Saturday, May 23, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 29 - Eroded Metallic


Happy Saturday everyone. These weeks are flying by! With a teenager finishing another year of high school soon, it's a busy time around here for sure. But it's never too busy for some creative time and it's time again for another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge.

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge is hosted by our lovely hostess Linda Ledbetter on her blog. Each challenge comes from the wonderful book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III" featuring amazing products and techniques by non-other than Tim Holtz. This week's challenge can be found on page 44 in the book and is called "Eroded Metallic."

Join us with your creation based on the featured technique and your project could win you an awesome prize pack from Tim and Mario and you also have a chance to win the random draw from our generous sponsor this time: Inspiration Emporium. All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.

Okay, away we go! I've had Tim's little trophy cups in my craft room for a few weeks, just waiting for the right project, so I finally gave one a go with the Eroded Metallic technique.

Since it's Memorial Weekend here in the U.S., I was feeling patriotic so I created this little home decor piece. I have other Americana projects that I like to put out this time of year, and everything stays up until the end of August.



Here's a nice close-up shot of the trophy with the Eroded Metallic technique. I used Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paints, then Brushed Pewter. I love these little trophy cups! They are so darn cute.



I later rubbed the trophy with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink for a more tarnished look.



Part of my base is a wooden cube from the craft store I painted with Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint, then added some papers from the Correspondence paper stash that were inked with Vintage Photo.



Also from the Correspondence papers, I die-cut two smaller sized rosettes and the small star from the Star Bright 3-D die. I cut two stars, each from a different paper and pieced the two together, then inserted a tarnished brass brad in the center.



I painted a wooden candlestick holder with a reddish burgundy acrylic paint, then tarnished it up with some Brushed Pewter DP. Once dry, I glued my cube on top of it. With strong glue I adhered two metal wings behind my star, and glued the larger of the two rosettes on top of the cube.



I added a bit of Correspondence Tissue Tape around the red base.



The smaller rosette was then glued on top of the other, then the trophy cup.



From the "Bow-Tied" Sizzix die, I die-cut a small bow using red Kraft Core card stock and attached it to the front of the trophy.



I created three tiny pinwheels from the same paper stash (using the 3" x 3" page) and attached each to round toothpicks I painted red. A brass brad goes through their centers. I added some Big Chat stickers to two more toothpicks, cut them like pennants and inked with Vintage Photo. All the picks stick down into some modeling clay I pressed inside the trophy cup. I cut some tiny strips of paper and crinkled them up for filler to cover up the clay.


Here's another look at the finished project from a different angle. This little tribute sits on my foyer table with my other Americana-themed home decor pieces.


Okay, now it's YOUR turn to play along. Grab that book and try this fun and easy Eroded Metallic technique!


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at Inspiration Emporium who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

And don't forget, you can find many of these great products I've used today at Inspiration Emporium's online store


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Correspondence Mailbox, but first A Winner!

Hello All! The other day I posted my Raining Cats & Dogs album which was featured on the Graphic 45 blog and promised a prize to one lucky winner. All the person had to do was leave a comment on my blog containing what they thought might be my secret mystery word. Well, my mystery word was Suki, of course. I had four commenters say Suki in their comment, so I drew from those four names and the winner of my special Graphic 45 prize pack is Sandy Young!

Sandy, now I just need you to e-mail me your mailing info so I can get this prize out to you ASAP. Email me at AnnetteGreen@me.com if you please.

Now, on to the Correspondence Mailbox! We created this in my monthly club "Friday Follies" this month.


What started off as a basic KaiserCraft Beyond the Page 2-Drawer Dresser, shown left, became this fun little mailbox covered with all sorts of Tim Holtz goodies like...



Correspondence paper stash, Industrious Stickers, Curio Knob, Foundry Frame, Metallic Kraft Core, and Distress Paints and Inks.



I'm no engineer so I had to really work on figuring this part out. It's the curved roof top of the mailbox that will be hinged, have a mail slot, and have side supports. I started by cutting and curving a piece of cardstock and lining the sides with some of the paper, then rounding the corners. I held this in the curved position with a rubber band while I worked on other stuff.



