Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Halloween!

With Halloween just around the corner it seemed appropriate to do a Halloween themed Globecraft Memories frame. The frame used for this project is a Classic Traditional Oval.
The image is a copy of a vintage postcard from my personal collection. It was copied several times in-order to create layers.  The boy & cat were fussy cut and dimension was added with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze.  
Each layer of the frame was covered with pattern paper then sanded to get the white edge. They were then finished with
Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze. The Piccolo Card Decor Fine Flower Vines Flourish was covered with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze the dipped in orange glitter.  Robins Nest Dew Drops were adhered with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze to the center of the flowers. 

The images, Piccolo Card Decor Fine Flower Vines Flourish, a small lace spider web and beaded embellishments were arranged  then frame was put in place with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze.

To add the finishing touches the word Halloween and Piccolo Card Decor Fine Flower Vines Flourishes were added to the outer frame.

I love the Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze, it has a dual purpose: 1- Add shine and dimension with a protective coating. 2- A perfect glue to adhere Piccolo Accents and Card Decor. Bonus it dries clear!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

What's In My Future?

According to the Fortune Teller, I'll be having a little Tropical Island getaway!  Wouldn't that be nice?  Temperatures here in Iowa have been pretty chilly and Autumn is in full swing.  The leaves are falling from the trees and the plants are resting until Spring.
For my "Fortune Teller" Globe, I've used Card Decor Set #7, Vintage Gold Piccolo Enamel and Vintage Black Piccolo Enamel.  The card decor sets are perfect for off the page projects.  The Clear ball is a Clear Christmas Ornament and can be purchased at many Craft Stores.  I've used acetate for the inside and adhered a "Fortune" to the front.  The bottom base is a tuna can that has been heat embossed with Vintage Gold.  The decorative cover was an antique shoppe find.  Place a small battery operated teal light in the can and it lights the glass ball!
I used some fiber fill in a pair of vintage gloves and glued them to the ball.
This is my last post for Hobby Baby and it's been lots of fun and an opportunity to work with some amazing products.  Hope you get a chance to make your "fortunes" come true :)
The base
Thanks Mae for the fun opportunity!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

There is much to be thankful for

Sometimes life is tough. It is easy to get caught up in the negativity that surrounds us. So, it is important to keep reminding ourselves what is the most important.
In my life, I am thankful that I have two beautiful children who are happy and healthy and starting their own adult lives.
I am also incredibly thankful for my amazing husband who does everything humanly possible to make me smile — even if it means telling bad jokes or doing silly dances — things he would probably deny if questioned.
To help keep me focused on the positive and important things in life, I created this 8×10 canvas to hang in my home. (click on the photos for a larger view)
I created the background with Glimmer Mists in oranges and yellows.
The paper is Authentique’s new Thankful line.
I used dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix to cut out the leaves, then added a bit of Distress Ink and molded them with my fingers to be dimensional.
Then, I added a few acorns, cut out from the paper, and topped them with Distress Stickles. They give a soft sparkle without it being in-your-face bling.
The word Thankful is cut out with my Cricut and the smaller words are cut with a Lifestyle Crafts die.
The globe is from Globecraft Memories. I used the top ring and one globe from the DIY Portrait Ornament Kit. I ran the frame through an embossing folder and then coated it with Victorian Bronze Enamel Powder. I made the family photo sepia toned to match.
For the final touch, I added a few Piccolos — tiny, laser cut pieces made from compressed chipboard — and coated them with enamel powder. I love the elegance they provide.
 This is my last post for the Hobby Baby Blog. But, you can still find my art on Globecraft Memories' site as well as on my personal blog: Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween Graveyard Haunting

I hope everyone is having a fabulous fall!  For this month's project, I wanted to celebrate Halloween - in particular Halloween Graveyard Haunting!  There's certainly a trend toward decorating for Halloween as we generally do for Christmas.  Globecraft Memories ornaments are perfect for the celebration!  

When I first approached this project, I had ideas...but really wasn't sure how to execute them.  And here's my confession...I was having so much fun creating - I FORGOT to take pictures along the way!  However, steps are outlined below...and what's more important - I summon you to give this a haunted try!

Supplies Used
  • Cover the middle layer of the Little Fancy Oval Bubble Frame with Green Cardstock.  Distress edges with black ink.  (Use the rest of the bubble frame for another project!)
  • Emboss the Orange Cardstock with Sizzix Embossing Plate (Flower Rings).  Distress flowers with black ink.
  • Emboss the center layer (design) of the Halloween Graveyard Haunting Ornament with Black Embossing Powder.  For a matte look, Copic markers work well!  Actually, just about any media works great - try your favorite!
  • The ornament frame comes with two bubbles.  Paint the back bubble with Black Acrylic Paint.  You will need to paint several layers - allowing to dry between layers.  Acrylic paint dries quickly, though, so this project can be finished rather quickly.
  • Once the back bubble is solidly coated with Black Acrylic Paint, add one more layer.  While this layer is still wet, sparingly cover with Silver Glitter for that full-moonlight effect.  Allow to dry - shake off any excess glitter before assembling bubble frame.
  • Assemble Bubble Frame - Orange Layer on top of Black Embossed Design Layer on top of Green Layer.
  • Add Ribbon Bow to the Ornament Hole.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Little Pumpkin

Hello Everyone.

