Saturday, February 28, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 23 - Collection Folio


Hello and welcome! It's another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge. We're up to number 23 and what fun this one is. It's the Collection Folio. I love these fun and interactive albums.

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 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: Inspiration Emporium. That's a whopping $50 gift certificate! All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.

Okay, here we go! I have created two different collection folios. The small one with the Wallflower papers that I posted here a while back. And more recently, my London Collection Folio, using the large one, which I'm sharing today. 

There's no way I could share all the pages, flaps and details in this one without doing a video, so if you have a few minutes be sure to check it out below.







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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

Friday, February 27, 2015

New Graphic 45 Shadow Boxes (and a little surprise!)

Hello bloggers and Happy Friday! I have been keeping a little secret for a while, and now I can happily share something cool with you.

Back in August, I was approached by Graphic 45 about some new products they were developing. Shadow boxes! They asked if I would design a sample project using each of the two styles of their shadow boxes. Since they have made their debut at CHA and are now available in stores, I can share this cool news.


Here's what they look like (photos taken from Scrapbook.com)...


The square ivory one measures 10" x 10" x 1.75" and has four 4" compartments and a clear sturdy acrylic panel in the back with swing clips for easy removal. You can layer photos or ephemera inside and behind the acrylic, and of course adorn the inner compartments with more photos and memorabilia for a beautiful keepsake. Hanging hardware is included in the package too.



The black one measures 14.25" x 6" x 1.75" and has three 4" compartments. And you can use it either vertically or horizontally.



I had fun creating this girlie shadow box using Botanical Tea, adding some altered items from the craft store in the cubbies. (And yes, that's my Jamie in the lower right corner.)    :)




For my sample using the black shadow box, I decided to use it horizontally. I used the Typography collection and made a little keepsake of Paul and I.



Cool right?


But wait...



This is a photograph of the packaging for the ivory shadow box. Pretty nifty, eh?



And here's a shot of the black shadow box. (Paul likes this one best. Wonder why...)



So, if you happen to purchase one of these fabulous shadow boxes, take a quick look at the packaging as you tear it off and give me a little "hello" before you throw it away. Okay?


Thanks for stopping in. Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Once Upon A Springtime Large Ivory Tag

It already feels like Spring here in sunny Florida, but I realize we're the lucky ones. So to brighten up your day today, how about some pretty Springtime creations with Graphic 45's re-released "Once Upon A Springtime?"

Did you know that Graphic 45 is releasing retired papers in the form of Deluxe Collector's editions? I love it. In the packaging is a 12 x 12 paper pad, 12 x 12 sticker sheet and a set of chipboard. I had missed Once Upon A Springtime when it was first released, so this is such a treat!

I'm featured on the Graphic 45 blog today alongside our uber-talented ambassador Clare Charvill. We're both sharing our creations with "Once Upon A Springtime." Clare has created a fussy cutting  display box masterpiece. You just have to see it to believe it! And I'm sharing a large ivory tag.

Here's a peek at mine below, but make sure to visit the G45 blog to see more photos and close-ups, and then leave a comment there to be entered to win their fabulous give-away. It's a retired collection of some of my favorite papers and more stuff. (Wish I could win it.) 



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time To Flourish Calendar/Mixed Media Album

Hello bloggers and Graphic 45 fans. Today is a great day on the Graphic 45 blog because we are sharing some beautiful calendar projects with the new Time To Flourish collection. I've altered the new Kraft Mixed Media Album for my 2015 photos and memorabilia. (It's the only sample I made for CHA that I requested to have returned. Everything else was donated for give-aways.) It's such a great feeling to know my year-long album is already finished for 2015 and all I have to do is fill it up with photos once I get it back.

Here's a peek at mine below, but be sure to go to the Graphic 45 blog as well to check out many more photos and also see the beautiful flip-top calendar by Solange Marques. She makes her pages look like those from an incredible art journal. I've never seen anyone use Graphic 45 papers like this.  You're sure to love it as much as I do!







