Christmas is a coming!

linda_neff_dream_weaver_art_journal_6Howdy again! I’m back again as guest designer with Dream Weaver this month and looking forward to sharing with you some ideas I have for using Dream Weaver products. This is my second post this month for the theme Thankful and Thoughtful.
Link your creations, using the Thankful and Thoughtful theme on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool at the end of this post – you could win the stencil of your choice and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver products in your artwork. Be sure to stop by the blogs of the regular Dream Team members as well – loads of great ideas out there!
I have another Art Journal page for you this week and an ATC (Artist Trading Card). I love to give credit where credit is due but, honestly, I was on my phone either reading emails or Pinterest and I seen something similar to this technique but my phone wouldn’t let me bookmark it and I haven’t been able to find it again! Don’t you just hate that?
*A friend found the link for me – yippee! This technique was done on Julie Fei-Fan Balzar’s blog by guest designer Melita Bloomer.*
The end result is such a bold and dramatic effect. I just love it!
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I began with watercolor paper and used the smoosh and spritz technique with Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed Distress Inks – Christmas colors. Stamped with a Christmas script stamp using black Archival Ink then laid Dream Weaver’s stencil, LX7007 Leaves, in the center of my page and traced all the inside openings with a black journal marker.
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I worked out from the center after that till the entire page had traced openings on it.
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After that it’s all hand-painted with black gesso and that creates that very dramatic effect.
It was time to make some ATC’s for my stamp group and I had this cute little Nested Stocking Die DG692 from Dream Weaver along with an adorable embossing folder, FJ922 Christmas Borders. I made the background similar to the art journal page then cut it to ATC size (2 1/2″ X 3 1/2″) then ran it through my Vagabond in the embossing folder. All the edges are inked with Peeled Paint and I also rubbed Peeled Paint across the ATC’s to bring out the embossed areas. I used Dream Weaver’s white embossing paste to make the rim of the stocking look fluffy.
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I actually cut two each of the stocking rim so I could stack them and make them dimensional. I glued a small piece of chipboard in-between then assembled the stocking, added it to the ATC and finished it off with some printed words and cute little gold jingle bell.
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I think these will be a hit with my exchange group. I’m thankful I’ve been able to have this opportunity to challenge myself with my craft using these Dream Weaver products this month!
Be sure to visit the other designers to see what they’ve been up to this week.

Art journal with Dream Weaver

Hey there, thanks for visiting! I’m guest designer with Dream Weaver this month and looking forward to sharing with you some ideas I have for using Dream Weaver products.
The Dream Team is challenging its followers to be especially Thankful and Thoughtful during the month of November. Link your creations, using the Thankful and Thoughtful theme on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool at the end of my post – you could win the stencil of your choice and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver products in your artwork.
I couldn’t resist trying out the new Chevron Background Stencil LX7026 and the Pinwheel Checkerboard LX7013 in my Art Journal recently. I wanted to honor the beautiful colors of Autumn – a time to be thankful and a time for change.
I started by stamping a script stamp over my entire background pages (140 lb mixed-media paper) with a waterproof ink, then heat set it.
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Then I painted a wash of yellow acrylic paint over the pages, heat set that and placed little re-positionable sticky labels randomly over the pages. These remain on until the very end so make sure to press them down firmly to prevent any leakage.
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Next I made washes of red, orange and purple and randomly slapped them across the pages at different intervals making sure to dry between each layer. I used a mixture of acrylic paint colors and lightly brushed it onto my leaf stamps and stamped the pages. To bring more texture and dimension to some of the bare spots between the leaves I used Dream Weaver’s Pinwheel Checkerboard LX7013, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink with an ink applicator. I love the shape of the design.
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 I love the shape of the design and look how it fills in the bare spaces and blends so nicely.
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 Once I got the background just so, I added a border strip across the two pages with the Dream Weaver Chevron Background Stencil LX7026, Dusty Concord Distress Ink and an applicator. I used painter’s tape to tape off the rows I didn’t want to use to prevent over-spill.
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 I lightly dabbed some embossing ink around the page and sprinkled some copper-colored embossing powder on it. A happy accident – some of the powder dust spilled over onto the wet distress ink on the Chevron design.
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 When all the layers are finished, the little re-positionable labels are removed to reveal some of the bright yellow below – every little step adds another layer of texture or dimension to the page.  The journal pages turned out even better than I anticipated.
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 Members of the Dream Team are very thankful when you leave a comment. I’m joining the “A” team lineup for this week – enjoy!

