Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Forgotten Meadows Kraft Journal

a Meg's Garden Design Team Project

Today's project uses the beautiful new papers sold exclusively at Meg's Garden called Forgotten Meadows.  Kerry-Jean Watson is the designer.  Along with a Kraft Journal I found at Michaels.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves blended to create this pretty shade of purple that complements the papers.

Here's a shot of the outside including the Prima Lace stenciled back and the fussy cut butterflies that I've covered heavily with Glossy Accents.

The front closure are two Vintage Trinkets from Meg's Garden, the square bottom was adhered directly to the book front (I used Beacon's Fabri-Tac for a super strong hold).  The top was actually this piece that I scrunched in the middle, I used my bone folder to make the creases in each side.  I wanted the middle part popped up to create a handle when I glued it to the bottom piece.  I also put the fussy cut butterflies top and bottom of the handle and really covered them with Glossy Accents.  Be sure and set things aside that you use heavy coats of Glossy Accents on (overnight is best) to allow for maximum drying time and less stressful moments of wishing you hadn't touched it yet!

Front inside cover sports a slotted angle pocket for mats.  You'll see the whole process including more photos on the video below, I hope you'll join me.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dreamy Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Penny Black couldn't have picked a better name for her stamp than Dreamy, that's just what it is, dreamy and you feel like it's blowin' in the wind.  I've loved it since the first moment I saw it and was so happy when I was finally able to sit down and play.

I have four cards to share, three I had completed the fourth I'll do with you on the video.  I am so in love with the new Tim Holtz Distress inks and used them on today's cards.  Seeing how the distress ink and watercolor paper react just makes me happy and I seem to be using it a lot lately.  I know I'm way behind the times and these techniques have been out for a long time but we crafters each discover our new loves at different times and right now mine is Distress ink and Watercolor paper.

I went back and searched through my stamps and found a couple sets from JustRite Stampers that worked so well with the colors I was using.  I'll list all my supplies right below the video below.

I'm so glad you stopped by, I'd love for you to leave a comment or join my blog.  Don't forget the video is really where you want to go next for I'll share the making of one card from start to finish, lots more photos and any tips I could think of while in the process.  


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Stampers Anonymous Perspective Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

I love going home to Washington State to visit my family and friends and I'll soon be on the plane winging my way there for a three week visit.  I also find it so funny because it never fails when it gets close to departure my daughters will say, Mom do you have any cards you're bringing, I'm all out.  I usually take a supply of hand made cards whenever I go and today's cards, yep they'll be going in the suitcase as well.

This weeks project seemed to grow, I decided I wanted to use all the sentiments in the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set Perspectives but I exceeded that and had to grab a couple from his Handwritten Thoughts.  I had thought I'd use these only on my Art Journal pages but once I saw the stamps in person I knew I'd be using them for many projects, including cards.

It's going to take you no time at all to see the theme of my cards was the butterfly.  How gorgeous is this stamp?  It measures 4" square!  I used Strthmore's coldpress Watercolor paper to stamp the butterflies on.  It's very thick and textured and was so perfect.  Of course before I stamped them I colored it up with Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.  This is a newer venture for me so I'd add too many spritzes of water and then wiped too much away with my towel.  But I left it on the video so you could see how easy it was to add additional color until I got it to my liking.

Besides using the butterfly on all six of my cards I also used the number stamp, which is another large 4" square stamp.  I embossed each number mat with different colored embossing powders from Stampendous and Lindy's.

One thing I did learn was when using chunky embossing powder heat and melt it from under the paper instead of above.  Above will blow it all over the place, ask me I know!

Come join me on the video where you'll see how I made each card, something I rarely film because it's so time intensive.  It took me about 3 hours of filming to film the six cards progress start to finish and lots of clipping and editing to get it down to the 18 minutes I'm sharing with you.  As always everyone I can't tell you how happy it makes me that yous stop by and share part of your day with me!  I so appreciate each and everyone of you and all the love and support you give me for my projects.  Get out your supplies and have fun crafting!!


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