Fall workshops are just around the corner …

Even though temps are still pretty high around here my attention is focused on Fall – Fall workshops that is. I’ve been working on several projects this summer that will be offered this Fall as workshops and I wanted to share some sneak peeks with you all. My calendar is being updated as workshops get confirmed so check back often.

The first is this Christmas-themed configurations tray using Graphic 45 papers, Art Glitter, Globecraft Memories and Xyron. Go figure! I managed to work them all into one project that I think you’ll love to display each year during the holiday season. We’ll work with acrylic paints, inks, embossing powders, fussy-cutting, glitters and so much more! I’ve titled it “Compliments of the Season.”

This next workshop, “Glimmers of Hope,” came about as I was designing a project for the Graphic 45, Art Glitter and Want2Scrap Blog Hop recently. The project received so many nice compliments (thank you to all of you for those!), and is able to work so nicely into a workshop. I’ll teach you how to turn a Graphic 45 plain craft-paper box and accordion book into a beautiful keepsake. Once again, we’ll use those gotta-have-’em papers from Graphic 45, Art Glitter and Ranger products – more technique!

Who doesn’t love hand-made ornaments? These cute little globe ornaments from Globecraft Memories are so much fun to create with. You can put just about anything inside them – they’re not just for the holiday season! This workshop will really get into fussy-cutting using some Crafty Secrets cut-out sheets. We’ll add some bling, by way of Art Glitter and Want2Scrap and you’ll be able to play with the new Piccolo embossing enamels from Globecraft Memories too! Join me in this “Victorian Gewgaw” workshop.

There are a couple more in the works still. As soon as the samples are done you’ll find them here so check back often! Any of these workshops can also be scheduled for private groups of six of more in your home or other location. Contact me via my email: lneffscraps@gmail.com  to make arrangements.

This blog-hop is in the box!

Graphic 45, Art Glitter and Want2Scrap are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using our products!

 

After you check out my project be sure to head on over to the Art Glitter, Want2Scrap and Graphic 45 blogs to find out what the talented members of these Design Teams have in store for you today! Art glitter will be giving away 4 prizes! Just leave a comment on Art Glitter Blog by Sunday July 29th!**********
 

I was so excited when we got word about the Art Glitter, Want2Scrap, and Graphic 45 Blog Hop! It took awhile to decide what project I was going to attempt but settled on using the cute little Graphic 45 Staples Kraftboard Altered Art Box. The box comes complete with  an accordian-type book inside and a magnetic closure on the cover. At first I was going to cover it with Graphic 45 papers so I painted all the corners and edges with Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber. The more it dried, the more I liked the look so scratched the paper-covering idea and painted the entire box – inside and out! Love the elegant black finish!

I made the three-layer medallion (Tim Holtz Paper Rosettes, Alterations by Sizzix) for the box center from Graphic 45 papers Forgotten City and Joyous Noel (I wanted a black base for the medallion and had this paper handy; it worked out well); Joyous Noel for the base, Forgotten City in the middle and the backside (Kraft-color) for the top.  The outer edges and the upper creases are all inked with black ink, stacked and a large Want2Scrap gem added to the top center.

The beautiful sparkly gems on top are Want2Scrap, Beautiful Bling Borders by Nina Brackett – Fancy Waves. I was able to cut the two borders to fit the perimeter of the cover. Don’t they look pretty against that black finish?

The side panels are double-sided sticky tape and Art Glitter Fawn No. 728 and Tree Bark No. 524, both microfine glitters, using the double-glitter technique with a strip of lace. These colors closely fit the color scheme and I just love the look of the faux lace.

   

For the book I cut Forgotten City and Mechanical Mind to fit just inside the book’s pages. The edges were all distressed using Zutter’s Distrezz-it-all; inked them all with black ink and the edges of the book too.

I tried a new technique on the papers that I watched ‘Blanche’ from La Blanche Stamps use at CHA last week. Using Ranger’s Perfect Medium Pen I colored some areas in and sprinkled with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) then heat set. It really adds a lot of dimension and texture. The Ornate Plate (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) is painted with Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, then sprinkled with UTEE and heat set. I love the shiny look this achieves!

A few of the elements on the papers were cut out, UTEE added and popped up for added effects. The ribbon is laid down prior to the papers being adhered to the book pages. I was so pleased with the results of this project – especially going into the project without a clear vision! What do you think?

