Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NEW CTMH CONSULTANT!!!

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! 
I am now a Close To My Heart (CTMH) consultant!!! And I'm so excited I had to share it with all of you!!! I have a page on Facbook, Janie's CTMH Party Page, and also have a CTMH website where you can shop https://craftprincess.closetomyheart.com/ 

No matter where you live in the United States you can still have a catalog party or Facebook party, or just order and it will be sent right to you! 

Contact me with any questions....
I would love to hear from you!!!

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!! 




Friday, October 13, 2017

Cold Porcelain Tutorial and Giveaway!!!

Hi everyone....let me show you how to make DIY EMBELLISHMENTS with 4 simple ingredients you probably already have!!! Perfect for Cardmaking, Mixed Media, Altering, and pretty much EVERY craft including making JEWELRY!
It's EASY!
My video includes a GIVEAWAY :)


This is just a sample of the beautiful embellishments and jewelry you can make with Cold Porcelain.  The possibilities are endless and it is VERY inexpensive!!!  

Here is a list of the 4 ingredients ...

White glue (like Elmer's)
Corns Starch
Baby oil
Lemon juice

Directions on mixing and using are in my video.  I'm also having a giveaway and directions for entering are also in the video so don't miss out!


Thanks for watching and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!





Tuesday, October 10, 2017

MHK Designs October Release - Day 2 - Funky Fall Foliage



MHK Designs is having their October Release Party 

and today this is the image set being released



And this is the card I made using it



It is just a sweet simple card.  I colored the image with Ohuhu colored pencils, and chalked the background with Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks.  I added sequins to the rays of sunshine, and I LOVE butterflies so I had to add the die cut butterfly and inked the edges and added a gem....I think it really went will with the whole scene.  It's probably the closest I will get to a CAS card.



Scroll down for details on MHK Designs Release Party and GIVEAWAY!!!
But first...CHALLENGES!!!

Crafting With An Attitude - Challenge #32
Cute Card Thursday - #498 Anything Goes
Crafting By Design - October Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - #53 Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - #182 Die Cuts or Punches
Crafty Girls Creations - #40 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies
Through The CraftRoom Door - Anything Goes
and be sure to check out
MHK Designs - October Challenge
This is DAY 2 of MHK Designs October Release Party !
To see all the wonderful creations the Design Team has created you can start at MHK Designs Blog where you will find links to everyone's blogs.  Also, below are details on how you can WIN one OR all of August's new release sets!!!

GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHK Designs Blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHK Designs Blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

MHK Designs October Release - Day 1 - Celestial Elements



MHK Designs is having their October Release Party 
and today this is the image set being released



I love this set and just had to make this card for my hubby!

First I printed the moon and sentiment on white cardstock.  Then I did some experimenting.  I haven't done masking before, but I decided to mask the moon and create a nighttime sky background around it....which was also an experiment.  I created the background with Distress Inks....Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire.  I started with the lighter colors first and then darker the further out I got....I just dabbed around with the ink on a blending tool.  Then I flicked some Twinkling H2O Blue Pearl watercolors on it...then decided it needed something else so I tapped some white gelly roll pen and a glitter gel pen around to help create some stars.  Then I removed the moon mask and colored the moon with Perfect Pearls gold and outlined it with a glitter gel pen.  I just happened to have a star charm that I thought would be perfect so I attached it with a heart brad.  And finally, I matted it onto a piece of dark blue cardstock and adhered it to the front of the card.
Here is a close up...



Scroll down for details on MHK Designs Release Party and GIVEAWAY!!!

But first...challenges!!!
Addicted To Stamps and More - #262 Make Your Mark
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Challenge 1740
Simon Says Monday Challenge - A Walk on the Dark Side
Hiding In My Craft Room - #320 Freestyle
Through The Purple Haze - #135 Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - #53 Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - #40 Anything Goes
and 
MHK Designs - October Challenge

This is DAY 1 of MHK Designs October Release Party !
To see all the wonderful creations the Design Team has created you can start at MHK Designs Blog where you will find links to everyone's blogs.  Also, below are details on how you can WIN one OR all of August's new release sets!!!

GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHK Designs Blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHK Designs Blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!





Sunday, October 1, 2017

Special Announcement & DT Call


Welcome to Crafter's Castle first DT Call!!!

First the announcement!  Starting in Jaunary 2018 Crafter's Castle will be having monthly challenges!  

The challenges will start on the first Saturday of each month and will be open for 4 weeks.  
Each challenge will have sponsored prizes.
Most of the challenges will be card fold and/or technique themed so you can hone your skills.  Some challenges will be "Anything Goes Using Your Favorite Technique"

Ok....let's move on the Design Team Call.
I'm looking for cardmakers, scrapbookers, papercrafters, mixed media artists, and more!

I'm looking for 4 creative crafters to join my friendly team....or should I say "creative family".  Here is what I need from you and what you will get from being on the team.

