Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Look Inside the Book

Do you ever feel like you're just running late? Right now I feel like everything I either want or need to get done is behind... Today I want to play some catch up with myself (you know it's the last day of March and where are my March Christmas cards???)!

I wanted to share some of the inside pages of the book cover I shared here. I'm not much of a scrapper and if I do scrap anything it's always a smaller album - never a 12x12. What I wanted to share with you today is the pages in your scrap books can be a simple or as complex as you'd like to make them.

Here is a simple page:

A little pattern paper, butterfly stamp and flourish mask.

Then you can get creative with supplies you have easily on-hand:

This is an envelope from my stash, pattern paper and definition background stamp.

Here is the back side of the envelope:

Just some scraps of pattern paper and the flower stamp on more scraps.

Here is the pull out page:

Picture on beautiful Theresa Collins transparency.

Then you can get complicated and creative - dig through all the awesome metal stuff you have and:

You can get something like this. All of the squares with the metal embellishments are white card stock that was stamped and blended with flourish mask. The background pattern paper was black and white that I blended the blue on to pull the color through the page.

Here are some close ups:

Oh - I wanted to share again that a lot (hmmm I think most) of the supplies for this album are from the Bracket Kit from Innovative Stamp Creations (it's a steal of a deal - go check it out!).

Okay - I'm off and running to work on my "list"! Have a great day!

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:
Bracket Kit from Innovative Stamp Creations
Stamps - Friends Are Special, Time, I Heart 4 You, About Me (all Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink- Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot Distress Inks; Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Other - Pitch Black & Snow Cap Paint Dabbers, Matte Multi Medium, Distress Crackle Paint, Rock Candy & Black Soot Distress Stickles (All Ranger), Flourish Mask and misc hardware (idea-ology)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Just For Fun - Friday Color Challenge

Hi Everyone! Having a great week? The weekend is almost upon us! Today is Just for Fun Color Challenge Friday! This week's color challenge is:

Hmmm Teal - didn't have anything teal so I made my own:

Peeled Paint Distress Ink + Blue Patina Perfect Pearls = Teal

Of course in this photo it's looking a little greener but believe me - IRL it's Teal! What you can't see in the photo is all the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls and the Stardust Pen that I used. Here's another look:

You can see it a little better in this photo. Don't you just love the expression on the Man and Boy's face - love this image!

Sit back, drink your caffeine of choice and go take a look at what the other designers created....

Just For Fun® Blog
Broni Holcombe
Heidi Blankenship
Kat Tucker ( you are here)
Linda Duke
Sandy Sandrus

Sherry Cheever
Starla Nelson
Terre Fry

Make sure you visit the Just For Fun® Blog and leave us a link to your own project!

Thanks for the visit and Happy Creating!


The Stuff:

Stamps - Music Men, Glorious Song, Treble Clef

Ink - Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Coffee Archival (Ranger)

Other - Long Classic Rectangles (Spellbinders), Stardust & Brown Micron Pen (Sakura), Blue Patina Perfect Pearls

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Journey the World

One of the themes that I am into now is all the travel papers, ephemera and stamps that are available! Innovative Stamp Creations has a new stamp sheet Destination that has an awesome vintage map background stamp!

The sample that I made is a pocket card -Journey the World:

The world map was stamped on Vellum and then I used the faux parchment paper technique that can be found on Tim's blog here. The navigation piece has a base of grunge board that the image was stamped on and then, of course, sprockets, gears and spinners.

Here is a side view:

On the inside page the map is blended with color (I just use a small piece of the blending foam on blending tool to control the color). The little pocket for the ticket is vellum sewn on.

The ticket charm has a world stamped on grunge board and a type charm.

Hmmm maybe I should make a bigger one of these to put in my cruise album?

Thanks for the visit today and Happy Creating!


The stuff:
Stamps - Destination, Time, Assemblage (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink - Stormy Sky, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Old Paper distressed Inks; Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Other - Grunge Board, Sprocket Gears, Game Spinners, Swivel Claps, Type Charms, Trinket Pin (Idea-ology), Vellum Cardstock

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Grunge Treasures

Here is the bud vase the I made using the same five point flower from Friends are Special new stamp release from Innovative Stamp Creations.

Grunge Treasures:
(Sorry - that's my house in the background - I had to take this one outside...)

Here is a close up of the flowers (also brown chandelier beads, organdy ribbon and wire twirls):

Close Up of the half open bud:

The half open bud uses the bud tutorial in my post below and I added 3 additional petals wrapped around bud (sorry I forgot to take a photo).

Close Up of the ornate plate:

The full flower is pretty basic grunge flower instructions. It take 3 flowers and you'll have a few single petals left over.

Since this is a five point flower cut one petal from 2 of the flowers and leave one whole:

To color the enters I use a small piece of a blender pad to control where the color goes:

Glue the four petals together using Glossy Accents:

I use these clips that I found in the bead sections of my local craft store - these can also be found at a hardware store. Before I had these I used paper clips to hold the petal together.

It's very important that the Glossy Accents dries before you move on:

I use my large hole punch to put a hole in the five point flower and "snip" the butt end off the of the other two (this allows them to nest together). I then form the petals using your thumb and 1st finger and the magic of the grunge paper holds it's shape!

