Friday, January 31, 2014

Industrial Blueprint set of 4

My next class coming up in February.  I thought I would share.  This set of Industrial Blueprints is a great introduction to distressing paper.  Using water colour and distress inks is a quick easy set of masculine cards and a fun way to learn about distress inks!
 
 


Using a little hardware really adds to the masculine set.  Not to mention I love adding them.  If you're in the area and would like to take a class with me, sign up!  I have a couple classes;) Check them out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jalopy Card

It's a quicky, post and card.  I was asked to make a retirement card.  The card is for a truck driver hence the Jalopy!  The card is a 5x5 to accommodate the Jalopy and my need to layer.  I left the windows in for the Jalopy as it looks more like a delivery truck.
  Love the mini clip and token!  I tore the end of the tag off and layered it behind the main tag.  A great and quick way to layer.
 
I used kraft Glassine for the jalopy and stamped "General Agents for all Periodicals".  He delivers magazines.  I used these gears for tires.  Perfect for a guy card.
I cut a mini tag and stamped a ledger in frayed burlap...like an invoice. Then I stamped "enjoy the journey". I thought it was fitting for the next stage of his life.
Once everyone has signed it I hear there's a great weekend trip to a favourite spa of mine being tucked in here!  Lucky!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Time to get oganized, my Mid Life Crisis

OK, but this time I mean it. Last summer my son and husband built me this crate shelving and I adore it.  Click HERE to see all the photo's.  It's been a fantastic addition to my room.  I don't have a fancy craft studio where everything is in it's place and pristine...yet.  I have had my room for 3 years now and in that time I have thought about my needs.  Now I'm ready to pull it together.  And if I tell you and put it out there I'll have to follow through.  The "MOM" in me often takes a back seat and I'm happy too.  But I'm about to turn "40" and my husband called this project my "mid life crisis".  Works for me!
 
I'm very A Type and love to be organized.  I love it as much as I love crafting and cooking.

 
About these Recollections Modular Cubes...I am NOT a fan and until now I have stayed away. But, 12x12 paper storage options are my enemies.  Don't worry, my adorable husband came up with a great solution for them.  In fact I bought another 2 because I like his plan so much!  Stay tuned for the transformation.
 
 
I gave my SIL almost all my 12x12 paper and I have started to collect my distress papers and vintage paper papers.  I'm not a big paper person so 8 spaces is enough for me for storage.  My label maker is my buddy!
 
The marker and drawer cubes were the 2nd round I picked up.  I really like the marker storage and wee drawers.  Great for sponge pad and alcohol ink storage.  I am always loosing these and I'd like to start hoarding some!  The triple drawers hold all my teaching supplies and class kits where I teach, Scrapbooker's Paradise.

I finally have a direction and I'm so excited to get started and organized.  I'm still thinking though storage options especially on all my TH Stamps!  Post any links you may have to help me here or on my Facebook wall?
 
Stay tuned...I'm about to hit 40 and that means I'm about to go bat sh*t crazy building my room;p
(I'm supposed to be crafting right now.  Not blogging)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Chalk Art Cards

I recently taught a class on the very popular Chalk Art Technique.  We had so much fun creating these cards and getting all chalky!  Everyone was a little nervous going through the heating but in the end I think they all understand how to create these chalk cards.
 
Here's what we made.
 
I used a few dies to make this fun card including writing desk and torn notebook.  One of my favourite edge dies.  Love to layer!
The only way to get this effect is using the Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder.  Clear embossing powder doesn't work.  I tried;)
 
I really love the feather cut with water colour paper.  It has a fantastic texture.
 
I made a sample for my class so you can see the  difference when you over heat the embossing powder.  You can't even tell what the word is!  Heating to a mat finish is the key to success.

For such a detailed stamp all the words really pop!
My last card using the ornate frame die. What a great way to display the sentiment.
 
Can't wait for all the new Tim, Sizzix and Ranger goodies to start heading north.  This time of year is a hard time to create waiting for all the ideas I have with the new stuff coming.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Remnant Bracelet


So, I was out and about stalking some of my favorite blogs when I came across this awesome bracelet, HERE.  I cannot tell you how excited I was to see what she had made.  I'm always looking for creative ways to use my stuff.  Check out Claudia's Blog, her bracelet and the link to the tutorial on how to make one for yourself!
 
I used Rangers Shrink Paper, Picket Fence Distress Stain, Black Stays On Ink and my Paris Memoir stamps.  I used this set because I loved my time in Paris!
 
I picked up the jewelry bits at Michaels.  I also used a "Word Band".  I textured the word band with my TH uber cool textured hammer.  A little heat with your heat gun and pliers to bend it.
The jumpers easily attach the stamps after they have shrunk.  Just be sure you punch the small hole before you shrink.  When it shrinks it is a perfect size for your jump rings.
I have been playing around with paints and I have had many failed attempts. I'm not sure if it's the paint or maybe my oven cooks to hot? I also painted picket fence on both sides and it worked.  After it's dry I stamped the back with the background stamp from Paris Memoir.  If you don't do that you'll see the image on the back, like the gentleman here.
The Vintage Balloon is not apart of the set but I LOVE it so I used it.
I also added some hardware including the Enamel Tag with the rubs.
 
 
These little label stamps are adorable.  I used my 2 Paris ones.
With a small paint brush I painted the shrunken stamps with various distress stains.
 
You can paint the sides of each image if you like.
 
Use whatever hardware you have on hand.  I added a plane and some gears.

You can use any stamps you have.  Mix them up of create a theme!  Fun for you or as a gift.

Friday, January 3, 2014

12 Tags of 2014- January


A new year of 12 Tags
 
IT'S JANUARY...and that means a whole new year of tags! I do love this paint and metal technique and use it often!  I wanted to make 2 tags since I it was set in mind to use Umbrella Man. I don't on the big pocket watch so using the wee one I thought he would be great with it.  Going with the big clock gives me a big die to work with playing along with Tim's tag.
Blah, Blah, Blah...lets get to the good stuff!
 
 

I started with a die or 2 cutting everything on chipboard.  Love the metal foil. 


I wanted to rust the umbrella man and gears.  Apply the iron paint first.


Next apply the rust activator.


While the activator dries and rusts I put on the paint.


See...the rusting is well...rusting.  I like to add a couple coats.


I don't have the pumice stone stain...YET!  So I used the paint.


Misting the paint and tag makes the tag perfect.


I have some beat up numbers.  Adds to the distress.


I used some washi tape for ribbon with a little inking I thought it would be fun!  Yep, It was fun!


A little slate alcohol ink for the enamel tag before more rubs.


I have some tickets but I made my own with the movers and shapers ticket.  Using the stripes stencil makes for great lines.


First tag turned out great even without the big pocket watch.


LOVE pounding out those brads.  Had to be done.


Using the enamel tags means I get to rub more stuff on.  I've decided I'm awful at making the chit chat into flags.  Oh and I lost a set so I had to make more:/
(UPDATE; just found a 3 stuck to my sweater...sigh)


It's like...once the rubs are out I can't stop.  I used them all over the tag.


Tag #2 Rusty Umbrella Man


I used "JOURNEY" to rub on this tag.  I sanded the umbrella after painting and left it...no ink.  Shocking


More ill-fated chit chat flags in kraft brown and "2014" cut with block talk numbers and glassine!  LOVE IT.

A new year for techniques to look forward to.  Thanks for stopping by!