Friday, July 11, 2014

Birthday Wishes

Happy Friday!!

What a wonderful day to share Birthday greeting cards, being that this very post marks Unique Laser Designs 100th inspirational blog post!  

Congratulations to ULD and thank you for producing so many wonderful wooden embellishment designs!

When I began gathering the items I wanted to use to create this card, I of course started with choosing my wooden embellishments.  This wooden Flourish B piece was the inspiration for the card.  I chose to go mega floral with the card to mimic the floral bloom end of the embellishment.

To embellish the wooden piece, I only added a white adhesive and glitter which gave it a glitzy look. I layered and stacked paper doilies and flowers, then added pearls and wooden hearts.  I also added spots of glitter to each of the hearts.

I decided to use the scraps from my first card to complete a similar card to have on hand.  The same technique was done on the wooden Flourish, just because I adore the effect the glitter has on this wooden piece.

My last card isn't a birthday card, it's actually a simple "Thinking of You" type card.  I used ULD's Sign Post  as a focal point for this card.  

Talk about fun to distress! I coated the sign post with gesso and allowed it to dry then added a homemade spray mist and a little kraft glimmer mist to add a bit of sparkle and a rustic look. Once this process dried, I used staz-on ink to stamp script all over the sign.

Add a few florals in various textures, seam binding and a ready made sentiment and you have a sweet card for a sweet recipient.

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:

Other Products:
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Various Pattern Paper
Recollections Flowers
Michaels Dollar Bin Flowers
Petaloo Buds
Staz-On Ink
Spray Mist


Monday, July 7, 2014

Embellished Chipboard Journal

I know I'm a bit off on my usual posting time, however, I've had one heck of a long weekend.  As most of you know that follow me on fb and Instagram, my son is home visiting from the Navy and we're trying to squeeze in as much as we can within a month.  So I got a little behind in my posting duties, but never the less I'm here so lets get this ball rolling.

I have some Unique Laser Designs projects to share with you today.  First I created an embellished chipboard mini journal.  This journal will hold a mini photo's that will journey my LONG 8 month and 9 days of training.

Here you can see I distressed the Border Swirl F using distress ink and embossing powder.

I absolutely love the distressed look of this wooden embellishment.

See each page is totally made of chipboard, which give me a great base to work from.

I'm going to try my best to keep the inside pages fairly flat.  I know often I get carried away with layering, but I would really like for the book to be able to close. (laughing) I'm going to go for more art journal type pages, that way there will be plenty of mixed media texture instead of bulk texture.

Up next is my LO:

This photo shoot was hiliarious! Being that I actually had on three shirts and I was getting a tad warm waiting on Don to get his "angle" right to take the photo, I really couldn't help to laugh.  Anyway, for this LO I used this very bright cardstock and toned it down using gesso, then begin adding layers of mist and texture with modeling paste.

I distressed this lovely Floral Border A by first covering it with gesso, then using spray inks to add the various colors found in my picture.  Then to give it a bit more texture, I used a script stamp and stamped over the piece...LOVE IT!!

As you know I can't get enough of incorporating feathers into my projects. I created this gold dipped look simply by pressing the lower section of my feather onto my watermark ink pad, then adding gold embossing powder.  Simple and pretty.

From there I just continued to build upon various spaces using florals, cheesecloth, rhinestones, stamps, and more inks.
Unique Laser Designs Products Used:

Friday, July 4, 2014

Altered Holiday Journal

Happy Independence Day!!  

I'm so excited  to be sharing my creation with you today.  On this day as we spend time laughing, playing and spending time with our family and friends; I'll also be taking pictures and adding them to this "Fourth of July" themed smash book.  

This is such a great way to create a quick themed journal to use while on vacation, at events, etc.  This will allow you to capture your memories while on the go and instantly place them in a journal to enjoy.


This journal cover is full of stars, bright yet vintange colors and a bit of bling.  Overall a show of patriotic love.  Let's get started on how I created this textured dimension for the cover.


To start, I begin creating fanned paper flowers for the cover by cutting 1" to 1.5" strips of patterned paper, scoring and folding each piece.  To adhere all of my layers, including the paper flowers I used Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA glue.


After each piece has been accordion folded, apply adhesive to the outer fold and compress to the opposing fold.  Hold the adhered section for a second to assure a good bond, then press the flower flat and you're flower is almost complete.


Cut a mini circle of felt to add to the bottom of your flower then press out your fan.  Also add a dot of adhesive to the bottom of the felt to adhere the flower to your project.


Now to adding dimension to the cover, I used 1/2" round double sided Zapdots under a layer of pattern paper.  Adding layers and dimension to your creations truly adds life to the project.  Zapdots were also used under the larger fanned flower.


And there you have it, a fun and simple journal that's just waiting to be filled with holiday pictures.  Memories to cherish with family and friends for a lifetime.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Helmar Products Used:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Creating in the Mist of Chaos

As I type my home is still in a cluttered state of gallons of paint, screw drivers, hammers, displaced furniture, hallway of CD's and DVD's, over stuffed closets and much much more.  Too many projects and not enough time to do it all...and Don just made it back home with dinner, so I'm about to make this really quick. LOL!!

On my "get it done" breaks, I decided to create a LO using only four colors.  I couldn't decide which picture I wanted to use, then I remembered a challenge blog I looked at earlier and the colors of the challenge.  This lead me to choose one of my black and white pictures and create with the colors gray, black, white and yellow.

It may have taken me all day to complete this LO, but it helped having premade items to use.  I'm so happy I  precut various tags, especially these grunge paper tags.  Lovely I had two left with the butterflies already punched out. Days when I have no mojo to create but want to be in my studio doing something, I create ephemera to use later.

