Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sketchabilities #93 - Summertime Memories with Want2Scrap

Hello Scrappers! 
Sketchabilities this week is being sponsored by Want2Scrap© and the Design Team was given a chance to play along with one of Karan Garber's fabulous sketches. 

Here is my layout...

...and this is the sketch it was based on!

I used several of my favorite products from Want2Scrap©, starting with Fancy Chipboard Words for the title.  Want2Scrap© has a wide selection of words and phrases to choose from - or you can create your own!
I kept it simple and just applied layer of clear embossing powder.  
Once heated, it creates a nice shiny finish that makes the title pop off the page.

I was very excited when Want2Scrap© recently started to carry charms - I love me some charms!  
Palm Trees - the perfect embellishment for a tag on this beach themed layout, right?

I had fun playing with the Ocean Finds Chipboard Embellishments designed by Joe Rotello.  
The seahorse was inked and heat embossed.  The tiny seashell was coated with gesso, inked & heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I played with some alcohol inks and heat embossed again.
A little more alcohol ink and I was happy with the result!
 Of course, no Want2Scrap layout is complete without a little bling!
This is my favorite flourish, Swirls Finesse, and it comes in a variety of colors in rhinestones and pearls.

Be sure to check out more projects from the Want2Scrap© Design Team:

Now the good news!  
Want2Scrap© is sponsoring this sketch and there are two ways to win.
The 1st way is to participate!
Anyone who creates a project and links up at Sketchabilities by the deadline will also have a chance to win because Want2Scrap© is donating **bling** to the (8) featured designers for Sketch #93.

The second way to win is a random drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate to the Want2Scrap© online store!  
Great prize, right?  All you need to do is to enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.
Good luck!  It is time to get creative!

I hope you will find some time to play today - maybe with this fabulous sketch?  Susie

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, June 7, 2013

Reach for the Stars and Win with Moxxie!!

Welcome to the June Moxxie Muse-A-Palooza Blog Hop! 
This month one lucky follower will WIN the entire Reach for the Stars collection! 

You'll be over the moon and out of this world for this adorable collection designed for your little space cadets. Whether playing with a favorite toy, turning a shipping box into a spaceship, or watching a classic movie, pics of your little rocketman (or rocketwoman!) will go perfectly with this collection! It just doesn't get any cuter than this!

For a chance to win, hop through all ten participating blogs, check out all the spectacular creations of each Moxxie Muse, and leave a comment for each one of them. Comments close at midnight CST on Tuesday, June 11th. The winner will be announced Wednesday on the Moxxie Blog. International fans are welcome to play along if they agree to pay shipping in the event they win.

My offering today is a simple layout of my son at a scouting event.  They assembled rockets from kits then had a launch party!

I started with the orange side of the Starships paper facing up, then used pieces from both sides of the Rocketman paper on top.  I added a couple of coordinating stickers and a die cut from the collection and voila!  Just enough whimsy to make it fun but not too childish for a young teenage boy!

Now - let's blast off! Remember to leave your comments along the way for your chance to win the Reach for the Stars collection!

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Track Star - A Mixed Media Layout

Some people are intimidated by the idea of delving into mixed media.  This layout is a pretty simple introduction into some basic materials and techniques: gesso, modeling paste, stencils and PanPastels®.
The background is a sheet of Finish Line paper from Moxxie.  I adhered a couple of pictures of my nephew (handsome and fast!) and added stickers where I wanted the title to be.  Next, I  pulled out the gesso.  Using a foam brush, I dry brushed a thin layer onto the paper, covering the stickers and the edge of the photos. (If you don't have gesso, you can do this with white acrylic paint.)
Then I pulled off the stickers revealing the black paper beneath.  To make my title more dimensional I replaced the letter "A" with a chipboard star from Want2Scrap. I inked it then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
While I was adding dimension, I decided to use modeling paste along the left side of the layout. I used a palette knife to apply the paste over the Arrows Stencil from Want2Scrap - be sure to wash the stencil before the paste dries on it - and added color to a few of them with PanPastels®.

I also used the Arrows Stencil to apply PanPastel over the gesso.  It provided a nice background for my journaling.

 Last step was to add one of Moxxie's die cut strips featuring a great quote from Oprah Winfrey:

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, 
because you get out of it what you put into it."

I hope you find some time to play today - and maybe it will involve some mixed media!  Susie

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Packing Tape to ATC!

Last week I missed watching the Spellbinders Try It Tuesday show.  Terre Fry and Ken Oliver were sharing different methods to do an image transfer. I watched the show later and decided to give one technique a try:  image transfer with packing tape. Of course, I had to add a little twist!  I have oodles of packing tape that I bought on sale from the dollar bins at Michaels, but my tape is pretty!
I had laser printed photocopies of some vintage photos I had been playing with recently, so I decided this tape best matched my mood:

The technique is very simple.  Start with a laser printed photocopy of a picture and cover the front of it with packing tape.  You can see that I actually overlapped the tape to get more of the pretty rose image on my photo.
Next, turn it over and spritz water onto the back, saturating the paper.
Gently start rubbing the paper off with the pads of your fingers.  Don't scratch it off or you could damage the image.
When you have completely removed the paper, flip it over and prepare to be amazed!

So now that I had a perfectly good, transparent image transfer how was I going to use it?  I had never made an ATC before so I decided as long as I was trying new things this would be the perfect opportunity.  I started with a Donna Salazar Canvas ATC from Want2Scrap and added fabric tape, a memo pin, stickers, a postage stamp, metal letters, a die cut label and an index print - Voila! I love how it turned out!
 NOTE: When my dad was in subs in WWII, my mom would send him letters signed, "All my love".   She also sent him cheesecake pictures, including the one you see there - mom still has great legs!!!

Thanks to Terre and Ken for giving me the push to try this technique!
I will definitely be tuning in to watch Spellbinders Try It Tuesday at 9am PT/12pm ET to see what they have planned for today!

I hope you find some time to play today - maybe try an image transfer!  Susie

Want2Scrap ATC in Canvas by Donna Salazar
Spellbinders Shapeabilities S5-149  Snapshot
Prima fabric tape
The Paper Studio Spare Parts Alpha Tiles
Tim Holtz Ideology Memo Pin
K&Company Adhesive Chipboard
Michaels Packing Tape
Postage stamp, ink