Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday Trigger: Light and Bright

I created a card that was inspired by this week’s Trigger from over at Moxie Fab. Play along and link it back to the Tuesday Trigger through Mister Linkys or you can use your Flickr account by Sunday, September 5th. Get all the details over at Moxie Fab.
I liked the straight lines of the architectural design of John Barman's Miami Home. I used the ric rack in my representation of the lines. Love the colors of the blue, yellow and pink. My ribbon represents the ocean as the tags shows off the separation between the furniture and the water.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cherish the Moment

Here is another altered book that I made with my husband. Calvin did all the stamping using the Chip Art Tool and Mallet. He likes it as much as I do and I think he is as talented as I am or maybe more. LOL

The reason I say this is because he had his first book published 9 months ago, "If Those Shoes Could Talk". If you are interested in getting a copy please visit his blog at My Scrappin Shack, Etsy or through Tate Publishing. He would love to have the support and encouragement. It is a book on what your shoes would say if they really could talk and if you are like I am I would be a little scared to see what my shoes would be saying.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Simon Says Stamp and Show

Here is a book that I made for the Tim Holt Challenge that is going on over at Simon Says Stamp and Show with a donation from Simon Says Stamps.

I used the new Sizzix Distress Crackle Embossing folder on my chipboard board book and than using my Snowball Dabber I dabbed paint on my cover, when I dried I distressed over the top with the 3 different distress inks wiping off with a lightly damp paper towel over the top of the distress inks after they were applied to expose the white dabber.

I painted my grungeboard skull head with black, when dried add the Aged Mahogany ink over the top. I then applied Glimmer Glam to the top to make it nice and shiny. I also distress my Lifte Stories tags, once everything was adhered to my book I applied Glossy Accent to the eyes and nose holes of my Skull. The last thing I did was add my ribbon and metals to the book cover.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Tea Dye, Aged Mohogany, Dusty Concord
Metals-Life Stories, Philosophy Tags, Word Keys
Grunge Board-Stripes Elements
Sizzix Embossing Folder-Tim Holtz Checkerboard/Crackle Set
Paint Dabbers-Snowball, Pitchblack
Glimmer Glaze-Fine Glimmer Paint
Glossy Accent
Ribbon-Black Polka Dot,Light Purple, Burgundy

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sketchy Thursday September GDT Challenge

This is the amazing layout that is being featured over at Sketch Thursdays. If you enter before 11:59 tonight they are giving away an amazing gift from Snobby Walrus Paper Crafts; also ALL of the August Splurge kits and some Smooch ink.

Here is my take on the sketch. I used Crate Paper for my layout of my little grand-daughter Annie

Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Generation Frame"

This photo is a three generation photo of my son Matt with his dad and grandma. This was probably one of the last photos of them all together. It gave me great joy to do this project and brought tears to my eyes.

I used the GCD Artsy Urban Collection - Colored Birds and the Ella Blue Collection- Grace and Raleigh. My frame is from Creative Imaginations. I first painted the frame using Cremcoat Spice Brown, once it was dried I paper craft the front of the frame, inked the edges with Chestnut brown ink and added lace, flowers, gemstones. I made some of fabulous spiral flowers that was featured in a previous tutorial, and added some spiral twigs from some flowers I bought from Hobby Lobby. I made some leaves using some sheer green ribbon. Hope you enjoy and try making your own decorated frames.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Butterfly Book" GCD Spotlight

Have you ever just wanted to BANG, BANG, BANG!!! That is how I felt over the last few days, sometimes I get frustrated with things that are completely out of my control which I am sure most of us do.
Well here is a book that I did using the fabulous Chip Art tools from Melody Ross, anytime you can "Bang, Bang, Bang" it helps with frustration.
The butterfly is the coolest, I used tole painting techniques on both the cover and on the butterfly. I painted the cover black, when it was dried put crackle paint over the top, when it was set up I then paint over the top with Antique White and Mod Podge. I aloud it to dry and then antique it lightly with a watered down mix of Spice Brown paint and Mod Podge.
Here are some of the inside pages. They are 5x7. Lots of places to journal and add photos.

