Friday, May 1, 2015

Mayday!! Mayday!! Inventory Folder - Friends with Flair 5-1



"The cat is nature's beauty."
                                                                                    ------Author Unknown



Hi, Friends.....

MAYDAY!!  MAYDAY!!  Ugh....do you ever have one of those weeks when you just never quite make it to your craft table????  Well, this has been one of them for me.  A number of things kept me from crafting:  I've been busy Grandma-ing, hubby got home from a month-long work trip, the weather has let me work in the garden some, did a bit of canning, but mostly I think my crafting mojo has just gone south.  Ugh...  So I am hoping to get inspired again with this project for my May Day post that has some cheery spring flowers.

Front Cover
Today I am sharing a Unity Friends with Flair project I finished up last week.  It's a folder for my church inventory checklists.  A friend and I keep track of the kitchen supplies at church so we don't run out of important stuff.....like plates for goodies!!!  (Hey, that totally could be a CRISIS!!!)

We only do this task twice yearly, and I live in fear that I won't be able to find my inventory sheets when I look for them.  A lot can happen in my household in six months!!!  Ack!!!  So I thought if I made a brightly decorated folder for them it would help me not lose it! (Hahaha....there are weeks when I feel like I am "losing it" on a daily basis, but that's a different kind!  LOL....)
 

Back Cover
  
I received this cute little smiling coffee carafe stamp in a Unity grab bag...(THANKS, Unity!!)...and didn't really know how or when I would use it....until I thought of this project!!!  Is it perfect or what???  

Of course I had to prep my notebook by misting and spraying with all kinds of different products.  I even used a starry stencil.... super fun!!!











I stamped my adorable carafe with VersaFine - Onyx Black ink and then used my Faber-Castell Big Brush white pen to make a white zone around the image so it wouldn't get lost.  I used my Sakura Glaze black pen to draw in the face a little darker, too.
 
  
Can you tell that I went a bit crazy again with my little glass beads in glitter glue????  I can't begin to tell you how giddy I get when I play with these tiny bits of gorgeousness!!!  :)  I wish I could capture the gleam for you in these simple flowers (the ONLY thing I can really draw!!!  Ha!!)



My centers are old defunct glue dots that I don't trust to hold layers together anymore, but will stick on enough for a flower.  :)  I applied them to my notebook (This was done before the glitter glue and bead step!  Sorry I am out of synch!) and then I brushed on some gold Perfect Pearls for shimmer.  Then I gently warmed them a bit with my heat gun to make them soft and sticky and smooshed down on them again to make sure they weren't going anywhere!!   I outlined the flowers with my Faber-Castell Black Big Brush pen.  

To make sure the beads were attached securely onto my notebook, I not only laid down a good layer of glitter glue first, but also covered the beads with another thick goopy layer.  It doesn't obscure the beauty of the beads to do that, and even enhances it with more glittery goodness!!  Love how the inks and sprays beneath still show through the beads on this silvery flower.


So what do you think???  Did I go a little nutso with my inventory notebook???  I am looking forward to having this new and more reliable way of keeping track of the kitchen supplies.  I know the ladies at church will think I am regressing back to the 70s with my flowery, starry notebook, but I bet they won't be able to keep their fingers off the wonderful texture of the flowers!!  I might just leave it on the counter down there and watch them play with it!!  Hehehe....

Hope to get my crafting mojo back soon and do more posting.  I am so glad for Unity's Friends with Flair which motivates me to be on here once a week, even when I am struggling.  

Hope your week went well and your weekend goes even better!!!  I understand that tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day with all sorts of contests and giveaways.  Not sure how much I'll be able to play, but maybe some!!  In the meantime, Happy May Day to you!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this project in the following challenges:
1. Unity-Friends with Flair Link-up
2. Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - May Flowers
3. The Paper Girls Challenge #78 - April Showers Bring May Flowers (Since it is May, I used flowers.)
4. DL.Art May Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

22 comments:

DIANA L. said...

Super card It doesn't look like you lost your mojo. It is that time of year when we all want to be outside more than in. I love the sparkles in your card.
I saw this on Unity FWF. Have a blessed day
DIANA L.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Ruby said...

Very pretty project.

Stampsnob. said...

Just make a word doc telling you where you put the lovely folder................Lis

Beth Norman said...

Lovely Church Kitchen book. I know it will be well received and loved by the other ladies. Great idea and thanks for sharing. I hope you get your mojo back soon too.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Oh, what a fun way to use these stamps. I am sure whom ever views this kitchen book will be sure to smile!

Carol said...

I saw this lovely sparkly card at FWF. Carol x

Sue D said...

What a fun way to decorate this folder--I don't think you will have trouble finding it. thanks for the tip on ways to use old glue dots.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

What a fun project, Janis. And love love love your flowers! You can never have too much glittery goodness! (as an FYI: my mom used to keep the inventory for her church as well!).

Stampsnob. said...

janis I appreciate your visit to my blog and I really don't expect you to comment (as wonderful as they are) on every single card if you are behind and pressed for time I understand you are looking even if you comment on a few . Thank you for coming over...................Hugs Lis

Diana Soling said...

What a great idea. May have to try this for things at home. Just wonderful. (we all feel like we're losing it at some point lol)

Bananastamper said...

Such a fun project! Love the fun and funky background! I am sure your mojo will be back, we all need a break sometimes to renew the energy and creativity!
Cheers,
Shanna

Sandra said...

Lovely cover! So funky and cheerful with those flowers! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

Rachel said...

such a fabulous cover! i loooove the little beads in the flowers, such a cute touch. And of course i'm always happy to see some Unity! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! Such wonderful texture in those little beads, and fantastic colors, Janis! hugs, de

Lagene said...

What a fun inventory notebook cover!

Gaylynn said...

What a great project, Janis!!!

Carol L said...

Your inventory book is a useful and fun idea, and it's beautiful to boot!

Maxx and Boo said...

Love your inventory folder and the background is incredible!

ionabunny said...

Cool flowers. I have some of those beads sitting unused and forgotten, OK nearly forgotten, on the shelf. Love the colours you used. Hugz

Donna B. said...

Awesome folder! I love how you decorated the flowers. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Debbie said...

Lovely folder! Love the colors! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Karenladd said...

Oh my, that little coffee carafe is adorable! At first glance (and second glance) I thought that you had paper pieced with it and then I read your description and realized that you stamped it directly on the background and used white around the image to make it stand out. What a fun technique! Your beaded flowers look like little jewels and you can bet that the kitchen ladies won't resist all that texture!