Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Toulouse Lautrec-Inspired Greeting Card

I love the art of Toulouse Lautrec, Graphic 45 paper and Jimbo Lojik stamps, so when I saw this Graphic 45 paper, I knew I had to create something using KellyCraft's Jimbo Lojik stamps.

I was showing my cousin how to make prints using Distress Inks, water and a protective mat, so this design came together very quickly.

Here's how I did it.


Jimbo Lojik Stamps (Set H)
Graphic 45 8" x 8" paper slab (Typography)
Black card stock, 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" folded to 6 1/2"  x 4 1/4"
White card stock ,  8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Green card stock scrap
Distress Inks, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Broken China (Tim Holtz for Ranger, Inc.)
Protective mat
Water spritzer
Crafter's Tape double-stick adhesive
Black permanent marker (Sharpie)

Pat Distress Inks directly onto protective mat. Spritz the colors with water and press the white card stock onto the inks. If you have any bare areas, just add more ink, spritz and press again. Allow the card stock to dry, then trim into two pieces, 5 1/4" x 4". Set one aside for use in another project

Add Spiced Marmalade, More Mustard and Broken China ink to mat.

Spritz inks with water.
Press paper onto inked mat and rub well.

Trim the Toulouse Lautrec art card from the paper slab and mount it onto the inked card stock. Mount both pieces to the black folded card stock,  placing near the bottom.

Stamp the Jimbo Lojik stamp onto green card stock with the Black Soot ink. Draw two small ovals onto the card stock as well and cut all three pieces out leaving a 1/16 to 1/8" border all around. Mount the green card stock pieces onto the card.

That's it. Easy as pie. As a matter of fact, I think I'll have go some pie to reward myself for making this card!

A Bottle of Kisses

If you’re ever at a loss for a quick little gift, this is the perfect solution.
I found the sweet little bottle of coleslaw dressing in the refrigerator section at WalMart while shopping for supplies for our family reunion this past weekend. My original intent was to etch the glass bottle, but when I found these beautiful metallic swirls at WalMart as well, I fell in love.
Here’s how I made it:
  • Makin’s Air-dry Clay, white, ½ pack
  • Makin’s  Heart Cutters
  • Makin’s Texture Sheets
  • Makin's Clay Extruder and Extruding Disk
  • Pearl Pen, Ice White (Viva Décor)
  • Inka Gold, Rose Quartz, Violet, Lime Green (Viva Décor)
  • Swirl stickers (Sticko Themed Stickers)
  • Glass bottle (Market Stand Dressing, WalMart)
  • Acrylic paint, Pthalo Bue and Pthalo Green (Golden Acrylics)
  • Goof Off
  • Fast Dry White Tacky Glue (Aleene’s)
  • Thin silver cord, 36”
  • Water
  • Tools: craft knife, vinyl gloves, measuring spoon, 1/8" ball tool

Mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon each of blue and green paint into the white clay. Knead the paint into the clay – be sure to wear vinyl gloves – until the color is smooth.

Roll out ½ of the clay with a roller to ¼” thick. Cut with the bottle lid, then push the swirl texture plate into the circle. Place the circle on top of the bottle cap and smooth the edges with dampened fingers.

Place the remaining clay into the Makin’s Clay Extruder with a flat disc. Extrude enough clay to wrap around the lid and overlap about ½”. Cut through the two layers, remove the excess clay and smooth the seam. Place the swirl texture plate along the side piece and press until the clay covers the entire side of the lid.
Extruder Disk Shape

Wrap edge piece around cap, then use swirl texture plate to impress image, pressing the height to fit the cap.

Overlap the ends, then cut down through both layers. Remove the excess clay and smooth the seam, apply the texture plate again if necessary.

Use a 1/8" ball tool to add dots around the seam on the lid.

TIP: Place the first four doys at the north, south, east and west points. Place a dot between each, then another dot between each, repeating until you have dots all around. Your dod
ts should be pretty evenly spaced.

Roll out the excess clay and use a texture plate to add interest. Cut six small hearts and two medium hearts. Set all clay aside to dry.

Remove labels from bottle using soap and water. Apply Goof Off to remove the adhesive residue.
Apply the stickers to the entire bottle.

Cut the silver cord in half and wrap around the bottle neck. Knot and tie off in a bow and apply a dot of Tacky Glue to hold the knot.

When clay has dried, apply Ice White Pearl Pen to all the pieces, smoothing the paint into the lower portions of the textures.  Wipe the surface lightly with a damp paper towel to remove the Pearl Pen from the raised areas. Allow to dry.

Tip: If your clay on the lid slips when you screw it on, either remove it and apply Tacky Glue to the lid, replacing the clay cap, or use a toothpick to slide glue between the lid and bottle cap in several places.
Adhere the set of large hearts, back to back with the silver cord strings between them. Repeats with the small hearts. Allow all to set to dry.

Apply Inka Gold to bottle lid and hearts, blending the colors.
Fill the jar with your favorite candy and give it to a special friend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Fun Flag

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop featuring products from Oly-Fun fabric. I had never used this product before, but now I am in love. It cuts beautifully with no fraying, is light-weight and comes in a great variety of colors. No need to stitch it on my sometimes-it-works-sometimes-it-doesn't sewing machine. I just used my old stand-by, Beacon FabriTak to put this together in an afternoon.

Here's how I did it:

Oly-Fun Fabric
Purple, 23" x 36"
Yellow, 1/2 yard
White, 1/2 yard
Green, 1/4 yard
Ribbon, 48" (Offray)
Fabric Adhesive (Beacon Fabri-Tak)
Vive Décor Pearl Pens, Sunny Yellow, Gold, White
Scissors, paper for pattern

Note: If your flag will be visible from both sides, you will need to double the amount of yellow and white fabric.

Draw a pattern for the large flower petals and cut five or more as desired.

Cut one large yellow circle (12-14") and two small ones (6-8"), 6 small yellow triangles, 2" x 3", and five green strips, 2" x 8".

Arrange all the elements except the green strips until you are happy with the arrangement.

Adhere the pieces with Fabri-Tak, beginning with the flower petals. Carefully trim the center of the flower so that very little is under the yellow center, then adhere both small yellow circles, one on top of the other. Trim any excess along the edges.

Adhere the large circle at the upper left, trim the edges and then add the triangles.

Apply Sunny Yellow Viva Décor Pearl Pen in a random scribble around the flower center. Apply Gold Viva Décor Pearl Pen on top of the yellow.

Dot Ice White Viva Décor Pearl Pen around the flower petals and Sunny Yellow Viva Décor Pearl Pen around the sun and triangles, adding dots descending from the triangle points.

Adhere the green tabs with Fabri-Tak equally spaced across the top of the banner, attaching to the back as well. Make sure the tab folds are the same distance from the top of the banner so that it will hang straight.

Attach ribbon with FabriTak across the top and at the bottom of the green tabs.

Hang it up and enjoy it all summer long!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Garden Flag

Welcome to another Designer Crafts Connection blog hop featuring Ann Butler's Background Basics Stamps and her line of Colorbox Crafter's Inks, all from Clearsnap.

I have had several of Ann's stamp designs, including my all-time favorite alphabet, and a selection of her bright ink colors for a couple of years, but when I received her newest stamps and colors, I developed a new-found appreciation for her products. Not only are the stamps red rubber on a firm foam cushion, but the ink pads are juicy, juicy, juicy. I think I'm in love!

I've been wanting custom garden flag for a long time, but never got around to making one. I have this beautiful mail box and address holder that my sweet friend Donna Lee gave us for Christmas a few years ago, but our driveway is long, and our mailbox is in my neighbor's yard across the street. I just painted our address on the placard and stuck it in my front flower bed, which is actually a sea of monkey grass. The sign had faded and was in need of updating.

I rejuvenated the whole thing and added my new flag, all with Ann's products and a little help from Beacon Fabri-Tak adhesive.