Check the top right page out. It has pleats, easy to do. Cut a 1x12" piece of paper and crease every 1/2" to make the pleats. I hand stitched mine with embrodiery floss but you can get the same look with a sewing machine or just put some ribbon on it. I love the new GCD Chip Art Tool and products. Their paper is the coolest, lots of really sweet embellishments, chipboard and can't for get the Mallet and metal dies to use to get lots of great impressions. If you haven't tried it you should. It is so awesome.

Friday, August 13, 2010

"Baby Girl Book and Box"

As promised from yesterday blog entry - the baby book that fits nicely inside of the beverage box. I did have to cut the front piece that seperates the two spots so I could get both the book and the rattle in the spot.

I used Pink Stitchery paper from the Homespun Chic Collection on the covers of my book. I took a white doily and sprayed it with glimmer mist, glue it to the front and cut it to fit the front cover. I used a rub on from Imaginisce "From the Heart" on white paper to go behind the Homespun Chic Layered Frames. Glue your frame to the front of your book (make sure that it glued really, really well). Once it is secured I used Glossy Accent to fill the center of the frame. I allowed mine to dry over night. It will create a glass look. I add small flowers and gemstones from Recollections once I knew that it was dry.

The inside pages are the Homespun Chic Collection Recipe Cards. I used the K&Company Suzy Ultman - Lion Steps for my months on the pages of my book. I used Homespun Chic papers and cardstock for my mats, stickers from Karen Foster Smile & Giggles Stickers, Prima flowers, American Traditions Stickers, Recollection flowers, twine, buttons, gemstones, lace, and ribbon to embellish my pages with.

After my inside pages were completed. I put my book together and added a metal tag from Flair Designs to hang off the jump rings, make sure to tie some pretty ribbons on your jump rings.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Recycle At Its Best"

I made this sweet baby girl gift box for my GCD project this week, I have been getting a lot of things accomplished since I have been spotlighted this month on the GCD facebook. I can't thank everyone enough for all the sweet comments and visits to my blog.
I used a beverage box to make my gift box from. I covered it with papers from the Homespun Chic Collection. I used Petite Blossom, Mod Flocking and Stitchery Glitter paper and a frame from the Layered Frames embellishment. My ABC's are My Minds Eye Sophie. I also used Prima and Recollection flowers, along with some gemstones from Recollections and a lot of buttons and twine.
Here is a closer look at the details of the frame and the flowers. Homespun Chic is such a beautiful collection.
Come back tomorrow and I will share about the book that is inside the box. So simple but so cute.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Magnificent Mini Cards

Seems like the rave right now are these 3" x 3" mini cards so I made these 6 mini cards using the GCD Studios Ella Blue Collection - Raleigh, Georgia, Tara and Frances Paper.

On the first two cards I embellished using some chipboard flowers which I covered and I made the leaves by taking a 1/4" strip of paper, misting it slightly with water and wrapping it around a small wooded skewer. When dried I carefully removed and formed into a leave gluing it next to the flower. Add buttons that had been threaded with crochet thread.

The next two cards I did some simply layering, addy some brown mesh to the top of chipboard oval, some buttons and gemstones. The last two cards I used Bazzill Basics Whirlpool Gingham Strip Ribbon, an EK Success border punch; again added some gemstones and threaded buttons. Now I will tell you how to make this beautiful flower.

You will need a 1, 1 1/2, 2 and 2 1/2" circle punch, you can do it in scallop punches also. Punch one of each side, mist each piece with water. Wad each circle up to get alot of crease lines in it, the more the prettier. Allow it to dry completely, ink (I used Chestnut Roan ink). Adhere together and than and your center embellishment; gemstones, buttons, brads, etc. Hope you enjoy and try them out.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Imaginisce-August Sketch Challenge

I made this card for my take on the August Sketch challenge that was designed by Sarah De Guzman over at Imaginisce.

I chose the Splash Dance papers for my project. I used Bubble Bash, Polka Dot Bikini and Ocean Motion. I took the Ocean Motion and fussy cut my waves out to go around my 3 1/2" opening of my card. I used the Imaginisce Snag'em Stamps-Octopus, Crab and Blowfish. I colored them in using Copic Markers and gave their eyes some dimension by adding a little bit of Glossy Accents. I added some of the seashell stickers that I had left over from a previous layout.
On the inside of the card I took the Tim Holtz Cracked Embossing folder and embossed some white cardstock. I then used Rangers Juniper, Lettuce, Sandal and SnowCap Dabbers and painted over the embossing. Once it was dried than I distressed the top of the paper with Tim Holtz Broken China, Aged Mohogany and Tea Dye Distress Inks.
I cut the embossed paper up and layered it so that my images would fit nicely between the layers. I hope you enjoy my card, and try doing some layering on your next project.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Imaginisce Blog: i-rockin' a 12x12 Leather Album (and HUGE giveaway)

There is a huge giveaway over at the Imaginisce Blog. If you would love to have an I-rock I would go and visit their site

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Homespun Chic Card Tin

I made this lovely tin using the Homespun Chic Collection. Inside are two A2 cards, one 3 x3 card and a gift tag. I have them further down on the blog post.
On the top of the tin I place one of the Layered Frames from the collection and backed it with some of the Vintage Sewing Pattern paper. Love Prima Flowers so just had to add them to the top of the tin along with some bling, lace and tulle. It turned out to be a wonderful gift to give to someone special in my life.

I selected Heidi Grace's Dream stamps to use in the collection. The heart on the first card is from the Melody Ross Chip Art hearts that I covered with a piece of the Vintage Jane paper. The heart gives dimension to the card, I also took one of the Glass Paper clips and broke off the paper clip so I would be able to continue my theme on my cards and glued it to the center of one of my circles. All pieces throughout the collection is inked with Warm Red Colobox ink. On the button of the 3 x 3 card I enjoy using twine to give button character and depth as to have it just glue onto something.

On my Dream Card I stamped my image and than using my Copic Markers -R24,R27, R29 and G14 I color in my frame. I used the G14 on the borders of the other projects also; again just to give consistency to the cards and tags. I added one of the Glass Paper clips to the top of the Dream frame and placed it and the Imagine frame up on pop dots. Also placed a few of the Prima Flowers and some Kaisercraft bling to my tag. Hope you enjoy my gift tin and make a few for your gift giving.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Love Plaque

This is my first project as a "Spotlight Gal" for GCD Studios. I am honor to have been selected for August. I made this "Love Plaque" simply because I love GCD products. I used the Ella Blue Collection - Frances and Georgia papers, along with the Homespun Chic Pink Redwood paper. I purchased my board at our local craft store for 2.99 , I had a 40% coupon. Yippee!!! My blue berries and brown flowers were also purchased there on sale. Another Yippee!!!
The other flowers are from Prima and Stringing Heart Flowers along with some that I made. I painted my frame first using Creamcoat Burnt Umber. I put my paper on the inside of plaque. Added some large twill ribbon and mini blue ric rac. I took 2 - 3 1/2" dollies and ink the top of them with my Chestnut Roan ink, once they were ink I glue 1 doily to the lower inside left corner, 1/2 of a doily to the top right of the curve and 1/4 doily to the lower right inside corner of my plaque. My letters are the GCD Big Alphabet that I covered with the Frances Paper and ink using Chestnut Roan ink.

Following are a few picture to show you how to make these flowers. So, so easy and so cute.

I used a Marvy 3 1/2" punch for my large flowers, but you can use any size. Just remember the smaller the circle the small the flower.

I cut the circle with my scissors so it would be a spiral.

Taking my tweezers I began rolling and as I rolled I would occasionally put us a small amount of glue to hold it into place.

When I got it completely rolled I glue it to a small circle. When I knew my glue was dry I than added it to my plaque along with a little bling. The smaller paper flowers I will be showing you later this month. So please remember to come and check out what tutorials I will have for you to enjoy.