Monday, August 11, 2014

ATC's and a Motorcycle

Let me guess...that has to be the weirdest subject line you've seen right?  Well it'll all become a bit clearer in a moment.  Today I'm up on the Unique Laser Designs blog, and I have a few designs to share with you that I hope you love as much as I do.

To start off my show and tell for the day, I have four creative ATC's to share and a very masculine layout.

To begin the process I used these wood ATC's as my base. 

ATC's are one of the greatest ways to utilize your scrap items, such as pattern paper, embellishments and letters/words.  I look at it as a miniature sample of your art to share with others.

Here (and below) are close ups of two of the ATC's.  Take a look at how these cards hold the various mediums along with many textures of embellishments.

I think this one is my very favorite.  The mini pine cones contrast perfectly with the wood.

Now on to my next project:

I created this layout centering it based on the motorcycle. 

Here's a before look of the motorcycle.

And here's the look of the motorcycle after all the distressing and inking has taken place.

For this LO, I altered the motorcycle first.  Then added lots of texture to blend the two elements together. 

ULD Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Various brands of patterned paper scraps
Metal clip
Drywall tape
Mini Pinecone clusters
Prima Emphera
Buttons & Thread
Chipboard embellishment
Farm House Fair Skies Goodways 
Various brands of patterned paper scraps
Recollections embossing powder - Ebony and Copper
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Bronzer
Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter Distress Stain 
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst - Time Travel Teal 
Prima Color Bloom - Worn Leather
Tim Holtz Trellis Die & Burlap Stencil
Industrial Chic Metals
Glitz Design Teeny Alpha

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Keep Calm and Daydream Canvas Layout

For those that love Unique Laser Designs wood embellishments just as much as I do, today will be a treat for you. 

I have a fun yet relaxing project to share with you today. The moment you see the picture you will see exactly what I mean about relaxing.

On this canvas LO, I used ULD's Reverse Circle Stencil.

The color you see here is a mix of Heidi Swapp color shine spray in mustard and Silk's in Bolivion Blue.  The stencil was cut in half and slightly tucked on both sides of the LO.

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:

Other Products Used:
12X12 Canvas
Pattern Paper - Farm House, Brenda Walton, Random scrap
Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in mustard
luminarte Silks in Bolivion Blue & Expresso Gold
Studio 112 Gems
Clear stone (Dollar Tree)
HS mi stables butterfly
Prima bulb
Gauze & Twine

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Three Tags Three Ways

Yall know how much I love creating tags as gifts, gift toppers and just because. I hope you all love creating tags as much as I do, because today I have three tags to share with you. Ok, well...three tags turned...let me just show you what I've created.

Before I begin I want to show you what I began with.

Aren't  these wooden tags adorable just the way they are?

Here's a group picture showing what I created using each of the tags. For those that love mixed media projects as much as I do, using ULD's wooden tags are the best base to create on. Now allow me to show you individually what I created.

I used my first tag to create a mini art journal. Being that I save all the packaging from various craft supplies, I decided this is just another way for me to use them up. Each layer inside this tag journal will become an extra mini journal page.

Just look at of all this delicious layering, and mediums the wooden tag holds.

Because I plan on creating in this mini journal each Sunday until it's filled up, I simply titled it Sunday Journal.

For my next tag base, I decided to actually create a tag filled with fluttering butterflies.

Heavily embellished base full of pattern paper scraps, mediums and I even used a stencil I created using my cricut to add a doily design.

Up close view of the vellum butterflies layered on the tag.

And here's my final tag.  I created a mini clipboard for my work station cubicle wall.  Just add a square of Velcro then add it directly to your cubicle and you have an automatic mini reminder board.

Just an up close view of all the texture going on here.

Although this little chipboard saying fits perfectly with this mini clipboard; I will actually add a mini notepad I keep at my desk. 
I hope these tag projects have inspired you to create on the wild side using your wooden tags.
Have a creatively wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thank You Note Cards

Always say "Thank You", that's what a mom always teach her children. Well, as adults there are times we should say or send unexpected thank you notes.

Today, I will show you how I create simple thank you note cards using various scraps left over from previous projects.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Birthday Wishes

Happy Friday!!

What a wonderful day to share Birthday greeting cards, being that this very post marks Unique Laser Designs 100th inspirational blog post!  

Congratulations to ULD and thank you for producing so many wonderful wooden embellishment designs!

When I began gathering the items I wanted to use to create this card, I of course started with choosing my wooden embellishments.  This wooden Flourish B piece was the inspiration for the card.  I chose to go mega floral with the card to mimic the floral bloom end of the embellishment.

To embellish the wooden piece, I only added a white adhesive and glitter which gave it a glitzy look. I layered and stacked paper doilies and flowers, then added pearls and wooden hearts.  I also added spots of glitter to each of the hearts.

I decided to use the scraps from my first card to complete a similar card to have on hand.  The same technique was done on the wooden Flourish, just because I adore the effect the glitter has on this wooden piece.

My last card isn't a birthday card, it's actually a simple "Thinking of You" type card.  I used ULD's Sign Post  as a focal point for this card.  

Talk about fun to distress! I coated the sign post with gesso and allowed it to dry then added a homemade spray mist and a little kraft glimmer mist to add a bit of sparkle and a rustic look. Once this process dried, I used staz-on ink to stamp script all over the sign.

Add a few florals in various textures, seam binding and a ready made sentiment and you have a sweet card for a sweet recipient.

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:

Other Products:
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Various Pattern Paper
Recollections Flowers
Michaels Dollar Bin Flowers
Petaloo Buds
Staz-On Ink
Spray Mist


Monday, July 7, 2014

Embellished Chipboard Journal

I know I'm a bit off on my usual posting time, however, I've had one heck of a long weekend.  As most of you know that follow me on fb and Instagram, my son is home visiting from the Navy and we're trying to squeeze in as much as we can within a month.  So I got a little behind in my posting duties, but never the less I'm here so lets get this ball rolling.

I have some Unique Laser Designs projects to share with you today.  First I created an embellished chipboard mini journal.  This journal will hold a mini photo's that will journey my LONG 8 month and 9 days of training.

Here you can see I distressed the Border Swirl F using distress ink and embossing powder.

I absolutely love the distressed look of this wooden embellishment.

See each page is totally made of chipboard, which give me a great base to work from.

I'm going to try my best to keep the inside pages fairly flat.  I know often I get carried away with layering, but I would really like for the book to be able to close. (laughing) I'm going to go for more art journal type pages, that way there will be plenty of mixed media texture instead of bulk texture.

Up next is my LO:

This photo shoot was hiliarious! Being that I actually had on three shirts and I was getting a tad warm waiting on Don to get his "angle" right to take the photo, I really couldn't help to laugh.  Anyway, for this LO I used this very bright cardstock and toned it down using gesso, then begin adding layers of mist and texture with modeling paste.

I distressed this lovely Floral Border A by first covering it with gesso, then using spray inks to add the various colors found in my picture.  Then to give it a bit more texture, I used a script stamp and stamped over the piece...LOVE IT!!

As you know I can't get enough of incorporating feathers into my projects. I created this gold dipped look simply by pressing the lower section of my feather onto my watermark ink pad, then adding gold embossing powder.  Simple and pretty.

From there I just continued to build upon various spaces using florals, cheesecloth, rhinestones, stamps, and more inks.
Unique Laser Designs Products Used: