Monday, March 31, 2014

Playing with Ranger Alcohol Inks - Making some Mixed Media Cards

This weekend I decided to make an alcohol ink pallet and play with my inks to make some mixed media cards. 

I watched a video from the winter CHA 2014 show and Tim Holtz showed this alcohol ink pallet. 

I found my empty pallet at a local Aaron Brothers store but they have these at any local craft store. 

I already had some alcohol inks and blending solution in my stash from a few years ago. I bought the alcohol ink blending pen from Simon Says Stamp. 

You just drop a few drops of the alcohol ink into each slot and allow them to dry. 

This motivated me to make this pallet to have when I want to color embellishments in my stash. 

Per Tim Holtz, the alcohol ink blending solution/pen is to the alcohol inks what water is to watercolor paints 

You fill the pen with the blending solution and then use the nibs on each end to "pick up" the color from the pallet.  You can then use it to color embellishments or use like watercolors on your projects. 

I used it to color a wooden camera embellishment and an embossed heart that you can see on the cards below. 

I then made coordinating 1 inch circles for the cover to mark the colors in the pallet. 

While I had my alcohol inks out, I decided to pull out the following supplies from my stash and just play. 

Gloss Paper
Archival Ink in Jet Black
Alcohol Inks
Blending Tool with felt pads
Unity Stamp Co. Stamps

Here are my completed cards.

I cut four of the cards to a 3x4 size to use for Project Life layouts, scrapbook layouts or my art journal/smash book. 

The leftover piece is 5 1/2 by 8.  I can cut it up or use it whole. 

Here is a picture of each individual card. 

It was so much fun to pull out my supplies and play. 
I love the way these cards turned out and will definitely be using these on future projects. 
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Project Life Layouts - January 2014

Hi there! In this post I want to share with your the start of my January 2014 project life layouts. 

I have been keeping up with printing my pictures and placing them in my album.

Now I need to add cards, journaling, and embellishments. 

Here is the YouTube video showing you the layouts in detail. I also share with you all of the products used on these layouts. 

Here is the right side layout. 

Here is the left side layout. 

Here are some detailed photos. 

Thank you for looking!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Smash Book Layout and Process Video - "Emily You Have Bright Ideas"

In the post today, I want to share a Smash Book layout and I have included a process video as well. 

Here is the video showing you how I made this layout. 

Emily has been on spring break this past week.  

One afternoon Emily asked if she could make some new artwork for her room. 

The main piece that she has been wanting to make was this Crayola art canvas. 

To make this piece, Emily had to first peel off the Crayola wrappers.  

I decided it would be fun to keep the pieces of wrappers and "smash" them into her smash book.

I used some Decoupage glue by Americana to adhere the wrappers to the page. 

I then printed some pictures and made this layout in Emily's smash book. 

Left Side


Right Side

This was so much fun to make.  

Here are pictures of the other artwork that we completed. 

I made a banner using the DCWV paper collection called Vintage Collector. 

For the piece below, this wooden camera is available at Michael's.  

Emily painted it and then we stenciled over it and added an October Afternoon flair badge to the front.  

We then glued the camera to a 5x7 canvas that has been decorated with paint and patterned paper. 

In this frame, we cut some colored metal into 2x2 squares that we ran through various embossing folders using my Cuttlebug.  

Emily then glued the squares down to a piece of patterned paper and then we framed it. 

We had so much fun creating new art!

Thanks for looking and see you in the next post. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stenciled Cards

Hi there! Today I have a couple of stenciled cards to share with you.

I made these cards for a couple of wonderful crafty YouTube friends who have sent me lovely cards and packages. Thank you again ladies!

Here is the YouTube video that inspired my cards. 

Here are my supplies that I used.

Pink Card Stock 
White American Crafts Card Stock
Stampin Up Inks in the colors Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, and Daffodil Delight
Studio Calico Circle Mask
Ali Edwards Stamps:
So Totally Happy
Super Fantastic
The small hearts and star stamps are from a Wplus9 set called Borders and Backgrounds 3

I cut my pink card stock into an A2 sized card.  

Next I cut my white card stock around 1/4 inch smaller then the pink card stock.

I then cut a piece of white scrap card stock to mask off the area that I wanted to leave blank for my stamped sentiment.

