Friday, February 5, 2016

February 2016 Craft Hoarders Anonymous Monthly Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop! You should be coming to my blog from Teresa's blog. After visiting me, hop over to Karen's blog next! To start at the beginning of the hop, and for the full list of Bloggers, go to Gloria's Blog.

February is the month for love, so Valentine's Day is on my mind.  I am particularly fond of vintage, shabby chic, and pink!  I have some of my older papers in boxes which I have sorted by occasions.  In my Valentine's Day box, I found these beautiful papers from Memory Box, and I had even saved a couple of sheets of matching card stock that I had purchased while I had the print papers in my hot little hands.  

Here is my February inspiration!

This card measures 6"x6".  I cut the print paper slightly smaller than the card front and inked the edges with the Brilliance Pearlescent Purple ink pad.  

I die cut the scalloped heart from the light orchid card stock and inked the edges with the same Brilliance Pearlescent Purple ink pad.

Next, I die cut the plain heart from ivory card stock, then embossed it with the Chain embossing folder.  I edged the heart with a Krylon gold leafing pen, and again, I highlighted the embossing with the Pearlescent Purple ink pad before adhering it to the scalloped heart.

I used foam dots to adhere and raise the heart piece on the card front.

All that was left now was to decorate the card front with the various flowers, leaves, and trim from my stash.  The Love Notes die cut tag was added to the right of the flower bouquet.  

Simple, but elegant.

Supplies used:

Spellbinders dies:  Nested Hearts, Nested Scallop Hearts (largest size)
Card stocks:  Ivory, Orchid, Light Orchid
Print Paper:  Making Memories 12x12 LoveBirds Scallop Love Notes 
Making Memories Love Notes die cut tags
Embossing folder:  Chain (Lifestyle Crafts)
Ink Pads:  Brilliance Pearlescent Purple
Petaloo and Prima Flowers and Leaves
Ivory stem flowers (Joann's)
Gold leaves ribbon trim (my stash)

Here is the list of the participating Bloggers. Make sure to hop along and say hello! 

I hope we have inspired you to join us every month and de-hoard those supplies! 

Have a wonderful and creative weekend, but most of all, have fun!!!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Two Mixed Media Heartfelt Cards

Hi everyone!  Are you ready for another video tutorial?  I hope so, because I have one for you, and this is so easy and so fun, you won't believe it until you see it!   Learn how easy ColourArte products can turn a sheet of acrylic paper into a beautiful background to use for your cards, scrapbook pages, art journals, and so much more.

I have made a short video tutorial to share this process with you. I hope you enjoy it!

Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

Strathmore 436 lb. 12x12 Acrylic Paper
Cardstock:  Light green, dark purple, glossy gold metallic, glossy green metallic, pearlescent 
Eiffel Tower image from note card
Versamark ink pad
Clear embossing powder
Leaf Green archival ink (Ranger)
Crafty Individuals CI-430 rubber stamp 
Paper Parachute AT-002 Grid rubber stamp
Sizzix 38-0156 Hearts die
Paper Studio Stickabilities Inspirational Phrases Foiled stickers
Purple rhinestone stickers (Recollections)
DecoArt Satin Finish varnish

I hope you enjoyed the video and perhaps inspired to give it a try.  I think I could become addicted to playing with all these fabulous colors.  Be sure to visit ColourArte for more color choices and inspiration, too!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative weekend!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts - Mini Sewing Machine Album

Hello "chippie" friends! Today I want to share the cutest little mini sewing album I have ever seen.  It comes with the front cover that is cut out in more detail, and five additional solid pages to add your photos, ephemera, memorabilia, embellishments, or whatever your little ole' heart desires.

I began by covering each chipboard page with scrapbook paper.  I used the Needle and Thread paper collection from Kaisercraft.  I thought this was perfect for my mini sewing album, but any paper that reminds you of sewing, fabric, Mom, home, etc., would work.  

After adhering the paper, I trimmed the excess paper and used an emery board (or sandpaper) to remove any bits that I missed.  When that was done, I painted the edges with an ivory colored acrylic paint.  I thought it would give a more shabby chic look, and it also seals the paper edges.

Ink large scissors with black pigment ink, heat emboss with silver embossing powder.  Since this will be seen from both sides, it is important to decorate both sides with the embossing powder.  Be careful not to re-melt the embossing powder on the opposite side.    When cooled, stamp a small filigree rubber stamp, inked with black archival ink, over the scissors for a vintage look.  Add a small, round metal sticker on both sides where the scissor pieces join.

