Saturday, May 26, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 ~ May

I've been trying out a technique from each of the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012. This month, I actually created a tag!! 

I have done most of the techniques on this tag before, but it was the first time I dipped flowers into UTEE. Didn't they turn out cute!! Instead of a dress image in the upper right side, I selected a portion of the pattern with printing to use instead and attached a needle and thread trinket to the hanger. 

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~ Blessings ~

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Celebrate Friends ~ DT reveal for The Stamping Scrapper

It's time for another of Shannon's wonderful sketches. I decided to go outside my current shabby mixed media style to a more funky feel in this layout to go with the fun photo of our girls getting together with friends and having a great time.

Here is The Stamping Scrapper May Sketch: 

I had fun with Bo Bunny Ad Lib using paper, brads, rub-ons, and stickers from the collection along with some Bazzill card stock. 

The chevron design was stamped using black Archival ink and a stamp from the Basic Grey Plumera collection then fussy cut. The orange cardstock strip was stamped with the Glitz Clear Stamps Distressing collection. I stamped the grid pattern from the Glitz collection randomly over the photo mat. The green patterned paper circle was stamped lightly with Peeled Paint Distress ink using another stamp from the Glitz collection. 

I fussy cut the funky flower design and centered the flowers with rhinestones of different colors and sizes. The circle border strip is from Bazzill. I cut it apart, used a portion on each side, and hand stitched down the centers. I also included my journaling along the border of the stamped strip and circle along with some doodling. 

I have entered this at 
Bird is the Word ~ Look/see, my journaling says Such fun to SEE friends.
Creations by Gill M ~ Stripes and Spots **
The Happy Scrappers ~ Anything Goes **

Thanks for dropping by! I treasure your comments. 

~ Blessings ~ 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mom ~ DT Reveal ScrapFIT Workout #68 Misty's Mist Mania

The new Challenge posted today at ScrapFIT is to use Mist. I was so excited to see this fun challenge. I added to the fun by personally challenging myself to use mist in three ways on this page. First, I misted over my modeling paste mask using a homemade color mist topped with some glimmer mist and metallic paint. Second, I misted the chipboard pieces under my butterfly. I have posted a tutorial for this technique. Just scroll down this post to find it. And finally, the fussy cut title, Mom, was rubbed with several colors of Distress Ink and then lightly misted with water to give the distressed, mottled look.

In 2000 we moved back to Ohio to be closer to our families. This photo was taken on the spot where our home was to be built. Motherhood is a precious privilege and responsibility. I was inspired by the challenge over at Once Upon A Sketch to scrap and journal about being a mom. 

If you are regular here at ScrapFIT you must have noticed our wonderful Weekend Warm Up Coach, Missy's, love of MISTING! Missy does amazing things with mist including making it herself! So this Workout is a tribute to Missy! We want to see a layout or project with a good amount of misting! Be creative, make your own misting mask, mix your mist colors - think outside the box!

We are so fortunate to have Vicky Alberto sponsoring both of our workouts this month!! 

Vicky's Etsy Shop has an amazing selection of gorgeous Dusty Attic Chipboard. She is also a very talented scrap artist and you can see her gorgeous work at her personal blog, Simply Paper and Creativity

I hope you have been inspired to pull out those mists or make some of your own. Head on over to ScrapFIT to see the innovative misting layouts by our talented design team and to link up your project. I can't wait to see what you create with your mist!!

This Prima paper with the quotation in the top corner was so perfect to convey how I feel about mothering our precious children. I also used the Prima butterfly, hanging trinkets, resin piece and brick stamp. 

I bought the Donna Salazar Sprocket die set last week and couldn't wait to use it. I found this great earring finding that looked like gears and it fit perfectly into the center of the die cut. I placed the rhinestones around the sprocket for some added bling. 

I wrote out Isaiah 41:43 along the bottom of my page. As a mom, it has always been important to convey this message to our children. 

