Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mini Album - Prima Optimist - Marion Smith Tea Party

This mini album was created for my step daughter in college. I almost fainted dead away when Alda Stevens, owner of the Flying Unicorn, requested that I do a video of the album for you tube. This mini is based on her tutorial. So if you would be so kind to for go the long post of pictures and join me at the Flying Unicorn you tube channel for my first video I would greatly appreciate it! There are tons of details in the video that a photograph just can't capture. Thank you Alda for the opportunity!

You Tube Video Link

This is the cover of the album if you want a peek before clicking on the link....


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Boxed Mini Album - A Gift

Back when I first started scrapbooking I bought a $.25 8x8 accordion album at a garage sale. It sat for a almost two years. Then as things happen I found it in a drawer and knew instantly that it would make a great gift for my mother in law. Once I finished it, I had a problem it needed a box. I have never made a box before this and the measurements were a little to tall. I used primarily Prima Printery and Engraver collection papers in 6x6 size for the pages. There is also a little Lyric collection too. 

Cover of the album with book band
The cover without the book band. Here I have Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings and Resins with Finnabar Mechanicals. 
Page one
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
The back has simple hand prints from the boys with some washi tape and mistable canvas
So although the pages are pretty flat out of necessity of the way the chipboard folds on itself, I used modeling paste here and there for dimension and texture. 
Now the box! I reviewed lots of you tube videos from the Gentleman Crafter to learn how to pull this off. In retrospect I would have used duct tape to hinge the lid and covered with cardstock for added strength. 
The lid has tons of embellishments from Prima and some from Tim Holtz. I also used IOD Paintables to create a focal point.
I found this perfect drawer pull in Hobby Lobby by spare parts.
A Side view with Tim Holtz corner feet. 
The inside of the box I lined with Sunrise Sunset Prima papers. 

And this is how the box looks with the album:
The final box dimensions were 3.25 x 9.25 x 8.25. Too tall for the album but now additional treasures can be added by my mother in law. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mini Flip Album - Bo Bunny The Avenues

Christmas is over and I will need to post some presents I made for others. In the meantime this post is on a mini flip album inspired by Alda Stevens at the Flying Unicorn. For the tutorial I began with please click here. This was really a great learning experience in structure. I also went a little flippin' crazy making extra flip tags and hidden pockets. The base of the book is 6x6 and about 4.5 inches wide.

Here is the spine of the book and I think I will end up improving it as I am not quite happy with it.
Here is the cover. I took a quote from Les Mis. it seemed appropriate as this is a gift for my aunt and she loves the musical. 
Now keeping in mind this is a flip book of eight pages, this is page one opening. 

 On this section the tags flip up to all for adding photos.

Due to the embellishment on page one page two is simple.
This is page three opening:

The tag flips up again and this allows for a photo under the tag on the page and even one on the back of the tag.
 These are the tags from the pocket on the left side.

On to page four:
 There is a lower flip that opens with the chipboard tag glued in place.
Fully opened, the tag again is scored to allow it to be lifted open.
                                     
Page five:
So this page has a small pocket behind the lace to hold tags. Also on the bottom flap lower right corner I added a pocket that holds three tags.

Opening the page there is another flip that allow for more photos.

 Fully opened the flip has a pocket holding more tags for journaling and this gorgeous door image.
Page six: 
A bit of vellum with border punching to add some softness. The front flip is a low pocket to hols tags.
 The back of the flip holds more tags and I fussy cut a beautiful bird image to create a pocket to hold a matching tag. The tag comes out to allow for a photo addition on both sides of the vellum flip.
 I think this is one of my favorite pages because the pink damask paper and bird sticker (backed with cardstock) are so striking together.
 This is the flip fully open allowing for more photos.
 This is a tag large enough to hold a photo from a pocket in page six.
Page 7 - simple with a large cut apart image at a flip. 

Page 8:
Page seven was very simple because page eight is almost a mini in itself. 
 The left front flip is open at the top to allow for a tag or photo to be tucked in. This page requires a seam binding ribbon tie to keep it closed. The right side clock/door handle image is also adhered to add in more tags.
 The birdie ticket die cut holds a simple sewn note book with six pages and a brad serving as a pull tab.
 The right flip also open to serve as a pocket. Then a bit of Melissa Frances packaging from pearls as a pocket to hold tags.The clock tag is scored to fold down allowing for more photos and journaling on the back of the die cut.
The tags from the packaging pocket. I adhered lined paper to the backs to allow for journaling. These are from The Avenues Misc. Me cards.
 The bird cage is adhered to be yet another pocket holding more yummy tags. The upper flip clock tag again lifts a bit to add little keepsakes.
 Still opening - I loved the images from The Avenues so much some times they just didn't need any embellishment.
 Still opening page 8, added a banner die cut popped up to allow for a slip of Misc. Me note paper.
 Fully opened and ready to add some more photos.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Supplies used - Everything offered in The Avenues regular and Misc Me Bo Bunny collection. Lindy's sprays - Bit of Bubbly, Down the Rabbit Hole, Creme Burlee, Timeless Teal. chipboard oval was treated with gesso, Lindy's Timeless Teal, Stampendous Shabby Blue Embossing powder, Teal micro glitter and Steel Blue shattered glass glitter. Flowers Petaloo and Prima. The leaves on the cover were cut on the Cameo and then painted with Lindy's sprays in Cathedral Pine Green and Curiouser Chartreuse.The leaves on page one were cut on the cameo and randomly embossed with Stampendous Aged Hunter and Aged Green. Laces are a mix of The Flying Unicorn Venise and some Petaloo. 