 
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Be sure to check the Art Glitter Blog every day this week for more project inspiration! We have Blog Candy to give away to 4 lucky commenters! Visit us, as well as our friends over at Want2Scrap and Graphic 45, each day this week; prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way!Also, make sure you stop by the Want2Scrap Facebook Page and Graphic 45 Facebook page this week and tell them Art Glitter sent you! Check out my cohorts on the Art Glitter Design Team and see the wonderful projects they’ve created for this blog hop. They’ll be posting for Art Glitter this week! Be sure to leave them a comment as well as on Art Glitter’s Blog for your chance to win BLOG CANDY!
Monday the 23rd Trudy & Carrie
Tuesday Emily & KC
Wednesday Linda & Cherie
Thursday Karen
Friday Laura & Kristi
 

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!

Giving a collection of memories …

So my daughter Facebook’s me the other day and asks if I could make a gift for her to give to her best friend who is moving away soon. She’ll send over the photos and a paragraph from a song that holds meaning for the two of them. I received several really nice photos of the two of them to use and the words from the song then set to create.

The challenge was to make it young – these girls are in the 20’s and I’m not. I went digging through my stash of papers and hit the craft closet for something thick that would stand up – she wanted something that would sit on a shelf versus a book.

I pulled out three, 5-by-7-inch canvases and kept digging through the papers to find the perfect ones when I hit upon the beautiful Gabrielle line from BoBunny – it was perfect! The papers were cut a bit smaller than the canvas pieces, distressed and inked before adhering to the canvas. I searched through at least three trinket and ribbon bins to find the perfect buttons, lace and Prima flowers. When there were holes to fill I added a Ranger Memory Frame with a BoBunny Gabrielle sticker placed between two pieces of memory glass, an Idea-ology metal corner and an old Making Memories heart ribbon slide. The top scallops over the center canvas were made with a Martha Stewart border punch mounted on dimensional foam squares.

The canvases are hinged with ribbon before I adhered the papers onto the backside. A pretty ribbon is attached under the title and the entire piece accordion folds and ties shut with the ribbon.

It’s always a sad day when you have to say goodbye to a good friend – they’re far and few in-between. I really hope they stay in touch and that this gift eases the pain a little.

Another chapter ends …

Well, it’s true. Scrap Tales, the wonderful scrapbook store where I have worked for nearly nine years is closing its doors for good. The news just saddens us all who love this store. I started working there as a part-time employee and moved into manager/creative director shortly afterward.

Working in the industry has been a real joy which has enabled me to build my skills and my love for mixed-media. I’ve met some wonderful people in the industry and have made great friends through my position at the store. Scrap Tales provided me with a platform for teaching – something I never, ever thought I would do – only to discover it’s what I truly love! It’s the one aspect of the store that I will miss the most besides seeing my ‘family.’

I intend to continue teaching and am currently searching for venues. My dream would be to some day open a studio where we could hold classes, crops and other gatherings – oh yeah, I even have the name picked out – Pumpkin Moon Studio. But, the refrigerator died after the power outage we had this week and we had to go buy a new one, so it kicked me back to reality real quick!

I am teaching a cute little mini-book project at Scrapbook Peddler Sunday. “A day at the Zoo” is made with that gorgeous Zoology line from BoBunny. Students will use Ranger Distress Inks and Clear Crackle Paint, learn what it takes to stamp on acrylic, create hidden pocket pages from envelopes, use Ranger Perfect Pearls to create a patina on chipboard and to make a shimmer mist to spritz on paper and burlap and bind it all together into book form using the Cinch binding system. There were still a few openings when I checked Monday.

Ranger Ramblings Part I is also scheduled there for Wednesday, July 27. Contact Scrapbook Peddler to register for either class.

If you get a chance, stop in to Scrap Tales and say ‘hey’ before we’re gone; if you can’t make it in please keep in touch here!

My day at the Zoo …

So, I’m on vacation and felt like doing something then I thought “umm, new BoBunny Zoology papers…” – need some Zoo photos! Just a few minutes later daughter calls and says she was thinking we haven’t been to the Zoo in years. Husband says how about the Toledo Zoo?

We check the weather and it says cloudy, 80 degrees with chance of rain after 5 p.m. Perfect weather for a Zoo visit. So we’re off to the Toledo Zoo! An hour and a half later we’re parking and it’s sunny and HOT! It reached 95 degrees while we were there and not a cloud in the sky – figures.

It’s been over 20 years since we visited the Toledo Zoo and I’m thankful to say their beautiful shade trees have grown big and tall. We managed to see all the exhibits that were not under construction and had a very pleasant but HOT day. Seen lots of strange-looking creatures and some cute ones too. Took lots of photos (for that new BoBunny Zoology line) and finished the mini book this weekend.

It’s full of distress techniques and I’ve even included some folded envelope pockets I found instructions for at Laura’s http://followingthepapertrail.ning.com/

There’s a pocket in front for the program and ticket stubs and I tucked in some postcards we purchased at the Zoo. It holds lots of photos – I even have room to add more!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend!

Now to get started on those cards …