Friday, April 30, 2010

Tag Tuesday Challenge #49: Glitter

LOL - I must have read this on Tuesday and subconsciously had it in my brain when I started working on an entirely different project yesterday making tags for a class. Then this morning I stopped by Louise´ s blog to see who had posted and realized that I had made a glitter tag yesterday. So here it is...color is a little off, but you get the idea. The background is 3 blue and 3 distress inks, the glitter is art insitute (blue on the top and green in the background), the wings are actually silver embossing powder then stamped with the scroll and embossed again with blue glass embossing powder, the purple crown is UTE and for some reason it called out for ball fringe on the bottom. And oh yes, it is a Sizzix die. It reminded me of my daughter so the ¨Drama Queen¨ got added on the bottom.

Tim Holtz Cards for Card Class II

OK, I'll be the first to admit that these 4 are very different in nature. The tag is TIm Holtz style I think. We will do a cool distressing technique with dictionary paper and masking tape. The next one....

uses the bitty grunge set and is just plain fun - and fast!!

Le papillion might have different (coordinating) color antenna - they are made using a common household item... and finally my favorite I think (at least today) is the Bee card - very regal and a much brighter yellow than the photo shows. OK, I get a nice clear picture but the color is bad. One of these days it is all going to come together. The big bee on the ribbon is fun to make - it starts with a little sizzlets die. The class is Wednesday night June 2nd at 6 and Sunday June 6th at noon. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Tag- Tuesday Challenge #47

is Inspire Me! I was working on making some samples for a card class and this stamp summed it up the best for me: ¨Dance for yourself, if someone understands good. If not, then no matter, go right on doing what you love.¨ It is stamped on the ticket, although that is a little hard to see in the picture. This is my first post for Tag Tuesday Challenge, ok, my first post for any challenge, but I´ve been reading Kard Krazy by Lousie for quite a while now and enjoy it tremendously. Decided it was time to jump in the pool instead of just sitting on the edge watching....

The edge is misted with Rusty Hinge and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls and is much blingier than appears in the photo. The inspiration quote is stamped on the back of a ticket.

Two fun classes this week - April 10th and 25th...

The Wendy Vecchi card class is offered on both Monday the 18th (1 and 6pm) and Sunday the 25th at noon. See the pictures on the April post for the details. Also on Sunday afternoon, I will teach the second Tim Holtz Dies and Tips class. We will use the Caged Bird, Keys and the Brackets edge die. We´ll use that to make a minibook with a chipboard back and 2 sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock.

The papers are from the new Tim Holtz paper stack.

Here are the photos of the other two projects!

The birdcage in gold with a canary...

We will experiment with three different techniques to get a metal finish on the keys. They are a little messy but tons of fun!

The class is from 3 to 5 on Sunday afternoon. If you have a blue distress ink you prefer please bring it and a blending tool to class to ink the edges of your mini book. It would be a great little gift for Mother´s Day or a friend´s birthday. Bring your photos if you want to finish it on Sunday - the book will hold eight - you might need to trim them! I hope you can join us!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This week' s classes...

are Paint Dabber Techniques and Heartfelt Creations & Spellbinders. Celebrate your taxes being done and come take a class.

We will do 8 techniques in the paint dabber class and play with lots of colors! You will like the ease with which you apply these - and talk about minimizing the mess - WOW!! No brushes to clean - gotta love that!

The Heartfelt/Spellbinders cards are two styles really - elegant and fun. The fun is this flower pot card - the flowers slide out on a white and green card where you can stamp a greeting and/or handwrite your message.

The white background on this card is stamped and embossed in my favorite, Silver Pearl Embossing Powder, as are the flowers. The little accents are done with Stickles.

The third card is Black, Silver and White and gorgeous in its simplicity. Now if I could only find a picture of it!!!

just girlie fun...

This is one of my favorite stamps...I bought it unmounted at the Madison stamp show from Lost Coast. I think you were supposed to cut it apart and have individual stamps, but I left it as one so I can stamp them in a row. When I need to stamp just one of them it is easy to ink it and go. Easier to wrestle with that than trying to line them all up. The stamped paper is mounted on a canvas about 4"x 8"x1¨which is stamped in polka dots on the sides. The handle is an old cupboard handle - nice because it is flat on the bottom and easy to mount. The little belt on the right is just needlepoint thread tied in a bow.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Family Canvas

I made this canvas someime last year and brought it to the Distress 101 classes as a sample of how you can use Distress products for Scrapbooking as well as cards, tags, altered art and mixed media pieces.

In the Perfect Pearls class this week someone remembered that I had used the Perfect Pearls on the flowers on this canvas and asked if I would do a reminder here of what I did on the canvas. It is the Cosmo Cricket Love Notes Paper with an old french book page attached under the photo reproduction. All the Distress Products are Dusty Concord. The frame is stamped twice -slightly offset the second time and embossed with Distress Powder. The strip a third of the way up is Crackle Paint. The flowers are plain cream flowers sprayed with a mixture of Dusty Concord reinker, H20 and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls. The letters are pounced with a copper paint dabber. It is finished off with an Ideology philosophy tag.

