Return to Manistee



Manistee, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, is one of my favorite Michigan cities.

The town is old — built on lumber money — and has a waterway, drawbridges, museums, ships, a lighthouse, trains, and, well, everything I love, all in one beautiful little city. The people in Manistee value history, relaxation, tourism and family time. There is a breathtaking boardwalk that runs along the water behind the downtown. Several pocket parks allow time to relax and smell the flowers and playgrounds and sandy beaches give the kids space to run. They have plaques along the sides of the historic buildings that tell the landmark’s history and plenty of unique boutiques, bookstores, antique shops and more to make shopping fun. And, whenever a building is vacant, the store’s windows are used to display town artifacts, promote a festival or showcase some of the other businesses nearby. It is a true example of residents working together to keep their town beautiful.

When I saw this paper by KaiserCraft, I knew it would be perfect to showcase a few of my favorite photos from Manistee.

The title (and journaling) is actually a photo of a plaque that hangs in the coffee shop.

The flowers, also from KaiserCraft, where airbrushed with Copic Sketch Markers to match the blues in the photos. The ribbon is from May Arts and I stapled it on with the Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz.

I hope you enjoyed my little trip to Manistee … I cannot wait to return!

Technique Thursday: Liquid Pearls

Time completely got away from me this week … I pulled something in my back, spent time with my daughter, helped out at Capture A Memory, taught a class, wrote a few articles for Michigan Scrapbooker magazine, planted flowers, and helped my husband build a chicken coop for meat chickens and a couple of turkeys. I have to pause here and show you the turkeys because they are so cute …

They remind me of little ostriches.

This is the little turkey showing off and declaring dominance against my husband. He never does it to me, but every time my husband comes by, those feathers come out and he struts about. Hilarious!

Needless to say, there has not been a lot of time for crafting projects that could be placed online. So, I have decided to give in and let Father Time have this past week and I will start fresh this week with an early peek at Technique Thursday — LIQUID PEARLS.

Liquid Pearls are made by Ranger and they come in a little bottle like Stickles. They are a dimensional paint with a pearl finish and are a great economical way to make pearl gems on a page. They can be used on just about any surface, including fabric.

Here is a bottle I altered … it was from IKEA and was filled with some sort of berry juice my husband loves. I liked the shape, so I kept it. I attached an image from Crafty Secrets and then created a design around the bottle with dots of Liquid Pearls. I let it dry between sections so I wouldn’t accidentally ruin something I had already finished (trust me, I do this a lot and it is not pretty). Then, I added a few flowers from KaiserCraft and Prima to finish it off.

Here’s a close-up of the pattern at the bottom …

The lid had a code on it, so I used Liquid Pearls and a paint brush to make a rippled effect on the cap …

Next, I made this card with Basic Grey paper, flowers from KaiserCraft, and a Tim Holtz Die Cut flower.

I love using Liquid Pearls as flower centers.

For the giant center flower, I painted a thin coat of Liquid Pearls onto the cardstock die cut. When dry, I traced the edge with another color and added a bunch of dots to make the flower center.

You can also use Liquid Pearls on fabric …

This is just a piece of muslin. I used a paintbrush to apply Liquid Pearls to a rubber stamp and stamped the flowers on the fabric. Then, I added flower centers, leaves and a little pattern with different colors of Liquid Pearls. Imagine how cute something like this could be on the pocket of an apron or at the top of a baby’s onesie!?!

Come into Capture A Memory on Thursday from 2-6 p.m. and try out Liquid Pearls for yourself.  I know you will love them.

By the way, Capture A Memory is hiring, so if you are looking for a part-time job in the scrapbooking industry, or you know someone who is, please have them call or stop by.

The Girls

I have been playing with Piccolo Enamel Powders and card decor parts by Globecraft Memories, well, mostly because they are so cool I cannot seem to stop! If this keeps up, I may have to join a 12-step program.

For now, however, I want to show you what I made this weekend.

This is my sister and my daughter. They are only 10 years apart and Korie is the only granddaughter so my mom refers to them as “the girls.” When we took all of the grandchildren to get a photo taken, she insisted that there also be one of the girls — even though my sister isn’t a grandchild. My mom just always thinks of them together. It helps that they get along well and are good friends and shopping buddies.

