Sunday, July 15, 2018

Side Swing Mini using Authentique's Jingle Collection

a Country Craft Creations Design Team Prochject

It's always fun to create something new and fresh that no one else has done.  Today I'm introducing my new Side Swing Mini.  It's an 8" square mini with the front split into two sections each 4"x8" which swing in opposite directions to open.

I will be uploading a compete tutorial playlist walking you through the construction of the Side Swing Mini along with decorating each of the pages.  This mini incorporates two hinges one on each of the mini sides.  The hinges are 2" wide and house 3 pages.  The pages alternate side to side on top of one another.  

I've added 3 waterfalls to this mini, two are horizontal and one vertical  The horizontal ones will house 3"x4" photos 7 if you only use the one side double if you use both.  All three close with a magnetic strap. The vertical waterfall houses slightly smaller photos and has 4 flaps and the base photo mat.

This mini has lots of pockets holding mini booklets to showcase your photos.  The collection has darling cut aparts and elements to make your pages pop with Christmas happiness.

I used Artisan red cardstock for the base of the book (along with medium weight chipboard for the book construction).  The red is a great compliment to the colors in the collection.  I also used some Artisan Kraft and the green from the older 6" pad of Graphic 45's Patterns and Solids from the Home Sweet Home collection that was gifted to me from my friend Cheryl.

I'm not a good Washi tape user but my friend Paula had gifted me a roll of red glitter Washi tape some time ago and it was perfect to give some sparkle here and there.  I must admit I erred on the side of caution and glued them as well with my trusty Art Glitter Glue (also available in the CCC store).

If you've followed my projects for a while you know I like to see if I can use up the collection.  This time I have to share I even used (a lot) of the Jingle cover sheet which has the small pics of all the papers).  The Jingle above is from the header on that cover sheet, it made a perfect flag pennant for this page along with some mini clothes pins in red and green.  The  horizontal flag with the sentiment is the topper on each of the collections papers.  I use those quite often as well.

I hope you'll join me on the video for a complete walk through of this video.  As the tutorial videos are uploaded to their new playlist I'll insert a link to the Side Swig Mini Playlist here as well.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, see you on the video.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Crafty Retreat at Simp Lee Memories

Hello everyone.  I was so fortunate to be able to attend a Design Team Retreat for Country Craft Creations at Simp Lee Memories, Medical Lake, Washington.  This is a Bed and Breakfast type home that caters to crafters like me.  It's owned and operated by Karen Oliphant who just happens to be Ginger Ropp's Sister, hmm perhaps that's why her crafty name is My Sister's Scrapper.

Ginger taught a class using the fabulous Graphic 45 collection Tropical Travelogue.  Oh my goodness do I love everything about this collection.  This was a super special folio she taught because it was designed for us.  Loved it, loved learning from her.  What a fantastic personality this woman has!

On today's video I'll walk you through the whole folio.  It's just gorgeous and it's so fun to learn from someone else, glean information first hand from them on how they do things.  As you all know we each have our own way of crafting but it's always nice to peek inside another's brain and see how they do it.  I thoroughly enjoyed peeking inside Gingers!

Tammy Merrill, owner of Country Craft Creations store made sure each and every one of us had a fabulous time.  I was fortunate to share a room with her and long gab sessions, something I'll treasure forever.  That she left Godiva chocolates on our pillows the first night was certainly not a bad thing either!

We all did a project. the Fan Fold Box, that Tammy had taught on the Authentique Facebook page.  After ours was constructed we blindly exchanged them with one another, I have Rosa Kelly's.  My goodness is that lady a sweetheart!

I enjoyed meeting Karen, Ginger, Angela, Bonnie, Rosa, Cathy, Tiffany, Ann Marie and Kim and of course our fearless leader Tammy.  What a great bunch of crafters to call my friends!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My Infatuation with Tattered Angels High Impact Paints

a Canvas Corp Brands CREW project

If you follow me on YouTube, Facebook or here on Blogger you'll know I'm primarily a mini album and cardmaker, once in a while I'll throw in some mixed media.  Today I'm really stepping outside this safety net zone to share a wonderful product I've discovered.  Tattered Angels High Impact Paint.

I have this large metal sun that we got when we first moved to Southern Utah in 2008.  Two years ago when we moved to Southwest Washington I knew this fellow would have to be part of our outdoor decor.  He brought me many happy memories when I'd look at him.  The only problem was as the high heat of the Utah desert and the rainy atmosphere of Southwest Washington had really done a toll on him.  He'd faded and weathered and not in a very pretty way.  

