Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fourth of July Card

Designer: Croms aka Helen
In the words of Croms: "Not the easiest kind of card for me. I have no real idea what you guys do to celebrate your independence from us over here lol." Croms lives in Scotland, so this was not easy for her to do. Yet, look how beautifully she depicted this celebratory event! Enjoy!!

White Pearlised card stock base. All edges ink distressed with Barn Door Distress Ink.
Digi images from Tellen's Place Designs. Coloured with Promarkers.
Bald Headed Eagle taken from royalty free images on Google.
Papers all from stash.

The fold name is a *Tri Fold Shutter". To be found on Split Coast Stampers here. Just one I thought looked a bit like a flag.

Fourth of July Tag

Designer: TerryEO

Tellen's Place Designs Image

Georgia Pacific White Card Stock
Crystal Effects
Stickles: Diamond and Gold
Copic Markers
Recollections Foam Dots
Microsoft Gallery Clip Art
Brads from Stash
Red & Blue Card Stock from Stash
Red, White & Blue Ribbon from Stash

Fourth of July Projects by Designer Dymonz Kathy

ATC (Artist Trading Card)
Orgami Paper
Sassafras Stitch Border Stamp
SU! Kaleidacolor - Blue Frost
Nestability Heart Die Cut
Silver Stickles
K+Company - Americana Border

Making Memories Alpha Stickers
Mrs. Grossman's Stars
Memento Ink - Lady Bug
Colorbox - Ice Blue
TH Distress Crackle Paint - Antique Linen
TH Tag Die
K+Company - Americana Border
EK Stickers
K+Company - Americana Border
Stickles - Silver

Two Page Layout (12 x 12)
K+Company - Americana Border and Snow Globe
Stickles - Silver and Star Dust
Oragami Paper
TH Dress Ink - Fired Brick
Copic Marker - R27
Die Cut Verbiage Boxes
TH Distress Sander

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Toilet Tissue Roll Mini

Designer: TerryEO
The front of the mini is designed with flowers that have been ink distressed to match the paper; a butterfly gives a lovely presence with wedding accents. Fibers decorate the binder ring that holds the mini together.

The toilet tissue roll has become a popular base for mini albums these days. It is a refreshing way to recycle a product that is constantly used in all households. Here's a quick way to make your very own Toilet Tissue Mini Album.

You start with your standard toilet tissue roll by removing as much of the tissue as possible. Then you must flatten this roll. What I did was flatten them by hand and placed them under a very heavy object for a few days. This works quite well and remains flattened.

I decided to paint both sides of the roll since some of it will be showing once I adhered the paper onto it. You could use ink distressing on the edges as an alternative. Trim those little edges that tend to stick up.

I used doubles sided designer paper because it makes it easier to keep the flow of the design with the mini album. I did have to use my hot glue to reinforce the edges as the dry adhesive had trouble adhering to the painted surface.

This is the other side of those fabulous designer papers.

Now that your papers have been adhered to the roll, it is time to embellish each page. Keep in mind that it is a small space and creativity will be a lot of fun. On the left is a simple "library pocket" typical of a lot of mini albums. A small tag is insert for journaling. Liquid pearls were used to enhance a stamped image. On the right, scallop ovals were cut using left over paper where journaling can be used and a small picture inserted on top.

With the creative space being so small, you can leave room for photos and journaling and just add a few die cut pieces or bling in these spaces easily.

These small tags are inserted inside the toilet tissue roll easily and can be card stock or scrap paper from the ones used to make the pages. Flowers make easy toppers with a simple stamped image and ink distressing add a bit of fun to the tags.

On the left, a "folio" is easily added to give more room for photos, as well as the flip page on the right side, being held down by a button.

It's so much fun when these little treasures are opened to reveal more in this little mini.

Typically, the last page is kept blank but a simple chipboard frame with scrap paper from the pages add a space for yet another photo in this mini. The tags compliment the pages as well.

A very simple project that is filled with a luscious crafting presence.

