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!

Stickin’, Smoochin’, and Spritzin’…what fun!

Hey – thanks for visiting!

This week the Xyron Design Team is playing with Clearsnap and boy, are we having fun!

I’m using these products:
Clearsnap Pumpkin Spice Fluid Chalk Ink Pad
Fairy Dust Glitter
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink
Wicked Black Dye Ink Refill
Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow
Xyron’s Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick

Start with an inked and distressed tag in your favorite colors.

Use a scallop circle punch to make several layers (7-12) of scallop circles to create the fluffy flower. I like to use old dictionary or book pages. Ink the edges of each circle with Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink.Stack and pierce a hole in the center and insert a brad. Gently crunch each circle up and around the brad, leaving the bottom scallop flat.Gently open the flower layers and brush on some Smooch Accent Ink. Spritz with the Smooch Spritz then sprinkle on the Fairy Dust Glitter; heat set. Your flower will become a little stiff.Spritz the tag with the Smooch Spritz. There is so much mica and color in these – very intense and pretty! Heat set.

Add ColorBox Chalk Ink to a background stamp, then brush on the Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink to highlight some areas of the stamp.Stamp the colored and distressed tag to imprint a bit of texture. Distress the edges with an edge distresser and use an ink applicator to add some watered-down Wicked Black Dye Ink Refill (I squirt the refill onto the non-stick craft sheet and spritz with a little water).Ink a scrap of dictionary paper with the Chalk Ink and adhere it to the center of the tag by applying a few random swipes of Xyron’s Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick. When dry, gently tear away the paper that is not glued down.Stamp a sentiment on white cardstock with the Chalk Ink; heat set then tear edges and ink the edges with the Chalk Ink.

Add a strip of tissue tape and filmstrip ribbon to the left edge of the tag. Adhere the sentiment in place with Xyron’s Glue Stick, pierce a hole in the sentiment and tag and add floss for a decorative element.

Cut some fabric scraps and spritz with the Smooch Spritz; heat set (I like to pour some Smooch Spritz onto my non-stick craft sheet and swirl the fabrics around in it).Add the fabric scraps to the tag and glue the flower on using Xyron’s Glue Stick.

Pull some threads from the fabric scraps and glue them to the tag with Xyron’s Glue Stick to add even more depth and texture.Run three buttons through Xyron’s 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker and add to left side of tag.Assemble; add a few gems from Want2Scrap here and there and enjoy!

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Crafting the bare bones of Halloween …

Here’s a skeleton tag you won’t want to hide in the closet!

Make no bones about it, I’ve mixed some of my favorite products and colors on this festive Halloween tag and I’m going to share with you how I did it!

Start with a blank tag and ink it up using the wrinkle-free distress technique. Stamp your favorite script and flourish stamps on the edges to add some texture to the background. Spritz with colorized misters or make your own to add a hint of shimmer; heat set.

Chew up the edges with your scissor blades or edge distresser and darken the edges with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks.

Stamp the skeleton with clear embossing ink and sprinkle on white embossing powder and heat set. When cool, ink over the tag lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and wipe off the skeleton. See how he really stands out from the dark background?

I know I want something to cascade down the side of the tag and discover a jar of Art Glitter Gala Glitz – Orange in my stash. It does the trick – almost! I still need a little something more, so ta-da! Pull out the Art Glitter Small Glass Beads Solar 803 and sprinkle in some. I really like the way things are taking shape now!

Punch out the pumpkins from the Globecraft Memories Piccolo Lil Pumpkin Harvest set No. HP05. I’m thinking these will be adorable across the bottom of the tag . I brush them lightly with Designer Dries Clear glue and sprinkle on Art Glitter Monarch 507 Microfine Opaque glitter. It is THE perfect shade; such a nice deep orange. I really want their cute little expressions to show up so I use Art Glitter Sticky Paper on the backs and sprinkle in Art Glitter Winter White Microfine Transparent glitter. They show up nicely don’t you think?

So, I’m looking at this tag and it needs more. I pull out the Ranger Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, stamp a ticket tag with Happy Halloween, distress the edges and spread on the crackle paint. Add a strip of Filmstrip Ribbon down the long edge of the tag and attach with a Tiny Attacher. It needs more Gala Glitz and Small Glass Beads so I slap on some crackle paint over the Filmstrip Ribbon and sprinkle on more Gala Glitz and Small Glass Beads.

Look at all those juicy bits and pieces that come out of those two little jars! Love it! I added some black floss to the crackle tag and a variety of yarns to the top to finish it off.

I think it turned out pretty cool – how about you? Wanna see more? Visit the Art Glitter blog for more Art Glitter inspiration from me and the rest of the design team! Thanks for leaving a comment!

Project-packed weekend retreat sends ’em home happy, glittery & de-stressed!

Ive had a few requests to share pictures of the projects I taught at my first Fall Art Retreat held at Cottages at Sunset Shores. I was so pleased with the comments and feedback I received from the students. Everyone had a wonderful time, Vivian fed us so very well, the cottages are adorable and the craft room offered us plenty of space. Best of all – everyone completed their projects! Of course, we all know there are certain projects that are ever-changing. We add a little something here, change a little something there; but for the most part the projects went home complete!

