From Idea to Product making art come to life

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Hello Everyone!

I am so excited about this post. I love to draw, always have, probably always will.  I have never formally taken a class or had any sort of training so I have always been shy with my art. Recently I have decided to just start drawing and putting it out into the world.

For Christmas my fantastic parents bought me a whole bunch of different types of Sharpies!!!! I love sharpies. They are fantastic to work with. If you missed my free Valentines Day Cards Downloadable post you can check it out here: https://goo.gl/hhBvOB

I used all sharpies to make the valentines day cards.

So I thought it would be a fun idea to make my mom and dad a thank you picture using all the cool markers they bought me for Christmas.

Here it is getting started:

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Getting Colored in:

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I liked it! So I took a really high resolution photo of it, and had it made into real Thank You Cards!

Here is how they turned out!

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I also decided that they would make awesome Thank You coupon cards for my etsy store.

I am super happy with them.

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The Thank You Cards are available on my Sugar Beet Crafts Etsy Store Here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/268470697/set-of-3-thank-you-so-much-flower

If you love to doodle or draw or take pictures, don’t be afraid to take your art to the next level. It is really fun and easy to do.

Have you been inspired to draw lately? I would love to see it, feel free to post a link in comments.

Free Handmade Valentine’s Day Card Printable from Sugar Beet Crafts

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Hi Everybody!!

I hope this post finds you having a wonderful February so far. Can you believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner already!?  This year is flyin’ by.

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of Valentine’s Day Cards came from? Well it has been rumored that the very first Valentine’s day card was sent by Saint Valentine himself. He sent it while he was imprisoned and waiting for execution by the Romans. It seems he was quite taken with a jailer’s daughter. And so just before his death he sent a letter and signed it Your Valentine.

The oldest known Valentine’s day card is kept at the British Library in London it is a poem written in French in the year 1415 by Charles Duke. He wrote it to his wife, while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. I would actually love to see it, is amazing it has lasted this long.

So to celebrate this wonderful day of Love and Friendship, I decided to make my own Valentine’s Day Cards just for you.

I created 8 free Valentines day cards. Each one hand drawn and colored. They are great to print out and pass out to friends, teachers and loved ones or you can print them out punch a tiny hole in the top string them up and make a cool banner out of them.

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Hand Drawn!

Shakespeare kitty approved!

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1.) Be My Valentine Heart Balloon Card

Be my Valentine balloon free download by sugarbeet crafts

2.) Psychedelic Hearts – Happy Valentines Day card

psychadelic hearts free download by sugarbeet crafts

3.) Be Mine Valentine – Cloudy mini hearts Valentine’s Day Card

mini cloud hearts free download by sugarbeet crafts

4.) Candy Hearts Valentine’s Day 2016 card

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5.) You Make My Heart Shine Valentine’s Day card

You make my heart shine free download by sugarbeet crafts

6.) Will You Be Mine? Happy Valentine’s Day card

candy hearts free download by sugarbeet crafts

7.) You Are My Star Valentine. Valentine’s Day Card.

You are my star free download by sugarbeet crafts

8.) Be Mine Valentine – Hearts and Flowers Valentine’s Day card

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* All cards are included in one PDF download. All cards fit on one 8×11 piece of paper.  They work best printed on card stock.

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I hope you enjoy! I would love to know what you think!

Did you create your own valentines day cards? I would love to see!

Share your link in comments!

 

 

Cereal Box Crafts! #2 Bookmarks and Organizer Dividers!

There is nothing more tragic than the tons of trash we go through as a human race. So it is nice to find things to repurpose and upcycle. Finding things to do with things has become an obsession.

If you missed last weeks post on turning cereal boxes into postcards you can find it here: https://goo.gl/LTxRR5

This week, while doing some research on my things to do with cereal box posts, I decided to show you just a couple super simple and quick things you can do with cereal boxes or food boxes that you can use in your office or school supplies.

In school or work or well just life you can never have too many bookmarks or dividers!

I have no idea what it is like to be a kid these days, but in my day…in school, I was always jealous of the kids that had rad supplies that were totally original. Sure it is nice to get new stuff but there is nothing like something you made yourself, that no one else has. Even if it is as simple as a bookmark.

This one is so easy, cut out the picture side of boxes to your favorite foods, punch a hole at the top and add some string! And there you go. I used a fancy scissor and cut the top and bottom, just to add a little something extra…and there you go. A delicious distraction.

Bookmark!Mmm Sweet Knowledge...Here is another way to fancy up a food box bookmark.

Yum! Scalloped Potatoes box!  The side of the box was the perfect size for a bookmark, So I grabbed some fabric washi tape that is a bit wider than normal and cut out side of the box.

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I measured the size of the bookmark and cut out the same amount of washi tape. I covered both sides, so cut two equal pieces of washi tape.

Then carefully apply the washi tape to the cut out box piece.measure

Once that is complete, Grab a hole punch and some ribbon or string.

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There you go a pretty little bookmark. What a great gift!TaDa!

Ok lets move on to the super quick organizer divider!

I use a small divider to keep all my ideas and such. Because I am an over organizer and use a ton of divider tabs, unfortunately you only get so many with the pack, and sometimes if you have an organizer like mine, it is hard to find the right size divider.

So I make my own!

You need one of your current divider pages, a box that is big enough to fit the divider page, scissors, and a hole punch.

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Use a marker to trace the outline of your current divider page to your cut out box.
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Then carefully cut out.

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Cover your made page with the original page to mark where the holes go. Mark with a pen, then punch out your holes and add to your organizer.

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If you want to get fancy you can use Mod Podge (or glue) and paper to cover the new divider page.

I used scrapbook paper here:
*Cover your newly cut out divider page with a light layer of glue. Then press down on your paper.Let Dry.
*Once dry, cut out the divider page and punch your holes.

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These are just a few super simple things you can do with food boxes. You never know what supplies you need in a pinch, or when you need a quick distraction project for a kid..or for yourself 😀

Have a great weekend everyone!!

 

Valentines Day Upcycled Tags on Etsy

A few months ago my mother contracted me to make her a bunch of tags she could use for gifts and cookie trays. She loved them so much I decided to take a stab at some for my Etsy store.

They are made out of old recycled file folders and index cards.

Here are the one’s I made for my mom:

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Here are some Valentines Day versions Available now on my Etsy store:

If you’re looking for an awesome way to add beautiful detail to a gift, cookie tray, or anything, these tags are a fantastic addition. They are very sturdy and make wonderful bookmarks.

If you would like something custom for a wedding, bridal party gift, graduation gift, or sweet 16 party favors, let me know, I can do custom orders.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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Recycling! Re-Using Paperboard as Art Canvas

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Hello Everybody!

It’s time to talk trash!

Did you know 40.4% of our garbage is paper.  40% is a whole lot… let’s talk about that in terms of pounds, well its is 71.6 million tons! And according to the EPA only about 40 million tons of paper and paperboard were are recovered for recycling.

We can all do our part

We can all do our part

Some of the recovered paper is used to make things like paperboard. Paperboard is not quite cardboard but much stronger than paper. It is what everything is packaged in.

The EPA states that “Approximately 70 percent of paperboard is used to package food and other consumer goods.”  Paperboard is everywhere and if you  really think about it, it is mostly unnecessary.  Cereal boxes yet the cereal is in a bag..inside the box? Individual sized everything? unnecessary! Too much over-packaging!

I personally, was very tired of adding to the garbage or even the recycling with all this paperboard, that in my crafting mind I could do something with.

So I decided to kill two birds with one stone, pardon the expression…I love and respect birds. 😀

I decided instead of throwing the cereal boxes and well most packaging into the recycle bin I was going to reuse it. I discovered they make wonderful art canvases, journal pages and bookmarks.  Art supplies are expensive!! I do not necessarily need the super expensive nice canvases for my art. Part of what makes my art my art is recycling and reusing what’s around me in a different way.

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Recycled Beauty Art Page on Cereal Box
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Once cut down, the possibilities are endless!

They are thick enough to make stencils & stencil masks, the ink sprays and acrylic paints I used did not seep through. Create your own works of art with decoupage, paint, fabric, embellishments, it is even strong enough for those steam punk projects. Cut out Tag shapes and make your own tags.

The skinny sides make great bookmarks!

Here is how to do it the way I do:

1. Cut down the boxes right away. Easier to store and easier to start projects if the cutting is already done.

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Cut up the boxes. I cut off the tops and bottoms but keep every side.

I have a nifty storage box (box my cat door came in..I liked the way it opened. I keep them in. One day I will decorate it and use it as a cover for all my projects. You can make one with a cereal box just cut down the center.

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2. It’s best to prep your box, art work just comes out better.  But this step is really up to you. I cover the image side of the box with Gesso.

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Once dry you are all set to craft away!

Recycled Beauty Art Page on Cereal Box by Brandie Bell

Recycled Beauty Art Page on Cereal Box
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I hope this post gets those creative juices flowing!

How do you use recycled products in your art? I would love to know and maybe even blog about you! 😀

Let’s Make Stickers!

Hi Everyone! I hope everyone is wonderful.  I spent this weekend going through some of my office supplies, and I found a bunch of packs of labels. Then it happened…the idea!

I don’t know why it took me so long to do this. I love stickers.. I mean LOVE stickers. I have a wicked collection.

Lately, I have been sealing packages and letters with them but I wanted something more personalized without spending a bunch of money.  Then lightning struck, I can make my own!!

So, if your like me your might have packages of labels around collecting dust. I always have leftovers from yard sales and organizational sprees, or if you burn your own CD’s, you might have those CD Label making programs,they usually leave you with left over sticker parts. I keep everything I might be able to use later on (no, I haven’t reached hoarder status…yet).

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I kept the CD label thingy because I thought I could use the round part or the thin CD case labels.

So lets make some stickers…

You want to start with a background.

I used Dylusions Ink spray and sprayed the labels. You could totally use ink pads or markers. Once covered let them dry.

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Next, Use a lighter color stamp pad to stamp a pattern onto the background. This part is fun, you can do a million different things.

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Next, More stamping..Use letters, pictures, whatever your heart desires. I was making Thank You & Sugar Beet Crafts Stickers.

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You can use a white or metallic pen to make some fun highlights…

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Here are some more fun ideas…stamps and markers. The background was done by rubbing the labels with a stamp pad, stamping and filling in with markers.

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Here is a fun way to use the thin strips of sticker for the side of the CD case…

Doodle across the lines…

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Then remove for an awesome sticker!

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Use it to decorate a card..

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I am already totally addicted. It is a fun way to add some pizzazz to any project. It’s also super sweet to get a personalized handmade anything.

This would be so fun to do with kids, and you have no guilt because you get to use up some extra’s lying around. The environment gives you a big hug for that!

I hope this gets your imagination going!

What will you make?

I would love to see your stickers!