Transferring Images to Wood using Wax Paper

Too Cute to Spook Owl Wall Hanging with Crafty Secrets

Hello, everyone!  Happy September!  It’s the first Monday of the month, so that means it’s Crafty Secrets Linky Challenge time; this month the theme is Too Cute to Spook.  I decided to go with a super simple yet super cute home decor project – take a look!

Too Cute to Spook Owl Wall Hanging with Crafty Secrets

I started with the Wood Clipboard Album and the Creating with Vintage Halloween CD #4, then used wax paper to transfer the digital stamps to the wooden album cover.  Here’s the process I used:

First, pick your images and size them digitally (I used Microsoft Word)

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

Next, flip your image so that it will print backwards

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Cut a sheet of wax paper to 8.5 x 11″ and feed it through your inkjet printer – a laser printer will not work for this technique!

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

Once your image is printed, place it face down on your wooden surface.

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

Then, smooth a straight edge over the image to make sure it all gets transferred to the wood.

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

Lift the wax paper, et voila!  I used a pencil to lightly trace over a couple parts that didn’t transfer quite as well – I think I didn’t quite move fast enough, but it’s hard to make projects and take pictures at the same time 😉

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

And there you have it!  I hope you found this inspiring because now it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick * Diane Hover * Ginny Nemchak * Melody Clement * Michele Kovack * Sheila Rumney * Teresa Horner

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Birthday Card for a World Traveler

Birthday card for a world traveler by Paper Melody's

Hello everyone!  I have a very special birthday card to share with you today — this one was for my “little” brother, who reached the quarter century mark a few days ago, and who happens to have the travel bug.  I found the perfect papers and things for his card in the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Typography CD, and now I’ll share it with you!  Have a look:

Birthday card for a world traveler by Paper Melody's

The bellboy, envelope, stamp paper, and ticket tucked into the envelope are all from the CD, as is the map paper I used to make a large envelope for the whole card.  I added the text to the telegraph using the typewriter font available on the CD – super easy to add with a textbox in Word.  The postcard and trunk tucked into the envelope are from the Travel Creative Scraps.  Here’s the inside of the card:

Birthday card for a world traveler by Paper Melody's

I repeated the layout, but made the envelope look like a postcard this time.  The sentiment came from the CD, and I wrote a note in the space where the “address” would go.

Here you can see each piece of the set:

Birthday card for a world traveler by Paper Melody'sMy favorite part of the card just might be that little bellboy holding the telegraph!

That’s it for today!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

Love the Little Things Shadowbox – Crafty Secrets Blog Hop and Linky Challenge

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

Love the Little Things in life

Hello, and happy August everyone!  Another month has flown by, and it’s time for the August Linky Challenge at Crafty Secrets!  This month the design team was challenged to create a mixed media project for your inspiration, so I created a shadowbox bursting with flowers and butterflies.  Take a look:

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

I began with 4 images from the digital Mini Vintage Creative Scraps, which I sized in Microsoft Word and printed on plain white cardstock.  Then, I printed some of the gorgeous papers from the Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection (designed by our very own DT member Sheila!)  and set about distressing edges and layering.

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

I cut out the frame and butterflies using my Silhouette Portrait; the frame was a Silhouette design, but the butterflies were actually a digital stamp from the Sunflower Set.  I used the trace function, a process I detailed in this post a few months back!

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

After agonizing for way too long over the position of each individual flower, I finally got up the nerve to actually glue them down.  I ran cream ribbon around the edges of the frame and then sat there staring for a while, wondering what was missing, until it occurred to me — glitter!  It’s really amazing what a little sparkle can do to pull a design together.

And there you have it!  I hope you found this inspiring because now it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Teresa Horner, Victorian Paper Queen *

Creating the Scroll

Creating a Scroll embellishment

1. Print your image

2. Cut your image, leaving plenty of space at each end

3. Roll the ends and glue.  I chose to roll one end forward and the other backward.

4. Shape the scroll, then use foam squares to help it keep its shape when adhering it to your project

That’s it – hope you enjoyed!  Have a lovely day 🙂

Happy Birthday, Golf Style

Crafty Secrets Happy Birthday Card for the Golf Lover in your life

Happy Birthday with Crafty Secrets, Golf Style

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!  I’ve got a simple birthday card to share with you today, perfect for the golf lover in your life!  I made it using the Golf Time digital art stamps from Crafty Secrets.  Take a look:

Crafty Secrets Happy Birthday Card for the Golf Lover in your life

That’s a stamp that I printed and colored, then topped with clear embossing powder.  I put it on a frame, popped it onto foam squares, and layered it onto the Green Embossed paper from Crafty Secrets.  Some corrugated paper, eyelets, and a little ribbon later, it was done!  Here’s the inside:

Crafty Secrets Happy Birthday Card for the Golf Lover in your lifeEasy peezy, sweet and simple, and I hope you enjoyed!  Have a lovely day!

