Saturday, March 28, 2015

Yesterday - Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created for the Stencil theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I used the Stripes and Giovanna Spiral stencils with Dylusions Spray to create a quick and colorful background for this page. I saved a birthday card for the cool Beatles overlay and finally used it on a project with some of my favorite lyrics from the song "Yesterday." I finished the page with some cardstock stickers, acrylic frames and a doodled border.

You can find an amazing selection of stencils in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to have you join the Stencil 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, March 25, 2015

Let's Drink Wine Postcards - Canvas Corp

Hi! I'm sharing the results of another Crew Challenge for Canvas Corp today - a quick and easy set of postcard invites to a wine tasting party. It has been several months since my group of friends has gathered together to enjoy each others company, so I created these invitations for an upcoming party. It is not always easy to find that perfect invitation in the store, so I created my own postcards that are ready to mail in a couple simple steps. I stamped both sides of the postcard with some wine themed stamps. Next, I personalized the invitation by including a photo taken at the last get-together. Easy enough to assemble after a couple glasses of wine and also cost effective!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Canvas Corp Supplies: Printed Ivory Postcards

Stamps: Drink & Cuss, Let's Get Sip Faced

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beautiful - Meg's Garden

Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the stunning NEW Forgotten Meadows collection for Meg's Garden today. I took this photo of my daughter last Easter and it is one of my favorites. It is hard to believe that she was only 5 years old when this photo was taken. She looks so grown up!

I love the hanging purple blooms that run along the top edge of the Wisteria Shade patterned paper. I laid the coordinating 4x12" strip along the bottom of the page to create a similar wisteria border along the bottom edge of the layout. I used a stencil with whipped spackle on the center of the page to help hide the seam.

I created a lace border for my photo by cutting the edge of a Paper Lace Doily and piecing it together to size. I attached Antique Champagne Tassels to the corners for some added flair. I cut images from the Forgotten Meadows Cut and Create patterned paper and layered them under and on top of my photo. I topped the die-cut flowers with an Aubergine and White Apple Blossom. I added a bit of bling to the photo, embellishing the strap of my daughter's dress (much to her delight), with a piece of Square Silver Diamante Trim.

I added more cuts from the Forgotten Meadows Cut and Create patterned paper on the right side of my photo. I filled in the flower cluster with some Velvet Leaves and Purple Metallic Ribbon.

 Thanks for stopping by today!

Meg's Gardens Supplies:
Forgotten Meadows Wisteria Shade
Forgotten Meadows Wisteria Shade 4x12 Strip
Forgotten Meadows Cut and Create
Paper Lace Doily
Antique Champagne Tassels
Aubergine and White Apple Blossom
Velvet Leaves
Square Silver Diamante Trim
Purple Metallic Ribbon

Spellbinders Spring Fever Partner Blog Hop!

Textured Thank You Card by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Hi! I created this card for the Spellbinders 2015 Spring Fever Partner Hop with Clearsnap! There are 11 partner companies, 3 days of amazing tutorials and plenty of product giveaways too! You won’t want to miss out on a single stop! You can find my full tutorial for this card, as well as a card designed by fellow Clearsnap Designer Sabrina Alery, on the Clearsnap Blog.

I used Spellbinders dies and some of my favorite Clearsnap ink to create this thank you card. I assembled a one-of-a-kind embellishment for the front of the card with lace, a crochet flower, and some pieces of broken jewelry. I really love all the texture on this card!

Clearsnap Supplies:
Spellbinders Supplies: Devine Floral (S5-231), Sentiments 6 (S2-153)

Thanks for stopping by today! Please be sure to visit all the blogs participating in the hop to enter the generous giveaways and see what their teams have created:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Star Struck - Berry71Bleu

Hi! I'm sharing my take on Caroleanne's March Flowers Galore Challenge for Berry71Bleu today. I used the gorgeous 7 Dots Studio Destination Unknown collection to scrap this super cute photo of my niece and fashion idol.

