Sunday, January 31, 2016

Another Valentine Idea

 
Today I have another Valentine idea for you! Wherever I go shopping, I see Valentine's Day decorations... lots of hearts everywhere. I am inspired by all those hearts! 
So, for today's card, I used the following supplies:
Noteworthy Patterned Paper (coming soon)
Noteworthy Stamp set (coming soon)
Banner Trio SCD-019
Crease Tool [TO-0040]
Others: thread, sewing machine

Now, let me walk you through the steps of making this card.


Fold cardstock to make a 5.5" 4.25" card. Trim Noteworthy Patterned paper to 5.25" x 4". Attach to card with Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.


Wrap some thread around your palm and slide it off. Attach it to the card with some tape.


Diecut a heart using Pierced Heart dies using the Journey Platinum Machine. 


Diecut a banner using Banner Trio dies using the Journey Platinum Machine. 


Stitch the banner to the heart. Mount the heart to the card with Journey Foam Squares.


Stamp the 'You & Me' sentiment on a piece of Whip Cream Cardstock using Hazelnut Blend Ink pad.  


Cut the sentiment out and attach it to the card with Journey Foam Squares.

Hope you enjoyed today's card tutorial and found some fun ideas to use in your own projects. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Another Valentine Gift Card Holder


How would you like to treat your Valentine? Sweetly, I'm sure! But that is so much easier when you are in pre-school, isn't it? Just give candies. But the older we are, it gets a bit harder. I get chocolates and roses practically every time. Sometimes, perfumes. But I'm a crafter. While I appreciate the roses and the chocolates and the perfumes very much, I crave more for a collection of Golden acrylic paints or a collection of interesting stencils or an audio book to listen to while I craft. And I am usually very stumped when I have to pick gifts for such occasions. A man can only have so many sweaters and socks and ties!!! With time, I have come to realize that gift cards work better in my family. I know, he stops at a Starbucks on his way to work. So, this year, Starbucks it is! But that doesn't mean that I can't add my personal crafty touches to the gift! So, here's a gift card holder fit for the occasion made with my collection of new Echo Park dies from Sizzix.


Start by die-cutting Card A2 Striped. To die cut this card, create the following Sizzix sandwich: Lay the Card, A2 Striped blade side up on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Extended. Lay a 6" x 12" cardstock on the die and cover with another Extended Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

To diecut the silhouette, create the following Sizzix sandwich: Lay Sizzix Bigz Die - Pocket, Heart die blade side up on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard. Lay a 6" x 6" patterned paper on the die and cover with another Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

Repeat this step with the Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart Viewfinder and Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Silhouettes  to die-cut the pieces for your gift card holder.

Here are the die-cut pieces.


Fold the A2 Striped Card diecut and fold in the tabs of the Heart pocket.


Attach the  Heart pocket to the A2 Striped Card. This will be the pocket for your gift card.


Attach the Silhouette to the Heart Viewfinder.


Attach the ribbons to the A2 Striped Card. 
To add some texture, wrap some thread around your palm loosely, pull out and lay on the A2 Striped Card surface. Use tape to hold it in place.
Attach the Silhouette and Viewfinder to the card overlapping the thread. Personalize to finish.
 
Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Supplies:
Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Card, A2 Striped
Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Silhouettes
Sizzix Bigz Die - Pocket, Heart  
Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart Viewfinder 
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Extended
Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads, Standard
Others: Cardstock, Patterned paper, Thread, Adhesive 


Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Timber, I'm falling for you


Hello there! Today I have another Valentines idea for the rough and tough men in our lives! And even if they are not the lumberjack type, I think it's totally cute to give them a card like this one. What do you think?

Here's what I used to make this card:
Bubble Gum 8.5x11 Cardstock Product # [CS-0099]
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock [CS-0040]
Lumberjack Days Stamps & Dies sets: Bromance LJSD-005, Timber LJSD-002 (coming soon)
Lumberjack Days Printed Paper 6" x 6" LJPP-001(coming soon)
Journey Platinum Machine w/Plates [TO-0090] 
Others: color pencils

And now, let me walk you through the steps. 


Start by trimming the cardstock down to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" cad. Use the crease tool to make a crisp fold on the cardstock.


Trim the Lumberjack Days patterned paper to 4" x 5.25". Attach to the card with Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.


Stamp images from the Bromance and Timber sets on a piece of Whip Cream Cardstock using Hazelnut Blend Ink pad. 


Diecut the stamped images using corresponding dies from the above sets using the Journey Platinum Machine. 
Color the pieces with color pencils.


