Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Adventure Awaits with Quick Quotes and Clear Scraps

I had a wonderful vacation with my husband last year and when I saw the new beach-themed Adventure Awaits Collection from Quick Quotes I knew I was ready to scrap the trip!   I like to have my happiest memories up on the walls so I can see them - they make me smile!

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This month the DT from Quick Quotes is doing a cross promotion with Clear Scraps. When I opened my box from Clear Scraps I was very happy to see this 12x12  Printer Tray Frame...


...and this Mini Heart Shaker Frame.

Each of them come with multiple pieces:  (1) chipboard back, (3) chipboard cutouts, and (1) acrylic divider.

I started with the mini shaker frame. Using the heart shape as a pattern I trimmed out a picture of my husband and I and adhered it to the chipboard back.  I used Aqua PowderPuff Chalking Ink on one of the chipboard cutouts, sprinkled on clear embossing powder and applied heat to set.  Once it was assembled I set it aside and worked on the printer tray frame.

I look at each opening as a mini scrapbook page.  I sorted through the Adventure Awaits Collection and chose a variety of patterned papers for the backgrounds.  I trimmed out the pieces I liked and then adhered them to the back of one of the chipboard frame cutouts so that the parts that I wanted showed through the openings.  I used decorative binder clips to attach the frame to the chipboard back and then I just started playing with pictures and embellishments!
Here are close ups of each of the openings:

When I was done I adhered the heart shaped mini frame to the front and hung my vacation printer tray up on the wall!  I still have (2) chipboard cutouts and (1) acrylic divider from each product.  Looks like I have at least one more project in my future!

And now I want to share a little excitement!  For years I have been printing my scrapbooking pictures on my little Canon Selphy and I have loved the quality and convenience. As a member of the Quick Quotes Design Team I recently received a lovely new papercrafting tool - the Canon PIXMA TS6020!  I will be sharing more about this scanner/printer combo in the future but I wanted you to know I used it to print pictures for today's project - from my phone! Without any help from my husband!  Woohoo!

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Adventure Awaits Paper Pack
PowderPuff Chalking Inks - Clay, Aqua
Canon PIXMA TS6020

Clear Scraps Supplies:
Rectangle/Square Printer Tray Frame
Mini Shaker Heart 

Other supplies:
A Flair for Buttons - On The Road Again 1
American Crafts Binder Clips
Wood Chips - Kaisercraft, Darice
Embossing Powder
Corrugated cardboard

Monday, April 24, 2017

Change Journal with Eileen Hull's Die

This month Eileen Hull's Design Team have been asked to share a project created with her *new* Journal Scoreboard XL die.  It is part of the Heartfelt Collection which was revealed by Sizzix at this year's Creativation show.  I have to tell you folks - I think this die is quickly going to become her best selling die. It is so much fun to play with!
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There are more than a few improvements I want/need to make in my life.  One of the best ways to do that is to make goals and then track them.  I used Eileen's die to create a "Change is Good" journal because it doesn't hurt to have a beautiful place to record your progress, right?

The centerpiece of the cover is a Julie Nutting Doll. I used the Golden Days Collection from Fancy Pants on the project.
I love that Fancy Pants offers 6"x6" paper pads because the smaller scale patterns are perfect for projects like this!  I paper pieced her skirt, adding dimensional foam dots between the layers.

I wrapped a piece of seam binding around the journal and adhered it to the front cover before I added the doll and the embellishment cluster.  I left an extra tail of about 7" or so on each end so that I had plenty to tie a bow and hold the journal closed.

I also want to share a few pics of the inside.  This is the front of the first signature.  Can you see the tabs running down the right side?  I used Eileen's die to cut them out of patterned paper.

I hand stamped the tabs and added a bit of transparency with washi tape, creating a flip page.

Throughout the journal I  used bits of this washi tape from Jillibean Soup.  I love the sentiments and the bright coral(?) color

I also added pockets and tags.

In addition to the washi I combed through my stash of wood embellishments (yes i am an addict!) and added little bits here and there.

This is the center of the signature.  You can see the embroidery floss that I used to attach  the signatures to Eileen's Journal.  The die cuts those holes for you so you just have to thread your cording through the holes.  Mine is very simple but I have seen samples with some amazing binding stitches!

More pockets and tags...

Fancy Pants also has a coordinating stamp set for the Golden Days Collection.  The chevron arrow was one that I used a few times in this project.

You can see that I have given myself all kinds of room for pictures and notes.

I added 2 more signatures to the journal.  Here's a peek at the front covers:
Eileen has a great tutorial for the actual assembly of the journal HERE.  The Design Team have been sharing their projects for the whole month of April and the creations have been amazing so be sure to check out all the inspiration on Eileen's blog!

You can buy your die directly from Eileen's Etsy Shop.  She has several of her products available there so be sure to look around!

