Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Wishing you each a lovely and blessed Easter,
celebrating our risen Savior.

~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Cross for Helmar

Easter is just around the corner. It holds special meaning and great joy for me.
Our Savior overcame the cross for our sins to be forgiven.

I've created a special Easter decor project to help celebrate this year.
I've covered a resin cross with lovely spring colored flowers

Easter Cross

Tips and Techniques
I started out with a resin cross and adhered a variety of Wild Orchid Craft Mulberry flowers with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. As you can see in the photo, I placed a generous squeeze of adhesive on the back of this white rose, then adhered it to the cross. I placed all the flowers and Scripture to get an attractive arrangement, then started adhering. This is the last flower to go on the cross.

Although I mostly used the 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, I also placed a few of the flowers at an angle using Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

I selected this Easter Scripture stamp to use and die cut a tag to fit the size of my stamp. I stamped in a coordinating color and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for extra dimension. The tag is adhered with 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

Helmar Products

Other Products
Resin Cross
Wild Orchid Crafts (Available at Really Reasonable Ribbon)
~ 15mm Open Roses: White
~ 20mm Open Roses: Ivory/Pale Pink; White
~ 25mm Cottage Rose: Mixed White/Cream; Mixed Pink; Mixed Purple/Lilac
~ 35mm Trellis Roses: Mixed Pink Tones
~ Cherry Blossoms ~ Mixed Pinks
~ Chrysanthemums: Mixed Pink/White
~ Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers: Pink/White, Purple
~ Large Wild Rosebuds: 2-Tone Pink
~ Sweetheart Blossoms: 2-Tone Baby Pink; White
Spellbinders ~ Opulent Ovals
White Cardstock
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Inx - Wisteria
Clearsnap ~ Clear Embossing Powder

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Faith Hope Love Layout for Leaky Shed Studio and Guest Designing for SEM

I'm so honored to have been asked to guest design for
Scrapping Everyday Miracles this month.

SEM has three challenges this month to choose from.
#1 Theme Challenge - Faith, Hope, Love (One or more of these)
#2 Card Sketch Challenge
#3 Layout Sketch Challenge

For all the details, stop by the SEM blog.

I've combined the theme and layout sketch challenges for my page
and feature beautiful Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard.

Weddings are such special days. Those of you who follow my blog know that Elizabeth and Andrew's relationship is centered around a love for our Lord. When I see this photo of the two of them, I sense that they looking forward to a life of  . . . 

Faith . . . Hope . . . Love

I flipped the SEM sketch as shown.

Tips and Techniques
The photo is framed with large Clock #2. I created texture with extra thick gesso that I tamped with a stencil brush. Once dry I painted with metallic gold paint. The sentiment is cut from coordinating paper using a Cameo Silhouette file.

I clustered with flowers, Prima heart gears, bling, and die cut leaves. I've also added some stamping and stenciled molding paste to the background.

The Leaky Shed Studio Butterfly on Garden Spring fits this background design on the gorgeous BoBunny paper so perfectly!!

I heat embossed the flourish with red and green Fran-tage Embossing powder, then embellished with self-adhesive pearls.

The Leaky Shed Studio Heart Key and Fancy Keyhole represent how these two hold the key to the other's heart. A simply coat of gold metallic paint gives them an easy gilded finish.

I fussy cut these pieces from coordinating paper to created this layered medallion. The layout edges are distressed and the bottom corner has some machine stitching.