I hadn’t planned on scrapbooking this photo when I sat down. What I really wanted to do was see if I could use the Piccolo Enamel Powders to create a background with a Crafter’s Workshop template. And, as you can see, it worked.

Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive is similar to embossing ink, but it comes in a dabber bottle, which makes it really easy to use on a plastic template. All I did was lay the template in place and dab on the adhesive. Then, I removed the template, wiped it down with a damp cloth and sprinkled enamel powder (Cranberry Wine) on the design.

I loved it but I thought it needed a little more, so I used Distress Ink to stamp some background images over the enamel. The enamel worked as a resist and the stamp only went in between the design. Cool, huh?!

Then I used Mermaid Tears to enamel chipboard letters from Maya Road. I love how dimensional the enamels are and different they are from each other. The Cranberry Wine stays bumpy and glittery; the Mermaid Tears melt into a smooth surface. Very cool.

I used both colors on this Piccolo dragonfly and you can really see the contrast. The dragonfly is part of a Piccolo card kit that includes several compressed chipboard pieces. Because the chipboard is high-quality and compressed, you can bend it without it breaking or tearing, so I bent some of the wings for a bit more dimension.

Then, I used Rose Gold to enamel some more pieces in the card kit — flowers, hearts and a sign.

At this point, I got carried away and added a bit to the tops of these white flowers by Kaisercraft. Even cooler!

I love the mix of gold and rose in the Rose Gold. This enamel also comes out completely smooth if you heat it long enough. I used a ZIG Photo Writer pen, great for slick surfaces, to journal on it and it dried in less than 30 seconds. Cooler, yet.

So, now that I’ve shared some of things you can do with Piccolo Enamel Powder, I am sure you are anxious to try it and I encourage you to go for it … just remember they are addictive!

To get you started, if you type in code TS25 in the coupon spot, you can get 25% off your first order! Start shopping, here.

SUPPLIES: Papers: Bo Bunny, American Crafts; Enamel Powders, Adhesive, card decor: Piccolo; stamps, Distress Ink: Tim Holtz; flowers: KaiserCraft; chipboard letters: Maya Road; Tulle: Offray; pen: ZIG; template: Crafter’s Workshop; dots: Liquid Pearls

I received products from Globecraft Memories as part of the Hobby Baby Design Team.

Growing Up Grandma

Whenever I see an iron birdcage or decorative fencing, I always think of my grandmother. It is a little odd, since she lived on a farm and never had caged birds or decorative iron fencing, but she grew up in New Orleans and for perhaps for that reason, I have attached the two in my head.

When I saw the Sweet Nothings Collection from KaiserCraft, I immediately thought of my grandma. Since I only have a few photos of her, I thought I would put them all in a mini album.

The pages (also from KaiserCraft) are actually wood — the same material they make their shelves, trays and photo frames out of. I love them because they can be painted, inked, covered with paper or whatever you want to do with them and they hold up well. I have pieces I made several years ago that still look brand new.

To start, I painted the edges of each page with Ranger Paint Dabber and then covered each one with paper. I used the UHU Stic to glue it all in place and then used my Crop-A-Dile to repunch the holes. A light sanding around the edges adds a bit of “time” to the album and gets rid of any paper hanging over the edge.

Then, it came time to decorate … For the cover, I added a few strips of paper and borders from the sticker sheet in the collection. Then I used Perfect Pearls Mists to color the flowers and glued them on the front with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive by Art Glitter.

The birds were stickers on the sticker sheet. I put a piece of dimensional foam adhesive on the back of each one and brushed them with baby powder (while leaving the protective coating on the foam. This “removes” the sticky. Then I removed the protective coating and attached them to the cover.

The cameo was also a sticker. I covered the front of it with Diamond Glaze to give it an epoxy appearance. I added a couple of pearls for a feminine touch.

For the inside pages, I used some of the same techniques — a combination of sprayed flowers, pearls, gems and sticker borders all from KaiserCraft.

Here is my grandmother as a girl and young woman:

Here she is married and with children:

And here she is the way I remembered her … the bottom photo was taken the year I was born:

Up, Up & Away

For our one-year anniversary, my husband surprised me with a ride in a hot-air balloon. We had been up once before, during the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest — a perk I received for being a columnist at the local newspaper. But our second time up, as an anniversary celebration, was special since we got to enjoy the ride for nearly two hours away from the crowds and excitement of balloonfest.

