Sunday, October 28, 2012

Make your own Printed Crepe Paper!!!

Okay, I got this crepe paper.... from my own stash of crafting supplies!!! Nope I did not buy it anywhere. I took some party crepe paper and created this.... Here is the how to....

 Step 1. Get you some dollar store party crepe paper!

 Step 2. Take this awesome tool the ribbon Iron by Peebles INC and iron the crepe paper. I love this tool. It only gets hot as needed to iron out paper and ribbons all shapes!!! THIS IS MUST HAVE!!!

 Step 3. Gather up some of your favorite stamps!!

 Step 4. Get your black Staze On Ink Pad, or other inks that will stamp real good and stamp stamp stamp!!!

 Step 5. Run the stamped crepe paper back through the ribbon iron to set the ink!!

NOW!! you have custom stamped crepe paper that you designed and can decoupage onto to anything!!! Come up with creative ways to stamp in color, make patterns and more!!!

I hope this entices you to run out to the dollar store and bring out some of them stamps you have not used in a while!!! 

Your Crafting Educator
Angela Holt

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Altered Picture Frame

Tis a cold night here and I wanted to thank everyone who attended my show and for those that will watch it later. Tonight I altered a fram my mom picked up at the Goodwill for $2. I plan to make my new scraproom in my new house when I get one.. Black and Pink themed. I created an altered tray last week to go into my new room to be.. and now I have created a matching picture frame!!

Here is what I did.....

Here you can see where I added the lovely Tattered Angels Mistable Crepe Paper atop the crackle finish I put on the frame. The crepe paper product is no longer avaiable but you can get this same concept through printed napkins etc. I decoupaged this on to the frame to make it look like it was stamped!! I add the crocheted trim and Want2scrap Bling. 

This is why I love what I do. When I can take something that was old and ugly and make it into something fabulous. So the next time you shop at the thrift store, grab that old ugly frame and bring it home to create something to hold your precious memories!!

Your Craft Educator 
Angela Holt!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blog Hop Announcement!!

I want to welcome you to this blog hop that will begin on November 12th and go through to Nov 17th. This blog hop is brought to you by me, Angela Holt and sponsored by Want2scrap. There will fabulous blogs to hop too, prizes to be won and more!!! I hope that you can attend!!! There will be a facebook event started for this hop so that you can book make the time. Also, if you would like to share this with you fellow crafters, you can snag the blinkie to the left<----------.

I cant wait to share with you the wonderful blogs that you will be hopping to, the awesome projects that will be made, and simply bringing in the Holiday cheer!!!

Thank you!!

Your Crafting Educator,
Angela Holt

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First Christmas Ornaments of the Year

There is a new trend this year hitting the galleries among crafters. This trend is taking the basic shape of an ornament such as the ones offered by Sizzix, also Silhouette America has some fabulous ones too. No matter where you find your ornament shape, you can be sure that it will be the forefront of most ornament making projects this year.

I took various shapes of ornaments from my Silhouette Downloads and created the following two styles. The First style is a non-traditional approach. I used blacks and creams and of course BLING!!!

 This Ornament was created using a fabulous download from my Silhouette. I cut out a total of 12 of the same shape. I then folded 6 of them in half and glues the folded pieces on top of the 6 that were not folded to give it a 3D look. I then glues piece of black tulle in the middle and adorned the piece with a jeweled center and Want2scrap Bling. The dangle was from an old string of jeweled garland I got in a box of broken ornaments at a yard sale.

Using the same concept above, I cut 3 different styles of ornaments from my silhouette and glued them as you see in the photo. Adorned with pearls, gold tulle and red ribbon, this ornament carries the more traditional look for the Holidays. This concept it fabulous, easy and lends the creativity to be endless in style and designing with these shapes. 

I hope these projects get your geared up to being your Holiday crafting a little early this year. IF you should have any questions on how I made these, please let me know!!

Your crafting Educator,
Angela Holt

Monday, October 22, 2012

Easy as 1 2 3 Project

I love to revamp things all the time. I was on a shopping spree at the Goodwill with mom and come across this small silver tray. It sat on my craft table for weeks until I had an ideas to pop in my head as to what to do with it. I tell you my fellow crafters, it was as easy as 1  2  3.......  Here is what I did. 