 I used the very last portion of my honeycomb stencil here (tears).  I've really enjoyed creating with it. I added a bit of height to the black stencil you see here by using mosaic squares, the tiles were a perfect fit. Remember the magic mesh we used to use so much? WOOT!!! I found a piece in my stash, coated it in gesso because it was a very ugly green and used it under the honeycomb stencil. The same effect can be created using mesh drywall tape---Don't even ask why I'm so excited about that mesh---Texture makes me happy!

I really like the texture on this tag.  I covered the tag in a light coat of gesso, added distressed ink then heat set it by holding my heating tool really close so the mediums can bubble.  I discovered this effect by accident a while back and have loved intentionally doing it ever since.

Ok, dinner break is over time to move Karohn's furniture back into his room...Oh I didn't tell you? He'll be home today, I'M SO VERY VERY VERY HAPPY!!!!

*NOTE*: I used Heidi Swapp mistable cardstock but didn't want the design to flow through my misted and splattered areas.  To prevent this from happening, I first coated my entire cardstock with clear gesso.  Just a tip of something I tried that worked perfectly in case you have resist paper  but don't want it to resist your inks.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Altered Frame

Hi Guys!! Today I'm up on the Unique Laser Designs blog to share what I created using wooden embellishments.  I'm excited to be back with you today and even more excited to share the altered frame I created. 
You all KNOW how much I love thrifting and I really hope to inspire you to take a second look at thrifted items and how they can be used in scrapbooking.  

I found this frame (actually two of them) at my favorite thrift store, and yes the price was $0.79 for each.  The only thing wrong with each of the frames is the part that hold the frame up is missing on both and the back is unfinished.  However, regardless of the irregularities these frames were just perfect for me.

To begin the distressing process, I painted the frame a medium gray (allow to dry) then added adhesive all over the painted area. 

Once the piece was covered in adhesive and tacky, I added my lighter top coat of acrylic paint.  Let the drying process begin and watch the crackles form.

Here is the final result of the distressing process and I love it!  From here, let the creativity begin.

After distressing the frame and adding the Tim Holtz bracket to hold the pages (using E6000 adhesive), I began embellishing each page.  I used Unique Laser Designs DF Fran Frame on the cover.  This frame will eventually hold a picture of my son while he was on the beach.

Here's a close up of the distressing I created on the frame using Tim Holtz distress embossing powder.  This particular embossing powder gives the frame a rustic color and texture at the same time.  Almost like a sand type texture.

The second page is reserved for journaling, or a small picture and journaling.  To add a different flare to the floral embellishments, I decided to use feathers instead of leaves to highlight this page.

Here's an up close look of the feathers.  I love that the shape of these feathers compliment the leaves of the trees in this picture.

The following page boast a large feather, which I absolutely love.  Just the right touch for the small page and again beautiful against the leaves in the picture.

Here, I added a portion of the honeycomb stencil to the page.  The wooden honeycomb looks perfect against the honeycomb pattern in the background.  Distressing the honeycomb was truly easy being it has been used on a variety of projects, and already had many colors on it. All I had to do was add a few spritz of blue and yellow to help tie it in to the colors on the page.

Here's a peek of my final page; fairly simple with low layers.  Because this picture is so beautiful, I didn't want to take away from the scene. Guam is truly a beautiful island!

And finally, here is the shadow box portion of my frame:

I had a major ball embellishing the inner portion of this frame.  Instead of sliding the glass back into it's slot, I used E600 glue to adhere it above a section of the frame.  This created a shadow box effect, filled with sea shells, note card, beads, etc.

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:

Honeycomb Stencil (and one word filler)

Other Products Used:

Thrifted Frame
Tim Holtz Ring Binder
Heidi Swapp resist card stock
Scrap Pattern Paper
Recollections Flowers
Pink Paislee Butterfly
Cheese Cloth
Acrylic Paint
Embossing Powder
Sea Shells
Prima Junkyard Findings Typo Bulb


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sea Side Singing

I don't know if it's the picture or the LO itself, but I think this is my most favorite LO of 2014...ok, it's one of many of my favorites.'s one of my top ranking LO's that I love and that won't be placed in a book.

The picture alone brings me so much joy (and I'll admit laughter).  If you only knew my son, you would know he's a lot like me; not one to cause a scene or one that likes to stand out in a crowd and make a lot of noise.  So when I received this picture I was in major shock and full of laughter.

I love the look of this! I achieved this look by mixing navy acrylic paint with molding paste, then using my fingers I rubbed gold acrylic paint over the raised areas.  Before the gold paint dried, I sprinkled gold embossing powder in areas then dried.

After I completed the stenciled areas, I then used watermark ink to stamp in spots then embossed.  I also stamped distressed lines in black.

Using Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive, start layering your strips of pattern paper.  

To add a bit of dimension I started by using a wooden negative piece from Unique Laser Designs (Kenny's Bag) then layered my picture above it using Helmar Zapdots.

Start adding your embellishments.  Here I added thread and a metal embellishment.

I used a kraft gift card envelope, stamped and distressed it to use for hidden journaling.  A scrap piece of pattern paper is now a square tag for journaling.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!  Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Helmar Products Used:
Helmar 1/2" Square Zapdots

Other Products Used:
Unique Laser Designs - Gear Set B, Stars, Kenny's Scrap
Farmhouse Paper Company Fair Skies Dusk Paper Pack
Kraft Gift Card Envelope
Molding Paste
Folk Art acrylic paint in Gold and Navy
Recollections Embossing Powders
Walnut Ink, VersaMark ink, StazOn ink, Mix'd Media Inx
Stencil & Stamps
Thread & Twine