Friday, October 10, 2014

Country Craft Creations DT Showcase: G45 Bohemian Bazaar

I'm excited to announce that I am on a Design Team for a new business, Country Craft Creations in Hooper Country Craft Creations is an online scrapbooking supply store that sells at wholesale prices, or very close to it. It’s a great way to make scrapbooking affordable for everyone! Country Craft Creations specializes in Graphic 45, Basic Grey, and Marion Smith paper lines. 

My box for October included G45 Bohemian Bazaar paper collection. I'm very excited to work with that this month. I absolutely LOVE using G45 paper collections. All of the papers and embellishments coordinate beautifully


My stepdaughter and I went to a birthday party a few weeks ago. I took the opportunity to dive right in to this paper collection and make a card. I used OWH Sketch 240 for the card and used black cardstock (Recollections brand) for additional layers. I think the black cardstock really accentuates the bright colors of the paper. I inked all the edges with Distress Ink (Black Soot). I traded out a piece of patterned paper for two of the border stickers (cut down to fit the front of my card) from the Cardstock Sticker Sheet. I used ScorTape to adhere one of the chipboard tags to the front of the card and tied a bow with vintage seam binding. The sentiment is from a stamp set from the $1 bin at JoAnn's. 


I have traded in my traditional 12x12 layouts for Project Life pocket style scrapbooking. These are actually my first 2 pages. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast they came together. I'm going to give you a rundown of how I did this. First, I decided on the page protector that I was going to use (Becky Higgins, Project Life, Design A). Next, I picked a few (ok, 11) pictures from the party. I did a bit of resizing and printed them at home. I trimmed them, leaving a white border so I didn't have to add photo mats. 


I knew that I wanted to use 2 of the 4x6 cards from the paper collection, so I cut them apart and added them to the first and last photo pockets. I arranged my pictures on top of the remaining pockets. 


I knew that I wanted to use the Cardstock Stickers to spell out "BDAY FUN", but I didn't know what paper I wanted to use in that slot. A tip I saw online said to adhere your stickers to a piece of wax paper, that way you can see how they fit in the area. Doing that, I could place different pieces of paper under the stickers to see which paper went the best with the stickers. This way, I didn't ruin any paper or the stickers. 


The next step is to pick out the patterned paper for the rest of the photo pockets. I also added one of the Chipboard tags.


After picking out the paper, I inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and adhered the photos. I used ScorTape to adhere the "Fun Money" card to the layout. 


Now it's time for the fun stuff--embellishments! I put all of the photos in the pockets then placed my embellishments on the outside for a "test drive" to see how everything looked. You can see that I used several different embellishments: a few of the Chipboard tags, paper flowers, bling, flat back pearls, homemade enamel dots, and twine. I also added a couple of Silhouette cut files. A little bit of journaling will finish up these two layouts. 


Here is a short video showing closeups of a few of the cards.

video

So, this was a pretty good experience for my first set of Project Life pages. I can't wait to do more! 

Don't forget to check out the Country Craft Creations in Hooper Facebook Page and Website to stay updated on all the products available.

Supplies available from Country Craft Creations in Hooper;
Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar 12x12 Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar Cardstock Stickers
Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar Chipboard
ScorTape

Other Supplies:
Paper flowers, Prima
Bling, flat back pearls, homemade enamel dots, and twine from my stash
Vintage seam binding, Wild Orchid Craft
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Black Soot, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Broken China)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DT Submission for Country Craft Creations

Wow…long time, no post! I guess I took a spring and summer break from crafting. I’m happy to be back in the craft room (aka the dining room table) and creating fabulous projects. Today I have a Design Team Submission for Country Craft Creations. She has an online scrapbooking supply store where she sells at wholesale prices or just above. It’s a great way to make scrapbooking affordable for everyone!

I chose to use BasicGrey Herbs & Honey 6x6 paper pad and also the Diecuts & Transparencies pack. I started with a few cards. I love to use 6x6 paper pads for cards and mini albums. Everything already goes together and I don’t have to worry about whether or not the papers match. The patterns are the same as in the larger pads, but the smaller scale is perfect for cards.

Card Supplies:
BasicGrey Herbs & Honey 6x6 Paper Pad
BasicGrey Herbs & Honey Diecuts & Transparencies
Kraft cardstock by Recollections
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)

Card #1 Sketch MojoMonday 222


Card #2 Sketch OWH 174
Sentiment “so sweet” designed and cut with my Silhouette


Card #3 Sketch OWH 12


Card #4 A2 Card Kit-Heart Herringbone Pattern (Design ID 63985) from the Silhouette Store


Altered Canvas


Supplies:
4x5 canvas
Dylusions Ink Sprays (Dirty Martini, Postbox Red, London Blue
BasicGrey Herbs & Honey Diecuts & Transparencies
ModPodge (gloss)

The steps to create this canvas were pretty simple. First I spritzed the canvas with water. Next I sprayed each color, one a time. Between each layer of color I spritzed it with water and blotted with a paper towel. After all the colors were applied, I spritzed it again with water to give the canvas a watercolor look. After the ink dried I applied a layer of ModPodge. I placed the transparencies and covered with another layer of ModPodge. The MP acts as a glue to keep the transparencies in place and also gives the canvas a glossy finish that will protect it from dust and fingerprints.

Here's a short video showing the cards and canvas. Thanks for watching!



