Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tiddly Inks - Crystal Clear!

Greetings everyone and HAPPY TIDDLY TUESDAY!!  Oh my goodness...I won't bore you with the drama and longevity of the crazy illness in our house but I'm happy to report we are FINALLY back in the real world and amongst the living!!  LOL!

I simply HAD to take a little bloggy break due to all of the overlapping sickness and sheer busy-ness here in our house.  So I'm thrilled to be back with this week's Tiddly Challenge which is to use clear acrylic somewhere on your creation.  This could be a tag, an embellishment, a window, an acrylic album or even using Shrink Plastic would count! 

Today I'm also super excited as Christy's brand new Sugar and Spice images are being released today.  I've created with the Sugar image.  But they are both totally gorgeous!!!
I started out by printing my image twice.  Once on white cardstock and another time on the blue patterned Designer Paper which is from SU!  I colored her first with my Copics and then paper pieced her dress.  I used a fabulous technique, that's new to me, painting with pearlized water, Distress ink and Stickles.  I learned this from Jennifer McGuire in her most recent Inspiration Showcase class.  I used this technique on her wings, boots and bow.  I had a total blast.  If you've never done this, I highly recommend it!  It adds such great shine and shimmer! 
It's such an amazing medium.  And I LOVE how it dried!!  And because I made it myself I was able to pull the same colors in and perfectly match my papers!  LOVE THAT!  So after I painted I set her aside to dry overnight.  The next day I trimmed her out very carefully. 
For the background of my card I used one of my very favorite TI Designer Papers.  I printed it, trimmed it out to fit my card front and then sponged the edges with my Broken China Distress Ink.   I then ran it through my Big Shot using a die from MFT to cut the tag shaped window.  I sandwiched the acrylic between the DP and my card front.  I then printed my image a third time enlarging it quite a bit in order to get the beautiful flying hearts large enough to cut out.   I colored them in with my Copics and Sakura gel pens. I then trimmed them out and added them to my card front. 
I used my new Tim Holtz rosette die, a couple of buttons and some hemp twine to create the matching embellishment you see in the lower right hand corner. 
Man am I glad to be back!  So glad you popped in today and thanks for any comments!!  They are always so welcomed!!  I do hope that you come and play with us this week at Tiddly Inks

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Inspiration Showcase Class

Greetings Everyone!!

I've recently enrolled in Jennifer McGuire's - On-Line Card Class called Inspiration Showcase.  It's AMAZING!  My mojo has definitely been zapped recently due to terrible head colds in my entire house and it seems that every time I try to sit down to create I simply draw a blank.  Which makes me SO sad since creating is a major part of my day!

But each day since Monday I've awakened to wonderful videos filled with amazing techniques, tips, and tricks that are so fun and easy to do!  I had a bit of energy today to try one called Trapped Embossed Resist.  Here are my results!!

So fun and SO easy!!

I'm sure I'll be popping many of my new technique hearts up here to share!

Going to have some tea and a lie down!

Bombshell Sketch - September

Greetings Bombshell Fans!!  Just a quick post today to show off September's Bombshell Sketch Challenge!!  I've used Vintage Raceway for my creation today.  It is the cover of a paper bag mini-book that I've started filling and embellishing for my darling son.  He LOVES watching the show Overhaulin' with us and is a huge fan of Chip Foose!  So with that in mind, I tried to color and detail one of the cards from the Vintage Raceway set as Chip would on the show.  Pinstriping detail and all!  ;)

As you can see, I flipped my sketch 90 degrees counterclockwise to suit my needs.  I used a lot of papers that were already on my workspace, including yellow lined paper from a legal pad!  I used Glossy Accents for the windshield to give it a super fabulous look! 
I hope you have enjoyed and are inspired to come play with us at the Bombshell Forum!! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tiddly Tuesday! Art Journal Style

Greetings All and Happy Tiddly Tuesday!!  I will first and foremost apologize for my bloggy absence this last week.  My house has been hit with a very fierce head cold!!  It's been around us for a month!!  First my DD, then DH, then DS..and last but not least...MOI!!  Jeesh...so as much as I've been thinking creatively this last week it's been very hard to drag myself to my desk which I miss OH SO MUCH!!  But, I was able to get my paper bag book started for my darling son!!  My dear friend Joanne did a wonderful video tutorial here on how to make these darling paper bag books.  I've had a few books done for a while and needed just the right reason to start creating with one!  This and NEXT week's challenge here at Tiddly Inks is to make a creation that has an art journal vibe to it.  This is something that I LOVE to do but I find very challenging.  I'm not entirely sure why but I struggle.  

