Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cooking with scrapbook supplies.

I've posted this over at Love is in the Details today.

Tomatoes are good.  Tomatoes on rye toast with salt and pepper and mayo are even better!  Tomatoes stewed all day over low heat with all kinds of Italian herbs, some Romano cheese, and ground beef, and then ladled over top spaghetti noodles is close to divine, right??

In much the same way as you might cook with various ingredients, you can use your creativity to take your supplies and ultimately, your creations from ok/good enough/it's done, to FABulous, with just a few extra details!

To show you what I mean I did this first cards in three steps.

Example #1 is wonderful for the CAS among us.  Clean And Simple is not always easy to achieve, but one of the best ways to do it, is to cluster elements, leaving dynamic "white" space.  That way says, "enjoy your card, it's exactly how I wanted it to look", rather than, "here's your card, I ran out of time, steam and ideas so I threw some things together".

Chipboard elements are a fantastic way of embellishing a card.  It only takes a little bit besides that, a sentiment and some other element to create a card that looks complete and pulled together.

For the second example, I added the machine stitched lines and a paper doily.

For the final version of this card, I added a bakers twine bow and a variety of paper "brads" and enamel dots.

For ideas of how you can take a plain card and step it up a notch or two, it’s helpful to make yourself a list of embellishments and technique options to refer to as you work.  Depending on your mood, you can opt for one, two, three or more ideas from your list.
Something like this:
Vellum, chipboard, buttons, glitter, staples, twine, tape, bling, felt, doilies, tags, ribbon, stickers, etc.
Dry or heat embossing, color mist, spray, splat, paint, glossy accents, stitching, sewing, border punch, die cut, etc.
There is much more you can add to this list, and the best way to compile it, is browsing on-line galleries, magazines and other design sources, and jotting down specific elements that appeal to you, whether it’s a color scheme or a technique or a physical embellishment.

Before you go, I have one more quick little technique to show how you can elevate a perfectly nice chipboard embellishment to something even more lovely and glam than before!  Once you have your chipboard adhered in place, cover the entire surface with Glossy Accents and let it dry.  Now you have a really elegant finished accent on your card or layout!

I hope you’ve found a few things here to inspire you!  If you create something based on the ideas you glean from this blog, post them in the Love is in the Details gallery so we can love them up!!

Now please excuse me while I go make myself a toasted tomato sammich. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Enjoy the Journey....

I love books.  I've probably mentioned this before.  I have since I was little.  And when I was 7 or 8 and my dad built me this bookshelf...MY VERY OWN bookshelf that hung on the wall at the end of my bunk bed and had only MY VERY OWN books on it...and I just wanted to stay there forever and read!!  

Do you know that, in those days, our public library limited withdrawals to 14 books at at time?? That's nowhere near enough!!  But that's beside the point.  

This layout was about the feeling you get when you open a new book and embark on a road that leads into the unknown....anticipation, excitement and a willingness to be completely transported!! 

  I did it for our challenge over at Challenge Me Happy, based on this photo prompt.  
Love feathers.  And lately, anything gilded or glittery.  So this made me very happy and I wanted to mimic that exactly for this layout.
The rest of the Design Team have come up with more beautiful layouts based on this photo prompt and we'd love for you to check them out!  And be inspired to create your own layout too!!  C'mon over!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Clipboards. The latest in crafty/vintage home decor.

At least, that's what I've decided.  

So, I've been collecting these wooden vintage clipboards for the last half a year, or more.  They are scarcer than you'd think.  And go for more on eBay than seems reasonable.  However, I've lucked out a couple of times and have plans to create a whole Wall of Fame for our various fore-fathers and mothers.  Sounds pretty grand, doesn't it?  Mostly I just want a way to display pieces of vintage goodness in a more meaningful way.

This is the first one I've done and I'm so pleased with it, I can't wait to create the others!!  This one is of my Dad, and includes several items that symbolize his life and loves, from wads of keys to an amp meter and a stick of engine lubricant.  All that is laid over miscellaneous vintage ephemera I've collected along the way.

This post was also posted today at Love is in the Details.  
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Crafting and such....

Crafts of any and every kind draw me.  Have, since I was little little.  Add in the Pinterest source for seeing what's out there in the DIY line, and I have more "ideas" (pins) and collected supplies than I will ever use up in two lifetimes.  But.  There's always the possibility that modern medicine will figure out how to add an extra 10 hours to every single day!!  Then I'd have a chance.

