Monday, 31 May 2010

small project and news to share

This journal was very quick to create. I bought it with the pages already bound and everything. I did take apart the spine so I could replace the flimsy cover with some corrugated cardboard. I used my new TH die cut to cut the hinges from grungboard and embossed them with gold ep. I used super glue to adhere them to the cover. I created the splats by taking the lid off my glimmer mist and using the spray top to drip tattered leather GM from the straw. What will I be using this journal for? To plan my new bedroom! This brings me to my first news: we are moving! I have lived in the same house all my life and it will be very odd to be somewhere new. Although I will only be in the new house for a few years max before I move out I still get to design my new room. I will also be getting my very own craft room which I am super excited about! We are going to be moving starting mid June and will be settling in for most of the summer. I will try to keep my crafting to a max and update the blog as often as possible but it will be busy.
I do have more news! This month I will be participating in my very first swap! I was lucky enough to get signed up in time for Arlene's June Tag Swap! I am soooo super excited! The theme is "postcard from paris" with an optional challenge of vintage/collage. This is totally up my alley and I have already designed my tag and started on the mass production. I cant wait to share more!

Saturday, 29 May 2010

tag incorporating die borders

I have been tag obsessed again lately. I really need to start doing some layouts of my spain trip but tags are just so quick! I promise more layouts once summer vacation starts!
I really wanted to try out my new dies and this project was calling for both of the border strips. I have pre-made a bunch of these tickets and stamped and inked them for quick use. Love them!
For this tag's background I added some white and black paint, embossed some random patches, added some dictionary text, and then added more paint on top. After all that I inked it with vintage photo and ruby red. The film strip die cut was originally white. I painted it black and them added some black embossing powder. You cant see it very well in the photo but the ribbon at the top matches the brad in the center of the flower really well. Super cute pattern too!

Hope you like it! Please let me know what you think :)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

bird cage tag and some new stuff!

My birthday was this past week and my mom completely spoiled me with a ton of wonderful scrap supplies! She is not a scrapper herslef but I have a feeling she had quite the time running around town finding all this stuff! Here are just a couple things she got me:TIM HOLTZ DIES! I almost died when I unwraped these! She somehow managed to find them in store! She got me the birdcage, the harware findings, the ticket strip and the film strip! I was sooooo impressed at how well she knows my style!
Here is the first project I created with the cage die. I havent had much time lately but i will most definately be creating a ton more stuff with all my new supplies!
To cover the cipboard bird I used dictionary paper. I inked it using tempting turquoise and tea dye distress ink. I then covered it with 2 layers of UTEE. This creates an interesting effect causing the print on the reverse side to show through a bit. Kinda hard to explain but very cool in real life!
I added a wing charm with a jump ring and some ribbon to the bird cage. Oh! I distressed the cage chipboard with gold embossing powder, sanded it and glimmer misted it.
I went for a mixed media look on the background. I originally did this on cardstock but then backed it with chipboard. I did some emboss resist, added some dictionary text, crackle paint, glimmer mist and on the left you can see a tag off of a pillow I think it was (I collect all types of random things)

Sunday, 16 May 2010

pocket tag

So I walk up to my craft table the other day with one goal in mind: to make a tag with some texture. This is what happened. I quite like how the background turned out. I acheved this look by first glueing some ditionary paper on my tag, then inking, sanding, painting and more inking occured. I wanted it to be rough yet sorta elegant.
To get this great texture on the background I put a peice of tulle down, dabbed some paint overtop then pulled the tulle off.

I used another one of the flowers that I have been making. Love em! The little envelope was cut out using the cricut at my work. there is another tiny tag in there that pulls out.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

mother's day card

So I am posting this a little late mainly because I just found the time today and because I didnt want to post it before mothers day! Yes my mom occasionally reads my blog so I wasnt taking any chances of ruining the surprise!I chose to use this Tim Holtz stamp because it is one of my mom's favourites. I think her raising my brother and I must have been a journey for sure. I also used the gel-a-tins gone to seed flower stamp (thats what I call it :P) because she loves this one too. To distress the background I first inked it with vintage photo, stamped with vintage photo, dry brushed on some white paint and then distressed the edges.
I have become addicted to making these adorable little flowers! I use the same instructions as the Tim Holtz grunge paper roses but I like to make mine from paper. Here I used just a brown paper bag and added some glimmer mist and inking. Behind the flower I have some dyed lace/tulle and a pearl string.
On the chipboard postage stamp frame (sizzix) I first inked it with vintage photo, added some gold embossing powder, sanded it, then inked it some more. I am really pleased with it's appearance. In person it looks just like metal!

Monday, 10 May 2010

dragonfly tag

Good Monday to you all! I hope you have started your week off well. I know I have :) no particular reason, it is just a good day. (A nice change on a Monday) This simple tag was made using a glimmer mist background and some stamping. After the ink was dry I applied crackle accents to the dragonfly. When that was dry I added some stickles glitter glue and edged the tag with dark brown ink.

I will be posting the mother's day card I created soon but I have not yet photographed it. Cant wait to show you the pretty flower on it!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Welcome Home!

About 3 months ago I had posted a bookmark I made for my friend Cassandra as a going away gift. (see it here) She is finally returning from Spain TOMORROW! I am really excited to see her again! When I was in Spain I actually got to meet up with her but only for a day. It wasnt even close to being long enough. I cant wait! I am going with her family and some other friends to the airport to pick her up and it will be incredible :) Cassandra is really into black and red so I tried to use that combo. It came out pretty vintage which I think is sorta cool. Hopefully she really likes it. To make the key, I stamped and clear embossed the image on some BG distressed cream paper. I then used vintage photo distress ink overtop.
These fragments are new to me and I really wanted to just play with them. I made the little charm before the card but it actually fit really well with this theme. I lightly stamped a Tim Holtz ticket in the background and then stamped the plane overtop.
I used a 7 Gypsies "claim check" card. I thought the part at the bottom was pretty funny.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Distressed Tag

So I have been on a tag making streak lately. Today I created 2 and yesterday I made 2 aswell. Here is my favourite so far. So I just adore the new glimmer mists I bought! I used both caramel apple and the tattered leather. I gave the tag a bit of colour then clear embossed the stamp from my Christina Renee set. I continued to add a couple more dark layers overtop to make the image pop.
To make the grungeboard wing I first cut out the shape from an embossed but not die-cut sheet. I actually didnt ink it at all but instead sprayed it with several layers of the tattered leather glimmer mist. I added a touch of white paint and blended it while it was still wet. It came out alot more charcoal coloured rather than brown but I really love the overall appearance. It is hard to tell but alot of the glitter stuck to the low spots on the grunge piece. Very cool!
The tiny typed numbers were cut off of one of those magazine subscription cards. I stamped the Tim Holtz ticket and inked it.