Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Techniques to Make Your Heart Flutter....

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend, in honor of all those who have and who are serving in the Military.

Today I want to share with you a layout and several techniques!
It's a fairly simple layout at first glance... but when you start breaking it down... there is stamping, sewing, misting... oh boy!

The first technique I want to share is my Tissue Tape/Glossy Accents Butterflies! 

To make these I used Tim Holtz's Tissue Tape, Martha Stewart Butterfly Stamps, & Glossy Accents.

Step One:
I put Tissue Tape on my cardstock.

 Step Two:
I stamped my image on to the Tissue Tape.

 Step Three:
Once the stamped image was dried, I covered with Glossy Accents. This step took the longest because it took several hours for the Glossy Accents to dry... but it was well worth it!

Once the Glossy Accents dried, it made my butterflies flexible... and I was able to work with the wings and bend them to create a more dimensional embellishment. I made the antennas out of decorative wire from the craft store.

The second technique that I have for you today is stamping with Hero Arts Shadow Inks. See how I have butterflies stamped all over my layout... very soft, but very colorful....

This is what I used to create that.... Memento Dye Ink, Hero Arts Shadow Ink, and various stamps.

 I inked up my stamp with various colors using the Memento Dye Ink. I then lightly stamped onto scratch paper... I then without cleaning my stamp, I inked my stamp with the Hero Arts Shadow Ink... You can repeat these steps over and over, creating a lighter and lighter stamped image... until all you have left stamping is you Shadow Ink... it creates awesome effects!

Lastly, my title. I used my Silhouette to create the title. Once it was cut, I outlined it with a white opaque gel pen and then misted it with Perfect Pearls Mist, Heirloom Gold.

I hope you have been inspired! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Scrapbookaholic By Abby Challenge #6

Happy Memorial Day!
Today I have another challenge from Scrapbookaholic By Abby.
Graduation... using designs from Kich N' Bleus or .svg files from Kadoodle Bug Designs.

I chose to use this cute little digi design from Kich N' Bleus. I actually printed out and used it as a paper piece pattern... and that is how I made my card!

I added the high heels and the banner. I used the Tattered Banners Die from Tim Holtz's Alterations Collection and a part of my all time favorite quote from Henry David Thoreau to create the banner.

Make sure you go to Scrapbookaholic By Abby's Blog and see all the fabulous projects from the other Design Team Members and all the details of playing along with this challenge!

Hope you have a Happy Holiday!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Be Original....

Here is a tag I made... I saw this saying Friday Night when I was out with my husband... and I just loved it!

I covered the whole tag with Distress Stain, Wild Honey. I then used my Distress Inks, Fired Brick & Spiced Marmalade, around the edges. Using an awesome background stamp from Hero Arts, I stamped the grid on the background using Archival Ink, Russet.

I stamped the leaves in the corner using a Memory Box Stamp, Leaf Canopy. I colored the stamp with my Copic Markers and then misted with the Copic Colorless Blender solution to re-moisten my ink and then I stamped on to the tag. Details here on this technique.

I made a stencil out of Tim Holtz's Alteration Die, Sewing Room Dress Form. I used the negative of that stencil and inked the dress form on to the tag using Distress Ink, Fired Brick and the Ink Blending Tool.

With the Tim Holtz Alterations Die, Tattered Banners, to make a place for my quote. I added a little ribbon and a metal embellishment to complete my tag!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend... playing, creating, and celebrating!

Friday, May 27, 2011

scallop flowers... oh so whimsy!

Hello everyone! I am back! I have had quite a case of scrapper's block. Never before has it been so bad! Weeks! It was just terrible! I think that I have broken free though! Today I am going to share with you a layout that I did last night...
I used Basic Grey's new line, Sweet Threads. Using the Martha Stewart Around the Edge Punch, I created the background mat for my layout.

I made my flowers using scallop circles that I cut out using a scallop circle die from Lifestyle Crafts. Some I tore into spirals and rolled up and others I cut slits in and folded to create petals... I layered them and put brads in the center. I adhered these flowers with various sizes of pop dots. I free handed the swirls and used my I-Rock to add the bling!

For the date embellsihment I used a stamp from Technique Tuesday, It's a Date. My journaling block I created by using a mask that I made from Tim Holtz's Alteration, On the Edge Die, Scrollwork, some lined paper and Distress Ink. I used my white pen from Inkessentials to create the faux stitch look around my mats and title.

Hope you have a great holiday weekend! Happy creating!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Scrapbookaholic By Abby Challenge #5

Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a project I created for Scrapbookaholic By Abby Challenge #5: Hello Kitty! I made a Cupcake Gift Card Holder. I found this cute idea from a friend at a crop one night and couldn't wait to try it... she shared where she got it from: Fabulously Artsy. This is a great tutorial video.
This is how the cupcake looks at first glance... but then you pull Hello Kitty out and... whhhaaaalaaa! A gift card appears...
I hope you have a chance to play along this week! Go check out Abby's blog for all the details!

Monday, May 2, 2011

My Husband is Perfect.... & perfect for me.

 I want to share with you the Easter card that I made for my husband. I used paper from
Memory Box - Minuet, Spellbinders Die - Cross Collection , and a Technique Tuesday Stamp - Urban Blueprint for the front of my card...

Here is the inside of my card:

I was inspired to make this card for my husband because he said to me once... "I am not perfect"... and I just wanted to let him know that he was... perfect... and perfect for me....
The stamp, Urban Blueprint was perfect for this card .... I bought it originally because both of us are in home design.