Friday, November 28, 2008
I'm back again--Wow two posts in one day!! LOL! Here are the rest of the Thanksgiving cards that I made. These cards were very fun, quick and easy to make!I also used limited supplies for making all of these cards. All of the vintage images are from Crafty Secrets Vintage Cuts, Autumn Blessings, one sheet of DP from Cosmo Cricket, CS from WorldWin, Spellbinders dies, a little lace and a few buttons.I also used a little ink around the edges of the paper and the die cuts to add to the vintage look.
Paper~Cosmo Cricket-DP, WorldWin-CS
Ink~Ranger-Distress Ink, Vintage Photo
Other~Crafty Secrets--Vintage Cuts Autumn Blessings, Spellbinders--Wizard, Labels One (S4-161), Labels (S4-168), Lace, Buttons, Foam Tape
Thanks so much for stopping by (again!) today and I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Weekend!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you were able to spend some time with family and friends and have lots of yummy food!
I want to share with you one of the Thanksgiving cards that I made this year. I didn't want to post the picture until after the card was given so that's why you are seeing this a little late. I love all of the colors of fall and I especially love the colors in the leaves. For this card use a stamp set from CTMH and I did a watercolor technique with wet paper, doing this allows the colors to spread out and blend. Then I stamped over the images to give them more definition. Once the paper was dry then I lightly misted over the entire piece with Old Lace Glimmer Mist and then more of a spatter spray using Suede Glimmer Mist. On a separate piece of paper I stamped one of the leave, cut it out and crinkled it up a bit to give it some dimension. I added a brown ribbon and then the sentiment. For the sentiment I used JustRite Stampers Times New Roman Font Set along with the Harmony Rectangle Stamper Set. These font sets are so wonderful!! You can spell out anything you would like and you have the choice of three different font sizes, 95 pt., 50 pt., 25 pt.--for my sentiment I used the 25 pt. After I stamped the sentiment then I used the Wizard from Spellbinders to cut & emboss a classic (s4-110) and scalloped (S4-111) oval nestabilitites.Supplies~
Paper~All of the paper used was from WorldWin ColorMates except for the watercolor paper.
Stamps~JustRite Stampers-Times New Roman Font Set, Harmony Rectangle Stamper Set, CTMH (leaves)
Ink~Autumn Spectrum Ink Pad
Other~Spellbinders-Wizard, Classic Oval Nestabilities (S4-110 ), Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (S4-111 ), Brown Ribbon, Gold Brads, Glimmer Mist-Old Lace, Suede, PopDots
I also wanted to tell you about the terrific Thanksgiving sale that JustRite Stampers is having--It's called Buy One For Me & Get One FREE!! The sale ends November 30th so be sure to check it out!! You can find out all if the details about the sale by clicking HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Holiday weekend!! Stop back by soon as I have more Thanksgiving cards to share with you a little later today.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
There are so many things I am thankful for in my life!! Family and friends are at the top of the list!! I am thankful for the many wonderful people I have met through my blog, online forums and DT's. You are all so creative, talented & inspiring and I cherish our online friendships!!
I hope that however you spent your day that you were surrounded by the people you love and took a little time to think about all the things you are thankful for in your life!!
Many Blessings to you all!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
love the altered Sweet Chips dress!! Just adorable! All of your projects are just amazing. I always look forward to your creations. Thanks for sharing.
Loydine, this is a wonderful question and thank you so much for asking! The vintage hangers are from Crafty Secrets. You can purchase them by going to the Crafty Secrets website. On the Crafty Secrets website look under the banner, there you will see tabs to click on for various items, click on Where to Buy. Doing this will open a new tab and on the left hand side in the tool bar you will see Heartwarming Vintage Collection (under Product Categories), click on this and then you will see where it says hangers. Ok, I know that was the long way but it is always good to know how to navigate around the website. Here is your "easy button"--LOL! Just click HERE and it will take you exactly where you want to be!