Today I want to share with you a cute little picture frame by Globalcraft Memories.

 The Pumpkin Bubble Frame Kit is fast and easy to assemble for your little pumpkins photo, but Hurry! Quantities on this adorable pumpkin frame are limited. Get yours before they are all gone.

Leave it plan or spruce it up soon.. How stinkin' cute is that?? Love it. Thanks for stopping by today.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Harvest Moon

The Hubs has been taking some outdoor photos with our new camera and I just new the Pumpkin Bubble Frame Kit was the perfect piece to display one of them!

Rather than use the pumpkin straight from the package I redid it in Vintage Double Dot papers by BoBunny. To make sure my papers fit correctly I laid the pumpkin layers FACE down on the BACK of the patterned papers and traced them. Then I cut them out, flipped them over, and distressed them with walnut stain distress ink.

Unfortunately after this month the Hobby Baby DT will be disbanded, but I've been so lucky to be offered a position with Globecraft to continually design for them each fourth week of the month! Be sure to keep an eye out on the website for my works and some videos :) 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hobby Baby Pumpkin!

Wouldn't it be the cutest with a picture of the family at the pumpkin patch this year.   

Today I layered some of the Graphic 45 Halloween papers with the Pumpkin frame.  I took the image and cut an oval so it would fit in the frame. Second, I cut the full image of the girl and layered with foam tape. Then cut another image of her from the hands up (coating the last image with Glasstique) and adhered with foam tap. Inside and outside the frame you will see Piccolo Card Decor swirls and leaves. They were embossed with Mossy Glen Enamel Powder. The images on the outside of the frame are fussy cut from Graphic 45's Halloween line also. A thin layer of  Glasstique was applied to stiffen them. 

The bubble frames make great gift for grandparents with Halloween pictures.  

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Simply Jewelry

Hello friends!  Jan here to share a simple project!    I love the GlobeCraft Memories charms and accents! They make the art of jewelry making so much fun! I've used Piccolo Accents, Keys to my heart Embellishments and given them a generous coat of 24K Gold Embossing Powder. To protect the heart and key, I've applied 2 coats of Glastique Gloss Finishing. I started my adventure at Michael's where I found Tori Spelling jewelry pieces. I simply finished the piece off with the Keys to my hert embellishments! If you love a good deal you can use the promo cade TS25 and receive 25% off your entire order :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sailing the Seas Together

Hi! It's Candy.

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. The past year has been tough on us both with several drastic changes, including job loss and moving to a new community. So, on our anniversary, I wanted to show him how special he is to me and how much I appreciated his weathering the storms by my side.

I used the themes of sailing and ships throughout the piece.

However, instead of attaching the back piece of book board to the frame, used a hinge so it would open like a book.

The little "story" I wrote to go inside is filled with references to shipping and sailing. I used Distress Ink to tone down the white of the paper. The lighthouse paper is really old. I'm not sure who made it. The hearts are Piccolo parts I pulled out of a card decor set and then enameled with Vintage Copper.
I didn't have any hinges, so I made these using the Tiny Tags & Tabs die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix. I cut them out of Grungepaper, since it is stronger and allows some flexibility.
Then, I used Piccolo Enamel Powders to cover the Grungepaper. I used Vintage Silver and then a hint of Mossy Glen to replicate algae in the water. I added a few brads so they would look more industrial and less like office supplies.
Now for the front ...
The main background is created by applying layers and layers of Distress Stain in several colors: Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint and Picket Fence. I used spritzes of water and a heat gun and kept going until I thought it looked like the water. Then I spritzed a homemade mix of Perfect Pearls (Gold & Salty Ocean Reinker) in a few spots because sometimes water sparkles.

I wanted to add a fishing net, but I haven't been able to locate one, so I improvised with the Chicken Wire Crafters Workshop template. I used the Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive through the template and then applied Vintage Copper Enamel Powder. It's shiny, but I think it gives the feeling of a net.

The top mat I wanted to look like a ship, so I embossed it with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix bubble folder and then coated it with Vintage Silver Enamel Powder. Next, I added some Archival ink in black, did a little scraping with my fingernail and a bit of sanding, then some more powder and more ink until I got the look I was going for.

The middle layer, which I attached with Pop Dots, was painted black and then coated with a 50/50 mix of Glastique and water so it was a bit shiny -- like the paint used in ships.
I added a few metal hardware parts (stolen from my husband's tool box) and a metal star from a Bo Bunny accessory set that I thought resembled a starfish. The smaller gear is another Piccolo part, enameled in Temple Stone.
I added a couple more Piccolo gears (one in Brownstone) and a compass sticker to the bottom corner. The keyhole was needed to balance the project, even though it has nothing to do with a ship. It's from that same pack of accessories from Bo Bunny. I did add a bit of twine to it, since there is always rope on a ship.
And, my sense of humor forced me to add the little fish in the bottom corner. It, too, is a Piccolo part (enameled in 24K) as is the seaweed next to it ( Mossy Glen ). I love to add a cute or unexpected element and what was better than a fish?

