Friday, March 31, 2017

Crazy Shaker Cards ~ Creative Embellishments

Today, I'm sharing some fun shaker cards with you! I've used Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs and Crazy Cats stamps (coloured with Copic Markers) along with Graphic 45 papers to create these cards. For the shaker part, I've used sequins and some Creative Embellishments Wood Veneers- which I left plain because I LOVE how the natural wood and laser engraving looks!
For the Crazy Dog Shaker Card, I used papers from Graphic 45's Good Ol' Sport collection and inked all the papers with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I used the Dog Gone Cute Wood Veneers in the shaker on this card. I also used two pieces from these Wood Veneers to embellish the front of the cards. I coloured the Ball using a Red Copic Marker and I added some patterned paper to the Dog Tag, outlined the tag with a Black Copic Marker and then inked it with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I thought this masculine card would be perfect for Father's Day!

For the Crazy Cat Shaker Card, I used papers from Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime collection and inked all the papers with Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I used the Purrfect Pieces Wood Veneers in the Shaker on this card. I thought this would be a fun card for Easter - featuring a confused Kitty who thinks he's a rabbit!
Thanks so much for popping by my blog today! Have Crazy Fun Crafting!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nature Sketchbook Folio ~ Mini Album with Video Walk-through and Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this Nature Sketchbook Folio Cover and promised a video tutorial for the album that I made to go inside the folio - and (finally) here is the album and tutorial!
A complete video walk-through and tutorial on how to create the album's base is included in the video on my Youtube channel - so be sure to pop by for the details about the album!
Here are some photos of the folio and album. The measurements for the pages (as detailed in the video tutorial) are listed below as well.

Folio - Inside 1

Folio - Inside 2

Album - Front Cover

Album - Back Cover
Album Cover Measurements:

  • Front Cover - 8.5 in. x 10 in. - score at 6 in. and every 1/4 in. up to 7.5 in.
  • Back Cover - 8.5 in. x 5 in. - attach to front cover at 1 in. from the last score line
  • Hinges - For six 1/2 in. hinges with a 1/4 in. gusset
    • Paper measures 8.5 in. x 9.25 in
    • Score at - 1 in, 1.5 in, 2 in, 2.25 in, 2.75 in, 3.25 in, 3.5 in, 4 in, 4.5 in, 4.75 in, 5.25 in, 5.75 in, 6 in, 6.5 in, 7 in, 7.25 in, 7.75 in, and 8.25 in. 

Album - Square Tag Pockets Front 1
Square Tag Pocket Measurements (Make 2):

  • 4.25 in. x 9.75 in.
  • Score at 1/2 in. and at 5 1/8 in.

Album - Square Tag Pockets Front 2

Album - Square Tag Pockets Back and Square Policy Envelopes

Album - Square Policy Envelopes Back and Regular Tag Pockets Front 1
Regular Tag Pocket Measurements (Make 2):

  • 4.75 in. x 8.75 in.
  • Score at 1/2 in. and at 4 5/8 in.

Album - Regular Tag Pockets Front 2

Album - Regular Tag Pockets Back and Square Policy Envelopes

Album - Square Policy Envelopes Back & Pocket Folder and Notebook 1
Pocket Folder Measurements:

  • 8.5 in. x 10 in. - score at 5 in. and fold
  • Measure in 5/8 in. from fold at top
  • Measure up 3 in. from bottom corner opposite fold
  • Draw a line between the two measured points and cut the diagonal on a paper trimmer
  • Pocket Hinges: Side - 1 in. x 3 in. - score and fold at 1/2 in.
                              Bottom - 1 in. x 5 in. - score and fold at 1/2 in.

Album - Pocket Folder and Notebook 2

Album - Pocket Folder Back & File Folder Front
File Folder Measurements:

  • 8.5 in. x 11 in. - score and fold at 5.5 in.
  • For Tab:
    • Punch top right corner using Envelope Punch Board
    • Flip page over and measure edge of paper to 3 in. on punch board and punch again
    • Trim remainder of top of folder off
    • Punch all corners using Punch Board

