Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Some really exciting news…!

You may know that I'm on the design team for Love is in the Details, a scrapbook store and online store in Winkler, Manitoba.  Recently, I've been offered an opportunity that makes my head spin with possibility!!   That is to expand my role into the realm of PRODUCT DESIGNER, which is really REALLY exciting!!  So far my ideas are outreaching my actual skills, but as with many great challenges in life, this one is going to stretch me and push me and that can only be good!!

Read all about it HERE!

Some photos to tantalize….

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Happy Almost Valentine's Day

Hi everyone!  Chocolates and Roses Day is right around the corner and I had that in mind as I pulled out some supplies and started to play.  Last summer I ordered several of the Prima wood veneer sets that Lori carries in the Love is in the Details store, and typical to Prima, I found the packaging to be as fabulous as the product inside.  I've been wanting to use them for a different kind of project ever since and I finally got the chance last week!
This Valentine's Day card was made by painting the wooden "shadow box" styled packaging in a soft grey color, lining the back of each section with patterned paper and then adding bits and pieces to each section.  I deliberately kept the sentiment off the front of the card so that if desired, it will be suitable as a keepsake, framed or sitting on a shelf.
The bouquet of roses is a little package of $1 items that Lori has made up in the store, and this is exactly how it came.  All tied up in a cute bunch.  All I did was glue them into place.  
The little metal frame is framing a vintage postage stamp (I rescued a huge box of them in my Mom and Dad's move last year) that is just PERFECT in color and theme for this project!  The fountain pen nib is an "inchie" that was made and given to me by my friend Thelma last summer and works so well here you'd think it was intended for this!

You can always tell when my enthusiasm gallops away on me….I can't stop at just one project….I have to make several!  Here are a couple more shadow boxes I put together.  They are the bigger sized packaging (just over 5" square) and will be displayed around our home and lake cottage.
Over the years we've collected seashells from various vacations, and they're mostly stored in a glass jar, so it was fun to choose some of the nicest ones to display in a way that showcases the beauty of each one!
For this next shadow box, I printed one photo that I cut into 4 quarters, and 2 smaller photos, to combine with more shells collected from the beach in Florida on this trip.  I added some metal charms I've been hoarding till now, and oh look!  Another postage stamp!
The possibilities of what you could create and display like this are endless!  Antique heirloom brooches perhaps, or a collection of keys, or badges/flair, or antique buttons.

And finally, another small one.  This box was painted with a couple different shades of green and then sanded and stained with Distress Ink to create that shabby look.  The Blue Fern Studios chipboard die cut is left raw, and each opening is backed with another vintage postage stamp!  How 'bout that!  Some paper shred, sewing thread and gold floss, as well as some feathers picked up on my walks, all add up to a delightful little ornament.  It may become a 3-dimensional card, like the Valentine card, or I may just tuck it in among some other decor pieces around the house.

Thanks for stopping by again today!  I hope you've found something to inspire!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ways With glitter. And Peel Off Stickers. Inaugural Projects in the New Scrap Space.

Since moving my scrap space from one area of the house to another, and getting it all set up just the way I want it, and taking some pictures of the clean, sun-drenched space, I haven't wanted to create.  Creating always makes messes.  But when all is said and done, these projects were SO worth the disaster they left in their wake.

Disclaimer:  Glitter and I don't get along.  Except for here.  Ok, and maybe here.  But not anywhere else.  Which is why it's such a puzzle that I own so many kinds and colors of the stuff!?  So when I saw this technique, I decided to be a big girl and deal with my glitter-angst, and then when I found the exact kind I needed IN MY STASH, it was a sign!  

I DO have a fondness for peel off stickers.  The kind that make the loveliest outline and when adhered to glossy card stock can colored with Sakura Gel pens.  At least that's all I ever did with them.  But I decided it was time to try something different.

This first card uses both the peel off stickers AND the glitter.  Here's how: 
First I cut a piece of Sookwang double sided adhesive paper, a little larger than the sticker size.  I removed the release paper from one side and laid the sticker down on the (extremely) sticky paper.
Next, I covered the entire thing with ultra fine transparent glitter, and with the release paper that I shouldn't have tossed in the trash so fast, back over top of the sticker, I burnished it good and thoroughly.  The leftover glitter went back in the jar and happily, no stray glitter came off the sticker!  That's what the burnishing does for you!
Next, I began to color the sticker with Copic markers, but other kinds of markers will work too!  Once finished with the coloring, I fussy cut around the design and had a sticker that was ready to adhere to a card!  Very cool effect with surprisingly little fuss or muss!

Next, I laid a Peel Off sticker onto some dictionary paper.  
I cut around the perimeter and colored the design with Copics again.  When I was actually doing it, I thought my Copic coloring skills were pretty epic.  In the light of day, I can see….well, my excuse is that two lightbulbs over my head were burnt out!  Clearly need some practice!  Luckily I have lots more stickers to practice with!
Here's the finished card:

The last card uses some old Peel Offs from my stash.  Gold.  Oh my yes! 
 I laid the three stickers onto vellum this time and colored the graduated ombre on the backside.  With Sharpies!  Uh huh!  Cool thing I discovered is that while the ink is still wet, you can rub it smooth with your finger, add the next color and rub that into the first.  Great way to ink up your hands with PERMANENT markers.  Try explaining that to a 5 year old.

The finished card:

These projects were recently posted on the Love is in the Details blog.
Thanks for stopping by today!