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Good morning. Today, I have a sympathy card to share with you that I created yesterday afternoon after learning that a co worker’s mom recently passed away while I was on vacation.
I have to admit that this card is my first sympathy card I have made. I began by first embossing a piece of peacock Ten Seconds Studio Metal using Tim Holtz’s new Book Covers embossing folder and afterwards hand cut the center opening out. I then used a manila tag and applied a generous coat of Mod Podge and adhered a piece of Music Tissue Roll Wrap from Tim Holtz to the manila tag and set aside to dry. Once dry, I applied a thin coat of Claudine Hellmuth’s Sable Brown paint to help tone down the stark color of the tissue wrap. After the paint had dried, I adhered the two layers together using pop dots to create a shadowbox effect.
I chose to use one of my recently made McGill Blossom Punch peonies as the card’s focal image. I adhered the peony with Inkessentials Glossy Accents to the card front and added a bird accouterment attached to a Memo pin. I adhered the pin using pop dots placed on the backside of the bird. Next, for the card front’s sentiment, I used an Ideaology Word Band. I highlighted the word band with Pink Sherbet Ranger paint dabber and chose to accent the word band by attaching a couple of pearl baubles to each side with jump rings. I then adhered the word band to the card front with a few pop dots to enable the baubles to dangle.
Lastly, I completed final assembly of the card’s layers and stamped a sentiment inside the card. Overall, I am pleased with the card and will present my card to my co-worker later today.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope that you come back again soon. Have a great day!
Happy Memorial Day. I would first like to thank those of you who are currently serving our beautiful country. I would also like to take a moment to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. Words can not merely express my gratitude and thanks for all servicemen and women who are currently serving or have served our country.
Next, I would like to apologize for my absenteeism this past weekend as I had fully intended to post throughout the weekend. I did enjoy our one nice day on Friday before heavy storms and monsoon like rains drenched our area throughout the entire weekend. Several times our power flickered and internet was intermittent at times. Storms + complex project + not enough hours in each day = no blog post over the past weekend. I sincerely apologize and will try and play catch up this week for you.
This afternoon I finally completed my envisioned bouquet of peonies minus the stem’s leaves. This project was definitely a never ending whirlwind!!! It consumed nearly every free non stormy moment throughout the long holiday weekend. My original vision for this project was to create a bouquet of life like peonies. Earlier this spring I had purchased several of the McGill paper blossom punches and thought that I would use them to make some peonies.
I started by printing off the peony instructions from McGill’s website. I then proceeded to select paper and punch the desired number of required shapes. As I was punching the shapes, I thought to myself that the shapes seem pretty small, but I proceeded anyway and completed the assembly for 7 peonies. They turned out fine but are indeed very small and lacked a life like sized blossom. I am going to save these for later use on a scrapbook layout, card, or home decor type project. The completed McGill peonies are pictured below.
The McGill peonies while nice were not what I had originally envisioned, for I desired big, luscious, full blooms like their live counterparts. So I instead decided to use my Cricut and the Giant Flowers Cricut Cartridge. A Cricut die cutting machine allows a user to cut my desired shape(s) at any specified size. My luscious, full sized blooms are pictured below.
I elected to cut my flower parts at 3 inches. The book recommends much larger but with having previous experience using this cartridge, I knew I could successfully cut my shapes much smaller. I followed the book’s instructions and cut desired shapes in white card stock to assemble a test flower. I do this typically to figure out the quirks of assembly and for determination of size before using my quality card stock. I am so glad I did as I was very disappointed in the test flower. In my opinion, the flower was sparse and had a hug hole in the center. Perhaps, if someone were to use this as a centerpiece or even to place a candle in the center then this would be sufficient but not for a luscious life like blossom that I envisioned. I now knew that I needed to cut mass quantities of each flower part in order to potentially achieve my desired flower. To do this I used my Gypsy and placed mass quanities onto a 12X24 mat and cut out shapes once more.
I listed my cuts below:
4 Peony centers (not the recommended 2)
8 peony leaf 1 (not the recommended 6)
8 peony leaf 2 (not the recommended 4)
12 of peony leaf 4 (not the recommended 4).
