Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Marion Smith Designs and Leaky Shed Studios

I'm hosting a fun challenge at the Flying Unicorn this month, all you have to do is a layout, card, or tag and use pop dots, cardboard, foam, etc to pop up at least 3 different things including one layer!  Easy peasy, and loads of fun.  You could win a fabulous RAK too.  Our challenge winners are chosen by random selection so everyone has an equal chance!

I've used Marion Smith Designs new Garment District papers for this layout and a bit of Mad Tea Party too.  I am so excited to see Marion designing on her own and I have loved every single sheet in the 3 collections she has released.

The beautiful birdcage is a Leaky Shed Designs that I've covered with Stampendous aged ivory embossing powder.  I love the look these powders give to chipboard!

In the next two photos you can see how I've popped up the layers.  I used a thick cardboard box on the first layer and much thinner cardboard on the next layers.  Cardboard is great for popping up your layers as you don't have to worry about sag or using so much foam tape.

Cardstock: Core'dinations
Patterned paper: Marion Smith Designs Garment District collection: base - Manhatten, pink floral - Blush, gray - French Line, Mad Tea Party Collection: green floral - Spot of Tea,
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Studios Birdcage
Embossing powder: Stampendous aged Ivory
Diecuts and punches: Martha Stewart punch around the page Flourish Lace, Scallop 3 Dot; Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose
Flowers: Prima Le Mia 571498 white
Ink: Mixd Media Inx vintage, Distress walnut stain
Mist: Lindy's Wild Honeysuckle Coral, Apline Ice Rose
Other: Flying Unicorn lace, Prima resin bird

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Graphic 45 Couture

I seriously love this Graphic 45 collection!!  I love the reds and black in the collection and the images are just so fun!!  I have to thank one of our members, Marcia,  at the Flying Unicorn for supplying me with this great vintage photo of the ladies showing off their shoes.  It is such a perfect photo for these papers!

Recently I got a Silhouette Cameo and wow, am I impressed!  I cut the title "It's all about the shoes" on my Cameo.  The letters came out perfect!!  I am loving it!!

 I've used a Leaky Shed Studio  Iron Leaf Corner #543 in the upper right corner that I misted with Lindy's Golden Lump O' Coal.

 I made the flowers using Sizzix's Tattered Floral die and I  rolled the small roses that I diecut with a La La Land die. 

I fussy cut some roses and leaves from the Couture collection and then I used Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose stamp to make more leaves that would look like the collection leaves.

On the right you can see a couple of the Bella Rose stamped leaves, they do look alot like the ones I fussy cut in the photo above don't they?

Supplies - you can get most of these things at the Flying Unicorn store:

Patterned paper:  Graphic45 Couture: red base-Fabulous 4500821, black patterened - 6 x6 paper pad, Cut apart - Elegant, stamps strip - Classy 4500820, Couture stickers and chipboard
Chipboard:  Leaky ShedStudio  Iron Leaf Corner 543.
Diecuts and punches: Alterations Tattered Floral, La la Land rolled roses,
Ink:  Distress Fired Brick, Black Soot
 Mist:  Lindy's Creme Brulee Cream,  Golden Lump O' Coal
Other:  Prima SIIS flower centers

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Leaky Shed Word Chippies

Take a look at these great word chippies from Leaky Shed and on this layout I've used some from the Family Tree collection, "Families are Forever". I painted the chipboard pieces with Emperor's Gold Silks and then lightly brushed on a little Pink Grapefruit on the chippies and the flowers just to tie everything all together.

I used Marion Smith Designs newest collection, Garment District. It's full of vintage colors and images that I love so much! I even dug out my sewing machine to tie into the collection's title! I stamped here and there with some pink paint and coffee archival ink. If you look closely you can see that I used a doily mask and Lindy's mist.

Patterned paper: Marion Smith Designs Garment District: Frame - He Said, Strip/floral - Fitting Room, circle and floral sq - French Line
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Studio Family Tree
Flowers: Prima Engraver fabric flowers, Prima Bellas, Petaloo velvet hydrangeas sienna,
Ink: Distress Walnut Brown, Archival ink coffee
Mist: Lindy's Winter Jasmine Gold
Masks: TCW, Prima Lace Doily #3
Masking paste: Ayeeda Gesso
Paint: Splash of Color Silks Acrylic Glaze Pink Grapefruit, Emperor's Gold, Claudia Hellmuth Painterly Pink

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ranger Embossing Antiquities powder

I love dressing up my chipboard and diecuts with embossing powder!  I think it gives chipboard such a finished look and there are so many different things you can do with it.  Today I  want to show you my latest find, available in the Flying Unicorn store, Ranger Embossing Antiquities powder.  It leaves a textured finish on your chipboard and depending on what color you are using, you may get a varied color effect.

