Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hello!   I am glad you could join us for some ring toss fun today!  I painted the inside of plastic bottles and covered the outsides with paper from the Sweet Tooth collection and~ Wow!!  Instant cuteness!  Take a look...

                                                     I love how they just scream SUMMER!!

To make the ring toss bottles-
1.  Start by adding about 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons of water to a 2 oz. bottle of enamel craft paint.  Acrylic works too, but the enamel seemed to work a bit better for me. 
2. Shake the paint bottle well and squirt about half the paint into your empty ring toss bottle.
3. Cover the top of the ring toss bottle and shake very well so that the paint covers the entire inside of the bottle.
4. I had to reshake the bottles a few times over the course of a day or two because some sections of the original paint did not stick.  But not a big deal~ I think the extra effort was well worth it!
5. Once it seems like the insides of the bottle are well coated, turn bottle upside down so that the excess paint runs out and the remaining paint dries.
6. Decorate your bottles using the Sweet Tooth collection.

                                    And since you can't have a ring toss game without the rings...
I bought some wooden embroidery hoops at the craft store. I picked out ones that were slightly wider than the base of the bottles that I painted.  I only used the inside portion of the embroidery hoop~ I painted them and then covered them with paper...  Super easy and super cute.    Have a great day!

GCD Studios Papers:  Sweet Tooth, Peppermint Plaid (1558) - Sweet Tooth, Chocolate Kisses (1554) - Sweet Tooth, Sprinkles (1560) - Sweet Tooth, Sour Cherry (1559)

Tegan Skwiat GCD Studios DT, 2012 GCD Studios Layout Gal

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hi again everyone! It's Tegan here with a little gift giving inspiration.  Ok so maybe a lot of gift giving inspiration! I have 2 sisters that had birthdays in the last month so I was on a roll decorating gifts...  And the great thing about these gifts is that they could be used for little girls or adult friends because they are pretty universal~   everyone likes butterflies in the summer right?

                                                                           And the top

For the top, I wanted a big flower where the butterflies could "rest".  So I created a flower out of tissue paper.  They are super easy and fun to make! 

To make the flowers~
1. First you need about 8 layers of tissue paper sized 5"x6" and a pipe cleaner. Or thin ribbon will work too.
2. Accordian pleat the tissue paper stack in 1" increments and secure it in the middle with pipe cleaner or ribbon. Trim both ends of tissue paper so they are rounded.
3. Starting with the top layer, carefully pull the tissue paper up and in to form the petals.
4. And just like that you have your flower!

 I also needed something to hold a gift card so I made this coordinating craft.  I found this little wooden gift bag in the bare wood section of my local craft store.  It was perfect! 

Thanks again for joining us today!     If you would like to see one more wooden gift bag that I decorated, please visit my blog here.  Have a great day!

 GCD Supplies: Bonjour, Nice (1539) - Bonjour, Les Fleurs (1538) - Bonjour, Butterfly Flutter (1536) - Bonjour, Au Revoir (1533) - Sweet Tooth, Bubblegum (1552)

Tegan Skwiat GCD Studios DT, 2012 GCD Studios Layout Gal

Friday, July 6, 2012

I brought the beach to my layout!

Hi it's Tegan here today!  Take a bit of GCD Studios' Splendor collection and add a splash of the Country Charm collection and you get the perfect color palette for summer photos!  That is what I did here and it really put me in a beachy mood. But since I didn't think it was a good idea to haul my layout and supplies to the beach, I brought the beach to my layout! Yep, I put sand on part of my title!! Simply brush on a coat of liquid glue- I used Martha Stewart glitter glue- and pour on the sand. Let dry and repeat once more for better coverage. I just love the texture it adds to the layout!

And a close-up of the sand

Also, GCD Studios has this month's edition of their online magazine, The Paper Cut, up!!
You can check it out HERE as well! 

      Thanks for stopping by today!   Hope I have inspired you to try sand on your next layout!

Supplies: GCD Studios Papers: Country Charm, Picnic Blanket (1509) - Splendor, Heirloom (1678) - Splendor, ZigZag (1687) - Splendor, Navy Flora (1681)-
twine, The Twinery - alpha stickers, October Afternoon - mist, Tattered Angels - clothespins, Canvas Corp - Die-cut machine, Silhouette - wood shapes, Studio Calico -
glue- Martha Stewart - buttons and cardstock and sand, my supply

Just Sparkle

For this layout I dabbled with a bit of glitter glue! I fussy cut the squiggle lines out of Pebbles' Sunnyside paper and covered them with glitter glue.  I really love the way they turned out!
My sis and I stumbled upon these sparkly hats one day while out shopping, so we JUST had to try them on!   Hope you have a sparkly day!  ~Tegan   :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pawprints on my Heart

Here is a layout I made about my fur-baby Pixie.  I thought the stitching would take forever, but it didn't and I actually really enjoyed stitching with the embroidery floss.  I am definately going to be embroidering again soon! 

Papers are from Pebbles~ some Fresh Goods, but mostly using the new Sunnyside collection!   Thanks for checking in today!  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Here is a sweet little card I made using Pebbles Fresh Good!  I can't tell you enough how much I love the colors in this collection!  It is just so yummy!  The chipboard pieces are great too!  I love it so much I almost want to not use it....does that ever happen to you?
Have a great day everyone!   ~Tegan

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hugs & Kisses mini album

Hi y'all!  I was busy crafting last week, so this week is going to be filled with project posts!
Today I want to share a mini album with you I made from Doodlebug button packaging!  Yep, that's right, the entire album is nothing but the packaging.  And I bound it together using FabRips.  Let me tell you guys- those FabRips are great!  I never really knew what to do with them before, but now I am addicted! 

The album is a collection of photos of all the people and pooches I love! 
As always, thanks for joining me today! Hope to see you tomorrow! 
~Tegan    :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

A little Christmas in July!

Happy Monday everyone!  I know it's 100 degrees outside but wanted to share my recent Christmas creation with you... Those Studio Calico wooden veneer shapes are all the rage these days!  So when I wanted to make a wreath out of shapes, I thought that the veneers would be perfect.  Here I used the butterflies to make the wreath and added one pretty little bird!  Simple and sweet!
  Papers are GCD Studios (love the gingham!) and chevron ribbon is May Arts (love that too!)
Thanks for stopping by today!