Have you seen today's Bo Bunny blog? They put up a litte teaser! There is some exciting news coming soon!.....Can you guess? My lips are sealed but I know you guys will be excited to hear this news, be sure to check in again on May 31st! :) :)
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Hello, it's Gabrielle here with you today! I recently took this photo of my girls (Chloe, Meagan and Chloe's best friend Peyton) at a festival we took the girls to. It's not always easy to get at photo where everyone is co-operating, so I was thrilled to get this one of the 3 of them. I had actually started out this project as a card! I wanted to do a corset design, but once I had the corset done, it occurred to me that I would like to use it as an accent on a page instead. I made the corset by first drawing out a design on a piece of white paper. I know not everyone is comfortable with sketching a design so I have posted my sketch/template below, I made it to fit easily on one of the 6x6 inch patterned papers that are one of the sizes offered by Maja Design. Just set your printer for 6x6 and print directly onto you patterned paper, or you can just print it on white paper and cut out and trace onto patterned paper (this is a good method for when you have scrap bits of paper you want to use up!)
Here are some quick and easy steps in creating this corset design. First print off the corset design above.
Trace out template onto your choice of patterned paper (I used the '7th of May-bs' of Vintage Spring Basics for my design). I cut a small groove into the top and bottom of the corset so that when I lace it up it looks like two seperate pieces lining up (you don't want to seperate the two pieces entirely as this makes it harder to to the lacing up). Then Ink all the edges with a complimentary ink color (I used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet).
Do some machine stitching on the piece, zig-zag along top and bottom edges and straight stitch on marked lines to resemble boning on the corset. (see above)
I use a thick gage needle with a large eyehole to pre-punch the holes for the corset lacing. Just cross-stitch an 'X' pattern and tie off at the top. Adhere blooms, lace along edges and add pearl accents as desired to finish up your corset design. Here are some close-up peeks at the rest of the page....
I really like combining intricately cut chipboard pieces with my Maja Design papers, I think the detailed looking chipboard works so well with the vintage style of Maja designs. For my piece above I added extra detailing by using some 3D pearl paint (Scribbles) in white, to add even more texture to the design.
Patterned Paper - Vintage Spring Basics (1st of May, 7th of May-bs, 4th of May, 4th of May-bs, 10th of March, 6th of May).
Chipboard - Dusty Attic Designs (Baroque Corners, Corrugated card).
Lace paper doily.
Circle Frame and Dress form stand - Pink Paislee Artisans Collection.
Flowers and Flourishes - Prima, Dusty Attic.
Alphabet Stickers - Websters Pages Designs (Beautiful collection).
Other: Loose Buttons, Lace.
I hope you enjoyed my project for today and hope you will give my template a try! It can be used on tags and cards as well!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Hi there! A couple weeks back I shared with you my projects made with the ScrapThat! May Anniversary kit and I mentioned that I would be sharing a little tutorial with you all, a little step by step on how I made these vellum roses (pictured above) with the sheet of translucent vellum in the May ScrapThat! kit! I always love to find unique items to work with in a kit and when I saw the sheet of vellum, I knew I had to make something fun with it!
Step 1: I began by cutting out a small section of the vellum and running it through my Quickutz Revolution machine using the Spellbinders "Spiral Blossom #1" die cut.
This is what the cut vellum will look like when you pull it out of the die (above)
Step 2: I took a little make-up sponge and dabbed some Tim Holtz "Victorian Velvet" Distress Ink on the petals (you can use any color ink you like, I just used an aged pink color to suit my layout). I just worked the ink from the flat edge up.....you want it to fade out slightly, it doesn't have to be a perfect fade, when it use rolled up the effect will be just fine.
Step 3: Finally the last thing you should do before rolling it all up is to lightly curl the tips of the petals with your finger tips, the vellum will hold the shape. Now you just begin rolling up the whole thing working from the outside of the spiral in. See, the sort of rounded center of the spiral? This is your base for the flower. I just gave this a good coating of Tombow liquid adhesive. This stuff is great! You just wait for it to turn clear (it starts out white)....when it's clear, it has a nice strong tackiness. So when you roll up your bloom just press the whole design down onto the glue patch at the end. Hold it for about a minute to insure a good hold. You may need to crinkle the sections between the petals to get a nice shape to your bloom, I ended up with a little pleat in between each petal. Now just add the leaves in the kit and decorate with some of the sweet little pearl swirls and you have yourself a great little embellishment!
Here are the blooms on the finished layout...
Saturday, May 11, 2013
As soon as I saw this cute 'Rustic Farm Fence' chippie from Dusty Attic I knew I had found the perfect centerpiece design to build around this photo of my oldest daughter Chloe and her best friend Peyton with her horse. There are so many fun country/rustic chipboard designs, from wood birdhouses, wagon wheels, tall grasses, birds nests, and I added a big Leafy Scroll in the top left corner.
I began by giving all of my chipboard a good coat of Gesso. I like to do this so that all the paint colors or inks I hit them with will show up nicely. For the above Leafy Scroll I used some watered down Dusty Attic Paints in Pesto and Mountain Meadow on the leafy area.
I just love the little Dusty Attic Birdhouses! Here I just painted it white and rubbed some brown chalk ink (Colorbox, chestnut) on the edges. I have a Tombow brown ink pen that I used to stroke on some lines to give the birdhouse an aged cracked look.
For the fence I painted it with Dusty Attic 'Bisque' paint and then dry brushed some DA Hot Chocolate, Storm Cloud and Pesto, to give a weathered wood look to the fence. Storm Cloud was used for the barb wire, and Hot Chocolate on the cross sections to give a rusted look. I then added some Bronze Distress Stickles on the barb wire to get a textured rust look. Below is my supplies list
Dusty in Color: Bisque, Hot Chocolate, Mountain Meadow, Pesto, Navajo White, Storm Cloud.
Dusty Attic Supplies:
~ Rustic Farm Fence
~ Leafy Scroll
~ Bird Houses
~ Wagon Wheels
~ Grass Cluster #1
~ Bird Nests #1
~ Dusty In Bloom (Leaves)
Other: Patterned Paper- Prima (Sun Kissed), Burlap, Websters Pages Alpha stickers.
Hope you enjoyed my project and that you'll give some of the beautiful rustic/country chippies a try! xo
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Today I'm sharing a layout I made inspired by the Maja Design May Mood Board. I chose the soft greens in the Mood Board (shown below) and let the words like 'checkered table cloth', 'green', 'scent of grass', 'fabric', 'white' and 'flowers' be my inspirational words. The title of this layout comes from one of my favourite childrens books that I used to read to my girls called "I'll Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch, a well known Canadian author. It's one of those sweet books that is a challenge to read without getting teary eyed.
I used a variety of papers from the "Life in the Country Collection to make my little heart designs. I really like the little 6x6 paper pad for making little designs like these if I don't have little scraps from my 12x12 papers to work with.
Funny how sometimes some designs just create themselves: I had machine stitched each of the heart designs, planning to cut off the excess threads but when I placed them down on the page to see what order I'd put them in I realized I liked the look of the threads hanging there like that, looking like soft little streamers hanging from the blooms!
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Life In the Country (Summer Fields-bs, Sowing Seeds-bs, Kitchen Garden, Kitchen Garden-bs, In the Hammock, In the Hammock-bs), Vintage Spring Basics (6th of May, 7th of April-bs). Rub-on's: Basic Grey Flourishes. Chipboard: Dusty Attic Designs (Vine Border, Ornate Arched WIndows, Cameo Ribbon Slides and Decorative Frame #1). Flowers: Dusty Attic (Dusty In Bloom, Grassy Knoll, Dusty Leaves), White blooms (Michael's bargain bin). Cameo: Websters Pages. Other: Burlap, twine, lace. Alpha's: Websters Pages Storytellers.
There is so much inspiration to be had from the Mood Board! I loved the fresh and pretty summery colors, berry reds, grass greens and bright whites. I used these colors and the sweet poem and inspirational words to create the card below...
Again, I used a variety of papers from the "Life in the Country" collection and layered them on for this card. I wanted to incorporate a berry design on the page and even went to the trouble of looking for berry elements or stickers at my local craft store....but couldn't find a thing! So when I got home I started digging through a jar of odds and ends that I have and found these two glass drops! Perfect to make cherries!
I hope you give this fun May Mood Board a try! For full details on the Mood Board Challenge you can find it here at the Maja Blog! And don't forget to check out all the other designs our talented design team girls came up with for this board! xo
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Hi Everyone, I have a quick little post here to share my ATC for the May "Art Deco" challenge! Dusty Attic has so many cool designs that can be worked to create an Art Deco style ATC and it's so much fun seeing all the creations the design team girls have come up with for this one! I just went with some simple blue/gray cardstock for my background and took one of the Dusty Attic ATC Window Set designs and painted it with the DA 'Soot' paint. I made the Art Deco style top design for the frame by cutting out and layering some V shapes from some left over chipboard (the panes from windows) and layering them. I went with a vase design because I've always loved the Art Deco style vases I see on Pinterest and I wanted to micmic the look. I think I may have ended up with more of an Art Nouveau look though lol! I used one of the 'Potion Bottle' chippies and painted it with the DA Faded Denim and then using my finger I just streaked on some Scribble 3D metalic paints in bronze, blue and green. I wanted that stylized floral design I often see on these style vases and I found that in a little section of the 'Floral Corners' chippie (I circled the section I used in red below in my supplies photo).
I used bronze 3D (Scribbles Paint, found in the T-shirt section of your local craft store) for the handles and the stylized floral design (I added a couple extra swirls with the 3D paint). I wanted to give the vase and the frame a very glossy look because so much of the Art Deco style has a lot of laquered designs, so I used Dusty Attic Gloss Medium on it.
Here I've posted pic's of the Dusty Attic products I've used for this project.
Dusty Attic Supplies:
~ ATC Frame Set
~Potion Bottles Small
~Faded Denim Paint
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's entry to this challenge! xo
Friday, May 3, 2013
Today at Bo Bunny Blog the girls were challenged to create a layout using the title of a book. The girls came up with some really cool layouts! As for me, I chose a childrens book. I went with the title of one of Meagan's and my favorite book when she was a preschooler, "A Pocket Full of Kisses". This book by Audry Penn and another one by her caled "The Kissing Hand" were 2 books that really helped her through the first month of Junior Kindergarten. It's a story about a mother raccoon that helps her little shy baby by placing a kiss in her palm and telling her that whenever she finds herself getting nervous or shy at school, she should bring her palm to her cheek and tell herself "Mama loves you".
In "A Pocket Full of Kisses", (this book was about the mother giving the baby racoon a tissue with a spritz of her perfume to tuck in her pocket so that when she wants to feel secure and think of home all she has to do is pull out the hankie and breath in the scent of her mama to bring her home). In keeping with the idea of the title I created a pocket that I cut from an old pair of denim jeans of Meagans. I then made a bunch of thick 'stems' cut from some cardstock and put on each of them the name of a favorite book she had (Titles like "Goodnight Moon", "I Love You Stinky Face", "I'll Love You Forever"), along with the authors and then glued a Bo Bunny bloom at the top of each. I then tucked the whole 'bouquet' in the pocket....now when Meagan grows up and has babies of her own she can pull out the stems and share these books she enjoyed with her own baby.
Below is a photo of the bouquet with one of the stems pulled out.....
And here is the book cover that inspired this page....
I felt so nostalgic making up this page! And sometimes a little tearful thinking about all the sweet books I would read them. What are some of the childrens books you enjoyed sharing with your kids? I still have kept all of ours for the next generation. If you haven't tried using a book title for a layout, give it a go, it is a great launching point for making a unique page. If you want to see more great book title layouts done by our talented Bo Bunny designers don't forget to go to the Bo Bunny Blog today to see more! If you create a page using a book title (using bo bunny products) take the time to share your link at the Bo Bunny blog post for today and have a chance at winning a nice Bo Bunny prize! You have until June 1st to enter! Happy Scrapping!
Patterned Papers: Prairie Chic (Rambling Rose, Prairie Chic)Buttons: Prairie Chic, C'est La Vie
Brads: Prairie Chic, C'est La Vie
Chipboard: C'est La Vie
Alpha's: C'est La Vie (chipboard and stickers)
Blooms: Daisy Blossoms (Blush, Harvest Orange,
), (Blush, Natural Earth), Prairie Chic blossoms.
Paper Doilies: Medium, Large
Brads: Prairie Chic, C'est La Vie
Chipboard: C'est La Vie
Alpha's: C'est La Vie (chipboard and stickers)
Blooms: Daisy Blossoms (Blush, Harvest Orange,
Paper Doilies: Medium, Large
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Yep, I've been complaining about how long it's taken to warm up this year but not anymore!! We hit 20 degree's (Celsius) and that makes me happy!! Today I wanted to scrap Spring! And whats more springlike that soft and pretty pastel little dresses! I wanted to use lots of blooms on this page so I played with a bunch of my Webster's pages Modern Romance papers. I began by fussy cutting lots of the beautiful floral images from the Modern Romance patterned papers. Then I used my Spellbinders 'Rose Creations' die cuts to cut some layers of the patterned paper to make my handmade blossoms. I used the 3 largest die cuts for the big blooms, and 3 medium for the mid size blooms....
