Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Tag

I'm really waiting until the last minute for this tag...but I decided to give it a go anyways. There are some fun techniques in this tag (which is based on Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2012) and I just had to switch it up a little as usual.

So for my tag I decided to go brighter and use the new Spring Distress Ink colors, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers (my new favorite) and Shaded Lilac. I also used the Attic Treasures stamps (which are the mini versions) and the Sewing Room die for the dress form. I cut out the dress form with brown cardstock, covered the dress portion of it with Tim Holtz Tissue wrap (comes in the large roles) and then for the skirt I took smaller strips of the tissue and made ruffles. The belt is some seam binding colored with Strawberry Shortcake Glimmer Mist and the buckle is a Tim Holtz button covered with Pearl paint from Ranger. The dress I inked (after I had it on the dress form) with Shaded Lilac and then misted with Perfect Pearl mist. The flowers are from I Am Roses and I inked the edges with the same Distress inks. For the clear UTEE I added some Glitter Ritz in Transparent Cool Highlight and then dipped the flowers into the melting pot. With these flowers I found it really tricky to get a thin layer of UTEE because the petals are so far apart and I just didn't want to take the time to melt excess off all the petals. As a result my flowers are a little thicker looking than Tim's. The twine I used is from Close to my Heart and so is the seam binding.

I hope you enjoyed my version of Tim's Tag and make sure you hop over to his blog and check out all the other great creations!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dylusions Spray Ink

Well today I want to show you a set of cards that I created for a class using my new Dylusions Spray Inks and some stamps. I am head over heels in love with these sprays even though they don't have any glimmer! The colors are so bright and cheerful and they mix to make some very unique colors and patterns.

Here is a peak at the cards:

 You see what I mean about vibrant colors?! With the Dylusions mists water also works well to help blend the colors. On the tag below (which is the one I used for the card shown above), I misted the #5 tag with water and then sprayed Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and a little Bubblegum pink right on the bottom. The extra water just helps them float along the surface and blend smoothly.

A ghosting effect can be achieved using the Dylusions mists as a background. In the picture below you can see how I created a solid background of mist on white cardstock then I placed a Crafter's Workshop Template down and misted water over it. I then used some paper towel to absorb any excess water. The pattern can be seen clearly in the background of the last card.

 There are just so many great ways to use these mists and the shocking colors make it just so much fun. If you want to see the creator of these magnificent inks at work visit her site here. Dyan Reaveley is truly a color genius and has a whole line of stamps and stencils to coordinate with her style and these mists!

Thanks for stopping by I hope you were inspired to take some time and get your fingers inky today!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Graphic 45 Shadow Box

Today I have a very special project to share with you!
I have created a large shadow box with the Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe for an upcoming class at Scribbles and Giggles, a local scrapbooking store.

I had so much fun creating this project and I just can't wait to teach this class! I already love G45 and especially this collection (it was my favorite from the winter release) and to make such a large item with the papers was a lot of fun. I used some acrylic paints, modeling paste, Distress inks and of course the beautiful papers to pull it all together. The idea was to create a piece for Father's Day so I tried to keep it rustic and distressed looking. It was great working with these Ikea shadow box frames because the white mat (that surrounds the layout) is such a large canvas so there is tons of room to create extra layers and really make it so much more than a layout!


I hope you enjoyed this peek at my upcoming class! If you are in the Central Alberta area and would like to attend the class there are 11 spots available and the class date is June 2nd. You can find more details over on the classes page of my blog or on the Scribbles and Giggles Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Quick Cards with Sweet Nothings Collection

I'm always in a hurry when it comes to creating cards and it never seems like I have the right ones made up in advance. So recently I have started a card making series at Scrapbooker's Paradise called Fast & Fabulous where we make 8 different cards in 2 hours. Now this is a VERY fast paced class, but everyone seems to love the idea of walking away with so many finished cards that can be used for all different occasions. For the Spring Edition of Fast & Fabulous I used the Sweet Nothings Collection from Kaisercraft. I LOVE all the soft colors, flowers and butterflies in these papers and it was so easy to put together the 8 cards. In fact, I came up with even more ideas but had to stop myself before I ended up with a 4 hour class!

I love how these papers can be used for a masculine card!

I added the mini dress form die from Tim Holtz. It's a perfect size for cards.

This gorgeous vintage image is from LaBlanche. I stamped it with brown Stazon and then colored it using Cut n' Dry nibs and Distress inks. You could also use a water brush for this effect.

The chipboard butterfly was inked and then dipped into some hot UTEE (in a melting pot). The flecks are from glitter that was added to the melted UTEE. It gives the embellishment some nice dimension.

Clean and simple these papers get a chance to shine!

The pocket on the front is created with a small white bag from Canvas Corp. What a great place for a gift card.

Banners are all the rage right now and I have to admit that I have fallen in love with them. They are so easy to create and a great way to show off some of the amazing patterns in this collection.

I had to use as many butterflies as I could in this class! Tim Holtz Mover's & Shaper's butterflies are some of my favorites!

I hope you enjoyed these quick and simple cards and a few ideas for using your stash of Sweet Nothings papers by Kaisercraft.

Thanks for stopping by,


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