The mask for my modeling paste was cut from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Washer Border die from heavy cardstock.
Misted Puffy Paint Chipboard Tutorial

Supply List:
Chipboard (Want2Scrap Chipboard corner flourish)
White Puffy Paint
White Acrylic Paint
Assorted Mists
Heat Tool
Not Pictured ~ 
Heat Resistant Craft Mat
Sand Paper and/or Precision Files
Large Butterfly (Prima ~ Butterfly Kiss, Moulin Rouge)

Step One: Sand any rough edges on chipboard. Trim if necessary. (I trimmed off the long spikes leaving the butterfly wing shapes.)

Step Two: Squeeze out a THICK layer of puffy paint onto the entire chipboard piece. Be sure to completely cover from edge to edge. 

Step Three: Once the puffy paint has been applied, let this set for about an hour. 

Step Four: Use your heat tool to puff up the paint. Be sure to aim the heat tool on the top and sides of the puffy paint to get as much bubbled texture as possible. I hold the heat tool pretty close to the puffy paint and the edges turn a delightful toasted marshmallow color. 

Step Five: I didn't want my brown chipboard edges showing, so I went back and painted them with white acrylic paint. If you are not going for the toasted marshmallow look you can paint the entire piece. If you want textured chipboard without the mist, paint the entire piece with the color(s) of your choice. 

Step Six: Mist your puffy painted chipboard piece(s). I used a combination of homemade color mist (water and distress re-inkers), Perfect Pearl Mist, Smooch Spritz, Art Co. Metallic Mist, and Glimmer Mist. Depending on the look you are going for, you could use fewer (even one) mists or more. 

Acrylic paint tends to act as a resist to water based color products so your mist will bead up and look mottled, which is the distressed look I was going for. While the mist is wet, you don't want to blot or touch it, or the mist will wipe off. Of course, if you end up with too much of a certain color in the wrong spot, you can dab it with a paper towel to remove the excess, so have fun playing with your mists. When I got the look I wanted, I used my heat tool to dry the mist. Once dry, it is set and does not rub off. 

Now you can arrange your chipboard on your page or card. I spread mine like butterfly wings and centered a gorgeous Prima butterfly on top.

Please let me know if you give this a try!!

I have entered this at 
Once Upon A . . . Sketch with the theme "Mum" mother, mom and a sketch. (May 31)
Word Art Wednesday - I used the verse of the week by hand writing it across the bottom of my layout. **
Scrapbook Sisters: Stamped Background Challenge ~ The brick background on the top half is stamped. **
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes **
Smudgy Antics: Masquerade and stamped image. My butterfly/chipboard could be used on a masquerade mask. The brick image on the top half of the background is stamped. **
Creative Craft Challenges 2: Distressing **
Use it Tuesday: All about mom. The corner crystal flourish has been in my stash for over 2 years. The black brads, modeling paste, rhinestones, and punches have been in my stash for over a year. **
Creative Inspiration Paint: Mother's Day. I used paint over top of my glimmer misted modeling paste. **
Creations by Gill M ~ Stripes and Spots - my stripes are the paper strips and spots - all over - in my masking, bling, pearls . . . **
The Happy Scrappers Challenge ~ Anything goes **

Thanks for stopping by. I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~ 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our Future Forever Linked ~ DT Reveal for ScrapFIT Workout #67 - Doilies

Our son was married to his beautiful bride, Rachel, in December. One of my favorite photos was this wonderful shot of their wedding rings placed on the open pages of Scripture. 

The gorgeous Prima paper and embellishments were a perfect backdrop for my photos.

My mother used to have a doily under every plant, picture frame and nicknack in our house! Doilies are back and being put to good use on our scrapbook layouts and paper crafts! Show us fun and unique ways to use a doily! It can be a pre-made or home made doily. 

Our Sponsor this Month is:

Vicky's Etsy shop has an amazing selection of gorgeous Dusty Attic Chipboard. She is also a very talented scrap artist and you can see her gorgeous work at her personal blog, Simply Paper and Creativity.

I hope you have been inspired to create a layout using those doilies you've had stashed away for that special project. So head on over to ScrapFIT to see the doily inspired layouts by our talented design team and to link up your project. 


