Monday, March 27, 2017

Windsong Collection from Quick Quotes

Today I have a layout featuring the new Windsong Collection and PowderPuff Chalking Inks from Quick Quotes.

The soft colors in the Windsong Collection are a great counterpoint to the strong metallic steampunk gears I used on the page:  a perfect combination for a layout about my sister, the pilot.

I stamped my focal image with permanent black ink onto a peach colored paper from the collection (WS100).

I used a watercolor technique to paint the image with Mahogany, Milk Chocolate, Biscotti, Aqua, Seabrook and Terra Cotta.  I simply pressed the inks onto my craft mat and spritzed a little water nearby.  I picked up a tiny bit of water with the paintbrush and then added a little bit of the ink, varying the concentration to vary the color.  Just remember that this is not watercolor paper so you do not want to use a lot of water or the paper will pill and peel.  A little bit goes a long way!

When I was done I trimmed out the image, cut a cardboard support to adhere to the back...

...and positioned her on the layout.

The chipboard gears in the corner were first painted with metallic gold acrylic paint and then rubbed with 2 different metallic waxes.  I added a few Shiny Chrome Drops as accents.

There is a great set of cut apart sentiments in the Windsong Collection.  There was one strip that caught my eye.  It is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that reads "Each moment of the year has its own beauty."  I actually edited it to remove "of the year" and split the strip to position it in 2 different places on the page.  The first part of the quote sits on the top left of the page, in front of 2 tags I cut from WS101.

The second part sits on the bottom of the photo.  Below it you can see that I fussy cut a zig zag border by following the pattern on WS105.

I added another little sentiment strip in the bottom right along with some tiny gears.

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Windsong Collection 100, 101, 104, 105, 500
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Milk Chocolate, Mahogany, Aqua, Seabrook, Terra Cotta, Biscotti

Other Supplies:
Want2Scrap Shiny Chrome Drops
Want2Scrap Gear Corners 2 Pack Shipboard Embellishment
Want2Scrap Gears Chipboard Embellishment
Prima  Emily Stamp
DecoArt Medieval Gold Metallics Glaze
DecoArt Metallic Lustre: Black Shimmer, Copper Kettle
Metal gears

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Etching Ceramic Coffee Cups!

Hello and welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection March Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with etchall®, a reuseable product that can be used to etch glass, ceramic and even slate.    I had a couple of ceramic coffee cups that I decided to "fancy up" and I was really happy with the results!

Here is a close up of the teal mug.  I etched a ring of bunnies around the cup just below the molded edge detail.  It is a very subtle effect that is hard to catch with my camera.

How did I do it?  Easy!  I had an adhesive stencil in my stash with the figure of a little bunny.  I positioned it on the coffee cup and then used green painters tape to mask off the area I did not want to etch.  I burnished it really well right around the stencil to make sure there was a tight seal.

I heaped on a liberal amount of the etching creme and used the squeegee to spread it to cover the entire design.  I let it sit for 15 minutes and then used the squeegee to scoop the creme back into the bottle - because it is reuseable!  :)  I then thoroughly rinsed off any residue before I removed the tape and the stencil.  (Note:  Do not rinse in a ceramic sink!)

I repeated the process 6 times so that I had  a bunch of bunnies! Here is a close up:

And now on to coffee cup #2.

This time I chose an adhesive stencil with text - really fine lines of text.  I was not sure how it would turn out, but I just followed the same process.

It turned out beautifully! The lettering is crisp and clear!

I wanted to have the etching show more clearly so I applied an acrylic glaze over the etched area - with my fingers! I let it set for just a minute before I wiped the area clean with a damp paper towel.  I do not know how permanent this will be.  I am going to let it sit for a few days then I will try to heat set it in the oven.  I imagine that this mug will be a hand wash item - but I will update this post in a week or so with my findings!

So you can see that etchall® etching creme is a super easy to use product! It is not gritty or smelly.   Did I mention that this was my first time using it and the results could not have been better?! So if you have any home dec or upcycling ideas in mind  - go for it!

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

Follow this link to find a complete list of blogs for the etchall® hop:   Designer Crafts Connection 

Supplies for etched Ceramic Coffee Cups:

**Disclosure:  etchall® provided free product for this project.  My design and opinions are my own.**

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Heartfelt Home with Eileen Hull Designs!

