Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Quick How To for Fast and Fun Foiled Accents

Today's card for ScraPerfect was inspired by the colors and sketch #70 @ Your Next Stamp. I will also be entering it @ Words to Craft By for "Vacation", Stamp, Ink, Paper  for "Travel" and @ Just Us Girls for "Trend Week: Shine". The ScraPerfect products I will highlight this time are the Best Glue Ever, the Best Cleaner Ever and the Transfer Foils.

Using a scrap of brown cardstock trimmed according to the sketch, the Copper sheet of Transfer Foil and a light coating of glue on the stamp, I applied it in a similar manner as to this video here -except that I used a sponge to apply the glue to the stamp and cleaned it up right away using the Best Cleaner Ever.

After stamping the design on the cardstock, I did give the glue a bit of a chance to set up on the paper before I laid the foil on top. I then used a small bone folder to help burnish it to be sure the whole design transferred.

The image from Unity Stamp company was inked in black on ivory cardstock and the coloring was done with colored pencils and Wink of Stella pens...Clear was used on the clouds, door and bumper while Silver was used on all the gray trim of the trailer. I added Liquid Glass to both the windows to give them the dimensional look of glass.

I used a black Micron Pigma pen to hand draw the stitched edges around the red patterned paper.  The sentiment banner was hand cut, stamped in gray ink, embellished with a large antique brad and adhered to the card front with foam tape.

The last foiled accent was added to the sentiment strip using a strip of red-liner tape. All patterned paper layers were then adhered to the A2 sized kraft card base using the Best Glue Ever. The camper focal was added using foam tape.

Inside I stamped a sentiment from CTMH in gray ink on an ivory scrap, punched the edges with a southwest corner and layered it on dark brown cardstock. I did trace over all the script lettering on the card using a StarDust glitter gel pen for added sparkle!

Hope you give Transfer Foils a try -they are very "on trend" right now and so fun to experiment with! Until next time -happy crafting with ScraPerfect!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Peace Be Unto You

 Today's card was inspired by sketch #158 @ Sunday Stamps and will be entered @ Penny Black and More for "All Creatures Great and Small", @ Jingle Belles for "Peace on Earth", @ Holly and Ivy for "Anything Christmas Goes", @ Sweet Stampin' Christmas for "Anything Christmas Goes" and @ Craft Rocket Challenges for "Animal Kingdom". 

I've been having fun starting my Christmas cards early and making them all different, instead of multiples of the same design like I usually do. This card was done as a square card that is just shy of 6" x 6" and the patterned paper (I think) was from CTMH at one time -many years ago. The stamp set is a long retired one from Stampin' Up!

Adding color to the beautifully detailed stamp was as easy as picking out a few watercolor pencils and digging out my blender pen.

To add some interest and lend an antique look to the card, I used the Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges of the patterned paper on the card front and all around the main image panel. I just loved the soft touch it added!

Here you can see the depth that the distress ink added to the card front. 

I trimmed both glittery washi tapes into banners according to the sketch and I love the interest this texture added to the design.

Inside I simply stamped the sentiment and dove from the same stamp set and lightly colored the dove with gray watercolors.

Until next time~

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How To Make a DIY Up-Cycled Dog Treat Bin

Hi~Kathy here from Create.365 to share with you some crafty goodness and today's project post is -GASP- not a card, lol! With the help of the Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect I up-cycled an old dog treat container to give it a new lease on life.

I gathered several sheets of tan patterned 12 x 12 papers, inks and a retired Family Dogs stamp set from TAC along with an old paper-board dog bone canister.

Using the Best Glue Ever made this part super easy because it sticks to everything and the front of the original cardboard canister was coated in a waxy layer (can't believe I forgot to take any pics before I covered it -but I was just so eager to get started, lol). I wrapped and trimmed the paper so that the front was covered in one large piece and then seamed the back and the sides.

I traced around the lid and then just kept trimming a little at a time until I got it just right to sit inside the lip on the top. A thin layer of glue was all that was needed to adhere the paper to the plastic!

The tag was punched out using old tag punches and a long retired tag stamp set from SU! and then the layers were attached with a mini silver brad.

And silly me, I decided I wanted to stamp on the top after I had it glued on, so I just laid a thick piece of foam underneath the lid and stamped away with very good results using an old TAC alphabet set for the bold fonted "Treats" and an old CTMH script stamp set for the "dog".

