Sunday, September 14, 2014

Unique Laser Designs Guest DT Call

Have you seen the wood embellishments I've been creating with for Unique Laser Designs and fallen in love with them?  Do you have a desire to work as a design team member for a quality manufacture of scrapbook embellishments?  If so, this just may be the design team call for you.
Unique Laser Designs is looking to add two guest designers to their team.  This is a team full of creative inspiration, energetic creativity, positive attitudes and a huge love for creating with wood and chipboard embellishments.

Benefits of being a ULD guest designer:

  • Free ULD Product
  • Exclusive preview of our upcoming products
  • Purchase ULD products at a discount for use in your personal projects, teaching classes, etc.
  • Featured on ULD Facebook page and blog
  • Link to your own personal blog on ULD website and blog
  • Opportunity to have your projects displayed at trade shows or markets ULD attend
  • ULD Guest Designer button for your email and/or blog
For more information on this awesome opportunity and details on applying, please visit and click on the link titled "Are you our next Guest Designer?"

Good luck to all that apply!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Embellished Burlap Mini Album

 I have a love for creating my own albums, especially being the thrifty person I am.  I especially love creating them because I can have exactly what I want for a lot less than retail.

Today, I have a mini album I created as my DT project for Unique Laser Designs.  I'm going to share my design in a more virtual manner, let's just say we will walk through how I designed this burlap mini together.

So if you're ready, come and take this little tour de mini along with me:

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:
Birds on a Branch (Custom Piece)
Other Products Used:
Burlap Fabric
Helmar Adhesives
Various Brands Pattern Paper
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Medium Weight Chipboard
Golden Mediums
Spray Mist and Water Color Inks
Seam Binding, Twine, Ribbon, Thread
Metal Embellishments

Thanks for following along my little guided tour.
I hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Love Made Her...Art Journal

Did you know craft adhesives can be used in mixed media art journaling?
Most people think their paper or embellishments should only be adhered to mixed media projects using gesso or gels. I have found using those as an adhesive doesn't guarantee a secure bond, and items tend to eventually fall off the page. I actually prefer using Helmar adhesives to secure my embellishments to the page.

Today I will show you just one of the ways I use Tacky Craft Glue in my journal.

First gather your art journal and a few supplies.  This page/book usually is my catch all for all other excess mediums from projects I've worked on.  So a lot of my pages will already have some form of medium on it and I just build from there.

As you know when creating any mixed media projects a lot of wet mediums are used. With this you want to make sure to use the very best adhesive that will bond well on those various mediums. For this journal page I used my Tacky Craft Glue, because it bonds well and dries clear.

After you have added your base of textures, mediums, etc, now it's time to begin adding embellishments to the page.

Here I have two butterflies printed on cardstock that I'll adhere to each page. Add a modest amount of adhesive to the back of each butterfly then spread it evenly then adhere.
Note: the film strip has already been attached using a tiny staple to prevent time wasted on drying. The film strip is made of medium acetate and can't be heat dried.  

Next give the top of each butterfly a good coat of the same adhesive. This will serve as a great sealant being that each of these butterflies are printed on basic cardstock.

Next I spread a little adhesive on my craft tile, this will be used to adhere my words and embellishments. I will use a small brush to spread the adhesive over my page.

As well as adhere decorative fragments

And finally tiny spots of Tacky Craft Glue is added over both pages to adhere pearl bling

And now you have a completed mixed media journal page.

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Paints
Liquitex String Gel/Gesso/Molding Paste
Spare Parts Film Strip
Stampendous Color Fragments
 Drywall Tape
 Tim Holtz Rub Ons
Want 2 Scrap Pearl Bling
*Printed Butterfly courtesy Swirlydoo's Blog

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Out To Sea

I created these LO's a few months back and just decided to share them. 

Our service men and women have been heavily on my mind, heart and deeply in my constant prayers. My son is currently serving in the U.S. Navy, and I have several friends with children in the military including a very dear friend that son just graduated from the Naval Academy.  I always pray for the constant well being of ALL that serve and I'm always extra thoughtful of those fallen soldiers.  It's very heartbreaking to see the state of this world now with all of the crime that goes on, while we have others out fighting for REAL freedom.  Please pray for our country!

This is such a beautiful scene!

This is a very basic LO, just loaded with various mediums. Not a lot of layers as you're used to seeing from me either. 