This month the Eileen Hull Design Team are showcasing projects designed with Eileen's new release, the Heartfelt Collection.  To create this home themed layout, I used the House/Pocket Thinlits set and the Heartfelt Cardstock Paper Pad.

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I love working with Eileen's inks because they are very versatile.  For this layout I actually turned the Hydrangea and Leaf Color Box Blends into sprays to create the background.  I carefully removed the plug under the sponge and dipped out some of the ink into a mister/spray bottle. I added some water and swirled it together before spritzing the blue on the top for the sky and the green on the bottom for the grass.

I also used the Hydrangea to stencil some subtle details into the sky.  I tend to be a little rough on my sponges, so I applied the ink onto a craft mat before using a blending tool with the stencil.

I applied the Leaf ink directly from the built in applicator to the torn edge of the this green gingham paper.

I used the House/Pocket die to cut out the parts of the house from the new Hearfelt 6" x 12" Cardstock Paper Pad.  The colors are bright and happy and the patterns are classic!  The little strip of houses was trimmed out of a specialty border page.  You will also find a nice mix of sentiments, cards and pockets that you can trim out to use on your projects.  Here is the assembled house on the page:

You have a choice when you use the house die!  You have the option of including an insert that will punch holes around the edges of the house.  I love to add little details to my projects so I stitched around the edge with pink embroidery floss.

In this detail shot you can see I also inked the edges of the house with Hydrangea.

I added a bit of detail with a black pen.  I punched the heart out of another paper in the pad and then added Diamond Glaze to give it some shine and dimension.

I used Eileen's ink to tint these little wood hearts from my stash.  The color is Tutu - don't you just love that?!

I trimmed out one of the cards and turned it into a tag.  I inked the edges with Hydrangea and tucked it behind the picture to hold my journaling.

Finally, I trimmed out one of the sentiments and added it with dimensional foam tape.

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

Supplies for Heartfelt Home layout: 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pokemon Go with Want2Scrap

Pokemon Go is the latest gaming craze and of course Want2Scrap has the perfect overlay to scrapbook those memories!
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My favorite part of any Want2Scrap overlay is the title area.  I love the font on this one and didn't feel as though it needed a whole lot of dressing up. The little Pikachu I used to embellish the title area came off of a lanyard I found at WalMart!

This little guy was actually cut out of the lanyard packaging and adhered with foam pop dots.

But what kind of pictures do you use on a layout about a cell phone game?  Screen shots of course!  There are standard graphics and phrases that any Pokemon Trainer sees every day:  The Pokemon broke free?  You walked how far?  You finally have enough candy to evolve that Pokemon!  Congratulations - you levelled up!!

There are real world photo ops, too!  How about this one of my daughter battling into a gym - in the rain!

And of course you can always use the ap take pictures of Pokemon in the real world!

This overlay is very versatile and can be used for pretty much any kind of gaming.  Here is a page where I used the same overlay for one of my great nephews playing with a remote control car!  I spent a little more time altering the title with Want2Scrap Shiny Chrome Drops!  You can find the details for this layout HERE.  Use your imagination!

Want2Scrap has a wide selection of overlays that make great starting points for layouts.  Be sure to check out both sizes: 12x12 and 6x6.  Happy scrapping!

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

Supplies for Want2Scrap Pokemon Go Layout:

Other supplies:  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Plumb Tuckered Out with Quick Quotes

Today I am scrapping and my mixed media layout features PowderPuff Chalking Ink from Quick Quotes and The Crafter's Workshop stencils!  This picture of my boys is one of my all time favorites.  I found them crashed on the playroom floor, snuggled up together amidst their dinosaurs and transformers.  It melts my heart every time I see it so I decided it deserved its very own scrapbook page!

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I started the layout using PowderPuff Chalking Inks and TCW stencils on one of the lightly patterned papers in the Mulberry Paper Pack (MB100).  The large, striped arrow from Susana's Arrows was inked with Desert Sun.  The small arrow, from the Word Arrows stencil, was inked with Hydrangea. (Ignore the pretty pink flowers - that is just washi tape I used to hold the stencil in place and to mask off areas I didn't want to color!)