Since our trip was taken in the fall and the colors of our photos were so bright, I wanted subtle paper so it would not compete with my photos. When I found this collection by KaiserCraft, I knew it would be perfect.

To start, I added a couple of strips of paper and some hot-air balloon rub-ons to the bottom of the page. Then, I added my photos, journaling tag and a few more rub-ons — including one directly on the photo at the top.

From another sheet of paper, I cut out the ticket strip. I used a circle punch to punch the space between the tickets and decorative-edged scissors to cut the edges of the strip so it would like actual tickets. Then, I took a few rub-ons and added them right on top of the tickets. Next, I scored the areas between the tickets and then attached portions of the tickets so they would be dimensional. They look almost like the real thing, don’t they?!

For the title, I cut two sheets of paper the size I wanted and adhered the bottom one to the page. To the top one, I added another rub-on and then attached it with dimensional foam. With a few brads, this page is finally ready for the album — seven years later!

A One-Paper Card

I love layering patterned paper in both my layouts and cards. However, creating a card with lots of layers can get quite pricey. In this card, for example, I used seven different patterned papers, plus a blank card. If I was to buy those to make just this one card, it would cost me about $8 — before I added the pearls, Distress Stickles and roses.

But, when KaiserCraft makes a single sheet of double-sided paper with multiple patterns on it, I can buy one sheet of paper for about $1 and create this beautiful card! Even better, I have four squares left to make another. Pretty cost-effective, don’t you think!?


Paper, flowers, pearls: KaiserCraft

Card Base: Michael’s

Distress Ink, Distress Stickles: Ranger/Tim Holtz

Die cut: QuicKutz

Pop Dots: EK Success

Art Glitter Design Team 2012 Audition

I am excited over two things today …

The first is that I am applying for a position on Art Glitter’s design team. You probably know how much I love Art Glitter and Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and that I have served as a guest designer for them twice. Now I am applying for a DT position that will last an entire year. How exciting is that!

Secondly, I am excited to share this project, which I have been creating for a few weeks and I love how it turned out. It’s one of those things that you have in your head and then you jump in with both feet and try it and then it works and, well, you know the satisfaction and excitement I am feeling right now.

First, a little background … I have been wanting to make something to hang in the window that would reflect sunlight and make little rainbows in my house (just like in the movie, “Pollyanna.”) I think the cats will enjoy it. While I was milling that over in my mind, my husband brought home some pieces of acrylic that he planned to use for windows in the chicken coop he was building. Well, as soon as I saw them, I knew they would make a great piece of window art so I started asking questions — if he could cut it, if he could drill holes in it (it’s very thick) and if he really needed four windows in the coop. He agreed three would be plenty, cut down one of the pieces, added holes at the top for a hanger and holes at the bottom for hangings and presented it to me.

With the base obtained, I discovered a bit more inspiration in the Little Yellow Bicycle Saturdays collection. With that piece of paper in hand, I sat down to work and created this: (click on the photo for a larger view)

I hung it on a white wall to photograph it, but it will soon be hanging in a window.

I used a lot of products from a lot of different companies on this piece. That’s one thing I love about art like this — you can mix and match and use up little leftover parts. I also used quite a few techniques. So, if there is something I don’t explain here, please let me know and I’ll give you the directions. Otherwise, I am afraid this may be the world’s longest blog post ever!

First, I used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil and Alcohol Ink to create the background. Alcohol Ink will fade in the sunlight unless you spray it with a UV protector. But, I want to see the process, so I left mine uncoated.

Then, I added papers by Little Yellow Bicycle and BBP, each aged a bit with Distress Ink.

I used ColorWash to color the large blue flower (Prima) and the ribbon (Tim Holtz) and used Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to attach everything. Notice how it dries so clear you can use it to attach clear buttons (BBP).

I used a stamp set from Darcie’s to stamp the saying and the little birds. Then, I went back with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and added Vintage Glass Glitter to the branch the birds were sitting on.

The candelabra is a wood cut from KaiserCraft. I painted it and then decided it needed a bit more something, so I covered it in three different colors of Microfine Glitter. (You will definitely want to use the fine metal tip for this) I left a couple of spots that weren’t covered completely with glitter just to add a bit of interest.

