Pretty in Pink

The May challenge at Scrap It Girl is to “Mother or Mother Nature”. I opted to show the beautiful relationship between my cousin and her baby.mom_me

My cousin is constantly taking photos of Layla in all sorts of adorable outfits and posting them on Facebook for me to enjoy. I keep threatening to steal the photos so I can do a scrapbook page. When she posted photos taken by Danielle Franklin, I could not hold back any longer.

Of course, this time I got permission, from both the photographer and my cousin, to reprint the photos and to share them with you …051

I knew I wanted the photos to really shine and I wanted to play up the fabrics and textures in Layla’s outfit. So, I opted for a sheet of pink cardstock and added some elegant trims to the top and bottom.

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Some of the items I wanted to use, like this lace from Prima, were too white. To tone down the color a bit, I used a bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink.

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On the Maya Road flower (lace with the pearl in the middle), I used Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists to alter the color a bit.

Then I just layered a variety of trims, flowers, gems and even some of my chicken’s feathers to the page.

The title is made with gold Thickers.

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So that is my project for Scrap It Girl for May … Now it is your turn. Create a project based on the mother theme and post it at Scrap It Girl before the end of May. You could win some fabulous prizes!!

Ready to head back to school?

It’s a new month and time for a new challenge at Scrap It Girl.

This month, we are saluting heading back to school by making a project that uses school supplies.

Since my house is low on school supplies — my “baby” is 20 and away at college — I decided to use school-type embellishments and create something that would make a perfect gift for a teacher.

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I started with a little notebook that looks like a mini composition book. I found it at Staples, but I’ve seen them other places as well.

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003First, I covered the front and back with patterned paper from Graphic 45. Then, I used my Corner Chomper to round the edges so they match the original book. You can also use sandpaper to trim off the edges of the paper. (this is the back … I used grid paper on the front).

004Then, I added a few strips of Washi Tape (from Tape Works and Studio G). I left the edges until I was finished and then cut them off so they are all the same size.

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Next came a few staples using my Tiny Attacher and a little wooden ruler from Maya Road.

006Then I cut out a few of the images from the paper I used on the back side and added them with Pop Dots for a little dimension.

008Finally, I added some sticker letters from Authentique across the ruler.

altered_notebook_scrapitgirl_Candy_SpiegelSo, what do you think? Have I inspired you? You can alter an item or make a card or back-to-school layout. Submit it to Scrap It Girl and you could win a great collection of prizes this month! I hope you win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New year, new calendar

CalendarEach Christmas, I make a special gift for my husband. This is the one I gave him this year.

I started with a Tim Holtz die and cut out both paper and chipboard as the background. Then, I used the small easel die to cut out another piece of chipboard so the calendar stands on its own.

I added some Maya Road ribbon, a saying from The Paper Loft, metal embellishments (and paper) from Bo Bunny, a mini calendar, fish netting, and, for a laugh, a moose head a friend gave me.

The little saying was coated in Glastique Gloss and formed while it was still wet. This makes it less like paper and more like flexible plastic so it stays in place and keeps its shape.

It may look like a bit of a hodgepodge at first glance, but it means I have searched around the world, through the oceans, high and low and you are the only one for me!

 

Altering Spoons

I have a new addiction … altering spoons. I cannot seem to stop.

Part of the fun is in finding the spoons. Since I am going to be teaching how to alter them at an upcoming retreat at Sunset Shores, I have been searching for them for the past month or so … antique sales, flea markets, Goodwill stores. I have quite a collection that my husband has lovingly either bent or drilled holes into so they can be hung easily.

Yet, although I have more than enough, I can’t help myself from looking for more!

But the fun of altering spoons is more than just hunting for treasures. They are so small and so easy to work with that decorating them is exciting, too. I have been using up a lot of those spare parts I had laying around from other creations, as well as cutting up some Christmas paper.

The one at the top is wrapped in twine. Then, I added a few cutouts from so old paper, which I had inked with Distress Ink. (I found that Glue Lines, made by Glue Dots, and dimensional foam tape seem to work the best at attaching things.) I coated the paper in Glastique to give it some additional strength and a bit of shine.

Then, I added a Piccolo (laser-cut, compressed chipboard) which I coated with Vintage Black Enamel Powder to the front.

Finally, I added a bit of sparkle with some glitter from Globecraft Memories.

 

I fell in love with this print on a sheet of paper from KaiserCraft. I didn’t want it to be a plain rectangle, nor did I want to cut out the children on the sled, so used a Lifestyle Crafts die to cut out an interesting border and then inked it with Distress Ink.

I added Art Glitter Dazzlers to the bottom of the spoon to replicate the snow and tied a bit of tulle to the top.

I sprayed a Maya Road flower with Perfect Pearls Mists to give it a hint of blue and attached that over the tulle.

