Monday, March 5, 2012

One of the two Graphic 45 orders was waiting on the doorstep this afternoon. This order includes papers from the Tropical Travelogue and Olde Curiosity Shoppe collections, and I absolutely love them! I hope you do, too! (The Little Darlings collection doesn't ship until sometime later this month.) These papers are now on the spinning rack at the store.

. . . and the 12x12 double-sidedpapers:

. . . and the 12x12 double-sidedpapers:

From Magenta's blog . . .

Versatile Flower Stamp


I have always loved to color. A little over a year ago, I [was] Copic-certified. Since then, I try to practice as much as possible, and I like to experiment color combinations and increase my stamp collection. I have a thing for rubber stamps and particularly for flowers… and what do you know? Magenta has a wonderful selection!

So, here is one of my experiments with Copic and how to give one stamp several different looks. And to continue celebrating Magenta’s 20thanniversary, I took out the older Magenta papers I still had in my stash:

For this first version, I opted for pinks. It makes for a cute, feminine birthday card, and it was really simple to put together too. A little bit of black to mat my layers for contrast and there you go. I stamped my sentiment in Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and outlined it with a fine tip felt marker. I then cut out the words and matted them as well.

Matériel/Supplies : Papiers / PapersLys Pêche (ME-120), Odyssée tropicale (ME-89); étampes / stamps :Trois Fleurs (09.242.O), Bonne Fête (07.201.H); carton blanc et noir / white and black cardstock; marqueursCopic markers(R24, R32, R46,R43, YR14, R20, E39, YG11, YG13, G05, G24)

This one has more of an autumn feel to it. To tie my label to the card, I used a little leftover chipboard circle from another project, painted it white and added rust Stickles. I also inked my focal image a bit with Distress ink to mute down the white a bit.

Matériel/Supplies : Papiers / papers Art Nouveau Floral (ME-92); cartonrouille / Rust cardstock; ruban Maruyamavert / green Maruyama ribbon;poinçon étiquette EK Success Paper Shaperlabel punch;étampes / stamps : TroisFleurs (09.242.O), Merci (07.134.E); Encre Distress de Ranger (Scattered Straw)Distress Ink; marqueurs Copic markers (YR14, YR18, YR04, YR02, YR16,YR24, E39, E79, G24, G82, G99, YG13, YG17).

Card No 3 : This one is softer, appropriate for a condolence card or an encouragement for someone going through a tough spot. Again, I muted the white card by inking it.

Matériel/Supplies : Papiers / papers :Odyssée mauve bébé (ME-127), Odyssée tropicale (ME-89); étampes /Stamps : Trois Fleurs (09.242.O),«Du fond du cœur» (07.542.D); cartonblanc, noir et lilas / white, blackand lilac cardstock; ruban Maruyama vert et lilas / green and lilac Maruyama ribbon, poinçonétiquette EK Success Paper Shaper label punch;attache parisienne/brad,Encre Distress de Ranger (Bundled Sage et Chipped Sapphire) Ranger Distress Inks; marqueurs Copic markers (BV01, BV04, BV00, V06, V17,Y19, TR04, YR24, G82, G24, G99, YG23, YG17).

Finally, another happycard, but this time, using more layers. Again, I used my chipboard leftover dots, painted and stickled, in yellow. I chose to leave the white as is, to contrast with the monochrome background.

I also cut out some butterflies from one of my patterned papers, and I adhered them with foam tape for dimension. I added antennae with a felt pen and some Platinum Stickles to highlight the body."

Matériel / Supplies : Papiers/papers :Harmonie chaude (ME-147), Odyssée du jardin (ME-114) Envolée de papillons(ME-117); carton blanc et saumon / white andsalmon cardstock; Stickles jaune et platine/ yellowand platinum Stickles; marqueurs Copicmarkers(YG11, G99, G24, YG17, YT18, E79, Y00, Y19, Y15, YR02).

From Els at Elizabeth Craft Designs . . . you're going to love the Easter Egg!

"Our frequent guest designer Judi Kauffman has gotten an early start on Easter. She shared the hanging ornament she made for her neighbor and has provided complete instructions. She says more are in the works! --

1. Alter a piece of Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks, letting the colors form a textured, striped pattern. Choose any combination of inks and Shimmer Sheetz, include a little bit of Metallic Mixatives if you want more sparkle. (I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks from Ranger on Light Pink Iris Shimmer Sheetz)

2. Hand- or die-cut an egg shape, keeping the alcohol ink stripes horizontal on the egg.

3. Emboss the egg. I chose Spellbinders' M-Bossabilities folder EL007, carefully placing the egg in the folder so the pattern is vertical and symmetrical.

4. Lightly sand the embossed egg.

5. Embellish the egg with Elizabeth Craft Designs Glitter Flowers and Glitter Dots in coordinating colors.

6. Make a hanging ornament by adding a die-cut doily, coordinating layers of patterned paper,solid color cardstock, and die-cut stickers. Punch a hole at the top and add a ribbon loop. Use a double layer of foam dots for lots of dimension. (Spellbinders Paper Arts Shapeabilities S5-063 Lace Doily Motifs, Memory Box Gossamer paper, Bazzill cardstock, ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, Vintage Easter die-cut stickers from Karen Foster Design)

*It isn't necessary to alter the Shimmer Sheetz before it is embossed - skip this step if you are in a hurry.
*For allover and more random embossing patterns (flowers and such) alter the Shimmer Sheetz with random, mottled color rather than stripes and don't worry about the placement of the egg inside the folder.
*A striped pattern done with alcohol inks on the Shimmer Sheetz, especially when combined with a linear or repeat pattern embossing folder, requires forethought on the placement of the embossing and it's a good idea to practice first with an egg made of cheap paper."

From Tim Holtz's blog . . .

12 tags of 2012 - march...

"well bloggers it's time for this month's tag in the 12 tags of 2012 series!  thanks again for all of the kind words, excitement, and support of the new direction for the 12 tags.  i really hope this will inspire many of you to take time each month to create something, anything, just give yourself that.  it's been great seeing how many of you are participating in the monthly challenge to upload your project based on the posted tag, and as promised winners will be selected based on those who posted and will be listed at the end of this post.  right now, we have a tag to get to!  i've been inspired by spring, and i think this mini paper mosaic technique will be useful throughout the year on everything from cards & tags to journal covers and more - so let's get started...
supplies: craft sheet; ink blending tool; distress ink/walnut stain/vintage photo; distress stain/weathered wood; glossy accents; wonder tape; antiquities embossing powder/cement; archival ink; perfect pearls mist/heirloom gold; #8 kraft tag; heat tool; grungeboard; foliage; trimmings; paper stash/lost & found; design ruler; stamps/cms110/cms126; grid-blocks; mini butterflies die; base tray; vagabond; scissors; paper distresser; craft pick; quick-stick
step 1: place both mini butterfly dies on movers & shapers base tray and measure with design ruler.
step 2: cut a piece of grungeboard and wonder tape slightly larger than measured size of butterflies.
step 3: remove paper backing from wonder tape and adhere to grungeboard.
step 4: place tape side down and die cut butterflies using vagabond machine.
step 5: remove butterflies and set frame aside to use on another project.
step 6: cut out several snippets from paper stash (snippets are mini 2"x2" designed paper a perfect for using on smaller projects without losing the details of the paper).
step 7: cut some of each of those snippets into appropriate sized pieces for your mosaic.  since we are going to be creating a mosaic on the mini butterflies, these pieces are super tiny for this project.
step 8: remove the red liner of the wonder tape of one butterfly.
step 9: using a "quickstik" or tweezers, etc. begin placing your little paper mosaics on to the sticky butterfly.  wonder tape is very sticky so take your time and be sure to leave a space in between each mosaic you place down.
step 10: continue placing pieces by trimming down as needed to fit.
step 11: repeat previous steps for other butterfly. *make sure all paper pieces are secured flat to butterflies.
step 12: place butterflies on scrap paper and cover with cement antiquities embossing powder. (i love this powder for the color and texture for "grout")
step 13: fold paper in half and press down to push the embossing powder into the exposed wonder tape areas between the mosaics.
step 14: remove excess powder and heat emboss butterflies until embossing powder melts.  this is the significance of wonder tape and the fact that it is embossable and heat stable - most other double-stick tapes are not.  cool huh?
step 15: once embossing powder has melted allow them to cool for a minute.
step 16: begin applying glossy accents over each paper mosaic only.  do not get the glossy accents on the embossing powder as this is the "grout" for our mosaics and it needs to stay matte and textured.
step 17: repeat glossy accents on other butterfly and set aside to dry.
step 18: mount wood stamp on to grid-block.
step 19: ink stamp with walnut stain distress ink.
step 20: stamp woodgrain going horizontal across kraft tag as shown.
step 21: remove stamp to see area you've stamped.  i absolutely love this woodgrain stamp since it has such a realistic look and can be used horizontal or vertical.
step 22: apply more distress ink to stamp and stamp on the remaining exposed area of the tag.
step 23: remove stamp and you should have entire tag stamped like wood planks at this point. (love this stamp!)
step 24: ink the edges of the tag with vintage photo distress ink using an ink blending tool to create shading.
step 25:drag paper distresser along edges of tag to tatter.
step 26: ink edges with walnut stain distress ink using an ink blending tool to create a burn effect.
step 27: ink edges of both butterflies with ink blending tool to shade.
step 28: stamp text with archival ink on tag.
step 29: place foliage on bottom area of tag and pierce holes with craft pick.
step 30: attach foliage to tag using long fasteners.
step 31: shake perfect pearls mist and lightly spritz over tag with pearl and let dry.
step 32: adhere butterflies to dry tag using glossy accents, and gently bend wings for added dimension.  embellish top of tag with stained trimmings.
the details: check out the dimensional look of these mini mosaic tiled butterflies.
the details: the texture of the embossing powder compared to the glossy accents give these an authentic look and feel of mosaic tiled pieces.
 such a fun technique bloggers!  like i said, you can create this on so many various surfaces.  just remember the larger then surface, the larger the mosaic pieces.  who knew paper could change it's look and feel like this?  i love it and can't wait to see what you create this month and upload to the blog.  happy mosaic...t!m"

I wasn't able to stay at the retreat house in Poulsbo tonight, but I will be back up there tomorrow! Hoping to take pics of the fun!

Don't forget the die demonstration this Sunday by Marj and Dianne. They're going to show you tricks of trade when using their Memory Box and Cheery Lynn dies. All during the demonstration, Art 'n Soul will be taking orders for Memory Box and Cheery Lynn. Once you see what magic Dianne and Marj will make with their dies, and learn their techniques to make die cutting easier, you'll want to add to your die collection!

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