Thursday, June 28, 2012

In Honor of Firefighters

This week my Hobby Baby project is a tribute to all the firefighters that put their life in danger in the line of duty.  During this time of year when so many forest fires take place they are out there hour after hour, day after day. 

Here you see the boards that come in the Classic Grand Rectangle Bubble Frame kit. I have covered the base and middle frame with Pebble Inc pattern paper and the other two with 24k Gold Piccolo Embossing Powder.  This is the most amazing embossing powder... It so thick.  I just LOVE it.  
Before I started I played with the placement of my K&Co embellishments. I love the protection the "globe frame" provides the paper.  
Assembling the frame. I am not sure if you can see the two holes in the frame.  These are there to help you line up all the layers of the frame.  I love how easy it makes assembly. These will be can be covered with Piccolo Decor.

Final project, I have it angled trying to keep the glare off the globe for my pictures.
K&Co Embellishments
Pebbles Inc Pattern Paper

Sunday, June 24, 2012

How Far Can One Set Go?

Have you see the Card Decor Sets at Globecraft Memories? These sets are fabulous. I have been playing with Card Decor Set #1  and am amazed. I am a frugal woman and love the bang for your buck you get with these sets. They are inexpensive; they are only $3.99 and when you can get four or five projects out of one set they are a bargain.

These are the pieces that come in set #1.  Of course they are bare book quality chipboard like all of the Piccolo pieces. I will let you know that the fine details in the vines make removing them a little harder than some of the pieces. I found a straight pin worked great for pushing them out.

I was wanting to make a card, but I hate to think of my work ending up in a drawer or worse yet in the trash. If you are like me, you are going to love this new item coming out soon. It is an easel card. You simply decorate the front like you would any other card front, but it has a built in easel to insure it ends up displayed by the recipient. I am telling you I love this.

 Of course when I see blank white cardstock I start to see visions of distress ink, so I inked up the front with Weathered Wood and Dusty Concord Distress inks. I made sure to ink the base flap too as it will show a bit when on display.
 Once I had the back ground inked, I stamped the sentiment. I love how whimsical this came out.
 The vines needed to be green. I started to pick up paint, but then I thought about the Mossy Glen Enamel Powder. I love the way it came out. It is such a gorgeous green. These enamel powders are so easy to use. I covered them with Enamel Adhesive which is a snap with the dauber top. I then sprinkled the mossy glen over it. I did a full heat set. I melted it until it was completely smooth. I glued it down using Matte Glastique. This is more than just an adhesive, but on projects like this I love that if I am messy in my gluing it doesn't show. It dries completely clear. You honestly can't see it.
 The butterflies were punched out of white cardstock. They were coated in enamel adhesive and then sprinkled with Enchanted Aubergine. I did a full heat making the enamel completely smooth again. The colors are just beautiful. I used the Glastique to adhere the butterflies too.
 The butterfly trails were ditted ion using Stickles. It was a fun little touch.
When I finished it still needed just a little something more, so I took my Versamark marker and ran it around the very edge of the card front. I then sprinkled Vintage Silver Embossing Enamel around the edge and then heat set it. It just finished it off perfectly.

This picture shows it lying flat to slide in an envelope and mail. This was project #1 from set #1. I apologize in advance for the reflections in the photos of project #2. We were experiencing what I call liquid sunshine. It was sunny out, but raining. It was just enough rain to keep me from being able to take photos outside. The lighting in my home is awful and reflected in the photograph on the layout.
 Just a quick scrapbook page I was making using Echo Park papers. It was pretty, but fell just a bit flat. The addition  of some pieces out of this set aids the eye in moving through the list of adjectives. The vines at the top us Mossy Glen, but the flourishes were cover in 24K Gold. The little heart anchors it all and is covered in Cranberry Wine Enamel Powder.
Here is a better picture showing how it moves your eye through the list. Okay, two projects down and I think three more to go in order to use this whole set. Make sure you head over  to Facebook and like our page there. I will make sure I link the next three cards there, so you can see just how far one set can go.

