This little heart of mine …

Howdy! I’m up over on the Art Glitter blog today with a how-to create this glittery little Valentine’s Day canvas.

It is super quick-n-easy and makes a cute little shelf-sitter.

Jump on over and take a look!

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And, here’s a link or two for a few other Valentine’s Day ideas: http://artglitterblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/glittering-candy-jars.html and https://linda-neff.com/2013/01/10/lovin-this-little-box/

 

Singing your song…

Two of my favorite companies teamed up during October to cross promote their products. It’s been amazing to discover how well their products work together.

I’m talking about Art Glitter and Globecraft Memories. And, it just so happens I’m on each of their design teams so how much fun is that!

For this cross-promotion I almost made another ornament. I love how quick and easy they are to make and they just mesmerize me. I love the way the light shines through the glitter shards. But, I decided to put some extra effort into it and try my hand at another Globecraft Memories Easel Greetings.

There’s really nothing fancy about these greetings. They come five to a pack for under $5 and they’re white. That’s pretty much what I like about them. They’re plain so I can paint, spritz, ink or cover with pretty paper, they stand on their own, so my recipient can put it on display, and they fit into a standard-size A2 envelope (unless you get a little heavy-handed like I tend to do!).

On this Easel Greetings I actually incorporated Xyron as well. I ran my corrugated heart (yes, I used it again) through the Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker and rubbed away part of the adhesive before coating it in Art Glitter and tapping the excess off. Remember the faux lace technique from May? Well, rather than use a tape runner I discovered the technique works just as well with the Xyron. It gives it a roughed-up appearance which I tend to like.

That adorable birdcage on the card front is also from Globecraft Memories. It’s from the Piccolo Vintage Bird Cage Charms. Hop on over to Art Glitter’s blog and you’ll see the steps involved to make this card yourself. While you’re there, check out the posts from the rest of the team. There are some adorable and creative projects!

No tall tales here – just a little mini book …

I’m the first to admit it. When I started making mini books several years ago my scrapbooking just went right out the window!

I love scrapbooking but there’s something about making a mini book that gives me great satisfaction in knowing the project is complete and I’ve got the perfect little gift for someone.

The Xyron Design Team is hopping this week with Teresa Collins so be sure to check out the Xyron and Teresa Collins Design Team blogs for loads of ideas!

Here’s my newest little mini book made from “Tell Your Story,” a new paper collection from Teresa Collins. I’ve always enjoyed working with Teresa Collins paper collections; I taught several of her kits at Scrap Tales during my tenure there. And, once again I used some of those 527 envelopes I got for free a few years ago. The envelopes make great pockets and they’re easy to cover with beautiful papers.

I really like using the Globecraft Memories bubble frames for the book covers. I can create a very dimensional cover that is totally protected under the bubble and it looks really cool! For this book I used Globecraft Memories Classic Traditional Rectangle bubble frame. I covered each layer with the Teresa Collins “Tell Your Story” papers by cutting them to fit the frame, using Xyron’s Glue Stick for Corners to adhere it and then inking the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink

For the inside pages the envelope ends are snipped off to fit inside the bubble frame’s dimensions. Then they are measured and “Tell Your Story” papers cut to fit just inside the envelope edges. I ran them all through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station and adhered them to the envelopes.I wanted to fancy them up a bit so cut scrap the width of the envelope pages and punched with a couple of my favorite EK Success Edgers: Dotted Scallop Edger Punch and Scalloped Scallop Edger Punch. The scraps are trimmed to about 3 inches deep and scored so about 1 inch of the punched edge hangs over the envelope pocket and the rest is tucked inside and adhered. The pages are decorated with journal tickets and journal blocks – all from the Teresa Collins “Tell Your Story” collection. It’s just loaded with ideas for recording your memories. I adhered just the corners of the tickets so the journal cards could be tucked in and easily accessible.The book is bound with my Zutter Bind-it-All – my favorite binding machine! And, I used white coils to coordinate with the papers.The pockets in this book open at the top and I created a tag for each one by cutting more of the “Tell Your Story” papers to fit inside the pockets comfortably. They were also run through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station and adhered face-to-face. I trimmed the corners to give them a tag shape and edged each with Black Soot Distress Ink. A white 3/16″ eyelet in inserted at the top of each tag so I could include some beautiful fibers. I love fibers and use them a lot so I buy fancy yarns and cut my own. They give the project a nice, rich feel in my opinion.My favorite part is the bubble decorations. I inked three paper flowers and dipped them in UTEE and heat set to give them a porcelain appearance and glued them to the top of knotted piece of white tulle. Three stickers from the “Tell Your Story” collection are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive and layered to create depth and shadows. There’s a little Piccolo butterfly by Globecraft Memories that is painted with the company’s new Cool Set Enamels in Titanium White and Cobalt Turquoise. It’s also popped up on about four layers of dimensional foam squares. I felt it needed a bit more so pulled out a flourish from Want2Scrap – gotta love these!

It really turned out to a cute little project. I may still add some fibers to the rings – or not – and I feel the cover needs a tad more embellishing, but that’s another day.

Making pretty little cone packaging

I think paper cones are so pretty, especially when done in a Vintage style. This month the Art Glitter Design Team is doing a blog hop with Helmar, an Australian manufacturer of premium aerosol and adhesive products for the arts & craft and DIY hardware market with distribution around the world. So when I received my package with my Helmar products I decided to try my hand at creating my own adult-style of a Vintage paper cone. Jump on over to the Art Glitter blog to see how I made this cone!

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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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
 

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!