Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rustic Elegance Leftovers Become Cards

A Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

I'm a card maker through and through and I've found that if I keep the mess on my crafty table after I complete a project I'm much more apt to use those scraps up into something production, like a dozen cards.  It's so wonderful not to put a bag of leftovers away and the double bonus is being able to go to my card bin and have more cards to choose from.  Today I'm using the leftovers from Carta Bella's Rustic Elegance collection which primarily had been used to create my Rustic Country Wedding Mini.

When I do cards like this I'm using up various sizes of paper scraps, stickers, cut aparts etc.  Little snippets of seam binding and twine.  It doesn't take much to make an A2 card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").  I even managed to keep a few flat so it doesn't cost the bank to post them in the old fashioned mail.

I used one of  wooden cuts I'd won from Creative Embellishments a while back.  This squiggly heart was perfect one I added a coat of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Rustic.  The LOVE is an unbranded die repeatedly cut, once with the top decorative paper and several times with the card base paper.  I offset the colored paper to make it appear as a shadow.

This was one of my favorite outcomes.  I rotated the card base so it's portrait and opens from the top. I've simply taken 5 scraps of paper, a piece of sisal twine, a scrap of burlap along with a sentiment and charm.  Comes together pretty good wouldn't you say?

There are twelve cards in today's set.  I'm not going to share them all on the blog but the video (link at the bottom of the post) will have a complete walk though of all the cards plus lots more still photos. Here I've used a Kraft card base sprayed with Glimmer Mists over a chicken wire stencil. Leftover bits and bobs from the paper collection pull it all together into a great Birthday card.

I did want to mention one more trick I often use when gluing multiple layers onto a card I'm wanting to keep fairly flat. Once all the layers are down I open my card flat and run it through the two plates of my Big Shot.  I'm not embossing anything rather using the plates to firmly press the layers together and keep it from buckling from the glue.  Give it a try it works great.

I hope you'll join me on the video and let me know what you think of my leftovers.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

a Rustic Country Wedding Mini Album

a Country Crafts Creations Design Team Project

My favorite way to create is to create for a special someone.  It used to be all I did when I first started making mini's.  I'd have a person or couple in mind with a special occasion and create something unique just for them.  As I began to design more for teams and stores the projects came faster the supplies more abundant and the projects took on not so much a personal note anymore.  I must say though I feel as if each creation is a labor of love whether it has a home in mind before I start or whether it finds one down the road. Creating takes on a life of it's own as the papers and chipborad begin to morph into something unique, something special, a one of a kind piece of art.  I hope you'll enjoy today's creation since I so enjoyed making it for this special couple.  I was fortunate to be able to attend the wedding and had a few photos we'd snapped plus a very few the bride gave me.  So even though the mini isn't completely filled there will be some photo spots to give you ideas.  It's always great to see what pages look like after the photos are placed instead of imagining it in your mind's eye.

This time  I used a larger format, the outside of the mini is an 8" square with over a 4" spine.  There are six pages with 1/2" gussets allowing it to lay almost flat as you can see above.I wanted to allow lots of space for the bride to be able to place large photos so there are abundant spots for 4x6' photos plus pull out tags and tuck in areas for 5x7" or larger.  It always amazes me at the quantity of photos you can get into an album this size.

I have to tell you about the front cover before I move forward.  I had purchased these unfinished wooden frames with the chicken wire in the middle.  I painted the square one with Tattered Angels DIY paint in Sable and then used the Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Rustic to added a little sparkle and the hints of rustic orange to it.  I love how it turned out.  I popped it up on foam tape and left the top open.  I had this photo we'd snapped of the Bride, her Dad and Step-Dad as they walked her down the aisle.  She can use it or easily pull it from the top tap and replace it with one of her own.  At the moment I'm going to let Grandma decide if she'd like more adornments on the front.  I kind of like the simple look but I had taken the twine and braided it and laid it around the three sides of the wooden frame, I like that look as well, we'll see if Grandma does too since she the one getting it for the Granddaughter as a gift.

By making the spine so large and allowing 1/2" gussets between the pages you can see there is lots of room inside to add a wheel barrel of photos and memorabilia.

