Friday, September 28, 2012

TEXTures Minibook

Hi-this is Julie sharing a project I made for our TEXTures Challenge!

I made a mini book with a lot of different textures.  All pages are cut out with the Limited Edition dies that come with the new Genius platform by Lifestyle Crafts.  I used tarnished brass Distress crackle paint on a stencil for the background on this layer and attached adhesive (score tape) and paper to the burlap before die cutting TH flowers.The leaves are sticky back canvas and I also used some denim for flowers and centers and of course washi tape.  The letters are thickers by American Crafts.
Some of the pages are done with QK cork which was backed with cardstock before cutting. I embossed  and used distress ink on the linen paper to add texture to some of the pages.
The butterfly (Studio Calico) is crackled also. I found that the TH tiny attacher worked great for securing the pics and added some extra detail.
Here's another close up shot, which also shows the text stamp on Canvas.  It's hard to see, but I've also added new Rock Candy Distress glitter.

Hope you like and that you'll play along with our challenge- you've got until midnight on Sunday to create a project with at least one element of TEXT (book print/text pattern) and one element of TEXTURE (non-paper).

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pretty Poppies/ Wonderful Washi Class

I absolutely LOVE poppies and have had in mind to play with these fabulous papers by Authentique for quite some time.  I've also had this stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps on my wish list for a while as well, so with the new arrival of Sweet Pea Stamps in our store, and these papers set aside for a class (scroll down for a peek- it's scheduled for tomorrow night!) I couldn't wait to play!

If you've been in the store lately, you'll know we've been under construction... which means almost no time for creativity :( but over a week or two I actually managed to complete this card:
I've used the current sketch by CLP for the card.  I've added resist canvas (inked with Distress Stain by Ranger), paper flowers, blin & lace by Prima and a sentiment flag from Jillibean Soup as well as some wooden birds from Crate Paper.  I love the addition of wooden embellishments!  Here's a close up shot... I didn't take as much time as I might have liked with my colouring, but opted to get 'er done instead ;)
Isn't she purty?  I'd like to play along with a few other challenges as well...
- CMC Copic Challenge 'fall colours'
- One Sweet Challenge 'fall colours'
- Raise the Bar 'damask or swirls'

As I said, after designing the cards for my Wonderful Washi Class, I had plenty of paper left for a card or two. This was a great start :)  If you're free on Tuesday night, these are the three cards we'll be making in class:
A bit of stamping & die cutting, fabulous papers from Authentique and some fun ideas for Washi Tape!  Give us a call at the store if you can join us- class is at 6:30!  (Do let us know if you'd like to come but this night doesn't work for you- there is a possibility of rescheduling it!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Clippings Cards

Sometimes it's fun to create something that is a completely different style than you normally use... for me, working with leftovers from our POTM projects is an opportunity to do that every month. After 2.5 years, you'd think it would start to feel more 'normal' but as long as Basic Grey keeps mixing it up, I'll take up the challenge each month ;)

One of the papers in our kit featured large alphabet blocks- which I love!  Figuring out how to take such large items and make them work on a card was a bit of a challenge, but I really like how this card turned out:
I used a few of the tear strips on the edge of the papers to make this fun border and added stickers & brads (not in our kit, but too much fun to resist buying them!) and paper flowers from my stash. 

These next two cards were inspired by projects that were featured in Basic Grey's intro/advertising for the Clippings collection.  We mixed it up a bit, but can't claim complete originality :)

There's still a ton of great elements left over from this kit- I'm looking for an opportunity to pull it out along with some of my Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and get creative some more :)

Did you know that we have a Page of the Month board on our Pinterest Page?  We watch for projects that catch our attention using materials from Basic Grey's collections and add them there- check it out

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Clippings Layout

Last month we decided to mix things up for our POTM (Page of the Month) layout... we used the kit supplied by Basic Grey (featuring the fabulous Clippings collection) and created a completely different layout for our classes! Here's what I came up with:
I used a sketch designed by Basic Grey (you can see it here on their blog) and many of the elements in the original layout... I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!  It was great to be able to scrapbook some very recent photos from this summer, and it was especially perfect since my photos were quite random (I left my camera at home and just took my iphone).

