Thursday, March 30, 2017

Julie Nutting's French Flea Market - Scraps into Cards

Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

Well I have to admit I've had a hard time holding this video back.  As a lot of you know I've been trying to use the scraps from my projects up instead of sticking them away.  This not only gives me a bevy of cards or tags or whatever on hand it also provides lots of ideas for you to use your scraps as well.  As soon as I finished my French Flea Market mini I started in on the cards, I know me, once I tuck things away they rarely resurface, it's best for me to be creative when my desk is still a mess with all the project leftovers.  It didn't look like many scraps in that little box but as you'll see it provided 14 cards that I just love.  I think I like this set the best so far, oh wait, I seem to say that after each new set is completed.  I guess that's a sign that it was a fun, productive process.

This is going to be a harder one to share, I debated on if I wanted to share each card here or just a few so I think I'm doing a photo of each but no explanations.  On video (link below) I'll share the process of making half the cards.  If you don't want to watch the process (the video is long) I'll provide a skip to point at the beginning of the video to take you to all the photos of the cards.  This provides a couple of shots of the outsides plus one of the inside.  I'm sure you won't want to do exactly what I've done but it will give you lots of food for thought as to how you might use your scraps.  If you'd rather make tags all the cards could easily be converted into tag format.  Just a video note, I have sped the video up during the process so you wouldn't be with me hours while I decided what to do where.  If you need to slow the video to better see what I'm doing there is a cog (settings) button on the lower right, click on it and you'll see an option for Speed, when you click it you can slow the video down.  I hope that helps I know that some of my viewers prefer length to speed so I hope this helps everyone.

The main thing is enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the process.  Have fun, make it like a challenge 'how can I create with just the smallest amount'.  I'll start with my last card.  It was actually the last handful of scraps, already in my hand, posed above the trash can.  Then my inner crafty self said WAIT, you could just punch something out of all these scraps, so I grabbed my little heart punch and punched and tossed the remainder away, trust me there weren't many remainders!  Then I layered the base with the hearts one row next to the other.  I LOVE this card and I'm so glad I saved these scraps from the trash.  It really goes to show it doesn't take much to end up with something unique.

Enjoy!  The video and links to Country Craft Creations will be listed below.  

















Supplies


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

French Flea Market Mini Album


a Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

Hello and welcome to my blog, it's nice to have all you regular visitors back to see my latest mini album and wonderful to have all you new viewers stopping by to check me out.  Today I'm sharing a mni created as a Design Team project for Country Craft Creations.  I used Julie Nutting's French Flea Market collection in the construction of this album.


I love to take elements from the papers, stickers and ephemera packages (if I have them) and create clusters.  The one shown above is on the outside of my mini.  Because minis, hopefully, are shared often the outside of them can get a lot of wear so I usually choose to keep the outside of the mini fairly flat in nature.  






 
Here are a few more views of the front, the spine and and overhead shot of the six pages.  I clustered a few elements of interest for the spine and tied them all together with black seam binding.

I won't be sharing everything here with you on the blog, but the video will give you a great walk through of each page, and all the tuck in's, mats and extras that I've included.  On the first and last page I created a gusseted pocket and cut the top edge with Tim Holtz, On The Edge die, Placket. Inside I've tucked a little note pad and pen. Once this is used up this pocket will become a nice nesting place for extra photos or memorabilia.


There are lots of places I've tucked little treasures of tiny booklets that open to house journaling or a small photo, or perhaps a special ticket stub.  On the right above this is a magnetized page that flips up and down. Here you can see it as the bottom is flipped down. The top flips up as well giving you a full 12" top to bottom to fill with photos or whatevers.


There were so many fantastic papers in this collection that it was difficult to know what to put where.  I like to try and transition the pages that face one another with the same colors or papers so that they flow left to right.  Be sure an notice the clip on the right.  That's the gloves from the sticker sheet, backed with black and attached to a clothes pin.  The inset photo to the left shows the Bingo page flipped open to create a 12" x 6 1/2' tri fold.  Lots of spots for photos with an additional bifold book in the middle pocket sporting a cluster of elements for the focal decoration.

The next two pages secure the photo mats with decorative stoppers and a belly band.


Tucked in the side is another trifold secured with a black seam binding ribbon.  This is the only extra pocket I added since the pages were quite chunky to begin with.  This mini has 1/2 gussets between the pages which allow for lots of room for many many photos to be placed on the pages and in the pockets.


Here we have two pages with have a nice roomy pocket for a tri fold on the left and a flip out (magnetized) page on the right.









Continuing the theme of lots of extras these pages don't disappoint.  On the left when you untie the ribbons you get this generous flip up and out for lots and lots of photos.  I added a nice cluster of elements to the center so you can easily slip several photos behind plus attach one directly to the page.  On the flip out sides there is a small pocket on the bottom of each to keep your photos from falling out.  Each of the elements top and bottom center are left free to slip your photo behind.  You can see in the photo to the right that I've slipped just the smallest of tags with a nice ribbon pull and brad behind the pocket flap.It just peeks out at you on the side.



