Wednesday, July 19

Another Blast to the Past on the Blogoversary Celebration!

Sharing another

Some of my favorite projects I've done with my sister Sheila are our long distance projects. We either start with the exact same things, or the same idea, work hundreds of miles apart, and then share what we created. I thought it would be fun to look back on a few of these! 

Altered wood Ikea boxes... read about it HERE.

Maura's side 1

 Maura's side 2
 ( since there were two drawer ends, and I could switch them around, why not?)

Sheila's - I like how she painted them too!

Altered Tray about it HERE.

Sheila altered an ATC tray and filled it with her soap collection. 

Maura altered a Receipt Tray in Steampunk style.

Paper Bag Album: read about Maura's HERE and Sheila's HERE.

Maura's painted canvas cover

Maura - inside peek

Sheila's cover

Sheila's - inside peek

And of our favorites which we have repeated - our December Dailys! Read about it HERE.

Sheila's cover

Pocket page - can you tell we love Starbucks?

Full page photo (I love this idea!)

Maura's chunky style (I always seem to fill them up!)

Cover detail - flowers I made from fabric

Page detail

I hope you have enjoyed this Blast to the Past! 
What do you think about long distance projects? 
How do you share with friends and family who live far away?

Thanks so much for joining in the 8 year celebration - you are much appreciated!!

Monday, July 17

You're a Star Gift Containers

Hello Monday, my friends! Are you ready for a new challenge? This week we are "Getting In Shape" and going 3D and using different shapes - we are moving away from flat to creating something shapely! Whew! It doesn't mean we have to go to the the gym, swim,  walk, or do yoga...but I have learned to like doing those things too, LOL!

The Fourth of July had me seeing stars, which inspired me to work with these neat wooden stars from Seth Apter and decorate a couple of gift containers.  I found these corrugated pillow boxes in my stash, but you could easily make them with a die and some lightweight cardboard. 

My plan when I began was to make one. I stamped the words onto the lined paper, making sure it would fit into the wooden star. 

Next I added a piece of Media Tape (Dina Wakley), then wiped down the distress oxide on either side. I spritzed a bit of water and wiped a bit off, then let this dry. 

I glued the star onto the paper, cut it out, and added in some 28 Lilac Lane embellishments.

I ripped the Eclectic Elements fabric to make "ribbon," tied it around the box, and used a clip to attach the star. This way the recipient could use it too. Oh, Before I did that, I wiped some black ink across the corrugated cardboard to bring out the design a bit more. 

Once I finished this one, I liked it so well, I had to make another!

I used the other part of the star and added a big button with red thread to the center. Tip:  put a drop of Diamond Glaze onto the thread to keep it from coming untied. I added some more 28 Lilac Lane embellishments around it...

...then added in some blue mica powder and micro beads. I randomly swiped the box with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide.

Now, all I have to do is reach into the drawer for a starry gift box for someone special!

Are you ready to GET IN SHAPE? I'm talking about the crafty fun version, remember! All you have to do this week is make something shapely and share it with us for a chance to win a $50 voucher from Simon Says Stamp, or you might see yourself up in our Spotlight!



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Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see how all of the fabulous DT is getting in shape this week!

Saturday, July 15

Winner: Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate!

Thanks so much to everyone who is visiting and celebrating 8 years with me!! I appreciate your comments and visits so very much!!

For the $15 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate:

and.....Random Number Generator says.....

The winner of the $15 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate is Kathy S.!!! 
Congratulations Kathy!!
Please contact me at my email address (link in Contact at the top) with your email address, so I can get the gift cert. out to you! 

Wednesday, July 12

Blogoversary Celebration Continues!

Hello Friends! I hope you are enjoying the month long celebration at TwoCraftingSisters! 
Thanks so much for stopping by this month and joining the party!

I have an IDEA I've been kicking around for quite awhile and could use some help.
 I've been toying with the idea of changing the name of the blog, since I am the only sister who has been doing the blog for the last 4 years. (Sheila has focused on her Etsy shop: Campfire Designs instead.)
 So, I feel like it is time for a NEW BLOG NAME!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Ooops, not yet!

Sooo...Let's have a CONTEST  for a new blog name!
(my url will remain the same, but my heading at the top will change)

1. Take a peek around the blog, especially in recent years, to get a feel for what I create.
2. Comment with your idea of a NEW NAME for the blog. For this contest you may comment as often as you like.
3.Include your email address with your comment please.
3. Be sure to comment by Friday, July 28 by midnight EST. Winner will be announced on July 29.
4. My favorite will be the winner! 

Of course there's a PRIZE!!

In honor of my sister Sheila's dedication to the blog for the first four years of TwoCraftingSisters,
and our many years of crafting together -
the winner will get a $25 Etsy gift card!!
(Note:  you need to be an Etsy member to use the gift card, but it is super simple to sign up, and if you have ever shopped on Etsy, you probably are a member already)

Link to Etsy and Campfire Designs on the right hand side of the blog.

Monday, July 10

Listen for the Earth's Music

Welcome Monday friends! I hope you have had a creative week and are ready for our new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - DISTRESS IT! Just think of all the products and ways you can take this - from inks, to paints, to sandpaper! It will be fun to see what you create!

The Earth has music for those who listen

Have you ever heard the music of the Earth? I've read about scientists who have recorded the sounds the planet makes, and musicians who interpret it. I believe we also hear it in the wind, birdsong, insects buzzing, water burbling and so much more that surrounds us - sometimes we just have to be quiet enough to listen. 

I decided to "christen" a new from my stash  (Prima Vintage Vanity Art Journal) art journal this week with Distress Oxides and embossing. I started off thinking I was going to make a card with this, and by the time I finished, I wanted to put it into a more permanent place. 

First step - heat embossing with Simon's clear embossing powder and Distress embossing ink. I heated each image separately.

Time to add color with Distress Oxides. I wiped them onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and laid the card stock into it. I heated it a bit, then used a baby wipe to wipe it down. 

Then, I took a Peeled Paint re-inker and did the same thing.

Repeated the step with orange and pinks...

I like the texture that comes through with the Distressed Watercolor cardstock. These Carabelle Studio stamps by Birgit Koopsen work beautifully with the distress inks. 

I decided I wanted a bit more of a pop of color, so used a water brush and Dylusions sprays to brighten up a few spots. 

I stenciled in some music in the background with the walnut stain. I really like how the oxide inks can fade into the background.

Time to stamp the saying with my MISTI. I wanted to be sure I had the words straight, so laid a piece of scrap over where I wanted to stamp to test it out first, removed that and stamped onto my piece. It's kind of like that measure twice, cut once saying...and I didn't want to mess it up at the end.

details, details....

I like the way the clear embossing powder kept the white paper showing through. 

I hope I've inspired you to join us in our Distress It challenge this week! I'm looking forward to seeing your creative take on it! 

Each week Simon Says Stamp offers a $50 voucher to one participant.



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Simon is on Instagram! use #sssmchallenge

By now, I'm wondering how the rest of the DT interpreted this week's challenge. Be sure to head on over to see their awesome creations! 


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