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Dollar Tree… the untapped crafty resource 25 September 2010

Filed under: Crafting — Rana Wilson @ 7:42 pm
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Seriously, it is… I cannot tell you how many things I have found at the Dollar Tree that have, eventually, made their way into a craft of some kind (including a pair of earrings that I have gotten more compliments on!  Pics in a minute…)

I’ve bought scrapbooking papers there, jewelry findings, stickers, weird knicky-knacks, frames, flowers, clear pumpkins (one of the latest purchases!) I even found adhesive there once (okay, it wasn’t great, and either the Stampin’ Up! Adhesive or Glue Dots work WAAAAAAAAAYYY better, but it’s perfect for testing stuff and then ripping it apart again!)

I’ve seen several discussions recently about craft stores and whatnot, and thought it was time someone came out and said it–sometimes the cheapest supplies help you create the niftiest things.  With that in mind, I thought it might be nice to post pics of some of the things I’ve made, and have gotten complements on, that I’ve used Dollar Tree supplies in.  Hope you like them!

Okay, so ages ago, I decided I wanted some blingy earrings.  This is what I came up with:

The Carousel Earrings--made possible by the bead cap there, which came from Dollar Tree. The rest of it--sterling chain and swarovski crystals!

So, I found the end clips, where the card hangs, for these lanyards at the Dollar Tree, in a mix with key chain loops:

The hooks came from Dollar Tree, everything else from a craft / bead store.

So I mentioned key chains? Yeah, here they are:

The key rings, and possibly the tiger tail, all from Dollar Tree...

And papers!  They have awesome scrapbooking papers (sometimes; admittedly it can be hit or miss). In fact, I’ve never used the more expensive papers I have, but I’ve used Dollar Tree papers in every major decoupaging project I’ve done:

the tea tray... The base was from Michaels, the papers are Dollar Tree...

All the papers used in this project came from the Dollar Tree...

Again, the box came from Michaels, but all that beautiful bright paper came from the Dollar Tree... and maybe the ribbon, too... I can't remember...

So you see?  It’s a wonderful resource!  If you haven’t been, you should go wander. And don’t feel discouraged if you don’t find anything.  Maybe they’re just having an off day! (and don’t get me started on the storage possibilities for all your crafting stuff from the Dollar Tree…)

RLW

 

Craftin’ Cards! 14 September 2010

Filed under: Cards,Crafting — Rana Wilson @ 4:54 pm
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So, after I decorated my cute lil’ jewelry box the other day, I gathered up all my shtuff to take it back up to the craft room… which was, not to put too fine a point on it, an utter mess… In some respects it still is… But, I decided I could do something about the table, which is, after all, my main craft area. So I started gathering, and tossing things that had no use (bits of plastic string from beads mostly.  No fear–I kept all the good stuff!) and organizing the left-over beading stuff from the other stuff.  See, a few months ago, I felt it necessary to move all my jewelry making stuff down to the coffee table.  I was getting overwhelmed.  And there it has stayed since.  But, it has gotten used!!! So the craft room is now a bit more focused on mostly paper crafts and painting/Mod Podge projects.

As I gathered, I ran across lots of random bits of cardstock, mostly of the small-but-I-can’t-throw-it-out-because-I-might-find-a-use-for-it-one-day variety.  So, I started organizing all my paper bits.  4 folders and one box later, I can actually find things. woo-hoo!!!! And in with the smallish bits, I found 13 pieces of card-ish sized cardstock.  So, there was nothing for it but that I play (although, I did finish organizing the table first–after all, gotta have a work space!)

Here’s the newly organized table:

Imagine this as a huge heaping mess, and you'll have the before picture....

So after I cleaned it all up and found all my stamp pads and got organized again, I creased all the paper, made the cuts I needed to square things up, and set to work.  I actually set myself a little challenge–I would not, under any circumstances, touch another full-sized piece of paper.  The goal was to try to use up as much of the bitsy bits as possible (sad to say, I still have loads of them left…)  I am happy to report–I succeeded!!  13 cards in all, with varying degrees of difficulty, and using all manner of fun bits. I really had a blast with this, and I think I will definitely set myself another task like this in the future.

