Seeing Magic in Fall colors…

Don’t you just love the colors of Fall? I love the mix of gold, red, green, yellow and bronze mixed with the varying shades of brown. And, after a light rain when the sun comes out the shimmer and sparkle on those fallen leaves is just so captivating! I could live year-round with Fall colors. In fact, I usually do! My wardrobe usually consists of lots of browns, golds and reds. Those same colors often filter into my creative works as well. I think it’s because I find them calming. These colors are more subdued and quiet. I’ve never been a fan of ‘in-your-face bold and colorful. So when I received my Art Glitter design team packet for the Tombow cross promotion this month I was a happy camper!

My set of markers had all my favorite colors so I couldn’t wait to get busy and create using them. I’ve had this photo frame hanging around forever and decided to utilize it for this project. I began by placing the frame on the pretty plaid paper from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Acorn Hollow collection, traced around it and cut it out. I then used Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze as a collage medium by painting in over the frame. I laid the paper down on it and used a brayer to ensure good contact.

I sanded all the edges before applying adhesive tape. Once the tape was laid down on all the outer edges I sprinkled Honey Dew 318 Ultrafine Transparent over the tape. I also ran the brayer over the glittered tape to make sure it would stay put. I also put adhesive tape on the inner edge of the photo opening and sprinkled that with the same glitter.

I pulled out some KaiserCraft Paper Blooms in Terracotta. Love this color and it works so well with the plaid paper. I experimented with painting the leaves and flowers with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze and while it was wet I lightly sprinkled some of the Honey Dew Art Glitter over them. They all turned out just as I had hoped! The Glastique sealed the leaves and flower blooms, leaving them flexible and the glitter stuck perfectly. They all just really sparkle don’t you think?

While the leaves and flowers were sitting around drying I inked a Tim Holtz stamp with my Tombow markers No. 837, 969 and N57. It’s really fun coloring in stamps with these markers because you can mix in a few colors, unlike using an ink pad that only gives you one solid color. The ink in these markers are water-base so it’s easy to bring them back to life with a huff or two. Then I stamped on some cream cardstock and heat set.

I added some Piccolo chipboard corners that I coated with Piccolo Vintage Gold Enamel Powder and heat set, then decided to include a Piccolo Filigree Heart and Key that I also used the Vintage Gold Enamel on. I added these to the leaves and flowers decoration with a few jump rings and thin wire and tucked in a couple leaf-style stick pins. Way cool!

I placed the Tombow-stamped ‘Wishes’ quote behind the glass and it was finished. I think this will make a nice gift for someone and if they don’t want to add a photo that’s fine – the quote fits beautifully! Have you ever tried brushing glue on an object and sprinkling with glitter?

Shoot on over to the Art Glitter blog to see my other project using Art Glitter and Tombow!

Up against the wall …

Linda_Neff_mug_shot_2013I’ve been dying to share this project with you all since I finished it the other day! It is so not-my-style, but I love it just the same!

It’s the week of projects created from the partnership between Xyron’s Design Team and Little Yellow Bicycle. I have always loved Little Yellow Bicycle products and was so excited to receive my generous packet of supplies with their newest collection – Acorn Hollow. As much as I love mini books I wanted to do something different with the canvas mini book I received. I wasn’t sure what, but after discovering the sticker collection with the title “5 Things I am thankful for” I decided six book pages would be perfect to work with – one for the title and five more for the 5 things.

I started decorating the book’s pages individually using the 6-by-6-inch papers with no focus in mind really other than I would have six finished squares. Using the Xryon Creatopia made it so easy-peazy to cover the pages. I was able to line two 6-by-6 inch papers side-by-side and run them through the machine. After all six were sticky back I just needed to peel-and-stick the papers to the pages.

They needed a finished edge and I originally inked them with Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink but it didn’t feel right. A lot of the embellies with this collection are highlighted with copper so I dug out my Ranger Adirondack Metallic Copper Paint Dabber and gave that a shot. It was perfect! After all, Fall is all about the glow!

To make the paper leaves and flowers more dimensional I rolled them gently with a stylus on a mouse pad until they curled and then outlined them with the copper paint. The Acorn Hollow collection has so many different embellishments that were just so darn cute that I just kept layering and layering! I layered the chipboard embellies with the paper ones and ran the clear acetate embellies through the Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker Maker to hold them flat and in place. This project was just so much fun!


So, I have the six squares finished and I experimented with laying them out and hanging them like a banner. I really liked them stacked and thought they would look nice framed and on a wall. Went to the garage and rummaged around for different pieces of junque to mount them to and came across an old photo collage frame pained in country blue – yes, you remember the style. Wasn’t sure what I was going to place inside the frame for the background but proceeded to take the frame apart to paint it and clean the glass.

I settled on a black frame (Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber) and highlighted with touches here and there using the Copper Paint Dabber that I edged the pages in. I really like the way it was going. I decided on a plain black background so painted the corrugated cardboard backing and turned it to the inside. While, when I was replacing the glass I broke it so was left with just the painted cardboard. That actually worked out well because it gives it a more rustic feel which I like. I mounted the finished squares with dimensional foam tape to pop them up just a bit. It looks really nice! It’s big. It measures 17-inches by 22-inches.

I wanted to make a scrapbook layout too because I had papers and embellies left over – there’s still enough left to make several cards – so chose some pictures from my favorite place to visit, Sunset Shores in Clare. The photos worked well with the papers and embellies. This layout is a bit more my style. A little torn up and distressed. I stamped on the tan background paper with Archival Jet Black ink, heat set, and then spritzed it with a homemade concoction of Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold and water.

Hope you like and be sure to visit the Xyron and Little Yellow Bicycle blog all week long to see what my other team members are up to!