Then you simply stack them together one layer at a time using your glossy accents and clips to hold it until it dries. You can choose any flower center - the one I used was an ornate rhinestone brad. But you could use a bead, button, idea-ology pieces - the possibilities are really endless!

Well that's it for now! I'll have more samples to share as the week goes on!

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Friends are Special, Sayings (all from Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink - Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss Distress Inks, Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Other - Grunge Paper, Glossy Accents

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Vintage Baby and Bud Tutorial

Today I am sharing a cover of a baby album that I made using vintage baby pictures, new stamp images from ISC, the March Kit from ICS, lots of Ranger products and lots of do-dads.

Vintage Baby:

Close up of Flowers - love how the flowers and flower buds turned out!:

Chandelier Beads and Crepe Paper Trim:

The flowers were stamped on white card stock twice for each flower, form into their shape and then I covered the petals with Distress Crackle Paint. After the crackle dried I added Black Soot and Rock Candy Distress stickles in the center.

The crepe paper is the cheap stuff you can buy in any store in the party isle. I gathered it on my sewing machine, folded it in half and then sewed it to the back side of the picture.

Here is the picture of the March Kit from Innovative Stamp Creations (BTW - it's a steal of a deal for $12):

Here is a link to read more about it.

Now how about a tutorial on how to make the cute little flower bud?


And I'll warn you - there are 13 photos coming your way - but stick with me - the buds are really easy to make!

Stamp flower image:

Cut out three of the petals and blend with color or your choice -here Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey:

Form the 3 petals into little "cups":

Here's a photo of the backside:

Bend and form into a little bud:

Add glue around the edges of the petals:

Reform into your little bud over lapping petals and hold for a little while to allow glue to dry:

Cut a piece of wire and "twirl" one end - this is what keeps the wire inside the bud:

Use a paper piercer to poke a hole into the "butt" of your bud (I can hear the butt bud jokes already):

Now you need to slip your wire into your bud - either through the top or at the butt where the 2 end petals meet - you'll need to judge what opening will work - AND - then slip the wire through the hole that you poked:

Add a small amount of glossy accent to the twirl at the end of the wire:

Now pull your wire through and add another dot of glue to the butt of the bud:

I then place the bud in my pin cushion to dry (this pin cushion is just a scrap of foam from a decorative brad container)

That, my arty friends, is how I make little flower buds!

Here is another picture of the one on the cover of the album- it's covered with Distress Crackle Paint:

I have a grunge paper one in the works to share with you in the next day or two. I'll also be sharing the inside pages of the album that uses the goodies from the ISC March Kit.

Happy Creating ( today I pick up my copy of New Moon - CUZ - I'm a Huge Twilight Fan)!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Friends Are Special, Sketch of Roses (leaves only) - All Innovative Stamp Creations
Ink - Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Other - Pitch Black and Snow Cap Paint Dabbers (Ranger); Matte Multi Medium (Ranger); Distress Crackle Paint (Ranger); Rock Candy and Black Soot Distress Stickles (Ranger);
Paper - Theresa Collins (from March ISC Kit)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Queen Ann's Lace

What a beautiful week we've had here in NE Ohio - Sunny and in the 60s and it's March - it's been so beautiful!

Friday is Just for Fun's Color Challenge day! This weeks color challenge is

I love black and cream - I think the colors are classic! Here is my sample:

The Queen Ann's Lace was stamped with Snow Cap Pigment ink and then colored in with Pearlescent chalks. What you can't see in the photo is all the glimmer. The chalk really pops the detail of the beautiful image. The butterfly panel was stamped twice to create the longer black piece (the butterfly stamp is square).

Give your fingers a little exercise and go take a look at what the other designers created....

Just For Fun® Blog
Broni Holcombe
Heidi Blankenship
Kat Tucker ( you are here)
Linda Duke
Sandy Sandrus

Sherry Cheever
Starla Nelson
Terre Fry

Make sure you visit the Just For Fun® Blog and leave us a link to your own project!

Hoping that Spring is really here!

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:

Stamps: Queen Ann's Lace, Collection (Just For Fun)

Ink - Snow Cap Pigment, Jet Black Archival, Black Soot Distress (Ranger)

Other - Pearlescent Chalk (Pebbles)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Clearly Thanks

I've been busy, busy, busy creating goodies for a new stamp release and wanted to share one of them with you today.

Clearly Thanks

The base of this card is a Theresa Collins Transparency and the stamps are from a new line of images from Innovative Stamp Creations that will launch later this week (Friends Are Special)! Don'tcha just love that dictionary background? The flower and butterfly are stamped on Grunge Paper - I even used petals from the flower to create the leaves.

Notice the new Distressed Ink Colors? Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss and Tumbled Glass - I'm in Distress Heaven here! Thanks to Simon Says Stamps for sending the Distress Goodness my way!

Here's a side view so that you can see of the magic of the Grunge Paper - Gotta love the dimension!

Okay one more thing - Hels shared her work space today - brave girl right? Take a visit to her blog - she creates wonderfully creative things and she is hilarious! So I took a few pics of my work area - relatively clean for me - notice the use of the floor!

Hope you are finding time to Be Creative today!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Friends Are Special (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink - Black Archival; Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Forest Moss Distressed Inks (Ranger)
Other - Grunge Paper, Game Spinner (idea-ology); Ribbon Tag Trio (Spellbinders); Transparency (Theresa Collins)