Thursday, March 29, 2012

A quick, simple scrapbook page

Hello all!!  This week, I'm using Crafter's Companion Beatrix Potter stamps images to make a quick scrapbook page.  Hope you like it.

I made the border in my word processing program (MS Word 2010) on a piece of 8" x 8" white card stock.  If I'd thought about it, I would've made the border using a small square block stamp and stamping a checkerboard border by eye.
I also found a shape of a banner, in the word processing program, and added text.  I printed it out with the banner outline in a dark gray.  Nope - didn't like it.  I went over the gray with a black marker.  Much better!!  I cut out the banner, leaving a small border of white around the shape.  I used this for the title of my page.  You could also just cut a rectangle of coordinating card stock and write your title on it. 

I used simple masking techniques for the two bunny images.  You wouldn't have to do that, separate images would work very well on this page.  I used my Spectrum Noir pens to color the images .  I used some of the Earth Brown colors for the bunnies.  I used turquoise blues to dress the girl bunny.  And some of the true blues for the boy bunny.  I used some of the reds in the coral set for the flowers and the girl bunny's hankie or scarf. After they were colored, I cut them out leaving a small border of white around the edge of the image.  After that, I pasted them to a piece of black card stock.  I cut out around the white border, leaving a small black border.

I printed out a picture.  I cut a piece of black card stock slightly larger.  I put yellow flower brads in three of the corners and attached the black card stock tot he back of the picture.  I attached the picture, at an angle, to the scrapbook page with Crafter's Companion Extra Strong Permanent Tape.  I used the tape to attach the title banner over top of the picture.  I used  double-sided adhesive foam to pop up the bunnies in the  bottom right corner of the page. 

I think 8" x 8" scrapbooks work up quickly.  Have fun with them.  If you're not having fun, set it aside for a bit and go back to it. 

You can decorate your page very simply and see several finished pages in no time at all.  If you like quick gratification - try the smaller scrapbook pages.   From there, so can carry on the fun to a larger page ... and more fun!!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happiness Card

Hi friends!  Here's this week's Crafter's Companion project ...

I'm using one of the two new sets of stamps from Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Sketchy range.  The set I'm using here is called Happiness.

On 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" white card stock, I placed the Happiness text image.  I used simple masking techniques to place the left part of the largest stamp slightly behind the text image.  I also placed a flourish image behind the text image.  I added one more flourish image below the text image and on the left side of the main image.  Please refer to the photo for placement of stamp images.

I placed a black border around the text image.  I used the Spectrum Noir pens, from Crafter's Companion, to color my creation.  These pens are great to work with.  There's even a techniques DVD that I think is great to learn about the new pens and tips on how to use them.

After I'd colored the entire piece of card stock, I decided to distress it.  Use your favorite distressing tools to  create a well worn look along the edges of the card stock as well as around the images.  I crumpled the card stock in a couple of places.  I stapled two feathers to the front of the card for some extra visual interest.

I layered this onto some 6 1/2" x 5 1/4" patterned paper that I'd distressed around the edges.  I used the Crafter's Companion Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the layers. I used the tape again to put this layer onto the front of the card.  The card is 7 1/2" x 12"; is folded in half with the fold at the top.  I also distressed the edges of the card.

Who gives you happiness?  Will you send them a card?

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Where is my Vagabond?

My Vagabond is in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Frankfort is the state capital of Kentucky.  On on this lovely day - almost spring - I took my Vagabond machine for a visit to the Capitol.

Here a some of the pictures I took ...


Now, don't think I've gone off the deep end ... I am doing this to get some goodies from Sizzix.  Have you got a Vagabond machine?  Click here to find out more about the promotion.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Poppets - Little Ballerinas

I fell in love with the Crafter's Companion Poppets ballerina stamp when I first saw it.  I knew I'd have to use it in a project as soon as I could.  So here's what I came up with  ...  an easel  card!

I started with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of dark teal card stock.  a 4 1/4 x
4 1/2" piece of silver Mirricard Reflective card stock, and a 4 1/4" x
1 1/2"piece of wood grain card stock.

I used the Crafter's companion Ultimate Tool and the Boxer board to score the teal card stock.  I scored at 2 3/4", 5 1/2".  I then turned my card stock with the opposite end facing the edge of the board and scored at 1 1/2".  (Or 9 1/2" if you aren't using the convenience of the Ultimate Tool.
I folded over the 1 1/2" section and used adhesive to hold it down.  I then put the wood grain piece on top of this area with more adhesive.  Use adhesive that you are confident in.  This raised area is the area that holds up the main image and will be the bottom of the card.

Fold the first 2 3/4" section toward the bottom of the card.  This is the section where you will adhere the silver Mirricard piece.  Attach the bottom portion of the Mirricard to the bottom of the teal card stock.  At this point, you should be able to set the card in its final position and make sure it will end up standing the correct way for you.   The picture below shows the finished card and how it should stand.

I only used the ballerina part of the stamp.  I placed my image onto paper suitable for alcohol markers.  I used masking to allow me to place the 3 ballerinas together.  You can find more information on simple making by searching for it on the Internet.  I colored the ballerinas using alcohol markers.  Speaking of alcohol markers, have you checked out the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers from Crafter's Companion?  They're great.  Crafter's Companion also offers a DVD of techniques for using the Spectrum Noir markers.  The markers are a great deal and come in well thought out color families.

