Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wonky Street Chipboard Book - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing a colorful chipboard book for the Book Cover theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. This book was super fun to put together! It feels great to finally finish this book! (I had the cover complete back in May!) I'm ready to move onto this dreamy street! Who wants to come with?!


I paired Susan K. Weckesser whimsical patterned paper and stamps with the Wonky Street Book Cover Kit designed by Neil Walker. I painted the cover with Ranger acrylic paint and added some textured designs with the Susan K. Weckesser A Little Bit Washi Stamp Set. I secured the houses to the book cover with adhesive foam for added dimension. I added numbers to each house with digits from the Arthur Number Set. The Mini People were the perfect size for this piece. I colored them with purple mist. The sentiment from Susan's What's Up Gnomey? Stamp Set was the perfect finishing touch.







I used twine and a Secret Belgian Binding technique to secure the front and back covers to the spine. I learned this technique from a 3-part video series that I found HERE.


I stitched three sections of colored cardstock and patterned paper into the binding of the book creating a total of 30 pages, which should be plenty for me to document all the moves I make as a military wife!

You can find this chipboard and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to have you join the Book Cover 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, September 25, 2015

A Lovely Rose - Meg's Garden


Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the beautiful English Rose Garden Collection from Meg's Garden today. This sweet girl is my youngest niece. This photo of her paired perfectly with the Paisley and Roses Patterned Paper.


I matched some cardstock to the pink and orange hues on the patterned paper for my photo mats. I used a stencil and some chalk ink to add a rose pattern to the 6x6 piece of cardstock that I placed in the center of the Square Paper Lace Doily. I framed my photo with embellishments from the Temptations in Cream and Sage and some die-cuts from the Forgotten Meadows Cut and Create Patterned Paper.


I finished this page with a sweet brass butterfly charm and a Gold Metallic Ribbon bow.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Meg's Garden Supplies:
English Rose Garden - Paisley and Roses Patterned Paper
Forgotten Meadows - Cut and Create Patterned Paper
Temptations in Cream and Sage
Square Paper Lace Doily
Gold Metallic Ribbon
Antique Champagne Tassels

I'm A Stuck?! Sketches Designer!

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm joining the Stuck?! Sketches Design Team! I'm joining the following amazing artists:

Janice Daquila-Pardo (Blog Coordinator)
Laura Whitaker (Owner/Sketch Designer)

I'll be sharing layouts based on Stuck?! Sketches twice a month. I'm excited to put my stash to good use! I want to share one of the layouts I created for the design team call today. I used the May 15th sketch, which I rotated one click to the left.


The photo of my daughters with their cousins is one of my favorites from our visit home during Summer vacation. This may have been the only time during the week that all the kids were standing still! I used a lot of bright colors to help capture the joy of the occasion. I specifically loved the circles in the sketch so I used a piece of patterned paper with a fun circle print as the base of my page to further highlight that fun design element.


Please stop by again on October 1st when I'll be sharing my first layout as part of the design team!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

C'est Magnifique October Kit Projects + Farewell

Hi! I'm sharing the projects I created with the C'est Magnifique October Kits today. I had a blast working with the Prima Garden Fable collection. I used items from the Main Kit, Flower Add-On, Embellishment Add-On, Mixed Media Kit and Card Kit for my projects this month. This kit will be the last that I work with as a designer for C'est Magnifique Kit Club. It has been an amazing year, but it is time for me to move on. I've enjoyed sharing my work with you and have appreciated every comment and kind word that I have received during my term. The new Design Team Coordinator will be introduced next month, so please stay tuned!

I like to flip-flop between two major design styles, romantic and clean and simple. I have a pair of layouts in each style to share with you today. These kits are versatile!


I had a lot of fun fussy cutting the patterned papers as well as my photo for this layout featuring my niece.


I used the stencil, Gelato and mist from the Mixed Media Kit to create a colorful textured background for this page.


The leaves, flowers, nests, birds and architectural elements that I fussy cut from the patterned papers were super fun to layer over and under the house that is the focal point of my design.


I used one of my favorite family photos for this page. The beautiful Prima Evita Esme flowers from the Flower Add-On were perfect for a heritage layout! I used two patterned papers from the Card Kit, the solid kraft and the stitched animal print, to coordinate with the outfit of the woman in the photo.



I added bright pink flowers for a fun pop of color. I highlighted the roses on the patterned paper and the neutral colored flowers with the Guava (pink) Gelato from the Mixed Media Kit.

I went monochromatic for my two clean and simple layouts. I has fun mixing things up a bit using pink for a masculine page and blue for a feminine page.


I love this pink/red masculine layout that I created using a photo of my brother and his son as inspiration.