Looks like the water and the sky meets...just beautiful!

Same picture different LO.

Many layers, much more mediums and embellishments.

Simply beautiful!!

A different way to add a title by mixing teeny alfa with embellishments.

Thanks for taking a peek! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Creating a Layout Using Scraps

Good Morning!! Welcome to a new week and month of inspiration using wood embellishments from Unique Laser Designs.
Today, I'm going to show you step by step how I create layouts using solid and pattern paper scraps.  I usually don't throw much away from a paper pad or even single sheets of cardstock.  I even save the tabs from the individual sheets and use those to create texture or layers on cards and layouts.
**Note: I accidently didn't push the PUBLISH button, so my post is delayed.  This post was originally aired Monday on the Unique Laser Designs blog**
Below you will see the process of how I created this LO.

First step, I begin laying out various strips of various sizes and shapes onto my cardstock.  Be mindful that the strips don't have to coordinate, as most of it will eventually be covered.

Next add gesso to cover the strips.  You don't necessarily have to completely cover your strips, leave a little of the pattern to show in various spots.

Using a stencil, add a design using molding paste.  This will give texture and dimension.

Next let's add a bit more texture using ripped pieces of drywall tape.

Let the misting begin.  I first sprayed mist through my wooden Diamond Stencil then flipped it over to release the excess mist about the page.  This created a more blurred diamond effect.  

Bring in a more vibrant color mist to start bringing up the layers previously added.

Next I used a clock stencil I have to add yet another layer of goodness to the page.  All of this just creates more and more layers of goodness.

You're almost done, but isn't this fun ^_^
Another stencil you ask, why certainly! I know I previously used a circle stencil, but this one has a bit tighter design of circles.  I love mixing the shapes on a page, I really think this keeps your eyes moving about the page.  Always something new to see.

Using molding paste and acrylic paint to tint the paste which just made me giggle with glee at all of this texture.

Then it's finally time to adhere the wood Diamond Stencil which was previously used as a stencil.  Build a little more layers, adhere your photo and there you have it.

I decided to add the wood stencil in various sections of the LO.  I do not believe in tucking away goodness on any project, so I cut the stencil into pieces to place about the LO.

Add more shimmer mist and colors to your wood embellishment, that agree with your LO and you're done.
Thanks for taking a peek into my creative process!
Unique Laser Designs Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Cardstock
Strips of Pattern Paper or Paper Labels
Dictionary Page
Drywall Tape
Molding Paste
Acrylic Paint
Various Spray Mist
Cheese Cloth
Tim Holtz Film Strip

Friday, August 22, 2014

Handmade Minibook

Hey guys and WOOOHOOOO it's Friday yall!!! 
Today I'm up on the Helmar blog showing how I created a fabric covered mini book.  This is such a fun and fairly fast process, I love creating various mini books and in the next few weeks you will see more variations of such.  But for now, let's get started on the process of this mini album.

Of course, the first thing you should do is pull together all of your ingredients, as in fabric, chipboard, adhesives and other embellishments.

Next step cut your chipboard to size including a spine for your book and begin to adhere it to your batting.  For this process I used a heavy duty Silicone Adhesive Seleant, to be sure all parts of my book stay in place.

After you have bonded all of your chipboard components together, cut the batting close to the chipboard.  Now on to the next step...fabric covering

To bond my fabric covering, I used Fabric Glue.

Place the batting side down to the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut your fabric to size leaving about 1/2" extra on each side.  The 1/2" remaining will be used to fold over to the inside of the book.

Cut each corner of your fabric to create a perfect corner fold.

This is what the inside of your book will look like after the fabric has been adhered.

Now cut two pieces of cardstock to the size of the front and back of your book.  Also use your favorite binding system to add paper to your book and you are almost done.

Now let's embellish the cover.

Using various scraps of pattern paper, tags, etc

To add height to my wooden embellishments, I used Liquid Scrap Dots.  Using this adhesive will give me the actual height I need but will dry clear so you can't see what's underneath.

And here is the final product.  Below are a few close up views of the book.

Helmar Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Unique Laser Designs: Bird on a Branch and Doily (requested item)
Fat Quarter (Joanns Fabric)
Seam Binding (Etsy)
Medium weight chipboard
Patterned Paper Scraps
Metal Brad
Acrylic and Distress Paints