Friday, August 23, 2013

Tim Holtz Style Nails

Hello Crafty Friends!

I don't know about you, but I often try to think of alternate uses for my scrapbooking supplies. One day I was sitting looking at my stash of untouched Tim Holtz rubons and decided I needed to do something with them! This is what I came up with...

First I added two coats of green Sally Hansen nail polish and let it dry completely. If the polish isn't dry when you add the rubs it will likely turn into a big mess. 

Then I cut out the designs that I wanted to use and tried to trim them down close to what I needed for that nail. The amazing thing about these rubs is how sticky they are! Most of them I didn't even need to burnish with a stick, I just rubbed them on with my fingers.

I trimmed off any excess rubon and then continued to decorate the other nails. Next time I think I will use designs that don't go all the way to the tips of my nails. I found that the ones like the birds, stars, etc that didn't cover the nail all the way to the tips lasted a lot longer.

Finally I added one or two coats of clear polish to seal in the design. The clear polish that I used did cause a little reaction with the rubons which created a slightly bumpy texture over the design. You could probably omit the clear polish if you don't have your hands in water all the time or are generally a lot easier on your nails than I am! I didn't mind the slightly bumpy texture though and there is no way I would've kept these designs for more than one day if I hadn't added a top coat. In fact if I want to keep any kind of a manicure I need to add a clear coat every day, otherwise my nails are ruined pretty much as soon as I paint them!
I don't know how the rubs would react with an acrylic or gel top coat...that would be very interesting to try out!

Well that was my little adventure with using my Tim Holtz rubs. I still have tons left because each package comes with two sheets! I wonder what I should try next with them...

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Sketch

Sketches are one of the easiest ways to get a scrapbook page done fast. It can be a starting point from which you can create something totally new, or you can follow it step by step and create a very similar looking project. Any way you choose to use a sketch is right, there really is no wrong way! It can be a great time saver and an excellent way to get projects done without spending a lot of time staring at a blank sheet of paper!

Every month I create a one page sketch to help me build pages for the calendars I make every year as Christmas gifts for my grandparents. That way by the time December rolls around all I need to do is add pictures and then I have finished Christmas gifts!

If you want to see previous sketches/layouts scroll down to the archives on the right side of the screen. I post one per month.

Here is this month's sketch:

A: 12” x 12” white cardstock
B: 4 1/2” x 11 1/2” swirl paper
C: 2 1/2” x 11” wave paper
D: 1 1/2” x 10” yellow patterned paper
E: 1” x 9” blue scallop paper
F: #8 tag (pink cardstock) cut to 4” long
G: 3 1/4” x 3 1/4” brown cardstock
H: 3 1/2” x 4” white cardstock
I: 1 1/2” x 2 1/4” flower paper
J: 1 1/4” scallop circle yellow patterned paper
K: 1 1/4” x 4” pink cardstock
L: 2” scallop circle flower paper
M: 1” x 2 1/2” lagoon cardstock

Supplies: Surf’s Up paper pack, Surf’s Up Assortment, Mini Clothespins, Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment, Tim Holtz #8 Tag die, sanding block, daubers, Chocolate ink.

Once I have added pictures, I will put the title down on the pink tag and probably add some paint splatters or rhinestones scattered around it.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 19, 2013

Altered Frame

Hello Crafty Friends!

I was thrilled when my order arrived with a bunch of products from the new Close to my Heart Idea Book! Included in that order was two Designed Decor Colonial White Frames. These are high quality frames that have hangers already attached so you can mount them on your wall either vertically or horizontally. The frame measures 15"x20.5" and the inside wire part of the frame measures 12"x13.5".

The quality and detail are amazing! I had planned to leave the frames white, but all the trim in my house is bright white and these frames come in a creamy off white color. So I decided to alter them! 

 Love all the detail on the frame!

Golden Fluid Acrylic paint adheres well to the slippery surface of the frame so I didn't have to do any sanding or priming. Distress Paints should also work really well since they adhere to many surfaces. I think regular craft paint would likely just flake off after drying, so it's worth it to invest in a higher quality paint. I only had to apply one coat of the teal paint.

I wanted to make these frames look antiqued to match my decor, so I brushed on a coat of Antique Bronze Distress Paint and then before it dried I removed most of it with a paper towel. This created a glazing effect on the frames and allowed some of the teal to still show through. You need to work in small sections though because the Distress Paints dry fairly fast and are permanent when dry.

I am so happy with how this project turned out! The frames look so different after being altered and I love the antique look. My plan is to hang one above the other on a small wall in my classroom where I can attach samples, projects or class schedules. There are so many ways these blank frames could be altered, the only limit is your imagination!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 05, 2013

Resin on Canvas

Hello Crafters,

If you are in Canada I hope you're enjoying the long weekend! The weather has been pretty on and off but overall okay here in Central Alberta. I've taken a couple days off to relax and spend time with family, so I thought I'd quickly share with you a new canvas I created for an upcoming class on August 14, 2013. If you are interested in attending the class, click on the Classes tab at the top of this page and you will find more details.

 I had a blast creating this piece because there are so may fun layers, stenciling, painting, PanPastel and color mixing techniques. Also, I decided to finish it off with a top coat of resin. It is really hard to tell in the photo, but there is an extremely shiny layer over the canvas that almost looks like glass. I didn't want the surface to be perfect though since it is a mixed media piece, so as I added the resin I made sure to leave some areas with a little less to add that texture.

I love doing projects like this because everyone's will turn out differently. I chose to work with purples, blues, greens with a splash of pink, but you can chose any color combination you would like! You can also customize the quote so it applies to you.

The finished size of this canvas is 12" x 12" so it fits nicely into a collage with other canvases/pictures or it can be a feature on a small wall.

