Friday, January 31, 2014

Getting Messy

This layout began with a photo from an amazing New Year's Eve party and a story developed on Get It Scrapped's Story Swoop.

To construct the page, I layered gold tissue paper over a 10x10 piece of cardstock, folding it into pleats, then sewing around the edge with black thread.

Next, I sprayed a piece of 12x12 cardstock with Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold lame) and set aside to dry. While that was drying, painted Heidi Swapp Center of Attraction chipboard alphas with acrylic paint (magenta) and Decoart Craft Twinkle paints.  Then I went to bed.

The next morning I assembled the background pieces, adding a strip of white paper for my title, journaling, and photo.  I matted my photo on Studio Calico paper (As Seen on TV).  I used a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die to make several accordion flowers in bold colors and punched circles from the scraps.  I added some Glossy Accents to the flower centers for a bit more dimension, and finished off the layout by wrapping some Lawn Fawn twine through the embellishments.

I've been asked about the various misting techniques that I've been using on many of my layouts recently, so I've put together a video tutorial:

Materials used: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Georgia Peach); Studio Calico Mister Huey's Color Mist (Pretty Pink); Angora watercolors; Liquitex black acrylic paint; Recollections flower; Kaisercraft Template (stencil); Heidi Swapp mask.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

All Bundled Up

Scrapbook play. I started by using Get It Scrapped's Story Swoop to journal about a cold winter day (little did I know that it would be the first of so many).   I printed my journaling on vellum and layered that over a Studio Calico paper.  For the background, I painted white acrylic paint over another Studio Calico paper very thickly, then pressed bubble wrap into it for texture. I sprinkled Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold lame and tinsel) across the page.  I crimped a strip of paper and spritzed the Color Shine over a Heidi Swapp bird mask.  I then took the same stencil and painted it onto the background using Tim Holtz Distress Paint (weathered wood).  I also stamped a snowflake (Stampin' Up!) across the background using the same paint.  I layered all of these pieces and added a title using Amy Tan's Cut Out alpha and embellished with Teresa Collins gem stones.

I ended up adding a hand written addendum at the bottom of the page, noting that this was the first of many days I bundled up on my way to work.  It's been a very cold winter, but unlike most, I kinda like it.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Birds of a Feather

I'm thrilled with my latest sweater, Feather by Veronik Avery, which I knit using Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool in the Poppy colorway.

I've also been working on some cards. I'm in awe of how wonderfully generous everyone was in celebrating my 40th birthday party with me, and I want to let everyone know how much it was appreciated.

Studio calico stamps and dies; Sizzix embossing plate; doily

Monday, January 20, 2014

Me at 40

My annual taking stock layout.

Studio Calico January 2014 kit items (Studio Calico labels; We R Notable papers); Adorn It Capri paper; Technique Tuesday Timber stamps; Hero Arts feather stamp; Adirondack Ink (pitch black); acrylic paint; Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold lame; teal); velum; Lawn Fawn twine; washi tape; dew drops

And I finished a new hat the ay before I turned 40. This is Zumthor Hat by Kirsten Johnstone, which I knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Norway Spruce color way to match my scarf.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Crafter Throws a Party

Wow, 40. Where has the time gone?  Rather than dwelling on it too much, I decided to focus my attention on throwing a party.  And since I have paper, die cutters etc., I thought it would be fun to make the decor myself.

 An unexpected side effect of the banner placement, it made a great "photobooth." At least for the women. The men all ended up with shadows on their foreheads from the banner.

And then we had fun.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bolt and something completely different

or not.  Still scrapping up a storm.  I also finished another shawl . . . about two weeks ago, but it took me awhile to block and get photographed. This is Bolt by Veera Välimäki, which was published in Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People Vol. 5.

I used Madeline Tosh Eyre Light in the Earl Grey and Norway Spruce color ways.

I've also finished three more Christmas layouts.

Basic Grey Wassail paper and Nordic Holiday alphas; Creative Imaginations sticker; Jillibean Soup alphabeans; Sizzix Bigz and Tim Holtz dies; SU! and EK Success punches; dew drops; Lawn Fawn twine; doilies; Mr. Huey's (opaque white and shine)

SU! paper; SEI gold dots; Studio Calico rubons and sequins; Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold lame) and label sticker; EK Success punch; Mr. Huey's (shine); washi tape

This is made predominately from the Studio Calico January 2014 kit (Studio Calico (Retrograph, As Seen on TV), SEI (Chalet), and Bella Blvd (Snapshots) papers; Twin & Ink stickers; and Studio Calico sequins and flare).  In addition, I used my Slice (Noel), EK Success punches; Pebbles banners; Basic Grey Nordic Holiday alphas; and a Chic Tags tag.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Scrapping

Pebbles papers; Martha Stewart punch; AC Cherish Thickers; Glitz Design roller stamp; acrylic paint

Crate Close Knit papers; Fiskars and McGill punches; Sizzix dies; misc. doilies; Studio Calico sequins and stamp; SU! stamp; AC Boardwalk Thickers; Basic Grey alphas; embroidery floss; washi tape