Sunday, January 22, 2012

Card Series - Birthday #1

I don't buy scrapbooking or cardmaking magazines often but this particular one caught my eye. It's Australian Simply Cards and I love quite a few of the card layouts in it, so I decided to attempt one of them today by Designer - Bev Rochester.

As I'm still new to card-making, I decided to make it as close to the design as possible. When I get more confident I'll attempt card sketches and put my own spin on them - one day LOL.

So here's what I made today, with close-up shots - list of materials used is below the photos.

Materials Used:
  • White cardstock cut at 12"x6" (folded to 6x6)
  • Green cardstock cut at 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" for large mat
  • K & Company's Wild Saffron paper pack cut at 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
  • EK Success fleur de lis border punch
  • Winter White Seam Binding sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in English Ivy & Honey Dew Mist
  • I Am Roses flowers sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in English Ivy & Honey Dew Mist, and Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Stain in Saxifrage Olive Copper
  • KaiserCraft wood mounted stamp - "Birthday"
  • Wood mounted rubber stamp - butterfly (unknown manufacturer and name)
  • KaiserCraft clear stamp (ORIGINAL text - unknown name)
  • My Favorite Things "Layered Labels" die
  • Copics used - E00, E34, E35, E37 * R20, R22, E93 * 0 blender
  • Staples used - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Memento dye ink in Rich Cocoa, Scor-tape, Scotch Quick Dry adhesive

Monday, January 16, 2012

Storage Box - Alcohol Inks

Well, I went and bought more alcohol inks but didn't have anywhere to put them as my Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Storage Case is FULL!!!

So I decided to make one. Took me a few hours, but worth it! The size is 6 1/4" square and the height is 3 1/4". The box holds 25 inks or stickles.

I used chipboard which I adhered together using kraft cardstock hinges using Scor-tape. I then covered the inside with paper, then decided to collage some DCWV "Once Upon A Time" papers on the outside.

The dividers inside were also made from chipboard, painstakingly cutting all notches with my craft knife. Worked well, I think.

Will be posting a video on YouTube as soon as I can edit it.

Let me know what you think.

Tim Holtz Texture Fades Storage Album

Well, my first Ustream for 2012 went okay, I guess. Had a few viewers. I tried to prepare as much as I could before the stream, but I never seem to give myself enough time LOL. Oh well, we did get to see how it would look finished - except I changed the binding to ball chain, instead of ribbon.

I think I used almost all Tim Holtz/Ranger products with the exception of a couple of grungy, rusty items I received from Lorri (artivity on Ustream), along with some staples (scor-tape, wet adhesive, ribbon, chipboard),

So I am yet to fill this storage album - I'm sure it won't take me too long to fill it. The beauty of this album is that you can fill it as you get each texture fade.

Here, then, is the completed (but not filled) storage album number 2:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

First Ustream for 2012

Well, my New Year Resolution is to create and share more projects so I am going to try to do more YouTube videos and stream weekly each Friday 11am (Australian time), which is Thursday 8pm EST for the US gals. For the UK gals it will be midnight Thursday and for the NZ gals it will be 1pm Friday. So, the first 2012 stream will be BLACK FRIDAY 13th!

The first project I will be working on is a grungy Tim Holtz style storage album for my Embossing Folders. I hope you all work along with me and I'm now posting the materials you will need:

  • Cardboard boxes cut to size (I'm probably making mine 6 1/2" x 8")
  • Acrylic paint in brown shades
  • Rub 'n Buff in Gold or Spanish Copper or Bronze
  • Brown or Kraft coloured cardstock (for corners)
  • Chipboard alphas for cover (if you want a title, or you can make them and stack 'em)
  • Ticket punch (not necessary)
  • Ribbon, string or fibres for binding
  • Large eyelets for binding holes
  • Scotch Quick Dry adhesive (or any good wet adhesive)
  • Sanding block or file
  • Lots of stamps

Hope to see you all at my Ustream :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Laurel (scotia9338) - Featured Artist #5 is Me!

OMG I can't believe it! Laurel has chosen li'l old me as her Featured Artist No.5 - can you believe it!!!! I can't! Can ya tell I'm a bit shocked and excited? LOL.
Anyway - you can see Laurel's video featuring li'l old me here.
Laurel's also posting a blog about each of the artists she's featuring - here's mine.
You can find Laurel and her stunning art pieces on her Paper and Scissors Rock blog here.
Laurel is also on Ustream as LaurelfromNJ at 11am EST Sundays and you can see her here.

Thanks again Laurel :)

Valentine's Day Engagement Ring Box

Well, I don't know what possessed me to make this. If you know me at all you know that I don't usually make anything that's NOT PRACTICAL - who knows! Maybe I just did it to see if I could. Oh well, I've put 5 videos on YouTube showing the making of this box and you can see the first one here. The music used in this series was written, played and recorded by my hubby.

The box is embellished enough to place an engagement ring inside, however you could add yummy chocolates too!

Materials Used:
  • 2 pieces 8 1/2 x 11 3mm chipboard
  • 1 sheet of 3mm foam (for cushioning effect)
  • 1 piece pink felt
  • small piece bright pink satin fabric
  • 2 different sizes of stringed pearls
  • white lace from my stash
  • pink lace from my stash
  • Iamroses flowers
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for the flowers
  • Tyvek envelops
  • 2 jump rings and a small piece of chain
  • 2 different colour sheer ribbons
  • Heart & Key chipboard key from Bella Bits
  • Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint - Worn Lipstick
  • Adirondak Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pearl
  • lots and lots and lots of hot glue!