I layered patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, flowers and tag under and on top of my photo.

I spread black crackle paste over a star stencil to add texture to the background of my page. The stars help to play up the theme of the sentiment stickers I added to the page; "Star Struck" and "Shoot for the Moon." I think this collection is fantastic for non-travel themed pages.

I added these super cute Scrapiniec chipboard pennants to a piece of twine.

I hope you will find the time to join the challenge this month! Our generous sponsors provided prizes with international shipping included! Yay!

1st Prize:
Set of chipboard from Scrapiniec

Random Prize:
Set of products from 7 Dots Studio

Scrapiniec is Poland's biggest and oldest chipboard manufacturer. They produce chipboard pieces in a large variety of sizes and designs in Polish, English and even the Russian language. Scrapiniec ships worldwide and also fulfills individual orders.

We are a team of creative women who cannot image our world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our lines consist of papers, stickers, die-cut elements, clear stamps, stencils and chipboard pieces. You can find our products in scrapbooking stores around the world.

Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations! We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook pageand Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!

Friday, March 20, 2015

C'est Magnifique April Kit Projects

Hi! I'm sharing my April Kit creations for C'est Magnifique today. This kit is absolutely beautiful and I had a lot of fun cutting and layering patterned papers and die-cuts on my projects this month. The vibrant pink and teal floral accents help to brighten up my pages. The stunning floral prints in this kit have me thinking Spring! I used the April Main Kit, Flower Add-On, Embellishment Add-On and Magnifique Mixed Media Kit for each of the layouts I am sharing today. My Sister-in-Law provided me with these gorgeous photos of my niece, who will be thrilled to get some happy scrappy mail!

I cut away portions of the FabScraps Fleur patterned paper and backed it with fresh polka dot Lemoncraft Tea Roses patterned paper to create a more colorful background for this layout.

I added color to the page with fussy cuts and flowers. The green leaves are leftovers I had from the March Flower Add-On.

I created the title for this page with a die-cut sentiment and Typewriter Key Stickers from the Mixed Media Kit.

I absolutely love this photo of my niece! I think all scrappers can relate to this situation! Posing for pictures certainly has a short time frame, especially if there are wardrobe changes involved.

I used the pink crown from the Main Kit as a stencil to add some texture to the background of this page. I added some subtle color along the woodgrain by using the Ranger Juniper Paint Dabber from the Mixed Media Kit.

The chalkboard tags from the Mixed Media Kit work great with a white gel pen.

I played up the floral theme for this layout. The pretty prints on my niece's outfit were just perfect for this patterned paper!

I used the stencil and paint from the Mixed Media Kit to trace and color the butterflies onto the background of this page. I embossed the wooden bow with the C'est Magnifique Mystic Pink Embossing Powder included in the Mixed Media Kit. The mix of pink and black embossing powders yields a fantastic textured finish.

I built this title spot with pieces of chipboard, die-cuts, flowers and pins. I cut the chipboard from the Mixed Media Kit in half and used the "Sweet" portion here. I colored the chipboard word with the C'est Magnifique Starry Night Glaze from the Mixed Media Kit.

I'm quite happy with how this altered piece turned out. I used items from the Mixed Media Kit, Flower Add-On and Embellishment Add-On for this altered hanger.

I hope I have inspired you today! I have one more layout to share for the April Sketch Challenge on the first of the month.  I have really enjoyed playing with this kit! If you are interested in the April  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 31st for the full April Kit reveal.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DIY Blueberry Lace Doily Bowl - Clearsnap

Blueberry Lace Doily Bowl by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Hi! I'm up on the Clearsnap blog today sharing a tutorial for how to create this vibrant blueberry lace doily bowl. It has been a long and gray Winter, and now that the snow is beginning to melt, I’m ready for some color! My family and I go blueberry picking every year, and until I can go pick some fresh berries, I can enjoy this colorful home accent and think about all the delicious recipes that I want to make.

