Thursday, July 26, 2012

Live in the Moment Mixed Media Canvas

Today I have a mixed media canvas that I created for this week's Crafter's Companion USA blog post. You may want to shade your eyes because this baby is BRIGHT.  I love that the "in" colors right now are bright bold neon colors.

I started my project by doing everything that would take some time to dry.  First, I painted the outside of my canvas with a bright yellow acrylic paint.  The canvas already had a little bit of hot pink color dye on it, so in one corner the color turned into a pretty bright orange.  (No I didn't plan that, it just worked out really well).

Next, I picked out the paper I wanted for the main background (Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook) and splattered bright pink paint on it.  There's no wrong way to do this.  Just load your paintbrush up and flick the paint at the paper.  You will want to do this outside or on a large mat to catch any paint that misses.  I tend to fling the paint all over the place.

I had some wood wings that I wanted to include somewhere on my canvas, so I went ahead and painted them white and added some clear microbeads.  I also added a layer of Glimmer Glam once the paint dried to help keep the beads attached.  I think it added a really fun texture to them.

Next, I added bright yellow and blue to a small piece of paper and dry embossed it.

For the main focus of my canvas, I chose two stamps from Sheena Douglass' brand new A Little Bit Scenic Silhouette Grasses stamp set.  I think the flourish with the flower blowing away is so gorgeous, while the saying is perfect for me.  I tend to be a planner, so I could use a daily reminder to enjoy the present.  I stamped the two images on vellum with Staz-on black ink.

I then adhered the vellum to my blue and yellow piece of paper.

Once everything was dry, I started to pull out everything that might look good on my canvas.  This is a bit of a messy way to create and usually my desk is a disaster zone by the time I'm done.  I start with any paper and flat embellishments, like washi tape, stickers, and die cuts.  Then I start to arrange my flowers.  Next I decide where I can add some bling, as well as any bigger three-dimensional accent pieces.  The very last thing I do is glue everything down.  Here are a few close-up of the canvas.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my canvas :)


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Easy 3-D Christmas card

Crafter's Companion USA is releasing a gorgeous new Christmas collection from Stamp-It.  From wreaths, Christmas trees, and Santas to all kinds of sentiment stamps, it has it all.  For my card today, I choose a beautiful cursive Merry Christmas sentiment stamp and an image of Santa's outfit hanging on a clothing line.

I enlarged the my stamp using my scanner and printer to create a huge Christmas card for a friend.  (Always check with the company to make sure you are not breaking their copyright on using the stamp).  I received permission to do this for my project. Actual size of stamp is 3 5/8" by 2". To color my stamp, I used four of my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers; CR8, CR11, DR5, and GB8.  The great thing about the Spectrum Noir markers are that they blend together so well.

Next, I got out a little black embroidery floss that I had on hand.  I tied two small bows and cut the length to match the length of the clothesline on either side.  From the left over thread, I cut three more pieces to match the rest of the clothesline.  Using a tiny bit of clear-drying glue, I covered the stamped clothesline with the pieces of floss.

To add some bling to my Christmas card, I then covered all of the trim of Santa's clothes with a thick layer of Diamond Stickles.

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

For a Princess

Good morning crafters!  Today I am showing off a handbag I made for my girl.

I used my Envelobox Creator to make it.  The creator of Crafter's Companion has an amazing Video showing you step by step directions.  It is also a fabulous way to give a gift certificate or small gift to a friend.    Since Lara's favorite color is blue, I started with a bright blue glitter card stock from DCWV.  

To decorate the outside of the handbag.  I started with some plain brown card stock and painted them yellow.

Before the paint dried, I liberally sprinkled iridescent glitter over the pieces.  I pressed down on the glitter to make sure it would really stick to the painted chipboard.  (I am still finding glitter everywhere, lol). 

Next I colored my S.w.a.l.k. Belle of the Ball stamp with Spectrum Noir markers and cut out the image.  I applied Gold Stickles to her crown and Crystal Stickles to her gown.  Because the markers are alcohol based, the Stickles will not smudge your coloring at all. To adhere the little princess to the painted chipboard, I used a very tacky quick drying glue.  I then glued down all the chipboard to the handbag.  

Spectrum Noir Colors used:  hair: IG8, IG10; skin: EB1, EB2; dress: BT2, BT4; fan: BT4, BT5; crown: CT2, CT4; eyes: EB8; mouth: DR1

I added eyelets to the top of the handbag where the ribbon was threaded for extra durability.  It is for a four year old after all ;)  I also added small adhesive magnets to the inside of the bag and the flap for easy opening and closing.  Finally, I added a small epoxy sticker to the flap.

You can see here how super happy Lara was with the finished results.  She totes around all kinds of stuff in it now.  

