Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lawn Fawn Kiwi Lane Christmas '05 Layout

My 9-year old daughter and I got some uninterrupted quality time together to craft this week. I've been planning this project in my mind for years and finally bit the bullet. We are making an album of our Christmases with family over the past 9 years and will add to it each year. My side of the family lives about 6 hours away driving and we only see them a few times a year. Those times are special and we wanted to give this album to them for one of their Christmas gifts.

In the first layout, Zora is just a couple weeks away from turning one year old at her first Christmas. She chose pictures of just her and me and my husband for this one and a second layout to come will feature auntie and grandma sharing in her special moment.

I'm teaching Zora how to design scrapbook pages with designer collections like Lawn Fawn's Peace Joy Love templates by Kiwi Lane. In the process she schooled me on a few techniques! Go figure. Children are so creative. It doesn't matter how many classes I take and certifications I get, she's amazing and keeping me on my toes. I guess you're wondering what she taught me....

I allowed Zora to choose any embellishments she wanted from my Christmas section in my ScrapRack. She chose pine cones and candy canes along with a Jolee's Christmas tree. The pine cones are singular but she said I'm going to make a wreath. I was thinking...what? but look how nicely it came out and accents the page?! I was like go Zora, go Zora, get busy!! (dating myself for real!) But really, it's nice that someone enjoys what I enjoy and that I can share it. Sigh.....

The red cardstock is by Bazzill and the patterned ones are by Lawn Fawn. Kiwi Lane templates Happy Trails and Spook Alley were used. She traced the designed on the back side of the cardstock with a signo white uniball pen and cut it out with Elizabeth craft fussy cut scissors.

The photo mats were cut with the Cricut Expression 2 from the wintertime layout on the Artbooking cart by CTMH. The vellum sticker is by Anna Griffin Yuletide Greetings. The title is made out of K&Company's Christmas themed Chip Box. They are not self-adhesive so she used Zots glue dots and Scotch ATG to adhere them.

The "1st" portion of the title is customizable Thickers by American Crafts. The font is called rainboots. They come in white and the top (and bottom) is a sticker. You can add anything to the top to make it match your project. We decided to go with ultra fine transparent crystal glitter. I cannot remember where the pine cones and candy canes are from. They are with recollections or Jolee's. Another adhesive she used was Xyron 2.5" sticker maker.

I hope you enjoyed this Christmas in June presentation. I'll be sure to share more of the layouts my dear daughter creates as we create "the gift of a lifetime..." (wish I had one of those echo mikes for that phrase - smile!)

La-Vie and Zora


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Birth Announcement Frame

I got crafty this past weekend! I made a birth announcement frame for my son's daycare teacher. I was inspired by the song "Isn't she lovely" - Stevie Wonder.  I also was dying to use this Heidi Swapp frame and the new Tim Holtz Distress glitter. This was a labor of love and a craft of truly epic proportions. The nursery colors are pink and brown. Pink is my favorite color so I was tickled to work on this project. The walls are pink so I though focusing on brown would allow the birth announcement to pop on the wall.

  • Heidi Swapp decorative wooden shadow box frame 13.5" x 11"
  • Recollections - felt bow, bling, sequin bear
  • American crafts - Thickers
  • Adhesives: 3D Galazy Gloss, Hot glue, Glossy Accents, sticky dots by The Paper Studio
  • Ribbon - stash (perhaps from Micheal's)
  • My Mind's Eye - lost and found two polka dot cardstock
  • Basic Grey - "happy day" flair from the Hey Girl collection
  • Tim Holtz - blending tool, Vintage Photo distress ink and distress glitter
  • Buckle Boutique - Dazzling Diamonds (mounted to mat board and cut with Sizzix die)
  • Flowers - pebbles, paper studio - spare parts, prima, jolee's, recollections
  • Copic markers - E37, E18 hand colored pearls in the bottom right corner

I printed the picture at 25% and edited it in PicMonkey to add the birth info and a simple frame. The picture is mounted on two layers of the leftover part from pop dots. I use it all! 

Although it's not my usual style, I took a risk and created a collage with flowers and accents. Some I built by laying with foam tape. The flower in the lower corner was made by my friend Lyne and I added my new fav craft item - dazzling diamonds by Buckle Boutique. My friend and CTMH rep Cardmonkey Jarvis gave me some to play with at Eileen Hull's Paper Trail. Eileen brought mat board and sizzix dies to get our crafty juices going. Thanks ladies!!

Tim Holtz distress glitter is like glass glitter but without the glass (YAY!). It goes on best with a wet glue that dries clear. I tinted the decorative part of the wood with Vintage Photo distress ink first just in case I missed any spots with the glitter. The result is a vintage look with a brilliant shine. Love it!! I also love the depth of the frame. It's perfect for really tall embellishments and for layering to build the perfect scene.

I attached the ribbon to the back with hot glue using plaid hot glue helpers. The best thing that ever happened to me!! I was able to spread the hot glue and press it with the tools and not get burned or make a mess! Woo hoo! I will use hot glue much more often now-a-days!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and will let me know what you think!



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge - More than one layer

It's JUNE!! Wow, half way through the year already... where has the time gone? It's time for another craft challenge from Cards Galore Encore! This month the challenge is use more than one layer. I started out with this cutie as my inspiration.

Our sponsor is Beccy's Place Digital Designs and this month's prize is one winner will get the choice of 3 digis or 1 digi set.

Here's my card. It's majorly one layer, but I added 3D embellishments to represent the second layer.

I created the background scene with Tim Holtz Distress products - markers, inks and blended with a blending tool and a water brush. I love the new post-it notes that are sticky all over for masking larger  stamped images.

My quick tip for you today is to use a clear Wink of Stella pen to whiten the eyes on your projects and highlight areas like I did with the horn. She is a nymph so I wanted the make sure everyone sees her horn.

  • Toread - Comge stamp set (nymph and sentiment)
  • Neenah solar white - cut to 3 7/8" x 4 1/4"
  • Wink of Stella - clear
  • Copics - 0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, E11, E13, E15, N2, R32, YR 04, YR07, YR23
  • American Crafts Galaxy Marker - white
  • Tim Holtz distress marker peeled paint
  • Tim Holtz ink applicator
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Ocean Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss
  • Memento Tuxedo black ink
  • Post-it note (mask)
  • enamel dots (stash) maybe Queen and Co???
  • Recollections Fun borders - clouds
  • water brush
Come join in on the challenge!!!