Trying to figure out what I'd use on him to give him new vitality that would stand the elements let me to the Canvas Corp Brands Store.  That's when I discovered Tattered Angels High Impact Paints. OMG I love these paints.  They come in small bottles (don't be fooled or scared when you see how small the bottle is) 1.35 ounces.  I had all these colors to choose from but actually only ended up using the Copper and the Antique Gold primarily, they are both Metallics.  This paint spreads like nothing I've ever used before.  I used 1 1/2 bottles on my sun, which is over 3 1/2 feet across!  It dries beautifully.  You can choose to put in on as a wash by adding more water or use it straight from the jar for more coverage.

I'm only going to give you this teaser photo here but please, pop on over tot the Canvas Corp Blog and read the full blog post with photos.  Take a look at the video below, I didn't do live, yep I was too lazy to haul my laptop, camera and tripod to the back yard.  I instead took lots of photos and will narrate you through what I did.  I hope you'll give these paints a chance when you're looking at revitalizing something around your house.  I can't imagine you won't be thrilled with the outcome.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Using the Scraps - Authentique's Meadow - Note List Holders

a Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

Today I have a fast and simple, use up your scraps, idea.  I'm using the remains of the Authentique Meadow collection.  I am always looking for note pads to write stuff on, I know it's the dawn of the techno age, cell phones, instant messages and all writing digital.  Well I like to pull out my trusty pen and paper and jot stuff down.  Thus was born today's project, using the scraps to make these nifty list pads.  You'll find it's a great way to use up the remains after the main projects been made.  And, as a bonus, you'll have some neat tuck in gifts just waiting for the right moment and the right person.

I had several 4" x 12" scraps of the Artisan cardstock after I'd finished my mini and they are the perfect size for a stack of paper.  My niece had gifted me with some old, decorative paper, copy paper weight, which I'd been wanting to find a home for.  A perfect marriage, the scraps and the paper!

I'm going to share one step by step process on the video, complete with a goober and a makeover.  The best kind of video in my estimate.  That way you get to see not all things turn our perfect, and often the mistakes lead to the best outcomes.  Which was the case this time.

To make these cute note/list pads you're going to need some heavier weight cardstock, like the Artisan, some light weight chipboard, even one or two layers of a cereal box might do the trick, and scraps (paper, ribbon, bling all kinds of scraps, dig them out and use them up!)


If you're one of my followers/viewers you've seen me paper piece mats before, and that's exactly what I did here, using up all those bits and pieces of paper.

The insides were also decorated, here I wrapped the outer jacket with two pieces of 6x6" paper that I pieced together.  I took an older EK Success border punch, Scalloped Scallop, and ran it down both sides, inked the edges and tucked the excess 1" to the inside on both sides.  It really gives a nice finish.  A few stickers from the sticker sheet and this ones done.

This is the one we'll be making on the video, so come on over and watch and see if you'd like to use up some of your scraps this way!

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Authentique's Meadow Collection into a 9 page Mini Album

a Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

Hello everyone today I'm sharing a nine page mini I've made with Authentique's Meadow collection. This is a fun whimsical collection with soft spring colors.  To me it's reminiscent of fairy tales of my youth.  Come along as I take you though some of the pages.

This mini is housed inside an 8"x 6 1/4" outer cover with a 3" spine.  I choose to use 1/4" gussets between my pages so I'd be able to accomodate all nine pages and 5 top inserts.  Because the book has so many pages bulky elements must be kept to a minimum so there's lots of room remaiing for all the photos that will be tucked away inside

Every other page has a top insert that measures 4 1/2" x 12". With this mini I was trying to not cut the 12" pages and utilize the whole sheets.  The pages are 7 1/2" x 12" so the left over strips became the top inserts.  You'll need one 12"x12" sheet for each page in your mini.  I used Artisan Cream Cardstock, a favorite go to of mine.

The pages alternate from the top pocket insert to a side flip out, extending the pages to a trio across.  There are 5 insert pages and 4 trio pages.

I did a lot of fussy cutting, which you know I love, of all the little characters in the paper collection.  These two friends are mounted on brown Artisan cardstock with a magnet inclosed.  There's a matching magnet under  the paper so they just pop on top after you've mounted your photo.  If you decided you didn't like them on this page they could easily be glued else where in the mini.