Leaky Shed Studio Products
Key Hole Fancy

Other Products
BoBunny ~ Autumn Song - Melody, Beautiful
BoBunny ~ Time Piece - Home
BoBunny ~ The Avenues - Shutters
Prima ~ Junkyard Findings - Heart Gears
BoBunny ~ Brads - Autumn Song
BoBunny ~ Licorice Jewels
BoBunny ~ Blossoms - Natural Earth Daisy; Wildberry Daisy
Petaloo ~ Beaded Peonies, Small Plum
Want2Scrap ~ Say it with Pearls - White
Queen & Co. Pearls - Pearl
Close to My Heart ~ Timeless Charms
Memory Box Die ~ Norwich Corner
Lumiere Paint ~ Brass
Liquitex ~ Flexible Modeling Paste
Fran-tage Embossing Enamel - Aged Hunter; Aged Scarlett
Ranger ~ Perfect Medium Pad
Ranger ~ Inkssentials Embossing Pen, Clear
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy, Seedless Preserves
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Sage
Art Gone Wild Stamps ~ Donna Salazar - Dear Sir; Stanza
Prima Stencil ~ Flourish 6" x 6"
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Zutter ~ Donna Salazar - Distrezz-it-All
Darice ~ Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Helmar Design Team Announcement

I'm so excited to share that I've been asked to stay for a second term at Helmar.

Stop by the Helmar blog to check out the talented new design team.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Butterfly Card and Tutorial for Donna Salazar

Spring is finally in the air here in Ohio!! The crocuses are blossoming and the breezes are starting to warm. 

I enjoy creating cards with the warmth of a personal touch, both in times of celebration and in times of loss as the case is for this card. 

I've featured Donna Salazar's Spellbinders Wonderful Wings Dies and Tinkle Dust Glitter to create these lovely Twinkling Butterflies and have included a photo tutorial.

Butterfly Card

Tips and Techniques
Here's a close-up of the Twinkling Butterflies. Please scroll down to find my tutorial.

I've embellished with one of my Open Lace Roses using Donna's Spellbinders Grand Peony and Rose Creation Dies. My tutorial for these flowers can be found here. (Please note, even the largest of the "Grand" Peony dies fit in regular size die cut machines.) 

Below the rose, I've layered Spellbinders Foliage leaves cut from Donna's Mix'd Media Stax 2 Mulberry paper. Some are lightly inked and some left in the natural color.

Another view of the butterflies and flower.

I've stamped the sentiment with Donna's Mix'd Media Inx, then heat embossed with Clearsnap clear embossing powder. 

Edges of the card and sentiment flag are distressed with Donna's Zutter Distrezz-it-All and I've machine stitched around the card edge. 

I've used the same techniques for the sentiment inside the card. 

A side view.

Twinkling Butterfly Tutorial

Supply List
Donna Salazar Products
Spellbinders ~ Wonderful Wings Dies
Clearsnap ~ Twinkle Dust Glitter - Mixed Berries
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Denim

Other Products
Clearsnap ~ Glue Gloss
Want2Scrap ~ Say It with Pearls Baby Bling - White
Want2Scrap ~ Say It with Pearls - Tear Drop Pearls - White
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer

Step 1. Select one of the Wonderful Wings Butterflies and cut from a scrap of white or light cream cardstock. 

***Hint*** To more easily remove the intricately cut paper from the die, layer two sheets of wax paper between the die and the paper when cutting.

Step 2. Lightly rub Denim Mix'd Media Inx across the edges of the wings as shown.

Step 3. Brush Glue Gloss across the wings in the areas you have inked. 

Step 4. Sprinkle the wet glue with Donna's Twinkle Dust Glitter in Mixed Berries. (Donna's Fairy Dust Glitter has been renamed to Twinkle Dust Glitter.)

Step 5. Add pearls for the body of the butterfly.

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studio ~ Natural Beauty Collection
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Denim
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Bluejay
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder - Jasmine
Clearsnap ~ Twinkle Dust Glitter (Formerly Fairy Dust Glitter)
Spellbinders ~ Wonderful Wings
Spellbinders ~ Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Rose Creations
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
We R Memory Keepers ~ Storytime Cloud Cardstock
Want2Scrap ~ TearDrop Pearls, white
Want2Scrap ~ Baby Bling Pearls, white
Want2Scrap ~ Beautiful Bling Border
Darice ~ Finishing Accent Brads 12mm Crystal AB
Organza Ribbon ~ Stash
Lace ~ Stash
Doily ~ Stash
White Thread ~ Stash
Clearsnap ~ Clear Embossing Powder
Spellbinders ~ Foliage; Pendants in Spades; Opulent Ovals
Close to My Heart ~ Sincere Expressions; Look to the Light
Clearsnap ~ Glue Gloss
Helmar ~ Craft and Hobby PVA Glue; 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Sewing Machine