Hope you have some fun things planned this weekend.  I am going to see Magic Mike with a girlfriend.  For the artistic value of the film, of course ;)


Friday, July 6, 2012

Christmas Trellis Card

It's Christmas in July!  I love seeing Christmas projects in July, it really inspires me to get ahead in my card making.  Today's card that I made for Crafter's Companion USA blog is called a Trellis card. This is the first one that I've tried and it was so easy to make.  You can make them for any kind of occasion too, not just Christmas.

While I have a quick tutorial here, you can watch this fabulous video tutorial from Christina.  She inspired me to give this type of card a try.  

I started with the inside of the card, so my Christmas tree would have time to dry.  First, I cut out a green tree and yellow star from the Chrstmas Cheer Cricut cartridge.  I applied a thick layer of Gold Stickles on the star and thin layer of Crystal Stickles to the tree. I then set it aside to let them dry.

Next, I cut out a square shape out of the front of my 5 x7 card.  Any kind of shape will work.  With the leftovers of my card stock, I cut up a bunch of 1/4" strips.  Then, on the inside my card, I began gluing down the strips diagonally across my cut out square, cutting off any excess on the ends.  I didn't measure the distances, just eyeballed it.   

Once those strips were done, I began to weave strips of paper through them, alternating going over and under each strip and glueing down the edges.

I decided to add some vellum to my lattice, so I cut out a piece of vellum that was a little bigger than the lattice and glued it down against the lattice on the inside of the card.  These cards also look great without it though, if you don't have any on hand.  I made sure to only add glue to the outside of the vellum, so none would show in the lattice.   

Next, I cut another square shape on 5x7 piece of paper and glued it down to the inside of the card, making sure to line up the two squares.  This covers all the glued down pieces on the inside.  You can also just lay down a solid piece of paper here if you prefer.  For my project though, I wanted the tree to show through the vellum.  

Once my tree was dry, I glued the star to the top of it and added it to the inside of my card. 

For the front of the card, I colored this sweet santa puppy from our new Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood stamp collection.  This delightful line of stamps has all kinds of festive woodland animals.  I colored my stamp with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  

After cutting out my stamped image and sentiment, I attached them to the bottom of the card with Double Sided Adhesive Foam Circles.   A few flowers and leaves completed the card.  Here is my card lying flat.  You can really see the tree peaking through the trellis.

I hope you'll give this type of card a try.  If you do, let me so I can check it out!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - anything goes
Hooked on Craft challenges - Christmas in July
Lollipop Crafts - Christmas in July

Have a lovely weekend!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Party Time Drawer Card

Happy Thursday crafters!  Today is my first post for the Crafter's Companion USA blog and I decided to share my favorite type of card, a set of drawers with easel card.  This easy to make card is one of the many fabulous projects featured on the Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD and I used the Envelobox Creator to create both the card and the Envelobox which holds it.   Once I saw how easy to make it was, I started making them for all different occasions.  Friends and family are always so excited to receive too.  Maybe because it has a little treat inside ;)  I've found that it holds a gift card perfectly too.  

For the main image of my card, I used the new Humphrey Party Time stamp set.  I just love how versatile this cute little elephant is!  I colored him using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and added Stickles to his hat and spots on his overalls. A clown has got to have a little bling.  The fun little banner was cut from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge, and I added a couple rhinestones to each flag.  The paper is Graphic 45's Le Cirque collection.  

To hold the Easel card up, I added a row of grey pearls to the top of the lower portion of the card.  I stamped the "Party Time" sentiment from the stamp set a few times as well.  I also hand cut a banner shaped image so I could included a personalized message.  A few more pearls on that completed the card.

One of the really cool parts of this project is that you can make a matching thick envelope to match your card.  This one is about an inch in depth and 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in length.  You can see how I've put the card in it.

I hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to create something fun and three-dimentional.   

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Anything goes challenge - Polka Dot with a Birthday theme
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Cards for Men - Cards for men
Crafty Bloggers Network - anything goes

I'll be back tomorrow with a new kind of card you will definitely want to try!

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

I'm so lucky

It's July and I am excited to announce that I am returning to the Crafter's Companion USAs' two blogs again!  Whoo Hoo!  After a much needed creative break, I've been having a blast making cards and altered projects with their gorgeous stamps.  We have a Fabulous challenge for July at the Crafter's Companion challenge blog.  This month is Anything Goes!  One lucky person who plays along will win a fabulous prize from the Crafter's Companion USA online store.  How cool is that?  So pull out any of your Crafter's Companion stamps and play along with us.   For my project, I made a card for my son to give to his dad.

The super cute stamp is Humphrey One in a Million stamp set.  I colored the image and a few of the hexagons with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I love how well these markers blend together to make smooth shadows and shading.  The paper, banner rub-on, and circular sentiment sticker is from My Mind's Eye Follow My Heart Be Amazing collection.

This week we are having sneak peaks of an all new stamp line at Crafter's Companion Information Blog, so make sure you stop by to see them.  They are adorable!

I can't wait to see what our fans make this month!  Have a great rest of the weekend and hope you get a little crafty time ;)