I knew that I wanted to make a mini book for my son and I had the perfect picture to match the image that I love to use representing my son!  I printed out Christy's Geekatude (love him!) and colored him with my Copics.  My son will often bust out a tie over a t-shirt for school which always makes me giggle.  And recently we have started letting our children use older iPods with a mix that I made for them having suitable music for them on it, which were key during the couple of days we were sans power after Hurricane Irene.  So between the tie and the headphones I could not RESIST pairing the above photo of my son with Christy's image. For page one, I used the photo of my son, which I trimmed out and made into a "flap" of sorts.  My kids have always adored flap books so I figured why not incorporate that theme here!  The photo of my son is held with a piece of scrap cardstock, folded and attached to the photo and then the book.  He's held in place with a velcro dot.  I used all kinds of bits and bobs for texture and visual interest behind the photo.  There's a little pocket behind my denim "fringe" that holds a small card with a list of my favorite qualities that my son possesses.  It's there to remind him of how amazing he is.  =)  I added a tiny crown that I'd stamped and trimmed out and popped on top of his fabulous mop of hair. 
My second page features Christy's Geekatude. As you can see, I added the same crown on top of his head that I'd added to my son's head in the first page.  I used a Tiddly Ink skully border for my background which I stamped over with background stamps from Smeared Ink.  I used my circle nesties to matte Geekatude.  I used a rhinestone circle and a pin to further embellish my page.
click to enlarge!
I do hope you come play with us over the next two weeks over at the Tiddly Ink Challenge Blog!! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tiddly Tuesday! Goodbye Summer Hello Fall!

Happy Tiddly Tuesday Y'all!  Today we're saying Goodbye to Summer and HELLOOOOOOOOOO to Fall!!  I was inspired by Christy's Harvest Avenger to bring in the unofficial beginning of Autumn!
 I printed my avenger three times.  Once on white cardstock, once on SU!'s Groovy Guava polkadotted DP and again on a sweet yellow print DP from a K&Co mat stack. I paper pieced her outfit and colored her in with my Copics.  I paired her with a teal cardstock and some warm and fuzzy coffee colored felt - all cut with my circle Grand Nesties.  (LOVE THEM!)

I stitched around the outside perimeter of my main layer, created a fun and scrappy corner added a sweet, Swiss Dot ribbon and a fabulous rhinestone corner flourish. 
I've rolled the corners up with a toothpick for added fun and dimension!

I hope you've enjoyed and been inspired to come play with us at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog!

Monday, September 5, 2011

It's MFT time!!

Greetings everyone!!  I'm writing in the hopes that everyone is having a beautiful long holiday weekend!  We've been laying pretty low in my house as we're either getting over killer colds and sinus infections or we're teetering on the edge of getting them!  So we've been watching movies, playing games, reading books and doing lots of art projects!  All of this indoor time certainly helps give me time to create on top of creating!  LOL!  So I double dipped a challenge and double created for another MFT challenge!

Right now the MFT Guest Designer Challenge is on - the theme?  Rip and Roll.  When you see my creations you'll see what I mean!  My second creation also pulls in this week's MFT sketch challenge #35.

Here is my first creation for the Rip and Roll Challenge:

I started by choosing my MFT Pure Innocence - Butterfly Kisses set.  I inked her up using black Momento ink and then colored her with Copics.  I paper pieced her jumper with patterned paper and her wings with sparkly, gold velum.  

I used the following MFT Die-Namics on this card:

I used papers from SU!, Recollections, Bazzill and a few others that I found in my stash.  I used Ouchless Cardboard from Gauche Alchemy (love this stuff!), some sparkly SU! brads, hand cut felt flowers, a scrap of ribbon that I ripped apart and a swirly paper clip.

My interior uses the same papers and the same stamp set.  The following MFT Die-namics were used here:
In order to roll and have everything stay in place I used a toothpick and rolled my paper around it nice and snuggly.  It works very much like a curling iron.  Once you have the toothpick rolled with the paper, simply slide the toothpick out and the paper will stay rolled!  The rest I simply used my hands and tore, crinkled and crumpled!  So fun and such a great way to relieve stress!  =)

My second creation pulls in this week's sketch:
As I was creating this - pulling all kinds of mixey and matchy papers, I decided that this card would be perfect for my DD's upcoming 7th birthday!  I used lots of her favorite colors combined with an eclectic mix of patterns and papers to pull in her own unique style I knew this card would be perfect for her!  So I've tucked it away quickly so that she doesn't see it!  I've used the same File Tab Die-namic as shown above on the front of my card.  I used many papers - lots of which were laying on my table from previous creations.  

I used MFT's Pure Innocence - Fairy Girl for this creation.  I did trim off the ground and her wings so that it blended a bit more easily with my design.  
I used the sentiment on the front snugged into my File Tab.

Here is a shot of the interior:
I've used the following MFT Die-namics for the interior:
As you can see, I've hand rolled 7 candles using MFT Baker's Twine for the wicks.  I used the Dizzy Doily cut in craft as the background for the candles and the Notched Tag with a felt heart as an accent.

I hope you've had as crafty a weekend as I have!!