Dream Canvas

This is the canvas we did in the dream canvas class in February. It incorporates lots of things we´ve done in the techniques classes. It has Distress Inks blended on the rose, Perfect Pearls misted on the frame and rose, Distress Stickles on the butterfly, crackle paint on the vine and is edged with a gold Paint Dabber. The frame and vine were cut with Sizzix Dies, the grungepaper rose was made using a Studio 490 stamp and hand cut. The paper is from Cosmo Cricket and the dream stamp is a Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamp. The quote, script on the rose and script on the canvas edges were all stamped with Sepia Archival Ink. The entire thing was inspired by a Wendy Vecchi canvas design!

Friday, April 9, 2010

The most asked question of the week...

How did you do this???

This is one of the samples I made for the Sizzix sample board featuring the new Tim Holtz Alterations dies. I think it's my favorite, but it has generated the most questions - no doubt. There have been all kinds of guesses about metal, alcohol inks, pigment inks, etc. Just about every time I've been in the store this week someone has wanted to talk about it. It was FAST and super are the steps:
1) Cut a 6¨ square piece of chipboard with the Scrollwork edge die.
2) Paint it with the Snowcap Paint Dabber.
3) Paint it again with the Pearl Paint Dabber. (I ¨pounced¨ both for texture.)
4) Stamp image in Jet Black Archival Ink.
5) Add black velvet ribbon and little gem on top of Eiffel Tower.
6) Spritz two white flowers with a mixture of Barn Door reinker and Pewter Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister. When they are dry, stamp with french script stamp in Jet Black Archival Ink. Put pearl brad through flowers and adhere with pop dot.
7) Add year or saying in stickers on bottom left.
8) Punch holes for binder rings on left side.
Presto, you have a cover for a little book. I made one for myself, and cut the papers with the scrollwork edge too! I love how the edge dies cut through chipboard, grungeboard, stacks of paper, even felt.
Have fun playing with the edge dies!

More pics from the Wendy class on April 19th and 25th...

These are two of the cards we will do in class. On the first card we'll use UTE on the bottle to give it a glass look. And yes, the flowers are cut with the Sizzix TH Alterations Tattered Florals die. The colors are muted turquoise and sunny yellow.

This card is alcohol inks....Purple Twilight, Wild Plum, Sailboat Blue and Silver in the background and Wild Plum, Watermelon and Shell Pink on the flower...with some Magenta stickles thrown in for good measure....a girl needs a little bling with her flowers! In the photo the card itself looks blue, but it is purple.

I've tried 3 times to photograph the other card - an I'll try again tomorrow. The fourth piece is the little sign in an earlier post, but here it is again so you don't have to hunt for it!

It will be fun and we'll do 2 techniques we have not done in any class to date! You'll be glad you signed on for this class!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

And now, for a completely different look...

I am also teaching card classes featuring Heartfelt Creations stamps and Spellbinders dies. The kind folks at Heartfelt have designed beautiful stamps meant to work with the Spellbinders dies. It makes it so easy to create elegant cards in a hurry. And fun cards. And beautiful scrapbook pages. We will start with cards using the Blossoms 1 dies. I used Silver Pearl embossing powder on the purple card and while it is beautiful in person it is a little hard to photograph. And I couldn't begin to figure out how to do it digitally - LOL! Stop in the store for a look! The Flower Pot card is fun - the flowers lift out on a little white and green tag where you can stamp your own greeting and write your message.

There is a third card...white, silver and pearls. The pictures I took aren't really publishable...but I'll try again on Wednesday and get it posted.

Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 card class

I finished all four samples for the class on April 19th and 25th, but I only remembered to take a picture of one of them...LOL! Here it is and I'll snap pics of the other 3 when I'm at the store on Wednesday. Look for the rest of the photos on Wednesday night. In the meantime, here's a look at one of them - actually not a card - a little sign made using one of the new Tim Holtz dies. You could hang it somewhere or attach it to a minibook or even a card.

We will use both alcohol and distress inks in this class for four completely different looks. The stamp sets we'll use are Be Inspired...Make Art and Art Inspiration. Also known as the Plaid set and the cool little bottle set.

Classes this week - April 7th, 8th and 10th

This week there are two great classes at Scrapbooks, Too. Wednesday I am teaching a fun Technique Class - Perfect Pearls. We' ll use those magical little powders eight ways!! They add so much to both scrapbook pages and cards. This photo is of the board which is up in the store; it is a little hard to see the detail, but those are the eight things we will do in class.

Thursday I am teaching a card class featuring TWO of the new Tim Holtz stamp sets - Spring Spring and Movie Time. You'll find pictures of all four cards in a March post labeled Tim Holtz card class. Here's the White Rabbit one again - just cuz he's so fun! Saturday I will teach the Perfect Pearls class at 10 and the Tim Holtz card class at 1. Come make a day of it!!