Monday, May 31, 2010

June 10 club kit

Use the black cardstock as a background. Trim the red and blue paper to remove 1/8” around the outer edge. Adhere to black cardstock. Use the “lined paper” patterned paper to add a title and to use the rubons as if they were doodles around the edges. Glue 3 flowers and use buttons as centers. Use the rest of the lined paper to journal on the second page. Add more rubons. Add pictures to the pages.

These rubons were fun and added a sketchy, scribbly feel to the use of the lined patterned paper.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

May 10 kit

The buzz and bloom chipboard is laser cut. If it smells a little smoky, brush off the soot. Punch the pieces out and use anything to decorate it. I used stickles as I wanted something to portray star quality.
Trim 1/4” off two ends of the flower patterned paper and place on the pink piece of paper so it is matted. Paper tear the other sheet showing the blue side of the patterned as shown. Tear a small piece and use the other side of it. Mat the pictures in the light blue cardstock. I used two different colors of glitter glue on the chipboard and used monomulti to adhere.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 2010 kit

Our April kit features Artisan elements from Pink Paislee, patterned paper from Kaiser, cardstock from Coordinations, and ribbon. Artisan elements can be painted, inked, colored with virtually any substance of your choice (or keep it plain of you wish!)
Cur 1/4” of one top and one side edge of the script paper. Adhere to the brown cardstock. Cut a mat approx. 8” x 10” from the cream color cardstock. Also create a mat from the stripe paper approx. 6” x 8” Adhere both to the layout as shown. Mat 3 of the 4 pictures with the blue and the fourth picture with the cream cardstock. Create a title fro the blue cardstock. I used one of the artisan elements frames, punching out the center and using it to write the 73 with a Copic marker. I also used the marker to outline the edge. I used a shimmering watercolor in both an brown and a gold sheen (I really think paints would have been much better here but I did this layout on the road.) I used the same color to color the frame itself. I used a small piece of one of the patterned papers to journal with a blue pen. Stick the frame around the journaling and adhere all to the layout. These would make a great decorative element ina craft that would be showcased around the house!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March 10 kit

I really like this layout! Pearls are the technique - use them as an aspect of elements on your page (here the center of the flower) as well as on your frame! Use for borders, accents, etc. Since they are self-adhesive it is easy to peel a whole 12” strand off and stick in place. Sections cut apart easily as well.

Use the green cardstock as a background. Cut the mud mask paper (the dark side) into a 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 square. I inked the whole paper with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress inks as well as the edges to make it look time worn as the photos have a sepia tone to them. Mat the photos in the cream cardstock inking the edges as well.

Cut 2 sets of 6 petals from the Revitalize paper. Make one set slightly smaller than the other. I wet all of the petals with water, crumpled them, and then dried them. The small set of petals I used the side with the fine print. The large set of petals I used the side of the paper with the large print. I flattened them out and inked the high spots with the ink pad. I assembled the large set into a flower first and then layered the second flower over top. I hand cut small circle from the cream cardstock and then matted it with the yellow cardstock. I inked the cream cardstock then used the pearls to fill in the center. Using liquid glue, adhere the ricrac as a stem for the flower. I used a western type font to print with a sepia brown computer ink onto the cream cardstock. I hand cut the letters of the title out and then placed on a block of the Revitalize paper (the fine print side) - I also crumpled this and inked the creases and edges with the stamp pad.

The wood frame was painted in white. I used an espresso acrylic paint dabber from Ranger to streak the wood over top. The pearls were placed along the inner edge of the frame.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

February 10 Club Kit

Tjis kit includes Grafix rubons (1 plain sheet for you to play with and 1/2 sheet pre-printed with elements), papers by upsy daisy, cardstock from coredinations (cream, light purple, dark purple), 1 yd. brown scrappers floss, 1 yd. striped ribbon, buttons, and brown flowers.

At first I was intimidated by the grafix rubons (that is funny because most people think I am fearless when it comes to computers and creating my own elements!) But, they were so easy. they have simple instructions. If there were two recommendations I would make, it would be to:
  1. Be sure to give your printed rubon time to dry immediately after printing (also be sure you know how your printer prints. If you print on the glossy side, it is a very big mess.
  2. Remember to reverse your printing if using text. If you use word 2007, make a wordart and then find the rotate option under size,rotation, and ordering in the toolbox.
For the layout above, I cut 1/4” from the printed paper shown and adhered it to a piece of the cream cardstock. I matted the picture in first the light purple and then the dark purple.

Follow the directions on the grafix handout to place the rubons on the layout. I created the title, date, and used two of the graphic elements included in the kit.

Use the brown scrappers floss (did you know this stuff was made from paper?) to knot the 3 buttons. Adhere to the layout.

Use your other materials to make cards. I used the other patterned paper and glued it to a card front. I rubbed the graphics onto either the cream of the light purple cardstock and then matted and adhered to the front of the card. Use ribbon lengths to add interest to the card. I was able to make three more cards for use for any occasion.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

January 10 club kit

Our January kit features a beautiful 12x12 template from Crafter’s workshop, patterned paper from BoBunny, cardstock from Bazzill, and two items to use with the template: Chestnut colored pencil and a gelly roll sparkle pen. Ribbon and die cut words are also included.

For the layout above, the BoBunny die cut paper is adhered to one of the white pieces of cardstock. Brown cardstock is used to mat one of the photos. I used the template to add flourishes with the sparkle gelly roll pen in the lower left and upper right corners. It really looks great in person.

For the layout above, I tore a piece of the BoBunny paper to match the width of my photo and adhered above the photo. I placed a similar width of the same paper below the photo. All of this is matted on a large piece of brown cardstock. Using the template, I created a border with the chestnut pencil along the right side of the dark orange cardstock and then adhered the photo mat to the cardstock as well. Adhere the Be You title to the lower right corner.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

December 09 kit

Have some fun with perfect pearls. If you have liquid pearls, you can mix the perfect pearls with it as well as other media like embossing powder, acrylic paint, stickles, ink, etc.

Use the brown cardstock as your base. Cut the patterned paper as shown so that the border and the snowflakes show. Cut a title from the blue cardstock as well as a 4 1/4” x 6 1/4” photo mat. Center the photo mat on the blue patterned paper so that the blue dots run behind the mat going down the 4 1/4” side. Glue together Cut the large tree out of the patterned paper carefully. Place the title, double mat, and tree down on a covered surface. Mix a small amount of water with some of the perfect pearls. Use the brush to paint around the outer edge of the photo mat, the parts of the tree, and the title. Mix more powder with the water to make it thicker (and if you wish, add liquid pearls to it and mis to make it foamy and airy.) Swirl along the bottom to create snow. as it dries you can paint some dry powder into the swirls to create more definition. Once dry, assemble. Using foam tape to place under the green parts of the tree gives additional definition. Adhere the red buttons with liquid glue. Swirl some of the perfect pearl liquid with a brush on to the top of the buttons. Allow all to dry thoroughly.
Perfect pearls can be used with any color ink, paint, or acrylic for a great effect.
Here is another project created with the kit (stamp your saying with ink and quickly brush with dry perfect pearls):

I have a new site to sell the products here. There are still a few bugs I am sure to work out but will slowly transfer all operation there.