Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Steampunk Dreams with A Vintage Girl

Hello and welcome to the May Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!

This month we are partnering with Candy Rosenberg and her company A Vintage Girl.  Candy has a love of all things vintage and steampunk inspired and she designed a line of products for your crafting pleasure!  I used one of her fabulous chipboard albums to create my mixed media  "Somewhere in Time" mini album.  
Time to play...

I received  the following products to play with: 

The "Steampunk Dreams" Dress Form Album has 7 pages including (3) laser cut and etched pages,  (2) chipboard and (2) corrugated pages.

The Steampunk Gear Set contains a cluster of laser cut chipboard gears plus additional gears that can be used for layering. (This set coordinates perfectly with the Steampunk Gears Chipboard Album.)

The Alphanumeric Alpha Set contains 3 full alphabets and lots of numbers!

I had a ton of fun playing with inks, embossing powders and papers but before I show you my finished album I have a few quick tips to share for working with this chipboard album.

There is a page with a laser cut dress form on the right edge.  I wanted to add paper to that page so I slipped a piece of paper under the dress form and traced the right edge.  I cut along the line and flipped it over.  Voila!  I have a pattern to use for my designer paper. (The area at the bottom was a bit fussy to cut so I ended up just tearing the paper on the actual page and inking - looks great!)

For the actual dress form I used Bay, Nutmeg and Copper Blends 2 inks to add color to the chipboard before covering it with clear embossing powder.

The album comes with 2 corrugated pages.  I applied Whipped Spackle through a stencil on one of the pages.  After it dried I added a light tint (Bay) and created tag pockets with SuperTape and chipboard scraps before adhering it to the 2nd corrugated page and embellishing.
Most of the embossing powders I used on the gears had a very smooth finish, however, I created a lot more texture for the gear on this page by first applying a layer of Ranger Distress embossing powder.  I added copper embossing powder on top and...wow!  Instant grunge!

Okay!  Enough tips!  Time for the finished album!

I actually added a page here! (I 'll share the details on that another time.)

I am keeping things pretty simple until I decide what pictures I am going to add.

Check out the other stops along the blog hop for more inspiration and ideas!  

 You can find the master list at

Materials for A Vintage Girl Steampunk Dreams Album:

A Vintage Girl - "Steampunk Dreams" Dress Form Album
A Vintage Girl - Steampunk Gear Set
A Vintage Girl - Alphanumeric Alpha Set
Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends 2 - Bay, Nutmeg, Copper
Clearsnap Clear Embossing Ink
Stamperia - Voyages Fantastiques
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder - Java
Embossing Powders - Copper, Platinum, Gold, Black, Clear
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder - Old Paper
Faber Castell Whipped Spackle
Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush
Therm O Web Supertape
Therm O Web Eileen Hull Adhesive Sheets
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Rinea Foil Metallics Foiled Paper Variety Pack
Darice Embossing Folder
Rebecca Baer  - Steampunk Clockface Stencil
Stampendous Stencil
Dymo Label Maker
Charm, Twine, Tags

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Blank Page Muse Team Application


I  recently developed an affection for Mexican Folk Art so when I came across this RubberMoon Art Stamp at the local scrap store I snatched it right up!  It is called Tenango Light and is representative of embroidery from a particular region of Mexico.  When stamped it has clean crisp lines.  
But...what if it didn't? 

What if it had a softer look, like these batik fabric prints? 

Time to play...

Magic Stamp® Moldable Foam Stamps has been around for a lot of years but I have never had a chance to play with it before now.  It is really easy to use.  Basically you just heat the surface of the foam block with a heat gun for :30 seconds... 

...and then press the heated foam quickly against any cool, textured surface for 15 -20 seconds. I used my new rubber stamp and wow I love the result!

You need a water based medium for this process so I grabbed a couple bottles of my ColorBox® Blends 2 inks.  I dispensed a few drops onto my craft mat and then dabbed it on the surface of the molded stamp with a sheet of release paper.
(I use a lot of adhesive sheets so I have a very large inventory of release paper and I love using it when I work with inks.)

I added a light misting of water and then made sure the ink covered the surface of the Magic Stamp®. 

I chose to stamp onto watercolor paper and applied firm pressure.

Voila! The image is a very abstract, softer version of the original image.  It reminds me of a batik print, don't you agree?

The image can be affected by using varying degrees of pressure to produce a finer or coarser image.  For this next print I added more water and tapped the stamp very quickly on the paper.

