Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hummingbird Tag

Wish I could start this sentence off by saying Spring is in the air, but that's so far from the truth.  Being that winter is in full effect across most of the U.S., I'll just force a bit of Spring on you today. 

*I apologize for the shadows you will see in my photos--Winter rain kept me inside*

For this tag I used a Unique Laser Designs custom designed Hummingbird.

I enhanced this beautiful wood design by using two different embossing powders to bring out the details of the Hummingbird.

I carefully used gold on the wings and a soft blue/silver mix on the body of the bird. 

Now it's time to begin building the dimension of this tag.  My first layer is cheese cloth, pulled and frayed.  Then I used this very pretty Prima packaging. 

Continue to build your layers by adding more scrap pattern paper, drywall tape and cover it all with a thin layer of gesso.  This will create a base to hold your color mist and inks. 

After all of your inks and embellishments have been applied, add gesso to the cluster of flowers to give them a vintage shabby look.

Here's an up close look of that beautiful Hummingbird.

Creative Ingredients:
Unique Laser Designs - Custom Hummingbird
Prima Julie Nutting Tag Pad
Ranger Embossing Dabber
Recollections Embossing Powder
Cheese Cloth
Drywall Tape
Various Pattern Paper Scraps
Bling Flourish
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Heidi Swapp Color Shine

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Cherished Memories Layout

Happy Sweethearts Day! Today today with a non-traditional Valentine Day post. Usually at this point in the month of February, we would have overloaded you with designs using hearts and the color red. Today, I want to share with you a bit of masculine mixed with lots of love.

Now let's begin the creative journey. First I'll start with the Unique Laser Designs wood embellishments used to create my layout.

After cutting my top layered pattern paper to size and adhering it to my base cardstock, I now prepare to use the Diamond Stencil and spray mist to create my base layers.

I alternate spritzing the darker and lighter mist to create a variation of colors with this pattern.

Next I alter the DF Rhonda frame by first misting it with the darkest color and top it off with butterscotch gelatos and finally adding spots of Embossing Dabber and topping it with Perfect Pearls powder in an orange hue.

Adding more layers/dimension by using a script stamp, embossing ink pad and white embossing powder to bring in a crisp pop of color.

For my final Unique Laser Design item, I kept it fairly simple by distressing it using white embossing powder.

Now begin to add your layers of pattern paper bits, tags, twine and of course all your distressed wooden embellishments

Here's a look at the completed layout and a few close up views are below.

Products Used:
Pattern Paper
Mix'd Media Inx
Prima Color Bloom
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Embossing Dabber/Ink Pad/Powder
Perfect Pearls Powder
Mosaic Crystal Tiles

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Spring Themed Greeting Card

Spring flare cards are great to create for giving anytime during the year.  They are great for any occasion, especially for those "Just Because" moments in life.

The focus of my card is this beautiful wood Butterfly Fancy

I used Silks paint in Gold and mixed it with water to keep the color soft and to allow the details of the butterfly to show through.

After altering the Butterfly Fancy I begin adding my layers of pattern paper, gesso, inks, ribbon and doily.

After the base of your layers have been adhered, next it's time to add larger embellishments such as flowers and of course Unique Laser Designs embellishments.

After the final layers have been added, add a bit of gesso over the flowers to give them a shabby look.  I also added more splashes of the Silks and watered down gesso to complete the card.

Creative Ingredients:
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Misc Pattern Paper
Ribbon, Twine and Doily
Florals and Pearl Stem
Gesso and Silks
Helmar Adhesives

Recycled Chic Journal

Hi Guys! I have a quick post to share a journal I created and embellished. I often use ceral boxes, rice boxes, etc to create journals and this happens to be one I created back in December but never made it pretty.

Here are a few upclose photo's of my new journal.

I used Unique Laser Designs wooden hearts from their Heart Stencil and Ranger Liquid Pearls to softly embellish the lower section of the journal.

To begin my layers of embellishment, I first adhered script ribbon using Helmar Fabric Glue. *Keep in mind the journal was previously covered with batting and fabric using the same adhesive.

Continue the layering process using the same adhesive. The metal key was also bonded using Helmar Fabric Glue.

Continue to layer on the raffia, large flower and wooden hearts.
I decided to add a bit more texture using another ribbon on top of the script ribbon. This is a great way to use up your bits and pieces that remain from prior projects...Upcycled journals are great projects to create all year long to give as gifts or better yet keep for yourself.
Products Used:
Unique Laser Designs Wooden Heart Shapes
Lace, Raffia & Ribbon
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Large Flower
Metal key

Monday, January 26, 2015

Love is Layout

Today I have a wonderful layout of love to share with you. For this project, I used three different Unique Laser Designs wood d├ęcor pieces. I know this may seem like a bit much, but just stay tuned and you will see how it works out perfectly.

Below are the first two designs I used:

Heart Stencil

Now let's begin with the paper embellishments. I use stamps to create my own ephemera. This time I'm using a stamp and spray mist to create more of a splattered background image instead of a crisp background.

I started by spraying the stamp but my mister is a bit clogged, this is where using a paint brush helps.

Use a brayer to gain a flat press on the cardstock and to grip the ink from the stamp.

This is the final result of the background. Continue to distress the ephemera with stamped script, paint splatters, etc.

Next, let's begin altering the Love Birds using embossing adhesive and a paint brush to get into the smaller areas of the bird branch. After applying the embossing adhesive, liberally add your choice of embossing powder then set.

Paint the birds using Tim Holtz distress paint, after the paint has dried add embossing adhesive and powder for a vintage look.

It's now time to build layers.

After using a stencil and light molding paste to create the first layer, I then used the Heart Stencil to add a layer of hearts.

I used liquid scrap dots to add height to the love birds as well as hold the letters within the birds in place.

The third design I used on this layout is Border Swirl G. I covered the flourish with gesso then distress paint.

Finally, there's the completed layout.

Hearts were randomly used from the Heart Stencil.

Up close view of the reverse stamped misted hearts.

Pattern Paper - Fancy Pants Designs, Crate Paper, Handmade Ephemera
Inks - Prima Chalk Ink in Teak Wall, Ranger by Wendi Vecchi Archival ink in Watering Can, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Kraft, Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Antique Linen
Various Stamps
Embossing Powder - Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo, Stampin' Emboss Scented Powder (Discontinued)
Other - Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Helmar Adhesives