I criss-crossed pieces of washi tape over the background of the patterned paper and then covered it with a layer of the Opaque Medium from the Mixed Media Kit. I then added some color with the Guava Gelato and splatters of mist. I layered die-cuts, tags, stickers and small pieces of patterned paper under my photo and then finished the page with some flowers and rhinestones.


My last layout features my youngest niece. She is such a sweetheart! I pulled the blue papers, packaging and die-cuts from the kits for this page.


This large felt flower from the Flower Add-On adds a wonderful softness to this layout.


The small piece of Prima resin is one of my favorite embellishments from the Main Kit. It made a fantastic bow topper.


I created a small corner embellishment with piece of patterned paper, a die-cut and some rhinestones.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you! I have one more layout to share for the October Sketch Challenge, so please stop by again on the first of the month.

The October Add-Ons, the Mixed Media Kit and the Card Kit are available for purchase now from the C'est Magnifique Store. The October Main Kit will be on sale on September 30th.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

ColorBox Blends Embroidery Hoop Orbs - Clearsnap

Embroidery Hoop Orb Home Decor by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap
The ink for this project was supplied by Clearsnap. I was inspired by a project post at AKADesign.

Hi! I'm sharing my latest home decor project for Clearsnap today. I’ve seen embroidery hoops all over Pinterest and I’ve been inspired to create with them. This colorful bowl of orbs started out as raw wood embroidery hoops. I stained these hoops with some of my favorite shades of ColorBox Blends by Eileen Hull and ColorBox Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler. My home is filled with neutral furnishings, so I change up my decor for each season by adding colorful accents. This bowl of orbs is a great inexpensive way to add a fun pop of color to your home for the Fall months.


Natural Wood Embroidery Hoops Before Staining by Dana Tatar


ColorBox Blends, developed by popular artist Eileen Hull for Clearsnap, hold more than 10 times the ink of a traditional ink pad. The convenient foam sponge applicator kept my hands clean while I applied the ink directly to the wood embroidery hoops. There are over a dozen fantastic colors of ColorBox Blends available, so you're sure to find a palette that works for your decor. Try using ColorBox Blends on paper, clay, and fabric.

Nutmeg ColorBox Blends Stained Wood Embroider Hoops by Dana Tatar

How to Stain Wood Embroidery Hoops with ColorBox Blends and Crafter's Ink by Dana Tatar

I used ColorBox Blends in Beach (blue), Golden (yellow) and Nutmeg (brown). I also used a ColorBox Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler ink pad in Canyon (red), which I applied using an Art Dauber from the ColorBox Blending Kit. Once I had all the hoops stained, I used a heat gun to set the color for permanence. My craft studio is in my basement, so I appreciated the ease of using ink that cleans up with water rather than a costly stain that would have required additional supplies and ventilation.


Bowl of Stained Wood Embroidery Hoops by Dana Tatar

I have this bowl sitting on a small table in my entryway, but it could easily be used as a festive centerpiece.

Clearsnap Supplies:
ColorBox Blends by Eileen Hull – Beach, Golden Nutmeg
ColorBox Crafter’s by Ann Butler – Canyon
ColoBox Blending Kit

Wood Embroidery Hoop Orbs Stained with ColorBox Blends Tutorial by Dana Tatar

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Discover - Berry71Bleu


Hi! I'm sharing the layout I created for Tusia's Forest Challenge for Berry71Bleu today. We recently ventured into the woods of West Virginia for our first family camping trip and we had a blast. It was wonderful to unplug for a long weekend and get back to nature! I snapped this photo of my girls on a walk through the camp grounds.



I added mist, whipped spackle, stickers, rub-ons and rhinestones to the background of this 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk patterned paper in shades of green and brown, and modeled the design of this page after a similar layout created by Riikka Kovasin.


I couldn't resist adding these happy tree embellishments created by Chantal Vandenberg to my layout. You can pick up a set for yourself HERE.


We'd love to see how you interpret this challenge! You have until the end of the month to join the fun! As usual, we have some fantastic prize packages up for grabs:

1st Prize:
Lost and Found collection sponsored by 7 Dots Studio (as shown below)
Random Prize:
Set of TandiArt prints and cards
Our sponsors provided prizes with international shipping included!

Sponsors:

We are a team of creative women who cannot image their 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.


TandiArt
Mixed media art, home decoration and workshops with a little bit of magic. :) This dreamy artwork is created with heart and soul by Sylwia Gryczuk.