After coloring the ballerinas, I cut them out.  I put them to the side while I was pulling together some other elements I wanted to use on this card.  

I used my computer to print "Dancing is the poetry of the foot. - John Dryden".  I printed this quote and cut it out to about 1" tall and a little less than 2 3/4" wide.  I attached this to a slightly larger piece of the teal card stock.  I attached this to the top middle area of the Mirricard.  I used double-sided adhesive foam  to attach a 4 1'4" x 1/4" piece of the wood grain card stock about 2 1/4" down from the top of the Mirricard. Then last, I used the double-sided foam to attach the dancers on top of the wood grain "bar".

This is the way the card will look, folded, ready for the envelope ...      

(Sorry about the poor picture - I haven't found a good way to capture an image of something very shiny yet.)  This leaves you plenty of space inside the card for a personal note.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stamp It Layered Squares Project

Hello all!!

First thing I'd like to do is to send out prayers to all of those who were affected by the terrible storms we had last week.  I hope you all can get back to your normal lives very soon.

Now, for this week's project.  I looked at the new Stamp It images from Crafter's Companion and wondered how I could incorporate one of them into something other than a card this week.  Well, here's what I came up with ...

I used three complementary colors for my 9-square image.  I used an orange (color A), a yellow-green (color B), and a purple (color C).  I centered an orange image on a piece of white, 3 3/4" square card stock.  I stamped another image in purple, and one in yellow-green, on the same type of card stock.

I followed the grid to the right and cut out squares from the purple and yellow-green images.  I cut the squares into triangles by following the direction of the dividing lines on the grids.

I used the grid to layer my triangles on top of the orange base image.  I layered them using the double-sided adhesive foam.

After I'd completed the layering, I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape Runner to attach a piece of 4 1/4" square of purple pearlescent card stock to the center of a piece of 5" square yellow-green pearescentl card stock. Both of these colors come in the "Brights" Paper & Card Pack. I used the same tape to adhere the layered piece to the center of the purple card stock.

Here is a close-up view of the layers ...

I put the completed piece into a 5" square frame I purchased at my local craft store.  Please note, I put the piece in front of the glass so it wouldn't get smashed.

I'm sure this project will be getting you all kinds of compliments and will be starting many interesting conversations.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Anthony & Burt Post-It Note Holder

I watched the Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD (for use with the Boxer and Envelobox  Creator boards).  Sara, the demonstrator, made a mini desk organizer.  It was very cool.  A great little project for a fund raiser or a craft sale.  I changed it a bit to suit what I wanted from the project.

I started with a piece of pearlescent 8 1/2" x 11" card stock.  From this, I cut a strip 3 1/8" x 10".  Using the Boxer board with the Ultimate Tool, I scored at 1", 3 1/2", 7", 8" and 9".  I've added a photo showing the score lines.  All of the scored lines should be folded and burnished. I used the Crafter's Companion Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the first and last sections of the scored paper together.  This should form an "A-frame" shape.  Set this to the side.

Next, make a tray to hold
3 1/2" square
Post-It Notes.  You will need a 5 1/8" square piece of the card stock.  Using the Boxer board, score on all four sides and the 1" mark.  Fold and burnish the scored lines.  Cut notches for the corner tabs.

I used a 1 1/4" square punch to on one side to make a  notch in the tray
to get to the paper easier. 

 Use the Permanent Tape on the corner tabs and fold up to a tray shape.  Use the Tape to adhere the tray to the 1" segment on the "A-frame".  Set this to the side.

To make the decoration for the Post-It Note holder, I started with Crafter's Companion Anthony & Burt stamps.  I stamped the main image twice onto white card stock. I colored the main image with alcohol markers. 

As I mentioned in my last blog post, check out Crafter's Compainion for Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. If you're new to alcohol markers, you'll want to try these.  And be sure to get the Spectrum Noir Instructional DVD.  It helps you easily learn techniques for alcohol markers.

I colored Anthony (the fly) with glitter pens on the main
image and the extra one to pop up.   I made Burt (the frog) a happy green color.  The extra frog image was colored to match.  I colored the big heart, only on the main image, with a couple of different reds. I added some 3D Crystal Lacquer to Burt's eyes (on the extra piece only) to make them shine.  Then I used a product called Goosebumps that I sprayed on to make a "warty" feel on the extra frog.
While he was drying, I cut out the main image from the white card stock.  I added alphabet stickers to spell "Notes" on the red heart.   I attached it to the front of the note holder with the Permanent Tape.   

After Burt was dry, I cut him and Anthony from the extra  image.  I attached the extra frog image with double-sided foam adhesive   to pop him up off the main  image. I also used the double-sided foam adhesive to pop Anthony (the fly) over top of the original image.

A last thought was to put a pen holder on the back of the note holder.  I used a 1 1/2" x 2" piece of the same card stock used for the "A-frame" and the tray.  I used the Boxer board for scoring again.  I scored at 3/8", 3/4" 1 1/4" and 1 5/8".  Please refer to photo for reference.  I folded on the score lines.  I attached the first section to the last section with the Permanent Tape.  I attached this to the back of the note holder.

Add a pad of Post-It notes in the tray, and your project is ready to go!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.