The techniques I teach in this class can also be applied to any kind of project. You can make a card, layout, mini album, jewelry, tag or another type of home decor piece using all or some of these techniques.

If you have never played around with Resin I highly recommend it! You must follow the directions on the package exactly though, or you will end up with some funny results. I like to use the Envirotex Lite Resin (found at Michaels), but there are other brands on the market as well.

 Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, August 02, 2013

Top 10 Products From Summer CHA 2013

Happy Friday!
As you probably know the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show (CHA) was last week in Las Vegas. I wasn't able to attend this time, but I had a lot of fun watching all the YouTube videos from the show and stalking the manufacturer's blogs to see what was new! I LOVE new products and the trade shows are like Christmas for those of us who are scrapbook addicts! Even though most of these items are not in stores yet, they should be shipping in the next month or two. 

I wanted to share my list of favorites from the show...I tried to limit it to my absolute must have items.
So here is my top 10 in no particular order:
1. Ideology Binder Punch

 Over the last few months I have made a couple of albums with the Binder Rings and I absolutely adore this way of binding my projects! There is so much flexibility and the books look very tidy and professional when you are done. The only frustrating part was getting the holes punched in your paper correctly to match up with the rings...well Tim fixed that problem with the new punch! I might have jumped up and down when I saw this on his sneak peak list... but I won't confirm or deny that :-)

2. Sizzix Alterations Vintage Market Bigz XL Die

If you saw my blog post on the DIY Thickers you will know that I recently purchased Tim Holtz's Block Talk Bigz XL die and fell in love with making my own letter stickers. These dies are amazing because they cut almost any material: thin metal, chipboard, grungeboard, fabric, foam, felt, etc. I love the Vintage Market font and I can't wait to expand my letter sticker collection!

3. BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle Collection

Okay now I have to be honest...I actually want every single collection BoBunny released at this show! Every line is beautiful and I can think of multiple uses for each one! If I had to pick my favorite though it would have to be the Zip-A-Dee Doodle line. Many of the papers have black and white sketchy patterns that I am just itching to mist and color to my heart's content! The blues and greens found in this line are also very beautiful...oh and the Misc Me album that matches this line is crazy cool too!

4. BoBunny Misc Me Elf Magic Recipe Collection

So I have used the BoBunny Misc. Me product before (click here) and when I saw they had come out with a recipe collection I thought BRILLIANT! This is a fun Christmas line and I think this album would make a great gift for someone or a way to record the special baking/recipes you create in December. Want it!

5. Prima Optimist Collection

The chalkboard trend was all over the place at the Summer CHA which is awesome, but I especially liked what Prima did with the trend. They added bright pops of pink and turquoise to really spice up those black and white patterns. They even created chalkboard leaves and flowers to match this line! I'm not sure what I plan to make with this yet, all I know is that I MUST have it :-)

6. Simple Stories Albums and Sn@p Sets

Simple Stories is another company that I pretty much love whatever they come out my pick is really all the Simple Stories collections! I have been waiting since the Winter CHA show to see the new Faux Leather Albums and matching page protectors and they finally had them ready for this show. I was excited about the page protectors because unlike other companies divided pages they actually come in a huge variety of designs and sizes. 
I was also really excited to see the new Sn@p collections. They are basically like mini collections with pre-cut cards, a few stickers and pockets. The line I showed above is the baby girl one (I plan on using that this year for my new niece) but they also came out with 7 other themes! If you like fast and easy albums, these Sn@p sets are a MUST.

Another collection from Simple Stories that I like was December Documented which brings in that chalkboard look again and is perfect for the December Daily type albums.
The Say Cheese collection is also amazing and since I'm visiting Disney in a little over one month I will be picking up this collection as well!

7. Heidi Swapp Color Magic

Anything that I can mist, ink or otherwise alter is good with me so Hedi Swapp's Color Magic products are always an obvious favorite. Okay honestly I love pretty much all of Heidi Swapp's stuff and her Memory File concept is BRILLIANT! Make sure you check out all the other cool things she released at this show and some of her amazing artwork with the Memory Files.

 8. Heidi Swapp Color Shine

Color Shine sprays are in a league all their own. There is really no other shimmer type spray that compares to them so having 6 new colors of this magic liquid is awesome!! I can't wait to see what the colors look like in person because it's always so hard to tell online. I'm sure they will be beautiful as I own all the other colors of this spray and absolutely love each one :-) If you haven't tried it out yet you don't know what you're missing!

9. Teresa Collins Memorabilia Collection

Teresa Collins had a couple of cute lines at this show but Memorabilia was by far my favorite. If you hadn't caught on yet I really like the chalkboard trend and I'm glad so many different manufacturers decided to jump on the bandwagon with it! This whole line is gorgeous and it is loaded with really cute embellishments! The teal, yellow and tan accents add a nice pop of color and the designs are typical, beautiful, Teresa Collins style!

10. Becky Higgins Project Life Heritage Core Kit

I have not really jumped on the Project Life train as it seems like a lot of extra work and I prefer to do the 12x12 standard layouts. However, I just came across a whole bunch of vintage photographs from my Grandparents and I'm looking for a quick way to get these photos out of the old damaged albums and into a new system. This kit looks perfect and would make my job very easy. I might just be a Project Life convert yet!!

Well, I did see many other products that looked interesting from the show but I thought I had better limit it to 10 (well sort of!) so this blog post didn't go on for pages! I'm sad to say there will be no CHA show next summer, but the winter show will still be happening in January like usual in Anaheim, CA. Who knows maybe I can attend again and bring you some LIVE coverage of the event! I will keep you posted on that one.

I would love to hear what your favorite new releases are from the show so please leave a comment and let me know or head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment there.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by,

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