be the inks used for distressing, the sprays used to dye the ribbon and the glitters used on the hearts. Those are being provided in the in-store class and because we are using so little of them, full size bottles were not included in the class supplies. We our demo supplies for class use.
We do however,  have these products for sale if you'd like to purchase them. Just e-mail amy@thecraftlab.com for pricing and availability and we'll be happy to invoice you and ship once we've received payment. We are working on getting an online store set up in the future.

I hope you enjoyed seeing today's project. It was so much fun to watch it come together! If you liked this project or have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave us some love in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

Until next time...Happy Crafting!
~ Amy

31 December 2015

Bird Crazy Birthday Box Card

Hey All! Happy End of the Year! 
I wanted to share a special card I made for my dad for his birthday earlier this month. I had to wait until he got it to post so I didn't spoil the surprise. 

I offered this as a class last week but plan to offer it again as some missed it due to it being so close to Christmas! 

Below is a close-up of the star of the card. I call him the Grumpy bird. I made & added a noisemaker to conceal his pout and make him look more festive. And I thought he needed rose colored glasses to help remind my dad to keep looking at every day with a hopeful heart (he is battling stage 4 cancer).

Below is the full view of the card. 

Here is a side view so you can see the layers: the party banner in back, the balloons in the middle and the grumpy bird in the front. Everything is attached to clear strips I cut out of heavy plastic packaging. I did this so it stands up well. 

I hope this one makes you all smile! I think It would also make a great Happy New Year card! 

I used Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps and matching dies and Crazy Things stamps and Dies and Crazy Thoughts stamps. I also used one of his thinlits die sets, for the happy birthday. I can't remember the name of the set. I punched little banners using the Stampin' Up banner punch to make a little party banner on the back row. 

This was such a fun project to make and the class participants had a lot of fun designing their cards too. I hope you will be inspired by this project! 

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Very Blessed New Year! 

I would love to hear from those who see this post so I know it's being seen by someone, somewhere so please leave a comment below. If you have questions, you may leave those in the comments also. 

Thanks for stopping by our blog! 
Happy Crafting!
Amy at the Cr@ft L@b

15 December 2015

We're Back!

I wanted to let everyone know that we're back online, and will be working to get our blog & store information updated and revised and get the Cr@ft L@b Chronicles back up and running again on a more regular schedule. I hadn't realized that it's been nearly 2 years since my last post! My how time flies and things change! I had a really hard time getting my access back after such a long time. Finally figured it out today! YAY! Time for a happy dance!

I apologize for disappearing from blog land for so long. We've had a lot of changes going on these past two years while we've been MIA.
LSS: Over the past two years, we have closed our Hardware store and relaunched the Cr@ft L@b to a standalone store and it now operates in the space where the hardware store once was. So, we are now fully dedicated to selling Craft Supplies and hosting our weekly Craft Socials and our Spring and Fall retreats. And we are making progress towards getting a regular schedule of classes/activities established again. It's all starting to come together...slowly.

We do have a different operating schedule now.
We are now Open: Tuesday - Friday from 10 am - 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am - 5 pm.
Closed Sunday's and Monday's.

We also have extended shopping hours where we are open for shopping anytime during our after-hours events/classes. So feel free to stop in and see us. We'd love for you to see the new space in person!
Here's a picture of our new space:
 (This photo was taken back in May before we installed all of our IKEA display wires that we now have hanging around the perimeter. They are overflowing with sample projects hanging all around for your creative inspiration.)
Our workshop (the Cr@ft L@b) now seats up to 24 people! Look at all the space we have now! We have Nine 8' tables and Four 6' tables ready for croppers and crafters of all types! And our "toy box" holds a plethora of punches, dies, Embossing folders and Cricut cartridges all ready for use by our customers when they come to play at the Cr@ft L@b! We also have a Cricut Expression, Sizzix Vagabond, Cuttlebug, Sizzix Texture Boutique, Scor-Pal, Score-It Board, Envelope Punch Board, Minc Mini and a Dreamkuts machine in our arsenal of toys! Not to mention the 75+ 12" Pizza boxes full of wood block stamps and several soda flats full of more wood block stamps that we have acquired since setting up our pizza box stamp organization system. I'm not sure, but I think I might have a slight addiction to rubber stamps! That's probably a gross understatement! I'm happy to admit, I'm guilty as charged! I could think of much worse addictions one could have!

All of our Classes/Events will be posted out on our Events tab on our Facebook page at:
Therefore, we won't be posting our class/events a second time over here on the blog. I'll try to see if we can set up a link to it over on the sidebar. It's a public page, so even if you don't have Facebook, you should still be able to view it and get the information. Please go out and LIKE our page: https://www.facebook.com/InTheCraftLab/ if you haven't already!

