Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Video Tutorial - Speedy Pocket-style Scrapbook Layouts

Oh my goodness, my brain is in such a fog. I goofed up my previous post, showing the wrong project altogether from what Graphic 45 posted on their blog. (You may or may not have noticed.) Anywho, I was supposed to post this layout of my darling Suki baby...


If you go to the Graphic 45 blog post from yesterday, you'll see lots of photos and close-ups plus the supply list for this layout. You will NOT see a video for this one, because I didn't make one. LOL! 


I did, however, make one for the pages I showed you yesterday. If you missed them, here they are again and then the video is right below it. Jeeze! I'm a mess. 







Hope you enjoyed them both. (and got a kick out of my air-headedness).


Monday, September 1, 2014

Super Speedy Scrapbooking - Now that's my style!

Hello and Happy Labor Day everyone! I'm returning from a cruise today and then joining the family for a cook-out. I hope you have something fun and relaxing planned too.

But first, be sure to check out the Graphic 45 blog today as I share my super speedy pocket-style scrapbook layouts of our precious dog Suki. I use the new Raining Cats & Dogs ephemera pack, a few photos, and some pocket pages to whip up these fun and easy pages. They came together in a jiffy. I have a short video tutorial there too, plus Andrew is sharing his Good Ol' Sport pocket style scrapbook layout, so you're sure to be inspired. Don't miss it!

Meanwhile, here's a little sneak peek...




Saturday, August 30, 2014

Compendium Challenge #10 - Assemblage Clock


Yes! It's time again for another great Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III Challenge! Challenge #10 is entitled Assemblage Clock and can be found of page 33 of this great book. To find out all about the CC3 Challenges and how to join in AND how to get your own copy of this fantastic technique book by Tim Holtz, keep reading to the end of this post. 


You've heard of Tim's great Idea-ology line of course, but have you ever altered one of his Assemblage Clocks? Check out my Christmas decor piece below. The possibilities are endless!



That Old World Santa in there has a special place in my heart. I have always loved this stamp ever since the old days of "Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas." Remember those? That's really when I first discovered Tim and all the wonderful products he used. Well, Tim used this Santa stamp on one of his tags and I loved it so much I raced to order it and I swear I use it every single year on something or another. It has to be my all-time favorite holiday stamp.



So back to the clock. I knew I wanted it to be red, so I first hit it with two coats of gesso. I put painter's tape across the glass front so I didn't have to bother taking the glass out. Not hard to do, just tedious.



I painted two coats of red craft paint.



I wanted to add some gold touches and didn't have any gilder's paste, so I went through my stash and found some Vintaj Victorian Gold Patina and Glaze. I mixed up a puddle of each on my non-stick craft sheet and then brushed here and there to add some accents. The glaze extended the drying time so I could spread and smudge the patina where I wanted it, sometimes using my finger. After it was dry, I sprayed a light coat of satin sealer over the whole thing.



Here's just a peek at the inside elements so you can see them better. Don't you love that Santa? He's so sweet looking.



I filled the inside with a small Christmas tree and tiny ornaments, then attached some adornments to the outside as well.



A holiday word band, mirrored star and some colored seam binding accent the lower portion of my clock's exterior.



More mirrored stars and a plaquette adorn the upper right.



Here's another look at the finished clock.



For more inspiration be sure to visit all the Curiosity Crew blogs. These girls are fabulous!
Here's another idea for the assemblage clock I made last year that really keeps time. I still have it in my craft room as my main timekeeper right above my work table. You can view how it was made here.


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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 Funky Junky 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!

Now get your Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book out, turn to page 33 and get creating with this fun challenge!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eerie Tale Birdhouse Video - in case you missed it

Just in case you didn't catch it on the Papercrafters Library blog last week (there were some issues) I'm sharing my "An Eerie Tale" spooky birdhouse today on my blog.

What a fun Halloween home decor piece this makes. I love birdhouses and really enjoyed making this one. Check out how I made it here then let me know what you think.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Papercrafters Library Feature - An Eerie Tale Birdhouse

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! I'm excited to share a new project I just completed with the new Graphic 45 "An Eerie Tale" collection. I'm featured today on the Papercrafters Library blog with all kinds of photos and a video tutorial on how I created this fun home decor piece. Be sure to hop over there and check it out. They have a nice prize giveaway over there too, so leave a comment and you'll be entered to win.

Here's a quick peek at my Eerie Tale Birdhouse...




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Compendium Challenge 9 Stamps & Framelits

I'm always so excited for the reveal of a new Compendium of Curiosities Challenge! Challenge #9 is Stamps and Framelits and can be found on page 63 in the Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book. You can check out all the details about this great challenge at the end of my post.


Meanwhile, I decided on a pop-up card for this challenge using Sizzix Pop-n-Cuts dies.


The card measures 5" x 5" and features the "French Flight" Sizzix Framelits set. The "technique" is shown here on the front. I'm still a big fan of the old Vintage Shabby paper stash and knew it would be the perfect choice and blue for this theme.



With the exception of the pop of red inside, the overall color scheme is blues with touches of black. I think it's rather French indeed.



To really get the most out of this great framelits set, I went beyond the technique and tried a few things I'd like to share with you. First, rather than adhere the "technique" butterflies right to the card front, I thought I'd cut out the same butterfly shapes from my background paper. I saved the cut-out pieces for the inside of my card. Then I adhered the background paper to my black cardstock base.



The black cardstock base shows through, giving it a bit of drama. I bent and curved the wings to my butterflies and adhered them to the black spaces. 



I cut the Eiffel Tower twice: once after stamping onto some of the blue Vintage Shabby paper and once from black card stock which serves as a sort of drop shadow. I popped it up with foam tape then added the fragment, letters and charm.



I grabbed some Botanical Remnant Rubs and cut apart some small pieces.



And rubbed them onto the butterflies for the inside.



The diamond pattern will be the perfect place to write a personal message.


Okay, now it's YOUR turn. The hardest part is deciding which Framelits set to use!


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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!





Friday, August 15, 2014

Altered Botanical Picture Frame

Good Friday morning all, I hope this day finds you well. My Altered Botanical Picture Frame project is officially on the Ranger Blog, so if you've been waiting and wondering how to make one yourself, simply hop over there and check it out. I've supplied a full tutorial and supply list there. Lots of great Ranger products that we all know and love.

Thanks for stopping in today, and be sure to pop in tomorrow when the next Compendium of Curiosities Challenge goes live!