Here is another question posted in the comments from Darlene.~Do you sleep at night or is your brain always working on a project??
LOL!!! Darlene, I have to tell you your question gave me a good chuckle!! Yes, I sleep but not for very long and yes I do have dreams about projects. I am one of those people that I can look at something (paper, stamps, something to alter...) and the idea will be there almost instantly--strange I know! LOL! For the most part it's a good thing but there are times when I wish I could shut it off for just a minute or two. *wink*
Thanks so much for the great questions--keep them coming!!
I know a lot of you know that Crafty Secrets carries Clear Stamps and beautiful Vintage Images but did you know Crafty Secrets also has some really fun alterable chipboard pieces? The Crafty Secrets line of chipboard is called "Sweet Chips"--I think that is the cutest name! Sweet Chips come in a variety of styles including little boy and girl outfits, a house and different shaped albums.
For today's project I have the Little Girl Sweet Chips Outfit to share with you. The kit includes the little girls dress, 2 pockets, a collar, a solid flower, a larger flower that can be used as a buckle, 2 heart shapes that can be used as buttons and a bow. These are so fun and easy to alter! You can dress up the outfits using paper, ink, stamps, stickers, buttons, lace ribbons and any other fun embellishments you would like.
I thought since the holidays are fast approaching it would be fun to dress up the little outfit for Christmas.I think these little outfits are so adorable!! The first thing I did was to pick out some paper that I thought would be pretty for Christmas in the traditional colors. I used a sheet of paper from the Crafty Secrets Earthy Paper Pad. I traced the shape of the dress onto the back side of the paper, cut it out and then glued it to the piece of chipboard(on the inside of the outfit--see the picture below). Then I used Ranger, Distress Ink, Vintage Photo around the edges and added a pretty sticker from Crafty Secrets Heavenly Christmas sticker sheet to the center of the inside.On the front of the dress I used Tattered Angels, Glimmer Mist, Old Lace--it give the dress a vintage look and also adds a little shimmer. Then using WaterMark Ink from ClearSnap and the Holly stamp from Crafty Secrets Christmas Joy stamp set I stamped and embossed a holly border along the bottom of the dress and the pocket with gold EP.To color in the holly I used Twinkling H2O's, Green Tea and Hot Cinnamon from LuminArte'. If you haven't ever used Twinkling H2O's and you are maybe wondering what they are, they are simply watercolor paints with a beautiful shimmer. They come in little containers (pots) and all you have to do is mist them with a little water to activate them. I also used the twinkling H2O's to paint the collar on the dress. As you can see in the pictures I also added a few sticker to the dress. For the pocket I used candy canes from the Christmas Memories sticker sheet and the heart by the collar is from the Heavenly Christmas sticker sheet. For a finishing touch I added some dark red lace trim and some pearls.
Stamps~Crafty Secrets--Christmas Joy
Paper~Crafty Secrets--Earthy Paper Pad
Ink~Ranger--Distress Ink Vintage Photo, ClearSnap--WaterMark
Other~Crafty Secrets--Sweet Chips Little Girl Outfit, Sticker Sheets Christmas Memories, Heavenly Christmas, Tattered Angels--Glimmer Mist Old Lace, Gold EP, LuminArte'--Twinkling H20's Green Tea, Hot Cinnamon, Red Lace, Pearls Beacon--Zip Dry
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to check out Crafty Secrets Gallery and Blog, I know you will find all kinds of inspiration for creating your own vintage papercrafts. I hope you are having a Wonderful Week!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Amy Johnson said...
All I can say is WOW! This is amazing! My son is a drummer, and he would LOVE something like this. I've read and reread your instructions several times, and I still don't understand how you made it. I'm not familiar with Gesso or any of the other products. Is that a pic of him? And why was there a pic of a sand castle...is that the original piece that you altered. I'm assuming you painted over the sand castle. Sorry for all the questions, I'm just a little confused. But I really, really, love this!
