Friday, April 29, 2016

"Joy" Birdcage with VIDEO TUTORIAL ~ Scraps of Elegance April Kit

I have to admit. I get very excited when my Scraps of Elegance package arrives at my door each month. The gorgeous April Kit was no exception. The newest addition to the add on line up, the Off The Page Add On,  has been so fun to work with. This month Melinda included this fabulous Prima Birdcage for the OTP Add On offering. 

Not only is this a gorgeous piece to alter, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. One of my good scrapbooking friends recently turned 75. Her daughter threw a birthday party for her, and she invited us scrappy gals. She absolutely adores birds, so I just had to create this as a special gift for her.

I have created a process video tutorial to share with you.

Techniques shared in this video include:
~ Distressed patina finish
~ DIY sisal bird nest
~ DIY word banner
~ Mixed media background


If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to my channel HERE.

Here's the fabulous April "Wonderful" Scraps of Elegance Kit:

The fabulous Add On kits can be viewed HERE.

Store Chipboard:
Online Community:

Here are some additional angles and close-up photos:

Product List

Main Kit
BoBunny - Secret Garden Collection:  Bloom
May Arts: white lace (24")

Floral Add On
Prima Relics & Artifacts Blushing Bouquet Flowers
Prima 'Slate' Flowers

Color Add On
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magnolia Magenta Gold Starburst Mist

OTP Add On
Prima Frameworks Antique White Large Birdcage

Prima ~ Art Alchemy, Acrylic Paint - Metallic Light Patina
US ArtQuest ~ Prills - Ice Queen

Previous Kits
November 2015: Viva Inka Gold - Copper

Other Products
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Apple Blossoms - white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 30mm Leaves - white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Hip Rosebuds - Mixed Pink Tone
Panacea Products ~ Decorative Sisal - brown
Canvas ~ Stash
DMC ~ Embroidery Floss #3685
Liquitex ~ Gesso - white
Tsukneko ~ StazOn - Timber Brown
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Moon Shadow Mist - Phantom Fuchsia
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Starburst - Jazzy Jivin’ Purple
Donna Salazar with Spellbinders ~ Stamp & Die Template Set - Alpha Bits
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix, white
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Super-Tac Glue

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Sunday, April 24, 2016

"Cherish Friend" Card for Donna Salazar

Hello my scrappy and crafty friends. I have some great news for you. Donna Salazar's new Spellbinders products are now available on the Spellbinders website HERE. I received my box of amazing dies, embossing folders, coordinating die/stamp sets, and rubber stamp sets last week, and I have to tell you these are so fabulous and versatile!!

Now, I'm up on the Donna Salazar blog today with a Girlie Grunge card featuring a couple of these new products - the Medallions Embossing Folder and Journal Words stamp set. 

I'd adore if you would stop by Donna's blog for details and close-ups HERE.

Here's a sneak peek:

Donna Salazar Designs Products

Embossing Folders ~ Medallion

Other Products
Craft and You design - Spring Garden 02
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Hip Rosebuds - Mixed Pink Tones
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 4mm Rosebuds - Pastel Tone
Stamen ~ Stash

~ Blessings ~

Monday, April 11, 2016

"Friend" Mixed Media Card for Donna Salazar

Hello my sweet, creative friends. I'm so glad you dropped by today! I'm up on the Donna Salazar blog today with a new project. I created a birthday card for a special friend featuring Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Pigment powders, using them several ways on this card. I've also included one of my signature twine flowers as well. If you would like to learn how to create these twine flowers for yourself, I've included a link to my video tutorial.

Be sure to hop on over to Donna's blog for all the details and lots of close-ups. 

Here's a sneak peek:

To view the full project, please stop by Donna's Blog HERE.