We also have an album out on our Facebook page highlighting some of the products we carry. It is by no means a complete listing of what we stock, but we have been trying to add items as they come into the store. If you see something you want, feel free to e-mail us for pricing and availability. We welcome orders and are more than happy to ship items to our customers and accept payments via our Square invoicing. The Square invoicing feature has allowed us to efficiently serve our extended customer base all across the country!

Now that you've been updated...it's time for me to get busy getting crafty! Thanks for visiting our blog. We welcome suggestions on how we can make it more interesting for you to read. So if you have topic or project suggestions, please let us know! Stay tuned for upcoming posts about recent projects we've been making here at the Cr@ft L@b!

Happy Crafting!

14 January 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - January - Make Time to Create...Everyday!

Make Time to Create...Everyday!
That is one of my resolutions for the 2014 New Year.
However, mother nature's wrath and the flu and cold epidemic have thwarted my best efforts to keep this resolution...so, I am trying to make up for lost time now that I am finally on the mend.

Below is my interpretation of Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 January tag of inspiration!
You can check out his blog post here: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2014-january/

I didn't want to duplicate his masterpiece...however, I wanted to draw from his inspiration, and also put my own twist on a design I had sketched out in my journal on New Year's eve.
There is a very similar theme to both his tag and my card...Time!

I started with a piece of manilla cardstock and Pumice Stone Distress Stain. I forgot to photograph my cardstock after I distressed it with the stain...I guess I was too into the creative groove at the time. It happens a lot!

After I had my base adequately distressed and covered with Distress stain, I went on to add some background interest using Tim's Clockwork stencil and Black Soot Distress Ink applied using the foam blending tool.

This is what it looked like after I was finished stenciling.
See all the grungy goodness starting to build up. Love to layer distress!

He used rub ons for his numbers, I chose to go an alternate path and use his Distress Marker in Black Soot and another one of his awesome stencils. I couldn't find my rub ons at the time so I improvised! Isn't that what he is always teaching anyways?

Here is my Distress Marker stenciled layer. As you can see, I also distressed around the edges using my Tim Holtz Tonic Distressing tool...then I inked the edges with more Black Soot Distress Ink and the foam blending tool.

Next I added a little green aspect to my project...i.e. Recycled materials.
I couldn't resist using this free thin chipboard from the Puffs box. It was just screaming to be diecut!
I used it for the focal point of my card...the Weathered Clock die cut.

After I cut out my Weathered Clock, I added strips of metal foil tape to the center piece and ran it through my Sizziz/Tim Holtz gears texture fade. And I painted the Weathered clock with Black Soot Distress Paint, and Painted the clock hands Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint (even though this photo shows Vintage photo...for some odd unknown reason).

Painting the Weatherd Clock diecut

Love the look after it was painted. I think I coated it twice to get a nice black finish!

Now on to distressing the embossed center...Added some Black Soot Distress paint over the embossed metal foil tape center piece...and let it start to dry...

Then I gently buffed the piece with a soft paper towel to remove the excess paint and accentuate the embossed images on the centerpiece. I just love this technique! It really makes the embossing pop!

I reunited the pieces of the Weathered clock diecut after I finished distressing them.

Here, I used a technique I learned in Tim's Creative Chemistry 102 class to distress the clock hands.
It is called the Eroded Metallic technique. I reversed the order that he taught in the class for my clock hands shown here. I used the Antiqued Bronze first, then I added the Black Soot paint over the top. In the class, he taught us to use the non-metallic color as the base coat and add the metallic over the top, then some water, drying with the Heat-it tool and using a paper towel to blot the excess, thus giving the effect of eroded metal. It is a technique that requires some practice, but I have had pretty good luck getting the desired look on the first try every time.
Timing is essential though...or the technique will not work properly.

Here is a closeup of the Eroded Metallic clock hands. Another must have technique to have in your arsenal if you love Distress paint! I had to try it both ways, and love the effect both ways!

I needed to distress the stenciled numbers, so I sanded them with the edge of my Tim Holtz sander.

Assembling the pieces...I punched a hole in the center of the embossed piece with my Tim Holtz Tonic piercer tool and attached the eroded metallic clock hands using a Tim Holtz brad, thus securing the entire piece to my grunged up base cardstock.

Trimmed the excess die cut with my Tim Holtz scissors by Tonic.

