Friday, May 31, 2013

Iris Celebration - Graphic 45 May Challenge

- so excited to actually get a chance to participate in a G45 challenge!!!

A couple of weeks ago, my brother-in-law and I went over to my mother-in-law's, after church, for a visit. The main reason was to celebrate the full bloom of hundreds of purple and yellow Irises in her back yard. I decided to use a couple of the photos I took, convert them to B&W and use some G45 paper I bought a while back but haven't had the chance to use yet. One of my favorite lines! A Ladies Diary!

With the exception of the fussy cut flowers, everything was ink distressed with Tim Holtz Distress inks, combining Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo. When I tested the Tea Dye, it was too orange, so these worked well together for the look and colour I wanted.
Next you see a lot of photos showing the layout in detail and from different angles.

While making this layout I decided I would use a wonderful front opening shadow box I got on sale a long time ago and use more of the "A Ladies Diary" paper to line it and add to the frame around the glass of the magnetic door that opens up. Then I'm going to give it to my mother-in-law for her birthday in September. She'll be turning 87! (I think. I should check on this) I can't believe what she still all does!

Well, thank you for stopping by to have a look at my challenge entry. Hope you have a great day, and happy papercrafting everyone!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Interactive Circular Chipboard Album

- a fun project, and something I've wanted to make for myself for quite a while!

Hello everyone! I'm here to show you a fun project for a class where we use Echo Park's Circular Chipboard Interactive Album. I used My Mind's Eye Collectable "Memorable" collection making this a 'girly' or spring/summer project.

This is what it looks like before I started. It has these fun pull outs for each of the three pages in the album and comes with the rings. I painted the edges white before covering it all with the beautiful papers.

I've always wanted to make a little album that didn't have many pages so that I could showcase a couple of more recent photos for each of my five children and their families. That way I would have something to go to that had them all in one album. I thought this project fit the bill for the Echo Park ablum.

I thought that I wanted to something a little different than a bunch of flowers on the the album as is tradtionally seen with this kind of a project, and since the focus was 'family', I thought"hearts"! Why not use the circle theme along with hearts? And this is what I now have.
Front Cover...
 Front cover pull out ... I used for an intro (journaling)

Opened to view double pages...

You can see that I used photos in a 4 x 6 size, which I usually don't like to do. But for  me, it worked very well in this project.

The first page is for my eldest, Dana, and her three children...

I continue with the circles and hearts throughout the album. Each little circle and heart has faux stitching around the edges, as well as the pages themselves.

I also used Library cards, which are archival and acid free, etc., matted to make my journaling tags tucked in behind all the photos on the pages.

The next page is for my oldest son and his family...First we see my lovely daughter-in-law with the girls.

The 4 x 6 photos fit perfectly in the pull outs of the album.

As we turn the page, we have the page for my daughter Eva and her family, and then my youngest son and his girlfriend. Unfortunately I couldn't find a photo of Eva and her husband with their two children, so I ended up using my grandchildren's latest photos until I can insert a better one.

That's my newest grandchild, Wyatt, in the cute bunny ears for Easter.... Let's see the pull out.

That's his big sister Claire, who will be turning 6 soon. The punched circles and hearts, and the library card tags continue throughout.

Here's the pull out of my younger son's page...with his beautiful girlfriend...

Sorry about the glare on the photograph.

The last page is for my youngest daughter. Just her in the photos, and wouldn't you know it that when I resign myself to using photos that are a couple years old, after the fact, there are suddenly new photos of her I could have used! Oh well, I can use them for another project.

Because I have a photo on the back I created another page by tracing the shape onto two pieces of cardstock and gluing them together. (The class will get a better matching cardstock. I didn't have any at the at the time I made this.)

Because both photos were landscape, I had to square this one off and tuck the journaling tag in differently than all the others.

...and this is what the back looks like...

Well that's it for this project. But, I do have a little run through video that you might like to watch.

Hmmm, having problems here's the link -

 Thank you for checking to have a peek. Happy papercrafting!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Anniversary

This card came from the center of the card in my previous post.

I brushed each flower with some Rock Candy Stickles (jar). I also used the regular Stickles dispenser to add some glitter to the banner. The tiny sentiment was heat embossed with Kaleidoscope and is a bit more legible IRL. :)

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Royal Velvet, Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria
  • Stamps: Door to Door
  • Ink: Royal Velvet, Versamark (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Fleur de Lis Squares (Spellbinders), Door to Door banner
  • Other Tools: Kaleidoscope embossing powder (Stampendous), flowers (unknown), Rock Candy--jar and dispenser (Ranger)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Melting Pot

I was awestruck when I saw the effect that a melting pot and some UTEE can have on a paper flower--it makes them look juicy! I've finally pulled my pot out to play!

If you're unfamiliar with Ranger's Melting Pot, they have a video here. There are several other videos available that show different techniques and possibilities with it.

I pulled out a couple of card bases that I created quite some time ago but wasn't inspired to finish. I rolled one of each size of MFT's Royal Roses and then dipped them into melted UTEE. I experimented with tinsel glitter, microbeads, and gold embossing powder.

