Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stenciled Mail Art - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing some pretty packaging for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I finished up a special project for a friend and was packing up her gift when I was struck by the plainness of the boring brown box. I thought it would be fun to make the outside of the box as colorful as the present inside.


I wrapped the box with brown paper and then brushed on a light coat of gesso. I then spritzed the paper with Dylusions mist. I used the Giovanna Doily, Giovanna Hearts and Giovanna Spiral stencils to trace these gorgeous patterns onto the box.


Once the box was covered with patterns, I colored the designs in with a black Sharpie.

http://www.tando-creative.co.uk/catalog/giovanna-doilie-p-877.html http://www.tando-creative.co.uk/catalog/giovanna-hearts-p-880.html http://www.tando-creative.co.uk/catalog/giovanna-spiral-p-876.html

You can find the entire range of Giovanna's stencils in the New Releases section of the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to have you join the Anything Goes 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!


If you'd like to know what is inside the box, come back for a visit on Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Chalkboard Valentines - Faber-Castell Guest Designer


I've been asked to create some more projects for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! If you'd like to learn how I created these chalkboard valentines, join me on the Faber-Castell DMC Blog for the full tutorial!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

C'est Magnifique February Kit Projects


Hi! I'm sharing the projects that I created with the February 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.

I'm in love with the gorgeous Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary collection! The beautiful floral and bird prints were perfect to document these photos of my daughter feeding some tropical birds during a trip to Butterfly World.


The Metal Filigree Embellishments are one of my favorite items in the Mixed Media Kit. I colored the surface with the Metallic Rub-On Paint Set and topped it with a pearl brad. I added a pop of color to the background of my page with the C'est Magnifique Pretty Primrose Texture Paint and the Heidi Swapp Square Lattice Stencil.


The Bo Bunny Rose Cafe Journaling Cards and Kaisercraft Be-You-Tiful Cardstock Die-Cuts were a fun way to build up layers under my photos.


This layout features a favorite photo of my daughters. They really are birds of a feather!


The beautiful Prima Roses are my favorite flower from the Flower Add-On. I colored the Melissa Frances Resin Blossom with Rose Gold Twinkling H2Os.


I added some colorful stamping to the background of this layout with the Kaisercraft Boutique Texture Stamp, Prima Turquoise Stone Chalk Edger and C'est Magnifique Pretty Primrose Texture Paint.


I scrap this vintage family photo at least once a year. This old wedding photo is a favorite of mine. I balanced the sepia tones in the photo and patterned paper with bright pink and blue accents.


I added a set of resin "love birds" to the corner of the photo. I colored them with the Metallic Rub-On Paint Set from the Mixed Media Kit. I altered the chipboard piece with Prima Black Sand Texture Paste and Rose Gold Twinkling H2Os.


I created two cards. I had fun building flower clusters with the beautiful blooms from the Flower Add-On Kit.



I also altered the cover of the Kaisercraft Beyond The Page MDF Journal from the Mixed Media Kit.


The MDF journal covers are very strong and would hold up well to several form of wet mediums and heavy embellishments. I love the beautiful Sanctuary paper collection so much that I decided to cover the front of the journal with paper.


I cut around the leaf on the cover, backed it with patterned paper, and filled the leaves with C'est Magnifique Pretty Primrose Texture Paint, Prima Black Sand Texture Paint and Prima Zinc Glass Beads.

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

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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wings Canvas - Susan K. Weckesser


Hi! I'm sharing a canvas I created for Susan K. Weckesser today. Susan asked us to share why we create this month. Her motto "Create to live, live to create" really resonates with me and is a statement that I agree with. Whether it is stormy outside, or I'm just dealing with my occasional stormy mood, Susan's designs always bring a ray of sunshine into my studio. I love the happy projects that I create with her collections.

The design idea for this piece began with a Coco Chanel quote Susan shared with the team; "If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing." I thought this was a great motivational quote!


I had a lot of fun with my favorite Susan K. Weckesser Color Burst patterned paper. I have once again cut the colorful circles from the paper, slightly distressed the edges, and stacked them to form a caterpillar. I used the Susan K. Weckesser Live In Color Stencil with a black marker to add the little feet and antennae to the caterpillar.


I used the Susan K. Weckesser A Little Bit Washi and Tumbleweed Houses stamp sets to embellish the background of the canvas, which is a simple layer of painted tissue paper. I finished the canvas with some flowers and bright splatters of mist.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/84732887/live-in-color-scrapbook-paper-collection?ref=shop_home_active_6 https://www.etsy.com/listing/109130411/susan-k-weckesser-inc-crafters?ref=shop_home_active_5 http://www.unitystampco.com/shop/tumbleweed-houses/ http://www.unitystampco.com/shop/a-little-bit-washi/

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

C'est Magnifique February Kit Sneak Peek!

