Thursday, June 19, 2014

An Adventure into Mixed Media with Paper House

 I love creating mixed media canvases!  They are fun and easier than you might think – especially when you start with one of the beautiful scenic papers from Paper House Productions!

I started this "Adventure" themed canvas with a sheet from the Country Girl paper pad.    Using a foam brush,  I applied Decou-Page to 6” x 6” canvas and the back of the paper. I added another coat on top of the paper to seal it then distressed the edges with a sanding block and ink.

The half tone doodles on the top look like rub ons and have already started the layered effect!  I added the  "Nature Trail" sticker from the BSA-Camping Adventure cardstock stickers.  
One of my favorite parts of mixed media is including lots of texture and dimension!  Check out that thick Canvas Art sticker! 

I used Viva Modeling Creme and the Mini US Map stencil from The  Crafters Workshop to add these little dimensional touches.  They are a little shimmer-y in real life.  Love them!

I used my Xyron Sticker Maker to adhere the delicate items:  the wood veneer from Studio Calico and the arrows I cut with the Shoot! die from Spellbinders.

I used Ice Resin, a Martha Stewart mold, and Alcohol Ink... create this little gem! 

AndI needed to add just one more of the Canvas Art stickers in the upper right! And done!

Here's another look at the finished canvas:

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

Paper House Products:

Other Products:
  • Spellbinders® Shapeabilities®  Shoot!
  • Xyron Sticker Maker 
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer
  • Viva Modelling Creme
  • Decou-Pauge
  • Ice Resin
  • Martha Stewart Garden Collection Silicone Mold
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink - Sail Boat Blue
  • Queen and Company Magic Camera Washi tape
  • TCW Mini US Map
  • MME Cut & Paste Tiny Word Stickers
  • Cardstock

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vacation with June Club Q from Quick Quotes!

I am sharing a vacation themed layout I created using the June Club Q kits from Quick Quotes.  They are fabulous and feature my absolute favorite line - Baggage Claim!

Here's a peek at the kits:

And here is my layout:  

I took my kits apart, mixed everything together, added a few bits from my stash and started playing!

You can see that I made good use of all the pre-cut banners, flipping half of them to show both sides.  I created some extra banners with the wonderful ribbons in the kits!  I popped up a sentiment from the Baggage Claim Die Cut Stickers.
Burlap Flower/Petaloo;  Finesse Swirl/Want2Scrap
One of the next things I touched was a white plastic slide frame - but it didn't stay white for long!  I applied a nice coat of Java PowderPuff Chalking Ink. I was concerned that the ink might rub off of the slick surface so I decided to cover it with a layer of clear embossing powder.
Burlap Flower/Petaloo; Finesse Swirls/Want2Scrap
As you might expect, the heat started to melt the plastic slide as it also melted the embossing powder.  I watched carefully and stopped the process when I was happy with the result!  I backed it with some paper and added a wood veneer airplane from my stash.  Here is a close up - I love the texture!
Wood Veneer/Studio Calico
The kits also contain the Baggage Claim Chipboard Die Cuts.  The chipboard  tickets, applied together in a strong horizontal line, make a nice topper for the banner and a nice base for the title. I used a chipboard word for my title and decided to leave it plain because the color works so well with the papers.
Fancy Chipboard Word/Want2Scrap
I created a small banner for the upper left hand corner and topped it with another piece of Baggage Claim Chipboard.  I die cut the view finder from paper in the kits and tucked it behind the photos along with a tag for journaling.
View Finder Die/Echo Park
I loved playing with these kits and I still have tons of paper, pre-cut elements, ribbon, and die cut chipboard & stickers left for other projects!  Baggage Claim is perfect for scrapping all of your travel destinations

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

Quick Quotes Products Used:

Want2Scrap Products:

Other Products:  Petaloo Burlap Flower, Echo Park Die, Studio Calico Wood Veneer, clear embossing powder, tag, October Afternoon Daily Flash washi tape

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Family Adventure with Quick Quotes and Petaloo

