Friday, October 30, 2015

You Are My Sunshine - Meg's Garden


Hi friends! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the beautiful English Rose Garden collection from Meg's Garden today. The leaves are beginning to change color in my area so the deep greens and oranges present on several of the patterned papers in this line caught my eye.


I framed my photo with chipboard and flowers from my personal supplies and lots of fussy cut flowers and leaves from the Roses and Lace, Paisley and Roses, and A Bouquet of Roses patterned papers.


I embellished a strip of cardstock with leaves and flowers cut from the same patterned papers as listed above, plus pieces of Lace, Copper Trim and portions of a Square Paper Lace Doily. I topped this cluster with a chipboard bird from the Temptations in Blue Embellishment Bundle.


I finished the page with a metal butterfly charm and a clear title sticker.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Meg's Garden Supplies:
English Rose Garden - Leaves and Foliage
English Rose Garden - Roses and Lace
English Rose Garden - Paisley and Roses
English Rose Garden - A Bouquet of Roses
Paper Lace Doily
Copper Trim
Temptations in Blue
Temptations in Cream and Sage

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Halloween Card - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing a card for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I absolutely love Halloween crafts, so I couldn't resist sharing one last creepy project this month. I created a card base with a mix of Canvas Corp patterned paper, corrugated cardstock and canvas and then topped it with a satin bow.


My card was missing the scare factor, so I added a Spider that I colored with black paint and a layer of glaze to the center of the bow. The Tando Creative Grab Bag of Spiders includes 3 different designs in two sizes (6 pieces total), so you're sure to find a creepy crawler perfect for your project!

You can find the spider I used for this project and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to see what you create for our 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!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Canvas Corp Supplies:
Canvas Corp C-Flute Kraft
Canavs Corp Haunt It Tags on Kraft
Canvas Corp Halloween Stripe on White
Canvas Corp Orange Ticking
Tattered Angels Fully Purple Glimmer Mist
Tattered Angels Black Magic Glimmer Mist

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Amor Card - Clearsnap

Ink for this project was provided by Clearsnap.

Hi! I'm sharing a card that I created with some of the new colors of ink from Clearsnap. I picked up a Day of the Dead Kit and a Calaveras and Corazons Clear Stamp Set from Paper Wings Productions, which happened to pair perfectly with the new colors of Smooch and Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist Surfacez Ink.


Here's how I created the beaded pendant:

Step One: Stamp a sugar skull design onto a piece of white paper and paint with Smooch Ink. Add a small amount of glaze to the top of each colored image and press a clear pendant over the top. Once the glaze is dry, trim any excess patterned paper from around the pendant.

Setp Two: Follow the Beaded Cabochon Tutorial by the mega-talented Sandie Edwards to stitch beads around the pendant. Use a paintbrush with Maria Pawelko Modern Surrealist Surfacez Ink to color the beads. Finish the pendant by adding a colorful floral cluster to the top.
 
If you'd like to see my romantic version of this card done in a shabby chic style, CLICK HERE


Once the pendant was finished, I attached it to a gold doily and then to my card base. I finished the card with the stamped sentiment "Amor."

Thanks for stopping by today!

Clearsnap Supplies:
ColorBox Pigment Ink: Dragonfly Black
Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist Surfacez Ink: Bahama Blue, Charming Chartreuse, Gecko Green, Paradise Pink, Tiki Teal, Y.O.L.O Yellow
Smooch: Coastal, Copper, Dew, Dusk, Juniper, Moonlight, Sundance, Sunny

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Facet Christmas Ornaments - Meg's Garden


Hi! I'm sharing some Christmas ornaments that I created with Tim Holtz Facets and the new Downloadable Vintage Christmas Papercrafter Pack for Meg's Garden today. I fashioned these ornaments after the vintage chandelier pendant ornaments designed by Melinda Barnett, which were published in the Stampington and Company Somerset Holidays and Celebrations 2015 Vol. 9.


