Friday, July 30, 2010

My Latest Mini

Hello Everyone,

These are photos of my latest mini. I made it for one of my El Paso friends. I used K and Co Blossomwood paper collection. The cover has some butterflies cut from the paper. One of them I covered in glossy accents. I spray inked some Prima E-Line whites. The large pink and blue roses I created myself from crepe paper. I have to give credit to Laura Denison of Follow the Paper Trail for the binding. She has a wonderful tutorial on the 3-ring binding that I used. The title is made with Making Memories letter stickers and fabric covered Thickers. I used Faded Denim and Broken China DI to color them.

This is a representative page. I made it using a technique from Kathryn at Life on the {Scrap} Beach. I took a 12x12 piece of paper, folded up a 4 inch pocket then folded in half, thus creating an 8x6 page with a 4" pocket. The inside pocket holds a 5x7 photo mat. Each pocket has a 4x6 photo mat. I completed 6 of these pages so the album has a total of 6 5x7 mats and 12 4x6 mats. The mini bag pocket holds a mini journal which I always like to include in my minis.

This is one of three "extra" pages I included. It is a Marion envelope pocket. You can find the tutorial on her YouTube channel APieceofCraftdotcom. However, I don't use envelopes; I make my own pocket from the design paper.

Here is the tag from the pocket. The butterfly is chipboard that I covered with design paper and painted the edges with brown acrylic paint. I distressed the edges with Old Paper DI and stamped the flourishes with Bamboo from CTMH.

Here are some tags that I added. There are nearly 40 tags in the mini. All of them I either created or added design paper to premade cards with one exception. The Graphic 45 tag you see here.
Those are only 5 photos. I have many more. If I can figure out my movie maker program on my computer, I will post them as a video on YT. It would be my first. I hope my friend enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Thanks for the visit and happy scrappin.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

ATCs for Trade

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I made some ATCs. This group of 3 is called Garden of Dreams. I have one of these available for trade. If anyone is interested, leave a comment and a link.

I have to thank BochTV (YT) for the inspiration. In her video she used torn magazine collage for a book cover. I had a bunch of scallop circles that I had punched from a jewelry mag thinking that they would make some nice flowers. I used those as a background. Some of the scallops had flowers so I put those on last. I used some crackle paint in two of the corners. I then rubbed in inks. I used Stampin' Up inks in Brilliant Blue, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie for the edges. The sentiment is stamped on vellum.

This ATC I made for trading with some friends in El Paso. It is titled Wings Series II: Orange Cream Soda. I do have one left for trading. Again, if anyone is interested, leave a comment and a link.

The background is text paper layered with Vintage Photo, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks. I stamped a Tim Holtz text stamp in Fired Brick. The sentiment, Tim Holtz, is in Spiced Marmalade on text paper. I stamped the wings, Crafty Secrets, on vellum and embossed in white. I then painted them with an acrylic pearlescent medium. They are shiny although it doesn't show up well in the photo.

Thanks for the visit and happy stampin.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jar Swap Blog Party

Hello Everyone,

I'd like to share some exciting news. There's going to be a Jar Swap Blog Party over at the City Crafter Party Blog. You have until Monday August 2nd to sign up if you're interested. You'll be paired with a partner and you'll each exchange a jar full of goodies and post it on your blog and join in the blog party on Sept. 7th. Go check out the City Crafter Party Blog for all the details. I'm ready to fill my jar.

Happy creatin.

Monday, July 26, 2010

July Mini Page Swap

Hello Everyone,

I haven't posted in awhile because I've been busy with several projects. This one is a mini page swap hosted by Bona over at Keep On Scrappin. The mini uses the Graphic 45 Playtimes Past paper collection. I chose to do a girl's page using the Mary Mary, Quite Contrary paper. I had to use both sides of the paper, have a pocket with a tag on one side, and have a photo spot on a 4x4 page. The challenge was shimmer. On the photo page I have used the music side of the paper. I added bling, gold shimmer and gold acrylic around the edges. The blue and green flowers are Prima E-Line whites that I spray inked. There's some shine on them but you can't see it in these photos. The red flower I made myself by gathering red velvet corduroy ribbon and placing a stamped face on each. The back page uses the house as a pocket. There is a tag behind the house. and the house "explodes." I embossed in gold some music scales to mimic the music paper on the front.

There are several places to put small photos and a couple of small journaling spots. The paper had three paperdoll dresses which I cut out to use as tags. The green dress has my info on the back. There are two small tags in the pockets. I did have to resort to using a different line of paper for some of the spots and pockets. I used a K and Co. paper that I've had for quite some time.

These are the tags that I made. The priceless tag goes behind the house and the daisy tags go inside the house. They were edged and sprayed with gold.
I used Old Paper, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap DI to distress all the edges. I used stamps from Close to My Heart, Stampendous, Crafty Secrets and Stampin' Up. I can't wait to get my pages from the rest of the group.
I've also finished a mini for my friend Lisa. I can't show it yet because I'm waiting for her to get it first.
That's all for now. Thanks for the visit and happy scrappin.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Birthday Card Finished

Hello Everyone,

Here is the finished birthday card for my friend that I started yesterday. For the background, I tried to create the look of layers of wallpaper being torn. The red polka dot paper is by October Afternoon. The bottom layer I created using a flower stamp from Dream Wishes by Close to My Heart. I used Vintage Photo distress ink to age the "wallpaper." I added some vintage lace and blue ribbon at the bottom.

I stamped the rose, Stipple Rose by Stampin' Up, with archival ink and then water colored it using Winsor-Newton watercolors.
I'm entering this card in a challenge at the City Crafter Challenge Blog. The challenge is English Rose using blue, red and white.
Thanks for the visit and happy stampin. Comments appreciated.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Birthday Card Part 1

Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to share a project I'm working on. I am putting together a birthday card for a friend of mine. This is the first half, a watercolor rose. Because I don't like to draw as much as paint, I started by stamping on watercolor paper with archival ink. I did a stamp-off with the black so that it wouldn't be so dark. The rose is Stipple Rose by Stampin' Up. Then I took out my Winsor -Newton watercolors and some brushes. Looking at the photo, I realize, I forgot the shadow. I'll add that later. I'll post the card when I finish.

I haven't used watercolors in awhile. Felt pretty good.
Thanks for the visit. Comments appreciated.
Bye for now. Happy creatin'.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hello Everyone,
I spent my 4th making a set of ATCs. I have a post on a DisCo project with a set of pink wings on text paper and I was inspired to do something with the pink wings... now. So I created this ATC which started as a layer of text. I then added 3 washes of distress inks, Old Paper, Vintage Photo, and Fired Brick. Then I added a pretty dark layer of Fired Brick and Vintage Photo, then came a little gesso, and a spray of Memories Mists Mango Lemonade and more gesso. Then I stamped in Fired Brick on the background with a Tim Holtz text stamp from the Life's Possibilities set. Finally, my favorite part, I stamped pink acrylic wings by Tim Holtz. The sentiment is also from Life's Possibilities. It is stamped on book paper in Vintage Photo and glued on with matte gel medium.

The name of the set is Wings Series 1: Pink Lemonade. I wanted to swap with someone so I searched around and found The Stamp Man ATC Swaps. Can you believe it? The theme for July is "WINGS." How fortuitous. Check out the sidebar for a link. (Right click, please. I haven't figured out how to make it link without right clicking. If someone knows, please leave a comment.)

Thanks for the visit and happy creatin.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Shades of Green Challenge

Hello Everyone,
I'm back again with another card challenge. This one is a City Crafter Challenge. This week is Shades of Green. I've had this idea for awhile. The base is Wild Wasabi from Stampin' Up. The background swirls are stamped in Peeled Paint distress ink. The edges are also with Peeled Paint.

I stamped lime slices with Shabby Shutters distress ink and Green Galore craft ink. The edges are also inked with Shabby Shutters.

The margarita is a sticker that I added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter for the salted edge. The sentiment was done on MS Word.
Again the challenge was at City Crafter Challenge Blog.
Thanks for the visit and Happy Fourth of July. Have a great weekend and happy scrappin.
Stamps- Elegant Patterns (Printworks Collection)
Tart and Tangy (Stampin' Up)
Inks-Green Galore Craft Ink (Stampin' Up)
Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock- Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up)
Misc- Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (Stampin' Up)
Margarita Sticker (Paper House Productions)
Manzanita Font (MS Word)

Friday, July 2, 2010

DisCo Project

Hello Everyone,

I want to share a project that I friend and I are doing. It is called the DisCo Project or disintegration collaboration. I was inspired by an article in the May/June 2010 issue of ClothPaperScissors. The idea is to create a bundle of stuff, papers, fabric, or whatever you'd like and hang it out in the elements for awhile. The items in your bundle will change over time as they are exposed to the elements. You can then use these new and possibly improved items on a new peoject.

This is my bundle. There are book pages, watercolor paper, fabrics, and other assorted pieces. My friend, Janet, and I are each hanging a bundle. In four months, we will take down the bundles and swap some materials. We then have two months to create something from those pieces. We will then swap our new projects.

I altered and painted on some of the pages. I stamped this page using some pink acrylic paint.

Here is the bundle all wired up and ready for hanging. I hung a couple of metal objects off the front to see if they would rust. The bundle is hanging in some trees and from the sounds outside my window, it's already getting rained on.
In four months I will post photos of the altered bundle.
Thanks for the visit and happy creatin.