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Monday, April 7, 2014

Published at Magazine

I'm so delighted to share that two of my layouts have been published

Stop on over to check out all the inspiration in the

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"First Day" April OUAS Reveal Featuring Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard

It's reveal day for the April Once Upon A...Sketch Challenge. Nadia has another gorgeous sketch for us to work with this month. My mixed media layout features Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard.

Weddings are special days and life changing events.

This is our daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Andrew, on their special day.

"First Day of Forever"
I've included the following journaling on the back of my page.

"Elizabeth, when you met Andrew you sensed that he was your soul mate. How thrilled you were to find that he felt the same for you. Your wedding day was the first day of your lives together as husband and wife, an event that changed both of your lives forever. I pray that you will have many happy years together."

Journaling Theme: "An event that changed my life..." 

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journaling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journaling (hidden journaling is fine). Acceptable journaling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journaling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journaling is! 

Tips and Techniques
I cut apart a Leaky Shed Studio French Oval Frame and tucked the top portion under my photo for a decorative accent in the side cluster along with Prima Flowers and die cuts. 

The white zinnia is a fashion accessory piece that comes from my stash. I've collected numerous non-traditional supplies for my paper crafting and have set a goal to do a better job of using them up!! 

This bottom cluster features one of the Leaky Shed Studio Springtime Flowers. I painted it with Brass Lumiere metallic paint, then shaded with Halo Pink Gold. The etched lines are darkened with a distress marker, which adds color, but is transparent so the shimmer from the paint is still visible, an easy way to highlight these etched pieces without using a detail brush to paint in the fine lines.

For the left cluster I've layered a large Prima daisy with more die cuts and another of the Leaky Shed Studio Springtime Flowers painted as above. 

I attended a Scrapbook Expo recently with some friends and picked up some lovely dies I've been wanting. I've layered die cuts using my new dies into the clusters. 

Another shot of this cluster that better shows my LSS chipboard piece. You can also see the splatter above the photo I created using the new Distress Marker Spritzer tool.

This 7 Dots Studio Messy Head paper is so perfect for this layout, both the color and design.

This final shot is of a retired LSS Flower Leaf Border. I'm thinking this piece should come out of retirement!! I painted it with more of the same Lumiere paints and added paper flowers. 

I created a lighter ink splatter here below the photos, then applied molding paste over top with my Jacobean Floral stencil 

My layout is also posted on the Leaky Shed Studio blog today. Thanks for taking the time to stop over there if you have a chance to leave some love.

Leaky Shed Studio Products
French Oval Frame
Springtime Flowers
Flower Leaf Border (Retired)

Other Products
7 Dots Studio ~ Messy Head - Just Saying
White Cardstock - stash
Fancy Pants ~ Road Show 12" x 12" pad
Basic Grey ~ Alphabet Stickers - White, bas 3984
Prima ~ Parisa Mayfair Mix
Prima ~ Melisse Belle
Prima ~ Candies Flower Bucket
Prima ~ Tea Roses, Latte
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Wild Open Roses 15mm, Ivory (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Darice Accessories ~ Zinnia, white
Lace ~ stash
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Tea Dye, Weathered Wood
Ranger ~ Distress Marker - Dried Marigold
Liquitex ~ Gesso
Golden - Light Molding Paste
Lumiere Paint ~ Halo Pink Gold, Brass
DecoArt ~ Americana Classic Stencil - Jacobean Floral
Tim Holtz ~ Stampers Anonymous - Seamless Experience Set
Spellbinders ~ Flourish Trim
Memory Box ~ Quinn Flourish Die
Memory Box ~ Norwich Corner Die
Memory Box ~ Leafy Branch Die
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Ranger ~ Distress Marker Spritzer Tool
Tonic ~ Tim Holtz - Paper Distresser

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments
~ Blessings ~

Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Guy Time" Layout with Faux Metal Gear Tutorial for Donna Salazar

I just adore this fun photo of our son-in-law and his groomsmen goofing around before the wedding. Donna's March Sketch'n Color Challenge includes Honey, Adobe, and Leather. The brick walls of the church in the background worked so perfectly with these colors. 

