Saturday, January 30, 2016

Valentine Shadow Box

Valentine Shadow Box

This is my second blog post today.  I've been lucky enough to get some extra time to spend in my craft room (AKA my "happy place").  I am still in the Valentine's Day spirit so I thought I would create a Valentine shadow box, using Tim Holtz Flip Frame.

When I attended the Carson Stamp Show last Fall, I was able to see a Christmas shadow box that Tim  Holtz made and I was inspired to try one of my own.  Richele Christensen also offered a class on a similar Christmas shadow box.  You can check out hers here.

The Flip Frame can easily be turned into a shadow box because there is a ridge on the back side where the box can be glued into the frame with hot glue.  
Here is a close up of the back of the frame

That ridge is perfect for nesting the box in.  I just filled it with hot glue and set it in the ridge.
To make the frame look a little more vintage, I painted on some Victorian Velvet Distress Paint and then dabbed on some Mushroom Alcohol Ink.

The opening of the frame is 6 1/8 inches X 4 inches.  I wanted a 2 inch deep box, so I cut a piece of chipboard 10 1/8 X 8 and scored it 2 inches from all sides.  Since the chipboard is so thick, I had to score it with my craft knife.
I cut out each of the corners and folded the box up.

I then covered both sides of the box with paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash and reinforced the outside seams with some tissue tape. 

Once the box was covered, I glued it to the back of the frame with hot glue.  I then started preparing the embellishments.  For the heart on the outside, I cut a heart using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Heartfelt die, painted it with Candied Apple Distress Paint.  Once the paint was dry, I covered it with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I let it dry overnight.

Once it was dry and crackled, I glued on an Idea-ology arrow tied with some red twine.  I added a crown that I cut with the Heart Wings die from metallic Craft Core card stock.

For the "vase", I used an Idea-ology Trophy Cup.  I used some wire cutters to cut off the handles.  I painted it with some Victorian Velvet Distress Paint and then dabbed some Mushroom Alcohol ink to give it an vintage look.  I added some moss and some flowers that I cut from the Mini Tattered Florals and Tattered Pinecone dies.  Next to the flower vase, there is an Idea-ology Corked Glass Vial with a little bit of red glitter inside.

Just behind the vase, there is a little doily peeking out.  That is from one of Tim Holtz's new doily dies.  It was actually cut at CHA and was given to me as the demo station was being cleaned up at the end of the day.  It was cut from some new plain tissue wrap.  I held on to it, knowing I would find a use for it.  The other half of it is underneath the Letterpress letters. 

I used Idea-ology Letterpress, painted with Victorian Velvet and Candied Apple Distress Paint.

For the frame, I used an Idea-ology Foundry Frame.  I put a small piece of mirrored paper behind it, dabbed the mirror piece and the frame with some Mushroom Alcohol Ink.  In the center is a glittered heart I found at my local craft store.

I used some Crinkle Ribbon colored with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain to make a bow.  I used an Enameled Tag with a phrase from Small Talk Occasions, as well as a small silver heart from my stash.  I attached the tag and the heart with a Loop Pin.

 For the little hearts at the right, I used some of the hearts I cut out with the Heartfelt die.  I painted them red, covered them with Ranger Multi-Medium Matte, and dipped them into Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust.

I really love the Tim Holtz Flip Frames.  I plan to make a mini album using one of them but so far I have only used the to make shadow boxes.  

Here is one I made at Christmastime:

Here is one more look at my Valentine Shadow Box:

Thank you for visiting my blog!  I am going to enter this project in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Valentine Candy Box

Candy Box with Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit

I finally received my Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit yesterday, featuring the stamp set, "Hello, Beautiful", as well as papers and embellishments from Crate Paper "Hello Love" and a set of little heart dies that I will use over and over.  I have been seeing so many amazing projects using it on social media and it was killing me that I didn't have it.  I am so happy it arrived so that I can create with it! 

