Friday, May 31, 2013

Making Art with Stampin Up!

Did you know that Stampin' Up! is celebrating their 25th anniversary? In celebration, they just released their new catalog and it's filled with stamps to suit any style of scrapbooking, cardmaking, and more! I have to say that I have many favorites in this catalog. Let me share with you one of my favorites today:
This is the Stippled Blossoms Clear-Mount Stamp set. Check it out here.
Stampin' Up! was so generous to send me this set to play with.
It was so much fun to stamp in layers!!! Here's what I made with this set

And here's a closer look:

Check back next week for more new releases from Stampin Up!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Glitz Design 8x8 & 6x6 Paper Pad Blog Hop

Welcome to the hop!
Here's my layout using 6x6 and 8x8 paper pads from the Color Me Happy collection...

I did this layout with papers only! 

I even used the small strips at the top of the papers from the 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 paper pads.

Hop on to these blogs for more inspiration.
Jaime Warren -
Karine Cazenave -
Karola Witczak -
Lea Lawson -
Lisa Andrews -
Magda Mizera -
Mou Saha - (You are here :)
Noel Culbertson -
Stephanie Bryan -
Glitz Design Blog -

And before you hop away, let me tell you...there's a GIVEAWAY!!!
The Glitz blog will provide a prize package to one lucky winning comment from the blog hop, pulled from ALL of the blogs. The more blogs you comment on, the better chances you have. Post ONLY ONE COMMENT per designer blog and make sure to follow the comment instructions on the Glitz blog. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mini pockets with Little Yellow Bicycle

LYB Products:

PY-103 Springtime Bands/Aqua Chevron

PY-308 5 Things Envelopes - with embossing (11 pieces)

PY-160 Vellum Tape (15 pieces)

Others: Pen, paints, adhesive


1. Trim 12" x 12" Springtime Bands/Aqua Chevron paper to 8.5"x 11". Splatter some white and some black acrylic paints on the page. Let dry.
2. Attach 3" x 4" photo to the page leaving about 4" from top and 1" from right.
3. Add 5 Things Envelopes below the photo. Journal in the inserts of each pocket.
4. Cut out the word 'Enjoy' from Celebrate Spring/Orange Chevron paper from the 6x6 paper pack.
5. Embellish near the top right corner of the photo using banners from the Paper Crafting KitCardstock Stickers, and Vellum Tape.
6. Cut out the '5' from the 5 Things Envelopes sticker sheet. Combine with handwriting to create the page title "Top 5".
7. Cut and tear narrow strips from Vellum Tape and attach near the bottom of the page.
8. Journal some more above it to finish the page.
Don't forget to check out the Little Yellow Bicycle blog for more inspiration!

Monday, May 27, 2013

New class from Big Picture

Here's a new class from Claudine Hellmuth at Big Picture Classes and I am so excited to be a part of it!

Master 25 mixed-media techniques in 5 weeks taught by Claudine Hellmuth
5 week workshop

Create a faux tintype image transfer, make art with Elmer's glue and a plastic bag, create a gesso chalkboard—these are just a few of the amazing techniques featured in this class! Technique Toolbox is your chance to brush up on these (and 22 more) mixed-media techniques with nationally known collage artist and illustrator Claudine Hellmuth as your guide.

Technique Toolbox consists of 25 instructional videos and 25 professionally designed "recipe cards" that outline each technique. You'll file these printable recipes inside an adorable handmade toolbox you'll create in class. And that's not all! Claudine has invited 20 fellow artists and crafters to create exclusive projects with her techniques, giving you plenty of ideas for creative, real-world applications—from scrapbook pages to wall d├ęcor.

To read the rest of the class description and to register click here.

Here's a sneak peek:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Can't get enough of Sizzix

Usually, I use the Sizzix decorative strip dies as embellishments, but this time, I created the whole background with them. Let me tell you, it was a lot of fun to use a favorite product in a different way... kinda stretches your supplies along with your imagination! Here are some close up shots and step-by-step instructions.

1. Die cut vintage laces, harlequin borders, ticket strip, and Typeset alphabet out of cream cardstock. 
2. Pop out the letters and numbers from the Typeset alphabet strip by poking with a paper piercer. Keep the negative.
3. Do the same with the vintage lace borders.
4. Color the diecut decorative strips with acrylic paints. Let dry.
5. With very little adhesive on the backs, position the colored diecut strips on black cardstock as shown. Add a strip of patterned paper. Stitch in place.
6. Splatter paints across the page by loading paintbrush with acrylic paints diluted with water and gently tapping the brush handle.
7. Attach a piece of book paper. Tear some vellum and layer it on top. Attach bits and pieces of trim and loose thread. Add photo and some sequins. Stitch the cluster in place.
8. Add a bit of journaling.
9. Embellish with clip, tag, and flowers.

Here's what I used to create my layout.
Supplies:From Sizzix

Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Vintage Lace

izzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Harlequin Border
BIGkick Machine

Cardstock: Recollections
Patterned paper: 12x12 Chinoiserie Collection, Anna Griffin, Inc.
Acrylic paints: DecoArt
Glimmer Mist: Polka Dot Pink, Tattered Angels
Adhesive: Scotch 3M
Thread: Coats & Clark
Tag, trim, vellum, lace, sequins, clip, flowers, book paper

Thanks for stopping by!

Balancing Act ... continued

Sizzix Balancing Act

Check it out here:

Click to view Big Shot Value Pack

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sequins + Glitz Design

I'm loving sequins these days, little bits of shine to sprinkle around projects... pretty, sweet. Here's what I made with some gold sequins and a lot of Glitz Design products.

On this layout, I added lots of small bits and pieces from the Uncharted Waters collection as well as some pieces from Love You Madly and Color Me Happy collections. This was one fun layout to make! Here are some closer looks.

Supply List:
Glitz Design “
Uncharted Waters” 6x6 Paper pad
Glitz Design “Uncharted Waters” 12 x12 Bits & Pieces paper
Glitz Design “Uncharted Waters” Paper Layers
Glitz Design “Love You Madly” Paper Layers
Glitz Design “Color Me Happy” Paper Layers
Glitz Design “Uncharted Waters” BokehWashi tape
Glitz Design “Uncharted Waters” Paper Garland
Glitz Design “Uncharted Waters” Teeny Alphas Aqua Stripe
Other: cardstock, acrylic paints, paint brush, sequins, adhesive

Don't forget to check out the Glitz blog for more inspiration!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sizzix Love

Sizzix dies seem to fit any projects! Here are some projects I have worked on recently using Sizzix Alterations dies by Tim Holtz.
Starting with the most recent

Tutorial here.

Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK - Vintage Telephone & Typewriter Set
Taught this one at CKU last year.

Tutorial here.

As seen in March-April 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.
Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die - Ornamental
Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Die - Typeset

Tutorial here.

Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals
Tutorial here.

Did this one for Tim's CHA-W 2013 booth

Also for Tim's CHA-W 2013 booth

As seen in November-December 2012  issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

And one I did quite a while back for Anna Griffin.


Hope you enjoyed my little recap :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Garden Journal with October Afternoon

The April showers have brought May flowers and new plants have sprouted. Around this time every year, we get ambitious and start our own garden at home. This year, I'm keeping a garden journal. I have always loved altering books with paints and gels. This time,however, I'm sticking mostly with papers to alter an old book I found at our library's used book shop.

I picked a book with a green cover for the garden theme. I cut out a seed packet from Farm Girl 12 x 12 Wheelbarrow paper and attached it at about the center to decorate the cover.

Next, I cut away some pages from the book. To do this, slide in a cutting mat below a stack of pages you want to remove. Leaving about half an inch from the binding, lay a ruler and cut with a sharp craft knife by carefully pulling toward yourself. Cut some windows the same way.

Of course I couldn't do away with paints altogether, so I splattered some on each page. Load your brush with a mix of paint and water, tap on the brush handle with a finger to splatter the paint, and let it dry.

Cut the rim around one of the seed packet images to frame the window. Add some banners from the Farm Girl Sew Fun Banners pack and stitch them in place. Use Woodland Park 12 x 12 alpha stickers to spell out a title for your journal. Attach a seed packet image to peek through the window.

Add some painted diecut tickets, patterned papers, chipboard accents, and washi tapes. Journal on the tickets.

Attach patterned papers and other accents to the page. Add photos. Journal.  

Add a coin envelope splattered with paint. Insert a tag in it to journal on. Use a phrase stamp to add words. 

Have fun altering your own book! Don't forget to check out the October Afternoon blog for inspiring ideas.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Woodgrains, Glitz Design Style

Did you know that Glitz Design makes some wonderful Woodgrain patterns?
Like this paper
and this washi tape

and this roller doodle stamp

Think of all the lovely things you can make with these products! 
Usually, I associate woodgrain designs with masculine and outdoor projects, but I wanted to try them to make something softer and a little more feminine. This is a card I came up with...

I inked up the Giant Roller Doodle with pink ink and rolled it onto the card. I sprinkled some water onto the card for the ink to blend a bit. I splattered acrylic paints on the card. I cut a strip of woodgrain paper layer and notched the ends to make a banner, added the strip to the card, and put pieces of washi tape at the top and bottom of the strip. I stamped the sentiment on a punched circle, layered it on a bigger circle, and mounted it overlapping the strips. To finish the card, I stitched in circles around the sentiment.

Supply List:
Glitz Design “Color Me Happy” Paper Layers
Glitz Design “Color Me Happy” Woodgrain Washi tape
Glitz Design “Color Me Happy” Woodgrain Giant Roller Doodle
Glitz Design “Ucharted Waters” Rubber Stamps
Other: cardstock, acrylic paints, inkpad,  thread, paint brush, circle punches, adhesive

Don't forget to check out the Glitz blog for more inspiration!