Doll house Halloween decor

Got my hands on this little Altered Doll House by Prima last week and decided to use Graphic 45’s An Eerie Tale to create a little Halloween home decor. It came together so easily and quickly especially with the use of Xyron!

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I began by measuring each square and rectangle then selected papers from An Eerie Tale 8X8 paper pad and cut to fit. Edges were inked then run through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station to put a solid coverage of adhesive on the backsides and stuck them down.

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I covered a Globecraft DIY Ornament frame with paper and used my Xyron Glue Stick to adhere to the frame then sanded down the edges.

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There are so many beautiful papers and cut-outs in the paper pad to choose from, it was fun to play with placement and to decorate each little room.

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Dimension is added in the doll house rooms with matting and layers. The globe holds a cut out from the papers and Art Glitter adds the sparkle in the background.

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This Altered Doll House is fun to work in and An Eerie Tale paper pad is the perfect accompaniment. Register for this class at Green Door Studio by calling (810) 225-9190. Visit our calendar for more information.

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Wrapping up with Shades of Blue

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotAs you may already know, I’m participating in a Blog Hop this week with Xyron and Kaisercraft. I received beautiful papers and embellies from Kaisercraft’s 75 Cents collection and I’m in love! The papers are so pretty and delicate-looking and the shades of blue mixed with light golds, greens and black just really inspired me for several projects. This is the final project for the Hop but I’m sure you’ll be seeing me use this collection again. I want to try a few more tags and maybe some cards and I think it would come together nicely for a cd mini book.

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This project is a small pocket-page mini book made from toilet paper rolls. I started by gathering five rolls all the same size and flattening the rolls before painting the ends with Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber.

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Kaisercraft 75 Cents collection 6 1/2-inch by 6 1/2-inch paper pad and empty tubes.

Excuse this next step because I was so excited to see the paper on the painted tubes that I totally forgot to take photos! But here’s what I did: I cut the paper a hair under the width of the tubes and processed them through my Xyron 9″ Creative Station side-by-side and face-up. This puts a solid coating of permanent adhesive on the paper backing. Peel the protective cellophane from the top and peel the tacky paper from the backing – one sheet at a time. Lay the paper down – tacky side up – and place the tube in the middle; wrap the paper around the tube. You’ll have about a 1/2 inch of so of overlap which is perfect! Flatten again with a bone folder.

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Painted tubes (left); 75 Cents papers adhered to tubes with Xyron 9″ Creative Station (right).

Once all tubes are wrapped it’s time to remember to punch your binding holes. I use the Zutter Bind-it-All so really try to remember to punch my slots early on in the project before I start adding embellishments. As you can see below – I forgot once again – it’s the excitement of a project coming together, I just forget! I used the Kaisercraft 75 Cents Collectables for embellishing. The pack is chock full of assorted die-cuts for embellishing. All the edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and some are heat embossed with the Perfect Medium Pen and UTEE technique from the Round Shadow Frame.

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Book pages decorated with 75 Cents from Kaisercraft, Xyron 9″ Creative Station and Xyron Glue Stick.

I made tags to slide in the tube pages by cutting rectangles that easily slide in and out from more of the papers. The upper corners are trimmed out to look like a shipping tag then processed through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station and stuck back-to-back to create the tag.

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Handmade paper tags processed through Xyron 5″ Creative Station.

I like to make my own reinforcers so they match the tags. A 1/2-inch circle punch and Crop-a-Dile, combined with Xyron 1.5″ Create a Sticker are perfect for this part.