Since one of my dogs is a 12 year old Chocolate Lab (who still acts like a puppy most days!), I colored the dog in her honor with Prismacolor pencils on ivory cardstock, then tore and inked the edges before layering it with a torn patterned paper rectangle on the front.

 All layers were adhered using the Best Glue Ever and I know with the strong hold it will last for many years to come -much to the delight of my dogs who come running every time I shake the treat bin, lol!

Hope you've enjoyed seeing something different from me for a change and until next time...Happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Monday, August 7, 2017

Great News -I've Joined the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team!!!

Today I am very pleased to announce that my first term with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge as a Design Team member gets underway this week! They offer a new sketch design that is released every Monday and design team inspiration is released every Wednesday -along with the winners from the previous week's challenge. You can check it out and participate here: http://atlanticheartschallenge.blogspot.com/
Your creation doesn't have to even be a card -we just need to be able to see the sketch in use on your project -come join us and play along! We'd love to have you!

Today's card was made using the inspiration of Sketch #224 @ Atlantic Hearts and will also be entered @ ABC Christmas Challenge for "R for Red" and @ Mod Squad for "The Wings the Thing".

Starting with an A2 red card base, I gathered a sheet of vellum with a white swirl pattern, white cardstock and red Velvet paper. The Angel stamp set is a long retired one from Stampin' Up!

I stamped in Memento Black ink and then colored with light toned Spectrum Noir markers....as you can see from my color chart, I do not yet own all the marker colors so I have to make due with what I currently do have. I also used the clear Wink of Stella marker over the angel's wings to add a beautiful shimmer that catches the light when you tilt the card just right!

I love incorporating stencils into unique backgrounds on my cards. This is a new one that I just got from STAMPlorations and it's called Stained Glass. It was perfect to get a heavenly feel by sponging gold ink around the angel on this piece.

I then stamped and embossed the sentiment in Red powder on a white scrap that I hand trimmed into a banner shape according to the sketch and backed it with a black glitter paper. Using my paper trimmer, I cut a strip of the velvet paper to attach to the left side of the focal panel.

Everything was layered on the card front using my ATG gun except for the banner that was attached with mini foam pop dots.

Inside, I stamped a simple Merry Christmas from TAC and sponged some gold ink over it for a soft, subtle shimmer.

Until next time~

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Beach Meditations

Today's card is a tribute to the peace I find at the beach, was inspired by the sketch @ Try Stampin' On Tuesday  and will be entered @ Dies R Us for "Summertime Fun", @ Country View for "Blues and Greens", @ Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for "Splatter It", and @ Creative Moments for "Anything Goes/Summerfun".

First off, this is an A2 size card and the blue bubble background paper came from my stash of things I made probably about 10 years ago and it was a super fun technique! To get an idea of what is involved, you can check out the process in the following video on You Tube. I don't remember for sure if I used dye re-inkers or food coloring though -but I for sure did not do mine with acrylic paint, so there are several variations. Let me know if you decide to give it a try! I did splatter some clear FSJ Sparkle Silk over the bubble background before I adhered it to the front of a white card base.

I used my old wave trimmer from Creative Memories to create the swell in the kraft cardstock for the sand and then stamped it in tan ink using the splatter stamp set from CTMH and splashed it with FSJ Gold Silk . I also die cut 3 seaweed sprigs from a mossy green cardstock before I  blended 2 colors of distress inks over them to add definition and help to make them look more realistic and dimensional.

I stamped and heat embossed the 2 large retired seashells from TAC in Silver Pearl powder on 100# Bristol cardstock and then watercolored them with 4 different neutral distress ink colors. After giving them some time to dry, I then fussy cut them out.

The "believe" die cut sentiment was cut twice -once from white shimmer paper and once from a gray metallic paper so that I could layer them and get a "shadow". I then accented the letter "i" with a tiny pearl glued on.

I used foam tape to attach the sand to the bottom of the card front so that I could tuck the seaweed and the sand dollar behind it. Before adding the shells with mini foam dots, I rolled a bit of fine jute into a loose circle and attached that to the back of the sand dollar.

On the inside, I stamped the sentiment and smaller seashells using the same distress inks as I used to watercolor the larger shells on the front and glued an extra piece of the splattered sand at the very bottom.

I love the way this card turned out so much that I may not be able to give it away, lol! Until next time~