Friday, April 25, 2014

Upcycling with Art Anthology

 I think artists have always embraced Earth Day - because we are always looking for anything we can incorporate into our work - and when it's something that was going to be thrown out anyway - well, that's just icing on the cake.

Today, I have a video to share with you that turns a cardboard oatmeal canister into this fun mixed media treasure. 
 Using something that was headed to the dumpster is also very liberating - you don't have to be afraid to experiment.  If you mess up, you're not out the expense of a canvas or some other store bought substrate. It's just plain fun!  Start looking before you throw out. You will be amazed at the possibilities!

Colorations: Glorious, Peacock Feathers, Studio Blue, Waimea Bay, Heart
Velvet: Cotton,Fiesta
Sorbet: Viridian
The Crafter's Workshop Stencils

Thursday, April 24, 2014

CardMaker, Teresa Collins and Xyron Blog Hop!

Welcome to another fun day of the CardMaker, Teresa Collins and Xyron Blog Hop!  I've enjoyed seeing what the team members have been creating and hope you have as well.  I have adapted a tutorial for a Building Block Card and changed the dimensions to accommodate the size of the Teresa Collins stenciled letters.  My version makes a tall and skinny card.

1.  Cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/4" x 12".  With the long side against the top of the scoring board, score at 4" (mountain fold) and 8" (valley fold).

2.  Pull the valley fold up like a mountain fold, and cut 1 3/4" in at the following intervals:
      2 1/4"
      4 1/4"
      6 1/4"
      8 1/4"

3.  Add a score line to the ends of each of the wide blocks ( at the 6 1/4" and 9 1/2") and fold as shown.  Ink the edges of all of the folds.

4.    Use a spatula to spread the Teresa Collins Basically Essential Modeling Paste over the letters from the Basically Essential Stencil to spell your sentiment.  Do this over a heavy or textured paper (DCWV Burlap Paper Stack was used).  Allow to dry and cut out the letters.
 5.  Decorate the panels with patterned paper.  Use the Xyron 5" Creative Station to apply adhesive to the panels.
Hint:  If you accidentally get adhesive in the wrong place, use the Xyron Adhesive Eraser Cube to remove the boo boo. (This is also found in the Teresa Collins/Xyron Adhesive Kit)

 6.  Cut letters from the patterned paper, ink the edges and apply adhesive using the Xyron Mini Sticker Maker.
 7.  Add ribbon to the card using the Xyron 1/4" Double Sided High Tack Tape.

 8.  Die cut flowers - cut two of the largest flowers from WorldWin's Spring Water paper.  Cut the next two sizes using the WorldWin Translucent Vellum White Plaid.  Ink the edges and shape.  Add a Zva Creative Mini rose to the center of the flower. Assemble  using the Xyron/Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive. 

9.  Cut panels for the back of the card (for a place to write your message) using WorldWin Beargrass Petallics Cardstock.  Ink the edges and adhere using the Xryon 5" Creative Station.

10.  Finish assembling the card as shown.

Xyron 5" Creative Station
Xyron/Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
(Products from this kit that were used were -Foam Squares, Adhesive Eraser Cube, 1" Sticker Maker, High Tack Double Sided Tape, Clear Hold Adhesive)
DCWV Burlap Paper

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 242 Celebrate the Journey Paper Collection
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die Set
HCD 742 Majestic Blooms Die Set
HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die
HCPC 3599 Balloon and Bicycle PreCut Set
HCPC 3600 All Occasion Sentiments PreCut Set
HCPC 3578 Majestic Morning Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3545 Open Leaf PreCut Set
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit 

Other Products Used 
Zva Creative Gem Flourish CRW-07CA-145
Zva Creative Pearls PEW-03CB-148

May Arts Ribbon 1.5" Crochet Ribbon NP34; 1/4" Solid Checkered Ribbon KBB-33
Tsukineko Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark Watermark ink
Black and Gold Embossing Powder
Xyron Mega Runner, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives

WorldWin Cardstock

Cut a 5 x 7" card base from brown cardstock. Cut the printed panels from the patterned paper and adhere to base.  Glue crochet ribbon to the center of the printed paper.  Die cut the tag.  Stamp the balloon with black ink.  Stamp a second balloon image onto blue printed paper and fussy cut the balloon and basket and glue onto the stamped tag.  Stamp the sentiment with watermark ink and heat emboss with black powder. Add ribbon to the top and adhere the tag to the card with foam adhesives. Stamp and cut the flowers and leaves with the corresponding dies and shape.  Add gem flourishes and the flower to the card to finish.