 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lone Wolf Designs Tool Review Tuesday: Zutter Bind-It-All

Welcome to another Tool Review Tuesday from the Lone Wolf Designs Design Team. One of my most favorite things to make is mini albums. I love being able to pick out my own paper and embellishments and build the album from scratch. The only problem--how do I bind it? Sure, you can punch holes and use ribbon or binder rings OR you can use a Bind-It-All and get a professional looking o-wire binding.

The BIA is an easy machine to use and would be a great addition to your craft room if you like to make mini albums, too. It's not too big, as you can see from the graphic below, it fits in your hand and it weighs about 3 pounds. Check out this YT video for a great introduction to the machine.





I have included several pictures of different sized albums that I have made over the last few years.


SNOW word book

6x8 mini albums for the non-scrapper
Envelope mini album

I guess there's no blog post for this one, but these are little 4x4 mini books.

Baby boy mini album

Need a cover for your album? Don't worry, you can get Cover-Alls. They are chipboard covers available in a variety of sizes, colors, and spine styles. Cover-Alls are a good choice if you don't want to make your own chipboard cover. Check out the video below to see a junk-journal that I made using a Cover-All.


Also available are page protectors, pre-cut pages, acrylic pages, clipboard wood pages, chipboard covers, and o-wires in a variety of colors and sizes. The Bind-It-All makes it possible to make albums in all different sizes, from a mini-mini at 4" to a regular 12" album. You are no longer limited to the standard size albums you find in the store.

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying TOO MUCH for your craft supplies!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

YPP Artsy Fartsy Tickets: Birthday

It has been a long time since I participated in swaps at Your Paper Pantry. I decided to jump in during the month of February and participate in the "Artsy Fartsy Ticket Swap."  The theme was Birthday. The ticket and cupcake are both files from the Silhouette store. I embossed the ticket with the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks on the cupcake. The cupcake was attached to the ticket with dimensional foam and I added Glossy Accents on top of the sprinkles.






Friday, February 21, 2014

Lone Wolf Designs Design Team Showcase: Canvas Corp Cardstock

Welcome back for another LWD Showcase. As you may recall, I used Canvas Corp mini canvas rounds to create a couple cards last month. Well, did you know that Canvas Corp has other products besides canvas? They carry several different designs of cardstock, canvases, hardware, ATC cards, envelopes, and so much more! 

Today, I used a sheet of postcards and altered them for a swap in one of my favorite crafty Facebook groups, The Scrap Cafe. You get 6 (4x6) postcards on a 12x12 sheet. I cut 4 postcards and used my Paper Distresser to really rough up the edges of each postcard. 


I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also used Vintage Photo to stamp my sentiment (from the Mini Muse set) and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.


I stamped the birds (from the Anthology set) with VersaMark embossing ink and set it with clear embossing powder.


Next, I used Vintage Photo to add a little bit of color to my lace. I just pounced it on with the Ink Blending Tool.


I added a stick pin from my stash, some pearl strands, and a paper flower. I inked the edges of the flower with Vintage Photo.

 
Here is a picture of all 4 of the cards I made. Obviously, these are not made to go in the mail, unless in a well padded envelope. These can be used as a page in a mini album, an embellishment on the top of an altered box, or simply display it on a shelf with other travel memorabilia.


Canvas Corp has a lot of cardstock (and other items!) for your paper crafting and decorating needs. You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying TOO MUCH for your craft supplies!

Products available from LWD:

CCCCP2624 Canvas Corp - Black & Kraft Postcards 12x12 Paper
TO370 Tonic-Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
STCMS063 Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamps - Mini Muse
STCMS026 Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamps - Anthology
THTIM19527 Ranger - Distress Pads by Tim Holtz Ranger - Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
TSVM001 Tsukineko - VersaMark Ink Pad
RIIBT23616 Ranger - Ink Blending Tool Handle and Replacement Foam Ranger - Ink Blending Tool




Sunday, February 16, 2014

Scraps to Treasures: Pink!

Today I'm a guest designer on the Scraps to Treasures blog. Here, we use our scraps to make fabulous projects. This week, we were to use pink and/or red in our project. I created this super cute card. Using a pile of pink and tan scraps. Since they are scraps, I don't know the brands, except for the tag...it is from a piece of Cosmo Cricket cut-aparts. The flowers are Recollections and the doily is Wilton brand.



Robin at Scraps to Treasures will be having a special RAK once the blog has 100 followers.

My card was based on this card image that I found on Pinterest.

This card is also entered into the February 2014 Card Challenge in my favorite crafty Facebook Group The Scrap Cafe.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Creative Craft Cottage: Vintage

Happy Valentine's Day!! Now, I don't have a valentine project to share, but I do have a Vintage project to share. This week, the challenge over at Creative Craft Cottage is Vintage. I created this vintage/shabby chic banner for our booth at Chinaberry Dreams Soapworks & Gifts Artisan Marketplace


The banner shape is from the Silhouette Store (I believe it was a To/From tag). I cut them at just under 4x6 so that I could maximize the number of shapes I could get from a 12x12 sheet of paper. The shadow is Recollections Kraft cardstock and the front layer is made with the Basic Grey Fiction collection. I love making a project with paper from a paper collection. Everything already matches! I used paper flowers from my stash and the flat back pearls are a combination of Want2Scrap and StampinUp. The banners are threaded along some jute that I picked up from the Dollar Tree.

Here are close-ups of each section:



 
Here is a photo of our *nearly* finished booth. We are going to add some curtains around the walls and some greenery to finish it off. TamiKris, and I are looking forward to selling our handmade items and supplies and even teaching a few classes. If you live in the Midlands of South Carolina, we would love it if you would stop by our booth and sign up for a class!


Head on over to Creative Craft Cottage and link up your vintage creation.