I simply printed these gorgeous papers at home, applied a small amount of glaze over select images, and pressed a facet firmly down onto the glaze. I let the facets dry overnight and then trimmed away the excess paper. I finished these ornaments with a length of festive ribbon.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Meg's Garden Supplies:
Vintage Christmas Papercrafter Pack

Lights Out Switch Box - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing an altered switch box that I created for the Spookilicious theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I recently went camping with my family and the kids found this rusty switch box in the woods. They were going to throw it away, but I hid this treasure away while they were on a hike! I had a lot of fun giving this piece a second life for the challenge this week!


I embellished the top of the box with a leftover piece of tombstones from the Halloween Art Room I put together last year. I also added a piece of Grass Flexistrip, a Mini Pumpkin and a skull from the Mini Mixed Halloween Set. I filled in some of the empty space with plastic bones and a bit of moss for color. (I didn't think of it until typing up this post, but I may add the Tando designer names to the tombstones!)


I attached a plastic skeleton to the front of the piece. I added another Mini Pumpkin. The entire piece is glued to a coffin piece I had leftover from the Layered Coffin with Cobweb that I assembled last year.


The wires coming out from the top of the box were the perfect support pieces for a couple Bats and a Spider. I painted the bats and spider with black acrylic paint and then covered them with a layer of flock for a furry finish.


Here is what the box looked like fresh from the woods. I didn't alter the finish at all. This natural rusting a patina beats anything I could try to recreate in my studio. I did add some fake spider webs.

If you're looking for a strictly chipboard piece to assemble for Halloween here are a couple examples:

Layered Coffin with Cobweb Detail (Hinges Not Included)


Halloween Art Room


You can find the chipboard I used for this project and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to see what you create for our Spookilicious 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 so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Quick DIY Halloween Selfie Props - Clearsnap


Hi! I'm sharing some fun Halloween selfie props that I created in just minutes for Clearsnap today. I'm not big on dressing up for Halloween. Last year, I purchased a mask, thinking that I would pop it on and go. I was soon disappointed when I figured out I couldn't eat or drink anything with the mask on. This year calls for a much better design!


I quickly grabbed two ColorBox® Spritzers, Gold Embossing Powder, Sapphire Glitter and the NEW Secret Message Writer and created these Halloween selfie props with some store-bought wood shapes. I know I'm going to have fun passing these props between my friends and snapping photos before we take the little ones out trick-or-treating.


I used the Pinkolicious Spritzer, and as I was working indoors, a Color Catcher®, and sprayed the crown with mist. I sped up the drying process with my heat gun. I then added several 3D Foam Swirls to the crown. I covered the adhesive on the 3D Foam Swirls with Gold Embossing Power and gently applied heat to set. For a bit of fun, I doodled on the crown with the new Secret Message Writer!


I followed the same steps with this pair of glasses, swapping out the Pinkolicious Spritzer for a Moody Blue Spritzer and the Gold Embossing Powder for some Sapphire Glitter. I also doodled around the frames with the Secret Message Writer.


How cool am I going to look when I come in contact with a black light?! I'm attending a Halloween party, and chances are pretty good that there will be a UV light in the house. On the off chance that I don't encounter a black light, I have my own small portable UV light that I can use with these Halloween props to take some spooky shots.

I hope I have inspired you to create some selfie props for yourself! The best part about the Secret Message Writer is that the ink is not visible without a UV light, so I'll be able to use these selfie props all year long!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Clearsnap Supplies:
Other: Donna Salazar Designs with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Swirls

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Boo - Stuck?! Sketches


Hi! I'm sharing my take on the new sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. This is one of my favorite Halloween photos of my daughter Claire. I usually scrap it every year! I wanted to use some of my new Halloween goodies, and because I haven't had a chance to snap photos of my daughters in the costumes they will wear this year, I used this favorite photo of my oldest taken several years ago.


I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Jack O'Lantern Orange Embossing Powder with a stamp to add shimmery circles to the patterned paper. I also splattered Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist (Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold, Kissin' Kenickie Coral, Golden Doubloons and Brushed Nickel) in a random fashion over the patterned paper. I then added some black bats with Distress Ink and a stencil. I've had this Want2Scrap Skull Chipboard Album for some time and thought it would be fun to use a couple of the pieces for a creepy photo mat. I painted, inked and stamped the first two pages of the album, separated the layers of chipboard with dimensional adhesive, and attached it to the page.


I embellished the edges of my photo with stickers and chipboard letters.


