Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Selective Glittering

Hello Crafters,
Glitter makes everything look better! One of my new favorite techniques is what I'm calling selective glittering. I've used this technique with a variety of thin metal dies. All you need is some micro fine glitter, thin dies and Scor-Tape sheets. My example is a birthday card I made for my Grandma. It's hard to tell just by looking at the pictures, but it's gorgeous in person. 


First, add Scor-Tape to a piece of cardstock. Place the dies cutting side down onto the tape.

Roll through the Big Shot with both tabs open, cutting plate, paper, dies, No More Shims embossing mat and the final cutting mat.

This is how the die cut piece looks. The dies should only cut through the covering on the tape.

Remove only certain areas of the protective sheet covering the adhesive. Cover the exposed areas of tape with glitter.

Keep glittering selected areas of the design.

Finally add a background color. I used gold glitter to create a contrast between the dark peacock feathers.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, July 12, 2013

July Calendar Sketch

Well it is finally Friday and time again for a monthly page sketch. If you have not seen my other page sketches click on the links below.

I know January is missing and I promise I will make it up to you before Christmas!

Here is this month's sketch:

A: 1” x 12” orange patterned paper
B: 3/4” x 12” multicolored mini arrow paper
C: Buttons zip strip from patterned paper (1/2” x 12”)
D: 5 1/4” x 12” kraft cardstock
E: “Sweet memories are woven from good times” pink zip strip (1/4”x 12”)
F: 1 1/2” x 12” floral patterned paper
G: 3/4”x 12” kraft cardstock
H: 1” x 12” red/orange chevron patterned paper
I: 2” x 12” kraft cardstock
J:3” x 4” colonial white cardstock
K: 3 3/4” x 5” red/orange chevron patterned paper
L: 12” x 12” blue denim patterned paper

Supplies: Claire paper pack, Claire Assortment, Adhesive Pearls, flower punches, swirl die, various border punches, sanding block.

I hope you enjoyed this month's sketch and thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY Thickers: Create Your Own Letter Stickers

Hello Crafters!
I recently realized that I've started to use way more Thickers and other letter stickers on my pages. I always hesitate to invest very much into stickers of any kind because they are a one and done item. I usually buy tools like a Cricut machine for cutting alphabets or stamps. The only problem I've had with that is I start to want more dimensional titles and it's not very easy to cut thicker surfaces like chipboard or foam on a Cricut.

So I discovered Tim Holtz's Block Talk Alphabet die recently and decided to take the plunge! I love the font! The letters and numbers are all upper case and fairly thin so it's easy to create longer titles. As far as the die goes it is really long so you will need extended cutting plates and some type of die cutting machine that will handle those big dies (Big Shot, Vagabond, Cuttlebug, etc). The best part is that because it's a steel die you can cut everything from paper, fabric, leather and cork to thin metal, foam and plastic! Now that is versatility! Tim Holtz also has another die called Word Play which has all lower case letters in a different font.

Once I had the die I realized I needed some foam to copy that great foam Thickers look...so off to Michaels I went. They carry a rather large variety of craft foam in the kids craft section, adhesive foam, regular foam and my favorite...GLITTER foam!! So with coupon in hand I stocked up on different colors of adhesive backed foam and then went home to do some die cutting.

The die cuts beautifully through the foam and the best part is that all the letters stay in place after being cut so you can store the sheets with the letters already cut and just pop them out as you need them. Brilliant!! 

I do have to warn you that the craft foam has a very distinctive smell and that it is not acid free (to my knowledge) so for those of you worried about damaging your photos with products that are not archival quality, this technique may not be for you. I'm not too worried about that, so I'm enjoying making as many of each letter that I need.

 This is a card I made using some Simple Stories Vintage Bliss papers and my new diy foam letters...in gold glitter!! 

Here is a video showing how I use the die and foam to create these letters!


Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment and let me know what you use for scrapbook page titles.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Key Lime Mini Album

Hello Crafty Peeps!

I hope you all had a fun and safe Canada Day yesterday (for everyone in Canada!) and are finding ways to beat the heat no matter where you are.

Today I want to share a new class I'm teaching this month in Red Deer, AB using the beautiful BoBunny Key Lime papers. It is always a balance creating mini albums to teach for classes because I want it to represent my layered style while still being easy enough to complete in one 4 hour class. I have been totally loving the Tim Holtz binder rings lately because there are so many options for binding and it just looks so finished and professional when you're done!

Here is a look at the album:


This is a super sturdy design that can sit nicely on a bookshelf. The collections is so vibrant and the imagery is great! I left a lot of the pages fairly blank so that I can add more embellishments and stickers once I add my photos from this summer. There are four slider pages (note: not all pages are shown here) and many small inserts from the paper collection. That is another benefit of using the TH binder rings, you can add a variety of different sized pages as well as change the order very easily.

I hope you are having a fabulous summer so far and taking lots of pictures to document the experience!

Thanks for stopping by,

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