Color legs of dress form with copper metallic cream, add small bits of Patina paste to resemble patinated copper.  Adhere burlap paper to bodice of dress form on both sides in case it extends past the cover.

Color both sides of bobbins with Vintage Photo distress stain.  Wrap one with ivory cotton floss or crochet thread.  I later added a tiny sewing quote to the second one (see page 7).

Color the stand with Vintage Photo distress stain, dry thoroughly.  Ink wire portion of dress form with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Rustique Patina Bronze embossing powder.  Cover bodice of dress form with burlap paper. (See Page 2).

Ink dress form with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  Color bodice portion of dress form with Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint distress ink.  Color corset with Picket Fence, Victorian Velvet, and Worn Lipstick distress stains.  This will give some nice variation in the colors.   Thread nylon thread through corset holes and tie off in a bow.   (See Page 8).

Cut apart the large corner from the Fanciful Elements set and color with Bundled Sage distress paint. Dry paint thoroughly before dragging Iced Spruce distress ink pad over the corner elements.  Heat set to dry.  (See Pages 2 and 6).

I fussy cut images from the Kaisercraft papers and from the free collage sheet offered by Gina's Designs Laser Cuts (aka Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts).  I have been collecting embellishments for many years, so I used flowers, metal charms, computer-generated quotes, collage sheets, buttons, ribbon, and anything I found in my stash that I thought would be suitable.

Below are pictures of each page fully embellished.

Front Cover
Chipboard dress form, scissors, and bobbin, were added.  A tiny wooden spool with thread wrapped around it was  glued to the top of the spool holder on the album cover.
Inside Front Cover
Chipboard Lady Silhouette and gloves were inked with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Lace border stick section was painted with ivory acrylic paint.

Page 1
Real metal snaps were added to the card in the center.

Page 2
Cardstock intricate doily adhered beneath seamstress quote, along with chipboard dress form and fanciful elements.

Page 3
Real buttons were sewn to the button card on the left.

Page 4
Chipboard dress form was inked with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

Page 5
Cardstock dress form was inked with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the Rustique Patina Bronze embossing powder.  Another intricate card stock doily was adhered beneath the Altered Pages collage image.

Page 6
Chipboard dress form was painted with Victorian Velvet distress paint and Milled Lavender ink pad dragged over the top.  A portion of the chipboard fanciful elements was added along the bottom

Page 7
Chipboard bobbin was adhered to the top right with a computer-generated sewing quote glued to the center.  Another Altered Pages collage image is adhered over an intricate card stock doily.

Page 8
Chipboard dressform, free sewing collage image from Gina's Designs.

Inside Back Cover
Chipboard Dress Form painted with Bundled Sage distress paint, Iced Spruce distress ink pad dragged over the top.  Collage images from Altered Pages and free printable from Gina's Designs.

Back Cover

This is how the front cover looks with Page 1 showing through the opening.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used:

Mini Sewing Machine Album (Coming Soon)
Vintage Seamstress Shape Set
Dressforms 1 Shape Set
Dressforms 2 Shape Set
Miniatures Shape Set - Ladies Choice
Dressforms 2 Miniature Shape Set
Border Sticks Lace
Fanciful Elements
Cardstock Doilies Intricates
Gina's Designs Free Printable Sewing collage sheet 

Other Supplies used:

Kaisercraft Needle and Thread paper collection
Altered Pages Vintage Sewing collage sheet
Black pigment ink
Black archival ink
Versamark ink
Embossing powder: Silver, Rustique Patina Bronze (Judi-Kins); Brownie (Zing)
Small filigree rubber stamp (Anna Griffin)
Fashions fade rubber stamp (Hampton Art)
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap
Distress Stains: Picket Fence, Victorian Velevet,  Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender
Distress Paint:  Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet
Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre (DecoArt)
Patina Gilder's Paste (Baroque Art)
Ivory crochet thread
Scrap fabric
Small, round metal stickers

I hope you enjoyed my sewing machine mini album and are inspired to make one for yourself or a friend who loves to  sew.  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has quite a selection of sewing related chipboard to embellish your mini album, so be sure to check out the online shop for more choices.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Girl Mixed Media Canvas with ColourArte

Hello my fellow Colour-Artistes!  I love mixed media, and ColourArte has just the perfect paints to use in your projects.  I am working with a different base from my "norm", and I am also using a different medium for the base.  I usually begin with a canvas and gesso, but this time, I am beginning with an 8"x10" piece of 140 lb. mixed media paper and a layer of white absorbent ground.  