Here’s a smallish list of what I used: mostly Stampin’ Up! stamps (I primarily stuck to just one set of sayings I have); the plain cardstock was mainly Stampin’ Up! as well, and all the patterned bits were things I’ve been gathering over the years, mostly from Michaels and the Dollar Tree (in fact, you’ll recognize some from the patchwork table and the jewelry box I decorated over the past two weeks.)   Likewise, all my accent pieces are things I’ve been gathering, from all manner of craft store.  Oh, but I did make rat use of the Creative Memories circle cutter I got from my friend Sara (I love my friends who want to be crafty but just don’t carry through–I get their stuff, usually! yay!!!) Oh, and I used Mod Podge on one!

Here are the pics:

the 'montage' shot!

This first one has the Mod Podge.  I actually based the bird on a pic I saw over at The Dabbling Mum, whom I found through Creating the Hive.

after I ink'd him & blend'd him, I m'podge'd him!

girly!

I love the colors!!!

hi...

I maybe should have stopped while I was ahead with this one, but it's still cute!

a pretty thanks!

yeah, I had bit of purple floating around...

You never know when you'll need a Get Well card...

These are supplies mostly from a Card-making club I briefly joined...

Friends Forever!

I love the cat heads!

Chipboard buttons! and Embroidery thread! woot!!!

Circling...

 

Mini Patchworked Table 9 September 2010

OMG! I had so much fun with this!!!!!  Okay, a few days ago, I saw this dresser over at Mod Podge Rocks! blog. And, once I saw it, there was nothing for it but to spruce up the dull little table that holds my desk spill overs… Here’s the original:

poor, old, tired table...

Poor thing.  All beaten and battered. My mom found it years ago at a garage sale, so it has been truly used and abused. It really did deserve a make-over, don’t you think?

So, first order of business, find all the supplies!  So up the stairs I went to the craft room, and armed myself with a mostly full jar of Mod Podge, some brushes (and the one lone sponge brush I could find) the FolkArt beige paint, the Dollar Tree Scrapbook paper (I love Dollar Tree Scrapbook paper… it’s pretty good quality, and you get a little pack of coordinating sheets for a buck!  awesome!!!!!), and my paper cutter.  Cuz, you know, gotta have straight lines here…. Back down the stairs I traipsed, and got ready to ‘podge!!!!

But, first I had to paint… not my favoritest thing, but I did have fun.  Although, I think I may have needed a bigger spongy-brush:

hmmm... an awful lot of area still to cover there....

But I eventually got it all covered, and covered well!

okay, yeah, still have to do that bottom section here....

So once the painting was done, it had to dry.  What to do when the paint is drying… Why not read a post over at Brave Girls blog? So I did:

Yeah, totally got the idea to document what I was doing while paint dried from the Brave Girl blog post I was reading while the paint dried... and watching some Netflix... 🙂

Finally, the paint dried.  Now to have fun with paper!!!  I love cutting up paper.  Well, I should, I make cards, and LOVE IT!!!!!! For the top of the table I just cut random-sized squares; I think the biggest was a 6-inch square, while the smallest was a 1-inch square. I think I also tossed in a couple of rectangles just to mix it up a bit.  Then, I arranged them in a pleasing manner, grabbed the ‘podge, and went to town!  Man, did I make a mess.  But it was fun!  And in the end, very pretty (and can I just say, again, I soooooo need a brayer… bubbly bits all over the place!!!!) So here’s the top:

not quite dry yet... oh, boy, more waiting!!!

Once I had that done, I turned my attention to the drawer:

stripeys!!!

And then I had to ponder the sides:

left

back

right (and oops on using the same pattern as the front...)

And the bottom shelf!  Basically, that was a repeat of the top, but with smaller pieces of paper:

and again, not quite dry! I'm an impatient photographer...

And then finally, it was dry and ready for a coat or two or acrylic sealer (okay, yeah, maybe I should do more, but the can is empty now.  AND!!!!! I’m down to half a jar of Mod Podge!!! yikes!!!!)

So here it is, all done and pretty:

The distance view

The drawer and knob

Pretty!!

So yeah, I am just totally tickled with myself!  I had fun!!!

RLW

 

 
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