Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Class!

This is a new three card class called Beautiful Pieces that I am teaching at Scrapbooker's Paradise in Red Deer on June 23. We will be doing some quick Copic coloring and playing with Perfect Pearls, but the focus of the class will be on the wonderful technique of paper piecing! Here are the three cards...

Thanks for stopping by :-)


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Use Your Copics!

We all do it. No matter how much we tell ourselves we won't, can't, shouldn't. The sad fact is that as scrapbookers we tend to accumulate products and then forget to use them! Sometimes it comes down to "that paper is just so cute I can't cut it" or "I thought this was a cool product at the time but how do I use it". 
So today I want to encourage you to break out your underused, neglected supplies or tools and make something beautiful with them! For me, I tend to forget about my Copic markers. I love Copics and the effects I can create with them, but for some reason I always shy away from using them. I have gotten a little better since I changed the way I store my Copics. Before I had them in a pencil case shoved in a drawer. A few months ago I went to Ikea and bought a rail system with metal buckets (in the kitchen section) and hung that on my wall. I hope to eventually buy a second rail so that each color family can have it's own bucket, but for now this works great for me. 

It is true that coloring with Copic markers does take some practice. If you aren't familiar with shading or blending you will need to maybe take a class or practice coloring images until you get a feel for how these markers work.
One of my favorite things about Copics is that you eliminate the stroke marks that other markers leave. Your artwork appears a lot smoother and more professional when you don't have ugly lines going through all your images.

For this card I used Copics to color the little girl. I love being able to shade skin and hair because with other markers it is just too hard to get a nice blend or sometimes they don't even have the appropriate colors for shading skin. I am by no means an expert, but I really do enjoy the end result with these markers.
On this card I made the process a lot quicker by paper piecing the dress, boots,hair and headband. I only colored her skin and shirt. This gives a really unique look and I especially like using this technique for clothes.

So I want to encourage you today to dig out some of those forgotten supplies or tools and stretch your creativity by doing something new!

If you want a good place to purchase Copic markers click here.
If you would like ideas for what colors to purchase or more information about the markers in general click here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Simple Mini Album

Well another week is here and it's hard to believe May is already half over!
Today I want to share a simple mini album that I made for my sister to take as a baby shower gift. It isn't a typical baby girl album with pastel colors and tons of pink, but I think the Kaisercraft Magic Happens collection I used still works nicely. Here have a look...

This was a really simple album with lots of room for the parents to put pictures and write down all the wonderful little details a new baby brings. The base was just some 6x6 chipboard that I covered with the paper collection and bound with two binder rings.  On a lot of the flowers I used Magical Micas from Lindy Stamp Gang as well as some Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.
This is just a quick share today, if you have any questions about other products I used just leave me a comment below this post and I'll get back to you.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Scrappin'!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Altered Frame

Hello Everyone and Happy Saturday! I have a small project that I've been working on as a test run for other projects. I got the idea to create altered picture frames to sell at our local Farmer's Market. I usually have a booth there and I sell everything from Close to my Heart Idea Books, handmade cards, tags, exploding boxes, etc. I'm always looking for other projects to sell and share, so when I found this frame at Michaels Arts & Crafts the other day I thought I'd give it a try.

This started out as a plain wood frame, then I painted it with a custom blend of black and brown Apple Barrel Acrylic paints. The on the front I added the Gabrielle Flight paper from BoBunny. Then I added more paint around the edges to blend the edge of the paper and I sealed the whole frame with Ranger's Glue N' Seal (which is a way better product than Mod Podge).

To decorate I the blank space on the left side of the frame I used an Ornate Plate from Tim Holtz (the stamped sentiment is from a Close to my Heart set), I Am Roses flowers/skeleton leaves, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Old Lace, Walnut Gold, Dragonfly) and Lindy Stamp Gang Starburst Spray in Red Hot Poker Orange.

I hope you enjoyed this and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I often wonder how moms can ever find the energy to do all the things they need to in a day? I used to work with children for 8 hours a day and I was always ready to go home at the end of the day. However, when your a mom you don't have that are on call 24/7! So keeping this in mind make sure you do something special for your mom this weekend. It doesn't have to cost a lot or be really fancy, just being there, helping out and letting your mom know what she means to you will be really special.

A few years ago after my sister and I had moved out of my parent's house, we decided that doing something special with mom on Mother's day and dad on Father's Day would mean more than just buying them a gift. So every year we take a day and do something special together...sometimes it costs money and other times we do simple things that are heartfelt AND cost effective! This year my sister and I are going out to my parents place to do yard work, do their grocery shopping and maybe even clean the house a little. My mom has been so busy with sick parents (her mom and dad) that I thought little things like this would mean the most to her.

So enough about my plans for this weekend! I have some cards to share with you in honor of Mother's Day.

