Little birdy sings double-glitter praise …

Welcome to the Art Glitter/Dreamweaver Stencil Cross promotion month. We have paired up with this wonderful company to show you how our glitter can be used with these beautiful and detailed stencils. All of our designers will be using the Double Glitter Technique! Make sure and check out Dreamweaver Designers every Thursday!

You can find all their designers  at http://dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/
Play along all month with this fun challenge. Make sure and LINK to the Dreamweaver site to be eligible for 1-of-4 prize packages featuring stencils and glitter! You may even get your creation featured on Art Glitter’s Blog!

Hope everyone will play along with this fun challenge. If you don’t know how to do the Double Glitter Technique please head over to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Foyo09lKpw4 to see Lynell Harlow demonstrate.

Read on to see how I used the double-glitter technique on this tag –

I’m working through my Dreamweaver Stencils that I ordered for this Art Glitter/Dreamweaver Double-Glitter technique and came to the birdcage. Wasn’t sure how I was going to use it but here’s what I ended up with. I used the double-glitter technique with lots of masking. You can learn more about masking by hopping over to my post on the Art Glitter Blog today. What I’m going to do here is walk through the process of making the completed tag.

After glittering my birdcage using Dreamweaver Stencil LL3012 Birdcage I tried to use it as a card element but it was too stuffy. I debated for about an hour  – or more – whether to cut it out or not and just use it on a tag. I decided to pick up the scissors and have a go at it. I was so happy I did!

I inked a tag with Milled Lavender and Tea Dye Distress Inks from Ranger then mist  it with my homemade concoction of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and water mixed in a Mini Mister. Let the colors run a bit and heat set to stop the action.

The flourishes are Clear Art Stamps set No. SM29 Birds at Home from Crafty Secrets and stamped with Ranger’s Sepia Archival Ink. Then I over-stamped with a script stamp from Wendy Vecchi, LCS038 Live and Make Art using a dry pad of Jet Black Archival Ink to get a faint stamping of the words.

To create even more texture and depth (it was still too flat for me), I inked Cuttlebug A2 Victoria embossing folder with the Milled Lavender Distress Ink, placed my tag inside and embossed it. Tell me you don’t love the results!

There’s also a small piece of deep purple cardstock in here that is embossed with Cuttlebug A2 Script Texture embossing folder then inked slightly with a Staz-on Opaque White ink pad. I played around a bit (several hours) with the layout before it finally started to come together. The 1/2 is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology and it’s painted with Ranger’s Adirondack Snow Cap White, Cranberry, Eggplant and Gold paint dabbers to create the nice patina.


Because it’s a birdcage it needed a bird in there somewhere. The bird charms were not working for me so this guy is cut from chipboard with the Tim Holtz Mini Bird and Bird Cage die. His eye is a gem that is glued on first, then to bring in the several colors of glitter on his body I painted sections with Designer Dries Clear and just dipped him into the glitter jars of Tree Bark Microfine Opaque (524), Juicy Fruit Ultrafine Transparent (99) and Nirvana Transparent (97). There is Wisteria (106) and Boysenberry (257) Ultrafine Transparents and Red Velvet (155) Ultrafine Opaque and Iris (710) Microfine Transparent used for the bird cage.

The cage is popped up with dimensional foam squares and hangs from a beaded chain by 7 Gypsies; the words are printed then outlined and inked lightly with Milled Lavender and Tea Dye Distress Inks. I added some buttons at the bottom and used Karen Foster Floss in them. They’re glued on with Designer Dries Clear. I finished it off with a beautiful piece of gold ribbon. The color in this tag is just amazing and the photo just doesn’t do it justice. Don’t forget to hop on over to my post on Art Glitter’s Blog today to see how the double-glitter technique is done with masking.

Thanks for hanging out with me!

Makings of a one-pic-wonder …

Yes, I REALLY do like scrapbook pages with one photo. I’m not against lots of photos on a page, but I find I can capture a memory with one favorite photo that talks to ME and that’s what scrapbooking is all about for me. My pages talk to me, they’re my memories. I can’t speak for anyone else, only me and so I scrap for myself. Yes, I’m working on books for my kids, but they’ll be filled with my memories of those times – they’ll have to fill in with their own memories if they like.

Recently I found myself so uninspired that every time I went to my studio (think spare bedroom) I just sat there staring at all my stuff. I just couldn’t get any kind of groove going and I was missing the boat on classes and something needed to happen – quickly!

When I got done blaming the weather and anything else I could think of I finally bucked up and decided to go back to my roots – scrapbooking. It’s where it all started for me and it’s something I really enjoy and don’t do much of.

Now mind you, I’m not the type of scrapbooker who feels the need to scrap every photo. I scrap my favorites; photos that ‘move’ me and invoke some special memory or make me sit and ponder ‘what if.’ This layout started in my mind as a page for my oldest son and his beloved Zoe who passed recently. Zoe was his buddy for 15 years; sat beside him through failed relationships, job losses and more. It was going to go into his book. But as it turned out – or didn’t – that will be for another day.

It just wasn’t coming together so I finally started over with the same paper and a whole new idea. I would simply make the layout and call it good; the photo would come later. That seemed to work better. I enjoyed creating this page and am pleased with the layout and design. Then I came across this wonderful photo of my brother Randy and it was perfect!

You gotta love it when it works!

Are you ready to Ramble?

Ranger Ramblings: Part II is finally ready for teaching! I had a really great time experimenting with techniques I hadn’t tried before. I also used the Ranger Distress Stains for the first time and absolutely love them! The colors are so much more intense than Distress inks.

I practiced some different techniques with embossing powders I hadn’t done before and am really pleased with the results. It’s just so much fun to sit and play with techniques I’d been wanting to but never got around to.

I tend to collect techniques, tutorials and You Tube videos for future play dates. I have folders full of printouts, and loads of sites bookmarked in my ‘favorites.’ I was finally able to utilize some of the better ones for Ranger Ramblings: Part II. I’m excited about the class and think you’ll really enjoy it. I even fell in love with some of my older Tim Holtz stamps that had never been used before!

I’ve incorporated more time for playing and experimenting, plus you’ll receive an extra stash of ‘treasured inspirations’ to use in creating your own beautiful tags utilizing techniques learned in class.

This workshop is currently scheduled for Scrapbook Peddler in Saginaw and Capture-A-Memory in Flint; Scrapbooks Galore & More in Midland should be set soon. Join me for a date of fun and creativeness! Check out my calendar for times and dates or visit the store Web sites.