Now it is all ready to attach to my card base...which I also distressed with Black Soot distress ink. (sorry, forgot to photograph that step)

Here is my card after it was attached to my card base and embellished with some of his word stickers. I also added a couple of my antique paperclips to the edges...I am going to be so sad when I use them all up. They don't make these anymore, but I love them so!

While I was cleaning my desk, I found a missing piece from another project. It had been painted with Distress paint in Black Soot and Wild Honey. It went MIA during another project, so I made another one, and suddenly, it appears from nowhere right when I needed a little extra something to complete my card! Voila! The crow has returned!

Here is the finished card with all the pieces combined! I added a half circle at the bottom so the crow would have a perch!
My finished submission for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014.
Make Time to Create...EVERYDAY! 
I hope you enjoyed seeing this one come together! I am hopeful that I will be able to keep up and complete a submission every month this year! 1 down, 11 to go!
Please feel free to leave a comment on here so I know you've been here. I love reading all the comments.
It brings a happy smile to my face every time!
Happy Crafting Everyone!
Don't forget to Make Time to Create EVERYDAY!

04 October 2013

Do You See What I See?

Here's a sneak peek at my card for our Annual Christmas Card Swap.
I finished all 28 of them last night!

No in process pictures for this post either but I can give a written tutorial on the process.

Start out with a Kraft A2 card base. Ink sides and sky area with Faded Jeans Distress Ink and a blending tool.

Stamp background stamp on card to create a horizon. I used one I've had for years. Think it is by Stampendous. It was not big enough to cover the width of the card, so I stamped it twice lining up the horizon. If you try this and don't get it lined up exactly, no problem. The big tree die cut in the front will take care of that for you. I used the new Wendy Vecchi Fern Archival Ink for my background stamping.

I added a hand drawn Eastern Star using my Clear Stardust Gelly Pen.
Then to make the snowflakes, pour some Dylusions White Linen ink spray into a small cup, and dip an old toothbrush in, tap off, then use your thumb to stroke the brush to create a mist of flakes to fall onto the card front. Do this until you have as much or as little snow as you desire.

For the trees I used the Tim Holtz Pine tree die and I cut it out of Core'dinations Distress cardstock. I think it was Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I put both pieces of paper together, texture side out and cut them at the same time. Then I flipped the lighter one the opposite direction to give added dimension to the piece.

I used the Picket Fence Distress Paint to add snowy edges to the trees. Then I used dimensional foam tape to adhere them together layered as shown with the top and trunks aligned.

For the Deer I used some Lily Bee paper and the L Base Plate with the Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Mini Deer die. I cut the deer and then inked them with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and an Ink Blending tool.

For the Deer's scarf, I used the L Base Plate with the Bow die from the Tim Holtz Mini Bunny & Bow die set. I cut off the bow parts and kept the center and tails to create the scarf. I used Bazzill Card Shoppe paper. Not really sure which red it was as it was in the scrap bin...and I got 30 of these little scarves out of a small scrap and still had an ATC sized piece left over. Thank you to whoever threw that one in the scrap bin! :-) It added the perfect pop of bright color to my little deer. I popped the deer up with a dimensional foam square adhesive.

The snow at the bottom of the card is quilt batting. Adhered with my favorite adhesive of choice...Ranger's Glossy Accents!

I didn't photograph the inside, but it was stamped with a stamp colored with Distress Markers. I used Forest Moss and Barn door. It reads: May the joy of Christmas fill your heart and home. Everything was colored Forest Moss green except for the Christ in Christmas...I thought it deserved to be in Barn Door Red.

That's what I've been working on lately. I know it's been a long time since I blogged...I hadn't realized that it had been since May though. Hopefully that will change soon, and I can get back to creating more projects to share. Since we have a retreat coming up next weekend, I will not be posting anything further until after that!

Hope you enjoyed the written tutorial. Please leave a comment and let us know you've been here.

Happy Crafting!

Sugar Maple Gelli Print Dream

I had a dream once, and in it I was napping in a park under a gorgeous grove of colorful Maple trees.
What does this have to do with my Gelli Print? Well Everything of course!
The dream was my inspiration for this creation!

I didn't take any in process pictures, because once I get in the groove, I don't take time to stop and photograph every step. But, I can tell you it was created using two pieces of paper, and four layers of paint.

