Friday, December 8, 2017

Awesome Gifts e-book by Eileen Hull

Hello Blogland, I am very excited to announce I have 3 projects in Eileen Hull's new e-book. This book is chock full of ideas from lots of different designers, including our Inspiration Team, all put together in one place for you. 

60+ Crafting projects to keep you going all year long!!! 

 There are over 60 stunning projects conveniently cataloged with blog linked tutorials included. If you made 1 a week can you image the collection you could have at the end of the year!!!! There is a special introductory price for the month of December of $9.97. That is less then .17cents a project!!! 

I hope you join in the fun!!! *If you buy through my link I get a small affiliate payment that helps me continue to educate & design. Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Seth Apter Book Cover using PaperArtsy

Happy Thursday & time for my Topflight Stamps blog post. This week the team are playing with PaperArtsy. They have some of my favorite stamps with one of my favorite artists so this was super fun. I decided to join in the challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog. The blog is full of great inspiration you can check it out here.I was really inspired by all the wonderful art on their Intro to the challenge which is here.  

This challenge is #18 the theme is "Torn, Ripped & Burnt". I decided to cover "My Favorite Book Project" book. I have done a few pages recently in this book which you can see here & here. It is getting super chunky & I am running out of space so it seems like the perfect time to put on a cover.

First off check out all the fun Christmas Specials that are going on at Topflight Stamps. From the 3rd to the 14th, there is a different deal every day!

OK back to the project. This is the book I am using, purchased from a thrift shop. I love re-purposing books that are not old or special or rare, just the ones that might otherwise end up in the trash.

The stamp set I used is Eclectica3 Set 4 by Seth Apter.

They match perfectly with Seth's Wood Chips.

Step 1: Burnt- I took a piece of slightly used watercolor paper & using a match over my kitchen sink burnt the edges of the paper. *  be super careful doing this obviously. Make sure if you have long hair put it in a pony tail. I was surprised as the paper burnt in strange patterns. I did find that even when I had blown the flame out the paper continues to burn. I think this is because watercolor paper is made from layers of paper. I used water to make sure the flame was totally out. Fun tip: the leftover match can be used to distress the edges, cause charcoal!

Step 2: Ripped: Well first off I am using Seth Apter's Wood Chips & their edges look ripped! Next I ripped the right upper corner of the watercolor paper, I wanted the star compass on the scrapbook paper to show.  

Step 3: To make the sunburst I spritzed water on a sheet of card stock & added PaperArtsy Infusions powder, letting it move & spread. Adding more water or powder as needed. I used a tag to mop up the excess. After drying thoroughly with a heat gun this paper was cut out using the Sunburst die. 

For the bookplate & title I used the rectangle piece from the Wood Chips, covered with some layers of Fresco Paint. The background had some stamping from the set using the paint. The edges were distressed with ink, some tiny brads added & my title using a Dynamo Label Maker. A piece of batik fabric was used as ribbon. I had also stamped randomly on the background paper. 

The main embellishment was layered using the paper cut out with the Sunburst die. This had been doodled a bit with Chalk Marker. The Wood Chip circle was heat embossed with the matching stamp pushed into the hot emboss powder. It left a great image that makes it look like metal. Once cooled the words were painted with a marker so they would stand out. The clock hand was painted with Fresco paint & the piece layered & glued. 

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you get a chance to play with something fun & inky today. 

Other Supplies:

  • Seth Apter Sunburst die by Spellbinders
  • PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Mud Splatter, Mermaid & Teresa Green
  • PaperArtsy Infusions in Lemoncello, Emerald Isle, & A Bit Jaded
  • Emerald Creeks Emboss in Burnt Copper
  •  Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
  • Distress Oxide in Broken China & Cracked Pistachio
  • Tim Holtz Ideology metal bits.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Resin Christmas Tags & Gift Ideas!

Hi Fans of Resin!! Wouldn't it be fun to have re-usable gift tags for your close family? Or to have your gift tag be a homemade part of your gift?  