"Guy Time"

March Sketch'n Color
For details on how to join this month's challenge go here.

Tips and Techniques
Although I did not create my flowers for this project, I colored them some of them with Donna's inks and the larger flowers were stamped using Donna's Art Gone Wild Crackle stamp. I used more stamping around the borders of the page and around the photo using the Ruler, Bubble Wrap, Dear Sir, and Crackle stamps. 

Here's a close-up of the Faux Metal Gears I created with Donna's Spellbinder Sprightly Sprockets dies. These are so easy to make, and I've included a tutorial below. 

A friend recently had some old film developed and gave me the end pieces. I used some to frame my photo. The chicken wire is from another friend and the patina is real. It was actually used for a chicken coop at one point. And check out the patina and old paint on this vintage key - a yard sale find. 

I mixed some of Donna's Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Reinkers in Black and Leather to splatter across the page. 

Another close-up shot of the fabulous gears below the photo. I have a confession to make. I had created another page for this photo with a strip of stenciled bricks across the page. It just wasn't working for me, so I started over again. The first page was not a total loss since I cut the bricks into strips and tucked them in around my photo and clusters. They were created using Donna's Want2Scrap Small Brick Stencil (8" x 10") with extra coarse Pumice Gel Medium then colored with Mix'd Media Inx.

Faux Metal Gear Tutorial
I enjoy creating masculine pages and grungy metallic gears are such a perfect embellishment. They are so easy, and all who see them can't believe they're not metal. 

Die Cut Machine ~ Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer
Good Quality Black Cardstock
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar - Sprightly Sprockets Dies
Clearsnap ~ Gold Ink
Clearsnap ~ Copper Ink

Step 1. Cut and emboss black cardstock with Sprightly Sprocket dies, making sure you have a nice embossed imprint on the paper. 

Step 2. Rub the embossed paper gear with gold metallic ink. 

Step 3. Rub the gear with copper metallic ink. The ink really brings out the texture of the embossing. I used a light hand with the ink, allowing the black to show around the embossed areas. You can always layer on more ink if needed. 

***Hint*** You can use any color(s) of metallic ink and even a bit of aqua or teal for a patina effect if desired ~ whatever goes with your layout. 

I hope you've been inspired to create a project for Donna's
March Girlie Grunge Sketch'n Color Challenge.
Details for the challenge can be found here.

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studio ~ Natural Beauty Collection
GCD Studio ~ Natural Beauty Chipboard Alpha
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Leather, Adobe, Black, Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx Reinker - Black, Leather
Want2Scrap ~ Small Brick Stencil (8" x 10')
Spellbinders ~ Sprightly Sprockets
Art Gone Wild ~ Crackle Stamp
Art Gone Wild ~ Dear Sir Stamp
Art Gone Wild ~ Bubble Wrap Stamp
Art Gone Wild ~ Ruler Stamp

Other Products
Black Cardstock
Idea-ology ~ Word Sticks, Mini Screw Brads
Petaloo Darjeeling Collection ~ Mini Daisies, Hydrangea, Anemone Mix
Vintage Key ~ Stash
Chicken Wire ~ Stash
Film Strip ~ Stash
Holiday Inspirations - Canvas Ribbon
Clearsnap ~ Metallic Ink - Gold, Copper
Golden Extra Coarse Pumice Gel
Hemar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Hemar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Hemar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Hemar ~ Craft and Hobby PVA Glue
Hemar ~ Zapdots - black 1/2" round

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~