Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Other Creations: Decorative Folio

Our theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is, "O is for...."  I went with O is for Organization by spiffing up this cool ready-made Collection Folio by Tim Holtz.

I started by making a paper collage to cover the front flap.  I used paper from Prima's "Free Spirit" collection, but it was a bit too bold for the look I was wanting.  I did a light wash of watered-down Gesso over the top to tone it down and smeared on some Distress Ink here and there.  I then stamped some black flowers on it from Paper Artsy to tie in the black elastic the keeps the folio shut.

But the flowers stood out way more than I expected, even after I smudged them with water.  Whoopsie!  No problem.  I fussy cut some of those cloud/puff shapes from my extra patterned paper and used them, along with a fabric scrap, to hide some of that excessive black.  I also added a Tim Holtz ruler to the spine and covered the fold-over flap with paper from Prima's "Epiphany" collection (LOVE IT).

I stamped some other images and sentiments on and the last step was to add a profound title like, "Important Stuff," which I made with fabric scraps, Tim Holtz Alpha Tiles and Tim Holtz Label Letters.

If you're going to be organized, you might as well do it in style, I suppose!  Here are the supplies I used on my folio, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Oh how will you use the letter O this week?  Can't wait to see!  And remember that when you upload your fab creations to the Simon Says stamp Monday Challenge Blog, you will be automatically entered for the $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Cards and Tags: Happy Haunting

Even though I swear it was like 80 degrees today, I'm trying hard to get into the spirit of Fall!  What better way than to throw on some killer knee-high boots and whip out the Halloween stamps?  I did just that (well, until the boots got too hot) and here's what resulted:

The text paper is from Prima's Epiphany collection.  The black "goo" dripping down is black Gesso mixed with a bit of water which I drizzled down the paper.  I smeared on some Tim Holtz Distress Ink to the background (Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade).  The silhouette stamp is from 100 Proof Press and is called, "Pumpkin Parade."  I heat embossed it in black to make it really stand out.  The background paper is from Kasier's Kaleidoscope collection and I added another 100 Proof Press stamp to it called, "Honeycomb Texture."  The letter stickers (black with white letters) are Tim Holtz label stickers and the "haunting" is spelled with Tim Holtz Alpha-parts.

It may be too hot around here to don a sweater, but I can still get into Halloween mode in my craft room! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Cards and Tags: Hello You

This week's theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is, "Falling in Love With...."  There are two new products that I have indeed fallen in love with: Tim Holtz's Alphanumeric Die Set and the "Nest" paper collection by Webster's Pages.  I used them both to make this card:

This was my first attempt at using the Alphanumeric die set, so here is some info I learned about it.  First off, the set comes as several individual alphabet letters so you can spell anything you want (there are multiples of each letter).  You have to think about how to arrange the letters according to which side of your patterned paper you'll be using.  Because I had to cut a certain side of this polka dot library pocket, I had to spell the words backwards on my Sizzix plate.

I tried using my magnetic plate to lay these out on, but to be honest, the magnetic plate did not work well with these (or maybe I'm just magnetic-plate-challenged).  The magnetic polarity made the letters sproing away from each other, so they were skittering all over the place.  I found my good old plastic plates the be the easiest to use.  I didn't line the letters up exactly, but it still turned out okay.  I added some green paper behind the cut-out letters to make them stand out better.  The great part is that you can use the cut-out negative letters or you can pop the cut letters out of these dies and use them as normal die cut letters, too.

I added a cute birdie card from Webster's Pages "Nest" collection, which I absolutely adore, and added some embellishments with Tim Holtz's Frameworks Trellis die.  I arranged it onto a patterned paper background and wah-la!

Here are some of the fabulous products I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

So what are you "Falling in love with"?  Fall itself?  Some new product?  Let us know by uploading your masterpiece to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Cards and Tags: "Feeling Brilliant" Notions Tag

Hello loyal readers!  I just wanted to share a notions tag that I made that includes some faux buttons.  The fabulous button card stamp I used is called Mode De Paris Buttons and is from 100 Proof Press.  Here's how the tag turned out, followed by a step-by-step of how I made my faux buttons.

I started by stamping the button card image (using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink) onto a neutral-ish piece of paper from Kaiser's Kaleidoscope collection.  I folded it and tore it a bit and inked it up with Distress Ink (Walnut Stain and Black Soot).  I also stamped on some background text using 100 Proof Press's Profit and Loss stamp.  I smudged on some Peacock Feathers Distress ink because I seem to be humanly incapable of NOT smudging that gorgeous ink on everything!

Next I gathered up some paper scraps and stamped the buttons onto them.

I punched out the buttons using a circle punch from Recollections (available at Michaels) that was the perfect size: 5/8".

I added a smidge of various colors of Distress Ink to each button, then stuck each one to a 3D pop dot for some dimension. I folded down the circular edges of the button around the pop dot, then attached them to the button card.

To make the buttons look more button-y (totally not a word), I covered each one with a drop or two of Glossy Accents and let them dry overnight.

All that was left to do was to figure out a background for my button card.  I grabbed my Tim Holtz/Sizzix Framelits Tag die set and some patterned paper from My Mind's Eye and cut out a tag with my Big Shot.  I glued fabric scraps to the background, added my button card and a piece of vintage tape measure to the bottom.

I finished it off by adding some stick pins (Maya Road and Darice) and the sentiment.  I used alphabet stamps for the "feeling" word and the "Brilliant" stamp is another great one from 100 Proof Press.  I tore up some fabric strips for the tag's ties at the top and it was done!  I quite enjoyed this project and felt just a bit brilliant myself when my husband said (and I quote) that it was "cool."