Hi! I'm super excited to give you a look at the paper, the Magnifique Mixed Media Kit and the two embellishment add-ons C'est Magnifique is offering for their February Kit! Deonna has outdone herself with this kit which is absolutely gorgeous! I'll be sharing some my kit projects soon!

The patterned paper for February is the Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary Collection.



Blue Fern Studios: Sanctuary: Birdsong Melody
Blue Fern Studios: Sanctuary: Botanical Garden
Blue Fern Studios: Sanctuary: Bountiful
Blue Fern Studios: Sanctuary: Calling Cards
Blue Fern Studios: Sanctuary: Conservatory
Blue Fern Studios: Sanctuary: Correspondence
Blue Fern Studios: Sanctuary: Garden Plaza
Blue Fern Studios: Sanctuary: Meadows of Time

The February Magnifique Mixed Media Kit is available now in our Store!

FabScraps: Chipboard Embellishments: Album Borders
Fabscraps: Metal Filigree Embellishments*
Heidi Swapp: 6x6 Stencil: Square Lattice
Kaisercraft: 13th Hour: Acetate Shapes
Kaisercraft: Be-You-Tiful: Cardstock Die-Cuts*
Kaisercraft: Beyond The Page: MDF 3-Hole Journal 8.5"x6"
Mepxy: Brush Marker: Neutral Gray 07
Metallic Rub-On Paint Set: 7 Colors
Prima: Art Extravagance: Texture Paste: Black Sand*
Prima: Art Ingredients: Glass Beads: Zinc*
Prima: Shabby Chic Treasures: Resin Birds
Prima: Stamp-And-Add: Stamps and Metals: Moth Wings
Twinkling H2Os: Rose Gold Shimmering Watercolor

*Some Items Are Partial Packages

Flower Add-On

We create a Flower Add-On each month for those of you who like extra flowers. We have selected flowers that compliment the kit and put them together as an add-on.


American Crafts: Flower Shoppe: Belle
Kaisercraft: Mini Paper Blooms: Sage
Kaisercraft: Mini Paper Blooms: Fairy Floss
Prima: Winthrop: Garnet
Prima: Del Mar: Andalusian
Prima: Audrey Rose: Blue Ice
Prima: Clementine Vines: Prince
Prima: Large Mauve Roses (3)*
Tiny Blue Rose Buds*
*Some Items Are Partial Packages

Embellishment Add-On

Lastly, we have an Embellishment Add-On so you can stretch your kit even further.

Becky Higgins: Project Life Cards*
Bo Bunny: Rose Cafe: Film Sticker*
Bo Bunny: Rose Cafe: Noteworthy Journaling Cards
C'est Magnifique: Pretty Primrose Texture Paint*
Prima: Cigar Box Secrets: Humidor
Tim Holtz: Ideaology: Accoutrements: Shabby Buttons
Kaisercraft: Printed Tape: Pink Damask
Kaisercraft: Wood Flourishes: Birdcage Standing
Kaisercraft: Rhinestone Flourish: Classic Black
Kaisercraft: Mini Alpha Stickers: Black & White
K&Company: Silhouette Sheet: Jubilee Red

*Some Items Are Partial Packages

Doesn't the February Kit look gorgeous?

The Paper Add-On, the Magnifique Mixed Media  Kit, the Flower Add-On and the Embellishment Add-On are available now for purchase in the C'est Magnifique Store.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Geisha Card - Paper Wings Productions


Hi! I'm sharing a card I created for Paper Wings Productions today. I was inspired to create this card by the gorgeous yuzen patterned papers from the Natural Nesting Components Kit. I paired the beautiful papers with a gold-matted stamped image made with the Geishas with Fans Cling Stamp. I finished this simple card with a sentiment sticker and a Hand-Dyed Ribbon bow.

Thanks for stopping by today!



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Queen Bee Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing a Mixed Media Board that I altered for the Embossing Challenge this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I embossed the board with a honeycomb embossing folder and then covered it with a light layer of gesso. I added color with yellow and white mist, Distress Ink and Gelatos. I embossed the bee onto the board using black embossing powder. I finished the piece with a stamped sentiment and some stamped honeycombs. These boards are really fun to work with and hold up well to wet mediums and heat. You can purchase these boards in two sizes in sets of five from the Tando Creative Retail Shop.

http://www.tando-creative.co.uk/catalog/mixed-media-boards-80mm-116mm-p-791.html

We'd love to have you join the Embossing 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!

Friday, January 9, 2015

2 Years of Memories - A Quick Quotes Farewell

Hi! I'm sharing my last post as a member of the Quick Quotes design team today. It's been an amazing two years! I've compiled my favorite projects from my terms and am sharing them again today. Clicking on the title of each project with take you to the original post, where you will find design tips, more photos and full supply lists.
















A huge thanks to everyone at Quick Quotes for their support and generosity and to my fellow designers for all the inspiration! Thanks for stopping by today!