Saturday, February 14, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 22 - Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day bloggers! I hope you have a happy day full of love and sweets. We'll be on a campus tour of Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota (Florida) with Jamie for most of the day. (Hey, at least I'm with my two favorite people.) 

It's time for another fun technique to try in the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 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.

The current challenge (number 22!) can be found on page 62 and is called "Dimensional Cutting Pad." I'll be honest, I didn't have this pad until this challenge so I had to run out and get one. Now I'm glad I have it in my stash. I decided to make my two favorite people each a special Valentine card.


Jamie's is on the left, Paul's on the right.



Since I've now "retired" from Close To My Heart, I decided to pay a final homage by using all their great seasonal papers, stamps and embellishments with a mix of Tim's Sizzix Alterations dies, of course. This paper collection is called "Heartstrings."



Paul's card features Lagoon colors with some pops of Cranberry. I used Fired Brick and Peacock Feathers Distress inks for inking edges.



Without giving away the Dimensional Cutting Pad technique, I'll simply share this photo which shows the final result before I began building onto it. I used the Baroque die and its compatible Mover & Shaper, plus the large heart from the Mini Hearts movers and shapers set.



I cut two more hearts and scored one down the middle (right) and the other twice:  1/16" left of center and 1/16" right of center.



I stacked these on top of the main piece.



And stitched down the center with matching thread.



I stamped my sentiment using the CTMH set "This Moment" (S1501). I believe it was the Stamp of the Month a few months ago. Those little adhesive hearts are called "Enamel Hearts."



This fun adhesive badge button is from the Heartstrings Assortment.



And there's the little cherub from the Mini Love Struck die set. 



More pattern papers and stamping on the inside of the card. The Happy Valentines Day stamp is Mini Valentine (M1052).



Jamie's card features the Ornate Frame die and the small heart from Mini Hearts movers and shapers set, plus the XOXO stamp (M1054) from CTMH. 



Same technique with the Dimensional Cutting Pad, just a different heart and different thread color.



There's another one of those cute badge buttons. And that little arrow is a Metal Charm also from CTMH.



Two paper strips are trimmed from the pattern paper's zip strip and used to adorn the top.



More papers and stamping dress up the inside of the card.



So, will you join us in this fun challenge? I hope so! 
Let's see what you do with the Dimensional Cutting Pad.


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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!





Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Big Birthday Bash Card Workshop is Coming

Ever since I tried the Distress Watercolor technique from Tim Holtz in the Compendium of Curiosities III book, I've been hooked. It's a fairly easy technique, even if you're not a pro artist. The trick is knowing where to shade and where to lighten. After some practice, you figure it out pretty quickly. While I'm not claiming to be a pro at it myself, I think I get it.


I played around a while, designing some birthday cards using a few Stampers Anonymous blueprint stamp sets and Graphic 45 Mother Goose papers and came away pretty satisfied with them. I thought "I enjoy this so much, I'd love to teach others this fun technique."


The Big Birthday Bash Card Workshop
Sunday, March 29
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
$25
(Melbourne, FL)



I'll teach how to master the water brush with Distress Markers on Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock to create these four fun cards. 
Two 5" x 7s", one 6" x 6" easel card, and one A4 pop-up.


And it's not just a class, it's a PARTY! Think streamers, balloons, and cupcakes! And if you arrive with your own handmade party hat, you'll instantly receive a prize at the door! 


Space is limited to 20 guests, so RSVP quickly if interested.


Hope you can join us!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Artisan Style Birthday Card

Hello and Happy Hump Day everyone. I'm delighted to share a simple card I created for the Graphic 45 blog featured there today, along with fellow DT member Miranda Edney. Check out her altered "G" with this new fabulous paper. (I'm thinking it stands for Green and I should be getting it in the mail soon... wishful thinking, I know.)

Okay, here's a quick peek at my card, but be sure to hop over to Graphic 45 and check out my Snapguide tutorial (I share an easy technique with a black watercolor pencil and paintbrush) You'll also see more photos with all the lovely details.

And don't forget to leave a comment there using their Rafflecopter giveaway and you could WIN a prize pack!




Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you like the new Artisan Style collection as much as I do!