Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Remember those massive phone directories? We relied on them daily to look up telephone numbers and addresses of friends, acquaintances and businesses. Now they are mostly a thing of the past--facing the same demise as corner phone booths and rotary phones. Perhaps phone books will make a comeback of sorts with this creative station for charging a mobile phone.
It's Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope here. And unfortunately, I am old enough to remember all of those. In fact, I still remember the day when my niece came over to my house and had no idea how to use a rotary phone--and that was ages ago!
Awesome Stuff I used
Paper mache book
Vintage telephone die
3D foam adhesive
Vintage Cell Phone Charging Station Tutorial
Step 2 Using the Creative Versa-Tool and some stencil plastic, cut out a stencil of a tangled lot of phone cords--the same kind of cords that used to dangle from kitchen phones--at least until they tangled into baseball-sized knots.
Step 4 Cut Saffron Honey Cardstock and Leaf Stripe Cardstock to fit the inside and outside of the book. Make sure to use both of the unique sides of the Saffron Honey Cardstock.
Step 5 Using matte medium, adhere the cardstock to the book. Coat the outside of the paper with matte medium also. Let dry.
Step 6 Cut a 6" x 6" piece of Saffron Honey Cardstock, coordinating solid green cardstock and chipboard. Cut all three pieces with a vintage telephone die.
Step 7 Adhere the telephone die cuts to the chipboard die cut. Distress the edges of the phone with brown ink.
Step 8 Lay the stencil flat on the front of the book and apply texture paste. Lift up and carefully reposition the stencil to cover the rest of the book and again apply texture paste. Liberally sprinkle the texture paste with copper glitter. Let dry.
Step 9 Distress the edges of the book with brown ink.
Step 10 Cut a hole in the bottom of the book, close to the binding. Make sure the hole is large enough to allow the end of the charging cord pass through it. Since the ends of these cords vary in width, you may want to find one as small as possible.
Step 11 Adhere the telephone die cuts to the front of the book with three-dimensional adhesive. Raise the rotary part of the telephone higher than the rest of the phone.
Step 12 Use three-dimensional adhesive to adhere "p-h-o-n-e-b-o-o-k" beneath the telephone.
That's all there is to it. Now all you have to do is plug in the charger and connect your phone inside your book and you have the cutest vintage mobile charge station around.
I hope everyone has a lovely week ahead. For those of you in the U.S. celebrating the 4th of July, I hope you find next weekend to be fun-filled, colorful and safe!
Betsy Skagen (Use your noggin and realize it rhymes with toboggan), Artist, writer, editor and designer
Last year I took a plunge. After spending decades as a professional writer, graphic designer and business owner, I took a deep breath and formalized my long-term love affair with paper crafting and altered arts by forming Paper Calliope.
Some of my loves include vintage circus, mid-century graphics and plenty of whimsical kitsch. I am passionate about writing from the heart to illuminate and overcome the anxieties of life, helping kids with special needs and lots of belly laughs. Oh yeah, i also despise the Oxford comma.
I have been named to the international design teams of the ColourArte, Robin's Nest, Whisker Graphics and Altered Pages. Please drop by my blog at www.PaperCalliope.com.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Summer is having a little trouble starting in the south right now. I thought I could create some of my own summer by making these pretty flowers.
If you have ventured into any craft store lately I know that you have seen these flowers for sale. I purchased a new tool will allow me to make these for myself. The curvy cutter spiral maker by ek tools® is simple to use and will have your house full of flowers in no time!
Robin's Nest Supplies
Original Dew Drops
Tulip Wheels Cardstock
Water Glitter Swirl Cardstock
Plum Fluer Cardstock
Moss Green Glitter Cardstock
After cutting the spiral, use a pair of tweezers and roll up tightly. NOTE: You can open the roll as much as you want when done to create a loose flower.
I created a summer background on a small vertical canvas to add my flowers to. NOTE: I think that using two sided cardstock works the best for the flowers.
I used handmade paper for the stems and lower grass. For the stems I rolled the paper and then twisted it so that I could manipulate it more. Cut out leaves from cardstock and attach them to the stems.
I used dew drops and flower stamina in the center of each flower. Lastly I painted a bird and added a dream sticker in the sky.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial for making these summer flowers with The Robin's Nest® cardstock.
Sadly this will be my last tutorial for The Robin's Nest. I have been asked to join DecoArt as a blogger and outside artist. A big thank you to The Robin's Nest owners and the creative team of designers I can now call my friends.
You can still follow my creative journey over at My Altered life blog and My Altered Life on FB.
Now go create something amazing!
For my layout I used pieces of Saffron Honey Cardstock, Clouds Cardstock, Coffee Creme Classic Glitter Cardstock
A use Love You Endlessly from Gina's Desing as my title. First I covered it with clear medium
Sprinkled it with the flock powder
And finally covered with Silks acrylic paint.
Add one or two pieces of old book pages and three kind of thread