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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Child's Birthday Card Using Eileen Hull Sizzix Box Die & Graphic 45 Le Cirque Paper

My friend, Marjorie, ordered a birthday card for a great nephew just turning two. I decided to use Graphic 45 Le Cirque paper; young Welsley now knows how to say "clown" and is all set for his first circus.

I cannot take credit for the design of the card--I got the idea from Shelly Hickox (Stamptramp).  She has done some amazing cards from a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.  See it HERE

Shelly inspired my card with a card you can view HERE
Another card of Shelly's I used for inspiration is located HERE and it even has a little video showing how the card collapses to fold flat for mailing.

You can use the Splitcoast Stampers tutorial to make the box, or you can use the Eileen Hull Sizzix die to cut and score the box parts for you.
Here is a view of the box folded.

A close up of the pop ups in the top of the box.
The back of the box.  A place is provided for a greeting or message.
I usually make envelopes to match my cards.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sympathy Card for a Close Friend - Double Meaning

I'm sharing a card today that has meaning on several levels.  I created this sympathy card for a very close friend when her Mother died recently. Her Mother was a close friend of mine as well.  All the while I worked on the card, and it took me a long time, I remembered the times I shared with my friend, Elaine.   I took comfort that her daughter, Nancy, and I were so close and would continue on in our own awesome friendship.
The paper I used is Fabscraps Lilac Delight. For the first layer I used Spellbinder's 5x7 Herloom Legacy Card Creator - Frame die.  The second layer used the Tag die from the same Spellbinder's set.  Pearl embellishments were used to accent the corners and areas of the Tag.
The inside embossing was done with the Sizzix Loving Thoughts Embossing Folders set (657667).  I used Tim Holtz Milled Lavender and Victorian Velvet distress ink to highlight the dry embossing.
The stamp is from Quietfire Designs.
I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make the envelope to go with the card.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Project Finished: Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Altered Art Box & "e" for My Handyman

Hello Spring! 
I'm so pleased it is finally here!  I'm also pleased to announce, at long last, the completion of a project commissioned by one of my handymen, Randy. Randy and Kent built my craft room which has yet to be showcased here (because there is never enough time to blog about it if you are busy doing it)! 

Randy requested a mixed media embellishment of a wooden letter "e" and a wooden box to give as a gift to his girlfriend.  In this long post are the details of how I transformed the two pieces.  I used Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells paper for the box.  Then, I did a collage using La Blanche stamps and assorted stencils, etc. for the wooden letter.

Randy supplied the lower case "e" because I could not find any lower case ones in the craft stores. He found a wooden one at Woodland Manufacturing online HERE

He then built a 12"x12" wooden box for it. Great news for all of us crafters--Randy is selling these boxes.  Ink, Paper, Rubber will have one on display in the near future.

I started by distressing all of the edges of the box with black.  I used a combination of Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Stain and Baroque Art's Guilders Paste, Black.

I used Guilders Paste, Orange on the inside of the box because I wanted a different contrast for the paper I planned to use on the inside.  Guilders Paste comes in 28 different colors and I order from HERE

Next, I used Golden's Matte Medium to adhere the paper to the box. I cut the paper for each surface to allow an eighth inch edge all around on the box surface.  As I worked on each surface, I first coated the surface with the Matte Medium, lightly sprayed the back of the paper with a mister, laid the paper down and used a brayer to smooth the surface.
After waiting 15 minutes, I applied a coat of Matte Medium on top of the surface.
 A second coat of Matte Medium was applied the next day.
To start the paper for the wood letter, I made a template by tracing the "e." 
Then, I cut out copies of the template on La Blanche speciality paper.  I then stamped, stenciled and used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to produce the designs I desired.  One caution: remember to work on the right side of the cut out or you will have a problem as I've shown below.  When I got ready to mount the finished image on the block letter, it would not work because I'd put the images on the wrong side and they were upside down!  I had to make another entire image sheet! Oh well, we learn by life's lessons.
I made quite a few of the embellishments on the front of the box out of 1 and a half sheets of 12x12 Steampunk Spells - Clockworks (gears side).  I rubbed the sheets with Viva Decor Inka-Gold - Orange.  Then, I cut out the following:
I used La La Land Balloon die cut.
 I used Tim Holtz Gagets & Gears die cut.
 I used Tim Holtz Layered Wings die cut.
 Side view to show layers. I used Helmar Scrap Dots between the layers.  I also used it to adhere most of the embellishments to the box.  I prefer this adhesive because it is easy to position items and dries rock solid clear in 24 hours!
I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Basic Lattice