 STEP 1.  I gathered my tray and made sure that it was real clean. Then I grab my Canvas Corp "Chalkstock" that is ideal for chalks and gel pens. It is just like a sheet of chalkboard!!!

 STEP 2 (AND A FAB TRICK)!! I flipped the tray over and inked the edges I then laid the tray on top of the Chalkstock and pretty much stamped it. I then cut out the shape and it was a perfect fit to the bottom of the tray. Something to keep in mine when you are working with an odd project and have a hard time making a piece to inlay inside!!!

 STEP 3.  Decorate!!! Grab some fab ribbons make a bow and adhear to the top!!

 Line the inside with various trims and rhinestone trim.

BAM!!! You have an altered tray as easy as 1  2 3  .........

I hope this brings you some blingy inspiration to your day!!! 

Your crafting Educator

Angela Holt

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Holiday Blog Hop Details.

I will be hosting a Holiday blog hop. Nothing is more exciting than to see festive ideas that will helps us along the way this Christimas season. I'm asking Particpants to create something geared around the Holiday season. This can be in range of, Great gift ideas, scrapbook pages, cards, mixed media items such as party favor ideas, ornaments to give as gifts and more!!! There is no set rule, only that it should carry the Holiday theme.  Entice us with new ribbon ideas, folding ideas, share you tips and tricks how you create for the season.

This hop will be a sponsored event. I will be sending participants a small gift in the mail that they are welcome to use in their projects. Although it is not required, it would be great to see how you use the gift. You could even make 2 projects to share with the readers.

If this sounds like something you would like to particpate in, please contact me by either on facebook or by email. See links below.

I would love for you all to share in this wonderful event!!

Your craft Educator, Angela Holt



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Get crafty with it!!

Part of my job is to make sure I stay up to date with the latest trends and crafty ideas that have been hitting the crafting industry and among crafters. Over the course of the past few months I have seen " A lot of Layers" happening. Could this be because we are all having to save our pennies and pulling out the scraps? Or could this be that we want to add more definition and dimension to our paper crafting projects?

While Layering Paper has been around for a long time, you visit any designer gallery and you will find many examples of how it is quickly becoming the “go-to” technique for adding dimension and depth to a project this year. 

The one company that is in the fore front in this technique is Graphic 45. Graphic 45 lends the crafter to build such amazing depth to any project. Here is a great example. 

Created by the ever so talented Tara Orr ( Designer at Bo Bunny, Graphic 45, ZVA Creative and 7 Dots Studio), you can see the amazing layering. When you look at this piece, your eye is carried deeper into the design with the layers. You can look at this card over and over again and always find something new that you have not seen before. Such as the beautiful purple pearls that are scattered throughout the piece. To find more of her fabulous designs that carry this layering concept, visit her blog at "Each Moment, Only Once". Her attention to detail is amazing.Thank you so much Tara for allowing me to showcase your beautiful creation!! 

Another fabulous Designer taking on a new direction to layering, is Irene Tan aka Scrapperlicious. I have been following her work for years and with her kind permission she has allowed me to share with you another fabulous example of Layering. 
 This "Oct 31 ATC' is a great example of adding depth and showcasing amazing layering techniques on a much smaller scale. As you can see, she added dimension through building up the layers and then wowing you with a bold choice of deep red flowers. Hidden away are key elements such as the almost hidden Tim Holtz Trinket Pin that has been brushed white!!. It is these hidden details, that make you see new things each time you revisit the piece. In this case, the more the more exciting!!! Thank you so much Irene for allowing me to showcase your amazing ATC. IF you would like to see more of her amazing work visit her blog at  "Scrapperlicious"

The Holidays are coming and I could not be more inspired to begin my Christmas creations than with Kottens fabulous Christmas Card
Kotten showcases the Layering concept with her eye to bring you deeper into this card. I love the fact that the elements are brought front and center while you are still draw into the background with a matting technique. Adding the details of the burlap brings out the vintage feel to this card. This paper line used for this card are from the Maja Design It's Christmas Time collection. If you would like to see more fabulous festive creations she has created using this paper collection be sure to stop by her blog at Kottens Corner
Kotten, thank you so much for bringing such a beautiful card for us to be inspired with and for allowing me to use it here for my readers. 