As always, we created some cards too... here's our version of the card designed by Basic Grey as a bonus project in August:

I'll be back soon with a few more Clippings cards!

Tonight, we begin teaching the September classes, which feature the Soleil collection!  Hopefully I'll get a post with those cards up before next month's class ;)  We are in the middle of some renos/repairs at the store right now- finally able to stat putting things back together after getting drywall replaced & painting done!  My mission today is to get enough done that I'm able to teach class tonight!  Wish me luck!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

12 Tags: September

Yesterday we had our monthly 12 Tags Drop in!  I have to say it again, I'm so happy Tim Holtz is doing a monthly tag this year- I love having time to play along and look forward to it every month!  And it's always a fun time getting together with the girls :)  First up is the tag I created:
I had hoped to change things up a bit more, but I love how Tim used the typewriter die, so had to have it and use it! The basic tag follows Tim's instructions from his blog, but we each went our own way with embellishments... I was delighted to use some new Prima embellishments- these wooden gear buttons, typewriter charms and word lightbulbs are all new from Prima :)  The washi tape is by MME, the letters, film strip ribbon & pin are all from Tim, as is the die, paper & stamp!  I attached the buttons with some wire, which I curled a bit.

Mom created this one:
She used alcohol ink on the back of the lightbulb- it looks super cool!

another angle...

... and here's all six of the finished tags!
Thanks to Marianne, Barb & Janet for faithfully joining us every month- we love getting inky with you! It was great to have Linda join us, too!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tea for Two

Not much to say about these cards- they're pretty simple, featuring the Tea for Two collection by Cosmo Cricket.  The element deck makes a great die cut detail for the front of the card, with a simple addition of stickers or stamps, flowers & twine.

These cards were featured at our Coffee & a Card drop in on August 9.  Our next drop in day is Thursday, September 13.   Join us between 11am-5pm to create a card (and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee) for just $2.  Please bring your own adhesive.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

TEXTures Notebook

We've got a new challenge for the month of September, to Create a project that includes a book print/text pattern and at least one textural or dimensional (non paper) element.  Fun, right!?  Today I'm sharing with you my project- an altered notebook full of colour, texture & text print... with a good measure of shimmer & glitter added in :)
 I started with a simple composition book and ended up with this!  I started with die cut chipboard & canvas to spell 'notes' as a focal point on my book, glued that down and then pulled out a bunch of alphabet stickers (all leftovers from Basic Grey POTM kits!) and applied them around the word. I mostly added "123" and "abc" along with some punctuation and the word 'notes' is on there a couple more times. 

Once I was happy with my arrangement, I covered the entire thing with 2 coats of gesso, followed by one coat of tan paint. I knew I wanted to play with Dylusions sprays and that gesso would soften the colours... which is not the look I was going for :)  Before spraying with Dylusions, I added some generous swipes of new metallic Distress Stains in Tarnished Brass.  I focused on the canvas letters and a few other spots, then sprayed with shades of blue & green Dylusions.  I love the way the Metallic Distress Stain mingled with the paints, adding a shimmery dimension to it! 

I continued adding more layers of paint, allowing it to mix & drip across the cover.  I sprayed a layer through a dot pattern stencil before finishing with a splash of black over the canvas letters.  I dried with a heat tool and then stamped some Dylusions stamps with Black Archival ink- the alphabet text print and some leafy vines.

I finished it off by adding some sticky back canvas to the spine (inked with black Dylusions), then sealed my project with a layer of  'Spray & Sparkle' Iridescent Glitter then some 'Spray & Seal' varnish, both by Crafter's Companion.