I also cut 2 of peony layer 4 in lieu of the recommended 1. These are for the center stamens.
I chose 2 different colors of pink card stock and cut enough parts so that I would be able to make 5 of one color and 4 of the other color. Odd numbers are more visually pleasing to the eye. I will warn you that if you decide to make these yourself, please purchase enough card stock. After all parts were cut, I used Worn Lipstick Distress ink and my blending tool and inked the edges on both sides of each flower part. Afterwards, I used my McGill molding mat and accompanying tools to mold the flower parts. I then used Inkessentials Glossy Accents to glue each flower part prior to the final assembly. This step was labor intensive and downright tedious, but makes a huge difference in the final flower.
Regarding the final assembly, I rolled and offset glued consecutively all 4 peony centers ensuring that I did leave a large enough central opening for my stamens to fit. If you need too, glue these together first, I just estimated. Next, I adhered 8 peony leaf 1 parts and again offset these with each layer. I adhered these at the height of the score marks on the peony centers. I continued to adhere the remaining leaf parts offset for each row while I held the flower firmly in my hand upside down the entire time to ensure that the adhesive and flower stayed firmly together.
I would also like to share with you and hope to save you the frustration that I encountered using various adhesives. I started out using Crafter’s Ultimate glue and this did work, but I felt took too long to dry before I could proceed to adhere additional flower parts. I then tried Inkessentials Glossy Accents. This worked better but still required additional time to dry in between each flower part. I then decided to try hot glue. While this seemed to work well intially, I became very frustrated as while I was adhering my final petal layers on my flower, I could see that the hot glue previously used cooled clumpy like and that my flower parts were not adhered well. I could see that large clumps of flower parts were barely adhered and were not intact. At this point I was very frustrated! So much so that I had to just walk away and take a break. The next day, I reassembled the flower and the others using Inkessentials Glossy Accents. I used 2 sets of locking tweezers to adhere 2 parts at a time and let sit to completely dry each time, typically 3-5 minutes. This was very time consuming!!!!!!! In order to pass time, I surfed the internet and chatted on message boards. In all, it took me the better part of late Saturday, Sunday, and a few hours this morning to complete the final assembly of these 9 peonies.
For the stems, I had to think outside the box a bit. These flower heads have some distinct weight to them. I decided to use double thickness floral wire and wrapped the wire with green floral tape. I used hot glue successfully to adhere the stems to the flower heads. I still need to cut out leave,s but really wanted to post these for you instead of making you wait yet a few more days. To help conceal the naked stems, I placed the blossoms inside a cute watering can purse I received awhile back for a gift. I then photographed them for you outside in between the bouts of rain.
All in all, I think this project demanded the most time to complete of the projects I have posted thus far. I am pleased with the results and am eager to cut the leaves out. What do you think about today’s flowers? Which do you prefer? I would so love for you to leave me a comment telling me your thoughts or ask any questions.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read this lengthy blog post. I am in the process of starting to compose my studio gallery organization and will begin to post about that later this week. I also plan to create the poppy next on the Giant Flowers Cricut cartridge as well as complete my Compendium of Curiosities II challenge yet this week.
Thank you again for stopping by. Have a great night!
Good morning. I just completed my entry for this weeks Compendium of Curiosities II hosted by Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3. This week’s technique is called tissue wrap collage. Directions for this technique can be found on page 38 of Tim’s book, Compendium of Curiosities Vol II. There is still time to enter if you have a chance. This week’s challenge is being sponsored by the Funkie Junkie’s Boutique. They will select a winner at random to receive a $25 gift certificate to use in their online boutique.
This week’s technique challenged me to push beyond my comfort zone. One step in the technique instructs you to cover a shape, essentially use it for texture in the background. I do not typically do this as I personally feel it hides/detracts rather than adds to the overall piece. Perhaps with a bit more practice, I will embrace this technique again in the future. I must admit that in the process of this technique, I tried and scrapped several attempts prior to completing today’s featured tag.
