Friday, January 31, 2014

Lone Wolf Designs Design Team Showcase: Canvas Corp Canvas Minis

Welcome back for my first LWD Design Team Showcase of 2014. Make sure you check out the The Lone Wolf Designs LLC blog every week as we have added a new weekly treat: Tool Review Tuesday. For my product review this week I have chosen these cute round canvas minis and made 2 cards. The circles are approximately 3" in diameter, so even though they are "mini," they are still a nice size to work with. 

Square card:

DCWV 5.5” square embossed hearts
Distress Ink: Victorian Velvet
Momenta metal stickers (Thanks, Tami!)

I started by inking the embossed hearts and the edges of the card with Victorian Velvet. I also inked the cardboard and the canvas circle.  The flowers were on a tag that I received in a swap. I carefully took them off and then glued them to the canvas. I received a whole jar of those heart embellishments about a year ago from my friend Katie. When I first got them I was SURE I would NEVER use them, but I have actually used half the jar! They are great little embellishments. Oh, and the heart stick pin (my last one!) and metal sticker came from fellow DT member Tami. I used Beacon 3-in-1 to adhere everything to the card. I find that it works the best when attaching something other than paper.

5x7 card:

Paper: BasicGrey Fiction (5 pcs)
Flowers: Michael’s Dollar Bin
Momenta metal sticker (Thanks, Tami!)

This 5"x7" card is based on OWH Sketch 206. I had to adjust the measurements a bit since OWH cards are A2 sized and my card is 5"x7".

The canvas minis come as 2 layers that are sewn together. For this card, I took the circles apart. Now I have twice as many! After cutting my paper to size I used the Tonic Paper Distresser to distress the edges. Note to self: Next time think TWICE about distressing paper…cardstock is SO much easier! I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo and then assembled the layers using my ATG. Before inking the edges of the canvas I used my fingernails to unravel the edges a bit. I also inked the paper flowers. I used Beacon 3-in-1 to adhere the canvas and the flowers to the front of the card. The metal embellishment has foam tape on the back, but I find the adhesive on those to be less than satisfactory. I ran a line of Beacon across the bottom of the foam tape, too.

Canvas Corp has many other shapes and sizes of canvas for your papercrafting 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!

LWD Sku#
Canvas Corp  Canvas Minis Round CCCVS1158
Tonic Paper Distresser TO370
Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Victorian Velvet THTIM27195
Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo THTIM19527
Want2Scrap Flat Back Pearls-WSBBPWHITE12

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Creative Swappers: Ladybug, Dragonfly, or Butterfly Swap

One of the swaps I joined in the Creative Swappers Facebook Group was to create a Ladybug, Dragonfly, or Butterfly. I chose a ladybug and a dragonfly. The images came from the Silhouette Store and I used Core'dinations cardstock for all the cuts. They are cut somewhere between. I think ink adds a nice finishing touch to any project so I inked all the edges with coordinating colors of Distress Inks. I added Glossy Accents to the antennae and dots on the lady bug and Crackle Accents to the wings of the dragonfly. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Creative Craft Cottage Challenge: Fabric or Felt

It's time for another challenge over at Creative Craft Cottage. The challenge this time is to use fabric or felt on your project. I picked up a package of black and white fabric flowers (Crate Paper "On Trend") from a local discount store about a week ago and I knew they would be perfect for this challenge. I also knew that I wanted to use my new Studio 490 Black Embossing Paste. I have had it for about a month and had not even opened it yet! As I was looking through my meager collection of spray inks (I only have 5!) I decided pink would go great with the black paste. I grabbed a #8 tag and sprayed it with Dylusions Ink Spray in Bubble Gum Pink then used a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Rays) with the black embossing paste to add some texture to the tag.

Next I started working on the flower arrangement at the bottom. I layered black mesh bling, a small piece of lace that I colored with the Dylusions Bubble Gum Pink spray ink, and some black flat back pearl trim (all from my stash). Behind the flower I used Petaloo Feathers in cream. The smaller stick pins are Petaloo and the large one (with the black and white heart) I received in a swap.

I sprayed the butterfly with the Dylusions and let it sit over night then wiped off the excess. It is hard to tell in the picture, but some of the pink did stay on the metal. I wasn't sure if it would or not, so it was a happy surprise. I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Picket Fence to highlight a few areas of the butterfly. It helps to tone down the metal and also to tie it in to the white flower at the bottom. I added a butterfly trail with a piece of Want2Scrap bling.

So, grab some fabric or felt, make a card, tag or any other project and link it up over at this week's Fabric or Felt Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage.

Monday, January 6, 2014

LWD Tool Review Tuesday: Zutter Bow-it-All

Happy New Year! I can't believe another year has come and gone. Boy, the older I get, the faster they seem to go! For the New Year, the LWD Design Team has added an extra post each week. Tuesday is now "Tool Review Tuesday" and each week, one of us will review a tool or storage/organization solution. I'm up first and I chose the Zutter Bow-it-All.  With the Bow-it-All, you get a perfect bow, every single time. I don't know about you, but I STRUGGLE when it comes to making bows. Some people are born with the bow making gene...I was not. LOL Before I show you my *horrible* bow; let’s take a look at what comes in the box. The board allows you to make itty-bitty 1/2" bows all the way up to large 9" bows. There is a full color instruction book and a pair of pink handled scissors. There is even a zippered storage case to keep it all together.

All the pegs are stored “on-board” on both sides of the board. This will help to keep everything together.

You can use ANY ribbon--wide, narrow, wired, no wire, satin, grosgrain, anything! Here's a sample of what I used.

So, here’s my bow. It’s ok, but the loops aren’t even. The ribbon has a dull side and a shiny side and you can see both sides in my loops and in the tail.

This is my first attempt with the Bow-it-All. I made a 3” single loop bow. I think I did pretty well!

{Well, I'm not sure what happened to the picture! It was a good bow, though!}

Next is a 4” triple loop bow. This one went much faster and I think that I have that “locking-C” knot down now. Check out these videos on the Zutter website to learn about the "locking-C" and see demos on how to make other bows.

I made a giant 7” triple loop bow with a back ribbon. A bow with a back ribbon is perfect for a package.

One more big bow and then on to some tiny ones…This is triple loop double bow with a 3” back bow and 2” front bow. I used wired ribbon on this one and fluffed it up. Sarah says it looks like a flower.

These are 1” bowtie bows. Totally cute! Instead of tails, they have a back ribbon. These will look great on a card!

Aren’t these ¾” bows just adorable! I made single loop, double loop, and triple loop bows. These will be perfect on a card or a scrapbook page. I'm fairly certain Sarah is going to confiscate these for her SMASHbook. She was quite taken with them!

You can create a perfect bow every time with the Zutter Bow-it-All. Now we have no more excuses. LOL I'm definitely going to keep this tool within reach while I'm crafting. I'm going to put bows on everything!

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!