Showing posts with label Tutorials. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tutorials. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Easter Stained Glass

I was excited to try the Faux Stained Glass technique when I saw it on the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge this month and I finally got some time to play!
I made an Easter card with two little bunnies either looking in the window from outside - or looking through the window from the inside?!
I've had these Window Pane dies for quite a while - almost forgot I had them - but found them when I was looking for a die that would work for Faux Stained Glass -  I guess a window is the perfect die!  So these dies just cut the window not an outside edge  (so you could actually cut a window in a panel if you were making a wall in a house or something) so I cut 4 rectangles out of watercolor paper 2" x 1 1/4" then placed the die on one piece at a time and die cut the window..
I took a 2" x 1 1/4" panel of Lupo Alcohol Translucent Paper and dabbed Aqua, Citrus and Coral Alcohol Inks over it with the felt pads and applicator tool.
After the alcohol inks were dry (they dry quickly!) I glued 3 of the window frames together and glued them over the Yupo panel.  I squeezed Glossy accents into each section of the window till they were full and I let it dry overnight.  Then I glued the last piece of the window on top.
 Here's a close up of the window.
I die cut the white panel using Mix and Mat Confetti Die.  The little bunnies (paper and die) are from the Make It Market Kit Fairy Tale Christmas .  The sentiment is from Easter Alleluias.  All from Papertrey Ink.
I love how my faux stained glass came out and will be looking for more dies I have to use with this technique!

I'm linking my card to:
I used faux stained glass, stamping and die cuts

Wednesday Challenge - Create a Scene

Stamps:  Easter Alleluias - PTI
Paper:  Watercolor paper - Canson, white and Spring Rain - PTI, Yupo Alcohol Translucent paper - Ranger.
Ink:  Cornflower Blue - Wendy Vecchi Make Art Ink, Alcohol inks Coral, Citrus and Aqua - Ranger.
Accessories:  Window Pane Dies - Simon Says Stamp, Mix and Mat Confetti Die - PTI, bunnys from Make it Market Kit Fairy Tale Christmas - PTI, foam dots, scor-tape, felt pads and applicator - Ranger, Glossy Accents - Ranger.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

St. Paddy's Day Shamrock Treats

Today I'm sharing some Hershey Kiss Shamrock Treats I made for a St. Patrick's Day sale at my church.  How cute are these??!!
 You cut the strips and loop them (see link to tutorial I found below) then slip the Hershey Kisses in each petal!  Cut and stamp the tag and tie it on with twine!

I found the tutorial for these here on Qbees Quest blog.  She has a 4 leaf clover version as well.  
She has both written and video tutorials for them on her post. They don't take long to make and are made very easily.  
I cut the strips all at once, then put them together while watching TV.
Perfect for St. Patrick's Day don't you think?!  Even for those that don't have Irish ancestry.  Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ice Cream Cone Nests - The Tutorial

As promised on my Easter post, here is a little tutorial on how I put my Easter Place Setting treats together -  I saw the idea on Pinterest.
Here are the supplies -  Ice Cream Cones, Rainbow Twizzlers Candy, Cadbury Mini Eggs
and Edible Grass (I found the grass at Rite Aid but also saw it at Target and Walmart)
I wasn't quite sure how to 'drill' the holes in each side of the cone for the handle without cracking the cone and then I had the bright idea to get out the spiked handles we use when we eat corn on the cob! First I pushed the spikes through, a bit down from the top as shown.  I turned the handle clockwise and it made a perfect circle!
 The circle needed to be wider to fit the Twizzler - so I turned the corn holder around and gently pushed it through the hole to the end of the corn handle.
And a perfect hole was created without cracking the cone!  Whoo hoo!!
I cut off a bit of each end of the Twizzler candy handle to make a point so it went through the hole easily.
 I stuck one end through each hole from the outside of the cone.
Then I cut some long pieces of the edible grass -  5" or so - and stuck them into the cone.
Then I added my treat -  in this case - Cadbury Easter Eggs - six of them fit.  The green edible grass is flavored with apple, the pink - cherry and the blue - blue raspberry.  It's made of potato starch.
These were so easy to put together once I figured out how to do the holes!
Cute, right??!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Embossing with an Inked Embossing Folder

I'm excited to share with you that I  have a tutorial post over on the Clear Snap Blog for creating an inked embossed background using Eileen's new ColorBox Clear Blends Ink and an embossing folder.
I'd love for you to take a peak over there where you will find out just how I put this project together!
This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is focusing on her new ColorBox Blends inks from Clearsnap -  Blends hold more than 10x the ink of a traditional ink pad.  The convenient foam sponge applicator keeps hands clean while applying ink directly to fabric, paper, wood, clay and more. Heat set for permanence.

I started by cutting Eileen's sweet Box with Scallop Flap and Flowers die out of White Little Sizzles Matboard, both from Sizzix.
I inked the inside of the top of Eileen's Daisy Wreath Embossing Folder using Tutu ColorBox Blend ink.   

Please check Eileen Hull's blog for more projects by the Creative Team using these fun new Color Box Blend inks!

 and check out the Clear Snap Blog for my complete tutorial!

You'll find lots of inspiration using Eileen's dies in this wonderful digi book - Die Cutting Magic.  I have a few projects in it!
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix,  white card - PTI
Ink: Tutu - ColorBox Blend/Clear Snap
Accessories:  Die - Box with Scallop Flap and Flowers - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, white wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, black rhinestones, Daisy Wreath Embossing Folder - Eileen Hull/Sizzix.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Eight

Today I am thrilled to have been asked back again this year to be one of Loll's Guest Designers for her Twelve Tags of Christmas. 
Our tags need to be Mixed Media - Loll has defined mixed media as stamps and ink plus two other elements that add texture and/or dimension.
The inspiration tags by the designers will be showcased from the 4th-15th of November and the linky will remain open until the 22nd November so it gives you plenty of time to enter.
Here is a list of prizes!
Winner - $40 gift certificate from STAMPlorations

Top Three - $20 gift certificate each from STAMPlorations

Random Draw - $20 gift certificate from Happy Little Stampers

Random Draw - One Christmas stamp set from Dee's Artsy Impressions
I used a technique from Tim Holtz to create the background of my tag today.  It's called Layering Stencil Monoprint and you can find it in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Vol III page 48.  Basically, you rub Distress Ink all over the back of your chosen stencil (I'm using Christmas).  Then you spritz the stencil with water and press it against your surface.  I die cut my tag out of watercolor paper using Tim's Tag and Bookplate die.
When you remove the stencil - you have a negative of the stencil.  Your result will depend on how much ink and how much water you used on the stencil.  It can also vary based on what kind of paper you use - so if you try it -  try it out on different kinds of paper!   I'm happy with my 'partial' stenciling results here.
Then I sponged over the tag with Distress Twisted Citron Ink and sponged the edges with Distress Hickory Smoke Ink.  I also cut out some images from Paperstash/Merriment that I wanted to use on my tag.  I brushed Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the images (not the tag) and let them dry.
To add some texture to my tag,  I used the Harlequin Stencil with Wendy Vecchi Transparent Embossing Paste.  I only stenciled on the left side of the tag.  The paste is white when it goes on - but turns translucent when it's dry.
To add even more texture I poured some Copper Micro Beads over the paste before it dried.
I colored a Jingle Brad and Snowflake with drops of Citrus Adirondack Alcohol Ink, drying them with my heat tool.
I added a sentiment Remnant Rubs/Christmastime to the top corner and looped some wrinkled seam tape through the hole in the tag, also placing the Jingle Brad through the hole. 
I adhered the images from the patterned paper with foam tape, adding Special Delivery from Tim's Festive Ephemera pack.
I adhered the Adornments/Snowflake with a Star Fastener and placed a Big Chat Sticker in the right corner.
Here you can see the translucent stenciling  near my thumb.  It's a subtle texture.