November 19, 2008 8:44 AM
Hi Amy! Thanks for the great questions! I'm sorry I should have maybe given a brief description of what Gesso is-LOL! Gesso is a surface preparation primer, it comes in white and black but you can also add coloring to it. The kind that I use is Acrylic Gesso by Daler/Rowney (you can find it at Walmart in the crafts buy the paints) and it is white and very think--pastey like, but not as think as putty. You can use it as is or add color, glitter, shimmers and you can also water it down if you need it thinner. You can apply Gesso in many different ways and to many different surfaces--paint or sponge brush, an old CC, your fingers--it depends on the look you are going for. It drys pretty quick but you can also use a blowdryer or a heat tool but be very careful with the heating tool! Once the Gesso is dry you can leave it as is, sand it, paint over it, or add shimmer sprays. Gesso is one of those really great products that you can do sooooo many things with! Here's the steps broken down--easy peasy! ;)1. Paint canvas with white acrylic paint.
2. Use a sponge roller to add the Gesso, but you don't want it smooth--go in different directions with the sponge roller giving it some texture.
3. Once Gesso is dry add Glimmer Mists (a liquid shimmer spray) until you get the look you would like.
4. Lightly sand and then add embellishments.
The picture with the sandcastle is just to show a before picture of the canvas. Also something to keep in mind, if you can purchase the canvas like this (something that is meant for a kid's craft) it will be a lot less expensive than the canvas from the paint department. Amy, thanks again for the great questions and yes that is a picture of my son. If you have any other questions just let me know. I love hearing from all of you and I will try to answer any questions I can.
Sometimes it can be hard to design something that is very masculine and even harder to design something for a young man in his teens. Our oldest son falls into that category and though he sees my design work and tells me it looks nice I wanted to design something that would even make him say WOW!!
In the earlier part of the year our son and some of his friends got together and started up a band. Unfortunately between summer vacations, school, homework and jobs they are a little limited on their practice time. Although we haven't heard the band play together yet a father of one of the other boys reassures us that they are coming together as a band. Our son LOVES to play the guitar and spends most of his free time doing just that! I thought it would be great to design something just for him so I went searching through my box of alterable things and I found a small 5 x 5 canvas to alter.
Here is a picture of the canvas before I started working on it. I have a few of these and I think I purchased them this summer at the local $ store but I can't remember for sure.The first thing I did to the canvas was to paint it with a white acrylic paint and then I covered the top with gesso. When I applied the gesso I used a sponge roller going in all different directions to give it some texture. After the gesso was dry then I spritzed two different colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Black Gold and Slate onto the canvas and carefully used a heat tool to set the colors. I applied a few coats of the glimmer mist to get the look I wanted. Then I lightly sanded the top of the canvas. I also went around the canvas with Pitch Black Adirondack ink and embossed the edges using a silver EP. I took a few pictures while I was doing this but the light wasn't the best and the pictures are so dark you can't see all of the detail. :( But at least you know how it was done and you can see some of the background detail on the finished project.
Here is a picture of the finished design.It's a little canvas but there is a lot of detail and a whole lot going on! For the focal point I used the Dream stamp from the JustRite Harmony Classic Oval Stamper II Stamp Ensemble. This set comes with 6 Designer Borders & 6 Designer Centers along with an Oval 2-1/4 x 3-1/16 Harmony Stamper. The Designer Centers include the words Dream, Inspired, Believe, Explore, Create & Imagine. Here's a couple of close up pictures of the oval Dream stamp.To stamp the image I used Adirondack, Pitch Black Ink. I stamped the image twice using two different colors of WorldWin ColorMates CS, Deep Belgium Blue and Deep Heritage Black. I used a silver detailed EP on both pieces and then cut them out. I also added a blue star eyelet on top of the star from the stamped image. I mounted the two oval pieces onto chipboard and then layered them. After they were layered I slightly distressed the edges of the black CS. Then I misted them with Black Gold, Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels and heat set again. By doing this it gives kind of a distressed look to the EP which I think is a great effect.I also used the Rock Star stamp set from Inkadinkado for the music notes and guitar. Using Adirondack, Pitch Black Ink I stamped them onto WorldWin ColorMates CS, Deep Heritage Black and embossed with detailed silver EP. Then I cut out each piece and applied it to the canvas as shown.For the embellishments I used one of the Tim Holtz idea-ology Word Keys ( JOURNEY) which I attached to a piece of leather trim using my Crop-A-Dile and silver eyelets. I LOVE those keys!! They just add so much to a project! I also used two pieces of Tim Holtz Grungeboard, Elements Swirls and misted them with more of the Black Gold Glimmer Mist.And YES for those of you who might be wondering the young man in the picture is my son and YES he did say WOW this looks Amazing mom!! *wink* I took this picture of him just for this project.
