June 09, 2015

The Case of the Mysterious Disappearing Photos

During our year of upheaval, renting, moving, etc I kept switching between an iPad, tablet, desktop, laptop, and cell phone, and I managed to create 2 Instagram accounts and I only recently discovered this because one day I went looking for some pics I took, and they had 'disappeared'.

Now I know they didn't disappear.

The only Instagram account I will use from now on is 

https://instagram.com/decorables

oops instagram Roberta Birnbaum

Please follow me. I will be using it a lot more now :)
Roberta Birnbaum

June 08, 2015

Craft Leftovers Cards: 5 cards from 1 Kit

How often have you purchased a paper kit or attended a workshop and you have papers, ephemera, stickers, glue dots, etc leftover? 

Answers:
a) Tons
b) All the time
c) OMG you have no idea
d) I'm too embarrassed to say
How to make craft leftovers cards

Yes, well, I have a very large bin FULL of large, plastic, zippered bags of kit leftovers. Enough is enough, I say! :)

The kit I am using today is from a wonderful Maya Road workshop I took 1 1/2 years ago with Caroline, herself ( and yes, she is just as amazing and sweet in person). I already made 5 gorgeous cards at the workshop and today I am creating 5 'leftovers cards', and there is enough product left for several more projects!  Talk about bang for your buck!
To further challenge myself, I am not using any stamps or inks!

What did I use?

  • Maya Road workshop kit leftovers
  • Westcott™ titanium non-stick scissors
  • trim air™ by Westcott® Titanium paper trimmer
  • Jolee's boutique® cupcake stickers

How to make craft leftovers cards

Craft Leftovers Cards - Planning out the cards

How to make craft leftovers cards

Craft Leftovers Cards - Card #1

How to make craft leftovers cards

Craft Leftovers Cards - Card #2

How to make craft leftovers cards

Craft Leftovers Cards - Card #3

How to make craft leftovers cards

Craft Leftovers Cards - Card #4

How to make craft leftovers cards

Craft Leftovers Cards - Card #5

Pretty cool, huh? 
And, by the way, I did all that in about 40 minutes :) 


June 03, 2015

CHA Paper Arts+ Show - I'm Going to Chicago!

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop Recap

We teamed up with 2015 CHA Paper Arts+ Show exhibitors for the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop in May. During the five-day hop, CHA designers created projects with exhibitors’ products to inspire the crafting public. These projects will be displayed at the Paper Arts+ Show from July 21-23, 2015.

cha paper arts+ show







Congratulations to Roberta Birnbaum of DecorablesArt, who won the Blog Hop’s top prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show in July! Roberta, who is a CHA member, was the first to decode and tweet the phrase that was formed from each “password” listed at the end of each Blog Hop post. The phrase was, “We can’t wait to see you in Chicagoland for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show!”


BUT Did you know... that not all the words were divulged? Yep -- 2 of the hoppers forgot to include their secret words on the posts, BUT I still figured it out!!! 

cha paper arts+ show


June 02, 2015

3 Craft Projects Published in Bella Crafts Quarterly

I love being affiliated with a wonderful organization like Bella Crafts Publishing. I hope you will download (FOR FREE) this great magazine, and read about the 3 different craft projects I have in the Summer issue.

The Summer issue of BellaCrafts Quarterly is now LIVE. It’s FREE and features ME http://bit.ly/BCQmag 

craft projects published in Bella Crafts Quarterly summer

craft projects published in Bella Crafts Quarterly summer

craft projects published in Bella Crafts Quarterly summer

craft projects published in Bella Crafts Quarterly summer

June 01, 2015

Easy Birthday Card Tutorial

Who doesn't love an easy birthday card? Go ahead, call me lazy, but I prefer to describe myself as a practical card maker.
easy birthday card tutorial

I don't make as many cards as I once did; having gone to the 'dark side' and focusing more on mixed media and Powertex™ sculpting.
But once in a while, usually for a special occasion, I create a card, and I happen to really love this one.


What did I use?
easy birthday card tutorial


  • White cardstock for 5" x 7" card
  • UsArtquest PPA™ - Gloss
  • UsArtquest Mini Prills™, Heart of Gold and Seas the Day
  • Unity Ann Butler faux-quilting stamps, 1" Strips.Dots.Hearts
  • ColorBox Crafter's™ Ann Butler inks, Limelight
  • Spritz™ paper straws
  • Maya Road trim
  • Flower die cuts
  • MAMBI journal cards
  • brushes
How did I do it?
  1. Stamp the front of the card with the dots stamp, in limelight ink, and randomly brush on some limelight with your paintbrush.
    easy birthday card tutorial
  2. Adhere the sentiment card with PPA™
  3. Glue the floral die cuts with PPA™
  4. Attach the white trim with PPA™.
  5. Cut the straw to fit and run a line of PPA™ where it will touch the trim.  As you place it, gently flatten the straw. FULL DISCLOSURE - I wanted to attach green ribbon to the white trim, but it wouldn't stick, so instead of getting off my butt and getting another glue, I grabbed my straws and decided to use them.
  6. With leftover straw, unroll the straw and cut triangular confetti and glue it to the card
    easy birthday card tutorial
  7. Enhance the front with the mini Prills™
  8. Because PPA also leaves a lovely gloss, I coated the straw and lightly dropped prills™ onto it while it was wet.
    easy birthday card tutorial
  9. Glue inside sentiment.
    easy birthday card tutorial

easy birthday card tutorial



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