Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dress up a banner

Don't you love a blank canvas ready for you to decorate any way you want? How about a banner? That's exactly what this Big Banner die by Lori Whitlock from Sizzix gives you - a blank canvas or burlap or chipboard... well, you get the idea! Here's a banner I made out of printed cardstock and decorated with stickers and ribbons. Let me tell you how I made it in layers.

Choose your substrate, be it canvas, paper, chipboard, etc. Create a Sizzix sandwich: place your substrate on the blade side of the Banner die and place these pieces between two Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pads. Run the sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine to diecut the banner.

Here are a few pieces of my diecut banner.

Before starting to decorate, I stitched two banner pieces together to give it some extra body. I decorated my banner with layers of patterned and foiled cardstocks.
Stitch the paper layers at the top keeping the bottom parts unattached.

Attach a floral ribbon across the tag. Tie another ribbon into a bow and attach below the floral ribbon.

Add a chalkboard sentiment sticker and a 3D floral sticker to embellish further.
Punch two holes in the two top corners. Thread a ribbon through the holes and tie knots to hold it in place. And your banner is ready whether you use it to spruce up a gift or use as d├ęcor or any other way you like!
Here are the tools and materials I used:
Others: Patterned cardstock, adhesive, ribbons, stickers, thread, sewing machine, hole punch

Hope you enjoyed the mini tutorial and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A sketch and a layout

Here's a sketch I created for October Afternoon
and a layout based on it...
I am LOVING making scrapbook pages about these precious time with my baby girl!
You can find details of the layout over here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Inspired by an old poem

My heart sings when I find something that validates how I feel... and this is how I feel!
I took this poem as my inspiration for a layout

I you want, you can find the details here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Drowning negative noises

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's post.
It's an art journal page about drowning negative noises around us.

I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium, Whipped Spackle, Texture Gems™ 3ct Metallics
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Designing with Gelatos® Kit
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mist Maker Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 101 collection: Dots
Others: Sizzix Bird Silhouette die; die-cutting system; art journal, patterned paper, book paper, stamp

Let me walk you through the steps of creating this page.

Color the page with Gelatos colors from the Designing with Gelatos® Kit. Blend colors with gesso.
Attach diecut bird to page with gel medium.
Color the floral foam stamp from the kit and mist it with water. stamp on the page.
Color rubber stamps with Gelatos colors and stamp on the page.
Apply Whipped Spackle through Dots stencil as shown. Let dry.
Cut chosen text from old book paper. attach to page with gel medium.
Cut off a small section of bubblegum Gelatos into the mister included in the kit. Crush it with the back of the paint brush. Add water. Shake to mix. Mist the section of the page above the bird. let some wet mist drip down the page.
Embellish the bird by adding small dots along the outline of the bird to finish the page.

Here's a close-up of my page.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Baby Card with Sizzix

Here's a baby step-up card with a dresser, onesie, rattle, bottle and all, made with Lori Whitlock's Baby Dresser card die set. I LOVED working with this set! So many adorable elements in one set...
Let me show you how I made this card.

To diecut the Baby Dresser Card, create this Sizzix Sandwich from bottom up: Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, one Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad, patterned paper, Baby Dresser card base Thinlits die by Lori Whitlock blade side down, and another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on top. Pass the Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The Magnetic Platform ensures a neat and clean cut by keeping the Thinlits die in place while passing through the machine.

Diecut the various embellishing elements using the same Sizzix Sandwich described above. Here, as you can see, I used up a lot of small scraps. The powerful magnets of the Magnetic Platform help  secure even the smallest paper scraps and dies allowing you to get several clean cuts with a single pass through the machine.

Here are all the diecut pieces. To make the card, mountain fold the two crease lines farthest away from the Dresser feet. Mountain fold the crease closest to the feet and valley fold the crease just above it.

Layer the embellishments as you like. I used brads to imitate drawer pulls.  

Start assembling the card. Use foam tape or pop dots for a dimensional look.

Here's my card after assembly. You can arrange the pieces any way you like. I doodled some details on the bear.

I ended up doodling on every piece and realized that if you are planning to doodle on your embellishments, it would be easier to do so before you add the embellishments to the card.
Hope you enjoyed this card and the tutorial. With so many possibilities, this Baby Dresser die set is going to be a favorite of my for a long time to come!
Here are all the supplies I used:  
Others: patterned papers, black pen, brads, adhesive, scissors

Monday, May 11, 2015

There's a blog hop with Waffle Flower

with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Waffle Flower over at the Design Memory Craft blog and today my project is up...

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

An Apron Gift Bag

Check out how to make this cute apron gift bag using Sizzix dies over at the Sizzix blog today!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Take the Challenge with Mou, May 2015 at the Design Memory Craft blog

Hi everyone, Mou here with the fifth Take the Challenge of 2015.

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 TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

My May prompt for you is SPRING. Create anything you like that relates to spring in some way. Here's my art journal page.
On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel Medium, Texture Luxe™ Gold, Whipped Spackle, Texture Cards, Gelatos Mist Maker Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 101 collection: Dots
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Blueberry, Cotton Candy (BLUE set), Margarita Mix (TROPICAL set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pens BLACK
Others: Sizzix Die Watering Can; die-cutting system; art journal, patterned papers
And here are the steps.
Apply a moderately thick coat of Gesso to prime the journal page. While still wet, color with Margarita Mix Gelatos color. Create a texture pattern using Texture Card # 8.
In a bowl, mix about 3 parts water and 1 part gesso. Add in Blueberry and Cotton Candy Gelatos colors by cutting a little off with the palate knife. Mix well.

With a drip dropper, drop a generous quantity of the above mix and let it travel around by turning the journal page in different directions.

Go back in with the same Texture Card to accentuate the texture further.

Apply Whipped Spackle through the Dots stencil. Let dry. Rub in some Texture Luxe Gold with your fingers around the page. When the page feels dry, drip in more of the liquid mix prepared above.

After the water dries, Add diecut watering can and some handcut water drops with gel medium. Let dry.

With PITT Artist pen, outline the elements, doodle and journal on the page. Again, drip in more of the liquid mix to finish.

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 5/15 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.

The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Cards.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 5/18 to see if YOU won!

Good luck to all!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Card Tutorial: Mother's Day Step-Up Card

I made this card for my mom. Put a lot of love into it :) If you want to make a card like mine, please follow along.

Let's begin with the supply list -
 And now let me walk you through the steps -

To die-cut the Basic Step-Ups card, create this Sizzix Sandwich from bottom up: Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, one Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad, cardstock, Basic Step-ups Framelits die blade side down, and another  Standard Cutting Pad on top. Pass the Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The Magnetic Platform ensures a neat and clean cut by keeping the Framelits die in place while passing through the machine.

Here's the card, cut and folded.

Now it's time to die-cut the decorative layers for this card.

Create the same Sizzix Sandwich as described above with the proper Framelits dies from the Basic Step-ups Card set and patterned papers to suit your theme.
Attach the die-cut pieces as shown.

You can embellish the Basic Step-ups Card with the Framelits dies that come with the set (like I did here) or pick another set of dies. For this card, I'm using Brenda Walton's Thinlits die set Floral Wreath. Pick patterned papers that will coordinate well with your card theme. Create a Sizzix Sandwich by laying a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad over the Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform. Lay out your papers on the Standard Cutting Pad and placed the Thinlits dies blade side down on them and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine to die-cut all the embellishments you want to use.

Layer the die-cut pieces that need to be layered, such as the birds, flowers, etc. and attach them to the card in a pleasing arrangement.

Write the sentiment on the banner piece and add it to the card to finish. You could also use a sentiment stamp.

Now I just hope that my mom likes it :) And I hope you enjoy making this card too!