To help you see my process, I made a short video tutorial.   So let's play!

Here a a few close-ups for you.

ColourArte Supplies used:

Primary Elements

Chiffon Pink
Mandarin Citrine
Rose Gold
China Black

Other supplies used:

Strathmore 140 lb Mixed Media paper

Golden White Absorbent Ground
Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Words & Phrases 2 (My Girl)
Finnabair 3D Gloss Gel Transparent
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Vintage Cabinet Card die and matching Movers & Shapers die
Quickutz Diamonds & Dots embossing folder
Ranger/Dylusions DYW42686 Letter Jumbles rubber stamp
Ranger Archival Ink Jeb Black
Prima 564278 Damask stencil
Prima Branch Bark chalk ink
Prima flowers (538651, 557676, 553111)
Prima Pearls (530983)
Prima Butterflies (552145)
Black chipboard
AP-302 Chubby Cheeks Altered Pages collage sheet
Kaisercraft 6-1/2" Paper Pad (Storyteller)
Recollections die cut doilies

I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial and that you perhaps learned something new.  Be sure to stop by the ColourArte online shop to see all of the beautiful colors available.  For tons of inspiration, visit the ColourArte blog, and check out the video tutorials on the ColourArte Video Creators Youtube channel.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative week!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gypsy Soul Dressform Hang Ups - Steampunk Style

Hello and happy Thursday!  Today I want to share another project using these fabulous Dressform Hang Ups from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  If you recall, last week I shared a Shabby Chic Dressform Hang Up.  Click here to see that post.  This week, I am going all out in Steampunk style.

Step 1:  Paint Dressform Hang Up with Titan Buff, then rust, and dry brush with burnt umber.  Glue hanger piece on top of dress form hanger to create dimension.

Step 2:  Trace bodice onto jeweled paper, cut out and adhere to Dressform Hang Up.

Step 3:  Use chipboard piece removed from Dressform Hang Up  trace and cut out embossed faux leather paper, adhere to piece.

Step 4:  Place faux leather piece over corset, trace lower edge and remove.

Step 5:  Once removed, cut corset apart, as shown.  Save bottom piece for another project.

Step 6:  Paint corset with Paynes Grey, dab with Translucent Yellow Oxide, and cover with Titanium White antiquing cream.  Remove some of the antiquing cream with damp baby wipe to give the appearance of a patinated metal.  Thread 22g copper wire through holes in corset.

Step 7:  Glue corset to bodice, then glue faux leather belt on top, as shown.

Step 8:  Cut patterned paper to 7" x 12".  Spritz with water and gently crumple the paper until soft.  Carefully tear up the center and roll the edges.  Very gently shape the paper and dry with heat tool.  It will become very stiff and hold its shape.

Step 9:  To make the underskirt, cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper to fit the opening.  Also trim a piece from the Texture Sheets Gears and paint with white gesso.

Step 10:  Paint Texture Sheets Gears with Paynes Grey, dab with Translucent Yellow Oxide, and cover with Titanium White antiquing cream.  Remove some of the antiquing cream with damp baby wipe to give the appearance of a patinated metal.  

Step 11:  Glue gears and print paper beneath the opening in the skirt.  Cut apart a few more individual gears from the Texture Sheets Gears,  color with antique gold paste wax, and adhere randomly over the bottom texture sheet, as shown.

Step 12:  Glue skirt to bodice, as shown.  Use a good, tacky glue and place a heavy object over it until the glue dries.

Step 13:  Cut chain link in half, add gold metallic ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Adhere to skirt in a crisscross manner.  Add a metal charm and metal studs, as shown.

Step 14:  Add one individual gear that is colored with antique gold wax to the hanger, as shown.  

