Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Tag Mini Album

Hello and happy Monday! Today I get to share my first post over on the Helmar DT blog. In the spirit of Easter, I created a large tag mini album that I'll use to add a few pictures and journaling from my family's gathering.

Let me show you how I created my mini album.


To start, I used a tag template to trace the image on my cardstock and cut it out on the fold. The tag size is 4.5" X 8.5".


After the tag has been cut, decide on the fold direction then adhere.  To adhere my tags I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive. Add the adhesive to one panel of the tag then line it up with the remaining panel.


After both tag panels have been adhered, now it's time to add the pattern or solid paper of your choice. This tag will also be great to use as a mixed media tag album; just be sure to protect the surfaces you're not working on as you create.


Next adhere ribbon or twine as your closure and continue to add your layers of pattern paper, embellishments, mediums, etc.



For the back of this album, I'm still adding dimension.  I used Helmar White 1/4" square Zapdots.  These are great for embellishments with small areas and the grip is superb.  It strongly adhered to this wooden embellishment with no extra adhesive needed.


And here is the final product.



I love the look of the tag album unfolded.  More than likely this is how it will be displayed in my studio.



Products Used:

Other Items:
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Various Patterned Papers
I Am Roses flowers
Various Stamps/Inks
Ribbon, Lace, Seam Binding
Pearls & Liquid Pearls, TH Distress Stickles
Chipboard, Gesso, Glitter

Kisha

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Quick Announcement

Happy Sunday!! 
I have a quick and exciting announcement to make. I am tickled pink about this and all over myself with excitement!!

Drum roll please.....


I am the newest member of the Helmar Design Team!!!

I can't wait to share my projects with you.
Let the extra creative fun begin!

                                                                                      Kisha

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Easter

Evening crafters!! Today is my very first official post for the Unique Laser Designs company as a DT member!! As you can tell I'm MORE than excited about being on this team. The owners are super awesome, my DT sisters are so friendly, supportive and caring and last but certainly not least THE PRODUCTS ARE AMAZING!

Tonight, I have some Easter cards to share with you.  I'm always inspired to create holiday cards because my mom always like receiving them along with a tag/bookmark.  So mom this is for you.


For each of my cards I used ULD's wooden egg design.  The eggs come in a package of 6 and are great to use not only at Easter time, but would work well on Baby shower invites/cards, kitchen decor, shabby chic/vintage items, etc. I had a ball coloring each of these eggs, I decided to color them just as we do when coloring real easter eggs.


This card just makes me giggle! I love the multiple colors on this egg and how I just happened to have just purchased this pattern paper that complimented the egg.  In this case the egg distressing came first then the pattern paper. LOL!


To distress these eggs, each of them were first covered with gesso, then spray mist and as a final coat I added clear embossing powder to give them a bit of sheen.  The blue egg you see here also received a coating of stickles for a little glimmer.


And my final card has light layers, frilly edges and that doggone cute as ever egg that's embellished with pearls. I love this card even if I have to say so myself...LOVE IT!  From the egg to the rose buds behind it and the soft colored seam binding, I love it all.

Now, are you ready to create using ULD's wood embellishments?  Sure you are, so go and get creative!

Kisha

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bundle of Joy

Welcome to a new month and a new challenge over at the Scrap It Girl blog. For the month of April the challenge is Tags or Bags.  There is such a wide range of creativity to be had when it comes to creating tags and bags. So allow your imagination to run with this challenge, and submit what you've created for a chance to win the wonderful gift package we have up for grabs.



Now this is a prize worth creating for!

On to my project of inspiration.  I decided to create a tag and bag as inspiration.


I used a basic kraft gift bag with handles and began distressing it using a stencil I created using my cricut and molding paste.  The stencil is a half moon size/shape, which allowed me to add medium with the stencil positioned on the top of the bag then reverse it to the bottom.


As you can see here, the end result looks like one complete doily stencil. Love it!! After drying the medium and adding inks, I began adding pattern paper and floral embellishments.


The result is a gift bag for a precious baby girl.


Here's an up close photo of the attached tag, with the sweet little wooden stork and baby embellishment.



The florals I used are silk flowers from a bush I purchased at Dollar Tree store. I purchase these bundles often for projects like this, instead of using my scrapbooking flowers.  I also like to use them because of the larger/various sizes on the bundle.

I chose to add glitter for as shabby look to my wooden butterflies and stork.  Also, add a bit of gesso to the flowers to soften the intense colors and there you have it.  Now, don't forget to stop by the Scrap It Girl blog and take a look at what the other designers created as inspiration.  Then go get your craft on and submit your creation on the blog.

Hope to see what you create!

                                               Kisha

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hard Work

Good Monday morning! I have a LO to share as well as some awesome news! Let's start with the great news...


I am the newest member of the all new Unique Laser Designs DT!! Unique Laser Designs is a new and upcoming company that specializes in wooden embellishments and decor.  Outside of the awesome designs they create, you can also request your own personal designed items.  Now how awesome is that?! I am so happy to have been asked to be apart of this team, it's truly a pleasure.  The products you receive are like none other wood/wood veneer products.  I love adding wood embellishments to my projects and absolutely HATE when you add mediums to the embellishment and it peels or just break...well I'll tell you that won't happen here.  All of the embellishments are very durable, I've added various mediums to my embellishments and they have held up extrememly well.