There are some extremely talented artists in my family and this beautiful doily is just one of many stunners that were gifted to me. I usually place doilies around my home under lamps and photo frames, which doesn’t adequately showcase their beauty. I thought it was time to display a doily in a more dramatic and functional way.

Colorbox Crafter's Ink is lightfast, waterproof and permanent so I know I will be able to enjoy this vibrant container for years to come. Clearsnap offers two dozen different colors of Crafter's ink, so finding a shade to match your decor is easy.

Please stop by the Clearsnap blog to learn more about how I used Blueberry Ann Butler Crafter's Ink to dye this doily and mold it into a bowl. I have yet to put anything in this bowl and I’m open to suggestions. How would you use this decorative storage piece? Let me know in the comments section.

DIY Blueberry Lace Doily Bowl with ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Friday, March 13, 2015

Good Luck Canvas - Susan K. Weckesser

Hi! I'm sharing a festive canvas that I created for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday for Susan K. Weckesser today. I gathered some of my favorite Susan K. Weckesser products along with Canvas Corp and Prima goodies to create this home decor piece.

I used the small heart from Susan's A Little Grunge Love Stamp Set to create the shamrock focal point. I stamped six hearts onto white cardstock, cut them out, and then layered the hearts before arranging them on a gold doily. I created mini shamrocks by cutting excess petals from paper flowers to embellish the top corners of the canvas.

I cut the letters from Susan K. Weckesser patterned paper and then outlined each letter with a green marker.

Before embellishing the canvas I sprayed it with gold mist and then stamped it with a stamp from Susan's new Grunge Fun 3x4 Stamp Set, which is available from A Jillian Vance Design. To finish the canvas I spritzed it with white mist to tone down the gold shimmer a bit.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Charmed Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a Mixed Media Board that I altered for the Crackle Effect theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I'm thinking green for my upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebrations! I used Martha Stewart Weather Crackle Effect between two layers of acrylic paint to weather the base of this board. This is one of my favorite crackle techniques because it can be achieved in under 5 minutes and the result is a beautifully crackled smooth surface, which is great for embellishing. These Mixed Media Boards are slightly larger than an Artist Trading Card and I like to give them away for special greetings as an alternative to a card.

You can find two sizes of Mixed Media Boards in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to have you join the Crackle Effect 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!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Find Yourself Canvas - Canvas Corp Brands

Hi! I'm sharing a project tutorial that I created for Canvas Corp today. The Creative Crew was challenged to "Get Tangled" and I created this motivational canvas to hang in my art studio. Often times while creating I lose my way. I hope this canvas will serve as a reminder to try to find myself while creating.

The fantastic range of Tattered Angels mists allowed me to add color to this piece in a way that really catches my eye.

I embellished the corners of this canvas with wood push pins.

I used Canvas Corp rope and cord to embellish the edges of the canvas.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Canvas Corp Supplies:
5x7 Chunky Stretched Natural Canvas
Canvas Flower - Red
Wood Push Pins
Orange Hemp Rope
Waxed Cotton Cord - White
12x12 Mistable Paper - Corrugated
Tattered Tangles Pack - Journey
Rum Punch Glimmer Mist
Fresh Orange Glimmer Mist
Marmalade Glimmer Mist
Trunk Bay Glimmer Mist
Bahama Blue Glimmer Mist
Lime Twist Glimmer Mist
Sun Sisters Glimmer Mist
Antique Brass Glimmer Mist

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lyrics Canvas - Gauche Alchemy

Hi! I'm sharing the canvas that I created for the Gauche Alchemy March "All About the Quotes" Challenge. Music has helped me through all the tough times in my life. I'm a huge introvert and often times need to recharge alone. When I'm looking for a connection I usually turn to music. I created this canvas to hang in my craft space as an ode to all the talented and courageous musicians out there who have helped me get though my darkest days by writing about and recording theirs.