There's a bit of a trick to it which I'm sure I will master with practice.  ;)

Thanks for peeking!

  • Cardstock: Royal Velvet and Rustic White (Papertrey Ink), gold (unknown)
  • Stamps: We Connect (Paper Smooches)
  • Ink: Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink), Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Versamark Frost (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Fleur de Lis Squares (Spellbinders), Royal Roses (My Favorite Things), Loopy Leaf (Paper Smooches)
  • Other Tools: clear and gold embossing powders (Filigree), UTEE (Ranger), gold tinsel glitter and microbeads (Martha Stewart)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

PTI Make It Monday and an Organizing Tip

Seems like I haven't done paper-piecing in awhile so I was inspired to put Melissa's interesting technique to work at this week's Make It Monday.

I used PTI's Road Trip papers and In Bloom stamp set. I masked off the edges on the card before stamping a bit of a border. The flower centers are glittered up with a gel pen. I tied a bit of lace to a vintage pin before sticking it through my dimensional foam tape.

I'm also entering this into Moxie Fab's Gift Tag challenge.

I thought this would be a good time to share how I keep track of my PTI papers. I made it easy to flip through my options before going on a paper hunt by using PTI's Tag Sale #3 and a circle punch (or two).

I used the same principle with tracking my Pattern Packs except I used the coordinating cardstock. So pretty! I love flipping through it.

Thanks for peeking!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Kraft
  • Patterned Paper: Road Trip
  • Stamps: In Bloom, Compact Sentiments -- Part 2 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Versamark Frost (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: In Bloom, Tag Sale #5
  • Other Tools: clear embossing powder (Filigree), vintage pearl pin (Maya Road), lace (dollar store), Clear Star gel pen (Sakura), Copic BG97

Saturday, May 25, 2013

PTI Blog Hop: Hello

I was so excited to finally use my Mini Blooms stamp set!

I used the following Bouquet color scheme:

I adore this photo! The vivid colors are HAPPY!

I added a bit of white gel pen and/or Clear Star glitter pen throughout the image.

This card was inspired by one of my papercrafting heroines, Miss Maile Belles. You can see her gorgeous creation here.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst
  • Stamps:  Mini Blooms
  • Ink: Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado
  • Dies: Mini Blooms
  • Other Tools: white gel pen (Signo Uniball), Clear Star gel pen (Sakura), white embossing powder (Filigree)

PTI Blog Hop: My Dear Friend

So many stamps, so little time! I took some crafty time with my PTI!

I chose the simplest and most unique bouquet color scheme for my first PTI Blog Hop card:

I started by impressing a frame into a Vintage Cream card base. I cut a plain circle out of scrap cardstock and used the negative die-cut to blend an ink border with Antique Linen and Old Paper Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

I used the Anniversary set Birds & Blooms to create the focal wreath. In order to soften the New Leaf and Limeade Ice inks, I stamped once on some scrap paper before stamping the flowers.

This is the first time I tried using paint on stamps! A fun technique that resulted in some pearlescent zing (difficult to appreciate from the photo)! I do like the bit of impasto that resulted!

The sentiment was stamped with Old Paper ink.

I added a touch of Clear Star gel pen to the New Leaf flower centers.

Thanks for peeking!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Vintage Cream
  • Stamps: Birds & Blooms
  • Ink: Pinefeather, New Leaf, Limeade Ice; Antique Linen and Old Paper Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Dies: Eyelet Circles, Standard Circles (both Spellbinders)
  • Other Tools: ink blending foam (Ranger), Pearl craft paint (Martha Stewart), Clear Star gel pen (Sakura)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Spectrum Noir Class #4

-taking over the last of four classes for the very talented and experienced Julie who can no longer teach the classes.

I just love colouring with my new Spectrum Noir markers. Don't have them all yet, and look forward to getting them all!

Scrapbook Parade is having their 4th Spectrum Noir class in June with everyone receiving the next two sets - Pale Hues and Browns, and I've been asked to teach the final series of this class.

With these colours, the focus of the class is skin tones and hair. I devised a way where we'd be able to practice a few variations of some of the skin tones and hair colour combinations. We'll colour three images for one card and a larger one on another. I'll say this much about getting this all together, my practice images turned out looking better than the ones I made for the cards! But since I have notes all over my practice colouring, I couldn't use them.

Here are the two cards.

I show you each card and explain what we'll be doing in class. This is a 5 1/4" Square card.

You can see that the PI little girl in the center has a much better face. The other two I over did and they came out a bit blotchy. I don't have the time to colour them again. A note though, we don't have all the markers yet with this being only our 4th class, so I had to make do with the colours we all have from the 4 classes.

