An office makeover tutorial!

We recently tackled a home office makeover in my home!  Given that my hubby works from home, it was time that the space became something more than a dumping ground.  A new room in my house isn’t complete without a paper project (or two or three), so I decided to add a little paper and glue in here too!

embossed foil final 4

Essentially, I simply took some old wooden magazine holders that we had kicking around the house and gave them a facelift with some shiny embossed paper.  This paper is from DCWV and is currently available at Hobby Lobby.  Called Embossed Metallic, it is thick, shiny and perfect for decoupaging!

embossed foil final 1

Here’s how you can recreate the look:

Embossed Foil Magazine holders

embossed foil 1

  1. Using your wooden or cardboard magazine holder as a template, trace one of the largest sides onto a sheet of 12×12 Embossed Foil paper. Make sure to center the holder in the middle of the paper so the edges will wrap around the front and back, and to line up the top of the holder with the top edge of the paper. Cut out.
  2. Repeat with the opposite side of the magazine holder. You should now have two pieces that cover the largest sides of your holder and warp around both the front and back of the holder.embossed foil 2
  3. On both pieces, use a scoring board to score a line at the front and back edges of the paper where the paper wraps around the holder.embossed foil 3
  4. Using decoupage paste, apply an even layer to your magazine holder and then to the wrong side of your paper. Place the paper onto the holder and smooth down gently with your hand. If you get some paste on the foil side of the paper, just take a slightly damp paper towel and wipe it off.embossed foil 5
  5. Once the sides have dried, use the front of the holder to trace a piece that will cover the small surface. Depending on the size of your magazine holder, you may be able to use scraps from step 1 for this piece. As you are cut, move in about 1/16” from the line you drew. This will ensure that the piece is about 1/8” smaller than the surface of the holder.
  6. Lining it up with the top edge of this side, decoupage the piece in place. Allow drying time before proceeding to the last side.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the back side of the magazine holder.embossed foil final 2
  8. Although the texture and foil finish to the paper provides great detail, you may want to embellish further by taking a different color from the foil pack and creating a 3D flower or other shape. Adhere to the holder with an adhesive dot.

These have found a little home on the shelf for packing and shipping materials and I have to say that I am pretty fond on them.  I need to find some other products to cover with this paper – it is pretty awesome! let me know if you have some ideas!

embossed foil final 5

Thanks for stopping by!


Pretty prickles?

Okay – so I have a question for you – can prickles be pretty?


I recently received a DIY project stack from DCWV called Paper Plants and it is filled with templates and papers to make a bunch of cacti!  Cactus seem to be all over Pinterest and Home Decor sites right now, and while I have always liked them (even the one that I used to own that would prick me all the time), I’m curious about the trend!  Are you a fan?


Come on over to the DCWV blog to see the finished piece I create with this stack.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cards, cards, cards

Today I need to get caught up with some cards I created recently that I haven’t shared yet!  Usually I am a one-card one-post kind of gal, so this will be more bang for your buck!


All of these cards feature images from Tiddly Inks – my favourite digital stamp company.  Two of these cards were created with newer Wryn stamps – a great collection of three in one called Flower Girls.May-20-angledJuly-5-angled

Wryn is one of my favourite characters to colour, these these new versions are no exception.  There is a tonne of detail in the flowers, so if you aren’t a big “colourer” Christy has done most of the work for you here!


The other two cuties are more of my favourites from another great set of digis – Mini and Many Friends. I love the style of these characters, and I think that their little pet friends add a lot of charm.  They are also a nice simple shape, so you can keep them together as one image or easily fussy cut them for some dimension.

All of the images were teamed up with Doodlebug paper from a variety of collections. If you’ve checked out the blog, you will know that I am huge fan – especially when finding paper to coordinate with stamped images.  Bright and intense, the colours are always fun to work with and really make the stamped images pop.  Oh Doodlebug, how I love your style!

Okay, so if you want some bang for your buck – these are some great images to consider!  This isn’t the first time I have worked with them, and it certainly wont be the last!

Thanks for stopping by!

It’s been awhile!

Well, I have a little confession to make.  My blog has been a little neglected lately!  The good news is that I have still been crafting up a storm – sometimes it just feels like one extra to take pictures and share them here.  But today, I am back with a fun card created with a brand new stamp from Tiddly Inks.  Christy has created a new character namned Molly, and she is a darling.  If you love colouring hair, this is a character for you!



July-19-cuThis particular stamps is Molly Swims.  I coloured her up with my favourite hair colour combination – YR31, E13, E15, E18.

I love the bright highlights and warm depth it creates at the same time.  I teamed her up with some paper from Pebbles – so I coloured the rest of the image to coordinate.  It’s a simple layout – I think it works for a fun summer birthday card, invitation, miss you or even a thank-you!

So, if you are feeling summer inspired, we do have another fun challenge up on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog – Summer Sun!!  So think sunshine, summer fun, summer images, summer feeling!! As always, any creation is game at TI, as long as you include a Tiddly Inks stamp or image.

So, you go get crafty and I will get on more posts for the blog!  Thanks for stopping by!