Sunday, June 16, 2019

Lovely Collaboration with Arteza

Arteza kindly has given me products to review and play with.  I was so excited to try them, they are the first I've had although many friends have tried them and I've heard nothing but good.  Today I'm sharing some 'Puddling' cards I've made using the water colors.  Arteza sent me the set of 60 Water Color tubes, 3 spiral pads of watercolor paper, a pack of 6 water brushes and a set of 12 fineline black markers.  Perfect things for a cardmaker.

I call these Puddling cards because that's what I do, puddle the ink with water onto my card letting it pool and run until I've achieved the look I like.  There's no great talent, no hard to learn technique, it's just having fun with the colors until you say, oh that's nice and stop.

I used the Arteza Watercolor Pads to make my card bases.  The paper measures 5.5" x 8.5", comes spiral bound 30 sheets to a pad and is perforated for easy removal.  So that's what I did, I simply removed the paper from the spiral pad and snipped off the perforated edge.  I scored in the middle and instantly had an A-2 sized card to play with, easy peasy.

On video (link is below) I'll share how I made two different types of card, it's just a matter of swiping the ink across your card base, spritzing with water and drying to the effect you like.  I did add some additional interest by scoring 1/2" around the edges inside and out.  I think the hardest part is trying to decide which colors to use and when to quit playing.

Besides the two cards I actually show the process of making on the video I also include several examples like this one to spur your imagination and get you thinking of what you could make yourself.  I used an embossing folder after I'd finished my color combination.  Adding the sentiment to the top was perfect after I splashed it with some flecks of color and added a deeper blend of the orange to the edge.

Finishing the inside was also a super simple process using a wash of the colors from the front to create just a splash of color on the inside where my greeting will go.  Again I used my score board to create 1/8" groves along the edge.  

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Beebeecraft bags and pins

Hi everyone I'm here to share some of the supplies sent to me from Beebeecraft.  Today I'll give you some ideas and inspiration to use the burlap bags and safety pin brooches.  Fun stuff to play with!

I had this tag laying around where I was trying out a new blending technique so figured I might as well put it to good use.  From this years Day at a Time calendar (Live, Love, Dream from LANG, illustrated by Lisa Kaus, wow I love her stuff!) I used old days to make the flower.  Each month has a repeat of the design so I used 4 pages stepping up the petals on each layer and then I used the sentiment and leaves.   What a great way to repurpose your calendar!  From Beebeecraft I used one of the Safety Pin Brooches, they have the charm attached at the end.

I used Faber Castell Whipped Spackle, some Glimmermists for color and a TCW stencil to create the adornment on this bag.  The heart dangle was from my stash.  I gessoed it before adding the same mists to it.  I wasn't sure how the bag would hold up to the texture paste and paints but it came through them perfectly!  A great, easy way to really step up the plain bags.

Talk about a walk down memory lane.  This image mat was in a booklet that had been gifted to me.  I just loved the image and sentiment especially when paired with the lace, ribbon and flowers.  It will be the perfect bag to hold all kinds of goodies for a special crafty friend.  Doesn't it make you think of days gone by?

For the last bag I used some leftover tags and chipboard pieces along with ribbon and flowers.  Check out that gorgeous metal piece directly below the flowers, that's from Beebeecraft as well as the lovely glass butterfly cabochon tucked into the right side.

This last example uses just the starfish brooch safety pin.  But isn't it the perfect addition to my card?  Check out the video to see how I made these items.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Using the Scraps from the Lavender MIst Kit!

Hey everyone, you know how I love using my scraps up.  Well I've uploaded a couple of videos and made two cards so far with the little snippets of leftover paper bits from the kit and I thought maybe you'd like to take a look-see.  I'll be adding more videos and examples throughout the week.

--- Check out the videos for the complete process on both cards ---

Dimensional Card with Flowers

Process of building Quilt/Pieced Mats
and resulting card.

Two cards and a Tag!
More inspiration for your leftovers

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Portfolio Tutorial Playlist!

Hi everyone, my playlist is up and running for the Lavender Mist Portfolio Tutorial Series.  There are seven tutorial videos and one walk through video.  I have listed under the video and on the video thumbnail the number of the video and what it covers.  If you're hunting for a certain aspect of the portfolio hopefully this will keep you from having to go through all seven videos to find it.   See the bottom of post for Supply List and most measurements used.

As always if you have any questions just pop me off an email and I'll get right back to you.  At the time of posting this was created using a kit from Crafty City with Stamperia's Provence paper, but any paper and embellishments could be used in its place!

