Thursday, March 28, 2013

PopulArt Swap: Altered Composition Book

One of my current crafting goals is to go "shopping in my stash" and not go out and buy so much for the swaps I'm participating in this year. For this project, I spent a grand total of $3, and that was only because I had to re-make the journal. I absolutely hated the first one I made (paid $2 for that one!) and had to run out to the Dollar Tree the other day to purchase another composition book.

This is an altered composition book for the March PopulArt swap at Your Paper Pantry. My swap partner is Cari and she pretty much let me have free reign for the design. We had to cover the front and back, include pockets and ephemera, and ink/distress the edges of the book and/or pages. The base is just an ordinary black and white composition book. I paid $1 for it at The Dollar Tree. The paper I used is K&Co KP Blossom. I love all the bright fun colors. It definitely reminds me of spring! I added some green botanical print washi tape to cover the seam where the paper me the black binding of the book. The edges of the cover and all the pages are inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I didn't take any pictures of the inside pages, but I just grabbed a few stamps and used Archival ink to stamp a few sentiments throughout the book.

I used grungeboard letters for the title and the little butterfly in the upper right corner is grungeboard, too. I painted them with white acrylic paint and then inked the letters with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and the butterfly with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the grungeboard to the cover. The heart bling is Basic Grey.

I covered this large flower with Crackle Accents. I love how it turned out!

This is the inside of the front cover. I added a piece of washi tape to the inside so that it matched the front cover.
Inside the back cover I made a pocket out of an envelope. I sealed the envelope and cut off both of the short ends. I folded one end up about 2" and glued it down. I then attached pieces of patterned paper and glued it the inside of the back cover.

The pockets hold a photo mat for a 4"x6" and a 4"x4" photo. I included a glassine bag filled with cut-apart tags from the paper collection. I used a piece of the washi tape to keep the bag closed.

And here is the back cover.

I hope you enjoyed my altered composition book. Thanks for stopping by! If you have made an altered composition book, I would love to see it. Please leave a link in the comments below.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

LWD Design Team Showcase: Studio 490 Wendi Vecchi Embossing Paste and Stencils

My Lone Wolf Designs Design Team Showcase for this month features Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi embossing paste and stencils.

This was not the project that I had originally planned, so I don't have step-by-step pictures like I usually do. I'll try to tell you everything I did, though. The base of my project is a #8 tag by Ranger. I used the inside of a bubble mailer to make the background. I mixed blue and white acrylic paint and brushed it on the mailer and then pressed it onto the tag. It was still a bit too dark so I dry-brushed on some more white acrylic paint.

Next comes the fun stuff! I used Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and Lovely Leaves Stencil to complete the background. The embossing paste is white, but I colored it with green acrylic paint. I scooped about a tablespoon out on my non-stick craft mat, added paint, and mixed well. I used a spatula to spread the paste over the stencil. After I scraped off the excess, I used my finger to add texture before I removed the stencil. After the leaves on the bottom of the tag dried, I flipped the stencil over and repeated the process for the leaves on the top.

The flowers were inspired by Tammy Tutterow's Crinoline Tattered Roses. I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Die and for each tag, I cut 2 sets of flowers from crinoline and 2 sets of the 2 largest flowers from cardstock. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to color the cardstock and the crinoline~Blue (Shaded Lilac and Salty Ocean), Orange (Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey), and Pink (Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet).  I used a skewer to roll the edges of the flowers and used my hot glue gut to assemble them. I completed the look with a vintage-inspired clear button in the center of the flower and a piece of white trim across the bottom of the tag.

As I went searching through my ribbon tub (yes, tub!), I came across lace seam binding in the colors of each of my flowers. In addition to the that color, I also added a piece of blue and white lace seam binding.
I plan on using these tags as the base for the April Stick Pin Swap at The Scrap Cafe. I added a few stick pins from my collection to see how it looked. What do you think?

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Artsy Fartsy Ticket Swap

This month I joined a new (to me!) swap at Your Paper Pantry~Artsy Fartsy Tickets. We were to make 5 different sets of ticket strips and use flowers on each set. I had a lot of fun with these and even used some new techniques.

I don't have the Tim Holtz ticket die, so I made my own ticket strips. Cut strips of cardstock 10" x 1.25" and score every 2". Use a small circle punch, hole punch, or crop-o-dile to punch half-circles on the score lines. Easy Peasy!

Set 1: I made the ticket strip with a piece of pink paper from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Stack. I inked the paper with Fired Brick Distress Ink and used texture paste and a brick wall stencil by Wendy Vecchi to add some texture. The texture paste picked up some of the red color from the ink. After it dried, I added Fired Brick and Vintage Photo to the bricks. These flowers are Recollections and I used burgundy buttons from my stash to embellish them.

Set 2:  I used my favorite distress technique to color this ticket strip~Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique. These tickets are made from glossy cardstock. I used Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, and Wild Honey Distress Inks. The sentiment is from the Language of Love set by Stampin Up and the ribbon roses are from the dollar bin at Michael's.

Set 3: I used the TH technique on glossy cardstock. I colored the strip with Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar Distress Inks. I used Scor-Tape to adhere lacy seam binding all the way across the tags. The pink felt flowers are from Making Memories. The white flowers are from a stem of flowers from the Dollar Tree. I took them apart and inked the edges with Vintage Photo and then glued a sparkly pink gem in the middle.

Set 4: I made the ticket strip with a piece of blue paper from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Stack. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The felt leaves and the paper flowers are from Making Memories. I finished them off with some green bling for the flower centers.

Set 5: This strip is made with glossy cardstock. I inked the entire strip with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo. I used a polka dot stencil by Wendy Vecchi and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to create the patten on the tickets. I used a stamp (Spiraling Inferno by Inkadinkadoo) from a stamping gear and Forest Moss Distress Ink to create an additional pattern behind the flowers. The flowers are different shades of coral/peach and are from the dollar bin at Michael's.

I had a great time making these tickets. I can't wait to see what I receive. I think these will be great for SMASH*books and mini albums! Have YOU made tickets? Leave me a link below so I can check out your work.