Saturday, March 20, 2010

Paper Party at Hannah's Part II

I wasn't going to post this until tomorrow, but I actually have about an hour with nothing to do...I know, I know...a whole hour? That is a rarity for me. :) This was the project I spent most of my time onthis morning. I started with a 5x12 pressboard plaque and then I used the Indian Summer line from (who else...) Basic Grey. I used the doily for the photo mats...a technique I never get tired of. The flowers were in a large bag for everyone to I do not know the vendor. I did die-cut a few flowers in the Indian Summer paper and used a Tim Holtz metal charm with the letter U (for unique). The letters are stickers from a company called Jillybean, I did add the white dots to embellish the letters a bit more. There is also a piece of brown
velvet-y ribbon on the plaque as well. I did finish off the sides of the plaque with a beautiful magenta/red ribbon and also will be attaching it to the back to hang the plaque on the wall. I really had a great time doing this is quickly becoming a contender for Mother's Day to the grandma's this year.

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Saturday Morning Paper Party @ Hannah's-Part I

So I went to my first "Paper Party" at Hannah's Home Accents in Antioch IL this morning...I was way impressed and blown away from what we did. The above is a 12x12 scrapbook layout using Graphic 45-On the Boardwalk Collection. The waves, bucket, and shovel were all cut using the Accucut die-cutting system they have in the store. I antiqued the paper using a brown cat's eye ink. I think I will use the shovel as the journaling block for this layout.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Halloween Mini Book in March?

I know...I know, how can I go from St. Pat's to Halloween...easy. Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. I thought I would start posting a short preview for what is to come. I posted a Halloween mini awhile back and it was really my first mini book I had created...I was totally hooked on the whole mini book thing. This is made from a round chipboard mini book. I am using Basic Grey's Spooky paper line and embellishments to decorate. This book is really far from being complete...embellishment-wise...I should have some time this weekend to get further on this project. I will also publish a FULL detail list when the project is complete.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St.Pat's Day Card

I created a St. Pat's Day Card this morning. I have been thinking about making a card for St. Pat's Day, but realized I didn't have any St. Pat's stamps...Papertrey Ink just released one last month, but I didn't order, I actually used a heart stamp to create the clover...nifty idea huh? Added a bit of glitter, embossed cardstock and presto...St.Pat's Card.

Cardstock-Kraft, clack textured (white core), Archiver's mid-sized card w/envie (size 4.5x6.25)
Ink-Colorbox Pigment Brush Pad (Cat's Eye) Moss Green
Ribbon-Hobby Lobby Ribbon FX 5/8" Orange Grosgrain
Stamps-Unknown Acrylic Heart Stamp-Rhonna Ferrar (?)
Misc-Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Black Rollerball Pen, Sanding block

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Emily's Birthday Card

I did a quick card for a neighbor friend who is having her birthday party tomorrow. I used rub-ons for the HAPPY BIRTHDAY and I stamped a Bella Birthday Girl and colored in with SU markers. I did use 2 Copic Markers on I am still getting my feet wet with Copics and teaching myself how to shade and highlight. I embossed the dark red cardstock with my Cuttlebug. The Cuttlebug is one of my prized possessions...I love the look I get with little effort. I also attached a brad between the B & D to give the card a "little something" more.
Paper Studio Textured Cardstock-Ruby Red, Paler Pink, Blue & White Cardstock (open stock Hobby Lobby)
Staz-On Black Ink, SU Markers (Rose Red, Pixie Pink, Pretty In Pink, Brocade Blue, Close To Cocoa, YoYo Yellow, More Mustard. Copic-R29 Lipstick Red, R59 Cardinal
Bella Stamp-Birthday Girl, My Mind's Eye-Flirty "Play " Rub-ons, Brad-Basic Grey
Dots Folder-Cuttlebug

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Quickie Sunday Card...