To tie it in, I enameled a brass washer (also stolen from my husband) in  Vintage Silver Enamel Powder to serve as a port-hole. I must warn you, if you enamel metal, be extremely careful when you touch it. It heats up and, depending on the metal, may take a long time to cool -- 30 minutes after I heated this washer, it was still warm.

Enjoy the day on or off the water!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bubble Frame Easel Box

Today's project is a gift for my friend, Pat Bolda.  I loved this pic of her daughter in this fun hat - so thought it would make a great gift.  Remember as you explore this project, you can save 25% off your entire Globecraft Memories  purchase - enter Discount Code TS25 when you checkout!

The project is a one-drawer easel box.



 Supplies for box:
   Chipboard - two pieces - 5-1/2" x 6-1/2"
   Cardstock for drawer assembly:
      Frame - 11-3/4" x 9-1/2"
      Pull Drawer - 8-1/2" x 9-1/2" (Actually I used these measurements - then trimmed off 1/8" to make the drawer slide in/out easily)
      Bottom/Top Covers - two pieces - 5-1/2" x 6-1/2"
      Box Side/Back - two pieces - 1-3/4" x 5"; one piece - 1-3/4" x 6"
      Drawer Sides - two pieces - 1-3/4" x 5"; two pieces - 1-3/4" x 6"
      Drawer Pull - one piece - 4-1/4" x 3/4"; one piece 4" x 1/2"
      Two brads

Box Assembly:
   Cut chipboard for top and bottom.  Cover with cardstock.

Chipboard - 5-1/2" x 6-1/2"
Covered Chipboard - Cardstock used unknown source
   Cut cardstock for drawer frame as shown lines are score lines.

Assemble as shown in following pictures.
   The color you want to be see should be INSIDE (Bo Bunny SUN Kissed Skies shown here - the clouds will be covered.)
   Glue the middle tabs BETWEEN the top and bottom layers.
Frame - 11-3/4" x 9-1/2"
Cover sides and back with cardstock.  Note:  Even if you already like the outside cardstock pattern, cover sides and back to give box strength.

Drawer Assembly:

   Cut cardstock for drawer frame as shown lines are score lines.

Assemble as shown in following picture.
   The color you want to be see should be INSIDE ( (Bo Bunny SUN Kissed Skies shown here - the clouds will be covered.)
   Glue tabs OUTSIDE the box.  They will be covered.
Assemble Drawer Pull.  Cut two strips of cardstock using dimensions above.  Attach to front cardstock panel with brads BEFORE adhering to drawer...this provides strength to open drawer without tearing cardstock.  Glue sides, back, and front to assembled drawer.

Glue top and bottom to drawer frame.

Supplies for Easel:
   Cardstock - 10" x 6"
   Cardstock - 5" x 6"
   Cardstock - 3" x 5"
   Cardstock - 1/2" x 5"

Score and fold large piece of cardstock in half to be 5" x 6".  Score and fold the top half at 2-1/2".  Glue bottom half to top of box assembly.  Glue 5" x 6" cardstock ON BOTTOM HALF ONLY so it will fold up as an easel as show below. 

Glue 1/2" strip at top of 3" x 5" cardstock.  Glue to inside bottom  of easel - glue front edge flat; use pop-dots at back edge to serve as a stop for the easel when open.


Supplies for Globeframe Embellishment
   Middle layer of Little Fancy Oval Bubble Frame.
   Strip of cardstock - accordion folded at 1/4"
   Red Ink Pad 
   Liquid Pearls - Cantaloupe used
   Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Classic Butterfly
   Any rubber stamp - Flourish Squares used

Rectangle Frame:  Emboss with  Piccolo Butterscotch Enamel Powder.  Distress by rubbing red ink pad over embossed frame.

My intent was to emboss the oval frame in red.  As I didn't have any red embossing powder, I decided to ink the frame in red and emboss with a clear powder.  However, after just inking the frame in red, I loved the rugged wood-like appearance and decided to leave well enough alone!

I also embossed flourishes from Piccolo Decor Set #3 and Piccolo Decor Set #10 in Piccolo Butterscotch Enamel Powder and distressed by rubbing in red ink pad.
For the accordion embellishment on the lower left of the frame, I accordion folded a piece of yellow cardstock, distressed it with red ink, then randomly stamped a flourish design with red ink.

My final assembly in detailed pics:


Supplies for Inside Sentiment
   Sentiment - Children WordArt from used.
   Distress Inks - Crimson Red and Toffee used
   Piccolo Butterscotch Enamel Powder

Decorate inside of easel card as desired.  I printed the WordArt to fit and distressed the senitment with Red and Toffee inks.  The Piccolo pieces are embossed with Piccolo Butterscotch Enamel Powder and distressed with red ink to match bottom layer of frame.  Feathers - and good to go!

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