I added some transparent glitter to the edges of the flower for additional interest and some Vintage Glass Shards to the ribbon and around the clock face (Tim Holtz) to spice things up a bit. As a side point, the Vintage Glass Shards will change color in the sunlight as well … can’t wait to see that result!

I also added a hint of glitter to this little clipboard I made.

A friend gave me this little bird cage to go on my art piece. We all agreed it needed a bird, but no one had one, so I made one. I used the same stamp (the birds on the limb) and stamped them on cardstock. Then, I cut the bird out and covered both sides with glitter. Finally, I added a tiny bead from my jar of black Gala Glitz (Art Glitter) as an eye. Then I used Designer Dries Clear to adhere him to the cage and to keep the cage door open.

And, with the addition of some charms, beads, hardware pieces and ribbon, I can call it done. Naturally it’s been cloudy since I finished the piece, but I cannot wait to see how it reacts in the sun!

Remember to post any questions here and I’ll answer them shortly.

Thanks for looking!

The Unloved Colors

This week’s challenge on the  iCopic Blog is to use unloved Copic colors.

For me, choosing the colors I rarely use was easy. I only had to look at one section in my Copic holder — Violet.

I have nothing against violet, or any shade of purple for that matter. It’s not like certain shades of green that I just plain do not like. But, for me, violet is a shy color. It never asks me to play. It doesn’t call my name. I don’t crave it.

I tend to like the warmer shades — yellows, browns, oranges and reds — along with blue, blue and more blue. Those are the colors I tend to reach for. And, they are the ones that catch my eye.

So, while I don’t dislike violet, I don’t love her, either.

But, since I was challenged to make something I liked featuring her, I went for it. This is what I came up with … (click on the image for a better look)

The stamp is from Magnolia and the word stamp is from Studio 490. Papers are from DCWV and gems are from KaiserCraft. The ribbons were in my stash and the cardstock is from American Crafts.

I stamped the image on X-Press It! and used these colors to color the image:

Then, I added a bit of Distress Ink to the background and colored the purple parts with atyou Spica in lilac. I love the sparkle it provides … not too much and not too little, but Just Right!

What colors do unlove?

Under the sea

I decided to participate in the iCopic challenge this week. The challenge was high contrast: using makers in their lightest shades all the way to the darkest shades. Still learning to blend, I found this challenge harder than many, but here’s what I came up with:

All of the papers and the stamps are from Imaginisce. I used the following colors: R46, Y35, BG000, BG02, BG05, BG09, RV10, RV11, RV14. It topped off the flower on the octopus with a pearl from Kaisercraft.

Birds of a Glitter …

Lately, I seem to be on a bird kick … anything and everything that includes a bird pulls me to it.

So, when I saw this wreath kit by KaiserCraft, I was immediately drawn to it. And, when I discovered the Vintage Glass Glitter and Gala Glitz  by Art Glitter, I knew I had to make this.

I used several techniques to create the wreath. First, I cut apart and lightly sanded the wood pieces from KaiserCraft.

Some of the leaves were sprayed with Adirondack Color Wash. Others were covered in papers from the Marjolaine collection from Basic Grey and then inked in Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

After putting the basic wreath together, I added flowers from Prima and some that I made using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flowers die. I added 600 Indian Summer Fine Vintage Glass Glitter to the centers.

Then, came the best part … the birds!

The blue ones are sprayed with Adirondack Color Wash before applying the glitter, to make sure nothing showed underneath the chunky glitter. I used 911 Lapis Vintage Glass Glitter Shards.

I love, love, love this glitter … It is rich and full of deep blue and purple hues.

For the lighter bird, I used a Paint Dabber to color just the edge in blue and then applied Champagne Gala Glitz.

When zoomed in on the glitter, it looks like this …

Because it is a mix of Vintage Glass Glitter, beads and other glitters, I didn’t worry about any color showing through … I figured there would be enough different size pieces in the glitter to cover and it did. This photo shows it a little more pink than it is … it is more of a tan/cream/gold color, but when light hits it, it reflects in pink. The larger shards almost look like mirrors … It is AMAZING!

The Vintage Glass Glitters provide so much depth — they keep you mesmerized.

By the way, I used Designer Dries Clear adhesive from Art Glitter to adhere everything — papers, glitter, flowers and wood pieces. This is a one-adhesive project!