Friday, February 23, 2018

Hello Gorgeous, Epic Niece Layout

This gorgeous niece of mine once again makes an appearance on an epic layout. This layered, painted, distressed page looks like June roses and blue skies. Megan always proves to be an excellent subject. I think it might be the impish grin! This time I've used Julie Nutting's French Flea Market collection highlighted with Rinea Foiled Paper.
 I've been ever so inspired by Marilyn Rivera's tearing technique. Her gorgeous work is easy to find on Instagram @marilynriverap4.  I really don't know how she achieves the torn-and-tinted look but I arranged it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Vintage Pink. I painted the mist onto the cardstock and let it soak thru. Then I peeled back strips of the damp paper.
 The blue and white patterned paper peeks out between the torn strips and on either side of the script paper. I added long pieces of Blush/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper and Turquoise/Turquoise Starstruck Foiled Paper between the layers of cardstock.
Across the top and side of the layout base I used border punched layers. The very top piece is the Turquoise Starstruck again.
 Still hungry for layers and loft I cut, inked, and staggered several bingo cards from the paper pack. They are set on three different levels. I had to build the middle portion up with foam tape to stabilize the photo.
 Another use for my Peachy Cheap Spring dies below. The bicycle cut from blue and pink rosebud calico echoes the pattern of my nieces blouse. More Turquoise Starstruck layers with a Crafter's Companion frame die round out the collage.
 Fussy cut roses with inked and curled edges add to the photo corner. Lots of foam tape in evidence here.
 Although pink is rarely my color of choice, I sure am happy to have had some on hand. This photo was stunning to start with, but now it glows in an epic setting. Who says school photos are embarassing?
Cardstock, Stickers:Photo Play Paper
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Border Punches:Martha Stewart, EK Success
Mist:Canvas Corp
Cutting Dies:Peachy Cheap, Crafter's Companion
The sketch I used is by Laura Whitaker. This is the February 15th Sketch over at Stuck Sketches. I am NEVER stuck when using one of Laura's creations as a starting point. Stop by the blog and see what inspiration is on display!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

How To Make Beautiful Accordion Medallions

Beautiful accordion medallions are a snap to make. I discovered this trick a few years back, but it's time to share it again. This time I have found a nifty tool that simplifies the process, Rinea's Stars N More Templates. This banner spells out SPRING with pleated paper to frame each letter as well as birds and feathers to give it wings. Rinea's Pastel Foiled Paper Variety Pack in Spring colors was perfect for this project. 
Step 1:Cut a 5” circle. Cut a 1.75” circle from the center, set this aside for final step.
Step 2: Fold circle in half, lining up outer and inner edges. This will mark the center line and give you a guide for the following folds.
Step 3: Place #6 Template on circle, lining up existing creases.
Step 4: Score remaining six lines. Fold circle at each of these score marks.
Step 5:Fold circle in half at one set of score marks. This will give you a half circle with four creased sections. Fold one section in half to create a crease for the next set of sections.

Step 6:Place #6 Template on circle, over new crease. Score remaining 7 lines. Fold circle at each score mark. 
Step 7:Refold sections so that every other crease is up.
The finished medallion has 16 creases. The banner medallions have 32 creases.

Step 8:Repeat steps 5 and 6 until your medallion has the desired number of creases.  
Step 9:Spread glue on reserved center circle. Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect holds the foiled papers together. Spread evenly and allow to partially dry.
  Step 10:Place accordion fold medallion on center circle. Hold in place till secure. Leave to dry completely.
The birds and feathers are die cut from the Spring variety pack. Embossing the birds gives them an additional spark of originality. I added different feather lengths to the banner pieces, but kept with the pastel color theme.
Paper:Bo Bunny
Foiled Paper and Template:Rinea
Ink:Close To My Heart
Bird Dies:Momenta
Feather Dies:X-cut
Alpha:We R Memory Keepers Punch Board

