Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ship Shape - Clearsnap + Tando Creative


Hello friends! I'm sharing a layout that I created for Clearsnap and Tando Creative today. I've recently inherited some vintage family photos. When I come across the right paper collection, I jump at the chance to create a heritage page for my family scrapbook album. I've used Colorbox® Graphic 45 Decades Dye Ink Pads to age my papers so that they pair better with this photo of my Great Grandmother.


I selected two colors of ColorBox® Graphic 45 Decades Dye Ink Pads for this layout; Bon Voyage and Dark Cashmere. I first used the inks with a script stamp randomly over the background of the page to add some depth to the patterned paper. I stamped first using the Dark Cashmere and then went over that color with Bon Voyage. I also used the ColorBox® Graphic 45 Decades Dye Ink to distress my patterned papers. The Decades inks were perfect for adding a weathered look to the wood grain patterned strips that I used for a photo mat.


In addition to the patterned papers, I also used ColorBox® Graphic 45 Decades Dye Ink to distress several pieces of Tando Creative chipboard. (The Anchor in shown above and the Cloud is shown below.) I simply applied the ink to a ColorBox® Art Dauber and then gently rubbed the sponge over the chipboard.


I wanted to brighten up my page, so I decided to apply Designer Foils over small pieces of Design Adhesives. The Design Adhesives are quick to apply with a peel-and-stick process. The transparent top sheet allows for perfect positioning. Once the Designer Adhesives were on the page, I pressed Lagoon and Goldmine Designer Foils over the top. This process is much easier than a traditional rub-on embellishment and I love the shine!

You can find the pieces 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 for stopping by today!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Good Times - Stuck?! Sketches


Hi! I'm sharing my take on the new sketch up at Stuck?! Sketches today. We're teaming up with Scrap It With A Song for a co-challenge this month, so if you can find a way to combine the sketch with the song you have multiple chances to win a prize! The featured song is "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. I was inspired by the song lyrics "And the new day will dawn for those who stand long And the forests will echo with laughter." The patterned paper I chose for the base of this page made me think of a large rising sun. The sweet girl laughing in the woods is my Niece.


I wanted a pop of color to help brighten up my palette so I chose some fun red and orange pieces of chipboard and die-cuts to lay on top and underneath my photo.


I hope you can find the time to join us this month! Our sponsors for this sketch are 7 Dots Studio ($20 Gift Certificate) and Freckled Fawn ($15 Gift Certificate).



Here's the sketch if you want to play along. 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.


To enter for a chance to win, link your layout up in the right sidebar of the Stuck?! Sketches Blog by November 29th. 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!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wine Cork Christmas Ornaments - Canvas Corp


Hi! I'm sharing a set of handmade wine cork Christmas ornaments that I created for Canvas Corp today. I've been saving wine corks for awhile now and had a lot of fun putting these ornaments together, fashioning them after a design I saw on Etsy. 7 Gypsies offers a wide range of charms and keys at an affordable price, so ornaments like these are easy to personalize for everyone on your Christmas list!


Supplies:
7 Gypsies Mini Antique Brass Metal Keys
7 Gypsies Antique Silver Jump Rings
7 Gypsies Santa's Journey Charms
Canvas Corp Hemp Rope - Red
Canvas Corp Canvas Fringe
Tattered Angels Rum Punch Glimmer Mist
Tattered Angels Lime Twist Glimmer Mist
Wine Corks
Buttons
Silver Bells

Tools: Hot Glue Gun, Scissors


Step One: Wrap Canvas Fringe around wine corks and cut when ends overlap slightly. Color the Canvas Fringe with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and let dry, or leave the Canvas Fringe natural for a more rustic look. Attach the Canvas Fringe to the wine corks with hot glue.


Step Two: Attach charms, mini keys and silver bells to jump rings.


Step Three: Attach the embellished jump rings to buttons and use hot glue to secure to the top and bottom of the wine corks.