To finish the mini I ended with the same gusseted pocket I had on the first page and a nice side pocket on the inside back cover.  There are so many elements that I haven't shared here, but you'll see them all on the video with lots more photos. Store links will be directly below the video along with supplies used.

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Supplies from Country Craft Creations

Supplies from my Stash
Punches, charms, cording, Glossy Accents, Glitter, Graphic 45 Name plate, 
various colored cardstock scraps, lace trim

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Garden Delights

a Canvas Corp Crew project

This post will be featured in it's entirety on the Canvas Corps Brands Blog, I hope you'll check the whole article out there.  I'll be just previewing a snippet of it here. 


It's always fun when you can have a never ending supply of product to work with.  That's what my cards today are comprised of, a never ending supply of leaves from my yard, my sisters yard, the neighborhood, anywhere that has an interesting leaf to incorporate into my card designs.

On the video below I'll share the whole process of gathering the leaves, pressing the designs into the cardstock, what worked and what didn't, if you haven't checked it out yet I hope you'll do so today. Don't forget to stop by the Canvas Corp Brands blog for a complete pictorial step through of how to do it yourself.

I also wanted to give a disclaimer, this isn't my idea, I wish it had been, but it's been floating around the Pinterest Boards, Blogs and YouTube for quite some time, I just gleaned my information from Understanding Blue, she had a great video that really got me inspired to try it for myself.


Supplies from the Canvas Corp Brands Store - 
Tattered Angels
Glimmer Mist 
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Canvas Corp Basics
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12x12 French Script Canvas - http://tinyurl.com/h5ofen5
Cord - Jute Ball - http://tinyurl.com/gt8mmx6

7 Gypsies
Wanderlust 8x8 Paper Pad - http://tinyurl.com/zzv4zdy
Supplies from my stash
Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany; Ground Espresso; Cardstock; Art Glitter Glue; scrap pieces of chipboard; cardboard box packaging; JustRite Stampers Bokeh Time Stamp set; JustRite Stampers Sympathy Handwritten Sentiments; Joy Clair Clear Stamps Thank You for Everything; Penny Black Transparent Stamps Elquoence; leaves from my yard


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CCC's February Craftology Box - Gift Box with Cards

a Country Craft Creations Design Team share

Well I dove into my first Craftology box and since I NEVER have enough birthday card it just made sense that would be my first choice.  I used black Book Box from Graphic 45 to house the cards, perhaps it will make a nice gift for someone.  There's a video at the end of this post that will walk you through all the cards and give you lots of idea to make your own.  If you aren't familar with what Craftology boxes are it's a monthly subscription from Country Craft Creations loaded with all kinds of goodies to play with.


I had to incorporate one of the Art Impressions Vintage stamped and paper pieced ladies into the top of my box, she's perfect here whipping up her birthday cake don't you think?


I stacked some of the paper petals that were included in the Craftology box and tucked a little snipped of cheesecloth behind and attached a brad to the centers to hold the petals together.  


Inside there's a nice little package of cards and envelopes for the recipent to use for all those birthday wishes.  The box was covered inside and out with the Echo Park Party Time papers.


I made a lot of cards, the box easily fits six, perhaps a couple more and then I wanted a few for myself.  I even used the other paper pieced Vintage ladies from both sets of Art Impressions stamps I'd shared with you earlier.


This is one of my favorites, I fussy cut the cupcakes and candles out so that they pyramid to the top. With some foam tape to pop them up and stickles to make the candles flicker it's a really cute card.


Here's another super simple idea, Just cut the candle paper to fit the front of the card, glossy accent each candle and glitter the flames in two colors of glitter.  Add a touch of Marvy's Snow Marker across the bottom and you're all set.


Here are my Art Impressions paper pieced ladies and the sentiment that went with them.  They really make the front of a card don't they.


There's always the option to supplement the Craftology boxes with a couple of add ons.  This time one of the add ons was a set of stamps of which this sentiment was included.  I'm always on the lookout for a good set of Birthday stamps and this set from Echo Park certainly fits that bill.

I hope you'll check out the video.  I'll link to the supplies used from Country Craft Creations below the video and links to Social Media sites below that.



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Monday, February 20, 2017

Using Gamsol with Art Impressions stamps

a Country Craft Creations Design Team Share

Today I want to share how I color using a product called Gamsol, paper stumps and blending. Gamsol can be found in most craft and hobby stores or online.  It's an odorless mineral spirit solution that when used with colored pencils blends the colors softly so your lines disappear.


