Sunday, March 1, 2015

Life is Good - Dive In! Tag

I am a scuba diver so I was very drawn to the Seahorse Family die set from Cheery Lynn Designs that is the centerpiece of this mixed media tag!  It was created with a mix of dies, stencils, inks and embossing powders.

The first step was to use the Ship's Compass die cut as a mask as I colored the tag with Distress Inks.

Next I used a fish stencil from Red Lead.  I used VersaMark through the stencil and then heat embossed with Spiced Marmalade Embossing Powder.  I inked through the stencil a second time and then heat embossed with Polysparkle embossing powder - perfect color and shimmer!


I ended up using a black ink pen to sketch in the details of the Ship's Compass to balance the layout of the tag.  The title was stamped - the sub title was stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  
  

The Seahorse Family was fun to work with.  I cut it first in cardboard to provide a stable base.  Then I cut it in cardstock, which I colored with Distress Inks, before I layered them together.  I heat embossed a couple of layers of clear embossing powder to give both of the seahorses dimension. 

I used the Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish die to create a kelp bed out of green cardstock.  I cut the anchor out of metallic duct tape using an Anchor die from Couture Creations. 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spring Egg Scene with Die-Namite Dies!

Today I am sharing a layout I created for Die-Namites Dies featuring their fabulous Spring Egg Scene die.  I was able to get a lot of looks out of just one die using some pretty simple techniques.  You can see that it is actually a Project Life style page and I had a lot of fun creating cards for those pockets! 
   
 These are the dies I used on this project:

I started by using the Spring Egg Scene die to emboss a Project Life sized card.
Next I cut the Spring Egg Scene die out of black cardstock.  
I like to use lots of tiny dots of glue on the back to hold all the intricate little bits in place.
I really like the inlaid look you get with this technique!
But wait!  There's More! *grin*
Turn the card over and you see this on the reverse side:

I used green ink to highlight the detail.

I used the same die to cut a frame out of black cardstock and layered them together.
I added a few pieces of  Want2Scrap 72 Count Rhinestone Light Green bling and Voila!
Here is a view of both sides of the card!
I put the card in a pocket on the outside edge and flipped it so that the 
Easter Bunny is "looking" at that adorable picture of my niece!
(Or maybe she is looking at him!)
I created another card in purple, and this time I used the side with the black silhouette.
Again, it is positioned on the outside edge and "looks" in towards the pictures.
 I used the Spring Egg Scene die to cut 2 more frames from black cardstock.  
I backed one with pink cardstock to create a journaling block and plan on journaling later!
I pieced the Spring Grass die with different colored cardstock"eggs".
I love all the different looks I was able to get out of one die!
The black cardstock was such a great foil for all of those bright Easter colors!

Here's a look at the other Project Life cards I made for this page:

Easter falls on April 5th this year - use Die-Namite Dies to create your own Spring Scene!
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Customizing Paradise with Die Cuts!

I had a play date with my friend Dana Tatar and took advantage of her collection of Couture Creations dies to create this home dec item.  I love playing with dies and I love using photo trays to put my memories up on the wall to enjoy everyday!

In the first opening, I embossed the background cardstock and then sanded it to reveal the detail.  The doily and tickets are die cuts.  I have a fascination with tickets and had fun customizing these with stamps.
   
Here's a closer look at the rest of the details - and you can enlarge any image just by clicking on it!







I love using dies to create custom embellishments for my projects!

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

Supplies for Paradise Photo Tray:


Couture Creations Supplies:
  • Secret Treasures Collection:  Feather CO723516, Ship's Wheel CO723520, Anchor CO723521, Tickets CO723532
  • Madeline Collection Ornamental Lace Doily CO723242
  • Glamour Days Collection: Flamingo CO723709
  • Sophia Collection: Pucci CO723503, Connexion CO723506
  • Elegance Collection: Embossing Folder CO723284

