Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blending Tool Holder

If you are anything like me you like to have tools you use often well within your reach. I decided to buy the Micheals Desktop Carousel ($29.99 on sale) for more organization. The problem was where to put my Inkssentials Blending Tools? Solution: Pedicure Toe Separators!
What?! Pedicure Toe Separators?! Why yes, they work awesome and they are super cheap. They were a $1.29 for a set and I had a coupon for buy one get one free at Sally's Beauty Supply.

I started off with Micheals Desktop Carousel and 5 Toe Separators. *Note there are several different types of Pedicure Toe Separators. Some are rounded or don't have a straight end. You can use these types, but I preferred the look and stability of the squared off ones.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Thank You Easel Card

My Hubby asked me to make him a card for a co-worker since he was transferring to another job. I thought an easel card would be perfect.

I hope she likes pink. Lol. Here's how I made it...

I Heart U

My hubby and I were getting rid of some old computer keyboards and being the hording crafter I am, I popped off all the keys with a screw driver. I ended up with a lot of keys which I used to spell out " I <3 U"  For those of you who aren't versed in Gen X speak, <3 is the grafic representation of a heart on its side, thus I {heart} U.
I didn't really like the look of two separate keys to represent the "< " and "3" so I made my own using a larger key. I used a black sharpie to black out the existing symbols on the key. I then used a white gel pen to write my own symbols.
The die cuts are cut out using my Cricut. I made my own back ground paper out of vellum. I used MS Word Papyrus font size 8. I typed out my husbands name and my own for about 4 lines, then I just cut and paste to get a full page. I backed the vellum with the same shape in white card stock.
The flowers are fabric flowers from Micheals. I buy the flowers used for flower arranging when they are on sale or use a coupon. You can get a lot of flowers like that. These happen to have a velvet texture. Distress Ink Black Soot, brads, and little staples finish off the look.