It's nearly Winter in my part of the world and as I am typing this post, it is cold and miserable outside. We have had snow flurries, plenty of hail stones and galeforce winds. Not a very nice combination.
But with the miserable weather, one can turn to creativity knowing that inside is the best place to be.
I made a set of tags - a trio in fact and they all use basically the same materials.
I've tweaked each of them just a little.
Using a combination of bits and pieces from the last three kits and I've added some Kaisercraft papers into the mix.
The base card for the tags were from the banner shapes in this month's kit.
A close up
Card No. 2
A close up
Card No. 3
and the final close up
I love adding to my layers using a variety of metal die shapes.
I do believe that I would be lost without my Cuttlebug.
Happy creating everyone.
From the Flying Unicorn store :
I'm on Playdate Thursday duties this week.
I love 'baubles'. I love adding 'things' to my cluster embellishments. I just do.
Quite some time ago I came across a very talented papercrafter, you may have heard the name Monika Jakubowska. So very talented.
Anyway Monika shared a bauble tutorial and for a long time I made baubles in a similar fashion using air drying paper clay. They look fabulous and I would have fits and fads of making them and then whenever I ran out, I always seemed to run out just when I really wanted to add one to my creativity and the problem I had, the paper clay had always dried out to the point that I couldn't use it.
I knew there had to be a work around or another way of making said baubles and it was when I was putting away my Christmas decorations that something clicked.
When I decorate my Christmas tree, one of the final things that I add to my Christmas tree is bean bag filler balls.
That's right, I get handfuls and throw them at the top of the tree and let them fall through and land wherever they land. I've been doing this for years. And I have to say, that sometimes, well sometimes they do actually drive me crazy and I am forever luxing them up around Christmas.
Well those little bean bag ball thingymajigs have now come to life again as the base for my baubles.
I start off with a pile of those bean bag ball thingymajigs in front of me and some wires - normally wires that I have cut off from flowers - in particular the long wire stems from the small Kaisercraft flowers and from time to time I also use toothpicks.
I pierce a hole with the end of the wire into the bean bag ball, remove it, albeit briefly and then I dab a little dollop of glue on the end of the wire and pop it back into the bean bag ball.
I grab a paint brush and brush on glue all around the wee bean bag ball and then I sprinkle on 13 Arts glass microspheres, or micro beads or sometimes glitter or I tip some out into a dish and roll it around in it.
I stand them up [normally overnight] for them to dry properly.
I fashioned a wee stand using a small craft cotton reel which I have attached to a little piece of cardboard for sturdiness.
I 've knocked over a few of these whilst they were sitting in other wee containers, hence the need to make something a little sturdier.
Occasionally there is a need for a little colour and a little mist sprayed on does the trick.
A little creativity where I have tucked in some of those wee bean ball ball thingymajigs ...
Glitter balls with a little colour ...
So don't overlook the humble bean bag ball thingymajig.
Happy creating everyone.
From the Flung Unicorn store :
Bex here today to share with you a special steampunk project. This project has been created using the OTP which was included as part of the May Flying Unicorn Kit. I decided to decorate my book box with a number of different items, but the base I have used comes from the STUNNING new papers from Marion Smith called Timekeeper.
I love myself some steampunk style and I love myself some over the top, as per usual when I thought I had finished, I hadn't. I kept on adding a few bits and bobs here and there. Again I ask you all, is too much ever too much? no, never!!.
A lot of the metal you can see below are Flying Unicorn Adornments, many of which have been cut up (especially the ones you can see lining the wings of Mr Timekeeper). The rest of the metal comes from my own personal metal and combinations of Prima Junkyard and Tim Holts Idea-ology.
Many thanks for looking, I wish you all a very happy and creative day.
~ Bex ~
Hey all!! Tammy Today to share with you how I created a weathered BG. I wanted to create a door like BG and wanted it to be rustic and weathered. So I went and checked out how some of the pros made cabinets and a faux wooden look. This is where my wheels started turning and I used some tips from them to created it. Now mine isn't a cabinet door.. But It did help me achieve the effect I was after.. I through in a couple of things myself to get it to work out. Here is the AJ cover I made..
