Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mother's Day Card and a Tutorial

Hello everyone, I hope the week is treating you well.

The Flying Unicorn had a card challenge for making a flower pot card. The cards were adorable so I decided to give it a try.

Pretty cute right! Well there is more...

It pulls a part to this darling tag that you can write or stamp a sentiment! Forgive my sense of humor - but truly from conception well into our adult years our mothers are our guiding force and anchor. This card is also really versatile for Get Well and Thinking of You occasions.

I used Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp, glitters and embossing powders on this card as follows:

Other supplies:
Cardstock - white and colored
Distress inks - Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, 
Petaloo vines
Flower Punch
Border Punch
Spellbinders Bitty Blossom Dies

I just purchased the Bitty Blossom dies and I love the leaves. I did however struggle with the flowers. I could cut and roll them just fine. However, I was dissatisfied with the shading and color. Then after tossing a few and staring at the unrolled flower on colored cardstock I wondered why I wasn't following my usual process of die cutting in white and then using inks to add color. So here is what I did:

Die cut and emboss white cardstock:
I choose two yellow inks, using the darker of the two I inked what will become the inside bottom of the flower:
The video on using this die calls for pushing the petals into a foam mat - I used some brad foam packaging and the end of my paint brush:
This pushing of the flower does most of the shaping and petal cupping for you:
Then you roll the flower tightly:
I used Dimensional glue on the dollop of paper that is the flower base:
As the glue is drying I fussed with the tightness of the bloom center and worked the petals until I was happy - 
Then I inked the outer petals in lighter yellow ink. I am using chalk inks that dry really fast.
I am starting to like the depth of color on the flower but I want glitz too like fresh morning dew. I added Brushable Glue with my finger to the tops of the petals pretty heavily and some drips into the flower.
Adding a healthy coat of Lemonade Glitter - this glitter adds color and sparkle to my bloom:
Now I am happy with the variation in color and pretty sparkle - the glue is still wet but when it dried on the yellow and lavender flower I really was happy. You could also come back when dry and mist lightly with some of our Memories Mists in the store for some more color and shine...I used diluted Lavender Tea on my small lavender flower on the card. 

I hope you enjoyed this little walk through my maddness LOL. Have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time Travel - an altered gift

Welcome to my first documented altered project.
This clock will be a gift to my wonderful cousin and his new bride shortly. They love to travel even at a whim to drive to the Keys for a night from Washington DC. Just so you know this is about 1200 mile drive for one day at the beach.

This is a Kaisercraft Clock that I used primary Gallivant papers to decorate.
I use Sparkle N Sprinkle Glitters to make this project glimmer.

Gold Silver G1056
Waterscape G1108
SNS Brushable Glue 540

Some Details:

Both flower vines are from Prima, the gold silver glitter accented the vertical vine well. 

This clock was really fun to work on and put together. I can't wait to give it to the couple. 
In the interim for my next post we may have a tutorial on a technique with glitter that I used on this project. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

About a Boy - Art Challenge

Good morning,

At About a Boy we have a new challenge opening for a layout using Art Work from your little man!

So my layout I set my oldest loose on a 12x12 piece of cardstock that I had pre-stamped in ink and embossed some. He filled the whole page with almost all his water colors. The photo is a few weeks earlier when he was creating another masterpiece.

From here I misted in some Lindy's Gossamer Gold to even out the colors a bit. I masked some Tiny dots and Diamonds masks for texture. The papers are from Webster and the die cuts Kaisercraft. The flowers are Prima Soprano with a couple Flying Unicorn Adornments. Papers and flowers are form my March kit from the Flying Unicorn. I did a bit of inking with the new Prima white chalk inker - I really love this one.

So this is defiantly the most colorful layout that has ever been produced from our house. However, my oldest was so proud to show Daddy and Grandpa the layout HE made. LOL

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle New Bird Song - Grandpa - Love

Sparkle N Sprinkle has two sets of new stamps released - Bicycles and Bird Song. I chose Bird Song to incorporate with the new Authentique Strong Collection now available.