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hearts, Love and a Cat Layout

This month’s Scrappy Friends Challenge is all about love and heart shapes. I chose a photo of the gentlest expression of love, a hug! Here my daughter snuggles our kitty and he wraps his fuzzy paws around her in return.
~ Love ~

To give the layers on this layout loft I used craft foam. Best Glue Ever holds it all together with a squiggle here and a squeeze there.
The heart shapes, whether they are these open wood shapes from Peachy Cheap or solid cork shapes from SpiegelMom Scraps get a dribble of the same glue and are secured permanently. 
I chose Prima flowers in the same shade of aqua as my accent papers. They needed a little something to help them stand out. I punched petals from Rinea Fuchsia/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper.

 They attached with ease using a drop of ScraPerfect’s BGE. The flower stays where I want it with a blob of BGE.

The Fuschia/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper is amazing as a photo mat and flower ring. Since you can’t have too much foiled paper on a project I just kept adding. A rectangle frame cut with a Carfter’s Companion die slips under the aqua grid paper.

 A heart frame above the title is backed by layers of heart embossed Fuschia/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper flipped to the Gold side. The same embossing folder from Darice was used on the pennant shape. Finally a heart shaped corner punch shows a bit more of the foiled paper photo mat.
For Rochelle's Challenge I needed to use the sketch and heart paper. 
I enjoyed finding diecut papers that coordinated with the many layers and colors of patterned papers. This piece of Bella Blvd with a tiny rainbow of hearts fulfills that requirement for heart paper nicely.
I chose #1 for Brenda's "This Month In History" Challenge. That requirement was to add gold. The flip side of the Fuschia/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper is perfect. 

I sent it through my hand crank embossing machine a couple times with extra pressure. This popped the heart shapes right out.
The title describes these two sweeties perfectly. An open shape rose and leaves add the crowning touch. The best part though, is the way this photo makes me feel...all warm and happy inside!

Cardstock:Bella Blvd, Craftsmith
Diecut paper:Recollections, DCWV
Wood Shapes:Peachy Cheap
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Cork Hearts:Spiegelmom Scraps
Leaf Punch:Punch Bunch
Border Punch:EK Success
Corner Punch:Kreaxions
Embossing Folder:Darice

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

How To Make a Beautiful,Textured Card

Here's a few tips for making a beautiful textured card from scraps. Just like every other paper crafter, I have a scraps in every color, texture, and size. How does one combine those into a quick card that isn't to garish or confusing to look at?
This card is made entirely from left-overs. To keep it simple and to help the design flow I used layers of rectangles in different sizes. I used a rounded diecut and ornate red frame to contrast the pastel colors and straight lines that dominate this design.
ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever works on multiple surfaces. With everything I had going on here it was the only choice! I had to have a fine tipped applicator for the detail pieces. The NO-Clog Writing Cap, also by ScraPerfect, saved the day.

The frame is diecut from Rinea's Ruby/Ruby Starstruck Foiled Paper. The derigible and sentiment are diecut from Rinea's Turquoise/Turquoise Starstruck Foiled PaperI finished off the card with dots of glitter glue. They add another pop of color and frame the central diecut.
Cardstock and Corrugated paper: 7-gypsies
white Glitter Cardstock:Craftsmith
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Glitter Glue:Ranger
Derigible Die:Amazon
Sentiment Die:Peachy Cheap

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Valentines Tree Accessories With Canvas Corp Paper

String's of hearts and a heart topper get this cutie ready for Valentine's day. I love decorating a tree for any holiday. If I had room in my house we'd have one up year round. Since our space is small we'll stick to this little one. 
The kraft and pattered paper is from my recent Canvas Corp Brands design team kit. It came with paper and burlap scraps as well as all the Tattered Angels High Impact Paints I had ordered. Can't wait to use it all up so I can get another shipment!
The instructions for the Heart Topper and Strings are on the Canvas Corp Blog. Stop by and check it out.

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