As you can see, I have brought to you 3 fabulous examples of the "Layering". This is a tried and true concept but this year it has been introduced to us crafters in ways that are innovative, interesting and forever inspirational. Thank you ladies so much for your creations. I look forward to seeing more of your designs and to be inspired. 

So I'm off to go do some "Layering" 2012 style!!

Your crafting Educator,

Angela Holt

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I have been super busy both online and in my personal life. But I'm oober excited to announce the launch of my new Challenge Blog. This blog was created to entice our creative juju flowing. There are times when I find myself in a block and need some sort of foundation to begin with or and idea set. This will give not only me but all who want to participate a chance to harness their creativity into a set design concept. Each month there will be challenges and fabulous prizes to give away give out by me and my sponsors!!!

You are invited to come and create along with me. Check the link below and read for all the details!!!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Boo Necklace Project!!

Here is another creation with a Halloween theme I have been working on the past few days. I have the huge bag of Wine Corks and some Tim Holtz products; I just had to put them together and create something perfect for Halloween. Here is what I did.............

 I created this charm using many elements. First I dug in my Yard Sale Jewelry Stash and pulled out some orange and white beads. I then add hand painted polka dots to give it a more whimsical look. These beads hand from the top and bottom of the piece. The top is adorned with a check board Bow for added whimsy.

 I cut the Wine cork out to fit the smallest bottle from Tim Holtz. It worked perfect for this concept. Once I cut it out, I painted the whole thing cork black before I inserted the bottle. The bottle is filled with Purple Glitter, wrapped in a orange ribbon and labeled Boo Dust.

 As you can see from this picture, the Wine cork has been painted with black and white stripes using acrylic paint.

 The Final piece is using Tim Holtz Fragment Charm that has been glued to a cardstock sticker reading October 31st. I tied a purple bow and added a Want2scrap adhesive rinestone to tie in the orange and purple theme through the piece.

So pull out your bits of this and that and see what kind of haunting charm necklace you can come up with. This was such fun to make and I plan on showing you how to make another style of Wine Cork Charm Necklace perfect for gifts etc... with the same concept on my show this coming Thursday night at 7pm central!!!

Book mark the show by CLICKING HERE!!!

Happy Halloween
Your Professional Craft Educator
Angela Holt

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Halloween Treat Boxes

I love love love my Silhouette Cameo and cant tell you how much it brings awesome creative adventure to my crafting. In this post I will share with you the wonderful treat boxes I created using this machine. Each one has been decorated with Halloween in mind. Here is what I created..................

 This Treat Box was cut using the Ribbon Handle Box File. I cut it in Orange and Black Papers and Adorned it with a Chipboard element and some fun Halloween Ribbon

 These boxes were cut using files called 3D Narrow House Box and 3D Jack-O-Latern Treat Box. All the elements for the Jack-O-Latern are in the file as seen. I add the details to the House box to give it a haunted house feel. The Tree you see there on this box was also cut from my Silhouette. The Pumpkin accent you see if from Jolee's.

 These fun and very Halloween themed boxes were cut from the files 3D Coffin Treat Holder Box and Bag Haunted House. I loves these boxes for they lend you to add and decorate them as I did above.

 This box was cut from the 3D Ribbon Tie Pennant Flap Box. I cut this in a Strip style paper and added a fun black ribbon with a Chipboard element.

 I cut this Box using a 3D Box Carrot Shape. I adorned it with a chipboard element along with a cat I also cut from my Silhouette. Want2scrap bling was added to the box to give it a bling factor.

This fabulous box was created using a file designed by Lori Whitlock and is called the Candy Wrapper Shape. Very easy to assemble and so party ready for any occasion. 

 Finally this box was created using a simple file called Simple Favor Box. The October 31st was also cut from the Silhouette and you can find this NEW shape that was just released in the download store from Silhouette.

If you have any questions about any of these boxes please let me know by leaving a comment below or by shooting me an email. Be sure to stay tuned for more fun and haunting projects coming your way.!!!

Watch the video below with me showing you how to put these treat boxes together. Besure to book my channel below, for I go live every Thursday night at 7pm central!!!!

Your Professional Craft Educator

Angela Holt/Angela Holt Designs

Altered Halloween Tree!

While visiting the isles of the Goodwill last week, mom and I spotted a mini Christmas Tree. I was like we could so spray paint this thing and turn it into a fabulous Halloween themed Tree. So we bought it and here is what we did........ PS I was so much fun crafting with my mom on this project!!!!

Once the tree was spray painted, I began working on the base of the tree. Here are the steps I took to bring a Halloween theme to the base.

 First I painted the base with Black Acrylic paint NOTE: All Painting has been done with Simple Acrylic Paints. I thing took Orange paint and painted the stripes and let dry.

 Taking a lighter color of Orange Paint, I dry brushed some highlights to the stripes.

 Adding a simple Purple strip to the edges of the orange stripes gave it a haunting and fun shadow effect. As you can see I took white acrylic paint and painted swirls in between each stripe.

To give it a more haunting effect, I add green moss to the top by applying it with some hot glue.

This tree was created by me and my mom. We had so much fun!!!! As you can see this tree is filled with all sorts of haunting theme items. From Ribbons to mini Skeletons. Silhouette America has really step over this boundary in having this most wonderful dies cut to cut!!! We went all out using MANY MANY of their wonderful designs. From Haunted Houses, pumpkins, witch's legs to the my favorite that are NEW this year the Fancy framed pumpkin and skeleton. What the slide show below to see all the details that were added to this tree.....

Created with flickr slideshow.
Here is a complete list of the Silhouette Files I used to create the ornaments
3D Halloween Hanging Ornament
Flying Witch
Skull Cameo Frame
Pumpkin Cameo Frame
Assorted Whimsical Halloween Set ( Witch Legs) 
3 Pumpkins File

Here is what I did to paint the Christmas Ornaments

If you should have any questions on anything I created for this tree, let me know!! I hope that this puts you into the Halloween Spirit!!! 

Your Professional Craft Educator

Angela Holt
Angela Holt Designs!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Altered Black Hat Gothic Style

Halloween is my most favorite time of the year!! My mom bought a simply black hat the other day and I put my spin on to it to bring it to the theme of Gothic Couture. Here is what I did........

I did not like the texture of the hat. So I took my fabulous Crush velvet from "Canvas Corp" and covered the hat. I then took red Chiffon and Black Tulle and made a poofy bow cluster in the back of the hat.

Taking the same Chiffon and Crushed Velvet materials, I made a hand made Rose to adorn the back of the hat.

It would not be Gothic/ Halloween without a Crow. So I put him on the side amongst the bows and now added black feathers.

I had to add some bling so I found a Jeweled Spider and Clipped it on the side.

For the front of the hat, I brought the black Tulle and Red Chiffon around the rim of the hat. I then added these fabulous skulls from Jolee's.

To bring the red theme to the back of the hat, I added Want2scraps fabulous Red Jewel Rinestones.

I hope this awesome project brings out the Gothic Girl in yah!!! LOL. Buy a cheap hat and see what fabulous creations you can come up with. If you should have any questions please let me know by hitting me up on facebook or my email!!! I would love to see what you come up with!!!

Your Professional Craft Educator

Angela Holt

Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween is here and so are the 12 fabulous projects for October!!

YOUR INVITED TO...........................

It is no surprise that Fall/Halloween is my most favorite time of the year. It is the time of cool crisp days and the perfect occasion to really craft outside your box!!

I have 4 nights of great projects planned! Each week you will be shown 3 projects with complete instructions ranging from Cards, Mixed Media and creative Ghoulish ways to share treats!!!

These classes are FREE and will begin each Thursday night at 7pm central starting on October 4th. So set your clocks!!
I will go live on my crafting channel ---> Southern Crafts and Designs

Companies such as Die Cuts with a View, Want2scrap, Martha Stewart, Silhouette and more will be used. 

In light of the complex projects I will be creating, 
I will only have......3 kits avaiable for purchase each night!!

You cannot pre-order, and can only order that night of class through my blog here!! So be sure to book mark my address above. 

 Each class will show you all types techniques and introduce you to fabulous NEW product!!!

If you have any questions please let me know!!! 
I hope to see you there!!! 

Your Crafting Educator,

Angela Holt