I chose colors in the greys and pinks to go with the color of the dresses in the photo. I then inked the edges of the papers with some grey chalk ink (I used Michaels store brand Studio G grey chalk in for this) The center is a stamen bunch that I got at a local dollar store.
To get the cupped effect on the blooms I gave the flower layers a light spritz of some water and then just pushed each petal with my thumb into the palm of my hand. Then simply glue the layers together. The chipboard I used on this page is of course Dusty Attic. I used a portion of my favourite vine chippie, painted it white and used green chalk in to softly tint it. (the corner brackets are the smaller square frame from the Sweet Pea Frame Sets cut in half).
I made the lace edged circle design using the Martha Stewart 'Swirling Lace' corner punch....I shared a tutorial last year on how I made this lacy circle, if you would like to see how I made it you can find the tutorial HERE.
One of the questions I am often asked is how I make the little scallop edge I sometimes put around the outside of my photos. Super easy to do. Just matt your photo on some cardstock as you always do (glueing it down). Now trim around the edge with a scallop edge scissor (very inexpensive scissor you can buy at your local craft store). I then take a good white gel pen like Inksenntials or Signo Unibal and put a white dot in the center of each scallop. It only takes a minute to do but makes a big difference in your finished page :)
Hope you all have a nice scrappy day and that you scrap what inspires you! xo
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Hi Everyone! Sorry, I got busy scrapping yesterday (trying to finish a layout for tomorrow) and forgot that I was supposed to choose a winner from my blog for the Bo Bunny Clearsnap blog hop yesterday! My youngest daughter is home from school today with a cold so I let her pick a winner from all you lovely ladies who left your kind comments. The winner is.....
Congrats! Marianna!!! Please send me your address and I'll forward your information to Bo Bunny to send you out your prize!
Thanks again to everyone that played along!!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
One of the fun new extra's that Webster's Pages made for their more recent collections is the new circle stickers! I used one of the larger blue stickers for my layout.
I wanted to create a more 3D frame with the sticker so I wrapped some twine around the circle sticker (to resemble a vine design) and then applied the circle with adhesive foam pop dots. I added a few small Dusty Attic white roses and some cardstock leaves to complete the look. (The chain link fence design is from Dusty Attic)
Here is another view of the circle design.
I had so much fun with this page I thought I'd try another design using the smaller pink floral circle. (Below)
I mounted this circle sticker on one of the green patterned papers in the New Beginnings collection and trimmed around the edges with a scallop edge scissor. I added a small white dot in the center of each scallop using a white gel pen (Signo Unibal, and Inksenntials are both good white gel pens I use).
I embellished this one with some of my favourite Pink Bloomers from Websters Pages as well as one of the new Perfect Accents Birds in a nest designs.
I love the new Butterfly cameo's and the colorful variety of frames you can now get from Websters Pages! Here I added a little handstiched design with the cameo pieces.
Before I finish today I wanted to share something really cool with all of you! Remember a while back I did a little tutorial on how to make your own texture paste? I used a combination of Baking Soda, White Glue, and White Craft Paint? This created a nice rough texture paste....but I mentioned that I had also read about people using talcum powder instead of baking soda. I thought for this layout I would try out using the talcum powder for a smoother texture paste. IT WORKED BEAUTIFULLY!! It really allows nicely for finer detailing in a mask. I cut the recipe in half and stored it in an airtight container. The mixture came out so smooth and nice and really held up well, no chipping, just a nice firm finish! Here is the recipe...
Homemade Smooth Texture Paste
1/4 cup Talcum Powder (I used Johnsons Baby Powder, Make it smell good too!!)
1 tablespoon White All purpose School Glue
1 tablespoon White Craft Paint
I began by mixing all the above ingredients with a bit of water until I had the consistency I was looking for. I tested the texure by letting the medium drop from my stir stick. If it flattened out quickly into the rest of the mixture, I added too much water. I fixed this by adding more of the talcum powder until I felt the texture would hold nicely when applied to a mask. Personally, I like the talcum powder version better than the baking soda! Just use an old credit card to apply the mixture to your mask....you'll love the results!