 I used the Madeline Collection from Prima for these two cards. I just love this paper line with it's bright colors, flowers and butterflies. The turquoise and hot pink combo is especially nice! On the first card I cut my extra pieces of the paper into strips and punched them with an EK Success border punch. I crinkled and dyed white seam binding for the ribbon and Glimmer Misted the mulberry paper flowers (which are from I Am Roses). The lock is from Kaisercraft (using up my leftovers from the design team submission) and I used the Spellbinder's Grommet Tags die for the sentiment. The stamps are from Close to my Heart (a retired May Word Puzzle set) and the ink is Close to my Heart's Cotton Candy and Chocolate dye ink.

For the second card I used a swirl frame shape from the Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge which I cut on Chocolate cardstock. Then I backed this shape (seen in the picture above) with Scor-Tape, adhered it to another sheet of cardstock and then covered the adhesive that was showing with Ice Blue Jewel Glitter Ritz. I colored the seam binding with Glimmer Mist, the blue flower with Distress reinker/Perfect Pearl mixture and the green flowers I painted with the new Sour Apple Perfect Pearls. Then I added the Teresa Collins Blingage stick pin, a rhinestone on the bow and then I stamped Happy Mother's Day on the little tag.  The stamps were a mixture of the same CTMH set that I used on the other card and the Tag Lines set from Flourishes.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and now feel motivated to go create something special for your mom. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Mixed Media Canvas

This past week I was asked to create a canvas as a Birthday gift for one of my friends so she could gift it to her dad on his special day. I though I would share this with you as it is done in a very different style than what I usually do (no flowers, bling or bright colors).

Often I find doing anything for guys is more difficult, especially since so many products are geared towards women. That is one reason why I love Tim Holtz's stuff! They are so great to use on both feminine and masculine projects. I used quite a few of Tim's products on this canvas, and since it was supposed to be masculine and have a firefighting theme I thought they worked perfectly.

So if your struggling to come up with ideas (Father's day is coming next month :-) remember to include some metal and almost any of Tim Holtz embellishments. Click here if you want to do some shopping for these wonderful embellishments!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Kaisercraft Projects

I am so happy to be able to share some projects that I have been working very hard on for the past week. These projects are a submission for the Kaisercraft design team call for 2011/2012. If you have never used Kaiser's wonderful products click here to check them out! This company has a wide range of paper collections (so beautiful!), lazer cut wood embellishments, flowers, bling, rub ons and MDF Off The Page products just to name a few. I had a wonderful time playing with all the products this week and I hope you find some inspiration from the projects below. Enjoy!

Mixed Media Canvas

Products used: Magic Happens paper collection, Wooden Flourishes-Fairy Castle, Paper Blooms-Coconut, Magic Happens Rubons, assorted bling, acrylic paint, scrap paper, glimmer mist, and stretched canvas.

Side Step Greeting Card

Products used: Magic Happens paper collection, Silver Rhinestones, embossing powder and white cardstock.

 Photo Display Stand

 Products used: Chantuese paper collection, Rubons-Dreams, Champagne Flourish, Wooden Flourishes-Funky Butterflies and Candelabra, Photo Display, glimmer mist and brown acrylic paint.

Exploding Box

Products used: Bubblegum Hills paper collection, Wooden Flourishes-Manequins and Padlock, Paper Blooms- Fairy Floss, Coconut and Sunset, Rubons-Friendship, Silver Rhinestones, Lace Pack-Cream, glimmer mist, cardstock and acetate.

Altered Bird House

Products used: Chanteuse paper collection, Lace Pack-Cream, Wooden Flourishes-Manequins, Locks and Hinges, Paper Blooms -Coconut, Fairy Kiss, and Sunset, Pearl Flourish, Flutterby's Bubblegum, Silver Rhinestones, Rubons-Family, glimmer mist, acrylic paint and wood bird house.

Mini Album

Products used: Nan's Favourites paper collection (6x6 and 12x12 papers), Lace Pack-Cream, Crochet Doilie, Pearl Brads, Chocolate Flourish, Wooden Flourishes-Fork, Knife & Spoon, Cherries, Paper Blooms-Coconut and Sunset. Rubons-In Love, paper bags, chipboard and cardstock.

One Page 12x12 Layout

 Products used: Timeless paper collection, Bubblegum Hills paper collection, Wooden Flourishes-Sign Post, Locks and Hinges, Rubons-Dreams, Paper Blooms- Coconut Sunset, brown ink, embossing powder, tags and twine.

 Two Page 12x12 Layout

Products used: Lullaby paper collection, Timeless paper collection, Wooden Flourishes-Locks & Hinges, Lilac Leaves, Pearl Brads, Rubons- In Love and cardstock.
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