Here is a picture of the kit:

Those ombre stickers are my favorite but I didn't use the on my first project.  I decided to make a Valentine treat box.  I previously purchased some plastic tab-top boxes from PaperMart.  If you haven't discovered PaperMart, you have to check it out.  You will usually have to purchase items in bulk, but they have options to purchase a smaller quantity (10-20) if you don't need 200.  Great option.  I bought these boxes.  They were out of the smaller ones so I purchased the 4 1/2" X 7" boxes and they turned out to be a great size.  I filled mine with candy, but they are big enough for baked goods as well.  Here are some pictures of my completed project:

I used some papers from the Crate Paper "Hello Love" 6X6 paper pad, as well as some of the epoxy stickers.  To fit the box, I cut the papers down to 4 1/4" wide.  I scored it at 3" and 5".  I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders to cut a decorative edge.  I then cut a piece of solid pink card stock to 4 1/4" X 6 1/2" and adhered it to the short side.  I distressed all of the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink (my favorite for distressing).  I added a little adhesive to the bottom and inserted it into the box.

I blended some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink on a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock and used Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag Framelits to cut a tag.  I stamped a sentiment on it from the stamp set. I also cut a tag from a piece of the patterned paper and layered it with the inked tag and added a piece of twine. I used Peacock Feathers Distress stain to stain a piece of Tim Holtz Crinkle ribbon.  I added it to the top of the box using a couple of holes I punched through the plastic.  I was having trouble getting the glue to stick to the plastic, so this worked out the best for me.  I tied the twine from the tag onto the ribbon and added the bow.

I'm happy with how it turned out.  I made a few other boxes, using supplies from my Valentine's Day craft "arsenal".  Here is a picture of the others.  The photo quality is not that great, but I think you get an idea of how they look:

I hope you enjoy!  Thank you for visiting my blog!
I am entering this project in that Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is "Anything Goes".  This is my first time participating in this challenge!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016

Happy Monday!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  

This past weekend, I was able to spend several hours in my craft room.  I decided to try one of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags.  This will be my first time participating.  This year, Tim is doing a "technique remix" with his monthly tags.  He is going to use two previously demonstrated techniques on each month's tag.  You can read all about it on his blog here.

I've been feeling a little "Valentines-y" (despite the fact that some of my Christmas decorations are still up--eeeep!) so I thought I would do some Valentine tags with his two remixed techniques: Industrious Metal and Chalkboard.  I used the Tim Holtz Valentine Blueprint Stamp and the Collage and Dot Matrix Texture Fades.  Here are the tags I created.

I didn't have any metal foil tape sheets but I did find a roll of foil tape on my husband's work bench so I thought I would give it a try.  I rolled the foil tape on a piece of card stock and embossed it with the Texture Fades.  I could have put the tape directly on the tag but I didn't think of that until it was too late.  I then added some black Distress Paint and let it dry for a bit.  I used a paper towel to rub off some of the paint.  You can find Tim's tutorial here

I then used Tim's blackboard technique (tutorial here) to stamp three of the images from the stamp set.  I stamped them out twice and cut out the main image to layer on my tag.

I adhered all of the pieces together and added a few red touches.  Here are some close ups of the tags.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Ranger Alcohol Ink with Yupo Paper

Ranger Alcohol Ink with Yupo Paper

Hello!  Welcome back to my blog.  I am still trying to figure this out.  I have visited so many incredible blogs and I can only hope that mine will become something that people visit for inspiration and ideas.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the CHA Mega Show this year.  There were so many amazing projects which were very inspirational.  I was also able to watch some interesting demo's.  In one such demo, Tim Holtz was using a new Ranger Ink product called Yupo paper.  Yupo is a synthetic paper that has been around in the artist arena for a while, but Ranger Ink will be offering it in a smaller size, perfect for card makers.  Tim demonstrated how Yupo paper can be used with Alcohol Inks.  Using Alcohol Inks on Yupo is similar to using them on glossy paper but much, much better.  It was pretty amazing to watch Tim play with the different colors.  Yvonne Blair took some video of the demo and Zoe Hillman was kind enough to post it to her blog.  You can watch the video here.

Although Ranger Ink will be releasing the card-sized Yupo paper shortly, I couldn't wait to play with it.  I went to my local Art Supply shop and picked up a pad.  I used various pinks and purples of Alcohol Ink and started creating my background.  Another trick Tim demonstrated was using a stencil with Blending Solution.  I used two stencils and tried to duplicate his results.  I clearly need more practice with it, but I am happy with the texture that I was able to achieve.

I took a few pictures of the process of making a few Valentine's Day cards.  I started by dabbing various red Alcohol Inks on an ink blending tool with a felt applicator.  I pounced the tool on the paper.  It was amazing to see the ink blend and react.

I then took the Tim Holtz Scribbles stencil and covered the paper.  I then applied a small amount of Blending Solution on with a foam applicator.

Another technique Tim demonstrated was a resist with Archival Ink.  On another piece of inked Yupo, I stamped a background stamp with Archival Ink and immediately wiped it off, taking off some of the Alcohol Ink.

I cut this piece up to make a mosaic card front.  I arranged the pieces and then used Press and Seal to pick them up and apply adhesive to the back.

Here is my completed card:

Additional supplies used:

I used the leftover pieces to make this mosaic heart:
Supplies used:

Since I couldn't stop playing with the Yupo and Alcohol Inks, I made two more cards.  The first card is from the piece using the Scribbles stencil.

Supplies used:
Dies: Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Celebration Words: Script
Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Florals
Hero Arts Valentine and Three Hearts

I am entering the last card in the Emerald Creek Dare challenge to use a new product.
Thanks for visiting and being patient with me while I learn how to improve my "newbie" blog!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Where I Create

Where I Create

This is my first post.  I'm excited to start blogging.  I have wanted to create a blog for a while now, but I still have a lot to learn, so please bear with me as I travel through the process.

I thought I would start out by showing you where I create.  When my oldest son joined the US Navy and left for Boot Camp a few years ago, I converted his room into a space that I could use for my creating.  I love paper crafting and mixed media, but I have also dabbled in mosaic, jewelry making, and knitting.  I needed a place to store all of the supplies I had accumulated over the years, as well as a place to work on my various projects.  The configuration has changed over the years, but I think I finally have it set up in a way that best suits my crafting needs at this point.  I sometimes go through my supplies and purge what I don't need, but not often enough.  Looking at the pictures, it looks a little cluttered!  Maybe it is time for another purge!

Here is a picture from the door.  It is an average size bedroom.  Please excuse the 70's rust-colored carpet.

Here are a few close ups.  Most of my shelves are Expedit bookshelves from Ikea (I think they are called "Kallax" now).  I have a few of my projects displayed above.  

Below is a picture of my desk.  It was made with a large piece of wood balanced between two short Expedit shelving units.  I have my Sizzix Vagabond on a Raskog utility cart from Ikea.  I put a piece of wood inside to raise it high enough so the doors lay flat when they are opened.  I sure have my eye on that new cart that Tim Holtz just released with Storage Studios.  It would be perfect for my Vagabond.

 My husband built a shelving unit for my ink pads.

Most of my organization is inspired by Jennifer McGuire.  Immediately to the left of my desk, I have all of my non- wood mounted stamps in stamp pockets, stored in plastic bins.  I also have my embossing powder stored in small plastic containers.  

My Sizzix/Tim Holtz Steel Rule Dies are stored in the white storage unit to the right of my desk.  They fit perfectly in the pull out drawers.  

I store details of all my "inventory" of stamps, dies, stencils and embossing folders in an application called Evernote.  It has really helped me keep track of what I have and ideas for using each item. I can access it from my phone or my laptop.  I will share more about that in a future post.

Thanks for visiting!