Seaside Memories Mini Album – July Crafty Secrets Challenge

Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets Challenge

Seaside Memories Mini Album – July Crafty Secrets Challenge

Hello everyone!  Welcome back!  It’s Linky Challenge time at Crafty Secrets, and this month’s theme is “Time for Fun!” and the details are as follows:

It’s summertime! It’s the time of year kick back, relax and enjoy life. Maybe you pile in the car and take a trip to the beach, you might go for a hike in the mountains, go camping under the stars, play in the pool, or sit in the shade and sip lemonade. Your challenge this month is to celebrate summer in a layout, a mini album, a tag, a card or altered art project.

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Summertime is the beach!  Swimming in the ocean, laying in the sun, combing the sand for shells, sharks teeth, and other treasures – it doesn’t get much more relaxing than that!  I decided to go the beach route for my Linky project, so I used all sorts of Crafty Secrets goodies to make a mini album.  Take a look:

Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets Challenge

This little guy started as the plain kraft album here:

Crafty Secrets Accordion Pocket Album

This little guy is just FULL of possibilities, and right now it’s on SALE for $1.50!  Hopefully you’ll be inspired by today’s post and go out and buy your own 🙂

Anyway, I started by covering the album with Blue Paisley Stripe, Rose Swirls, and Brown Paisley designer digital papers, available in the shop for only $0.99 per set.  Later in the post I’ll show you how I covered the front of the album, which can get a little tricky in a couple spots.

Here’s what the album looks like when you first open it up:

Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets Challenge

One of my favorite things about the album is the pockets – they’re PERFECT for tucking in tags, photos, notes, or other little goodies, and they’re really quite easy to work with.

Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets ChallengeThe stickers I used are from the Seaside Memories set (on sale now for $0.99!!!) and they are so nice to work with because they’re a lot heavier than your typical everyday sticker.  Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets Challenge

For the tag, I started with a plain manila tag, then printed on it using a digital paper from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD.  TIP: in Microsoft Word, create a document the same size as your tag, copy and paste your paper and size it to fit.  Then, print using your printer’s Borderless function.  Easy peezy!  I also used a LOT of images from the Travel Creative Scraps for this project, including the tag-on-the-tag, the First Class Traveler image, and the life saver in the picture above.  Below, you can see the album when you turn it around:

Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets Challenge

More stickers, Mermaid Waves digital paper, and stamps from the Seaside DAS set decorate these pages and 2 more tags!  This first tag was fun – I printed the stamps, embossed them, then got to work with all my Distress Inks 🙂

Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets Challenge

The next tag I kept pretty simple, using the same printing technique I told you about earlier to print the mermaid.  I added some Stickles to the waves and the mermaid’s tail for a bit of sparkle.  The fishing net on the pocket is actually a single layer of gauze that I spritzed with Cork Tattered Angels mist.  One of my favorite bits 🙂

Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets Challenge

I decided I wanted just one more pocket in this album, so I printed the lighthouse onto kraft cardstock, added a couple brads, and glued it in to make my own.  Then, I made a little booklet to tuck right inside!  The Notes from Paradise sticker came from my stash.

Seaside Memories for July Crafty Secrets Challenge

And there you have it! I had a blast making this little guy, and I hope you enjoyed seeing it!  Stick around for some tips on covering this mini album, but first it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes   * Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Teresa Horner, Victorian Paper Queen *

How to Cover the Mini Album

Cut your paper to 5.25″ x 11″

Crafty Secrets Accordion Pocket Album

Add glue, and smooth the paper over each surface.  When you get to the end, glue down the closure tab as well

Crafty Secrets Accordion Pocket Album

About 1/2 an inch from the edge of the album, trim to the tab on either side.  Fold the flaps over and glue them down.  Trim around the rest of the tab.

Crafty Secrets Accordion Pocket Album

Open the album and use a craft knife to cut out the half-circle for the closure tab to fit into

Crafty Secrets Accordion Pocket Album

And you’re done!  Pretty simple!

Crafty Secrets Accordion Pocket Album

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