Thanks for popping by!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Bombshell Tutorial - Napkin Fold Card

Greetings Lovely Friends!!  I'm here today with another tutorial using my fabulous Bombshell stamps!!  I am going to teach you how to create a super cool Napkin Fold card.  While a little tough to photograph accurately in all of it's papery glory, this card has a super WOW factor when opened up.  This tutorial is very photo heavy so grab a mug or cup of your favorite beverage, maybe even a snack and have a sit down.

I will apologize in advance for the "state" of my desk.  I normally don't photograph my desk as it's all cut up, inked up, and well...it's well used and well loved.  But with a larger element like this 12x12 it's hard to photograph in my pop up studio.  So that's my disclaimer for today! =)

Come along and create with me!!

Let's begin!!

We start with one sheet of 12"x12" cardstock.  I prefer to have a bit of a thinner weight cardstock for my base as it makes all of the scoring and folding easier.  Take your Scor-pal or whichever tool you prefer to score with and score first at 3" and then again at 9".  Turn your cardstock 90 degrees and score at 3" and 9" again.
Because you are working with lighter weight cardstock be careful when you are scoring not to push down too hard and tear through the paper.  I did that about three times before I lightened up!  So when you are done scoring you should have four score lines, a smallish square in each corner and a large square in the center. 
Fold your cardstock on all of your lines and score.  Do it both ways, front then flip it over and score the same way on the back.  You will have a 12x12" piece of stock that looks the same as the photo above!

Your next step will be to find the exact center of your cardstock and place a dot there.  I marked mine with a pencil and then a white dot so it could be seen in the photo.  Now, you will take each corner and fold it into the dot meeting each corner in the center.  
Once again, score on all of your folded lines.  You want everything to be nice and crisp.  Now here comes the part that is a *bit* tricky to explain.  I tried hard to photograph as well so I can be as clear as possible.  Now that you've brought your corners to the center, open your 12x12 back up.  
You want to start with one corner at a time.  I had to try this a couple of times before I could get it but I promise you once you do it once you'll understand how it folds.  =)  Remember those small squares that you have on each corner of your 12x12?  Ok, now put your hands on either side of one corner and nudge the sides of the small square inward towards the center of the paper as shown above.  I had to do it with one hand so that I could photograph at the same time.  Once you have one corner down, fold it down flat and score the edges.  Keep doing this for each corner.  It will take a bit of fiddling to get them all flat.  

Remember, its paper so it's rather malleable!  Don't get frustrated!  
Keep folding and scoring all four corners.
This is what it will look like when your "inward" folding is all done!  Now, the next step is to take each corner and fold it backwards.  You will do this for each corner.  It will look like this: (top right corner is done here)
Here is what it looks like when all four corners are done:
And that's ALL the folding you have to do!!  YAY!  Now it's time to embellish!!  Grab your papers and trimmers!  We will be cutting squares and then making those squares into triangles. 

I chose to embellish both the front and back of my creation.  I am giving you the number of squares to cover both the front and back.  If you choose to embellish the front only then cut the number of squares in half.  
  • 16 squares measuring 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" (cut in half to make 32 triangles)
  • 4 squares measuring 4" x 4"  (cut in half to make 8 triangles)
  • 3 squares measuring 6" x 6" (for the center - this will be where your flat card is displayed)  (DO NOT CUT IN HALF)
 Now start playing around with where you want to lay your triangles down.  The larger triangles are laid to the top, bottom, left and right of the main 6" square panel.  The small triangles go everywhere else.  Mix and match and have fun!!  In my next version of this I'm going to stitch each triangle to get a quilted appearance.

Here are pics of the front of my Napkin Fold Card in progress:
And here is a shot of the back:
I realized after the fact that I so easily could have put another main 6" panel on the back making it a double sided card!  I will do that next time. 
Here it is, pictured above all folded up completely covered.  I have not yet done the center panel.  
Here is is from the side.  See how all of those cool papers that we put on the back peek through?  That's why I like to embellish both sides.  So when this is being opened or closed you can see all different colors and textures!  So fun!!
And here is it somewhere between open and closed!  Ok, time to create our main panel.  I chose to use my Bombshell Butterfly Dreams set.  Super pretty and so versatile.  
I find that for this set it is easier to color with my Prismacolor pencils.  The wings of the butterflies are so intricate and beautiful that I find that I tend to color outside the lines when using my markers so I head to my pencils for this set.  
I stamped my butterflies and sentiment, layered and stitched my panels and adhered everything down using liner tape for extra security.  
The last step is to create a band to slide around the outside of the entire creation when folded to hold it all together.  Like this:
This part is easy.  Mine measures 3" wide by 14" (give or take) long.  I used a remnant of a 12x12 piece and added on a little scrap to make it long enough to completely wrap around my card yet be just loose enough to slide on and off with no effort.  I then tied a length of wide Grosgrain ribbon around tied in a tidy bow.  
And that my friends is IT!  Somewhat labor intensive, yes...but...it is TOTALLY worth it!!  Check it out completely finished!
If you have any questions at all don't hesitate to ask!!!  I truly hope you have enjoyed my Napkin Fold Tutorial and been inspired to try something new!!