I decorated the side of the layout with tickets, masking tape and a glitter spider.

Here's Laura's original sketch. I rotated the design one click to the right for my page.


We'd love to see your take on this sketch! For more inspiration, visit the Stuck?! Sketches Blog to see what the rest of the designers have created.

We have two fabulous sponsors for this sketch, Lindy's Stamp Gang and Scrapmatts!


To enter for a chance to win, link your layout up in the right sidebar of the Stuck?! Sketches Blog by October 30th. All prizes winners are selected randomly using Random.org. When linking your layouts, please make sure it is linked to the specific post your layout is in, not your blog as a whole, as it can be hard later in the month to find your layout. You can also link from any gallery including Flickr or Facebook, but we may not be able to comment. Feel free to combine this sketch with no more than one other non-sketch challenge. Please include a link back to Stuck?! Sketches on your blog entry for our challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Deathly Delight ATC - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing the ATC that I created for the Embossing Folder Challenge this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I really enjoy Halloween crafting, so I'm making the most of it this month with this second creepy artist trading card! I put an ATC into a butterfly embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I then colored the ATC with orange ink, outlined the butterflies with a black pen, and then lightly sanded the raised butterflies to help them pop.


For the second layer of this card, I stamped and colored a Butterfly and then topped it with a skeleton.


I finished this card with a sentiment sticker and a coat of Rock Candy Stickles.

You can find Artist Trading Cards, Butterflies and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to see what you create with chipboard and an embossing folder! 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!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Flutter ATC - Tando Creative


Hi friends! I'm sharing an ATC that I created for the Color Theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I love moths and butterflies and am sometimes fortunate enough to find them in my yard. While most of them are still fluttering around, I do, on occasion, find them after their life has ended; just a piece of a delicate wing, or mostly intact, like this beauty. This card may be a bit too creepy for some, but in the spirit of October and the upcoming Halloween festivities, I decided to embrace this moth and immortalize this specimen forever under a coat of glaze.


I used Gelatos and water to create the ombre background on this ATC. I then wound some rusted wire into a circle and secured it to the ATC with washi tape. I placed the moth in the center of the wire circle and covered the entire card with a thick layer of glaze. Just one of the brilliant qualities about Tando chipboard is the strength and weight. I fearlessly covered this ATC with nearly a quarter cup of glaze (about 2 ounces) and let it dry overnight without worry that the chipboard would become saturated or warp.


In addition to this gorgeous color palette, I was also inspired by some lyrics from Chris Cornell's song Flutter Girl:

I'm drinking dust
With eyes of rust
Tonight my tears might stain your wings
So flutter home
'Cause you're better off alone than with me

You can find Artist Trading Cards 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!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Tangled Web - Berry71Bleu


Hi!  I'm sharing my take on Marie's "Leaves in Layers" October Challenge for Berry71Bleu today. I took a photo of one of the huge spider webs decorating my front lawn. With a little editing I was able to make the web show up in the photo. Luckily, the spider was away for a bit, except now I'm wondering where it is!


I applied several colors of gold mist to color the background of the page.


I painted the Creative Embellishments Flourish 15 and leaves cut from the Fall Leave Corners with green, brown and gold paint and tucked them onto either side of my photo.


The journaling reads; Oh, what a tangled web we weave.


I hope that you find the time to join us this month. We have some fabulous prizes up for grabs!

1st Prize:
Set of chipboard from Creative Embellishments


Random Prize:
Special Kit prepared by our sweet DT member Marie
Make sure you visit her blog: http://www.createwithoutlimits.com/


Sponsor:


Creative Embellishments is a family owned company created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer, a husband and wife team, designing and manufacturing unique, high quality chipboard, wood, rubber stamps and flair products since 2013. We offer fun, inspiring products to add to any project! We are expanding into other product lines such as acrylic and stencil embellishments SOON. We also custom cut for individual orders and have a wholesale store for retailers, kit clubs and classes.


Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry.
We share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook page and Pinterest Boards.
Look for your work there!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Whitewashed Pigment Ink Envelopes - Clearsnap

The ink and embossing power for this card was supplied by Clearsnap.