Having six pages gave me 14 sides, including the inside front and back, to decorate.  I won't show them all here but the video is a complete walk through front to back sharing all the flip, flaps and extras plus lots more still photos.  Here I cut a double frame with the Cricut and popped the brides boot and the hubby's head to the outside of the frame.  I love doing this it just gives the photo so much more life like they are inside the frame and out at the same time.  You'll see lots of little stick ons throughout the pages like the banner and heart here.  These were Jolie's Stickers my friend Cheryl Wells gifted me.  I was so happy with I saw the cowboy boots and hats, perfect perfect perfect for this barn wedding were everyone wore boots including, as you can see, the bride!

The tables for the reception were decorated with canning jars filled with flowers, now how perfect to find a paper collection like Carta Bella's Rustic Elegance that had canning jars in it.  Thank you Tammy Merrill from Country Craft Creations for suggesting this paper line. I hadn't seen it prior to this and it was the best fit ever.  It even had the wood grained paper for the front and spine.  Amazing how things, as I said, simply begin to fall into place as the mini takes on a life of it's own.  I cut this jar from a one of the mats, left a white border and added Glossy Accents to the jar.  I took jute twine to make the string and added some flowers  to give the 3-D pop.

Let's talk about embellishments for a moment.  The little flowers that are shown throughout the book were white 49 Market Pina Colada.  They come 49 flowers of varying sizes to the package and they are all white.  My preference always is to get white when possible, flowers- ribbon - bling anything at all because with white you can alter it to fit your color scheme perfectly.  I misted the white flowers with Tattered Angels mists of Candy Corn, Valencia and Red Rose.  Perfect match for the colors in the book.  If the flowers are too big, pull a few petals off or add others that you've made or have from other assortments.  The sky is the limit when altering and adding to a mini.  That's the fun part!

One of my favorite additions to mini albums are waterfalls, they provide lots of space for a multitude of photos. When filled this will house 12 4x6" photos and room for an extra if she chooses to put one over the decorative paper on the front.  Because this theme is rustic I went hunting to see what I had in my stash for ribbon and found this wired canvas which just fit so well.  Again here's the largest of those flowers I was talking about along with a spray of the Sisal Rope.  I really liked using this rope throughout because it has the wispy threads that make you think of straw or hay, just pulling the theme together more.  I tucked the ribbon under the edges of the page gluing them securely.  I also added a wide strip of packing scotch tape over the edges so when the side mats slides in and out it won't get hung up on the edges of the ribbon.  The closure is simple a velcro strip along the edge glued in place with Beacon's 3-in-1.

I think I'll finish today's post with a view of the back inside cover.  Here I created a cluster pocket with lots of stickers from the Jolie's packages Cheryl sent.  The cowboy boots and hat along with the love banner end the mini so well.  When creating a cluster like this I start with a piece of cardstock, in this case I used the Cream Artisan cardstock from Tammy's store.  Then I start building up with the burlaps and stickers tucking in wisps of the sisal rope here and there.  Gluing only the three sides allows for a roomy pocket to house lots of photos.

I hope you'll join me on todays video.  It's a little long, you know me when I'm excited about something and start sharing I always like to add the why's and how's of the creation.  Check out the links to the Country Craft Creations store along with their Social Media sites.  I'll also post links to my own Social Media as well.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

It's a Canvas Corp Girl - Mini Album that is!

A Canvas Corp Crew Project

Today I'm using another Mix and Match pad from Canvas Corp called Sugar and Spice.  We don't have any little girls on the horizon that I'm aware of but I've loved this collection of papers for so long I decided it was time to just play and have fun.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Happy Mail Time

I want to do a HUGE shout out to fellow crafter Cheryl Wells for her overwhelming show of love and friendship.  She sent me the most fabulous Happy Mail last night and I can't wait to share with all of you.  Please leave her lots of love in the Comments either here or on my YouTube channel.  She doesn't have a online presence but is posting photos of her mini's in the Facebook Group Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations.  That is a private group but you'll love it so please join and give it a try.  Check her out there.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Using Blue Fern Embossing Powders

A Country Craft Creations Design Team Share

I've had numerous crafty viewers comment they haven't used embossing powder!  WHAT's that you say????  Unbelievable.  So I thought it was time to do a simple here's how I do it blog post and video to entice you to try your hand..  Disclaimer ---- it's highly addictive and you'll want to do it again and again!