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

Sizzix® Eileen Hull® Scoreboards™ XL JournalDie
Sizzix® Little Sizzles™ Mat Board Pack
Therm O Web iCraft® Easy-Cut Adhesive
Therm O Web iCraft® SuperTape – ¼”
Prima® Marketing Julie Nutting Cling Stamps - Annie
Fancy Pants Designs - Golden Days Collection
Jillibean Soup™ Mini Alpha Navy Blueberry
Jillibean Soup™ Washi – These Moments
Recollections™ Washi Tape
Hampton Art Studio G Alphabet Stamp set
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking Ink – Clay
Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
Seam Binding
Wood Embellishments
Manila tags
Embroidery Floss
Dimensional foam tape
Kraft paper doily

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mixed Media Cards with Rinea Foils

Hello and welcome to the April Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with Rinea Foil and I designed a pair of mixed media cards featuring a simple paper piecing technique.
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I received 2 packs of Rinea Double Sided Foiled Paper for this event: the Crafter's 10-Packs which are available in Glossy or Embossed Finish.  Each pack has 10 different colors to play with!

What makes it special is that it has two thin layers of colorful aluminum foil with a sheet of paper sandwiched between them.  This gives the material a paper-like sturdiness with the malleability of foil.  It is ideal for making 3-D objects and is great for  embossing and die-cutting.

I started by creating watercolor backgrounds for the cards with Color Bursts from Ken Oliver Crafts and then mounted them on black cardstock.

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When you are working with a product that has so much pizazz, sometimes the simplest techniques are the best.  One of my favorites is paper piecing a stamped image so I pulled out my Julie Nutting Doll Stamps and started to play.  I stamped the image on cream cardstock and trimmed out the doll.
I stamped the main part of the dress on the Light Blue Star Struck Foil and the ruffle and sash on the Blue Glossy Finish Foil.  Her crown was stamped on the reverse side of that, which is Gold.  Everything was trimmed out and then layered onto the doll.  I adhered her to the front of the card with dimensional foam dots and then stamped the sentiment.  I finished things off with a smattering of self-adhesive bling!

I used basically the same techniques to create my second card.

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I stamped the doll on cardstock and foil and trimmed them out.  I also die cut and embossed 2 small seashells.  I originally used the same Purple foil for the tail and seashells.  Later I changed the seashells to the Light Blue Foil.

Before I assembled everything I decided to add texture to the mermaid's tail by running it through an embossing folder.

I sanded it a little bit to reveal the new texture and then mounted my little mermaid on the card.  I also added an anchor which I had die cut from Silver Foil.  (I actually adhered the foil to cardstock before I cut and embossed it because I was attaching a chain and wanted it to be very sturdy!)

Here's a closeup of the heat embossed sentiment with the rhinestones.

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 Rinea hop:  Designer Crafts Connection

Supplies for Rinea Foils Mixed Media Cards:

Rinea Double Sided Foiled Paper Crafter's 10-Pack 
 - Blue/Gold Glossy Finish
 - Light Blue/Gold Star Struck Textured Finish
 - Purple/Gold Glossy Finish
 - Silver Glossy Finish
Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamps
Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst Powders - Fuschia, Merlot, Turquoise, Violet, Lime Green
Want2Scrap 72 Count Rhinestones - Hot Pink, Royal Blue, Turquoise, Light Green, Silver/Clear
Wow! Primary Ebony Super Fine Embossing Powder
ProvoCraft Embossing Folder
Watercolor Paper
PEGZ American Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set
Metal Chain

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ice Cream and April Club Q

Today I get to share a layout I created using the April Club Q Kit from Quick Quotes!  As usual, the April Ultimate Combo Club Q Kit is absolutely packed!  It came with a huge selection of coordinating papers, frames, photo mats, sentiment cut aparts, die cut flowers, pearls and much more.   I took the kit apart, sorted out the pieces and then put them together in an all new way that is just my style!  Take a look at this fun layout I created with pictures from my daughter's Spring Break trip to an ice cream factory.

The kit came with the dark purple print frame that you can see around the edge of the layout.  I cut another frame from lighter color paper to create the inner edge then laid down 3 photo mats along the left side of the page.  That left a lot of open space which I filled with strip journaling and a trimmed out photo of my daughter - such a cutie!

This month's challenge is Flowers and I just had to play along!  I started by inking the edges of the petals with Buttercup PowderPuff Chalking Ink and then used a pencil to curl the tips up.  I layered them together and included foam pop dots between the bottom 2 layers to add some serious dimension.  To finish them off I used the self adhesive pearls to create an elegant center in each of my blooms.  Here's a close up:

I trimmed out some banners and sentiment cards and incorporated them into the embellishment cluster at the bottom of the page - and I threw in another picture of my baby girl!

I used a craft knife to trim out the arrow on this circle and slipped it over the corner of the photo.

More banners up in the corner are the perfect finishing touch!
The April Club Q has wonderful projects that are already designed for you to put together BUT you can also choose to use those fabulous elements to create something totally unique!

If you are interested in joining in on our monthly challenge (Flowers) You have until April 25th to enter - and remember that there are prizes to be won!  You can find all the details here.

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

Supplies for Club Q Ice Cream Layout:
Quick Quotes April Club Q Kit
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking Inks - Buttercup

A Flair for Buttons - Vintage Easter Flair
Kaisercraft Flourishes - Little Words