Mini Clipboard Keyring

Hello and Happy Spring! (we had snow this week in Cincy!!)

Today’s post is a  project highlighting both our April Frog Dog  Studio Kit and Amazing Crafting Product Clear Cast Resin part of our April Add on Kit.

and, of course…

And from my own supplies…

The Crafters Workshop stencil below (life shapes)

I can be a bit forgetful, especially when it comes to dates and times, so…when I opened the April Kit and saw the mini clipboards…a little message pad that would fit on my giant key ring came to mind.

Um, I confess, I misplace my keys sometimes  a lot…this is why I keep my keys on a BIG ring with a giant heart…to help me find my keys when they hide from me.

The small clipboard was just the right size to add to my ring, and will be a handy message reminder…it even holds a little pencil, in case I want to leave someone a note:)

I placed the stencil on top of the mini clipboard piece and used embossing liquid over it.

Next, I sprinkled the Alumidust powder over the top, tapped off the excess…

and used my heat gun to set.

I decided to try “mixing” the StazOn inks, by first pressing my stamp into the

Claret and then in the Blue Hawaii, and it came out a beautiful deep burgundy:)

I made a little message pad, and tied in this cute bee stamp with the words…“Bee Reminded”

Using a black Gelato, I added color to the edges of the clipboard.

Finally, I mixed equal parts A & B of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin (about 1/2 a TBS. each)

to cover and seal the front…giving the clipboard a hard protective surface.

Pour the two parts together, and then allow the air bubbles to rise, slowly stir until combined (no more visible “swirls”) and then carefully pour over the surface.  I used one of the popsicle sticks included to “encourage” the resin to spread to the edges.

Allow it to dry overnight.

As always, our April Kit provides countless project options!  I love to see how many different projects the design team comes up with using the same kit! I hope you do too, so keep “watching!”

 Stop by Frog Dog Studio!

Happy Spring!


Collage Class “in the house!”

I love meeting with other women, sharing life, sharing faith….add some paint and a brush and it’s “icing on the cake” for me:)

This post is to share the the love that is generated in a room, where women come along side other women to share, create, and encourage one another.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Collage Class

Getting Ready for class:)

Collage Class

Collage Class


Collage Class

Collage Class

Collage Class

Candy’s inspiration came from a Brian Elston piece

Collage Class

Each piece was so unique!

Collage Class

   Collage Class

Everyone left with smiles:)

Vintage Inspired Necklace using Frog Dog’s April Kit

This project it just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to using all of the wonderful products found in our April Kit over at Frog Dog Studio.  The main element in this vintage inspired necklace are the  Tim Holtz Fragments (included in this month’s kit) along with my grandaughter of course:)

I first decided which fragment would best fit the photo I wanted to use. Using the photo software I have called Aperture, I was able to print the size I needed… 1.25″ X 2″ I also used the Sepia effect for the color tint.

Along with the photo charm I wanted to add some word charms.

I used a collection of dictionary words purchased and downloaded from etsy 

Click on above pic for source.

Once I found a few fragment sizes that worked well with the photo piece, I trimmed the dictionary words and adhered them to the fragments using glossy accents. (I had this from a former kit)

Thinly spread a bit of glossy accents onto the dictionary word, then gently press the fragment on top, allowing it some time to dry. (it doesn’t take very long with a thin coat…15-20 min)

Once the fragment is adhered to the word page, and the glossy accent is dry, you can trim around the fragment with a pair of scissors.

I added an old book page to the back of each fragment, so that if it flips over while I’m wearing it, it will look finished on both sides.

I coated the backs with mod podge to keep them protected and sealed.

In the picture above, I wanted to show you the “bead cap” I added to the photo fragment 

to give it a bit more detail. (Vintaj brand) I used glossy accents again to attach.

You can see above, that I also added a few charms to each fragment.

To put it all together I used a piece of torn muslin and 2 different Vintaj chains.

 For the muslin, I snipped an end of the muslin, about 1/4- 1/2 inch from the edge.

(see below)

Next, I just pulled, ripping it all the way off.

Make sure you have a long enough piece to allow the charms to hang where you want them to fall on your chest with enough to tie the pieces together.

I wanted to incorporate a little more brown into the necklace so I added wooden beads

I had in my “stash.”

12x4mm Earth Multi Wafer Wood Beads

sku# 930107

Brand: Traditions

Color: Earth Multi

Size: 12mm x 4mm

Quantity: 40 Pieces

(these beads came from hobby lobby)

I spaced them out every few inches.

These are the chains used below.


To add the chain, I pulled the muslin through one jump ring, and then attached the finer gauged chain to that jump ring with another ring the same size.

(placing the jump ring above the wooden bead holds it in place, keeping it from sliding)

I repeated this for both ends of the chain

To add the heavier chain, I used a jump ring to attach it to the finer gauge chain, about 2 inches below the place where the smaller chain is attached to the muslin.  This created the look of 2 different lengths of chain even though they were both 24 inches long.  I wanted this necklace to hang quite low.

The last step was to attach each fragment piece and charm with a jump ring to the larger chain.

Thanks so much for reading!

Go check out Frog Dog’s Amazing April kit!

It’s a joy to share with you,