Saturday, October 27, 2012

a pocket full of posies...

Hello all my wonderful friends!

The other day, I was playing around with a spool of seam binding when I remembered that a long time ago I had learned how to make simple ribbon flowers. Well, I hadn't made them in ages, so I making flowers...

I have decided they are a nice thing to do with your hands while sitting in front of the fireplace. =)

Here's how to make them.

Step 1: Cut 5 pieces of ribbon to approx. the same length. Somewhere between 1-2 inches is a good place to start. (no, you don't need to be exact!)

Step 2: Thin out some Creative Inspirations Paint by mixing in water. I like to do this in small batches on my craft sheet.
 (I'm using Burnt Clay)

Step 3: Quickly drag one long edge of each piece of ribbon through the puddle of paint & water.

Step 4: Allow the paint to wick into the ribbon as it dries for a more natural look.

Step 5: If your ribbon is prone to fraying, brush a touch of thinned glue onto the edges of the ribbon. I mix Mod Podge and water for this.

Step 6: Pull out a needle and thread. Don't panic!!! This is hand stitching at it's simplest!  Use the basic running stitch (up, down, up, down) around 3 edges of the ribbon. Leave the painted edge as the one un-sewn. Leave a tail. (in other words, don't pull the thread all the way through. Leave some hanging off the back end.)

Here is what it looks like with the real ribbon.

Step 7: Sew all 5 ribbon pieces on one thread. When you scrunch them all close together, you have a cute scallop banner!

Step 8: Scrunch all the ribbon pieces tight together and tie the ends of the thread into a knot to form a ring.

Step 9: Snip the ends of the thread off, and add an accent to the center of your flower. Pearls, rhinestones, even buttons make fun centers!

Try different length ribbon strips to change the petal sizes. Try using different kinds of ribbon for different looks... I've even made these out of strips of gauze. So much fun!


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV, white cardstock
Ink: VersaMark, Archival, Distress
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Elegant Flourishes", Impression Obsession "Sissy"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Tickled Pink
Other: Perfect Pearls, embossing powder, seam binding, gauze, pearl

Friday, October 26, 2012

band wagon...

Happy Friday everyone!

I was writing tomorrow's CI tutorial, and I saw these photos in my folder. I realized I hadn't shared them here. 
This, my friends is my first ever Magnolia stamp. Yes, I know! You may now scrape your jaw off the floor. I've finally caught up with the band wagon! LOL!  You may also notice that my Magnolia girl has a mouth and  nose. There is a reason for that....

I was talking to the owner of a local scrapbook store about these stamps when I got it. She said that the faces freak her out. She told me that she can't even walk by the stamps without getting creeped out. So, I added a nose and mouth just for her. =)

My new favorite ribbon.. gauze!  I used Distress Stain to dye it pink. I'm really hoping no one in my house has some major accident and needs gauze.... cuz the first aid box is looking kinda empty...

I used a stencil and Creative Inspiration paint to get some subtle shimmery pattern. Antique Silver is a gorgeous color!


Supplies Used: 
Paper: Coredinations, watercolor paper
Ink: Archival ink, Distress ink
Stamps: Magnolia "Tilda & Wiola", Inkadinkado "Sketchy Flourishes"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Creative Inspirations: Antique Silver
Other: TCW "Mini Antiques" stencil, pearls, gauze, seam binding

Thursday, October 25, 2012

scrapbook usa!

Guess what?

Scrapbook USA Expo has a design team! 

Guess what else?

I have the pleasure of being on it! HURRAY! I'm very excited for this opportunity to work with them and the venders that they work with. 

For my first few projects, I was sent some Halloween and Fall papers and embellies from DCWV.   The Halloween & Fall paper stack is fabulous!  I love the variety of designs and colors!  The Halloween colors are bright and fun... They even have hot pink as one of the Halloween colors. Surprisingly, it works. I love that!

This super cute bow... that is gauze. You know, that loose weave fabric found in first-aid kits. It makes the cutest bows and flowers!

Want to see more from this paper pack? 
Check out these treat bag toppers!

This is a quick way to personalize party favors and gift bag.  Using a paper pack to do these makes it quick and easy. All the papers mix and match beautifully without any work by you!

DCWV also has embellishment packs that match their papers. Again, the colors and designs are all coordinated for you. Simple!

To make the base of your topper, fold a piece of cardstock in half. Place a die hanging slightly over the folded edge and cut. You now have a folded topper base to slip over the top of your treat bag. Decorate as desired, then a few staples secure the topper in place.