I've been working on a mini for a friend whose Yorkies got "married".  LOL, it has been fun.  On these first two pages I've mixed Fabscraps Marie Antoinette and Shabbylicious collections.   I used Ranger Antiquities Rose Quartz on the words Bride and Forever and Verdigris on the rose petals.  It has a more elegant and subdued effect than Stampendous Embossing Enamel which I also LOVE!  I've used Stampendous on the frame and the rose itself.

 Then on this tag featuring Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas I've used Ranger Embossing Antiquites Weathered White on the Leaky Shed poodle chipboard and also on the picture frame (I only partially covered the picture frame to give it an antique look.) It was perfect to represent  the curly texture of a poodle's coat.

Here's a layout with Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas and a Leaky Shed Studios Julie Nuttig chippy.  I really love how her dress looks. I used Range Embossing Antiquities Chinese Red on this one and you can see that it has gold and multicolored red in the powder and really gave her dress a beautiful Christmas sparkle!  For the fur trim I used Aleene's Glitter Snow. (you could use a similar product, Glistening Snow-Tex)

There are a lot of different colors available so check it out.  I think you'll love using this on your chippies!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A cigar box altered with G45 Couture.

First a thank you to my good friend, Jen aka jrabs for giving me this fabulous wooden cigar box.  The moment I saw it I knew it would be altered with something from Graphic 45!!  Well when Couture came out, I literally swooned, it was the perfect collection to use for altering my box!

The box itself is so pretty that I did not want to entirely cover it with paper so I used the black wood as framing for my papers.  The wood is a bit rough so I sealed it with mod podge to prevent those painful wood splinters!

I used a Tim Holtz Idea-ology knob for the lid, Petaloo flowers, and some metal flowers that I had.  In the upper right corner is a Leaky Shed chippy embossed with Stampendous aged black embossing enamel.  It's perfect for this box!

 Top/side view


Leaky Shed small flower corner embossed with Stampendous aged black embossing enamel.

I dabbed Stampendous aged silver embossing enamel on the metal flower and heat set, then topped with rhinestones.

Inside view.

Leaky Shed 4" Julie Nuttig doll Spooky.  Her dress is done with Stampendous marcasite embossing powder.  I love the sparkly effect it gives.

I placed the Webster's cameo on a frame and filled in the size difference with Stampendous glass glitter.  


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Two special tags

Yesterday was baking day at my house and I made lots of cookies and butterscotch haystacks.   After I got finished with my baking, I made these two tags to accompany two batches of cookies that I delivered this morning to my veterinarian and her staff.  She is very special to me and has been through the death of two of my beloved poodles with me.  Her kindness and compassion has always touched my heart and so I like to say thanks in a special way.

Both of these tags were done with Graphic 45's Twelve Days of
Christmas.  This one has a Leaky Shed chipboard poodle that I've heat embossed with Ranger Antiquities embossing enamel in Weathered White.  It leaves a rough surface after heating and so it worked perfectly to mimic a poodle's curly coat.  The frame is a Sizzix diecut that I've sprinkled some Stampendous shabby green embossing enamel on to give it a snowy look.   The poinsettias are an older Petaloo vine, gosh I wish I had some more of these!!

Cottage Cutz made the die from which I cut this adorable poodle. LOL, when I showed this tag to my husband, he says "I've never seen a polka dotted poodle."  Men, engineers in particular, they are so literal!!!

The oval frame is a Spellbinder's frame and I used aged gold Stampendous embossing enamel around the edges on this one.  Hmm, can you tell, that is a favorite technique?  The pretty green ribbon is May Arts

Supplies: Most supplies came from the Flying Unicorn store

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas collection
Leaky Shed Studio Poodle
Stampendous Embossing Enamel, Shabby Green, Aged Gold,
Ranger Antiquities Weathered White Embossing Enamel
May Arts ribbon
Flying Unicorn lace
Lindy's Winter Jasmine Gold, Blazing Sun, Cosmopolitan Pink, Cape Cod Coral
Petaloo Canterbury Collection:  Poinsettia and Berries Branch, Magnolia and Berries Pick

Don't miss our sale this weekend!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A quick tags project with Leaky Shed

It's that time of the year when quick is always a good thing and practical is even better!  Of course I ran out of gift tags when wrapping gifts so the debate was whether to run to town or make my own.  It wasn't much of a debate since it was pouring down rain and who wants to go out in that?  Mind you, I am not complaining since so much of the country is suffering from ice and snow storms.

So I thought about this package of blank tags from Leaky Shed that I have and thought they would be just the perfect size for making To/From tags!

I gave each tag a quick coat of paint with Viva Maya Gold paint as a starting point.  (This is wonderful paint, it has a metallic base and sparkles so pretty.)  Then I rummaged around and found some little stickers and tiny Petaloo poinsettias and adhered to my tag and presto, a cute little gift package tag!

I fussy cut the gingerbread man and popped him up, added a couple little stickers and doodled around the edges with a white Sharpie paint pen!

I stamped the Christmas tree image and sprinkled with silver embossing powder, added some red stickles for the ornaments, and then added glass glitter around the edges.

Another one done with a sticker, poinsettia and a bit of glittered foliage from Michael's floral department.

 On this one I glued and offset a  round tag behind the square tag just to add a little interest.  I used a Martha Stewart holly punch for the foliage and outlined with a gold pen.

So time invested?  About a half hour!  That's my kind of project for this time of year when there's so much to be done!  I am sorry for the poor quality photos, it's been gloomy and rainy here for the past several days and its still raining!  The camera is picking up the sparkle highlights in the paint and making it appear rough when actually it is a smooth beautiful finish like the red on the gingerbread man tag.

Supplies:  All available at the Flying Unicorn store, I've linked everything up for you!

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog!  I hope you find some time to create during this busy time of the year.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mojo Monday sketch at the Flying Unicorn!

Every Monday we have a new Mojo Monday sketch challenge designed to jump start your creativity! And you could win a gift certificate to the Flying Unicorn store just by entering your take on the sketch in our challenge!

This week's inspiration comes from Alda and it's perfect for your holiday photos. You could use the non traditional colors of her sketch or go with traditional Christmas colors as I have done.  And you could also do a non Christmas interpretation of the sketch!

I flipped the sketch from left to right and used Kaisercraft's St Nicholas collection which has a paper with the Christmas balls printed right on the paper; that sure works well with my sketch!

Patterned paper:  KaisercraftSt Nicholas collection:  Base - Bellsnickle, circle - PapaNoel, Frame-Grandfather Frost, music sheet - Kriss Kringle
Chipboard:  DA0648 Christmas Trees #2
Diecuts and punches:  pine sprigs - Alterations pine cone die
Flowers:   Petaloo Cantebury Magnolia and Berries vine, Petaloo Botanica Faux Dried Booms Cranberry/Amber/Green
Mist:  Lindy's Ponderosa Pine Olive, Glimmer Mist Timberline, Shimmerz Vibez Snow Storm, Glitz Spritz Blazin' Sun
 Masks:  Prima Doily
 Masking paste:  Viva Modeling Creme Mother of Pearl Champagne
Other:   TPC Studio - Timeless Christmas  Metal Accents

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Another December Kit of the Month project!

Here's another layout that I did with the Flying Unicorn December KOM,  This one features Marion Smith Designs Nirvana collection which is a fave for sure!  I also used some great Leaky Shed corner chipboards pieces around my photo as well as a diecut sizzix frame for the photo.  I love the way the corner pieces just pull your eye right in to the photo and journaling.  I used Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel on the chippies and the frame to make them really stand out! Then I did some stencilingl on the background.


Patterned paper: Marion Smith Designs Nirvana collection: base - Cloud 9 (included in the kit) MS101004, circle - Photo Op (included in the kit) MS101008, typewriter keys & rounded rectangles pp - Typography (from my stash), beige - Bliss ms101005 
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Flower Leaf corner 312-3, Flower corner 362CB (from my stash)
Embossing powder: Stampendous aged gold (from my stash),
Diecuts and punches: Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose , Sizzix frame (from my stash)
Flowers: Petaloo Mixed Textured black (from my stash) 1256-209, Prima Queen Mary Vintage 566203 (included in the kit)
Mist: Lindy's Winter Jasmine Gold & Golden Lump of Coal, Glimmer Mist Black Magic (from my stash)
Masks: TCW Tile Texture, Prima mini flora 569419 (from my stash)
Masking paste: Viva Ferro Altgold (from my stash)
Other: Bo Bunny jewels Et Cetera (from my stash), Prima Mechanicals Vintage Trinkets (included in the kit)  961145, Craf-t Products Kit 2 gold rubon (from my stash), Prima Stamp "Amazing" Zypher (included in the kit) 559526


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