Then I coated a Piccolo key in Vintage Gold Enamel Powder and added a little plastic flower from Bazzill. I love how soft it turned out and this is one I can keep up all winter …

This last one was inspired by the Piccolo bird cage and little birds. With the exception of the Piccolo parts, tulle and paper, all of the items on this spoon were sitting on my desk in a little bowl my daughter made when she was little. I toss all unused and leftover embellishments in there for later use — although I rarely use them later! Anyhow, I wrapped the spoon in tulle, coated the cage in Vintage Bronze and the birds in Cool-Set Enamel, also from Globecraft Memories. Then I wrapped around a bit of red tinsel (Tim Holtz). I cut the saying out of  a piece of Reminisce paper and added Distress Ink and Glastique to it. I added a bit of Distress Ink onto the flower and attached it.

The crochet flower is handmade by a customer at Capture A Memory in Flint Township. The center piece was a Maya Road plastic flower I airbrushed with a Copic marker and then never used. I think it works perfect here, don’t you?

I hope you have fun trying your own altered spoons … I know we will this weekend in Clare!

 

Trick-or-Treat Canvas

My how time flies when you are having fun!

I have so much to do right now, I get overwhelmed, cannot figure out where to start and end up doing nothing. Do you ever have that problem?

Well, one thing I did manage to finish this week is a Trick-or-Treat Canvas. It is my first attempt at making a canvas and I love how it turned out!

This project was inspired by Jen Starr’s canvas, here

I ran into a few problems … did you know Perfect Pearls Mists and Distress Inks will not work on treated canvas? Glimmer Mists will, so that is what I used on this one.

After spritzing and spraying Glimmer Mists until I liked the result, I added black paint to the edges and a bit of dry brushing to the front side.

The houses are cut from Tim Holtz/Sizzix die cuts in both cardstock and Shimmer Sheetz. The Shimmer Sheetz are then embossed with texture folders and I added a bit of alcohol ink to the silver ones.

The little bits behind the windows are cut from Reminisce paper and covered in Glastique to give them a bit of sheen. I then added some ribbons, buttons, lace, etc.

The witch is cut from Graphic 45 paper. I coated her with a thin layer of Glastique, too. It gives her the look of a canvas painting.

 

The letters are chip board from Maya Road.

I started by adhering them with Removable Glue Dots onto my non-stick craft sheet.

Then, I used Ranger Archival Ink to color the tops. This time, I didn’t want any color on the sides of the letters, so the ink pad worked well. (Don’t use Distress Ink for this — it will react with the Glastique).

Then I added a thick coat of Glastique to the top. It goes on white, but dries crystal clear.

As a final touch, I made a few dots and stripes with Liquid Pearls, added a bit of twine and Dew Drop from Robin’s Nest.

The bats are actually cut from a strip of ribbon.

I think it turned out pretty cool. It is going to be for sale at a resale shop that sells home goods in Argentine — between the Police Station and Seymour Road, on Silver Lake Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under the Mistletoe

Well, not really UNDER the Mistletoe, but that was the first thing I thought of when I heard Bo Bunny’s new Christmas line was named Mistletoe.

Before you start thinking of kissing or anything romantic, let me tell you that this new line from Bo Bunny is young, childish, whimsical and fun in traditional Christmas colors and a beautiful light blue.

Here’s one sample page I made for Capture-A-Memory:

 

This is the last portrait of my family before my son left for bootcamp in the U.S. Navy. I added a bit of black cardstock, some ribbon and a few Maya Road pins. The flowers were cut out of Bo Bunny paper using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flowers die.

This one features a much older photo … for a $5 donation to a pet-rescue organization, we got this Polaroid of my children and my cat with Santa. Cute, huh? The Bo Bunny paper made this layout so easy. Everything — title, patterned paper, tree, “stamping” is all part of one sheet of paper. I used some others to make a photo mat, added a bit of ribbon and cut the journaling block (cut from another sheet of paper) and it’s done. It took all of about 5 minutes, yet looks like I spent hours. Thank you, Bo Bunny!

With a piece of leftover Bo Bunny paper, I made this quick little card. It uses two stamps from Stamps by Judith, Copic Markers and a bit of Stickles for some sparkle and shine. The base of the snow globe is colored in Y28 and then AtYou Spica pen in gold. It is the closest look to actual metal I have been able to achieve with Copic markers.

 

 

Autumn Beauty

Perhaps it is the cool, fall-like weather we have had for the past week or the fact that Halloween and Christmas papers have been arriving at the scrapbook store, but whatever it is, I have been in the mood to scrapbook autumn.

Fortunately Bo Bunny’s new Apple Cider line arrived just in time …

These are some “rejects” taken a few years ago when we were taking my daughter’s senior photos. Even though they weren’t senior photo worthy, they are still beautiful photos that capture so much of Korie’s personality. They definitely deserve a place in a scrapbook, so this is what I created: (click on the image for a closer view)

I only had one of each paper in this collection, so I cut two of the papers in half and used them on each side to make it coordinate. I added a strip of another paper over each seam and then a larger stripe across both sheets to serve as photo mats.

I used Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain Distress Inks on the edges of the papers and the die cuts (Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves).