Requirements:

You must live in the United States (Sorry, this requirement has to do with sponsors that can't ship out of the country).  HOWEVER....if you are international and would be interested in being a Guest Designer OR the possibility of just participating in the months we have digital products...please apply and let me know where you are from and that you are interested in one of those options.

You must 18 years old or older.

You will be committing to a 6 month term, beginning January 2018.

You must have an active YouTube channel AND active blog.  (If you don't have both but still want to try out for the team please contact me).

You will be making 2 projects a month showcasing the sponsors products.  At least one of them needs to be featured in a YouTube video.  Both need to be on your blog.  And all need to be posted in social media as listed below.  Depending on the theme of the month it could be cards or any craft that fits the theme (including mixed media, scrapbooking, 3D projects, etc).

You must be willing and able to post your projects on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and other social medias.  Entering other challenges with your projects is encouraged.

We will be taking turns commenting on challenge entries.

You need to be able to take quality pictures of your projects.

Facebook is a must as that is how our team will be communicating with each other and all team info will be posted there as well.  We will have a private team group.

You MUST be responsible, on-time, conscientious, a team player, and a communicator.  No drama.  I want us to be a happy team that works well together and is supportive of each other.  I want our sponsors to be proud us and love what we do.

What's in it for you:

You will receive products from our sponsors.  Some will be digital products and some will be physical products...it just depends on who the sponsor is.

You will be working with a variety of sponsors and their products....not just one company....variety is a good thing.

I will teach you how to promote your YouTube channel and blog so not only will our sponsors get more exposure but YOUR YouTube channel and blog will get more exposure!

You will get exposure on Crafter's Castle blog and on team members Crafter's Castle blog posts.

You will have a crafty family support group.

This DT Call is open Oct. 1 - 31
If all goes as planned, the team will be notified by Nov. 15.

Anyone interested in trying out for the team please send the following information to me, Janie, at 
4crafterscastleATgmailDOTcom
(replace the capitalized words with the correct symbols)
Put DT CALL in the subject line.

Send:

Links to your blog and YouTube channel

Links to your Pinterest, Instagram, and other social medias

Link to your Facebook

3-5 pictures of your projects that best represent you

A short bio so I can get to know you and your crafting history

Previous and current design team experience

Tell me why you want to be on the team, what you have to offer the team, and what you hope to get from the team.

Thank you for your interest in joining Crafter's Castle Challenge DT.  
I look forward to hearing from you :)

HAPPY CRAFTING!!!



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trash To Treasure - Part 1 & Part 2

I thought I had done a blog post on Trash To Treasure Part 1 but it looks like I didn't...and now it's time for Trash To Treasure Part 2

In Trash To Treasure Part 1 I talked about upcycling glass jars and bottles.  There are so many creative things you can do with them and in the description box below the video (click where it says Show More) there will be links to my video tutorials for the projects I share.




And it Trash To Treasure Part 2 I talk about upcycling cardboard food containers like cereal boxes, cracker boxes, pizza boxes, and even toilet paper rolls!!!  And just like with Part 1, there will be links in the description box below the video (where it says Show More) so you can watch my tutorials on the projects I share.



If you enjoy upcycling or want to learn how to start, you will love these videos.  They are full of wonderful ideas that are easy to do...and maybe they will give you some ideas of your own.  And don't forget, below each video in the description box are links to my tutorials on these projects.

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Paris Canvas - Mixed Media Artwork

Most of what I do you will find on YouTube....but sometimes I just need to create without a camera.  Sometimes what I do takes days of thought and creativity.  This is one of those projects.  So I will do my best to explain this here in writing.

This is my first piece of canvas art.  I guess if you look at this as mixed media, 
then it's is my 3rd mixed media project.


First I did a paint pour on an 8x10 canvas (using Valspar interior paint) in shades of pink and white....there isn't much contrast but I got the look I was going for.  The metal filigree corners are from Creating With Details , and the antique key I got on ebay.  The Paris postcard (digital) is from VectoriaDesigns Etsy store, I inked the edges with "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink.  The tiny butterfly is from a punch.  I added lace (from Michaels), and flat back pearls (From Creating With Details), and paper flowers (from Amazon).  I stamped a ribbon and added that too.  For the Eifle Tower I used spray adhesive to attach a patterned paper to a piece of cardboard from a cereal box and cut it out with my Cricut, gave the edges a distressed look with "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink, then used adhesive foam tape to "pop" it up over the other elements.  

To learn more about upcycling cardboard food containers watch my video Trash To Treasure Part 2 (this link won't work until Sept. 22).  

I hope this inspires you to try some fun things and make your own beautiful creations.

Now for the challenges...
Fab 'n' Funky Challeges - #363 Floral Embellishments
Craft Rocket Challenges - #41 Beginning With "F"
In The Pink - Challenge #125 Flower Power
Through The Purple Haze - Challenge #134 Romantic
Cards Und More Challenge Blog - #193 Flowerpower
Crafting With An Attitude - #31 Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - Challenge #52 Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - #39 Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - #201 AG / Optional Twist - Distress It


Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!