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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Friday, September 7, 2012

One more CHA Halloween Project

I get to share one more project that went to CHA for the Winter show in Chicago:

This is the Pumpkins Ornament available for $3.99. I embossed the pieces with Siam Silver ($6.49) and then inked them with alcohol inks. For the vines on the pumpkins I used the Medium Flourishes charm set ($3.99), embossed with the Mossy Glen enamel ($6.49). Before I adhered everything together I added a bit of moss to the inside of my piece. It's backed with just plain white cardstock so I could make sure and glue all my moss down securely.. nothing worse than moss (or other bits!) floating around inside a plastic globe! On the outside of my globe I twirled some brown wire and adhered a vintage button to the top. Sort of a "third" pumpkin on the outside :) 

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Holidays are Coming....

Hello Everyone.

Today I am hoping to inspire you to think about what you are doing for gifts this holiday season. There are only 111 days till Christmas, will you be ready? I have been working on these gorgeous Christmas ornaments from Globecraft Memories. These ornaments are a great gift idea for family, friends, and hostesses during the holiday season. The best part is they are fun to make.

Make the Angel Ornament heavenly with Piccolo Enamel Powders.

The Sledding Ornament can be painted or covered in Piccolo Enamel Powders. I embossed the outside rim, painted it all white and then embossed around the snowflakes.

Give this ornament to those on your nice list. After embossing Santa I painted the background red to make him pop, then I added the ever popular backers twine around the rim.

Paint the back of globe to highlight the image inside or leave it plain to see all the way through the ornament. The choices are limitless: paint, paper, emboss, or any combination of those will create a fabulous and unforgettable holiday memory.

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