Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I've been Playing.....

with the Butterfly Garden Papers, Fairy Stamps and fibers from Harlee Quinnz Designs! Here's what I've come up with so far....






I also have an ATC done and a couple of cards I'm finishing up that I'll post soon. So check back soon!

And, if you live in the Central Texas area, you can visit Scrapbook Haus in New Braunfels to see the layouts and cards up close an personal!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bind It All and Teresa Collins

Teresa Collins makes just wonderful things! And when those things are made to work with the Bind It All ....EVEN BETTER!

Here is a 7x13 album featuring Teresa Collins everything! Except for the Owire jewelry...that I made myself.






Bind It All 7x13 Scallop Album

This book uses mainly Teresa Collins product, including her 7x13 Designer Series Chipboard Album Covers, Die Cut Cards, Transparencies and patterned paper. These wonderful elements combined with magazine pages and Bazill card stock make a beautiful album.

Gather your materials. You will need the following items to complete this project.

Tools:
Zutter Bind It All
Zutter Round It All (both)
Zutter Wire Cutters
Zutter Razor knife
Scor It
Paper Cutter
Circle paper punches: 1 ¼; 1 and ¾ and ½ .inch
Circle Cutter
Needle Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers

Supplies:
One (1) Set Teresas Collins 7x13 Scalloped Chipboard (White) Covers
One Zutter 12 inch ¾ inch diameter O-Wire: Black
Teresa Collins Patterned Paper
Teresa Collins Dies Cuts-File Folders
Teresa Collins Transparencies
Teresa Collins Die Cuts- Cards
Tim Holtz Photo Turns
Bo Bunny Brads
Miscellaneous Magazine Pages
Glass Beads
Metal Beads
Metal Letter Beads
Miscellaneous Ribbon
Bazzill Card Stock: Hot Pink, Black
Bazzill Die Cut Card Stock: White, Hot Pink
Queen & Company Chipboard Alphas
Glue, Adhesive Runner


Before starting, remember: Measure twice, cut once.

Locate center of 7x13 covers. Punch six holes then punch six more plus three; repeat on other side. This will center and punch 24 holes for one 12 inch Owire.

Punch out file folders, sand edges. Use the Scor It to score (large ones) at 6 inches. Punch out envelopes and cards, sand edges. Use Scor It to score envelopes and note cards.

Cut various sizes of tranparencies. Round corners. Cut various sizes of journaling spots, patterned paper, magazine pages, card stock. Round corners. Punch various sized circles from card stock, magazine pages, journaling spots and patterned paper.

Punch all items and bind all items.

Embellish inside front and back covers with envelopes and various items from those created above, photo turns and chipboard alphas. Embellish front cover, inner pages, transparencies, envelopes and file folders with various items from those created above, photo turns and chipboard alphas.

Create three Owire jewelry drops from glass and metal beads and metal. Mine say: “Love”, “Happy” and “Fun”. Attach to Owires. Embellish Owire with ribbon to complete.

Don't forget the Scor It! without which this project would not be possible. and check out Donna Salazar's new lines designed to work with the DreamKuts and Bind It All!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Really Cool Blog

I was surfing around today (when I was supposed to be working.....don't tell my boss) and ran across a really cool blog! It's called Lola B's ....there is TONS of inspriation here! She's super talented. And, she's got a giveaway going...a BIG one.

So hop on over for some inspiration and check out the giveaway while you're there!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

E.A.D. Designs Blog Hop

Howdy y'all! It's that time again! The E.A.D. Designs Blog Hop!!

I'm in the midst of Halloween planning and decorating. So, I HAD to make something along those lines. I created a spooky little tin with a repurposed Prima Flower Tin and the E.A.D. Design Hocu Pocus Vinyl! The vinyl is actually larger than this ...it has Hocus Pocus four times...my tin was smaller so I eliminated one. I cut out the witch's hat and mounted it on card stock and embellished a little. Then applies the Hocus Pocus around the edge of the tin top.

I hope that it makes a great gift for someone!




Now I hope you'll hop on over to the other EAD CT Blogs and check out their creations!
Amy
Danielle
Susan
Valerie
Jenn

Plus......stop by the EAD Designs Blog too, you never know what might be going on........

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Get Well Fairy

I wanted to express a special THANK YOU to the get well fairy (my DS came up with this) who cured our infected household in record time.

I was so excited to be well that I created a fairy ATC. I'm in an ATC swap at RedLead Paperworks and needed to make some ATCs anyway. And, I think this little lady will do me just fine!! My DS saw her after I was done and asked me if she was the "get well fairy". I asked him why he thought so....he said "well, she just looks nice". What a cutie he is, so...per my son, she's The Get Well Fairy. I played around with a lot of techniques one this: stamping with gesso, reinker colorwashes, acrylic paint washes, perfect pearls, collage...I'm working on a tutorial, I hope to have it up later this week.



In the mean time......may your households be forever guarded by The Get Well Fairy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quarantine!

