Friday, July 25, 2014

Seeing Stars

I have a beautiful art journal - well, the outside is gorgeous.  But I realized, I had only completed a couple of pages on the inside - so I decided it was time to do something about that.  And today, I'll share my first efforts with you.

I primed my page with gesso.  After it was dry, I lightly sprayed it with water, and used an old credit card to spread out some Art Anthology Velvet paint in Reef.
I painted Baby Blue Eyes Sorbet paint on  Hampton Art's Fancy Facade (PS0817) and stamped it to add texture.
I cut stars from dictionary pages and glued them to the page and then traced around them with a charcoal pencil.
 Next, I used the Hampton Art chevron mask from Mod Greetings (SC0641) and the Honolulu Blue Sorbet.  I love this glossy, sparkly layer.

I stamped the sentiment, but cut the words apart and inked them and glued to the page. Finally, I misted over the page with the Colorations - Waimea Bay.  For a bit of contrast, I added dots of the Dimensional Crystal in Red Corvette.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Hampton Art Stamps:
Mod Greetings: SC0641
Fancy Facade: PS0817
I Am Not Afraid: PS0761

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today is the 24 Hour Craft Day on HSN!

The 24 Hour Craft Days on HSN are always fun. I always get to see my buddy Beth Kingston - and sometimes I get to see some of my projects on air.  Well, just to whet your appetite for what is coming up today, I have a card  and layout to share with you using Xyron adhesives and 3Birds (Both companies will be on air today!)

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Today I've got another card to share with you using the Cut, Mat, Create collection from Heartfelt Creations.

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 245 Cut Mat Create Paper Collection
HCD 751 Cut Mat Create Die 2A
HCD 752 Cut Mat Create Die 2B
HCD 729 Decorative Blossom Corner Die

HCPC 3614 Summer Glory PreCut Set
HCPC 3618 Everyday Blooms PreCut Set
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)
Art Institute Glitter
Other Products Used 
May Arts Ribbon 1.25" Silk Ribbon SK05
Copic Markers
 Tsukineko Ink: VersaMagic ;. Versafine - Black

WorldWin Papers -cardstock

Mount decorative paper on a 6 x 6" card base.  Ink edges of all patterned paper. Cut a smaller pattern paper panel and mount to the base.  Die cut a Decorative Blossom Corner and glue as shown. Stamp the postcard image on white cardstock and color with Copic Markers. Diecut with the 2B rectangle and then die cut a mat using the 2A. (I remember the A sets are the larger ones for mats - A is for apple, big and fat; and the B dies are for the images. B is for banana; long and skinny). Stamp the sentiment on the image.  Trace over the vines with the Art Institute Adhesive and sprinkle with ultrafine glitter.  Mount on the card and finish with ribbon. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Xyron and Maya Road Week

 Welcome to the second day of the Xyron Dt playing with some fun  Maya Road products..  This is a bittersweet day for me because it's my last project as a member of the Xyron team.  I've thoroughly enjoyed the past year and a half that I've designed for them - but this term ends on the 31st of this month (So you might want to keep your eyes open for a DT call!)  Anyhow, be sure to stop by the blog this week for more inspiration.

Dies: Spellbinders, Prima
3 Birds Design - Stickers
Tim Holtz Tissue Paper


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dare to Be Remarkable

I've always loved any type of architectural detail, so I was thrilled to see the new photo-based stamps from Hampton Art/ Art Etc.  So many of these images capture these great designs, and are just waiting to be used on your stamping projects. I wanted this stamp to be the star of the show, so I kept this pretty simple.

1.  Start with a 5 x7" card base.  Cut the patterned papers as shown and adhere to base.
2.  Stamp the image with watermark ink onto ivory cardstock.  Heat emboss with black powder.
3.  Ink over the image with distress inks, spritz with water, wait a couple of seconds and use a paper towel to dab up the excess water.  Ink the edges with black.
4.  Stamp the sentiment and die cut.  Ink around the image while still in the die.
5.  Add ribbon where the two patterned papers meet.
6.  Use foam adhesives to add the stamped panels to the card.
7.  Finish the card with pearls and flourish.
Hampton Art/ Art Etc. Fancy Facade PS0817
Hampton Art/ 7gypsies Dare to Be Remarkable PS0809
Ki Memories - Vintage Charm (Musical Folders KI10075)
Zva Creative Pearls: CRW-07CA-113; PEW-03CB-148
May Arts Ribbon - Crochet with Velvet Center
Ranger Distressing Ink: Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose
Black embossing powder
Xyron Mega Runner, Double Sided Adhesive Tape
WorldWin Cardstock

Thursday, July 17, 2014

May Arts, Simple Stories and Xyron - Blog Hop Day Four

Welcome to fourth day of the May Arts Ribbon, Xyron and Simple Stories Blog Week. So far, the design teams from these three companies have had some incredible projects!  This is my second post of the hop for May Arts, but if you missed my Xyron post, you can see it here.. Be sure to check all of the blogs to see the daily line-ups and for more details on yummy prize packages.

I took an inexpensive craft frame and used the Story of Us paper line from Simple Stories to give it a makeover.  I ran the frame through my Xyron Creatopia, and covered it with the patterned paper.

The doily was printed on the paper, but I added the May Arts metallic trim and glued it down using the Xyron/Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive.

May Arts Ribbon
Simple Stories

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspriration

Today is the second glimpse of the Cut, Create and Mat collection from Heartfelt Creations - and today, I'm sharing a card - that shows these versatile dies aren't just for scrapbooking!  They also create a lovely matted panel to use on cards or other small projects.

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 245 Cut Mat Create Paper Collection

HCD 749 Cut Mat Create Die 1A
HCD 750 Cut Mat Create Die 1B
HCD 748 Arianna Blooms Die
HCPC 3614 Summer Glory PreCut Set
HCPC 3619 Classic Rose PreCut Set
HCPC 3608 Arianna Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3611 Arianna Bird Haven PreCut Set
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)

Other Products Used 
May Arts Ribbon 1.5" Faux Linen Ribbon 368-15-17
Zva Creative Pearl Flourishes CRW-05CB-143

Creative Embellishments Chipboard
Tsukineko Ink: VersaMagic - Wheat, Pink Petunia, Aloe Vera, Sahara Sand. Versafine - Black
Golden Fluid Acrylics
Anna Griffin Embossing Folder

Xyron 9" Creative Station, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Box

WorldWin Papers -cardstock

Ink the edges of a 5 x 7 card base.  Emboss cream cardstock with a folder, and ink over the surface with Wheat ink. Distress the edges and glue to base. Die cut the rounded rectangle patterned paper and the coordinating mat from green cardstock. Machine stitch a border around the layers. Lay the chipboard circle down to get an idea of placement, then stamp the background stamp as shown.  Paint the chipboard with acrylic paints. Stamp and cut the flower using the coordinating die - shape with the paper blossoms tools. Cut greenery from the Cut Mat Create dies, Glue fibers/netting in the area where the flower will be placed. Stamp a flower border on the ribbon and tuck behind the flower. Stamp the sentiment and die cut. Place on the left side of the chipboard circle.  Finish with pearl flourishes and a few scattered sequins.

Monday, July 14, 2014

May Arts, Xyron and Simple Stories - Day One Blog Hop

Welcome to day one of the May Arts Ribbon, Xyron and Simple Stories Blog Week. The next few days promise to inspire you with fantastic ideas from all three design teams.  This is my first post of the hop for Xyron, but I will be back on Thursday with another project for May Arts. Be sure to check the blogs to see the daily line-ups and for more details on yummy prize packages.

Today's project is a faux canvas - and I'm going to show you how I created it.  I've found that sometimes if you add much media to a scrapbook layout, the page warps or curls - so this simple trick not only gives you more of a canvas look, it also solves this pesky problem.

1.  Begin with a textured cardstock (WorldWin ColorMates Textured Denim - Aqua Denim).  Use a household sponge to brush on a thin layer of gesso.

2.  Run a piece of 12 x 12 chipboard (WorldWin Heavy Chipboard) through the Xyron Creatopia to apply an edge to edge layer of adhesive.

3.  Carefully line up the edges, and  lay the cardstock  down on the chipboard.

4.  Stamp background images (Creative Embellishments) using watermark ink, and heat emboss with white powder.

5.  Arrange the elements of the layout as desired, using the Xyron/Teresa Collins foam adhesives when dimension is needed.

6. Use the Xyron Double Sided Tape to adhere the ribbon elements.

7.  Cut 3 chevrons from the printed paper ( Simple Stories - Hello Baby) Score the center of each.

8.  Use a scrap piece of plastic cross stitch canvas as a guide to pierce evenly spaced holes for stitching.
9.  Use twine to handstitch the chevrons.  Cut a plain cardstock chevron, and apply adhesive using the Xyron 5" Creative Station.  Place this on the backside of the chevrons, for a place for hidden journaling.
10.  Use double sided tape, down the spine of the chevrons to add to the layout.

11.  Fussy cut the title from the patterned paper, ink the edges and use foam adhesives to apply.

12.  Paint over the May Arts Sequin Heart with gesso to tone down the color and add to the center border.
I hope you have enjoyed my project - and remember to check out the rest of the inspiration this week!

May Arts Ribbon
Simple Stories
Zva Creative
WorldWin Papers
Creative Embellishments

Once Upon A Sketch - July- (Journaling theme - numbers - Mine is behind the chevrons)

Scrap Around the World - July Mood Board ( Colors, Pom-pom trim on the lampshade)
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #2 - Around the House (sponge, plastic canvas)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

May Arts Ribbon DT - Round 2 - Video Tutorial

It's that time of year when I am giddy with excitement- but quite nervous as well - You see, my term on the design team for May Arts Ribbon is coming to an end, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be blessed to continue working for this amazing company for another year. I'm a ribbon lover - I always have been, always will be, and of course, May Arts has the best ribbons around!

I always stress over what project to submit for the final round, and this year, since I am making more and more mixed media pieces, I decided to create a canvas.  But don't fret - even if the mixed media bug hasn't bitten you yet, you will still find tons of techniques that you can add to cards, layouts and all sorts of projects.  And if you do love this trend in the industry, then I hope you will be inspired  as well.

So now if you are ready to play along, here is my video to show you just how my project was created.

Here's a glimpse at some of the fantastic May Arts ribbons that I used.
May Arts Ribbons:
1.50" Textured/Two Tone Ribbon NR47
5/8" Faux Canvas 444-58-47
2" Metallic Gold Ribbon G99
3/8" Lace 390-28-09
1.5" Lace 390-15-09
Leaves Ribbon BY16, BY66
1" Leaf XL30
Other Supplies
Art Anthology Colorations, Velvet Dimensional Paint
Faber Castell Gelatos
Creative Embellishments Chipboard, Stamps
Joggles Stencil
DCWV Burlap
Golden Paints, Mediums
Wow Embossing Powder
Jacquard InkJet Printing Silk
Digital Image - Free Vintage Digital Stamps

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Heartfelt Creations New Release - Cut, Mat, Create Collection

Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Collection
Have you ever wished for a magic wand that creates professional looking layouts, perfectly matted cards, and multi-layered paper crafting projects in the wink of an eye? The revolutionary Cut, Mat, Create Collection from Heartfelt Creations is a unique system designed with stress-free crafting in mind. You can finally liberate cherished family photos hidden away in dusty shoe boxes and create stylish scrapbook pages with ease—and without restrictive plastic pockets!  The dies create a grid that fits perfectly on a 12" page, allowing for limitless layout possibilities.  Use with stamps and papers to create precisely matted cards or mini albums.  The 4 die sets contain 27 individual dies. The 6 coordinating stamp sets also complement previous collections. The luxurious papers work hand in glove with both dies and stamps. Whether you are a paper crafting novice or a design diva, you will love the freedom, simplicity and versatility of this innovative, must have collection.

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 245 Cut Mat CreatePaper Collection
HCD 746 Sweet Lullaby Die Set
HCD 749
HCD 750
HCD 751
HCD 752
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die Set
HCPC 3616 Vines and Blooms PreCut Set

1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)

Other Products Used 

May Arts 1" Lace 390-1-01; GC07 3/8" Wired Metallic Iridescent ribbon

Versamark Watermark Ink
WOW Embossing Powder

Xyron 9" Creative Station, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Box

WorldWin Papers - vellum

Begin with a 12 x 12 base of patterned paper.  Cut photos and mats with the dies from the Cut, mat, Create Collection - I used dies from all four of the sets. For the photo mat in the upper right corner, I used a Spellbinders Oval die to cut the center of the mat, and adhered the photo behind the opening.  Cut embellishments from the die sets to decorate the photo mats.  Die cut the printed tag, and use alpha stickers for a title.  Embellish with ribbon and a die cut from colored vellum.  Adhere lace down the page before adding the photo mats. Stamp the floral border with watermark ink and heat emboss.  Finish as shown.