Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pre-Mother's Day Mini Album

Designer: TerryO

Tools & Supplies
K&Company Designer Paper "" Collection
K&Company Die Cuts
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Ranger "Diamond" Stickles
Twinklet's "Diamond Dust"
Michael's Butterflies (cover)
Recollections Butterflies
Recollections Flowers
Handmade Flowers
Ribbon/Gems (from stash)

Paper Tearing Layout

Designer: Kathy

Tools and Supplies
30 plus buttons
Nestabilities - Label
12 x 12 Black cardstock
Special Moments Scrapbook Stickers
Thicker Alphas
Broken China Distress Ink
Yellow Copic Marker

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Card

Designer: Vernetta

Tools and Supplies
Sizzix Bigz Die: Tree 3-D
D'vine Swirls Cuddlebug Embossing Folder
Bird Call Cuddlebug Embossing Folder
MS Icicles Edge Punch
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks: Silver Gray, Blue
ColorBox Ink: Sky Blue
Cricut Cartridges: Winnie the Pooh, Freshly Picked
Studio G Stamp: Spring
VersaMark Ink
Zing Embossing Powder: Black Glitter
Flower Shaped Buttons/Brads
Cardstock for grass -- two different colors

1) Cut out tree using the Sizzix die and the Cuddlebug. Emboss tree top with D'vine Swirls folder. Emboss tree trunk with Bird Call folder. 2) Punch 2 strips of "grass" using the MS punch and two different colored green pieces of cardstock. 3) Hand draw some clouds and chalk them with the Pebbles chalks. Cut out and ink with ColorBox ink. 4) Cut a sun using your Cricut and the Winnie the Pooh cartridge. Cut the sign from the Freshly Picked cartridge. Stamp and emboss the word "Spring" onto the sign. 5) Use the flower shaped brads/buttons to embellish the tree. 5) Ink edges to give pop. Layer and secure with adhesive.

Environmentally Friendly Project: Memory Keeper from a Recycled Box

Designer: TerryO

I've created a "Bridal Checklist Memory Keeper" from an envelope box.

I took an empty envelope box that I purchased at the local office supply store and recycled it.

To reinforce it, I adhered card stock to the front, back, top, bottom and sides of the box.

I adhered plain card stock and designer paper appropriately to decorate the box.

I added flowers, a butterfly and a die-cut to enhance the decorations of the box.

Inside, I used the envelopes as pockets for the bridal "checklist."

I decorated the front and back of each envelope to complete the package.

Supplies Used:
K&Company card stock
Marth Stewart Floral Vine border punch
Wild Orchid Bows
Prima Flowers
Sizzix Die-cut
Plain card stock from my stash
Chip Board from my stash
Recollection flowers
Ribbon from my stash
Butterfly from my stash

An Overview of Copic Markers

Copic Markers -- A Papercrafter's Dream!

What are Copic markers? Copic markers are a magnificent, alcohol-based marker used in many art forms. They were first designed over 25 years ago as a marker for Japanese artists who were into anime drawing. One of the best features of these markers are that they are green (environmentally friendly) -- you never throw away a spent marker, simply refill it!

Copic markers are blendable and have the ability to be used with an airbrush system to have them perform like an airbrush. By them being alcohol-based rather than water-based, you have the freedom to layer and blend color upon color without ruining the surface of your paper. They won't pill the paper like a water-based marker would. Also because of their alcohol base, they can be used on other surfaces (fabric, metal, glass, leather, word, plastic, etc.) as well -- they are waterproof and will not wash away. One concern that some have about these markers are their acid free properties. Because the dye is suspended in alcohol, as soon as the alcohol evaporates -- and this happens rapidly -- they become acid free. No worries here...

As long as the markers have their caps securely closed, they will not dry out. The manufacturers of these markers has guaranteed this for 3 years. The markers can be stored either horizontally or vertically without risk of damage or leaking. This makes them work well with your marker organization style because you can choose which way works best for you when storing them.

If you will be using your Copic markers with other media, it is always safest to use your Copic markers first and then layer the other media -- i.e., colored pencils or watercolors -- over the marker. This is to help ensure that you do not ruin your Copic marker with the other media. If you use the other media first, it is possible that their whatever makes it up can leach from the paper to the Copic marker tip. Once on the tip, it will continue leaching its way into the marker and contaminating the entire contents. Always use your Copics first.

Stay tuned for our next installment of Copic Basics, where we will take a look at safety tips and caring for your markers. We hope you enjoyed this brief overview of what Copic markers are.

Much love,

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tag: Tim Holtz Acrylic Ink Resist

Designer: Stampin' Dymonz

Tools and Supplies
Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Tags & Bookplates
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
More Mustard SU! Classic Stampin' Pad
Pixie Pink SU! Classic Stampin' Pad
Brilliant Blue SU! Classic Stampin' Pad
Elegant Eggplant SU! Classic Stampin' Pad
Adirondack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabber - Pearl
Tsukineko Black Ink Pad
Butterfly Stamp
Sentiment Stamp
Yellow Polka Dot Ribbon

1) Ink Butterfly Stamp thoroughly using acrylic paint dabber. Stamp image on tag. Allow paint to dry. 2) Using the sponging technique, sponge random parts of the butterfly. Bring sponged color all the way to edges of tag. 3) Wipe excess ink off of stamped image to reveal full clear image. 4) Stamp sentiment using black ink. 5) Using More Mustard, ink the edges of the tag. Add a piece of ribbon.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Card

Designer: TerryO

Tools and Supplies
SU! Cardstock - Regals Collection
SU! Sunny Garden Designer Series Paper
SU! Butterfly Punch
SU! 5-Petal Flower XL Punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Studio G Pearls
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Border Punch

Technique Time: Stenciling on an ATC

Designer: Vernetta Marquis

Tools and Supplies
Spellbinders Impressabilities
Acrylic Paints
Pom Pom Ribbon
VersaMark Watermark Stampin' Pad
Heat Tool
Embossing Powder
"Spring" Sentiment Stamp

1) Cut cardstock to ATC (Artist Trading Card) size (3.5" x 2.5"). Emboss using the Impressabilities die. 2) Using the same die as a stencil, place it on top of the embossed ATC to line up with the embossed impressions. Paint each flower and stem. Remove stencil. Touch up paint as necessary once stencil has been moved out of the way. 3) Stamp the word "Spring" and heat emboss. 4) Add bling and embellish. Add pom pom ribbon to bottom edge of ATC.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Easter Altered Item

Designer: Terry O

These are altered eggs. They had expired, so perfect to use. I punctured a small hole on each end and blew out the egg, rinsed thoroughly and started crafting.

This egg has ribbon flowers that you can buy in a pack of 50 at Michael's.

This egg was altered using these bows I bought somewhere. I added a few cute glittery butterflies.

This egg was decoupaged with regular paper and ink distressed with Sage and Tea Dye. I then added round beads to make grapes; added stickles to make it sparkle.

The baskets were made from this template on Split Coast Stampers. I did make changes to the handle.

Supplies used 
Large Grade A Eggs
Stampin' Up! Card Stock
K & Company patterned Paper
Wild Orchid Roses
Wild Orchid Felt Bows
Wild Orchid Sparkle Mini Butterflies
Martha Stewart Border Punches
Martha Stewart Leaf Punch
EK Success Butterfly Embossed Punch
Pizzazz Aplenty Crocheted Flowers
Michael's Beads
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Offray Pearl Ribbon Flowers
Tim Holtz's Distress Ink (Bundled Sage/Tea Dye)

12 x 12 Easter Layout

Designer: Stampin' Dymonz

Tools and Supplies
12 x 12 Lavender Cardstock
12 x 12 Decorative Paper
Several Sheets of Pastel Colored Cardstock to Make Eggs
MS Deco Fan Punch-Around-the-Page Punch Set
SU! VersaMark Watermark Ink Refill (102193)
Lavender Zing Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Cricut Electronic Cutter
Designer's Calender Cricut Cartridge
My Community Cricut Cartridge
Green Fringe Fibers

1) Decorate edge of base cardstock using the MS punch. 2) Cut basket using Cricut and My Community Cartridge at about 10 inches. 3) Cut enough eggs from the Designer's Calendar cartridge at 2" in different colors to fill the basket. Cut 2 eggs at 4.5". 4) Following the cuts on the two 4.5" eggs, squeeze VersaMark ink. Cover ink lines with Zing Embossing Powder and heat. 5) Cut the word "Easter" and the year "2011" at 2" using the Designer's Calendar cartridge. 6) Assemble page as shown.