Hi! I'm sharing how to create this whitewashed effect with the NEW ColorBox Pigment Inks by Teresa Collins on the Clearsnap Blog today! In the spirit of the upcoming Columbus Day holiday and new discoveries, the Clearsnap team will be trying new techniques this week. I'd love to have you stop by for the quick and easy tutorial!

Clearsnap Supplies:
ColorBox® Embossing Powder: White
ColorBox® Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins: Passion Pink, Feisty Red, Glam Green, Glitz Gold, Platinum Silver, Posh White, Loft Black, Gold Shine

Stamp Sets:
Thank You Rubber Stamp (871130) - Paper Source
Happy Holidays - Gloria Stengel Designs Distributed by Hampton Art
Elegant Flowers (Set of 5) - Inspired by Stamping
Poinsettias and Berries Rubber Stamp (K40) - Great Impressions Stamps
Snowflake 3 (#6309) - 100 Proof Press
With Some Sparkle Cling Stamp Set - Paper Wings Productions

Saturday, October 3, 2015

World Card Making Day Blog Hop!

The ink, adhesive and tools for this product were supplied by Clearsnap and their Partenrs.

Hi! Thanks for joining the World Card Making Day Blog Hop hosted by Clearsnap! If you arrived here from Abby's blog, you're in the right place! I used the Clearsnap Rollagraph Film Strip Design Wheel to roll out a frame to create a creepy reel of clip art images for my Halloween card. The Film Strip Design Wheel is so fun to use that my husband even gave it a roll! I'm going to show you how I created my film strips today. I think this is one of the most versatile designs and I use it for crafts all year long.


Stop One: Insert the Film Strip Design Wheel into a standard Rollagraph Handle, ink up with Dragonfly Black Pigment Ink, and roll the design onto a piece of vellum paper. Apply Black Embossing Powder over the pigment ink and heat to set.


Step Two: Cut the center of each film strip away to create space for photos. Trim clip art to size and glue images to the back of the film strips. Note: The cutting tools shown were supplied to my by Westcott Brand. You can purchase this creepy Jeepers Creepers Clip Art from Gecko Galz.


Step Three: Confession time: I don't make a lot of cards and I never measure anything! I cut a piece of black cardstock down to an A2 size card base and then trimmed down pieces of patterned paper from the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities collection to various sizes. I ink the edges of all the papers with the NEW colors of ColorBox Cat's Eye Chalk Ink.


Step Four: Assemble the card. Attach the film strips to the card using Dodz XL for extra dimension.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Ink and card making go hand-in-hand so we have brought some of our fabulous creative members together to share their love of cards with you. Be sure to stop at each blog on the hop and leave a comment, pin, and more to enter to win - use the handy widget on the Clearsnap Blog to enter. What are we giving away? A card maker's dream set of inks, that's what!

Here's the complete hop order: 




Clearsnap Supplies:
Rollagraph Film Strip Design Wheel
Rollagraph Handle (Standard)
ColorBox Embossing Powder - Black
ColorBox Pigment Ink - Dragonfly Black
ColorBox Cat's Eye Chalk Ink - Black Cherry, Butter, Fawn, Harvest, Mint, Plumeria

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Supplies:
Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Dodz XL 
E-Z Runner Permanent Strips Refillable Dispenser

Westcott Brand Supplies:
Westcott Craft Titanium 4-inch Non-Stick Scissors - Pink
Westcott Titanium Bonded Razor Paper Cutter - Purple

Friday, October 2, 2015

Stamped Fabric Wall Art - Clearsnap

The ink and Background Basics Stamp for this project were provided by Clearsnap.


Hi friends! I'm sharing how I created this stamped fabric Fall wall hanging for my home on the Clearsnap blog today. The ColorBox® Background Basics by Ann Butler range of quilt-themed stamps helped me to create a beautiful homespun background for my project in no time at all! This small 4-inch piece of art was quick and easy to put together with Clearsnap® inks and stamps and a few basic supplies. Stop by the Clearsnap blog for the instructions.

Clearsnap® Supplies:
Other Supplies: 4″ Embroidery Hoop & Frame, Paper Wings Productions Leaves Cling Stamp Set, Muslin, Burlap Ribbon, Cardstock, Scissors