Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Quick Quotes Visit with Santa

Today I am sharing a Christmas themed layout featuring papers from several Quick Quotes collections!  I mixed together some reds and teals to scrap this photo of my daughter and her visit with Santa!

The background is from the Alton Collection.  The red layer is from Cracklin' Rose.  The blue and white layer with the decorative edge is actually from the June Club Q Page Layouts which featured papers from Baggage Claim. The strip is from Sheer Joy.  The wooden Christmas tree is from my stash!

The word strip across the bottom is also from the same sheet of Sheer Joy.  I added the Fancy Chipboard Word  - Santa - and a piece of a Frilly Flourish Swirl from Want2Scrap.The snowflake button is from my stash.

This sentiment card is from the Quick Quotes Holiday Bundle.

In the upper right I added the rest of the Frilly Flourish Swirl, a flower and more wood veneers.  There is also a lace doily die cut from my Die~Namites Spring Doily Die peeking out from behind the photo!

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

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Create a Canvas for Christmas with Paper House

This month the folks over at Paper House challenged the Design Team to create projects focusing on the papers from one paper pad. I had been wandering through Target recently looking for inspiration...I do that sometimes...when I found myself admiring some canvases with pretty pictures, nice quotes and big price tags. Paper House has so many different papers with beautiful images that I realized I could  easily and inexpensively create something very similar!

All of the papers I used came from the Scenic America 8"x8" paper pad.

I decided to play around with a couple of different techniques.  For example, before I adhered the paper to the first canvas I spritzed it with water, scrunched it up and inked and distressed it - I love the rustic feel!  I adhered it with Mod Podge and went looking through my stamp stash!

We all have a collection of stamps that we chose because we loved the quotes, right?  Here is the perfect opportunity to use them!  These sentiments are all from Kaisercraft.  I stamped them onto tissue paper with Archival Ink...

...then I tore out the quote and played with positioning on the canvas.  It is easier to hide the edges of the tissue if they are torn and if the background is light in color so I placed this one so that it aligned with the fog and the reflection of the sky on the water.  Another coat of Mod Podge and I was done with this one!

For the second sample, I chose not to distress the page before I adhered it to the canvas.  I did use an emory board and ink along the edges.

Since this quote stamp had a frame I didn't even try to hide the edge.  I cut it out of the tissue paper with scissors and then Mod Podged it to a lightly colored portion of the page:

I created the third sample in a similar fashion but I wanted to show you how different it looks if the tissue paper quote goes against a background that has a pronounced pattern:

It is still very legible, but has a very different feel to it:

I also decided to add these cute little foxes from the Paper House Backyard Friends Cardstock Sticker set.  They have a layer of Mod Podge on top of them, too.

For this final sample, I will admit that you can actually stamp directly onto the paper before you adhere it to the canvas:

Here is a close up to show the torn edges and the dimensional alpha I used to highlight an important word from the stamped quote:

I think these would make fun Christmas gifts, don't you?  Really fast and easy if you already have stamped sentiments you want to use.  One of the great things about working with this paper pad is that there are 3 of each page design, so you can also create multiples if you would like.  I chose to create with  8" paper and canvases, but remember that Paper House also has great designs in 12" and 6" papers, too.

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

Paper House Products:

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  • Plaid Mod Podge
  • Kaisercraft Stamps
  • Stampabilities Stamps
  • 8"x8" canvases
  • Thickers

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mixed Media "Success" with Quick Quotes!

Today I am sharing a Mixed Media Tag featuring some of the newly released papers from Quick Quotes.  I have always love playing with paper dolls, so I find the Julie Nutting Mixed Media Dolls pretty irresistable!
I started by stamping the doll image onto various papers from the *new* Alton Collection.  I wasn't sure what I wanted until I saw it!  I trimmed out the dress and jacket combo I liked and adhered them to a base figure that I had stamped onto a piece of Dusty Road 400.

I used Java PowderPuff Chalking Ink to color her hair.  I pressed the ink pad onto a craft mat and spritzed it with water, then used a paintbrush to add the color.

I found the sentiment about success on one of the Sentiment Quote Cards.  I cut "Success" into individual letters and the rest of the quote into strips.

I inked the edges with more of the Java PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

I framed this portion of the sentiment with silver rhinestone Nestabling from Want2Scrap and added a flower at the bottom.

The background of the tag was made with a gray paper from the *new* Antique Garden and a yellow piece from the Dream Big Collection.

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

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Funky Christmas Mouse and Die~Namites Dies

Today I am sharing another funky Christmas card using Die~Namites Dies and a Viva Las Vegas stamp:

This is the die I used to create the card:

I was inspired to play along with December's Sketch and Dare Challenge:    

The dare this month is to use something metallic so I reached for my roll of metallic duct tape and adhered about a 4.5" strip onto some white cardstock. I used the Ornaments Branch die to cut the silvered cardstock:

I also cut some sparkly red vinyl...

...and layered them together to create this little gem!

I set my tiny ornament aside and started on the base of the card.  
I stamped the Whimsical Rat directly onto kraft cardstock and created a mask.
I also stamped a sentiment across the bottom of the cardstock.  The original stamp says:
T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.  
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
They's been worn all week and needed the air.
I did not want to use the last 2 lines for this card, so after I inked the stamp 
I used a couple of pieces of washi tape to cover up the unwanted text.

Next I put the mask on top of the rat and stenciled a design in green onto the card.  
I rotated the stencil a little and used a second shade of green ink:

When I removed the mask, the original stamped image was completely clean - as planned!

