Thursday, February 18, 2010

Creating Backgrounds with Glimmer Mist

I'm guilty of obtaining awesome new products and tucking them away in my scrapbook nook corner with the intention of getting around to using them. I've had Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mists Glimmer Screens since this past summer and - yep - you guessed it - I haven't done anything with them. I HAVE used the Glimmer Mists - mainly to alter the color of something - but not in conjunction with the screen.


This past week I pulled out the screens and used them. The Glimmer Screens are stencils created exclusively for use with Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist sprays. You simply place the Glimmer Screens over your surface and spray over the top. Since I'm impatient with the drying process, I always use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

This is what I created.

Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock (White), Websters Pages Patterned Paper, Prima Say It In Crystals, Prima Flowers, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Wheatfields); Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens (Blossom), Making Memories Brads, Scenic Route Alpha Stickers, Cheesecloth.

The Glimmer Mists have a (as the name implies) "glimmer" shine, and makes the surface glisten. The Wheatfields color I used on white cardstock transformed the stark white, to a "beachy" surface for my beach photo. The beach photo was printed onto patterned paper. If you look closely, you can see the butterfly from the patterned paper peeking through the bottom left corner of the photo.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've been inspired to try glimmer mists in a new way.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Smattering of Valentine's!

It's only 3 days away! Here are a few last minute ideas for a few quick and easy projects!
This first card, "Nuts About You" features BoBunny's Love Bandit Collection! Layer some papers onto a card base created with BoBunny cardstock. Add a strip of striped paper then 'pop up' some of the ADORABLE acorn stickers with foam dots. The 'Nuts About You' sentiment is a cardstock sticker!! (Looks like I created it myself, doesn't it?)

Of course, you'll need something to store all of your Valentine's in. about filling this with candies and love notes, and giving it as a gift to your Valentine!!?! I simply decorated a little lunch box with some more of the papers and embellishments from BoBunny's Love Bandit collection! I used my Glue Glider Pro from GlueArts to make it even easier to put together.

Here's one more 'sweet' card to get your creative juices flowing.
Title: My Little Cupcake 4-1/4" X 5-1/2"

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Love Cards

Valentine's is coming! Have you made some personalized cards for your loved ones yet? I prefer making my own to buying one, so I can add my own touches to them.
For this Sealed with a Kiss card, I have used Bobunny Dot cardstock, Glue Arts High Tac adhesive and my Scor it scoring tablet.
First I cut a Bobunny dot paper into a block for the top of my card, I added this to a card blank that I cut down to fit my sized card.
I also added a strip of red underneath the block and adhered them to the card.
I added a large round Bobunny sticker from the Persuasion line. Then I made this accordion folded piece. Basically you score 2 strips of 2x12 paper ( in an accordion pleat) then glue the edges together to make a circle. I added that to my card, cut out several stickers, including adding a deco scissor edge to one circle sticker, and layered them on the top of the pleated circle.
I added a button with twine bow to finish the card.

Looking for a more romantic looking card? Tone down the brights and use some scraps to create this vintage feeling card. I used a scrap of green on my Cuttlebug embossed white mat, edging the mat with a light tan I cut with deco scissors and added a touch of brown ink.
I layered an old SEI tag, and added a white paper heart doily on top. I doubled two bows then topped them with a green tinted silk flower and button with twine bow.
For the sentiment piece, I used a Crafty Secrets die cut I trimmed with deco scissors, then added that to a scrap of green felt. I layered these onto my card, finishing with a Close to my heart butterfly stamped with brown chalk ink and glittered with Stickles. I added a couple pearls to the butterfly as well.

Want a more traditional card? Add buttons to a paper doily heart, adding a pink heart ontop of paper doily, then gluing buttons down to fill the inside of the heart. Add paper doily to some Scenic Route lined paper, and cut out around heart using deco scissors.
Add two strips of Reminisce paper, ruffling the edges a bit, and tie a bow with some sheer ribbon and a button. Add Reminisce letter stickers to finish.

For a cute design, use a pink cardstock background, and a bit of glittery paper from K&CO. Make mats with a light tan cardstock that has been trimmed with deco scissors and edges inked with brown chalk ink. Then add a green mat with a satiny ribbon tied around it. Tie the ribbon off with a pink button. Add a deco edged Craft Secrets die cut to some green felt and add that to the card. Add a couple vintage buttons -including one on top of a silk flower and finish the card with a touch of glitter around a heart on the vintage die cut.