Here's a couple close ups:

I mopped up a lot of the excess in on my craft sheet onto some tags, which I then glued into the book as dividers.  Here's a look at the tags:
and here's a look at the back cover of the book- there are no layers of texture on the back, just paint, sprays & stamping!
Hope you like my project!  I had a ton of fun doing it and getting inky!  If you decide to do something similar, just remember to seal it all in with a varnish!  Dylusions sprays are water based and will get all over your hands every time you pick up your notebook if you don't ;)

Products Used (mostly Ranger):
  • Composition book
  • alphabet stickers (Basic Grey)
  • Sizzix alphabet die, cut from chipboard & Ranger Sticky Back Canvas
  • Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line Gesso & Paint
  • Metallic Distress Stain
  • Dylusions Sprays
  • Dylusions Stamps & Stencils
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Spray & Sparkle Iridescent Glitter (Crafter's Companion)
  • Spray & Seal Satin Varnish (Crafter's Companion)
  • #5 tags
  • Inkable Crinkable Ribbon
  • Ranger Craft Sheet
I hope you'll consider playing along with our challenge this month!  All the details are over on our Seriously Creative Challenge Blog!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Pop Up!

Sizzix recently released some great new interchangeable dies for pop-up cards, so we had to play a bit... we made this simple card with BoBunny double dot papers, dies by Memory Box (butterfly) & Sizzix (flowers) and an old Hero Arts stamp.

This card was featured at our Coffee & a Card drop in on August 13.

Join us every other Thursday to drop in and make a card for just $2!  Next drop in is Sept. 13.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Art of Kindness

I have completely fallen in love with the Clippings collection by Basic Grey... and had fun putting together this simple card inspired by the feel of the collection, and one of the great background papers.

The stamp I used on the tag here is a fab one by Hero Arts, the red dots are BoBunny Vintage Double Dot and the sweet butterflies are stickers by Studio Calico.  The little pearls were made with Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls.

This card was featured at Coffee & a Card on August 23.

Join us for Coffee & a Card on Thursdays- dates for September drop ins are:
  • Sept. 6, 13 & 27
Hope to see you to make a card tomorrow!  In case you've never been- it's a drop in, you can come anytime between 11am-5pm.  The cost is just $2 to make a card and enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea) if you like!  We appreciate it if you bring your own adhesive :)

Saturday, September 01, 2012

September SOTM!

Oooh, we've had some fun with this little cutie, getting samples ready to share with you today!   Our Stamp of the Month is from a company brand new in the store, SweetPea Stamps.  This little dragon reading a book seemed like a perfect image for back to school season and our September Stamp of the Month!  These stamps are unmounted rubber, but we've mounted the SOTM on EZ mount for you so you can get stamping right away when you take him home!  Our samples have been created using papers & colours from Cosmo Cricket's 2WENTY-THR3E collection, with additions from the element deck (die cut cards) and Washi tape. 

Mom made these first two cards:
 Our SOTM is silver embossed and has been coloured with chalk pencils on this first card.  The background is an actual dictionary page that has been glued down and inked up with Distress Ink :) 

This second card features an image stamped on watercolour paper with Archival Ink & coloured with Distress Markers.  The image is cut with a set of nesting dies from Lifestyle Crafts- this one is included with their new Genius magnetic platform (we've sold out of our first shipment and are taking pre-orders for the next).  The garland is a piece leftover from our Basic Grey POTM kit "Clippings" that has been embellished with flowers & bling for a feminine touch :)
I (Tara) had fun pulling out my Copic markers (they've been neglected lately!) and colouring up an orange dragon for this card. I kept the rest of the card pretty simple, layering a card from the element deck & one of the other papers then adding a flower for dimension & texture.

Our sample board wouldn't be complete without a bookmark! 
 I've used a #8 tag as my base for the bookmark, inked it up with Dylusions sprays (Bubblegum Pink & Squeezed Orange) together with some Dylusions stamps in Pumice Stone Distress Ink- it's pretty vibrant, but it worked out okay with these papers and their muted tones.  My dragon was stamped with Archival ink & coloured with Distress Markers.  The book was coloured with some Dylusions that I sprayed onto my craft mat (next time I'll use one of the new pipettes so I don't make such a mess!) and picked up the colour with my waterbrush.  It was a fun way to coordinate the image with the background, since there is no way to get that look with Distress Markers :)  I trimmed a row of books from patterned paper and added some Washi tape for the 'carpet' he's sitting on.

I hope you've enjoyed our samples!  We've got an assortment of other stamps by Sweet Pea Stamps in stock and they're 20% off for SOTM members until the 15th of September!