Friday, November 28, 2014

Give a small gift a glam look with Sizzix dies

Here's a quick little gift I made with Brenda Walton's newest Notepad Cover die.
You can find all the details on the Sizzix blog.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's a sketch for you
And a card

as well as some close-ups

Be sure to stop by the October Afternoon blog to get all the details.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Holiday card with Sizzix

Here's a Holiday card I made with Tim Holtz's newest Alterations dies and Texture Fades. You can find all the details on the Sizzix blog.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grateful for Family

Hi everyone, hope your Thanksgiving week is off to a beautiful start. I'm just so glad to have my family at home. Here's a d├ęcor piece that represents my feelings: I'm grateful for my family!
I used several different Tim Holtz products and upcycled some things from my stash to create this collage. Let me list them for you.
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Findings: Gumballs, Locket Keys, Word Bands, Word Keys
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fasteners: Jute Strings, Mini Fasteners
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paperie: Alpha Chips Elementary, Ephemera Pack Expedition, Found Relatives, Grungepaper, Label Letters
Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads: Barn Door, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Tarnished Brass, Worn Lipstick
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint: Rock Candy
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric: Neutral Subway Signs, Blue Ticking, Grey Basket
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snip Scissors
Tim Holtz Waterbrush
Ranger Adhesive Foam Roll
Ranger Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Ranger Cardstock: Manila
Ranger Dina Wakley Gel Medium
Ranger Sticky-back Canvas Natural
Sizzix Alterations Texture Fades: Courtyard & Trellis

Let me walk you through the steps.
Trim some Eclectic Elements Fabric.
Trim cardstock to fit inside embossing folders. Use the Vagabond machine or another Sizzix embossing system to emboss the pieces. Color them with Distress Ink pads Barn Door, Peacock Feathers and Wild Honey. Splatter with water to allow the inks to react.

Cut these above pieces and some pieces from your stash (it could be paper, canvas, ephemera, etc.) into blocks using Kushgrip Snip scissors.
Color a shallow box (mine is from a Sizzix die) along the edges and walls using Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint. You don't even need to sand or gesso your surface if you are using Distress Paint.
Attach the blocks to the box using Gel Medium. Seal the top with another coat of Gel Medium. Let dry.
Add some shin to the box with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.
Pick a Found Relative card you like and cut it out with Kushgrip Snip scissors. Color the piece lightly with some Distress paints using a dry brush.
Choose some Idea-ology metal accents like a Word Key, Word Band, and Locket Key. Color the pieces and a Gumball embellishment with Distress Paints. Be sure to use the same paints on each piece to maintain visual unity. Let each piece dry thoroughly before handling them. Ink the pieces with Jet Black Archival Ink to accentuate details.
Color the Alpha Chips Elementary Letters with Distress paints to match.
Write 'Grateful' with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint using fine waterbrush on Manila cardstock. Cut out with Kushgrip Snip scissors. Separate the butterfly wings from the Ephemera pack. Layer some ephemera pieces together as shown. Attach the alphabet chipboard pieces at the base of the box. Attach foam tape to the back of the Found Relative cutout for dimension. Add above the word Family. Attach Grateful and spell 'for' with Label Letter stickers. Attach the word band and gumball with Gel Medium.

Cut a wing out of grunge paper and color it with Chipped Sapphire and Peacock Feathers Distress Paints. When dry add a moderate coat of clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint on top. Let dry. Add some Tarnished Brass Distress paint to match the remaining collage. Attach it with Gel Medium near the top right corner of the box and overlap a locket key over it. Use a piece of jute trimming to string the word key. Poke a hole with Craft pick at the top of the box. Attach the key to the piece using a small brad through the poked hole. You can leave the key to dangle or glue it down.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! If you don't have a box to upcycle like I did, remember that Tim's collection of Configuration boxes and books are a great alternative.
Thanks for stopping by :) 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving placecards with Tim Holtz dies and Distress Spray Stains

Here's an idea for place cards for your guests this Thanksgiving or really any occasion for that matter, made with Tim Holtz dies, stamps, Distress Spray Stains, and some Idea-ology.

You can stop by Tim's blog for the entire tutorial and other details.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Another Art Journal page

Here's another page from my art journal...
On this page, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: Chrome Green, May Green, Cobalt Green
Others: journal, paint brush, image, fabric, patterned paper, black paint, stamp
Here are the steps:

Coat pages with Gesso. When dry, color with Gelatos.

Spray water with mister and let colors drip down.

Moisten foam stamp with water and color with Gelato.

Stamp the flower a few times along the right edge of the page. Outline them with pencil.