On this page again I fussy cut the little girl with her goose, added a piece of acetate behind her.  I tinted the acetate with Tattered Angels Stained Glass in this blue, just to give her a little shadow behind her and allow for a photo to slide neatly behind.  On the opposite page I've taken one of the darling saying from the collection and created a large, side to side, belly band for the tucked in photo mat behind.

The biggest obstacle for me is not embellishing, it's so hard not to add lots of stuff to the pages but this time I wanted lots of room for large 5"x7" photos.  You can see here the main pages are free for the photo and the background will then become a fantastic mat to frame the picture.  The tuck in insert has a sweet pocket across the bottom with several tiny tags made from pieces of the collection.

If you've watched my videos or read my blog posts before you know I like to use as much as I can from a collection.  This time I even used the cover sheet, shown as the mat on the left.  It was such great snippets of the paper line I just couldn't see wasting it.  I did supplement papers from the Spectrum line to stretch the decorative collection a little further.  That's what the polka dot is on the right above.

The back and front inside covers both house a nice large pocket for tuck ins.  I included a tied ribbon booklet in the front pocket and a tri-fold magnetized book in the back pocket.

There's so much more to show you, I hope you'll join me on the video to see it all.  I will have a quick process video coming to share how and why I constructed different parts of the book the way I did so you can create one for yourself if you'd like.

Thanks for sharing your time with me, see you on the video.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Authentique Accolade Collection - Scraps to Masculine Cards

a Country Craft Creations Design Team share

Well my friends I think this just about does it for the scraps from Authentique's Accolade collection  I have some stickers left and a few papers I'm saving for other masculine/graduation projects as time goes on.  I did want to leave you with a little inspiration for some guy cards since I know many of you struggle for ideas, as I do, for the guys in your life.

I made a total of 7 cards for you using up the scraps and stickers from the collection.  All cards are on a Kraft card base, 4" x 5 1/2".  Here I've fussy cut the hot air balloon and added some accents with thin black twine.  I used a sentiment stamp to tie it all together.

Inside was left pretty simple with just the fussy cut camera and some lined paper to write my greeting on.  I did ink all around the edges, inside and out with an espresso colored ink.

I wanted to give you some food for thought on the video (link at the bottom of the blog post).  I used two Distress Oxide inks and one regular Distress ink to color up the Accolade paper.  I moved the inks around using Tattered Angels Glimmermist in Dazzling Diamonds. 

Keep in mind when you're working with your papers you can always change up the colors by the use of mists and inks.  I love how these papers took to the blues.  A great guy card.  The stickers were from my stash.  They've been hanging around for eons just waiting for me to pluck them out and glue them down.  I'm not much of a packaged sticker person but after seeing how cute these cards turned out I'm thinking I may look at them a little closer when I see them in the close out bins.

I wanted to share one more card on the blog post and you can check out the video for the other four examples of using your scraps. In the 12x12" papers I had two of these flying pigs.  OMG aren't they adorable?  There's just something about a flying pig.  I knew I had to do a couple 'over the hill' cards for a birthday I'm belated on and one that's just around the corner.  I know both of the guy recipients are going to get a laugh out of them.  

I used those super cheap alpha stamps that you can get in the close out bins, I have several of them in my crafty stamp drawers.  The fonts are funky and fit perfectly with the little pig.  

Check out the video for a short how I did it with the Oxide inks and other examples to spur your imagination creating your own masculine cards from scraps.  Happy crafting and thanks so much for joining me today.  I know time is precious and you just don't realize how much I appreciate you all for sharing a little of your time with me!

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Authentique Accolade - Scraps to Tiny Boxes

A Country Craft Creations Design Team Project Share

I'm back again with another share using the Authentique Accolade collection. I'm still using up my scraps.  I was sending out some Happy Mail to a friend and ran across a box another crafty friend had sent me years ago.  In it she'd included all these fun Tiny Boxes.  I wrote and asked if I could make a pattern and share what she'd sent me using my scraps.  Well being the sweetheart she is she said yes of course.  These original boxes were from Manuela, you probably know her on YouTube as Bunny Bow, please check her channel out and say hello.

You could use up any scraps of paper you had left as long at they were close to 8" in length.  The possibilities are endless.  Here's one I used with the Autograph paper and a buckle closure.  The ones I received had some great brad closures with an easy elastic band but for the life of me I can't find where I put my elastic cording, it's here very safely tucked away, so safely I can't find it, please tell me you have the same problem?? 

