Friday, May 30, 2014

Flashback Friday

I have a post up at Rogue Redhead Designs HERE.

I showcased a couple of projects I made a year ago that are not in the Rogue Crew album.

My theme was flashback Friday where Friends are always in Fashion, showcasing the Milliner Misses stamp plate of the month.   You have a couple of days left to get this unmounted mini plate for a bargain of $5.00.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Santa, the Jolly Old Elf

I'm this month's hostess for the Rogue Redhead Designs Holiday Inspiration Club.  Our theme is terrific tags. I've made several and you can see them HERE.  I hope you will visit, leave a comment, and link up your own tags.

This is just one of the tags I made:

Santa, Twas the Night background, and sentiment from RRD014 Christmas Cheer stamp plate
Pearl Strips Green from the Eyelet Outlet
Stampin' Write real red marker
Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star pen
Ranger Icicle Stickles
Stampin' Up gumball green ink pad

Entering this tag in:

ABC Christmas Challenge:  J is for Jolly Old Elf

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Doll Tag

Tag Tuesday has us playing with dolls this week.  I have several Julie Nutting Prima doll stamps.  When my local scrapbook store (Paper Boutique in Springfield IL) offered a workshop with these stamps, I couldn't wait to play.  Did you realize we're half way to Halloween?  That explains the theme of this tag.

I'm a little short on creative time this week.  So I hope you enjoy my workshop tag rather than something totally original from me. I changed up a few things such as adding the orange Happy Halloween ticket and bling to the hat and shoes, crumpling up the ticket, and stamping the Crafty Secrets sentiment Spook-tacular.

Be sure to stop by Tag Tuesday's blog to see all the creative doll tags.

We're also in a new month at Unruly PaperArts blogozine where the theme is Fabric Frenzy.  There are amazing articles on using fabric in crafting.  Be sure to visit HERE.  The Readers' Art Quests for this month are either just the word "home" or also the photo and color combo.

Do you think my haunted house would count for this home theme?  I'll post it on Unruly's Facebook Page and see what readers think about it.  In the meantime, I hope you'll decide to post your interpretation of "home" before the end of the month at UPA's blog HERE.  FYI, I'm getting my article ready for June's issue.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Alice Tag

Here is a tag using some digital images.  When I saw the image of the woman sitting in front of the mirror, I immediately thought of the book, Alice Through the Looking Glass.  This led to the perfect sentiment stamp, Read in order to live.

Vintagebyme background printed 6x4 as tag
May 2014 Gecko Galz “Within the Pages” collage sheet:  image cropped and printed 2.75x3.75”
Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC “Relish Reading” stamp plate
Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Seventeen” to die cut image and card stock in matching color
Archival Ink-Coffee to stamp sentiment “Read In Order to Live”
Ranger Distress Ink-Tea Dye to sponge edges
Computer generated word labels
Cloth ribbon 
Entering this tag in these challenges:

Hels' Inky Fingers Sunday Stamper Challenge Week 306:  Walk of Life  (just for fun--no winners)

Sentimental Sundays Challenge 205:  Shabby Chic or Use Lace or Doily

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dapper Dan

Here is a digital hybrid card I made.

Materials Used and Card Tutorial

May 2014 Gecko Galz “Who’s the Man” collage sheet:  words, shoes, and image of man
Gecko Galz “May Days” single collage sheet:  sales receipt
Orange mat card stock
Black greeting card
Dark ink for edging receipt
Herringbone or similar patterned paper (October Afternoon)
Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Paper Rosettes Die (Sizzlits Decorative Strip)
Burlap strip
Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon

For the three images from “Who’s the Man”, crop each one, erase background and save as individual PNG files

Crop and save as an individual image the sales receipt

“Place” or layer the images onto the sales receipt.  Print, adhere onto thick card,  and distress edges with ink before adhering to layers.  Add tab (place piece of leftover orange strip inside tab window).  Use dimensional adhesive (pop dots) along right side to balance left side placed on layers of trim. 