After several previous attempts, I finally chose to use the filmstrip die as my background element. After running the die with grunge paper through my Vagabond, it occurred to me that I did not use paper as the die is intended for. OOPSIES, as a result, it did not cut all the way through. It was not a big deal, I just used my scissors to complete the cuts by hand. Afterwards, I followed the directions regarding the remainder of the technique on page 38 inside Tim’s book.
My overall interpretation of the tissue wrap collage technique is that the technique is intended to create a textural background for a project. At least that is how I have decided to use it. I decided to use the new Vintage Camera die from Tim as my focal point image. I elected to paint the camera and its pieces similar to the photo on the die’s package. I struggled a bit when I was trying to adhere all the pieces together as they did not seem to fit well together once painted. I also struggled with initially trying to remove the die cut pieces from the die itself. Tim’s die pick enabled me to remove them, but the pieces were not salvageable to use.
At this point, I was hesitant yet to adhere the camera to the tag, as it kind of bothered me that the covered filmstrip die was not really very visible and would become even more nondescript if I were to just adhere the camera to the tag at this point. So I decided to highlight the filmstrip by adding a few mini vintage photographs. This helped my brain to make more sense of the hidden filmstrip shape. I made the mini pictures out of snippets from a Red Lead collage paper and adhered them to Tim’s fragment pieces using Glossy Accents.
Finally, I adhered the camera to the tag using several pop dots. For added flair, I rolled a bit of Tim’s filmstrip and stapled it using his tiny attacher tool to the tag and glued a sentiment from his Ideaology line to the front of the camera. Lastly, I added a few final embellishments including Ideology corners, coordinating seam binding ribbon, and a word stick.
Despite my challenges with this technique, I am pleased with the outcome. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you will come back again soon.
Good morning. Today, I completed my Iris note card this morning as promised yesterday. It turned out better than I originally envisioned.
The embossed Iris image is from I Brake For Stamps and is stamped onto Inkessentials Specialty Stamping Paper. I then water colored the Iris with various colors of the Tim Holtz Distress Markers. This was my first coloring attempt using markers for a focal point stamped image. I am overall pleased with my results.
For the card’s mat, I used a piece of Ten Seconds Studio art metal cut to the size of my desired embossing folder. The embossing folder I used is Fleur De Lis by Darice. Afterwards, I lightly sanded the metal to highlight the embossed image. I then die cut the embossed metal sheet with Tim Holtz’s Mover and Shapers Die: Mini Baroque. Next, I used pop dots on the backside of the metal sheet and adhered the metal mat onto the focal image sheet creating a shadowbox frame. I liked the effect this created. I then continued to add addtional card mats to the card front and to the card’s interior.
Lastly, I dyed a piece of Vanilla Stampin Up seam binding ribbon using Dusty Concord Distress Stain for the bow before adhering my bow offset at the bottom right hand corner of the card.
I hope you enjoyed my card today. We have some company coming later for dinner and tomorrow kicks off my first official day of vacation. I am going to try and continue to post in the coming week, though it may not be daily. Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you will come back again soon.
Welcome to week 5 of Compendium of Curiosities II challenge hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3. This week’s challenge is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. The technique for this week can be found on page 48 of Compendium of Curiosities Volume II and is called Shattered Stains.
To begin, I applied the new Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to the left side of a manila tag. Accidentally, my tag picked up a tinge of the Postmark Red Dylusions spray that I used previously on my non stick craft sheet. OOPs! It ended up being a happy accident though as it intensified the yellow to emulate a warm sunny look. I then took another tag and applied Symphony tissue tape horizontally across the tag covering the entire surface and die cut the word Journey along the left side of the tag using Tim’s mover and shapers die. Afterwards, I used the new Peacock Feathers Distress ink to apply to color to the background. Next, I used foam tape and adhered the two tags together so that the yellow tag shadowed the word journey underneath. I feel the foam tape provided added depth and dimension.
