Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Card - Susan K. Weckesser

Hi! I'm sharing a birthday card that I created for Susan K. Weckesser today. Today is Susan's birthday and the Creative Contributors though it would be fun to surprise Susan with some birthday cards. Susan is a huge inspiration and positive force for me. It seems like no matter what she is going through she always manages to look on the bright side, which is a character trait that I aspire to have. She makes it look easy!

I created some "balloons" with circles cut from my favorite Color Burst patterned paper.

This sweet girl and "You are Awesome" sentiment stamps are from Susan's NEW Love Ya Whole Bunches 3x4 Stamp Set available from Jillian Vance Design. I stamped both the image and sentiment with black Archival Ink and colored the girl with Faber-Castell watercolor pencils.

Please visit the Susan K. Weckesser Blog and help us wish her a Happy Birthday!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Izink-Dyed Fabric Wrapped Bangles Tutorial - Clearsnap March Color Challenge

Hi! I'm sharing a fun tutorial for the Clearsnap March Color Challenge today. I upcycled some plain plastic bangles my girls received in a Happy Meal into a fun and color Spring accessory that they are now proud to wear. I selected several colors of Izink that matched the March Inspiration Board for this project.

The beautiful pinks, oranges and yellows have me thinking Spring! I paired those bright colors with gold for a pop of sparkle. There are over 25 colors of Izink so personalizing this project to a different color preference is not a problem! Try mixing Izinks to create one-of-a-kind shades.

Supplies: Izink, Izink Spray Bottle, Bangles, Cotton, Rubber Bands

Step One: Tear cotton into strips. I used a 1-inch by 36-inch strip of cotton for the wide bangle and 1/2-inch by 36-inch strips of cotton for the thin bangles. Note: Tearing the cotton yields a fun frayed edge that gives the finished bangle more texture. The bangles I used for this project are about 2.5 inches in diameter. A larger bangle will require more fabric.

Step Two: Spritz the cotton strips with water and roll into small bundles. Secure the cotton bundles with rubber bands. Note: Spritzing the cotton with water will help pull the Izink into the fabric.

Step Three: Dip the fabric bundles into Izink. Apply Izink directly onto the bundles from the dropper for a more concentrated burst of color. Note: I thinned the Izink with water to help the fabric absorb the color. Izink colors: Tulip, Mango, Mimosa, Orchid, Safran, Gold

Step Four: Spritz the dyed bundles once more with water and set aside to dry.

Step Five: Unwrap the dry bundles and iron out the wrinkles.

Step Six: Place the center of a fabric strip on a bangle and wrap both ends of the fabric around the bangle until the bracelet is covered.

Step Seven: Tie the fabric in a knot to finish. Trim away any excess fabric. Repeat the wrapping process for the remaining bangles.

Try personalizing this project further by stamping a design onto the fabric with Colorbox Crafter's Ink, Colorbox Blends or Smooch Glitz before wrapping the bangles. Thanks for stopping by today!

Clearsnap Supplies:
Izink: Gold, Mango, Mimosa, Orchid, Safran, Tulip
Izink Spray Bottle

Other Supplies: Bangles, Cotton, Rubber Bands

Darling - C'est Magnifique March Sketch Challenge

Hi! I'm sharing the layout I created based on the C'est Magnifique March Sketch today. I used the Main Kit, Flower Add-On, Embellishment Add-On and Magnifique Mixed Media Kit for this page.

I stamped and stenciled on the background with chalk ink for a subtle pop of color. I tore small canvas strips from the mistable canvas sheet in the Mixed Media Kit and tucked them into my flower cluster.

I hope you can find the time to play along. Link up your layout based on the March Sketch to the C'est Magnifique blog by March 31st for your chance to win a prize package!

I have really enjoyed playing with this kit. If you are interested in the March Kit or Add-Ons a limited amount of kits are available for purchase from the C'est Magnifique Store while supplies last!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

C'est Magnifique March Kit Reveal!

Hi! It's time for the C'est Magnifique March Kit reveal! Here is a look at everything you can find in the March Kits and Add-Ons.

March Kit - Haute Couture

Kit Embellishments

American Crafts: DIY Shop: Burlap Bows: Dark
American Crafts: DIY Specialty Paper: 6x6 Cork
FabScraps: Chipboard Word: Darling
FabScraps: Silhouettes Chipboard Embellishments
Kaisercraft: Betsy's Couture Die-Cut Cardstock: Round Babydoll
Kaisercraft: Madame Boutique: Blouse Patterned Paper
Little Yellow Bicycle: Decorative Edge Cardstock: Paradise
Maya Road: Tu-Tu Tulle Flowers with Gems: Vintage Beige
Papermania: Spots & Stripes: Jeweled Bakers Twine
Prima: Fairy Belle: 12x12 Cardstock Alphabet Stickers
Ruby Rock-It: Mother Nature: Trimmings
Studio Calico: Classic Calico: Plano Patterned Paper
We R Memory Keepers: Inked Rose Tag: Butterfly 

Kaisercraft: Betsy's Couture: A-Line
Kaisercraft: Betsy's Couture: Bolero
Kaisercraft: Betsy's Couture: Gown
Kaisercraft: Betsy's Couture: Kitten Heel
Kaisercraft: Betsy's Couture: Mary Jane
Kaisercraft: Betsy's Couture: Peplum
Kaisercraft: Betsy's Couture: Sticker Sheet

2 Pieces of Each Patterned Paper, 12 Pieces of Patterned Paper Total, Plus 1 12x12 Sticker Sheet

The March Magnifique Mixed Media Kit is available now in the C'est Magnifique Store!

Aztek: Transparent Airbrush Paint: Mocha*
Canvas Corp: Mini Square Canvas Shapes*
C'est Magnifique Tuscan Teal Paint*
Cotton Ribbon
Darice: Heart Pheasant Feathers
Everything Mary: Large Antique Grommets: Brass
Fabscraps: 50s Telephone Chipboard Embellishments
Gold Twine
Kaisercraft: Madame Boutique: Clear Stamp
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starburst Spray: Maidenhair Fern Green
Mini Wood Hanger Embellishments
Pink Paislee: Hope Chest: Paper Goods
Prima: Elementals: 12x12 Resist Canvas: Newspaper
Prima: Valentina: Mulberry Paper Flower*
Ruby Rock-It: Reminisce: Chipboard Book
Whispers: Embossing Powder: Metallic Copper

*Partial Package
Canvas Corp: Burlap Flower: Teal
Darice: 3-Leaf Spray*
David Tutera: Paper Wedding Flowers: Assorted Cream Paper Roses
Kaisercraft: Paper Blooms: Aubergine
Petaloo: Textured Elements: Burlap Blossoms: Flowers + Butterflies
Prima: Something Blue: Tie The Knot
Prima: Sunrise Sunset: Mechanicals Metal Vintage Trinkets

*Partial Package

Authentique: Renew: Mini Notes: Double-Sided Die-Cuts
Betsy's Couture: Acetate: 12x12 Timeless Clocks
Betsy's Couture: Collectables: Cardstock Die-Cuts*
Blue Fern Studios: Ornate Shelf
Batik Cotton Ribbon
Darice: Pineapple Crochet Doily: Ecru
Kaisercraft: Wooden Letter Words
Maya Road: 1-inch Stained Wood Flower Buttons*
Prima: Epiphany: Say It In Crystals: Gem Dots

*Partial Package

Doesn't the March Kit look gorgeous? The Main Kit, Add-Ons and Mixed Media Kit are available from the C'est Magnifique Store while supplies last. If you missed my March project post, you can see what I created with the kit HERE. I'll be back tomorrow to share the final layout I created with these kits for the C'est Magnifique March Sketch Challenge. Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Lovely Rose - Meg's Garden

Hi! I'm sharing another Winter themed layout using the gorgeous Butterfly Garden collection for Meg's Garden today. The cool blues and purples present on these beautiful papers are perfect for documenting the colder months of the year.

I cut images from the Butterfly Cut and Create Ephemera Sheet and layered them between sheets of 6x6 patterned paper from the Butterfly Collection Mini Pack to build up a colorful base to mount my photo on.

I created a small embellishment from fussy cuts, a flower, which I colored with mist, and a metal filigree from the Temptations in Blue Embellishment Bundle.

These beautiful butterflies appear on several of the patterned papers in this collection. I cut them out and added a coat of glitter to the wings.

I cut this sentiment from the Butterfly Cut and Create Ephemera Sheet for use as the title of this page.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Meg's Garden Supplies:
12x12 A French Butterfly
4x12 A Butterfly Garden at Night Strip
6x6 Butterfly Collection Mini Pack
The Butterfly Collection Cut and Create Ephemera Sheet
Temptations in Blue Embellishment Bundle

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sea Shell Gift Cases - Canvas Corp

Hi! I'm sharing a project tutorial that I created for Canvas Corp today. I always collect shells when I visit the beach. I had a lot of fun using some of my favorite finds to create gift cases. These small cases are the perfect way to deliver a gift to a fellow beach lover. Try tucking a strand of pearls, an engagement ring or keys to a new beach bungalow inside these natural containers to help make an occasion extra special.

Beach Sampler on Ivory
Black + Ivory Sail Away Sampler
Burlap Fringe
Canvas Fringe
White Cord
Jute Rope Cord
Jute Rope Light Natural Hank 14'
Mini Clothespins - White
Tissuestock - White
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Iridescent Gold

Power Drill

Step 1: To create three gift cases, collect, clean and dry several shells that are approximately the same size. Spray the outside of the shells with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.

Step 2: Using a power drill, drill two small holes into the back edge of each shell. Tie two shells together with Jute Rope Cord to create one gift case. Repeat the process with the other four shells.

Step 3: Wrap a small gift in White Tissuestock and place inside a shell case. Cut a length of Canvas Fringe and wrap around a shell case. Next, cut a length of White Cord, wrap the cord around the shell case and tie into a bow. For a more masculine look, cut a length of Burlap Fringe and wrap around a shell case. Next, cut a length of Jute Rope and knot it around the shell case.

Step 4: Cut tags and images from the Beach Sampler on Ivory and the Black + Ivory Sail Away Sampler papers. Attach the tags and designs to the shell cases with Mini White Clothespins.

What would you tuck inside these shells?

I hope I have inspired you! Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Love Arch - Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing an arch I created for the Arches Challenge this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I used one layer from the Triple Arch Layered Frame for this project. The Triple Arch Layered Frame consists of 3 layers plus the back panel. This frame is perfect for layering up stamped images to create a 3D art as well as displaying deeper items. The 4 layers require gluing to make a frame approximately 9mm deep. The inner cut arches are retained with the product and can be used either in conjunction or as additional projects, which is how I will use them.

I painted the arch with a gold paint pen and backed it with patterned paper. I topped the frame with flowers, lace and a butterfly to match the crown on the girl in the digital image, which I found in the Gecko Galz Esty Shop.

You can find the Triple Arch Layered Frame in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to have you join the Arches Challenge! To be in with a chance of winning some great Tando goodies of your choice, please make a piece based on our weekly themes and link your project, not just your blog, using the inlinkz tool located at the top of the Tando Blog. You don't have to use any Tando product, but, if you do, you will be entered into the draw twice! There are no limits to how many times you enter, however, we do request that you only enter your piece for 5 challenges. We look forward to seeing your creations!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

C'est Magnifique March Kit Projects

Hi! I'm sharing the projects that I created with the March Kits from C'est Magnifique. I used the Main Kit, Flower Add-On, Embellishment Add-On and Magnifique Mixed Media Kit on each of the projects that I am sharing today.

This first layout is of my sister on her wedding day. The elegant papers in the Kaisercraft Betsy's Couture collection were perfect for this photo of my sister in her beautiful gown.

I layered patterned papers, product packaging and acetate under the photo. The mini burlap bows, grommets and gem dots are such fun embellishments!

I used a stencil with the Antique Mocha paint included in the Mixed Media Kit to add a print to the background of my page. I added a pop of color with Lindy's Stamp Gang Maidenhair Fern Green Mist. I love the mix of flowers and leaves in the Flower Add-On. I used that here to make a small flower cluster.

For my second layout I went in a masculine direction and used an old photograph of my Grandfather.

I used the Prima Turquoise Stone Chalk Edger from the February Kit with a stencil to add some color the the background of this page. I used a watermark ink re-inker with a paintbrush to add watermark ink over the roman numerals on the patterned paper and then heat embossed them with the Metallic Copper Embossing Powder from the Mixed Media Kit.

I used a vacation photo from a trip to New Orleans for this layout. I think the old cemeteries there are so beautiful! I played up the sepia tones in the photo by pairing it with brown and cream patterned papers. The pale blue ribbons and die-cuts in the kit were the perfect way to add some subtle color to the page.

One of my favorite items in the kit is the piece of adhesive cork paper. I used a doily die to cut a decorative pattern from the cork sheet. The cork paper cuts extremely well and adds great texture to my page.

I topped the stained wood flower buttons from the Embellishment Add-On with gem dots for a touch of sparkle.

I used another photo of my sister on her wedding day for this layout. Her shoes were so beautiful that they deserve to be remembered in a special way!

I used a stencil with the C'est Magnifique Tuscan Teal Paint from the Mixed Media Kit to add a bright blue floral pattern the my page. I used the Metallic Copper Embossing Powder from the Mixed Media Kit on the piece of Blue Fern chipboard from the Embellishment Add-On.

I fussy cut this vintage lady from a piece of Betsy's Couture patterned paper. I topped her hat with some feathers from the Mixed Media Kit.

I had a blast creating this colorful cover for the mini album from the Mixed Media Kit. I spritzed the Newspaper Resist Canvas with Lindy's Stamp Gang Maidenhair Fern Green Mist. I added texture by mixing whipped spackle with C'est Magnifique Tuscan Teal Paint and spreading that over a stencil.

The small chipboard piece along the bottom edge of the album is from the Blue Fern Studios Ornate Shelf. I painted it with the Aztek Mocha paint and topped it with a gem dot.

I have really enjoyed playing with this kit! If you are interested in the March Kit or Add-Ons a limited amount of kits are available for purchase from the C'est Magnifique Store while supplies last! Make sure to stop by here on the 28th for the full March Kit reveal.

I have one more layout to share for the March Sketch Challenge reveal on March 1st.
Thanks for stopping by today!