Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Blast from My Past

I just love this little shrine. The 3 1/2" tall base is new at RockCandy StudiosTM, and I wish I had more of them to create little family memories. This particular one is from the dark side of our family history. That photo includes two of my uncles with our family still in the background. That's right. This good Baptist girl came from a long line of moonshiners. Now you know my secret.

The photo, which also includes two more men, one of which is my paternal grandfather, is on our Manly Men Collage Images CD (You get 120+ images, and all are scanned at 300 dpi so you can resize and print as many as you need for your projects.). I also used our Dresden Foil Leaf and Flower border and one of our corked glass bottles. The faux moonshine is sorghum molasses. I sealed the cork with Beacon Quick Grip so I wouldn't have to worry about it coming loose and having molasses everywhere. All wording was done on an inkjet printer and the XXX on the bottle was just hand lettered with a Sharpie. The box was painted on the inside with Krylon spray paint and patterned paper was added to the outside. A few twigs from my River Birch Tree completed the project.

I'll be posting several more projects over the next few days, so come back often.

Now, I know valentine's Day is over, but go hug someone you love. You can never give too many hugs.

I am a partner in RockCandy Studios.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Who says you can't mix metallic colors?

I finished this little shelf shrine tonight and just had to post it. It's a mere 3 1/2" tall, but it has a lot of impact. I love these Dresden butterflies, and the tiny copper trim is the perfect size for finishing off the edges of this shrine. The shrine, one of our new structure pieces at RockCandy StudiosTM, is masonite, which has been laser-cut and scored for perfect hinges, and all of the embellishments (except the Prima flower, feather and brad) and trim are from RockCandy StudiosTM (, but the paper is from Webster's Pages (, which I recently discovered at Eclectica Scrapbooks and Stamps in Memphis, Tennessee. Webster's Pages' art is simply beautiful with lots of subtleties and quotes and it's all double sided. I used the "Grow, live honestly and creatively" quote from one of their line (can't tell you which one because I cut off the manufacturer's strip and chunked it before I went to CHA!), then added some tissue paper which I had spritzed with Smooch Mist. I also drew in some swirls with gold Smooch ink, which I love, love, love, and added some Pumpkin highlights.

Those tiny watch parts are usually a bear to handle, but I found a product at CHA that really tamed them. It's from my friend Amy at ScraPerfect (makers of the Perfect Printing and is called Embellie Jellie. Go ahead. Say it out loud. It will make you giggle. You place a tiny amount of this material on the end of a skewer or orange stick and pick up even the tiniest watch part or the largest button, add your adhesive and drop it in precisely where you want it. When it gets dusty or glue-covered, just knead it a little and reuse it. Trust me. A little goes a long way. You will eventually have to throw it out and get a new piece, but I have made several projects with my first tiny bit, and it's still going strong. This package, which is about 2" X 1", will probably last me several years.

There's a new Sizzix Scoreboard Blog Hop starting soon, so come back and visit.

Now go hug someone you love.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A New Idea

I'm back from the Craft and Hobby Association Tradeshow and want to share this little book that I had in my Designer Showcase. It's made from Eleen Hull's Sizzix Frame Scoreboard and this is how I made it:
1. Adhere paper to both sides of the mat board or chipboard using 3M Super 77 adhesive. Use a brayer to make sure you get good adhesion. Die cut the matboard using a Big Shot.
2. Fold the frame in place and adhere with heavy duty double stick tape.
3. Cut the frame with an Xacto knife at the point fold, sand the cut edges and sponge all around with ink that coordinates with your paper.
4. Add bookbinding tape on the spine, folding it to the inside top and bottom.
5. Add a strip of Dresden foil trim ( along the bookbinding tape on front and back to cover the match point.
6. Cut 15 sheets of black cardstock 8" X 3 3/4". Fold to 4" X 3 3/4" . Make signatures of three sheets and tie each signature to book spine using heavy-duty embroidery cording. Leave the ends longer and attach a bead to finish it off. Add a drop of Beacon Fabri-Tac to each knot to secure. Note: I used a bead topper on this sample, but it isn't necessary. The Fabri-tac, hover, IS!
7. Print "Memories" on patterned cardstock and adhere behind window.

This makes a great book for photos. I plan to use it for all my photos from previous trips to the CHA shows.

I saw some really cool items at the show, including new metallic inks from Stazon, Makin's Clay air-dry polymer clay, lots of new Sizzix dies, new Smooch colors, new punches, ton of buttons in all colors of the rainbow from Blumenthal-Lansing and about a bazillion other things.

I want to offer special thanks to PaperDreamsFactory, Graphic 45 Papers, Beacon Adhesives, Clearsnap Inks and Zutter Bind-It-All for donating their wonderful products for the class I taught there, especially Andreas Hamm of PaperDreamsFactory who was the class sponsor. I also want to thank my friends Roxi Phillips, Cheryl Nelson and Ronnie Goff who helped me with the class (as well as my little train-wreck crisis). I could never have done it without them!

Now, go hug someone you love and remember to watch this space for more projects in the coming weeks.

I received items from Beacon Adhesives, PaperDreamsFactory, Zutter, Clearsnap and Graphic 45 Papers.
I am a partner in RockCandyStudios.