Sunday, June 16, 2013

Build a Banner Tutorial

Super long post on how I made the banner for the Mid Month Muse Guest Designer project. Grab a beverage of your choice and enjoy!  :)

Gesso Canvas

I pressed this banner before I began creating. I gessoed the banner with the initial thought of having an border masked all the around in black medium. I later abandoned this idea.
Background Process
Distress Paint – Vintage Photo, Stephanie Barnard Artichoke and Mister Huey’s Clay (Later covered the clay with Lindy’s Gossamer Gold)

I began with the Vintage Photo paint and dabbed it on around the edge of my gesso.

I misted with water and lifted the canvas to allow the color to run up towards the top of the banner.

I sprayed the Stephanie Barnard Artichoke Spray – It is super concentrated so I sprayed a lot of water to dilute to a level of green I desired.

This is once the paint and spray were dry. Tip: The Artichoke spray is not permanent once dry. I later masked over the green and when the concrete stucco was dry the green had soaked up through to the top. It was awesome on the brick stencil!

Masking Turkish Grunge 12” – top of banner

Masked Mini Bricks – Bottom of banner. The gray halo is the clay mist I later covered. It didn't show well off the gesso.

Lindy’s Flat Fabio’s Beauty School Drop Out – Summer Lovin’ Sunshine, T-Bird Turquoise, Kissin Kenickies’s Coral and Pink Ladies Pink
Lindy’s Drink Me Silly - Blue Hawaiian Blue, Cosmopolitan Pink, Fuzzy Naval Peach, My Mojito Green, Bit o’Bubbly
I sprayed on the above colors in horizontal bands across the gesso. To avoid purple when the sprays mixed I used the coral colors as a buffer between blue and pink. I used the corals again between the yellow/gold colors and pinks. Once I sprayed the inks I lifted the canvas to mix the colors, my fingers as well.  The Mojito Green was a good way to transition my Vintage photo and Artichoke.

Remember that wonderful 12” French Lace we received a couple kits back. I unstitched it from the paper and cut it up into strips and pieces. I then used soft gel medium to adhere it to the canvas. It added wonderful texture to the background.
 
Close up of the lace.


Vines - I created dimensional Ivy vines over my brickwork. The Artichoke coming up through the Ceramic Stucco masking really reminded me of old mossy garden walls. I free hand drew in dimensional glue the vines and then with tweezers applied jewelry twine to the glue. I cleaned up the excess glue with tweezers. Since the twine is a light brown hemp color I applied Prima chalk ink Moss Lawn and Garden Green to the top of the twine when dry.

At this point I decided I couldn't live with the clay mist. I gave the area below and on the sides of the gesso  a spray of Lindy’s Gossamer Gold Moon Shadow Mist. Then I used the Kaisercraft grunge stamp with Sepia Archival Ink and without a block just stamped away.

Prima Chalk inks are awesome!!! Here is how I painted my resin pieces.
I dabbed the chalk inks I needed on the counter top (you can use your nonstick craft mat if you don’t scrap at your breakfast bar LOL) for the bird I brushed on Turquoise Stone. To have the color run into the crevices I dipped my finger into water and rubbed a bit here and there. Then I pulled Blue Jay and Farmers Jeans into the Turquoise in varying degrees to shade and accent the resin. I used Colt’s Foot for the beak, mixed in Knotted Wood for the feet with the Colt’s Foot. Black Coal for the eye. For the wishing well I used Rusty Bucket, Dark Bark and Knotted Wood for the brick base, Tin Can and Worn Jeans for the roof with Teal Damask for the water. I used Hot Glue to add the resin to the canvas.

First I sponged on gesso leaving peaks of gesso on the chipboard for texture. When the gesso dried I applied a variety of the Metallic Run-ons from the kit to each letter. Some Rosewood and pink, Some blue and Silver…the peaks were nice and highlighted but it wasn't right. So I used Raspberry, Lady Bug and Old Rose chalk inks on the edges. That made them nice and bright, too much. I came back in and sponged on some more gesso lightly. That helped however laid on the banner was washed out. Final step I used the Mr. Huey’s Clay and Tattered Angels Black Magic with a paint brush to shadow the edges on the canvas and the alphas. I used E6000 to adhere the chipboard to the canvas.

Tim Holtz Bird Cage – I gessoed the inside and outside of the cage. Once dry I dabbed on Rusty Bucket chalk ink. To bring back the “metal” I mixed the Pearl EX Old silver from our the May KOM with some soft gel medium and applied to the bars and the weld joints of the cages. I thought the cage needed something in it. I added and unaltered Flying Unicorn Adornment from the June KOM. It’s the Love Heart with wings. I found caging the word Love with wings quite funny. I added some tarnished looking jump rings and used E6000 to adhere to the canvas.

The bottoms corners of the canvas I used the heart motif in the Prima Flourish mask with Shimmerz Dazzlers Licorice Stick. I used a pallet knife to apply the Dazzlers. I definitely need more of these colors. It applied really nicely to canvas so it must be a dream on smoother surfaces. 

Embossed Butterflies – The kit came with one Flying Unicorn Adornment Butterfly; I took the second one from my June KOM. I love this butterfly and could use about a dozen more for future projects. I tried two techniques to alter them. First I heated the adornment with a heat gun and applied blue and black glitter embossing powder. Second I used an embossing ink dauber (from the store) then embossed. I prefer the second method as I received more coverage. I love that the Adornment is thin and you can shape it for movement and dimension.
Also pictured is where I tried to use the pastel pencils on the canvas with the TCW Cherry Blossom Mask. Then I overlaid the pencil with textured fibers medium mixed with Maidenhair Fern Green Lindy’s. The next morning it was dry and the medium had soaked into the canvas so no dimension. The pastel pencil came though so we will just view as a very distant tree branch. LOL


This is a random assembly photo trying to build my dogwood branch. You can see that poor canvas flower that I gessoed and had plans for that didn't make it to the canvas along with bird cage chipboard. The branch was green paper covered heavy gauge floral wire that I painted with the Distress Paint and Distress Stain in Vintage Photo. I twisted the pieces together to add weight and interest. (I do know that Dogwood branches don’t resemble bonsai. LOL)
The flowers and leaves are all die cut from white cardstock and colored in copic markers. The purple violets I used the pastels to accent. The centers are Viva Pearl Pen Sunny Yellow. I love yellow centers to flowers.
Finishing up I randomly dropped so mixed pearl beads on the canvas. Pearls make me happy.
My neighbor gave me a piece of bamboo from his stash (don’t ask) and cut it for the banner. I used left over painted floral wire and the Petaloo flowers to hang the banner.
I am really honored that The Flying Unicorn allowed me the opportunity to be the Guest Designer from the Forums for the New Mixed Media Kit. It was so much fun playing with this large of a piece. I wouldn't have attempted this without the kit. With that said –

Go get your kit before they sell out!!! This is an epic opportunity to create on a large playground! 

Create Your Happiness

SUPPLIES:
JUNE MIXED MEDIA KIT
 
Maya Road Chipboard Letters
TCW Mini Quatrefoil 6”
18” x 27” canvas banner 
Metallic Rub-ons
Stephanie Barnard Spray – Artichoke
Mister Huey Spray – Clay
Distress Acrylic Paint – Vintage Photo
Flying Unicorn Butterfly Adornment
Petaloo Velvet Flowers – Dark Blue
Royal Langford Pastel
Kaisercraft – Grunge Stamp 

FROM THE FLYING UNICORN:
 
Lindy’s Drink Me Silly - Starburst Sprays
Lindy’s Beauty School Drop Out
Prima Turkish Grunge 6” and 12”, Flourish 12”
TCW 12” Cherry Blossoms, 6” Mini Bricks
Viva Pearl Pens- Sunny Yellow
Emboss It Dabber 1 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Shimmerz Dazzlers- Licorice Stick
Golden Soft Gel Medium
Brushed Corduroy- Distress Stains
Black Magic – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
 
PRIMA CHALK INK:
 
Rusty Bucket
Raspberry
Lady Bug
Old Rose
Moss Lawn
Cold Ice
Blue Jay 
Turquoise Stone
Knotted Wood
Dark Rust
Dark Bark
Tin Can
Worn Jeans
Teal Damask
Colt’s Foot
Garden Grass     
 
OTHER SUPPLIES:
 
Gesso
Ceramic Stucco
Textured Fibers Medium
Pearl Beads
Tim Holtz Bird Cage
Lace
Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Glitter:
Mediterranean Star Embossing Powder [EP429]
Black Ice [G1020]
Copic Markers
Archival Ink - Sepia
White Cardstock
Jewelry Twine 
Lindy’s Gossamer Gold Moon Shadow Mist
Floral Vine Wire
Susan’s Garden Flower Dies
Liquid Pearls - Avocado 

Prima - Shabby Chic Collection - Resin Treasure Embellishments - Garden Well
Making Memories 12” French Lace Cream Millinery (It came in one of the Flying Unicorn KOM)