I absolutely ADORE Papertrey Ink...I think next to Basic Grey, they are my favorite papercrafting products. My problem is...I can't always afford to make a purchase from them. Nichole Heady, the founder of PTI, has inpired me to create beautiful cards with what I have. For example...I scrap-lifted this card from her blog...she is releasing a new set of stamps and I look forward to this time of the month on her blog to see what is new and exciting. She is releasing a new stamp set with a large dahlia here to look at the card she made (super beautiful). Any-hoo...I found some stamp I bought from Close to My Heart, called Fabric Finishes and created the plaid background in SU colors-Summer Sun & Pumpkin Pie. I also stamped a large flower form an unknow Acrylic set (I think I bought it at Archiver's a while ago) on white cardstock in Staz-On Ink. I then colored the flower with a couple different yellows & oranges from SU. Added the polka dot texture to the flower with my Cuttlebug & polka dot folder. I added the orange grosgrain ribbon and made it fancy by looping it two times on each side. The whole thing was mounted on craft cardstock. The front of the card measures 4.25x5.5.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The final Step...

The final step...
I finished mounting the photos on colored paper, added more embellishments for each of the focal points, now all that is left is to have Tom drill and add two hooks at the top of the frame to hang on the wall. This project cost me about $7.00 to complete and about 4 hours total from start to finish...I love it.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wall Decor-Step 4 & 5

Step 4
Select the photos you want to go on the wall hanging if you don't have any picked out as of yet. Now would be the time, if not before, to have your photos selected. There are a few reasons for may want the photos to coordinate with the paper is one reason...and the second is for space management. The other route I have seen some designers take with this wall hanging is to print their photos on regular copier paper and decoupage those down along with the paper. Personally I like that I can mount my photos with sticky dots to give them depth on the wall hanging (which is what I did here).

Step 5
Now is also the time to decide on embellishments as well. There are so many out there to choose from...stickers, chipboard, flowers, brads, etc. I picked up the matching Sugar Rush chipboard and element stickers when I bought the paper this everything would match. I used Stickles to add more dimension to the chipboard and stickers in complementary colors. I have 3 more photos being processed by Walgreens I will be back tomorrow night with the final project finished. Pin It

Scrapbook Wall Décor steps 1-3

Step 1
I found these great pressboard wall hangings at my local scrapbook store…shameless plug to Hannah's in Antioch, Illinois. They were marked down to $4.00 in their clearance section. There were 2 styles; one was more square than the other…both had space for 4 photos/focal points. I did paint the board with Ceramcoat Oyster White acrylic paint. I gave it 2-3 coats…I would maybe prime it next time; the paint seemed to absorb right into the pressboard. I also thought of using a crackle finish to it, but the space around the focal points is very narrow and I wasn't sure it would be seen very well.

Step 2
I measured the focal areas of the wall hanging and they were 5.5"x5.5". I cut 4 pieces from Basic Grey's (my absolute favorite paper co.) line Sugar Rush. I love that the paper is double-sided…the only problem I have is deciding what pattern to use. The other great thing about double-sided paper is they all coordinate with each other.

Step 3

After I painted the wall hanging and let it dry completely, I decoupage the paper to the wall hanging. There has been quite a debate among some of us as to what is the best decoupage medium…I used what I had on hand PVA adhesive (used for book binding)…I like this adhesive because it dries acid-free (super important to scrapbookers everywhere). I have also used regular Elmer's Glue in other projects and they have come out fabulous and they are still intact and did not fall apart.

Now there are actually two schools of thought on the last step…I have seen some incredible wall décor pieces where the paper was embellished first and then glued on after…which is great is you have a sturdy enough glue and you don't have 3-D embellishments on your paper-because then you cannot decoupage the paper. I lay this decorative paper down first and then "build" on it…as you will see in the next few steps.

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Has it really been this long since I posted?

I cannot believe I haven't posted since September 2009!!! Where has the time gone? I did take 2 more classes towards my Associate degree last fall/winter...this semester I am taking a break. I swear one of these days when I am 75 years old...I will have my associates degree. I like knowing I could possibly be the oldest graduate in teh Culinarty Arts program at CLC...something to work for. I began a home decor scrapbook project today. Read on for more info and I will be posting pictures as I complete the project in their different stages.

Thanks for reading...:)


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