Friday, November 23, 2012

Winter Reflections

Winter is finally coming to West Tennessee. It was warm today, but we're expecting 20° one night next week. Brrrrrrrrrr!

One nice thing about winter is the number of poems and quotations available with the click of a mouse to be used in our art. And doesn't this just come in so handy since the All Things Altered blog hop theme is Winter? Be sure to click on the the list below to  see the work of some really talented designers.

There is also a great prize package pictured on the first blog in the list below, Scrapbook Flair. To be entered to win the main prize package:

1. Leave a comment on all the designers' blogs.
2. Sign up to Follow the blogs.
3. Leave a message on the Scrapbook Flair Blog telling Pam you followed the directions!

Be sure to read through all the blogs on this hop.There are several additional prizes on individual blogs.

Duetica Lettering Arts Studio, Mandolyn Font
Assorted patterned cardstock, (Graphic 45, Bo Bunny, Stampin’Up!® cardstock, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White)
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix On the Edge Die, Snowflake Flurries (656920)
Sizzix Bigz Die, Reindeer Flight, (656923)
Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders, Fancy and Floral Frames Set (657197)
Chipboard for die cuts
Gallery Wrapped Canvases, 2 , 8” x 10”
Hinges, 2
Crystal drops, 3
American Crafts Hemp, light blue
Versamark Embossing Ink
Ultra-Detail Embossing Powder, Silver
Metallic Trims, Paper Dreams Factory
Computer-generated poem by Robert Frost, Quotation and Title
Viva Décor Inka Gold, Platinum, Cobalt Blue and Violet
Colorbox pigment ink pads, Black, Chestnut Roan and Peacock Blue
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Stamps, Stampin’Up!®
Metal Charms
Slate Blue Craft Paint
Paint Brush

Note: These directions are for an 8” x 10” canvas. If you use a different sixe, you will have to adjust all measurements.
1. Paint both canvases front and back with blue paint. Set aside to dry.
2. Cut one printed paper 6 ¾” x 8 ¾”, solid cardstock 6 1/8”  x 8” and a second printed paper 5 ½” x 7 ½”. Ink all edges with brown ink.
3. Cut four snowflake borders with Sizzix On the Edge die. Apply Inka Gold in Platinum and add Cobalt Blue and Violet sparingly.
4. Set type using the Mandolyn font and Duetica Lettering Arts Studio software. Print on white cardstock to fit within the borders of the Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder. Fussy cut the border and lightly apply blue ink..
5. Stamp the swirl stamp with Peacock Blue Ink.
6. Adhere all paper layers for the cover and adhere this set to one of the canvas pieces.
7. Color the Snow Flurries with Platinum Inka Gold and add light touches of Cobalt Blue and Violet. Adhere across top of the cardstock layer.  Note: You will have to add a small portion to make this go from end to end. I used the small metal snowflake to hide the joint where the additional snowflake was added.
8. Attach the title block and metal snowflakes.
9. Apply Versamark ink to the reindeer and cover with Silver embossing powder. Heat to melt the powder and then edge the deer with Cobalt Blue and Chestnut Roan inks.

1. For the left side, print out the quotation. Trim paper to cover the canvas inside the frame . Print out the quotation, cut the width slightly smaller than the opening and tear the top and bottom edges. Ink the edges with Cobalt Blue and Violet. Stamp the snowflakes using Cobalt Blue ink. Roll the top and bottom corners with a pencil and adhere inside the opening. Cut 3 8” pieces of blue hemp. Run the hemp through the hole in the top of the crystal. Tie all together with a knot. Use a pushpin to attach the crystals to the inside top of the canvas.
2. Cut two pieces of printed cardstock to make frames for the canvas back edges. Trim out the center of each piece with a 1 ¼” border. Place the snowflake trim as desired, then cover  the “frame” portion with the paper frames. Apply Platinum Inka Gold randomly with your fingers along the edges of the frame, then go over it again with Peacock Blue  and Black inks to create an aged  look.
3. Apply Platinum Ink Gold to a purple pennant border. Trim to fit around inside edge of the frame.
4. For the right side, print poem and trim to fit inside the opening.  Add a scrap of the paper used on the left side background to add interest and tie the two sections together.
5. Complete the frame border as in Step 2 above.
5. Add the second silver embossed deer in the lower right corner.

1. Apply the second metallic trim to the outside edges. (If you don’t have the color trim you want, you can color the trim with Inka Gold, Viva Décor Metallic Paint or alcohol inks.). Join the canvases using  two small hinges.

Now that we have Thanksgiving out of the way, remember to shop small businesses/handmade this holiday season. Anyone can purchase a mass-produced product that will be as old as yesterday's news before long. When you purchase hand made, you're buying a gift that will be treasured for years to come. 

Now, go hug someone you love and spend the day snuggling instead of shopping! 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fall Flowers

Welcome to a middle-of-the-month blog challenge on the Designer Crafts Connection! This time, we're playing with Smoothfoam, one of my new favorite surfaces. Smoothfoam™ is sturdy, resists chipping and crushing, paintable (no tedious prep work!), waxable, stampable - everything you want in a foam product. On top of that, it can be adhered with just about any adhesive, including glue guns. You can get out that dinosaur glue gun from the "olden days" when that was all that we had available, and not worry about whether you are using high heat or low. Both work fine on Smoothfoam™ (but you still need to keep it off your fingers). This stuff can be cut or carved as well.

Be sure to click on the Designer Crafts Connection logo to the left to see what some great designers have done with Smoothfoam™.