Donna Salazar Designs Products

Mix'd Media Inx® ~ Patina, Denim

Partner Products

Other Products
Blue Fern Studios ~ Frolic - Adorn ** 8/2015 Scraps of Elegance Kit
Blue Fern Studios ~ Frolic - Calling Cards ** 8/2015 Scraps of Elegance Kit
Scrapiniec Chipboard ~ Scroll
Art-i-cake ~ Flower Charm
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 15mm Pink Open Roses - 2-Tone Champagne
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Hip Rose Buds - Mixed Earth Tones
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 4mm Rosebuds - Mixed Pink
Martha Stewart ~ Microbeads - White Gold 
Liquitex ~ Gesso, white
Faber-Castell ~ Whipped Spackle
Prima ~ Cling Stamps - Rust & Dust #962050
The Crafter’s Workshop ~ 6x6” Stencil - Mini Butterfly Collage

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Treasured Friend Card ~ April Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop!

You should be coming to my blog from Barbara Rankin. Then after visiting me, hop over to Marisa Job! To start at the beginning of the hop, please head over to Gloria Stengel! You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for a full list of designers participating in this month's blog hop.

I hope you've been enjoying inspiration from the talented designers along your way!

Last month I shared a masculine card with you, so I thought I'd switch things up this month with a girly shabby chic card.

This hop is all about using up your hoard of crafty supplies. I had a package with one lone rose remaining, that I've been moving around for months. It's on the large size, so I just haven't found the right spot for it on any of my projects, so I decided to design a card around that flower. It's the large rose in the center of my cluster. 

Do you have collections of things from several years ago? Stuff you knew you had to have, then didn't really use all that much? Embossing folders fit into that category for me, and I have some lovely ones. I pulled out this gorgeous Anna Griffin folder to create a textured backdrop for the flowers on this birthday card I created for a dear friend.

"Treasured Friend"

Tips and Techniques
You can see the gorgeous rose I talked about earlier. Yes, this card is quite dimensional and will be hand delivered. The lovely lace inserts were cut from a hand-crocheted doily. I don't even know where the doily came from. It had been gathered/glued in the center with an (ugly) ribbon flower and pearl strand bow. Probably an old wedding decoration. I chopped it apart and tucked a couple of the scallops into the cluster. I also cut apart the pearl strand to form a couple loops peaking out over the leaves. Can you tell I hoard untold crafty bits and pieces?

Putting this card together was quite easy. I arranged the flowers - all leftover pieces from my fabulous Scraps of Elegance Kits, and glued them in place. To add a bit of sparkle, I dabbed clear-drying glue across the flowers and leaves, then sprinkled with chunky glass glittter. I also tucked in some grain seed heads for more texture.

Here's a side view.

I embossed white card stock then rubbed it with dark magenta and raw umber Pan Pastels to highlight the edges and raised embossing. I colored the patterned paper edges as well. Vellum can be a little tricky to stamp on because the ink stays wet for a long time. Once the ink was dry, I rubbed lightly with the Pan Pastels. 

Your next stop on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop is the talented Marisa Job. If you have dropped by my blog and would like to start at the beginning, be sure to hop on over to Gloria's blog HERE.

Prima ~ Butterfly Collection - Wood Hollow
Card Base, white (Stash)
Vellum (Stash)
Prima Flowers ~ Kindled - Sienna #655350
Prima Flowers ~ Garden Fable - Spring #580810
Prima Flowers ~ Butterfly - Chenille #580650
Prima Flowers ~ Butterfly - Aile #580612
BoBunny ~ Glaze Jewels
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage - Glass Glitter, Champagne
Queen & Co. ~ Pearls - Snowflake
Grosgrain Ribbon ~ Plum (Stash)
Crochet Doily (Stash)
String Pearls, white (Stash)
Dried Floral (Stash)
PanPastel ~ Magenta Extra Dark; Raw Umber
Ranger ~ Archival Ink - Plum
Cuttlebug ~ Anna Griffin Embossing Folder - Pirouette
Close To My Heart ~ Friendship Bouquet
Home & Hobby ~ Premium Double-Sided Tape - 1/2”
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Tombow ~ Multi Mono Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~