Friday, August 19, 2016

The More the Merrier


If you're like me you have more than one stamp set in your crafting space so I want to show you how you can get more out of stamp sets by using more than one set on your projects.

I chose to use 2 stamp sets, Painted Butterflies and Vintage Flowers by Altenew.

{supplies: stamps and inks-Altenew; sequins from my stash}

I punched a mask with an EK Success 3" circle punch and temporarily adhered the circle to the card stock base.
I then stamped around the circle mask with an outline stamp from the Vintage Flowers stamp set, alternating light and dark shades of ink.

The butterflies were again stamped with Altenew ink and die cut with the matching die, they are adhered with pop dots in the centre of the wreath. The sentiment is also from the Painted Butterflies stamp set and sequins add some shine to the cards.

{Morning Frost & Moon Rock Altenew Ink}

I added a punch of color to this last card by coating a wood star with Viva Decor red paint. I hope you've enjoyed these simple ways to make use of more than one stamp set on one project. 

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Die Cut Fun!

I don't consider myself a card maker however I have been enjoying making cards the last year or so and I have a few more share in this post.

The lovely Virginia cut a couple of die cuts for me with the Altenew Dodec Cover Die* one in black and one in white. I had a grand idea to foil one of the die cuts and EPIC FAIL is all I can say about that one.

I layered this die cut over Elizabeth Crafts card stock I inked with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers and then splattered with water to get the light areas:

Silver, white iridescent and clear sequins hightlight the die cut, a Tim Holtz phrase sticker popped up with foam squares and accented on either side with Nuvo glitter drops complete this card.

This next card began with these Ken Oliver Color Burst backgrounds and the My Favorite Things Circle Scribbles die:

The white die cuts were pieces I cut out of white foam which I did not use, I glued the die cuts made from these watercolor backgrounds directly to a white piece of card stock die cut with the Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Rectangles die*.
The solid stamped images are from the My Favorite Things Circle Scribbles stamp set which has the coordinating die I used for the die cuts.
The 'thank you' sentiment is from the Altenew Oriental Orchid stamp set.

Dies can be used in more ways than just accenting or cutting out stamped images as you can see here. 

*Items may not be in store but you can contact Sandy directly to inquire about ordering.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Water Colour Powders Tutorial


So pleased you can join me for a look at a couple cards I created using the Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders available in the store.
I am going to walk you through the process of making these cards. Please note that these exact colors may not be in the store but you can contact Sandy to inquire about ordering them.
You can create a similar effect with the Magenta-Nuance Watercolor Powders as well.

The Color Burst powders are available in singles in the store while the Nuance powders come in a set of 15 colors.

Let's take a look at the first card:

These are the colors I used for this first card:

For this second card I used Pthalo Green, Lemon Yellow and Ultramarine Blue:

I experimented with color groupings prior to working on the actual card fronts to see which colors would mix without getting all muddy.

Step 1
Cut watercolor paper down to 4"x5 1/4", I used Strathmore watercolour paper.

Step 2
Stamp paper with chosen stamp and Versamark embossing ink. I used Altenew's Oriental Orchid* stamp set for the red/blue/purple card and My Favorite Things Circle Scribble* for the blue/green/yellow card. An outline stamp works best to allow open areas for your watercolor powder to fill.

Step 3
Sprinkle white embossing powder over the Versamark images and heat emboss. I've used Hot Stuff Embossing Powder in Glacier White by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies*

Step 4
Let cool, then spray generously with water, you can see that the paper curled up once the water hit it, I taped the card front down to prevent the curl.

Step 5
Here I taped the paper down which also made it easier to drop various colors of watercolor powder exactly where I wanted them. 
A little goes a long way so tap the bottle lightly, you can always add more as you go. You can see the powder spreads or 'bursts' as it hits the water.

Step 6
Add additional colors and water, you'll see the embossed images begin to stand out as you add more colors.
Step 7
You can also use your heat tool to move around the colors while they are wet.

Step 8
Once you are happy with the results set aside to dry, I let them dry overnight.

I followed the same steps to create the card front for the blue/green/yellow card, here are a couple of photos of the card front in progress:

To finish off the cards I trimmed the fronts a tiny bit to remove the white edges left by the tape and applied adhesive along the edges and liberally on the entire paper to keep it nice and flat.
I die cut a vellum circle with the My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Die-namics*. The sentiment is from the Altenew Layered Lily* stamp set, stamped with black Versafine ink and embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I applied liquid adhesive behind the 'thanks' and completed the card with a scattering of clear and black sequins.

I kept this card simple trimming the white edge left by the tape, adhering to the card base and adding a sentiment from the Altenew Thinking of You* stamp set. 

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and give this technique a try, it is a lot of fun!

*please note that items listed not found in the store may be available as a special order, contact Sandy directly to inquire.*

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Cut Above...

