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!

Operation Write Home

Xyron and We R Memory Keepers have partnered to help support Operation Write Home, an organization that provides handmade cards to deployed soldiers so they can write home to their families and loved ones.

Xyron Design Team members are participating and samples of all the great cards have been shared throughout the week on Ain’t She Crafty. Hop on over there to check them all out!

For my cards, I took a cue from my friend Robin who has participated in Operation Write Home frequently. She’s mailed hundreds of cards to the organization that she and friends have made and also those from our Cracker Jack Stampers club. Her cards for this organization are always beautiful without being real dimensional for mailing purposes. She tends to be able to stretch a little paper a long way, yet create a good quality card.

I made several cards using paper by WeR Memory Keepers and a few stamps from my stash that have been in my collection for so long I honestly don’t know which company they are (help me out if anyone recognizes them). I just love the softness of the colors in the collections and was even able to create a cute little baby congrats card without any stamping! These lines coordinate extremely well and the embellishments are perfect on the front as the sentiment, which makes it easy for anyone to be able to create a card with just a few tools. The cards are all held together with Xyron’s Mega Runner and 1/2″ Dot Adhesive, which is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!

Please join us in the worthwhile project! Click the links above for complete information! Happy card making!

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!