I have full tutorial on making resin Christmas Tags over on the resin obsession blog. I hope you get the chance to check it out!!!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas List Book with Eileen Hull's Book Club

Hello Blog Land, Turkey Day is over & it is time to turn our eyes toward Christmas. Eileen Hull has a new release called Book Club. The Inspiration team are playing with it all month. The dies should be in stores this December! Every year I have a list book that I keep in my purse that has all the presents, things to do and decorating or cooking ideas in it.

Here is the book I made for this year 2017. It has 3 signatures or groups of paper to keep everything at this hectic time of year organized. The best part of this passport book is I can simply remove the signatures & pop them in my purse. They are filled with random paper & ephemera from my stash. You can easily follow along & substitute whatever product you have. Be creative!

I am also entering this in the Mini Album Makers Challenge.
This is a wonderful group that all book makers need to check out. There are some awesome ladies over there & lots of great inspiration. *come join the challenge & you can win Eileen's Mini Album Die by Sizzix. 

I started by cutting the covers window with mat board. Use the top piece from the Trinket Box & Frame die, with the oval mover & shapers die that comes with it. First step was running it through using an embossing folder. Next up was adding color using watercolor paint. I misted the mat board lightly and added a layer of paint. Don't get the mat board too wet, it is very sturdy but too much water will cause the board to pull apart a bit. 

While the board was still wet I added some Infusions powder and with my paint brush moved the powder around activating it. This really unified my colors, an easy way to bring the background together.  Dry well with a heat gun. 

Hit the high points of the emboss image using an emboss ink pad & sprinkle with embossing powder. I used one of my favorites, Burnt Copper Leaves by Emerald Creeks. If you get too much powder simply brush off before heat setting. 

For the base of the book I cut out the passport die from mat board covered in scrapbook paper. Use only 1 cover & the spine. The back cover was cut from Kunin Felt. This is a very sturdy felt that will hold up well. It will also make the overall book less rigid. 

Before adhering the cover but after adding the Supertape, punch out holes for brads to make assembly easier. 

Cover brad posts using washi tape. I also distressed the edges & painted the inside of the spine in copper metallic acrylic paint.  

Wrap elastic around the spine and tie a knot to hold. You want to be able to slide your signature through the elastic so it needs to be taunt but not too tight. The Passport Book has 3 notches top & bottom which helps the elastic stay put. This will allow me to make changes as my book grows. When it is finished I can always the signatures through the holes in the spine if I want. 

Time to cut some paper! I cut my paper 7x5" & using the Passport die cut out the signatures. You can only cut 2 papers at a time of the score line in the middle gets too much pressure applied and it ends up cutting the pages in half. I used papers from my stash that are double sided to make things easier. Each of my signatures have about 5 pieces of paper. I also used some notepad paper to make lists. 

On the start of the signatures I used 3x4 cards.

Here is a peak at the inside of it. I will be adding stamps, tags, distressing and fun little embellishments. 

Finally for the cover I added some holiday flowers & embellishments. 

The door pull was perfect to act as a closure. I simply ran ribbon through an eyelet on the back cover, held it with a candy cane button & tied the ribbon in a loop. The loop simply goes around the door pull and holds the book in place. 

Hot Tips:  
*If you don't want the edges of your project to be white when using mat board color them with a marker before assembly it is much easier.
*When cutting the Passport Book spine piece, put paper you want to show on the outside of the book side down on the die. This will cut the score lines so the spine bends properly.
*Mark & punch holes for brads on covers and spine before assembly, but after adding your Supertape. 
*Add Supertape & brads to the covers once for extra strength. Assemble the outside covers. For the inside spine, peel off the Supertape backing, then add & fix brads. Cover this inside spine strip with a piece of washi or paper to hide the posts. 
*Cover stickers on cover with a layer of decoupage glue to prevent them falling off. It will dry clear. 

*I am also entering this in Frilly & Funkie's Challenge. The challenge over there is "Most Memorable Gift" as this is partially a book to keep track of my gift buying I thought it fit well!!