Attach the colored diecuts to the card with Journey Foam Squares to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's card tutorial and found some fun ideas to use in your own projects.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Love You - A Celebrations Card

Hey there, even though it's not February yet, I'm seeing Valentine's Day preparations everywhere! That kind of put me in the mood to create Valentines. So, I want to share these ideas here and may be one of them will strike your imagination too :) 

For today's card, I used the following supplies:

Bubble Gum 8.5x11 Cardstock Product # [CS-0099]



Now, let me walk you through the steps of making this card.

Start by trimming the cardstock down to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" cad. Use the crease tool to make a crisp fold on the cardstock.


Trim the Hearts patterned paper to 4" x 5.25". Attach to the card with Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.


Stamp the Doily on a piece of Whip Cream Cardstock using Hazelnut Blend Ink pad.


Diecut the two biggest Pierced Hearts out of Whip Cream cardstock and the two smallest ones from the Hearts patterned paper using Journey Platinum Machine.


 Cut out the doily with Details Pro Shears. Attach to card as shown. Attach the large heart with Journey Foam Squares overlapping the doily.


Attach the smaller heart on the bigger heart also with Journey Foam Squares.


Diecut the 'You' from All You set and attach to the card to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's card tutorial and it gave you some ideas to take away!

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Mixed Media Collage

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a mixed media collage today using Gelatos® colors PASTELS! If you saw my previous mixed media collage, you'll notice that I am still inspired by the Pastel colors and shimmer of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel. This project is a 2nd in what might become a mini series of collages.

Before I walk you through the steps, let me give you a list of supplies:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & tools: Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gesso, Gel Medium, Gelatos Tool Set 
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: PASTELS (Aqua Dolce, Buttercream,Guava, Kiwi) and Metallic Blueberry
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen COLD GREY III
Others: cardstock, old book paper, ephemera, tag, sewing machine, thread, paint brush, palette, stamp

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Gather the paper pieces you want to create your surface with. 

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Layer together the cardstock and book paper and machine stitch to give it some texture and strength. Apply a coat of gesso.


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Color the surface with PASTEL Gelatos colors: Aqua Dolce, Buttercream, Guava and Kiwi. Blend with a wet brush.

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Color a tag with Guava Gelatos color.

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Ink up a script stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp on the tag.

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Attach the tag and a piece of ephemera to the surface with Gel medium.

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Apply some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the ephemera to mimic snow.

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Rub some Metallic Blueberry Gelatos color on a palette and mix it with water. Dip your paint brush in it and write 'Let it Snow' on cardstock. Cut out with scissors. Attach to collage with gel medium to finish.
You can leave it at this step or mount it on a canvas if you like.

Have fun with a collage!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Take the Challenge with Mou, January 2016 at the Design Memory Craft blog


Welcome to the FIRST Take the Challenge of 2016 with Mou! Let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

As we all wind down from the Holiday festivities and all the stresses that come with that, are you ready to take a creative challenge? I hope you are, for it's the time for the January 2016 Take the Challenge with Mou over at the Design Memory Craft Blog!

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick ONE winner from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

January in the Northern Hemisphere means colder weather. Many places are getting snow right now. As artists, we take inspiration from nature. And my inspiration this month is SNOW! We recently moved to a colder climate and just woke up to snow in our own backyard. While that may seem ordinary to many, I am so excited for it's my first time living in a cold place. So, this month's challenge is to create your own snow, whether it's a scrapbook layout or mixed media piece or whatever strikes your fancy!

 
I created a mixed media canvas as my take using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Let me walk you through the steps starting with a list of supplies.
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & tools: Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium, Gelatos Tool Set, Stencils 10 ct 101 collection
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: PASTELS (Buttercream, Guava, Kiwi) and Metallic Blueberry
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen COLD GREY III
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pen BLACK
Others: Canvas, cardstock, old book paper, ephemera, sewing machine thread


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Color cardstock with Guava Gelatos® color.

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Attach some book paper to cardstock and machine stitch to secure and add texture.

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Color the surface with the Gelatos colors.

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Lay stencil down on the colored surface and apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel with palette knife.

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While the medium dries, stamp around the surface with a script stamp using Stamper's Big Brush pen.

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Mount the piece to an 8" x 10" canvas with Gel Medium.

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Attach ephemera and apply more Glass Bead Glitter Gel generously around the whole canvas to unify all the elements. Don't worry about covering anything up because the gel will dry dry clear with a lot of texture and beautiful shimmer.

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Write your words on cardstock strips with PITT Artist pen. When the medium is thoroughly dry (I left mine overnight), attach to canvas.

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to this challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Sunday, 1/17 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to each win a tub of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Don't forget to check back on Monday, 1/18 to see if YOU won! Good luck to all!