Next, I used a scrap piece of cardboard and die cut “grass” using Tim’s on the edge Twigs die. Afterwards, I carefully peeled the top paper layer away to expose the corrugated appearance. I felt that the vertical lines emulated grass. I then painted the grass with Adirondack Lettuce paint dabber and sprayed Sour Apple Perfect Pearl’s mist afterwards for added shimmer. Next, I chose to add some flowers in the grass using assorted flowers from Tim’s Ideaology line. I adhered these flowers to the grass stems using Glossy Accents.
Moving on, the butterflies which were die cut and colored following the Shattered Stains technique in Tim’s book. I embellished each butterfly with a Ideaology Game Spinner colored with Pitch Black alcohol ink. I shaped butterflies and adhered to tag using a back pop dot.
Lastly, I dyed Stampin Up’s Vanilla seam binding ribbon using Peeled Paint Distress Stain and threaded the tag’s hole for a nice finish. This tag came together pretty quickly to my amazement. It was a fun technique and really pushed me to use what I had in my stash already.
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Hello Bloggers! I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday. The weather here is cool and damp. April’s showers are beginning to bring some May flowers.
Today, I have another ever-blooming bouquet, daisies. Daisies are probaly my second most favorite flower behind the coneflower. There are literally hundreds of different varieties of daisies available in nurseries nationwide, but today’s feature can only be found here at Scrap N Grow. This rare variety is called Leucanthemum superbum “Paperie”. I created this rare hybrid using the Giant Flowers Cricut cartridge.
To begin, I cut several sizes of daisies, corresponding flower parts, and leaves using the Giant Flowers Cricut cartridge. Afterwards, I used my McGill Paper Blossoms cushion pad and molding tools in order to add dimension to each of the flower heads and leaves. McGill’s molding tools have a ball on each end and by carefully rolling the ball onto the surface of the die cut, the paper fibers break down and become pliable for shaping. I then used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint along with my ink blending tool to shade the edges and side of each leaf. Next, I used my Scor Pal to score the midline of each leaf, and then crumpled, molded, and shaped each leaf to mimic the characteristics of leaves found in Mother Nature’s daisies. Below is a closeup of the flower heads.
I then set the flower heads and leaves aside to begin constructing the flower stems. I created the stems using 19 gauge dark annealed steel wire. I cut varied lengths, folded them in half, and then wrapped the wire with green floral tape. Afterwards, I bent the very top of each stem about 1/4 inch flat and adhered the stem to the base of the flower head using a hot glue gun. I have found that hot glue works the best, it is a strong hold and is quick to cool. For the leaves, I punched a hole in the midrib base of each leaf before sliding the leaf over the floral tape wrapped stem to the desired location and then worked quickly to apply hot glue to adhere. To avoid finger burns, I used a flat nose pliers to temporarily hold the leaf in the desired place and quickly shaped the leaf on the stem shape till the glue cooled. I added 1-3 leaves to each flower stem. Lastly, I arranged the completed blooms into a beautiful pitcher for display. I love how they turned out! They put a smile on my face.
Thank you for visiting, I hope that you come back again soon for more blooming inspiration. Before you go, if you don’t mind, I would love for you to leave a comment telling me what is your favorite flower. Chances are great, that I will be making more everblooming flowers in the coming months. Thank you again and have a fabulous day!
Hello everyone! The weather here in Minnesota remains unseasonably cool. Walking around the gardens earlier today, I observed that my bleeding hearts are beginning to bloom alongside my Bloodroot and Hellebore. With each gardening season, there is so much anticipation and a very long wish and to do list. I typically sit down with a cup of coffee and notepad and begin to record my thoughts and project ideas. Later on, I prioritize each item based upon budget, skills required, and or necessity. While composing my list, the idea of garden words arranged like subway art came to mind. So while driving on my way to work this past week, I began to brainstorm words that represent gardening. I jotted them down on a piece of scrap paper before I headed into work, and throughout my workday added to my list as additional words came to mind.