I did use portions of the May and June Craftology boxes, a few tags, stickers some paper and card bases with envelopes.

You don't need a lot to get started.  I'm using 3 different Blue Fern Embossing Powders in my samples today.  Peacock, Black Sand and Antique Gold.  I use an embossing buddy, that's the little pillow that provides an anti static surface once you run it over your paper. Versamark is my pad of choice, it's the clear, sticky ink that adheres the powder to the page.  I also keep an embossing pen, again by Versamark, in my stash and I'll share on video how and why I used it.

This example uses the Black Sand embossing powder with the Joy Crafts Floral Lady stamp. This powder is a mixture of textures with glittery bits and just like the name says bits that resemble sand before they are heat embossed. When you watch the video you'll also see how I created the background for her as well as embossing her on cavas as well.

The Peacock powder is grittier and has a super sheen to it.  I used an Anna Griffin embossing folder with the center sentiment omitted for the mat.  Todays video really is the place to be because not only do I emboss each color for you we make them together on screen into the cards.  Lots of information so you'll want to make sure you watch.

This is probably my favorite.  I used a Heartfelt Creations stamp for the heart on black cardstock and embossed it with the Blue Fern Antique Gold powder.  Gorgeous how it turns out, this was a perfect stamp to get all those wispy details surrounding the heart.

Thanks for stopping by, I'll leave links to the Country Craft Creations store where you can find the Blue Fern product as well as check out the craftology boxes.  I hope you'll follow the link below and watch the video as well.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Playing with the Scraps from Midnight Masquerade

What to do, what to do, when you have leftovers.  My biggest suggestion, hint, observation is never ever nicely store them away!! Why??? Because I've found my nicely stored scraps most times stay that way, nicely stored away never to be popped out to play with again.  Now of course this isn't always the case.  BUT!, if you keep the scraps on your worksurface after your main project is done and just keep playing you'll end up, often times, with scads of projects and often a dozen or more cards.  

Here's my first set of leftovers.  My niece called one day from Crafter's Warehouse, a local store here in the SW Washington area.  She said Aunty they have this set of 5 Kraft things for around $4 do you want one?  Nope, get me two.  And now I'm kicking myself because the 3rd set had some broken snaps and I told her no don't get that one, duh, what was I thinking?    It's so rewarding to find a 'super buy' and watch it transform with paper, paint and embellishments into a gift or card you'd be proud to share with anyone.  That's how I feel about these three items.  Of course it never hurts to begin the process with a gorgeous paper collection like this one from Graphic 45 called Midnight Masquerade.

This set consisted of the three items here plus a large box (perfect for housing stamps, dies or embossing folders, watch for it a little later since I'm not sure how I'm altering them - I have 2) and a magazine holder which I always use to hold my 8 1/2 x 11" paper.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Wilted Violet to paint everything before adding the papers and pretties.  I did remove the front and back covers, painted all the edges, covered them with my main paper and then gently replaced them in the binding.  Worked great.

Tammy Merrill shared this lovely collection with me so that I could play.  She also had sent a gorgeous set of Petaloo flowers called teal Dahlias.  Whenever I start with my leftovers I start searching my crafty spaces (of which there are many) for things that have the same color tones or things that I think would enhance what I'm playing with.  I found another set of Petaloo flowers that were perfect to accompany the teal ones Tammy sent.  These had hints of purple along with teal excellent for my cluster on the front of the notebook.

Also in the set of flowers was this one, well you tell me was this not the perfect headdress for this dancer?  It complemented her outfit perfectly.  Since I had two sheets of this paper I fussy cut this lady from the second paper popped her several times on light weight chipboard (fussy cutting each time) and then I inked the edges with a black marker.  I find this helps the chipboard piece pop, almost like it has a heavy shadow around.

The second item was this little 4 1/2" square box. These items were all covered in Kraft which is easy to alter and my Wilted Violet paint did the trick perfectly.  I covered the box with paper then added two pieces of black lace and then added the cut apart on top.  The cut apart has a purple mat and black chipboard to pop it up above the lace.  I used 3D Crystal Lacquer for the lady and gent on the top of the cut apart.  I also fussy cut another flower to pop above the main sheet. Adding these simple elements gives the finished project a lot more dimension.