Eileen Hull Dies by Sizzix:
  • Trinket Box & Frame #662360
  • Passport Book #660331
 Other Supplies:
  • Emerald Creek- Emboss in Charred Gold
  • PaperArtsy- Infusions in Emerald Isle
  • Prima -Water Color Paint- Odyssey
  •      "    -Metal Door Pull
  • Brads by Stampin Up
  • Kunin Group -ecofi Plus felt -Smoke color.  
  • Supertape by Therm*O*Web

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pumpkin Art Card with Topflight Stamps

Hello Blog Land, I am here today for Topflight Stamps with an art card using Leanne Creatief stamps. For links to the stamps & a bit of a tutorial, you can check out the blog post here. 

To paper piece the pumpkin took a bit of time but it was well worth the effort.  This style is a bit different for me but I kinda like it. Have a great day, take time to get inky!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Grungy Tag Play with Infusions

Hello Blogland, Happy U.S. Thanksgiving, yay for Turkey Day!! I have my Thursday blog post on the Topflight Stamps blog. They have an awesome sale going on with 25% off all their stamps.

I created this funky, grungy tag as I played with Infusions powder. This is a fun product that I will have some tutorials on coming up in the near future.  

You can catch the explanation of what I was up to with all the links here. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving for those celebrating, with good old fashion family time.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Heat Emboss Experiment with Art Cards

Hi Blog Land!! I am here with a fun heat emboss experiment while creating an art card. It is Thursday so time for my Topflight Stamps blog post. I wanted to play with white emboss powder and was questioning what goes first the powder or the paint? 

Art Card Therapy

First off here is my art card. My father is older and has been ill. I have been feeling worried & stressed about it so I thought what better way to help deal with all that, then an art card. This is a photo of me & my dad when we were both much younger. We have had a complex & tumultuous relationship but this photo suits the situation today. 

Next, let's talk about the Carabelle Studio stamp set by Zorrotte. You can find it here. I was actually surprised that I made the whole card with this set. I really like how the hearts ended up being a main component while the other images created the background. 

Time To Experiment

I started by heat embossing the circle stamps with 2 different powders. I used white on the lower & Emerald Creek (EC) Iridescent Shimmer on the top. As I added the layers I wiped off the embossed circles using a paper towel with some water. The paint is Fresco Finish by PaperArtsy and it has a nice chalk finish. I used the layering technique by Seth Apter. I have been playing with this lately & it is a great way to make backgrounds. You can see me play with this technique in another project as well as Seth's video here. 

I decided the background was too light so I added a layer of Smoked Paprika. You can really see the water droplets on this layer. 

Here is my paper that I used with the technique to pull up the paint- kinda cool. Like how the embossed areas create a pattern -hummmmm. 

Continuing with the experiment I added the triangles on the left with the white emboss. I added the triangles on the right with the EC emboss powder. Let's look more closely.

Experiment Results

Here are the 2 different white embossed images. Quite a difference, but both are valid. The one on the top which was done after the paint dried is crisp and clean. The one on the side which was done before the paint layers were put down, & wiped clean in between, is slightly discolored and looks more embedded in the page. I like the results and can see there are uses for both. I realized the reason the upper image is crisp & white is because acrylic paint dries permanent, therefor there is no color transfer. 

Iridescent Shimmer Powder

Let's try with our other emboss powder by EC .   This was quite a drastic difference. It was my first time using this powder but it sets clear with glitter. The one on the right side which was put down before the paint & wiped off in between layers, is slightly discolored. The circles take on the color of the index card which is a cream color. The image on the bottom was embossed after the paint. It takes on the color of the paint and much more of the glitter shows. This is kind of cool looking. I outlined the images with a pen so you could see it better. Again both ways are valid & look totally different. 

Lastly adding background images using the other stamps in the set created interest. I stamped the hearts on blue scrapbook paper & on a sheet from my stash that was covered in shimmery Glimmer Mist. They added a wonderful embellishment to my project. 

That is it for this week. My photo and word chips on the tab were the finishing touches. The sentiment says " every detail of their journey" perfect for this card. That is it for this project. I have to say I really love how it turned out. Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial & you get to try it for yourself.


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