This is a super quick project, you can whip these little boxes out in no time.  This one closes with magnets.  I had wanted to use small velcro circles but I'm thinking I used them all up because they were no where to be found either.

Because they have a gusseted side they expand to hold a lot of little surprises inside.  

Check out my video for a step-by-step walk through tutorial of how to put these little guys together using up lots of your scraps.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Spritzing and Spraying with Tattered Angels Glimmermists

a Canvas Corp Brands CREW project

My project is being featured on the Canvas Corp Brands - The Creative Studio Blog today.  I'd so love it if you'd pop on over there and give me some love.  I had so much fun just playing and creating with the Tattered Angels Glimmermists.  Do you have some of them sitting on your shelves just crying for attention?  If so find them and start creating today, you'll be so glad you did!

Since I was really running low on Sympathy cards I choose to do a lot of those, you'll see them all on Video 2.  If you love watching the process check out Video 1 (links below) where I'll share step-by-step the whole process of making gorgeous backgrounds for your cards.  I also tried very hard to have one layer cards so they easily could go through the mail with no additional postage or worry of being snagged before arriving at their destination.  This is a much harder process for me than you might think.  I guess I like textures and bumps and bows and whatnot, but I succeeded on the majority.

Join me on the Canvas Corp Blog for the whole story and on the videos for the how to's and end results.  Thanks everyone, I so appreciate you all stopping by to see what I've made.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Authentique's Accolade Masculine Mini

A Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

Oh I have a fun project to share with you today.  I've spoken often about how much harder it is for me, and many of you, to make masculine projects.  Part of the problem is finding nice masculine type collections to work with.  Well today I've flipped Authentique's Accolade collection from the normal 'A' side designs we usually pick first to work with to the 'B' sides.  This is the side that normally compliments the primary designs.  The flip side of the Authentique Accolade collection is a wonderful collection of brown and beige very masculine looking papers.  I loved them and that's what I've used today for my mini.  

My mini is 8" square with a 3" spine allowing for 7 1/2" square pages, of which there are 5 full pages with the 6th split into 3 smaller flips, which I'll share in just a bit.  I've used 1/2" gussets between the pages which allows the book to lay nicely (see the photo below). 

I opted not to do a full blown tutorial for this mini since the main construction is so similar to many of my other tutorials you can check them out on my YouTube Playlists Page.  You might want to start with the How Do I Do That Playlist and branch out from there.  But as always, with anything I create, I'm always here to answer any questions or help solve any snags you may have in your creative process.  Never hesitate to drop me an email with questions, comments or concerns. And on that same line I love it when you share what you've made tailored after something I've shared!

I supplemented the main collection papers with Authentique Spectrum II and Artisan in Brown and Kraft.  Here's a two page spread with two different closures.  I was hoping to get the look of a belt on the right hand side.

Something I do often and really love the look is to cluster groupings of stickers and cut outs from the paper to create tuck in areas for photos or tags. 

This is where I split the hinge to make 3 small flaps.  This gives lot more movement and interest to your mini's.  I used a 2" circle punch to make the finger pulls for the inside mats.

A smaller pocket left open at the side creates a great slip in for the narrower mats and a huge area for a large mat or photo.  Since the pages measure 7.5" square there is lots of space for photos up to 7" square.  I only allowed for three of the pages to have large side pockets.  Since there is ample room within the page design to save lots of large photos I thought three kept the bulk down.

The keys on the tag shown here are also the keys I used to decorate the spine.  By fussy cutting these two keys and adding the one from the sticker sheet I have a fun element for the outside.  Snipping the top part of the keys and interlacing and gluing them gives the appearance of keys together.  I added a good layer of Glossy Accents.  The hanger is simply a very thin piece of Artisan brown paper twisted in the middle, looped around the keys and tucked under the canvas.  The secret is making sure you securely glue everything down.  I use my trusty Art Glitter glue, available in the store.

The spine is sticky back canvas Glimmermisted in browns.  I haven't used this before so was unsure how strong the sticky back was so chose to add a good layer of Art Glitter glue.

There's lots more to share with you so please pop on over to my video and watch the walk through of each page.  Thanks for joining me and have fun crafty day.  Be sure and check out the Authentique paper collections at Country Craft Creations.

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