If you are into wooden embellishments as much as I am, you should look into using ULD products.  I promise you will never invest in wood veneer again.

Now on to my project



For my LO I used Wooden Gear set B.  I love using gears on my projects when ever I can, as I create lots of masculine LO's.


Just look at the distressing done on this! That embossing powder did a wonderful job of giving this gear a burned look.


I also love that I'm able to stack the wooden pieces to create more dimension.  Although the wood is thick it's not so thick that it'll cause your LO's to become too chunky to fit into an album.


If you like what you see here and are interested in purchasing wooden embellishments for your creative needs, you can link over by clicking the ULD button you see on my side bar or just click here to take a look around their shop. You will also see many other creations the design team has created.

One more thing...here's a YT video of one of my orders I received from ULD, where I show you piece by piece what I received.


Products:
Artist Loft burlap canvas (9X12)
Pattern Papers by Momenta & G45
Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine
Heidi Swapp mistables tags
Michaels buck bin Metal Tag
Lindy's Stamp Gang inks
DCWV & The Crafter's Workshop Stencils
Stamps
Mediums
Dry wall tape

Hope you have a wonderful week!  Until next time.....

 Kisha


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flow in Your Gift


Hello all! I have a LO I want to share with you that wasn't actually suppose to be shared yet. HA! Yup, I just couldn't wait so I'm sharing it now.  I can't begin to tell you how much fun I'm having using my new wood embellishments.  I laugh at myself because I think I sound like a commercial...fact is no one is telling me to say this, I'm not being paid to promote, I just simply LOVEEEEE these embellishments.  It's like when I discover a new medium or something new by Tim Holtz or Prima EEEKKKK!!!! Grab my wallet and pin up my hair because here I come!!


Now, I will admit I really wish I had added another layer between the solid cardstock and the stripe pattern paper then add the ribbon between those layers.  The ideas or things we see after the fact. Either way I still love this LO.


To embellish my page, I sorta took from the picture and added various pieces of ribbon and lace (that ribbon booth was awesome). I also used various label strips from pattern paper previously used...you know the boarder pieces of the pattern paper/pad that has the hole in the top.  Didn't I tell yall I don't throw much away? LOL!

I thank Shelley for blessing me with this saying.  The moment she said that to me, I decided to write it down thinking I would use it on a canvas as constant inspiration. Then when I discovered Unique Laser Designs and found out I could request words and phrases, I knew I had to have it.


Isn't this corner piece the greatest?! This is also a ULD wood design. I could use a hundred of these in about 50 different ways.  I used Tim Holtz distress paint in antique linen and mustard seed then added glimmer dust for an extra sparkle. Then adhered it directly to the photo corners.


I'm diggin these splatters and layers.......

Kisha



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Creating with Unique Laser Designs

Happy Sunday!!  I'm excited to share that I have a new love in my life...now just know that Don still reigns as the hubster, this is an embellishment love.  As you already know, I have a big heart for wooden embellishments, but I have found a new company that has swept me off my feet.  Talk about a thicker (yet not too thick) and sturdy wood embellishment and let me tell you, YOU will become a woodsniffaholic when you smell it.  Remember how we used to sniff Hambly screens?  Well now I'm on to Unique Laser Designs wood. LOL!!

Here's a look at just a few of the designs


There are so many designs in store and lately new designs have been added almost daily. I especially love that you can also request specific sayings, as you can see in the picture (Grow where you are planted).  That's such a great option to have, makes for creating with more unique pieces.

Now, take a look at what I created using ULD's products.


On this page I used the large and small hearts and one of the decorative swirls. I love the thickness of each piece because it gives my LO the depth I like.  I left my embellies in it's natural state to balance the blue on the page.



Now you know I love layering.  Although there may seem to not be a lot of layering going on here, every single detail adds a look of dimension. The ink drips, microbeads, stenciling, etc to me keeps your eyes flowing over the page.  I even added spots of microbeads in various sections of the page.



This LO was adhered to heavyweight chipboard and it will be displayed in my studio or possibly in our hallway along with other framed pictures (that's another project for another day).

I also created a tag using the large butterfly


Just a close up of the altered butterfly.  I originally only added glimmer dust to the butterfly, but it still seemed so plain.  I really wanted to add sequin to it but was unable to find the color I desired. Instead I went with seed beads to add more texture to the piece.


This tag was originally packaging from Graphic 45, which I LOVE using.  G45 packaging is great to use because it's already very sturdy and each one has a grommet already installed.  All you have to do is alter it to your liking.


For this tag I layered it with gesso then covered it with pattern tissue (from an actual sewing pattern).  I added a scrap piece of script textured paper then used a stencil, light molding paste and acrylic paint to tint.
From there I just added my layers and florals.


I heart this little flower cluster and the glass leaves!

Kisha