These ornaments would also make fun gift toppers. If you're looking for a great hostess gift, use them to dress up a bottle of wine!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Memories - Berry71Bleu

Photo Credit
Hi friends! I'm sharing my take on Sylwia's November Mood Board for Berry71Bleu today. I was inspired by all the fantastic elements on Sylwia's board and the vintage theme. I chose to use a photo from the restoration project of a French castle, Chateau de Gudanes. I am quite obsessed with this project. The owners are unearthing some fantastic treasures and I'm loving that they are documenting their progress so I can run around these beautiful grounds in my dreams!


I used a combination of papers from the Riddersholm Design Newport and Tailgate Marked collections.


I added paint and mist splatters and brocade stenciling to the background of my page before I piled on layers of patterned papers, postcards, die-cuts and packaging, pieces of fabric, and colorful flowers.


I finished my page with title of wooden letters.


I hope you can find the time to play along with us this month.
There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs!

1st Prize:
Full set of 11 Christmas Cosy papers by Riddersholm Design

Random Prize:

Special Vintage Kit prepared by our DT member Sylwia
Make sure you visit her blog http://www.tandiart.blogspot.ie 

Sponsor:



Riddersholm Design
Website
Blog
Facebook


Riddersholm Design is a company created by Connie Riddersholm, who has been designing and manufacturing unique, high quality scrapbooking papers since 2010. Her beautiful papers can be used for scrapbooking, card making and other art projects. The papers are specially designed to reflect Connie's style. All the paper is environmentally sound and produced with high quality materials. The first collection was launched in March 2010. Riddersholm Design products are now being sold in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Australia, England, Finland, Germany, Holland, France and the USA.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Frosty Morning Arch - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing an arch I embellished with some dimensional elements for the 3D theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. The weather is turning here in the States. The leaves are falling from the tree, the mornings are frosty, and the color is slowly leaving the landscape. The only happy colors I have in my yard are from my roses that are doing their best to hang on and the occasional cardinal. This arch was inspired by the view from my front window.


I started this piece by outlining a tree pattern using the tree stencil from the Trees and Leaves 3-Part Stencil Set onto an inner piece from the Arabian Style Layered Arch Frame. I then tore up and twisted pieces of a brown paper bag to make dimensional tree branches that I glued over the stenciled tree pattern. Once the glue was dry I used acrylic paints and glazes to paint the tree, the background of the arch and the other pieces of chipboard I added to this piece.


I added a piece of Fence Flexistrip to the bottom of the arch. (This is the only chipboard from Tando that is flexible like this. It is great to bend and wrap around projects.) I topped the fence with a chilly rhinestone gust of wind and some Mini Flowers.

You can find the pieces I used for this project and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to see what you create for our 3D 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, November 7, 2015

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Day 2


Hi friends! Welcome to Day 2 of the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! I'm super excited to share some gift ideas today! When creating a special handmade gift for someone I try to make one-of-a-kind unique items that can't be found anywhere else. I sharing how to create resin paper from Izink monoprints and several ways to turn those prints into gifts that will be highly sought-after by family and friends.

Supplies:
Adhesive
Brayer
Deli Paper
Glitter (Optional)
Gel Printing Plate (I used a 6"x6" Gelli Plate)
Izink
Paintbrush
Pigment Ink
ICE Resin
Stamps
Stencils
Texture Tools


Apply Izink onto a gel printing plate and spread into a thin layer using a brayer. Lay a sheet of deli paper over the plate, press down, and peel the paper away to transfer the ink.


The Izink formula is much thinner than paint, so only a small drop is necessary to cover the entire plate. Apply Izink onto the plate and spread ink around with a brayer, brush or other texture tool, press the deli paper over the plate, press down, and peel the paper away to transfer the ink. Apply ink over stencils to create fun patterns. Repeat this process until you are happy with the print.

I do have to apologize for not having step-by-step photos on how I created my prints. The gelli print process is fast and if I stopped to take photos during the process I would risk having the ink dry on my plate. If you're not familiar with monoprinting or the Gelli Plate, I highly recommend taking THIS CLASS from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.


Here is my fun collection of prints! You may notice some duplicate prints. These prints were created by passing a second piece of deli paper over the Gelli Plate after I took my first print off. The second print removes the rest of the ink from the plate. These prints will have the same pattern, but in a more subtle shade due to the smaller amount of ink being transferred to the paper.