I used some washi tape to position and hold the stencil into place.

Next I used a makeup sponge to dab on the ink colors over the stencil onto the white card stock. 

You then carefully peel up the stencil and repeat the process to the bottom of the card 

I then added my stamps and glued the white card stock to the pink card base. 

I had so much fun playing with my supplies, that I decided to make matching 3x4 project life cards. 

Both ladies do project life albums, so I thought they would enjoy these. 

They can either stamp a sentiment in the middle or use it for journaling. 

These cards were so much fun and easy to make. 

I will definitely make these types of cards again. 

Thanks for looking!

See you in the next post. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Project Life 2014 Title Page and Sharing Some Crafty Organization and Storage Ideas

Hi there! I this post I want to share my Project Life 2014 title page. 

I also have some organization storage ideas that I will add to the end of this post. 

I love creating my title pages each year for my project life albums. 

This is the first page that you see when opening up my album. 

This year I wanted it to be colorful and include some family pictures of us. 

Here is the YouTube video showing you everything in detail.

Here are some of the supplies that I used. 

I used the Maggie Holmes 6x6 paper pad, ephemera, and project life cards. 

I also used some stencils, ink, and paint. 

On this card, I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil called Mini Confetti and my Stampin Up Ink in the color Strawberry Slush. 

The ephemera pieces are Maggie Holmes and the wood piece is Elle's Studio Love You More wood set

This card was a wonderful find on tumblr. I saved it to my Pinterest board here.

All I added was the wooden heart to the bottom right corner. 

These next two 3x4 cards are both from the Maggie Holmes project life kit. I bought the kit digitally from Becky Higgins' website and cut them out using my Silhouette cameo. 

The hello life 2014 is a digital brush from Ali Edwards.  You can find the calendar set here

I cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo on white American Crafts card stock and then used my watercolors to color it pink. 

The next card is a sweet picture of Emily. The "E" is a wood grain chipboard alpha from October Afternoon.  The "so sweet" wood piece is from Elle's Studio Love You More wood set

These two cards are also both from the Maggie Holmes project life kit. 

I added the captured circle piece to the camera and the "B" is from October Afternoon and the "3" letter sticker is from My Mind's Eye. 

This wood grain card is cut from the Maggie Holmes 6x6 paper pad. 

I then used the Crafter's Workshop Miny Peony stencil and some white paint to add some texture to the card. I added the love vellum ephemera piece and the today wooden cloud. 

This final 4x6 card is layered with more Maggie Holmes ephemera and a family picture.

I also used a Crafters Workshop Mini Word Arrows stencil and some Stampin Up in the color coastal cabana. 

I had so much fun making this title page. I love the Maggie Holmes collection. The colors are just so pretty.

Now on to some organization and storage ideas. 

I love the new ephemera packs that all of the scrapbook manufacturers are selling, however it is hard to store all of those little pieces. 

I tried keeping in their package until the packaging fell apart. Next I tried storing them in ziplock bags but I didn't like that either. 

I had the storage box below in my stash. I had bought this last February from Michael's to take on my first scrapbook retreat.  When I came back, I unpacked everything and then left it sitting in my room, but not using it. 

This box comes with the 16 bins that you see. 

They are the perfect sized containers to hold those packs of ephemera.

I used my Ptouch labeler to label each container with the mfg name of each ephemera pack that I had in my stash. 

I then emptied out each package into the boxes. 

Here is an open container full of Maggie Holmes ephemera.  It holds a lot!!

Now I can just pull the container that I want, choose my pieces, and put the box back up.

My next storage solution is for my stencils. 

I used to store them in the packaging and I held them together with a book ring. 

Then the packaging started falling apart. I searched for a storage solution and here is what I found. 

First, I bought this 12x12 album from Michael's. 

Next I raided my stash of 6x6, 8x8, and 12x12 page protectors. 

Then I cut some dark card stock to fit each protector to back each stencil. Tip - use dark card stock. The stencil will show up better!

Finally, I added my stencils to the page protectors.

I wrote the brand and name of the stencil on the card stock for easy reference. 

This is much better storage for me and the stencils are easy to get in and out of the page protectors. 

I love it when I can find a better storage/organization alternative for my craft supplies!

Thank you so much for reading this post and visiting me today. 

I appreciate it! See you on the next post. 

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