Supplies Used
K & Company Designer Paper

K & Company Die Cuts
Recollections Butterfly
Recollections Flowers
Recollections Pearl Brads
Prima Flowers
Recollections Rhinestones
Liquid Pearls
Martha Stewart Scallop Oval
Button from Stash

All About "Digis" -- Digital Stamp Images

According to Wikipedia, “digital image is a numeric representation (normally binary) of a two-dimensional image. Depending on whether or not the image resolution is fixed, it may be of vector or raster type. Without qualifications, the term "digital image" usually refers to raster images also called bitmap images.”
Early digital fax machines preceded digital cameras and computers by decades. The first picture to be scanned, stored, and recreated in digital pixels was displayed at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). The advancement of digital imagery continued in the early 1960s. Digital images come in several types of formats such as JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group), TIFF (Tagged Image File format), PNG (Portable Networks Graphics), GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) and BMP (Windows Bitmap) to name a few.

Today, you can easily find digital images in the thousands. The scrapbooking world is inundated with digital imagery whether scanned from a stamped image, drawn using computer software or scanned in from an artist using pen and paper. These images are becoming more and more popular with the use of the computer and printer, enabling the everyday crafter to use these images in all types of crafting projects.
Using a typical word processing software, digital images can be inserted into Word documents, resized and, if using a photo type software such as Photoshop, these images can be colored. Many find digital papers designed for use in place of the standard designer papers purchased in craft stores to be easily accessible. The fact that digis can be resized to the exact parameters of the project affords efficient paper use and is less wasteful. On the other side of that same coin is the amount of ink cartridges used for printing those fabulous digital designs -- some find this to be a bit costly.

This standard way of using digital images has brought a wide array of “stamping” to the crafting world. It is a fine addition to the regular stamping technique that has been the standard in today’s scrapbooking but it is making headway and in time could be the way to go for people who have little storage space. Another feat in the world of technology!

Article written by TerryEO

Father's Day Card with Digi

Designer: TerryEO

Supplies Used
K & Company Patterned Paper
Stampin' Up! Cardstock
Wild Orchid Roses
The Robin's Eggs' Dew Drops

Tellen's Place Designs Digital Image
Top Note cut with Big Shot
Letters cut with Cricut

Father's Day Card

Designer: Helen aka Croms

The octagon shapes and letters are cut with dies.

The octagons are white corrogated card. After cutting, they were lightly inked brown then triple embossed with orange embossing powder. The metal looking splotches are the addition of dark blue powder and some gold was sprinkled on before reheating again.
The letters were cut from yellow cardstock and forest green distress ink pad pressed on to give a mottled look. The 4 is a gold peel off under a gel tag to change the colour slightly. All attached using a silicon glue substitute (pinflair - no odor). Some dark grey linen look cardstock was embossed and some areas were picked out with glossy accents. Twine added (from stash) and all adhered to terracotta card base. Edged with copper peel offs.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

12x12 Scrapbook Layout

Designer: TerryEO

Card With Ink Distressing

Designer: Helen Angel-Cullum

I had a whole lot of fun with this.

A close up of the shimmer paint used on the fire, bubbles and book.

The image is from the Fantasy range at Tanda Stamps. Stamped with Stazon onto watercolor paper. Colored in using distress inks. The background ink of Antique Linen Distress Ink was painted around the image then extra applied to the torn edges and in towards the image. Black Soot was then applied on top. This was layered onto some vellum pre-printed with olde script and then onto a handmade paper layer. All adhesive at this point is under the main image.
The handmade paper was "painted" with water along the lines to be torn and pulled apart to give the impression of fabric. When dry, was stamped with black distress ink with a grid pattern before applying more black DI to the edges.
The bottom layer is more olde looking vellum, attached with brads to a paper base after distressing the edges with sandpaper. The image panel was then secured with more brads. The sentiment is peel-off lettering colored black with promarker.
The whole thing is then attached to a dark grey linen-look card base that has also had "the sandpaper treatment" and lightly distressed with more black distress ink to highlight the texture.

Wizard image - Tanda Stamps
Grid pattern stamp - Molly Blooms
Distress Inks - Barn Door, Black Soot, Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Mustard Seed.
Shimmer paint
Papers, vellum, brads, peel-off letters, card stock from stash