Confessions of a Craftaholic

Tag: Art Institute Glitter

An Altered Journal for a Pin Up Fan

Today I worked on a swap. I do love creating things for swaps, it’s so much fun. The swap that I worked on today, is for an altered journal. Fortunately for me, I happened to have a very good artist sketchbook, just waiting to be altered.

My partner’s favorite color is purple, and she loves pin up girls. So here’s what I came up with:

Now, I know that it is not typical of me to have a lot going on, as I love to lean towards the simple side, but today I was in the mood for a lot going on. I used purple acrylic paint by Plaid Crafts, Pan pastels in purple, typewriter font background stamp, and fusible glittery fibers, by Art Institute Glitter. The flower is by Prima, and is hiding a smudge. Damned inky fingers.

I used dimensionals to get Ms. Betti Page to pop out a bit more.

The ribbon was sent to me as extras, in a swap I was in.

The film strip ribbon is by Mr. Tim Holtz. I love that stuff!

What else? Today I am catching up on a bunch of swaps. I usually do them in bundles, since I wait until I have the extra $$ to mail them all out. It’s easier to do it once every couple weeks or so, then to have to keep going every so often.

Oh man. The other day, I made the most AMAZING portobello mushroom pizza and blackberry lemonade. It was SO good. Don’t worry,the food blog is coming. But since I don’t have the most high tech camera in the world, you all will just have to wait until my dear husband has the time to take amazing shots with my crappy camera, of the step by step.

That’s all for today.


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Glitter + Textured Paint = Bliss

Today I finished a fun crafty item.

Plaid crafts makes a fun item you may or may not be aware of : Texture Paint.

I was so excited to work with this product. Here’s the photo, before I go on rambling about it.

Oh, I have to tell you. I loved making this. I used a bit of blue folk art paint (also by Plaid), and mixed it with the textured medium. Then, I applied it on, like paint, waited for it to dry, and then LIGHTLY sprayed some spray adhesive over it, and sprinkled some glitter in TWILIGHT by Art Institute. Then, the flowers are just silk flowers from the dollar store (if you can believe it). It’s that easy!

The frame is also by Plaid. I think you can find them at Walmart or Michael’s.

Here’s a close up:

and, so you can see what the paint looks like, finished:

You see? It’s gritty and grainy. I LOVE this stuff!

A Gingerbread Card

Here’s a  holiday card I’ve made.

I used the Dazzler’s glitter and glue by art institute glitter, for the snow on top.

This is a retired stamp by stampin up. Hero arts has a similar one, but this is nice because it comes in a set, with the little gingerbread men.

You see the glittery goodness?

That’s what I love about the holidays-the glitter.

I really have to try this year, to make my Xmas cards early. I have to. So I’m trying to find some holiday inspiration, so I can make these cards and send them out!

I did order some new stamps from stampin up. But I hate waiting for things to come in the mail. I’m off to Michael’s today, since I have some last minute supplies to purchase for a kid’s party I was hired to do tomorrow.

What else? I hope to have my Christmas inspiration, so I can get cracking this weekend!

The Craftaholic

Cupcake Photo Box

Today, I got to photograph a pretty box that I just finished yesterday.

It may not be the best photo in the world, but I love this project! I had so much fun with it.

You can see the crackle finish. The flowers I got from my swap partner. The cupcake is hand sculpted, and on top, there is a lovely coating of art institute  Ultrafine Opaque glitter in the shade of Twilight.

There’s a better shot of the crackle finish. This little box? It’s by Plaid Crafts, and you can get it anywhere that you purchase their products.

Pretty cool, right? I really like it. Oh, and this little item is for sale, if you’re interested.

The Craftaholic

Fantasy Fiber Earrings

Today I made these beautiful earrings with Fantasy Fiber, by Art Glitter.

These are so super simple to make.

You’ll need an iron, fantasy fiber, hoops, and of course, earring backs.

All you do, is make the fiber, by laying it out on a piece of cardstock, and ironing it.

Then, you get your hoop, and gently fold it over the hoop, and iron it together. The ironing will work as a “glue”. That’s it! Poke a small hole to put the earring back, and that is it.

Now…want a little more shine to your earrings? I took different shade of fantasy fiber (brown), and put it on top of the earring, laying flat, sandwiched between two pieces of fabric, ironed it, burned the edges a bit, and this is what I got:

What a difference, eh?

So, what do you think? You like them?

The Craftaholic

Halloween Stab Bound Book

Here’s a Halloween Scrapbook I made recently.

The binding used is a Japanese Stab Binding. It’s easy enough.

The cover is made with a Sizzix die cut house that is inked with a blue and black ink pad. Just rub the black ink pad on the die cut, and then the blue over it.

The “webbing” is made from Art Glitter’s Fantasy Fiber, that is simply ironed on a lower setting. I love that Fantasy fiber! Awesome stuff!

On the right side, I used some Art Glitter brand glue, and glitter from their Dazzler’s line, in “Black Hills”.

And this ghost is also a sizzix die cut, that is glittered using the Dazzler’s “Confection”.

So that’s that! Do you like it?