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Do you journal?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Most of you know that I have another blog called uniquely yourscraftjournal.WordPress.com. Most every month we discover new journals to write. One of them is particularly appropriate for you.






The month of flowers

Hello Fellow Crafters,

June -the month of a myriad of celebrations:  weddings, graduation, Father’s Day you name it! It’s also the month of ROSES!


So, when I saw this card on Pinterest I had to make it. The directions are below.

Have a great June.


Dies R Us

Flowering Lattice Card

Posted: 17 Feb 2019 07:09 AM PST Hello Crafty Friends – Annie here with a lovely Lattice card.

This card has an open front panel – However, you can place a colored cardstock behind the lattice for a different look.

To create this card you will need an A2 card base and a piece of cardstock measure 4-1/4″ X 5-1/2″.

On the extra panel die cut the lattice.

Next, on the card base measure a 1/8″ from the score of the card. I did a light pencil line for you to see.

Now, trim off the card base front panel.

Next, adhere the lattice to card base.

Your card should look like this – with a see through front panel.

Next, die cut several flowers and leaves.

I like to do what I call a dry run for placement of the flowers and leave so I get a general idea if I like the look of where everything will be.

Once, I like the placement. I adhere the flowers and leaves in place. Next, I add a bit of Nuvo Drops to the centers of the flowers. **Note – you can add Liquid Pearls, Stickles or any other embellishment you would like to the centers.

Now, the card is complete. You can add a sentiment if you would like. I like having blank cards like this in my stash. This way I can use them for Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Easter or Just thinking of you cards.

I hope you give this card a try.

Supplies Used:

Dies: Sue Wilson Designs- Finishing Touches – Faux Quilled Blooms

Sue Wilson Designs – Finishing Touches – Spring Foliage

Sue Wilson Designs – Finishing Touches Collections – Nasturtium Cluster

Sue Wilson Designs – Shadow Boxes Stitched Lattice Frames

Embellishment: Nuvo Crystal Drops: Pale Gold

Adhesive: Zig 2-Way Glue Pen – Fine Tip

Cardstock: Recollections Brand: White, Pink, Purple, Blue, Yellow & Green.


Reverse Foil Art

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Years ago a friend gave me an unusual present. It was a picture of flowers that looked like stained glass except that the background was crumpled foil.  I had no idea how she made it and often wondered if I could duplicate it. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I found this very useful article that I finally had the answer on how to create my very own foil art. It seems so easy now.


How to Make Reverse Foil Art There have been a few times during our marriage that my husband and I didn’t have the money to splurge on things like home décor or wall art. During those times, I found inventive ways of making my own. One of my favorite techniques was called Reverse Foil Art.

Done correctly, this technique lets you make beautiful pictures of almost anything you might want to put on your w

Here is what you will need to get started:

A picture frame with glass; Glass cleaner; Tin foil; Spray adhesive; Black permanent ink and pen (separate or together); Pictures to copy; Stained glass or translucent craft paint (that is safe for glass) and Tin foil.

Now follow this step by step instructions to make your own beautiful art.

Step 1. Remove the glass from your picture frame. This will be the canvas for your artwork. Set the frame aside.

Step 2. Choose a picture to copy. Be sure you choose a piece that can be easily reversed. For example, you couldn’t choose a clock because the numbers would not be in the right place when it is reversed.

Don’t choose anything too detailed in nature. For example, a landscape could be very hard to copy and might lose much in the translation.

Make certain the picture chosen is the proper size to fit within the frame. For example, you don’t want to put a 5″ by 7″ picture into an 11″ by 14″ frame or try to squeeze an 8″ by 11″ picture into a 7″ by 10″ frame. Make certain there is a balance between picture and unused space.

Step 3. Clean the glass thoroughly on both sides. If you paint over fingerprints or smudges, they will remain part of your picture forever.

Step 4. Place the glass on top of the picture to be copied. It can be centered or asymmetrical; however you want it to look for the end product.

Step 5. Using permanent black ink, trace the picture onto the picture frame. Be as detailed as possible so the artwork will look complete. Let the ink dry completely before moving to the next step.

Step 6. Choose the colors for your art. You can mimic those in the original picture or choose colors that go with the room where the piece will be displayed.

Step 7. Begin painting your piece using acrylic stained glass or translucent craft paint. Work with one color at a time, allowing it to dry before moving on to another. Be careful to remain within the ink lines.

To make the colors brighter, you can apply more than one coat as desired. To wash them out, you can mix a bit of paint with water to thin it out.

Continue the process until the entirety of the picture is painted. Let it dry completely.

Step 8. Cut a piece of tin foil 2″ to 3″ larger than picture frame backing. The extra amount is to allow for size change once the foil is crinkled.

Step 9. Crinkle the tin foil into a ball, being careful not to tear it as you do so.

Step 10. Smooth out the tin foil out slightly, leaving in as many crinkles as you want as long as the end size is large enough to cover the picture frame backing.

Step 11. Adhere the tin foil to the back of the picture frame. I recommend using spray-on adhesive since it allows you time to remove and replace it properly before it sets completely.

As an alternative, you can opt to just apply the foil directly behind the picture itself. That would leave the empty space of the frame plain. In that instance, you can choose a paper or fabric backing to fill in the empty space.

However, this technique takes meticulous cutting in order to keep the foil within the lines of the art piece alone. It also requires adhering the foil directly to the glass which can be tricky. I actually think the original technique works better for the most part.

Step 12. Place your completed glass artwork back into the frame and then apply the foil back piece. Check to make sure the foil covers edge to edge and that the picture’s details show well. If the colors aren’t bright enough, go back and add another coat before completing the framing.

The foil will make the colors of your artwork shimmer in the light. It will also appear to change from differing angles.

Finally, put your frame back together and hang or set it wherever you desire. That’s all there is to it. You have created your own original work of art.

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US vs UK

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Let’s be honest here – those of us in the United States are not always adept at translating mm to inches and pounds to cents (or it dollars?) See what I mean? There are handy conversion guides, luckily for us, all over the internet. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why this is important. Well, I’ve been subscribing to several British craft magazines and their instructions are always in mm.

So I got tired of trying to translate or worse yet, guess, at what sizes my cards should be or how much I was really spending at a favorite on-line UK craft store. So here are some links that may help you: