Monday, February 22, 2016

Challenge #8 - Color Challenge - Rusty Chairs

Hello, Crafty Folks!
This week we are tackling the old COLOR Challenge!
Draw your inspiration from this photo.  You can mix and blend the colors as you please.  
Your project can be a card, tag, altered object, scrapbook layout, or mixed media.  The purpose of this challenge is to increase your understanding of Color Theory in design.
Try to limit your neutral colors to 1 or 2
Turquoise  Red  Orange  Brown

We only had two entries last week, but both were fabulous! 
Thanks, ladies for playing along.  I hope you will join in this week as well!
Don't forget to grab your badges!

(excerpted from)
Understanding Color & The Meaning of Color
By Joel Lumon Black
Color meanings vary from culture to culture, and will influence the impact your design has on your targeted audience. Here is a list of a few meanings on how colors are interpreted by brands:
Color Wheel
Color Wheel
Hue is the primary value of a color and how the color red, green, blue, purple, etc. is perceived through the eye.
Saturation of a color is the overall intensity or brightness of the color, any color that appears dull is referred to as desaturated.
Value is the lightness or darkness of overall colors schemes.
Blue: Security, Trust Worthy, Stability, Loyalty, Wisdom, Confidence, Trust, Friendliness, Preservation, Courage, Science.
Green: Wealth, Money, Calming, Trees, Ambition, Endurance, Healing, Calm, Generosity, Natural, Completion, and Protection.
Red: Energy, Power, Vigor, Leadership, Courage, Passion, Activity, Joy.
Yellow: Optimism, Childish, Freshness, Law, Education, Arrogance.
Pink: Romantic, Feminine, Love, Beauty.
Orange: Cheerful, Passion, Pleasure, Enthusiasm, Fascination, Creativity, Fun.
Black: Powerful, Mysterious, Elegance, Sophistication, Functionality. 
  • Research Trends
    • Read design magazines
    • watch television commercial, see what colors are popular
    • watch fashion trends
  • Watch Tutorials
    • YouTube Videos
    • Design Gallery Videos and Tutorials (SCS, StampTV, etc.)
  • Experiment
    • Use the colors from your paper stash,.mix them up in unusual ways
    • Keep a color journal with your favorite palettes

Project Specifications
Materials Used
Amber Bottle (Kevita® Sparkling Porbiotic Drink)
Designer Papers:
  Prima® Almanac Collection 6"x6" Paper Stack
  Simple Stories® Snap™ Basics 6"x6" Paper Pad
  Sizzix® Alterations™ Alphanumeric (3/4" Tall)
  Memory Box® Open Studio™ Stitched Heart Layers

Select Your Bottle
   I Used Goo Gone and two cycles in my dishwasher to clean the bottle
I collect these bottles, so I have a supply on hand,  
You can skip the dishwasher, just make sure that no glue or other debris remains.   
 I cut my design papers down to 5".  Two sheets were required to cover the bottle.  I placed a 1/4" piece of Scor-Tape along one edge and joined the two sheets together.  I then wrapped the paper around the bottle and measured for a 1/4" inch over lap.  
Once I had the correct length, I added Scor-Tape around the edges.   
Cut your acetate circle a bit larger than your circle.  My acetate circle and my hole are the same size.  so, to hold the cover in place, I applied Scor-Tape.  I had to apply it so a litte is inside the circle.
 I played with my embellishment and other challenge colors.  I determined the position for my label and cut a hole in the paper.
 I applied a layer of Gesso to the bottle.  I made it smaller than the size of my paper.  After it dried, I applied Mod Podge to the back of my label and to the Gesso.  Gentle pressure was applied to seal.

Apply Designer Paper and Bottle Top Treatment.
I apologize for the bad photography!  I will try to get better pictures and post them later!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Challenge #7 - My Mixed Media Creation - Tutorial

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
This is a rather lengthy tutorial, so I will keep my narrative brief!  
Today's project was inspired by a tutorial from Tammy Tutterow

When I reviewed the supply list, I found I did not have most of the items listed, including the 4" x 6" burlap panel.   I decided to make my own using chipboard and corrugated cardboard.  Other substitutions were made to  the paints, stains and sprays. I encourage new crafters to use what is at hand. Doing so will stimulate your creativity and extend your crafting budget. 
I enjoy fabricating elements for my projects.  Using machines to cut patterns that are simply glued or stapled together, leaves me with the nagging feeling that I have not "created" anything.  This project gave me a fun, messy, inky time. It started as a wall hanging and morphed into an easel display.

Supply List
  • 5 (Four)   4"x 6" light or medium weight chipboard panels.  (If you have heavyweight chipboard, use 2 pieces.)
  • 2  - 4" x 6" pieces of corrugated cardboard
  • DCWV 6"x6" Burlap Paper Stack
Stencils, Stamps, Dies, Inks:
  • Layering Stencil (I used the Chevron from Hiedi Swapp's Mini Stencils Pattern Set)
  • Dies:  Lattice Frameworks, Mini Tattered Florals, Sizzix Mini Bird and Cage Set, Base Tray (Movers and Shakers) 
  • Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Broken China, Bundled Sage
  • Stains: Dylusion (Cut Grass, Cherry Pie); Adirondack Butterscotch Color Wash
  • Homemade Distress Stain Sprays: Picket Fence, Fired Brick, Bundled Sage, Vintage Photo
Mediums, Embellishments and Tools:
  • Mediums: Gesso, Luminarte Twinking H2O, Mod Podge, Aleene's Matte Sealer
  • Embellishments: Mini Cabinet Cards (I fabricated my own), Paper Clips, Crinkle Ribbon, Prima Flower Elements #11, Prima Wood Elements - Romance Novel,  K&Company Life Jou Metal Art Keys
  • Tools:  Cradt Sheet, Heat Tool, Ink Blending Tool, Sanding Tool, Stapler or Tiny Attacher, Die Pick, Misters, Palette Knife or Paint Scraper,  Cut and dry foam (I used make-up wedges), Big Shot or other Die Cutting Machine.
  • Misc:  Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, foam dots.
Fabricate Burlap Panel:
Glue 4 chipboard pieces together (1+1) to form the front and back of the sandwich.  Glue the two pieces of corrugated cardboard together to form the center of the sandwich.
Assemble the sandwich as shown above.  Your sandwich should measure approximately 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch wide.  Cut two chipboard strips to match the length and width of your sandwich.  These will be used as end pieces to cover the top and bottom.
 Remove one sheet of Burlap paper.  If you use burlap fabric instead of paper, cut your burlap so that it measures 6" x 8".
 Brush Mod Podge on the front of the panel and place in the center of the paper.  Apply even and steady pressure.  Turn over and smooth any wrinkles with a bone folder or ruler.
 Apply glue to the edges of the sandwich and use staples to secure the fabric.  I used a vice to hold in place until glue was dry.  It is not ncessary to do this.  I am just a little OCD.
Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the panel and adhere the last 4"x6" piece of chipboard.
Cover the back panel with Gesso.  Allow to Dry.
 Use a palette knife or paint scraper to apply Gesso to the front of the panel. 
 Apply a final thin coat of Gesso to the front and sides of the panel.  Allow the panel to dry.

Create your desired background using inks, stains, sprays and stencils.  When satisfied, apply two coats of  Aleene's Matte Sealant.  Allow 15 minutes between coats.

Cut a strip of manilla cardstock the width of the Framework Die and twice as long.   
Fold the strip in half and place the fold on the die just below the first cutting row.  This will give you and extended strip.
I did not have my fold down far enough and that caused the open design in the middle.  fortunately, it is covered up in this project.
Sponge Bundled Sage Distress ink over the Die Cut. While the distress ink was still moist, I used my finger to rub on LuminArte Sunflower for shimmer.  Dry with heat tool.  You can substitue TH Distress Glitter for the LuminArte.  My edges are not distressed, but if you want to distress yours, use your blending tool to apply TH Vintage Photos Ink to the edges of your lattice.
Die Cut Six Fabric Flowers.
Die Cut Six Fabric Flowers.  Or substitute paper flowers.  I die cut six red burlap flowers
 and used four Prima printed fabric flowers from my stash.
Straighten two small paper clips (or use TH Gem Clips).  Stack flowers as desired, insert end of clip through the fllower stack.  bend the end of the gem clip to form a loop making sure there is enough wire at the end of the loop to twist uderneath.  Place gem in the center of the flower.
Cover gem with Delmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  Set aside and allow to dry.


Determine the size for your cabine frame or use the small TH Cabinet Frame.
Paint and stamp as desired.
Assemble elements and do a mock up before adhering to Burlap panel.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Challenge # 6 - Playing with Stencils

Hello, Crafty Folks!

This week we are going to play with stencils!  Stencils open up new vistas of creativity for crafters at every skill level!    Later today, I will post a new Stencil project with a step by step tutorial.   As with all my Tutorials, draw inspiration, but if you don't have all the products...use what you have on hand, you may surprise yourself!

I am using the Tim Holtz Crackle Layering Stencil for this week's project!

 All of the projects were well done!  Thanks!

(in no particular order)
Very balanced design!  Great image choices and composition!

The colors are nicely integrated and the bold sentiment definitely elevates the design!

Love the colors and the composition on this design!  
The addition of the twine was a great design decision.

Thanks, Ladies!  I will e-mail your badges!

The challenge this week is to use a stencil as the focal of your design.  
The FOCAL is the image, embellishment grouping, or sentiment that serves as the "center piece" of your project.  All other elements should complement the Focal point.  
Minor elements should never overwhelm your focal.  Even your background papers and layering papers should complement rather than distract from your focal elements.  
This project, created for Canvas Corp Brands ® during Breast Cancer Awareness,  is one of my favorite creations using a stencil on canvas.  The Stencil "Live Inspired" is by Donna Downey.
The canvas size is 6" x 6".  


Supplies Needed:

Tag Dies or Tags #8,  Layering Stencil, Distress Inks, Modeling Paste, Mod Podge and Fairy Dust.
Clear Acetate.


Determine the size of your tag, I used #8 which is the largest die in the Alterations Tag Die Set.  To get your frame,  you must use the large #8 and the next die down.   Cut a piece of card stock to serve as your base.  It should be large enough to cover the entire frame.

 Select the Distress Ink Colors you want to use for your stained glass window.  I used: Pine Needle, Aged Mahogany, Brushed Corduroy, and Chipped Sapphire.

Apply your distress ink in your desired pattern.  I used finger daubers, but I also applied ink using the Tim Holtz foam blending tool.   It is your creative decision!
Once you are satisfied with your window design, place your layering stencil (I used Tim Holtz's Crackle) over the design and apply a thin layer of modeling paste. Remove the stencil and allow the paste to air dry.  You should be able to see your colors through the paste.

After your paste has dried, use your blending tool to lightly swipe colors across the surface.  Allow the paint to dry (you can help it along with your heat tool.)  Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge and while it is still wet, sprinkle a light layer glitter over your window.  Allow to dry.
 To create the shadow box effect, apply foam tape to the sides of your window base.  I cut my foam strips in half.  I used three on each side as well as the top and bottom.  If you are making a shaker card, sealing the top and bottom will prevent your shaker elements from escaping.

You can now decorate your base and set it aside.

 Apply double stick tape to the back of your frame.  Cut a piece of Acetate large enough to cover your frame. (I cut a piece from an old die package.  I save these to use on projects.) Remove the tape cover from the frame and apply the acetate,

You can now assemble your project.  Remove the paper cover from the foam tape on your base and apply your frame.

 Backlighting highlights the Stained Glass Effect!

Remember, all challenge are open until December 31, 2016.