Now lets get started with the BG..
First I got my ideas together on papers ( May KOM) and elements ( Creative embellishment Chippies and a door knob from my stash)I wanted to use on the cover and went from there..
Now that I had my design where I wanted it to be I cut may paper and adhered it to my cover with Modge Podge. Let the Fun Begin!!
1st. I cut up a itunes card like one of the videos did. They used a piece of rubber and thought well I will just try a card as I don't have any of that rubber on hand! Improvised! :) I used some of the New 13 Arts Metallic paint in Turquoise and some everyday Walmart craft paint. Note: all of my strokes will be going up and down motions.. Incase I for get to say! LOL
2. Now this pic is a little blurry.. Sorry I was snapping and trying to get it before the paint dried on me! Didn't have a sec to look to see if it was blurry! I am sorry! I just want you to see that I just layed down the paint with a pallet knife and then used my card to work it in.. Here are the pics..
3. Now I added in the white paint doing the same thing..
4. Now to smooth out those ruff lines with a large soft flat brush. Same up and down motion,,
5. I used another brush to make it even softer.. lightly went over the entire piece.. Using just trace amounts of the Turquoise paint at the very tips to add more depth.. Sweeping down motion Not to cover completely.. Just trace amounts..
6. Now I am ready to use some Golden Regular Gel with a fan brush.. This is gonna start really getting fun Now!! Weeeee Let this step dry good before moving forward!
Watch the color POP! I went in a up and down motion creating texture with the gel. The brush did pick up a little of the paint..
7. Start adding more color with Silks in Chestnut and 13 Arts in Metallic Old Gold.. I used this Brush for the Darker color the Silks.. Randomly worked the color from top to bottom. Be sparing with this color.. Don't cover the whole piece.. Just sections of color..
In the upper right and below after I added it.. I went back with a watery brush and blended it going downward motions again.. Not to heavy on the water either.. Just a damp brush..
For the 13 Arts old gold color I used the larger brush holding it side ways where your bristles are going in the same direction of your strokes.. This pic doesn't show the correct direction but if you look at the lighter color of paint you can tell. The brush is stained with the purple color I DIDN'T use that color at all with this project.
9. Let's Give it a good edging with a Prima little Inker in Dark rust..
10. I used a Creative embellishments Crackle Stamp randomly..
11. I drawed lines with a pen ( permanent black water proof ink) 0.3 size. To get it to look like wooden slats..
Ta Da!! A weathered back ground!!
All of the Chippies I used Black Soot Distress Crackle and then after it was dry and cracked good lightly rubbed on some of the Silks in Chestnut.. To look like Iron.. Fun Fun Project!!
Here are some close ups of the Completed Project..
Have a Great Day ALL!!!
It's time for another Playdate Thursday! With Mothers Day quickly approaching, I thought I would resurrect a fun card that you can make! I did this card back in 2011 or 2012 and my mom adored it! It's simple and easy and you can go crazy with the flowers!
Here is a quick tutorial for you to follow:
2 inch wide strip of matching paper/cardstock (for bottom edge of pot)
Flowers (I used Manor House)
Border punch (for strip)
Print out template below. Print out in the 8x10 size and it will be the size shown above in my picture. The template is courtesy of Itzuvit.blogspot.com
Cut out and trace template onto card-stock/patterned paper of your choice.
Score at lines shown on template
Cut the edge off at scoring line (top of pot) You can also bend it backwards, just be sure to glue it down.
Now glue or tape down sides of pot as shown. Leave top open as that is where the insert will go.
Now remember the long strip?? Use a border punch on it to adhere to the bottom edge of pot.
Glue back your top edge onto the flower card and make an insert card if you don't have one yet. Your insert should be approx. 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.You may have to alter sizes depending on the size of the template you printed out. Loop a small piece of ribbon onto the back of the insert card.
Now decorate as you wish. You will see on the first photos I used lots of flowers and outlined the insert with some patterned paper.
**TIP-when adding flowers on your insert be sure not to add so much that it won't fit into the flower pot. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of room in that aspect**
Hope you enjoyed this week's PDT!