Friday, May 31, 2013

Distress Paints Tutorial

Hello crafty friends!

I have been having a blast lately playing around with my new Distress Paints from Tim Holtz and Ranger. I was very unsure of them at first. It seemed like a lot of money to pay for such a small bottle of acrylic paint and would it really be worth it? YES! These paints are unlike any other medium I have tried. The colors match the whole Distress line which is nice for matching them to my other projects and mediums, but even more than that the amount of surfaces I can use them on is AMAZING! They work great on all kinds of paper (glitter paper too!), wood, metal, plastic, acrylic... all those tricky surfaces that I have only used my alcohol inks on before. 
Image courtesy of Simon Says Stamp

Now another very special thing I should mention is that they react to water just like the other Distress products (inks, markers, stains) but only while they are wet. Once the paints dry they become permanent which is fabulous for creating layers! Something that cannot be transmitted through the computer is how they feel after they dry. I know that may sound strange, but usually paint leaves a texture on paper and you can feel all kinds of ridges on the surface. This is not so with Distress Paints. Once dry, it feels like they completely sink into the paper and leave you a beautiful, silky smooth surface that is wonderful for stamping! 

So you may have gathered that I'm a little excited by this new medium...well I just can't help it! The chemistry wizards at Ranger have done it again and created a product that is worth adding to your collection!

Here is a video that I made demoing Distress Paints:

I hope you enjoyed this quick review and I hope you have a very creative weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, May 17, 2013

May Calendar Sketch

For the sketch this month I actually had some pictures to put in it! The Later Sk8tr paper is amazing and I just can't get enough of this paper pack.  I love the colors and I wish there were other designs using the same color palette.
I decided to create a layout about my parent's three dogs and after much coaxing and 30 minutes I was finally able to get some decent pictures of them. I am so NOT a dog photographer! 

You may notice that the arrows on the sketch differ from the ones on my actual layout. That is because I only use Keynote on my Mac to create the sketches (no fancy photoshop here) and the different types of shapes available is very limited.

Here is the sketch:

A: 12” x 12” grey cardstock
B: 5 1/2” x 9 1/2” blue patterned paper
C: 3/4” x 7” green patterned paper
D: 1” x 2 1/2” dark blue patterned paper
E: 1 1/2” x 4” diamond plate patterned paper
F: 1 1/2” x 5” gears patterned paper
G: 1” x 3 1/2” dark blue cardstock
H: 3/4” x 2 1/2” green patterned paper
I: 3 1/4” x 4 1/4” white cardstock x3
Arrow embellishments: 2”
Circle embellishments: 1/2” 

How to make the arrows: Cut the plaid patterned paper into 2” squares, cut those squares diagonally into two triangles and then cut a smaller triangle out of the long side of the arrow.

My version of the sketch called "Puppy Love":

Supplies used: Later Sk8r paper pack, Epoxy Bubbles, Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet, Thickers foam alphabet, sewing machine, White Linen Dylusions Mist, sanding block, 1/2" circle punch, border punches.

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Creative Escape Retreat May 2013

Another retreat has come and gone... so many months of planning and preparing goes into each retreat, that after it ends I feel the post Christmas relief! In addition to all the make and takes, goody bags, my tools that are available for use, games, prizes and great shopping, what really makes these weekends special are the amazing and creative women! At this retreat I hosted 50 scrappy friends both returning and new participants. 

One of the things that amazes me the most is how at the beginning of the weekend many of us are strangers and by the last day it's like we are long time friends! Everyone has different creative styles, points of view and backgrounds, but we are all united by our love of creating and memory keeping.

Here are some snap shots from this fabulous weekend:

Make and Take Fun!

 There were 5 make and take projects throughout the weekend. My 3 projects introduced everyone to Distress Inks, Distress Paints, Stampendous Frantage products (including Fragments, Aged embossing powders, glitter and much more), Viva Decor Stamping Paint, Viva Decor Precious Metals paint and Crafter's Workshop templates. I love techniques and messy products, so my creations always use whatever cool new mediums that I'm super excited about! Maybe next time I will shock everyone and do no messy/artsy make and takes...haha ya right!
My friend Jen also did a project involving making rosettes and embossing with foils. She was very thoughtful and wanted to give everyone a break from my messy, inky projects!
Carrie from Scribbles and Giggles shared a fun tag project that taught embossing one application for Viva Decor Inka Gold (another one of my new favourite products).  

Winning prizes during the "Donkey Game"

Retail therapy with the onsite store provided by Scribbles and Giggles!

 Busy creating!

 Enjoying delicious food. The masterful chef takes very good care of us!

 My next big weekend retreat will be at the same location Sunnyside Christian Retreat Centre, November 14-17, 2013! I am now taking a waiting list. If you are interested in attending please contact me via Facebook or email (see the Contact Me tab for address).

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

Friday, May 03, 2013

Dream Pop

For the month of May, Close to my Heart is offering a great deal on a specialty paper pack called Dream Pop. The papers in this kit are breathtaking, bright, fun and perfectly coordinated! My favorite part is the glazed cardstock sheets. They have a glazed or glossy design over the solid cardstock which makes them great for inking, misting and subtle backgrounds. 

Here are the details:
In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get a special paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May (valued at $19.95 retail). This paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get the paper packet anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing!
Hostesses receive one paper packet free with qualifying May Gathering sales totals of $400 or more. New Consultants who sign up during the month of May will receive the Dream Pop paper packet in their New Consultant Kit.

* Shipping/handling and tax apply. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31,
2013, while supplies last. Purchases must be current, retail-priced product.

To purchase your very own pack of this awesome paper visit my CTMH site!
Check out some of the great things you can make with this paper pack:

There are some amazing projects showing up on Pinterest using this paper. Visit my Dream Pop Pinterest board to get even more creative ideas!

Thanks for stopping by,

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