...with Scrap Shotz Monthly Kits:

Greetings and a warm welcome to this blog post combining a Silhouette Cameo cut file and multiple past Scrap Shotz kits.
I was fortunate to receive a Silhouette Cameo for christmas a few years ago which, unfortunately, had been little used until this year.
This really is a very versatile machine if you allot time to play around with it.
I created this 12 x 12 cut file from a card cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store:

I have used pieces from the following Scrap Shotz monthly kits:
-Jun.15 Teresa Collins Collector's Edition
-Sept.15 Simple Stories
- Nov.15 My Minds Eye My Story
- Feb.16 Life in Colour
-Apr.16 Spring Delights
-May16 Shimelle Starshine
-Jun.16 Carta Bella Old World Traveler

Yes, lots of little pieces to cut out but the end result is so rewarding.

I added enamel dots and buttons from the kits to the die cuts.
Various kits chipboard and stickers complete the embellishments on this layout.

Now let's see how I used some of the inside pieces of this die cut frame in a layout:

Yes the solid white pieces are the negatives from the cut file. I combined flair buttons, puffy stickers, chipboard stickers, stickers, adhesive ribbon and alphas from the Scrap Shotz ***Shimelle Starshine monthly kit, Scrap Shotz FP monthly kit and Scrap Shotz MME monthly kit. 

You can also see the Design Team projects for these kits here on Pinterest, just scroll to the month you'd like to view.
***please note most of these are sold out but if you would like to reserve future kits please contact Sandy @ Scrap Shotz as soon as possible to reserve future kits***

A close up of the negative pieces.

Kit stickers, flair buttons and clear gems.

Kit alphabet stickers, chipboard, puffy stickers and flair button.

So you can see that one cut file can produce more than one layout and also become a gathering place for various leftover kit products.

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Christmas in July

Hello All!

I pulled out my Christmas stamps last night and whipped up this:

Summer is a great time to play around with Christmas card ideas when the pressure to produce isn't on ;). I have used the stamps I ordered from Sandy last year, Hero Arts Colour Layering Christmas tree.

{supplies: Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree stamp; Hero Arts Ombre Ink-Lime to Forever Green; Ranger Dye Ink Lily Pad; Altenew Dye Ink Evergreen; patterned paper, card stock, glitter card stock American Crafts; Emerald Creek Craft Supplies 'Soft Fallen Snow' embossing powder; glitter dots Elizabeth Crafts Designs}
The 'snow' layer was embossed with Versamark embossing ink and Allure Powders 'Soft Fallen Snow' from Emerald Creek Crafts which you can order direct from Scrap Shotz, it does have a bit of sparkle which is difficult to photograph.

The stitched and pierced layers are from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles dies. 

I hope you enjoy this July Christmas Card inspiration. 


Friday, July 22, 2016

Scrap Shotz June 2016 Kit Reveal Part 3

Hello Scrap Shotz Readers! I am sorry this post is so late - summer has been so much fun. We have had lots of adventures in and around home between all the work obligations.

However, I am honoured to be sharing my projects from the June 2016 Scrap Shotz kit with you.

My primary showcase project with the kit is Travellers Notebooks. They all the rage now, in various colours, shapes and sizes. As I knew we would be taking several mini vacations throughout the summer, I thought it would be fun to document our travels through the eyes of my daughter. She has had a wonderful time adding pictures printed from my Polaroid Zip and inserting them with her stories into the notebooks.

The image below shows the notebook cover. The dimensional stickers are included in the kit and in my opinion make the cover extraordinary. Holding the 3 notebooks in place is a piece of black elastic noted on the inside of the cover.

There are 3 travellers notebooks inside the cover that I bound together with staples. To kick off our summer, I decided to water colour with my Prima water colour paints and a sheet from the Prima watercolour colouring book!

To minimize the bulk of the books, I lightly adorned the covers and pages. I was anticipating my daughter saving brochures and trinkets along the way!

Inside are acid free sheets of cardstock as well as heavier texturered writing paper. We have using Copic markers and for a Tombow Fudenosuke Pen with a soft nib for special memory keeping moments.

To organize the tidbits of paper, I added envelopes and folders to the pages and to the backs of the notebooks.

(Psst...the front page of the traveller notebook is an interpretation from the kit sketch! :-) )

 With the remnants of the kit, I made a series of bendie cards to accompany teacher gifts.

Check out the fabulous brads by Emerald Creek Designs!

And lastly, is my layout using the sketch from the monthly kit. I loved the sepia tones of the papers which prompted the creation of a heritage layout in honour of my grandfather.

Thank you so much for dropping by! We have more planned to share with you over the summer so please continue to come by :-)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

'Bon Voyage' June Kit Reveal

Hello and welcome back to the blog for a look at my projects created with the June Scrap Shotz kit, 'Bon Voyage' featuring the Old World Travel line by Carta Bella. Remember you can click on an photo for a larger view.