Here's a peek inside the box.  The notesheets were included I simply tied a piece of colored seam binding into a bow around them.  Country Craft Creations has almost any color of seam binding you could possibly want in the store.  The lid has been lined with a purple paper from the collection, you can see there how perfectly the Wilted Violet paint matches it.

Using one of the chipboard pieces from the Decorative Chipboard package along with two embossed Embossabilty embellishments finished the inside of the lid.

I found, for myself, it was easier to put a glop of paint on my craft mat and spritz it with a little water applying it to the Kraft items with a brush.

The final item was this little pop up box.  It came flat and the inside bottom popped down to create the box.  I covered inside and out with papers from the collection and also again used the Wilted Violet to paint the exposed Kraft edges. This box is 4" tall and each side measures about 3".  A great size to hold pens or pencils, fill with candy, add a small vase of flowers. 

I always try to check out the close out bins and areas at the stores I'm shopping at.  Even the local grocery stores have promotional, seasonal, items that close out at large discounts.  It doesn't matter if it's red, white and blue for the 4th of July or red and green for Christmas, once you grab your paints, mists or whatever you can change it up to whatever you want.  So look beyond what you see to what it might be.  Have fun everyone and enjoy your crafting time,

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Using Bo Bunny Stencils and Glitter Paste

Bo Bunny repositionable, stickable stencils are made flexible to adhere to almost any surface including paper, wood, glass, plastic anything you can stick the stencil to can be used.  Combine that with their wonderful array of Glitter Paste and you've got a combination sure to knock your creative socks off.  

I'm using a few of the 12x12 stencils along with the Grape and Turquoise Glitter Paste. The 12x12 sheets are a combination of multiple sticky back stencils on one sheet, perfect for lots of creative inspiration.  These are available at Country Craft Creations store along with numerous other varieties of stencils and pastes.

Today's video (clickable below this post) is much more about the process, the how to and results than it is about the finished cards I made.  But it's always nice to see what we play with made into something useable so each example I share making on the video will have an accompanying finished card at the end to inspire your creative processes. The biggest secrets I can give you is less is more!  You'll find it takes a small amount of Glitter Paste to make a big wow statement.  So start with a little and add more as you need it. Secondly, make sure, especially when using the Bo Bunny Glitter paste, clean your stencils right away and not let the glitter dry on the stencil. Often times Baby Wipes will be enough to remove the glitter but be prepared to stop the process and thouroughly wash the stencil to remvove all the bits of glitter.  You certainly don't want to pick it up later to use with something yellow and find you still have traces of grape glitter around.

To me the most enjoyable part of this process is the reveal, when you peel back the stencil to see what you've created.  It's always an oh wow feeling.  With this particular example I used some of the Bo Bunny Grape Glitter Paste with TCW's Light & Fluffy Modeling paste, this creates a softer more muted look.  My personal preference is full out glitter paste for the deep glittery effect.

With this design I chose to cut it up to use for not only the outside but to tie it to the inside of the card as well. 

You certainly aren't limited to using the stencils with just the paste, although this effect is super you may want to use mists or paints or any other medium you have in your stash to achieve an entirely different look.  Let's look at one more example here and then I'll save the rest for the video.  I think this turned out to be one of the most interesting.  I used  the chicken wire stencil with some Tattered Angels Plain Jane mist in a yellow.  It has a little bit of glitter in it so when it dries that shines through.

At the beginning, as you'll see in the photo the result is quite deep. 

As the mist dried it became a light shadow of chicken wire on the Kraft cardstock.  So keep in mind your results are going to differ depending on what medium your using with the stencil and what surface you're applying it to.

These are great products, I'm really in love with the glitter paste, it gives an amazing look to whatever you apply it to and the fact that once dried no glitter comes off is fabulous.  The repositionable, sticky stencils also have a great place in your crafty arsenal, I'm sure you'll think of lots of places you could use them, (think picture frames, mason jars, mirrors, windows etc etc etc).

