Sunday, January 31, 2016

Explore Techniques with Tags

I usually go visit my mother for a couple of weeks out of the year and when I am there I need to be able to create!  On my last trip I packed a little travel kit with my inks and stencils.  Since I was flying, I wanted to keep things small and light weight. I knew I couldn't bring along all of my stamps.  I solved that problem by stamping several images and sentiments onto a sheet of plain white tissue paper with black Archival ink, then folded it up and tucked it away.  Any wrinkles and creases just add texture!

Sometimes I have an idea in my head for a canvas or another large project and I want to try things out on a smaller scale first.  Tags are just perfect for working out colors & ideas and playing with techniques.  Before I started this tag, all I knew was that I wanted to use the face image in the upper right.
Click on tag to enlarge image.
I started with the Harlequin stencil from The Crafters Workshop and applied blue ink on a tag, then I shifted the stencil and lightly applied green ink.  I left the upper right area open and inked it with a peachy brown color.
 I always like a little texture on my projects so I used the same stencil to apply a bit of modeling paste at the top and bottom of the tag...
..and then let it dry.
I replaced the stencil on top of the dried modeling paste so that it lined up, and added a dark application of the green ink.
Next I reached for the 6x6 Casey and Penelope stencil designed by Dina Wakley for The Crafters Workshop.  It is really cool because the set includes a stencil and masks!
I started by inking through the standing figure with light brown...
...and blended in green ink until I was happy with the color.  I used one of the masks from the set in the bottom right and lightly applied blue ink in that corner.  At this point I used Mod Podge to adhere tissue paper with the pre-stamped face image in the upper right corner.
Tip:  I always tear the images out of the tissue paper instead of cutting them because the torn edges are much easier to camoflauge than a cut edge.
The next step was to tear out and adhere the stamped quote.  You can see that this technique does not create a transparent background, but I really like the subtle visual texture it adds.
I replaced the stencil and the mask and traced around them with a permanent black ink pen.
The tag just looked a little out of balance to me, so to finish things off I used the Arrows and Hearts stencil and the black pen to doodle along the left edge.

So while I was visiting my mother I happened upon this frame at a yard sale and I just knew exactly what to do with it!

I love the way it turned out!  Take a peek at these close ups:


I even stenciled a detailed border on the cork board!

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

Supplies for Technique Tag:

  • Donna Downey Stamp - Enjoy Explore Believe
  • Donna Downey Stamp - What DoYou See, Small
  • The Crafters Workshop - Casey and Penelope
  • The Crafters Workshop - Harlequin
  • The Crafters Worshop - Arrows and Hearts
  • Tag, Mod Podge, modeling paste, tissue, inks, pen

Friday, January 29, 2016

Playful Layout - Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop and Giveaway

Today I am joining in on the January 2016 Scrapping Our Stash blog hop and I am using a favorite collection from  Authentique Papers.  There are 10 talented ladies participating this month and I hope you take the time to visit everyone!  You should have arrived here from Christine Meyer's blog.

For this month's project I dug through my stash and pulled out the Playful Collection, which Authentique Papers released in 2014.  I loved the cheerful colors and fun patterns but I must have been very busy at the time because I never used it!  Fortunately for me, I still had the perfect pictures - can you say Little Tikes car?!
My boys are exactly 2 years and 2 weeks apart in age and when they were very young they were absolutely inseparable!  I love these pics of them playing in our cul de sac - taking turns in the Little Tikes car.  We have a "family story" that features that car, one headstrong son and a very steep hill!  His father loves to tell the story and this page now has that story tucked away on those tags!

My stash also yielded the Kraft Word stickers from Momenta...
...that provide a bold kind of journaling on this page.  I accented with die cut cork arrows and wood veneer elements.
One of my favorite things about buying a collection from Authentique is that it usually comes with some sort of alpha and word stickers.  I used a fun combination of the stickers to journal on this die cut wood card.
As a thank you for stopping by today I am going to do a blog candy giveaway (available to US only).  I have all kinds of fun stuff in my stash and I will put together a nice package!

You can do any or all of the following to enter:
1.  Become a follower here

And leave me a comment to let me know what you have done!

This giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm on Feb. 4th.  I will announce the winner within a couple of days!
Now you are off to Sandy's blog but here is the blog list in case you get lost:

Susie  You are here!


Supplies for Playful Layout:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Julie Nutting Tag Class

I will be teaching another Julie Nutting tag class at GoldensHill Papercrafts later this month!
 The price of the class includes an entire pack of paper from the Ella & Viv Paper Company, featuring an exclusive set of love-themed stickers.  I came up with a great technique to create a pocket tag using one of Eileen Hull’s Stitchlit dies and I can't wait to share!
Contact the store for details on signing up - look forward to seeing you there!  Susie

Supplies for class:  Cutting mat and craft knife, craft mat, scissors, pencil, adhesive

UPDATE:  Due to the snow, the class has been moved to the following Tuesday, February 2nd.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Teaching at CHA!

I am very excited to share that I am going to my first ever CHA!  Even better, I will be teaching Make & Takes for Eileen Hull Designs and Paper House Productions!  

Eileen Hull invited me to join her on the CHA Paper Trail.  She has a refurbished vintage trailer that she has dubbed "Scotty" and he will be on the show floor!  
Eileen has assembled an uber talented group of designers who will be sharing demos and hosting Make & Takes at her booth throughout the show.  Be sure to stop by booth #330 because there will always be something going on!

Here are my projects and schedule: 

I will also be teaching a Make & Take over in booth #1661 for Paper House Productions!  
You may remember that Paper House teamed up with PageMaps back in October.  I created a layout featuring the At The Beach Collection - you can see the original project and post HERE.  Using the same PageMap and paper collection I created this modified - and much faster to assemble - layout to share at CHA!

I am very excited to be going to the show and feel very blessed to have these opportunities with Eileen Hull Designs & Paper House Productions.  I am especially looking forward to meeting my online friends so if you are going to be at CHA please stop by and say hi!

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