I planned three projects to keep everyone busy throughout the weekend but still allow a wee bit of down time for Saturday afternoon. They really had no clue as to what the projects were. They trusted me and signed up sight-unseen. I dropped little hints every now and then, but no major announcements. They were given a supply list to bring (mostly consisting of tools) and I supplied the rest.

We started Friday evening with the beginnings to a Vintage/Shabby Chic coin envelope mini book with tags. This project would teach a plethora of techniques and carry into Saturday to finish up. We worked on that till nearly 11:30 p.m. then did some stenciling on their Vintage window frames so it would be dry in the morning. I had a selection of different sizes of Vintage window frames so they were able to select a style and size best suited to fit their space at home.

The window project also taught several techniques using gesso, stencils, acrylic paints, ultra-thick embossing enamels, dry embossing, tissue printing and using manly tools like power drills and screwdrivers! I must say, the group took their windows up a notch! They all turned out so beautifully. I love when students have enough time during class to experiment with techniques and the freedom to play and that’s what this retreat weekend was all about – time to experiment and play.

It took all of Saturday to finish up the windows and coin envelope books and we tossed in a make-n-take provided by Globecraft Memories using Piccolo Charms and Piccolo Enamels.

We finished the weekend off by making an ornament from Globecraft Memories using Art Glitter, Crafty Secrets, Piccolo Enamel Powders and some beads.

I don’t know who had a better time – the students or myself! I’ve already selected the dates for the Altered Vintage Winter Mystery Retreat to be held at Sunset Shores Feb. 22-24. Watch for more info to come.

Here’s the pics: click on any them for a closer view.

   

  

   

Candy Spiegel tells you all about her altered window on her blog. Hop on over and see what she has to say!

Glitter and acrylic – a perfect marriage!

 

I thought some of you might like to see one of the projects I submitted for review when auditioning for the Art Glitter and Xyron design teams. This is an acrylic book I taught as a class a while back.

I was inspired to create this project after Barbara Trombley, owner of Art Glitter, held classes in Scrap Tales where I was working at the time. I had not been a huge fan of glitter before taking Barbara’s classes that week, but in watching and listening to her I realized I could use her product and still stay true to my distressed, vintage style.

I favor Art Glitter’s Microfine and Ultrafine glitters because of their subtle shine and sparkle. The Vintage Glass Shards are another favorite and Laura has recently managed to turn me on to Dazzlers as well!

To stamp on the acrylic pages of this book I used a variety of flourish and vine-like stamps with Butter Cream Opaque Staz-on ink because of its ability to dry and remain permanent on just about any surface. I stamped my image on one side of the page then using Designer Dries Clear with the fine metal tip, outlined that image on the other side of page and spooned on the glitters. Working in small sections, outline only what you can in about a minute then sprinkle on your glitters. The glue might dry too quickly when working in larger sections – small is best.

I used a mix of Art Glitter glitters in this book – Microfine, Ultrafine, Micro Beads and Vintage Glass Shards. It’s fun to mix the different sizes within a stamped image. The flourish below is outlined with Microfine glitter and the inside uses Micro Beads and Glass Shards.

One thing I discovered, and wasn’t expecting, is the DDC does just that, so when the glue dries clear the glitter shows through the back side as well. That’s why I love using Art Glitter with acrylic or other clear products. The shine shows through!

Art Glitter can also make your accent pieces really stand out! Look at this parenthesis I punched out of plain white cardstock. I then run it through a Xyron 1.5 Sticker Maker, peel off the protective cellophane, flip it over and run it through it again. Peel off the protective covering on one side and dip it in a tub of Art Glitter. I used Microfine here but you could use the Art Glitter of your choice. This would be a great accent piece on a scrapbook page as well!

The Microfine and Ultrafine Glitters lend a subtle elegance to the piece on every page.

I’ve made several of these books: Autumn, winter and summer. Some day I’ll get around to adding the final season! It is so easy to become addicted to using Art Glitter on acrylic. There are so many creative possibilities!

 

It’s not always so transparent …

I have been trying so many glitter techniques lately and having a blast doing so! And, have you watched Craft Wars yet on TLC on Tuesday nights? They’ve had glitter everywhere – especially this week.

In just a few short months I’ve discovered so many ways to use glitter. Sometimes, an idea just hits me while perusing my stash of Stampington magazines to where I wonder if i could replace a certain product with glitter. That’s what happened last week.

I usually bookmark ideas with tons of sticky notes for future reference and I came across an article in the Apr/May 2010 The Stamper’s Sampler titled “Beautiful Brayering” I had bookmarked to try some day. So, I read the article again and I’m wondering, “can I replace the brayered ink with a transparent glitter?”

Not everyone understands the use of transparent glitter – it took me awhile before I understood it – and being a visual person myself, I wanted to share this project with you. The basics are: If you want your background to show through the transparent glitter, use a clear adhesive. If you want to block your background out to get the full color effect of the transparent glitter, block out your background with a dries-white glue. For the effect I wanted to achieve I actually used a Xyron Creative Station.

I used an old book page on this card that I inked, embossed and glittered with transparent glitter – cool isn’t? You can still see the ink colors and the print on the book page!

Hop over to the Art Glitter blog for complete instructions and give this a try! It’s really a lot of fun and gives such a wonderful muted effect. Happy Glittering!