Alternative method is to crop and print your images, cut with scissors and layer.

Create strips and layer.  Add finished sales receipt.  Add any other embellishments.

Use extremely narrow red line tape on edges of filmstrip ribbon, slip on safety pin with buttons, then adhere strip to rest of trim, placing Gecko Galz digital card under strip.

Entering these Challenges:

Frilly and Funky:  On the Runway--sewing or fashion
Dapper Dan--isn't he fashionable?  Perhaps a model for magazine ads. The sales receipt, shoes and filmstrip play on my theme. I wonder what tailor he used.  

A Vintage Journey: Challenge #5 Fond Memories 
My fond memories:  Photos of my mom, her sisters and brother and of my dad, all who dressed extremely stylishly in the 1930's and 40's.  
My Tim Holtz influence:  he taught me to use very narrow red line tape under his filmstrip ribbon so that adhesive wouldn't show.  I also learned from him to layer and add interesting embellishments.  I probably would not have added the row of shoes if I hadn't been thinking about how he'd add a little interest to that receipt. Nor think outside the box to use the rosette die as trim. Edging with Ranger distress ink is a given.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy First of May Day!

I cannot believe it's May first already.  Time to think about planting flowers and celebrating Mother's Day.

Using papers from Gecko Galz’ May 2014 release and the vintagebyme digital paper from this month’s cross promotion, I made this card as my design team sample for our Gecko Galz May Customer Challenge—a Mother’s Day card.

This is my vintage version of the popular credit card commercial on television.  After "charging" several items to a credit card, the activity itself is said to be "priceless".  This vintage sales receipt indicates to me that even if mom purchases several items to keep her in style, she, herself, is priceless.

As a Gecko Galz customer, be sure to enter this month's (May) Mother's Day challenge.

Any Gecko Galz image, even a freebie, can be used to create your Mother's Day theme.  Details are on the Gecko Galz blog HERE.

My tutorial:

Using as a base a 5x6.5” ivory note card, I resized and printed my digital papers—printed sizes given here in inches:
Rose aria paper from Gecko Galz’s Floral Symphony digital paper pack
Gecko Galz’s Spring Beauties collage sheet: Woman cropped to 4x2.6”  then fussy cut
Sales receipt from this month’s cross promotion with VintageByMe digital sheets 2.75x4”
Type words on Trellis Tune paper from Floral Symphony digital paper pack
Crop paper to area where words are and print.  Cut into word strips.  Edge with black Sharpie broad tip pen.

Sponge brown ink onto edges of note card to give distressed look.

Adhere Art Nouveau Paper Whispers lace sticker to right side of rose paper.  Edge paper with pink and brown distress inks.  Adhere to card.

Wet distress woman image and sales receipt.  (Wet fingers with water and rub along edges of paper, crinkling and shaping paper as you go.  To speed drying process, use heat gun.)

Adhere with glue sales receipt to rose paper.  Place Prima Say It In Crystals pink pearl flourish on top.  Use glue and dimensional adhesive (pop dots) to adhere woman image on top.

Add seam binding bow, Maya Road flower pick, and paper roses.  I use Aleene’s fabric glue.  Cut glitter flower in two pieces and tuck under sales receipt.  Place Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dot on top of glitter flower in top left corner.  Adhere word strips.

Entering These Challenges:

Crafting At the Weekend  Challenge # 1 Anything Goes  (new challenge blog, runs monthly with challenge announced the last Saturday of each month)

Live and Love Crafts:  Challenge #23: Tinchy's Inspiration Collage (Pink)

It's All About the Vintage and the Beauty  Challenge #67 Flower Power

Sugar Creek Hollow:  Challenge #85 Tic Tac Toe
I went straight down the middle with lace (paper lace down right side), ribbon (pink seam binding bow under flower cluster) and pearls (flourish on top of sales receipt).

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