Here is the process I used:
  • Layer 1 - I used about 3 different yellow paints. A matte, A pearl & an extra fine glitter paint.
  • I used a brayer to distribute the paint evenly on the Gelli Plate. 
  • Then I added real leaves vein side down all over the plate...leaving some areas uncovered.
  • Then I pulled two separate prints...
  • First Print was pulled with the leaves in place, leaving lots of white space behind in the leaf shapes.
  • Second print was pulled after I removed only the leaves from the Gelli Plate. 
  • I used separate pieces of paper for the two prints.
  • Layer 2 - I followed the exact same process as Layer 1, except I used Greens for my second color layer. 
  • I used the same two prints in the same sequence as above...thus building multiple layers and adding interest. 
  • Oh, one change I made to each layer...I changed the placement of the leaves on the plate!
  • Layer 3 -  Again the same process as Layer 1 except I used the same variety of paints only in Orange.
  • Layer 4 - This is the last layer of my prints, and thus the top layer of paint, so I used the same process as the other layers, using a bit of Copper Metallic paint and a Red Pearl paint.

I chose my colors to resemble real fall colors and the changing of the leaves in the Autumn!

Below are the resulting prints:

This one was the print pulled with the leaves ON the Gelli Plate. 4 Layers of Autumn Goodness!
I cut the first one into quarters and made a card out of it for a friend's birthday.
Sorry, I cut it before I took a picture, but I had a deadline to meet so I put them back together for the picture. The others will be used for other Autumn Birthday cards yet to come!
I had to wait until her birthday was over before I could post this! 

Side note: One the card, I used some burlap, an old button and one of the cute little Tim Holtz Idea-ology wishbones! I just love them! And I used Tim's Simple Sayings stamp set for the sentiment!

One extra thing that I did to the print after cutting it apart was add distress stain to the blank areas.
I used Crushed Olive on the one I used for the card shown. I also used Wild Honey in the top Left quadrant, Forest Moss in the lower Left quadrant and Gathered Twigs in the lower right quadrant.
You can't really see the glitter much in the photo, but the extra fine glitter paints really add a nice touch to the prints. Who doesn't love glitter?

This one was pulled after first print was pulled, and I removed the leaves from the Gelli Plate. There was plenty of paint still left on the plate to get a beautiful print. Again, 4 layers of colorful Autumn inspiration. Again, I added some Distress Stain to the final print to color in the open areas. This time I used Tumbled Glass, to resemble the clear blue sky in my dream. Can you see it? Doesn't it look just like the view you get when you stare up at the sky through the colorful Autumn trees?

Now, after I was finished with my two Maple leaf prints, there was entirely too much residual paint and texture left on the plate. To let all that go to waste would be a Gelli Crime! So, I decided to take advantage of the residue and texture and pull one more print. This time, I used Deli paper!
I added a light layer of creme colored matte paint to the plate, then I ran a texture brayer over the plate, to give just a little more interest. My hubby found this cool net tube and saved it for me. I guess he does listen when I talk about all the cool craft supplies I can find for free. Anyway, it fit tightly around one of my brayers, so I now have a cool net texture tool and I love it! I plan to collage with this one...maybe use it for a Journal cover.

OK...enough details talk...here is the final Clean-up Print that I pulled:

I gotta tell you...Once you get a Gelli Plate...your whole outlook on supplies changes!
Nothing is safe from being used to create your art!

I hope you enjoyed this little Gelli Tutorial.

Please feel free to try this at home!

WARNING: Gelli Printing has been proven to be very addictive...and I don't think there is a
Gelli Printers Anonymous forming anytime soon. Because no one who has tried it wants to quit!

Gotta love Gellin' at the Cr@ft L@b!

28 May 2013

Altered Burlap Wall Art - Class Sample & Details

Come to the Cr@ft L@b and learn how to make this 6x6 Burlap wall art.
Class will be Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Choose from two class times: 2 pm or 6 pm
Please RSVP by 5 pm, Tuesday, June 4th to sign up for this class.
Class size is limited, so please sign up early to reserve your spot.
Class fee: $15

In this class, you will learn the following:
  • Using Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create a patina effect.
  • Using Distress Paints on Burlap, chipboard and metal.
  • Using embossing folders to create texture.
  • Sanding embossed card stock to create additional visual texture.
  • Stamping on burlap and specialty stamping paper.
  • Using Archival and Distress Inks.
  • Using Flower Soft to add depth to your project.
  • Using perspective to create a scene.
  • Creating a scene using chipboard shapes, embossing folders and your imagination.

Class sample shown below (gears in class kits may vary slightly from those shown in the sample):

Class Supply List:
Students will need to bring scissors, a cutter, sanding block, Glossy Accents and a non-stick craft mat. 

All supplies needed to complete the project will be provided for shared use during the class. Students are welcome to bring any of their own additional supplies to customize their project to their own liking.

We hope to see you in our Altered Burlap Wall Art class!