Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Greetings

Thanksgiving is fastly approaching and I love giving the host of our Thanksgiving festivities a greeting card.
Today I'll share two of the cards I created to give.

I absolutely love the colors of Fall and use them often.

Of course let's start with the gathering of supplies. I adore Unique Laser Designs cork embellishments. They are very compatiable with the wood and chipboard embellies for added texture.


Begin the layering of your card base.


Here's an upclose view of the cork and chipboard embellishments. The chipboard Honeycomb Stencil was cut to size and distressed using Lindy's stamp gang Starburst (Industrial Chic Line) spray.
The next card was created using the Cork Leaf Branches.


I added a little stitching to the edges of the second layer, then begin to layer on fabric, washi tape, black gesso, light molding paste and more Lindy's inks.

Here's a look at the Cork Leaf Branches before I altered it.

As you can tell here, I actually cut one of the leaves from the branch and repositioned it to work for my card. Because of the "nature" of the season and card, I left the Leaf Branch natural.
I wish you all a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!
Products Used:

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Proud to Stand United


 Today I'm posting for Helmar Adhesives and I have a military themed LO to share with you, one that is near and dear to me. This is a shadowed photo of my son right after his graduation from the Naval Academy.

 
 
To start off the layout, I will first begin creating a multi layered mat using Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner . This will add a bit of dimension and interest to the photo used.
 
After my mat has been created, I moved on to add my background layers. After cutting the desired layers and figure out the placement, I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere each layer. I chose to use this liquid adhesive because it'll give me a moment to perfect my placement before adhering the layers
 

Next, I adhered my photo mat using Zapdots Black Round 1/2" for depth and to add a bit of pop to my page



After your photo mat has been placed, continue to embellish the layout with various items of your choice. NOTE: My metals were adhered using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.
Have a Beautiful Week!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Embellished Cigar Box and Gift Tags

I often like to alter original cigar boxes to use as decorative storage in my studio, or as gifts to give. Today I have a very simple altered cigar box to share with you that will be used at work to store tea bags.


For this cigar box alteration, you really don't need many items. Because I love the shape and the wood of this box, I decided to keep it simple to keep the look of the wood showing through.

Using white acrylic paint mixed with water to dilute. I used a sponge brush to create a white wash effect. If at any point you realize you have too much paint on your box, just use a baby wipe or wet your brush down to move/thin the paint. You also want to work in the direction of the wood grain, not against it as this would cause noticable splotches of paint.

Once this step has dried, you can either leave it as is or seal it using a matte or glossy finish. Be sure to allow this to dry before moving on to decorating your lid.

I chose to use ULD's 3D Butterfly to embellish the lid. I used the same whitewash technique on the butterfly, but before the paint dried I sprinkled the top with Glamour Dust.


Let's began adding the embellishments to complete the box decor.



Next, I created two embellished tags using Wood Cups. I altered each cup a bit differently.

Here's an upclose look of each of the cups I altered.

On the first tag, I used the cup where I drew a little flower and colored it.


Here you will see I also used the negative from another design piece and added more glitter to give the look of sugar cubes.



My last tag has a bit more of a Fall look to it with a splash of blue. I altered this cup in my favorite background texture of polka dots.


Products Used:
Wood Cups

Other Products Used:
Cigar Box
Acrylic Paint, Sharpies, Faber Castell's Big Brush, Gelly Roll Pens
Stencils
Seam Binding, Twine, Lace and Ribbon
Florals
Pearls
Cork
Tim Holtz Tag
Want 2 Scrap Bling
Metal Embellishments
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Pattern Paper Scraps
Gesso and Light Molding Paste
Helmar Adhesives

Friday, November 7, 2014

Love - Save The Date Album

I'm excited to share one of many layouts I have to come, that will journal an engagement journey.  This couple took the best engagement photos and I can't wait to complete their book. This couple has the most awesome theme and setting as a wedding venue, it's going to be great completing their album.
 
 
 I'm so happy I can use such natural textures in completing their album.
 
 
This is the very first page of the album, which will also be handmade and covered in burlap.  Burlap is a fabric that'll be used in the decor of her wedding and I want this album to tie into that theme.
 
 
 Here you can see how I added color to the Graph Dot design and the heart. Pulling colors from the photo, I chose to use gold and green as the main colors of this LO.
 
 
Making the most of the Graph Dot design, I cut it into several pieces to use throughout the LO...building layers.
 

Products Used:
Unique Laser Designs - Wood Graph Dot, Heart
Black Cardstock
Prima Pattern Paper
Scrap Folder (used for die cut)
Heidi Swapp Sticker Banner
Florals
Metal Embellishments
Tim Holtz Die
Stencil
Molding Paste
Gesso
HS Color Shine Mist
Inka Gold
Embossing Powder

 
Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOOtastic Giftbag and Mini Album

Happy Hallow's Eve!!
 
Today I'm the designer posting for Unique Laser Designs, sharing with you this BOOtastic giftbag and mini album.  

 
This perfect little altered gift bag is great alone as a treat bag to fill with sweets, or to hold this mini album to give as a gift.
 
 
First let's start with how I altered the Wood Skull for the giftbag.
 


These are the supplies I used to alter the skull.
 


 To begin the distressing process, I used a black piece of cardstock to give base to the back of the Wood Skull (eyes and nose). This is to give be a foundation to add the bling.

 
Cover the face of the skull with Distress paint, be sure not to cover the teeth.  Then while still wet, cover with Distress Embossing Powder and heat set.


Next, let's work on the eyes.  Now this part could have been completed in one of two ways.  You can add one diamond as the center of each eye then fill in the rest of the eye with white or your choice of color embossing powder or any other medium.
 

 
I chose to fill the eye socket with bling. Next I enhanced the teeth using Liquid Pearls in silver.


 
Now let's build the giftbag. 
 

The ziz zag you see on the giftbag is actually what would be considered the negative from a design cut.
 

 
I cut this piece into three sections and used the same embossing method to distress it.
 
 
And here is another look of the embellished giftbag.
Now, let's take a look at the mini album.
 


For the front of this mini I used a Chipboard Corset as the focus.
 
 
This is how the Corset looks unfinished.  I love this design, especially being it has usable holes for lacing up the front instead of having faux holes.
 
 
I altered the Corset by mixing the two main colors used throughout the mini album.  Starting with the center of the corset, being very careful to only ink up the section I want to emboss in the lightest color.  Next I moved over to the next section to emboss in black, and continued until the entire piece was completed.  Finally ending with threading the center of the corset.
 

 
Here's a glimpse of the inner pages of the mini album.  Each page has been mildly altered to prep for those fun Halloween photos.
 

 
I also used a Custom Decorative Wood Design on the second page of the album. I love how the mix of embossing powders gives this wood design the look of rustic metal. While the base embossing color is still hot from heat setting, lightly sprinkle darker embossing powder on sections.  As you heat set each layer, add more embossing powder where needed. Then using a my distressing toothbrush, I spritzed gesso over the piece to add more of a weather look.
 

 
 
Unique Laser Designs Products Used:
 
Other Products Used:
Kraft Gift bag
Cardstock
Michaels Brand Halloween Stamps
Watermark Ink
Embossing Powder
Cheesecloth
Washi Tape
Thread
Halloween Ephemera
Michaels Brand Chipboard Mini Album
G45 Pattern Paper and Cling Stamps
Vellum
Heidi Swapp Mist
Ribbon
Light Molding Paste
Leaf Stencil