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 page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

DIY Plastic Bottle Pencil Case - Clearsnap



DIY Stamped Plastic Bottle Pencil Case by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Hi! I'm sharing how I created this personalized pencil case from a plastic water bottle on the Clearsnap blog today! I modified a design for a plastic bottle wallet that I saw on PopSugar to create this case. This do-it-yourself project can be completed in less than 30 minutes with materials that are mostly likely on hand. This pencil case is great for transporting pencils to and from school, but could just as easily carry markers or paintbrushes to an art class.

Reproduce this container and fill it with a fun gift for teacher and move straight to the head of the class! With a gorgeous palette of over 50 muted, chalk-like, blendable colors, choosing or mixing up the perfect shade of ColorBox Chalk Ink to match your personality or school mascot is a breeze. Stop by the Clearsnap blog for the full tutorial!


DIY Stamped Plastic Bottle Pencil Case Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Friday, September 4, 2015

Just Have A Little Faith - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing a card that I created for the Color Theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I started with a purple watercolor card base. I stained a portion of the Square Grid with Distress Stain and attached it to the card base. I then stamped a sentiment onto a piece of vellum using chalk ink, positioned it onto the card base, and then added a flower from the Flowers with Stems Grab Bag that I also colored with chalk ink. I finished the card with some adhesive pearl accents.


You can find this chipboard and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to see what you create with this Color Theme! 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, September 1, 2015

Izink Notebook - Clearsnap September Color Inspiration Challenge

Supplies for this project were provided by Clearsnap.

Hi! I'm sharing a fun school themed notebook today that I created for the Clearsnap September Color Inspiration Challenge. At the beginning of every month, Clearsnap posts an inspiration challenge on the Clearsnap Blog featuring inspired fashion, trends, and a few inkpads to inspire you to create something during the month. The mood board this month features bright blue, red and yellow, which I think just screams back-to-school!

I used Izink, a Teresa Collins ColorBox Posh White Inkpad (NEW color!), a ColorBox Midnight Archival Inkpad, ColorBox Clear Embossing Powder, the Ann Butler Lattice Art Screen and a set of foam stamps to transform this purse-sized notebook that I picked up from the discount section of a local retailer.


This is what I started with. I loved the elastic band that holds the notebook closed. There is also a fantastic section of divided envelope pockets in the back of this book that I know will be extremely useful!


Step 1. Cover the front and back of the notebook with gesso.

Step 2. Use a paintbrush to add a layer of Iris Izink to the notebook covers. Dry with a heat gun.

Step 3. Use the Izink dropper top to apply small pools of Tomato and Mimosa Izink onto the front and back covers of the notebook. Spread the color with a craft stick. Dry with a heat gun. Note: I did not want the different colors of Izink to mix, so I used Tomato Izink on the back cover and Mimosa Izink on the front cover and made sure that the ink was dry before switching colors. If I wasn't working with a specific color palette, I would have let the colors mix!

Step 4. Use the dropper top to apply small pools of Tomato and Mimosa Izink onto the front and back covers of the notebook. Spread the color with a craft stick. Dry with a heat gun.


Step 5. Apply Teresa Collins Posh White Pigment Ink over an Ann Butler Lattice Art Screen onto the notebook cover in a random fashion using an Art Dauber. Cover the ink with ColorBox Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 6. Stamp the word "NOTES" onto the front cover using ColorBox Midnight Archival Ink to finish the project. Note: I feel like the black ink and the Iris Izink are competing too much, making the stamped letters hard to read. If I created this project again, I'd probably use Mimosa Izink (yellow) for the base color.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you want the chance to have your work featured on the Clearsnap Facebook Page, link up your project based on this collage to the Clearsnap Blog.

Clearsnap Supplies:
Aladine Pigment Izink: Iris, Mimosa, Tomato
Colorbox Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins: Posh White
ColorBox Archival Dye Ink: Midnight
ColorBox Embossing Powder: Clear
ColorBox Art Screens by Ann Butler: Lattice
ColorBox Blending Kit


Lovely - C'est Magnifique September Sketch Challenge


Hi! I'm sharing the layout that I created for the C'est Magnifique September Sketch Challenge today. I had a blast working with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Hello Lovely collection. This collection is definitely on trend! I used items from the Main Kit, Flower Add-On, Embellishment Add-On and the Mixed Media Kit for this layout.


I created this title spot with die-cuts, fussy cuts and a metal arrow. I added sequins to the background of this page to catch the light.


I colored this Heidi Swapp Color Magic Resist Die-Cut with the C'est Magnifique Melon Shimmer Mist. Both of these items come in the September Mixed Media Kit. I created this flower cluster with blooms from the September Flower Add-On. Isn't the mix of colors and textures fantastic?!


I hope you can find the time to play along. Link up your layout based on the September Sketch to the C'est Magnifique blog by September 30th for your chance to win a prize package!

I have really enjoyed playing with this kit! If you are interested in the September 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!