My husband is a great "Daddy" for our three children!  Learning to ride a bike is an important milestone in any child's life so of course he was right there to help our baby girl develop this skill.  It took a lot of patience.  He actually worked with her on multiple occasions over the course of about a year before she developed the confidence to ride on her own.  The small pictures on the right are from the 1st attempt on the school playground.  The large photo on the left is the day she finally road up and down the road all by herself.  Talk about a proud Daddy moment!
The beautiful plaid background paper is from the Quick Quotes Serendipity Collection and I inked all around the edge with Tahiti PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I placed a doily slightly off center and layered on a fancy die cut showing the reverse side of the plaid paper!  Both sides were so beautiful!

Creating this beautiful floral spray on the left of the layout was so easy with Petaloo products!
I combined 2 different colors from the Burlap Blossoms line:  Teal and Pistachio.  The leaves and the pearlized berries are from the Botanica Collection. A pearl flourish, from Want2Scrap, and wood accent finish the embellishment cluster.

Petaloo also has a nice collection of Fancy Trims and I layered 2 of them - some teal ric rac and a piece of beige lace - on top of a torn strip from the Quick Quotes Baggage Claim Collection.  Those cute bikes were perfect for this layout!  I added a second torn strip and then inked the edges with Rusty Nail PowderPuff Chalking Ink.
"Daddy's Little Girl" came from
a Quick Quotes Vellum I had in my stash!
The polaroid frame from the Baggage Claim Chipboard Die Cuts was the inspiration for all of the polaroids on the layout.  The quote on the piece talks about adventure. My daughter thought I meant learning to ride the bike. I had to explain that I was actually referencing being a parent, having a family - an adventure I hope she one day enjoys herself!  The Fancy Chipboard Word, Family, is from Want2Scrap!

Here's a closer look at the bit of washi and wood veneer bicycle at the top.
You can see that the die cut was embossed and distressed before I inked it with Rusty Nail PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I also inked the doily a bit to add a little "character".

Be sure to stop by the Quick Quotes Blog to get the details on a GIVEAWAY!  
There are 4  Prize Packages and 5 ways to win!  
Good Luck!

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

Quick Quotes Products:

Petaloo Products:

Want2Scrap Products:

Other Products:
  • Spellbinders Grand Labels One
  • Jilllian Vance Designs {die)velop Foto Frames and {die}alogue  Bubbles Die set
  • October Afternoon Daily Flash Washi Tape
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Wood Words Stick Pins
  • Studio Calico Transportation Wood Veneer Shapes
  • Doily

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mixed Media Father's Day Card with Want2Scrap

Father’s Day is just around the corner so I pulled out the Bare Tree stencil from Want2Scrap and used some simple techniques to create a mixed media style card!   

To create the textured background I reached for the Kickin’ Rubber M-Bossabilities folder from Spellbinders and used a faux letterpress technique:
  • Apply ink directly to the inside of the M-Bossabilities folder.
  • Place kraft cardstock inside the folder and run it through the Grand Calibur.
  • Remove and adhere to green card base.

Tags are a great way to play with techniques AND they are great elements on cards. This one took just a few steps:
  • I started by misting the background with some blue spray mist.
  • I used the Bare Tree stencil and taped it and the tag down so that they wouldn’t shift around.
  • I used a sponge applicator to apply brown ink through the stencil.
  • I used a green spray mist to create the leaves on the tree.
  • I stamped the sentiment on top of all the layers with black ink.

All of my projects need dimension so I added a little acorn!
  • I stamped an acorn onto paper  which I had lightly misted with a gold spray.
  • I added brown inks with a paintbrush and some water until I was happy with the color.
  • I cut it out and used dimensional foam adhesive to pop it up.

The final touch was to attach a small silver charm to the tag with baker’s twine.

I really think this is the perfect Father’s Day card for my husband!  It makes me think of all the nature hikes he took with the boys hunting for salamanders  and other critters!

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

Want2Scrap Products for Father’s Day Mixed Media Card:

Cross Promotional Partners:
Other:  Stamps, cardstock, spray mist,  ink, tag, baker’s twine.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Want2Scrap and Paper House Team Up for a Trip to the Ballpark!