“Garden Scrabble” is an 11×14 canvas painted with acrylic paints. I used heavy modeling paste in areas for added texture. I had the idea to use scrap letters after watching a recent episode of Donna Downey’s inspiration Wednesday. I liked how she was able to use up her left over letters. I chose to use my remaining assorted sets of grunge board alphabets by Tim Holtz. Needless to say, it was a bit of a challenge to successfully spell and arrange each desired word. Afterwards, I thought it would be fun to colorize and emboss each word. At this point, I had all my words colorized and arranged on a sky blue canvas. The canvas needed something more. I used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil for the sun and embellished with Mustard Seed Distress Stickles by Ranger. I really wanted to add some flowers and after much experimentation, I decided to quill daisies. I used Provocraft’s Daisy quilling die and followed the instructions, it was pretty easy. Afterwards, I adhered them to the canvas and painted flower stems before adding a miniature garden trowel in a clump of dirt in the corner. The dirt is so cool, the product is called Elements Earth Textures for Arts & Crafts. Art Glitter is the manufacturer, I used walnuts and adhered it with Matte Accents.
Thank you for stopping by. I highly encourage you to create your own word art and use up those half used sets of letters that we all have. I have been working on this weeks Compendium of Curiosities challenge…this project too has evolved. I love it so far, but am waiting for a generous coat of Glossy Accents to dry likely overnight. Thank you again for stopping by and please visit again soon.
Happy Weekend Everyone! I am back after a couple days of life’s craziness. Today is a humongous post jam packed with lots of pictures showcasing a travel mini album/ journal I created recently especially for Tripazon’s upcoming corporate announcements which were made public this past Thursday evening. Tripazon for those who are unfamiliar, is a full service exclusive travel club. Click on the Tripazon link for a 2 minute brief overview of Tripazon. Membership is a mere 59 dollars a month and for this nominal monthly fee, a family can afford to vacation for cheap! Tripazon offers vacation packages, golf discounts, cruise packages, airfare, rental cars, travel insurance, and over 2,000 national shopping discounts, and more. Tripazon’s prices are unheard of and are backed with a 100% price guarantee and the accommodations are all 5 star. Tripazon was started in October 2011 by the founder of Resorts 360, an exclusive elite, luxury travel club that was founded back in 2008. Tripazon was created for mass appeal with a affordable price point. Membership alone in Resorts 360 is 10,000 dollars a year! So Tripazon’s 59 dollars a month is very affordable. Without sounding like a commercial, I have a link on my right sidebar titled Invited Sponsor to learn more. This link will take you to my sister site Vacation 4 Cheap.com. The sidebar link is clickable and will open in a separate window to play about an hour video presentation explaining Tripazon and how in addition to saving money on travel, a person can also earn a substantial residual income. I would like to point out that Dr. Jeff Urhmacher DDS addresses the viewer as doctor as this was the original intended marketing plan. It has since been opened up to others like you and I. I like to think of it as it was a best kept secret among doctors. No longer!!!!
Now onto today’s project, a travel mini album/journal created using Tim Holtz’s vintage valise suitcase die.
The album was created using Tim Holt’s vintage valise suitcase die from Sizzix. I die cut the covers and coordinating suitcase pieces out of grunge paper using my Vagabond and covered the grunge paper with a decorative faux leather paper and inked the edges. I painted the corners and luggage straps with Tim Holtz’s Pitch Black Ranger paint dabbers and embellished the straps and corners using Tim Holtz’s Ideaology mini fasteners. I adorned the handle with a Ideaology philosophy tag and an airplane trinket. I used a ponytail binder along with a jumbo brad to create a closure mechanism.
The interior pages were stamped with a Unity notebook stamp using Coffee Archival ink from Ranger. I used a hole punch (Crop A Dile) for each of the pages. I created a spine out of grunge paper to enable me to use Tim Holtz’s large binder rings to contain the interior pages. I over sized the spine in order to create a pocket inside both the front and back covers. Inside these pockets, I placed a few camden tags from 7 Gypsies along with a few vintage photo mats for extra pictures. I used the Destinations Cricut cartridge on my Cricut Expression in order to create the Poloroid looking photo mats.
Sandwiched between journal pages, I used kraft glassine envelopes. To add texture and add a vintage flair, I crumpled each envelope and used Walnut Stain Distress Ink to highlight the texture. I then cut labels for each envelope using Tim Holtz’s mover and shapers label die. Afterwards, I painted each label using Distress crackle paint. Once dry, the edges were inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink to create some added depth.
Next, I created several album/ journal pages and embellished each of the pages with various Tim Holtz Sizzix dies as well as die cuts from the My Community and Destinations Cricut cartridges. The pages were each stamped with various travel/journal themed graphics and sayings using several Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps. Below are pictures of several of the pages.
Whew, you made it through all the pictures! All in all, the valise mini album/ journal contains over 50 photo mats and has over 30 journal pages. I hope you enjoyed my mini album/ journal. I am off to work on my challenge entry for this weeks Compendium of Curiosities II challenge hosted by Studio L3. Feel free to email me with any questions regarding the die cuts or embellishments used today. Thank you and I hope that you visit again real soon.
Welcome. Today I have another journal to share. The featured cover technique follows along with the faux patina technique featured on page 58 of Tim Holtz’s Volume 2, A Compendium of Curiosities. Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3 is hosting a weekly challenge with a chance to win a cool prize just for participating and my entry is pictured below.
For today’s journal, I again started with a blank notebook from the dollar spot at Michael’s. I rummaged through my stash of scrap metal (Ten Seconds Studio) and found a metal sheet previously embossed that fit would adequately cover my journal. I used a brayer and paper stump to smooth out embossing the best I could. I did not mind the remaining texture and thought that the remaining texture would add additional interest for this week’s technique, faux patina. Next, I followed Tim’s technique found on page 58 using several colors of alcohol inks in order to create my faux patina background and am pleased with the results. It was a lot of fun.
After a bit of brainstorming, I came up with the idea to have an idea notebook. I then remembered a blog post a while back on Wendy Vecchi’s blog using a phrenology stamp. I thought the idea of a head for an idea notebook would be perfect. I referenced the post on Wendy’s blog and totally forgot that Wendy had created an coordinating art part for the stamp. I quickly dug through my stash and was pleased that I found I had the coordinating phrenology art part. I also liked how Wendy had adorned the phrenology head with flowers. So to personalize my art part head, I had the “bright idea” to embellish the flower’s centers with a light bulb from Tim Holtz’s Ideology line.
I first stamped the Stamper’s Anonymous phrenology head stamp onto Wendy Vecchi’s Studio 490 coordinating art part using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Afterwards, I used Faber Castell Pitt pens to color the eyes and lips. I added glossy accents to her lips for an added touch and applied Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to her cheeks for blush.
The flowers are also from Wendy Vecchi’s art parts collection. I used Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink to stamp the flowers with Studio 490 background stamps. Next, came the tricky part. I enlisted help from my fiancé to help drill a hole through the art part layers in order to accommodate the light bulb. He was a good sport and did a great job! Afterwards, I continued to assemble and adhere the art parts together.
Prior to adhering the head to the cover, I felt that her neck needed a little something….perhaps a necklace or ribbon?….or both? I decided to use Tim Holtz Type Charms to spell “Ideas”. I then drilled small holes along the edge and used jump rings to attach charms and embellished the charms with Webster’s purple ribbon. I felt this mimicked a necklace of sorts. I then proceeded to apply pop dots to the backside of the head and applied to cover of notebook. This project was a lot of fun and I now have a handy notebook to jot down my future ideas.
Thanks for taking the time to read this very long, detailed post. I hope that you will come back again soon for additional inspiration.
Welcome. In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, I am highlighting a project that encompasses the principles commonly associated with Earth Day: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Today’s project is a repurposed garden journal.
The cover is from an old Prairie Restorations catalog.
The actual notebook is from the dollar spot at Michael’s. I purchased several of the notebooks despite that I disliked the exterior colors and graphics. I knew they would be great altered. I liked the fact that the interior pages are lined and are kraft colored.
I printed my title on cardstock scrap and colored a Tim Holtz Ideology ornate frame using Tim Holtz’s faux patina technique as featured in his latest book release, Compendium of Curiosities II.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you will visit again real soon.