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Easily make your own reinforcers to match your project; Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker and punches.

I’ve had people tell me this book is too small for photos so wanted to add photos to show how it’s a great size for photos. I located photos I wanted to use on my computer and resized them to fit the pages and tags. They’re all printed out on matte photo paper, trimmed and edged with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. Then I simply run them through my Xyron for full coverage. I determine which Xyron to use by the amount of photos I will be using. I had a lot of photos for this book so ran them face-up through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station. I just pack them in nice and tight and it uses very little adhesive. I’ve calculated the price out before and have discovered even at full price it only costs about $1 per foot of adhesive to use my Xyron which gives me a nice clean way to adhere papers and photos. My fingers don’t get all gooped up and my projects remain sticky, messy-free and I don’t have to wait for dry time.

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Sized-to-fit photos processed through Xyron 5″ Creative Station for full coverage.

I also like to make my own captions for my little books so write and print them out on ivory cardstock. I trim them out, ink the edges and again run through one of my Xyron machines. These captions fit perfectly through my Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker. I love the fact that I can adhere over the photo if I want or anywhere on the page and that they are personalized. I can also make the font fit the theme and style of book.

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Create your own photo caption stickers by printing and running through Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker.

This book just turned out so much nicer than I anticipated and it would make a lovely family gift, but I may just have to keep this one for myself!

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Be sure to visit Xyron’s blog to check out projects by the other design team members as well. Check my calendar to see where this class is being taught.

Meet my little Halloween Boo Boo…

I’ve been busy working on projects this weekend and just wanted to take a minute and share this little Halloween Boo Boo ATC with you that I made with Globecraft Memories products. The clip art is from Red Lead Paperworks (a free download) and the ATC is constructed on an ATC-size Globecraft Memories Card Decor punch-out.

It’s my first ATC that I can remember ever making. I’ve avoided them like the plague because of the smaller dimension but actually enjoyed creating it and watching it come together very much!

For the most part I used Globecraft Memories Glastique for the adhesive, sealer and dimensional finish along with the company’s new Cool-Set Enameling Gels. You can find complete instructions in a tutorial on the Globecraft Memories Blog and you can shop for the Globecraft products right from my blog if you cannot find them locally (just click the Globecraft Memories ‘shop’ button on the sidebar).

Products I used:
Piccolo Card Decor Set #5
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Glossy Glastique (adhesive, sealer and dimensional finish)
Mars Black Piccolo Cool-Set Enameling Gel
Cobalt Turquoise Cool-Set Enameling Gel
Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber
Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink

It really isn’t that hard to work on the smaller surface. I just found that I had to edit the embellishments down so I wouldn’t detract from that gorgeous face and those haunting little goblins! This could also be used as a knob hangar for a door, cupboard or window by adding ribbon or wire to the top for hanging. It would also work well as an embellishment on a scrapbook page.

Sending Halloween greetings …

You know, I love all the Halloween decorations I see popping up everywhere lately. I don’t really get into decorating for any holidays except Christmas since the kids are all grown, but I do appreciate what others do to celebrate. We passed a house on our way to Williamston last night that was really decked out with lots of ghouls and ghosts hanging from trees – it made me smile and I could only imagine how scared the little ones will be come Halloween when they walk through that yard to the front door for Trick-or-Treat.

I’ve made this Halloween card for our Cracker Jack Stamp Club that meets tonight. This months’ theme, after all, is Halloween!

I used Bazzill Basics paper and cardstock from its “All Hallows Eve” collection in the 6-inch by 6-inch pad. The patterns in this line are really cute and easy to work with; they coordinate really well.

I started with a free clip art sheet from Red Lead Paperworks and selected the lovely little girl with her Jack-o-Lantern. The edges are distressed and inked with black ink. It’s then matted with the Bazzill Basics cardstock. I layered it all up using more of the black cardstock and two different pattern papers from the collection. Yarn is wrapped and tied around the purple paper strip.