For the letters, I used Word Play by Tim Holtz. I cut them out of Grungeboard, then painted them with Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Paint, stamped them with a background stamp by Studio 490 and then coated it with Glastique for a shiny, epoxy finish.

I also cut out a bit of the pattern on the paper I used for the mat and slipped the photo under it:

On the right side, I included a couple of cropped photos:

 

Then I created a little grouping using dies, pins, burlap, twine and pieces cut from some of the papers in the collection. Here’s a closer look:

 

 

 

 

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.

Technique Thursday: Shimmer Sheetz UPDATED

It is Thursday and that means it is time for another technique.

This one is double amazing — amazingly simple and amazingly beautiful…

See what I mean? And they look even better in person! You can stop by and see all of these samples, and try it for yourself at Capture A Memory in Flint Township today from 2-6 p.m. today.

Let me tell you how easy it is … you only need three products: Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs, an embossing folder (I used ones by Sizzix/Tim Holtz) and StazOn Ink. (I used jet black.)

Shimmer Sheetz are an acid-free mylar, or type of plastic. They come in two different varieties: iris and metallic. While both types come in a variety of colors, the iris ones are the ones with the gradient and iridescent colors, like the sample above. The metallic ones are solid and can be used with some additional techniques, which I will share a little later.

First, let’s do this quick and easy technique …

Step 1: Cut the sheet of Shimmer Sheetz to the desired size (it cuts easily in a paper trimmer or with scissors).

Step 2: Place it inside a textured embossing folder and run it through your die cut machine (Big Shot, Vagabond, Cuttlebug, etc.)

Step 3: Flip your StazOn ink pad over and smear it over the front of the Shimmer Sheetz. You may need to apply a little pressure, but not too much. The idea is to just ink the highlighted areas on your image. Let it dry for a minute or two and it is done.

Simple, huh.

To turn it into a card, you can mat it, like I did in the sample above, or do something like this …

For this one, I cut the Shimmer Sheetz into 3 parts (after I inked it) and then placed them side-by-side on the card. Then, I added a strip of ribbon and a couple of pins from Maya Road. Then I used a punch to create a circle out of some unaltered Shimmer Sheetz and stamped on it with Staz On ink.

So, now you know you can cut, emboss, ink, stamp and punch Shimmer Sheetz. You can also sand it after embossing for a different look and you can run it through your die cut system and cut it with a steel-rule die — the thick ones by Sizzix/Tim Holtz.

But wait, there’s more …

The solid color or metallic sheets of Shimmer Sheetz take alcohol ink!

There are a few cautions here …

1. DO NOT use the iris colors. The alcohol ink will remove the color.

2. Only ONE side of the Shimmer Sheetz works. The alcohol ink will remove the color on the other side.

So, how do you tell which is which? Take a bit of blending solution and apply it in a corner. If you are on the right side, nothing will happen. If you are on the wrong side, it will first turn silver and then become completely clear — which might be a cool look, but you could save yourself some trouble and use acetate for that!

Anyhow, I applied layers of alcohol ink with the felt applicator, letting it dry between layers. (I noticed it takes a little longer to dry than normal. I kept finding my fingerprints permanently inked in places, so take your time and really let it dry.)

Then I embossed and added ink just like the ones above. Then, I cut it into pieces and applied it to a cigar box that I had painted black. I used additional stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs to cover the seams. And, when it was all dry, I added a coat of Diamond Glaze to the entire box. And, when that was dry, I added one of the new knobs by Tim Holtz and a few metal gears.

The piece on the front was not embossed, so you can see how beautiful it is with just the alcohol inks.

It is a little bit funky and extremely shiny and not really, “me,” but I absolutely love it and I am dying to show it to all of you!

Stop by  Capture A Memory in Flint Township today from 2-6 p.m. today. I cannot wait to see you!

Technique Thursday: Embossed Foil Tape

When my friend Linda showed me this technique, I fell in love with it.

So, today I am sharing it virtually here and from 2-6 p.m. at Capture A Memory in Flint Township.

The technique uses Inkssentials’ Foil Tape Sheets, an embossing folder, Claudine Hellmuth Studio’s Gesso, Adirondack Alcohol Inks and Ranger Archival Ink.

Here’s Linda’s video …

And here is what I created using the technique:

The gears are made from embossed foil and then die cut with Tim Holtz/Sizzix mini gears die. I added a few other metal embellishments from the Tim Holtz line (and his papers, too)

These papers are also from Tim Holtz. The brad is from my collection.

I used a variety of Tim Holtz/Inkssentials products to turn a piece of embossed foil into a piece of jewelry. The clear beads are from Maya Road and the little gears are from the hardware store.

Of course, with every technique there is always another way … With this card, I skipped the Gesso and just did alcohol ink on embossed foil. I then cut it out with Tim’s Tiny Tabs die. The papers are also from Tim Holtz and the stamp is from Northwoods.

I also like this technique without the black Archival Ink on top. Personally, I like the bright colors!

I hope you’ll stop by the store and see me today to try out this new technique for yourself.