Thursday, May 28, 2015

Die'sires Edgeables Only Words are Here!

So today is the day - you can get the Die'sire Edgeables - and aren't they wonderful!  You can either use these dies on the edge of your card, or you can create a panel like I did on this project.  Be sure to head over to the Crafter's Companion  Website to see the other available dies and watch our Facebook page to see more inspiration.

May Arts Ribbon
Core'dinations Cardstock

Father's Day Gift Bag

Here's a cute way to give Dad his treats this Father's Day. This shirt gift bag is quick and easy enough to get the kiddos in on the action as well. Think what fun it would be to have an ugly tie contest (and Dad wouldn't be stuck wearing it!)

Father's Day Gift Bag Supplies:
Step 1. Cut paper 10" x 11 1/2"
 Step 2. With the kraft side facing up, the the short edge lined up across the top fence, score at 2".
Step 3. Turn the paper a quarter turn, counter-clockwise and score at 1/2", 2 1/2", 6", and 8". Go to the first large block (between 2 1/2" and 6"), score every 1/4" - just down to the horizontal score, to create the pinstripes for the front of the shirt.
 Step 4. Turn the paper over, so that the color is facing upwards. Score at 4 1/2" and 10"  
Step 5. Clip the tabs at the bottom.
 Step 6. Sand the pin-stripes.

Step 7. Fold along the scores to assemble the bag.

Step 8. Pinch the top of the bag together, and cut an inch in on each side.

Step 9. Fold the tabs in to form the collar.

Step 10. Hand cut a tie. Adhere to the bag. Secure the collar using double sided tape.


Now the fun will just be thinking what goodies to put in your bag!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Alumni DT Blog Hop for May

Welcome, to the May Edition of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog hop! The hop runs now through Friday night - at midnight.  And one lucky commenter, chosen from one of the stops on the blog hop, will win a $25 gift certificate to HC.  How great is that?  You get to hop around and see some wonderful projects, plus have the chance to win some goodies of your own!  The winner will be announced on Saturday, May 30th, and will have 72 hours to claim their prize.

 I've really been enjoying coloring images lately, and thought that this gorgeous Fuchsia Bouquet would be fun to ink up.  I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and then added more shading using the Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils. They really just seem to pop off the page!  For the background I used the Decorative Oval Die and added pearls at the intersections.
Blog Hop for May

Die'sires New Edgables for Crafter's Companion are Coming!

Oh my! You are going to love this new series of dies that are being released on Thursday - the Edgeables line is just so cool.  I love how this sentiment becomes the focal point on the card - and it's such an elegant design.  You are going to want to add all of these to your collection (but you will have to wait until Thursday!)

Monday, May 25, 2015

I Love You to the Moon

I'm back today to share a sweet vintage card.  Sometimes  detailed images, like this Mother and Child, can be slightly intimidating to color, but it is super easy.  I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers to color and then just cut out the image.  I matched the colors of the patterned paper with my markers.  The sentiment, To the Moon, was stamped on patterned paper to tie it all together.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Let Your Soul and Spirit Fly

 I had so much fun creating this mixed media triptych and couldn't wait to share it with you.  The form was from Retro Cafe Art and it was exactly what I had been looking for.  After I misted the background,I added some gilding flakes and then started stamping the flat background images.  Then I used modeling paste and stencils to add French Script words.  I stamped the large Peony image onto vintage French dictionary pages using Versamark Ink and embossing powder.  After that was heat set, I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the panel.  I overstamped images and heat embossed them as well to add more dimension.  I love how these colors pop together!

IndigoBlu Stamps: Crackglaze Background, Giant Peony, Floral Swirl, Discover Your Passion, Ledger Background
Lindy's Stamp GangStarburst Sprays: Azure Sea Asters, Tibetian Poppy Teal, Alpine Ice Rose; Flat Fabio Sprays: South Shore Sand; Embossing Powder: Cafe 'au Lait;  King Midas Gold , Hollyhock Scarlet Plum
Retro Cafe Art - Triptych
Deco Art - French Script Stencil

Lindy's Stamp Gang May Color Challenge(Products listed with supplies and linked)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Card with Technique Junkies

 It's always a good idea to have extra birthday cards ready to go at a moments notice, so I whipped up this cute card using TJ's Whimsical Birthday Cake stamp.  I colored the image with Spectrum Aqua markers.  Now I'll have another card for my birthday stash.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Metallic Bee Canvas

I love the metallic trend! and it's even better, when you can distress the finish. The new Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Collection is amazing. I've created a trendy bee canvas to show you just how much fun you can have creating with this new paper.

 Metallic Bee Canvas Supplies:
Step 1. Cut strips of the copper paper 7 3/4" x 1 1/2" long. Emboss the paper. Since the paper is longer than the embossing folder, place the folder on the un-embossed end of the paper, line the design up and run through the machine again to emboss the full strip. 


 Step 2. Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it Gadget. This will reveal the kraft core.

Step 3. Add a layer of black slightly wider to the back of the embossed strip. Distress the edges with a tool or scissors.


 Step 4. With strong double sided tape, attach to the canvas.

Step 5. Die cut and emboss the bee using the gold paper. Distress the raised areas with the Sand-it

Step 6. Ink over the sanded areas with black ink.

Step 7. Use foam adhesives to mount the bee on the canvas.


This was a quick and stylish project to make. Wouldn't you Bee Happy to give it a try? ~ Gini

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Life's a Beach

Oh, the summertime is almost here, and of course, I can't wait.  I  saw this photo of my Aunt Pat and Uncle Conroy at a family reunion and begged for a copy of it!  I love how vintage and charming it is.  I built up layers of stamped images on my base page and then started adding all of the embellishments.  It was so fun to create.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thank You - Another Create A Card Die From Crafter's Companion

Last week, Crafter's Companion released the latest Create-a-Card Dies, with sentiments that make card making elegant and easy.  After I die cut my image, I applied adhesive with my Xyron Creative Station, and glittered the surface.  I made a presentation envelope to house the card - and it fits just perfectly!
May Arts Ribbon 
Want2Scrap Pearls
Art Institute Glitter
Xyron Adhesive