Enjoy and happy crafting, if you make something using my portfolio directions I'd love for you to share with me.  Patti

                                         Supply List
Lavender Mist Kit
Sookwang (Scor) Tape
Art Glitter Glue
Purple Tulle
White seam binding dyed lavender
Optional - I used an additional partial pack of Stamperia Provence Paper
4 sheets solid 12" for wrapping and matting inside
23-25 sheets 12" solid for matting, backing etc.  I used 3 shades of lavender
2 sheets medium weight chipboard

Cutting Guide for Chipboard (Video 1)
1 - 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" for back
2 - 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" for spines
1 - 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" for front right
1 - 5" x 10 1/2" for front left

Wrapping outside and Matting Inside (Video 2)
4 sheets solid 12" for wrapping and matting inside

Inside Waterfall, right side (Video 3)
Measurements for Waterfall flip
Contrast solid cardstock for back strip - 3 1/4" x 10 1/4"

NOTE- Do not cut your decorative mats for the waterfalls until the end then you can use your scraps instead of cutting into full sheets.  Also see *note below about alternative method to completely matting all flips.

Waterfall flips, you will need 14 - solid cardstock -
                each measures 3 1/4" wide x 4 3/4" high
                score on the 4 3/4" side @ 1/4" to glue to base strip

Optional depending on the amount of decorative paper you have
You will need 14-28 3" x 4" pieces of decorative paper to mat each flip.  Your choice will be whether to mat inside and out. *If you are low on paper an alternative is to just cut a 3/4" x 4" strip for all but the two top flips (one on bottom, one on top).  You can put just the 3/4" across the bottom (leave 1/4" on side for matting with your solid cardstock).  When the flips are closed, before photos are placed, it will still look as if you matted everything.

The other optional is to mat the 1/4" area between each flip.  As an alternative you can add a strip of solid ribbon here like I did on the outside edges of the portfolio.

Back Insert - Video 4
Inside back mat (decorative paper) 8 3/8" x 10 1/8"
Solid Paper -
Double Middle Pocket in center back - 8" x 11 3/4" score at 5" on short side
Left flip page - 8 1/4"  x 10" score on long side @ 1" to form skinny pocket, score opposite long side @ 1/4" to form tab to glue to book
Right flip page - 7 1/4" x 10", score on long side @ 1/4" to form tab

Left pocket (attached to left flip page)
8 1/4" x 12", score @ 1/4" and 7 1/2" on the long side
Accordion insert 1 12" solid cardstock cut in half and each piece scored at 6"
Accordion joint piece is 1/2" x 6" to join the sections together

Back Insert Matting - Video 5
Top part of pocket - Decorative paper 7 3/4" x whatever length you have, make sure it is deep enough so it covers back when pocket is glued.

Triple mats for two center pockets
Solid 3 3/4" x 4 3/4" and 3 1/2"x 4 1/2" (pick 2 different solids)

Decorative - top mat 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"

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Monday, May 6, 2019

A Portfolio using Crafty City's Lavender Mist Kit

Hello everyone!

I'm sharing a new project today, a portfolio I designed with a kit from Crafty City called Lavender Mist.  This is my first project as part of Archana Joshi's design team and I was so happy to have this kit to play with.  It's packed full of scrumptious goodies including a pad of Stamperia's Provence paper.  Which is lavender!  Oh my goodness you guys know how I love lavender.  This project seemed to make itself or perhaps I just felt that way because the kit made me so happy to work with it!

I'm not going to go on and on here since I have a pretty lengthy post over on the Crafty City Blog which you can pop over to and read. But I did want to share a little to get you perhaps as excited as I was to make one of these portfolios for yourself.  I will be uploading a Playlist of videos sharing how I created the components of my portfolio so you'll be able to follow along, adapt it to your paper and creativity and make one of your own.  

There are lots and lots of photo spots!
The double waterfall itself will house 28 
3" x 4" photos (or maybe just a tad smaller)

Then there are pockets
and mats galore 
throughout the whole portofolio!

        Lots of places that tuck under

and behind

                                                                                   and into!

Fun stuff!  
Be sure and watch the 
walk through on the video
so you don't miss
a thing!!!

Check out the kit 
and pick up one for yourself

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Beebeecraft Supplies to Cards

Hi Crafty Friends!

A few weeks back I shared a package I'd received from a company called Beebeecraft.  They have an enormous amount of gems and findings to make jewelry but in amongst that I found a lot of great treasures that work well with my cards and mini albums.  They allowed me to pick out some goodies to work with and today I wanted to share some cards I'm made using them and giving you some ideas.