Now in order for you to see just how far it will go, you need to get your hands on one of these sets. Hobby Baby and Globecraft Memories are making this a little easier for you by offering 25% off your total order. Use coupon code TS25. I can't wait to see what you make...
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Mini Is A Mini

Hello Hobby Baby fans!  Jan here with a fun little mini that's full of pockets, pages and tags!  I have a pattern for a greeting card that had this diagonal fold and I thought it may be fun to make it into a mini.  I simply used the peek and valley fold for the binding.  I've used Globecraft Memories Mini Bubble Frames with Stands (I left off the stand).
The papers are Bo Bunny Weekend Market Collection.  I love the scales and Steampunk style  of the papers.  I've added a Tim Holtz "Game Spinner" to the inside of the bubble.  The metal gears are by 7 gypsies.  Do you see the little copper gears?  These are new by Globecraft Memories and will soon be on the website.  Here's a close up of the inside.  Remember you get 25% off your entire purchase by using TS25 os the code!
Here's a peek inside

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tea Time!

Good day to all you tea lovers and paper crafters out there! Today I get the opportunity to share the fabulous Tea for Two Bubble Frame from Globecraft Memories with you!! I chose to cover mine with some beautiful designer papers by Echo Park. Here's a step by step on how I accomplish that!

Step 1) Gather supplies : Paper, pen (of a different color than the paper), teapot layers, stamp, scissors.
Step 2) Flip over both the 2nd layer of the teapot and the paper.. so that you see the WRONG sides of each piece. You don't want to mark up the front of the paper that everyone will see, and since you're flipping IT over.. you need your teapot to match :)

Step 3) Trace and cut out your teapot. I use very fine, small bladed, sharp scissors to do my fussy cutting.
Step 4) Glue your paper to the teapot and ink or distress as desired.

Step 5) Continue to do steps 1-4 with the other layers of your teapot, I loved the green of the leaves, so left them uncovered!

To finish the project I stamped a Viva Las Vegastamps! mouse stamp on white cardstock and heat embossed him with a clear gloss. I cut him out and assembled my frame!!

Quick Tip: I didn't want to waste more paper cover a layer that would hardly be seen (The very back of my teapot) so I just colored it with a black marker!

Here be the masterpiece: 

And for some up close shots of the details.. I used a qtip to create a permanent "steam" for my teapot:

 And here I got to play with Globecraft Memories' Piccolo and Embossing Enamel in Vintage Silver!!! :

In this shot you can really see the depth that Globecraft Memories creates with their layered products. The effect in person is just amazing. 

I hope you'll visit the Globecraft Memories site and peruse all the other beautiful frames and products they have to offer! If you decide to place an order they're having a WONDERFUL promotion! Use discount code "TS25" to receive 25% off your entire purchase!!!!

Thanks so much for coming by again today!! -DeeDee

Monday, June 11, 2012

Zentangled Airship

This may be a pretty kitschy project, but I'm loving it after having completed it.  Steampunk Airships have been catching my eye for months now.  Zentangle, as well, always makes me stop in my tracks.  Yet I have no real love for either.  Hmmmm....For some odd reason, I found combining the two to be intriquing. 

Beginning with the Mini Steampunk Airship from Globecraft Memories, I Zentangled the frame, some hot-air balloons in the globe, and part of the tail.  I debated whether to use traditional steampunk coloring - however, my Zentangle preference is pure black and white - or at the very least bright I added a touch of red for color.  I do feel you can nover go wrong with red, black, and gold!  Accented with Piccolo enamel powders - Textured Black, Gilded Rose Gold, and Butterscotch, I am liking my finished airship!
Click here for free step-by-step instructions for this project.
You can purchase the Steampunk Airship Kit and enamel powders at 25% Off - Visit Globecraft Memories and use  Discount Code TS25 for 25% Off your entire purchase!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Flower Photos

Hi, it's Candy and I'm back with another project using Piccolo products by Globecraft Memories.

I love nature and find myself taking a plethora of pictures of flowers, clouds, leaves and trees. Close-up flowers are my greatest weakness. I can take dozens of photos every day in my yard alone. I cannot help myself -- when I really look into the center of the flower, enlarged through the photo, I see amazingly captivating beauty. And, then the photo taking continues.