Here's how:

Ann Butler's Background Basics Stamps, 3" (Colorbox)
Ann Butler's Crafter's Inks, Blueberry, Tangelo, Sunshine, Lilac and Canyon (Colorbox)
Canvas-type fabric, 13" x 20"
Fat Quarter, cut to 3" x 21" (two), 13" x 3" (two) and 6" x 3" (five) (Quick Cuts, available at Walmart)
Large Buttons, 5
Fabri-Tak Permanent Adhesive (Beacon)
Computer generated letter, 8" x 10"
Spray Adhesive (3M)
Permanent marker (Sharpie)
Pearl Pen, Black, Viva Décor)
Scissors, masking tape, ruler, iron, needle and thread, chalk pencil, sponges

1. Mark the vertical center of the canvas with the chalk pencil.

2. Using Canyon and Blueberry inks and beginning in the center, stamp four 3" quilt square stamps down the center of the fabric, alternating colors and allowing the points to touch on the line.

Tip: Mark the horizontal center and place the tip of the first block at this point. Stamp the second right above it. Complete the last two stamps top and bottom and your stamps will be centered vertically and horizontally.

3. Stamp the horizontal rows lining up the corners.

Tip: Mark the horizontal lines after you have stamped the first vertical row if you are unsure about your placement.

4. Heat set the inks using an iron and pressing cloth or a heat tool.

5. Sponge the buttons with Tangelo and Blueberry inks and heat set. Set aside.

Tip: Remember to heat set your inks each time you add more.

6. Tape off the edges of the stamp blocks and sponge all blocks, beginning with Lilac ink in the center and Sunshine and Tangelo inks, on the edges, blending the colors a little. Use the edge of the sponge or a make-up applicator to lightly add Blueberry ink to the block edges. Remove the masking tape and heat set the inks.

7. Fold 3" x 21" and 13" x 3" to make 1 1/2" wide strips. Fold the edges under 1/4" on the long sides. Apply Fabri-Tak to the edges to hold them in place. Run a strip of adhesive along the fold on the short pieces and attach them to the top and bottom of the flag, pushing the flag edge right up to the fold. Apply Fabri-Tak to the front and back edges and adhere to the flag.

8. Turn under one end of the long strips 1/4" and adhere with Fabri-Tak. Apply Fabri-Tak to the center fold of each strip and, lining up the finished edge at the bottom of the flag, attach the strips to each side of the flag. Trim the top edge if necessary, fold it under 1/4" so it's flush with the top and adhere with Fabri-Tak.

9. Fold the edges all around on the five 3" x 6" strips  and fold the sides in to make a 1 1/4" wide tab. Mark five equidistant spots along the top of the flag, apply Fabri-Tak and place one edge of the tabs about 1/8" from the bottom of the trim edge. Stitch the buttons in place, then fold the remaining tab edge to the back. Apply Fabri-Tak and adhere in place, making sure the folds are properly aligned.

10. Print out your letter on standard printer paper and adhere it to a piece of chipboard.

Tip: I wanted my letter fatter, but the font I wanted to use, Harrington, did not come in bold. I just drew an additional 1/4" around the letter before cutting it out.

11. Tape the letter down with masking tape.

12. Use a permanent marker to trace the letter onto the stamped fabric.

Tip: Be careful to keep your marker moving so that your fabric doesn't absorb too much ink.

12. Place masking tape along the edges to mask out the background.

13. Sponge Lilac ink onto the letter body, then use the edge of your sponge to blend Blueberry ink along the edges. Remove the tape and heat set the ink.

14. Apply black Pearl Pen dots 3/16" apart all around the letter.

My address placard, originally painted with pastel acrylic paint, had faded, so I sponged the inside of the numbers with Canyon, Sunshine and Tangelo, then used a flat brush with a little bit of water to add Blueberry ink around the edges.

Tip: If you need to weaken your ink intensity, either smoosh the pad onto a palette made from a piece of wax paper or barely touch your damp brush to the side edge of the pad to keep your colors intense for a long time.

I think we will enjoy this flag for a long time. I also look forward to creating more seasonal flags using Ann Butler's wonderful products!