I covered an 8.5x11 piece of cardboard with music sheet patterned paper. Next, I added a light coat of gesso and some Gelato watercolor before stamping this Frank Ocean quote onto the piece using black Archival ink. I stamped a checkered border and filled it in with black and white pens to frame the page.

Thanks for stopping by today! We want to know how your favorite quote, lyric, poem, dialogue from a movie or pick up line inspires you! Link up your newly created original artwork HERE by the end of the month.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

In Bloom Floral Photo Reel - Clearsnap + Sizzix Blog Hop

DIY Film Strip Photo Reel by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

It's National Craft and Quilt Month and I'm thrilled to share this Spring-themed project that I created for Clearsnap using the iconic Rollagraph Wheel and Sizzix tools today. This flowery container will double as a gift box for a packet of wildflower seeds.

Did you know that studies show that arts and crafts aid in your emotional well-being and can help to reduce stress? Well we’re celebrating for those very reasons and because it’s just plain fun to make stuff! From March 1st to March 28th, Sizzix is giving away over $1,000 in prizes—with one winner chosen each week! This week of the National Craft Month giveaway with Sizzix is CRAFT TOOLS WEEK! Visit the Clearsnap blog for my full tutorial for this fun photo reel/gift box and to find out how to enter the contest!

Clearsnap Supplies:
Colorbox Embossing Powder – Black
Colorbox Pigment Stamp Pad – Dragonfly Black
Clearsnap Standard Rollagraph Handle
Clearsnap Rollagraph Design Wheel – Film Strip
Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter’s Ink – Desert Sand
Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Premium Dye Inkpad – Chocolate

Sizzix Supplies: Stephanie Barnard Flower #2 Triplets Die Set

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the other sponsors of March Craftness Tools Week:

Sakura of America

Giveaway Details:

From March 8th to March 14th, enter for your chance to win:

1) Sizzix: Texture Boutique Beginner’s Kit, Stamper’s Secret Weapon, Plastic Envelopes, 5″ x 6 7/8″ 3 Pack x3, Die Storage Box for Bigz/Bigz L Dies x2, InkSheets Starter Kit

2) Sakura of America: Gelly Roll® Metallic™, Gelly Roll Moonlight® 10, Microperm®, Pigma Micron®, Sumo Grip® 0.9mm pencil, Glaze® glossy dimensional ink pens, SoufflĂ©® matte dimensional ink pens, Pentouch® Calligrapher® fine point paint marker, Permapaque® fine point metallic 3 pk, Cray-Pas Expressionist®, Koi® Coloring Brush, Gelly Roll Stardust® Clear

3) Therm-O-Web: iCraft® Deco Foil™ White Foam Adhesive, iCraft Deco Foil Iron on Transfer Adhesive, iCraft® DECO FOIL™ Transfer Sheets in purple, gold, silver, rainbow, gold leopard, silver stars and red

4) Clearsnap: Rollagraph Wheel, ColorBox Stylus & Tips in Antiquing, ColorBox Cat’s Eye Ink in Guacamole, ColorBox Chalk Ink in Arctic Ink, ColorBox Crafter’s® in Berry, Crafter’s Full Size Inkpad in Aruba, ColorBox® Mini Molding Mats in Scribbles, ColorBox® Art Screens in Stars, Smooch® Illuminate

DIY Spring Flower Film Strip Photo Reel Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Surfacez Metallic Gift Box for Winter - Clearsnap

Hi! I'm sharing a fun technique that I used to dress up a plain gift box on the Clearsnap blog today. My neighborhood recently received another eight inches of snow and ice and I've been in a frosty mood! I found some time amidst the snow days and school delays to create this fun project. I used Colorbox Surfacez Ink on strips of embossed foil tape to create an iridescent gift box that is perfect for Winter gift-giving. Please stop by the Clearsnap blog for my full tutorial!