However, I haven't only been pinning and shopping...I have actually made a couple of things.  Some of them required learning to knit and crochet....because yes, embarrassingly I've reached middle age without really knowing how to do either...!

This bubble bag was where it all began, 3 years ago.  When I saw the pattern for sale on Etsy and realized I couldn't actually buy the bag, but I'd have to make it myself!?!?!  Well, only thing for it was to learn to crochet!!

This was a knitted pattern...went together quickly and felted down SO cute!!

There's more.  But I won't flood you with all the projects today.  Check back weekly for what else has been created!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Challenges, challenges

And I'm not talking about the kind that make it hard to have your hair AND your teeth brushed before noon...

These were the fun kind that involve paper and glue and glittery things!  We just completed a two week online crop over at Love is in the Details!  I know more than a few people who got their scrap on in a big way!!

Here's a sample of the challenges I put out there...

The first is something I'm sure you've seen if you are a Pinterest addict like me.  The challenge was to create a treat container of some kind.  These are so easy to make and the multitude of ways they can be decorated and adorned is endless!  After cutting them out and sewing them almost shut, I stamped a variety of designs on them, filled them with chocolates and Sweet Tarts for Valentines day treats and sewed them shut.  Pretty sure I'll be doing something similar for many more occasions!

I used background stamps from Hero Arts, Rubbernecker and October Afternoon as well as Ali Edward sentiment stamps.

Example #2 is your basic pillow box that I ran through the BigSwiftKick with a heart die.   I adhered some clear acetate inside to create the window, and if you have a better memory than mine, you'll remember seeing that tag around here a few months back.  Quick, easy, done.

 Next, I challenged our players to pull out their rubber stamps and embossing powder.  After stamping and heat embossing with clear powder, I masked off the square and sponged on Tim Holtz distress inks  to highlight the embossed area.  A stamped sentiment, a strip of Washi tape, a trip through the Pfaff and  this simple card is done.

In this case, instead of sponging on the color, I mooshed two colors of distress ink onto a Splat mat and misted with water.  Then I laid the heat embossed design face down onto the wet color puddle and gently turned the paper slightly.  You can heat dry the ink, and then continue to build up the splotches and color by repeatedly laying the paper down on the color puddles, letting dry between times.

This was just way too much fun to stop, so I made a couple of tags that will probably show up on some future project!

And finally, a layout challenge.  This one was to create a tribute layout to a male figure in your/my/our life without going all valentiney.  So, no hearts, flowers, pink, lace, ribbon or other girly stuff.  I kept my sample layout monochrome in color and tough in theme, using wood grain paper, naked chipboard letters, and Mr Huey spray mists in a fairly muddy shade!  Pulled out my old Heidi Swapp alpha masks to create the title, and couldn't resist using a hashtag for a "current" "on trend" reference.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

I remember when....but barely.

That's why I'm so thankful for photographs.  Of all the non-human, can't-take-it-with-you, transient things in life there are to collect, amass and get attached to, photographs have to be my very most favorite thing of all!!  Better than books or shoes or any kind of trinket.  Photos are such great time travel vehicles.  They make up for my sad, sad memory.  They convey emotions without need of words.  And the sorting and cataloging of them makes for a fantastic hobby!!

That's what these photos did for me as I scrapped them...  I remember finally feeling human enough to be out of the house for the first time after Baby #2 was born.  Like, dressed!  With shoes that matched the outfit.  Sorta.  And going for a Sunday afternoon drive to Gimli.  And how well the baby slept in the stroller, allowing us to take lllllots of time to amble along the jetty, smell the wind in our hair and feel the fishy wharf.   No, that right?  Whatever.  You see nothing of that in these photos of the big sister running around, but when I look at them, I remember.  And that's all I really need.

I did this layout for our recently posted challenge at Challenge Me Happy!  Go on over and check out the rest of the DT's wonderfully inspiring work!!  It's a free-for-all this fortnight.  Anything goes!

Most of the supplies for this layout came from the Studio Calico, February Front Row kit.  I layered that wide Washi tape (Freckled Fawn) onto some cardstock and cut the word with my Silhouette Cameo.  The label tape is new Smash* product.  
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