Once my prints were dry, I stamped them with various designs using ColorBox Pigment Ink. Any letters or numbers will print backwards during the Gelli Plate transfer process. (I think this is cool!) If you want spell a word or have the numbers print in the right orientation, you must apply them to the gelli plate backwards, or add them after the printing process like I did here.


I covered my work space with a plastic garbage bag for the resin-coating process. I mixed up 1 ounce of ICE Resin per the package directions. Once the resin is mixed there is a limited working time before the resin hardens. I used a piece of a kitchen sponge to spread a thin layer of resin over both the front and back sides of my prints. 1 ounce of ICE Resin was enough to cover 10 6"x6" prints.


While the ICE Resin was still wet, I sprinkled Clearsnap Glitter over some of the prints. (Dry print shown above.) I left the prints to dry overnight.



Here is the first project I created with my prints. I trimmed my prints down to size and attached them to this tabbed album with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, which is 5X stronger than standard tape runners and great for slick surfaces. I'm super psyched for the return of the show The X-Files so I created this album for myself to document the show, government cover-ups, conspiracy theories and UFO sightings etc. I picked up "The Truth Is Out There" Stamp from VivaLasVegaStamps!


Here is what the album pages look like.


If you're looking for a softer, more delicate album, check out this album I created last year. I stitched a resin monoprint directly to the cover of a small canvas album. (Note the backwards numbers that I mentioned will result from stamping directly on the Gelli Plate. I love the look!)


I had one print leftover so I popped it into this Tolsby Frame I picked up for less than $1 at IKEA. A simple print like this can easily be created to match anyone's tastes.


Once I had my album and framed print cut down to size, I had a pile of scraps leftover that I just couldn't let go to waste. These strips are great for art journaling and mixed media projects.


I used an Epiphany Crafts Round 14 Punch and the coordinating Bubble Cap and Charm to take my print off-the-page to create a pendant. I adhered the Bubble Cap to the Charm with a drop of Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.


I can create dozens of these unique pendants that are perfect for so many occasions from my pile of scraps. I see some coordinating earrings in my future!


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you! I want to thank Clearsnap and Tombow for the fantastic supplies! We are having a giveaway of over $600 in craft supplies to help you make this holiday handmade. Enter to win using the widget below:


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Please take the time to visit all the talented artists participating in this 3-day hop. You'll find more than 80 handmade craft ideas!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Yellow Ribbon Postcards for Veterans Day - Clearsnap


Hi! I'm sharing the quick tutorial for these yellow ribbon postcards on the Clearsnap Blog today. When thinking about a design for a postcard, I decided on a yellow ribbon to symbolize general support for all military personnel no matter the duty status or branch of service. 


A color wash of yellow ink and a stamp is all that is needed to embellish the back of this postcard. One can create dozens of postcards in mere minutes with this simple technique, yielding enough postcards to send to a local Veterans/Military group or family members.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy - Stuck?! Sketches


Hi! I'm sharing my take on the new sketch up at Stuck?! Sketches today. We're teaming up with Scrap It With A Song for a co-challenge this month, so if you can find a way to combine the sketch with the song you have multiple chances to win a prize! The featured song is "Octopus Garden" by The Beatles. One of the sponsors for this challenge is Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits, so I used a favorite photo of my Nephew on this page.


I used some song lyrics for my journaling and the general happy theme of this song for the title of my page.


I was "happy" to find this stitched banner in my stash so I could add the stitched element from the sketch to my design without fighting with my sewing machine!



I loved the embellishment clusters in this sketch. It was fun to find use for some of the stickers, acrylic pieces and clips that I have been saving. This page has a great mix of supplies from the Heidi Swapp September Skies collection, the Basic Grey Capture collection, the Pink Paislee Color Wash and Hey Kid collections and the Crate Paper Boys Rule collection. I think they blend pretty well!


Here's the sketch if you want to play along. Our second sponsor is Wycinanka. 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.

To enter for a chance to win, link your layout up in the right sidebar of the Stuck?! Sketches Blog by November 29th. 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!