Then I added this paper to the outer area.



I cut some half circle shapes from sturdy cardboard for the side supports, covered them with the grid paper on one side, then more paper on the other side, making sure to have excess. Then I trimmed around about 1/2 inch and cut little slits. This reminded me of "clipping curves" when sewing in a sleeve on a shirt.



Even though I didn't end up using this striped paper, I did the same treatment with the Scor-Tape to each of the little tabs.



I put a bead of glue along the cardboard ridge, then pressed it into place in the "roof" like this, then when the glue was set I peeled each piece of Scor-Tape off one at a time and pressed the tabs into place. The large grid paper in this photo actually came in later to hide all the little tabs. (This was my prototype).



I built a 1/2" foam board platform, covered it with paper, and hinged the grid paper from the inner lining of the "roof" to the platform so the top could open and close. You can see that I added a brass handle too. Now letters that get dropped into the mailbox can be retrieved by opening the lid. The platform was necessary so the "roof" could over hang, but not get in the way of the hinged front door, which you'll see in a minute.


I cut away the slot in the top of the "roof" and then trimmed it out with some Industrious Sticker borders for a finished look.



I added this hinged door to the front. It's simply a piece of thin cardboard covered with paper, trimmed with Industrious Stickers, and embellished with a Curio Knob and Foundry Frame. I put some gold metallic kraft core yardstick behind the frame and spelled out MAIL with the Typeset die and red yardstick. Some hinges from the craft store where glued on then eventually reinforced with little screws on the sides and matching brads on the front. (See main, finished photo)



Here the door hinges open and stays secure when closed with a very strong, round magnet. See it? I dressed up the inner drawers with more Correspondence paper and painted the wood areas of the dresser with brown paint.



I made some very small envelopes to fit into the slot using my Envelope Punch Board, making my own custom size. Smaller than the smallest setting on the board.



And now people can leave me sweet, funny or nasty little notes in my mailbox when they come to visit.


 You can find all these great Tim Holtz products at one of my favorite online stores right here in Florida, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. KaiserCraft sells all sorts of alterables and you can find them just about everywhere online like Scrapbook.com, Amazon, etc.


Thanks for stopping in today. Have a good one!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Raining Cats & Dogs Board Book Mini Album - the whole deal

Hi again everyone. Thanks for stopping in. I know I've teased you with my Raining Cats & Dogs mini album a few weeks ago, but now I can finally share the entire project with you. I'm featured over on the Graphic 45 blog today with all kinds of photos as well as a video walk-through of the album. I hope you take the time to hop over there and check it out. It's a fun and simple mini that you pet lovers might really enjoy.

And while you're there, check out fellow design team member Ginny Nemchak's "Good Ol Sport" mini. She's got a Snapguide tutorial for that one. It's great! And a great idea with Father's Day not too far away.

After you've watched my video, be sure to come back here and let me know what you thought about it AND if you happen to use a certain (my secret) word in your comment here, then your name will go into a random drawing for a little Graphic 45 special prize pack directly from me! Sound fun?


Okay, here's a few close-ups here, but be sure to go to the Graphic 45 blog and see even more! And OH!.. you could win over there too! So leave them some love as well.




















Monday, May 11, 2015

Graduation Card with Artisan Style

Hello and happy Monday, all. Need some card inspiration for that graduate in your life? I'm featured over on the Graphic 45 blog today with a classic style grad card, and I've created a Snapguide tutorial too. And fellow team member Ginny Nemchak has a cute little gift bag and tags, also made with the beautiful Artisan Style collection, so be sure to check that out too. You'll end up loving Artisan Style!

Here's a peek at my card below. More photos and the tutorial here.





Saturday, May 9, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 28 - Alcohol Ink Ombre

Hey, Howdy All! It's another Compendium Saturday. And that means it's time for a new challenge!

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge is hosted by our lovely hostess Linda Ledbetter on her blog. Each challenge comes from the wonderful book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III" featuring amazing products and techniques by non-other than Tim Holtz.

Join us with your creation based on the featured technique and your project could win you an awesome prize pack from Tim and Mario and you also have a chance to win the random draw from our generous sponsor this time: The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.