Doily Flower ~ I created this flower using vintage dictionary pages, a vintage map page, kraft tissue paper, a doily and layers of tulle. Because these materials would not cut well on my Cricut, I cut a 6 inch scalloped circle from my Art Philosophy cartridge to use as a template to hand cut each layer. I misted the papers with water and scrunched them, then dried them with my heat tool to give the lovely distressed wrinkled look. I then misted all of the layers except the white tulle with brown and green Tattered Angels glimmer mists. I used a small brad to hold the layers together so that I could scrunch and arrange my layers and then added the gorgeous Prima pebble to the center. I surrounded my flower with a Prima Say it with Pearls flourish that I cut into two pieces to use on either side of the flower. I also fussy cut some white lace pieces for the corner. 

I used a tutorial by our oh so talented sponsor, Vicki Alberto, along with a video tutorial at this link from the Donna Salazar blog by Leah's Scrapbook Room as my inspiration for this flower. If you have access to a 6 inch scalloped circle die for the Accucut machine, like in the video, that would make these flowers a breeze to put together. 

Masking with Flexible Modeling Paste ~ I was so excited to find the Crafter's Workshop chicken wire mask on a recent trip to Archivers that I had to use it on my next layout. I sprayed the back of the mask with Krylon Easy-Tack and let it dry, then placed it on my paper where I wanted the mask. I spread a thin layer of flexible modeling paste over a portion of the mask where the design fit nicely with my patterned paper. My paper looked kind of warped, but as it dried, it flattened back out again. It did take a long time to dry - over night. Once dry, I rubbed some coordinating Distress Ink over top and used the Prima Screen stamp behind where I planned to place my larger flower. Oh, and I also used the Prima  Moulin Rouge stamp behind the locket. 

Photo Mat ~ I found a box that had this tiny corrugation and quickly nabbed it for my scrapbook stash. I peeled the top layer off to expose the corrugation - leaving some bits and pieces behind for texture. I used a foam brush to paint the edges with antique white (I wanted the natural color to show in the grooves and a regular paint brush got paint down in those grooves while the foam brush did a nice job of applying paint just to the top edges.), then highlighted with some pink and brown distress ink. The lovely Prima Resin corners were painted and then I rubbed off some of the paint for a distressed look. The locket and gorgeous gems on my banner flowers are also by Prima. I had a tiny ball chain in my stash that I rubbed some black paint into, ran through the locket and wound across the flower banner.

Flower Banner ~ this was so easy peasy. I simply took Prima flowers, folded them in half and ran a Martha Stewart satin cord across the page along the branch in the paper and used jump rings to hang the gems in the center of each flower. 

Butterflies ~ I cut these butterflies with the Alterations Butterflies Movers die, then used the same techniques described for my photo mat. I fashioned the antennae using wrapped wire from the floral department and added adhesive pearls for the body. 

Title ~ I painted and inked a Want2Scrap Nestaboard Fancy Tag, cut letters from grungepaper and painted them with metallic paint before adhering to the tag. 

I have entered this at:
Bird is the Word ~ Future Challenge
City Crafter Challenge Blog ~ Week 107 Text and Tulle: Text - dictionary page in flower, text on focal paper, and in the photo itself; Tulle - in large layered flower. **
Timeless Tuesday ~ #167 Use Butterflies **
Use it Tuesday ~ Challenge #30 April Showers: I used spring flowers, The pink flowers and adhesive pearls are at least 2 years in my stash, the dictionary pages come from a dictionary I've had for 18 years and the map pages 10 years, the cardboard isn't new, but rescued from the recycling bin. **
Scrapbook Sisters ~ Stamped Background: I stamped the backgrounds behind the flower with a screen mesh stamp, and behind the locket with a lace stamp. **
Scrap It Girl ~ April Showers Bring the "May Flowers" Challenge: I created the layered flower using a template from my Art Philosophy cartridge, and Prima flowers for my banner/trinket flowers. **

Thanks for dropping by. I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~