Go for trendy look and make your card with some Bobunny rubons and stickers. I used Bobunny Dot cardstock on the front of a black card blank. Then I added a strip of green dot cardstock to a piece of white scrap, cutting a scallop edge with deco scissors. After mounting that to my card, I cut out the oval sticker, adding a handcut heart to the card with it. I also punched a couple brown leaf stems and a pink button with twine bow. To finish I added a Bobunny rubon dictionary phrase, and added the SWAK letters to a scrap of white, ruffling the edges a bit.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bee Mine Card

Hi! Here's a quick and easy Valentine's Day Card for ya!!
Title: Bee Mine Card 4-1/4 X 5-1/2”
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Cut a rectangle from cardstock to 5-1/2" X 8-1/2". Fold in half. Score.
2. Cut a rectangle from I Love You patterned paper slightly smaller than card front. Attach to card.
3. Cut a strip of Double Vision paper to 1-3/8" X 5". Mount to card as shown.
4. Cut a strip from I Love You (reverse) patterned paper to1" X 4-1/8". Mount on Double Vision strip as shown.
5. Attach corner and chipboard as shown.
6. Trim 'Bee Mine' from Sweet Talk Postage Stamps paper. Mount to top of chipboard frame.
7. Adhere 'valentine' sticker and attach brad to finish.
Patterned papers: (background) Alissa I Love You; Alissa Collection, BoBunny (notebook) Double Vision; Creative Cafe, Creative Imaginations
(bee mine) BW Sweet Talk Postage Stamps; Brenda Walton, K&Company
(scroll) Blush Swirls & Brackets; Chunky Charms, BoBunny
(frame) Blush Swirls & Brackets; Chunky Charms, BoBunny
(heart) Wildberry Chipboard Alpha; Chunky Chips, BoBunny
(corner) Multi Corners Soft Rubber Charms; Softies, Pop Culture, KI Memories (valentine) Love; Word Fetti, Making Memories Brad: Discover; iCandy, BoBunny

Dee ;)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Create a 'Love'Ly Banner

I adore these type of banners. They just are such a cute decor item. I love that you could make this with any theme or embellishment and it would just be fantastic.

I made this banner with the Bobunny Love Bandit line. First I cut the triangles all the same size out of two patterns of paper. I edged each triangle with a border of scallop edged corrugated paper, overlapping it at the point. This added a lot of dimension for me.

Next, I cut a couple more layers of paper, in descending sized triangles, to do this I just slide my piece back to cut off the wider end and cut it there, then traced it and made it the same for each single banner piece.

I cut my last inside triangle piece the same way, only I centered it on the banner piece, leaving an edge around all parts of the triangle.

Then I added hole punches on each both sides of each triangle piece, and tied the banner together with twine. ( you know I love my twine!!) then I tied some Bobunny Dot ribbons on the twine as well.

I used Bobunny letter stickers for the letters of SWEET, adding in all kinds of cutout paper cuties and stickers from the Love Bandit line.

I also added in a bit of buttons and twine, with a little pearl and gems bling just to catch the light.

I hope my banner inspires you to create one of your own.


Valentine Houses

I was inspired to create these houses one day when I was watching a tv episode, thinking about some village houses I collect and display during the holidays. So I got out my scraps of chipboard- old pieces that hold note pads, and ones that sometimes come in the back of packets of paper. I always hold on to them, because I sometimes use chipboard instead of foam tape on the back of larger pieces I want to add dimension too.

Making the houses was quite simple. they are basically a square made with 4 sides. On two of the sides, I added a triangle to the top of the house. That was my shape for my roof peak.

To hold the sides together, I folded or scored scraps of long cardstock- as tall as the building, and about 1 inch wide. Then I adhered all this with my Glue Arts adhesive on the inside of each corner. This holds the house together- I didn't feel that I needed anything super strong for these, but you may want to score some stronger chipboard and use it instead.

For each house, I used the Bobunny Love Bandit line - adding in the cute stamped owls that I fussy cut out and layered. I also used punches for leaves.

I added scalloped borders, ribbons, buttons and twine, silk flowers, stamped hearts I cut out and popped up with foam tape, and cut out journal spots from the collection cutout sheet. I also put in a few berry stems from the craft store.

Finishing these off was fun, I added a clear crystal glitter that I got from Joanne's glitter section. It looks like a cross between snow and sugar, which I thought was fun AND pretty!