Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Greeting

Easter would not be complete if I didn't create a seasonal card for my mom. I really love creating greeting cards for this particular holiday, it's such an unexpected surprise for the receiver.
Today I will share with you my steps in completing this mildly shabby Easter greeting card.


For my card I used Unique Laser Designs Bunnies.

I begin with adding layers of pattern paper, inks and light molding paste to my base.

Next, let's add a little color to the Bunnies. I originally used Heidi Swapp's color shine mist in white but the color isn't saturated enough. I decided to use white acrylic paint and mix a little water in to dilute.
After covering the Bunnies with the paint mixture, use a baby wipe to remove some of the color. This will leave you with a more soft and shabby look.

Now layer on more embellishments


Thanks for taking a peek!
Art Ingredients:
Unique Laser Designs - Bunnies
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Pattern Paper
Light Molding Paste
Gesso
Crochet Doily
Raffia
Seam Binding
Color Mist
Florals
Buttons
Michaels Sentiment Stamp
Stazon Ink
Acrylic Paint

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky In Love



Happy St.Patrick's Day to everyone!
 I have two St Patty's day themed cards to share with you today, so let's hop right in. Starting first with the Unique Laser Designs products I used to complete each card.
 


 
 
 

First I added some ink and stenciling to the base of each card.
 


I used Stickles to add a bit of color and distressing to the Clovers.

 
Now let's begin building the decorative card base.
 

 
The finished products
 

 



 
Thanks for stopping by...

Creative Ingredients:
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Pattern Paper
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Stazon Ink
Gesso and Light Molding Paste
Florals
Stencils
Stamps
Ticket Punch
Bling

Monday, March 9, 2015

Timeless Memories Greeting Card


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Good morning crafters! I have a card to share with you that I created using Helmar Adhesives. This card is for a dear friend of mine and I can't wait for her to get in along with her surprise package.

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To start of course I gather way too many items I think I may want to use.  

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I began with an A2 card base (4.25X5.50) and use cut layers and pattern paper scraps to begin the embellishment/layering process. To bond my layers and embellishments I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

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Here I also add Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to the back of this polymer mini frame.

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After all of my pattern paper layers have been added and the mini frame is adhered, now it's time to add florals, lace and more ink.
Below are a few up close views of the card...Hope you enjoy.

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Thank you for stopping by to take a peek. Have a grand week!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Love Mini Album

 I'm up on the Unique Laser Designs blog today with a mini album cover I embellished. This is a premade album that I will continue to lightly embellish throughout, and give as a baby gift.
The Unique Laser Designs wood embellishments used for this project are:


I began my project by of course adding more pattern print layers and paper doilies. Although the book is covered with prints, I still like a bit of dimension. I also added a thin layer of gesso atop the layers just in case I decide to add ink in the end.

I chose to do a mild crackle finish on the Custom Wooden Doily. To create this finish, use a dark acrylic paint coat of your choice as your first layer. Allow that layer to dry, then

Add a coat of any white glue, while still tacky add your top lighter coat of acrylic paint.

Once you begin the drying process you should begin seeing the crackle effect.

Now let's continue to build those layers of embellishments. *NOTE* I used the same technique on the Love Script.


Here's the final look of the mini album.


Art Ingredients:
Heidi Swapp Memory Files Mini Album
Pattern Paper
Paper and Crochet Doilies
Lace and Seam Binding
Florals
Heidi Swapp Butterflies
Heidi Swapp Color Mist
Buttons
Gesso

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
Gesso
Florals
Brads
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
Gelatos
Embossing Dabber/Ink Pad/Powder
Perfect Pearls Powder
Mosaic Crystal Tiles
Crystals
Florals
Twine
Tags
Stamp
Gesso