Here is a comparison of the 2 images.

I actually played around quite a bit using different inks and layering the images.  I chose 4 of my prints and decided to turn them into cards by adding simple sentiments.  I use a stamping platform so I placed the sentiment stamp where I wanted it...

...picked it up with the cover, applied black ink...

...and stamped the sentiment.

You can see in the images below that the inking was a little light.  No worries!  That is the beauty of the stamping platform!  I simply re-inked the sentiment and stamped until I had the solid coverage I was looking for.

I roughed up the edges with a distressing tool...

...and mounted the panel on a card base.

Here are a few more cards I made:

Just a note about the Magic Stamp®.  You should only used water based paints or inks so they can be cleaned with plain water and mild detergent.  The molded image will remain intact until the foam is reheated so basically it is completely reusable! 

So - time to break out ALL the rubber stamps and play!

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie

Materials for Batik Technique for Rubber Stamps:

Clearsnap Magic Stamp® Moldable Foam Stamp
Clearsnap ColorBox® Blends 2 - Wildberry, Melon
RubberMoon Art Stamp Tenango Light 
That's Crafty Stamps Lynne's Affirmations - Set 1 & 2b
Close to My Heart Acrylic Stamps - Treasures of the Heart
Watercolor Paper
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
Heat Gun

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Memory Lights Fairy Box

It is so easy to add a light up element to your craft projects! 

Take a peek at this shaker box lid from a recent Treasure Box I created for Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team.  I could not resist making that wand glow!  Want to see how I did it?  Time to play...

I have been playing around with a wonderful light product from Memories and More.  It is called Memory Lights and it is very easy to use.  It is an LED light and a battery all in one.  All you have to do is push the activator and it will light up!  There are ways to add multiple lights connected to the same battery.

So last week I shared a set of minis using Eileen's *new* Notebook die...

The sweet little details from die cutting and embossing with Rinea Foil are awesome!
You can check the mini books out HERE 

 ...but I did not share the Treasure Box I created to hold them.  I am sharing that today!

First, a quick tutorial...   
In the picture below you can see I have already added the Therm O Web Supertape to the tabs. I have tape on both sides of the tabs. To assemble the lid, you overlap and adhere the tabs on one of the short edges then fold along the score lines and adhere the second short edge to create the rectangular shape.

I then remove the red liner and adhere the die cut top of the box to the inside of the lid. 
(Note: For this project do NOT adhere this piece until AFTER you have threaded the wires out of the lid - more details below.)
I cut an EXTRA piece of mat board (3.25" x 5.25") to place on top of the outside of the lid.  This creates a space in the lid that can be used as a shaker box.

And now back to today's project!  Note that before I even die cut the matboard for the lid, I covered it on the outside with paper from Stamperia.  

It seems that I got carried away creating and I did not take a few pictures for you.  (Oops!) 

Basically you need to know that I used the Oval Movers & Shaper die from Eileen's Trinket Box to cut an opening in the piece that fits on top of the box.  I also stamped a little fairy onto to clear acetate and colored him in before adhering that piece behind the oval opening.  I figured out where the wand was going to be and punched a small hole in the lid.  

I positioned the Memory Light so that it shone through the hole I punched and taped it in place and fed the wires and the activator button up and out to the front of the box. 
(At this point you can adhere the die cut top to the inside of the lid.) 
Add any sequins you want in the lid at this point and then adhere the top. 

I folded the activator button over and adhere it to the lower left front of the lid.  
Yes!  It works! 

I covered up the button with some textiles and a really cute piece of flair from A Flair For Buttons!

To finish things off I colored the inside of the box with Eileen's Blends (Hydrangea) and inked the edges of the box with Nutmeg.  Finally I attached the lid to the base of the box with a hinge. 

It makes such a nice set, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for Memory Lights Fairy Box:

Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards XL die, Treasure Box
Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards XL die, Trinket Box
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Movers & Shapers Shuttle 
Memories and More Memory Light
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends - Hydrangea, Nutmeg
Therm O Web Supertape™, 1/4"
Therm O Web Easy-Cut Adhesive™ sheets 
A Flair for Buttons Vintage Kid Flair 2
Rubber Moon - Sandee Setliff:  Fairy Hopeful
Rinea Foil
Stamperia Blue Stars Collection Pack
7 Gypsies Hinge

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