Heat embossing is an easy way to add another little bit of texture and dimension to your layouts without adding bulk. After the Hydrangea ink had dried I applied clear embossing ink through the stencil. I quickly removed the stencil, sprinkled on some clear embossing powder, then applied heat to set it. I love the shine!

In the title area I added a Fancy Chipboard Word - Love! I also included a wood chippie and an arrow that I die cut from the blue stripe paper (MB101).

I used another stencil to create the texture in the background: The Story 6x6.  By moving it around the page, flipping and turning and layering the patterns with different inks, I tied the background to the colors in the Mulberry Paper Pack without detracting from the main design element of arrows.

Desert Sun was the perfect color to ink the edge of my yellow photo mat.  I just love the instant depth you get from that one little detail!

I doubled up with a slightly larger blue photo mat behind the yellow and then tucked in a kraft tag for journaling.  I die cut the photo frame from MB101 and added the perfect Quick Quotes Vellum for my photo:  Plumb Tuckered Out!

I am playing along with this month's Quick Quotes Challenge:  Shapes.  My shape is arrows (surprise!) and I was able to incorporate them with stencils, die cuts, and wood chippies!  If you would like to join us (and I know you do!) you can find all the details HERE.

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

Tuckered Out Layout Supplies:

Quick Quotes Mulberry Paper Pack 100, 101, 103
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Hydrangea, Desert Sun
Quick Quotes Vellum ER Visit XX59
Want2Scrap Fancy Chipboard Word -  Love, small
The Crafters Workshop TCW423 Stencil Susana's Arrows, 12x12
The Crafters Workshop TCW446 Stencil Word Arrows, 6x6
The Crafters Workshop TCW507 Stencil The Story, 6x6
BoBunny Selfie Die
Momenta Love This Die
Other: Clear embossing ink, clear embossing powder, wood chippies, washi tape

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Christmas with Want2Scrap Overlays!

Have you already scrapped all of your Christmas pictures? I hope not because today I have a layout I created using wonderful laser cut overlays from Want2Scrap and the Holiday Cheer Collection from Photo Play Paper.

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I absolutely love to decorate for Christmas and one of the first things that came out of the boxes this past year was our collection of nutcrackers! I realized I needed to scrapbook them and of course I found the perfect starting point with Want2Scrap overlays.  This is how the overlays looked when I started:

Let me tell you that the red paper is the same on each overlay although the photography makes them look like different colors.   Sorry about that!  :)  You can see that each of the overlays come with a white paper that creates a photo mat inside the individual openings - such a nice detail!

This overlay actually has a laser cut Santa's hat and sparkles which would make it perfect for "Visit with Santa" pictures.  My theme for this page was different so I created an embellishment cluster to cover up that area.  I chose to work with the Holiday Cheer Collection from Photo Play Paper because it had a nutcracker theme!

Don't feel like you need to fill each opening with a picture - although I did do that a couple of times!  I use the openings to group pictures and related embellishments. I like to include a lot of pictures on my layouts so I used patterned paper to create a background for each of my mini collages.  Here are some detail pics showing the dimension I added with foam pop dots, wood chippies and flair:

The built in laser cut title is my favorite part of any overlay because it just makes my life easier!  The paper pack I was working with had a color pallette that included both white and tan.  I chose one of the papers with a tan pattern and used it to back most of the title area. I left the area behind the word "Christmas" white so that it would really stand out and - I added a dimensional wooden exclamation point!

Next I used the "Christmas Tree Second Page" overlay. I want to point out that you can flip this page around and orient it any way you want to suit your pictures and embellishments.  I just love having options!

For this layout I decided to go with hidden journaling so I tucked a kraft tag behind pictures on the second page.

I love treating each opening like a mini scrapbook page!  I have a large stash of wood chippies and flair that I combed through to find the perfect embellishments for this layout.  Here are some more detail shots and remember - you can click on any picture to see a larger image:


So time to get out those Christmas pictures and get them into your scrapbook!  Be sure to check out the Want2Scrap Store for our full selection of 12x12 and 6x6 overlays!

Supplies for Want2Scrap Christmas layout:

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