I'm also linking my tag to the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers
Christmas Challenge - Tag
Happy Little Stampers
Mixed Media Challenge - Tags

Virginia's View -  Add Texture

Please check out Loll's Blog for her tag today as well Lee-Anne's and my own!  You'll also find all the details of the challenge so you can join in as well!!
Paper:  Watercolor paper, DP Paperstash/Merriment - Idea-ology
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste,  Harlequin and Christmas Stencils - Tim Holtz, Tag die - Alterations, Copper Micro Beads - Finnabair Art Ingredients, Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers, Remnant Rubs/Christmastime, Adornments/Snowflakes, Star Fasteners, Jingle Brads, Festive Ephemera,   Citrus Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Ranger Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Vintage Journey - July 2015 Challenge - Destinations

It's time for another inspiring challenge from A Vintage Journey -  Jenny is our hostess this month and her challenge to us is Destinations: in Jenny's words -  "We would love to see creations based on a destination or place of your choice. Tim has provided stamps themed around the United States, Great Britain and Paris but don't let this restrict you! Let your favourite destination inspire you."

I went a bit off the path of the challenge description - choosing to make a Train Case that I would use going to my destination, wherever that may be! 
The Train Case die is Eileen Hull/Sizzix and I am IN LOVE with it!!
I have quite a few photos to show how I created this 
I die cut the pieces out of white Little Sizzles Mat Board  from Sizzix and assembled the bottom and top.  Then I cut the pieces again out of a piece of patterned paper from Paper Stash/Crowded Attic to use on the sides.  I trimmed off all the edges that would be folded over to make the box so they all became rectangles. ( I could have just measured the sides and cut pieces to fit, but thought this would be easier!)
 I stenciled all the patterned paper pieces using the Crackle Stencil and Vintage Photo Ink.
 Then I used the same stencil and went over each piece again using Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste. (you don't have to match it up to the inked pattern)
 I put all the pieces on top of a pizza box I keep in my craft room for spraying etc - because if I put the pieces on my work table to dry  - I invariably put something else on top of them and ruin it!  The paste turns translucent when dry - and it feels just like an alligator or snake skin purse - very leathery - so cool!
 I die cut the plane from Movers and Shapers Small Cloud and Plane out of the matboard and embossed it with Pumice Stone Distress Embossing Powder.
I mixed Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powders together to emboss the handle and hinges for the Train Case - the mix gives the pieces a nice slightly rusted metal look!  I used Wendy Vecchi Archival Watering Can ink instead of Versamark to ink the pieces - it stays wet enough to hold the embossing powder and gives a black background for spots the powder doesn't adhere to.
I painted the edges of both the inside and the outside of the Train Case with Walnut Stain Distress Paint.
I lined the bottom and inside cover with paper from Crowded Attic and pierced the holes for the hinges and front lock piece.
I made straps for the case using Idea-ology Trimmings Black/Cream and Buckles -  I added glue to the ends to help prevent fraying.  Here you also see the embossed plane with an added Remnant Rub (embrace the journey).
To cover the ends of the Long Fasteners used to attach the hinges - I put some Commute Tissue Tape around the inside edges.
I colored some Mirrored Stars with Adirondack Butterscotch Alcohol Ink to use on the top of the case.  I just dropped a few drops onto each star and blew on them a bit to dry them.
I also added a Word Band (enjoy the journey) that I embossed with my mix of Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powders and a Remnant Rub (own your dreams).
I realized after I put the hinges on that I really  needed to cover all the edges with something - as the paper was a little uneven  here and there - so I found some really thin black tape (from my father's art supplies) that worked perfectly - it would  have been easier to put this all on before I added the hinges and lock piece - next time I'll know better! (the color looks kind of orangey in this photo as I took the pic on my work table at night)
So - from here I started adding a lot of Remnant Rubs on all sides.  They are from Special Delivery, Words, Botanicals and Elements.  The straps are not attached to the Train Case - they just slip right off to open the case (or unbuckle!)
I added a Photobooth photo to the inside cover along with another Remnant Rub/Special Delivery.
So now - whenever I choose my Destination -  I am ready to travel!  
My Train Case measures approx. 4 1/2" wide x 3 5/8" tall x 2 1/2" deep.

Our challenge is a monthly one and a randomly chosen winner will receive a £20 gift voucher from our very generous sponsor, Country View Crafts. We will have our Pinworthy blog badges awarded to the Top 3, who will be chosen by the Creative Guides.  Don't forget that we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge but you do not have to use his products, just let us know how you have been inspired by one of his techniques or colors.
I hope you'll join us this month -  you'll find all the details - more inspiring projects from the other Creative Guides and Mr. Linky -  over at A Vintage Journey.