My son was an umpire for girl's softball for a couple of seasons and I decided upon a Want2Scrap baseball  overlay to scrap the experience.  I used a couple of sets of 3D stickers from Paper House and was done in about 30 minutes!

This is how it looked before I started to play with it. I trimmed the overlay down to an 11.5″ square before I centered it on green cardstock.

As usual with me, I used the opening in the overlay as a “suggestion” and filled it with designer paper that looks like grass.  It provided a great backdrop for these 3 smaller photos of my son making his calls!

I added some 3D baseball themed stickers and a journaling card behind this photo.

I love the red stitching detail on the baseball in the bottom left - that is part of the overlay!  You can see I added another small photo and more 3D embellishments to finish off the layout.   That is a total of (5) photos!

I love working with overlays from Want2Scrap!  There are more than 125 different layouts to choose from – check them out HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Products for Baseball layout:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Scrap Your Country Star with Paper House

Paper House has so many great themed collections - something for every occasion - and I recently found the perfect excuse to reach for the Country Star Collection!

I visited one of my brothers in April and snapped some pictures when he took out his guitar for a few songs.  I especially liked that his puppy, Layla, situated herself right at his feet!  So cute!

I started with the Fender Acoustic Guitar paper and used a craft knife to fussy cut along the right edge of the guitar so I could slip things behind it!

With 3D stickers, it is easy to create little embellishment clusters like this one:
Lace edge created by cutting, embossing and stenciling with
Spellbinders Creative Book Pages Two.
I love the half tone swirl at the top of the page and around the guitar!  I did my journaling on a tag and tucked it behind a photo.  The "lasso" on the tag is from the 100% Country 3D stickers.
The lace doily was cut and embossed with
Spellbinders GrandStately Circles.

I created a pretty shaped photo mat area by layering some large die cuts.  You can see how I distressed the decorative edge of this one, cut from the Stable Wood paper, to give it a more masculine feel:
Decorative background mat cut and embossed with
Spellbinders Grand Labels One

I added a few strips of washi tape around the photos and also in the upper left corner:

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

Paper House Products:
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Family: A Legacy of Love with Quick Quotes

Hello and welcome!
Today I would like to share a family themed layout featuring products from Quick Quotes.  I used (2) past Club Q Premiere Page Kits:  "Our Story" and "A Legacy of Love".

First let me tell you that I am from a very large family:  I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters!  My baby sister was born in December of 1964 and that Christmas, we took this rather iconic family portrait.  There are so many elements in it that are "classic" Madden, that it is a favorite photo of mine.  I wanted to create a special layout but did not want to do anything that was "traditional" Christmas.
I started by creating a layered background: 

  • Center and adhere an 11" x 10" rectangle of cream paper from the "Our Story" kit onto wine colored cardstock.
  • Next add a 12" x 7" strip of patterned paper from the "Our Story" kit on top, distressing and inking the edges.
  • The top layer is a 12" x 4.5" strip of polka-dot patterned paper with the edges distressed and inked.
  • Adhere 7" x 5" photo on top

The semi-circles in the upper left are also from the "Our Story" Premiere Page Kit.  I layered them and added the self adhesive pearls from the kit.

This journaling block and the elegant vellum circle above it are from a different kit, "A Legacy of Love".  I cut out the vellum with a circular die, backed it with cardstock so the details would show, and inked the edge with Brandywine PowderPuff Chalking Ink.
The little chipboard present, in honor of Christmas, came from the Birthday Bag o' Chips.  I left the chipboard bare, but added a single self-adhesive pearl.

The family title card comes as a rectangle in the kit.  I used a die to cut and emboss a fancy edge.

You can see that I distressed the embossed edge with a sanding block, revealing a white core.  I then used the Brandywine PowderPuff Chalking Ink to highlight the edge detail.

Both of the kits came with a length of beautiful cream colored ribbon so I tied a bow and adhered it below the photo, overlapping the title block. Finis!

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

Quick Quotes Products for Family Layout:

Other Products: