Sunday, April 25, 2010

Love Sign

I created this sign to go with my set of hanging layouts. It's SOOO sparkly and fun! I painted an 8x8 canvas with Scattered Straw Distress Crackle Paint and distressed it with Vintage Photo ink. I rubbed Stickles around the edges and brushed the edges of the canvas with black ink.

Then I created a background out of patterned paper and distressed it with ink and a Tim Holtz flourish mask. Of course, I had to add some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold as well!

I decorated grungeboard letters with acrylic paint and distress ink and then stamped words over the letters in solvent ink. I distressed the edges in black and added green Stickles lightly with my finger.

I decorated one corner with a grungeboard key and some stickers and bling. On the lower right, I layered an acrylic fragment backed with patterned paper, a crackled butterly with wire antennae, and a spiral flower made from patterned paper. This was my first attempt at "scrapbooking on the wall," and it's been one of my favorite projects ever!!

Vintage Gift Box

I've been a busy scrapper this weekend. Sometimes I just get into a groove and can't quit no matter how hard I try! I'm neglecting my laundry as we speak, but some things are just more exciting than laundry!

I finished this cute box on Saturday, and I can't wait to finish the little nesting boxes that go inside! I painted it with pink acrylic paint, decoupaged a vintage label on the front, and crackled and distressed it. I then glittered some paper leaves with Stickles, attached a Prima flower, and stuck in a vintage-style hat pin. What a fun Mother's Day surprise!

I Love You

     I finished another layout for my wall hanging grouping on Friday, and I love how this one turned out! Here are the steps and materials I used:

1) Decoupage background paper (Lullaby Lane by Webster's Pages) to a 12"x 12" piece of chipboard and distress the edges in black. Create a distressed background using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, a blending tool, and a Tim Holtz clock mask set. Spray with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold.

2) Cut a large circle out of patterned paper (in this case, also Webster's Pages), distress with ink and "chew" the edges with a hole punch. Draw stitching lines with a brown marker. Attach photograph.

3) Fussy cut sections from patterned paper to create 3-D boundary pieces. Attach with dimensional adhesive. Add dew drops to the leaves with Glossy Accents.

4) Distress a Pink Paislee Artisan Element frame with acrylic paint. Stamp images over the top in solvent ink. Decorate with patterned paper, tissue paper roses, and a Prima cameo sticker.

5) Stamp a flourish shape on acetate with solvent ink and cut out. Attach in upper right of photo. Cut butterflies from patterned paper, distress with crackle medium, and attach wire antennae with strong glue.

6) Decorate a grungeboard flourish with acrylic paint, Vintage Photo distress ink, and green glitter glue. Attach with stitching. Attach flowers, butterflies, and bling.

7) Stamp sentiment on journaling tag (Graphic 45) and attach with dimensional adhesive. Decorate a grungeboard key using the rusty enamel technique. (Sponge with Vintage Photo, sparsely coat with clear embossing powder, heat set. Repeat for more texture if desired.) Back a Tim Holtz acrylic fragment with patterned paper using Glossy Accents and hang from key with twine. Stick a hat pin into the tag and attach some bling.

8) Punch holes in upper corners and knot ribbon through to hang. Wha la!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Amore U

I know it's much too late to take decent photos tonight, but I couldn't wait to share the layout I just finished. I'm planning to make this into wall art with a companion piece for my other daughter.

Here are the steps:

1) Mount background paper to chipboard with white glue and distress the edges in black. Distress the whole page with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool and spray a light coat of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold.

2) Add Flourish Rub-on and a strip of distressed patterned paper. (I used Vintage Photo, Black Soot, and a paper punch.)

3) Mount photo and add a row of lace and ribbon at the bottom. Hand stitch on the right side with embroidery floss and add a large bracket sticker. Draw stitching lines in brown marker and add butterflies.

4) Attach sparkling embellishments to the left of the photo and add Prima flowers. I cut the butterflies from patterned paper, crackled and distressed them with Crackle Accents and Distress Ink, and added black wire antennae. Raise their wings so they look like they just landed on the flowers! :)

5) Stamp with Cornish Heritage Farms Botanical Bliss set on acetate with solvent ink. Cut out and attach. Punch a hole through the center of the acetate through the page and add a straight piece of black wire. Curl the wire around a pencil to create a funky clock hand. Add Prima pebbles.

6) Distress a Pink Paislee frame with alcohol ink. Stamp words in black solvent ink and antique the crevices with gold acrylic paint. Add Prima flower (use glossy accents for dew drops), home-made tissue paper flowers, and a cameo sticker.

7) Distress a journaling tag, embellish with hat pins, and attach with dimensional adhesive. Add pearls. Attach "Amore" sticker.
8) Paint a chipboard letter light yellow and decorate with Stickles. Attach with dimensional adhesive.
9) Distress a grungeboard key hole using the rusty enamel technique. Attach with brads and dimensional adhesive.
10) I plan to add a hanging ribbon to the top of the layout ... but I couldn't wait to show you!!
Some might find this a bit overdone, but I don't think you can ever have too much of a good thing. :) Take care, my friends!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Blessed Pascha to you all!

Christ is Risen!!

I wanted to share a picture of my onion-dyed Pascha eggs! It's a tradition in our faith to bring a basket of food to Pascha vigil to be blessed, and these made a gorgeous addition to our basket this year. The technique is so easy I might never go back to dying with food coloring again!
Instructions are all over the internet, but I thought these were particularly clear:
Blessings to you all during this joyous season! Hristos Voskrese!