These papers are a lot more versatile than you'd think, let's begin with a using them for their themed purpose:

U.K. Adventure

This will be the title page for my vacation album when we return from our summer vacation. I layered stickers over the patterend paper and used the negative cuts from the Tim Holtz die to indicate the starting point of our trip and our destination. The airplane sticker represents our mode of travel.
I die cut the circle frame from card stock and misted with a custom spray I mixed with Distress Ink, Perfect Pearls and water. After it dried I adhered it to fun foam and then coated in Glossy Accents to get the shine.
I edged the adventure sticker with Versa Magic Jumbo Java ink to pop it off the page and the kit stickers complete the title.


Here is another travel layout, this time a with a photo :). The neutral tones of the Old World line help make this photo the star of the layout. I've used papers and stickers with a blue tone to them to tie in with the blue/blue-gray sky in the photo.
The layer of white card stock behind the photo here has been misted lightly with my custom spray mix (I learned how to make the spray in Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry class).
Love those glitter alphas!

This next project is an 'everyday life' layout with a masculine feel:

The design is based on this sketch:

I used the Tim Holtz honeycomb Frame works die to create the border along the left side.
The border is cut our of Tim Holtz Metallic card stock. I've also edged some of the layers with Versa Magic Jumbo Java brown ink so they don't all disapper into the background.
The card stock just peeking out behind the die cut border was again misted with my custom mixed spray mist but after it dried I also added Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China. Some of the negative pieces from the honeycomb die cut are used as accents as well.

If you are looking for a unique way to give gift cards, cash, candies, small gifts etc.,  how about a handmade gift box? Here's a trio that would work perfectly for a dad, male grad or any boy:
Each of the boxes was made using a different method, method is linked in the title. Let's take a closer look at each.

I created a 'ribbon' out of patterned paper that slides over the box. It is embellished with a die cut star that has been heat embossed with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal embossing powder. This box is 4"x4" and 2" high, it comfortably fits a gift card and/or cash.

This box measures the same as the first box, about 4"x4" and 2" high, again it easily fits a gift card. I cut the lid a little shorter in order to see more of the patterned paper I dressed up the plain card stock in. A layered bow made using the WRMK envelope punch board and embellished with an Emerald Creek brad from the kit finish up the box.

This box is just over 4"x just over 3" but also easily fits a small item. It was the most challenging to make because the weight of the patterened paper is a bit too heavy for an origami fold project, a lighter weight paper works best. You don't need to use adhesive for this type of box but as my folds were a bit thick, red line double sided tape helped keep the box's shape. I embellished it with a piece of kit chipboard and kit burlap twine.

Happy Anniversary

For this card I paired up the Altenew Glacier Caves Ink Set with the Altenew Layered Lily stamp set.{Please note that you can email Sandy directly to order items that are out of stock}
This image is stamped in layers beginning with your lightest ink (there will be future blog posts on this technique so either bookmark us or check back frequently). As I inked each layer I also misted the inked stamp with water before stamping. The resulting image creates a watercolour effect as you can see best in the lower right image.
The flower centers are stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The sentiment is layered over a fussy cut ticket from the ticket patterned paper and enamel dots and Nuvo crystal drops complete this anniversary card.

Happy Birthday
When I saw this kit I thought the colours would work perfectly for this fun shark image from the Avery Elle Hello Chum stamp set {again if it's out of stock or not in the store, contact to order}. I stamped the images on watercolour paper and colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in light gray and gray. I also layered 2 shark images over top of each other as you can see by the duplicate fins :). I then die cut the patterned paper frame and a matching fun foam frame with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle die (which I special ordered from Sandy ;). The clear panel is cut with the larger sized rectangle die and then adhered to the inner edge of the frame in between the paper and fun foam frame layers. I then glued sequins randomly, so they don't all stay at the bottom of the frame, and added some Wow glitter.
The card is completed with the birthday sentiment from the stamp set.

Now back to a few more layouts, first up:
A Snapshot
I put together a patterned paper background from offcuts of other projects just working with however they were cut previously which takes into account the angles created from other cuts but leaving all 4 sides as straight edges. I combined the brown card stock with another patterned paper off cut to create the photo mat under the photo.

The die cut paper "ribbons" to the left of the large flower are cut with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Paper Ribbon die. The Heartfelt creations die cut flowers give this layout a feminine feel and I've given them shape using flower shaping tools. The title, 'a snapshot' is cut from kit paper and a sprinkle of kit chipboard and enamel dots complete the layout.

Just when I thought I had no photos to use with this kit I remembered that I had not yet scrapped my daughter's school play photos (my daughter is in the blue) and as the play was about a princess living in a castle, this kit is a fit for the photo!
School Play
The 'take me away' journal block was the start of this layout, I added some small alphas from my stash to connect the block to the 'school play' title. The middle striped photo mat was made by masking off card stock with washi tape, applying Versamark ink direct to paper and then covering the ink with Emerald Creek hammered metal embossing powder and heat setting.

Kit stickers, chipboard and gray flanner Pico embellisher from my stash complete the layout.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in and check out these projects, keep popping in to the blog over this summer as the Design Team has some fun projects in store for you :).