Thursday, June 28, 2012

June Tag

This month's tag over at Tim Holtz's blog was all about the embellishments. I love the pink and brown hues and I had a lot of fun figuring out how to add the vintage image since I didn't have photo paper and Ranger's Glossy paper would NOT go through my printer. Here is what I came up with:

A few of my embellishments are different than Tim's because I had to work with what I had, but the biggest difference this time was figuring out how to do the photo with no photo paper! I ended up printing the image on regular white cardstock and then I colored it using the Cut n' Dry nibs. To give it the glossy look I applied Versamark to the whole surface and then added clear embossing powder. The finish it gave was a little rougher than photo paper, but I still got the shiny effect.
Love it!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Altered Dress Form Tutorial

I think I've found another facet of art that is very addictive...altering dress forms! This is my first attempt at creating one of these. It was a challenge for the Scribbles & Giggles store to see what each staff member/designer could come up with. As I was deciding what to do I had so many different ideas for other themes I could try. So needless to say this will probably be just the start of dress form creations! I have a vision of placing them all over the ledge above my kitchen all I need to do is find some time to create them!

The original idea for decorating dress forms as a challenge came from the Ranger booth at Winter CHA 2012. The had many designers create unique altered dress forms and then they were displayed against a backdrop of vintage doors. See some of those creations by clicking on the following links.

Here is my creation:

 First I painted the dress form with a couple different pink acrylic paints and then I used matte Glue & Seal to attach different sized strips of Tim Holtz tissue wrap over the painted area. Then I misted over that with Perfect Pearl Mist.
Then I used some cream cardstock to make a basic dress shape. This step wasn't very pretty but it was covered up with the paper ruffles.
Then I selected some Prima and BoBunny papers that I had left over and cut them into 2"x 12" strips.

 These strips were then misted with Perfect Pearl mist in the Pearl color and while they were still wet I formed them in to ruffles. I tried to make the ruffles similar sizes and space them out evenly. Then I dried the ruffles with my heat tool.

 Then starting at the bottom, I began to attach the ruffles around the cardstock skirt using hot glue. It took about two 12" strips to reach around the skirt, except for the very first layer which needed three strips. I also tried to overlap the strips so that it looked like one continuous piece.

For the stand I used an old candle holder I found at a local thrift store and hot glued the dress form on top.

I kept adding layers until the skirt was completely full and there were hot glue gun strings everywhere! To get rid of these strings just heat up the area with a heat tool.

I couldn't find any wings that I was happy with so I ended up making my own from some jewelry wire, white tissue paper, beads and Golden Gloss Gel Medium.  I didn't take any pictures of this step but basically I made four wing shapes with the wire (two larger and two smaller), twisting the ends of each piece together so it would stay in the shape. Then I applied LOTS of white tissue paper over the metal shape using the Golden Gel. Once I was happy with the thickness I put down some more Gel and then dumped some small sparkling beads onto the wings and allowed these to dry into the Gel Medium.

For the trim around the waist I misted two pieces of Tim Holtz flower ribbon with yellow and teal Glimmer Mists, dried them and hot glued them onto the waist to hide the seam of the skirt.
Then I hot glued on two white feathers the the four wings to the dress form's back. To hide the place where the wings connect, I hot glued a butterfly pendant from an old necklace.

Finally, I started the process of decorating it. I misted lots of I AM Roses flowers with different Glimmer Mists, attached some rhinestone flourishes, butterflies and metal accents I had in my stash. Finally, I added some mini Close to my Heart rhinestones to the skirt in random places to add some extra twinkle.

Well that is all for today...I hope you have an inspired and creative day!
 Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, June 18, 2012

June Challenge Layout

Every month Canadian Scrapbooker has a new Sketchy Challenge where you can post layouts based on the sketch they give you. I also create a monthly Design Team layout for a local store which involves all the designers/instructors receiving the same product and then we create a one page layout in our own style. This month I decided to combine the challenges so I used the BoBunny Ambrosia papers and I based my design on the Canadian Scrapbooker sketch.

This is what I came up with:

I love the bright, fun colors in this paper and I had a great time creating some clean layers. I was so tempted to distress everything up, do some ripping and such, but I restrained myself. Lately I've been creating a lot of vintage pieces (which I really enjoy) but I don't want to get stuck in a rut and only be able to design in one style. I like being versatile and switching things up! This was a very quick and simple layout to create...30 minutes or less!

I hope you enjoy and go check out the challenge at Canadian Scrapbooker!


Friday, June 01, 2012

My Love for the Exploding Box

I can't believe it is the beginning of June all ready! This year is flying by and as each week slips away I have to remind myself to enjoy each moment, the things I'm creating at the time and not live so much in the future.
So today I'm going to do a little look back at one of my favorite projects/classes of all time...the Exploding Box. Everyone has a different interpretation of this box and there are so many ways to embellish and change it, there really is no limit. I have one style that I continually make, whether its for a class, special orders or to sell at Christmas craft shows. I love all the pockets, opportunities of hidden journaling, photos, interactive elements, 3D embellishments and so on. This box is created completely from cardstock (my favorite is the White Daisy Close to my Heart cardstock) and then each layer is decorated with different patterned papers or colored cardstock. Here is a look at a few different designs I've created over the last couple of years.
This was my first ever attempt at an exploding box. It started out as a gift for my sister (that she never got) and turned into a very popular display at my booth for Farmer's Market and an even more popular class.

To see some detailed pictures of this special order of exploding boxes click here

This was the second part of the order there were 26 in all! MANY hours of work went into these boxes!

There are even more designs than this, but sadly I didn't photograph all of them. It never fails though that this box is always a big hit with people. It's a great way to package gift cards and other small treasures. You can also turn it into more of a mini album by covering the flaps with photos and placing journaling on the tags.
There are so many variations that you could do with this box and I have shown you only a few that I've created. I hope you are inspired to go and make one of your own now with your own flair and design!

Thanks for stopping by,
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