Album - File Folder Inside

Album - File Folder Back with Regular Policy Envelope

Album - File Folder Back with Regular Policy Envelope Flipped Down
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my Nature Sketchbook Folio, Album and Tutorial!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rusty Patina Altered Denim Journal Cover ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a fun Altered Denim Journal Cover with you - created using lots of amazing Creative Embellishments chipboard!
I started off altering the Prima/Finnabair Denim journal by using a Prima Stencil along with some Prima Art Basics Heavy Body Gel mixed with Prima Art Ingredients Mica Powder in Rust. Once the stenciled areas had dried, I added some bits of lace and trim and then started adding my Creative Embellishments Chipboard pieces, as well as some metal embellishments by Prima and trinkets from my stash. I've used the following CE chipboard pieces:
Once I was happy with the placement of all the chipboard pieces and embellishments, I covered everything with a coat of Prima Art Basics Clear Gesso. Then, I sprayed the cover with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mist in Cocoa Bean Copper. I used Prima Art Extravagance Rust Effects Paste to add the rust-look to the chipboard and then used some Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint in Light Patina mixed with Prima Art Ingredients Texture Powder to add the green-tinted patina effect. I then dry brushed with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paints in Light Patina and Ancient Coin in places to enhance some embellishments. Finally, I finished off the cover using some Prima Art Ingredients Copper Glass Glitter applied with Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel. Here are some close-ups so you can see all the details.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Nature Sketchbook Folio Cover ~ Creative Embellishments March Challenge

Its a new Month! And that means a new challenge is up on the Creative Embellishments Blog! As usual, please be inspired by at least one element in the picture below and mention how you were inspired if it isn’t obvious. The twist this month is to incorporate something that flies.
I'm really looking forward to Spring and some nicer weather, so I was inspired by the butterflies in the challenge photo to create this Nature Sketchbook Folio Cover. I'm going to have a video tutorial up soon showing how I created the insert for the inside of the folio - so be sure to watch for it!
I started out with a small Tim Holtz Folio and used Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook collection (12x12 papers, 6x6 papers,Tags & Pockets, Decorative Chipboard, and Journaling & Ephemera Cards) to decorate the cover. I've inked all the paper edges using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I used the CE Chipboard Flourish Butterflies Set 3, which I embossed with Ranger Black Embossing Powder and then added some patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad to the back. I also used two of the CE Flourish 19 chipboards, which I cut into pieces. I painted the flourishes with Distress Crackle Paint in Peeled Paint and then inked them with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Here are some different angles and close-up photos of the cover:

I hope you like my interpretation of this month's challenge - I can't wait to see what you create! Remember to follow the Rules for the Challenge so that you're eligible to win!

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project (i.e., layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc…) as of March 1st 2017.
    • Please no back linking (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge requirements). Please link only NEW projects.
  • Combining the CE Challenge with other challenges is permitted.
  • Please add your entry to the InLinkz box on the Challenge Post on the Creative Embellishments Blog to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog. Please make sure to reference our challenge. 
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along; however, everyone who does use CE product will get and extra chance at winning.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on the CE blog post the day after the challenge ends.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blog Hop ~ SpiegelMom Scraps & Creative Embellishments Product Swap!

Hello and thank you for joining us for this fabulous product swap between SpiegelMom Scraps (SMS) and Creative Embellishments (CE)! I had a great time combining the products from these two companies and hope you enjoy our inspiration! Check out my project and let me know what you think by leaving a comment. Remember, you can win a $25.00 gift card to SpiegelMom Scraps OR a $30 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments just by commenting on all the blogs in the blog hop! You have a whole week to complete the hop (until 11:59 p.m. on March 7) - so it's a pretty sweet way to win some scrappy goodies!!

Now for my project! I've created a 12x12 Family Portrait Layout. When I saw the beautiful little bag of Green Acres Sequins from the SMS shop, I decided to use them as the basis for the colour palette for my layout; so I chose some Kaisercraft papers/ephemera in coordinating colours from their Heirloom collection and a background page from their Basecoat collection to create my layout. I started to create the background using Shimmerz Pasteez in A Little Nutty from the SMS shop along with the CE Crackled Brick Stencil. Then, I did some random stamping with Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink and two CE rubber stamps - Tire Track 1 Stamp and Distressed Script Stamp.

I love playing with different textures on layouts, so I've used torn strips of the Kaisercraft design paper along with some torn corrugated cardboard, torn/crumpled Small Glassine Bags from the SMS shop and misted Lace Paper Doilies from the SMS shop to create the cluster behind my photos. I misted the doilies with Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists in Steampunk Sepia and Rusty Lantern Lime. I inked the edges of some of the papers and the photos with Distress Ink in Ground Espresso. I also splattered the layout with the Rusty Lantern Lime mist and some Dylusions Spray Ink in Ground Coffee. 

Finally, to embellish the layout, I've used ephemera pieces from the Kaisercraft Heirloom collection, the sequins and Shooting Cork Stars from the SMS shop and two CE chipboard pieces - a Simple Key Hole Plate and Key (embossed with Distress Embossing Powder in Walnut Stain).
Here are some different angles and close-ups so you can see all the details and dimension on this layout!

Thanks so much for hopping along to my blog today! Now you’re off to Hannah’s Blog. I know you’ll just love her project!

In case you get lost along the way, here is the list of stops along the blog hop! 
SpiegelMom Scraps