Thursday, February 28, 2013

Storage Solutions with Pocketz Pages - CropStop

I sharing an extra post today for the CropStop. This is also my last post as their February Guest Designer and I want to express my thanks to the CropStop for sharing my work this month! I'm  sharing my newly organized die, stamp and embossing folder collection.  This is what my supplies looked like before Pocketz Pages.

I was storing most of my dies and embossing folders in their packaging in a drawer in my scrap area, which added a lot of extra volume to the supplies and took up valuable space. All of my stamps were stuffed into two boxes.  I dreaded having to dig through my drawer and boxes to find supplies, so most of this sat unused. With the help of the Pocketz Pages system, all of these supplies are organized into three 3-ring binders! I love that I'm able to quickly flip through these pages to find what I need.

My cutting dies are arranged in pockets or on magnetic sheets.

My stamps are organized on 2-sided plastic sheets.

My embossing folders are arranged in plastic sleeves, either 2 or 4 to a page, depending on the size.

It feels great to be organized and I'm using much for of my time for crafting instead of looking for supplies.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

The following supplies are available in the CropStop Store

Visit the CropStop Store for your crafting needs!  Use our CropStop Blog discount code, BLOG, for 10% off your total purchase of $30 or more.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Altered Resin Pocket - Creative Inspirations Paint

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm sharing an altered resin pocket for Creative Inspirations Paint. I found this pocket at one of my favorite discount stores and thought it would be fun to give it a facelift.  I added color and some fun shimmer to this piece with Denium (the perfect blue jean color), Rose Quartz and Onyx.

This flower really catches the light!

I painted the base around this quote in Onyx.  I added a light coat of Denium to the blue jean pocket.  Once dry, I highlighted several areas of this pocket piece with White Frost, for a more shabby feel.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: GCD Studios; Flowers: Flying Unicorn; Leaves: D-Lish Scraps; Acetate Butterfly: D-Lish Scraps; Pearls: Want2Scrap; Ribbon: Offray, Seam Binding: D-Lish Scraps; Paint: Creative Inspirations; Ink: Ranger; Other: Resin Pocket, Cardboard, Lace

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Daydream Arch - Tando Creative

I'm sharing an arch I created for Tando Creative today. The theme this week on the design blog is Paste. I'm so not enjoying a fifth straight day of rain, so I made this piece as a pick-me-up. I started with an Arabian Style Layered Arch Frame and a book page.  I used a portion of the gorgeous Poppy Mask and some molding paste to add some dimensional flowers to my piece.

Once the flowers were dry I painted them with Twinkling H2Os.  Before the paint dried, I sprinkled the petals with glitter for some extra shine.

I usually pair my flowers with butterflies.  This small butterfly is part of the Butterfly Mask.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

This mask features a selection of butterflies that match the Tando Butterflies Grab Bag. The black area represents the mask. The butterflies are separate from the background mask which makes this a 7-piece set!

Supplies: Arch: Tando Creative; Masks: Tando Creative; Sticker: October Afternoon; Heart: D-Lish Scraps; Glitter: Clearsnap; Molding Paste: Golden; Multi-Medium: Ranger; Ink: Ranger; Distress Marker: Ranger; Mist: Studio Calico; Twinkling H2Os: Creative Imaginations; Other: Book Page, Ribbon

Monday, February 25, 2013

Journey - Quick Quotes

I'm sharing a layout that I created with the gorgeous Stowaway collection for Quick Quotes today. I love the beach! The blues, browns and oranges in this collection really help to highlight the colors in my photo. I used a sheet of the Stowaway 400 for the base of my layout.  All the other papers on this page are from the 6x6 Stowaway Paper Pad.

The small "Paradise Found" piece was cut from a piece of 6x6 patterned paper and is the perfect size to tuck into my embellishment cluster. I added some fishing net and cheesecloth to this page to help play up the beach theme. I like to secure items like this to my layouts with some hidden stitching.

I created the flowers for this page with a favorite die, cardstock from the 6x6 Stowaway Paper Pad and several colors of PowderPuff Chalk Ink. The cardstock is sturdy, which makes cutting and shaping flowers like this a breeze!

I added a lot of dimensional layers to this page and I needed a way to add a title to my layout. I chose one of the Stowaway Chipboard Die-Cuts for its strength. I secured the die-cut to my layout with adhesive foam so it would sit above the netting.  This title piece is strong enough to hold shape without bending or warping!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Stowaway Patterned Paper - QQP-SW400
Stowaway 6x6 Paper Pad - SW801
Stowaway Die-Cut Stickers - SW802
Stowaway Chipboard Die-Cuts - SW803
Amaretto PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Blue Hawaiian PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Mango Mai Tai PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Tahiti PowderPuff Chalking Ink

Other Supplies:
Tattered Floral Die: Sizzix
Leafy Swirls Stamp Set: Heartfelt Creations
Background Writings Stamp Set: Paper Wings Productions
Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels
Fishing Net

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Love ATC - Tando Creative

I'm sharing an ATC I created for Tando Creative today. The theme this week on the design blog is Distressed. Tando chipboard is almost indestructible, so to make distressing easier for myself, I soaked my Artist Trading Card in water until the layers began to separate. I pulled the thinner top and bottom layers from the thicker middle layer and let them dry overnight. I used one of the thinner layers for the top, distressed piece of this card, which I then adhered to the thicker middle layer for added support.

I set eyelets around the edge of the top layer and stitched some twine through the holes.  I cut slits with a craft knife and opened them up a bit to distress the top layer further.  Peeking through the holes is a piece of denim. I used gesso, mist and ink to add color to this card and then piled on the embellishments.

I thought it would be fun to add some charms to the bottom!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'm also entering this piece in the February Want2Scrap Time2Create Challenge.

Supplies: Chipboard ATC: Tando Creative; Denim: Want2Scrap; Pearls: Want2Scrap; Flower: Michael's; Vine: Petaloo; Cardboard Arrow: Jillibean Soup; Glitter: Martha Stewart; Eyelets: Colorbok; Stamp: Paper Wings Productions; Mist: Clearsnap; Ink: Ranger; Gesso: Golden; Other: Charms, Twine

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Couture Creations First Design Team Audition

I'm putting myself out there for the Couture Creations Design Team Audition! I've been Guest Designing for the CropStop this month, which is the US supplier for Couture Creations, and received some fabulous Couture Creations embossing folders in my design package.  My work shown below uses Couture Creations embossing folders.  I had a lot of fun embossing different materials from standard cardstock and patterned paper, to more exciting textures like fabric tape, foil and wood.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please visit the Couture Creations site to view their full range of products and stop by their blog for some inspiration! You can also find Couture Creations on facebook and Pinterest! If you live in the US and would like to purchase some Couture Creations products, visit the CropStop and use the discount code, BLOG, for 10% off your total purchase of $30 or more!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Dude - Your Memories Here

I created this layout for my last post for Your Memories Here.  It has been a joy and an honor to share my work on this team for the past year.  I wanted to leave you all with a smile and I hope this page does that!  I love this photo of my brother.  It's not often that I get to use bright colors and flowers for a masculine page, but I think it really works here!

The base of this layout is a piece of Pink Paislee Mistables Cardstock.  I added flowers and letters from my Prima Grab Bag. I love the texture of these Prima alpha stickers!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please stop by the Your Memories Here Store. The NEW Prima collections will be there soon!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp; Letters: Prima; Flowers: Prima, Manor House Creations, Flourish With A Bling; Flourish: Flourish With A Bling; Butterfly: The Trinket Track; Packaging: Prima, Heidi Swapp; Mist: Ranger; Other: Graph Paper

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thor - Inspired blueprints #84 / Moxxie

It's time for another Inspired Blueprints reveal! I used the NEW Reach for the Stars collection from Moxxie for this page. I swapped out the 3x4 photos in the sketch for patterned papers and a card of buttons for the base of my page and added one photo on top.

If you're looking for some inspiration, you can find more Inspired Blueprints sketches on Pinterest. Become a follower of the Inspired Blueprints Blog and join the Inspired Blueprints Community so you don't miss any sketches.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Moxxie; Journaling Cards: Jenni Bowlin; Die-Cuts: Moxxie; Letters: American Crafts; Buttons: My Mind's Eye; Cardstock Border Strip: GCD Studios; Ribbon: May Arts; Stickers: Jenni Bowlin; Ink: Ranger; Sketch: Lisa Warren for Inspired Blueprints; Photo Credit: Sarah Seror

Watercolor Card - CropStop

I'm sharing a simple card today that I created for my Guest Design spot at the CropStop. I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the Couture Creations Damask Embossing Folder for the base of my card. To create the watercolor effect, I used the gorgeous Tim Holtz Spring 2012 Distress Ink Set, Radiant Rain Honeydew Mist, and a spray bottle of water. I stamped the ink pads onto my my craft mat, randomly added some mist, and then spritzed the entire area with water. I then gently laid my embossed cardstock over the pool of color and applied some light pressure. I love how the raised areas of the cardstock absorbed most of the color, leaving the background white! Once the ink and mist dried, I mounted the embossed piece onto a piece of solid colored cardstock.

I added some small paper flowers for another layer of color and applied Gold Stickles to the flower centers. The pale green areas from the Radiant Rain Mist have a wonderful subtle shimmer.

I used two colors of sheer ribbon for this bow, Yellow/White Sheer Dots and Teal/Teal Organdy Swirl.  I added a charm and pin to the bow to finish the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

The following supplies are available in the CropStop Store

Visit the CropStop Store for your crafting needs!  Use our CropStop Blog discount code, BLOG, for 10% off your total purchase of $30 or more.

Supplies: Cardstock: Close To My Heart, Recollections; Embossing Folder: Couture Creations; Charm: Prima; Pin: Prima; Ink: Ranger; Mist: Creative Imaginations; Stickles: Ranger; Other: Flowers, Ribbon

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I've Got Sunshine - Paper Wings Productions

I'm sharing a layout featuring the Earth + Sky Stamp Set for Paper Wings Productions today. I love the mix of different fonts and images in this stamp set! The stamps coordinate beautifully and I used about half of them for my page that was inspired by the sunrise as reflected in my side view mirror. Here's the full stamp set:

I framed my photos with the gorgeous sun and the bottom half of the earth stamps. I thought these two complemented each other well as both have rays of light in the design. 

I inked the top portion of the quote "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day," to make a title strip for my page.

I love to add clouds to my projects and this set has two clouds that are a great size.  I stamped several clouds onto a piece of muslin, cut them out, and placed them around my page as a way to add some interesting texture.

The quote stamp "So may the sunrise bring hope where it was once forgotten," was perfect for the theme of my layout. I added some favorite song lyrics to my journaling spots to enforce the positive feel of this page from the song "Feeling Good," which read "Birds flying high you know how I feel. Sun in the sky you know how I feel. It's a new dawn. It's a new day for me, and I'm feeling good."

Because I love birds as much as I love clouds, I added a flying bird from the Bird Melange Stamp Set to the top of my page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you're interested in purchasing some of these fabulous stamps, visit the Paper Wings Productions Store to browse the full collection of stamps and kits.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Product Review: Sophisticated Finishes Patina Green Set

Sophisticated Finishes Product Review by Dana Tatar

I wrote a product review for the antiquing set that I used on the layout that I shared yesterday and thought I would share it here. I have not been paid for my opinion. I'm just sharing some more information about a product that I love. Thanks for stopping by today!

Adding a patina finish to surfaces yields a rich and beautifully aged appearance. The Sophisticated Finishes Patina Green Set reduces what would take many years of weathering to just minutes. Apply the solutions to any paintable surface for fantastic results.


The Patina Green Set is not a paint or faux finish. These chemicals cause copper, brass and bronze to oxidize as they might naturally, given years of exposure to the elements. The Patina Green set contains one metallic base coat and one patina solution. Treat the metallic base coat with the patina solution to create a true patina finish. The patina solutions work on genuine metals, like copper, brass and bronze, as well as non-metal surfaces, like wood, plaster, glass, ceramic, canvas, cardboard and plastic. Also available from Sophisticated Finishes are Instant Iron and Instant Rust Solutions, just under a dozen colors of Metallic Surfacer Solutions, a Primer and Clear Sealer specially designed to prepare non-metal surfaces and Tinting Solutions that create subtle, darkened antique effects.

Sophisticated Finishes Copper and Patina Green Aging Process Tutorial on Metal Keys by Dana Tatar

I first tried this solution set on a trio of metal keys. I began by applying a base coat of Sophisticated Finishes Primer and Clear Sealer, sold separately (Photo 1). I then applied a coat of Copper Metallic Surfacer (Photo 2). The coverage was not complete after just one coat so I added another coat of Copper Metallic Surfacer to each key (Photo 3). To create a patina finish, I applied a final coat of the Metallic Copper Surfacer to each key, and while the coat was still slightly wet, added a coat of the Patina Green Antiquing Solution (Photo 4). The patina effect started to develop immediately. I left the keys to dry after this step for about an hour. I wanted to add subtle darkened effect to the keys so I applied some Black Tinting Solution, sold separately, to select areas on each key (Photo 5). I finished the keys with a coat of the Primer and Clear Sealer (Photo 6).

