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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Quick and Simple Bulletin Board

Need a quick and easy idea for a bulletin board?  I simply used some Glue Arts, hot glue gun and melt sticks, a hunk of burlap..and PRESTO!  The paper , tin buttons and buttons are some of my favorites and it’s by October Afternoon.  I used a picture of my youngest Grandson (Kale)and used Sizzix to cut the word “Hitch your wagon to a star”.  The sky is the limit to how you could decorate your own bulletin board and it’s a perfect way to get your kiddo’s involved !
hitch your wagon bulletin board
step 10
Step 1:  Cut a piece of foam board that measures 14” x 16”.
Step 2:  Cut a piece of burlap that measures 16” x 18”.
Step 3:  Fold over the edges of the burlap and hot glue into place.
Bulletin board step 3
Step 4:  Trim the corners at an angle.
Step 5:  Decorate the front as desired!
I just used push pins and poked them through the buttons.  If you have small children, be sure to hot glue the push pin to the button.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Creative Charms Blog Hop

Edited to include a much requested tutorial...because you're all so sweet, here ya go :)
Good morning friends!  I hope you’re ready for your morning exercise, cause we’ll be hopping from one blog to another!  Be sure to write down the secret word on each blog, beginning with the Creative Charms blog.  You should be arriving here from Sandra’s blog.    My secret word is “from”.  After you’ve gather all the words to complete your phrase, email Midori  ( and you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.  The winner will receive the Kit of the Month and the Deal of the Month!  The giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday, May 1st and the winner will be announced on Monday, May 2nd.
Gatefold Recipe Album using Vintage Brads and a Gingham Butterfly.
Gatefold Recipe Album
gate fold album cu
gate fold album inside
gatefold album cu 2
Here’s the sequence of the blog hop.
Creative Charms Blog
Jan (you’re here)
Jennifer H.
Jennifer Y.
Ilene her when you have the phrase :)

Gatefold Recipe Album

October Afternoon (Finished size closed 5" x 7")

Step 1- Using corrugated cardboard, Cut (2) 3.50" x 5.00" and (1) 5.00" x 7.00"

Cut the cardstock for the cover.

(1) 6" X 8" (2) 6" X 4.25"

Inner Covers

(1) 4.75" x 6.75" and (2) 4.75" x 3.25")

Inner Pages

(4) 4" x 6" and (4) 3" x 4"


(2) 5" x 6"

Step 2- Scoring the 5" x 6" spine pieces

Score at 1", 2", 3", 4", 5"

Step 3- Fold and use High Tac adhesive in the valley sections that will face the outside. (the fold used on the spine is called peak and valley).

Step 4- Begin covering your corrugated cardboard pieces. Fold in the raw edges and add a line of Perma Tac. Place inner cover on top.

Repeat this for the 5.00" x 7.00" piece of corrugated cardboard.

Step 6- Adhere the spines to the 5.00" x 7.00" corrugated cardboard. Use the Extreme Tac or Glue to hold securely in place.

Step 7- Using the 3.50" x 5.00" pieces of corrugated cardboard, adhere the spine on the left, now the spine on the right.
Here's the inside of the album.
Step 8- Use Perma Tac to adhere your inner pages as desired.

Step 9- Decorate pages as desired.

Step 10- Decorate cover as desired.

Step 11- I stuck a cardstock sticker on corrugated cardboard. Trimmed the excess.

Step 12- I then hot glued a hand crocheted flower and leaf to the center of the sticker.

Step 13- I hot glued tulle to the back of the cardboard and trimmed the excess.

Step 14- Stick button in the center of the crocheted flower.

Step 15- Apply hot glue to the back of the right side of the cardboard and press in between the two front pieces.


Patterned paper, button, stickers (October AFternoon). Perma Tac, Hot Glue Gun and melt sticks (Glue Arts), score board (Provocraft), Bone Folder (making memories), Round-It All (Zutter), tulle, hand crocheted flower and leaf, recycled corrugated cardboard.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Accucut Craft Challenge

Here’s a recipe album I did awhile back using Accucut Shadowbox Die. (Designed by my buddy, Vicki Chrisman :)  I cut three shadowboxes out of the same Basic Grey paper and glued them together to make my album.  There’s a challenge going on right now  at Accucut Craft and there are some beautiful prizes..keeping my fingers crossed Smile
Here’s the facebook post:
So much going on at AccuCut Craft. The GrandeMARK Challenge, placing our Challenge Badge on your blog to win black chipboard and, GrandeMARK's on sale for $395. On Thursday I'm going to release sneak peaks of our new dies for National Stationery! Eeeeeeeeeeh!!!!! your going to love them!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Just a little hint!

Hello friends!  I wanted to let you in on a little more information about my top secret.  If you’re a facebook fan, hop  on over and "like" the Basically Bare page cause there will be a lot of giveaways in the next month Smile!  On May 1st, I can let the cat out of the bag and tell you all about it and share a project!
sneak peak
Any one care to guess?  Only one week from today and the secret will be out! YIPEE!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Wishing you all a blessed Easter!
Easter Bible Verses From Luke 24:1-12 ESV
(1) But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. (2) And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, (3) but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. (5) And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, (7) that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (8) And they remembered his words, (9) and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (10) Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, (11) but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. (12) But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.