Come join me on the video, that's what's really going to convince you this is fun stuff to play with. Thanks to Tammy Merrill for supplying me with these lovely glitter pastes to play with.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Double Mini in a Box

a Country Crafts Creations design team project

Hi everyone, I'm sharing with you a project using Tammy Merrills 8x8 mini in a box tutorial that she shared on her Group Page Coffee Talk. If you haven't yet discovered Coffee Talk, Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations or the Country Craft Creations store you're really missing out on some amazing tutorials and projects made just for you to try out yourself along with an array of wonderful products to create with.  I'll link all these fabulous places at the bottom of this post so be sure and check them all out.

My mini is created using the Graphic 45's Midnight Masquerade collection.  Oh my goodness what gorgeous color combinations you have to work with in these papers. I made my own mask to decorate the front along with feathers and baubles.  

My mini is actually a double since I added a second to the underside of the lid. On the video I'll share each page, how they flip and fold and all the tuck ins included.

The right side is a regular mini, with a spine with hinges and swinging pages which include a large side pocket and pull tab. I used some clear acetate for the pocket on the first page with a lovely fussy cut lady from the collection as decoration.

Here is a double page spread featuring belly bands and accent pieces for journaling, a photo or to leave as is.  Slipped underneath are two mats of different sizes.  There's amble room to leave more photos tucked in as well

These two pages each share a large cut apart on the swinging flip and an extra mat tucked under the edge.  Magnets hold the flips securely in place.

Probably my favorite of the pages are these two.  Each side boasts three flip ups which will hold photos just shy of 4x6".  They tuck nicely under the chipboard accents to keep everything neat and tidy and the book is looked at.  Fussy cut elements adorn each flip up.

The last pages share cream colored Artisan Paper embossed with Swiss Dot.  On the left I've fussy cut a large image and backed it with the embossed paper to form a extra large pocket.  On the right there's a side flip with a open tuck in area at the top. This finished up the mini on the right.  But wait, there's more, there's another mini on the other side (the underside of the top of the lid).

This side simply utilizes the waterfall technique where each right/left flip out has an extra 1/2 inch flange that's scored and glued to allow the swing outs.  Each flip is graduated in width so they tuck nicely one side into the other.  The heights remain constant. This whole mini is secured with numerous magnets at the beginning to keep it nice and snug when closed.  The pocket houses a couple of tags with a huge area underneath to attach a photo.  Don't you love that beautiful teal border?  That's achieved with one of the Bo Bunny flexible stencils and the Bo Bunny Glitter Paste in Turquoise.

Flipping that first page open to the left you have a huge area to cover with a photo or collage.  The middle section is a pocket  with an open area and large mat tucked under.

Here you can see both the left and right flip out.  I also heat embossed one of the stamps from the collection onto the center panel using Blue Fern's Turquoise embossing powder, the perfect color to complement this collection.  You have to keep in mind while making a mini in a box that it's tight quarters and allow for the bulk the photos are going to add to the finished project.  That's why you'll notice I have very few bulky elements.  Stamps etc are a great balance to give extra detail with out extra bulk.  Not adding flowers, bling and chunky pieces is hard for me.

When you flip the center section with the solid orange to the left you get this next set of pages.  Pockets both diagonal and horizontal.

Flip the right and you get the center panel, with pocket and the mirrored right side to the left flip out.  

Flip to the left again and you get the high orange pocket and the center section that's secured with a swinging chipboard piece, swivel it to reveal the top spot ready to house your photos.

Continuing the alternating flips when you flip the one on the right you have the end of this side.  Two orange high pockets on the outer flaps and a small corner pocket and tag in the middle.

So that's it my friends, a huge area for photos left and right all tucked together nicely in a box.  Love this tutorial from Tammy, it's so versatile and can be used with endless possibilities.  Don't forget the video to follow, it will give you such a greater perspective than the still photos.  Thanks for joining me. Be sure to stop by and join and like both the Group Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations and the Page Coffee Talk on Facebook, you'll be so glad you did!!

Artisian Cardstock in Navy and Natural Linem
Bo Bunny Glitter Paste in Turquoise and Grape
Black Lace
from my Stash
Glossy Accents
Assorted Punches
Scrap Cardstock
Swiss Dot Embossing Folder

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