I have a video at the bottom of the post that will share how I did some things and walk you through all three cards, be sure and check it out and if you not a subscriber when you get to YouTube please take a moment to subscribe and hit the little bell so you don't miss my next video.

I only want to share my first card with you and the rest will be a surprise when you watch the video.  Here I've used the Glass Cabochons. the tags, key and metal pieces all from Beebeecraft.  The little girl is a Tim Holtz unclaimed relative.  These people cut outs are so fun to incorporate into cards.

I used this crown topped key and had the little girl like she was holding it.  I also used a needle to fray the twine that is looped through the tag hole.  When I had it all frayed and trimmed I dusted it over with some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Age Mahogany.

The inside of each card is completely finished too.  These are 4" x 5 1/2" cards made from heavy Kraft cardstock.  When you are adding heavier items to your cards it's always best to offset the weight on the front with something on the inside, otherwise your card kind of flaps because the weight is all centered on the one piece of the card and not distributed throughout.  Who doesn't love to get a card that has fun stuff on the inside too? This is another of the Tim Holtz unclaimed relatives, and the metal piece from Beebeecraft.  The sentiment is a clear sticker I had in my stash.

Thanks for stopping by, don't miss the video and the other two cards.  Oh alright I'll give you just a sneak peak of what I'll be showing you how to do on video with the metal butterflies, you won't want to miss that!  

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Extra Large Spring Cards

I have a close crafty friend that makes cards often in the larger sizes, she sent me one at Christmas time and I love it so much I decided to take her card as inspiration and make a few extra large spring cards myself.  These wouldn't be so great to mail by themselves, but work great in a package or hand delivered.

These are the 3 I made, a birthday, Happy Easter and a Friend card.  They are 7" square and use Strathmore Bristol paper.  You can see them all on today's video along with the process of how I made one in case you'd like to try the layering effect for yourself.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easter Happy Mail from Ms Paula.

Check out this fun Happy Mail that arrived full of Spring goodness from my crafty friend Paula DiGiovanni.

Paula is just the most creative soul around and I love when she surprises me with fun things like this.  It's now all sitting in a cute little Easter basket on the dining room table.  Thank you Ms Paula!

Please check out the video walk through if you'd like to see all the fun things she included up close and personal and be sure and stop by her channel and say hello and Patti sent you.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Beebeecraft Product Review

Hi everyone, Beebeecraft contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I'd like to select some items from their online store, review them and work them up into some projects.  Well of course!  It took two weeks to arrive because mine were shipped from their China warehouse.  They do have warehouses in the US and lots of items are shipped from there.   I'll link to my video walk through and unboxing of all the products I recieved so you can get a good idea of sizes and textures and how things were packaged. (Video link at bottom of post)

I choose 5 items this first time but each item has from 20 to 100 pieces in it.  Fabulous bargains for your money.  Above this is one of my items a burlap, drawstring bag, filled with 20 large safety pins with attached charms, won't they look cool on some of my mini's or even a card.  Wow what fun this is going to be.

This was another great find, 50 glass Cabochons with flat backs.  They measure 1 inch and are filled with gorgeous butterflies.  There are ten options on their store front for the Cabochons ranging in size from 10-25 mm (25mm is 1").  I loved the butterflies and can picture them as flower centers.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Retro Birthday Card

Any of you that follow my blog or YouTube have heard me say before that my middle child should have been born in the 50's.  She's my real retro gal.  So when any occasions arise like anniversaries or birthdays I always try to make some type of retro card for her.  Today I'm sharing the newest one and will provide you a video link below where you can see the entire start to finish process if you like.  Perhaps it will give you some ideas to make a similar card for a Retro lover you know. 

After I'd finished and given the card away I realized I never took a photo of the envelope so this is one from my iPhone that I had to try and crop all my desk out of but it will give you an idea of how you can create something visually grabbing before they ever get to the card.  

Join me on the video and thanks so much for stopping by, Patti

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

My First Napkin Journal Page!

Hi everyone, I've been watching YouTube and the napkin journal pages and have just been taken by how gorgeous they are.  One YouTuber, Umut Rados, has such great video tutorials with so much useful information.  I followed a lot of her instructions on how to blend the napkin into the background.  But, as with everything new you don't realize how much you don't know until you get into something that's outside your comfort zone.

These are the times I wish I had the luxury of having someone standing over my shoulder saying, yes do that and then do this next.  But I just kept plugging along, I made some mistakes along the way, which is always a good thing because then you have to figure out how to fix them.

I only had two napkins to choose from but one of them, this one, was so special.  It was sent to me by Chrissie Crosser, from A Grandmother's Attic.  I've treasured and hoarded it for way too long so it was good to see it get a new permanent home in my journal.

I did do a process video I hope you'll pop on over to my YouTube channel, the links below, and see how I put together my first napkin journal page.  And oh yes, if you're the kind soul that gave me this quote would you let me know so I can thank you properly.  Speaking of thanks I have another one to go to Kimmie Hogan for the fantastic hand made mixed media journal she sent me.  So much love she put into this special gift to me, thank you Kimmie, as I fill up the pages it's going to become more and more of a treasure.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Retro All The Way - Mini Album

Hi everyone, I was contacted a while back from one of my viewers asking if I could make a mini for her.  She'd purchased some bits and pieces of collections but then gathering them all together she was so hesitant to cut the paper and start on this journey.  

So here I'd like to share what I created for her.  It's a six page mini measuring 6"x8.5"x3".  I wrapped the book and constructed the pages with Artisan Black Cardstock.  I used Carte Bella's Metropolitan Girl and For the Record along with Authentiques Saucy.  I threw in a few pieces here and there from Retro collections from my own stash.  

I've used lots of glitter and glossy accents to create glittery pieces of fun throughout the book.  The corners are capped with Tim Holtz corners and I added a Door Plate and Glass Knob to loop the elastic closure around.  This is by far the most convenient type of closure if you aren't sure how large you mini will grow once you begin adding photos and what nots.

There are lots of mats and tags throughout the pages along with numerous pull out journaling booklets.  One thing that was requested was lots of space to capture thoughts and memories.  Here's a little show and tell of some of the pages

I have a complete video walk through posted below, I hope you'll join me there to see all the pages with descriptions of what I've used, punches, paper etc.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Gift for Paula

I have a special crafty friend that lives clear across the United States from me, but that hasn't hampered our friendship's growth.  Recently she got a new puppy, believe it or not the first dog she's ever owned.  Well her excitement has been infectious so I knew I had to create something special just for her. 

This is Coco, the love of Miss Paula's life now.  Isn't she just a sweetheart?

I'd love for you to pop over to my YouTube channel and take a look at the heart shaped mini I made for Coco and Paula.  This was a pre-shaped chipboard mini consisting of 8 heart shaped pages.

I also have a short 'what and how I did it' video, not the whole process just some thoughts and ideas I'd like to share for anyone thinking of using a pre-shaped mini.  Years ago this is what many of us made before we ventured into the start from scratch kind.  They both, in my opinion still have a certain place in our crafty studios.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Using My Scraps for a Valentine's Tag/Card

I'm back again today with a tag or card, whichever you prefer to call it, using more of my crafty room scraps.  I used several different paper collections in this tag, both sizes of the Graphic 45 Alphabet tags and other embellishments from my stash.  As always check the video link at the end of this post to get the complete process of how I made my tag along with tips and ideas for using your own crafty scrap stash.

I store my 6x6 and 8x8 paper pads in a bin on my shelves and leftovers from paper collections either by themes or manufactures in 13x13" art bins in my wire shelving unit.  For this card/tag I pulled Websters Pages papers and a Victorian Valentine pad my friend Paula had gifted me from the 6x6's and then looked in my art bin labeled Love/Marriage.  In here I toss remnants of paper lines that pertain to love and romance. I found an old Basic Grey sticker sheet from the Bittersweet Collection (circa 2008!) I found great cut aparts from Authentiques Adore collection, I think that's a couple years back.  The jist of it is if you group things together you can pull them out and begin seeing what piece from this will go with what piece from that.  It's amazing how you can cross over manufactures and collections for your project.

I had some white doily paper hearts in my stash and I lightly shaded them to dull down the white and let the color scheme flow better with the natural tones of the paper.  By backing the thin doily with paper you can form a pocket while strengthening the paper.  I also slit the paper (upper left) along the curved line to create a second pocket on the front for the tuck in tag you see in the first photo.  I love slitting through the paper when I'm trying to preserve the image.  You don't loose any of the picture part but you can create an additional useable accent.

One of my favorite parts of this project was running across this die from Creative Expression by Sue Wilson, I love her dies.  This one was perfect to create an addition pocket on the back side to slip the cut apart in.  I used a tinted glassine bag (gifted from Manuela) to slide the cut apart into. 

Come and spend a few minutes with me on the video where  I can share more of what I've created here and inspire you to dig into those crafty scraps you have in your own art space. Thanks for stopping by, Patti

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