Friday, May 23, 2014

Xyron and Paper House Blog Hop

I just love how designing for teams challenges me to use different products and styles of materials.  This project is a result of a Co-Hop with both Xyron and Paper House.  There are a ton more great projects to be seen over at Ain't She Crafty  as well as Paper House.  For my inspiration I was supplied with the Generations Paper Pad.  A few sheets of this lovely paper and my Xyron Mega Runner and I made this cute display in just over an hour!

I swear that using Xyron products makes my crafting so much quicker and efficient.

The texture on the Graphic 45 Staples Box was achieved simply with Distress Stain. I spritzed and flicked lots of water to get the stains to react.

When embellishing this box I decided to add the Tim Holtz curio knob.  I thought it made it look like a cabinet instead of a box.

To frame it out, more Tim Holtz materials I had on hand.  Also notice that I popped out each frame to add some interest.

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Be sure to hop around for tons more inspiration from around the world. 



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Winged Heart Shrine

I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to play with the new Gilded Life charms and bezels for Alpha Stamps.  There is a list of supplies from Alpha Stamps here.

The hutch is covered with Tim Holtz tissue tape and then a layer of silver gilders paste.  I liked the way I could easily manipulate and apply the tape to the different surfaces.  It made for a quick covering of the base.

It is hard to see, but the inside of the shrine is layered with blue mica flakes.  I popped the focal heart out with a few scrabble tiles so it has the illusion that it is floating in the box. 

I used images from Alpha Stamps Butterfly Collage Sheet along with lots of metal staples from Graphic 45.

To alter this focal I started off with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and added my images.  I also altered the metal with Vintaj Patinas and then some stickles too.  You can also see how I added silver gilders paste to the different metal pieces to help them to look cohesive. 

I just adore how this turned out.  One of my favorite pieces in a long time.  I hope you enjoyed as well!



Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spring Time Book for Alpha Stamps

I absolutely love all the new spring time goodies I got my hands on from Alpha Stamps!

I could not wait to make this fun Spring Time in Paris Collage book.  It was so super easy with the help of my trusty goodies from Xyron.

I used a bit of Wild Honey Stain by Tim Holtz to unite the book.

To age the lovely crochet ribbon edges I actually added gilders paste to the material.  It cast a mild blue hue and I just love it.

Some of my left over Ice Resin tissue flowers ended up in my book.

The butterfly Dresden scrap made for a perfect addition.

Lots of Tim Holtz rub ons were used through out the project.  My secret is to try to use up the whole sheet so I don't have left overs.  That way I keep layering and layering them in as well.

The Tim Holtz ephemera made for great embellishments along with collage images from Alpha Stamps.



DCWV Shadow Box

I recently made a fun little shadowbox with the new Brooklyn paper by DCWV and lots of my time saving Xyron products as well.  This project was helped along with my: Mega Runner, 5"Creative Station and my 1 1/2" Sticker Maker.  

I layered in lots of ephemera images from the paper line and from my stash.  I used some of the new Tim Holtz ephemera along with ripped up pieces of resinated tissue tape left over from another project.

I added some of my coveted Tim Holtz goodies to the mix to add bit of the story.  

I always love the look of air mail.  I made this cute tape embellishment and there is a Snapguide below!

Check out How to Make Vintage Air Mail Tape by Rhea Freitag on Snapguide.



Friday, May 2, 2014

Xyron and Paper Smooches Blog Hop

I am always enthralled with dies, so when the opportunity came up with Xyron for this blog hop with Paper Smooches, I jumped at the chance.  This was my first time using thin dies and I have to say I was pleased with them!

The die I chose was Big Bloom.  I knew this would be perfect for many applications including mixed media. I set out to create a unique decorative piece.

The flowers are made of layers of burlap from DCWV as well as resin paper I made with 7 gypsies tissue paper.  I love the translucent look of the resined paper!

To assemble the flowers I used hitching posts from Tim Holtz.  A bit of twine added a nice finishing touch of texture.

The altered bottle I made was super simple with the help of my Xyron 5" Creative Station.  I simply added the ephemera I wanted to use to enhance my bottle by making stickers and adhering.  It makes it so quick and easy and there is no dry time.

 A few of Tim Holtz's rub ons finish off this fun little piece of home decor.  Rub ons are great for uneven surfaces such as this bottle.