March 29, 2015

Springtime Joy

It's the 5th Sunday of this month which means "Create something with 5" HERE at Anything But A Card.... 5 techniques, 5 elements, etc. My design team inspiration today is a triangle box that holds a mini album with FIVE pages of photos from my garden. It's springtime here and that's one of my most favorite seasons of the year. Nature is green and bursting with color and I adore playing in the dirt. There is something very theraputic about it.

I was inspired to make this through Carlene (PinkScrapper99) on YouTube HERE. Thanks Carlene ! This looks very complicated but is quite simple and so much fun .... 

I used Tattered Florals Diecut to cut my chipboard pages for the mini album.  I kept the 3D embellishments to a minimum as to not become too bulky. 
The rest of the pages are filled with pictures of all the yummy goodness growing in my garden. 
 The paperline I used is K & Co. Tim Coffey as well as many of their matching embellishments. For the closure I used twine for the handle and then tied in a bow... It looks like a little garden purse...

I hope you will create with us at ABAC in celebration of this 5th Sunday for the month. Be sure to link up your project as well. 

Happy Creating xoxo Toni

This project is also being entered into the following challenge

March 24, 2015

A Treasure Created From Trash

Well March is almost over but our "Trash To Treasure" theme is still going on at Unruly PaperArts. As crafters we are always looking for new ways to repurpose and give new life to throw away items. This month my design team project is a mini album created from a cardboard box. I used coffee sleeves from my local coffee shop to hold my photo tags and a cd.

This mini album is going to my daughters father so I wanted it to be more masculine without the flowers and blingy embellishments. Using an assortment of different paper lines I think I was able to capture a perfect keepsake. 
Recently on a visit to New York to visit my daughter we were able to take in so many wonderful sites and we took a ton of pictures. Even though this album is only 5 pages is holds over 45 photos, so I'm sure her father will enjoy going through the pictures. 

I used many embellishments and ephemera from T!m Holtz's Ideology packages. The distressed manila tags fit perfectly in each coffee sleeve. 

This month at Unruly we have the pleasure of having Rubber Dance Stamp company for our sponsor and so many of their stamps were perfect for my project. 

So glad I had an apothecary jar FULL of my distressed tags all ready to create with. For my tutorial on how I tea stain and distress these please check my SNAPGUIDE tutorial HERE

I also decided to put copies of the photos on a CD for the recipient so he could always make duplicates if he wanted. This was a really fun project, didn't cost much means most of it I had laying around the house. I hope you decide to play along with us this month at Unruly. Be sure to link up your project.  Drop by to get some wonderful inspiration of Trash to Treasure. Happy Crafting ! 
For a step x step tutorial check out my SNAPGUIDE  below
Check out How to Make Mini Album From Cardboard Box by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

March 8, 2015

Water & It Will Grow

Hi creatives.... can't believe it's already March. This month at ABAC (Anything But A Card) we are celebrating "Green With Envy"... Now this one was difficult for me because envy really isn't in my vocabulary. I've always tried to focus on gratitude and thankfulness. But when I came upon this sentiment I thought it would work perfectly for this challenge.

It's really easy to want what you don't have, "trying to keep up with the Jones's" and having the attitude that "The grass is greener on the other side". The website that I saw this sentiment says it perfectly..." If you want greener grass than you need to take care of your lawn. Water it, Fertilize it. Instead of looking what other people have, take care of what you have, and watch it flourish."
For this mini shadowbox I used a broken picture frame, repainted and texture was added to it. The grass was created from hot glue and the background was created using sprigs from my pine tree dipped in paint for an organic feel.  Hope you are up for our "Green With Envy" challenge at ABAC. Be sure to drop over to the blog HERE for beautiful inspiration. Just remember your creation can be Anything But A Card. Happy Crafting xoxo
For a step by step tutorial check out my SNAPGUIDE below. 

I am entering this in the following challenges. 
Artistic Inspriations - Anything Goes With A Twist of Green
Simply Create Too - St Patrick's Day or use mostly Green
Allsorts Challenge - Spring Is In The Air

Check out How to Use Unconventional Items for Creating by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.