Thursday, 31 January 2008
This one uses a variety of inking and stamping techniques and was posted to the Ranger yahoo group for a monthly How-To (called an Inkling). I'll share the instructions here next week. The image stamps are from Alpha Stamps and the sentiment is from Purple Onion for Self-Addressed. Felt heart from the craft store. I do love playing with inking techniques from time to time!
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
This one uses the January Studio Calico kit. I got a subscription as a gift from my sister Vernell and boy do I love these kits!
For this one I mixed items from the December and January kits and threw in some stuff from my stash.
And finally this one is what I call a messy desk layout. My desk was piled high with stuff, but I wanted to scrap so bad I didn't want to take the time to clear everything off. So I managed to clear a space to work in and then pulled this together using only what was already out. Sometimes you just have to scratch that itch!
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Clock (I got mine at the equivalent of a dollar store)
Queen Rubber stamp
Butterfly wings grungeboard
Stamping ink in a light and dark shade of the same colour ( I used a sand colour and a darker brown)
White gesso and black acylic paint
1. Very carefully remove the hands from the clock and set aside
2. Find something approximately the same size as the clock face to use as a template, and draw and cut out a circle from the patterned paper (or you can measure the diameter of the clock and use a compass to do this)
3. Find the center of circle and use an anywhere hole punch to punch out a hole (to find the center I dabbed a bit of paint onto the bit sticking out of the clock and gently lay the patterned paper, right side up, over it to mark the back of the paper)
4. Depending on the size of the mechanics you might need to use a pair of small scissors to enlarge the hole
5. Paint face of clock with white gesso and when dry, black acrylic paint. The gesso helps prepare the surface for the paint.
6. While waiting for the paint to dry decorate the patterned paper circle
- Use black ink to ink the edges of the circle as well as the hole in the center
- Stamp main image in black to left of center
- Add number stickers in a jumble at bottom of circle
- Use sand ink to ink up the wings
- Stamp decorative image on wings with brown ink
- Finish off piece and add to clock using a strong glue.
Here's another project I made with this stamp.
It's very versatile, it would be great for a calendar and for ATCs, and maybe also to stamp on packages that are being sent out late!
Monday, 28 January 2008
You can check them out to get the step by step instructions for my card, as well as to see all the other cards featured so far. Thank you Angie and Scrap Scene!
In other news, we have a winner of my little RAK. I got our cat Naala to help me out (is this a sign of old age or boredom?). It was harder than I thought, usually she can't leave anything alone, but the day I actually want her to play with something she sits there and ignores it. Subterfuge (in the form of a wine cork) was necessary.
Congrats Nicole! Please send me your address so I can get these goodies in the mail. Thanks to everyone who commented and said Hi or shared ideas!
And finally, look what will be part of the February Scrapbook Takeout Kit! I'm pretty excited that my partners thought my little flowers were worthy of the kit and included them.
I'm working on some new designs and hope to put them in an Etsy store later this week. What do you think, would you buy these for your projects? They are completely handmade from vintage French papers, paper doilies, felt, stitching and a bead center. I have some other fun ideas in mind and will keep you posted (Oh Nicole you will get one in your package!). So, Happy Monday everyone!
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Friday, 25 January 2008
*There will be a random drawing for one winner for each challenge
*There will be a special door prize drawing for all newbies and lurkers
*2 door prize drawings for everyone who attends the crop
*Prizes for Bingo, plus some other games (you can enter the Bingo game until 4:00 p.m.)
We always have a rocking good time at these crops, I even stay up till the wee hours to join in the fun (I'm six hours ahead of EST). You can spend all night chatting because your challenge entries don't have to be in till Sunday. See you there!
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Ranger Cut & Dry Foam
12 manila envelopes about 6.5” x 3.5” – you can use pre-punched envelopes, or punch your own holes at the sealed end
Seasonal rubber stamps and embellishments
Assorted patterned papers
2 nesting square punches – 1.5” and 2”
Chipboard, patterned paper, number and letter stickers for cover (optional)
Using a small piece of Cut & Dry Foam, apply one colour of ink all over front and back of
Punch out calendar month with smaller punch, and stamp same image lightly on it
Punch a piece of coordinated patterned paper with larger punch and use to mat month. Cut another piece of patterned paper 6”x3” and use as a mat on the envelope, remembering to punch a hole through.
Add matted month
Add seasonal embellishments and hole reinforcement
Repeat for the remaining months in the year, varying the colours, stamps and embellishments as necessary to suit the month and season. Now throughout 2008 you can add a wallet sized photo above the month, and tuck mementos from that month into the envelope!
To make a cover for the book, cut a piece of chipboard 6.75” x 3.75” and cover with patterned paper and embellishments as shown below
1. Feel free to substitute your favourite inks for the ones I used. You can also do away with stamping on the envelope and simply mat with your favourite patterned papers
2. You can highlight family members' birthdays on the calendar and use a photo of them that month
If you create this project I'd love to see it, so please come back and leave me a link!
Monday, 21 January 2008
Saturday, 19 January 2008
As well as making cards for my own amusement, I'll be teaching a card class from February 1st at Scrapbook Takeout. A card a day for a week! I'd love it if you'd join us!
Friday, 18 January 2008
"What 3 things can you do today to further your goals and dreams?"
I decided to do a quick layout about this.
I already had this page started, with just the photo and the trim, but wasn't sure where to go with it (probably because I don't like this photo of myself!), so the theme was just the jump start I needed. My three things are
- Wake up earlier
- Spend less time online
- Plan better and follow through
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Urban Debris Artlog
Sew, Mama Sew
Ace Jet 170
Trash The Dress
Making It Lovely
Are there any sites you visit that set your mind whirling with ideas? Please share!
Thursday, 10 January 2008
As usual all the details can be found on the blog.
And this layout I did for a challenge at My Scrapbook Nook - use the theme Today to scrap an all about me layout.
You can get a closer look in the gallery.
I'm working on plans to shake up this blog starting soon!
Friday, 4 January 2008
I had been drooling over it since it was released and I couldn't resist any longer. I already used it to make some Christmas gifts and I have many other projects in mind. I love making minibooks, and with this tool I can now make them any size or shape with the exact number of pages to suit my project. I got mine from Alpha Stamps, and I definitely recommend it!
Thursday, 3 January 2008
- Cleaning up more frequently, i.e after two or three completed projects, not waiting until the point that I have a 1" square space to work in!
- As much as possible execute the ideas I have when I have them, don't wait until 2 months later when I can't remember what I was going for
- Share more, especially via this blog. More ideas, more techniques, more how-tos, more general creative thoughts
- Doing other craft forms such as sewing, general crafting, knitting....
Paper Adventure 08
The Best Me
I of course want to do them all, but I know that will just lead me down the usual path of being overwhelmed and then doing nothing, so I will attempt to judiciously select one or two to work on. Especially since I have already decided to do the How Much is too Much and Pub Ad Challenges every week.
I'm looking forward to a year full of creativity and I am wishing you the same!