 Graphic 45 Staples Door Pulls were used for handles.  I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Industrial Chic Embossing Powder and Starburst Sprays to distress the handles.

It was definitely a challenging project and I learned a lot!  I got the nicest phone call from Randy's girlfriend, Eva.  She was delighted with the gifts and it was nice to know she was pleased. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tim Holtz Tag for February, 2014

You might say I am a little behind.  As I've said before. this blog is an erratic business at best and at its worst, well you can see it has been over five months since the last post.  I will try to back fill some major projects that I've done by putting them up on this blog soon.  Right now I did finally finish the Tim Holtz February tag (too late to load it on his site), but I thought I'd put it here.
Be back soon, I hope!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tim Holtz Tag for October Done!

Hi. Just a quick blog post.  It is almost midnight, October 31 and I'm loading the Tim Holtz tag for this month.  It's been finished for 2 weeks, but I did not have a chance to load it until now.

Lots going on. I've finished my remodeling and had an Open House.  More about that in the next post!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My Tim Holtz Altered Configuration Book for Brother's 65th Birthday

Hello All.
It's been a long time between blogs, but remember, I warned you!
I really don't know what to call the piece I'm sharing with you today.  It is supposed to be a birthday card for my brother Patrick's 65th birthday.  Since it is for a significant event, I wanted it to be something special, so I chose to alter one of Tim Holtz's Ideology Configuration Books. I've wanted to do one of these since they were released last year.  Tim taught classes at Stamper's Ink (see Side Bar for LSS info) in 2011 and in one of them we made a configuration box.  I figured the TH Configuration Book would be perfect for what I had in mind--it just got a little out of hand.  My brother is a genius and mathematically inclined (good with numbers) and we share a love of science fiction.  This should explain some of the more eclectic elements on the piece.

This is the front of the Configuration Book.  I used a combination of Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Stormy Sky Ranger TH Distress Paints to paint the undercoat of the whole book.  All The grungeboard letters are from the big set of alphas and numbers from TH.  

I colored "Birthday" with a combination of Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. I used multiple layers, drying in between, and fussed a lot until I got something that matched the clock.  "Time" was colored with just Broken China and a little Antique Linen to shadow.

I used Shelly Hickox's Faux Tarnished Silver technique for the "WARP" letters.  You can find a tutorial for her technique HERE.  She has a great blog; check it out HERE.

The clock is TH BigZ Weathered Clock die and I use Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  I used the same on the numbers "2013" but these are the TH Alpha Parts as is the "65" which was painted with Fired Brick Distress Paint.  The cute little pocket watch is from Prima and I covered the Graphic 45 sticker letters with Glossy Accents.  Here are some closer shots of the front of the book.

Now, for the inside.  As I said, my brother and I share a love of science fiction, so the inside cover is meant to depict the universe opening up and depositing the Dr. Who Tardis and the Star Trek Enterprise.

I used Golden Pearl Mica Flake (small) mixed with Brushed Pewter, Stormy Sky and Gesso to create the universe effect.  The Tardis is a stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and can be found HERE.  I enlarged the image to accommodate the photo I wanted to frame.
The Enterprise is an old 1995 Stamp Oasis stamp.  The number is ST20-G and I bought it when I first started stamping in California and haven't seen many since.

The saying is a TH stamp from his set SCF005, Classics #5.  The Grandfather Clock is a stamp from B Line Designs, ZHC218E.  I got it at Ink, Paper, Rubber.  (See Side Bar for LSS info)