And here is a closeup of the bodice section.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies used:
Dressform Hang Ups
Texture Sheets Gears
Chain Borders
Parisian Shape Set (corset)

Other supplies used:
Momenta 12x12 paper pad (Hobby Lobby)
Jeweled paper (Hobby Lobby)
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Paynes Grey, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Translucent Yellow Oxide
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Titanium White
Viva Decor Rusty paint
Encore Gold Metallic ink pad
Baroque Art Gilder's Paste - Antique Gold
Gold embossing powder
Metal jewelry embellishment

I have to tell you that I am having a blast making these!  As I said before, I can see many uses for them, and you are not limited to making the skirts from paper.  How about scraps of fabric, netting,  tulle, ribbon, and so on.  And think of the embellishing possibilities.  You are limited only by your imagination!  So stop by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to see the wonderful selection of intricately cut chipboard you could use to make these your own!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Valentine's Day Cards with Altered Pages

Hello everyone, and happy Monday.  Today, I want to share a couple of Valentine's cards with you. Did you know that Altered Pages has a huge selection of collage images that are perfect for Valentine's Day?  And each sheet contains so many different images that will help you create the perfect cards.

Let's get started with Card 1.

Card 1

Cut Red Cardstock to 9"x 6" and fold in half to make a 41/2" x 6 inch card.

Cut brown print paper  to 4-1/2" x 6" and emboss with an embossing folder.  Distress edges, and hit high spots with Jasmine, then Schoolhouse Red Mixed Media ink pads.  Dry ink with a heat tool.

Adhere to card front.

Delaminate a piece of Mica.   It is very easy to do.  Just slip the blade of a craft knife (or your fingernail) between layers and start peeling.   I was fortunate to find this piece in my package that resembled a funky heart shape, so I used it.  However, mica cuts easily with scissors, so just cut any heart shape you want.

Emboss the piece of delaminated Mica with an embossing folder.  I used one with cracks on it.  Look how the embossing has brought out this silvery reflection.  It really is amazing stuff.

Adhere it to the floral print paper with a thin coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Trim excess paper.

Ink edges with Leather Mixed Media ink pad. 

Layer pieces as shown in the photo of the finished card above.  Punch a strip of red card stock with decorative punch and adhered along left side of card.  Add a bingo card beneath the mica heart.  (Check out the bingo cards selection here.)  I also fussy cut the little angel from one of the heart images and adhered to the top of the mica piece.  

I colored a 12" piece of Dyeable Seam Binding with a Faber-Castell red Gelato and water and let it dry before making a bow and adding it to the bottom portion of the card.  One last element was needed, the Proud Arrow was glued over the mica heart.

Card 2
Cut Red Cardstock to 9"x 6" and fold in half to make a 41/2" x 6 inch card.

Cut a piece of dark pink and pink stripe paper and glue together, cut to measure 4-1/2" x 6" before distressing the edges.  Adhere to card front.

Cut a square of light pink paper, distress edges and adhere to card front.  Cut a smaller square of Adhesive Corrugate paper (Kraft), distress right edge and adhere to card front, offsetting a bit, as shown.

Cut a Serviette Paper in half and using a Scor Pal, score every quarter inch, as shown.  Accordion fold along the score lines.  

Pinch bottom of serviette and staple ends together to form a fan shape.  Adhere to card front, as shown.

Fussy cut Heart with Cherub image and adhere over accordion folded serviette.

Make a bow with a length of Dyeable Seam Binding and add to bottom of card.  Stamp sentiment onto a scrap of ivory card with Schoolhouse Red Mixed Media Inkx and dry with heat tool. Punch corners with decorative punch and adhere to card next to the ribbon.

Lastly, cut apart five flowers from the Floral Trim and glue them above the fan shape, as shown.

Altered Pages Supplies:     
To Thy Own Self Be True collage sheet
Red Cardstock
More Glitz 6x6 Paper Pads (Hello December)
6x6 Glitz Paper Pads  (Pretty in Pink)
Adhesive Corrugate paper (Kraft)
Mixed Media Salazar Inkx (Jasmine, Schoolhouse Red, Leather)
Faber-Castell Gelatos (red)
Serviette Papers
Dyeable Seam Binding
Proud Arrows
Mica chips Natural
3D Crystal Lacquer
Scor Pal
Floral Trim
Aleene's Tacky Glue

Glue Stick
Adhesive Dimensionals
Double Side Tape Mini

Other supplies used:
Diamond Fence Trim punch (Martha Stewart)
Ivory card stock
Rubber Stamp (sentiment)
Embossing folders

I love the look of shabby chic, can you tell?  There is something about those worn edges on the paper layers that really excites me.  I think it is the texture, and I am all about texture and dimension.

I hope my project today has inspired you a bit and perhaps given you some ideas for you to try yourself.  Be sure to stop by the Altered Pages blog regularly for daily inspiration for the fantabulous design team.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and very creative week!