To try this technique you'll need a bottle of Gamsol, I've transferred mine to a plastic dauber bottle which can be purchased at a beauty supply store.  It's actually used for nail polish remover and runs about $7.  Gamsol has a tendency to evaporate so it's best to keep it closed when not using and this is perfect, you'll see how snappy it works on the video.  You'll also need some paper blending stumps or tortillions.  These can be found at any craft store or online along with the sanding pad.  As far as crayons go you can use the most expensive or the cheapest, I actually like these Crayon twist up pencils which are super cheap.  When blended with the Gamsol they all take on a soft blended look.

 


I've used two different Art Impressions Vintage stamps this example is using the Six Layer Cake set along with the Party Time paper collection from Echo Park that was in my Craftology box.  If you're unfamiliar with what a craftology box is check them out in the Country Craft Creations store. A few sequins, some flat back gems and bakers twine ties the card together.  


To use Gamsol you simply color as you always do.  You then dip a paper stump into a small amount of the Gamsol and blend your colored image.  You'll see how the lines simply disappear and how soft the coloring looks.  It's such a simple step and one I think you'll enjoy adding when you color your images or color in a coloring book.


Here's the inside of this card.  I forgot to share the technique for the bakers twine.  I punched a hole on the folded edge and ran my twine around and around through the hole and over the side, knotting it in the front and adding a bow.  Just popping one of the cut apart saying from the collection on a couple of bright mats which are all grunged on around the edges completes the inside.


Here's the second Art Impressions stamp set, Bathing Suit Set.  I just love these ladies!!  I've merely fussy cut around the colored image, popped it on black and re-fussy cut and then popped them up on foam,



Here's the inside of this card using an older Art Impressions sentiment that I'd been gifted, some black netting from the craftology box and a sticker from the Party Time Collection.

I hope you'll watch the video where I really show you up close and personal how beautifully Gamsol can soften and blend your colored images.  Since Gamsol evaporates quickly you have no residue left on your page when it dries.  I'll link to the supplies I used from Country Craft Creations, and the links to the social media sites just below the video.


Supplies from Country Craft Creations
 Echo Park Party Time Collection

Supplies from my Crafty Space
Gamsol Blending Solution
Paper stumps
Sanding pad
Glossy Accents
Cardstock
Colored Pencils

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Paper Piecing Ai Stamps

a Country Crafts Creations Design Team Project

If you have yet introduced yourself to Ai (Art Impressions) stamps there is just no time like the present to do so.  Tamra Merrill, from Country Craft Creations sent me two of the Vintage stamp sets to play with.  I'd mentioned I like to paper piece and decided I'd like to share that technique with you. It's a little time consuming because you are stamping and fussy cutting several times for each stamp but the end result, well it's kind of addicting, like you'd like to do another, just wait you'll see.


I'm just going to do a short run through of what I've used and how I used it here on the blog.  You'll really want to watch the video (link below) to get the full benefit.  On video we'll paper piece one stamp together and I'll share all the techniques I've come up with through trial and error.  As we all know it's nice to not have to make the mistakes that others have made and just reap the rewards of the easiest way to do something, well in this case the easiest way for me.  I'll post a link to the supplies I used plus store links directly below the video link at the bottom of this post.



The first step is to stamp your image on white cardstock (I'm using 110# white from Georgia Pacific). This stamped image will become your building base to glue your fussy cut pieces too. I like to have a good set of small scissors, I use Cutter Bees and a set of reverse tweezers.  The tweezers are like a third hand when you're trying to glue the small pieces into their respective spots.  I also use a cut piece of an old Cricut mat to stick my pieces onto while I'm assembling my images.  This mat didn't have a lot of sticky left on it but it's enough to keep the tiny bits from flying elsewhere while you are working.


The first step is to figure out what areas won't be recut, in this case it was her legs, shoes, hair, face, the one arm.  I then color these first and start layering.  You can see above the first layer, her dress has already been glued down.


Here's a look at the finished paper pieced stamp.  The key is to look at your image and decide how many layers you're going to have. Starting with the layer that would be the furthermost away from you begin gluing.  In this stamp there are 4 primary layers, her dress, the apron, the bowl and the arm holding the bowl.  When I was done I fussy cut the whole image, glued it to a solid green and fussy cut again.  I am thinking these will be used in a mini I'm making.


Here's the second stamp I paper pieced.  There are three ladies here so I pretend each is a stand alone and fussy cut and paper piece each image separately and then re-glue them in the order they would be standing so some parts of them over lap the others.  It will make a lot more sense as you watch the video.  This is an extremely fun process and one that will give your cards, minis, or whatever project you used the pieced images in a great added dimension.  I hope you'll give it a try.




Supplies from Country Craft Creations

Supplies from my stash - Georgia Pacific 110# white cardstock; 3D Crystal Lacquer; various alcohol markers; old piece of Cricut mat; Twizzer Bees, Cutter Bee scissors

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