Stamps~JustRite-Harmony Classic Oval Stamper II Stamp Ensemble, Inkadinkado-Rock Star
Ink~Ranger-Adirondack Pitch Black
Paper~WorldWin ColorMates CS-Deep Belgium Blue and Deep Heritage Black
Other~White Acrylic Paint, Gesso, Sponge Roller, Tattered Angels-Glimmer Mist, Black Gold & Slate, Sanding Block, Crop-A-Dile, Blue Star Eyelet, Chipboard, Tim Holtz-Word Keys & Grungeboard, Leather Trim, Silver Eyelets and a Sweet Picture. ;)
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the pictures of my altered canvas! I would love to hear what you think and if you have altered a canvas I would love to see a picture--leave me a comment or a link! Don't forget to check out the JustRite Blog and Gallery for more JustRite Stampers Inspiration. Hope you have a Terrific Tuesday!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Cynde, thanks for your great questions! To answer your questions the foil that I used is a crafting foil from AMACO and yes normally it is very flexible/bendable but on each piece the backside was filled in with a clear silicone which will firm up when it dries. By doing this it will help to hold the shape of the embossing so when you touch it, it doesn't smoosh back in. On the larger pedestal piece, once the silicone was dry I also added hot glue on top of that to firm it up even more. I HTH!! Thanks again for the great questions!!
First before I share my project with you I wanted to let all of you know Spellbinders has a Beautiful NEW Website!! You can check it out by clicking HERE or click on the Spellbinders Blinki in my sidebar. Be sure to stop by and take a look around and you can also see all of the amazing art pieces from the Spellbinders Design Team. Guess What??? I have even more exciting NEWS--Spellbinders now has a BLOG!!! To see the NEW BLOG you can either click HERE or when you are on the Spellbinders Home Page you can find the blog under SHOW & TELL. I have also added the link to the blog in my sidebar (under Spellbinder DT Ladies). When you're done here be sure to check it all out--they are giving away some BLOG CANDY!!!
For the month of September we (the Spellbinder's DT) were asked to do some type of an ensemble for our monthly gallery projects. I love being able to do ensembles and I also love being able to find something at the local thrift store or $ store that I can alter! So I headed down to the local thrift store to see what I could come up with. I wanted to try and design a dressing table ensemble. My first find was a tall unique looking glass container with a lid and then I found a square glass dish, a couple of candles holders and a couple of metal trays. I was off to a good start! Here is a picture of everything before I started working on it. **NOTE--one thing that is different in the picture--I swapped out the wine glass for a larger candle holder. I know it doesn't look like much, right? But check out the picture below with all of the finished pieces!!Here is a picture of the Dressing Table Ensemble once it was finished.The first thing I did was to make the two pedestal pieces. To do this I used a clear sealant to glue the glass pieces together. On the larger one I used the square glass dish and the larger candle holder. For the smaller one I used the small circle metal tray and the small candle holder. These had to dry for about 24 hours.