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV Halloween & Fall stack, white cardstock
Other: DCWV Halloween Embellishment flip pack, gauze

Treat Bags
Paper: DCWV Halloween & Fall stack, white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other:  DCWV Halloween Embellishment flip pack, eyelet, seam binding

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

circle it...

Hello my wonderful friends!

The rains have come again!  Hurray for that!  I love lying in bed at night listening to the rain hitting the tin roof. It is a music in of itself. It makes my heart happy. 

Another thing that makes my heart happy is this photo...

These two sweet boys touching noses through the mesh of a bouncy house was a moment I'm glad I was able to capture.  It is my favorite picture of these two together. =)

Although the basis of this layout is simple (just a bunch of circles), it still has a lot of detail. To create the circles, I stamped tissue paper with various stamps. I then glued the tissue paper onto manilla paper. After the glue was dry, I rubbed on distress inks and acrylic paint. The circles were then cut from that.  The texture is subtle, but fabulous. Each one is unique. So much fun!

A little machine sewing can add a nice little detail... I love sewing paper!

I'll be back soon with some exciting news!


Supplies Used
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, DCWV, manilla, tissue paper
Ink: Archival Ink, Distress Ink
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing", Fancy Pants "Delight"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Acrylic paint

Thursday, October 18, 2012

gift card...

Hello my wonderful friends!  

I have been overwhelmed in my studio this past week... My grandfather sent me all of his art things since his arthritis is too bad to paint any more.  I have been going through everything and trying to find places for everything. I am excited to spend time with pencils and charcoal again. I haven't done much drawing lately. 

I finally got a chance to sit down with my old friends... paper and ink, and I certainly enjoyed it!
This is a fun shaped card that was really fun to do. It was fun to work with different shapes than the traditional rectangle or square cards.  And the paper is from a super sweet stack called "Delightful" by Authentique. I fell in love with it when I saw it at the store, and I knew I wanted to us it for this card. 

I have decided that I really like crinkle ribbon bows. Such fun and random texture. Love it!

And, the really fun part of this card... The way the base is folded, the inside has a built in pocket perfect for a gift card or a little cash. How fun, huh! 

I didn't come up with this card base on my own... you can find the tutorial I used here. It is a super simple base that only requires 2 folds. Check it out!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Authentique "Delightful", white cardstock
Stamps: Impression Obsession "Sissy"
Ink: Archival Ink, Distress Ink
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: 3 Girl Jam crinkle ribbon, rhinestones

Saturday, October 13, 2012

sparkly acetate...

Hello my wonderfully fabulous friends!

Two Octobers ago, I wrote a tutorial featuring embossed acetate. I thought it would be fun to revisit that with a little bit of a twist.

Ready?  Well, let's dive in!

Step 1: Place a piece of acetate in an embossing folder. I used overhead projector transparencies, but you can also use craft plastic, or the acetate that clear stamps come on.

Step 2: Run the acetate and embossing folder through your die cut machine.

Step 3: On the side of the acetate where the design is sunken, fill the "wells" with a clear drying glue. I use Glossy Accents.  You may want to do this step and the next two in small sections to keep the glue from drying too fast.

Step 4: Cover with Resplendence glitter. I'm using Angel Dust

Step 5: Carefully tap off excess glitter and return it to the jar. 

When you have complete the whole design, set it aside to dry completely.

Step 6: Cut the front of your card shorter than the back.
(you could die cut a "window" somewhere on the front of the card if you prefer... lots of possibilities!)

Step 7: With a pencil, lightly mark the edge of the front of the card.  This will be used as a reference as to how much needs to be painted later.

Step 8: Tear a piece of cardstock that is a little larger than your card so you have a rough edge. Because we are working with a wet medium, a thicker paper works better.

Step 9: Place your torn cardstock over the INSIDE BACK of your card. This is where you need your pencil lines... you want to make sure that the torn edge is above the line. This ensures that everything behind the clear acetate will be painted.  Carefully paint the bottom of the card with Creative Inspirations Paint, using the torn cardstock as a mask.

When you remove the cardstock mask, you will have an uneven jagged line... fun, huh!

Step 10: Run a line of red liner tape along the bottom of the shorter front edge. This is where you will attach the acetate.

Step 11: Attach your sparkly embossed acetate with the raised side of the design facing up. (so, the glitter should be facing the inside of the card. Trim it so the front of the card is now the same length as the back of the card.

Step 12: Use some ribbon or a strip of paper to hide the edge where the cardstock and acetate join.  I used crinkle ribbon for a fun added texture.

 Here's the finished card...

 You can see in the close up that not only do you have the larger sparkle of glitter in the embossed areas, you see the shimmer of the paint through the rest of the acetate!  love it!

 Want another way to use this same technique?

Cut a piece of paper and a piece of your glittered acetate into a fun shape. Paint the paper with Creative Inspirations Paint, then use a clear adhesive to glue the acetate over it. I try to but a few dots of glue behind the glittered areas so you don't see it as well.

Now you have a fun sparkly accent!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Bazzill, watercolor paper, white cardstock, acetate
Ink: Archival Ink, Distress Ink, Colorbox pigment
Stamps: Inky Antics "Halloween Turtle", Stampendous "Small Typewriter"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Pumpkin, Ivory), Resplendence (Angel Dust)
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18", Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Provo Craft "D'vine Swirl" embossing folder, 3 Girls Jam crinkle ribbon, K&Co dimensional sticker, Tim Holtz charms

Friday, October 12, 2012

just scraps...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

Are you ready for the weekend?  How about a tutorial?  Check back tomorrow for that!  

In the meantime, I can share a card I made with scraps left over from the tutorial's project... 
Quick, simple, and a great way to use up scraps!

 I love the texture and bling of this heart! Since the  glitter is sandwiched in between layers, it won't get all over things. FABULOUS!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my CI tutorial!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Bazzill, white cardstock, acetate
Ink: Distress Ink
Stamps: Crafter's Companion "Just for You"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Fuchsia), Resplendence "Angel Dust"
Other: Provo Craft "D'vine Swirl" embossing folder

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

witchy tissue...

Hello my wonderful friends!

For those who don't know, Tim Holtz posts a new tag each month on his blog along with step by step photos of how he makes it. He shares so many great techniques!  

I was inspired by October's tag, and couldn't wait to get started! 

I love the background technique! It is a new twist on an old favorite that I haven't done in quite a while... Faux silk.  I love the wrinkles and texture, as well as the amazing way the Distress Inks accentuate them! I also really like how the inks are translucent, so they don't hide the tissue paper.

I didn't have printed tissue paper, but I love the extra detail it adds, so instead, I used Archival Ink and stamped my own tissue paper. It works great! It also opens up the door to make it whatever color and design you want!

For the glitter, I used the same sticky embossing powder technique that I used in this tutorial.  I love how well it holds the glitter!

The bow is made from crinkle ribbon (by 3 Girl Jam). I'm fairly new to the stuff, but it is a lot of fun, and adds great texture that regular ribbon can't.  The tag is a canvas tag from Maya Road that I stamped with Archival Ink and died with Distress ink to match the card. And that fun main stamp... Great Impressions.


Supplies Used:
Paper: Manilla folder, tissue paper, kraft
Ink: Distress Ink, Archival Ink, VersaMark
Stamps: Great Impressions "Hehehe" & "Spider Tree", Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust", Tim Holtz "Odds & Ends"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Maya Road mini canvas tags, Tim Holtz charm, 3 Girl Jam crinkle ribbon, Amuse sticky embossing powder, string, safety pin, glitter

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

witchy turtle...

Hello my fabulously wonderful friends!

Can you believe it is already Halloween time?  I kept telling myself that I had plenty of time, but to get cards in the mail, I realized I need to get myself in gear and get busy!

I have 2 nephews and a niece that are under the age of 10.  I remember how special  it made me feel when I was that age and something came in the mail just for me. That being said, the little ones of the family get a card from Grandma and Grandpa (made by me) for holidays, including Halloween. 

It is a time for me to just have fun.  Kids are not near as interested in the details as they are if it makes them smile. So, I went with Halloween turtles for the boys... this stamp set just makes me smile!

 A mixture of patterns and sparkle in the clear window add a fun twist to the card.

 The turtle was colored with Distress Markers. I love how simple they make coloring and shading!  (and the spider... a K&Co dimensional sticker with googley eyes... can't get much more fun than that!)

 Royal Purple Creative Inspirations paint give a great shimmer to accent the inside of the card.

More Halloween on the way...


Supplies Used:
Paper: My Minds Eye, watercolor paper, white cardstock, acetate
Ink: Archival ink, Distress ink, Colorbox pigment
Stamps: Inky Antic "Halloween Turtle"
Creative Inspirations: Royle Purple, Mango
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other: K&Co sticker, rhinestone, glitter, Provo Craft "D'vine Swirl" embossing folder