Tuesday, 27 September 2011

t!m mini paper bag album

I loved making one of these for my niece so much that I'm doing more. So this should be one of many. This one is done with t!m Holtz paper, and so I made it a "seasonal". It has his Christmas, his Valentine, his Easter and his Thanksgiving paper in it. And I threw in a birthday page too.

 Every year I sell at a local bazaar and there always seems to be one dynamic that people are looking for. And that's for little boys gifts, or something for Grandkids to give to their Granny or Grandpa. So that's what I have in mind when I'm making these.

For the front and back covers I sandwhiched some Tim Holtz paper over a sturdy piece of chipboard. That gave it some good strength. If there's any questions about the decorating, feel free to ask.

Monday, 26 September 2011

scrappy card

For this Birthday card I used things I had already cut out and were just begging to be used. Easy Peasy.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Tathered Florals Die

Sometimes a Tim die is all you really need, don't ya think? Well, okay a few things more!

This was punched with pattern paper and white tissue paper alternately glued together. Some bling, some string , some glittered versamark and some TH inks.

I'll enter this in this weeks Simon Says Stamp's to Die for!!!!

Butterfly Cross Card

So I've known this lady for a few years now. She's as sweet as can be. Both our sons are in the Cadets and we work together in various ways. Well I just found out it was her birthday today. Something I hadn't known before. The wierdest part is it's only one day before my own. So I made a card for her;

I used 2 sq cards, glued them together after cutting the two out sides on a diagonal. Added some goregous designer paper by K & Company -Susan Winget. The big butterfly is actually cut out from some of that paper. Sparkled it up, and added the wire antenae. On the inside I used a floral stamp and embossed it with clear powder. The greetings was done on my computer and printed off, and the final touch was a ceramic butterfly in the corner. And of course everything has a touch of Tim Holtz distress inks. This card also required me to make my own envolope.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Jalopy stamp

Just a quick card for my Uncle in California. He's 84.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Altered Agenda

Every year the elementary schools have us buy agendas for the kids - for teachers comments, and to write down homework assignments. Depending on the teacher this was either useful or a big waste of money. For the most part a big waste of money. So this year I put my foot down and refused to buy one. I could buy sandwhich stuff for both boys for that kind of money.

Aaaaanywaaays, he still needed something to use, so I made my own and altered an old school work book (see the irony) that was never used in class. It was probably something I saved from kindergarten! Lots of bound paper inside, all of it 3 holed bunched. So all I did was take some Tim Holtz paper, embossed with ebony the word Agenda, stamped a bunch of images on the front, inside and back inside cover. For the back covered I just inked it up because it came with useful information  like mulitplication times table charts, metric converstions etc, for reference. I just used some Tim Holtz inks to match it up a bit and tone down the orginal green color. Apparently the teacher loved it and even showed it to the rest of the class. Pissst~ I wonder how long it will take for him to see I used Tim Holtz Valentine and has "I Love You" on it :)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Card for 18th

Easy breezy card. Tim Holtz die - Tathered Florals made with tissue paper. Misted with perfect pearls. White embossing with 3 different stamps scattered around.  Martha Stewart punched vellum leaves, glitter glue all around, a silk ribbon and a computer generated sentiment, all on K&Company paper.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Painted Lizard Tank

Well, this one was a stretch for me. Not the glass painting in particular, but because it was for a lizard!! She seems to enjoy her new enviroment and sits and gazes into the abyss as if looking for a fellow slithereene.

The background was painted on black bristle board and taped to the outside of the tank. Folk Art Enamels had the best impact, as the non enamels just got soaked up by the bristle board and lost it's vitality. But the glass was painted with the non enamels solely because if we want to wipe the tank clear of any painting at some point, it still can be done. Enamels would be on for good.

So now Ms. Lizard ....Gucci is her name....has her dessert and her jungle.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

One Painted, One Crafted

My local arts store  (Curry's) had this gorgeous embossed sheet of paper on sale this week. One sheet of 18 X 24 " was a meesly $1.98. Too bad there was only one left. But when I saw it, I thought wedding right away. Little did I know that the next day I would get a call from a client that needed a 40th anniversary card. whaahoo...useful right away.

The flowers are made of tissue paper and Tim Holtz die cut (tattered florals), misted with perfect pearls...and a little hairspray hoping it would be a little stronger and not rip when removed from the envolope. Is there another way of making tissue stronger??? Let me know. The leaves were punched with a Martha Stewart, and I used, for the first time, that Velum paper.

The second card is painted with folk art paints, lots of glimmer paint added too as per the clients request. Her favourite color being mauve!

I always add an extra sheet of paper inside an ordered card....with some added painted flowers or stamps just to give it that extra specialness to it.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Paper Bag Mini Album

I saw this project and had to give it a try for my nieces birthday. What a clever idea to use paper bags this way. I think kids would just love these albums, they crinkle and crackle as you handle them, they've got pockets for treasures and photos...great fun!

For this I used svgs of butterflies, squirels, roastings marshmellows, picture frame, seals. A ceramic butterfly, Fox piece from some restaurant puzzle I had, even a mirrored frog. I ripped some school paper, inked it up a bit and glued it in so she could jot some notes down of her own.

You can find a tutuorial from The Paper Trail on You Tube:

Thanks for dropping by. Let  me know what you think.