You can win the Smoothfoam™
 Kit to make me!
As you hop through the designer blogs, comment on your favorite projects. Each time you comment you'll be entered to win a Smoothfoam™ Snowman Kit plus a few extra goodies, so the more comments you add, the more entries you'll have. You can also comment on our Pinterest page after November 12th for additional entries.
The winner will be announced on Monday, November 19th on our Facebook pages.We hope you'll "like" us too!   
I used the 2" Smoothfoam™ balls and the 6" cube to make this simple centerpiece. Here's how I did it:

Smoothfoam™, 2" balls and 6" cube
Cardstock, assorted designs that look well together-mine came from my scrap pile (Graphic 45, Bohemia, Coredinations)
Glue Gun
Liquid Fusion
Sizzix Big Shot and Tattered Leaves (Tim Holtz's Alterations) die
Assorted Craft Paints (Pearl, Bronze)
Paint brush
Tim Holtz Distress inks (Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Ebony, Rusty Hinge)
Flower Detail
Circle punch, 2"
Hemp twine
Floral pick (gold berries)
Floral stems
Copper and gold wire, 22 gauge
Assorted rubber stamps (swirls)
Scissors (Westcott)
Hot wire cutter
Sanding block
Recycled Greenery
Spray Paint (Krylon)

1. Cut  four 2" Smoothfoam™ balls in half (a sharp knife will work, but a hot cutter is much easier, not to mention less dangerous). Paint each with pearl craft paint. When dry, sponge Walnut Stain and Ebony Distress Inks over the entire surface.
2. Cut cardstock with Tattered Leaves die. Sponge all leaves with Vintage Photo or Ebony Distress Inks. Sand the high points on the Coredinations cardstock.
3. Cut eight 2" circles from scrap paper.
TIP: Try to use coordinating papers so that the back will look as pretty as the front.
4. Lay circle face down on your work surface. Apply hot glue and arrange the leaves around the circle. Top each off with the Smoothfoam™ you painted in step 1, adhering with hot glue.
Wrap twine around the base
5. Apply a bead of Liquid Fusion around the ball edge. Wrap hemp twine around the base several time. Trim and tuck the ends under.
6. Fold a floral stem in half. Cut a small slit in the underside of each flower, drop in  a small amount of Liquid Fusion and insert the folded end of the wire into the slit. Set all flowers aside to dry.
7. To create "springs", wrap the ends of an 8" piece of wire around a floral stem. Use a pencil or skewer to wrap the wire to create the spring.
8. Pull floral stem berries off the original stem. Add 6-9 gold berries to the end of  several floral stems.
9. Spray artificial greenery with spray paint. (I used bronze to tone down the bright green. The greenery was slated for a yard sale, but I repurposed it.)

1. Paint entire 6" block with cream pearl paint. When dry, use Ebony, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to stamp swirls.
2. Use a small hammer to gently bang up the corners and bottom and top edges of the block.
3. Use Walnut Distress Ink to sponge edges. If you prefer a darker base, sponge all of the Distress inks listed in the supply list to add interest.

1. Insert the base greenery directly into the top of the Smoothfoam™. Arrange flowers and add gold berries and springs to balance the design.

That's it! Easy as pie.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to hop through the blog posts (and comment to win)!

I received product from Smoothfoam™for this project.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thanks X 2

Welcome to the November edition of the Designers Crafts Connection (DCC) blog hop!

What better way to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season than with little gifts that say, "Thank you!" in a big way? This little thank you gift gives an added bonus: yummy mints and a handmade flower pin. It's also quick and easy to do. The sentiment was created with the fabulous Duetica Lettering Arts Studio and the whole thing was assembled in less than 30 minutes.

Here's how I made it:

• Printed paper, 6" x 12" (Graphic 45) and a small scrap of a contrasting color/pattern, 4" x 3"
• White Cardstock, 3" x 11" (Stampin'Up!®)
• Sizzix Dies (Eileen Hull's Frame, Easel and
  Tim Holtz Alterations, Vintage Lace)
• Mat Board (Sizzix) 
• Big Shot
• Small zipper lock bag, 3" x 4"
• Coiled Roses Kit (Laliberi)
• Double-stick tape, 1/4" width (Sookwang)
• Brads, three large
• Sentiment (Duetica Lettering Arts Studio)
• Spray Adhesive (3M Super 77)
• Black craft paint (Plaid)
• Peacock Blue Ink Pad (ColorBox)
• Hot glue and glue gun
• Transparent Gloss Gel (Viva Décor)
• Lifesaver® mints or fruit flavored candies

1. Adhere printed paper to matboard and diecut with the Frame/Easel die. Paint the backside, edges and inner frame edges of the mat board with black craft paint and set aside to dry. When dry, bend on scored lines and join the piece together with brads, using the holes cut with the die.
2. Sponge edges of 4" x 3" paper with blue ink and fold over the top of the frame.
3. Cut white cardstock with Vintage Lace die and attach to lower front and back edges of the topper.
4. Print sentiment on white cardstock, trim and ink edges. Adhere to front of topper with double-stick tape. Add a strip of double-stick tape to the zipper lock bag and attach inside the frame.
5. Make coiled rose according to directions in kit and attach pin back to flower with hot glue. Use the pin to attach the flower to the frame topper.
6. Add dew drops with Transparent Gloss Gel.

This makes a pretty little gift, and the rose can be removed and attached to a lapel, a hat or a purse for a little flowery fashion statement.

Be sure to click on the DCC button to the left to hop to other blogs and see more creative ways to say thanks.

Remember to be thankful for those you love!

I received product from Sizzzix, Laliberi, Sookwang, Viva Décor and Duetica Lettering Arts Studio.