The adorable little Jack-o-Lanterns lining down the side are from Globecraft Memories. The Piccolo Accents – Happy Pumpkins Accents – are coated in Art Glitter Monarch 501 Microfine Opaque glitter. The perfect color for pumpkins! I love the contrast of the glittery sparkle alongside the Vintage-looking clip art.

A very simple card to make and I’m sure it will bring a smile to any recipients face! We all love to get mail – the old-fashioned kind – in an envelope and everything! So get your supplies out and start making some cards to drop in the mail. There’s still plenty of time!

Supply list:

Art Glitter Monarch Microfine Opaque Glitter
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Happy Pumpkins Accents
Bazzill Basics Paper “All Hallows Eve”
Xyron Mega Runner
Free Halloween Clip Art from Read Lead Paperworks
Black Soot Distress Ink
Yarn

Hop on over to Art Glitter’s blog for another AG/Globecraft Memories project from me!

No tall tales here – just a little mini book …

I’m the first to admit it. When I started making mini books several years ago my scrapbooking just went right out the window!

I love scrapbooking but there’s something about making a mini book that gives me great satisfaction in knowing the project is complete and I’ve got the perfect little gift for someone.

The Xyron Design Team is hopping this week with Teresa Collins so be sure to check out the Xyron and Teresa Collins Design Team blogs for loads of ideas!

Here’s my newest little mini book made from “Tell Your Story,” a new paper collection from Teresa Collins. I’ve always enjoyed working with Teresa Collins paper collections; I taught several of her kits at Scrap Tales during my tenure there. And, once again I used some of those 527 envelopes I got for free a few years ago. The envelopes make great pockets and they’re easy to cover with beautiful papers.

I really like using the Globecraft Memories bubble frames for the book covers. I can create a very dimensional cover that is totally protected under the bubble and it looks really cool! For this book I used Globecraft Memories Classic Traditional Rectangle bubble frame. I covered each layer with the Teresa Collins “Tell Your Story” papers by cutting them to fit the frame, using Xyron’s Glue Stick for Corners to adhere it and then inking the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink

For the inside pages the envelope ends are snipped off to fit inside the bubble frame’s dimensions. Then they are measured and “Tell Your Story” papers cut to fit just inside the envelope edges. I ran them all through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station and adhered them to the envelopes.I wanted to fancy them up a bit so cut scrap the width of the envelope pages and punched with a couple of my favorite EK Success Edgers: Dotted Scallop Edger Punch and Scalloped Scallop Edger Punch. The scraps are trimmed to about 3 inches deep and scored so about 1 inch of the punched edge hangs over the envelope pocket and the rest is tucked inside and adhered. The pages are decorated with journal tickets and journal blocks – all from the Teresa Collins “Tell Your Story” collection. It’s just loaded with ideas for recording your memories. I adhered just the corners of the tickets so the journal cards could be tucked in and easily accessible.The book is bound with my Zutter Bind-it-All – my favorite binding machine! And, I used white coils to coordinate with the papers.The pockets in this book open at the top and I created a tag for each one by cutting more of the “Tell Your Story” papers to fit inside the pockets comfortably. They were also run through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station and adhered face-to-face. I trimmed the corners to give them a tag shape and edged each with Black Soot Distress Ink. A white 3/16″ eyelet in inserted at the top of each tag so I could include some beautiful fibers. I love fibers and use them a lot so I buy fancy yarns and cut my own. They give the project a nice, rich feel in my opinion.My favorite part is the bubble decorations. I inked three paper flowers and dipped them in UTEE and heat set to give them a porcelain appearance and glued them to the top of knotted piece of white tulle. Three stickers from the “Tell Your Story” collection are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive and layered to create depth and shadows. There’s a little Piccolo butterfly by Globecraft Memories that is painted with the company’s new Cool Set Enamels in Titanium White and Cobalt Turquoise. It’s also popped up on about four layers of dimensional foam squares. I felt it needed a bit more so pulled out a flourish from Want2Scrap – gotta love these!

It really turned out to a cute little project. I may still add some fibers to the rings – or not – and I feel the cover needs a tad more embellishing, but that’s another day.