Yikes....took my DS to the doctor today. He has the flu! I asked the doc if it was swine flu.... he said, "It's "Swine Type Flu"......" lovely and vague.....I hope to be back to creating and posting soon! Y'all stay well!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

E.A.D. Designs Blog Hop!

It's that time again! To show off what you can do with E.A.D. Designs yummy, yummy vinyl. This month, I did something different, I made a card.

I used E.A.D.'s Valentine themed vinyl and Teresa Collins Die Cut Cards & Envelopes. The vinyl originally was the heart with words and symbols in a circle around it. I cut that apart and came up with my card. I also used the vinyl for wording on the inside.




Now I hope you'll hop on over to the other EAD CT Blogs and check out their creations!
Amy
Danielle
Susan
Valerie
Jenn

Plus......stop by the EAD Designs Blog too, you never know what might be going on........

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Amazing Cover-All!!!

Cover Alls are one of the best ideas around! If you haven't tried them, you NEED to. If you have, then I'm sure you're nodding you head in agreement.

They are made for pages with out page protectors; in craft or white; with flat, curved or bamboo spines; in sizes 3x4,6x6, 7.5x5 and 8x8. And they are made for pages WITH page protectors; in white or black; with flat, curved or bamboo spines; in sizes 4x6, 8x8 and 12x12! Be sure and check the Bind It All Site for Owire sizes to use with your particular Cover-All.

These are incredibly strong and offer great protection for your precious memories.

I'd like to share an example with you on those wonderful Cover-Alls:

Bind It All 8x8 Album
Featuring Cover-All and Perfect Closure

Ever been involved with a circle journal? It's when a specific group of individuals get together. Each creates an album with a theme, instructions, set number of pages, and envelopes or pouches for information and ephemera. Each person created a two page layout, then sends the journal to the next person. In the end when you get yours back, everyone in your group will have completed a two pages layout and told you a little bit about themselves. It's fun and exposes you to new friends and new creative styles.

Well, I'm in a circle journal and created this album for it. It features a white Cover-All, 8x8 inner pages, rivets as well as Glimmer Mist and stamping.



Gather your materials. You will need the following items to complete this project.

Tools:
Zutter Bind It All
Zutter Wire Cutters
Scor It
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
1 ¼, 1 Inch Circle Punches

Supplies:
One (1) Zutter 8x8 Cover-All (white)
Two (2) Sets Zutter 8x8 Inner Pages (white) (I used 13 inner pages)
One Zutter 12 inch ¾ inch diameter O-Wire: Baby Blue
Tattered Angels Butterfly Stencil
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Jazz Blue
Copic Marker: B29
Fancy Pants Patterned Paper
Butterfly Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Red Lead PaperWorks, Martha Stewart
ColorBox Ink: Royal Blue
Color Box: Liquid Chalk: Blue
Staz On: Azure
Miscellaneous White Card Stock
Ribbon: Bo Bunny, Generic
E.A.D.Designs Butterfly Vinyl
Prima Flowers, Chipboard Alphas
Queen & Company Chipboard Alphas
Basic Grey Sticker Alphas
Ranger Alcohol Inks: Red Pepper, Stonewash, Pesto, Lettuce, Pearl
Ranger Stickles: Orange, Diamond, Turquoise
Ranger Liquid Pearls: White, Yellow
Creative Memories Journaling Pen
Printer
Medium Miscellaneous Tags
Scrap Acrylic Packaging
Glue, Adhesive Runner

Use Tattered Angels Butterfly Stencil and Glimmer Mist to create butterflies on outside front and back of Cover-All. Set aside to dry.

Punch 14 holes in thirteen (13) Zutter 8x8 inner pages. Center pages to punch first six (6), then add an additional four (4) to each side of the initial six (6). Bind with Owire.

Use printer to print out information, journaling for first page. I printed mine on Fancy Pants Patterned Paper.

Use scrap acrylic packaging. Decorate with alcohol inks. Let dry. Stamp opposite side with buterfly stamps, add EAD vinyl. Cut out to create butterflies. Punch patterned paper buterflies.

Stamp cover with butterfly stamps. Add acrylic butterflies and attach with rivets. Add Alpha stickers and decorate with Stickles. Set aside to dry.

Chalk edges of papers. Cover first page with patterned paper and information/journaling. Embellish with cut outs (from patterned paper), chipobard alphas, flowers and stickles.



Chalk edges of paper. Cover inside of front cover with patterned paper. Cover inside of back cover, over acrylic slip in. Create a pouch using 8 ½ x 11 white card stock. Use Scor It score 1 inch in on long sides of card stock. Then score 5 ½ inches up from bottom on short side. Fold in side and bottom tabs to create pouch. Adhere pouch to inside front cover. Embellish with patterned paper and ribbon.



Create and envelope with the Scor It and the same technique. Stamp butterflies on patterned paper. Embellish with patterned paper, flowers, stickles and journaling. Add eyelet and chipboard alpha as closure.



Cover last page with patterned paper.



Cover first set of double pages with coordinating patterned paper. Use stencil and Glimmer Mist to add butterflies. Add picture of self to long patterned paper strip. Adhere to left side of left page. Embellish with flowers, chipboard alphas, punched butterflies, printed butterfly photos, acrylic butterflies, Stickles and Liquid Pearls.



And there you have it! The incredible, versatile, amazing Cover All! Hope you'll visit The Zutter Zisters for more Cover-All projects from the Design Team and from Zutter Fans around the World.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Harlee Quinnz Designs

I'm really excited to announce I have been asked to join the Inaugural Design Team for a brand new company Harlee Quinnz Designs!!

They've got some really yummy designs that I can't wait to play with! Here are a few samples...




Tuesday, September 1, 2009

E.A.D. Designs

has added some wonderful new calendars to the shop!!! You can check them out here!! . and, don't forget to check out the E.A.D. Designs Blog . Today I'm the featured creative team member see?

Interactive Elements

I'm a mini album lover. But there are times when I don't have enough photos of a specific event to create one. And, when I create 12x12 layouts, I prefer layouts with only one or two pictures. So, what to do when I have a small group of photos but don't want them all grouped on one page, but I don't want a two page layout? The answer: layer.

I like to create depth on layouts with multiple layers. If I allow these layers to be interactive, e.g. fold open, I gain useable space for additional photos and journaling. This layout ends up holding 4 wallets, 3 2x2s and 2 4x6 photos, plus journaling!

Plus, with this layout I've used a variety of mediums to color and accent paintables, photos and fold-outs. I've used Glimmer Mist, Distress Ink and Copic Markers.




Instructions:
Miscellaneous: Color white card stock with Distress Ink and Pink Taffy Glimmer Mist. Print journaling. Cut into sections. Set aside. Color Chipboard Alphas with R59 Copic. Set Aside. Punch out butterflies from scrap paper. Color with Y06 Copic. Set aside. Color edges of photos with R59 Copic. Set aside.

Base: Cover a 12x12 chipboard with (812720) patterned paper and layer (850197) with a transparency. Cut the picture frame out of 812706 and cut center out of that. Highlight edges of 4x6 photo with (R59) Copic. Mount photo with dimensional tape on center of frame cut out. Set these items aside.

Fold-outs: Cut out swirls from 602369 into two sections. Spritz sections with Glimmer Mist, blending the colors slightly. Let dry. Color paintables with Copics. The cool thing about using Copic with Glimmer Mist is the Copics are semi transparent. So they add color but don't take away the glimmer! Mount cut outs to chipboard, cut out shape, cover backs with 812720 and 812706. Cut words from remaining scrap of paintable and color with Glimmer Mist and Distress Ink. To color this with Distress Ink, I turned the open pad upside down and rubbed the page with it. Set these items aside.

Cut out right hand section of 812966.

Punch all pieces with the Bind It All. Mount 812966 over smaller cut out with dimensional tape (take care to leave the binding holes open). Bind all fold-outs and base with Red Owire.



First Fold-out: On front, mount chipboard alphas and journaling to front, behind the dimensional part. Embellish with Wildrose vine and butterflies. Cut 2 ¼ x 5 ¼ inch piece from 812706 paper, use border punch to scallop. Mount on lower left of fold-out back. Cut 1 ½ x 6 ½ inch piece from 812706. Mount over scalloped piece. Add two photos: one wallet, one 2x2 and journaling. Embellish with flowers and baubles. Outline front and back edges of fold-out with R59 Copic.




Second Fold-out: On front, mount wallet photo so that it is visible when first fold-out is closed. Mount journaling so it is hidden when first fold-out is closed. On back, mount 4x6 photo at lower left. Mount wallet with dimensional tape staggered over this photo at the lower right. Add journaling and embellish with flowers and baubles.



Base: Mount 4x6 photo so it is visible when all fold-outs are closed. Using dimensional tape, mount frame around that. Add journaling under this so it is hidden when fold-outs are closed. Mount 2x2 photo at top right of base so that it shows through when the second fold-out is closed, but is not visible when the first fold-out I closed. Mount the remaining three photos under top photo. Add journaling.



Prima Products:
812720-Flirty Little Secret, Meander
812706-Flirty Little Secret, Coy
850197-Flocked Transparencies, Meredith
602369-Paintables Paper Collection II, Verona
812966-Stitched Mulberries, Isabella
52958-Essentials 6, Flirty
529086-Petite Fleur Vines, Wildrose
505325, Got Flowers? Blue
400316-Build a Bauble, Red
810580-Times Chipboard Alphabets

Other Products:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Jazz Blue, Pink Taffy
Zutter: Owire, Chipboard
Martha Stewart Butterfly Paper Punch
Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch
Copic: BG01, R29, R59, V17, Y06, Y17, YG06
Ranger Distress Ink: Worn Lipstick
Card stock: White