Today's challenge can be found on page 57 in the book, and it's called "Alcohol Ink Ombre." I decided on a big tag for this one, and to step outside my comfort zone and use purple. Something about the color purple in my paper crafting usually makes me want to cringe, but I think with the right balance of opposing colors it works.


Let me take you through my process..
Here's the end result of the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique. Can't tell you how it's done, that's for you to find out for yourself, but I can tell you that I used Eggplant, Purple Twilight, and Wild Plum alcohol inks.



I went one step further and performed the Faded Layers technique using the Stars stencil. Remember that one from page 58? We did that back in August last year.



While I had the Stars stencil out, I used it to trace onto black cardstock for the size of tag I wanted. Not too big, not too small. Just right.



After spritzing my non-stick craft sheet with the new Fossilized Amber Distress Stain (totally LOVE this color!) and some Tarnished Brass, I dipped a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock into it and let the colors meld and dry. Then I ran it through my Vagabond using the Crescent Moon & Stars die (which you'll see in a bit). 



I grabbed some Graphic 45 striped paper which is black and ivory (Artisan Style, 6 x 6 pad) and gave it a spritz of Fossilized Amber Stain, and now my paper is yellowy-golden with black stripes! I do this all the time when I need a particular color in my project. I attached a bit of this to the top of my big black tag.



On my Alcohol Ink Ombre piece, I put some tissue tape across the top and stamped the phrase with Jet Black Archival.



I assembled more papers and fiber to the tag base as shown. 



After painting two metal photo corners with Fossilized Amber Distress Paint and letting them dry, I attached them to the bottom corners of my tag.



I ran a piece of black cardstock through the Crescent Moon & Stars die and layered each under the coordinating golden ones for a drop shadow effect, then hung a heart charm from my moon with some waxed twine. I attached everything to my tag using foam tape behind the moon and some of the stars for dimension and interest. 



I added some mirrored stars here and there to give a bit of sparkle, too.



For a finishing touch, I grabbed some black 2" wide tulle and inserted it through my tag top and tied it into a very unkempt bow.


Here's another look at my finished tag, which I gave to my daughter Jamie who I truly LOVE to the moon and back!


Now it's YOUR turn to try this fun technique. Let's see what you've got!


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at The Funkie Junkie Boutique who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!






Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Don't Abandon the Coral... or the Coffee

Once a month I meet with friends for card making, and our time is coming up so I needed to get rolling on my card. What better way to kick off some inspiration than a challenge? Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge this week is "Don't Abandon the Coral." The key is to use the color coral in your project and you can make anything you like. Perfect!


I've been itching to use the new Fresh Brewed Blueprint stamp set, plus I received some wonderful Garden Notes dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, and got to wondering if I could incorporate both of these into my card. So I created this 5" x 7" card. I love making cards this size because there's so much room for play, and the substantial size seems to make it even more special when given away.


If you like, follow along as I take you through some of my card-making progress...


I stamped the coffee mug with archival black ink onto ivory card stock, then colored and shaded with Distress Markers.



I stamped the coffee beans sack onto the back of a sheet of Wallflower paper stash, colored in areas with browns and then cut it out, along with the mug.



I began the stem and bud assembly of the Peony die by Susan Tierney Cockburn, following her video instructions (she has a complete series of videos for each flower die. Fabulous!) then cut a slit in the coffee mug and slid the stem inside, taping it on the back side.



After adding more Wallflower papers to my card base, and some stretchy ribbon trim, I adhered my stamped images, plus a few extra coffee beans.



Then I finished assembling the peony. I absolutely LOVE Susan's new Garden Notes dies because they are low-level, partially dimensional. Great for mailing! SimonSaysStamp.com has some of these dies, and hopefully will be stocking more soon.



I fussy cut this robin (I think it's a robin anyway) and gave him a little nest to perch in using skinny natural twine.



The stamped phrase on the tag is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs (RS008 Take Time). Now my card is done! I loved challenging myself to use the color coral in my project. It's not a color I would normally use but it sure has impact, doesn't it?


Thanks for stopping by today. Why not join in the challenge too? There's always room for more inspiration!