To do the embossed metal roses I used the Wizard from Spellbinders along with the NEW Borderabilities Grand 12" Rose Border(S7-001), Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044), Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Lg. (S4-115), and craft foil from AMACO.
On each of the pieces I cut and embossed the foil and then glued it onto each piece. The only one I did differently was the tall glass container. For this piece I painted the backside of the foil because it would show through to the inside of the glass. Once it was painted then I glued it in place.
The steps varied a little for each piece but they were all sprayed with a primer, and then sprayed with celery paint from Krylon. For the tall glass container I used painters tape around the center part so it would remain clear. To do the detailed painting I used rose and emerald colored enamel paints. Each of the pieces have a bit of a distressed finish on the paint and all I can say is thank goodness for accidents! While I was working on this some of the enamel paint was a bit too heavy and I was trying to get it off. I used a damp cloth and it would not come off so I added a little soap and it was still on there. In a hurry I sprayed some Lysol kitchen cleaner and it did the trick! It pulled just enough of the paint off to give it a distressed look. So as I went along I painted, sprayed kitchen cleaner and blotted with a paper towel. I also added clear micro beads on each piece and on the larger pedestal piece I punched a few holes and added some leaf shaped beads.
Here are some close ups of each of piece and a little bit about how I did each one.
The larger pedestal piece.~
I used the Borderabilities Grand 12" Rose Border(S7-001) around the edges of the square dish.A view from the top.~
For the center piece I used the Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044) and the Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Lg. (S4-115) dies. I added the leaf beads to this piece and the clear beads are around the scalloped edge of the glass dish.Here is the tray.~
For this piece I removed the handle from the tray and used the rose buds from the Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044) die to cover up the hole from the handle.Here is the tall glass container.~
As I stated above this piece was done a little differently. The band around the center was done using the Borderabilities Grand 12" Rose Border(S7-001) die and then I added the clear micro beads around the edges of the foil.
Here is the smaller pedestal.~
For this piece I used the larger rose from the Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044) die and then I added the clear glass micro beads around the edges of the top.
Wizard from Spellbinders--Borderabilities Grand 12" Rose Border(S7-001), Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044), Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Lg. (S4-115)
Zip Dry, Gem Tac--Beacon
Spray Paint-Gray Primer, Celery, Crystal Clear Satin--Krylon
Paint-Rose Shimmer Metallic, Emerald Greem Metallic--Folk Art Enamals
Clear Micro Beads--Hobby Lobby
Leaf Beads--Local Discount Store Clear Sealant, Silicone Adhesive--Loctite
Paint Brush, Hole Punch, Rectangle Tray, Small Circle Tray, Lg & Sm Candle Sticks, Square Glass Dish, Tall Round Glass Container, Lysol Kitchen Cleaner
I hope you have enjoyed my Spellbinders Design Team project. Then next time you're at the thrift store or the local $ Store see if you can find some simple everyday items and turn them into something beautiful. I hope you have a Wonderful Weekend!! Don't forget to check out the NEW Spellbinders Website & the NEW Blog with some sweet BLOG CANDY!!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I have had this idea for this card in my head since I first seen the stamp set! Do you ever just look at a stamp or a stamp set and your head is flooded with ideas? Well that's how this one is for me! *wink* As I was working on the ornaments I was thinking I would love to have some gold embossing on the ornaments but I also wanted to color them in with Copic markers and as many of you know Copic markers and EP don't mix too well together. But then I got to thinking, I'm using clear stamps...hmmm maybe I can stamp over the image once it's all colored in and emboss it! Guess what it worked!! I'm sure other people have tried this and discovered the same thing but this was a first for me and I am very happy with the outcome! Doing this does take a little extra time, trying to line the stamp back up and mine didn't turn out perfect I have a couple of spots where it didn't line up but I wasn't going for perfection I was just having fun playing around. Here is a close up of the ornaments.This is what I did on the ornaments, first I stamped them using Memento Ink and then colored them in with Copic markers and I stamped over them again using VersaMark Ink and Gold EP and heat set.For the pine branch I stamped several of the pine sprigs onto the white mat and then I also stamped a few of them and cut them out and then layered them over the ornaments and added some liquid applique'.Using the Essential Glue Pad I stamped some snowflake images and added some diamonds glitter.Supplies~