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I am sharing a Valentine I created using rhinestone and pearl *BLING* from Want2Scrap!
Valentine
These are the Want2Scrap products I used to create the card:
Valentine
I started by placing one of the small hearts from the Nestabling Scalloped Hearts Pink Pearls onto a 4"x5.25" piece of white cardstock. I tilted it at an angle and cheated it off to the left side.
Valentine
Next I reached for rhinestone and pearl *BLING* in the 72 count packs.  I love that they come in 3 different sizes: 8mm, 6mm and 3mm.  I used the 2 smaller sizes and it was really helpful that they are self adhesive!
Valentine
Using the heart as a guide I gradually added layers of rhinestones and pearls, varying the size and mixing in some Hot Pink with the Red.  The tool I use to lift and place the *BLING* is my craft knife.  It was really fast and the result is stunning!
Valentine
I added a quick and easy sentiment with this Cork'd sticker from Paper House:
Valentine
Here's another look at the card.
Valentine
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie
Want2Scrap DT Badge

Supplies for Rhinestone Valentine:

Friday, February 13, 2015

I Love My Tapes Design Team!

I have some happy news to share!
I have been invited to join the Love my Tapes Design Team!

I am joining 11 other talented ladies on the Design Team.  Here is the complete list:


SMM & DT Coordinator 

We will be introducing ourselves on the Love My Tapes Blog over the next couple of weeks AND we will be having our 1st Washi Tape Challenge starting in March!  Hope to see you over there!

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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Winter Canvas Trio - Part 3

Welcome back!
On Sunday and Monday of this week I shared the "how to" details on the first 2 canvases in this set.   .

Today we are finishing things up with canvas #3!

 Using Mod Podge, I adhered a piece of paper from Moxxie's Winterland collection to a 6"x6" canvas.

I used the largest die in Spellbinders' Floral Ovals set to cut and emboss white cardstock.  I then laid one of Spellbinders' Classic Ovals on top of the die cut and used my craft knife to cut along the inside oval edge and remove the center, creating a frame.

I used a stencil to add a sentiment directly onto the canvas.

I positioned the frame so it extended out over the edge and layered on a trimmed out photo of my daughter.

I used another stencil to add some color in the bottom left corner of the canvas.

I decided I wanted to add the same dark blue ink color to the frame I created so I taped the Classic Oval die back in place and inked the decorative outside edge. By using the oval die as a stencil, I protected the inner edge of the frame and left it a nice, bright white!

I cut, embossed and stenciled a snowflake from silver glitter paper using a die from Spellbinders Create A Flake Four.

In the picture below, you can see the crisp white inner edge of the frame.  Before I adhered the snowflake I used a piece of washi tape to add a little visual texture.  I topped the snowflake with a self adhesive Baby Blue Rhinestone fromWant2Scrap.

Here's another look at the finished canvas.
This is one of my favorite projects ever and it really was not complicated.  I hope you give canvases a try!  Thanks for stopping by and make sure you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Winter Canvas Trio - Part 2

Yesteday I shared the details on the first canvas in this trio I created featuring my daughter, the Winterland Collection from Moxxie, and lots of Spellbinder die cuts!

Today we are moving on to the 2nd canvas in the set.

I used Mod Podge to adhere a piece of paper from Winterland onto a 6" square canvas.  I trimmed my daughter out of a photo and added her to the right side of the canvas.

I used a stencil and 2 different colors of ink to create a diamond pattern.  After I applied the rub ons, I added another coat of Mod Podge.
 


Next I reached for Spellbinders Mix'd Media Playtime die set.  I cut and embossed the letters in different colors.  I also used the dies as stencils to apply ink to the letters.

I popped them up with dimensional adhesive.

The snowflake was created by cutting, embossing and inking white cardstock and then heat embossing with Holographic Embossing powder.
I also cut each piece of the snowflake out of cardboard.  I glued the pieces together before assembling the layers and attaching it to the canvas with an Action Wobble!  Talk about fun - I love the way it moves!
Be sure to come by tomorrow for the details on Canvas #3!

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

Supplies:
  • Moxxie Winterland Paper
  • Spellbinders Create A Flake die set
  • Spellbinders Mix'd Media Playtime die set
  • Mod Podge - Matte
  • 6" Canvas
  • Holographic Embossing Powder
  • Action Wobble
  • Stencil
  • Rub ons
  • Ink