The little girl on the left is MFT's PI 'Birthday Girl' without her balloon. And the Spectrum Noir markers used are as follows:
Skin -TN2, EB1, FS2, GB8 on the pallet using FS2, FS6 for cheeks
Hair -CT1, CT4, GB8, GB10
Dress -PP5, DR3 on the pallet using PP5, PP3, blender
Shoes - black

The second little girl is MFT's PI 'Being Cute Is What I Do', using the following Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin -FS3, FS2, EB1, FS6 for cheeks
Hair -EB1, EB2, GB8, GB10
Pants - TB9, BGR3, BGR1, blender & Denim scrap
Top & flower -BGR3, BGR1, TB1, PP3, DG2, PP5 for flower
Shoes -BGR1

And the third little girl is MFT's 'Cute-a-tude', and using these Spectrum Noir markers:

Skin -TN2, FS3, FS2, FS6 for cheeks
Hair & flower-Flower-EB1 CT1, GB5 - Hair - TN2, TN8, EB5, EB8
Dress -CT3, GB5, GB8, GB10, blender
Shoes -EB5
The additional technique we'll do in class is using our Spectrum Noir markers to colour pearls! (PP5) These pink pearls were coloured using

Oh, and the patterned paper is from MME My Girl 6 x 6 pad.

And the inside of the card...

The next card, we'll use MFT's Doodle Garden 'Far Out' stamp set.

Again, the paper is from MME My Girl 6 x 6 pad. And the daisies are made using MFT's Upsy Daisy Die-Namics. Plus, I used MFT's Jumbo Scallop Border Die-Namics.

These are the Spectrum Noir Markers used in colouring this fun Doodle Garden image.
Skin: TN2, FS3, FS2, EB1, & FS6 for the cheeks
Glasses: BGR3, BGR1, blender
Hair: TN2, GB8, TN8, EB5, EB8
Hairband & Flower: Hairband - BGR1, TB2, TB1 - Flower - EB1, CT3, CB5 - Leaves - DG4, DG2
Pants: BGR3, BGR1, TB1, blender
Heart: DR3, PP5, PP3
Flip Flops: CG1, CG2
Top: PP1, PP5 on pallet using PP1

Here's a close up of "Far Out".

And, the inside of the card.

Well, that's it for these cards. Thank you for stopping by to have a peek. A list of the markers used for these 2 cards are below.

Happy Papercrafting!

Here are the markers used in the colouring of these 2 cards.

Three Girls Card

Girl to Left
Skin: GB8 on palette picked up with TN2, TN2, FS2, FS6 (cheeks), EB1
Hair: CT1, CT4, GB*, GB10
Dress: DR3 on palette picked up with PP5, PP5, PP3, and blender for the dots
Girl in Center
Skin: FS3, FS2, FS6 (cheeks), EB1
Hair: EB1, EB2, GB8, GB10
Top: BGR3, BGR1, TB1, PP3(zig zag pattern), DG2 (zig zag pattern), PP5 (flower & hair bands)
Pants:TB9, BGR3, BGR1, (blender refill drops onto denim pressed onto pants to give a denim texture)
Girl to Right
Skin: TN2, FS3, FS6 (cheeks) FS2
Hair: TN2, TN8, EB5, EB8
Hair Flower: CT3, GB5, EB1
Dress: GB10, GB8, GB5, CT3, CT1, blender for the stripes

Far Out Girl

Skin: FS3, FS2, FS6 (cheeks), EB1
Hair: TN2, TN8, EB5, EB8
Hair Flower: CT3, GB5, EB1, DG4, DG2
Hair Band: BGR1, TB2, TB1, blender 
Glasses: BGR3, BGR1, blender - a couple of light lines to show glare on lenses
Heart: DR3, PP5, PP3
Jeans: BGR3, BGR1, TB1, blender
Top: PP5 on palette picked up by PP1, PP1
Peace Sin & Flip Flops: DG2, CG2, CG1

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Runway Inspired Challenge: Knit Wit

I fell all over myself when I saw the current Runway Inspired Challenge. I'm a sucker for vivid Fall colors!

I pulled the woven pattern out of the model's sweater as my inspiration (aside from the color palette).

I stamped Pure Poppy over Terracotta Tile cardstock and inked the edges with Pure Poppy and Aged Mahogany. I frayed the edges, punched out a circle, and added a Pure Poppy cardstock frame.

The Soft Stone card base was stamped and inked with Smokey Shadow ink. I stamped the yarn ball once on scrap paper before stamping over the sentiment and added buttons to embellish.

The interior of the card:

This is a birthday card for my mother-in-law's sister--an avid knitter, of course! The sentiment is from a Triple Scoop stamp set from My Favorite Things (free with $60 purchase)!

  • Cardstock: Soft Stone, Terracotta Tile, Pure Poppy (all Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps: Background Builders: Knit (WPlus9 Studio), Yarn Crafts (TPC Studio), Knit Bits (Papertrey Ink), April's "Triple Scoop" stamp set from My Favorite Things
  • Ink: Terracotta Tile, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow (all Papertrey Ink), Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Dies: Petite Scalloped Circles (Spellbinders)
  • Other Tools: 1-3/4" circle punch (Marvy Uchida), ink blending foam/tool (Ranger)