I colored his little vest red and added the metallic ornament to his little paws:

I layered the kraft cardstock onto corrugated paper,
 added washi tape and Sleek Strip Rhinestones from Want2Scrap:

Here's another look at the finished card:

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

Die~Namites Dies Ornaments Branch DN-1200
Viva Las Vegas Plate 1448/ Whimsical Rat 2 x 2
Viva Las Vegas T'was The Night Before Christmas 1" x 3-3/4"
Want2Scrap Sleek Strip Rhinestones, Black
The Crafters Workshop Stencil: Mini Mayan Calendar TCW321
Recollections Washi Tape
Metallic Duct Tape
Brookie Craft Cherry Red Adhesive Backed Vinyl
Ranger Distress Inks:  Mowed Grass, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick
Ranger Archival Ink, black
Cardstock, corrugated cardstock

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Year's Eve Top Hat with Paper House and Mod Podge

New Year’s Eve is less than a month away.  I don't know about you, but this time of year always makes me think of New York City and Times Square!  I have friends who host an annual party so I created my own party hat using products from Paper House Productions and Plaid:

I started with a paper mache top hat that I picked up from Michael's.  I painted it with Licorice Folk Art Multi-Surface Paint and let it dry.  FolkArt Multi-Surface works on almost any surface you can imagine: wood, glass, terra cotta, fabric, plastic, canvas, and more.  Once properly cured, glass and ceramic projects are top-shelf dishwasher-safe, and fabric projects are safe for the gentle cycle. FolkArt Multi-Surface paint can even be used for outdoor projects!

I wanted the hat to be all black, but I wanted to add a little shimmer/shine, so I pulled out a stencil and applied Mod Podge Extreme Glitter.  I used a pouncing motion with a foam brush.  It did not leave a crisp design or a heavy coating of glitter, but that's okay because I was just looking for something subtle.

Next I used a little Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on cardstock stickers from Paper House...

...and on a stamped clock image.  I stamped and heat embossed the clock face on white cardstock and applied a Paper House glitter rub-on.  Next I covered the whole thing with the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.  I did find that the cardstock warped a bit and I think the next time I try this I will firmly adhere it to some cardboard or chipboard first.

Once the Dimensional Magic was completely dried, I created several cracks  in the surface just by snapping it between my fingers.  I like the look!

You can see in the close-up shot that  I also treated the small Times Square sign cardstock sticker.  I did not add cracks to the sign or the apple.  Here's another look at the finished hat!

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

Paper House Productions Supplies for New York City Top Hat:

Plaid Supplies:
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Mod Podge Extreme Glitter
  • Folk Art Multi-Surface Paint, Licorice
  • Stencil
  • Stamp
  • Embossing Powder

Friday, December 5, 2014

Scrapping My Wild Child with Want2Scrap and Fancy Pants!

I was out of town this past January when my husband and daughter visited the local ski shop.  Fortunately for me, my husband is well trained, so when my daughter started trying on the wide selection of very different head gear, he snapped plenty of pictures for me!  I pulled them out recently and realized I had to use the Be Different Collection from Fancy Pants Designs as the starting point for this layout:

I am playing along with the November Challenge over at Fancy Pants, so I started with this sketch as inspiration:

Here are a few details:

Library Cards are fabulous for hidden journaling!  I personalized the card with alpha stickers from the Stickers Fundamentals sheet - I love that 4 or 5 different alphas come with each collection pack!  I often mix my alpha colors/fonts, but I kept it clean and simple here:
The front of the pocket got a big boost with Nestabling from Want2Scrap!  I added a circular Label Sticker to the front then accented it with some bright and bold bling!  I also added some Baby Bling to the "Fun" ticket embellishment in the upper right of the layout.

You can (almost) never have too much bling, so of course I highlighted the title with some Silver Rhinestone Baby Bling.

The "Wild Child" title came from the Ephemera Pack, which also included the super cute "onomatopoeia" tags I used on the layout!  Yes, I got a little lesson from my high schooler today who is learning Japanese.  Apparently she was learning to sing songs with Japanese onomatopoeia and felt the need to share with me...and so I share with you:

  1. the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo,sizzle ).
    • the use of onomatopoeia for rhetorical effect.

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

Want2Scrap Supplies for Fancy Pants Be Different Layout:

Other Supplies:  Fancy Pants Be Different Collection, Fancy Pants Everyday Circus Library Cards, Fancy Pants Collecting Moments Decorative Bags, Fancy Pants True Friend Ticket Roll, Fancy Pants Memories Captured Cards.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas ATC "Dear Santa"

Today I am sharing an ATC I created last year for Susan K. Weckesser.  The sweet little girl image can be found in Susan's Grandma's Needlepoint stamp set from Unity.  She is the perfect size for an ATC (Artist Trading Card) and I think she looks like she has something she wants to say!

Here are the "how-to" details:
I die cut and embossed an ATC using the new Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection from core'dination and a Spellbinders die.  I used an emery board to rough up the edges and reveal the kraft core.

I stamped the little girl on white cardstock with black Archival Ink then cut and embossed it before adding color to the image. "dear Santa" was also stamped in Archival Ink.
The Christmas Tree die cut and the phrase stickers are from Fancy Pants Designs and I "popped" them up with some foam dots to add a little dimension.  The final step was to add a few self-adhesive red rhinestones from Want2Scrap on top of the holly berries.

Here's another look at the finished ATC - I sure hope Santa is listening!!


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

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