Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bundle of Joy

Hey there! Happy Hump Day!!
I have a lovely little shabby baby card I created for Unique Laser Designs to share with you today. 
Did you know Unique Laser Designs also carry such gorgeous baby designs?

I think these baby bibs are simply adorable! These items not only come in wood, they are also available in chipboard and cork as well. This makes creating those much needed baby items so much more versatile.

Now on to demonstrating how I created this shabby little baby card.

To get started on the card, first I distressed the wooden bib using acrylic ink, white embossing powder and watermark ink.  Then gather coordinating pattern paper, and other embellishments to bring your card together.

After cutting my pattern paper to size, I stitched the left and right edges which adhered the layers together to create my card base.

Remember this post on creating your own ephemera/embellishment? This is simple piece I created.
Using a 2 X 2" piece of pattern paper (same as by base) I created a small ephemera piece by stamping a polka dot background, embossing the bunny and finally inking the edges.

Next, begin adding your layers starting with stamping the sentiment, then adding twill ribbon and lace.

Continue building your layers and thread the buttons with a contrasting fiber.

To keep the eye focused on the baby bib, I used scrapdots to build dimension, then added florals and pearls
Products Used:
Crate Paper Oh Darling Paper Pad
Papertrey Ink Card Stock
Lace and Twill Ribbon
Thread and Embroidery Floss
Papertrey Ink/Archival/Watermark Inks
Acrylic Inks
Embossing Powder
Michaels brand stamps
Helmar Adhesives

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vintage Greeting Cards

Fall is in the air and the rustic colors of the season seem to always inspire me. 
Today, I will share with you three vintage greeting cards I created for Unique Laser Designs.

Each of these cards were created to have a strong natural look to each of them. Hence the neutral tone of each of the cards and my using the wood embellishments in it's natural state.
 Each card was cut to an A2 size, and embellished with basic kraft, white and grey floral embellishments. All of which ties into the wooden and cork embellishments used.

On this card I used the Corner A flourish and left it in it's natural state due to the colors used on the card.

I just adore this gratitude card, and it's also perfect for the gentlemen in your life. On this card I used the Border Swirl G, which ties into the design from my gratitude stamp. I also used cork Leaf Branches, which are totally awesome to use year round.

See how perfect the Border Swirl is right underneath the sentiment? The embossed stamping behind the wood adds so much depth to this card and totally brings out the cork and chipboard pieces.
And for my last card, I added a bit of texture to the focal point...wooden Flourish C.  The texture is glass bead gell with mist of color added after it dried.

Although there are floral pieces on this card, it will also fair well as a masculine card.
On this card I used every "bit" of wood from the wooden embellishment.

Here's a close up of how I scatted the bits from the flourish to fill the card.  I love the partial swirls found on this card. 

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:





Other Products:
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Helmar Adhesives
Dictionary Pages
Brown Paper Bag
Shipping Tag
Seam Binding
Gesso, Glass Bead Gel
Liquid Pearls

Friday, October 10, 2014

Using Your Stamps to Create Ephemera

EPHEMERA:  e·phem·er·a

  1. things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
    • items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.
      "Mickey Mouse ephemera"

So often we as papercrafters or crafters in general, neglect to utilize the products we have on hand to create. We do this by purchasing pre-made items because of course it's just a lot easier. When on the hunt for supplies, we see these items and they are packaged so pretty and just can't resist making the purchase. However, we are spending more time and money purchasing items we can in fact create ourselves. Well as you know, I'm not so quick to purchase items that I can create myself; especially ephemera.

Also, if you've ever purchased single packages of ephemera before you know we NEVER use it all. That's just one added reason to create your own by using what you have. There's absolutely nothing technical about it and there's no limit to how or what to create.

For my samples I kept it simple by using more of my larger background stamps. Often I've used floral and other mini stamps; however I don't need any of those right now plus I wasn't in the mood for detailed fussy cutting.

All you need to do is gather your favorite stamps, permanent (archival) inks, card stock and/or pattern paper, scissors and die cuts if you have them.

About the inks: Keep in mind how you create. If you are heavy into mixed media then you will want to be sure to use a permanent ink when stamping.  This will safeguard your ink from smudging when adding various mediums.  However, if you know you will not utilize your handmade embellishments in that manner, feel free to use the ink of your choice.

This is an 8.5X11 sheet of 110lb cardstock from Papertrey Ink.  This is the only cardstock I use for my cards which is also great for creating sturdy embellishments.

I stamp all over my sheet until I've used every available space, then move on to my next piece.

This is just an old dictionary page that I stamped a dining ticket on. I love aged dictionary or book pages and I often use them in my work. I pick up books like this from my favorite thrift store and local library and book stores when they have sales.

This will create an awesome background to be used on my cards, tags or layouts.

Once you are done stamping, now it's time to cut out all of your embellishments.  I prefer cutting them out soon as I finish stamping them so they are ready when I need to use them. The only thing left to do is distressing. 

The larger pieces of ephemera can be cut to size or my favorite way of using them is to just tear it. I often distress the edges and ink them.  I've also used coffee to dye many of my pieces, then add splatters of water for more of a vintage worn look. Then begin to embellish away by tucking, layering, etc on your project.

Here and below are more views of what I stamped to soon use as my own ephemera. This is a great way to use all of your scraps of cardstock and pattern paper.

I hope this has sparked an interest in you to create your own ephemera. Thanks for peeking!

Have a wonderful Friday!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Navy Days

Hey Guys! Today I have a quick LO to share with you, which I created for Helmar Adhesives DT. 

To get started, first of course start with your patterned papers, stamps, inks, embellishments, and adhesives.  For this project I will use my Helmar Craft Glue and Zapdots White Square 1/2".

Next, let's begin layering the base.  Here you can see I got a bit ahead of myself and started my first picture adhereing a layer.  I actually ripped my patterned paper my distressed liking before adhering it.

I LOVE using wooden embellishments and I LOVE using the negative of wooden embellishments just as much.  Using Helmar Craft Glue is perfect for adhering this embellishment.

Next let's start building the layers.

When building layers, I also like to add more pop to my layers I use Zapdots White Square 1/2" for more dimension.
And there you have it, my completed LO. Below are more close-ups

Products Used: