Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A BIG tag for Creative Embellishments

Hello, I hope you're having a stellar Wednesday!  I have something that I think looks  a little bit different from my usual style to share with you today.  I started out with a large (5.5" x 10") tag from the Creative Embellishments store that I painted with white gesso and a cut-apart from Graphic 45's Couture collection.

I popped up a layer of Couture design paper with cardboard as the bottom layer on my tag.  Then I added a Couture cut-apart layer that has also been popped up with cardboard.  I topped that with the Infinite Rectangle Frame.  At the bottom I used  a word from the Gorgeous Small Border Word Set.  I colored all the chipboard pieces with Prima Empress Gold Color Burst mist.  

Next I layered on the Vintage Flourish Set 3 on either side of the frame.  I was trying to achieve an elegant art deco look.  Then I added a metal flower.  To get the look on the metal, I dabbed on some embossing fluid and then sprinkled with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel and heated.  If you try this, be careful as that metal does heat up quickly!

 To finish it off, I used Prima Metallique Vintage Gold paste all around the edges of the tag and the design paper.

I didn't have any ribbon or fiber that suited me so I took black seam binding and misted it with Lindy's Golden Lump o' Coal. I really love how that turned out!

Creative Embellishments Products Used:

Thank you so much for joining me today, I do appreciate it.  Be sure to visit the Creative Embellishments store often, Nicolle is always adding new designs!

Another thing you don't want to miss is our monthly challenge.  You can make any kind of project and you don't have to use a CE product, (though we do love it if you do and you get an extra entry)!  The winner is chosen randomly so everyone has a chance to win a great gift certificate to the store.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pop Up Card and tutorial for Cheery Lynn Designs

Cheery Lynn Designs recently released a vintage collection of dies that is just full of great dies.  I cut this adorable baby pram with one of the dies in that release.  Isn't it just adorable?

I started with a 5 1/2" square card and added layers of design paper enhance the pram.  The first layer from the bottom is cut with the largest die in the Horizon French Flair Boutique Stacker Frames  and the next layer is cut with the Square Frames 3 Piece Die Set.  

Let's take a closer look at the Baby Pram.  I die cut two prams, one from pink design paper and the other from cream cardstock.  Then I cut the hood from the cream pram and glued it to the pink pram.  Then I used some bling for the wheel hubs and hood attachment.

I love these Horizon Fishtail Banners.   They come in a set of three and I diecut two different sizes  and then cut them to the length I needed for this card.  Then add a sentiment stamp and you've got an adorable card front!  The stamp I used is from Graphic 45's Little Darlings collection.

Now for the pop up part!  I used  Graphic 45's new Penny's Paper Doll Family collection  to make this card and for the inside I fussy cut a baby pram from design paper.  I am a novice at pop-up cards and I will admit that they do intimidate me, so this one is nice and simple, but I think it's really cute!
In this shot, you can see the pop up mechanism.  I simply cut into the card 1 1/4" in two spots (where the wheels of the pram are) and then glued the pram to the face of the pop up mechanism.  Easy peasy right?  Ok, I did make a model from copy paper first.  😃

Cheery Lynn Dies Used:

B898 Baby Pram - 1 Piece Die Set

In making this card, I learned that pop up cards are not as difficult as they look.  I put together this tutorial to encourage you to give it a try!

Step 1:
Cut a piece of cardstock 11" x 5.5" , score at 5.5" making a 5.5" square card.
Step 2:

Cut a piece of design paper 10 3/4" x 5 1/4".  Score at 5 3/8" and fold on the score line to make the inner card.  (Ignore the cut in the card for now).

Step 3:
Use the largest die from the Horizon French Flair Boutique Stacker Frames 3 Piece Die Set to diecut the green layer (Forever Friends). If you don't have that die, you can achieve a similar look by cutting a 5 1/4" square. 

Diecut a large square from the blue print paper (Garden Path) with the Square Frames 3 Piece Die Set , Again if you don't have this die, cut a 4 1/4" square layer from the blue paper

Diecut a pink (B side Garden Path) Baby Pram and a cream cardstock Baby Pram. Then cut the hood from the cream pram and adhere to the pink pram as shown. If you do not have the Baby Pram die, you could fussy cut the pram from the Mothers and Daughters design paper.
Step 4:
Fussy cut the pram and the Special Delivery stamp from Mothers and Daughters design paper.
Step 5:
Take the inner card from step 2 and on the outside (such that the card opens vertically) shown in the below photo, measure in and mark from the left side 1" and 2 7/8". Cut straight down 1 1/4".  Make another 1 1/4"cut at 1 1/2"  making a 1/2" tab.  Cut down from the 2 7/8" mark 1 1/4"  Then make another 1 1/4 cut" down at 3 3/8" making a second tab.  
Step 6:
Score the tabs only and fold the tabs in as shown below creating steps.  Attach scor-tape, or use the adhesive of your choice, to the vertical facing only.

Step 7:
Adhere the baby carriage to the vertical facing, lining the wheels up with the steps so that they are hidden from view.  Be sure that the wheels are just above the crease line so that when the card is folded, the carriage lays flat.
Step 8:
Trim the stamps and narrow blue border from the Beyond Borders paper to 5 1/4".
Step 9:
Adhere the stamps about 3/4" from the bottom and the narrow blue strip about 1/2" from the top as shown. 
Step 10:
Stamp or add a sentiment above the stamp border as shown. 
Step 11:
Now we'll work on the outside of the card.  Adhere the diecut green design paper to the front of the card.  Be sure you have the card situated so it opens vertically.

Step 12:
Center and adhere the blue square over the green paper.
Step 13:
Diecut a fishtail banner with the middle sized die from the Horizon Fishtail Banners 3 Piece Die Set from scraps.  I used a scrap from Fathers and Sons.  Trim the banner to about 2 3/4" and adhere about 1/2" from the right side. 
Step 14:

  Diecut another fishtail banner from the B side of Garden Path using the largest die in the set and trim to about 2".  Stamp a sentiment and adhere over the blue banner, about 1" from the right side as shown.
Step 15:
Tie a cute little bow and attach over the banners.

Step 16:
Now glue the inner card inside the cream outer card taking care not to glue the cut out steps that serve as the pop up mechanism. That's it, you've made an adorable pop up card!

 Thanks for joining me today, hope you like the tutorial.    Do you make pop up cards?  If you do, I'd love to see, leave me a link to your card in the comments section.

Graphic 45 papers used for this card -
Penny's Paper Doll Family collection 12 x 12:
  Garden Path
  Forever Friends
  Mothers and Daughters
  Beyond Borders
  Fathers and Sons

Sunday, August 6, 2017

How to use up your stash!

Hello cyber friends! I have got the answer for that BIG question, how do I use up my ever growing stash?  Ok here it is, make a junk journal!  Doing so, will provide you with hours of entertainment as you sort through your stash and wonder what on earth prompted you to buy some things and with other things, you'll be so tickled that you finally got to use that special item!  Those bits and pieces of leftover paper collections are perfect in a junk journal.
These journals are so easy to make if you use Sizzix's XL journal die designed by Eileen Hull.  You just cut out two chip or mat board covers, add your favorite design paper inside and out and then assemble with elastic bands.  The process is so easy, I am guessing that if you give it a try, you will be addicted as am I!!  Though this is my 1st junk journal, it's my 4th journal using this die, in less than a month. Can you say addicted?!

So the next question is, what is a junk journal?  Well it's pretty much like its name, its a journal of junk.  They are often made from old music sheets, paper bags, maps, note papers, junk mail, really anything goes!  I chose to use scraps of scrapbook paper that I have accumulated over the years along with bits and pieces from my very old embellishment stash!  You can then use the journal for whatever you want.  I am using mine simply as a conversation piece.  It's filled with quotes and pictures and just fun "stuff".
I had so much fun searching for just the right "thing" in my stash of "stuff" that I haven't touched in years.  Sometimes I was wondering, did I really buy that, what was I thinking??  But, seriously, what a great way to use up my stash!

These journal dies have been selling like hot cakes and it's been hard to get your hands on one.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique has one in stock as I am writing this.  I made this book for me but I am also entering it in the current Frilly and Funkie challenge, Read Any Good Books Lately,  which is to "create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project, alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! "

I made a video to share my journal with you and hopefully inspire you to make your own junk journal.

Here are a few of my favorite pages.

I did age some paper to use in my journal.  I simply took copy paper, dipped it in tea and then dried in the oven for a few minutes.  That gave me gorgeous aged paper.

The fun thing about junk journals, is that there are no rules. Just have fun, be creative, put your imagination to work!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my journal!  I really appreciate it.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Beautiful, layout for Creative Embellishments

Hi there paper peeps, sharing a favorite photo of my sweet fur babies today scrapped with Photo Play papers and perfectly embellished with chipboard from Creative Embellishments!  The girls adore each other so much that most of the time they are cuddled up together like in this photo.

I recently discoverd Photo Play papers and this one, French Flea Market is just so feminine and perfect for my poodles!  I love the pink with the toile like paper, it really pulls the photo into perfect harmony with the layout.

Creative Embellishments first had these word borders that fit a 12 x 12, now they've made the word borders in smaller sizes.  I love how the word sits perfectly under the photo as if it were part of the photo.  I used shabby pink embossing enamel to finish off the chippy.

Underneath my floral clusters I used corner flourishes and although they are partly hidden, the flourishes still give the clusters that extra something that makes them really stand out.  I used a two part process to treat them, first I covered with Prima's vintage gold Metallique Wax and then I added some embossing enamel, being sure to leave bare spots where the gold would shine through.

Creative Embellishments producs used:

Other Products:
Photo Play French Flea Market collection
Petaloo Fairy Rose Bud
Petaloo Gypsy Rose Branch
Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel
Prima Vintage Gold Metallique Wax

Creative Embellishments has a great challenge every month, check it out on our blog.  It's the first post in the list and there's always a great prize!

Thanks for stopping by today to visit!  I appreciate it.  


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