Stamps~Crafty Secrets-Christmas Joy
Paper~Forest Green , Neenah-Solar White
Ink~Memento-Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Ranger-Adirondack Bottle
Other~Spellbinders-Wizard, Mega Nestabilities Curved Rectangles (S5 006), Copic Sketch Markers-B00, B21, B23, R81, RV11, RV17, G40, G24, Gold EP, Gold Cord, Essential Glue Pad, Glitter, Beacon-Zip Dry, Pearls and Foam Tape
Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you try the embossing technique with the Copic markers I would love to see it, so leave me a comment and a link to your card. I hope you are having a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sorry I have been MIA for a little while! I have a really fun stamp set from JustRite Stampers and a card to share with you today. Before I get to all the details of the card I have to tell you about this incredible stamp set. The stamp set is called Harmony Classic Circle Stamper III Stamp Ensemble, it comes with 6 Designer Boarders & 6 Designer Centers along with a 3 1/4" Diameter Harmony Stamper. One of my favorite things about the JustRite Stampers is that the borders and centers are ALL interchangeable! Using the borders and center and also the different fonts you have so much flexibility and can custom design the stamps to your own personal likings. Here is a picture of the Harmony Classic Circle Stamper III Stamp Ensemble.
Ok on to the card. I LOVE this sentiment and the butterfly image from the Harmony Classic Circle Stamper III Stamp Ensemble! I stamped the border onto pink CS and then I stamped the sentiment and image onto ivory CS. Using the Wizard, Petite Scalloped Circle Die and the Classic Circle Die from Spellbinders I cut and embossed the CS. After I had both of the pieces cut I misted them with Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels. On the Pink CS I used Snow Angel and on the ivory CS I used Suede. Once the CS was dry (you can use your heating tool to speed up the process of this) then I colored in the butterfly image using a Spica, pink glitter pen from Copic. I used foam tape on each of the circles to add some dimension to the card. Also I added a few pink rhinestones in between the butterflies on the border.The DP is from the sei 4.5 x 6.5 paper stack, Jolie Chocolat. The paper stack has 48 pages with some really pretty and yummy DP including glitter, foil, patterned and textured paper. The DP had some glitter on it but I also wanted to add some shimmer so I misted the edges with Old Lace and Suede Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angles. Here is another picture showing the Glimmer Mist. It is very shimmery IRL! Since the DP is 4.5 x 6.5 I wanted to be able to get the most visual use out of it. I didn't want to cover too much of it up so I trimmed the paper a little on one side and then cut it in half and mounted it to some chocolate brown CS on the top and bottom. The card base is a dark rose color and the mat is a light pink. All of the CS is from Prism. I also added some rose colored velvet ribbon to cover up the seam between the DP and brown CS and added two decorative brads on each side of the butterfly image and sentiment. To finish off the card I added some light chocolate colored ribbon to the top of the card and tied into a bow. Supplies~
Paper~Prism-CS, sei-Jolie Chocolat paper stack (4.5 x 6.5)
Stamps~JustRite Stampers-Harmony Classic Circle Stamper III Stamp Ensemble
Ink~Ranger-Adirondack Pitch Black
Other~Spellbinders-Wizard, Classic Circle Nestabilities S4 114, Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities S4 115, Copic-Spica Pink Glitter Pen, Tattered Angels-Glimmer Mist Snow Angel, Old Lace, Suede, sei-Ribbon, Joann's-Decorative Brads, Pink Rhinestones, Foam Tape, Beacon-Zip DryThank you so much for stopping but today! Don't forget to check out the JustRite Gallery and the JustRite Blog for tons of inspiration. Hope you are having a Wonderful Week!!