The photo is a phone picture of my oldest son sharing his sundae with his Grandpa. It was too sweet not to hope for a decent picture. I have fussy cut the photo for this layout.

I added a lot of background masking and gesso to this layout. For detailed recipe please follow this link to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Gallery.

The new stamp set has wonderful feathers, a nest, birds and sentiments. So versatile for cards, layouts or altered items.

I used the Garden Grid stencil from TCW with black gesso in the background. I dry brushed white gesso all over the page to mute the pattern but still allow it to show through. The birds on a wire stamp with this collection is perfect for background stamping. I used it by sponging on black gesso and it gave a nice shabby look for this project.

A close up of the wonderful embossing I was able to achieve with Native American,Candlelight and Vintage embossing powders from the store. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

C'est Magnifique Kits: Bits & Pieces Giveaway

C'est Magnifique Kits: Bits & Pieces Giveaway: Welcome to the weekend everyone!  What better way to start the weekend than to offer a giveaway.  Leslie has gathered the Bits & Pieces ...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Anything but a Card Blog Hop - Wish

Hello there - Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Anything but a Card Blog Hop. If you arrived from April Williams you are on the right path. If not you may want to hop back to the beginning by clicking the logo below.

There are prizes to be had - all you need to do is leave comments for the designers by April 5th and you will be eligble to win!

I am really excited to be participating in my first blog hop for Sparkle N Sprinkle with my first official post as a member of the design team. The ladies on this team are so wonderful and talented!

My project for the hop is a layout and since it is my first DT design I have used several of SNS products to make this project sparkle like the stars! The design is inspirered by a sketch by Tammy Henderson.

My roses foliage are die cut from Rose Creations on Super Adhesive Sheets and then covered with Orchid Rose Velvet Glitter. I used a soft gel medium to seal the glitter and stiffen the flowers for shaping.

The large butterfly was embossed with Stickum Powder and Green Iris glitter. I love the effect of the slight bit of color in the midst of all the glitz!

I embossed and glittered my chipboard with Golden Silver glitter, By the Lake EP and Spring Willow EP. The doily is treated with random glitter Lemonade and Golden Silver.

My leaves are treated with Spring Willow EP and Misty Isles glitter
My background page I masked with iridescent medium tinted with acrylic inks.

I used several stamps as embellishments on this page.
Stamp Set 490 Spring Florals - Fussy cut, water colors and glitter
Stamp Set 493 Silhouettes - background stamping with Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
New Bird Song stamps coming soon to the store - feather fussy cut and painted

Just a reminder to leave a comment to be eligible for the fabulous prizes that are to be awarded.  There are prizes "hidden" in some of the blogs, so the comment you leave just may be one of the winners.

Next on the hop is Barbara Bruder, a verey talented lady who I am sure will have something to inspire you. 

Just in case here is a list of the designers for the hop:

Have a great hop!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Time Heals - Chevrons - About a Boy Challenge Site

It's reveal day and a new challenge at About a Boy! Chevrons is the first challenge this month - and I have sewn mine on my layout in linen.

This is my youngest the morning after his ER visit for stitches. This was not a happy day but we made it through and I have journaling on the back of the layout about this day.

In have used four masks with distress inks, gesso, mists, stucco and molding paste. I used a clear acrylic frame and stamped a Prima Love frame on part. The frame is attached with my larger stitches. I used a Flying Unicorn Adornment clock with Tim Holtz safety pin and thread. The torn papers are Glitz and Prima Craftsman on a Kaisercraft Sears and Sons background paper. I stayed away from red and anything flowing to avoid a gory feeling. The alphas are Little Yellow Bicycle cork that I inked in brown and then used light blue and red gelatos to highlight.

It is a simple layout with loads of texture including all the drywall tape bits.

I read each and every comment on my work - so feel free to let me know your thoughts!