Attach strips of paper and fabric to the left page with Gel Medium.

Stamp on the pages using Stamper's Big Brush pens.

Choose an image from a magazine. Cut it out. Layer it on the page face down with Gel Medium. Work out any bubbles with your fingers. Let dry thoroughly.

Spritz on the image with water and gently rub off the magazine paper to reveal the transferred image. Journal on the facing page to finish.

Here's a close-up of my page.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Step-up card with Stephanie Barnard Framelits dies

Here's a card created with the fabulous framelit dies by Stephanie Barnard. I always admired cards that opened up in steps or popped up, etc. and always felt that they must be super difficult to make. I was very nervous when I picked the Basic Step-ups die set worrying that I might never be able to make it work. But I did anyways and here's the first card I made with it.
Supplies I used:
Others: kraft and white cardstock, patterned papers, watercolor, paint brush, Distress inkpad, ink blending tool, ink pad, stamp
Let me show you how easy it is to make a step-up card.

Lay a standard cutting pad on the magnetic platform, lay the card die blade side up, lay cardstock on top of the die and top it off with another standard cutting pad. Roll the sandwich through the Big Shot machine. The strong magnets of the platform securely hold the die in place allowing a precision cut just where you need it.

The cardstock is not only cut, but also scored. Fold along score lines to make the card base.

Lay a standard cutting pad on the magnetic platform, lay the layering dies blade side up, lay patterned paper face down on top of the dies and top it off with another standard cutting pad. Roll the sandwich through the Big Shot machine.

Attach the layers to the card base.

The die set comes with 21 dies, so not only do you get all the layering dies in perfect sizes but also ton of flowers, leaves and scrolls to embellish with. Of course, you can pick and choose which pieces you want to use on your project.

Lay a standard cutting pad on the magnetic platform, lay the floral dies blade side up, lay kraft cardstock on top of the die and top it off with another standard cutting pad. Roll the sandwich through the Big Shot machine. Repeat with white cardstock.

You will end up with several pieces like these that you can layer in different ways.

I layered my pieces like this.

Next, ink the card and flowers with Barn Door Distress Ink pad using ink blending tool.

Add colors to the leaves and flowers with watercolors. Attach them to the card.

Stamp sentiment on one of the kraft cardstock layering pieces.

Attach sentiment to finish the card.
Hope you like today's card tutorial and if you are on the fence about Framelit card dies, go ahead take the plunge. If I can do this, so can you :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Pocket full of love

Hello friends, today I have a pocket tutorial for you. When I saw the Heart Pocket Sizzix die by Brenda Walton, I started musing over the possibilities! I had so much fun making this pocket that I had to share here.
To make this project, I used:
Others: patterned paper, adhesive, cardstock, paints, trim, punchinella, inks, ink blending tool, paint brush, thread, sewing machine, stamp, glitter, ribbon, hole punch
Now, let me walk you through the steps:
Lay 12" x 6" patterned paper face down on Heart Pocket die blade side up. Place the set up between an extended cutting pad at the bottom and an extended crease pad at the top. Pass the sandwich through the Big Shot machine to die cut the above pieces. The crease pad will ensure that you get good score lines for folding the pocket.

Ink the edges of the pieces with Peeled Paint or another Distress Ink pad.

Color the strips with Metallic Silver fluid acrylic paint. You could always cut these pieces from metallic paper as well.

Attach the pieces to the pocket front. Also attach a piece of lace trim at the top.

Using punchinella or another stencil, add some metallic paint to the pieces.

Apply adhesive to the tabs, lay the front pocket on top of the heart, match up the contours, and fold the tabs back onto the back of the heart. 

Machine stitch the sides of the pocket for a more secure join as well as for detail and texture.

Apply glue to the heart and put glitter on it. Let the glue dry. Later tap off excess glitter from the piece.

Decorate the pocket with your favorite embellishments. I used thread, a 3D sticker from my stash, a butterfly I had left over from another project (you can die cut this butterfly using the Notepad Cover die). I also stamped a sentiment on a label sticker and tucked it under the 3D sticker and added the glittered heart.

Color a piece of white ribbon with gold and silver acrylic paints. Punch holes near the top and thread the colored ribbon through. Secure it with knots on each end to create a hanger.  
Fill the pocket with something you like. I embossed cardstock using the ticket Texture Trade from the Playing Games set. Trim cardstock to fit inside the embossing folder. Sandwich the folder between two cutting pads and lay it on the embossing tab of the multipurpose platform and pass through the Big Shot machine. Ink the embossed piece with Barn Door Distress Ink. Insert it into the pocket.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will play with this fun die.