The only problem is that I end up with hundreds of photos of nature that I do not know what to do with. I have scrapped some of them and put others in a photo album, but that seems like such a waste to me.

So, I decided it was time to try to work them into a card. Here is my first attempt:

It was simple enough that I could easily make a stack of cards to give as a gift (and use up my collection of flower photos).

To start, I created a card out of brown cardstock. Then I trimmed the photo to fit, but I didn't attach it just yet.

I stamped the saying (Impression Obsession) on a piece of vellum and trimmed it. I knew I wanted to attach it with brads and I spent quite some time looking for the right ones. Then, I realized that the brads would probably accept Piccolo Enamel Powder, so I grabbed a plain brad, covered it in Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive, and then sprinkled it with Vintage Copper Enamel Powder. I used a pair of tweezers to hold it while I heated it. It covered the brad beautifully and took just seconds to heat set.

Here's a close up:

That done, I used the brads to affix the vellum to the photo and then adhered the photo to the card (this way the back of the brads are hidden between the photo and the cardstock and won't show on the inside.)

There was a spot on the photo that was rather plain, so I decided it needed a little more embellishing. I pulled out a few Piccolo Card Decor Flourishes and covered them with the same Vintage Copper Enamel Powder and attached them with Matte Glastique. It dries clear and with no shine, so no one will ever know how messy my gluing is!

Despite its simplicity, I think this card is beautiful, don't you?

You can order your own supplies to make a similar card with your photos from Globecraft Memories. Use coupon code TS25 and get 25% off your order!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Welcome neighbors...

Hello Everyone.
Happy Monday.

Today I want to share with you a card that I made with a bubble frame from Globecraft Memories.

This little card was quick, easy, and a wonderful way to meet the new neighbors. I covered the frame/card with paper and then distressed it with ink. I embossed the stamped image of the houses and used chalks and a blender pen to color the houses in. I popped out the smaller frame with double sided foam tape.

I punched a small header shape and stamped on it "Welcome to the neighborhood!" I added a key from the Piccolo card Set #4 that I embossed with Siam Silver. The new neighbors LOVED it and I hope you do too.

You can purchase the Piccolo Decor Set, bubble frames, and enamel powder at

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Shhhhhh . . . It's a Secret!

Finished my hubby's anniversary gift this morning...and I just cannot wait to give it to him!  So I'm sharing it with all of you....shhhh...don't give the surprise away!

Really I just wanted to share how fun the Stkr.It QR Code stickers are.  For all of you at AZ Scrapbooking - watch for a class in August!

At our monthly Salsa meeting last week, Virgie, Charlene, and Elaine taught the group to make a small explosion box.  Now I've done explosion boxes...never thrilled me much.  But I'd been wondering what to do special for my hubby's anniversary card...and I had an ah-hah moment! 


So there's the box.  The fabulous flower is by Avania Floral Embellishments (Thanks, Pat!).  I attached the flower and ribbons with a velcro strip so the gift can be opened and closed over and over without having to retie a bow....and that's just what I've been doing all day! it's going to be an explosion box - but where do I take it from there?  Let's see - eight small squares to work with - and it just happens to be our 8th anniversary.  So each border square was scrapped with a picture commemorating a past anniversary.

We can't forget the embellishments!  Flowers & Flourishes from Piccolo Card Decor Set #9 - embellished with Piccolo Girls' Night Out Enamel Powder - were perfect for the small space I had to embellish.


Now...closer to the real gift.  In the center is a small message to Gene - you can see his instructions are to Lift and Scan.

When he lifts the flap, there is a QR Code from Stkr.It - of course, embellished with Piccolo Decor!

He will take his phone and scan the QR code . . . 


and get more instructions!  (Why should our anniversary be any different than any other I can just give my orders via a QR Code!)

He clicks REVIEW - and he learns what his real gift is.  I know it will just take him seconds to figure it about you?

You can purchase the Piccolo Decor Set and enamel powder at

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