I am thrilled with the results of this antiquing set. I was able to create a fabulous patina on my keys, a quality finish that I was unable to replicate with my skill set with the patina inks, paints and powders on the market.

Sophisticated Finishes Copper and Patina Green Solutions on Non-Metal Surfaces

One of the features of this antiquing set is that it claims to work on any paintable surface. I put this set to the test on pieces of chipboard (Photo 1), plastic (Photo2), cardboard (Photo 3) and plaster (Photo 4). I applied a base and topcoat of the Primer and Clear Sealer and highlighted each item with the Black Tinting Solution, just like my trio of keys. To see the same quality finish replicated on non-metal surfaces was exciting. The piece of chipboard did become a little wet with all the layers of solutions and portions of the top paper layer began to peel away. I did not mind this surface peeling, and actually quite like the resulting textured surface. The most challenging surface to cover was the piece of plastic as it was quite slick. I had to add extra coats of the Copper Metallic Surfacer to cover the piece. I think this antiquing set easily provides an excellent patina effect with amazing results that speak for themselves.

Produces what would take many years of weathering to just minutes.
Not a paint or faux finish, actual oxidation takes place.
Works on genuine metals like copper, brass and bronze.
Works on non-metal surfaces like wood, plaster, glass, ceramic, canvas, cardboard and plastic. Several antiquing sets are available in a variety of colored finishes.

The primer/sealer and tinting solutions are not sold with the antiquing sets.
The patina is restricted to exposed surfaces, is fragile, and can flake off.
May be harmful if swallowed and may cause skin irritation. Wear suitable gloves.
Not suitable for use by children.
If you are not comfortable working with chemicals, this set may not be for you.

Here is a finished artist trading card that uses the keys shown above.

Sophisticated Finishes Patina Key Process Tutorial and Product Review by Dana Tatar

Sophisticated Finishes Patina Key Artist Trading Card Process Tutorial and Product Review by Dana Tatar

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ridin' The Range - Moxxie

I'm sharing a layout that I created with the new Western Round-Up collection today. I had a lot of fun making this layered frame for my photo! I used several fun techniques to add age to my frames and I'm going to share my process with you today.

Here's a close-up of the frame.  I used a soldering iron to burn the pattern into the top wood piece of my frame.  I created the aged copper finish on the bottom layer of my frame with an antiquing solution set, an empty coffee bag and an embossing folder.

I embossed this wood frame to give me some guide lines. The raised areas were also easier to burn with my soldering iron.

I purchased an inexpensive wood burning kit that included this soldering iron with this flat head tip. I carefully burned the raised areas of this frame.  The longer the soldering iron touches the wood, the deeper and darker the burn.

Here is my completed top piece of the frame.  I also burned both the inside and outside edges of this piece. If you try this at home, please work carefully!  The soldering iron is extremely hot and takes quite a while to cool down once unplugged.

For the bottom layer of this frame, I started with another wood piece, an empty coffee bag and an embossing folder. I like to emboss coffee bags rather than foil because they are much thicker and harder to tear.

I embossed the coffee bag and wrapped the frame.

I have used this Sophisticated Finished Copper Metallic Surfacer and Patina Green Antiquing Solution several times and am always thrilled with the results.  This is a two-step process and is not a faux finish. If you don't like working with chemicals, this antiquing solution may not be for you, and there are several paint sets on the market that will give similar results.

Here is what the bottom piece of my frame looked like after treatment with the antiquing solutions. I love the aged copper look to this piece and am amazed that I was able to achieve this look in less than an hour!

Once my frame pieces were finished, I layered them on top of a piece of corrugated cardboard that I accented with a piece of twine for a rugged feel.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you are looking for even more Moxxie inspiration, stop by the Moxxie facebook page to see all the projects created by the talented Muses.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Moxxie; Die-Cuts: Moxxie; Sticker: Moxxie; Corrugated Cardboard: Want2Scrap; Embossing Folder: Couture Creations; Wood Burning Kit: Horizon; Antiquing Set: Sophisticated Finishes; Other: Twine, Coffee Bag